Thursday, 26 July 2012

Keane release new Single "Sovereign Light Cafe"

Keane released their new single 'Sovereign Light Café' on 23rd July 2012, through Island Records. 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.You could say that 'Sovereign Light Café' is the theme to 'Strangeland'. It was the first song that Tim wrote for the album - the idea came to him in a taxi in Sao Paulo. The title name checks the seafront café in Bexhill where, as teenagers cycling from nearby Battle, he and Keane drummer Richard Hughes would “spend hours sunbathing underneath cloudy skies.” Once a “Springsteeny-sounding” demo was laid down on the tour bus, the group listened back to what they had. The song’s sentiments – perhaps something to do with trying to make sense of the present by taking a look at your past –seemed to shine a light on what would follow. “It felt very emotional,” recalls Tim. “From the heart." The 'Sovereign Light Cafe' video was filmed in Bexhill and features locals who create a portrait of a much love seaside town and a joyful celebration of English life. You can watch the video here

Artist: Keane Title: ‘Sovereign Light Cafe’, Single Release Label: Island Records
Links: keanemusic | facebook | twitter | myspace
 WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“…the kind of heart-bursting hymns to small-town dreamers that Bruce Springsteen might have written if he had grown up in Eastbourne rather than New Jersey. With over ten million album sales to date, they remain one of Britain’s most successful bands of the past decade, and one of a mere handful to crack America." – The Times
 "...what Keane perfect in these stadium-swelling anthems is the meticulous yet ineffable melodic progression that goes straight for the emotional reflex, defying you to listen... without shivering at their loveliness." The Guardian ****
"…a set of tracks that pull the heartstrings with a strength that even a band as notoriously emotive as Keane have rarely managed before." - Sunday Times Culture - Album Of The Week
"…it's good to have Keane back." - Sunday Mirror - Album Of The Week “…huge heartfelt piano anthems, that sweep, soar and make this classic Keane.” – The Sun SFTW ****
“Keane are rather brilliant…” – NME
“…imbibed with romantic, end-of-the-pier spirit…” – Q
"The boy's return to first principles in muscular fashion." - Mail On Sunday ****
 "…masterpiece ballads." - Daily Star - *********

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Ben Howard new single "Old Pine" and live dates

Following the 200,000+ sales of his top 10 debut album Every Kingdom in the UK alone, two sold-outs tours of the US (multiple, and contemplating a hectic Summer of festival appearances ahead of his biggest, UK tour to date, Ben finds himself positioned as one of the most successful young singer-songwriters from the UK and Europe in years. Old Pine is a woozy, languid song, both cathartic and quietly euphoric. A long-standing live favourite, Ben’s percussive perfection is matched with the driving intricacies of his guitar playing and, smoky controlled voice. Originally released in the Spring of 2011 as an introductory EP through Communion Records, Old Pine has already played a crucial part in introducing Ben to a bigger, broader audience. He has since played to over 80,000 thousand fans at over 120 sold out performances. His UK tour later this year has now sold in excess of 50,000 tickets alone, culminating in three sell-out nights at London's Brixton Academy. Ben Howard’s music harks back to a classic and comforting time of old, albeit with a forward-thinking method of guitar performance. 2012 has very much been his year, with over six months of it still to enjoy.
  • 16th June - Goldcoast Oceanfest, Devon
  • 24th June – Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, London
  • 7th July – T In The Park, Kinross
  • 15th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold
  • 18th August – V Festival, Chelmsford
  • 19th August – V Festival, Stafford
  • 6th September – Bestival, Isle of Wight
  • 2nd November - Brighton, The Dome SOLD OUT
  • 3rd November - Plymouth, Pavilions SOLD OUT
  • 4th November - Cardiff, University SOLD OUT
  • 5th November - Bristol, Colston Hall SOLD OUT
  • 7th November - Dublin, Olympia SOLD OUT
  • 9th November - Belfast, Waterfront SOLD OUT
  • 10th November - Glasgow, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
  • 12th November - Manchester, O2 Apollo SOLD OUT
  • 14th November - Leeds, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
  • 16th November - Newcastle, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
  • 17th November - Aberdeen, Music Hall SOLD OUT
  • 19th November - Cambridge, Corn Exchange SOLD OUT
  • 20th November – Lincoln, Engine Shed SOLD OUT
  • 21st November - Leicester, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
  • 22nd November - Nottingham, Rock City SOLD OUT
  • 24th November - Birmingham, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
  • 25th November - Bournemouth, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
  • 26th November - Southampton, Guildhall SOLD OUT
  • 28th November - London, O2 Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
  • 29th November – London, O2 Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
  • 30th November – London, O2 Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
www.benhowardmusic.co.uk


Ben Howard releases his new single  ‘Old Pine’ 6th August 2012 on Island Records
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“He’ll make listening to acoustic folk-tinged music feel like the first time.” —The Guardian

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Devlin's new single (All Along The) Watch Tower and UK Headline Tour

Devlin is pleased to announce details of a UK tour for later this year. The Dagenham born rapper will play four shows in November in support of his forthcoming second album, A Moving Picture, released on the 29th October. The dates kick off in Birmingham on the 9th November, and conclude at London’s Scala on the 13th November. Tickets are £11.50 (London £13.50) on pre-sale from 17th July, and on general sale from 20th July through www.livenation.co.uk and www.gigsinscotland.com. As previously announced, Devlin’s forthcoming single (All Along The) Watch Tower Ft. Ed Sheeran is out on the 20th August through Island Records.
Watch the video here:


Devlin Live:
  • 19th August – V Festival, Stafford
  • 24th August – Ibiza Rocks, Ibiza
  • 1st September – Jersey Live, Jersey
  • 9th November – Institute Library, Birmingham
  • 10th November – Classic Grand, Glasgow
  • 11th November – Academy 3, Manchester
  • 13th November – Scala, London
www.officialdevlin.com

Alex Clare new single/video "Treading Water".

Following the enormous worldwide success of his recent hit single, “Too Close”, as featured in the multi-million dollar Microsoft internet explorer ad, Alex Clare has his new single “Treading Water”, released on August 13th through Island Records. Sales of “Too Close”(1.5 million and counting) exploded in all territories that carried the advert and that looks set to continue as the campaign is now being extended in new countries including France and Brazil. Both “Too Close” and “Treading Water” singles are taken from Alex’s hugely acclaimed debut album ”The Lateness Of The Hour”. “Too Close” peaked at #4 in the UK chart where it remained in the top 10 for 5 weeks, selling over 400,000 copies in the UK alone, while the accompanying video racked up over 12 million views. The album, released to widespread acclaim a year earlier, has now shipped 60,000 in the UK while Alex also recently made a triumphant return to the UK live stage with a triumphant sell-out gig at the Scala in London. A second London date, at KOKO on October 25th has already sold out. “Too Close” has also been a massive hit internationally. The single is currently flying in the US where it has been certified Platinum while in Germany ‘Too Close’ topped the sales chart, and the iTunes chart while racking up Platinum sales. A few months ago the situation wasn’t quite so rosy. Following disappointing sales for “The Lateness Of The Hour”, despite serious online heat, fantastic press reviews and significant radio support, 26-year old Londoner Alex decided to step back, put his music career on hold while he figured out his next move. In the meantime he kept receiving emails asking if his single “Too Close” could be used in a Microsoft ad. Eventually he agreed and thought no more of it. Microsoft poured millions of dollars into a massive US ad campaign with 60-second spots broadcast during prime-time TV shows and in cinemas before major titles like "The Hunger Games." TV viewers and cinema-goers began Shazam-ing the song and searching for the track on YouTube and iTunes. By the week ending April 1, the song had debuted at No. 68 on the Hot 100, and had sold well over 100,000 downloads. The Microsoft campaign was then launched in the UK leading to even greater success. This newfound attention comes nearly two years after the first sessions for "Lateness of the Hour" first began with Diplo and Switch in New Orleans. The renewed interest in Clare's music has prompted the 26 year old Golders Green native to head back in the studio to start work on a planned new EP.
 WHAT THE VIDEO HERE
 myspace.com/alexclare
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“A major talent” The Independent
“blue-eyed soul, disturbing dubstep/dancehall shapes, unpredictable...a fascinating new talent” - Sunday Times Culture
“A giddily upbeat and genre-defying outburst of fervent energy, justifying the almost tangible buzz Clare has been attracting” The Sun

Saturday, 7 July 2012

"Little Talks" from Icelandic indie-pop sextet Of Monsters And Men

Celebrated Icelandic indie-pop sextet Of Monsters And Men, will release their boisterously catchy, chart topping second single ‘Little Talks’ on the 6th August through Island Records. Since winning a local battle of the bands competition less than twelve months ago, Of Monsters And Men’s trajectory to music’s upper echelons has been unstoppable. The band’s debut album ‘My Head Is An Animal’ has already enjoyed huge success in Iceland and Europe. Mirroring that feat in America, ‘My Head Is An Animal’ went to #1 in the iTunes album chart and saw the band appear on Jimmy Fallon in May. Following that performance, Of Monsters And Men have been confirmed to appear on Jay Leno later this month.‘Little Talks’ follows debut single ‘Dirty Paws’ which enjoyed huge support across the UKs top radio stations. Dusting away years of cultural stereotypes with its rousing feel good lyrics and irresistible melodies and hooks, ‘Little Talks’ is unquestionably the sound of this year’s summer. The video for ‘Little Talks’ has already received over 8 million views and the single shows no signs of stopping there with a packed summer of festival and live performances lined up.After selling-out their debut London shows in less than two hours, Of Monsters and Men return to the UK in July having sold-out their Scala show in London, whilst also announcing new UK tour dates  in August along with appearances at Latitude, Reading and Leeds.  

UK DATES
10th July 2012 – Oran Mor - Glasgow, Scotland
11th July 2012 – Academy 3 - Manchester, UK
12th July 2012 – Scala - London, UK
14th July 2012 – Latitude Festival, UK
21st August 2012 – Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK
22nd August 2012 – Electric Ballroom - London, UK
24th August 2012 – Leeds Festival, UK
26th August 2012 – Reading Festival, UK
 Of Monsters and Men ‘Little Talks’ Island Records August 6th 2012 Format: Download
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
‘The Icelanders have already made waves across the Atlantic…it won’t be long until we’ve caught up’ NME
‘Propulsive, Arcade Fire-like beauty and whimsy’ The Sunday Times
‘Stirring folk-pop – massed vocals and energetic acoustic strumming’ Evening Standard
‘Relentless, anthemic approach’ Clash Magazine
‘Six piece Icelandic indie breakthrough act’ Music Week 

Jessie Ware's "Wildest Moments" Video/Live Dates

Jessie Wares soulful, melancholy vocal and effortlessly elegant songwriting skills have already cemented the South Londoner as one of 2012s brightest hopes. With three singles already under her belt, new track ‘Wildest Moments’ combines the ultra-modern feel of downtempo R&B and British electronic music, released on August 13th through PMR Records, the song is the perfect pre-cursor to her eagerly awaited debut album, ‘Devotion’ released August 20th. Produced by Dave Okumu, ‘Wildest Moments’ is of particular significance to Jessie as she explains; “Wildest Moments is about a tempestuous relationship. The extremes of being the best and then the worst together” An intimate gig at the Nave church in Islington in March 2012 marked Jessie’s biggest headline show to date and also the moment it all came together. Looking every inch the classy pop star, Jessie blew the room away, with the help of her live band. August 15th see’s Jessie bring her live show South of the river when she’ll play a homecoming show at Plan B in Brixton.
JESSIE WARE ‘WILDEST MOMENTS’ PMR RECORDS AUGUST 13TH  

Festival Dates:
06/07 - Pitch Festival, Amsterdam
07/07 - Nova Festival, Pulborough, West Sussex
13/07 - Melt Festival, Berlin
15/08 - Plan B, London
17/08 - Beacons Festival, Yorkshire
18/08 - Pukkelpop, Belgium
08/09 - Bestival, Isle of Wight
 
UK Tour Dates
Mon 05 Nov - Dublin Sugar Club
Wed 07 Nov - Glasgow King Tuts
Thu 08 Nov - Manchester Sound Control
Fri 09 Nov - Leeds Cockpit
Sun 11 Nov - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Mon 12 Nov - Brighton Concorde
Tue 13 Nov - London Electric
Wed 14 Nov - Bristol Thekla

Ren Harvieu new single and live dates

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” stormed into the UK chart this week at no. 5, releases her new single “Tonight” on July 23rd through Kid Gloves/Island Records. Ren has just announced her first major UK tour for October.  Fans will get the chance to catch Ren and full band live at T In The Park - 6- 8th July, Camp Bestival – 29th July, V festival 18/19th August and Bestival – 9th Sept. Ren Harvieu, just turned twenty one, is self-made, not your typical modern day popstar. 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. 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. “Through The Night” was originally set for release in the summer of 2011 when Ren suffered a terrible accident which left her with a broken back and not knowing whether she would ever walk again. Following a harrowing spell in hospital, Ren began to make, what the doctors called, a miraculous recovery. She’d just been to the US for the first time 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. One of the few bright moments during her 2 month hospital stay 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. 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. Ren has also recently recorded a cover of the Vashti Bunyan classic “The Train Song” with Karen Elson. The two met via a mutual friend and have just shot a video for the song in Nashville.
http://www.renharvieu.co.uk/
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“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