Egyptian Hip Hop on board

DON’T walk, dance like an Egyptian, courtesy of a remix of up-and-coming Mancunian indie act Egyptian Hip Hop.
The group’s debut single Wild Human Child, which features production from Castle Donington band Late Of The Pier‘s Sam Eastgate, has had a going over by friend-of-Sound Advice Radient Dragon.
And you can grab a free download of his “spaced out” reworking of the track here.

That’s Snat

NEW Zealander Connan Mockasin’s debut album Please Turn Me Into The Snat features Late Of The Pier’s Samuel Eastgate.
The Castle Donington-based frontman has lent his drumming to the album, which features “cats with larger-than-life personalities,” “unicorns in uniform” and “alter egos such as Don Dicaprio” and was part-recorded in a haunted house.

Loughborough Uni gigs lined up

A NEW line-up of acts have been announced at Loughborough Students’ Union.
DJ Zane Lowe appears at the venue tonight (February 18), with Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene playing on February 27.
Then on March 6, up-and-coming indie band Egyptian Hip-Hop, who are produced by Late Of The Pier’s Samuel Eastgate, visit the venue.
Then hip hop Chipmunk gets his teeth into Loughborough on March 11, and Mr Hudson performs on May 1.
For more information on the gigs, all open to the general public, click here.

Class act

CASTLE Donington rockers Late Of The Pier are hoping their next single will register in the charts.
The group plan to release Best In The Class on March 1.
Also, rather tantalisingly, the group have announced that they’re also planning “something very special and very secret”.

Late Of The Pier side project?

LATE Of The Pier‘s Sam Eastgate has revealed he is launching a side project, according to NME.
The Castle Donington band’s frontman has said “the project will see him team up with an as-yet unnamed drummer for live shows in Japan, before they perform in the UK”.
He also revealed that despite single releases in 2010, there’s no new LOTP album looming.

Albums Of The Year nearly here

YULE have been mad not to have noticed that, in the words of Shakin’ Stevens: “‘Tis the season.”
As my Christmas present to you, tomorrow I’ll unveil my Top 10 Albums Of The Year 2009, revealing who is following in the footsteps of acts behind previous Albums Of The Year such as System Of A Down, Portishead, The Libertines, The Beatles and Arcade Fire.
You’ll also find out if anyone can join Biffy Clyro as double winners – groups in the running this year include Prodigy, Acoustic Ladyland, Mr Hudson, Maccabees and Jamie T, while Biffy Clyro themselves could make it a record three Albums Of The Year with Only Revolutions.
Plus there’s local interest too – both Late Of The Pier and Young Knives made the top 10 for 2008, and this year Kerfuffle, Kelpe and Wave Pictures have had albums out, and Mr Hudson’s drummer, Wilkie Wilkinson, is from Loughborough too!
You’ll also have your chance to vote which of my shortlist should be crowned Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice Album Of The Year, which last year was awarded to Portishead’s Third.
The vote runs until midnight on New Year’s Eve.
So until then, let me take this chance to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.