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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Ralph's Top 10 Chart - as played on Radio KC - 25.6.17






Tracks from the Top Ten Blogged Bands are played 
every Sunday 5-7pm on Radio KC as part of 
Ralph's Indie Show.







LISTEN TO LAST WEEK'S TOP 10 HERE

AS PLAYED ON RADIO KC - 18.6.17





RALPH'S BRAND NEW TOP 10 CHART 

Published 24.6.17 and as played on 

RALPH'S INDIE SHOW on RADIO KC - 25.6.17






No 1: Culann



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Culann are long time Ralph's Life favourites after not only donating a track for the Ralph's Life CD for Rethink Mental Illness but travelling down to London to play the CD's launch night in the capital's iconic venue Proud Camden.
The Culann journey has seen them play The BarrowlandsKing Tuts 13 times, Wickerman Festival, Tiree Music Festival, GoNorth & Celtic Park, home of Celtic Football Club.








No 2: Ali Ingle 


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Once again Ali Ingle has proved his pedigree as one of the UK's most promising singer songwriters with the release of his delightfully retrospective new single Saintly and we're delighted to be giving it an exclusive premiere here on Ralph's Life.

"I'm really proud to exclusively show you my debut video release with Coconut Creatives They are a cool bunch of people who together make up a London based creative content agency."









No 3: The Moods



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Ralph has been featuring the Blackthorn Festival on the blog recently due to the fact that it's near Manchester and probably the best value for money small festival in the UK.

We've also been singling out a few Manchester bands for some special attention and today it's The Moods turn.












No 4Guide Dog



With a name like Guide Dog, how could Ralph resist checking out their first single I Am The Daddy which is the debut release from their Lovely Domestic Bliss album. 

The tale (or should that be tail) of Guide Dog is many-fold and intriguing and unfolds thus...











No 5: Wozniak



Edinburgh shoegazers Wozniak head south for a handful of shows in the next few weeks, touring their debut album Courage Reels

The band have teamed up with Ralph's favourites Goodsouls Promotions to put together the dates in London, Brighton (in conjunction with Acid Box Promotions), Leeds and Salford. Other than in London, this will be their debut in each of these places. Live, Wozniak are loud, intense and powerful. 









No 6: Artbreak



Ralph's favourite video this week is Will To Survive by London band Artbreak.


Debut single from Artbreak Listen on Spotify














Jamie & Shoony play anthems that have them making waves in Scotland and collecting a loyal fanbase. 

They have played to sell out crowds in some of the country's finest venues such as Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom, O2 ABC, Kings Tuts, The Electric Circus and Saint Lukes.













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Enamel Animal remain close to their roots, and continue to hone their art by the riverbank in the city they love, allegedly drinking tea and whiling away the hours until the end of the world.No automatic alt text available.








No 9: Equinox


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Ralph covered the book release by the mysterious Yorkshire poet Equinox last year with the promise that an album featuring works from the book would appear featuring collaborations with a range of musicians.

Well that time has come to pass as It's Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full Of Sin is now available in digital and CD formats. 












Ralph has followed the musical progression of North Yorkshire based dark hip-hoppers (it's grim up north) Ceiling Demons with increasing interest as they develop their unique soundscape. 

Never shy about capturing the frailties of the human state after initially getting together to pay tribute to a lost friend and then through their musical practice addressing mental health issues; Ceiling Demons have, with the release of their new single March Forward attained a new level of not just retrospective sadness but optimism and aspiration.
















Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Equinox

Image may contain: tree, sky, plant, outdoor and natureRalph covered the book release by the mysterious Yorkshire poet Equinox last year with the promise that an album featuring works from the book would appear featuring collaborations with a range of musicians.

Well that time has come to pass as It's Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full Of Sin is now available in digital and CD formats. 

Nothing overly unusual in that I hear you say, however Equinox has teamed up with a number of indie musicians (including a good few Ralph's Life favourites) to provide unique soundscapes to his spoken word. More unusual still is the track Goodnight Vienna which features the skills of none other than synth pop doyen Vince Clarke.




Image may contain: 1 personThe written word of Equinox takes no prisoners with subject matter ranging from male suicide to prostitution but with equal amounts of undying love and devotion, and its setting to music overlaid with the Northern intonations of Equinox gives the work another more meaningful aural texture.

Twist my arm for a favourite track from an album that is as intriguing as it is clever and it'd have to be Kiss (sorry Vince) which features Feral Five with its sleazy electro back-beat giving it a radio-friendly disco feel.

Contributing artists are: Ashley Reaks, Feral Five, Dementio13, Ceiling Demons, Rosie Bans, Snippet, Vince Clarke, Radio Europa, Nat Lyon, Pulco, Jay Stansfield, Deux Furieuses, Superhand and Will Harris.





Ralph's Indie Show Replay - as played on Radio KC on Sunday 18.7.17

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Katalina Kicks - Guns
FloodHounds - Wide Awake
Guide Dog - I Am The Daddy
Partisan - Ashes
Wozniak - Natsuko
Left Of Summer - Youth
Youngr - Monsters
This Party - Lover
Sounds of Equinox - Kiss (ft: Feral Five)
Little Love and The Friendly Vibes - Two For One
HAWK - Sin
Riffy Dog - Stupid Rules
The Holy Orders - Dedicated Follower Of Fashioning Misery
Tess Of The Circle - This Higher Ground
Andreas S. Jensen - Trust Is My Anchor
Kidsmoke - See The World
Faraday - Better In The Know
PUKK - After SunI Am Derek - Submerged In Love
Mad Marsh Hares - Caught In The Chaos
Frantic Action - Bringing Down The House
Gongkreeper - Perpetual Motion
INCA MAPS - The Fall
Ragweed - Silver Spoon
Single By Sunday - It Is What It Is
HUSKY - Splinters In The Fire





Monday, 19 June 2017

Enamel Animal - Video Of The Week

Image may contain: 3 people, outdoorRalph's favourite video this week is Damocles by Enamel Animal who are an alternative rock band hailing from Liverpool, melding together a sound that encompasses heavy riffs, psychedelic undertones, pulsating rhythm and unique melodica. 

Since 2012 the band have gone through several phases and lineup changes, with founding members Phil, Ryan and Glen mainstays throughout, sharing the stage with the likes of Bad Sign, Crazy Town, FOES, Exit_International, as well as Ralph's Life favourites The Hyena Kill and Rival Bones. 


No automatic alt text available.Enamel Animal self-released a debut album, Unfaith, which was released in February 2017 to critical acclaim in underground rock/metal circles, leading them to their recent signing with Holier Than Thou Records

Enamel Animal remain close to their roots, and continue to hone their art by the riverbank in the city they love, allegedly drinking tea and whiling away the hours until the end of the world.

Damocles is a song about the corruption of the soul that power can bring, quite apt in these troubled political times.