M People were a British house music act from Manchester which formed in 1990. They consisted of Mike Pickering, Heather Small and Paul Heard and Shovell. Pickering was a member of factory records dance act Quando Quango, but became more noted as one of the original DJs at The hacienda. Heard was a member of acid jazz band Ace Of Clubs. Heather Small was in the British Soul band Hot House who had released a number of critically acclaimed records without scoring any major success.
Bernard Butler (born on 1 May 1970, in Stamford Hill, North London), is a musician and record producer. He first achieved fame in 1992 as the guitarist with Suede, at the time an instant phenomenon in UK pop music. He co-wrote and played on every track until 1994, when he left Suede over personal tensions within the band during the recording of their second album, Dog Man Star. Butler formed the duo McAlmont & Butler with David McAlmont. They released two singles, Yes and You Do. A compilation album, The Sound Of McAlmont And Butler, was released after the split.
After the split of his band in the post-Britpop years, Chaz Craik (aka Stillman) took a lengthy detour into producing, engineering and session work. In 2005 he returned to his songwriting roots and self-released The Weightless EP achieving critical acclaim and a record deal. His first album 'People Like a Happy Ending' went on to win 'Best Album' at The Glasswerk New Music Awards 2007. This April he returns with a new album 'Blood Dark Sea' described as 'a layered and sinewy mixture of Elliott Smith, Pink Floyd, The Byrds' and has already received glowing reviews -
Doves are a rock band from Manchester, United Kingdom consisting of two brothers, guitarist Jez Williams, drummer Andy Williams and lead vocalist/bassist Jimi Goodwin. They are joined on stage by Martin Rebelski (keys). They are known for their large, epic sound, which combines dovetailing guitar lines with driving percussion and a penchant for atmospherics. Unusually, both Williams brothers have also contributed lead vocals.
An individualist who used the cliches of the past to force his way into the future, Wine debuted in 1993, at the notorious TamTam club in St. Petersburg.
Wine's aura is distinctively English. Winer sticks to melancholy, shoe-gazing pop which has always been more of a british phenomenon.
Kinks were the first and, probably, the greatest Winer's influence. And His Nasal Majesty Ray Davies still remains some kind of a Godfather for Winer.
matthew hidden is a pop duo / 5 piece, based in Manchester and London simultaneously, matthew hidden claims to owe it all to a highly complex system of tubes (presumably, they mean the trains). “We often combine music and lyrics to make songs,” so goes the claim of the band, whose debut single, A Berry Bursts, was played on XFM within one week of its release: "The truth of the matter is that I love their latest tune." - Hattie Pearson, XFM Radio matthew hidden’s music has been featured on the NME blog twice, and has also been upvoted by numerous Hype Machine critics:
Toploader were an indie band from Eastbourne, Sussex, United Kingdom, formed in 1997. They are best known for their cover of King Harvest's Dancing in the Moonlight, a remix of which reached the Top Ten in the British singles chart. In 2000 Toploader were one of the most popular acts in British alternative music, but their popularity declined swiftly as bands such as Coldplay and Muse began to lead the changing twenty-first century music scene. They split up in 2003, by which time they were very much out of the public eye.
Richard Hawley, (born Sheffield, United Kingdom) is a critically acclaimed guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. Hawley initially found success as a member of Britpop band Longpigs in the 1990s. When a drug-filled torpor after an extensive tour of America brought the band to the brink of extinction in 1997, Hawley was asked to play with Pulp by his close friend and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. "They saved my life," Hawley later recalled, "I was going mental with drink and drugs.
The Lighthouse Family are a British duo. They consist of vocalist Tunde Baiyewu (born November 25, 1968 in London) and keyboard player Paul Tucker, (born 12 August 1968, in Crystal Palace, London) and formed in 1993 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England after meeting at college. Their 1995 debut album Ocean Drive sold more than 1.6 million copies in the UK alone and established them as a popular easy listening duo throughout Europe.