BELVY of THE CATATONICS – Song For Ewe

“I remember people called it mod punk when it came out even ‘tho they don’t sound anything like The Jam. I think it was probably more because of their fashion and graphics style. But what it is, is an absolute banger of a GREAT record. It’s full of super catchy songs, loud as fuck guitar, great pic slides and really great snotty vocals. It’s also got a bit of an early Dischord sound and attitude”

CYNTHIA PLASTERCASTER (RIP) – Song For Ewe

“The steamy image it conjures up sends sends major goosebumps up and down my spine. I can’t put on mascara and listen to this at the same time.”

ERASERS – Song For Ewe

“This is a stunning record of New Age/Ambient music, that perfectly reflects the personality of the person that made it. Alex has always had a strong and admirable connection to natural world, we remember them talking excitedly about plans to make a documentary about Magpies and their various calls and songs.”

WENDY ATKINSON of HORDE OF TWO – Song For Ewe

“As a bass player, I love hearing bass combined with different types of instruments, in this case the Irani santur, a 72-string instrument dating from approximately 500 BCE. I love the combination of urgency and melancholy I hear in this song.”

EILEEN GOGAN – Song For Ewe

“Even though my own music is strongly influenced by Irish and English folk music I heard while growing up, when I first heard Fats Domino playing “Jambalaya” I was mesmerised. The music sounded so otherworldly. It sounded like a rich swampy terrain, very different from the sometimes bleak and harsh Irish weather. I began digging into the music of New Orleans and Louisiana. I discovered Louis Armstrong and the Blafa Brothers. I was so taken with Armstrong that I named my dog Louis after him!”

MAYA SHENFELD – Song For Ewe

“Megira’s surf rock guitar, bittersweet melodies, and hopelessly romantic lyrics [“…no, no, and you should’t/Don’t say maybe/Maybe today, maybe tomorrow/Tomorrow’s gone…”] remind of a scene from a David Lynch film. I love how timeless this song is, and especially the sound of the rockabilly guitar, knowing it was written in the early 2000s, but it could just as well be dated to the 1960s”

MATCHESS – Song For Ewe

“Cooper (Cooper Crain, producer and member of Bitchin Bajas, Cave) passed along this record to me a few years ago, and it became a morning tradition in my old apartment. We’d put it on and do our calisthenics and routines. Now it sparks a memory of my psyche in those days, and the horizon snaps into focus when I put it on.”

KEV HOPPER – Song For Ewe

“…the music harks back to the early days of sampling: sixties avant garde classical with its dissonant eruptions, drones, reversed sections, human voices pitched beyond their natural range and arranged in sequences…and all endowed with all the shortcomings of the nascent technology… but Cristobal Tapia de Veer has somehow managed to revisit and modernise these traits in a very personal, clever and peculiar way.”

BITCH – Song For Ewe

“I worked at a coffeeshop on 2nd Ave, and one of my customers knew I was a violinist and doing this experimental music with a drummer, and they made me a tape of Bittova to check out. My mind was blown. I felt like I had met a soul sister. The way she was so unafraid to be atonal, wild, how she vocalizes with her violin, all of it. She remains a huge influence on me”

JOHN SCALLY of THE ORCHIDS – Song For Ewe

“Secrets of the Third planet are a Russian band that write and produce ambient-shoegaze , that push the boundaries of sonic bliss. For me it was a joyous piece of sonic pop rock, in what had been a difficult year.”

THE UNDERCOVER HIPPY – LUCKY 7

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JAPANESE TELEVISION – Lucky 7

“The thing I really love about the Durutti Column and this song in particular is the simplicity and space. When you’re making instrumental music it can be tempting to fill in all the gaps, but Vini Reilly can take two or three melodic lines and really make the most of them. I can’t think of anything you could add or take away from this to make it any better.”

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGED “CHOPPERS OVER NEGRIL” – V.S. JOINT SONG OF THE YEAR 2021 & NEW LUCKY 7

“The most prolific gang in town. Impeccable output. Killer production. This album bowled me over when I listened to it. Each track is a thrill and sails unchartered waters.”

SWANSEA SOUND – V.S. JOINT ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2021 & NEW “LUCKY 7”

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BIG IMAGE – Lucky 7

BIG IMAGE – LUCKY 7 Staking their claim to be one of the next big things in the UK, Birmingham four-piece BIG IMAGE boast smart, world-weary lyricism and transformative pop for the masses. Having already built a considerable live following, the members of BIG IMAGE...

FOXX BODIES – Lucky 7

“Taking emotional responsibility for my actions often feels impossible because of the abuse I have experienced and the mood and personality disorders I have. In a fight, flight, or freeze situation, I will flee every single time.”

CAPTAIN ACCIDENT – LUCKY 7

CAPTAIN ACCIDENT – LUCKY 7 LUCKY 7 IS THE FEATURE WHERE WE ASK ARTISTS TO NAME THEIR 6 FAVOURITE SONGS BY OTHERS, AND A LUCKY 7TH SONG OF THEIR OWN… CAPTAIN ACCIDENT creates a unique blend of roots reggae, ska and rocksteady. A sound that is transformed to the live...

CASINO ROCKETS – Lucky 7

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CLEOPATRICK – Lucky 7

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TEKE::TEKE – Lucky 7

“Sonically, there’s a lot going on here ; Melodic and traditional licks go hand-in-hand with the more experimental and noise side of T::T. The tribal rhythm section, the psychedelic guitar solo and the trombone one at the end, the break with the quiet flute, the use of the ‘taisho-koto’ (vintage electric mini-koto, kind of like if a type-writer and a slide guitar had a baby), the elements of surprise, the contrasts…”

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW EPISODE THIRTY TWO – REPEATER RADIO

This week’s optimal characters with “songs for ewe” are: Alex Edkins (METZ/Weird Nightmares), Mark Shippy (US Maple), David Lester (Horde of Two) and Japanese Television. Plus new songs from Rubber Oh, USA Nails, Anne Garner, Drumm Chimp, Telefis and more…

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW Episode Thirteen – REPEATER RADIO

Here's a Mixcloud link to the latest toppermost Velvet Sheep radio show - unlucky for some, episode 13. It featured “songs for ewe” from the following left-fielders and anti-heroes: Orville Neeley (OBNIII's, Orvy) Tim Presley (White Fence, The Fall) Kira Skov Holly...

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW Episode Five – THE NEON HOSPICE

Here’s a link to last night’s fifth episode of Velvet Sheep radio – a show that’s broadcast fortnightly on www.theneonhospice.com A show which a hero Chris Broderick of the Singing Loins has called "beautifully eclectic" and full of "oddball gems"! We'll take that...

VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW Episode Three – THE NEON HOSPICE

Here’s a link to last night’s third episode of Velvet Sheep radio - a show that's broadcast fortnightly on www.theneonhospice.com It included “song for ewe” choices from the following: Ben Ayres (Cornershop) Gary Walker (Wiiija Records) Vern Rumsey (Unwound) Tamar...

SWAMPMEAT FAMILY BAND – brand new track **WORLD EXCLUSIVE**

It’s a World premiere and Velvet Sheep exclusive – brand new track by VS favs Swampmeat Family Band “Baby’s Made Her Plans” from the upcoming second album on Stockholm’s PNKSLM Records…

NIGEL CLARK of DODGY – Song For Ewe

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EXCLUSIVE MIX – V.S. vs TCB “SUMMERISH MIXTAPE” 2019

It's time again for another super sharp shooting mixtape, this time with a slightly optimistic summertime theme from our good brother, DJ Thomas "T-Bird" Jones from the Birmingham soul & garage night Takin' Care of Business (and rambunctious punks the Swampmeat...

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EXCLUSIVE MIX – V.S vs INNER EAR RECORDS, GREECE

“Inner Ear is currently Greece’s leading indie music label, home to some of the most interesting new local bands but also to some very famous Greek artists. They are mainly focused on English-speaking alternative rock, pop and modern folk music but they keep horizons and ears open to any other genre.”

EXCLUSIVE MIX – V.S. vs TCB “DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT” Summer 2018

“TCB and Velvet Sheep have put on their speedo’s and sliders to compile a little Summer Throwdown for you… so put the towel on the sun lounger early, strap on the ear goggles and soak up the Vitamin D”