Monday, 21 December 2009

Owl City Single ‘Fireflies’ to be released soon

Owl City Single: ‘Fireflies
to be released 22nd February 2010 on  Island Records

‘Most of my inspiration comes from daydreaming, as I haven't really gone anywhere or done anything. I find a lot of inspiration in imagining what the world would be like if things were different -- better.’
It’s hard to imagine how much better things could get for Adam Young right now. When the shy 23-year-old first uploaded a few synth-pop songs on to his MySpace profile in 2007, his Owl City project was just one of thousands of unknown acts in the web’s worldwide hive of musical activity. Two-and-a-half years and one EP, two albums and over 50 million MySpace hits later, Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’ single hit the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard charts in early November 2009. It had already sold nearly two million copies, been No.1 in the U.S. iTunes chart, and been officially declared the fastest-selling electronic/alternative track of all-time. Its parent album, the self-produced ‘Ocean Eyes’, has nestled happily in the U.S. Top Ten since its release in July, and, after confessing that playing his first shows left him with ‘white knuckles’, Adam is now confidently playing sold-out shows to a crowd who are, as The NME observed, ‘made up mostly of young girls, who, impressively, know every single word to every single song’ and that ‘squeals and shrieks with the kind of delight usually reserved for buffed-up boy bands’. The shy boy’s dreamy DIY imaginings have become a bonafide pop phenomenon, but even a cursory listen to the gorgeous synthetic gems on ‘Ocean Eyes’ reveals why Owl City has struck such a universal chord. Young has fashioned an elegant and seemingly effortless connection between fashionably arty, retro-nouveau electro pop and the kind of fresh-faced, sweetly melancholic hit factory songwriting that you can imagine being sung by X Factor contestants a few years down the line. Let’s be frank – even our favourite 21st century synth-pop has had a hint of raised eyebrow reference-heavy irony. Owl City pop has a purity of purpose – an innocence – that breathes fresh air into the electro-pop revival.
The key, perhaps, lies in Young’s emergence from a non-musical family in Owatonna, Minnesota, a small-town which has no music scene to speak of. Owl City music sounds like a sparkling wintry day in a place full of nature, rather than electronic music’s usual urban nocturnal vibe. It also makes an escapist magic out of an experience shared by all kids raised in small towns – the retreat to the lonely bedroom where one creates a world of adventure to combat the quiet and boredom that surrounds you. As Young sings with such happy anticipation on Fireflies: ‘A fox trot above my head/A sock hop beneath my bed/A disco ball is just hanging by a thread.’ The eternal nightclub of the mind perfectly defined.
So Young is now looking forward to bringing his live show to The UK in February, following November 2009’s release of the warm and witty reinvention of prime Giorgio Moroder that is Umbrella Beach. The tour ties in with the unleashing of the Fireflies phenom on unsuspecting Brits, and the release of the Ocean Eyes album on March 1st – a blissful first-day-of-Spring treat to pull us all out of our winter funk.
‘I can't believe how fast things have taken off’, Young marvels. ‘It seems like it was only yesterday I put a few songs from my first EP online and watched things begin to happen on their own. I never thought music could spread like mine did through the internet. I guess it's just another testament to the power of technology and communication. I do know one thing though: I just wanted to keep creating. It's a lot of fun and it's the only thing in the world I'm good at. So it'd be a real shame to stop.’That it would, and this would be the bit where we implore you to watch Owl City make like a bird and fly!
17th Feb          Komedia                    Brighton
18th Feb          Islington Academy       London
19th Feb          Oxford Academy 2       Oxford
20th Feb          Newcastle AcademyNewcastle
21st Feb          Birmingham Academy 2 Birmingham
22nd Feb         Manchester Academy 3 Manchester 
'Fireflies is a song that begs to be discovered' - Music Week
‘You’d swear this was a new Postal Service single; it’s not, but it’s still sublime.’ - Sunday Times Culture
'the sold-out, 650 capacity crowd - made up mostly of young girls who, impressively, know every single world to every single song - squeals and shrieks with the kind of delight normally reserved for buffed up boy bands.' - NME
'a one-man MySpace phenomenon... His Postal Service electronics and melodies are intrusively infectious.' - The Fly

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Mumford & Sons Single Release: “Winter Winds”

Mumford and Sons release their new single, ‘Winter Winds’ through Gentlemen Of The Road / Island Records on the 7th December 2009. It is taken from the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Sigh No More’.

Mumford and Sons are one of the most significant success stories of 2009, with their debut album charting at number 11, and number 1 on iTunes. But like all great stories, we’re not even halfway through the first novel and the best is still to come.
This British folk-rock band have quickly became renowned for their euphoric live shows, heart-wrenching songcraft, and for bringing beautiful music back in vogue.
Since Mumford and Sons released the first of their limited-edition vinyl EPs through Chess Club Records back in the summer of 2008, the road has become their rolling home. The gospel spread across the globe, and from one sold-out tour to the next.

Sigh No More’ was made with producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Bjork) harnessing all the energy and soul of their stage performance into this accomplished debut record. In return they have taken the craftsmanship of the recording process back out onto the road to dramatic effect.

The band’s recent single, ‘Little Lion Man’, was playlisted across national radio stations, picking up multiple ‘record of the week’ accolades at Radio 1, 6Music and XFM, and even charting ahead of its release. blogs. The band’s multiple SXSW performances back in March received rave reviews, with Under The Radar magazine declaring it the finest performance they’d witnessed throughout the conference. It’s the next step of their journey and one that stretches into Spring 2010, encompassing Holland, Germany, Australia and India.
Marcus, Ted, Ben and Winston, headed out to New York in late October for a series of CMJ shows with the buzz already spreading beyond the tuned-in US

Mumford and Sons are: Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane.

Mumford and Sons Live:

7th December – 18th December – Indian Tour

19th January – 6th February – Australian and New Zealand Tour
Sping UK Tour Dates for March Click here

“A band who know they’re onto something not just good, but spectacular”– NME

“An album that delivers everything…Classy stuff” – The Fly

“Magical stuff” – The Sunday Times

“Genuinely splendid” – The Observer

“Barnstorming…their four voices sound as one unstoppable force, brushing aside anything in its path” – Evening Standard

Stars line up for Top Of The Pops Christmas and New Year Specials

A host of top stars including Robbie Williams, Dizzee Rascal and JLS are set to appear in this year's Top Of The Pops Christmas and New Year Specials. BBC Radio 1's Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates will present the two special shows which will be shown on BBC One on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
Top Of The Pops Christmas Day Special (25 December 2009, 2.00-3.00pm) offers up an hour of stellar performances from some of the year's biggest stars including Dizzee Rascal; Kasabian; Lily Allen; JLS; Alexandra Burke; La Roux; Sugababes; Florence and the Machine; Diversity; and Muse. The hour of top music and festive fun culminates in a glistening performance from this year's Christmas number one!
Then, on New Year's Eve (31 December, 6.30-7.30pm), Fearne and Reggie are back on BBC One with the Top Of The Pops New Year Special to review the year in pop, taking in 2009's greatest hits and brightest stars. The show features special performances from some of the year's biggest acts including, Robbie Williams; Shakira; Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz and Calvin Harris. The show will also feature the final number one of 2009!
Fearne Cotton says: "Top Of The Pops this Christmas and New Year is going to be excellent. It's my fave show to be part of, especially with the line-up this year! It's going to be huge and massively festive."
Reggie Yates adds: "I'm so excited that Top Of The Pops is returning to our screens this Christmas. A silly jumper, too much lunch and TOTP make the perfect Christmas."
Top of the Pops on Christmas Day:
2.00-3.00pm – BBC One
2.00-3.00pm; 3.00-4.00pm on Red Button
8.00–9.00pm – BBC Three
And repeated again on BBC Three on Boxing Day from 3.00-4.00am
Top of the Pops on New Year's Eve:
6.30-7.30pm – BBC One
6.30-7.30pm; 8.30-9.30pm – Red Button
3.00-4.00am – BBC Three
And repeated again on BBC Three on New Year's Day from 7.00–8.00pm

The Christmas and New Year's Eve specials are one-off programmes. The TOTP Christmas TV shows are being broadcast on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Radio 1: Saturday 2 January: Reggie's three-hour radio show on Radio 1 (4.00-7.00pm) will feature live performance tracks taken from both TOTP TV shows, as well as backstage features and gossip from all the biggest stars of 2009.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

"Rolling Hard Rock" - ‘White Feather’ the new single from Wolfmother

New single ‘White Feather’ to be released February 1st, 2010
•Norwich date added to previously announced January tour

Wolfmother are indeed back. Critical acclaim aside, the fans have spoken as well - the new album "Cosmic Egg" surpassed the chart debut for their Grammy-winning first album around the globe, including the U.S, Australia, Germany, Canada, France, Ireland, Holland, Austria, and more. The fans have also come out in force to the band's live shows - Wolfmother already played a string of packed out shows across Europe and UK, and tickets are going fast for their next European tour, in January 2010. Amidst all this, Wolfmother get ready to release their second single - the rolling hard rock of White Feather. With it's bluesy lead licks, AC/DC-esque thump and stadium-sized chorus, White Feather is Wolfmother’s latest anthem, and one of the many highlights from Cosmic Egg. Expect it to be sung like a terrace anthem at their forthcoming live shows.
White Feather will be released through Modular Records on February 1st next year.
Wolfmother have also announced an extra date for their January UK tour:UEA, Norwich Friday 22nd January Tickets £17 - This joins their previously announced 2010 dates: Find Wolfmother Tickets
Friday 14th January - o2 Academy, Glasgow
Saturday 15th January - o2 Academy, Newcastle
Sunday 17th January - Academy, Manchester
Monday 18th January - o2 Academy, Leeds
Tuesday 19th January - o2 Academy, Birmingham
Thursday 21st January - o2 Brixton Academy, London
‘Wolfmother are back. And how’ 8/10 Classic Rock
‘A great second album’ 8/10 Rock Sound
"Wolfmother have exceeded expectation" 4/5 Kerrang!
‘Best heard loud’ Q
‘No need to change a winning formula’ Uncut
‘Rip open your shirt, shotgun a tinnie and screeeeeeam’ 4/5 Observer Music Monthly
‘Monster rock’ Time Out 3/5
‘Awesome rock band’ NM -

Friday, 4 December 2009

New Lioness Records single for Dionne Bromfield

“AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH” Release date 21st December
13 year old London-born soul singer Dionne Bromfield, whose sensational debut TV performance on Strictly Come Dancing introduced her as an exciting new talent, has her new Lioness Records single, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” released on December 21st. The single is a double A-side with Dionne’s festive rendition of Christmas classic “I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus”.
Dionne is the first signing to five time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse’s brand new label Lioness Records, and the single is taken from her recently releaSed debut album “Introducing Dionne Bromfield”.
Speaking about Dionne Amy says, “The first time I heard Dionne sing, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing… such an amazing voice from such a young girl. I’m just so proud of her. I’m very lucky to have a record label. I’ve got all these people that I love, that are really talented – and Dionne is my number one”. 
It was at the age of ten that Dionne started to think seriously about singing, after an aunt recognised her potential and referred her to a professional vocal coach. A year later she sang for Amy for the first time and Amy decided there and then that when she started up her own label, Dionne would be her first artist. Citing Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin as well as contemporary artists like Ne-Yo and Beyonce, as influences Dionne quickly decided that she wanted to “keep it soul”.
The album features covers of 12 classic songs that reflect her love of vintage soul music and ‘60s girl groups. Tracks include Mama Said, Motown anthem Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, which Dionne has recorded as a duet with fellow Lioness artist Zalon, Foolish Little Girl, originally a hit for The Shirelles in 1963, and the classic Millie no. 1 hit from 1964,  My Boy Lollipop. In fact Dionne first came across this song when she saw the Spice Girls movie Spiceworld.
“I thought it was a good song,” she says, “but when I heard Millie’s version I thought, this is the proper one. And Amy said, ‘You’ve got to do it – it’s my favourite tune! I’m really happy with my album,” Dionne says, “I love these songs, and I’m really excited about going out and singing them. Once you’re on a stage, it’s like you’re home.” 
“She’s so much better than I was at her age” Amy Winehouse
“A properly gorgeous soul voice” Grazia
“Dionne is spectacular…Dame Shirley Bassey’s successor is found at last” The Sun
“A sensation, note-perfect” Daily Mail
“Remarkable…her voice has huge range and character” NME
“this little lady has one very bright future” OK

Thursday, 3 December 2009

T'is the Season for Midwinter Graces & Tori Amos

Tori’s First and Highly Anticipated Seasonal Album Midwinter Graces is out now. After nearly two decades writing and recording some of her generation’s most emotionally powerful music, Tori Amos has released her first seasonal album, Midwinter Graces, on Island Records. A follow up to Tori’s critically acclaimed studio album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin, Midwinter Graces will find Tori reworking and expanding on classic carols as well as developing some of her very own seasonal tracks. Midwinter Graces is an album that has been in the making for the past 40 years. Raised in the Baltimore area under the watchful eye of her Methodist minister father, Tori grew up playing holiday carols at Sunday services and Christmas Day celebrations in her father’s church. These were the songs that gave a young Tori her first taste of music, and now almost 40 years later Tori gets her own chance to reimagine classics like “What Child, Nowell” and “Star of Wonder.” Tori will also add her own bittersweet bliss to the season with original tracks like “Pink and Glitter” and “Our New Year.” For Midwinter Graces, Amos has again teamed up with long time collaborators Matt Chamberlain on drums, Jon Evans on bass, and Mac Aladdin on guitars. Tori has enlisted the help of a Big Band and an Orchestra with stunning John Philip Shenale arrangements to create Tori’s new seasonal classics.
Midwinter Graces Tracklist: Buy the Album
1. What Child, Nowell
2. Star of Wonder
3. A Silent Night with You
4. Candle: Coventry Carol
5. Holly, Ivy, and Rose
6. Harps of Gold
7. Snow Angel
8. Jeanette, Isabella
9. Pink and Glitter
10. Emmanuel
11. Winter’s Carol
12. Our New Year