After what has been too long, we are back. Aneko has moved to the beautiful Bournemouth coastline and become Aneko Waves. A hiatus was needed to recalibrate and work out what Aneko was and what it was I wanted to achieve in music. Aneko Media became Aneko Music, which now focuses on a range of services, from artist management and PR to creative content and project management. I feel now I have it right and can’t wait to get stuck in discovering new music to showcase on our platform here at Aneko Music.
I thought a nice way for us to relaunch would be to look back on some of the amazing bands and artists we have featured and look at where they are now. I’m proud of being able to champion great music early on and follow the well deserved successes and accolades. Here is just a small selection of some of my favourites.
Luke Sital Singh
We first featured Luke in October 2012 on hearing his sublime song ‘Fail For You‘. We said at the time; “Luke Sital-Singh is possibly one of the most exciting new artist I’ve heard in quite a while, regardless of genre”.
Since 2012, his second single ‘Bottled Up Tight‘ gained a place on BBC Radio 1’s In New Music We Trust playlist. Radio 1 and 6 Music went on the add his 3rd single ‘Nothing Stays The Same‘ for playlist rotation which in turn helped Luke secured his first UK top 100 single. Continued support from the BBC followed in the form on longlist selection on the Sound Poll of 2014. Live, Luke his enchant audiences. Extensively touring the UK and Europe as well as tours across the pond in America and Canada, with a nice stop off at The Roundhouse in London last August to open for Robert Plant as part of the iTunes festival 2014.
With a true passion for great songwriting, artistic integrity and quality coffee, he’s an artist that will continue to enchant, and someone we will continue to support. Check out his new EP ‘The Breaking Speed Of Now‘ here!
Way back in May 2011, we stumbled across 3 sisters singing in perfect harmony called The Staves. So captivated by their music, I had had to refer to their synopsis to summarise the performance.
“I stumbled across The Staves on a great blog called Music Travels, and i’m so pleased i did. Here is their synopsis: “The Staves are three sisters who blend their distinctive voices into beautiful, spell-binding harmonies, singing their delicately crafted songs with a folk-twist here, a nod to Americana there and a distinctly British sound.” I attempted to write something myself but there really is no better way to describe this wonderful three piece.”
Since then…..well, they’ve done a lot! Following the success of their debut album ‘Dead & Born & Grown‘ produced by Ethan and Glyn Johns (Kings Of Leon), they have toured extensively in the UK, Europe and US with the likes of Mumford and Sons and Florence And The Machine, performed on prestigious Later…with Jools Holland, received extensive radio and media support, featured in Communions film ‘Austin To Boston‘ with Bears Den and Ben Howard, and following support slots with the inimitable Bon Iver he took the step to produce their second album ‘If I Was‘ which debuted at 14 on the Official UK Album Chart. All in all, you can say they’ve had a pretty sweet few years. We look forward to catching them live in Bournemouth at The Old Firestation in Novmeber. If you’ve not seen them perform live, I strongly recommend you click this link and buy a ticket to your nearest show. Truly magical.
The Slow Show
A band we hold dear at Aneko towers. Working as their radio plugger back in 2012, it’s been great to see their continued success in the UK and beyond. We introduced you to them around the release of their stunning 4 track EP ‘Brother‘. “Hailing from Manchester, which has delivered us some of the greatest bands of the past centaury, but none have delved as honestly into the heritage sound of the north as this group of exceptional musicians.”
This band have never let go of the fact they are proud of their heritage, embracing this into their music. Since 2012 they worked tirelessly producing their stunning debut album ‘White Water‘ released on German label Harlden Pop Recordings, making it their first UK release. Their music pricked the ears of a European booking agent, giving them a platform to perform extensively in Germany and the Netherlands. Now performing to thousands in Europe, the UK is slowly catching up on their truly stunning live show that featured choirs, brass and full orchestration. Still darlings of the BBC specialists including Bob Harris, Lauren Lavern and the great Dermot O’Leary who continues to play a pivotal part in championing the band. They will be heading back out on the road in November for their ‘Long Way Home‘ tour, which starts in Zurich and ends just before Christmas in Manchester at St Philips Church. Get more info and tickets here. I’ll leave the final word to Paul Weller’s drummer Steve White – a vociferous champion – “Manchester’s finest new export: music for the heart and soul.”
Always good to see music you love getting the attention it deserves. Aneko Waves will continue to bring featured tracks and artists from the UK and beyond as well interviews, photography and video content from the scene happening in Bournemouth right now.