Next to the speakers: songs deafening the VF

We've been blasting out Mastodon, Michael Kiwanuka, more

Next to the speakers: songs deafening the VF

Photographer: Sara BowreyDaniel Fahey, Chris Swindells, Chris Eustace on 07 October 2011

Mastodon - 'Curl Of The Burl'
A groove so deep and dark it's stampeding with the might of a demoniacal monster, ripping horn shaped holes through titanium walls - this is Mastodon at their most unhinged, teasing the funk of Zepplin and Jane's Addiction through their metal prism. It's still got all the metaller-than-thou riffs and pounding drum beats we love so dear. Expect to witness it live when, by some bizarre turn of guest booking, the band play their first performance on Jools Holland later this month (BBC 2, 18 and 21 October). Jools' boogie-woogie piano accompaniment to be confirmed. CS.
Likely to see them at: Sonisphere 2012, Download Festival 2012

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘I'm Getting Ready’
Look, that’s Michael Kiwanuka through those wisps of trendy pubescent Hipstamatic soft fuzz filming, playfully scamping the thistled Downs of the Isle of Wight, taking in smacks of seaweed. If you look closely, flames lick the HMS Indie in the Channel and, begging for one final minute of your attention, Lee from Viva Brother spontaneously combusts before the whole rock n roll thing sinks like a Viking burial. Finally, peace at last. ‘I’m Getting Ready’ is a guiding beacon of salvation, offering the blessed soul of Terry Callier and the raw nakedness of Ray Lamontagne. DF.
Likely to see him at: Bestival 2012, Isle Of Wight Festival 2012, End Of The Road 2012, Green Man Festival 2012, Camden Crawl 2012, The Great Escape 2012

Flashguns - 'No Point Hanging Around'
London/Brighton trio Flashguns aren't afraid to play the long game. Formed in 2007, debut album ‘Passions Of A Different Kind’ is finally released on 17 October. Tours with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Funeral Party, plus numerous festival shows (including Bushstock, Summer Sundae and Evolution this summer) have seen them hone their early Cure-isms into something more muscular, and delightfully fuzzy new single ‘No Point Hanging Around' is a great example of where they’re headed. Out on 10 October, it’s urgent, assured and ambitious, with that all-important killer chorus for good measure. Plus there’s a video shot in glorious 8mm. What’s not to like? CE.
Likely to see them at: Reading Festival 2012, Leeds Festival 2012, Camden Crawl 2012, The Great Escape 2012

Florence and The Machine – ‘Shake It Out (The Weeknd Remix)’
If you weren’t convinced with the twisted R&B jams of Canada’s The Weeknd on his excellent offering ‘House Of Balloons’, listen to this joyless slice of sinister pop. A whistling janitor background helps reign in Florence’s Kate Bush soars and as plucked guitars make way for a distorted voice that morphs from a child-like squirm into a threatening “shut your mouth”, Florence finally has some teeth. DF.
Likely to see her at: Isle Of Wight Festival 2012, V Festival 2012, T in the Park 2012, Bestival 2012, Camp Bestival 2012

James Blake – ‘A Case Of You’
Thanks Counting Crows, among your many musical atrocities, you ruined Joni Mitchell for the rest of us. James Blake has been much more respectful in his attempt at reinterpreting her on ‘A Case Of You’. It’s a re-sketching of the melody, drawing it out on gospel-toned keys and leaning towards ‘Give Me My Month’ from his debut. There’s more dub-electronica excellence coming on next week’s ‘Enough Thunder’ EP too. DF.
Likely to see him at: Bestival 2012, Latitude 2012

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