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Manchester Orchestra Album

Posted by Lauren Truby On October - 1 - 2014

Exceptional value with a full complement of features and an upgrade worthy frame

Specialized’s Allez Comp Compact M2 Apex epitomises what a good value priced bike should be: an excellent frame worthy of multiple upgrades even years into ownership; a no frills parts package that might be heavy but gets the job done; spot on handling; aesthetics that help it look more expensive than it is.

Most importantly however, it should possess a feature set that’s complete enough so you’re not constantly irritated by what you could have had if you had spent more money. And by “good value” we perhaps should say downright cheap as the retail cost is a fantastically attainable US$1,450.

Ride and handling: just like a Tarmac but in alloy form

Linked Articles
http://lilychen.blogtur.com/
http://www.norris1.com/wholesale-golf-clubssettings-can-be-a-variety-of-locations/
http://sclcommercial.com/taylormade-r1-driverhave-got-presently-answered/

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MNEK XOYO Party

Posted by Lauren Truby On October - 1 - 2014

 MNEK – IN YOUR CLOUDS

LISTEN: http://po.st/IYCsc  – WATCH: http://po.st/IYC

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBOs

The Party, MNEK III at the XOYO 6th November

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter MNEK is back with another vibey track, In Your Clouds…a little something for all his fans before the announcement of the next single. In Your Clouds is a track about escapism and finding comfort in your other half. An uplifting song about the discovery of feelings and how to improve life. In Your Clouds is accompanied with a colourful, rich in aesthetics video, directed by Oliver Hammerton.

MNEK has been unstoppable since summer. He played at loads of festivals, Glastonbury, Bestival, House Festival, Lovebox and Somerset House. Last week MNEK was at the BBC Maidavale Studio, where he performed a stunning session for MistaJam and then a DJ set at the launch of Hunger Party. This week you can catch him live on Saturday at the iTunes festival supporting Kylie Minogue. His jam packed scheduled lined up doesn’t stop there though. MNEK has just been nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO awards, which are taking place 22nd October. Lastly, don’t miss ‘The Party, MNEK part 3′ which is happening  at XOYO 6th November.Tickets are now on sale: http://po.st/MNEKXOYO

For more updates stay tuned to MNEK’s soundcloud/  instagram / fb / twitter / YT /

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Please enjoy our selection of podcasts

Posted by Steve Willis On September - 22 - 2014

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  •     Access Jazz Podcast 2
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  •     Access Jazz Podcast 1

  

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Hannah Rave Review at the The Patrick Kavanagh

2014-08-25 19:08:02 accesshost

  

Very occasionally it’s possible to walk into a local venue and simply stumble into the future of music in the UK. That’s what happened this week in Birmingham when we managed to catch an acoustic set by the wonderfully talented and incredibly focused Hannah Brown.

  

With nothing but a guitar, a microphone and her voice, Hannah managed to captivate the entire audience as she introduced herself and without any fanfare burst straight into her first song. As a singer and songwriter Hannah clearly understand the storytelling potential of music, and the lyrics of Quake reflect that perfectly. With echoes of Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, this cinematic and enigmatic track echoed throughout with a deep melancholy and a sense of repeated regret. The repetition shone through in both the lyrics and the music, reinforcing the bitter cycle told in the imagery of the song.

  

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Hannah interspersed a couple of covers in amongst her original tracks, with Your Picture following on from Quake with a more hopeful and upbeat melody, with smiles from Hannah as she revelled in the stark simplicity of the song.

  

The whole set that night had echoes of early Sheryl Crow, and had a spellbinding and ethereal quality that captured a very specific time, place and mood, with tales of painfully unrequited love, all told with a heartfelt honesty and the occasional sense of hopelessness. Yet her voice, despite that hopelessness, always seems to offer that sense of good times to come, of optimism and an endearing self-sufficiency.

  

Hannah uses her talent naturally. Nothing in her set seemed forced in anyway. Her enthusiasm and talent and sheer honesty was heartfelt in every line. She doesn’t simply wear her heart on her sleeve, she lets it shine from her soul and echo around the room.

  
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Hannah Brown has a bright future. The night after the gig we saw she was performing again, this time with a backing group. Although I’ve no doubt that she excelled in that performance as much as the one we caught, I’m glad we caught the acoustic set. The lack of distraction, the elegant purity of one girl and her guitar singing truths and honesty in a random bar in Birmingham, was one of those once in a lifetime finds that you never forget.
Hannah will be releasing her debut album soon, and it won’t be long before you wish you’d caught her before she hit the bigger venues. The smaller gigs are the perfect way to capture her spirit and skill before she hits the big time. Which, with her talent, is practically inevitable.


 

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Alvin Davis Album and Tour Funding

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Manchester Orchestra Album

2014-10-01 11:32:52 ltruby

Exceptional value with a full complement of features and an upgrade worthy frame

Specialized’s Allez Comp Compact M2 Apex epitomises what a good value priced bike should be: an excellent frame worthy of multiple upgrades even years into ownership; a no frills parts package that might be heavy but gets the job done; spot on handling; aesthetics that help it look more expensive than it is.

Most importantly however, it should possess a feature set that’s complete enough so you’re not constantly irritated by what you could have had if you had spent more money. And by “good value” we perhaps should say downright cheap as the retail cost is a fantastically attainable US$1,450.

Ride and handling: just like a Tarmac but in alloy form

Linked Articles
http://lilychen.blogtur.com/
http://www.norris1.com/wholesale-golf-clubssettings-can-be-a-variety-of-locations/
http://sclcommercial.com/taylormade-r1-driverhave-got-presently-answered/

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MNEK XOYO Party

2014-10-01 11:26:50 ltruby

 MNEK – IN YOUR CLOUDS

LISTEN: http://po.st/IYCsc  – WATCH: http://po.st/IYC

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBOs

The Party, MNEK III at the XOYO 6th November

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter MNEK is back with another vibey track, In Your Clouds…a little something for all his fans before the announcement of the next single. In Your Clouds is a track about escapism and finding comfort in your other half. An uplifting song about the discovery of feelings and how to improve life. In Your Clouds is accompanied with a colourful, rich in aesthetics video, directed by Oliver Hammerton.

MNEK has been unstoppable since summer. He played at loads of festivals, Glastonbury, Bestival, House Festival, Lovebox and Somerset House. Last week MNEK was at the BBC Maidavale Studio, where he performed a stunning session for MistaJam and then a DJ set at the launch of Hunger Party. This week you can catch him live on Saturday at the iTunes festival supporting Kylie Minogue. His jam packed scheduled lined up doesn’t stop there though. MNEK has just been nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO awards, which are taking place 22nd October. Lastly, don’t miss ‘The Party, MNEK part 3′ which is happening  at XOYO 6th November.Tickets are now on sale: http://po.st/MNEKXOYO

For more updates stay tuned to MNEK’s soundcloud/  instagram / fb / twitter / YT /

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Meghan Trainor UK Release Date Changes to Meet Phenomenal Demand

2014-09-15 10:28:18 ltruby

Out back, the tall chain stays use every cheap golf clubsavailable bit of height on the bottom bracket shell and they’re joined to comparatively thin and mostly straight twin seat stays with hogged out alloy dropouts.

Though the frame is 100 percent aluminum, carbon fibre does make a guest appearance in the fork blades where it’s most effective at drowning out road buzz.discount golf clubs The rest of the tapered fork including the crown, steerer and tips are alloy.

Frame weight is good at 1,360g (3.00lb) for our bare 52cm test sample but the alloy chunks have a bigger impact on the fork. The deep carbon blades http://www.isoworld.co.uk/ and generously proportioned crown make for very precise front wheel placement but it’s rather weighty at 590g. By comparison, Cannondale’s all new CAAD10 undercuts the Allez frameset by several hundred grams.

Even so, the Allez frameset’s long list Titleist AP1 714 Ironsof positive attributes makes it more than worthy of future upgrades as your skills develop and your budget allows.

Linked Articles
http://chenalicess100.myblog.de/
http://blog.nastad.org/2014/09/how-new-york-is-using-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-prep-to-end-hiv/
http://www.burgundybrick.com/event-tab-post/

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Hannah Schneider New Album and Video

2014-09-11 15:39:13 ltruby

HANNAH SCHNEIDER

RED LINES

LOJINX (UK) SONY (DK) – October 27th 2014 

 

Getting in way over my head is the best thing I know. And the worst.

Melody fanatic Hannah Schneider isn’t just the result of a colourful family history. She’s also driven by almost frightening courage – from the time she broke with her internationally renowned family’s classical traditions, until she decided to take the stage as a woman alone with a pile of instruments. But she’s also endowed with the delicate soul of an artist. Now, on her third album, she brings all the contrasting threads together for the first time – and that has set her and her music free.

Over and over, people ask Hannah Schneider where she’s from. The short answer is “Denmark”. The longer one is that her grandfather was famed violinist Alexander Schneider, a member of the celebrated Budapest String Quartet. He had Russian-Jewish roots, and the family’s name had been Znaider before they adopted the German spelling to make it easier for them to cross borders.

Alexander found himself in the United States in the 1930s and had a son there, but he was known to have a “woman in every port”, including one who bore him a daughter in Copenhagen. When Alexander’s American son visited his half-sister, he fell in love with her bohemian lifestyle and decided to remain in Denmark. He met a Danish violinist, and the couple had a daughter – Hannah Schneider. As you might expect, Hannah inherited a bit of everything from her family – the street performer’s free thinking, the artist’s sensitivity, a Russian temperament and a good dose of American ingenuity.

It’s been a huge conflict, and I’ve always been extremely sensitive. I let everything in the room affect me, but I’m not, like, this nice little quiet girl. I’m incredibly temperamental and I’ll go home and smash things. And when it comes to music, I’m always making all these drastic decisions,” she says.

The contrasts inevitably find their way into Hannah’s songs and the way she approaches her career. It all began with a break – a break with her family’s proud classical music traditions. She describes herself as born in the orchestra pit at the Royal Danish Theatre, where her mother was a violinist. Her earliest musical memories are the sound of the violin, but she was seized by the rhythm when she first heard “Lambada” years later. She also toyed around with a keyboard in her room, and discovered it was more fun to write her own songs than to interpret others’. Gradually, she began to give shape to her own type of gauzy electronic pop music.

Hannah’s ability to take her own path musically was first showcased in a project called “Window Sessions”, where she and special guest artists performed songs in her apartment, recorded them, and released the recordings. More recently, a tour where she appeared completely alone on stage earned her a lot of respect for the courage she showed in getting up and singing and playing all the instruments herself. What people didn’t know was that she was lying awake at night, terrified of having to put her latest musical path into practice. But these are contrasts she has to live with, and that actually drive her onward.

Getting in way over my head is the best thing I know. And the worst,” she says.

On her new album “Red Lines”, Hannah is fully aware for the first time that she’s always balancing between extremes. This realization has given her songs a new sense of clarity and optimism. She’s also investigating – to highlight the contrasts again – more masculine sounds. Her two co-producers, Andreas “The Machine” Summer and Lasse Baunkilde, have pushed her to go places she’d never been, particularly with beats and bass. But the main thrust of her writing is still the same:

I’m a total melody fanatic. I have favourite songs in every genre, from Robyn’s “Do You Really Love Me” to Joni Mitchells “A Case of You”. A good melody does the right thing at the right time. You have to be able to cover a whole landscape in three or four minutes. Every time a verse finishes, there’s got to be a little lift,” she explains.

Hannah’s own melodies were composed during stays in different cities and in a little rundown shed in the middle of nowhere. A song like “Everything” embraces quite a bit of the theme that pervades the album. It’s a song about “spring cleaning” gloomy moods away, so you can see that good things lie ahead. “Dreaming Kind” was conceived as a battle cry for sensitive dreamers. And the summery single “Life Is Easy” is about the moment you start to trust in your own life.

This record is about the glimpse you get of yourself when you can observe yourself from the outside. You know, I’m done with navel-gazing. All I want to do now is just open up,” Hannah explains.

Not that she’s reached the end of the line. Or that she’s now on completely firm ground. She’s got too much classical music in her blood for that. In classical music, you never stop improving and growing.

If there’s anything that annoys me, it’s this idea that pop musicians – especially women – have a certain limited time to shine. After that, you sit around writing about the kids. I plan to keep on finding my way and getting better and better at writing songs. Being a musician is a life-long project. It’s with you from the minute you’re born to the day you die,” she concludes.

Red Lines will be released on CD, digital & vinyl on the 27th of October on Lojinx in the UK.

www.facebook.com/hannahschneidermusic

www.twitter.com/hannahschneide

www.instagram.com/hannahschneide
www.lojinx.com/artists/hannah-schneider

 

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Honours New Single

2014-09-11 15:32:21 ltruby

SINGLE RELEASED OCT 27TH
PREMIERED ON SCIENTISTS OF SOUND
LIVE: MUSIC CUBE, WESTFIELD – OCT 24TH
THE ISLINGTON, LONDON – OCT 29TH

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London trio Honours release their new single ‘Bulletproof’ on October 27th through Killing Moon Records. The song received its official premiere on Scientists Of Sound who described ‘Bulletproof’ as, “An impossible level of perfection [with] adrenaline induced euphoria, blossoming into an infectious array of what all indie-electronic music should epitomise”.

A gargantuan pop anthem from the band – Stephen Hughes, Ed Carlile and Andrew McConkey – ‘Bulletproof’ is a contemporary marriage of intelligent pop, captivating indie aesthetics and unashamed 80s-inspired stadium power.

Hughes’ vocals ring like a topflight Matt Bellamy, while glorious synths rise through emotive reverberations reminiscent of the gigantic moments of The Killers and U2. Their clever alternative mind-set sees Honours tackle deep themes of love and perfectionism through intricately developed dark breaks akin of Hurts at their most emotional, but with the added edge of Depeche Mode at their most dancefloor-friendly.

Bridging a gap between big room pop and intricate indie, Honours happily sit among the hallowed ground of British musical icons, unafraid of making huge pop statements and shooting straight for the jugular.

From their 2013 debut release ‘Ready To Run’ and the critically acclaimed follow up single ‘August’ – also on Killing Moon – Honours introduced themselves as imaginative songwriters with a penchant for a powerful chorus. ‘Bulletproof’ now showcases a heightened sense of maturity and direction that augurs amazing things to come from their debut album.

It’s something that will be demonstrated in the band’s upcoming Music Cube performance at Westfield on October 24th, where Honours share a line up with London Grammar, Emeli Sande and Sam Smith – to name just a few. Following this the band are set to deliver a headline show at The Islington on October 29th.

‘Bulletproof’ acts as a taster for a band that are set to become the next great British staple for 2015.

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Meghan Trainor UK Release Date Changes to Meet Phenomenal Demand

Posted by Lauren Truby On September - 15 - 2014

Out back, the tall chain stays use every cheap golf clubsavailable bit of height on the bottom bracket shell and they’re joined to comparatively thin and mostly straight twin seat stays with hogged out alloy dropouts.

Though the frame is 100 percent aluminum, carbon fibre does make a guest appearance in the fork blades where it’s most effective at drowning out road buzz.discount golf clubs The rest of the tapered fork including the crown, steerer and tips are alloy.

Frame weight is good at 1,360g (3.00lb) for our bare 52cm test sample but the alloy chunks have a bigger impact on the fork. The deep carbon blades http://www.isoworld.co.uk/ and generously proportioned crown make for very precise front wheel placement but it’s rather weighty at 590g. By comparison, Cannondale’s all new CAAD10 undercuts the Allez frameset by several hundred grams.

Even so, the Allez frameset’s long list Titleist AP1 714 Ironsof positive attributes makes it more than worthy of future upgrades as your skills develop and your budget allows.

Linked Articles
http://chenalicess100.myblog.de/
http://blog.nastad.org/2014/09/how-new-york-is-using-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-prep-to-end-hiv/
http://www.burgundybrick.com/event-tab-post/

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Hannah Schneider New Album and Video

Posted by Lauren Truby On September - 11 - 2014

HANNAH SCHNEIDER

RED LINES

LOJINX (UK) SONY (DK) – October 27th 2014 

 

Getting in way over my head is the best thing I know. And the worst.

Melody fanatic Hannah Schneider isn’t just the result of a colourful family history. She’s also driven by almost frightening courage – from the time she broke with her internationally renowned family’s classical traditions, until she decided to take the stage as a woman alone with a pile of instruments. But she’s also endowed with the delicate soul of an artist. Now, on her third album, she brings all the contrasting threads together for the first time – and that has set her and her music free.

Over and over, people ask Hannah Schneider where she’s from. The short answer is “Denmark”. The longer one is that her grandfather was famed violinist Alexander Schneider, a member of the celebrated Budapest String Quartet. He had Russian-Jewish roots, and the family’s name had been Znaider before they adopted the German spelling to make it easier for them to cross borders.

Alexander found himself in the United States in the 1930s and had a son there, but he was known to have a “woman in every port”, including one who bore him a daughter in Copenhagen. When Alexander’s American son visited his half-sister, he fell in love with her bohemian lifestyle and decided to remain in Denmark. He met a Danish violinist, and the couple had a daughter – Hannah Schneider. As you might expect, Hannah inherited a bit of everything from her family – the street performer’s free thinking, the artist’s sensitivity, a Russian temperament and a good dose of American ingenuity.

It’s been a huge conflict, and I’ve always been extremely sensitive. I let everything in the room affect me, but I’m not, like, this nice little quiet girl. I’m incredibly temperamental and I’ll go home and smash things. And when it comes to music, I’m always making all these drastic decisions,” she says.

The contrasts inevitably find their way into Hannah’s songs and the way she approaches her career. It all began with a break – a break with her family’s proud classical music traditions. She describes herself as born in the orchestra pit at the Royal Danish Theatre, where her mother was a violinist. Her earliest musical memories are the sound of the violin, but she was seized by the rhythm when she first heard “Lambada” years later. She also toyed around with a keyboard in her room, and discovered it was more fun to write her own songs than to interpret others’. Gradually, she began to give shape to her own type of gauzy electronic pop music.

Hannah’s ability to take her own path musically was first showcased in a project called “Window Sessions”, where she and special guest artists performed songs in her apartment, recorded them, and released the recordings. More recently, a tour where she appeared completely alone on stage earned her a lot of respect for the courage she showed in getting up and singing and playing all the instruments herself. What people didn’t know was that she was lying awake at night, terrified of having to put her latest musical path into practice. But these are contrasts she has to live with, and that actually drive her onward.

Getting in way over my head is the best thing I know. And the worst,” she says.

On her new album “Red Lines”, Hannah is fully aware for the first time that she’s always balancing between extremes. This realization has given her songs a new sense of clarity and optimism. She’s also investigating – to highlight the contrasts again – more masculine sounds. Her two co-producers, Andreas “The Machine” Summer and Lasse Baunkilde, have pushed her to go places she’d never been, particularly with beats and bass. But the main thrust of her writing is still the same:

I’m a total melody fanatic. I have favourite songs in every genre, from Robyn’s “Do You Really Love Me” to Joni Mitchells “A Case of You”. A good melody does the right thing at the right time. You have to be able to cover a whole landscape in three or four minutes. Every time a verse finishes, there’s got to be a little lift,” she explains.

Hannah’s own melodies were composed during stays in different cities and in a little rundown shed in the middle of nowhere. A song like “Everything” embraces quite a bit of the theme that pervades the album. It’s a song about “spring cleaning” gloomy moods away, so you can see that good things lie ahead. “Dreaming Kind” was conceived as a battle cry for sensitive dreamers. And the summery single “Life Is Easy” is about the moment you start to trust in your own life.

This record is about the glimpse you get of yourself when you can observe yourself from the outside. You know, I’m done with navel-gazing. All I want to do now is just open up,” Hannah explains.

Not that she’s reached the end of the line. Or that she’s now on completely firm ground. She’s got too much classical music in her blood for that. In classical music, you never stop improving and growing.

If there’s anything that annoys me, it’s this idea that pop musicians – especially women – have a certain limited time to shine. After that, you sit around writing about the kids. I plan to keep on finding my way and getting better and better at writing songs. Being a musician is a life-long project. It’s with you from the minute you’re born to the day you die,” she concludes.

Red Lines will be released on CD, digital & vinyl on the 27th of October on Lojinx in the UK.

www.facebook.com/hannahschneidermusic

www.twitter.com/hannahschneide

www.instagram.com/hannahschneide
www.lojinx.com/artists/hannah-schneider

 

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Honours New Single

Posted by Lauren Truby On September - 11 - 2014

SINGLE RELEASED OCT 27TH
PREMIERED ON SCIENTISTS OF SOUND
LIVE: MUSIC CUBE, WESTFIELD – OCT 24TH
THE ISLINGTON, LONDON – OCT 29TH

honour

London trio Honours release their new single ‘Bulletproof’ on October 27th through Killing Moon Records. The song received its official premiere on Scientists Of Sound who described ‘Bulletproof’ as, “An impossible level of perfection [with] adrenaline induced euphoria, blossoming into an infectious array of what all indie-electronic music should epitomise”.

A gargantuan pop anthem from the band – Stephen Hughes, Ed Carlile and Andrew McConkey – ‘Bulletproof’ is a contemporary marriage of intelligent pop, captivating indie aesthetics and unashamed 80s-inspired stadium power.

Hughes’ vocals ring like a topflight Matt Bellamy, while glorious synths rise through emotive reverberations reminiscent of the gigantic moments of The Killers and U2. Their clever alternative mind-set sees Honours tackle deep themes of love and perfectionism through intricately developed dark breaks akin of Hurts at their most emotional, but with the added edge of Depeche Mode at their most dancefloor-friendly.

Bridging a gap between big room pop and intricate indie, Honours happily sit among the hallowed ground of British musical icons, unafraid of making huge pop statements and shooting straight for the jugular.

From their 2013 debut release ‘Ready To Run’ and the critically acclaimed follow up single ‘August’ – also on Killing Moon – Honours introduced themselves as imaginative songwriters with a penchant for a powerful chorus. ‘Bulletproof’ now showcases a heightened sense of maturity and direction that augurs amazing things to come from their debut album.

It’s something that will be demonstrated in the band’s upcoming Music Cube performance at Westfield on October 24th, where Honours share a line up with London Grammar, Emeli Sande and Sam Smith – to name just a few. Following this the band are set to deliver a headline show at The Islington on October 29th.

‘Bulletproof’ acts as a taster for a band that are set to become the next great British staple for 2015.

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Lucy Spraggan New Track

Posted by Lauren Truby On September - 11 - 2014

SANTA MARADONA F.C FEAT. LUCY SPRAGGAN

 

GIVE ME SUNSHINE

 

6TH OCTOBER 2014

Santa Maradona Football Club is an experiment…an anonymous collective of  globetrotting musicians and producers dabbling with genre curving soundscapes and collaborations.

Formed truly “on the road” SMFC came together via chance encounters in bars, clubs, fairs and festivals… one a guitarist in a touring rock band, one an international dj/producer another a famed percussionist and others still from the creative arts, hairdressing and… the odd engineer.

The first single ʻGive Me Sunshineʼ features the lyrical and vocal talents of totally unknown web find Lucy Spraggan… (Or so SMFC thought until they spoke to their manager ;) . The truth is, one of the members does not read magazines nor own a TV or a Radio and found a video online with less than 1000 views by a singer that he likes…he wrote to her and she was up for coming to the studio…

And thus it came to be….(and this is absolutely true…)

Released on Brock Wild Records, a brand new alt-pop-crossover imprint, ʻGive Me Sunshineʼ released on the 6th of October is the soundtrack to the summer and comes with remixes by Mark Knight, Joyce Muniz and Ruben Mandolini.

 

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Naughty Boy New Video

Posted by Lauren Truby On September - 8 - 2014

Naughty Boy reveals new video for ‘Pardon Me’‏

 

‘Pardon Me’ premiered last week, as Mistajam’s ‘Inbox Fresh’, ‘Pardon Me’ is the brand new single from chart-topping, award winning producer Naughty Boy. ‘Pardon Me’ features an enticingly contrasting line-up of collaborators, including rapper Professor Green, singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, Drum & Bass producer Wilkinson and Naughty Boy’s latest discovery, 21 year old Bristol singer-songwriter Ava Lily. The conceptual single was created to challenge all involved to venture outside of their usual boundaries – to experiment with sound, tempo and songwriting. “It’s like Ready, Steady Cook,” grins Naughty Boy of bringing together the various worlds. “We had all of the ingredients; the challenge was to make it work.”

Produced by Shahid ‘Naughty Boy’ Khan, ‘Pardon Me’ is a beautifully paced track that draws on a ‘90s UKG influence. Led by Ava Lily’s instantly captivating hook, Professor Green’s verse ruminates on love gone wrong, while the inimitable vocal of Birmingham singer-songwriter Laura Mvula closes the song with a typically powerful message: ‘Tomorrow is another day, you can find love again. Remember how you felt before, it’s the only thing worth fighting for.’ Once complete, Naughty Boy then invited Wilkinson to enhance the original version for a special ‘Lynx Peace Edition’; the end result is a Jungle enhanced, breakbeat led banger that catapults the song to a whole new realm. The accompanying video, featuring all five artists, was shot in North London by director Joe Alexander, who has previously directed videos for Chase & Status, Cyril Hahn and Wilkinson.

The track was created for Lynx’s ‘Make Beats, Not War’ campaign (http://www.lynxpeace.com/beats) to raise awareness for the Peace One Day Organistation ahead of World Peace Day on September 21.  It’s a cause close to Naughty Boy’s heart; an impassioned and politically minded young man, he was keen to help spread the message of peace through his music.

Naughty Boy is one of pop music’s most-in demand composers, having worked with everyone from Katy Perry to Rihanna, Lily Allen and Cheryl Cole. Khan was also the co-producer of Emeli Sande’s ‘Our Version of Events’, which was the biggest selling album of 2012 and the second best selling album of 2013, just behind One Direction’s ‘Midnight Memories’.

As a solo artist in his own right, Naughty Boy has had a No.1 single with 2013’s ‘La, La, La’, featuring a then unknown Sam Smith, two Top 10 hits with ‘Wonder’ and ‘Lifted’ both featuring Emeli Sandé and a No.2 album with ‘Hotel Cabana’, his debut record featuring Sandé, Ed Sheeran and Tinie Tempah. The video for ‘La, La, La’ has had over 378 million views to date, has been No.1 on iTunes in 43 countries and Top 10 on iTunes in 83 countries. The song won two MOBO’s for ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Video’ while Naughty Boy won a UKMVA for Best New Act at the VEVO awards. ‘La, La, La’ was also nominated for ‘British Video’ and ‘British Single’ at 2014’s BRIT awards. Now taking the US by storm, ‘La, La, La’ is went Top 10 on US iTunes, following heavy rotation on Top 40 radio and powerful performances from Naughty Boy and Sam Smith on the ‘Today Show’ and ‘Tonight with David Letterman’.

Following a sold out UK tour late last year, Naughty Boy has spent the Summer playing at festivals including V, Wireless and Radio 1’s Big Weekend. He has recently been working with One Direction on their next album.

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You Me At Six Announce Co-Headline Arena Tour

Posted by Lauren Truby On September - 8 - 2014

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You Me At Six today announce the tour of 2015! You Me At Six along with co-headliners, the American pop punk giants All Time Low, will play 5 of the biggest UK venues in February 2015. The dates kick off in Cardiff on 9th February, and culminate with a huge homecoming show at London’s O2 Arena on 14th February. Tickets go on sale next Friday 29th at 9am from Gigsandtours.com, Kililive.com or Gigsinscotland.com.
Commenting on the most exciting tour of the year, frontman Josh Franceschi said: “We can’t wait to hit the road with All Time Low. It’s the tour we know our fans want, and we are so excited to be doing a full arena tour” and All Time Low’s frontman Alex Gaskarth added “We’ve never managed to hit up the UK with the hometown boys in You Me At Six, so this is going to be a really amazing experience. I think the fan-bases will come together and make the shows unforgettable.”
Full tour dates are:
9th February: Arena, Cardiff
10th February: LG Arena, Birmingham
12th February: Hydro, Glasgow
13th February: Phones 4 U Arena, Manchester
14th February: O2 Arena, London
Also announced today, You Me At Six will release a very special edition of their album available on CD/DVD on the 20th October. The album will include 5 acoustic studio recordings with a string quartet, produced by Stephen Street, and a further 5 songs filmed live from Dean Street Studios. The special edition will also include an exclusive poster booklet, with a lucky few signed by the band.
You Me At Six recently premiered their new single, the huge rock anthem Room To Breathe. The video for the track can be viewed here. The video was shot across 48 shows around the world and was directed by Tom Welsh. The song is currently A-list at Radio 1 in the UK, Daytime radio at Triple M in Australia and top 5 at rock radio in North America making it the bands first truly Global hit single Room To Breathe is the fourth single to be taken from Cavalier Youth, the band’s fourth album and most successful yet. Cavalier Youth stormed to the top of the UK charts upon release and debuted at #1. It has since been certified Silver, and is quickly approaching Gold.
Following their Reading and Leeds Festival appearances this weekend, the British five-piece are heading back Stateside in September for a headline tour that is almost sold out. The same month, they also have a run of dates in Australia and South East Asia. This year alone, they are set to play to a staggering 1/2 million people.
Cavalier Youth was recorded in LA and produced by Neil Avron (Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park). Avron encouraged them to broaden and stretch their musical horizons – and the band display next-level musicianship on the #1 record. Cavalier Youth shows off the band’s new confidence and excitement, and has lead them to arenas, to fulfilling their dream of playing high up the bill at Reading and Leeds, to having a smash hit single, and to breaking America.
You Me At Six are Josh Franceschi (Vocals), Max Helyer (Guitar), Chris Miller (Guitar), Matt Barnes (Bass) and Dan Flint (Drums).
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Billy Lockett New Video

Posted by Lauren Truby On September - 8 - 2014

Billy Lockett New Video

“You’ll love Billy Lockett [and his] outta this world video” – MTV

Billy Lockett has unveiled the luminous animated video to his wonderful single ‘Old Man’. This charming piece was created by Sam Gainsborough, an up-and-coming director/animator, by using claymation, animation and various other cinematic techniques, perfectly capturing the mood of Billy’s song – depicting him embarking on a magical journey with his sadly departed father and celebrating the bond they had.

‘Old Man’ is a yearning, heartfelt number and both the song and video are dedicated to Billy’s dad, serving as a poignant reminiscence of the man who formed Billy into the artist he is today.

The video has just received its premiere via MTV UK who have fallen for the video’s charms and the song’s infectious chorus, “Old man teach me a thing or two, I can learn a lot from you”. They’re not the only ones declaring themselves fans of Billy. In the first two weeks of Billy putting ‘Old Man’ on his Soundcloud page he has chalked up over 50,000 plays from his rapidly expanding and loyal fan base.

‘Old Man’ is to be released through Billy Lockett’s own label Selfish Records on September 29th.

After spending the last year touring with the likes of KT Tunstall, Lana Del Rey and Birdy, Billy sets out on his biggest UK headline tour to date in October, which will be rounded off at The Tabernacle on November 6th.  The full dates are as follows:

Find BILLY LOCKETT at

Facebook – www.facebook.com/billylockettmusic
Twitter – www.twitter.com/billylockett  / @billylockett
Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/officialbillylockett
Instagram – http://instagram.com/billylockett

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