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Don't Sleep On: The Heavy

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I have been digging the sound out of Bath in the UK lately, okay... it has been my favorite this week. Though my favorites shift and change from week to week, it's only because there is so much excellent music that I find and that shines in this ever-changing and expanding world of music. So here come The Heavy, a co-ed quintet from the outskirts of Bath, England.

Drawing on influences from funk, soul, blaxploitation film soundtracks, and the gritty garage rock of the Sonics. Guitarist Dan Taylor and vocalist Kelvin Swaby became friends in the 1990s, bonding over a shared appreciation for vintage R&B and Jim Jarmusch films. Joined by bassist Spencer Page, drummer Chris Ellul, and keyboardist Hannah Collins, the two launched their own act -- the Heavy -- and began combining Taylor's distorted guitars with lo-fi samples, horns riffs, stomping percussion, and soulful Prince-styled vocals. The photogenic band made its studio debut in 2007, releasing several singles on the London-based Ninja Tunes label before issuing the full-length Great Vengeance and Furious Fire that fall. An American release followed in early 2008 on the newly minted +1 Records.I also have a download for you all, "Coleen," the excellent single from their new album.

The Heavy - Coleen (MP3)

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The clincher is seeing them of course. Here are some videos from a contest they hosted to create a video for their single "Coleen"...

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBtnrzhk11g&feature=related]

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St81g2Wheqc&feature=related]

and one more, so you can see them in a live situation...

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXagfzVZw14&feature=related]

Peace.

Guru Amrit