Yesterday’s Advent Calendar window saw a double helping of fantastic new music from Mister Solo and Fightmilk, which you can still download free here. Today we have another pair of tracks from two Joyzine favourites.
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Gigs. Remember them? As the UK’s live music scene gradually returns with socially distanced shows in tier one and two areas, we’re reminiscing about the last Joyzine nights, back when none of us had any idea of what was coming. With our planned 2019 Christmas show postponed until April 2020 due to issues at the venue (and we all know what happened next), our last show was our 15th birthday celebrations back at The New Cross Inn in the summer of 2018, with a line-up featuring both of today’s Advent Calendar artists.
The Indelicates – Johnny Sold Out
The Indelicates have been big favourites around these parts for well over a decade, and with their last album Juniverbrecher having been themed around the dark forces responsible for bringing about Brexit, it seems appropriate that they are due to re-emerge with a new album just as the UK looks set to fall over the no-deal cliff edge. Today’s track is a brand new recording but won’t be featuring on the new album so we’re delighted share it with you today. In Simon Indelicate’s words:
“This is a track we recorded at home at some point during the lockdowns that doesn’t really have a home as it’s kind of the opposite of how our new album will sound. Thought it might be appropriate.”
Dexy – Drop Your Hand
Another Joyzine regular, dating back to his days as bassist in Corporation:Blend around the tme that Joyzine was making its first forays out into the world, and continuing as frontman for Dexy & The Hand Me Downs and Sweetheart Contract before striking out on his own. We’ve not been keeping count, but we reckon he must be up there in the tally of most appearances at Joyzine gigs, and we’re always delighted to hear news of a new record, so we were suitably thrilled when he got in touch with this slice of melodic loveliness. ‘Drop Your Hand’ was produced by occasional Joyzine contributor Steven Horry (also of 586, The 18 Carat Love Affair, Subliminal Girls and more) and proceeds Dexy’s forthcoming, as yet untitled, second album due for release in early 2021. Speaking of the track, Dexy said: “‘it’s about moving on from negative experiences in your life, which can be painful and disappointing at first but ultimately cathartic.”
The forthcoming LP will be produced by Adrian Hall, who also worked on the first record, and features guest appearances from Lucero’s Rick Steff and Lily Rae from yesterday’s Advent Calendar stars Fightmilk.
Dexy plays a live streaming gig on his Instagram page on 9th December at 7pm – watch it here.
Come back tomorrow for more exclusive tracks + check out the tracks from previous windows, all of which are still available to download:
Day 1: Piney Gir ft. Roxys + MJ Hibbett
Day 2: Brixton Hill Studio Band + Friends
Day 3: Oh!Gunquit + The Kecks
Day 4: Salt The Snail + Dead Horse
Day 5: The Awkward Silences
Day 6: AKDK
Day 7: Lost Map Records – Friends of The Guinness
Day 8: Mister Solo + Fightmilk