Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Jonathan Jeremiah new single “Lost“

Jonathan Jeremiah, who’s debut album “A Solitary Man” was recently released to widespread critical acclaim, garnering significant national radio support, releases his new single “Lost“ on September 12th through Island Records. With previous single ‘Heart of Stone’ a top 20 airplay hit and spending an incredible 7 weeks on the ‘A’ list at Radio 2, ‘Lost’ seems destined to build on the incredible support at radio. Following an amazing performance at the North Sea Jazz festival in Holland, Jonathans’ album is currently No.3 in the Dutch charts. A full European tour is now scheduled for October. The Londoner was recently invited by Rumer, a self-declared fan, to open for the Brit nominated singer at her Manchester show and he has just completed a sold out UK tour supporting Katie Melua. The summer sees Jonathan playing a number of shows in Europe including PukelPop in Holland. Jeremiah first came to prominence when he was invited to appear on Later With Jools a full five months before the release of his album, where he gave a stunning solo acoustic performance of one of the album’s many standouts “How Half-Heartedly We Behave”. His music comes from a world far away from the quick fix, pre packaged production line having spent the best part of a decade defining a sound rooted in a rich legacy of bespoke English folk and confessional soul. The album, “A Solitary Man”, was engineered and produced by Jonathan in an analogue studio in Dollis Hill and featured collaborators included The Heritage Orchestra, a young group of classical musicians attuned to his working methods, and Jules Buckley who handled all the string arrangements. Although the album has been a long time in the making it offers proof that sometimes the best things take time. With equal measures of hard headed determination and careful nurturing, Jonathan’s music is ready to be unveiled. The time to take his songs into your heart and soul is here.
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“Cinematic grandeur… symphonic pop… opulent caressing baritone voice… in a league of his own” MOJO 4*
“Authentic, quietly folkish retro soul... genuinely affecting” Q
“rich, elegant, timeless” The Guardian
“a great voice singing great songs” The Sunday Times
“Jeremiah has one of those soulful voices that just oozes raw passion…A rare talent…think Ray LaMontagne meets John Martyn” The Sun
“Recalls Island thoroughbred John Martyn – or a more stately, more conventional Scott Walker. Like a male Rumer, he’s ably remaking the AOR template.” Uncut 4*
“Grandly elegant debut. Superbly tailored string arrangements, deeply commanding yet delicate vocal and artful guitar picking.” The Mirror 4*

Friday, 26 August 2011

Detroit Born Alex Winston brand new "Velvet Elvis" & Live dates

Detroit born Alex Winston has announced news of her next release; the brand new ‘Velvet Elvis’ will be released as part of an EP on September 12th through Island Records. An enigmatic artist, at first glance Alex’s music appears upbeat, but on closer examination, her lyrics reveal subject matters brimming with strange and provoking subjects. ‘Velvet Elvis’ – the EP’s lead track examines the notion of objectum sexuality; where people have fallen in love with objects, often humanising them: “Ma said I ain’t right / Clutching on you all night / But you’re my, you’re my guy / Elvis”… “When I feel your velvet / I can’t help it / You don’t breathe / So you can’t leave me”. Backed by ‘Fire Ant’, another new song from Alex, it beckons at what untold surprises are in store for the multi-instrumentalist’s forthcoming January album. Traces of her motown influences can be felt in the track alongside stunning percussion, eerie harmonies and propelling drums culminating in a wall of sound in the last 10 seconds of the song. King Charles, the acclaimed London solo performer takes on remix duties for ‘Velvet Elvis’ to complete the EP. Having released a critically acclaimed mini album earlier this year, headlined a NME Awards Show, Alex is currently putting the finishing touches to her debut album – due January 2012 through Island Records. She has been working with producers Bjorn Ytlling (Lykke Li), The Knocks and the award winning Charlie Hugall (Florence and the Machine, Crystal Fighters). Alex is also working on a 4-piece documentary with various film makers exploring some of the interesting oddities that have influenced her whilst making her album; including beauty pageants and fortune cookie writers. Those who have seen Alex live can attest to the energy and power of her performance whilst the presence of her band and backing singers - known as The Sisterwives - gives them an almost cult-like quality. Alex returned to the UK this summer for a string of festivals including Lovebox, V and Underage and will appear at the Berlin Festival on Saturday 11th September.
Upcoming European dates Saturday 11th September – Berlin Festival 
Alex Winston Title: Velvet Elvis Label: Island Records Release Date: Sept 12th 2011  Format: Digital Download (EP) Tracklisting: 1. Velvet Elvis, 2. Fire Ant, 3. Velvet Elvis (King Charles remix)
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“Fully deserving of a place in the spotlight” Q
“Thrillingly unpredictable and fiendishly difficult to categorise” Sunday Times Culture
“The catchiest new prospect to crop up” NME
“An inspired new talent” Music Week
“Eccentrically leftfield” Time Out
“Maddeningly catchy” The Guardian.com
“A beguiling prospect indeed” TNT
"Something special" Neon Gold ‘The Sound of 2011’

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Florence + The Machine new album – ‘What The Water Gave Me’

Following on from her multi-million selling, multi-award winning, global smash of a debut album ‘Lungs’, Florence returns with new music and confirms the release date of her forthcoming second album. The, as yet untitled album, was produced in full by Paul Epworth to retain one complete sound. It all magically came together over five weeks in the famous Studio 3 of Abbey Road (where the Beatles recorded ‘Revolver’ and Pink Floyd ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’), after which Florence and Paul decamped to his own London studio to add the finishing touches. What she gives us as an explosive taster here is what, she says, the water gave her: a captivating art-pop vision that’s as much for dancers as it is for dreamers, for ravers as for rockers, for the living as the drowned and dead-and-gone. “It’s a song for the water...” says Florence; “Because in music and art what I’m really interested in are the things that are overwhelming. The ocean seems to me to be nature’s great overwhelmer. When I was writing this song I was thinking a lot about all those people who’ve lost their lives in vain attempts to save their loved ones from drowning. It’s about water in all forms and all bodies. It’s about a lot of things; Virginia Woolf creeps into it, and of course Frieda Kahlo, whose painfully beautiful painting gave me the title.”
Florence + The Machine – the new album due November 7. First taste of the albumWhat the Water Gave Me - Single - Florence + The Machine What the Water Gave Me - Single - Florence + The Machine Watch exclusive studio footage at www.florenceandthemachine.net

Monday, 22 August 2011

Ben Howard: Westcountry singer-songwriter New Single, Video & UK Tour Dates

Ben Howard releases his new single, ‘Keep Your Head Up’ on the 26th September. It is taken from his forthcoming debut album, ‘Every Kingdom’ on the 3rd October 2011, released through Island Records. Check out the video here

Every Kingdom is a record that young  & has been brewing within himself for at least a couple of years. And yet its careful attention to detail, with tight, homespun harmonies and folk-informed arrangements, could only have been fully realised after relentless road-testing of these songs on stages across the UK and Europe. It has been an explosive introduction to a broader audience in 2011 for 24 year old Howard. Having only signed his record deal with Island Records at the beginning of the year, Ben had already accrued a hefty fanbase through sheer hard touring and the word of mouth support that followed. His initial success was predominantly buoyed by the incredibly supportive surf community that nurtured Ben in Devon and Cornwall after pulling out of a journalism course at Falmouth College in 2008 to focus on his music.. But that support has blossomed across Britain and beyond with the release of the Old Pine EP in the Spring of 2011, supported by national and regional radio stations across the UK. Alongside recent single, The Wolves, Ben’s songs were soon added to the playlists and his band booked for sessions. There has been something very natural in taking that early appeal to a wider audience, and that natural vibe resonates throughout his music too, all recorded within a crumbling, creaking barn in rural Devonshire, and nestled between the moors and the sea. Every Kingdom is an album that captures the rawness and intimacy of Ben’s live performance. The deftness of touch, the spellbinding nature of those six strings carefully finger-plucked, rapped knuckles on the body of the guitar, and Ben’s otherworldly vocal cries are spun and woven sublimely. Produced by the band’s bassist and drummer Chris Bond, it is an album packed with highlights and atmosphere. The trio (cellist and vocalist India Bourne completes the line-up) have been a tight unit for long enough to know exactly what’s required of each other to make the songs resonate so beautifully. Opening on Old Pine, and buoyed by the expressive, lulling Diamonds, it’s on this second single, Keep Your Head Up that showcases Ben at his most raw and unrestrained, hook-laden and heavy of heart. Concluding on the finger-plucked, harmony-heavy, Promise, it’s a mesmerising, spiralling finale by a genuine and uncompromising talent. Dark and alluring on tape, and creating this unique live story before the story’s truly yet begun, Ben Howard’s debut album is a captivating introduction to a unique and clever young British songwriter.
Ben Howard UK Tour:
11th September – Bestival, Isle of White
9th October – The Phoenix, Exeter
10th October – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth
11th October – The Komedia, Brighton
12th October – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
14th October – Thekla, Bristol
15th October – HMV Institute, Birmingham
17th October – The Plug, Sheffield
18th October – Brudenell Social, Leeds
19th October – Stanley Theatre. Liverpool
20th October – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
22nd October – The Jericho, Oxford
23rd October – SWN Festival, Cardiff
24th October – Bodega Social, Nottingham
26th October – The Scala, London
29th October – The Riverside, Newcastle
30th October – The Tunnels, Aberdeen
31st October – King Tuts, Glasgow
1st November – The Sugar Club, Dublin
2nd November – Stiff Kitten, Belfast
4th November – Queens Hall, Narbeth
NEXT SINGLE ‘KEEP YOUR HEAD UP’ HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADP65wbBUpc&feature=share
Ben Howard Single: ‘Keep Your Head Up’ Release Date: 26th September 2011 Label: Island Records
“Full of hard-won wisdom that belie his age. Go and see him. He’ll make listening to acoustic folk-tinged music feel like the first time.” – The Guardian
“Uniquely brilliant. A rich, full voice pitched somewhere between Ray LaMontagne and a young John Martyn.” – Sunday Times Culture
“his bucolic songcraft more than justifies the Bon Iver/John Martyn comparisons” – Independent on Sunday

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The Drums announce full UK tour

The Drums will return to the UK later this year for a full headline tour in support of their second album, ‘Portamento’, out September 5th through Moshi Moshi / Island Records. For the week of album release, the band plays three intimate, sold out, launch shows in London to preview the new record.
New UK headline dates as folllows: 
Mon 28-Nov – Birmingham Institute - The Library
Tue 29-Nov - Newcastle 02 Academy
Wed 30-Nov – Leeds Metropolitan University
Sat 03-Dec – Glasgow 02 ABC
Sun 04-Dec - Edinburgh Picture House
Mon 05-Dec – Cambridge Junction
Tue 06-Dec – Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
Thu 08-Dec – Bristol 02 Academy
Fri 09-Dec – London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 10-Dec – Manchester - Ritz
Artist presale via http://thedrums.com/shows/: Wednesday 17th August General on sale: Friday 19th August (All tickets £13.50 except London £15)
Previously announced dates:
Mon 05-Sep – London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen SOLD OUT
Tue 06-Sep – London, Lexington SOLD OUT
Wed 07-Sep – London, XOYO SOLD OUT
08-11-Sep - Bestival
17-Sep - Split Festival, Sunderland
The Drums - New album ‘Portamento’ out September 5th - New single ‘Money’ out September 5th  Read All About it

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

TOM VEK ‘AROUSED’ - Check out the new single plus video & live dates

On 18th April, over five years on from his debut album, Tom Vek returned to the public eye with a brand new single A Chore and news of his highly anticipated second album Leisure Seizure. It ended a huge amount of speculation as to the whereabouts of the enigmatic, London-born artist who disappeared from the public eye after his debut album We Have Sound became a cult classic following it’s 2005 release. Now, following the brilliant critical response to Leisure Seizure and a sold out UK tour, Tom Vek will release new single Aroused. Recorded in his own east London PALLET studios, Aroused is a prime example of Vek’s self-coined ‘beat rock’ – a more controlled, consistent and elaborated version of the unique, raw sound of his debut album. Meanwhile, following a sold out UK tour, Tom Vek has announced more live shows. Vek is set to play the Reading and Leeds Festival and Bestival before headlining a 2000 capacity show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on 16th November. Tickets for the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire show went on general sale on 1st July, with presale tickets available to buy via www.tomvek.tv from Wednesday 29th June. Watch the video here: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49ZVEt2X3GA
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  • 26th August Reading Festival UK
  • 27th August Leeds Festival UK
  • 10th September Bestival, Isle Of White, UK
  • 16th November O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London UK
Tom Vek Press Quotes: “The most wonderful kind of pop star” – Sunday Times
“Nobody else writes songs like him” – NME
“An album of real depth” – The Word
“Well worth the wait” – GQ
“Smarter, sleeker, subtler than ever before” – Drowned In Sound
“A winning return” – The Fly