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Banana Hill Autumn Series announced

The summer is well and truly over; but don’t fear, we have a full autumn schedule of parties to warm your bones as the days begin to shorten, including a four-part birthday […]

Gottwood Festival Returns For 2016

Carefully crafted and impeccably programmed, Gottwood Festival is set to announce its return for 2016. The four day event, situated within a forest clearing on the coast of an area […]

CHIBUKU SHAKE SHAKE 2015

This month saw the re-opening of Chibuku’s infamous parties in Liverpool. The club night Chibuku is synonymous with the city’s dance scene & in their 15th year, it shows now sign […]

BÊTE – Serenity

Salford/Manchester based BÊTE have been around for a short while now. Having created a buzz around the city with enthralling live shows and a masterful first single that sparked the […]

Preview: The Garden Party 2015

Words: Sam Fawcett This August bank-holiday weekend see’s the launch of a brand spanking new collaboration between some of the biggest names in the north. The Garden Party will be […]

Interview: Typesun

Ahead of his appearance at Love Saves The Day in his hometown of Bristol this weekend (Sunday 24th May, Main Stage) we caught up with Luke Harney aka Typesun via […]

Interview: Late Nite Nuff Guy

We caught up with Australian DJ and producer Late Nite Tuff Guy ahead of his set at Mint Festival this weekend. LNTG also plays for Nice Like Rice in Sheffield […]

RBMA UK Tour: Manchester

Red Bull continue their takeover of the world with a month-long RBMA Tour of the UK, stopping off in Glasgow, Bristol, London and finally Manchester this weekend. Ever impeccable programming brings […]

Dimensions Festival 2015 Review

Two years after popping our metaphorical Dimensions Festival cherry, we returned to the idyllic Croatian coast and the cavernous fort that plays host to one of the best electronic music […]

Dekmantel Festival 2015 Review

Words: Sam Fawcett The electronic music landscape in 2015 is a strange one, brimming with choice but lacking in substance. UK dance music fans seem to pack up their best […]

Review: RBMA Tour – Manchester

Words: Chris Knight & Sam Fawcett | Photos: Athena Anastasiou / Leo Francis Red Bull Music Academy’s UK tour finished up in Manchester recently, with a packed schedule across numerous venues […]

Fantasma Ft. Moonchild – Shangrila

Fantasma are basically everything we love. Infectious. Joyous. Warm warm road trip vibes. 60s garage, soul, sunny hip hop, afro-pop. Everything you want, pretty much. If you haven’t already got […]

Interview: Tom Blip (Blip Discs)

You might have read our recent coverage of the second release from new Leeds-based label Blip Discs – we caught up with label head Thomas King (aka Tom Blip) to […]

Dimensions Festival 2015 Boat Parties

Line ups for the boat parties at Dimensions Festival 2015 were revealed last week, with the final few additions coming earlier today. As you could have predicted with the likes […]

Interview: Sahin Meyer (Hlanganani Music)

There are a huge number of new independent labels cropping up around the world releasing some of the most forward-thinking music in recent years, though few have had such an impression […]

THE GARDEN PARTY 2015 REVIEW

  2015 saw The Garden Party move from it’s home at The Faversham to pastures new in the shadow the historic Tetley Brewery. The two day inner-city festival was celebrating […]

2015 Festival Highlights

  Despite the influx of snow recently, February is the time for looking ahead and making the tough decision on which festival(s) to entrust your precious days of summer with. […]

Review: 10×10 – Four Tet (live)

The Warehouse Project and Manchester International Festival teamed up recently to celebrate their respective tenth anniversaries in the city, carefully curating a programme of epic proportions at the Mayfield Depot and […]

Review: Why Front? Launch Party

Why Front? is the latest endeavour from the brains behind Banana Hill, and if it’s first night is anything to go by then this is one to keep marked in […]

Dekmantel Festival 2014 Review

As one of the lowest priced music festivals abroad, the incredible line-up Dekmantel Festival boasted made it all seem too good to be true. Featuring names a plenty that I […]

Banana Hill Manchester Launch Party

  After 3 years of throwing parties across The Pennines in Sheffield with recent & upcoming guests such as Gilles Peterson, Andrés, FunkinEven,Seven Davis Jr, Alexander Nut, Horse Meat Disco, dEbruit, Auntie Flo, Owiny Sigoma Band, LV, Nozinja, Flako, Romare & more, […]

DJ Spoko Resident Advisor Podcast

A recent edition of RA‘s podcast series comes from one of South Africa’s greatest pioneers DJ Spoko (aka Marvin Ramalepe). Guided through his formative years as a producer nearly two decades […]

Sheffield Listings 10-15th November

Another week and another load of amazing stuff happening in the Steel City. Thursday sees the incredible Ibibio Sound Machine grace The Harley stage with their blend of highlife, afrobeat, post […]

Sheffield Listings 3-9th November

As everyone will be burning themselves and causing irreversible damage to their skin on Wednesday, we begin this weeks listings from the following day. Semi Detached kick off the weekend with some sleek […]

Welcome

After many months of frustration, rotting fruit, love, heartbreak and many other emotions, Banana Hill returns in earnest with a new website and fresher-than-ever enthusiasm. After our entire archive of […]

Vans – Kenzo Edition

Vans.  Probably the most popular shoe brand around at the moment.  You can’t really go wrong with a pair as they’re usually quite comfortable, durable, good looking and not too […]

Thomas Azier – Metropolitan Tribe

When you’re a student, like me, all the days seem to merge into one. But for those of you who actually hate Mondays, here is some twinkly electro-pop from Berlin artist […]

The Pyramids – Memory Ritual

Whilst our last post threw you into a post-Odd Future megalopolis, this entry take you on a journey along the Nigerian dirt roads that spawned Afrobeat. This relaxing melody, infused […]

Raiderukkus

Born in Queens, brought up in Brooklyn, and now based in South Miami Heights, Raiderukkus makes hip-hop that sounds like a kind of fucked up love-child of various members of […]

Booddha – She Was Lost EP

We first introduced Dutch producer Booddha a couple of weeks ago with his track “Bellybutton Boogie” (read here), and also mentioned that he would be releasing his debut EP at […]

PLEZIER

Thanks to Vresh for the heads up on this, amazing EP from French producer Plezier,  complete with a great remix from River Gbeh. Future-garage brilliance. Stream below! [bandcamp album=3275573258 bgcol=FFFFFF […]

A$AP Rocky – Pretty Flacko

This years BBC sound of 2012 list was surprisingly good, well, much better than normal anyway. The last three winners have been the delightfully boring Jessie-J, Ellie Goulding and Little […]

?YAD

During the continuing rise in popularity of a wide spectrum of house and techno nights here in Sheffield, including Cargo, Drumro[ll], Downlo, De:Bug and Collect! to name a few, it’s […]

Banana Hill Mixtape #001

We’re happy to present our first ever mixtape, which was recorded on the fly. Tracklisting below! M.I.A – Banana Skit Hudson Mohawke – Thank You Ifan Dafydd – Miranda Kelly […]

Disclosure – Flow

I’ve been waiting to hear what the other side to Disclosure‘s upcoming single “Tenderly” would sound like, and fortunately it seems they’re not going to stop churning out truly incredible […]

Gang Colours

June 2011 saw the 12″ release of an amazing EP from Gang Colours entitled “In Your Gut Like A Knife”. Though the name might suggest some kind of sonic assault, […]

Chameo

I feel like we don’t post enough disco these days, so it’s wonderful that to start the year we can point you in the direction of this feel-good stomper from […]

Booddha

Booddha (aka Niels van der Donk) hails from Amsterdam, and creates the kind of minimal-house inflected dubstep that’s been pushing it’s way to the forefront of the bass music scene, […]

Youth Lagoon New Video

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/34332459 w=400&h=225] Youth Lagoon – July from Tyler T Williams on Vimeo. Tyler T Williams does it again with his video for “July” by Youth Lagoon, from their album […]

Mogadishu

This is our first post of 2012, giving you a heads up on a lovely brand new track from duo Mogadishu. Following up a few well-recieved remixes of artists including […]

Banana Hill Top Tracks 2011 (10-1)

This is it! The big one! 2 days before the year ends we take a look back at our favourite 10 tracks from 2011…. 10. “Dirty Paraffin – “OKSHARP!MALUMKOOLKAT” Okay, here it […]

Ifan Dafydd – Treehouse/To Me

“Treehouse” is an incredible track from mysterious producer Ifan Dafydd that’s been knocking around for a while as a demo version/radio rip, but the good news is it will be […]

Azealia Banks – Liquorice

Azealia Banks goes hard over an early 90s style hip-hop/ house beat, produced by  Nottingham resident –Lone. After the success of 212, it was always going to be difficult to […]

Jonas Rathsman – Tobago

Aquí está el vídeo nuevo de Jonas Rathsman – Tobago. Tiene influencias de Río de Janeiro Y me gusta mucho! Feliz Navidad, putas! Tobago [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llYWjltBUPU&w=560&h=315]

Cave Painting

Hailing from the South-coast, seaside hub, Brighton, Cave Painting, despite languishing in the nether regions of England, have certainly been making their way up the country into the ears of […]

Disclosure – “Tenderly”

We first talked about London duo Disclosure back in June (view article here) when they released a single via Transparent. I still listen to it all the time, so it’s […]

Inspired and the Sleep: New Video

It’s getting to that time of year when each day is a wonderful almagamation of sleet, wind and numb toes, however there are some things that take you back to […]

Stalley

A little bird told me that Stalley is going to be part of XXL’s (in)famous Freshmen Of The Year list for 2012. As with any kind of musical list, from […]

Hutchinson December Mixtape

In keeping with a theme of mixtapes, here is another one for your listening pleasure. A great future-disco mix from Newcastle based DJ Andrew Hutchinson. Hutchinson December Mixtape

Gomma Podcast #61

Here is a lovely mixtape from one of our favourite disco labels, Gomma Records. Throw some headphones on and chill for an hour. Gomma Podcast #61 – Valentino’s Capuchos Mix

Gold Panda – Marriage

Leaving your itunes on shuffle can often make you think things like ‘Did I REALLY used to listen to the Kaiser Chiefs?’ or ‘I remember The Drums, haha, what a […]

Maxxi Soundsystem & DRW

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdJzJU3gJ_8&w=640&h=360] FRESH. This is the video for “Open Your Eyes”, featuring Royston, by Maxxi Soundsystem & DRW. Great track

Munoz

One of my more successful trawls through the internet unsurfaced an absolute GEM in the form of ridiculously young beat-maker Munoz. Based in Illinois, he has an extremely small online […]

Sepalcure

This is my second post today about music from Brooklyn, but this time in a very different vein. Here is the video for the single “Pencil Pimp“, which came out […]

Cities Aviv – Wet Dreams

We mentioned Cities Aviv a while ago, and it seems hes blossoming into a very complete artist. His latest track, released a couple of days ago is just as impressive […]

AZEALIA BANKS – 212

I think we need to wash this gyal’s mouth out with soap and water, ‘cos her lyrics are pure filth. Harlem born Azealia Banks, 19, doesn’t give a fuck. She’s […]

Dream Garden

Dream Garden is the creation of 19 year old Sheffield resident Joe Andrassy. He has a diverse style that bounces from genre to genre, yet each track stands out on […]

Onra – “No Matter What”

This spectacular track, “No Matter What“, is from French producer Onra‘s new album, Chinoiseries Pt. 2, which comes out on November 15th on All City. The record takes influence from […]

Dirty Paraffin

Johannesburg isn’t the easiest place to grow up. You have rich people close to poor people, a history of segregation and violent struggle, sprawling townships and high crime. But rising […]

Arctic Monkeys New Video

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwir-pg7WiA&w=640&h=360] This is a new video from Arctic Monkeys for the b-side to the “Suck It and See” single that comes out on Monday. I was a fan of the […]

Beyoncé New Video

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWCwc1_sYMY&w=640&h=360] Here is new video from Beyoncé featuring J.Cole. Fruity.

DJ JD Sports

This is now the third time that I have written about Archy Marshall a.k.a Zoo Kid a.k.a King Krule and the third time he has called himself a different name. Now […]

Tall Black Guy

At certain times, specific regions become focal points for a particular scene or style. Manchester was home to some great indie bands in the 1980s, New Orleans is still the […]

Friends: “I’m His Girl” video

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5VNumNJyqE] Here is a video from Brooklyn band Friends, for their single “I’m His Girl”, directed by Samantha Urbani and Aurora Halal. The single is out on October 31 […]

The Roots – Make My (Leaked)

An exclusive sneak peak into the new album from The Roots has just surfaced on the internet. The song features Big K.R.I.T and is the first track to leak from […]

Caravan Palace

Caravan Palace make French Electroswing. Sounds awesome already, right? I could leave it there and not write anymore….. Ok, I might write just a little bit more. The current band […]

M.I.A – Baile Funk One

WOOOOOOOO Banana Hill has finally made it onto the Hype Machine. To celebrate, here is a Funk Carioca track from an old M.I.A mixtape called Piracy Funds Terrorism. It was […]

Nas – Nasty (Video)

I have had many an argument with a good friend of mine as to who is the best rapper of all time. His argument is unshakeable and immovable: Nas. I […]

Modeselektor

Modeselktor recently collaborated with Thom Yorke on a number of tracks. The result was eerie pieces of slow-building music, that got better with each listen. However, the electro music collective from Berlin’s […]

Radiohead vs Jacques Green

This limited 12″ featuring Caribou‘s interpretation of “Little by Little” (listen here), as well as a remix of “Lotus Flower” by Jacques Greene was released back in June on Ticker […]

Massive Attack vs Burial

Wow, here it is. The long awaited limited 12″ heavyweight vinyl collaborative effort from Burial and Massive Attack, “Four Walls/Paradise Circus“, released on Inhale Gold and The Vinyl Factory. It features […]

King Krule

Wait…I recognize that voice, I recognize those anguished lyrics….It sounds like Zoo kid. Hang on, it is! But with a new name. Archy Marshall – the amazingly talented teenager from London is back under a new […]

Trim – I Am

Once talked of as the successor to Dizzee Rascal and Wiley, Trim stole the show on Roll Deep tracks with his gruff vocals and original wordplay. He left Roll Deep […]

Biting Elbows – The Stampede

So, a candidate for music video of the year was released a few days ago in the form of Biting Elbows’ new song – The Stampede. They name the video […]

Cities Aviv

“By the time I’m 25, yeah, the world is mine.” Memphis born rapper/ producer  Gavin Mays a.k.a Cities Aviv is a dude with ambition. His style is eclectic and his […]

Silver Apples

Silver Apples: A Humbling, Enlightening Experience Only in retrospect do I realise the magnitude of the effects upon me that the previous evening has had – not only was I […]

Fe La Soul

Mixing Fela Kuti with De La Soul to make Fe La Soul isn’t just an exciting play on words, but an exciting piece of music too! This musical tapestry is […]

CANT

Anyone who is a fan of the Brooklyn based band Grizzly Bear will be accustomed to Chris Taylor’s haunting vocals alongside his multi-instrumental offerings. However, the producer/vocalist/musician is now trying […]

Friends

You could be forgiven for ignoring yet another hipster indie outfit emerging from Brooklyn, yet it shouldn’t be this ensemble of swagged out kids. After the recent influx of bands […]

DoomStarks

When Watch the Throne came out, many were saying that it is the perfect hip-hop duo. Kanye at the top of his game alongside veteren Jay-Z. Well not in my […]

Long Arm

“I would never fallen in love with the spring, if I wouldn’t know the autumn. I would never leave my home, if I wouldn’t feel how dear it is to […]

Zed Bias

After a 2-month-long hiatus, Banana Hill is returning with the usual exciting array of new music and fresh exotic beats. Keep checking here for the exciting news we have in […]

White Denim New Album

You can currently stream Austin quartet (formerly trio) White Denim‘s new album, “D” on the NME website here. Yeah, it’s mint. Look out for a UK tour which is rumoured […]

Disclosure

South London duo Disclosure release their limited second single “Carnival/I Love… That You Know” today via Transparent, which you can buy here. At only 16 and 19, the two brothers […]

5 Dope female Rappers

In a male dominated and misogynistic industry, crafting a successful career as a female rapper is an exceptional achievement. So here are 5 of my favourite women that ever did it (In no particular […]

Jamie xx

Here is the debut solo single from Jamie xx, “Far Nearer“, which is also accompanied by the B-side “Beat For“. The single follows up his incredible collaborative album with the […]

Friendly Fires – Pala

Named after the infamous Aldous Huxley thriller, Friendly Fires’ release their second instalment to their growing discography in the form of their new album, Pala. After their first, self-titled album […]

The Horrors – Still Life

The Horrors return with a brooding Joy Division-esque track from their new album ‘Skying’ – which will be released 26th July. Still Life is the impressive lead single from the […]

Dels – GOB (Melting patterns)

The recent trend amongst UK hip-hoppers seems to be rapping about their drunken mishaps. Ghostpoet started it in his recently released LP Cash and Carry me Home and Dels has […]

Arctic Monkeys – Reckless Serenade

The Sheffield based band are ringing in your ears once again, as the usual and predictable anticipation surrounds the release of their curiously named forthcoming album: Suck it and See, […]

Tom Vek

After over 5 years of virtual silence, Tom Vek reveals the first single “A Chore” to be taken from his long-awaited, and in my case yearned for, new album “Leisure […]

65daysofstatic

Rarely does a band create such a fuse of originality and genuinely good music. It’s not often that a group is so hard to compare to any other. Not frequently […]

Young Digerati

Coming across bands such as San Francisco four-piece Young Digerati is always a pleasure, especially when the first thing you hear is a perfectly crafted dreampop single such as “The […]

Wu Lyf – LYF (new video)

Wu Lyf have been touted often in the past year as one of the most exciting and one of the most mysterious bands on the planet, with each description fueling the other […]

SebastiAn – Embody

Electro and House music has featured quite heavily recently on Banana Hill via Tyson and more recently, Wagon Christ. The latest piece of ear food we have for you is […]

Wagon Christ

The most recent thing from a long list of other things that i have discovered from the glorious and illustrious Ninja Tune record label is a man who goes by […]

The Strokes – Angles

After an extensive break since their last studio album First Impressions of Earth all the way back in early 2006, the New York 5-piece band have returned with their latest […]

Girls Names

I first stumbled upon Belfast noise pop trio (formerly duo) Girls Names a few months ago, and it seems I was once again slow on the uptake. Forming in January […]

Quadron

Surprisingly, The Scandanavian soul scene is thriving right now and this is partly due to Danish ‘Electro Soul’ producing duo Quadron. Singer Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj and multi-instrumentalist/ producer Robin Hannibal […]

Tyson

Mysterious London based producer Tyson is quietly crafting an incredibly catchy array of disco tracks, with the most recent arriving two weeks ago in the form of Swiss nu-disco pioneer […]

Procedure Club

Hailing from New England, shoegaze duo Procedure Club create the kind of 60’s inspired fuzz pop many bands aspire to, and with debut LP ‘Doomed Forever’, released in June 2010 […]

The Foo Fighters – Rope

And so it seems that The Foo Fighters continue their U2/Oasis style voyage into mediocrity with their seventh studio album, Wasting Light. Even as a late arrival to the Foo […]

Zoo Kid

Archy Marshall aka Zoo Kid, is only 16 years old. He has ginger hair and he is part of the alumni of the talent factory that is the Brit School. […]

The fruit bowl 07/02/2011

Having exams seriously limits the amount of time i can spend looking for new music on the internet. However now that this is no longer a barrier, i can go […]

Sam Moir Introduces

This Friday will mark the end of three months of preparation for Sheffield University student Sam Moir, as he releases his compilation of hotly tipped Underground DJs in Sam Moir […]

Odd Future- OFWGKTA

Odd future or OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All)seem to have disdain for those who blog about them. In fact they seem to have disdain for pretty much […]

The fruit bowl 10/01/2011

Welcome to the fruitbowl! Hopefully this will become a weekly occurrence. Its just a few songs that have been on repeat all week. Some new, some not so new. Toro y […]

Manchesters Finest

When thinking of contemporary British music, Manchester is always known as a place synonymous with great bands. I don’t have to go through them to prove it, but my home town seems to be a breeding […]

J to the Dilla

I just want to establish early on that my favorite hip hop producer of all time is the late great JDilla. The dudes got it all, the funkiest basslines in hiphop, the […]