Sunday, 26 December 2010

Jess Flood Paddock


"Her thoroughly thought out and often-witty work uses cement and other building materials to give a roughly finished look that can feel edgy and unsettling at times. Not having had any formal training in fabricating using these materials, Flood-Paddock has picked up what she can when needed, through, as she describes, “awkward conversations in DIY shops”. "


"Jess Flood-Paddock’s sculpture is centred in the solitude and dialogue of her studio practice, questioning the actions and objects of making in such a way as to dislodge the expectations attatched to weight, to gesture, to material. Without relying on perceptual games her table-top pieces fox the eye - assuming a monumentality beyond their scale"

Jess Flood-Paddock trained at the Slade (BA Fine Art 2000) and the RCA (MA Sculpture 2005). Her work has featured in several group shows nationally including Transformer, Woburn Square, 2007; New Contemporaries, London and Liverpool 2006.

These piece were commissioned for us...

Thursday, 16 December 2010

UD Presents... Guests give us their top 5 songs of the year!

We asked some of previous guests from this year's round of live shows to provide us with their top 5 songs of the year. Here's what they said...

Wild Palms

Caribou- Jamelia

Along with 'Odessa', this is one of Caribou's finest tracks and an excellent example of how Caribou's music has now developed into something ultimately more accessible whilst retaining the distinctly experimental touches he's known for

Warpaint - Shadows

Whistful, ethereal vocals run over the top of a haunting, threatening track.

Lil' Wayne - I'm Single

Lyrically brilliant

Tristram - Dust Disturbed

Londoner's Tristram might be ones to watch this year. Their track 'Dust Disturbed' has an incredibly creepy video to go along with it...

Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal

Oneohtrix Point Never, aka Brooklyn-based musician Daniel Lopatin, creates "Drone Heavy Psychedelia" according to the chaps over at Pitchfork. They also gave his album, of the same name, a healthy 8.2!

Visions of Trees

Nicki Minaj - Did It On 'Em

Filthy, dirty but catchy as fuck

Becoming Real - Showdown In Chinatown

(Becoming Real joins us to headline our show on February 24th- Don't Miss!)

oOoOO - Burnout Eyess

oOoOO are a pretty exceptional talent to emerge this year.
You can hear more of them here...

or listen to Visions of Trees own remix here...

Girl Unit - Wut

Hugely prominent track in a year that has seen the Night Slugs label really take off

Lil B - The World's Ending

Experimenting in genre and with spoken word, Lil B is a rapper that consistently tries to shake off labels and truly broaden people's horizons

Run Toto Run

One of my favourite acts, they'll be joining us again on March 10th for a super special show at The Harley. In the meantime you can watch their official video for the new single 'This Is A Lull' here and check out their preferred tracks of the year below...

Blue Hawaii - Blue Gowns

Infectious vocals and ethereal pop that sounds like it was made under water. Lovely...


Jai Paul - BTSTU

I'm so very glad Run Toto Run agree with me that this was one of the best songs to come out of 2010. One of the BBC's Sounds of 2011, so watch out for this chap

Tanlines - Real Life

New Yorker's Tanlines have really got noticed this year, thanks in no small part to this excellent track and an accompanying remix by the genius that is Memory Tapes.

Caribou - Odessa

Infectious stuff

Neon Indian - Terminally Chill

Blissful Summery vibes

Plus you can download Run Toto Run's latest single here for absolutely nothing. Just right click & save as on the link below...

Age Of Consent

Cassius - I Love You So

Cassius of Ed.Banger records fame released this charming, sumptuous piece of blissful electro earlier this year with an insanely cool video to go along with it...

White Ring - LXC999

Gothic, dark and dirty

HEALTH - Die Slow

A top year for Health saw them support Crystal Castles amongst other great things. Awesome song. They seem to be the new DFA 1979 for the moment

Yeasayer - Madder Red

Few artists can boast the success that Yeasayer had this year after the release of 'Odd Blood' in February that included the rather smashing single 'O.N.E' and this gem too...

Diana Vickers - My Wicked Heart

Despite looking like a total cretin in the video, it's actually a pretty decent track.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Missed Opportunities

We've had a fair few close calls in 2010, in terms of nearly getting some brilliant artists. Sadly Florence & The Machine and Joanna Newsom both fell through at the last moment. Here's one that slipped away too. The brilliant Olafur Arnalds...

Saturday, 9 January 2010

'Beasts' Remixed

Slow Moving Millie- 'Beasts' (Dilemma Remix)

Not perfect but a nice, mellow dubstep remix of one of the most beautiful songs of 2009...

Catch Slow Moving Millie at our night on February 22nd, supporting Alessi's Ark!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Sounds of the Year # 1

Jj - Phaseone - Fever Ray - Lissvik - Florence + The Machine - The Xx - Renaissance Man - Spokes - Gold Panda - HEALTH - CFCF - Daisy O'Dell
These are a few of my favourite artists this year, and some standout tracks.
1. Jj- 'Baby'-

Simple, yet stunning, this beautiful track is very much in the vein of Imogen Heap, with delightful strings to accompany haunting vocals...

A little more upbeat than Baby, this is worth having just for when she sings the lyrics "from Africa to Malaga"- Definite goosebumps.
- 'From Africa To Malaga'
2. Fool's Gold- 'Surprise Hotel' (Phaseone Remix)

Not that the original isn't brilliant, but Phaseone strips it down and offers this wonderful, warped and at times slightly disturbing edit that's pure genius!

3. Banjo or Freakout- ' Mr.No' (Phaseone Remix)
The beat finally comes in around 3 and a half minutes in but it's worth the wait. Ambient bliss

4. Fever Ray- 'When I Grow Up' (Lissvik Edit)

A song with an MGMT-like youthful exuberance, that sounds a little like a Swedish Santigold. The Knife's Karin Andersson showcases her weird and wonderful voice, and Lissvik adds a nice touch to complete the track...

5. Florence & The Machine- 'You've Got The Love' (The Xx remix)- (Renaissance Man Edit)

Arguably the biggest thing to happen to music this year, it seems F+TM are on an unstoppable, meteoric rise. This remix of probably the best remix of the year adds a little more danceability to the track and makes a change from blogging the Xx remix...
6. Florence & The Machine- 'Cosmic Love'

An incredible demonstration of 'Lungs'...

7. Spokes- 'End Credits- Loveletter'

Utterly beautiful music from my favourite British band of 2009...
8- Gold Panda- 'Quitters Raga'

This track has an almost Indian quality to it. No idea why I think that but have a listen and hear for yourself...

9. HEALTH- 'Nice Girls' (Daisy O'Dell Remix)

HEALTH have been grabbing attention all over the country, but here I think Daisy works a little magic to make them even better...

10. HEALTH- 'Before Tigers' (CFCF Remix)

CFCF work their considerable magic on HEALTH...

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Memory Tapes


The different moniker's of former Hail Social frontman Dayve Hawk seem to merge blissfully when listening to Memory Tapes. The danceable, electro beats of Weird Tapes meet the truly beautiful, ethereal sounds of Memory Cassette to create a wonderful fusion of dreamy vocals, and quirky electronic beats. Having released the EP Seek Magic earlier this year, I thought I'd give you a chance to have a bit of a listen to my favourite artist of the past year. It's been a year since I first heard Memory Tapes and they've grown into one of the most sublime and unique artists around...

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Sheffield Artist- Lee Bamforth

Lee Bamforth

Lee Bamforth is a freelance artist based in Sheffield and one the city's brightest talents. His works are exceptional, finely detailed pieces that are truly stunning. There's a sumptuous fluidity to his artistry and a definite dark side too. It seeps out of his images as if the blackness is dancing all around you, yet his women retain an illuminating radiance.
There's little wonder he's been awarded Graphic Designs Digital Artist of the Year 2009. He aims to make the world of art and design "an awful lot prettier" and you'll see below, he's keeping his word...

By returning to his origins in using watercolours, Lee has further developed his style. It certainly adds a whole more depth and life to his drawings, whilst retaining his unique and beautiful style...
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