Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Weeknd – Rolling Stone song

Y’all know we love The Weeknd here. This new one is good. Possibly from an EP, two of which are going to be released this year. Can’t wait.


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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in News, Uncategorized


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Tom Vek – World of Doubt Video


We’re pretty excited to our grubby little paws on a copy of the new Tom Vek album ‘Leisure Seizure’ (which is released next Monday) as well as seeing the man himself in few weeks at Heaven.  We had to do some things in the bathroom of a quite horrible little pub in Hackney we’re not proud of, but these are lengths we have to go to bring you the freshest new material out there.You’re welcome. We’ll be putting a review of the album up next week, but to keep you going till then we’ve got Tom’s newest video to offer you. I’m not sure where he is appropriating these models from for his videos, but we can only hope there’ll be a few of them in the audience looking for someone who can offer a critical running commentary of both the gig and their sexual performance.



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Posted by on May 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Beat Connection + Single Launch Party 23rd May

Following on from our highlight of the amazing Christian AIDS, I have found another right little shiner for y’all.

Beat Connection are two young lads from Seattle that play lovely dreamy synth pop. Remember last year when Toro y Moi and Neon Indian made summer feel special again? These guys might do the same for you this year. Although their EP Surf Noir came out in 2010, they are releasing single In The Water this month. We all know Moshi Moshi get the coolest bands, and their excellent reputation should carry this band far! They play Stag and Dagger on Thursday AND there is a launch party at Old Blue Last with Vice that you can go to for nothing on 23rd May. We will be there; it’s a Monday, and everyone likes a gig on a Monday. They are in the UK for a little while promoting their stuff so you should be able to find somewhere to see them via their Myspace. They are playing in London four times this month alone so you definitely have your opportunity.

Such a good video! Their aesthetic is down to a T. Glo-fi dream pop bumpy summer dance music; this will be played by your resident DJs when the club night lands. One more then:


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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in News, Uncategorized


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Festival Season

Crumble is working real hard at present to bring you a new club night and we are very excited. More news soon.

In the mean time, we are going to start covering what we consider to be the best festivals this summer, as well as the usual coverage of gigs and events that are noteworthy. Tonight we go to see The Soft Moon play their first ever gig in the UK. Check them out here.


Everyone knows Glastonbury. 1 out of 4 crumbles are going to be there this year. It’s Britain’s biggest festival in the UK and totally oversubscribed. Getting a ticket is as hard as tearing out your own fingernails and it’s pretty difficult to get in unauthorised now too. Security here is like a US military base with photo ID + wristband + documents being checked even for the artists and comedians that are playing the festival! Good luck if you want to go now, as it’s sold out. However, there are some great bands lower down the bill (headliners this year are shit) and we will try to bring you some coverage of them.

Since you probably aren’t going to Glastonbury, there are the best alternatives:

Secret Garden Party

Probably the coolest festival in the UK. This is proper boutique man. And don’t forget it when you end up in an enchanted forest, a tea party, an exploding zepplin or a mud fight. Expect the unexpected at this festival. Having not been I have only heard stories of dancing on a flotilla with Michael Jackson. Watching the centre-piece of the year go up in flames and fireworks and all sorts of hippy-fancy dress madness. They have a late licence so you can party all night. It’s worth going for the festival alone, and since the bands are awful this year that’s a good thing. Line up highlights include Chew Lips, Guillemots, Matt & Kim, Mylo, Punks Jump Up and YACHT. So, you can see it’s really not worth it if you are interested in the bands. However, it might be one of the best experiences of your life.

Secret Garden Party happens on 21st-24th July at A Beautiful Secret Garden near Huntington in Cambridgeshire. Tickets are available at £160 for adults.

Standon Calling

Now Standon Calling is one of the smaller festivals of the summer, and not exactly the most famous. However, this little festival has absolutely loads to offer and it’s my personal pick of the festival that I most want to go to. As the website explains, this festival hasn’t been running long (11 years), and started off as a BBQ with a some friends. Now, surrounding a 16th century mansion, the festival holds a mere 5000 revellers but offers an array of great music, bars, eating options, a pool, an all night licence, nightclub in a cowshed, gourmet dining, boutique camping, and lots of other indiosyncratic goings on. The festival is another big fancy-dress festival; this year the theme is Gods & Monsters, which is different from the usual Scooby Doo outfit that you can expect to see at nearly any festival. In terms of line-up, last year was probably better; however, they have incredible diversity in there. Battles have a new album coming out, the legendary Spiritualized will headline, Errors (brilliant), Saul Williams, Born Ruffians (a huge favourite of mine), Egyptian Hip Hop and Malachai fulfill the indie quota and then you have really interesting choices like Raghu Dixit and Penguin Cafe Orchestra. One of my best festival experiences was seeing Toumani Diabate (an African Kora player) at Field Day and the best thing you can do is go and see something different at a festival. There is comedy with Howard Marks and literature events etc. for those of you less interested in music. A festival shouldn’t be about ticking bands off a list; it should be about doing things differently, and this festival is one of those.

Another huge draw is the £120 weekend ticket. The festival runs at probably the best time of the year for weather: 12-14th August. And it’s located just 40minutes from London.

Green Man Festival

Green Man festival can hardly be described as one of Britain’s most popular festivals but it won Best Medium Sized festival 2010 in the UK Festival Awards, so that says something. It’s called Green Man because it has a very environmental policy, which is nice if you’ve ever seen the state of Reading Festival after a weekend. That means no glass bottles, but it also means clean. And you wouldn’t want to spoil the beautiful countryside of the Brecon Beacons, would you? With a great line up of folky, electronic and bands to discover you won’t be disappointed. Fleet Foxes, Explosions in the Sky, Laura Marling, Destroyer, Villagers, James Blake, The Antlers, Holy Fuck, Gruff Rhys, and the list goes on. There isn’t much more information on the website but luckily I have a nice friendy friend who goes to this festival regularly and I will get her to give a personal account soon.

At only £135 for three days this festival is definitely value for money. Students can get tickets for £115, and that’s a bargain! If you love the countryside you can get in early for an extra £40 and that’s a week’s holiday in the Brecon Beacons. Dates: 19th-21st August, so you can expect it to be warm. There are loads of pictures on the website and information about camping options and how to get to the site near Crickhowell in Wales.

End of the Road

Another small one. 5000 people in a wooded area of Dorset makes for a quirky and unique experience by the looks of it. Again, I will be getting some personal accounts of this festival and it’s one that really appeals to me. There is lots going on including an Enchanted Forest, a piano, library in the woods and lots of things tucked away in corners but perhaps the biggest draw is the incredible line up. Beirut, tUnE-yArDs, Tinariwen (an amazing North African desert blues band), Best Coast, HEALTH, Emmy the Great and Twin Shadow are my personal favourites here but there are tons more smaller band that are making a lot of noise or promising to be big. See them in this intimate setting before you have to push your way to the front of a sticky Reading crowd. Another draw is the relatively late date of this festival. Being in September it’s at the end of the summer and you can probably buy tickets on your August pay check unless it sells out, as it may, before then. It’s also a time when I for one won’t be so busy at work. I might well pay to go to this festival as it’s got some of the bands that Crumble has focused on over the past year and some really cool features.

2nd-4th September. Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset. £145 for adults. Looks good. More info to come.

The other, smaller, one-day festivals we can recommend are:

Stag and Dagger

This happens this Thursday 19th May. The line up isn’t exactly all-star but Toro y Moi are a highlight and it’s fun. I’ve been every year and Shoreditch just becomes a hive of scum and villainy. Free roaming around the area seeing unknown bands and getting off your face for less than £15.

Field Day

Possibly the strongest line-up I’ve seen at any festival belongs to the Eat Your Own Ears organised Field Day. I have been every year since it’s inception and although it had some trouble in the first year with toilets and bars this seems to be sorted now. The carnival atmosphere and country fete stylings make for a lovely atmosphere with all the hipsters from East London in attendance. It closes at 11pm and the music is quiet but Phoenix were still good last year (when the wind wasn’t blowing the music away) and Toumani Diabate was sensational the year before that. This year I will be struggling to choose between Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Twin Shadow, Zola Jesus, Mount Kimbie, The Horrors, Kieren Hebden(Four Tet)/James Holden, Jamie XX, Matthew Dear, Erol Alkan, Glasser and Born Ruffians and I don’t think it’s possible to fit them all in. Usually end up lost or staggering around off my face not really seeing anyone, but it’s always great fun! £40 for the day but worth it for the wealth of good bands that you might not see anywhere else.

Enjoy the summer!


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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in News, Uncategorized


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Christian AIDS Week

For those of you that have missed the aforementioned underground dance phenomenon from Manchester, I am not referring to the religious charitable organisation, although I’m sure their work is also fantastic. Chrisitan Aids is a shadowy producer/group from Manchester who in a similar vein to fellow mysterious Manc’s, WU LYF, don’t give any personal details, don’t really give interviews (although when he/they do they’re pretty weird), and go as far as to never fully show his/their own faces in any of their videos or pictures.
Their sound can be likened to a dark, minimal version of mid 90s ambient techno that they describe themselves as being ”Doom Wave/Creep Rave”. There is clearly an impact from the history and landscape of the area which heavly influences the music and its hard not to draw comparisons between Christian Aids’ style and the house and rave culture which developed in 80s and 90s Manchester.
The underground rave culture references are further emphasised by the homemade videos which accompany the tracks, which also include some entertaining sarcastic comment. Indeed the videos alone offer an interesting look at how youth culture is currently consuming the internet and could be said to have its own artistic merit as a social commentary.
Tomorrow marks the start of Christian Aids week, and after performing what was said to be an absolutely amazing set at The Great Escape (which included sending out a coded message to all of their twitter followers inviting them to join the on stage for their performance in Brighton) last week they should be fully warmed up for their impending performance at The Old Blue Last on Thursday as part of The Stagg and Dagger mini festival. I can’t recommend this enough, so you should all come down and join the crumble crew who’ll be raving at the back of the room sporting their favourite 90s t-shirts.
You can grab the 7” of ‘Stay +” and ‘Young Luv’ here.
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Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Uncategorized


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The Weeknd – What you need

As if we needed any more evidence of how cool The Weeknd are. Here is their latest video. Unexplained morning after goings on that are as mysterious as the artist’s music. If you don’t know The Weeknd, see our review of the album.

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Posted by on May 13, 2011 in News, Uncategorized


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The Very Best DJs, Afrikan Boi MC, Marina Gasolina DJ, more Friday 13th – Villain (East Village), Shoreditch 8pm-3.30am Free mixtape release party

I just want to highlight all of your attention to this guaranteed-to-be-incredible party. We will be there so look for the four identical-looking young chappies with great hair and abs of steel. I am actually so excited!! We gave you a link to the mixtape earlier this week/last week. It’s free to download and it’s got a number of fuckin superb tracks on it. Par example:


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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Uncategorized


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