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Rad Releases ’17 – Kieran Rees of Esuna

December 28, 2017

It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2017 rapidly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a crazy year of highs and lows it’s the releases that have pulled a lot of people through the year. Now in it’s 7th year, Circuit Sweet will be hosting takeovers from the featured artists/musicians/labels and promoters of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.

Continuing our annual end of year tradition we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favourite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.

Taken from Esuna’s Facebook

Cardiff based quartet Esuna are next to take over the site for their Rad Releases. The 4 piece are hands down one of the most unpredictable acts out there; all for the best reasons. The band are no strangers to the site, over the last few years we’ve witnessed the 4-piece expand and evolve.  Back in November the act dropped their incredible double single release ‘Danger First’ which we were thrilled to share on the site. Another great year for the act we hand over to Kieran Rees of Esuna to find out more about his year in music…
Top 5 releases of the year  
The boys were a bit busy this year, so I’d thought I’d share 5 records. Last year I managed to listen to like 5 albums in total, which was shameful, but I managed to up my game this year. Most of them are from earlier years, but there were still some stand-out records that came out this year…
Baths – Romaplasm
I’m pretty much a sucker for any Baths release. I’d been waiting for this to drop for years. There are some great bouncy tracks on here with a much happier vibe than his last album. There are also a few tracks that completely blindsided me such as the track suggested below. While his newest release doesn’t come close to previous entries, it’s a great instalment in his discography.
Suggested Track: Adam Copies
Murk Daddy Flex – Bring on the Major Leagues
I’ve been following this guy for a few years now. When this album came out I had it on repeat in the car for weeks. Some really dark and unsettling tracks on here in comparison to his earlier stuff. Instrumental jazzy hip-hop fans rejoice.
Suggested Track: Haystack Charm
Populous – Azulejos
I used to listen to this guy years back and kinda fell out of the loop with him. I randomly checked online one day to see if he was still making music and found out he’d just released an album. This album is quite diverse in its sound. Very percussive electronic music with a South American influence. Great to put on in the background and just fade in and out as you fancy.
Suggested Track: Voz Serena
Chiyoda Ku – How It Works
The boys dun good. Their first album release is damn good. They deserve every bit of success they get. Some very good use of space and quiet passages coupled with a variety of extra chunky riffs. The stop-startiest of starty stop math-rock.
Suggested Track: Distracted From Distraction By Distraction
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
I actually haven’t listened to this yet, but I’m sure it’s incredible. All their other stuff is. I promise to listen to it before the year is over as long as you do.
Suggested Track: ???
The best show you have played this year
We didn’t really play that many gigs this year. Probably supporting Gallops in Clwb Ifor Bach alongside The Broken Oak Duet. We rarely play these high profile gigs, but whenever we do we are extremely grateful. We had just finished writing a handful of songs and they went down really well with the crowd.
The best gig you have attended 
Must have been seeing Amusement Parks On Fire last month. My list of ‘favourite bands I haven’t seen yet’ has been getting smaller and smaller every year. I guess we’re quite lucky here. APOF had been on that list for years and I thought I’d never get to see them. They were everything I expected and more. The fact that they are just back together and touring is amazing. Here’s hoping for more new tunes. Qujaku at The Firefly was a tasty treat too. Like nothing I’ve ever heard before. I almost missed them after going out for a cigarette when I heard what sounded like Death himself screaming from the upstairs room in Firefly. Went upstairs and nope, it was just Qujaku. Would definitely like to see them again soon. I didn’t go to ArcTanGent this year so I don’t have any other stories for you.
Highlights of your year
Playing one of the very last shows at The Stag and Hounds before it went under new management. Getting back to recording. Putting out our new single, Danger First. Getting T-shirts made of Alex for a gig at Hub Festival on his 30th birthday. Playing to roughly 5 people at the new Le Pub on a cold November evening. Revisiting older material. Two headline gigs (Is this real life?). We also had the pleasure of supporting Thought Forms, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam and Yr Poetry.
Artist/Band to watch for 2018
I said to watch out for Amy Grindhouse last year and they broke up so just don’t listen to me this year.
Plans for the New Year
I would love to say that we’ll have an album out, but who knows? I think by the end of next year we should have something for you all. I’m not going to promise anything, but I have a good feeling about next year. Let’s just wait until it stops being cold, eh?
Thank you Kieran and wishing the best for Esuna next year

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