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Monday, 30 September 2013

Mark Owen



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Mark Owen

The Art Of Doing Nothing

It's a similar story for the rest of the collection, although the varied production keeps things interesting; particularly on the piano-pedalling, Coldplay-esque 'The One' and distorted swirls of 'Heaven's Falling', which includes a surprisingly non-cringey skit from newbie rapper Jake Emlyn. Lyrically, it's an album that finds Owen contemplating old age: "Am I a loser or a fool?" he asks on 'Carnival', before adding: "I know my body's getting old." For an artist often perceived to be bashful, the results are surprisingly compelling.

Throw The Fight


Throw The Fight - One Step Away

What Doesn'T Kill Us
 “The Fire Within” and “In Pursuit of Tomorrow,” the Minneapolis rockers Throw the Fight present, after their signing to Bullet Tooth Records, “What Doesn’t Kill Us.” After playing many shows and festivals with some big names in the scene, such as Drowning Pool, Avenged Sevenfold and Sevendust, these boys are out to show that they’ve still got it in them, and have much more to show the world. “What Doesn’t Kill Us” is a big push ahead, and gives Throw the Fight a strong spot in the scene, and a headfirst launch into a promising and thrilling future. Now, here’s my review of their album, “What Doesn’t Kill Us”:

Yuck



Yuck

Glow & Behold

"Middle Sea" is an effervescent rock anthem that's as defiant as it is promising. "I won't run away forever / I won't run away forever  I don't want to wait forever," croons Bloom, wrought with frustration amid smoldering guitars and warm fuzz .

Fingertoy



Fingertoy

New single  by Fingertoy  performing Last Dance. (C) 2013 Fingertoy

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Birdy




Birdy

The song is taken from the follow-up to her hugely successful debut album, Fire Inside. 'Wings' is an airy and emotive ballad with a classic and timeless powerful crescendo.

Fire Within (Deluxe)

Friday, 27 September 2013

The Killers



The Killers
Direct Hits

and French synthpop auteur M83 came together for a track called “Shot at the Night” to celebrate the band’s 10th year anniversary. The carries Brandon Flowers’ signature super earnest delivery, though for a song with such a respected arbiter of anthem-sized synth-driven tunes for a producer, “Shot at the Night” is sadly not much a departure for a band who has delved in synth exercises in the past

PINS


 

PINS
Girls Like Us

once described themselves as a “pack of she-wolves” via Twitter, and by the sound of ‘Girls Like Us’ they’re not fooling around.

This is an attitude-fuelled debut packed with primal post-punk akin to Savages’ perilous sonic tension. Frontwoman Faith Holgate lures listeners in like a Siouxsie-inspired temptress on the title track, sultrily singing, “You lust, lust, because you must,” while metallic guitars send shivers down spines

Local Natives - Ceilings



Local Natives - Ceilings
song appears on the band’s second studio album, Hummingbird, which came out earlier this year via Frenchkiss Records.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Cage The Elephant - Come a Little Closer


Cage The Elephant
Come A Little Closer

“Come a Little Closer” is a big ball of epicness in the fact that it shows that they are evolving as a band. Lead singer Matthew Shultz incorporates the perfect amount of antagonization in the questions he asks us in the chorus (“Do you understand the things that you would see here?” and “Do you understand the things that you’ve been dreaming?”) as well as moodiness when he repeatedly wails “Time flies by, they all sing along” in the bridge.

Protohype




Protohype

Fly, featuring Alina Renae, off of his EP Hear No Evil.
Thank you Protohype, Alina Renae, and of course Datsik and Firepower Records.

CHASE AND STATUS



CHASE AND STATUS
Brand New Machine

 to be released on 7th October. Preceding the album will be the huge new single "Count On Me" featuring the vocals of shining new star Moko, out on 29th September. Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status) premiered the record on Radio 1 as B Trait's Special Delivery on Friday 26th July.

Flo Rida




Flo Rida
Wild Ones
New Single
 Laser Light Show. © 2013 Beamz Interactive, Inc. & Beamz By Flo, under license to Inferno Records®.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

KHUSHI


KHUSHI
‘Magpie’ is the newcomer’s first single proper, and adds a thick layer of cinematic heartache to the frankly brilliant video, depicting a pensioner’s evening at a social club. It’s indie pop that delves emotionally deeper than most, with KHUSHI despondently revealing that he’s ‘never been one to stay’.

Sons & Lovers



Sons & Lovers

There new single give us a killer performance of their track 'Ghosts'

Frank Turner - Oh Brother



Frank Turner 

The music video has footage of a young Turner screaming into microphones and nodding behind drums–or at least we think that’s him behind all that hair–alongside his best mate. You may get a little choked up, so don’t be surprised if you give your brother, genetic or best friend, a call afterwards. Then if you’re loving every scene they pull, show a little love to the tape deck heart and flip through your old home videos

Laura Welsh



Laura Welsh

 her second single through the label on October 28th. The track is entitled 'Undiscovered' and although it doesn't have the initial hold and mystery of its predecessor, 'Undiscovered' is an atmospheric electro-pop song that holds its own.

Written with Dev Hynes, and recorded and produced in New York by Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey and Kanye West collaborator) 'Undiscovered'

Cher lLoyd



Cher lLoyd
“I Wish,” featuring rap’s self-proclaimed King of the South T.I. Along with single artwork (above), the X Factor UK star revealed what sounds like the song’s first few seconds: bright electric guitars, a vocal sample loop and Lloyd’s trademark squeak.

For the rest of the Instagram video, Lloyd reveals too that “I Wish” will debut August 31 on iHeart Radio show Saturday Night Online. She also echoes her sentiments from our recent interview with her, about her new album executive-produced by Shellback.

Sticks & Stones

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

CHVRCHES



CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
The Bones Of What You Believe
 and that song title isn't the only thing that it shares with the Knife. The intro's intimidating, gothic synth clangor is familiar, but it gives way to a bitter central lyric ("The mother we share will never keep our cold hearts from thawing") delivered with melodic concision and extroversion that goes beyond even that of recent adaptors like Purity Ring.  CHVRCHES - as seen on Jools Holland show

Mineral - Serial Monkey


Mineral - Serial Monkey
Serial Monkey

Mineral are electro pop explorers hailing from Paris and Dublin, influenced by everything from Talking Heads, The Pixies, Syd Barrett and Kraftwerk to Gainsbourg, The Beach Boys and Béla Bartók.

- The video for the band’s 13-minute magnum opus ‘Atoms’ has already attracted interest worldwide.
- ‘Serial Monkey’ will be supported by a full press, radio and online marketing campaign.

Mazzy Star




Mazzy Star - California
California

 from their upcoming LP Seasons of Your Day (out September 24 in the U.S. and September 23 in the UK via their own Rhymes of an Hour label). It features sloooowed-down live-performance footage and a lot of ambient interstitial shots of California.

Tonight Alive


Tonight Alive
 The Other Side
 is taken from Tonight Alive's long-awaited new album, The Other Side, which is scheduled to be released on September 10th via Fearless Records.

Dream Theater


Dream Theater

Dream Theater (Special Edition)
could carry on without drummer and co-founder Mike Portnoy with the excellent A Dramatic Turn of Events. The album featured drum wiz and Berklee instructor Mike Mangini as Portnoy's replacement and while he did a good job, the drumming just lacked the passion and energy they had with Portnoy. That can be chalked up to Mangini having not written the drum arrangements himself, rather only adding his personal touch to programmed beats developed by John Petrucci during the early-writing process. But for the band's upcoming self-titled album, Mangini has been fully unleashed and we're given a small sample through The Enemy Inside. Mike answered the question of what he could bring to the table, but there's a lot I still don't know.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Jake Bugg



Jake Bugg
 Shangri La

Brand New Single  What Doesn't Kill You   by Jake Bugg

Nick Mulvey




Nick Mulvey
Fever To The Form
presented a new set of songs, more indebted to John Renbourne and Bert Jansch than Charlie Parker or Sonny Rollins.

There are still parallels, though, even here. There's a shared approach, a willingness to experiment, and - above all - the unexpected way in which Mulvey approaches the material.

There are Afrobeat flourishes, rhythmic kicks which lead into unexpected directions. Already a concert staple, 'Nitrous' is buoyed by a heavy, nagging groove which allows for plenty of improvisation.

Shot live at London venue the Social, this rendition of 'Nitrous' veers from left to right, before unexpectedly morphing into a rendition of Olive's 90s rave classic 'You're Not Alone'.

Jupiter Lion




Silver Mouth
Jupiter Lion

Black Mouth
is a bit of a beast. The drums aren't electronic (or if they are it's well disguised) and the track has much more backbone than you might expect. A UK contemporary might be the hugely underrated Higamos Hogamos who make similarly sturdy, psychedelic instrumentals that fit both the alternative dance floors and regular listening. 'Black Mouth' is a big song and it takes you on a journey, one that, as the name suggests, has a cosmic feel to it.

Kid Ink




Kid Ink
Up & Away [Instrumental Version]


“Fuck Sleep” video to inspire people who are grindin everyday chasing dreams like us, this wasn’t a single or focus for us… hopefully just inspiration for someone else to make it thru their day!!

Hooverphonic





Hooverphonic



of the 'Amalfi' video by Hooverphonic, came out on Friday September 20th.
With Orchestra
The Magnificent Tree

The National




The National

Trouble Will Find Me [Explicit]

“Graceless”
 one which bubbles with gentle menace before its full chorus lets off the weight a little. But that’s just the first half; at around its midway point, the centrepiece of Trouble Will Find Me (to my ears, anyhow) kicks out, as Berninger asserts: “It’s the side effects that save us.” What follows is the best example of the National’s talents in 12 years of recording; a repeated line, “There’s a science to walking through windows”, walks in innocuously, ambiguous and distant, but after three turns, Bryan Devendorf executes the most gorgeous ripple, and Berninger completes the thought: “There’s a science to walking through windows without you.” 

Jake Owen


Jake Owen 
Barefoot Blue Jean Night [+Digital Booklet]

new single ‘Days of Gold.’ Words like “uptempo” or “rockin’” don’t even begin to describe the pace the singer keeps up for over three spellbinding minutes. ‘Eight Second Ride’ is a ballad comparatively.

Banjo warfare atop a steady, rising pull from a harmonica (country’s most underused instrument) serves notice to the timid. Owen leads a thundering heard of guitars and percussion, driving the pace instead of merely keeping up. He’s never sounded more confident.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Vamps


The Vamps - Can We Dance on
The Vamps
 Can We Dance (Radio Edit)


causing pandemonium and noise complaints from local residents. Their loyal fans started building up as early as 9am and by their 8pm performance, over 600 fanshad turned up.

Called "The YouTube Band" by many, The Vamps new found position as superstars-in-waiting is a social media fantasy come true. Having won over an army of new fans during their support slot with chart heavyweights McFly, the four piece have amassed a serious online following. Their YouTube channel has gathered nearly a quarter of a million subscribers and they have over 17 million online hits. Add to that 150,000 Facebook likes and Twitter followers. An incredible feat for a band who are yet to launch their debut single

Celine Dion


Celine Dion
My Love Ultimate Essential Collection

 “Loved Me Back To Life,” that I don’t even know where to start: That stuttering vocal loop! The bombastic production! The funky instrumentation! The huge, surging chorus! The dubby beat drop on the refrain! The fact that it was written by Sia! The fact that it’s new Celine Dion in the first place! It’s all just marvelous.

Unsurprisingly, the song has shades of Rihanna‘s “Diamonds,” but it feels markedly fresh and modern in its own right; as many divas have shown, staying relevant gets thornier when you’re entering, y’know, your fourth decade as an international superstar, but this is a solid effort from the Canadian chanteuse that should introduce her to some new fans as well as satisfying longtime supporters.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Lucy Rose



Lucy Rose
Shiver

"Shiver’ continues the reoccurring theme of love and loss that Rose entwines into this album but she takes this negative combination of emotions and creates something wonderful. The lyrics define her struggle to repeat the same feeling she once had before for another lover, describing the longing for that spine-tingling feeling you may experience when in love. “And I’ll shiver like I used to and I’ll leave him just for you.”

The simple accompaniment of an acoustic guitar to vocals builds into something much more powerful than it first appears. Her voice is soft and effortless; the simplicity of it all is what makes it so magical, stripping down to everything that justifies how natural she is and revealing her touching talent as a musician.

J Cole



J Cole
“Crooked Smile” featuring TLC.

A family gathering turns tragic in the cinematic clip, which was inspired by Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old girl who was killed in a Detroit drug raid in 2010.

Cole plays the young girl’s big brother. His parents and sister come over to celebrate her birthday, but cops end up raiding the house at night, arresting Cole for drugs and shooting the innocent girl.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Laura Marling



Laura Marling

'Devil's Resting Place'.

Like the other visual wizardry assocaited with new album 'Once I Was An Eagle', it's a dark tale involving people being possessed by strange, musical spirits.

Watch Laura Marling's 'Devil's Resting Place' video.

James Arthur




James Arthur
first original recorded piece of music would be a credible, slightly edgy pop record, right? Well frankly no, wrong.

An attempt at an old jass/motown/blues backing track at the start (which sounds OK) is intercepted by some rough heavy distorted beat. This is joined by traditional X Factor female diva chorus. Then cue Arthur’s vocal. The most ironic thing is Gary Barlow has taken the mick of a couple of contestants auditioning and their broken attempts to extend a note. Well move over auditionees, James Arthur brings that to life in the track.

Avicii




Avicii

"You Make Me" is on Avicii's recent album
Chang and his cronies storm the floor for a fight, and the rink becomes a ring as the opposing crews battle it out. Will Henry win out and the good times resume? It's an age-old question of love, soundtracked to Avicci's poppy new single.




Colton Dixon,



Colton Dixon

now 21, was a contestant on Season 11 of American Idol. Even with Dixon's surprising elimination from the Top 7, he had already established his new career.

Dixon was asked back to the "American Idol" stage this spring where he debuted his new song "Love Has Come For Me" and gave a great performance. Angie Miller also performed "Never Gone" on this past season of "American Idol".

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

MGMT - Cool Song No. 2




 MGMT
Cool Song No. 2
 

"The Wire" and Chalky White from "Boardwalk Empire", who plays the Plant Hunter-- a dude who turns genetically modified plants into drugs. Created by directory Isaiah Seret and costume designer Mindy Le Brock, and filmed by Bradford Young, it's highly dramatic and gorgeous 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Alter Bridge



Alter Bridge
Addicted To Pain

eagerly awaited 4th album 'Fortress'. With 3rd release ABIII and the global attention-demanding Isolation, Alter graduated to headlining stadiums worldwide, thus with the guys solidifying the release date for Fortress, all eyes are on Myles & co. to deliver an album of headline-slot possibilities.

Opening with some HUGE chords underpinned by a very dark riff, the initial impression is that of being reminiscent of Tremonti's brutally heavy solo album, which is obviously no bad thing. Scott 'Flip' Phillips drum tone is like a shotgun, immediately adding to the pace with each snare plugging another round into your chest, Testament-style.

No Monster Club


No Monster Club
 and here it is: The exclusive premiere of the band's next single, "The Best Thing About Us Is We Never Grow Up." After yesterday's kid-friendly tune, this new one's got a bit more of a brash attitude. It'll be included on No Monster Club's forthcoming new album, Foie Gras, due in November.
Boyhood Deed #5 (A Nazi Dreamboat's First Song)

Hudson Taylor




Hudson Taylor
Care (Radio Edit)

the lead track ‘Care’, which is also available as a free download to those who pre-order the E.P.

‘Care’ is a glorious folk track in the spirit of Simon & Garfunkel, with layers of sound and an overall uplifting atmosphere. The track was produced by Charlie Huggall (Florence + the Machine, Ed Sheeran) and is already well-known to Hudson Taylor’s already impressive legion of fans, with an acoustic version on YouTube garnering nearly 55,000 views in the space of a month.

Red Fox .



Red Fox .

The main section of the track that stands out is the fantastic riff. It’s very Rush sounding, and it carries such a thump that I can only imagine what it would sound like live. Then the vocals of Parker kick in sounding like a young Tom Petty. It’s a brilliant melody that carries on into a great sing along chorus line “Nobody knows her, nobody needs her, but if you see her, she can stop you dead, she can turn your head, but when you look back she’ll be gone” – it shows how well crafted the song is even for radio, because after one listen you have the melody in your head. But my favourite part is the very Neil Young backing vocals.

Deerhunter



Deerhunter
Deerhunt (feat. Subtitle)Deerhunter's latest video, "Back to the Middle", shot in London with Olivier Groulx directing and Durassie Kiangangu starring.

White Lies



White Lies

BIG TV

 most evenings lights out, tucked up in monk robes surveying every last bit of Joy Division on file - having engaged with the moody post-punk of the London trio's first two records - it may come as a surprise that their third album started off as a practical joke. Big TV, see, was at first a goof on their keyboard player's diva demands for what goes on their rider… you probably had to be there.

What came later, however, was a more intriguing observation of man's obsession with materialism - best expressed in the title track when singer Harry McVeigh howls of moving to the concrete jungle: "I can't work for free, I've got a room downtown with a bed and a big TV." It's a well-loaded point struck home with sweeping keys and a swirling, U2-like riff; they mean business. The bright-and-shiny sound continues into 'There Goes Our Love Again' - the real story of two lovers on the edge of everything and nothing, and the band's finest work to date.


Monday, 16 September 2013

Union J



Union J
The collection includes their previous single 'Carry You', which peaked at number six on the charts in June this year.

The group recently described their new material as having "a Californian vibe to it".


Kid Ink



Kid Ink
Up & Away

has delivered a flashy montage of California living for his “Money And The Power” video. Slick editing makes the familiar scenes feel fresh, but there’s no denying the true highlight of this post is the song itself. 
Hip hop doesn’t have to be about proving yourself as the boss of all bosses or bragging about whatever material possessions you’ve been able to acquire, but all too often these days those seem to be the only topic major label rappers deliver. Kid Ink offers his fair share of rhymes on these themes, but his recently released Almost Home EP also showcases the young emcee’s ability to conquer a variety of additional topics as well. “Money And The Power” may sound like another brag fest, but in reality it’s just a tune about trying to live the good life; working hard for the money and the power, but remembering that it means nothing if you can’t have a little fun every now and again.

Wild Belle - Another Girl


 
Another Girl
Wild Belle

“Another Girl” with some pretty amazing visuals for their newest video, and we cannot get enough. Filmed in salt flats, dried up lakes and the always eerily stunning Arches National Park, the new video traces the two band mates through some creepy areas and some creepier situations. You know, like tattooed guys all tied up in chairs and strange dancing in the desert.It’s isolation and harshness completely fits the mood of the spectacular track

RAC



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RAC
Let Go [feat. Kele, MNDR]


Collective to branch out into the original production game. Here’s a taste of what they’ve been working on, the insanely catchy pop track “Let Go,” which features MNDR and Bloc Party’s Kele alongside some lovely violin and a bubbly bass backbeat. As big fans of their remix work, we’re not surprised that RAC’s capable of making such fantastic, summery tracks – we’re just surprised that MNDR and Kele sound so fantastic singing alongside each other, and a little sad that we didn’t have this track starting Memorial Day Weekend

Helene Greenwood



 Helene Greenwood
The Break EP

In The Sunshine: Official video
London based singer-songwriter Helene Greenwood releases ‘In The Sunshine’ – the first single taken from her upcoming debut album, ‘Collectable You.

Save The Clocktower



Save The Clocktower,
Through the Glass

Indie Chicago band. It is titled Like That and can be found on their second album “Through the Glass”. It’s neo-new wave in a way, chill-wave in others, and just fun indie as well. It has a pleasant 80′s strut to the beat, with glassy lyrics, and quasi-psychedelic dressings. It rides along right at that tempo that sits immediately between head-nodding and dancing.

Chateau Marmont



Chateau Marmont
MAZE - CHATEAU MARMONT


Official music video for the track invisible Eye (Alternate version) by Chateau Marmont.-invisible Eye

Blood Orange


Blood Orange
aka Devonté HynesChamakay
- has revealed the video for his new song “Chamakay”. The video for the track, which features vocals by Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, was directed by Adam Bainbridge and filmed on Hynes’ trip to Guyana,

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Jar Family



The Jar Family
The Jar Family Album

"industrial folk" group from Hartpool. The sound is a mix of folk, blues and roots, and has plenty of energy and passion. They have released an EP and LP in previous years, and recently returned with the "Broken Minded" and "Getting Better" -

Iggy Azalea



Iggy Azalea

“Change Your Life” as “a big record” and she wasn’t lying. The Aussie femcee finally finds the sweet spot between rap, dance and pop on the latest single from her much-anticipated debut LP The New Classic. Previous cuts “Work” and “Bounce”, while brilliant in their own right, lacked the gigantic pop hook needed to conquer US airwaves. Well, that’s been rectified.

“Change Your Life” is the perfect calling card for Iggy. She tones down her adopted southern accent (an acquired taste), invites mentor T.I.

Work [Explicit]
Ignorant Art [Explicit]Bounce [Explicit]

Friday, 13 September 2013

Ellie Goulding


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Ellie Goulding
She recently shot a video for her cover of The Waterboys' track "How Long Will I Love You," which will be used for the soundtrack of Richard Curtis' romantic comedy About Time starring Rachel McAdams. Her take on the song plays as a heartbreaking, beautiful ballad, and it ends much too soon. You can also find it on her Halcyon Days reissue, which was released last month. Synced with various clips from the film, the video finds Goulding on a windy beach in Europe. 

Halcyon (Deluxe)
Halcyon Days (Deluxe Edition)



Thursday, 12 September 2013

The Beatles

 

THE BEATLES

 Was 'ON AIR - LIVE AT THE BBC Vol2

Eminem



Eminem

 Smarrt 'Berzerk' 
as the first cut from his new album The Marshall Mathers
The Dr Dre-produced track contains a sample from '(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)' by the Beastie Boys.
His new LP follows his 2010 album Recovery and appears to be a sequel to his third release The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000. It is scheduled for release on November 5.
Eminem headlined the Reading and Leeds UK

Arcade Fire



Arcade Fire 

Originally intended for release at 9 o’clock on the ninth day of the ninth month, the song leaked one day early—no doubt aggravating the band’s on-staff numerologist. However, the band did release an interactive video for the single today, a multimedia “virtual projection” created by Montreal filmmaker Vincent Morisset.

One last thing we know so far: “Reflektor” pretty much kicks ass.

In 2013, nobody can touch the Arcade Fire for rolling out an album with maximum pomp and mystery. By comparison, Kanye West’s international urban video projections and Jay Z’s app tie-in seem unimaginative. Even before the Montreal collective had released the first snippet of noise on “Reflektor,” the hubbub over the mysterious hieroglyphics and rumored album covers had reached a feverish pitch, suggesting a pre-digital event album. For a few days at least, the typical promotional cycle was stretched out of whack and actually seemed unpredictable.