Sunday, 18 December 2011

The Milk - B Roads

Between November 21th and December 17th Breaking More Waves has been going list-mental. Ones to Watch 2012 (15 of them in total), the Blog Sound of 2012 poll, the run down on our 10 favourite albums of the year and commentary on the BBC Sound of 2012 list, it feels like we’ve exhausted our ability to compile and order music to make some sort of sense of the world.

So now, up until Christmas, when a short break is in order, we get back to doing what we do. That is featuring our favourite new tunes together with the occasional debate and discursive piece on issues that surround our passion.

So following our Ones to Watch 2012 it’s probably worth reminding you of one of our Ones to Watch for 2011 and this lot. Chelmsford white-soul boys The Milk probably didn’t put out quite the volume of material we were hoping for last year although their one single (All I Wanted Was) Danger would have been in our top 10 tracks list, but we're fat and bloated with lists and can't take any more.

However 2012 looks mighty promising with the band having now put the ink on the line with a new imprint called Sign Of The Times, an alliance between Sony Music UK and Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment. Now the band have the backing to do what we’ve always wanted them to do and to get out of London (where they’ve been packing out sweating venues including Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, Jazz Cafe, XOYO and Barfly ) to show people what they’re made of. With a 28 date UK tour of all of the best and worst of toilet venues, there’s no excuse if you live in England, Scotland or Wales for not going out and catching The Milk. This is a band that plays the sweetest yet grittiest of contemporary soul-jams with signature hooks and brassy grooves that absolutely delight ears. Frankly if you press play on the video for Broke Up The Family below (an acoustic version of which will feature on the download version of the single) and don’t feel it, there’s something wrong with you.

The new single from The Milk is B Roads and is available on iTunes and 7” vinyl from today. Vintage crackles and police sirens sidle into a hipshaking retro-party groove complete with street-corner harmonies and funkaholic retro-riffs. Great stuff. Why not give yourself an early Christmas present and buy it now.

B-Roads by thisisthemilk

The Milk - B-Roads (Byron bootleg) by thisisthemilk

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