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

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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: