Friday, 28 December 2012

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Angel and Misha B have teamed up on ‘Ride or Die’ - Watch the Video here

Two of the UK’s hottest singers of the moment Angel and Misha B have teamed up on ‘Ride or Die’, the B-side to Angel’s new single ‘Time After Time’, which is out now. Watch the video for the track, directed by BAFTA Award winning actor Adam Deacon and Paul Akinrinlola of Parallel Pictures

Angel ‘Time After Time’

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Pop sensation Angel releases single "Time After Time"/Live Dates

R&B and Pop’s newest sensation Angel (aka Sirach Charles) will be releasing ‘Time AfterTime’ through on 19th November 2012. Produced by Parallel Music, (Angel’s production company) and Tommy Hittz (Chris Brown), ‘Time After Time’ is the follow up single to summer anthem ‘Wonderful’ which has recently spent 8 weeks in the top 20, 2 weeks in the top 10 and has sold over 250,000 copies to date thereby cementing Angel’s position as one of the top 5 highest selling breakthrough acts of 2012. At just 24 years old, this young West Londoner has risen from underground producer and songwriter to R&B Renaissance man within one year. Having previously penned hits for the likes of Pixie Lott, Jason Derulo and Roll Deep, Angel is set to make his mark as an artist his own right. Earmarked as a one to watch in 2012 by MTV and HMV, Angel has been dubbed by The Guardian as ‘Britain’s first all singing, all writing and producing urban boy wonder’, while Radio 1 crowned him ‘the new face of UK R&B’ and his online presence continues to grow rapidly, (his own YouTube channel has over 8 million views). Having rapidly become the name on everyone’s lips, Angel has been asked to write for Rihanna, been in the studio with Dizzee Rascal and collaborated with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Giggs and Wiley while also notching up an impressive list of fans in everyone from JLS, Tinie Tempah and Example through to Rio Ferdinand, Cheryl Cole and One Direction (who he will be performing with at iTunes Festival). And with the likes of Frank Ocean, Michael Kiwanuka, Chipmunk and Wretch 32 on his forthcoming debut album (due for release early next year) it’s evident that Angel is about to not only go overground, but stratospheric. New single ‘Time After Time’ is anchored by Angel’s powerful and melodic vocals. An infectious and emotive track with all the hallmarks of huge record, ‘Time After Time’ is sure to emulate and exceed the success of ‘Wonderful’. Remixes are also provided burgeoning producer tipped by Annie Mac, Jamie Grind & Bass Ninja’s (the Saturday’s, Flo Rida). In the run up to the release of ‘Time After Time’ Angel performed at The Scala on October 25th 2012. This headline show follows a packed live schedule over the summer, including appearances at Wireless Festival and V Festival alongside supporting Outkast’s Big Boi at Brixton Acadamy and playing an opening set in the ring moments before the highly anticipated Haye v Chisora fight.
Other Live Dates
Tue 20-Nov Manchester Ruby Lounge
Wed 21-Nov Birmingham HMV Institute
Tickets On sale here: 0844 811 0051
‘TIME AFTER TIME’ - Pre-order/watch the video

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Next Big Thing? Mercury Music Prize Winners Alt-J

Alt-J are a British alternative indie band. Their debut album An Awesome Wave, was recorded in Brixton, released in May 2012, and has just won  the 2012 British Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
Gwil Sainsbury (guitarist/bassist), Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums) formed the band when they met at Leeds University in 2007.
Check out Top Tracks for Alt-J here

Tuesday, 6 November 2012


Check it out

Ben Howard new EP "Burgh Island" release coincides with sold-out UK tour

Ben Howard releases a brand new EP of material, the Burgh Island EP, through Island Records on 10 December 2012. Since the release of Ben’s platinum-selling, Mercury Music Prize nominated debut album, Every Kingdom back in October 2011, he has mindfully kept himself firmly routed to the motorways and freeways of each corner of the globe. A gruelling schedule of relentless touring across the UK, Europe, America and Australia. Devon is home to Ben, but it has become a rare occasion when he can settle back there for any longer than a couple of days before the touring process kicks back in. Having performed at many of the major summer festivals across the UK and Europe this year to huge audiences, Ben retreated to Devon and to a remote studio on the Start Point peninsula to lay down The Burgh Island EP, an entirely new record that finds him ditching his acoustic guitar and taking things electric. The four tracks that form Burgh Island EP are united in their dark, menacing, and brooding outlook. It’s a long, way from the blissful warmth of tracks such as Old Pine, Keep Your Head Up, and The Wolves that has defined Ben across British radio stations for the past 12 months. There’s a darkness and introspective delivery that makes for a vivid listen throughout the EP. Oats In The Water, first aired live to a rapturous response from both DJ and fans on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show in the early Summer, has quickly become a powerful live favourite, and is as beautiful as anything this young artist has recorded to date. The one constant from the Every Kingdom sessions is the intimate nature of Ben’s vocals and that exquisite guitar playing. Produced once more by drummer/multi-percussionist Chris Bond, Ben has shirked any outside influence to deliver four leftfield tracks that are shot directly from the heart. This EP coincides with Ben’s biggest, sold-out UK tour to date, which takes in 3 nights at London’s Brixton Academy.
***Focus Music recommends you check out "Esmerelda", a track taken from 'The Burgh Island E.P'.  Watch it here:
Ben Howard EP: ‘Burgh Island’ Release Date: 10 December 2012. Tracklisting: Esmerelda/Oats In The Water/To Be Alone/Burgh Island.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Labrinth feat, Emeli Sande Beneath your Beautiful

I just love this. Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande.
A guy with real musical talent. Enjoy...

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Macy Gray's Love Letter to Stevie Wonder

Grammy award winning, 15 million album selling, singer-songwriter Macy Gray, one of the most unique and original artists operating in music today, returns with her brand new album, Talking Book on October 29th. The album is Macy’s love letter to its creator Stevie Wonder and is released in time for the 40th Anniversary of this timeless masterpiece. Gray says, “Talking Book is one of my top five favourite albums of all time, and Stevie is my favourite. This is my own personal gift to Stevie Wonder, for all that I learned from him and for his miraculous songs that change my life every time I hear them. This is not a tribute album or concert, it’s a love letter and a big thank you card on record and on stage.”
Track Listing:
1. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
2. Maybe Your Baby
3. You And I (We Can Conquer The World)
4. Tuesday Heartbreak
5. You’ve Got It Bad Girl
6. Superstition
7. Big Brother
8. Blame It On The Sun
9. Looking For Another Pure Love
10. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
Talking Book, universally regarded as a masterpiece, was originally released by Motown on October 28, 1972. The album included a staggering 7 Top 10 Singles including 2 #1 Smashes "Sunshine Of My Life" and "Superstition" and went on to achieve Multi-Platinum status earning Wonder Grammys for Best Male Pop Vocal, R&B Performance and R&B Song. Macy’s “Talking Book” is an all new recording by Macy and her band and was produced by legendary Metallica producer, Hal Wilner. This year is a big one for Gray as she stars in the controversial new film The PaperBoy, directed by Lee Daniels (Precious) and co-starring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, & John Cusack. Since her dazzling debut introduced this singular talent to the masses, Macy has continued to forge an uncompromising musical path beholden only to her own vision.
“The wonderfully off kilter Macy is back to put all those soul diva pretenders in their place” Marie Claire

Monday, 15 October 2012

Huge Demand for folk sensation Of Monsters and Men. More UK Live dates and New Single

Icelandic alternative folk sensation Of Monsters and Men have emerged as the breakthrough international act of 2012.The bands debut album ‘My Head is An Animal’ reached #3 in the UK album charts, #1 on iTunes and topped charts in Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Canada and America. Of Monsters and Men are pleased to announce new single ‘Mountain Sound’ coming out 5th November on Island Records.Crafting epic songs inspired by their amazing homeland, fairy tales and personal history, Of Monsters and Men have gone from battle of the bands winners and a must-see act at SXSW to internationally and critically acclaimed superstars. The bands first single ‘Little Talks’ to date has received over 22 million views on YouTube. New single ‘Mountain Sound’ is full of spirited harmonies and insatiable energy, which will undoubtedly captivate fans in the same way ‘Little Talks’ has done. Emotional lyrics, lush and diverse instrumentation are all powered by hand claps and sing-a-long hooks.Of Monsters and Men began as the solo project of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir however it quickly grew with the additions of friends Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson, Brynjar Leifsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Árni Guðjónsson and Kristján Páll Kristjánsson. Due to the huge demand to see Of Monsters and Men the band have had to add a second Shepherds Bush Empire date to their 2013 tour whilst upgrading the venues for their shows in Glasgow and Manchester. Full listings below.

Friday 22nd February – Glasgow – Academy

Sunday 24th February – Manchester – Academy 1

Monday 25th February – Nottingham – Rock City

Tuesday 26th February – Birmingham – HMV Institute 

Wednesday 27th February – Bristol – O2 Academy
Friday 1st March – Oxford – O2 Academy
Saturday 2nd March – Portsmouth – Pyramid

Sunday 3rd March – Norwich – UEA

Tuesday 5th March – London – Shepherds Bush Empire
Wednesday 6th March – London – Shepherds Bush Empire
‘Iceland’s hottest act’ Observer New Review
‘This indie-pop sextet is Iceland’s hottest new music export’ Independent
‘British success is already overdue’ Guardian
‘Propulsive, Arcade Fire-like beauty and whimsy’ The Sunday Times
‘The Icelanders have already made waves across the Atlantic…it won’t be long until we’ve caught up’ NME
‘Check out the debut album from Icelandic band Of Monsters And Men... you won’t regret it’ Marie Claire
‘This earthy Icelandic outfit specialise in fairytale-infused folk: jubilant, shout along songs about enchanted beasts, talking tress and transfigured kings’ Guardian

Friday, 12 October 2012

Bob Dylan Exclusives Available Now

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Mercury Prize Nominated Jessie Ware ’Night Light’/Tour Dates

Jessie Ware's hugely anticipated debut album 'Devotion' yesterday capped a flurry of critical praise with a much coveted nomination for this year’s Mercury Prize. Having previously gone straight into the album chart Top Five, this accolade confirms Jessie as one of the UK's brightest new stars. With album single 'Wildest Moments' going on to the BBC Radio 1 A-list and recently receiving an intimate rendition on BBC One's Breakfast Show, now comes new single 'Night Light'. True to its name, 'Night Light' sees Jessie's powerhouse vocal shining with stirring emotion to a backdrop of swirling guitars, majestic piano flourishes and addictive down-tempo rhythm. Released ---- on PMR Records, ‘Night Light’ is equal parts modern soul and timeless pop that demonstrates yet again that Jessie Ware is in a class entirely of her own. Along with this, Jessie Ware will be embarking on her first UK and Ireland headline tour in November, with dates in London and Manchester already sold out long in advance.
Jessie Ware UK/Ireland Tour Dates:
  • 05/11 - Sugar Club - Dublin
  • 07/11 - King Tuts - Glasgow
  • 08/11 - Sound Control - Manchester (Sold Out)
  • 09/11 - Cockpit - Leeds
  • 11/11 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham
  • 12/11 - Concorde - Brighton
  • 13/11 - Brixton Electric - London (Sold Out)
  • 14/11 - Thekla - Bristol
Jessie Ware ‘Night Light’ PMR Records October 22nd
Barclaycard Mercury Prize – Albums of the Year 2012 nomination.

“Jessie Ware is the real deal… tender, smart and sassy, this deserves to be huge” - **** -Time Out
“A record filled with moments that bring you to your knees” -NME, 8/10
“A smart and sophisticated debut that remains utterly compelling throughout” * * * * * -Digital Spy

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

"One of 2012's brightest hopes". AlunaGeorge new Single/UK Tour Dates

In June, the London duo of producer George Reid and singer Aluna Francis released their debut EP, 'You Know You Like It' on the experimental Tri Angle Records. The three tracks seamless marriage of UK glitch and bass culture and sample based production with futuristic R&B sheen and British pop sensibilities packed a contagious punch, winning the accolades of everyone from the NME and The Guardian to Pitchfork and Spin, quickly highlighting AlunaGeorge as one of 2012's brightest hopes. Hot off the heels of that resounding opening gambit, AlunaGeorge now announce their new single, ‘Your Drums, Your Love’. Picking up where 'You Know You Like It' left off, ‘Your Drums, Your Love’ continues the duo’s streak of cutting-edge club pop with an enticingly downbeat R&B ballad. Reid’s elusively liquid synths, rumbling low-end bass and hip-gyrating electronic sway provide a glistening backdrop to the sweet allure of Aluna’s voice, soaring with the arching, fragile refrain of “I’ve been treading water for your love”, evoking a distinctly 21st century sensation of dance-floor infatuation. Precision-honed, adventurous, infectiously catchy, ‘Your Drums, Your Love’ is further proof that AlunaGeorge embody 21st century British pop at its most instantly classic and exhilarating. Remixes come from The Prototypes, Deebs, Duke Dimont and Lil Silva.   
UK Tour Dates
  • Thurs 15th Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
  • Fri 16th Nov – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
  • Sat 17th Nov – Nottingham, Stealth vs Rescued
  • Sun 18th Nov – Bristol, Start The Bus
  • Tues 20th Nov – Leeds, Nation of Shopkeepers
  • Weds 21st Nov – Manchester, Deaf Institute
  • Thurs 22nd Nov – London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
  • Sat 24th Nov – Brighton, Coalition
AlunaGeorge ‘Your Drums, Your Love’ Island Records
“Lustrous, sinister and ever so slightly weird” - Pitchfork
“More thrillingly futuristic R&B from this London duo” - The Guardian
"Aluna Francis and George Reid collide with so much flair and ignite each other with so much soul that if they don't conquer the UK charts by the end of the year – and I mean absolutely obliterate them – it'll be a huge crime" - The 405

Monday, 8 October 2012

Watch - Keane new single ‘Disconnected’/Arena Tour Dates

Keane's new album 'Strangeland' entered the UK charts at Number one to make it their fifth consecutive number one album, equaling Coldplay and Radiohead, and beaten only by The Beatles. 'Strangeland' has debuted in the top ten in twenty countries around the world. It is their fourth studio album, after 'Hopes & Fears' (2004); 'Under The Iron Sea' (2006); 'Perfect Symmetry' (2008) and the 'Night Train' EP (2010) which also topped the UK Album Chart. The critics hailed ‘Strangeland’ as one of Keane’s classic records and the once-heard, never-forgotten chorus of ‘Disconnected’ puts this classic sound centre stage once more. The Beatles-esque production of the song courtesy of producer Dan Grech (Radiohead, Lana Del Ray, The Vaccines, Howling Bells), colours the heartbreaking lyrics with a deceptively breezy pace, harmonies tugging at the emotional chords as only you could expect from one our biggest bands in the world. Cult film director JA Bayona and writer Sergio G. Sanchez renowned for horror film The Orphanage directed the video for this song. They shot a full horror movie in Barcelona featuring the band and actors. Bayona and Sanchez’s second film collaboration will be released at the end of this year; The Impossible, an epic drama set during the Thailand tsunami in 2004, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Watch ‘Disconnected’ here: 

This British band still dominate internationally currently on a huge world tour, whilst here in the UK their album re-enters the Top 10 (having never left the Top 40) over 3 months after its release. They have just announced an Arena tour for November this year.
  • Monday 19th - Edinburgh Usher Hall
  • Wednesday 21st - Dublin Olympia
  • Thursday 22nd - Belfast Waterfront Hall
  • Wednesday 28th - Nottingham Arena
  • Thursday 29th - MEN Arena, Manchester
  • Friday 30th - London O2 Arena
  • 2nd - Brighton Centre
  • 3rd - Winter Gardens, Margate
  • 4th - Bournemouth
Keane will release their new single ‘Disconnected’ on 8th October 2012, through Island Records.
Watch ‘Disconnected’ here:

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

LOWER THAN ATLANTIS debut album "Changing Tune"/October Tour Dates

LOWER THAN ATLANTIS have announced that due to manufacturing issues, their major label debut album “Changing Tune” will now be released on 1 October 2012 via Island Records. The first single from the album, “Love Someone Else” is currently available via iTunes and has a radio impact date of 1st October. The album artwork can be seen below. LOWER THAN ATLANTIS will embark upon a headline tour in October and the dates are as follows: Tune into Zane Lowe BBC Radio 1 from 7.00pm
  • Monday 1st October Exeter Phoenix
  • Tuesday 2nd October Southampton Mo’Club
  • Wednesday 3rd October Bristol Trinity
  • Thursday 4th October Nottingham Rescue Rooms
  • Friday 5th October Glasgow Garage
  • Sunday 7th October Manchester Club Academy
  • Monday 8th October Norwich Arts Centre
  • Tuesday 9th October Birmingham Academy 2
  • Wednesday 10th October Leeds Cockpit
  • Thursday 11th October London Electric Ballroom

“Lower Than Atlantis are ready to join the big league with their major label debut” KERRANG “Consistently crunching, full throttle and utterly massive album - 9/10” ROCK SOUND

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Mumford & Sons robust new album "Babel" released 24th September

We wanted to do something unashamed,” says Ben Lovett. “We’re confident and happy to be where we are as a band — everything that’s happened with us has exceeded expectations, and it’s all been a surprise, it’s all much bigger than what we were prepared for. So when we came to recording this record we had a choice: to shy away from that, or to realise that people dig what we’re doing, and make something robust, with that energy.” It was December 2010, and Mumford and Sons had been on the road since the previous summer: a glorious, eventful, yet relentless time. Standing somewhere between exhilarated and exhausted, the plan now was for the band’s four members to spend a few weeks apart, write, recuperate, and then reconvene in Nashville in the New Year, with the intention of trying out material for their second album. The informality of the set-up in Tennessee perhaps helped to dispel any nerves they may have had about following up 2009’s Sigh No More, an album that had gone four times platinum in the UK, and twice platinum in the US. The band assembled in the front room of a house and set about sharing the songs they had been working on alone. “It was a coming together, a sharing of some stuff,” explains Lovett (keys, accordion, drums), “a pool of ideas that would come out of our time apart. So if there was nervousness, it wasn’t nervousness about the record, it was nervousness about how a couple of these new song ideas would go down. But we knew we were going to play music, and it wasn’t time to get into the nuts and bolts of it, it was more like we were starting another year from this point. And that felt very good. Very fresh, and natural.” Out of that time in Nashville came a couple of songs for the new record, the gorgeous Lovers’ Eyes and Hopeless Wanderer. Then followed more touring, performances at the Grammys and the Brits, before the chance came in the summer to head into a studio in Bermondsey, south London. Here the band recorded the title song for the soundtrack to Wuthering Heights, as well as finding the footings for several of the new album’s songs: Babel, I Will Wait, Not With Haste, Broken Crown, Lover of the Light. “And then,” recalls Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, drums), “we went down to a farm in Somerset and played the 10 song game, which is where you have to write 10 songs each in a set period of time without any criteria for quality.” The result of the 10 song game, the band recall with some amusement, was firstly that Ted Dwane (string bass, drums, guitar) has a natural propensity for writing murder ballads, and secondly a new album track named Reminder. “It’s such a nice exercise because it removes your focus on perfection,” says Dwane. “You drop your guard down and you sort of bash about.” For Mumford, it also helped to re-focus to the material already amassed.“There were various points in the album where we felt maybe we needed to inject more directness, and maybe that’s what Reminder did,” he says. “There’s a bit more obscurity in this album and Reminder is a really emotionally identifiable song. I think I Will Wait Was the Same. And in terms of making the best record we could we felt like we needed those songs.” 2011 took shape slowly; throughout that year they were establishing the album’s “cornerstone songs”, discussing the new material with producer Markus Dravs, who had also steered Sigh No More (“He’s like a mind master,” says Lovett) and engineer Robin Baynton (“He has the best ears,” says Mumford “but he’ll never sacrifice vibe for accuracy”) finding more writing and studio time wherever their schedule would allow. But more importantly they were trying to work out just what kind of record they were making. “I don’t think any of us had any idea then about what we were trying to do,” says Lovett, frankly. “We had a body of songs and we just really wanted to record them. And we thought that was all you needed. But we learned that wasn’t quite the case.” Shortly before Christmas, they decided to stand back and take stock of what they had, heading down to Lovett’s parents’ home in Devon for a review of the new material. “And that’s really where we had the vision for the album,” says Mumford, “or where it solidified.” “We were suddenly really confident and happy with what we were making,” adds Dwane. “We were all on-site, all pistols firing. I think the album started to assert its own identity a little bit, it started to make sense, and we knew then what we were making.” Babel’s identity Dwane describes as simply “Very us. When we made the first album it was to be a snapshot of Mumford & Sons in 2009. This is exactly the same, but it’s us now, and there’s a lot of the live energy in there, that was very much what we were trying to capture. Creating the album over the course of a year, going into the studio then back out touring, then back into the studio … it’s almost as if the road has rubbed off on the album.” The influence of the phenomenal live band Mumford and Sons have become is much in evidence on Babel, from the fire and fury of the title track to the keen and tender yearning of the album’s closer, Not With Haste. “I think over the past few years we’ve realised how much we have to play the songs that we’ve recorded,” says Mumford. “So we thought harder about these songs, feeling confident that we could play them again and again and again, and that however you record a song gives it its own life.” As a result, several songs on Babel were recorded live. “When you’re in a room with headphones and microphones and no one else, you play it quite differently to how you play it live,” says Mumford. “Having played live as much as we have these past five years, it’s probably made us a bit more high-octane, a bit more adrenaline-filled, but because of that we probably also need to counter it more. But we really wanted to allow permission for quiet songs on the album, so that we could allow permission for them live as well.” More than anything, there is a real a sense of completeness to Babel, a satisfying wholeness and a kind of musical and lyrical wealth — romanticism tempered by strength and vigour; a brawniness balanced by beauty. “I think there’s more subject-matter on this album, and I think we’ve grown up a little bit,” says Mumford. “I feel like it’s more exposed, more naked. Ted always talked about wanting to make an album like a story,” he adds. “Not necessarily one that has a plot, but one that you can listen from top to bottom and it makes sense. I think that’s what we’ve tried to do, and what we’ve done.” Winston concludes, "And now we've finished it we can get touring again, which is what we set out to do when we started the band. Back to business."
Mumford & Sons Album: Babel Release Date: 24th September 2012 Label: Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records
Tracklisting: Babel/Whispers In The Dark/I Will Wait/Holland Road/Ghosts That We Knew/Lover Of The Light/Lovers’ Eyes/Reminder/Hopeless Wanderer/Broken Crown/Below My Feet/Not With Haste
Pre-order Deluxe Edition "Babel"

Monday, 17 September 2012

Mumford & Sons "I Will Wait" Watch the video here

Mumford & Sons release their new single, ‘I Will Wait’ on the 24th September 2012. It is the first single to be taken from their second album, Babel, released on the same day. The story of Mumford & Sons has been written and mapped out on the road. Since before the release of 2009’s debut album Sigh No More, the band has rarely been off tour, but the recording of Babel brought them off the road and back into the studio. Many of the songs on the new record found their dynamic through years of tested live performance. ‘Whispers In The Dark’, ‘Lover Of The Light’, ‘Below My Feet’, ‘Lovers’ Eyes’ and ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ might be familiar to fans that have seen the band perform live over the past eighteen months across the world. Babel was produced by Marcus Dravs, a man whom the band trusts to replicate and to understand the importance of live energy as much as they do. In a similar fashion to its predecessor, it is a record that marries the upbeat with the intimate, and the unrestrained with the raw. It is an album the band are justifiably proud of, and follows a series of studio sessions in Devon, Somerset, Northamptonshire, and London. First single “I Will Wait” is a jubilant introduction to the music on Babel. It is a song which has evolved alongside the band, and encapsulates the very essence of what they do so well. Following their successful Gentlemen of the Road Stopover shows earlier this Summer in the UK and Ireland, and while currently touring to sold-out crowds in the US, Mumford & Sons will continue to map their journey on the road throughout 2012 and beyond. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Leave a comment tell us what you think

Mumford & Sons Single: ‘I Will Wait’ UK Release Date: 24th September 2012 UK Label: Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records


21 year old Salford born singer Ren Harvieu, whose breathtaking voice has had the critics reaching for the superlatives and whose critically acclaimed debut album “Through The Night” entered the UK chart at no. 5, has here brand new single “Do Right By Me” released on October 1st through Kid Gloves/Island Records. The single is released ahead of Ren’s first major UK tour which gets underway in Glasgow on Sunday October 7th. Full list of dates below. Ren has been busy with festivals during the summer performing with rap superstar Nas at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, T In The Park, Camp Bestival and V festivals and is also due to play Bestival on September 9th.

October 2012  
  • Sunday 7th Glasgow Oran Mor
  • Monday 8th Gateshead Sage
  • Tuesday 9th Manchester The Ritz
  • Thursday 11th Liverpool Stanley Theatre
  • Friday 12th Birmingham Academy 2
  • Saturday 13th London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
  • Monday 15th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
  • Tuesday 16th Bristol Thekla
Ren also recently recorded a cover of Vashti Bunyan’s “The Train Song” with Karen Elson. Ren and Karen, both from the north west of England and fans of each other’s music, met via a mutual friend in New York and decided to record this classic track for which they shot a video in Nashville. Since then Ren has been asked to join The Citizens band (which on a rotating basis consists of Sarah Sophie Flicker, Zooey Deschanel, Karen Elson, Angela McCluskey, Rain Phoenix, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Melissa Auf der Maur amongst others) for a 5 night residency in NY, late October.
“An impeccable debut... two feet in the past and one open mouth pointing towards a very bright future” NME 8/10
“Singing that switches without warning between bruised restraint and majestic assertiveness – a glorious throwback to peak-period Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey and Peggy Lee” Sunday Times Culture
“A voice to die for” Grazia
“Utterly startling...Greatness beckons”.” MOJO
“A stunning debut album of cinematic orchestral pop and stirring torch songs.” Q

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Jessie Ware nominated for Mercury Music Prize/New Single and Tour Dates

Jessie Ware's hugely anticipated debut album 'Devotion' yesterday capped a flurry of critical praise with a much coveted nomination for this year’s Mercury Prize. Having previously gone straight into the album chart Top Five, this accolade confirms Jessie as one of the UK's brightest new stars. With album single 'Wildest Moments' going on to the BBC Radio 1 A-list and recently receiving an intimate rendition on BBC One's Breakfast Show, now comes new single 'Night Light'. True to its name, 'Night Light' sees Jessie's powerhouse vocal shining with stirring emotion to a backdrop of swirling guitars, majestic piano flourishes and addictive down-tempo rhythm. Released ---- on PMR Records, ‘Night Light’ is equal parts modern soul and timeless pop that demonstrates yet again that Jessie Ware is in a class entirely of her own. Along with this, Jessie Ware will be embarking on her first UK and Ireland headline tour in November, with dates in London and Manchester already sold out long in advance.
Jessie Ware UK/Ireland Tour Dates:
05/11 - Sugar Club - Dublin
07/11 - King Tuts - Glasgow
08/11 - Sound Control - Manchester (Sold Out)
09/11 - Cockpit - Leeds
11/11 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham
12/11 - Concorde - Brighton
13/11 - Brixton Electric - London (Sold Out)
14/11 - Thekla - Bristol
Jessie Ware ‘Night Light’ PMR Records October 22nd
 Barclaycard Mercury Prize– Albums of the Year 2012 nomination.
 “Jessie Ware is the real deal… tender, smart and sassy, this deserves to be huge” - **** -Time Out
“A record filled with moments that bring you to your knees” -NME, 8/10
“A smart and sophisticated debut that remains utterly compelling throughout” * * * * * -Digital Spy