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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Zedd

Zedd 
Amazon I have been anticipating a good remix of “Clarity” for way too long. As the search for the right instrumental backbone to Foxes’ perfect vocals continues, I have come a bit closer to discovering a track to satisfy my cravings. Today, we bring you the Starkillers New Year’s Eve bootleg of “Clarity”, which backs itself on Junior Sanchez’s “Believe” and Vicetone’s “Breakdown”. What starts as a gorgeous instrumental supporting the verse of Clarity, the progressive house ‘drop’ seems to take control of the track. The buildup and drop are slightly muddled, leading me to be incredibly torn about this bootleg.

Exit Calm



Exit Calm
 Amazon then you are not alone. Owing to many management difficulties and a lack of promotion, the band’s self-titled debut, released in 2010, garnered critical praise all across the board, but failed to propel the band to the heights that they so desperately deserve.
However, I’m sure you all got the memo about ‘guitars being cool again, man!’ so it’s with great relief that Barnsley’s finest export (sorry Darren Gough) have returned with a true-to-form, thunderous single in ‘The Rapture‘, taken from their forthcoming second album.
With its apocalyptic title and confrontational lyrics (“Your stolen dreams of living life from rags to riches are nothing but a joke, left me in stitches, you’re in the dictionary next to what a bitch is“), there’s nothing being held back in the world of Exit Calm in 2013, as frontman Nicky Smith’s rasping vocal soars over the top of a wall of ever-psychedelic guitars that have come to be synonymous with the band’s output, courtesy of technical six-string wizard, Rob Marshall.
Harking back to an age when shoegaze was a statement of intent, not a statement of fashion, ‘The Rapture‘ sees the band growing out of the tiresome Verve comparisons, and leaping into the world of what can only be described as ‘space-rock’. Anyone listening will be instantly infected with the whole song, leaving them gasping for more reverb-laden guitar riffs and scream-from-the-top-of-a-mountain choruses.

Miles Kane



Miles Kane
 has this incredible ability to bring good old rock n roll back into the 21st Century. If his new single is anything to go by, album number two will continue to do this to the max.Amazon
‘Give Up’, which was previewed on Radio One last week, brings Miles back into the spotlight alongside a stream of incredible male rock artists on the scene at the moment. Noel Gallagher, Richard Hawley, Jake Bugg… who needs a band eh? ‘Give Up’ has all the elements to be a fab rock n roll record – pulse-raising guitar riffs and powerful vocals filled with angst, though Miles apparently sees this record as demonstrating a more ‘upbeat and uplifting’ side to his music. Not sure myself, judging by these lyrics! Either way it’s a catchy number and no doubt will have the fans singing along at his live shows. Personal memories of his set at Leeds Festival continue to hold a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to hear more of album number two, which is due for release later this year!

Justin Bieber



Justin Bieber
is on course to score his fifth No.1 album in America.Amazon
Following its worldwide release on Tuesday (January 29), Believe: Acoustic is well on its way to claiming the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart next week.According to Billboard, analysts have claimed that JB's latest offering could sell between 180,000 and 190,000 copies in its first week, meaning it will become Bieber's fifth chart topping LP.MTV
The achievement will also give Justin a No.1 album in four consecutive years, with only nine other acts scoring the same milestone in the US countdown's 57-year history.
The 18-year old appeared to comment on his album's success on Twitter, writing: "Means a lot . Thank u . ‪#BELIEVEacoustic‬."
Biebs also hit the headlines this week after his people denied that the Baby star 'groped' a fan's chest during a meet and greet in Miami.

Muse


Muse
 have revealed that they've already started discussing plans for their next studio album.Amazon

The band, who released their sixth studio album 'The 2nd Law' last September, have discussed what they've got planned for LP number seven, according to drummer Dominic Howard. He told Billboard: "Me and Matt (Bellamy) have just been tentatively talking about what we're doing to do, how we're we're going to do it, what we need to think about when we are going to do it - not really discussing musical ideas so much as just how we're going to approach it and when we're going to do it."NME

Despite thrashing out early talks over the record, the sticksman said it's likely to be some time before a new album surfaces. He added: We're going to be on the road for another year or 14 months or whatever it is, so we've still got loads of touring to do. We tend to feel like we need to finish touring one album before we start anything else rather than starting an album on the road. We like to finish a chapter and start afresh, so it'll be a couple of years, probably. But we're definitely thinking about it." 

Muse recently revealed that they will be performing their track 'Supremacy' with a full orchestra and choir at this year's Brit Awards.

They are also set to return to the UK this summer for a four-date stadium tour. They kick off the shows at Coventry's Ricoh Arena on May 22, 2013, before playing a pair of dates at London's Emirates Stadium on May 25 and 26, and wrapping up at Manchester's Etihad Stadium on June 1.

Bastillie

Bastillie
 Pompeii  floating around out there. There's a mash-up with Florence + the Machine, a stomping Maida Vale session and a few other acoustic arrangements. But you've never heard it sound as good as it does here.

Premièred on Huw Stephens' Radio 1 show, 'Pompeii' fulfils much of the promise given by Bastille's EP. Dan Smith's lowing tone rolls over glowing synthesisers in one of the brightest synth-pop songs you're likely to hear for a while. From the frenetic pop of the chords, you know this earworm is taking up determined residence in your mind.

It's fiery, brash and that choral 'eh-eh-oh' chanting has smash written all over it. (Look what it did for The Lumineers.)


Macklemore


Macklemore
I love it. He’s got a certain je ne sais quois about him, doesn’t he?Amazon
JM: Yeah he's strangely hot, especially in that Batman onesie, but I’m concerned the video might contribute further to the fetishizing of vintage fashions.
TM: Thus giving you more competition at your local charity shops?

JM: Precisely. I’m terrified. Plus he mentions stealing my grandpa AND mama's clothes. There'll be chaos! Naked OAPs everywhere!
TM: Yeah, plus they'll definitely be competition if men start buying ladies’ vintage fashions AS WELL as men’s. You’ll be competing with everyone for cute dresses. 

JM: Including you?
TM: Luckily you’re not my size. But that dress you’re wearing today is pretty cute. Want to switch outfits?

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Laura Mvula


Laura Mvula 
Amazon recently came fourth in the BBC’s Sound of 2013 list, and seems to have rapidly risen to a point in her burgeoning career where pretty much anything could happen over the next twelve months. Here’s the follow-up to the South Africa-shot video for She – which we premiered in November.
Although starting in a rather nondescript patch of side-road concrete, Green Garden stays true to its name by building into a lush, colourful spectacle. Laura, trailed by lively dancers and drummers, travels up a hillside – before reaching an edenic patch of sun-pierced woodland. This growth is matched in the track, which gradually kicks up a storm with handclaps, twinkling music-box percussion and Imogen Heap-esque backing vocals. But for all this air of flourishing fertility, it’s still Laura’s mercurial voice that’s the richest component: breezily shifting between gravelly soul and pure, theatrical pop sounds throughout.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Queens Of The Stone Age

Queens Of The Stone Age 
will be appearing on the record, as Dave Grohl will be drumming on the album and the band's former bassist Nick Oliveri has also been recording with the group again.Amazon

Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears has also seemingly revealed that he is working with the band on the new album after he Tweeted a picture of himself with the group online.
NME

He joins Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor, who has been officially confirmed to appear on the follow-up to 2007’s 'Era Vulgaris',

The band will be playing a number of festivals this summer, including Benicàssim in Spain, and Download in the UK.

At the end of last year

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Mallory Knox

Mallory Knox
lighthouses with that book but Mallory Knox are here to make them wholesome again.Amazon
Lighthouse, the third single from their upcoming debut album, Signals, is a fluid entwined mass of heady British bite. Encompassing and spirited lyrics are delivered with pomp and substance while the unwavering blend of instruments underwrites the whole glorious affair with knowing style.
After years of sculpted international rock being polished, packaged and force-fed across the UK, 2013 looks to be the year where honest home-grown rock undergoes a resurgence. Mallory Knox are one of the bands who make this possible; their songs inclusive yet personal, carefully crafted to support but also tear away with dark abandon.

Alicia Keys


Alicia Keys
Amazon the new track is adorned with meaningful lyrics about the path it takes for you to find out who you are, and the strength it takes to rise up from discontentment. The arrangement is contemplative and the singing is soulful — it's a solid follow-up to the hit "Girl on Fire" (although entirely different in sound).
"It's been a while, I'm not who I was before
You look surprised, your words don't burn me anymore
Been meaning to tell you, but I guess it's clear to see
Don't be mad, it's just the brand-new kind of me"

The dark, vivid picture she paints in the first few lines of the song seems like the artist could be drawing from a personal connection.
In a quote taken from Hypetrak, Alicia Keys says:
"There may be people in your life that knew you for a long time and they think of you only as the person you used to be and not the person you now are!"
The "people" she mentions sounds a little vague when the song is pretty direct about an identity. The single clearly dictates the pitfalls of a man-woman relationship — whether it be romantic or not, is up to you to infer. I find it particularly ironic that Keys dubbed her fifth album Girl on Fire, because she sings with fire.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Gabrielle Aplin

Gabrielle Aplin
 is within touching distance of being a huge Youtube sensation and it looks like new single 'Please Don’t Say You Love Me' could get her there.Amazon
Aplin first made a stir online after she covered a song called ‘My Heart’ by American Pop-punk band Paramore on Youtube as well as You Me At Six’s song ‘The Liar and the Lighter’ and since has recorded her third EP ‘Home’ which was released earlier this year.
The 19 year old from Somerset is a self-taught singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist and finally... drummer. Aplin studied a diploma in Popular Music at City of Bath College. Local radio show BBC Wiltshire noticed her uploads and invited Aplin to play for them and has since done several sets.
Gabrielle Aplin’s video for 'Please Don’t Say You Love Me' was debuted yesterday, watch the video below.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Devlin

Devlin 
 Amazon as he combines with Diane Birch, creating an anthemic track which is blowing up ahead of release. The plot is coming together nicely for the Essex MC's second album - A Moving Picture (Feb 4) - which features tracks with Ed Sheeran, Katy B, Wretch 32 and Etta Bond. Watchtower (feat Ed Sheeran) - the first single post his gold selling debut album Bud, Sweat & Beers - was a top 10 hit, with the video nominated for a UKMVA. Now onto his second release of the campaign, the TMS-produced Rewind is climbing radio playlists and buzz charts, breaking into the top 10 New Release chart on Shazam and shortlisted as a contender for the 2013 FA Cup Anthem. A glut of radio support includes playlisting on Radio 1 (B-list), Kiss, 1Xtra (A-list), Choice FM (A-list), with the lyrically reflective single also top 30 in TV airplay - a trending theme - with his YouTube channel racking up a huge 25 million views. Over 600k likes on Facebook and spiralling media support have made Devlin one of the hottest names UK urban music

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters 
Dave Grohl has revealed that his collaboration with Paul McCartney 'Cut Me Some Slack' was written and recorded in just three hours.

You can hear the collaboration, which was unveiled at the New York Hurricane Sandy 12-12-12 benefit gig on December 12 (2012) and also featured former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, below. NME

Speaking to KROQ, Grohl said the Beatles legend was "just the
sweetest, nicest, most awesome person". The pair had recorded some performances for Grohl's forthcoming documentary on the iconic Sound City studios in California, where classic albums such as Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' and Nirvana's 'Nevermind' were recorded. Grohl later asked McCartney if he wanted to jam again.

"We walked in; we jammed the song. It just came out of nowhere. The best songs happen that way," said Grohl. "We recorded it live and put a vocal over it and that was it. It was three hours and it was perfect."

Eight months later, Grohl asked McCartney if he would play the track at the 12-12-12 gig. "You have to understand, one of the great things about playing with Paul McCartney or playing with Neil Young is that that generation of musicians, they cherish and respect and value the practice of just going into a room and coming up with something and jamming and making it a song," said Grohl. "There’s not like seven songwriters and seven producers and digital technology or whatever. It’s like people getting in a room."

Speaking about the Sound City documentary, Grohl added: "The intention of the movie is really to inspire the next generation of kids to appreciate the simple human quality of music. You don’t have to do the TV show; you don’t have to be perfect. Pick up and guitar and suck and it’s the best feeling in the world until you become good and then you’re the biggest band in the world."

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Blackout


The Blackout 
Amazon will be releasing their second single ‘Running Scared’ taken from the upcoming album ‘Start The Party’ on 21st January 2013.
The single, which got its first airing on Zane Lowe’s BBC show tonight shall be available on iTunes from 26th November and elsewhere 21st January 2013.
"The song is about being stuck in a rut and using a bit of PMA to get out of it. Once you have that ability, you never let go of it." Says Gavin Butler

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine
Amazon has changed over the years by a lot if you listen to song you and expect the same bullet for my valentine has the older releases you'll be pretty disappointed they've changed over the years and i can honestly say i like this a little more then old bullet i will miss old bullet though. But change is bond to happen the vocals are a bit different then they used to be the solos are different. Everything's different and in my opinion it sounds really good. Old bullet fans, it may take awhile to get into but you'll love it sooner or later. I like this single and i'll be sure to pick up the album when it's sold!
Breakdown:
Cleans: I'm basically going to call them cleans because they don't sound like screams at all. but that's all you'll really here in this song and him yelling "RIOOTTT" at certain parts of the song. I'v always been a fan of the vocals in this song matts always been one of the few people's vocals i can enjoy no matter what he does to them.
Instruments: They're still heavy with the drums and guitar though! They didn't let those go away at all. You have to love the solos. And the drums sound good.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney
 has taken to Twitter to post an animated clip featuring his late wife, photographer Linda McCartney.Ram

The colourful video, which is soundtracked by Paul McCartney singing 'Heart of the Country', shows an animated Linda McCartney – complete with her camera – walking alongside a host of animals and cooking for them. 

This has led to speculation that the clip is part of a new advertising campaign for Linda McCartney's range of vegetarian foods. NME

'Heart of the Country' was written by Paul and Linda McCartney and originally featured on the 1971 album, 'Ram'.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Lianne La Havas Lost & Found

Lianne La Havas Lost & Found
 Amazon the song's simplicity coupled with the pair's vocal interplay will demand further exploration. the emotional immediacy of 'lost and found' (produced by matt hales) sits perfectly within the sparse landscape of its contemplative lyrical surroundings. 'age' (produced by dan carey) is a vintage and witty tale about not giving a damn about age when it comes to love. lianne recently performed 'age' for the black cab sessions - feedback was unanimous, a star had been born. 'night school's' film noir themes are stylishly folded within modest arrangements and a voice that dances between octaves at total ease. final track on the ep is a cover of everything everything's 'final form' (produced by matt ingram) here lianne grabs the original by the balls and combines smoky vocals and smoking baselines, reminiscent of early offerings from neo-soul pioneers such as erykah badu. lianne la havas first began to make music at the age of 7. rather than being pushed into lessons by over-zealous parents, lianne was given her first keyboard by her father and was allowed the pleasure of being left to her own devices. lianne nurtured her talent singing in school choirs and musicals; all the while feeding her voracious musical appetite with a broad range of influences. far from turning her into an imitation, lianne's influences helped her find her own voice. from heroines of relative antiquity such as nina simone, to the likes of lauryn hill, great voices inspired lianne to use her own. after making the decision to leave art school two years ago she's grown in skill and confidence.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora
Amazon The track written by Australian singer Sia is the third official single for the American market and fourth overall taken from her debut studio album “ORA” that was released on digital retailers on August 27, 2012 through Roc Nation Records. She confirmed the news on a radio interview at 96.5 Kiss FM in late August. The song is expected to be released on iTunes on February 10, 2013. The Illuminati-Futuristic music video was filmed on November 12 and it was directed by Syndrome via Plus Four Productions. It was released on VEVO HD

Izzy Marie Hill

Izzy Marie Hill
amazon The latest name added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist is that of Izzy Marie Hill, whose track Chuck Norris (yes, full marks for that name) takes up the weekly BBC Introducing slot. It means Chuck Norris gets a play on daytime Radio 1 shows including Greg James and Scott Mills.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr
The former Smiths guitarist and Cribs collaborator is set to release his debut solo album ‘The Messenger’ on 25 February. Amazon

'Upstarts', the first single to be taken from the new record, will be available to dowmload from 18 February. It will also be released on 7" vinyl, backed by the new non-album track 'Psychic Beginners'.

Marr recently told NME that 'Upstarts' is "about the joy of defiance". He added: "I wanted to encapsulate it in a catchy tune, rather than getting too serious about it." Marr produced the track himself, as well as contributing vocals and guitar.

Recorded in Manchester and Berlin, 'The Messenger' was mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright who also collaborated with Marr on the remastering work for The Smiths' box set 'Complete'.

Having lived in Portland, Oregon since 2005, Marr returned to the UK to commence work on 'The Messenger'. "The underlying idea of the record is my experience of growing up in Europe," he explains. "When you’re away from your home city you’re more compelled to write about it, whether that’s because you’re homesick or you’ve got more objectivity, I don’t know. Growing up in the city influences you, and I’ve continued to see, stories and energy in it."

Marr will travel the UK on his debut solo tour in March:

Oxford, O2 Academy (March 10)
Norwich, Waterfront (11)
Cambridge, Junction (12)
Brighton, Concorde (14)
London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (15)
Birmingham, HMV Institute (16)
Sheffield, Leadmill (18)
Glasgow, ABC (19)
Liverpool, O2 Academy (20)
Manchester, HMV Ritz (22)
Manchester, HMV Ritz (23)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

David Bowie


David Bowie
Where Are We Now, will not be allowed to enter the singles chart because any downloads of the track have been tied to sales of the singer's upcoming album.
The track has been outruled by the Official Charts Company despite topping the download charts on iTunes. The technicality has been caused by the fact that fans who want to download Where Are We Now? can only do so by pre-ordering Bowie's new album, The Next Day, which will be available in March. Those ordering the album get an instant download of the single, and pay the 99p it costs, but will have to spend the remaining cost of The Next Day when it is available. The single is not available to own from any other outlets.
Charts officials say that because sales for the album pre-order and the single can not be differentiated, Where Are We Now? cannot be counted for the chart. However, a spokesperson said that any future track releases that go on sale seperately from the album will be eligible.
Bowie suprised fans on Tuesday by releasing the single on his website, with an accompanying video. The track was then played during the Today programme on Radio 4. It's the first single from the Ziggy Stardust singer in a decade. Bowie's lack of public appearances since 2006 have caused rumours to emerge that he has been in ill health, which have been disputed.