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19 August 2014

Imogen Heap releases new video for Entanglement

Imogen Heap new video Entanglement

Imogen Heap releases new video for Entanglement

Ahead of her highly anticipated show this Sunday at Reverb Festival, IMOGEN HEAP releases the brand new video for track ‘Entanglement’. Taken from the album ‘Sparks’ which was releases yesterday and premiered on Nowness last Friday, ‘Entanglement’ takes a very personal and intimate look at Imogen and sees her in bed with a lover, a side of Imogen not commonly seen. 

‘Entanglement’ will be performed this Sunday alongside the rest of ‘Sparks’ as part of the Reverb Festival Imogen has curated herself and been working on for the past two years. The festival is a huge collaboration of music, science, art and culture and will be a real experience for the senses. 


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David Gray Announces iTunes Festival show

David Gray iTunes Festival

David Gray Announces iTunes Festival show

David Gray has today announced details for an iTunes Festival show at London’s Roundhouse on September 14 2014. The date follows the release of Gray’s new top 10 album Mutineers, his tenth studio release and first in four years, which came out earlier this year on IHT Records via Kobalt Label Services to widespread critical acclaim. Gray’s iTunes slot will see him playing alongside the likes of Beck, Pharrell Williams, Blondie and Kylie at this year’s festival- to watch a video message from David about the show, head here.

Speaking about the iTunes announcement, Gray says; ’It’s very exciting to be part of the line up of this year’s iTunes Festival, where not only are you performing live on stage, but also live in front of a huge audience of fans across the world. It’s also always a pleasure to be playing at The Roundhouse. It’s my local gig, and one of those amazing historic venues where there’s magic in the air.’

Twenty-one years since his first studio album, Mutineers finds David Gray steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. “You have to sort of tear up the past and let it go,” says David. David’s past includes the phenomenal success of White Ladder (seven million copies sold), one of 3 UK number one albums, Brit and Grammy nominations, and recent albums Draw The Line (2009) andFoundling (2010) both reaching the Billboard Top 10 in the US.  Despite this, the only certainty David had at the commencement of his new recording was the need to surprise himself, not just in terms of how he worked, but the ideas that drove him and the people he worked with.

It’s a shift instantly audible on Mutineers- produced with Lamb’s Andy Barlow- an album whose ancestry David sees as more in the neighbourhood of John Martyn’s Small Hours perhaps than its predecessors in his own catalogue. As well as the change in tone there’s a rising sense throughout the record, from the opening affirmation of ‘Back In The World’ to its conclusion, of an artist liberated from even his own expectations.

Mutineers then is a record that seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly. The sound of a musician making a clean break and some sharp turns but also reconnecting with the freedoms of an earlier dream.

To apply for iTunes Festival tickets please visit iTunes.com/festival
Join the conversation @itunesfestival using #itunesfestival


Jamie T adds extra dates to Carry On The Grudge UK tour

Jamie T Carry On The Grudge UK tour

Jamie T adds extra dates to Carry On The Grudge UK tour

Jamie T has sold out Alexandra Palace, his biggest show to date within 5 hours of tickets going on general sale. Due to phenomenal demand Jamie now announces a second London date on Saturday 15th November at Alexandra Palace.  As well as an additional dates in November on 11th at Glasgow Barrowland, 17th at Manchester Academy and 18th at Liverpool Guild of Students. Tickets available via Jamie-t.com/live.

Full tour dates:
Thu 30 Oct                           O2 Academy, Bristol – SOLD OUT
Fri 31 Oct                             O2 Guildhall, Southampton – SOLD OUT
Sat 01 Nov                           UEA, Norwich
Mon 03 Nov                       O2 Academy, Newcastle
Tue 04 Nov                         Rock City, Nottingham
Fri 07 Nov                            Academy, Manchester – SOLD OUT
Sat 08 Nov                           O2 Academy, Leeds
Mon 10 Nov                       Barrowland, Glasgow – SOLD OUT
Tues 11 Nov                     Barrowland, Glasgow *New Date Added *
Thu 13 Nov                         O2 Academy,  Birmingham 
Fri 14 Nov                             Alexandra Palace, London – SOLD OUT
Sat  15 Nov                           Alexandra Palace, London * New Date Added *
Mon 17 Nov                       Manchester Academy * New Date Added *
Tues 18 Nov                       Liverpool Guild of Students* New Date Added *

*Tickets go onsale 9am Wednesday 20th August.* www.ticketweb.co.uk / 0844 477 2000


18 August 2014

Colbie Caillat Sets September 30 Release Date For album Gypsy Heart

Colbie Caillat Release album Gypsy Heart

Colbie Caillat Sets September 30 Release Date For album Gypsy Heart

Following the staggering success of her inspiring hit anthem “Try”, Grammy Award-winning and multiplatinum selling singer-songwriter COLBIE CAILLAT has set September 30 as the release date for her anxiously awaited fourth full-length studio album, Gypsy Heart [Republic Records]. A digital pre-order for the record will become live on September 2 on iTunes and all online partners.

For the album, COLBIE worked with Grammy award winning and legendary producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, in-demand songwriter David Hodges, and longtime friend Jason Reeves. Songs like "Land Called Far Away" pair her distinct delivery with breezy acoustic guitars and a distinctly organic energy. Meanwhile, "Floodgates" begins with shimmering keys and propulsive handclaps as she carries a soaring hook. "Never Getting Over You" builds into a powerful refrain after a subtle verse.

After accumulating nine million views in only week, the video for “Try” has surpassed the 20-million mark on YouTube/VEVO. Its incredible impact generated immense passion from media and tastemakers as well. She recently performed the song on The View and at the Young Hollywood Awards in addition to appearing on HLN, CBS This Morning, Extra, and more. If you haven’t seen the video everyone is talking about, check it out here.

At radio, “Try” continues to make waves. It debuted inside of the Top 30 at Hot AC. Upon impacting the format, it also quickly became the #1 Greatest Gainer and #1 Most Added. It officially hits Top 40 early September. Expect more accolades and achievements for the song soon.

Leading up to the release of Gypsy Heart, COLBIE embarks on an intimate headline tour starting August 27 in Denver, CO at Denver Botanical Gardens. She’ll stop in major markets everywhere before finishing up at Humphreys in San Diego, CA on September 28.

Make sure to follow her Gypsy Heart this year for an emotional and enlightening journey…

It’s been a scorching summer for CAILLAT. After dropping Gypsy Heart Side A as a “surprise”, the EP landed at #1 on iTunes Top Pop Albums chart, while clinching the #5 spot on the Overall Top Albums chart. Within only 24 hours, all five of the EP’s songs had also charted on iTunes Top Pop Songs chart as well. What’s more, Caillat’s new single “Try,” previously an iTunes “Single of the Week,” has since become one of the biggest performing songs on iTunes. Get the EP on iTunes and all DSPs now.

To date, CAILLAT has been honored with Two Grammy Awards and sold over six million albums and ten million singles worldwide. Her breakthrough hit “Bubbly” remains "one of the best-selling digital tracks in history" and her multi-platinum debut COCO hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart upon release, while her sophomore set Breakthrough landed at #1. From 2011’s All of You, “Brighter Than The Sun” went platinum and enjoyed over twenty film and television placements, while seeing acclaim from People and NY Post. She’s also played sold out venues everywhere alongside everybody from John Mayer to Sheryl Crow. Beyond music, she’s an avowed spokesperson and supporter for ASPCA, the Surfrider Foundation, Save The Music, Farm Sanctuary, and The Humane Society of the United States.

iTunes Purchase Link: iTunes.com/Colbie

Tour Dates:
8/27     Denver, CO                Denver Botanic Gardens
8/28     Kansas City, MO        Harrah’s - Voodoo Lounge 
8/29     Glen Ellyn, IL              McAninch Arts Center
8/30     Northfield, OH             Hard Rock Live
9/1       Portsmouth, NH          The Music Hall
9/2       Ridgefield, CT             Ridgefield Playhouse
9/3       Huntington, NY           The Paramount
9/5       Atlantic City, NJ           Harrah’s – The Concert Venue
9/6       Niagara Falls, NY        Seneca Niagara Casino
9/7       Vienna, VA                  Filene Center at Wolf Trap
9/9       Ashland, KY                Paramount Arts Center
9/11     Robinsonville, MS       Horseshoe Tunica
9/12     Birmingham, AL          Iron City
9/16     Aspen, CO                  Belly Up Aspen
9/18     Draper, UT                  Draper Amphitheater
9/19     Reno, NV                    Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
9/20     Santa Rosa, CA          Wells Fargo Center For The Arts
9/21     Modesto, CA              Gallo Center for The Arts
9/23     Arcata, CA                 John Van Duzer Theatre
9/26     Thousand Oaks, CA   Kavil Theatre
9/27     Las Vegas, NV            Mix 94.1’s Bite of Las Vegas
9/28     San Diego, CA           Humphreys

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MusicMafia presents London based Singer-Songwriter Andy Roberts

MusicMafia Singer-Songwriter Andy Roberts

MusicMafia presents London based Singer-Songwriter Andy Roberts

Andy Roberts aims to excite, thrill and challenge. Writing with melodic grandeur, he crafts songs that are uplifting, inspiring and humanising.

Having grown up obsessing over 90’s Britpop and Alternative, he spent years hidden away in his bedroom fine tuning his abilities before finding other musicians to collaborate with. They toured the country and then he decided that with his innate sense of direction and ambition, it was time to take the bold step and go solo.

Having played a selection of shows as stripped back acoustic renditions, he gave a uniquely intimate and personal performance. He then released his debut EP, having produced and played the majority of the instrumentation on it himself, this demonstrating his full creative scope and potential. He hopes to make his sound fully realised with a backing band in the near future, along with plans to promote his new singles and gain national exposure.

He has recently released his debut single "Tremors" which you can have a listen to below




 

Hawkwind release new single featuring Brian Blessed - Sonic Attack

Hawkwind new single Brian Blessed Sonic Attack

Hawkwind release new single featuring Brian Blessed - Sonic Attack

It’s the musical collaboration we never knew we needed, until now! Legendary space rockers HAWKWIND have teamed up with kingly thespian Brian Blessed on the brand new single ‘Sonic Attack!

When Hawkwind decided to recreate the classic Space Ritual show of 1972 for one night only at the London’s Shepherds Bush Empire (22nd February 2014), the venerable group donated all proceeds to the animal charity Team Badger – of which Brian Blessed is a patron. It was a gig that set the wheels in motion for a storming new partnership.

When Dave Brock recorded ‘Sonic Attack’ he knew he wanted Brian Blessed to record the spoken word parts. Blessed was only too happy to contribute, recording the words as a nightmarish radio announcement. As effective as it was (you can still here a portion of this original recording in the song) it didn’t sound like Blessed! For his part Brock recorded himself emulating Blessed and returned the recording!  The resulting vocals laid down by Blessed are not only captivating but triumphantly emblematic of the man himself. 

The accompanying video below was created by long time Hawkwind artist Martin McGuiness.

This powerful addition to the Hawkwind canon is available from 1st September 2014.

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17 August 2014

MusicMafia presents London Electronic artist Kole lyra

Many artists attempt to establish their musical identity, laboriously trying on different styles like clothing, looking to see what fits.

MusicMafia presents London Electronic artist Kole lyra

Many artists attempt to establish their musical identity, laboriously trying on different styles like clothing, looking to see what fits. But there are others that appear complete, in full direction of their craft, identity and music. Kole lyra fits firmly in the latter category. His new album is an exciting and captivating debut that heralds the arrival of a gifted and significant new talent, one whose music feels familiar in the best possible way, while striking out into exciting new territory.

Kole Lyra is an Electronic recording artist from Islington, London. Growing up he played piano, developed as a guitarist, bassist and vocalist. He explains, "I've always wrote songs in my head, and it took my interest in music to another level. I used all the instruments I could play as a platform to develop my art, then I started singing to broaden my horizons even more." Almost immediately, he began recording his own music and playing local bars and venues, going through what he calls, “the typical post-high school lifestyle.” “I wasn’t interested in anything I was doing other than music, and I loved the wide-openness of my life.

Kole creates a world immersed in all things charmingly electronic, with lyrical content mixing non-fiction, alluring imagery and integral narratives with a musical philosophy of distinct melodies. With influences Including, Everything Everything, Imagine Dragons, Arial Pink and Crystal Fighters his sound is an eclectic, electric and commercial proposition. Kole explains, "I've always had an intrigued ear for the latest sounds, using my past musical experience and knowledge to push the boundaries of what's possible today."

Tunecore is the aggregator with whom Kole has a publishing deal, the self titled studio album was released independently in November 2013 and is currently available to buy trough over twenty online distributors including Itunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox Music, Deezer, Rhapsody and MediaNet. From the opening notes of “Tropical Heights,” the album’s first single, one hears that combination of melodic irresistibility and lyrical incisiveness that are becoming Kole's hallmarks. “The song is about a friend of mine - always singing sixties songs!” 

Kole notes, “But the vibe of it - 'Britpop meets Drum and Bass’ wraps up for me the way it felt standing around a record player when I was growing up.” 

Fans have the chance to listen to free singles which are released on the Kole Lyra website www.kolelyra.com along with news, upcoming shows, photos, artwork and contact information. Kole has headlined such venues as the 100 club, Koko and supported acts during the O2 Wireless festival in Hyde park as well as embarking on American tours. Facebook is a dynamic part of the Kole Lyra media presence on the web with a growing number of followers keeping up to date with the latest news, singles, shows and artwork. Kole uses Twitter and Soundcloud to engage information regarding new releases, artwork and shows as well as keeping in contact with promoters and fans. 

Kole is currently in the studio recording new singles, honing his unique sound. "it's gaining momentum,” Kole says. “With the recordings, we’re getting exciting - there’s a lot of off the cuff stuff that’s happening. Recording and playing shows all the time is something I’ve always wanted.” And on the debut album, Kole is playing his songs precisely the way he’s always wanted, creating a fully realized album that is the culmination of where he’s been and where he’s going, and one that is sure to win him the notoriety that is demanded by the depth and quality of his songs.

                      https://soundcloud.com/kolelyra                      

The Knaves E.P. Launch @ Studio 2 Liverpool

The Knaves E.P. Launch Studio 2 Liverpool

The Knaves E.P. Launch @ Studio 2 Liverpool

The Knaves have released their debut E.P. Suncatcher and their launch party was held at Studio 2 in Liverpool with a host of support bands to help them launch it in style.

Support, for us, started with the amazing The Jackobins. Having seen them at Liverpool Calling earlier in the year I was once again bowled over with their music. Dominic Bassnett's vocals once again blowing the roof off the venue and Veso's guitar wielding drumming up a storm on their anti war song Prussia. I said it last time but I cant recommend this band enough. Their energy is always at 11 and their music is not only heartfelt and passionate but intense and ferocious too.

After the mind-blowing Jackobins we had a less mind-blowing act in the form of The Jokers. Their music is very much in the early 90s with obvious influence from The Cure and New Order. I'm not sure if it was nerves or alcohol that got the better of the lead singer but stopping after the first song to retrieve the lyrics of which he had forgotten wasn't exactly professional but I must admit a little endearing. All in all not a very memorable set from the guys.

LSA from London completed the support and their music contains some exciting and catchy riffs. Not unlike The Libertines in their manner and approach musically, they played a number of songs including More or less equal and their new upcoming single Can't be trusted.  What let them down was what came across as the lead singers lack of enthusiasm. He at times seemed like he didn't want to be there and he couldn't wait to leave the stage and get home. Which was a shame because I felt the crowd really enjoyed their set and I, for one, would have liked to have heard more.

The Knaves launched into their E.P. with energy playing tracks like 95. An wonderful fast paced and energetic track that makes you want to clap your hands along with the music. In fact most of the music The Knaves produce is of this quality. Continuously upbeat and incorporating catchy lyrics and riffs to complete the package. They also provided a great cover of George Ezra's track Budapest and also a sneak peek into their new track which for the moment is just called Lemonade.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable night with a mixed bag of support and a great band in the form of The Knaves.

You can buy the E.P. HERE