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 www.mumfordandsons.com
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 www.mumfordandsons.com


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.
REN HARVIEW NEW SINGLE “DO RIGHT BY ME” http://www.renharvieu.co.uk/
“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

Monday, 10 September 2012

Ladyhawke new single "Blue Eyes"/Video

LADYHAWKE releases her new single ‘Blue Eyes’ on September 17th 2012 on Modular through Island Records. The track is taken from her critically acclaimed second album ‘Anxiety’ released in July this year and will include remixes from Jacques Renault, Alison Wonderland, Junior and label mates Canyons. The video for the single is available now to view on the link below. The clip was shot in the incredible Oceano Dunes, California under the direction of Jess Holzworth whose previous work includes ‘Gamma Ray’ Beck.
Watch it here
Following Ladyhawke’s sold out UK tour in May, more UK dates are to be announced shortly. See website for details.

INTERNATIONAL LIVE STREAMING DEBUT: ‘100% misty-eyed mobiles-in-the-air brilliance’ – NME

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Annie Mac Presents 2012 Compilation & UK All the Way Tour

Annie Mac IS dance music’s first lady. She is one of Radio 1’s flagship DJs, a frequent headliner at stadiums, parties, clubs and festivals around the world, (from Ibiza and Miami to the mountain ranges of Japan) and the founder of the Annie Mac Presents brand. She is also known for spotting the stars of tomorrow today, with everyone from Katy B, Justice and DJ Fresh through to Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean and Plan B all getting high praise early on via Miss Mac and her Friday night show. This autumn will see Annie Mac and her Annie Mac Presents brand upping its game further. The AMP tour is getting bigger (with more dates in larger venues) and the forthcoming AMP 2012 compilation will feature exclusive material for the first time. Annie Mac Presents Superstar DJs will be broadcast in October on Channel 4 and sees Annie interviewing and exploring the lives and lifestyles of some of the biggest and most credible names in dance music and clubbing culture. The AMP 2012 compilation, released 8th October by Island records, is split across 2 discs full of Annie’s favourite tracks of the year. CD1 represents all of the tunes Annie has been playing out at clubs, parties and festivals over the year including massive hits such as ‘212’ from Azealia Banks and Rudimental’s number one smash ‘Feel The Love’. There are also nods to moombahton and trap, drum and bass and some big house music anthems from the likes of Madeon and Porter Robinson. CD2 is more deep, reflecting Annie’s never ending obsession with house and garage music, as well as featuring some soul and hip hop from three of her favourite artists of the year Drake, Frank Ocean and A$AP Rocky. The album also features, for the first time, some specially commissioned exclusive tracks by three of the UK and Ireland’s hottest up and coming artists - young Irish producer MMOTHS, super-talented Liverpool producer and DJ, Mele, and girl-boy R&B loving duo AlunaGeorge. Last year’s instalment of Annie Mac Presents reached the top of the iTunes album chart, 2012’s selection is just as sharp, representing Annie’s most loved tracks and the continuing exuberance of UK clubbing. The AMP ‘UK All The Way Tour’, which kicks off on 7th November in London and finishes on 1st December at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth, will boast live performances from the UKs finest, Magnetic Man, Redlight, Rudimental and Disclosure as well as Annie herself. Annie’s Superstar DJs TV show will launch on Channel 4 in October with a series of one off shows, focusing on a different DJ in each episode, she will interview and explore the lives and lifestyles of some of the biggest and most credible names in dance music and clubbing culture.Universally renowned as a broadcaster, businesswomen, tastemaker, impresario, media personality and a superstar DJ in her own right Annie Mac is fast becoming one of the most important figureheads in the UK music scene. Meanwhile her expanding AMP empire is establishing itself as the newest cornerstone in a long line of dance bastions such as Ministry Of Sound and Pacha.
AMP 2012 Compilation Teaser: http://soundcloud.com/annie-mac-presents/amp-2012-compilation-teaser
AMP 2012 Signed Copy http://bitly.com/SijHkh

1. Knife Party – Sleaze
2. Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas (feat. Iggy Azalea) – Beat Down
3. Diplo (feat. Nicky da B) – Express Yourself
4. The Partysquad – Go Down Low
5. Azealia Banks (feat. Lazy Jay) – 212
6. Redlight – Get Out My Head
7. Dismantle – Detonate
8. MelĂ© – Space Jam
9. TNGHT – Higher Ground
10. Nas – The Don
11. Netsky - Love Has Gone
12. Netsky - Love Has Gone (Netsky’s Love Must Go On Refix)
13. Madeon – Icarus
14. Florence & The Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix)
15. M83 – Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix)
16. Porter Robinson - Language
17. Emile SandĂ© – My Kind of Love (Gemini Remix)
18. Rudimental (feat. John Newman) – Feel The Love
1. Jessie Ware – Running (Disclosure Remix)
2. Wiley – Heatwave (feat. Ms D)(Devolution Remix)
3. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs -Tapes & Money
4. Disclosure (feat. Ria Ritchie) – Control
5. Justin Martin – Ruff Stuff
6. Hot Chip – Night and Day (Dusky Remix)
7. Infinity Ink – Infinity
8. Julio Bashmore – Battle for Middle You
9. Switch & Andrea Martin– I Still Love You
10. Breach – You Won’t Find Love Again
11. Nneka – Shining Star (Joe Goddard Remix)
12. Para One – Vibrations Followed By Poisoned Apples (Interlude)
13. AlunaGeorge – Watching Over You
14. Major Lazer (feat. Amber Coffman) – Get Free
15. Drake (feat. The Weeknd) – Crew Love
16. A$AP Rocky – Peso
17. MMOTHS– Over You
18. Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
19. Kindness – House
16/11/12 – LEEDS – O2 ACADEMY
24/11/12 – BRISTOL – MOTION
29/11/12 – GLASGOW – O2 ACADEMY

Monday, 3 September 2012


As Robbie Williams looks to the future with the release of the incredible “Take The Crown”, his ninth studio album and his first for Island/Universal, it might also be interesting to remember his considerable achievements so far. In a career strewn with awards, Robbie has quite simply sold more records than any other British solo artist in history. Having sold a staggering 60 million albums over his solo career, Robbie has also won more Brit awards than any other artist in history ( a grand total of 17, to be precise). Six of his albums appear in the all time top 100 biggest selling albums in the UK whilst Williams appears in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million concert tickets in a day in 2006. In 2010 Robbie Williams won the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at the BRITS; later that year his reformation with Take That led to their album becoming the fastest selling album of the century. Since then Robbie has been working on his brand new solo album, recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jacknife Lee. The orchestra on the album was recorded at the fabled Capitol Studios in LA. The track-listing for “Take The Crown” is:
  • BE A BOY
  • LOSERS (featuring Lissie)
The album is preceded by the single “Candy”, released on October 29. Of this brilliantly addictive classic Robbie Williams pop song, written with Gary Barlow, Robbie says: “It’s a summer song, about a girl who thinks she’s great. And she might be, but she’s a bit nefarious with her ways. Some songs take an age to write and some songs just fall out of your mouth completely formed, and you don’t have to think about it. I don’t know why that fell out of my mouth and out of my brain at that particular time – it just did”.

Ballroom Shows - Dates / Venues:
  • September 11th Leeds Academy
  • September 12th Glasgow Barrowland
  • September 16th Southend Cliffs Pavilion South End On Sea
After the Take That reunion, a busman’s holiday, a break from my career which re-energised me in many, many ways – I wanted to come back with a massive solo album. My main priority was to write what I consider, and hopefully what the world would consider, to be hits. I’m very excited”. Robbie Williams, August 2012.
Take The Crown is the big, brash, confident Robbie Williams pop record that his fans have been longing for but maybe didn¹t dare expect. If it had a sub-title it would be ’In Case You¹d Forgotten’. Not wishing to denigrate the art of the record executive, but Island may as well have chosen the lead single by chucking a dart at the inlay sleeve. They couldn¹t have missed. Because there are no misses. Just hits ­ huge pop hits.” Dave Roberts, Music Week

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Get "Ready to Go"with ‘Lonsdale Boys Club’

With their debut album, Lonsdale Boys Club – Charlie, Topher and Loz – have crafted a set of infectious, summer-tinged pre-made festival anthems. Signed to Gary Barlow’s Future label, they infuse each song with a dash of funkiness, the grit of the UK urban scene, a smattering of their love for all things house, a pinch of roots reggae, plenty of pop nous and of course, a gargantuan hook or twelve. “If we had to pigeon-hole it somehow I'd say it's zesty, sprightly guitar pop with an urban flavour and banging beats,” frontman Charlie says. Pre-Lonsdale Boys Club, the band were scattered across the globe, bassist Topher producing and working various jobs in Australia and Cyprus, Charlie Djing and writing songs for a possible solo career in London and Loz finishing his music studies in Liverpool as well as Djing at various drum n bass nights. Meeting through a mutual guitar teacher who had a studio on west London’s Lonsdale Road, it was only a matter of time before they came to their senses and realised that they had to be in a band together. One of their first demos went on to become debut single ‘Light Me Up’, but it was also the foundation of their core sound. Bunkering down in their own studio the band rattled through a host of songs before flying out to New York to work on them with producers S*A*M and Sluggo (Katy Perry, Gym Class Heroes, Moby). “To work with other people you have to have some kind of musical heritage to draw from,  these guys knew what we were referencing without having to explain it,” says Charlie. Around this time the band also stumbled upon another fan of their music, a certain Gary Barlow. Having discovered their demos on Facebook, Barlow approached them about signing to his label, Future Records. Having played two shows at the O2 on tour with Olly Murs and a host of festivals already, the band are just hitting their stride. “We're writing songs imagining them on a festival stage,” elaborates Topher. ‘Lonsdale Boys Club’ simultaneously covers all musical genres – rap, rock, pop, ska, urban, dance - while staying true to what makes the band so unique and fresh, from the arms aloft, synth-heavy ‘Still Waiting’ to the sexually-charged current single ‘Ready To Go’, which features Caggie Dunlop in its sun-kissed video. There’s also the likes of the bouncy, dubstep-tinged ‘Caroline’, the triumphant ‘Sista Shake’, the atmospheric, twitchy claustrophobia of ‘Battle Cry’, and ‘Hooligans & Hulagirls’, the song which has already become an anthem and calling card for Lonsdale Boys Club’s fans. In an iTunes-lead music world where barriers between genres simply don't exist anymore, Lonsdale Boys Club are a band of their time. They’ve collaborated with Yasmin, Sway and Wretch 32, while providing remixes for the likes of A*M*E. “We try to reflect what's going on and it's so uncommon to have people stuck in a genre because it's just about music now”. Their sound is a melting pot of ideas created by three young guys who are fully aware that their different tastes are what fuel their uniqueness. Somehow, like the perfect kind of chemistry, it all comes together to make pop music that simultaneously feels of its time and timeless, complex yet instant – and definitely the soundtrack for summer.
  • 'Ready to Go' Lonsdale Boys Club’ – Debut Album released September 10th 2012
  • ‘Ready To Go’ – Single released September 3rd 2012
  • Supporting Jessie J at iTunes Festival, London Roundhouse – Sept 21st
  • www.lonsdaleboysclub.com