Friday, 25 September 2009

Debut Album from the Yeah You's

Top pop duo the Yeah You’s have just released  their debut album “Looking through You” on Island Records. The Yeah You’s take the unusual step of releasing a greatest hits compilation as their first album release when their eagerly awaited debut album ‘Looking Through You’ is released on  Island Records. The album was written in keyboard player Mike Kintish’s bedroom in London and recorded in LA with Greg Wells (Mika, Katie Perry & Rufus Wainwright). The Yeah You’s have been tipped for greatness by Popjustice, The Guardian, The Sun and the News of the World amongst others. The album is preceded by the band’s second single “Getting Up With You” sees duo, Nick Ingram and Mike Kintish, at their anthemic song writing best, once again producing a hook filled melody and sing-along chorus that will stick in your head for days.. “Looking Through You” contains 12 new songs, including their debut hit single “15 Minutes”, a wry look at pop stardom that, ironically, propelled the duo onto the pages of NME and Q whilst also leading to an appearance on breakfast tv, neatly illustrating the prescience of the lyric. Pre-order album Looking through You. The tracklisting for the album is:
  • 15 Minutes
  • Getting Up With You
  • If I Could
  • Won’t Be Long
  • It’s Happening To Me
  • Ready To Love Again
  • Clifftop
  • Dive In
  • If I’d Said Hello
  • If It All Runs Out 

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

“Game Over" - New Release from V V Brown

‘Soundclashing whirlwind’ V V Brown will release her brand new single “Game Over” on September 21st through Island Records.  V V, whose beautiful debut album ”Travelling Like The Light” has just been released to huge critical acclaim, has had a busy summer wowing festival crowds at Glastonbury, T In The Park, Lovebox, Camp Bestival and Secret Garden Party.  She will also bring her unique brand of exhilarating pop to V Festival in August and Bestival in September. V V first came to the world’s attention after landing an upfront slot on ‘Later With Jools Holland’.  Her performance on the show won her a lot of admirers including Damon Albarn who invited her to perform on his Africa Express adventure in Lagos, which provided inspiration for the song ‘Game Over’.  Says V V: “The Africa Express trip inspired me to get more involved in African music so we experimented with African sounds and beats and came up with a lyric about the ending of a relationship. I got the opportunity to play my new melodica on it as well!” Having been tipped in Vogue, V V is fast becoming something of a fashion darling. She was personally asked to perform during cool designer Ashish’s London Fashion Week show earlier this year and strutted her stuff for Naomi Cambell’s ‘Fashion Relief’.  Her love of fashion has recently led her to set up her own online vintage webstore ‘V V Vintage’ ( and she is collaborating with a dress maker on clothes for the video for the forthcoming single.. Music has always been a massive part of V V‘s life.  The Northampton born, London based artist, writes and produces all her own music.  The eldest of six children, she learned to play the piano, developed her vocals and took classical and jazz piano lessons at a musical arts school which she attended at  weekends.  Early influences included Ruth Brown, Elvis Presley and, just as importantly, the music from Super Marioland.  Travelling Like The Light” is a perfect introduction to the 25-year old’s sound.  In V V‘s world, love sounds like the perfect melody.  Both are difficult to define she says, but both pour out of the songs on her debut album.  It’s about letting out all these ideas I’ve had locked up in my mind,” Brown states.  It’s honest - it’s not about being festooned with £10m diamonds or having perfect hair.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Mumford & Sons Debut Album out soon

Mumford & Sons release their debut album, ‘Sigh No More’ through Gentlemen Of The Road / Island Records on the 5th October 2009. It will be preceded by a new single, ‘Little Lion Man’, on the 28th September. Fresh from a series of acclaimed festival appearances throughout the Summer, Mumford & Sons deliver their eagerly anticipated debut album as one of Britain’s most beguiling young acts in years. Creating a gutsy, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills & Nash with the might of Kings of Leon, the incredible energy of Mumford & Sons draws us quickly into their circle of songs: to the warmth of their stories and to this magical community of misty-eyed men. Since the band formed in late 2007, their primary goal has been to make music that matters. Mumford & Sons are Marcus Mumford (vocals, guitar, bass drum, and tambourine strapped to his left foot and right), Ben Lovett (keyboards), Country Winston (banjo, dobro, electric guitar) and Ted Dwane (bass). By the beginning of this year, the band had already been shortlisted for the BBC Sounds Of 2009 Poll. Making the road their rolling home is what has made Mumford & Sons who they are today. Word spread quickly, from navigating The Thames on a boat from Camden to Oxford, to selling out London’s ICA, by way of SXSW and an American tour, the following was building fast. The live show has since turned into a real spectacle, and a euphoric event. With three limited edition, self-produced EPs under their belt, the band will precede the release of ‘Sigh No More’ with the single, ‘Little Lion Man’ – already acknowledged by Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show as ‘The Hottest Record In The World Today’. This extraordinary debut was produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Bjork, The Maccabees), who actively encouraged the band to be more instinctive, to be more themselves, and strengthen their already-powerful musical personality. The album begins with the powerful title track, Sigh No More, a statement of intent that references the romantic language of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, as the four men sing together in glorious unison: "Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you / It will set you free / Be more like the man you were made to be." Amongst darkly reflective tracks such as Thistle & Weeds and ballads like White Blank Page, Winter Winds and Roll Away Your Stone, by contrast, show the band's sprightlier side, the rollicking banjo of the former conjuring up stormy weather that "litters London with lonely hearts"; the latter a fabulous hoedown about a man unsuccessfully filling the hole in his soul. As the album moves on, this fervour never dies. After a wild lashing out in the murderous fable of Dust Bowl Dance, After The Storm arrives, the only track Mumford and Sons wrote in the studio, away from the live stage they knew so well. It stands an incredibly moving final track to an incredibly moving album – the story of a man scared of what's behind and what's before, and creates a considered conclusion to the band’s epic debut album. Mumford & Sons’ live reputation goes before them, and now their incredible debut reveals the extent of their magic and majesty on record. Feel the fire in your belly and the romance in your heart as you listen, let your voice break into rapture – and you too sigh no more. Pre-order "Sigh No More" today

Album Release: “Sigh No More
Label: Gentlemen Of The Road/Island Records
Release date: 5th October 2009

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Natalie Imbruglia New Single and Album

Natalie Imbruglia is set to return to the charts with her highly anticipated new studio album ‘Come To Life’ released on Island Records on October 5. It will be preceded by the single ‘Want’ on September 28. The album was produced by Ben Hillier (Blur, Elbow, Depeche Mode), and features three writing collaborations with Coldplay including the first single ‘Want’, which Natalie co-wrote with Chris Martin. One of the tracks is produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs. Four years after her last studio album “Counting Down The Days” debuted at No 1 in the UK, Natalie’s total album sales now amount to 8 million worldwide, whilst her single sales total over 2 million. “Come To Life”, though, charts an entirely new path for this vastly under-rated artist. The opening salvo of “My God”, “Lukas” and “Fun” immediately establish the breadth of this remarkable record which combine dark, driving beats and gorgeously wistful ballads into a totally cohesive whole. The full track listing for the album is:

  • My God
  • Lukas
  • Fun
  • Twenty
  • Scars
  • Want  (Single: release date 28th September)
  • WYUT
  • Cameo
  • All The Roses
  • Wild About It

Album: Come To Life – 5th October

Monday, 14 September 2009

Focus on Taio Cruz

"Break Your Heart" - September 14 on Island Records Group
Brit award winning artist, songwriter, and one of the UK's most in-demand super producers, Taio Cruz, marks his eagerly awaited return with the release on September 14th of his brand new Universal Records single "Break Your Heart'". The single, produced by Taio and Fraser T Smith, is Taio's first solo release since exploding onto the UK scene with the massive chart smashes "Come On Girl" and "I Can Be", and his Gold-selling debut album "Departure". The critical and commercial success of the singles and album quickly established the 25-year old Londoner as one of the most exciting British artists to emerge in recent years, 'Break My Heart' is the first release from Taio's hugely anticipated second album "T.W.O. (This Way Out)" which will be released later in the year. Taio's unique sound has continued to occupy the top of the UK charts while he has been working on his new record. He co-wrote and featured on Tinchy Stryder's Top 3 single "Take Me Back", and has also co-written Stryder's smash hit "Never Leave You" which features Amelle from the Sugababes. In addition he has also recently written and produced, and features on, a new R. Kelly song titled "She Knows It . Pre-order "Rockstarr" Taio Cruz (Release Date 5th October 2009)

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Focus on Tinchy Stryder

2009 is proving to be a big year for 22 year old, Ghanaian born and East London based Tinchy Stryder. After being tipped as a rising star by the likes of Radio One, Wiley, and (bizarrely) MP Norman Lamb, this Star In The Hood has scored two consecutive top 3 hits, (including the no. 1 single for three weeks 'Number 1'), supported Akon and N-Dubz on sell out arena tours, launched a flourishing merchandise line with the kind of kudos and turnover that would impress Phillip Green, and completed a degree in Digital Arts and Moving Imagery at University of East London. Following these successes Tinchy Stryder is now set to unleash yet another bonafide hit. Never Leave You' featuring Sugababe Amelle is the forth cut to be taken from his album Catch 22. Meanwhile Tinchy Stryder may only be 22, but he's no newcomer to the music industry. He started Mcing with his group 'Ruff Sqwad', aged just 13 and by the time he was 20, Tinchy had recorded his debut solo album, a huge hit on the grime scene Star in The Hood. From his early days as a young teenager with an unbroken voice on pirate radio right through to the present, one thing has remained constant - Tinchy's charisma, confidence and style when delivering his lyrics. With fans such as Mike Skinner (who featured Tinchy on two remixes), and Wiley (who christened him the 'Prince of Grime'), championing his unique presence on the microphone, Tinchy Styder has been consistently praised for his captivating flow and quick-fire, yet clear, delivery. 'Catch 22' is yet another milestone in Tinchy Stryder's ascending career. A move on from the sound of Star in the Hood, 'Catch 22', sees Tinchy working with a diverse range of producers (from. Fraser T Smith to Frank Musik) and guest vocalists (from Taio Cruz to Amelle) to create a signature sound that is not only fresh and current, but is also uniquely his. Lyrically the album focuses on Tinchy's day-to-day tales from his hood in Bow, and his ever changing life as a rising star in the music industry. Spanning the shiny and radio friendly 'Number 1' and 'Never Leave You' through to the gritty and bassline heavy, 'Stryderman' and 'Spotlight', 'Catch 22' seamlessly balances universal appeal with street credibility. An album for the boys and the girls, for today's young clubbers and yesterday's seasoned ravers, for pop lovers and grime fans, Catch 22 recently released by Island Records is set to provide the soundtrack to many people's summer this year. 'Never Leave You' featuring Amelle is now the top UK Single and top UK download. (16th August in Live The Mail on Sunday) Tinchy performed at the V Festival, before embarking on his first headline nationwide tour in September. Check out my favourite track off the album : Take me Back. Tinchy Twitter - myspace