Tuesday 21 June 2011


Jon Fratelli’s debut solo album Psycho Jukebox will be released on the Island label on July 25th ’11. Like any jukebox worth its salt it’s chock full of the kind of solid gold easy action that makes you want to smile, chant, dance, sing, drum, shout, and throw the windows wide to annoy the neighbours. Psycho Jukebox marks something of a new beginning for one of Scotland’s most prolific and talented songwriters. Psycho Jukebox was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck , Air, Depeche Mode), who first worked with Jon in 2006 on The Fratellis’ debut album, Costello Music, which spawned the rousing, witty hits ‘Chelsea Dagger’, ‘Henrietta’ and ‘Flathead’ which established The Fratellis’ reputation as a band with crunching, dynamic rock songs, clever lyrics populated with intriguing, Kinks-y characters, and an uncommonly sharp ear for melody. When touring for second Frats album Here We Stand ended in 2008, the band took a much-needed break, and Jon threw himself into Codeine Velvet Club with burlesque singer Lou Hickey. All the while Jon had been amassing a collection of new songs, ranging from the crisp, raucous ’60s pop of “She’s My Shaker” and “King Of Rock’n’Roll”, to the classic American songbook rock of “Daddy Won’t Pay Your Bill” and “The Band Played Just For Me”. Other tracks, such as “Oh Shangri La” and “Don’t Make Me Close My Eyes” have a twinkling, late-night mood, a result of Fratelli’s penchant for writing into the wee small hours. Fratelli decided to retain the musicians he worked with in Codeine Velvet Club, including keyboard player Will Foster and bassist Lewis Gordon. The band arrived in Los Angeles in October, and began work at The Sound Factory – an old ’60s and ’70s haunt frequented by the likes of Brian Wilson, The Righteous Brothers, Linda Ronstadt and The Jackson 5. The resulting album is brimful of melody, pop-psychedelia, classic ’60s-tinged pop, and characters whose lives are lived in a twilight world of ambition and failure, triumph and loss.“This is the best collection of songs I’ve written,” says Fratelli. “I think these songs will make sense to people who liked The Fratellis, but I try not to over-think things. It’s all part of the same thing to me, making music.”

NICKI MINAJ brand new single “SUPER BASS” available now

Nicki Minaj, the hottest new artist on the planet, has her brand new Young Money/Cash Money single “Super Bass” released on June 20th. The brilliant video for “Super Bass” went online last week and has rocketed to a staggering 11 million views! The track has already been a massive internet sensation with virals of versions by Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez racking up over 4.5 million views. “Super Bass” is taken from Minaj’s wildly acclaimed 2 million selling debut album “Pink Friday”. Nicki has just finished slaying audiences across the US co-headlining with friend and mentor Lil Wayne on the sold–out “I Am Music II” tour and is confirmed as the special guest on Britney Spear’s forthcoming US tour. With 2 million albums sold globally, Nicki’s latest feature on David Guetta’s “Where Them Girls At” topping the charts worldwide, 8 million likes on Facebook, 3 million followers on Twitter, a gold album in the UK and a profile that is rising by the day, here are some of the things the UK press have been saying about this 5’ 2” phenomenon.
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“THE noisiest noise on the block right now. Scrums at the Dorchester, ridiculous wigs inspired by Marge Simpson, watch out London Nicki Minaj has arrived” Grazia
“She makes Lady Gaga look like Margaret Thatcher! Nicki Minaj came to London and basically laid waste to the capital” Heat
“It’s been bedlam ever since Nicki arrived at a fan-rammed heathrow... There’s serious talent behind the Gaga fancy dress...The future belongs to Minaj...” The Sun
“One of the most startling rap records in years” NME
“Minaj is the Lady Gaga of the R&B world” The Times 4*
“Simply the hottest name in rap. That she should be both enormously talented as well as original and funny, goes some way to explaining the Pink Friday mania.” The Observer
“Brutally enjoyable debut” MOJO 4*
“It’s impossible to love a rapper more than i-D hearts Nicki Minaj” I-D
“I haven’t been this excited by a pop star in years” - Sunday Times Culture
“Best new pop star in the world Nicki Minaj” Guardian Guide
“This album is belligerent and brilliant stuff.” Metro Album of the week 4*
“Pink Friday a thrill a minute blend of future R&B and whip-sharp pop culture- literate hip-hop, Minaj is set to strut into 2011 and own it” Sunday Telegraph

MONA announce new single.. ‘Shooting The Moon’ Available Now

Mona have announced ‘Shooting The Moon’ as their new single, the track is available to download now. To coincide with the release a brand new track, ‘No Sunshine’, will be made available from July 18th. The single is the third to come from the Nashville based bands debut album ‘Mona’, which was released on May 16th.
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“Mona have created an epic, impassioned and downright gusty debut that could propel them not just into stardom but into absolute veneration” Artrocker
“Mona are reaching for the skies - and taking you with them!” Clash
“Take heed lovers, fighters, poppers, rockers, godless, God-fearing... Mona are coming for your souls” NME

Jess Mills first single ‘Live For What I’d Die For’ & live dates

‘Live For What I’d Die For’ is the first single from our newest star in the making, Jess Mills. Having signed to Island records earlier this year, Jess introduced us to her enticing solo material in April with her ‘Vultures EP’. This impressive package came complete with her cover of The Cure’s ‘A Forest’ and a heavyweight line up of remixes from MJ Cole, Nu:Tone and Photek. Also produced by Breakage, ‘Live for What I’d Die For’ goes further to illustrate Jess’s desire to combine classic song writing with her experiences and influences from her love of dance music, long summers spent in Ibiza and her many trips to the likes of Glastonbury from a very early age.Working together on her solo material, Jess and Breakage drew up a widescreen list of reference points that included The Cure, Portishead, Massive Attack and Radiohead – but knew from the start that Mills's songs would inevitably, absolutely, contain two feelings any seasoned club kid would understand on a cellular level: a sense of freedom and strong dose of euphoria. "I totally get the frenetic madness of raving and I wanted to apply that euphoric vibe to the songs – even though they're not out and out clubtracks. The goal for me is to lace that spirit of electronic music into traditional songs, while applying the more emotive elements of music I've loved all my life to create something that could hopefully resonate with people on lots of different levels."Remixes for this release will come from Mark Knight, Loadstarr, DJ Distance and new kids on the block, Disclosure. Ultimately Jess Mills makes music that connects on an emotional level and ‘Live For What I’d Die For’ certainly delivers. Her debut album is taking shape and she'll be spending the next few months sculpting and perfecting the powerful raw material into songs that will undoubtedly propel her into the mainstream. She also begins her foray into the live circuit with some choice solo sets at Lounge On The Farm and Lovebox festivals, as well as her continued appearances as part of Leftfield and Breakage’s live shows throughout the summer.
  • 24th June - Glastonbury with Breakage DJ set
  • 2nd July - Beat Hearder festival, Lancashire w/ Leftfield Live
  • 3rd July - Chester Rocks festival w/ Leftfield Live
  • 23rd July - Secret Garden Party w/ Leftfield Live
  • 8th July - Lounge On The Farm (solo show)
  • 16th July - Lovebox main stage (solo show)
  • 30th July - Camp Bestival w/ Breakage Live
  • 20th Aug - Pukkelpop festival, Belgium w/ Breakage Live
  • 23rd Aug - Amnesia, Ibiza w/ Breakage DJ set
  • 9th Sept - Bestival, Isle Of Wight w/ Breakage Live

Monday 20 June 2011

Black Eyed Peas tickets for gig at Alton Towers Resort on 6th July

Music megastars, the Black Eyed Peas are set to play at the Alton Towers Resort on 6th July, and tickets are buy one get one free! The event is a fantastic opportunity to see the Grammy Award winning group in 2011 play a full length 90 minute set performing alongside a selection of recently announced support artists including multi-talented musician Labrinth, electro hop duo LMFAO and brand new five piece girl band Parade! Music fans will be able to enjoy an action-packed day full of adrenalin-pumping rides at the Alton Towers theme park before seeing will.i.am, Fergie and co. take the stage on the Resort's front lawns, set in front of the iconic Towers. Make sure you make the most of this incredible deal! FIND TICKETS
Offer: Buy 1 get 1 free(normally up to £62 each). Tickets must be bought in pairs.

Wednesday 15 June 2011


Grammy-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne has his brand new single “How To Love” released this week via Cash Money/Young Money. The single is taken from the Weezy’s forthcoming hugely anticipated album, THA CARTER IV. THA CARTER IV follows Wayne’s ninth album, 2010’s I Am Not A Human Being which soared to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, but is really the official follow-up to his game-changing 2008 set “Tha Carter III”.The last decade has seen Lil Wayne establish himself as arguably the most influential artist hip hop has seen in years, with more than 10 million records sold, a staggering eight Grammy nominations for the seminal Tha Carter III, and shattering records by selling over one million copies in its first week of release. The New Orleans native who hails from the rough streets of Hollygrove is a veteran artist who released his first tracks at age of 12 after he was introduced to Cash Money CEOs Ronald “Slim” Williams and Bryan “Birdman” Williams. He released the first installment of Tha Carter series in 2004, followed by Tha Carter II in 2006, which further solidified Lil Wayne’s status as one of the best MCs in the hip hop game. But it was with the release in 2008 of Tha Carter III that Lil Wayne became a genuine worldwide superstar, paving the way for his advisory role to grow as CEO of Young Money Records. Since then Young Money has given us debut albums from two of the hottest new artists to emerge from the US in recent years, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
LIL WAYNE “HOW TO LOVE ” FROM THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM THA CARTER IV, AVAILABLE How to Love - Single - Lil Wayne How to Love - Single - Lil Wayne
Official Website: www.lilwayne-online.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilwayne
MySpace: www.myspace.com/lilwayne
Twitter: twitter.com/liltunechi

Tuesday 14 June 2011

Jon Fratelli New Single & July Live Shows plus free download

Jon Fratelli will release his new single ‘Baby We’re Refugees’ on the Island label on July 11th. Taken from his forthcoming new album “Psycho Jukebox”, it rocks, rolls and rumbles and builds to a big singalong chorus: “Carry me home, carry me home, won’t somebody chase this pain from my door!”. Prepare to hear it ringing out across the land! Says Jon: “’Refugees’ was the last song I wrote for the album and we recorded it at the eleventh hour, but it’s one of my favourites.” Jon Fratelli’s debut solo album is called Psycho Jukebox and like any jukebox worth its salt it’s chock full of the kind of solid gold easy action that makes you want to throw the windows wide to annoy the neighbours. It was recorded at The Sound Factory in Los Angeles with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck , Air, Depeche Mode), who first worked with Jon in 2006 on The Fratellis’ debut album, Costello Music, which featured ‘Chelsea Dagger’, ‘Henrietta’ and ‘Flathead’, and established Jon as a writer of crunching, dynamic rock songs, clever lyrics populated with intriguing characters and an uncommonly sharp ear for melody.  Ever the prolific songwriter, Jon Fratelli has also made another song ‘Sex, Love, Money & Death’ available to download for free from his website www.jonfratelli.co.uk
LIVE SHOWS INCLUDING T IN THE PARK Jon Fratelli and his band (featuring the one and only Mince Fratelli on drums and acoustic guitar!) have confirmed some UK shows and will appear at the T In The Park festival.
July 2nd London Godiva Festival
July 8,9,10 T In The Park, Balado
July 30 Prestonpans Music Festival, East Lothian 

“…freshly minted tunes like ‘She’s My Shaker’ and (‘Baby We’re Refugees’’) have the feel of those classic songs that used to tumble out of the radio on summer Sunday afternoons…” NEWS OF THE WORLD


Five years on from his acclaimed debut album, Tom Vek is back. The self-taught recording artist's process and musical output is loaded with cryptic contradictions; his scrappy, chopped-up, beat rock sounds are housed in contrasting clean and precise artwork; this new era's trademark, the obsessively refined pair of British made Anglo American glasses, sit unworn on the cover of the focused new 12-track album. Even its title, Leisure Seizure, is an intriguing juxtaposition.Vek spontaneously released his first album just as the digital age was dawning, guest starred on The O.C. and then disappeared. British-born, his references are rooted in American culture, ranging from mid 90s alt-rock, cable access TV shows and post-war fiction. Raised in south-west London, Vek originally trained in graphic design at Central Saint Martin’s. During this time he wrote and recorded his debut album, We Have Sound. The album was released on the cusp of the information age with social-networking sites such as MySpace enabling anyone to release their music into the public domain, and artists being able to document their every thought and move. Just as everyone began registering online, Vek successfully created a mysterious persona. After a five-year disconnection, the artist returns with Leisure Seizure was released 6th June 2011 on Island Records. Following the justification of his debut album's reception, Vek wanted to fulfil the idea of a ‘multi-faceted individual’ and remain in complete control of his creative output. An artist with a unique and singular vision, Vek has a systematic way of working. The second album's creation was two-fold: a 3 year set-up period followed by a 2 year stretch of musical output. A process encapsulated up in the album's title, Leisure Seizure. Pragmatic and enthusiastic about the 'mechanics' of making music, Vek found a suitable studio space in east London, and set up PALLET Recording Studio (which also took on a double life, shaping the sound of underground Dalston as the venue for his friend Rory Atwell's productions). Vek procured new equipment – including the customised, concisely equipped mixing desk, lushly yet ironically presented in the album's sleeve notes – and taught himself new production skills. With a framework in place, he was ready to begin recording – a phase he describes as "unashamed creativity". Any scrutiny beyond this point would mean the all-important cryptic nature of the Tom Vek brand would be missing. The first single, A Chore (released 18 April 2011) is accompanied by a concept video, which acknowledges the artist’s five-year absence. Having been out of the public eye for so long, Vek takes the role of presenter of T.V. Island, a self-imagined American cable show that references Glenn O'Brien's cult TV Party and BBC's Desert Island Discs. Whereas guests on the BBC radio show are asked to imagine themselves stranded on a metaphorical island for an hour, Vek acknowledges his long absence it its entirety. Characteristically wry, sarcastic and mischievous, the song and video are a fitting analogy – five years on, the perfect desert island isn't the place one first imagined. Vek's debut album was spontaneous – in both its release and its sound. Leisure Seizure is a distinct development; a more controlled, consistent and elaborated version of the unique, raw sound of We Have Sound that intrigued and captivated its audience. The formula remains the same: Vek begins with an unusual noise or recording and develops the track from there, with the final process an objective and sensitive co-production from Tom Rixton and Liam Howe. Equally engaging, Leisure Seizure typifies Vek's self-coined beat rock. Music that is engaging with an emphasis on groove and cryptic angular statements. A sound that doesn't slot into or borrow from current nor nostalgic musical movements. Working as a solo, multi-instrumentalist means there is never any obligation to use an instrument that isn't absolutely necessary. Five years on, the mystery ends. Satisfied and excited about the release of his second album, Vek is looking forward to a period of open experimentation, collaboration and starting with one of his own (A Chore re-edit) producing remixes for the first time.

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Monday 13 June 2011


Last year saw East Londoner Kwasi Danqua , aka Tinchy Stryder deliver the biggest underground-crossover hit of 2010. The sensational “Game Over” featured a stellar array of the finest UK MC’s: Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Devlin, Example and Chipmunk who all collectively shaped a track that celebrated the best in UK urban talent and created the biggest hype of the year. And now Tinchy Stryder has reunited with multi-platinum selling N Dubz’ Dappy to bring you a new smash - the new hotly anticipated single ‘Spaceship’ scheduled for release 13th June 2011. Fashion entrepreneur Tinchy Stryder spent the first half of this year developing his eminent brand and accessories brand Star In The Hood. Due to phenomenal demand, Star In The Hood has expanded greatly, it is available nationwide and is now being stocked overseas in stores all across Europe. In addition to overseeing his rapidly growing business, Tinchy also recently partook in the well documented Jamie Oliver series Dream School on Channel 4 where he took on the role of teacher, encouraging wayward teens to go back to school. Now it’s back to the music; following on from Tinchy and Dappy’s memorable chart-topping single ‘Number 1’, ‘Spaceship’ will not disappoint. Showcasing a harder edge to Tinchy’s lyrical prowess along with Dappy’s undisputable infectious chorus, the track provides you with another bona-fide hit from the two. The single sees both Tinchy and Dappy reminisce on how far they have come and explore their appreciation of the lifestyle they are now able to live due to their exceptional success. The track is produced by TMS and accompanied a video directed by James Barber & Luke Monaghan. Tinchy Stryder’s story continues to grow from strength to strength, chart topping artist, fashion entrepreneur and music industry mogul. ‘Spaceship’ will be released on Takeover Entertainment/ Island Records on 13th June 2011. http://www.myspace.com/tinchystryder
Spaceship - Tinchy Stryder & Dappy Spaceship - Tinchy Stryder & Dappy

Sunday 12 June 2011

"Salford Superstar" Ren Harvieu debut single “Through The Night”

Ren Harvieu is brand new, just out of her teens, realer than real ale. She sounds one way and looks and acts completely differently. Very little is known about her, virtually no online presence, 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. The youngest of three girls, her dad sang in pubs in and around Manchester, while Ren sang in the odd local talent show, one called ‘Salford Superstar’. 20 year old Salford born singer Ren Harvieu, has her debut single “Through The Night” released on July 4th through Kid Gloves/Island Records. Co-written by Ren, Chris O’Neill and Ed Harcourt and produced by Jimmy Hogarth, this beautifully orchestrated slice of classic yearning is taken from the album, also entitled, ”Through The Night” which will be released in September. Ren has just been confirmed to appear on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury on Saturday June 25 and has also been announced as special guest on The Courteeners Haigh Hall show in Wigan on June 30th. She attended what she calls the Primark version of a performing arts school where she was told she couldn’t sing. After meeting a friend of a friend, who had a recording studio she recorded a couple of songs which the guy who was to become her manager first 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 has performed live a handful of times including guest slots with Glasvegas, who are enormous fans, in fact Ren and the Glasgvegans have recorded a haunting version of Roy Orbison’s “Cryin’” which you can see on Youtube. Ren was the special guest on Benjamin Francis Leftwitch’s recent UK tour.

“A vocalist of genuine transcendent powers” Manchester Evening News
“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

Thursday 9 June 2011

Alex Clare debut album ”The Lateness Of The Hour”

New Island Records signing Alex Clare, whose Diplo & Switch produced tracks “Up All Night” and “Too Close” have generated a genuine buzz across radio, press and the blogosphere, has his eagerly awaited debut album ”The Lateness Of The Hour” released on July 11th. Diplo & Switch, who are very particular about who they work with, are on fire at the moment, with Switch producing 7 tracks on the new Beyonce album while Diplo has produced the next Chris Brown single feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne, which is shaping up to be a monster. In addition Beyonce has sampled Major Lazer “Pon The Floor” for her comeback single. “The Lateness Of The Hour” was recorded in New Orleans, Jamaica, Los Angeles and London and was produced in the main by Diplo & Switch, with Eg White (Adele) adding a couple of tunes. Featured tracks on the 11 song set which introduce Clare as an exciting new talent very difficult to pin down, include “Relax My Beloved”, Hummingbird”, “Whispering”, “Hands Are Clever” and new single “Treading Water”. Alex, a 25 year old Golders Green native, recently previewed tracks from the album during a couple of incendiary live shows and will be putting in more live shows in the coming months. Clare writes and sings his own songs but is not a singer songwriter, not in the traditional sense anyway. After playing in a succession of London bands and following a brief career as a chef, too many long hours and too many sliced fingers, Alex decided to go it alone and started writing songs and demoing them himself. Things happened very quickly from there. The demos found their way to Island Records and two weeks later a deal was on the table. The opportunity to work with much sought after producers – Diplo and Switch, of Major Lazer fame arose and it seemed such a perfect fit. The three of them headed off to New Orleans, Jamaica and LA, where they recorded the bulk of the album, an album which incorporates soul and jazz, funk and jungle, punk rock and dubstep and looks set to be one of the most exciting releases of 2011. Speaking of the collaboration Clare says “They understand what I want from the arrangements. I love those heavy, sine-wave bass lines and they knew how to push them way beyond even my expectations.” Alex says the duo made him think about his songs in a totally new way, in came polyrhythms and synth sounds that just wouldn't have happened otherwise. “I tend to be a bit more reserved when I write,” he laughs. “They put it all out there – and it works.” http://www.myspace.com/alexclare
“Blue-eyed soul, disturbing dubstep/dancehall shapes, unpredictable...a fascinating new talent” Sunday Times Culture
“Snaking through club culture, with a dash of dancehall and an ocean of bass, Clare’s journey is as fresh as it is unique.” Clash
“A giddily upbeat and genre-defying outburst of fervent energy, justifying the almost tangible buzz Clare has been attracting” The Sun
“Oodles of chutzpah..tasty dancefloor disorder” The Guardian Guide Pick of the week
“Stunning metal reggaeton debut from London lad” Mixmag Tune of the month
“Hey England...does this get played on the radio? It should” The FADER
“Alex’s voice is really strong but his personality is what drove me more in the music. This record is huge” Diplo. 

Encore Brand New Single:Tit For Tat & Video

Fresh from touring with Jessie J and supporting NDubz on their sold out Arena tour, Encore are ready to make their mark on contemporary British pop music with release of the remarkable ‘Tit For Tat’. ‘Tit For Tat’ is released on July 17th 2011 and, true to Encore’s trademark blend, manages to combine a banging baseline and a gritty production with soulful vocal melodies, edgy rhymes and sweet harmonies. Encore are Pierre Joseph, Cairo Woodword and Mark Asari, initially three solo artists who were already making a mark in their own right on the urban music circuit. A preliminary collaboration session in the studio, after meeting at an open mic night in early 2009 eventually led to the creation of Encore; an urban boy band with a distinctively pop edge. Creatively the boys emerge from all walks of their deferring musical lives. Mark is a noted songwriter, Cairo a producer and Pierre a rapper. Together they create the perfect blend of smooth vocals, head bopping beats, individual lyrics and genre synthesis which has made some of the UK’s artists stand up and take notice, being the recent subjects in both Tine Tempah and Boy George’s blogs. Mark has been penning songs since the age of 16 and now at 22, he is currently working with Chipmunk and Tinie Tempah, featuring on Tinie’s platinum selling album. Pierre (23) the MC of the group honed his skills on the playground whilst going to school with the likes of Tinchy Stryder and Dizzee Rascal. Cairo (22), learning production skills at a young age from his musical father, already has fans in Vanessa from the Saturdays and Marvin from JLS. The ‘Encore blend,’ as the boys like to call it, is unique in its sound because it involves a plethora of musical styles and showcases the group’s musical diversity. Some of which include dubstep, rap, grime, drum & bass, rnb and soul. Pierre says: “Encore are three guys with individual minds, ideas and sonic influences who have come together to create a new sound that isn’t out there in the mix right now.” Need they say more. Get ready to give a standing ovation. Watch/blog/share the video for ‘Tit For Tat’ here:

The video features: Funda Onal (Made In Chelsea), Fazer from N-Dubz, StarboyNathan, Bluey Robinson, English Frank & Sarah-Jane Crawford (1Xtra) Keep your eyes peeled for them all!
Remixes come courtesy of: S-X, Star One, Dave Silcox and Matt Nash All can be found here http://soundcloud.com/2wo7even-music/tit-for-tat-master-01
Encore Brand New Single:Tit For Tat [Universal Island] Released: 17th July 2011

DiOnne Bromfield's “GOOD FOR THE SOUL”

  15 year old London-born soul singer Dionne Bromfield, whose wickedly infectious new single “Yeah Right” has re-introduced her as one of the brightest young talents the UK has produced in years, follows up with the release on July 4th of her hotly anticipated new album ”Good For The Soul”. The album, released via friend and mentor Amy Winehouse’s Lioness label, is a collection of all new songs co-written by Dionne and some of the UK’s premier songwriters, and looks set to establish her as a writer and genuine star in her own right. Co-written by Dionne and writer/producers Steve Booker (Duffy) and Paul O’Duffy (Amy Winehouse, Dusty Springfield), “Good For The Soul” features 14 all new tracks including debut single “Yeah Right” which features Diggy Simmons, future singles “Sweetest Thing” and “Foolin’”, “Too Soon To Call It Love”, “A Little Love”, “Time Will Tell” and the title track. Dionne Bromfield came to the attention of the world’s media when she became the first signing to Amy Winehouse’s Lioness Records label. ‘Everyone told me I could sing from about the age of ten, but I was so shy I didn’t believe them. It wasn’t until Amy was round the house one night and heard me and said ‘girl, it’s true. You can sing.’ And that started something off in me. I started getting just that bit more confident.’ Much as she loves the first record, “Introducing Dionne Bromfield”, an album of well known and not so well known soul classics, there was never any doubt in Dionne’s mind that the second record would be a collection of her own songs. Following a writing trip to LA in early 2009, where she co-wrote with some of the top names in US music, including Beyonce / Rihanna collaborator Toby Gadd, Dionne returned home and settled down to make the record she wanted to make. She found her sound with former Incognito henchman John Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, sometime Duffy collaborator Steve Booker, and Dusty Springfield/Amy Winehouse collaborator Paul O’Duffy and began developing her writer’s voice, using her own experience and the experiences of friends. “Good For The Soul” is absolutely the birth of Dionne Bromfield: the artist. ‘To be honest, it couldn’t feel further away from the first one, which I love and I loved making. But this is next level and it had to be.’ It is a sound that fits perfectly into the catalogue of a new British soul tradition, of artists like Plan B and Paloma Faith that have contemporised their Motown leanings, freshly minting them for a brand new generation.
“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