the mike davies column february 2019

As yet not recorded or available through his Soundcloud page, but DEATH BY STAMPEDE recently delivered a magnificent session for BBC WM’s Introducing around the 1hr 14 mark) playing three numbers, Hotel, The Jungle and the soulful Something Holy, all of which make superlatives redundant.

ARWEN is an upcoming 23 year old Birmingham singer-songwriter who makes soulful electronic pop, a solid example of which can be found in her new single Love Is Unkind where you may well hear hints of early Joan as Policewoman.

spilt milk society

Though no longer based in their hometown, indie quintet SPILT MILK SOCIETY deliver their strongest work yet with new single Orange, a brooding, shadowy and intimately sung number festooned with shimmering keys, persistent drum beat and nervy bassline that builds to an eruptive finale.


By contrast, YOUNG PILGRIMS are an experimental, improvisational, brass-heavy jazz-rock fusion nine piece, their new single, Canal Tripping, a cacophonous riot that harks to such pioneers as Pigbag, Blurt and, more recently, The Bonfire Radicals.

Moving from jazz to soul, THE LITTLE EASY BAND plough a classic old school furrow on I’m So Tired, their vintage Atlantic influences in evidence on the b-side, Should’ve Tried Harder, a number you could hear the early Rod Stewart singing. 2020