Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Taio Cruz new new single “Troublemaker”

Taio Cruz who has sold a staggering 17 million singles and albums worldwide, and has established himself as one of the world’s most sought after writer/producers as well as a genuine international superstar artist in his own right, releases his eagerly awaited new single “Troublemaker” on January 1st through Island Records. The future smash is taken from Taio’s brand new album “Ty. O” which the multi-talented Londoner has been working on since moving to Los Angeles at the beginning of the year. The star-studded album will also feature the massive international single “Hangover” which features Flo Rida. Taio’s world Takeover continues apace. Alongside the incredible 17 million single and album worldwide sales, Taio has racked up over 440 million YouTube views, 5 million Facebook likes, is a 3 time Billboard Music Award winner (2011), Brit Award nominee, Ascap Songwriter of The Year Award Winner (2011) and has written hits for, to name but a few, JLS, Cheryl Cole, Jennifer Lopez (So Into You), Usher (Me Without You ft w/ David Guetta) & many many more....And if that isn’t proof that Cruz sits comfortably at the very top table in pop music, it’s business as usual for the UK hitmaker with the midas touch as he’s back topping single’s charts around the Globe currently holding the #1 position in Austria, Switzerland & Germany’s iTunes chart with his international hit single “Hangover”! Taio has also just entered Top 30 in the UK’s Richest entertainers under 30! - http://www.capitalfm.com/artists/adele/news/heat-magazine-rich-list/ . On the new album Taio has gathered a veritable who’s who of producers currently working in pop music. The list includes Dr. Luke and Cirkut – Ke$ha (‘Tik Toc’); Jessie J (‘Price Tag’); Katy Perry (‘ET’); Miley Cyrus (‘Party in the USA’), Carl Falk - One Direction; Westlife, Rami Yacoub - N*SYNC; Backstreet Boys, Steve Angello – Tinie Tempah (‘Miami to Ibiza’); [remixed] Cheryl Cole ft Will.I.Am, RedOne – Lady Gaga (‘Just Dance’), Jimmy Joker – Usher (‘More’), Klas Åhlund - Britney Spears (‘Piece of Me’), Sebastian Ingrosso - Kid Sister (‘Right Hand Hi’); Kylie Minogue (‘Cupid Boy’), Jason Gilbert - Eminem; Akon; Kardinal Offishall, Alan Nglish – Taio Cruz (‘Falling in Love’) and last but not least the all conquering David Guetta – Akon (‘Sexy Bitch’); Rihanna (‘Who’s That Chick’) ; Kelly Rowland (‘When Love Takes Over’) to name but a few. In addition to his 2 US no. 1 singles, countless no.1s across Europe and South America, and a string of A list stars beating his door down to collaborate, Taio recently walked away with no less than 3 prestigious Billboard Awards. A few more stats - combined Youtube views exceed 440 million, Taio has 546,483 followers on Twitter and the album ‘Rokstarr’ is Gold in Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Mexico and the UK. Taio Cruz has been dominating charts across the globe in the last year culminating in the astonishing double whammy which saw him land consecutive US Billboard no. 1 singles, with “Break Your Heart” and “Dynamite”. Indeed Dynamite is the the best selling single EVER on Island Def Jam in the US. He became the first British artist to reach the incredible milestone of over 100 million combined You Tube views and has gone from strength to strength with success through Europe and South America. Both singles were taken from Taio’s last album ”The Rokstarr Collection”, a collection brimming with out and out pop nuggets, and a testament to the undisputed fact that pound for pound, Taio Cruz is in the very top drawer of guaranteed hit maker/ writer/artist/producers currently working in pop music.
“Cruz is a huge talent” - The Sun
“a hit-maker with the midas touch, his fingerprints are all over some of the biggest and best records” Daily Mail
“It’s fair to say the Cruz is on fire” HEAT

Monday, 19 December 2011

Slow Moving Millie Album "Renditions"

Welcome to the world of Amelia Warner: A multi-talented singer songwriter and pianist, Amelia writes and performs under the name Slow Moving Millie. Her emergence onto the music scene has been anything but ordinary. Originally immersed in an acting career from an early age, she discovered her talent for song writing by creating scores for films and quickly emerged into the exquisite talent she is today. Slow Moving Millie’s unconventional beginnings are echoed in her musical style. With a wide range of musical influences, (from Tom Waits and Nick Cave to Sigur Ros and Cat Power), her bittersweet musings, lyrical innocence and astute observations combine everyday experiences into a cinematic, moving, and unforgettable soundtrack. Having developed an impressive reputation and fan base from scores for film and TV, Amelia signed to Island Records and is currently is in the studio recording her debut album, (due for release next summer), with award winning producer Charlie Hugall (Florence and The Machine, Ellie Goulding). To prelude her forthcoming debut album, Amelia has covered a selection of favourite songs from her youth, entitled ‘Renditions’, which Island Records will be releasing in December. One of the standout tracks of this covers collection is The Smiths’ ‘Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’. An intriguing and infectious mix of spacey atmospherics and haunting vocals ‘Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’ not only encapsulates the distinctive sound of Slow Moving Millie perfectly, but has also made such an impact on all who have heard itthat it has been picked up by John Lewis for their 2011 Christmas advert. Slow Moving Millie’s compelling and distinct voice is sure to carve her a unique spot and could be the start of a wonderful adventure.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011


Grammy nominated superstar, and without question one of the most interesting rap artists to emerge in years, Drake, follows his first UK Top 10 single, “Take Care” feat. Rihanna, with the news that he is bringing his live show to the UK for dates in the spring 2012. The single is taken from the Canadian star’s critically acclaimed album “Take Care” which entered the UK chart at number 5 selling over 37,000 copies in the first week, by far the biggest US hip hop week one sales figure from any US hip hop artist in the UK this year. Within 3 weeks “Take Care” has already gone GOLD in the UK and proves that for UK fans, Drake is a bona fide superstar. The list of dates is as follows:
MARCH 2012 
APRIL 2012
Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday 16th December priced at £39.50 & £37.50 LONDON / £35.00 REGIONALLY (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk
To learn more about DRAKE, please visit:
“Take Care’ is an emo hop masterclass...it snarls as much as it weeps...an affecting masterpiece” NME 8/10 “The most creatively compelling and lyrically accomplished artist in mainstream hip hop” The Sun 
“The hottest thing in R&B” The Independent 4*

Thursday, 8 December 2011


On December 5th, Brushfire Records rang in the holiday season with This Warm December – A Brushfire Holiday, Volume 2, to be released on CD and Vinyl. 25% of the profits from the album will go to Little Kids Rock, Silverlake Conservatory and a variety of other charities benefiting children’s music education. In 2008, This Warm December – A Brushfire Holiday, Volume 1 was released and went on to sell over 50,000 copies and over 175,000 track downloads. The new 12-song album contains festive originals by Jack Johnson, G. Love, Matt Costa, ALO, Money Mark, Zach Gill, Paula Fuga and Neil Halstead. Seasonal classics, such as “Frosty The Snowman” by Zee Avi, “Jingle Bell Rock” by Rogue Wave and a cover of The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” by Bahamas round out this holiday collection. The first single will be Jack Johnson’s new track, “In The Morning”.

This Warm December - A Brushfire Holiday Volume 2 Track Listing
1. Zach Gill - “Party Hard” *
2. Rogue Wave ­- “Jingle Bell Rock”
3. G. Love - “Christmas Blues” *
4. Jack Johnson - “In The Morning” *
5. Bahamas - “Christmas Must Be Tonight”
6. Neil Halstead - “Home For The Season” *
7. Zee Avi - “Frosty The Snowman”
8. ALO “Let It Ride” *
9. Money Mark “Make Time” *
10. Paula Fuga - “Winter Swell Blues” *
11. G. Love - “Christmas Cookies” *
12. Matt Costa - “I Bet On Flying High” *
13. Jack Johnson - “Angel (Holiday)” *
*Original song

THIS WARM DECEMBER – A BRUSHFIRE HOLIDAY, VOLUME 2 http://thiswarmdecember.com/

Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do the Hump and Live Dates

With two top 10 singles, a top 10 album and a number 1 record courtesy of their hook up with Olly Murs, it's fair to say that Rizzle Kicks had a bit of a whirlwind summer. Although with the album now out and the summer warmth firmly behind us, Jordan and Harley are now fully focused on the next single - and this time they've brought back up.

7th Dec - Pro Green / Rizzle Kicks - Rock City, Nottingham
9th Dec - Pro Green / Rizzle Kicks - O2 Academy, Birmingham
10th Dec - Pro Green / Rizzle Kicks - The Engine Shed, Lincoln
11th Dec - Pro Green / Rizzle Kicks - UEA, Norwich
13th Dec - Pro Green / Rizzle Kicks - O2 Academy, Bournemouth
14th Dec - Pro Green / Rizzle Kicks - O2 Academy, Bristol
15th Dec - Scala, London
16th Feb - Junction, Cambridge SOLD OUT
18th Feb - Plug, Sheffield SOLD OUT
19th Feb - Waterfront, Norwich SOLD OUT
22nd Feb - The Ironworks, Inverness
23rd Feb - ABC, Glasgow (Venue upgrade)
24th Feb - Picture House, Edinburgh (Venue upgrade)
25th Feb - O2 Academy, Birmingham SOLD OUT
29th Feb - Digital, Newcastle (Venue upgrade)
1st Mar - University of Leeds
2nd Mar - Academy 2, Manchester SOLD OUT
3rd Mar - 53 Degrees, Preston (Venue upgrade)
8th Mar - O2 Academy, Oxford SOLD OUT
9th Mar - O2 Academy, Bristol SOLD OUT
10th Mar - Pavilion, Falmouth SOLD OUT
11th Mar - Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth SOLD OUT
13th Mar - Concorde 2, Brighton SOLD OUT
14th Mar - Concorde 2, Brighton SOLD OUT
15th Mar - Shepherds Bush Empire, London SOLD OUT
16th Mar - Shepherds Bush Empire, London (New date added)

Watch the video Mama Do the Hump http://www.myspace.com/rizzlekicks

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

BBC's Sound of 2012 Ren Harvieu and debut single

21 year old Salford born singer Ren Harvieu, has her debut single “Through The Night” released on January 16th through Kid Gloves/Island Records. The single, a beautifully orchestrated slice of classic yearning taken from Ren’s forthcoming debut album, was originally set for release on July 4th this year until Ren suffered a terrible accident which left her with a broken back and not knowing whether she would ever walk again. Thankfully after a miraculous recovery, in less than three months, Ren is back on her feet and finally ready to release her first single. Ren Harvieu is brand new, just turned twenty one, realer than real ale. She sounds one way and looks and acts completely differently. No Brit School training, no showbiz connections, just a young girl with a truly remarkable voice and a set of songs that will stir your soul and break your heart. Ren sang in the odd local talent show, one called ‘Salford Superstar’ and attended what she calls the Primark version of a performing arts school where she was told she couldn’t sing. Through a chance meeting she recorded a couple of songs which the guy who was to become her manager heard while trawling through Myspace. Immediately realising he had come across a truly unique talent, he helped her record properly and soon after, on the strength of a handful of stunning songs, they had a deal with Island Records. Ren was set to release this song in July of this year when the accident happened. She’d just spent 2 glorious weeks in the US, where she had been invited to record a song with rapper Nas, who had heard and instantly fallen in love with Ren’s voice, made her first video and found out that she was to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury. Things couldn’t have looked any rosier. Then completely randomly, a guy, messing about at a party vaulted over a hedge, hurtled through the air, and landed on Ren’s spine. Two of her vertebrae broke straightaway and the next two months were spent in a hospital in North London, two hundred miles away from family and friends. One particularly bright moment during her stay in hospital came when she received a phone call from one of her childhood heroes, Johnny Marr. He had heard she wasn't well; he had also heard Through The Night, and had tweeted about this fabulous new singer from his hometown. He wanted to meet her, and make music with her, when she was ready to. They have just set a date to record together. Thankfully after two months of operations and intensive rehabilitation, Ren left hospital and is now finally set to let the world hear and see hear sing her wonderful songs.
“Through The Night” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjE4AuEwZzQ&feature=youtu.be
Salford raised Ren Harvieu has been officially announced in the BBC Sound of 2012 longlist, read all about it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/soundof/2012/artists/renharvieu/
“A voice to die for” Grazia
“She reveals her remarkable voice, a tender and muscular organ, that evokes some of the great divas of bygone years.” The Observer
“Blossoming from a raw gem to a flourishing new artist with a stunning vocal delivery which has been compared to that of Dusty Springfield” Music Week
Through the Night - Single - Ren Harvieu
Through the Night - Through the Night - Single

Blink-182 New single “Wishing Well”

Fresh from an extensive US tour with support from My Chemical Romance, blink-182 have announced the release of a new single “Wishing Well” on 21st November in the UK. The track is taken from their new album “Neighborhoods” and the first new music released by the band since 2003. Blink 182 were formed in San Diego in 1992 by Mark Hoppus and Tom De Longe and later joined by drummer Travis Barker. The bands breakthrough album, Enema Of The State, was released in 1999 and went on to sell in excess of 15 million copies worldwide. Their next two albums, Take Off Your Pants And Jacket (2001) and blink 182 (2003) cemented their position as a pop punk supergroup. Additionally the band have won a number of MTV Awards throughout their career. The band will head to the UK to tour next summer and the dates are as follows:
  • Tuesday 12 June, 2012 - Dublin, o2 0818 719300 www.ticketmaster.ie
  • Wednesday 13 June 2012 - Belfast Odyssey Arena - 028 9073 9074/084427774455 www.ticketmaster.ie
  • Wednesday 20 June 2012 - Glasgow SECC - 0844 4999 990 / gigsinscotland.com 
UK Dates
  • Thursday 07 June 2012 - Birmingham NIA - 0844 338 8000 - Tickets still valid from Friday 01 July 2011
  • Friday 08 June 2012 - London The O2 - Tickets still valid from Monday 18 July 2011
  • Saturday 09 June 2012 - London The O2 - Tickets still valid from Tuesday 19 July 2011
  • Friday 15 June 2012 - Manchester MEN Arena - 0844 847 2000 - Tickets still valid from Friday 8 July 2011
  • Saturday 16 June 2012 - Birmingham LG Arena - 0844 338 8000 - Tickets still valid from Friday 15 July 2011
  • Sunday 17 June 2012 - Sheffield Motorpoint Arena - 0114 256 5656 - Tickets still valid from Thursday 7 July 2011
  • Tuesday 19 June 2012 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena - 0844 493 6666 - Tickets still valid from Tuesday 12 July 2011
  • Tuesday 10 July 2012 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena - 029 2022 4488 - Tickets still valid from Saturday 16 July 2011
  • Wednesday 11 July 2012 - Nottingham Capital FM Arena - 0844 412 4624 - Tickets still valid from Wednesday 13 July 2011
  • Thursday 12 July 2012 - Liverpool Echo Arena - 0844 8000 400 - Tickets still valid from Monday 04 July 2011
Original tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates. For further information or queries regarding the rescheduled dates please contact the ticket agent where you purchased your tickets.
Blink-182 New single “Wishing Well”  http://www.myspace.com/blink182

Jessie Ware ‘Strangest Feeling’

South Londoner Jessie Ware has already cemented herself as one of the freshest talents to emerge from the UK underground. The last couple of years have seen Jessie collaborating with some of the most respected producers on the electronic spectrum. Jessie caused waves throughout the scene in 2010 when she lent her vocals to masked producer SBTRKT for his fantastically catchy and squelchy track Nervous. This year she has worked with Bristol dubstep producer Joker on the ominous and thunderous lead single The Vision And then of course melted hearts with Sampha on the hauntingly romantic track Valentine. With extended play on cult underground station Rinse FM, her eagerly anticipated debut solo single; Strangest Feeling was released on PMR Records on November 21st. Currently working on her debut album with Dave Okumu (The Invisible), Jessie will announce live dates in the New Year so check back.
Jessie Ware ‘Strangest Feeling’ PMR Records. http://www.myspace.com/jessiewaremusic

Get ready for Encore's Brand New Single: Fun Last Night

Fresh from supporting Jessie J, Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz on tour, hot new urban-pop sensations Encore will release their brand new single 'Fun Last Night' on February 13th via Island Records. 'Fun Last Night' is a melodic pop smash, featuring razor sharp rhymes, an electro bassline and smooth vocals, all topped off with an infectious anthemic chorus. Encore are made up of rapper Pierre (23) and vocalists Cairo (22) and Mark (22). Initially three solo artists who were already making waves in their own right on the urban music scene, the boys met at an open mic night in early 2009. Fast forward a few months and a preliminary collaboration session in the studio eventually led to the creation of Encore. Mark is an accomplished singer/ songwriter and has already written with acts such as Tinie Tempah and Chipmunk. Pierre comes from East London and went to school with Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder. Before he entered the band, Cairo was a name on the acoustic soul live scene and learnt his production skills from his musician father. An urban boy band with a unique flavour, the Encore sound stems from mixing varied musical styles including R&B, soul, dubstep, rap, grime and drum & bass. The 'Encore blend,' certainly showcases the group's musical diversity. Pierre remarks "we mix up a lot of sounds and write songs from our experiences. There is something for everybody". The band have been adding to their ever increasing pop resume throughout 2010 and have performed to over 60,000 this summer at Leeds Party in the Park, Wakestock Festival and Underage Festival. They have recently been traveling the country supporting Tinchy Stryder on his 2011 Rollercoaster tour. The band also released a new mixtape 'Bread & Butter' giving fans the opportunity to hear fresh material. The boys are currently working on their debut album, due out in 2012, with Wayne Hector (JLS, Pussycat Dolls), Red One (Lady GaGa, Jennifer Lopez), Chuck Harmony (Ne-Yo, Rihanna) and Ed Drewitt (Professor Green). After putting in the groundwork throughout 2011, Encore are here to grab their place in the spotlight in early 2012. Get ready for a standing ovation.
Brand New Single: Fun Last Night Released: 13th February 2012

Florence and the Machine - Back with a Bang!

There’s no doubt about it –Florence Welch is back with an almighty bang having shipped a massive 1 MILLION albums worldwide in just two weeks since the release of her global smash of a follow up record, ‘Ceremonials’. Her widely acclaimed album immediately hit the #1 spot in the UK charts on release and crashed into the US Billboard Top, ranking her right up there with other British heavyweights Adele and Coldplay. ‘No Light, No Light’ is the epic and heart wrenching follow up to lead single ‘Shake It Out’ and will be released on January 16. Remixes come from the wondrous Dave Sitek and Breakage – his only remix of 2011. Part romantic battle-cry, part rain-lashed pledge of devotion, thrashed out over harps, tribal drums and interweaving harmonies, this was one of the first songs to be written for Ceremonials and set the tone for a record that acts as a showcase for its creators’ unabashed maximalism. “There are things I struggle to talk about face-to-face. I’m not a confrontational person. But the great thing about music is that it allows you to do talk about those things to a huge group of people. I think that if No Light, No Light is about anything, it’s about that. Isa [Summers, keyboards] had this intense gritty electronic beat and we built it from there.” See Florence perform ‘No Light ‘No Light’ on Later…With Jools Holland here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emogqey7DxQ
She headed out to America recently to perform on both Saturday Night Live and Good Morning America before her first promotional tour for ‘Ceremonials’, Florence and her almighty machine will return to the UK for a mammoth celebratory tour in 2012. More details to follow!
Florence and the Machine - No Light, No Light Island Records January 16
‘Her masterpiece already’ Q *****

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Easy Way Out. First single for Gotye

Hotly tipped Belgium born Melbourne based multi-instrumentalist and producer, Gotye, releases Easy Way Out, the first single to be taken from his forthcoming album Making Mirrors. 2012 looks set to be a very exciting year for Gotye (pronounced Gaulthier). As a worldwide swell of support heads towards the UK, Gotye will release, via Communion / Island Records, a 7” for lead single Easy Way Out – a short, sharp blast of acid-rock and the first single to be taken from the album Making Mirrors. Upon its online release in June, it was the video for the stunning track Somebody That I Used To Know that triggered an overwhelming response to this particular song worldwide. Just three weeks after Gotye posted the video on YouTube the song had received nearly four million hits (this number has now exceeded 11 million), topped the charts in 4 countries (Australia, Holland, Belgium and New Zealand) and made it to No.1 on the Hype Machine Twitter chart. Hear it once and you’ll be haunted by it for weeks. Gotye first found attention with his second album, 2006’s Like Drawing Blood. Influential Australian radio station Triple J named it their album of the year, as did iTunes on its release in the UK in 2008. In Britain, Like Drawing Blood became a cult hit while in the States, it made waves after Drew Barrymore fell in love with single Learnalilgivinanlovin’ and used it in several of her films. Ask Gotye about his new album Making Mirrors and he’ll speak not of songs, but of sounds. He’ll describe the various valves through which strings and choirs cycle on his Lowrey Cotillion, a vintage organ bought for 100 bucks in a second-hand shop that features on the record. Or how he constructed a bassline by sampling the Winton Musical Fence, an unlikely instrument he discovered in the outback of Queensland, Australia, comprised of five large metal strings attached to wooden fence posts and a resonant chamber.Listen to Making Mirrors and you’ll be drawn in by the details, transported to a world where every moment matters. This is pop at its most precise, but also electronic music at its most emotional. The record delves into dub, Detroit-era Motown soul, stadium-size politipop, synth-folk and world music on glorious, sprawling, huge-hearted songs. It will be released in the UK on 13th February 2012 through Communion / Island Records. Gotye launched Making Mirrors in Australia in August with a visually explosive gig at Sydney Opera House. Following a sold out Australian tour he has embarked on a worldwide tour and played two sold out shows in London – the first at Communion, St Stephen’s Church on 31st October and the second at Kings College on 1st November.
Website: www.gotye.com / http://soundcloud.com/gotye
Praise for ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’:
'a beautiful duet with an impressive stop-motion animation video' – NME
‘this breathtaking tale of heartache is now starting to turn heads internationally.’ – Music Week
‘Somebody That I Used To Know is an impassioned piece of songwriting… could well be the song that finally helps Gotye receive the international acclaim he deserves.’ – Record of the Day‘Gotye's exemplary pop sense may be the big revelation of Making Mirrors, yet it's his arty restlessness that will continue to keep him interesting’ - Pitchfork


Following her tragic passing in July, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with Amy Winehouse, among them Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of “Frank” and “Back To Black”. It was said by all who worked with Amy that she never sang or played a song the same way twice. It quickly became apparent to Salaam and Mark that they had a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, a collection of songs that were a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend. “Lioness : Hidden Treasures“, the third album from Amy Winehouse, without question one of the most talented, original, and best loved artists to emerge in popular music for decades, will be released on December 5th through Island Records. The 12 song collection features previously unreleased tracks, alternative versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions. The album has been compiled by long-time musical partners Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson in close association with Amy’s family, management and record label Island Records. “Lioness : Hidden Treasures” proves a fitting tribute to the artist, the talent and the woman and serves as a reminder of Amy’s extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer and an interpreter of classics. Speaking about the album Amy’s father Mitch had this to say: “I spent so much time chasing after Amy, telling her off that I never realized what a true genius she was. It wasn’t until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of Amy’s talent, from jazz standards to hip hop songs, it really took my breath away. “Halftime”, I’d never heard before, is just incredibly beautiful. If the family had felt that this album wasn’t up to the standard of “Frank” and “Back To Black” we would never have agreed to release it and we believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to Amy ‘s musical legacy.”- Mitch Winehouse
A donation of £1 from the sale of each album in the UK will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was launched on what would have been Amy’s 28th birthday September 14th 2011.
The full track-listing is as follows:
Our Day Will Come (Reggae Version)” - reggae re-working of classic 60’s Doo-Wop song produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded May 2002.
Between The Cheats” - new Amy composition recorded in London in May 2008 for potential inclusion on album three produced by Salaam Remi.
Tears Dry” - originally written by Amy as a ballad, this is the original version she recorded in November 2005 in Miami with Salaam. The later uptempo version appears on “Back To Black”.
Wake Up Alone” - the first song recorded for the “Back To Black” sessions. This is the one-take demo recorded in March 2006 by Paul O’Duffy.
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” - Amy’s beautiful reading of the Carole King written Shirelles classic. Produced by Mark Ronson and featuring the Dap Kings with string arrangements by Chris Elliott who did all the strings for Mark’s tracks on “Back To Black”. Recorded in September 2004.
Valerie” - one of Amy’s jukebox favourites. This is the original slower tempo version of the Mark Ronson produced post “Back To Black” single. Recorded in December 2006.
Like Smoke” featuring NAS - Amy and Nas became really good friends after Amy name checked the New York rapper on “Back To Black’s” “Me & Mr Jones”. “Like Smoke” is finally Amy doing a song with one of her favourite artists. Produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded in May 2008.
The Girl From Ipanema” - the first song the 18 year old Amy sang when she first went to Miami to record with Salaam. Salaam remarked that “the way she re-interpreted this bossa nova classic made me realise that I was dealing with a very special talent. Her approach to the song was so young and fresh, it really inspired the rest of our sessions.” Recorded in May 2002.
Halftime” - Amy had talked to Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson of the Roots about working together. “Halftime” is a song that Amy and Salaam had worked on since the Frank sessions. The result is beautiful. Recorded in August 2002.
Best Friends” - “Frank” era live set opener produced by Salaam Remi. Probably the first song that early Amy fans would have heard live. Recorded in February 2003.
Body & Soul” with Tony Bennett - cover of 30’s jazz standard with hero Tony Bennett. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios London in March 2011 and produced by Phil Ramone. Amy’s final studio recording.
A Song For You” - heartbreaking and emotional version of the Leon Russell classic made famous by Donny Hathaway. Hathaway was Amy’s all-time favourite artist and the song was recorded in one take, just Amy and her guitar, at her home in London during the spring of 2009 as she battled her demons. Produced by Salaam Remi.
"It was a thrill to record with Amy Winehouse and when you listen to the recording of Body And Soul, it is a testament to her artistic genius and her brilliance as one of the most honest musicians I have ever known." Tony Bennett

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Art for Art's Sake. 10cc back for 40th Anniversary Tour

10cc will tour the UK in 2012 to mark 40 years since the band formed in Stockport in 1972. The 2012 40th Anniversary tour will feature all the 10cc hits and more and will culminate in an extra special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Says Graham Gouldman: “It’s hard to believe it’s 40 years since 10cc was born in Strawberry Studios in Stockport. I’m immensely proud of all we have achieved. As long as the fans want to hear the songs played live I’ll be happy to oblige.” The full list of shows is:
  • 30-Apr GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall
  • 01-May GATESHEAD The Sage
  • 02-May MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
  • 03-May YORK Barbican
  • 05-May LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall
  • 06-May CARDIFF St David's Hall
  • 07-May BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
  • 08-May LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
  • 10-May LONDON Royal Albert Hall
10cc, (Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Crème) were four accomplished musicians/writers/producers who cared more for the sound of their records than the trappings of celebrity. Alongside fellow travelers Queen, Rod Stewart, Elton John and David Bowie they ruled the airwaves in the 70s with monster hit after monster hit. From their breakthrough debut single “Donna” in ’72 to their final No 1 “Dreadlock Holiday” in ’78 via solid gold classics such as “I’m Not In Love” (a worldwide smash in ’75), “Rubber Bullets”, “The Wall Street Shuffle”, “I’m Mandy Fly Me”, “Life Is A Minestrone”, “The Things We Do For Love”, “The Dean And I”, “Art For Art’s Sake”, “Silly Love” and many more, 10cc combined progressive art-rock tendencies with an ear for melody to create songs of the ‘once heard, never forgotten’ variety. While their singles burned up the charts, the band simultaneously embraced the artful and the esoteric on their albums creating a truly ground-breaking and influential body of work. The original line-up of 10cc stayed together from ‘72 to ‘76 and released four albums “10cc” (’73), “Sheet Music” (’74), “The Original Soundtrack” (’75) and “How Dare You” (’76) after which Godley and Crème departed to pursue their own path as a duo. Gouldman and Stewart continued and 10cc released “Deceptive Bends” (’77) that featured another global hit “The Things We Do For Love” and “Bloody Tourists” (’78) which gave the world “Dreadlock Holiday”, a song that has sound-tracked hundreds of hours of cricket coverage! The early 80s saw three more albums from the Gouldman/Stewart 10cc “Look Hear” (’80), “Ten Out Of 10” (’81) and “Windows In The Jungle” (’83) then both pursued other projects before reconvening in the 90s for “Meanwhile” (’92) and “Mirror Mirror” (’95). At the turn of the millennium, encouraged by fans and friends, Graham Gouldman put together a band and went out and played all those 10cc hits that everyone wanted to hear. 10cc (Mk III) features Graham, Paul Burgess (a touring member of 10cc back in ’73 and a full-time member from ’76), Rick Fenn (who joined 10cc in ’76), Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens. The band have toured the world and, as well as delighting their fans of old, have found there is a whole new generation discovering the band for the first time.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Up with James Morrison and Jessie J. As seen on Strictly Come Dancing

James Morrison releases his amazing duet with Jessie J, ‘Up’ on December 4. The track is taken from the number 1 album ‘The Awakening’, which was released earlier this year. The album spent 2 weeks at the top of the album chart upon release. Last Saturday night,  James performed his new single, Up, with Jessie J live from Wembley Arena, on BBC1's hit show, Strictly Come Dancing. If you missed it, you can watch on the BBC iPlayer until Sunday 27th - click here
Up (feat. Jessie J) - EP - James Morrison - The Awakening - James Morrison
  • Saturday 28 Jan Belfast Ulster Hall
  • Sunday 29 Jan Dublin Olympia
  • Tuesday 31 Jan Manchester O2 Apollo
  • Wednesday 1 Feb Manchester O2 Apollo
  • Friday 3 Cambridge Corn Exchange
  • Saturday 4 Southampton Guildhall
  • Monday 6 Leicester De Montford Hall
  • Tuesday 7 Birmingham O2 Academy
  • Thursday 9 London Hammersmith Apollo
  • Friday 10 London Hammersmith Apollo
  • Sunday 12 Southend Cliff Pavilion
  • Monday 13 Bristol Colston Hall
  • Wednesday 15 Glasgow O2 Academy
  • Friday 17 Leeds O2 Academy
  • Saturday 18 Nottingham Royal Centre
  • Sunday 19 Newcastle O2 Academy

Thursday, 17 November 2011

MUSIC NOTES - BBC Children in Need single and more

Labrinth, Tinchy, Chipmunk and Wretch 32 Come Together To Help BBC Children in Need and release official single ‘Teardrop’ . The official BBC Children in Need single will get one of its most credible makeovers to date this year as the likes of Labrinth, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk, Wretch 32 and Tulisa from NDubz present their own re-interpretation of Massive Attack’s timeless single ‘Teardrop’, with the new lyrics adapted by Wretch 32, Gary Go and Mr Dialysis. The song was released through Island Records on November 13th with all proceeds going to the charity to support some of the most disadvantaged children right here in the UK. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey
Grammy nominated superstar Drake, whose 2010 debut “Thank Me Later” established the Canadian as one of the breakthrough artists of the year, marks his return with the highly anticipated release on November 14th, of his brand new Young Money/Cash Money album “Take Care”.
The debut album has landed; Rizzle Kicks present ‘Stereo Typical’. It was Popjustice who recently wrote, “Here’s something one doesn’t really think about much, until one day you notice it and you can’t unremember it: popstars do have a habit of making things looks like such hard work. The Thing About Rizzle Kicks is that they make it all look very easy.” ‘STEREO TYPICAL’ Island Records www.youtube.com/user/RizzleKicks / www.rizzlekicks.com Professor Green UK Tour: TOUR DETAILS CLICK HERE
London based singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Tom Vek will released a new single ‘Someone Loves You’ on 14th November. ‘Someone Loves You’ is taken from Vek’s acclaimed second album ‘Leisure Seizure’, the follow up to his hugely influential debut album ‘We Have Sound’ which was released in 2005. The six year hiatus between album release dates saw Vek locating and building the studio set up that would be his ongoing music-making base. It was here that the brilliant ‘Leisure Seizure’ – which features the singles ‘A Chore’ and ‘Aroused’ – was made
“Off The Record” Released by 4th & Broadway/ Island on 6th November 2011
Tinchy Stryder is back with his follow up single to this summer’s top 5 hit with Dappy, ‘Spaceship’.  ‘Off The Record’, produced by Calvin Harris and featuring BURNS, was out 6th November on 4th & Broadway/ Island and is the second cut to be released from Tinchy’s forthcoming album due Spring 2012. Combining Calvin Harris’ anthemic ‘hands in the air’ production with Tinchy’s charismatic lyrical charm ‘Off The Record’ is sure to not only become a common request on dance floors across the country, but also make impressionable dent on the UK charts.
Dreams Don’t Turn To Dust is the second single taken from All Things Bright And Beautiful, the new album from Owl City that takes Adam Young’s prodigious way with classic pop melody, snow-fresh electronica and lyrics overwhelmed by the beauty of nature and the power of dreams… and adds experience, confidence, a hard-won production virtuosity and even bigger, even better tunes. It has a feel that all sophomore albums by male solo artists should probably have… the sound of a boy becoming a man. OWL CITY Dreams Don’t Turn To Dust Released 14th November www.owlcitymusic.co.uk
KELLY ROWLAND…turns up the heat with new single ‘Down For Whatever’ on November 21st If Kelly Rowland’s refreshing addition to The X Factor judging panel this year has taught us anything in recent weeks, it’s that the former Destiny’s Child member is always keen to make the best of any situation – and that’s exactly the message in her steamy new single, ‘Down For Whatever’, released on November 21st through Island Records.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Florence and the Machine's 2nd Album ‘Ceremonials’ out now

A lot can happen to a daydreaming girl in the world, and in the last few years, it's all happened for Florence. The debut album she dream't up in her bedroom in South London burst into being and swept the planet, selling over three million copies, winning the coveted Brits 'Best Album' award and etching itself indelibly into the popular consciousness. Now she has been everywhere: the girl has seen the world and the world has seen the girl. And after months of laying low on home turf, writing and recording in the London she’s long been in love with, Florence returns with her triumphant second album. Ceremonials is a stunningly accomplished record by an artist teetering on the wind-blown top of her game, an extraordinary testament to what Florence refers to as “my incorrigible maximalism”. The pounding epiphanic positivism of ‘Spectrum’; the galloping massed-ranks majesty of ‘All This And Heaven Too’ and ‘Shake It Out’; the triumphant emotional battle cries of ‘No Light No Light’ and ‘Heartlines’. Spend a little time with Ceremonials and what strikes you first and foremost is the apparent confidence of its execution. “This is the first time I’ve made a record with a sort of overarching, cohesive sound” says Florence: “It’s a proper studio album in that sense: a group of songs that paint a unified picture of where I am in my life right now.” Recorded with her full band over five weeks this summer in Abbey Road's legendary Studio 3, 'Ceremonials' is another product of her long-running collaboration with producer Paul Epworth. Together they’ve created an expansive art-pop vision that can be both captivatingly tender while still frequently soaring to places where it can overwhelm the senses like an emotive tidal wave. It’s a rich tapestry that unpicks the conventions of classic pop, shoots them through a black hole and reconstitutes them into a multi-layered, future-primitive stomp. And underpinning it all are Florence's beguiling, epic vocals. A mature masterpiece that confirms its creator is in for the long haul. “I feel like it’s a record made by someone becoming a woman, becoming a grown-up. And it’s about all the problems that go hand-in-hand with that” says Florence. “Lungs was very much the work of someone wrestling with sort of simultaneously being a teenager and being an adult. This is the work of someone who’s trying to grow up I guess? But probably failing.” At twenty five, the art-school dropout has done much of her growing up amid the maelstrom of her whirling worldwide success. In 2010 she broke America in spectacular style, her monster hit Dog Days blazing a trail across the nation, taking the charts and the airwaves by storm. She wrote and recorded a heart-stopping track for the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack and performed Dog Days to a rapt and truly global audience at the MTV VMA awards. The viewing figures were almost a billion, and the following day Florence was the most Googled person on the planet. In the last year she’s graced the stages of Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, The Colbert Report, the 53rd Grammy Awards - where she performed as part of an all-girl, all-star Aretha Franklin tribute and was nominated for Best New Artist - the 83rd Academy Awards, Anna Wintour’s obscenely star-studded annual Met Ball, and the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. Time Magazine ranked her at number fifty-one in their 2011 list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. She has officially graduated from up-and-coming fashion influence to full-blown style icon. She’s hung out with her musical heroes and heard their blessings and gushing praise. Even Beyoncé has acknowledged that Florence and The Machine was a key influence on her last album. “It’s certainly a very different thing this time around: making an album that you know a lot of people are anticipating” reflects Florence; “…but I’ve just tried to do what I would’ve done anyway. This one is a real attempt to just make exactly the kind of music I want to hear: dramatic and really huge and kind of spooky. I want it more than anything to have an overwhelming effect on the listener: I want it to make people feel something.” Feel something you irrefutably will. Far from being one of those sell-out-and-go-pop second records that so many promising new artists settle for, Ceremonials is a wholly more experimental and challenging body of work. “I wanted to push the aggression of the sound” Florence says; “Bigger drums, bigger bass sounds: as big and as powerful as we could go. We did much more experimenting this time with electronic sounds, but overall I think we’ve ended up with a more organic-sounding album. It’s a kind of organized chaos.” Since her days of art college and squat parties and gigs in grotty pubs, the life of Florence Welch has gone all the way into the stratosphere. With Ceremonials, Florence is back from outer space and back to what it is she does best, making forward-thinking, unclassifiable, truly overwhelming music. Some artists respond to a successful debut album by reacting against it; attempting to disown the very qualities that drew people to them in the first place. “I couldn’t do that if I tried!” says Florence. “Lungs seemed like so many records rolled into one that I wouldn’t even know what I’d be reacting against.” Instead, Florence Welch has dramatically delivered on the promises of Lungs. “It’s a big-sounding album? I guess there’s no getting around that. I’m attracted to that sense of being overwhelmed by something. If there’s a chance that I might respond that way while these songs are playing around me, then someone else might too. And that’s surely the point, isn’t it?” -Ceremonials - Florence + The Machine -

Monday, 24 October 2011

Florence + The Machine new single ‘Shake It Out’ out soon

With the excitement surrounding the release on Florence + The Machine’s second album reaching fever pitch, here’s ‘Shake It Out’ - the massive lead single to be taken from ‘Ceremonials’. Where ‘What The Water Gave Me’ dramatically played out like an ode to the ocean and is magnificent powers, ‘Shake It Out’ incites a desire to jump up and dance fervently, shaking off the shackles of a persistent mood, feeling or indeed hangover, as, she points out, “it’s hard the dance with the devil on your back so shake it out”. It’s classic Florence + The Machine, stirring the soul and senses, urging you to jump feet first into her world. Florence’s No.1 debut album ‘Lungs’ has now sold over 3 millions worldwide turning her into a globally renowned artist. She’s graced the covers of numerous publications across the world and had her music and live performances lauded at awards including the Brits, VMA’s, Q Awards and Grammy’s since its release in June 2009. After a whirlwind couple of years off the back of her inaugural offering, the epic ‘Shake It Out’ goes further to prove that Florence, and her machine, are more than ready for Round 2. Ceremonials’ will be released on October 31 with ‘Shake It Out’ being made available on October 2 which will include a stellar line up of remixes.
Florence + The Machine ‘Shake It Out’ – the new single Island Records October 31st