On this weeks Prime Cuts, we feature Manchester’s much-loved Elbow as they deliver a Beatles cover for a Christmas advert, the advert is below, you must watch it. Soul/R&B duo Rhye return with a great new cut and video, while The Juan Maclean go back to their soulful disco dance core with an exceptional late night dance floor filler. From Barcelona we bring the rather undiscovered The Zephyr Bones, their psychedelic rock-cut is sure to be a winner in Europe and New Jersey’s Pinegrove go one step further in their mastery of honest songwriting.
- Artist: The Zephyr Bones
- Cut: Telephone
- Label: La Castanya
- Field: Barcelona, Spain
- Flocks: Psychedelic Rock, Alt-Pop
- Flavours Of: Beach Fossils, Tame Impala
Barcelona is synonymous with an immersive culture, summery weather and now, The Zephyr Bones, a four piece who delivered their excellent debut album Secret Places. The band capture their hometowns laid-back vibes with an undertone of iniquity of a city that presents itself the same. Telephone, exhibits intricate pop song writing with syncopated bass and drum rhythms that is set against swirling delicate guitars and vocals. The music video has some great visual moments too.
- Artist: Pinegrove
- Cut: Intrepid
- Field: New Jersey, USA
- Flocks: Alt-Rock
- Flavours Of: Band of Horses, Julien Baker, Camp Cope
In 2016, New Jersey’s Pinegrove delivered one of the best debut albums Cardinal, an album much respected from the best taste makers out there, including TWL. Intrepid, confirms the band ability to write intricate rock songs with deep emotional conviction from lead vocalist Evan Stephens. Their new album is expected early next year.
- Artist: Rhye
- Cut: Taste
- Label: Universal Music Group
- Field: Los Angeles, USA
- Flocks: R&B infused Jazz & Soul
- Flavours Of: SOHN, Sade, How To Dress Well
Lead singer/songwriter Mike Milosh has a voice like no other, sultry and dreamy, often compared to and perhaps confused with R&B soul extraordinaire Sade. Rhye’s debut album Woman was a winning debut for the duo and Taste, is their long-awaited return, after hearing very little from them. With help of Danish instrumentalist Robin Hannibal, Rhye create a perfect and unique fusion of soul, R&B, free-form jazz and pop music.
- Artist: The Juan Maclean
- Cut: The Brighter The Light
- Label: DFA Records
- Field: New York, USA
- Flocks: Dance, Deep House, Nu-Disco
- Flavours Of: LCD Soundsystem, Hercules & Love Affair, Frankie Knuckles
Dance music can often sound rehashed, messy and unconsidered, more about getting something out, get featured on some gym’s video playlist and then quickly forgotten. The Juan Maclean, create electronic (dance) music that is progressive, considered and meticulous. TJM is John Maclean and co-Producer Nancy Whang, who also does a bit of side-work and touring with James Murphy, from LCD Soundsystem. This is solid and well-defined dance music.
- Artist: Elbow
- Cut: Golden Slumbers
- Label: Polydor
- Field: Manchester, UK
- Flocks: Orchestral Pop
- Flavours Of: The Beatles, Paul Weller
In the UK, each year, in lead up to the Christmas season and the bonanza of retail shopping, leading department stores compete to create the most emotive, heart-stringed and memorable advert campaign they can. Call it a sell out, or call it as you will, but Mancunian sweethearts Elbow, have delivered their sweet cover of the 1969 Beatles cut, Golden Slumbers, originally from the Abbey Road album. The advert is beyond adorable, #MozTheMonster will win hearts the world over.