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...