Quickfix Subscribers Digital Singles Club
January Artist No.1: Tash Caesar ‘Human’
Hailing from Exotic South-East London, Vocalist-bassist Tash Caesar makes grungey funk music.However, tragically born with a rare phobia of boxes, for health reasons
her music cannot be put into a box. She believes that “music should be many shapes, not to be looked at but to be experienced and never as pretentious as this sentence”. Her
album ‘The 13th’ was one of our favourite releases of last year and her work with Half Decent and Lee Christian has been wonderful, so we are very excited to have her as the inaugural artist for this project.
Tash Caesar could never escape music. South-East London born of a StLucian/Grenadian background. Raised in a household with each room blaring out into her receptive eardrums the various genres from; Reggae, Gospel R&B to rock and funk. As a reflex action at the age of 13 began writing her own songs and recording them in her hi-tech studio (Cassette player and tape ) in the garden shed. All whilst dreaming that one day she would make it as a Vet. This was clearly not meant to be. The musical magnetic pull was upon her. Free is what she aims to be as an independent artist working with other like minded artists . Not based on their name-dropping potential or how many followers they have but for genuine love of how they express their art. Now, as well as being Vocalist/Bassist for the band The Giving Style she continues to work on her solo projects releasing the single 'Distance/ The Chosen Ones'. Still, in the shed in back garden which she calls 'The Afrotreehouse” she has finally given up on all her delusional dreams of a life not based on creativity. Music is her reality, she has no choice. “I am a writer (In practice) I am a musician (In Practice) I am a Human being (still in practice)"- Tash Caesar.
Credits for ‘Human’ by Tash Caesar
Written and produced by - Tash Caesar
Bass &Vox - Tash Caesar
Special FX- Benja Brozel
Guitar- Adam Gibbard
© & ℗ - Tash Caesar/Quickfix Recordings
Listen to the recipe inspiration for Human on Spotify here
February/Artist No.2: The Sexy Wild East ‘Banksy Moon’.
THE SEXY WILD EAST are a 2 Piece Electronic Punk band based in Budapest, Hungary. Neil Hanson, an exiled stalwart of the Leeds music scene and singer in political-punk-rock Tom Robinson favourites Kleine Schweine and mysterious Chester-born chimp-man Finlay McLauchlan, met in a scuzzy underground Budapest boozer, bonded over cheap, strong Pálinka and began to make music together towards the end of 2019. The duo also came from different musical places:
Neil, who has played with The Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, Bow Wow Wow, Goldblade and at countless UK festivals and gigs across Europe (Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Slovakia etc), loves The Pogues, Pixies, Gogol Bordello and a whole host of aggro-punk (plus of course the bands you hear praised in ‘Banksy Moon’). While Finlay loves Kanye West, Skrillex, Post Malone and Frank Ocean and quite potentially, bananas. This meeting of very different minds and styles has led to a unique concoction that, in keeping with their geographical story, lands in a totally different place entirely with unexpected & pleasing results! 2020’s self-recorded and self-released debut Ranting & Raving is a harsh but fair critique of the British and US leaders’ ineptitude and personality flaws. Its standout debut single Donald Trump is an Arsehole has won 'The Angry Pet Shop Boys' fans all over the world. Follow-up single 'A Statue of Paddington Bear', a jovial tongue-in-cheek rant about the statue lovers of Great Britain, was released at the end of 2020… Now, in a shocking about-turn, new single for Quickfix Recordings ’Digital Singles Club, Banksy Moon - they urge you to “Turn the news off and get your rocks of”… sounds like a plan!
Credits for ‘Banksy Moon’ by The Sexy Wild East
Written, performed and recorded by
Neil Hanson & Finlay McLauchlan
Mixed & Mastered by Oliver Mossop
Artwork - Jo Hanson
Listen to the recipe inspiration for Banksy Moon on Spotify here
March/Artist No.3: Saturn Saturn Saturn - ‘The State We’re In’.
March’s Quickfix Digital Single Of the Month is The State We’re In by Saturn Saturn Saturn, a.k.a singer/songwriter Ben Capper, formerly of psyche/punk/hardcore Lamacq faves The Mighty Saguaro (“The best band in Liverpool” according to Gigwise). The ‘band’ name Saturn Saturn Saturn was suggested by his 5 year old son Fox, who also contributes some atmospheric synths to the song. In actual fact, there isn’t even really a band. Just Ben (writing and performing everything), some guitars, some friends… plus Fox’s looming influence, of course. The song features stellar lead guitar by guest Craig Williams, also formerly of The Mighty Saguaro. This marks the first time Ben and Craig have collaborated since the break-up of the band in 2004, after playing with the cream of the Undergound like Cat On Form, 80’s Matchbox B-line Disaster, Part Chimp, Youthmovies, The Edmund Fitzgerald (half of Foals) and Dischord legends Lungfish. The final mix was provided by Lee Christian, chosen not for his recent remixes of Kellindo, MC Tunes,
Shed 7, Foals & more, but instead for his long-forgotten work with 00’s post-rock luminaries The Rock Of Travolta & Lapsus Linguae and Meanwhile, Back In Communist Russia…
Lee’s own band Smilex toured with The Mighty Saguaro, so Quickfix were quick to hook up with Ben soon after the lockdown inspired birth of the project and release of Saturn Saturn Saturn’s debut EP in November 2020.The stars that revolve in Saturn Saturn Saturn’s constellation include (appropriately) Big Star, Bob Mould, Teenage Fanclub, Fugazi, Hendrix, The Beatles, Springsteen and tons of other bands with loud guitars and good songs. That’s the plan really… Loud guitars and good songs. Songs about memory, despair, hope, optimism, pessimism, love, anger and empathy. Songs to make you dance, sing and pick up a guitar. Or songs to make Fox dance, sing and pick up a guitar… Until then, this is The State We’re In.
‘The State We’re In’
By Saturn Saturn Saturn
Words and music by Ben Capper
Ben Capper: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Programming
Craig Williams: Guest Lead Guitar
Fox Capper: Additional Keyboards
© & ℗ - Saturn Saturn Saturn/Quickfix Recordings
Listen to the recipe inspiration for The State We're In on Spotify here
The Subtheory - ‘Fader’
Quickfix followers will by now hopefully be well accustomed with Andy Hill AKA The Subtheory. After a long history of collaboration with the label’s artists Lee Christian, Half Decent and The Prohibition Smokers’ Club culminated last ‘Summertime’ with his remix for Janelle Monae side-man Kellindo (which is bound to return to people’s playlists as the sun creeps out this year), The Subtheory was a perfect choice for the Quickfix Digital Singles Club.
His recent EPs Ventura Blvd and Impact were big favourites with the label, fans of our New Music on Monday playlists and in the synth-wave genre and community. With plenty of diverse projects on the horizon between scoring, a new concept album and various stand alone singles and EPs, the future is bright for The Subtheory.
He’s joined on this track by guitarist Sam Brox, who you might remember from awesome 90s Manchester cult band The Dust Junkys. On this track, Sam trades his signature Hendrixian vibes for some distinctly 80s power-rock, perhaps channelling one of his heroes, the recently deceased Eddie Van Halen (RIP). A unique collaboration bringing together the worlds of 80s electro and pyrotechnic rock. Go ahead and jump!
With a long career working with major record labels and two critically acclaimed albums behind him with his Death of Hi Fi project, Hill is exploring the deeper electronic side of his music and influences. The Subtheory sound speaks of Andy Hill’s experience splitting his time between the UK and Los Angeles but it isn’t straight up palm trees and Testarossas. The music draws from a darker, grittier version of a neo-retro dystopia: Bladerunner noir meets cyberpunk detective?
Andy Hill has always loved making music. Starting off with his parents’ mono record collection as he created on-the-fly remixes with pause buttons and the early days of MPC samplers, before moving into the fully digital age of software DAWs. Through the years, Hill has experimented and explored many genres but with a sustained ethos to create music that moves people - whether it be their feet, their hearts or their minds.
Andy Hill’s music has been featured on BBC primetime TV, in Working Title films and on TV sporting event coverage including the Olympics, Boxing, American Football, European Football Championships, and the legendary Match of the Day. His single “Swim Away” finished as a semi-finalist in the 2015 UK Song of the Year competition.
Away from his own music Hill also presents a fortnightly electronic music radio show, is an avid hiker and climber having summited Mount Kilimanjaro. He is also a committed supporter of human rights causes.
By The Subtheory
Featuring Sam Brox: Guest Lead Guitar
© & ℗ - The Subtheory/Quickfix Recordings
Listen to the recipe/inspiration behind Fader:here
May Artist No.5: ILZE ‘Monster’
Hailing from Moscow, ILZE is Russia’s undiscovered indie-popstress, with several enchanting releases in her motherland that enchanted Quickfix. Her tender 19 years so far have been spent living in Japan as a child, playing in the Vahtangov theatre and of course, singing. Now, studying at the National Theatre Institute, her undying dedication the theatrical arts has resulted in a creative process full of mystery, enigmatic storytelling and an angelic voice. With a wide of influences including The Weeknd, Lana del Rey, Zemfira, Tom Waits, May Wave$, Nicole Dollanganger, Tierra Whack and violin music. She also considers in her influences dance, literature, water and the sky. Her music is contemporary yet otherworldly, with this track including cutting edge production from Eastern Bloc rockin’ beat-maker Cheprox.
Lyrics and vocals by ILZE
Music and Production by CHEPRO
June/Artist No.6: Critter Cabal - Someday/Denim & Paisley
June’s single of the month bucks tradition in the finest fashion being the first double A-side to be released via the club (and on the label since Smilex’s 2003 single Mystique/Sex 4 Sale, but more on that later…) since the prospective B-side came out way too good to not give a little shine, too! Critter Cabal serve up a rootsy and alternative double helping of hearty and wholesome rocking with the yearningly strident ‘Someday’ - with sentiments many will be feeling as we ease out of lockdowns and reconvene with loved ones, followed up by the driving Detroit groove of ‘Denim & Paisley’ with distinctly New York lyrics that conjure chaotic and psychedelic nights in the city that never sleeps. This New York experience is no fantasy or put on - despite the band now being based in Cardiff, Wales. Singer-songwriter Alex Nagle is a journeyman of sound and screen, originally from Rhode Island, USA. Raised in a musical household as step-son of a professional trumpet player for Gold record awardees Blood, Sweat and Tears, Alex grew up in the Chelsea Hotel and the East Village in New York City, surrounded by colourful creatives. Alex then played around the L.A. music scene in the 90s in the Blackouts and Uncalled Four, both bands recording with Grammy nominated producer, Bruce Witkin. That’s also when Alex started exploring acting and voice over work and has never lost interest to this day. He appeared in Indie Films and infamously featured in 80s hairband, Cinderella’s “Coming Home” video. He isn’t allowed to forget it, not for one single day of his life.
Later, in New England, he played in award-winning bands, The Chasers and Plan 9. New York, as usual, is its own character in the Critter Cabal origin story as it was at a Sonic Youth show in Brooklyn that Alex and Bassist Jennifer H Acton realised a mutual interest in similar music and culture. Jen grew up in the sophisticated and competitive Oxford music scene in notorious bands Dolly (with Little Fish/Candy Says front woman Julia Walker) and “one band riot” Smilex who destroyed venues and eardrums up and down the UK toilet scene, supporting the likes of The Damned, The Datsuns and many more. They also earned Playmusic Magazine’s Best Unsigned Live Act 2010. Smilex recorded several EPs including a split EP with the Young Knives and two albums produced by Ace from Skunk Anansie. With a background in classical music, Jen brings micro-melody to her basslines. And it’s in Oxford that we find the final dissident in the Cabal, Drummer (and Producer of the tracks) Dan Goddard. Dan formed legendary underground band The Nubiles (who had keen fans in John Peel, Producer Marc Waterman and Justine Frischmann of Elastica/Then Queen of Britpop!) and The Four Storeys (mainstays of the archetypal Oxford indie label Truck Records), plus played in many more including Cult psyche-pop rock band The Mystics, blistering 50’s Throwbacks The Long Insiders and even Quickfix’s own collective of Oxford Musos The Prohibition Smokers’ Club. Dan produced these two songs for the band, mastered by Tim Turan (Supergrass, Ginger
Baker, Killing Joke, Refused, Swervedriver, TheArt Of Noise, Thin Lizzy, Status Quo). The compost that feeds their sonic parterre: ZZ Top, the Pixies, John Prine, Plan 9,
Leonard Cohen, John Frusciante, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Steve Earle, Joni Mitchell, Roky Erichsen, Iggy Pop, Nick Solomon and many more.
℗ & © Critter Cabal/Quickfix Recording