Mike

Mike


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Mike

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Throw music at me ...
Bio
Hello i'm Mike, based in Bristol, England. Editor and founder of lovepie. We've been blogging new and some not so new music since 2008. I started lovepie as a way to share the music that wasn't getting the appreciation it deserved from the mainstream media. The last seven years have seen us buildup a small but loyal base of readers, who value lovepie as a reliable outlet for new music. As a side note if you are going to submit a track for audition please consider the sort of music we already post, on LOVEPIE and whether of not your sound fits within that. Just to save any disappointment on both ends.
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Expertise
emerging artists, live events, music writing / blogging, music blogging
Interests
electronic, indie, pop, ambient
Location
Bristol

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Tom Butler submitted media.

Reflection by Darkly

Mike

I'm a sucker for a sucker for dark, brooding pop music. And your track fits that bill. What nails this track for me is the way it builds and builds into a warmer more rounded pop track. I hear so many tracks that don't properly develop, and become kind of stale as they progress. But 'Reflection' manages to keep building the interest, which isn't an easy thing to do. I'll be interested to see how your sound develops over the course of an EP or LP. Thanks for the submission.

Fili Tha submitted media.

Thaquim's Guitaer by 1. Discoforticut

Mike

I like this, i'm always on the look out for left-field, intriguing sounds. And this track fits the bill perfectly. I particularly like the subtle layering. It's dense but it's also really delicate, which is a hard thing to pull off. I'd be very interested to see what some remixers would be able to do with a track like this. I look forward to hearing more of your work. 

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Prince by tygerstrype

Mike

The intro to this track made me think it was going to me something very very different. I was waiting for guitars to come wailing in, and a clipped indie vocal to permeate through. But what transpired was truly beautiful, swirling, and hypnotic. Packed with interesting elements and full over intrigue. Ok so on the face of it, it could be considered indie rock, but I love the interplay with the floating ephemeral electro elements and the distorted guitars. I'd love to see this with a slight bit more beat, but that could be something that a remix package could pick up. Nice stuff. 

Gabe Mouer submitted media.

What We Found by Light Club

Mike

There is nothing I love more than a tasty, twinkly melody and this track has that in buckets. It's really hard to offer any sort of critque, because I really like this. Mood lifting, indie pop that pushes all the right buttons. One thing I could offer up is that you could struggle to push this sound with the likes of 1975 and St. Lucia already doing a rip roaring trade on sweet indie pop of this sort. But lets give it a go.

Holly Drummond submitted media.

Diving In by Holly Drummond

Mike

Holly it's instantly clear why you've been featured on Hollyoaks, with such a soulful, emotion packed voice. I can almost picture the scene. That said I do think this track needs something more to help it stand out. It's a great track, but without being too harsh, instantly forgettable. I'll be taking a listen to your other material, as I have a feeling this will work better once listened to within your EP. Thanks for the submission, i'll be very keen to see where you take your sound.

Mark Lawless submitted media.

Cayien by Mark Lawless

Mike

This is a sweet track. Only thing I think i'd like to see on this is some sort of vocal perhaps, something subtle lingering, distorted. Much in the way that the electro production duo The Crisis Project have brought in a Harri Parish. Your sound would certainly suit it, and could be a way to move forward. One other thing I would have like to have seen is some sort of break, or pause somewhere in the track just to counter-act a feeling of repetition, which I felt set in around about three minutes in. All in all this is lush, and i'll be keen to hear more from you in the future.

Jake Morley submitted media.

Falter by Jake Morley

Mike

Wow that opener is beautiful ... had me hooked. This is a gorgeous track, after reading the tracks blurb I was expected something a lot more downbeat, but you've managed to combine the tracks emotional subject with a rather upbeat melody. I'd been more than happy to post this on the blog.

Paul Hale submitted media.

Mike

You nearly lost me on this one, due to the intro on this video. I know you should never judge a book by it's cover or a song by it's video for that matter, but unfortunately I couldn't help but judge. But as the saying suggest I was rather surprised and pleased with what I heard once you guys got playing. You've got a very very nice, feel good sound which I'm sure will have the ad agencies knocking at your door before too long. 

But yes without sounding and being totally critical this video does you guys no justice at all, I'd suggest pushing this track through the use of soundcloud or bandcamp, and dropping this completely so that people can appreciate your talent without being put off by this video. 

Alex Robertson submitted media.

Walk Away by Vos Lake

Mike

This track grabbed me the moment I pressed play, love it. I'm a sucker for some deep synths and a gorgeous beat. One thing I found was that synths do drown out the vocals are perhaps slightly. Not sure if this is intentional. I'll definitely be finding a space for you on the blog. Thanks very much :D

Alex Robertson submitted media.

Backyard by Vos Lake

Mike

Again I love this track, whats not to love about a track that kicks off with sparkly bells. Found the vocal much stronger on this track, which makes me perfer this over 'Walk Away'. 

Alex Robertson submitted media.

Things Written by Vos Lake

Mike

Guys nice work, this is dreamy, intriguing and well produced. The subtle piano melody really adds charm to the track. As I said before I'll definitely find space on the blog for your music.

Jason Kendall submitted media.

Mike

The intro led me to believe this was going to be a totally different track to the one that eventually transpired. I was imagining a country-pop ballad, but what I got was a gorgeous emotionally charged track which had a strong Bowie-esq vibe, especially the vocals (which i'm sure you'll agree is no bad thing). Arrangement wise the break at 2:13 is perhaps a little too long, made me think the track was coming to an end which then made the reprise at 2:27 feel slightly clumsy. Overall those this is going to be a gorgeous track, emotional, endearing and generally really intriguing. I look forward to hearing more from you.

Devin Farney submitted media.

War Child by Devin Farney

Mike

Nice track, something for a lazy day floating down a river or something. Your vocal is mesmerising, reminds me somewhat of Aqualung aka Matt Hales which is in my opinion a great thing. Might benefit from more of an intro, something to lead into the vocals with, rather than breaking straight in with the vocal. I'm really looking forward to hearing more from you. 

Bob Manning submitted media.

Stand/still by Cold, cold heart

Mike

Beautiful track, I was waiting for some sort of drop. But it really doesn't need it. Those wailing synths paired with the echoing, really give this a interesting sense of longing but also optimism. I like it. This is something we'd be more than happy to include on ilovepie. Thanks.