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Feb 12

SOMETHING IN THE WATER :: Music from the U.K.

As someone born just on the cusp of the nineties, I was a little too young to experience Britpop in its heyday, but I discovered Oasis in my preteen years (circa 1997’s Be Here Now), and from there found my way deep into the discographies of bands like The Beatles, The Clash, The Smiths, The Stone RosesThe Jam, Joy Division, and New Order. I went on to spend a questionably large portion of my early teen years devouring NME, Mojo, and Q magazines and desperately holding out for some kind of major resurgence in the British music scene. I’m not so sure that it ever really happened, although there certainly was a big to-do when the first Arctic Monkeys record came out, and Mumford & Sons have recently made some huge strides to help make folk rock cool again.

Fads aside, I have England and Scotland to thank for many of my favourite modern-day artists, even if it does feel like North America is so often foolishly ignoring them. Ever since I was young, I’ve tried to follow the British music scene as best as I can — despite the large body of water between us — and I usually don’t get around to sharing even half of them on MvM. In light of this, I threw together a mix of some of my favourite bands/artists that have come out of the U.K. in recent years, as well as some up-and-comers well worth keeping an eye on. If you find yourself enraged by any glaring omissions, keep calm and carry on, then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom.

ZIP: Something in the Water :: Music from the U.K. Mix

mp3: Baxter Dury - Trellic from Happy Soup (2011)
Wingrave, England 

mp3: Black Black Hills - A Drowning 
Brighton, England

mp3: Bombay Bicycle Club - What You Want from A Different Kind of Fix (2011)
London, England

mp3: Chapel Club - All the Eastern Girls
 from Palace (2011)
London, England

mp3: Elbow - Open Arms from Build A Rocket Boys! (2011)
Bury, England 

mp3: Fanfarlo - Deconstruction
 from Rooms Filled With Light (2012)
London, England

mp3: Fiction - Parakeets [Single] (2011)
London, England

mp3: Foals - This Orient from Total Life Forever (2010)
Oxford, England 

mp3: Frank Turner - I Am Disappeared from England Keep My Bones (2011)
Meonstoke, England

mp3: Frightened Rabbit - Scottish Winds
 from A Frightened Rabbit EP (2011)
Selkirk, Scotland

mp3: Glasvegas - Shine Like Stars from EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\ (2011)
Glasgow, Scotland 

mp3: Guillemots - I Must Be A Lover
 from Walk the River (2011)
Birmingham, England

mp3: The Horrors - You Said
 from Skying (2011)
Southend on Sea, England

mp3: Kasabian - Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To from Velociraptor! (2011)
Leicestershire, England

mp3: The Maccabees - Heave
 from Given to the Wild (2012)
London, England

mp3: Matthew and the Atlas - Beneath the Sea 
from Scavengers EP (2011)
London, England

mp3: Miles Kane - Rearrange
 from Colour of the Trap (2011)
The Wirral, England

mp3: Noah and the Whale - Just Me Before We Met from Last Night on Earth (2011)
London, England 

mp3: Patrick Wolf - Time of My Life from Lupercalia (2011)
London, England 

mp3: Stornoway - I Saw You Blink from Beachcomber’s Windowsill (2010)
Oxford, England 

mp3: The Playmakers - She’s A Mystery 
[Single] (2011)
Cirencester, England

mp3: Spector - Grey Shirt & Tie
 [Single] (2011)
London, England

mp3: The Vaccines - N
ørgaard from What Did You Expect From the Vaccines? (2011)
London, England

mp3: The Veils - The Stars Came Out Once the Lights Went Out from Troubles of the Brain EP (2011)
London, England 

mp3: We Were Promised Jetpacks - Circles and Squares
 from In the Pit of the Stomach (2011)
Edinburgh, Scotland

mp3: Wild Beasts - Deeper from Smother (2011)
Kendal, England 

mp3: Wolf Gang - Lions in Cages 
from Suego Faults (2011)
London, England

mp3: The xx - Open Eyes (demo) (2011)
London, England 

ZIP: Something in the Water :: Music from the U.K. Mix

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