GIITTV’s Friday Mixtape #11/11/11

Hello and welcome to the first end of the week mixtape(well linktape but let’s not argue eh?) from GIITTV. It heralds a new shift in our coverage of new tracks and videos. From now on selected highlights of the week’s new streams, free downloads and videos will be gathered into one place for your enjoyment! So without further ado get listening to this week’s playlist packed with shiny gems from various genres!

This week I went to see art punks Kutosis’ album launch in Chapter arts centre in Cardiff, it was a launch with a difference. It showcased twelve visual representations by local directors of the tracks on their cracking new album ‘Fanatical Love’ that’s out on Barely Regal next week. Anyway here’s one of the videos for their track ‘Moon’, here’s the plot set up from director James Doherty: “Invaders from the moon have come to destroy Cardiff. Only Professor Lucha and some special celebrity friends can help the city in its darkest hour.All in fabulous state of the art 16-bit!” See if you can spot special guests Bill Murray and Ellen Page, it shouldn’t be too hard!

Moon by Kutosis from James Doherty on Vimeo.

The Moth & The Mirror are a frightfully good Scottish supergroup, comprising of members taken from an array of Scottish talent including: Stacey Sievwright from The Reindeer Section and Arab Strap (vocals/guitar), Gordon Skene from Frightened Rabbit (guitar/vocals), Louis Abbott from Admiral Fallow and Song of Return (guitar/vocals) Kevin McCarvel (bass), Iain Sandilands (percussion) and Peter Murch (drums). Relase their debut album this week ‘Honestly, This World’ follows on from their first official release, the single, Germany. Download a wonderful example of their talents in the shape of their track ‘Fire’ below, a throbbing melodic anthem augmented by the sparks that fly between vocalists Stacey and Louis.

The Moth & The Mirror – Fire by abadgeoffriendship

Cardiff supergroup Islet have announced their debut album, to be released 23rd January 2012 on Shape (Turnstile). Illuminated People follows 2010’s rapturously received pair of EPs – ‘Celebrate This Place’ and ‘Wimmy’.The first taster of this new album is ‘This Fortune’ available for free from here // It showcases the trademark Islet exultant whooping, a capsizing rhythm beaten into tiny pieces by kraurock hammers, and see’s Emma Islet take center stage again with her swirling seductive elongated notes.

‘Dinosaur Planet’ by MJ Hibbett & The Validators is a 50 minute long full-cast science fiction rock opera about what happens when the dinosaurs return to Earth. The album is released on 5 December and a free download of the single mix of ‘Theme From Dinosaur Planet’ with accompanying video is available now at Watch the rather smashing animated lead video below too!

Previously featured as a new act to watch Brooklyner Elizabeth Harper aka CLASS ACTRESS is bringing her sparkling electro-pop to the UK for the very first time this month – debut album ‘Rapprocher’ is winning fans all over from Grizzly Bear to The XX, Yeasayer, and even Kylie. Check out the  sensual video for the apt single ‘Weekend’, it showcases Harper’s delicious delivery that delves into bittersweet introspection and wonderous synth lines that will set hearts a flutter on the dancefloor:



Every week something will just drop into our mailbox here at GIITTV towers and unexpectedly that quite delightfully catch us off guard. One such trinkett arrived a few days ago. Born in the industrial wasteland that is Hamilton, Ontario was Damon Guyett a talented bedroom producer who at the age of just 20 is captivating our ear drums this afternoon. He provides the lo fi soundtrack to a short film ‘Bugged’ a wonderful psychy sixminute trawl through half remembered fragments of melody, reverb drenched synths, hazy dream rushes and splendid glitches.And what’s more it’s available to download for free below!

Portland pop dramatists Parenthetical Girls present a hair obsessed video accompaniment to the song “The Privilege,” as Directed by Zac Pennington & Ryann Bosetti. This recording appears on the limited edition EP entitled “Privilege, pt. IV: Sympathy For Spastics,” now available for via Slender Means Society at /​pgrrrls

Parenthetical Girls: The Privilege from Parenthetical Girls on Vimeo.

Two years since winning the 2009 Mercury Music Prize for her debut album, ‘Speech Therapy’, and having ridden a rollercoaster through life since then, Speech Debelle is ready to drop her second collection of music. Entitled ‘Freedom of Speech’, the album is released February 2012 on Big Dada Recordings. Here’s the first FREE Taster in the shape of the rather fine playful beats of ‘Studio Backpack Rap’:

Speech Debelle – Studio Backpack Rap (FREE DOWNLOAD) by Big Dada Sound

Crunching nu-gazers A Place To Bury Strangers are set to release their new EP ‘Onwards To The Wall’ on February 6th.To preview the upcoming EP, the band are giving away new cut ‘So Far Away’. A succinct blast of noise rock that’s serrated guitars, military beat hints at a most post-punk direction, you can grab the track HERE. An always thrilling live act, A Place To Bury Strangers are preparing to announce a number of 2012 dates shortly.

London duo Matt Poile and Alex Morris, aka Crushed Beaks, continue the build up to their debut single release with a brand new video for the lo-fi reverb pop of lead track ‘Close-Ups’ with it’s barely audible hollered vocals and feet moving rhythms, it’s like being in the room but not quite all there.Taking in the band’s shared love of kitsch horror films, the video for ‘Close-Ups’ is a brilliant juxtaposition against the song’s bittersweet melodies.

Manchester trio Factory Floor release ‘Two Different Ways’ digitally and on 12″ via DFA Records on 14th November.Stream the eight minute floor filler ‘Two Different Ways’ below. Factory Floor have been remixed by producer Gavin Russom, Liars’ Angus Andrew and No Age’s Dean Allen; remixed and released by Optimo; remixed and collaborated live with Throbbing Gristle legend Chris Carter; and remixed and produced (!) by Joy Division and New Order’s Stephen Morris. It’s been a whirlwind few years in terms of musical accolades, and Factory Floor’s DFA debut is a glimpse into why.

  TWO DIFFERENT WAYS by Factory Floor

Watch the official video for the song ‘Knots’ below it’s lifted from Dan Michaelson’s 2011 album Sudden Fiction. Dan told us he just set up and recorded in the the wintry AM sometime this week as he was driven around on the back of a truck playing his song. The results wonderfully showcases his less is more approach to arrangements, that gives space for each piano note and strum to aches and throb. Topped off by his endlessly delightfully croaky delivery that’s quiet melancholia bares comparison with Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.


Dan Michaelson – Knots – Official Video from harry dwyer on Vimeo.

Natureboy is the musical project of Sara Kermanshahi, a first generation American of Iranian descent.Who have a new album out in 2012 with tracks featuring Sharon Van Etten. This week they released the Free MP3 download and stream of their single “Pariah” and rather fabulous it is too, exhibiting Sarah’s clawing vocal dexterity and flexible strumming that spins moody atmospheres, listen below and download for nothing here:


Natureboy “Pariah” by Bleek Records

Producer, DJ, and remixer Tim “Love” Lee (a.k.a. Fully Bearded) will release his new album today, titled Fully Bearded: 15 Years of Tummy Touch Records in Dub.To celebrate Tim Love Lee’s previously unreleased dub mix of Aint Sayin My Goodbyes by Tom Vek taken from the album “Fully Bearded” has been released as a FREE MP3. Grab it’s dubby disco spin on the Vek orginal here:
Aint Dubbin My Goodbyes – Tom Vek by Tummy Touch

New Warp signing Kwes is a 24 year old musical multitasker who has worked with some of music’s most prolific artists including The XX, The Invisible, Michachu and Joe Goddard. This year he was also invited to showcase his production duties with the collective DRC Music on the ‘Kinshasa One Two’ album. Now he steps into the solo light, his new material showcases his natural aptitude to music, he plays Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, Sampler, Guitar, an Accordion and also sings, a side of him that has never really been explored before. Kwes plays his first ever live show on 28th November at The Shacklewell Arms and an EP is due to be released next year on Warp. The first taster the free download ‘Get Up’ a funky blast of beats, and motivational cut up speech, the refrain of ‘get up stop feeling sorry for yourself’ is enough to bring anyone round from a slump!

Paul Wolinski from 65daysofstatic recently released his debut Polinski album ‘Labyrinths’!Stitches is the first single taken from ‘Labyrinths’ the debut album of Polinski (aka Paul Wolinski from 65daysofstatic). The track is free to stream/download below, it features Jonathan Bates of Big Black Delta / Mellowdrone on robotic vocals, and is elavated by imaginative shuddering beats, and cartwheeling synth lines. 

Polinski – ‘STITCHES’ (Feat. Big Black Delta) Free mp3 by Monotreme Records

Beguiling New York band, WHITE RING released the track ‘IxC999’ for FREE this week. A bewitching mix of twitching gun shot beats and whispering chants that burrow their way into your nogun and won’t give up their spell. Perhaps unfairly lumped into the Witch house genre, White Ring certainly have something of the night about them! White Ring’s forthcoming mini-album “Black Earth that Made Me” which is out on Rocket Girl Records on 21 November.

IxC999 by rocketgirl

Oxford based, nautically themed instrumental post-kraut rock band Listing Ships. Their new EP, The 100 Gun Ship, is out 5th Dec, they’ve recently supported Health, The Big Pink and Alexander Tucker. Watch the amazing video for EP lead track The 100 Gun Ship, made from old naval footage of warships and that, it puts us in mind of early I Like Trains how about you?

Finally for the inaugral GIITTV Friday mix, comes The shuffling, quiet melancholia of ‘Sargasso Sea’ is taken from Lancashire native Rob St.John’s debut LP ‘Weald’, released on 12″ gatefold LP through Song, by Toad records of Edinburgh on the 21st of November, 2012. You can now download the track below from those lovely folks at Scots blog Song By Toad, and it’s highly reccomended by us!

Rob St. John – Sargasso Sea by Song, by Toad

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