Hello everybody, welcome back! Today I’m going to be sharing with you my review of the November edition of the Flying Vinyl subscription box. I’m sure you all already know what this company does but if you don’t then let me explain…
Flying Vinyl is a monthly subscription box that sends you five 7″ records a month, all of which are pressed exclusively and are of high quality. The company was created by a young man named Craig Evens who like myself was frustrated due to how the use of the internet to promote music meant a lot of it wasn’t getting the attention it deserved. He founded Flying vinyl to help both music lovers find great new bands and to help fund artists to allow them to keep making music.
Every three boxes the packaging is redesigned and this month was the last of the yellow and green tropical design. And of course, all the boxes turn into little sleeves with the name of the month written down the side so you can easily categorize them which if like myself you’re a bit of a neat freak when it comes to your vinyl collection then I’m sure you will love this little touch. A small book is also included with every box with a bit of information about all of the artists, it just makes it that little more fun and saves you searching the internet to find out who the bands/artists are.
Flying vinyl is only £20 a month which I think is super cheap considering the exclusiveness and quality of the records. This months box came packed full of fantastic music from some great artists, so without further ado, let’s get into the reviews…
A-side- All in my mind
Isaac Gracie is a name that I heard popping up all over the scene recently and I hadn’t had the chance to check him out until now and I’m so happy that this was in the box as his voice is one of the most fantastic I have heard in a while. The A-side ‘All in my mind’ is a breathtaking guitar driven track that displays pure emotion through the at times wobbly vocals that really add character to the track. The B-side ‘Reverie’ is an indulgent track about heartache that is perfectly textured and provides a really warm feeling that is perfect for this time of year.If you want to catch him live he is going to be playing at Village Underground in London on the 30th of January.
The ninth wave
The ninth wave are a Glaswegian four-piece who are storming the UK indie scene with their 80’s inspired bangers. Something I really liked about these guys was the co-vocals on these tracks from lead singers Haydn and Elina as I haven’t heard a male and female together lead tracks in such a way. A-side Reformation’ opens with pounding drums before settling into the bouncy track packed full with atmospheric synths. Side B ‘Heartfelt’ is a beautifully layered track that features echoing vocals thrown over funky riffs and pounding drums. This comes pressed on bright white vinyl.
B-side White Whale
Colouring are a London formed quartet who have smashed the indie scene, racking up millions of streams and even gaining a support slot on The 1975’s North-American tour. A-side ‘Heathen’ is a warm track that is grounded by a beautiful jazz infused bassline and is complimented by the delicate use of classical strings. B-side ‘White whale’ shows a different side to the band by incorporating electro-pop and dance elements,I tend to not enjoy such drastic changes in genre from one band, however, something about this just works and I may now be totally in love with this band!
A-side- The Bay
B-side- Angel (Acoustic)
Newbies onto the scene Stereo Honey are absolutely killing it at the moment and these two tracks really showcase their talent. A-side ‘The Bay’ is one of those songs that gets better and better with every play, it’s a very soft track that follows the story of the Morecambe Bay disaster in such a cleverly crafted soulful manner. The B-side is a stripped back version of their track ‘Angel’ that really showcases lead singer Petes hauntingly stunning vocal ability. Stereo Honey are definitely one to watch!
A-side- Come along
B-side- Mind of rocks
I’m not going to lie to you, It took me a couple of listens to get into this but I gave it the time it needed and I think it’s brilliant. He experiments with all sorts of sounds, even sampling a range of animal noises and I think that this quirkiness is what makes him so wonderfully different from a lot of the emerging acts at the moment. The A-side track ‘Come along’ sounds almost theatrical with the use of many instruments demonstrating perfectly what it means to be an experimental act. The B-side ‘Mind of rocks’ is a downtempo track that contrasts really well with ‘Come along’ I really like this pairing on one record as I feel it gives a perfect insight into Sheldrake’s musical capability.
So there we go, my review of this months Flying vinyl boxset, If you wish to subscribe yourself for the low price of £20 a month or just want to know more then simply click here: flyingvinyl.co.uk
Also, Flying vinyl have recently announced their very own podcast that is going to be available over on iTunes, simply search for ‘Flying Vinyl’ or click here to subscribe: Flyingvinylpodcast
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Flying Vinyl because without you this post wouldn’t be possible.