This week's post ...
This Day new single
It's already been a download hit on the back of the success of the SKY TV show from whence she was launched and this full single should repeat that success without too much trouble. Emma seems to have quite a genuine talent.
Get Some new single to be confirmed
Well Lykke Li'ds lyrics raised more than my smile a couple of years back and here she is returning with another edgy single which deserves attention.... "I'm your prostitue, go get some..." 'Get Some' has a shuffling 'Iko Iko' type feel and comes with intriguing remixes by Beck and Mike D. Deserves hit status, top tune. Here's the pr...
Stockholm, Sweden’s Lykke Li is set to release her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes, on her label LL Recordings on 28 February, 2011. Produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn & John and recorded in Stockholm, Wounded Rhymes is the follow up to Lykke Li’s critically-acclaimed debut, Youth Novels. As one of 2008’s most talked-about albums, Youth Novels – a postmodern pop masterpiece combining elements of folk music, hip hop, singer/songwriter confessionals and more - established Lykke Li Zachrisson as a true innovator of melody and style. Released when she was just 22, her voice alternated between a world-weary sigh and a coquettish coo, simultaneously eschewing protection while wanting to be looked after; evoking a steely strength behind her eyelash-batting shyness. Embracing her own contrasts, Lykke Li strove to load the songs on Youth Novels with heavy emotions but deceptively simple instrumentation, often times relying on sparse melody lines and basic beats upon which to pile her incredible choruses. Live, her performances were as startling as they were riveting: armed with a paired down drum kit, a necklace made out of percussive instruments, a guitar, a bass and a microphone, many were confounded by how much energy, emotion and heart came out of one very simple set-up and one hell of a singer, just barely out of her teenage years. Youth Novels skyrocketed to the top of many of the year’s Best Of lists, and saw Lykke Li sell out tours across the globe, including lauded sets at massive festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Lollapalooza, appearances on Jools Holland as well as Late Night with Conan O’Brien, an incredible heartbroken song called Possibility as the centerpiece of the Twilight-New Moon soundtrack and more.
But then, there was silence. Upon completing her last dates in support of Youth Novels, Lykke Li – who had spent two solid years touring the world – felt uneasy, unsure of where to go next. She had found it difficult to write since Youth Novels was released, feeling cramped in backstage quarters, airports, dark hotel rooms. After two manic years of every place, person and pleasure on the planet calling for her attention, as well as a failed romance under her belt, Lykke Li found herself in desperate need for a place to lay her head rather than another stage to fill. She decamped to New York City, where she had gotten her first taste of performing at open mic nights many years back. She rolled around the city, ultimately deciding it would provide her no comfort, and so – like all great artists – she went West, ending up in the California desert to bury her recently-broken heart in the sand and to star in a trippy dark film by her friend Moses Berkson called Solarium. Upon its completion, she settled in Los Angeles in a house on a hill, where she rented a not-so-grand piano and bought a bicycle, an autoharp, and bouquets of flowers to put around her room. She began to work.
Settling in with her loneliness, Lykke Li turned to records she had always loved for inspiration, combing through everything from Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Dr. John to the Velvet Underground, This Mortal Coil, and the omnipresent hex of Alan Lomax’s field recordings. She found herself again leaning towards the raw power of simplicity, something into which she had first tapped via her live show, and she started to write. Once she was done, she returned to her adopted hometown of Stockholm, and went into the studio with Bjorn Yttling to assemble her new record.
The resulting album, Wounded Rhymes, is one of the most tremendous records you will hear in 2011. Channeling the demise of The Shangri-La’s Leader of the Pack, women under the influence, ladies and gentlemen of the canyon, a Kung-fu Marianne Faithful, and an armed Nancy Sinatra on peyote, Lykke Li has created an eleven song album that sounds like no other. The record is packed full of pounding, voodoo drums, girl group gang vocals, sparkling guitar lines, woozy keyboards, love unrequited, hope reignited and her own very powerful voice, sounding bigger and bolder than ever before. From the hazy 60’s organ driving opener “Youth Knows No Pain” to the sparse toe-tap-solo-guitar-swing of “Unrequited Love” to rollicking single “Get Some” to the dense drums of the propulsive “Jerome,” Wounded Rhymes is a testament to Lykke Li’s brilliant musical voice, one unlike any other.
Come Closer Steve Mason Remix new single
Interesting dubbed up remix, I like the bassline and echo'ed vocals... it sounds like another strong indie anthem from Miles, quite why 'Inhaler' wasn't massive remains a mystery. Top drawer
Departure - State Of Our Affairs new single
It looks increasingly likely the new successful direction for rock is... folk... well near folk. What with Mumford & Sons and Noah & The Whale here are another outfit with a fantastic new sound, well new old sound, err whatever it is it's great. This double a-side single features the uptempo and uplifting 'Departure' with fine harmonies and tight accoustic guitar based arrangement. 'State Of Our Affairs' is a mournful song with a bare spartan production and a sombre vocal. Top material deserves hit status without a doubt. Superb
Roger Sanchez & Far East Movement
2Gether new single 21 February 2011
With a line from b%2's 'Love Shack'... "We can get together..."... Roger Sanchez hot as ever combines with new kids on the block Far East Movemnet to create another surefire new year hit. '2Gether' oozes Sanchez trademark dance with the electro bent of Far East Movement and comes with a pack of tasty remixes. Top Five.
Whip My Hair new single 21 November 2010
Willow certainly lives up to the wild wacky aurra she created during a live Will Smith and family tv interview and a number two hit first time out... that'll please Jay-Z and his Roc Nation cash comrades. Here's the press release
Everyone is talking about Willow Smith.Her official first single Whip My Hair, produced by newcomer Jukebox, has launched to rave reviews and is released on November 21st. The catchy tune is a celebration of freedom, energy, expression and liberating yourself by whipping your hair. On her partnership with RocNation, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith stated, "After meeting with several record companies, it was clear that JAY-Z, Ty Ty, Jay Brown and the Roc Nation staff was the unquestionable choice. Their passion for Willow combined with their boundless vision and artistic integrity made Roc Nation the perfect home for our little girl." On Willows unprecedented poise and talent Shawn JAY-Z Carter commented, "We at Roc Nation are excited to work with Willow. She has an energy and enthusiasm about her music that is truly infectious. It's rare to find an artist with such innate talent and creativity at such a young age. Willow is about to embark on an incredible journey and we look forward to joining her as she grows in all aspects of her career."
Whip My Hair is catchier-than-crack and this kid has done more in a decade than most will achieve in a lifetime.- NME
The daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith - already a noted young fashionista …. has the Internet abuzz with her first single, Whip My Hair. - CNN
With a crazy beat that works on the schoolyard and the dance floor, Willow tells the ladies to snap their heads "back and forth" and whip that hair like a helicopter. - MTV.com
ABOUT ROC NATION
Roc Nation is a groundbreaking, multi-tiered, multi-genre music and entertainment company. Founded in 2008 by Shawn JAY-Z Carter in collaboration with Live Nation, Roc Nation encompasses artist, songwriter, producer and engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; and a music label. Additional information forthcoming at www.willowsmith.com
Jump Into The Fog new single 24 January 2010
Wombats return with a medium paced indie pop tune... should follow 'Tokyo' into the top forty... top twenty with a little luck. Here's the pr...
Release the new single ‘Jump Into The Fog’ on January 24th on 14th Floor Records; second album ‘The Wombats proudly present… This Modern Glitch’ follows on April 11th “The Wombats have another huge hit on their hands with their new album” – The Sun
The Wombats stormed back to prominence with their recent single ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ which received a glorious global premiere on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 where it was named the Hottest Record In The World. The track was also selected as Zane Lowe’s Single of the Week and Richard Skinner’s Single of the Week at XFM. Now the band maintain momentum towards the April 11th release of their second album ‘This Modern Glitch’ with the single ‘Jump Into The Fog’ that is out on January 24th on 14th Floor Records. A celebration of nihilistic debauchery, ‘Jump Into The Fog’ boasts an infectiously memorable chiming synth riff that’s complimented by a gloriously distorted guitar solo to create a darker angle on the band’s uplifting sound. The band’s eagerly anticipated second album ‘This Modern Glitch’ features production by Rich Costey (Muse, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand), Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, R.E.M.) and Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age). The collection includes both ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ and ‘Jump Into The Fog’, as well as another upcoming single in the shape of ‘Techno Fan’ that will be released at the end of March. Following their recent intimate UK tour that sold-out almost immediately, The Wombats will hit the road for a major tour in March that includes a sizeable London date at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo. The dates, listed below, were rescheduled from January:
4th - Manchester, Academy (sold out)
5th - Newcastle, O2 Academy
6th - Dundee, Fat Sams Live
7th - Edinburgh, HMV Picture House
9th - Leeds, Metropolitan University
10th - Birmingham, HMV Institute (sold out)
11th - Sheffield, Leadmill (sold out)
13th - Norwich, UEA
14th - London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo
17th - Cardiff, University Solus
18th - Bristol, O2 Academy
Tickets are available now from the 24 hour ticket hotline on 0844 811 0051 or online from www.gigsandtours.com, www.thewombats.co.uk,
www.artistticket.com and www.crowdsurge.com.
Following the release of their debut album ‘The Wombats proudly present… A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation’, the band’s ascendency continued unabated. The Wombats completed two huge sold-out UK tours which included triumphant shows at Brixton Academy, a unique one-off headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall and a massive homecoming show at the 10,000 capacity Liverpool Echo Arena. They were nominated for Best UK Act at the MTV Europe Awards, and played a plethora of enormous festival appearances including a co-headline set on the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds as well as storming sets at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Isle of Wight and Oxegen.
UK Top 40Sun 12 Dec 10
Katy Perry's 'Firework' has shot to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 with six of Amnerica's Top ten now having topped the the chart.
Take That's 'Progress' stays top of the UK Albums for the fourth week - presumably the X-Factor Matt will be top next week and did Dermot O'Leary offend Robbie with his 'Your father's not here' remark... Robbie stormed off to shake the judges hands leaving O'Leary to proclaim "Robbie always plays the wild card'... I guess that's the nearest we'll get to an incisive John Lennon like political intervention in modern pop music. (Other than Rap & Hip-Hop)
While 'I've Had The Time Of My Life' becomes the Black Eyed Peas fifth UK Number One in it's 'Dirty Bit' form - it's possibly the cringiest cover since JLS ripped 'The hills are alive with the sound of music'.
Michael Jackson's 'Hold My Hand' struggles in to 11, while Will Smith's assertive junior - daughter Willow springs in at 2 with 'Whip My Hair'...
'We Don't Need No Education' Pink Floyd star Dave Gilmore must be wondering why his step-son Charlie couldn't be more like Will's Willow - why isn't he on the front pages for music rather than his taste for Tarzan-like swinging from Winston Churchill's war memorial.
3 new entries & 1 re-entry – 4 up, 26 down, 2 non-movers Top Ten... 7 USA... 3 UK… 1 France
This Week ... Last Wk ... Wks In ... Artist ... Title ... Origin
1 6 5 BLACK EYED PEAS The Time (Dirty Bit) USA
2 new 1 WILLOW Whip My Hair USA
3 2 5 ELLIE GOULDING Your Song UK
4 8 4 RIHANNA & DRAKE What's My Name USA
5 7 7 RIHANNA Only Girl In The World USA
6 5 4 FAR EAST MOVEMENT Like A G6 USA
7 1 3 X-FACTOR FINALISTS Heroes UK
8 4 3 OLLY MURS Thinking Of Me UK
9 9 2 DAVID GUETTA & RIHANNA Who's That Chick France & USA
10 3 2 NICOLE SCHERZINGER Poison USA
11 new 1 MICHAEL JACKSON Whip My Hair USA
12 11 8 KATY PERRY Firework USA
13 18 2 COLDPLAY Christmas Lights UK
14 10 4 JLS Love You More UK
15 12 5 TAKE THAT The Flood UK
16 new 1 ALEXANDRA BURKE The Silence UK
17 14 12 BRUNO MARS Just The Way You Are (Amazing) USA
18 17 6 ALEXIS JORDAN Happiness USA
19 15 5 McFLY & TAIO CRUZ Shine A Light UK
20 26 2 ALEXA GODDARD Turn My Swag On UK
21 13 10 CEE LO GREEN Forget You USA
22 16 10 MIKE POSNER Cooler Than Me USA
23 22 2 MARIAH CAREY All I Want For Christmas Is You USA
24 19 8 NELLY Just A Dream USA
25 23 2 N-DUBZ Girls UK
26 27 2 POGUES & KIRSTY MacCOLL Fairytale Of New York UK
27 20 5 PINK Raise Your Glass USA
28 25 6 WILL I AM & NICKI MINJA Check It Out USA
29 30 3 JESSIE J Do It Like A Dude UK
30 40 25 EMINEM & RIHANNA Love The Way You Lie USA
31 21 12 ADELE Make You Feel My Love UK
32 re-entry 2 KYLIE MINOGUE Better Than Today Australia
33 24 2 AFRO JACK & EVA SIMONS Take Over Control Holland
34 29 2 THE WANTED Lose My Heart UK
35 31 11 THE SATURDAYS & FLO RIDA Higher UK & USA
36 36 3 USHER More USA
37 28 7 CHERYL COLE Promise This UK
38 33 4 TINCHY STRYDER & CHIPMUNK Game Over UK
39 35 11 TINIE TEMPAH Written In The Stars UK
40 37 4 GYPTIAN Hold You Jamaica
America's Hot 100
This Week ... Last Week ... Weeks In ... Artist ... Title
1 9 7 KATY PERRY Firework
2 1 9 PINK Raise Your Glass
3 5 7 RIHANNA & DRAKE What's My Name
4 9 4 BLACK EYED PEAS The Time (Dirty Bit)
5 10 10 BRUNO MARS Grenade
6 3 13 RIHANNA Only Girl (In The World)
7 4 20 BRUNO MARS Just The Way You Are
8 6 6 KE$HA We R Who We R
9 8 16 NELLY Just A Dream
10 11 17 TREY SONGS & NICKI MINAJ Bottoms Up
Wikileaks for the Peace Prize...
Posted Monday 13th December 2010
Hard to estimate which is the most significant of Julian Assange's already considerable contributions to the cause of freedom of information but possibly the most enduring will be that of action.
It surely is now easy to see how the authorites could act but don't.
The worldwide manhunt for Assange has led to his source of finance being diminished in a trice and his detention under a European Arrest Warrant for what would seem to many to be charges in Sweden too conveniently timed by far with rape and sex charges with not one but three females.
So now we know the authorites can detain the bogeymen - whatever bogeymen we keep hearing about... it's just they choose not to.
Posted Sunday 19th December 2010 -
According to failed Wales managerial candidate Chris Coleman, the Wales Manager job description didn't include winning football matches. The former Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry manager Coleman talking on Radio 5Live says rather it visioned 'raising the profile of Welsh Football'. Duh. So it looks distinctly possible we Welsh have even forgotten the aim of the game... Coleman speculated the managerially inexperienced Gary Speed's appointment was a 'done deal' as even though the Welsh FA ran an application process for the job they approached Speed to appoint him... Well it's their ball isn't it...
Posted Saturday 18th December 2010 -
and not a road hump in sight...
No Wonder Land
Posted Friday 17th December 2010 -
5pm... Cardiff's Winter Wonderland City Centre festive fairground type thing has closed because of... snow.
Posted Friday 17th December 2010 -
Forget for a mo. the Royals welcome committee outside...it was funny to see N-Dubz singing the national anthem at the Royal Variety Performance... funnier earlier when the cameras panned to Prince Charles with 'our' possible future Queen looking bemused as Dappy raced through his desperate new tune 'Girls'. Then we were really dumbed up for Sarah Millican and her tash cream... Chubby Brown next year c'mon...
Posted Monday 13th December 2010 -
Top outfits and glasses...
our weekly a to z of new cd review's is listed below
Emma's Imagination single
Miles Kane tbc
Roger Sanchez & Far East 2Movement
Jessie J 22/11/10
Andrew O'Neill Occult Comedian Showreel
Arcade Fire 20/12/10
The Bees 20/12/10
Christian TV 1/11
Escape The Fate
Huski early 2011
Jay-Z LP 8/11/10
Kassidy EP 22/11/10
Patrick Wolf 6/12/10
Pretty Reckless 26/12/10
White Lies 3/1/11
Afro Jack 28/11/10
Enter Shikari 29/11/10
I Blame Coco LP 8/11/10
Jamie Woon demo
Japanese Pop Stars tbc
Liam Bailey demo
My Chemical Romance 8/11/10
The Naked & Famous 6/12/10
The View 1/11/10
Wretch 32 16/1/11
The Barbarellas 31/1/11
Chase & Status 8/11/10
The Drums 13/12/10
The Count & Sinden 8/11/10
Kid Adrift 15/11/10
Miles Kane 15/11/10
Twin Sister 22/11/10
Wolf Gang 22/11/10
Boys Like Girls 22/11/10
I Blame Coco 1/11/10
James Blunt 25/10/10
John Legend LP 18/10/10
Katy Perry 15/11/10
Linkin Park 14/11/10
Nadine Coyle 8/11/10
Nelly Furtado 16/11/10
Tinie Tempah LP
The Concretes 18/10/10
Fenech Solar 20/9/10
Huski v Arcade Fire
to be confirmed