Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hashtag Music

Week commencing 2nd Sept

Single of the Week: OUT 1st Sept

roar1

Katy Perry has unleashed her ROAR a week early for her UK KatyCats. Roar is the lead single for her 4th studio album Prism.

Lighthearted, bubblegum pop Perry has ditched her blue wig in exchange for a darker side. However this track definitely lets the light in!

Roar is a powerful pop tune with catchy lyrics that will get you hooked on the first listen.This track oozes confidence andshows that while she has a cutesy exterior, she is no push over.  Having scored five number one hits from her previous album Teenage Dream, it is safe to say that Katy Perry is the champion of pop. Roar is out 1stSept, and we certainly have our eye on this tiger.

Album of the week: OUT 2nd Sept

ariana

Making her mark on the red carpet for a pre-show performance at the VMAs this week, this girl has the voice of an angel that even got global star, Rihanna talking.

At just 20 years old, Ariana Grande has slipped nicely into the shoes of the legend, Mariah Carey offering a vocal range from high power notes, to soft delicate breathy tones.

Impacting the billboards already with her release of The Way which creeped into the top 10, Yours Truly looks set to have a promising start as she releases her debut album on Sept 2nd.

Video of the week: OUT NOW

Can’t Say No Singer Conor Maynard shared his latest single this week, after teasing his Mayniacs with some sexy little teasers.

Quick to follow the first official play on BBC Radio 1 the RUcrazy video was released.  The video starts with Conor dressed in a suit that is enough to get a girl hot under the collar!

Having done his homework, Conor’s falsetto comparisons to Justin Timerlake shine through in this video as he takes on JT’s smooth moves. Switching it up and keeping his urban edge, Conor is later dressed in a t-shirt and is shown at a house party with his mates; is that PW we spot!

This track has been produced by Labrinth and with 500k views already I think everyone is crazy about this catchy number.

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

CLUB NME Sons & Lovers

Club NME:  Sons & Lovers 

Koko,  23rd August 2013

**

Following a 4 week stint at CLUB NME in January, Sons and Lovers returned to London’s Koko last night, just 12 hours before they were scheduled to perform at Reading and Leeds Festival.  DJ The Amazonica/DJ Alana B Devotion got the bank holiday crowd started with some heavy rave indie music. Sons & Lovers took to the stage prompt at 12:30pm for a short and very sweaty set!

This London-based four piece managed to strike gold when they secured themselves a support slot on Ellie Goulding’s tour last December. Under the same management and having Ellie’s tour manager (Jamie Lillywhite) as the lead singer’s cousin, these boys certainly have been given a head-start! However, this is not without good reason.  As a band that has only been together since 2012, the results speak for themselves.

Comparisons of the UK version to Snow Patrol, this band is tipped for big things. Tight harmonies and euphoric beats demonstrate that they know how to make a tune without it being in your face, Pop.  Frontman, Tom’s endearing foot tap and clutched microphone technique offers a performance style that is unique and extremely engaging. The set included Set my heart, King and their free download track Golden.  This was a great effort by the band, but unfortunately due to terrible sound quality, it was impossible at times to hear the vocals.

Darting straight to the republic stage at Reading and Leeds festival, these boys are just getting started.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Hashtag Music

Week commencing 26th Aug 

Single of the Week: OUT 26TH AUG

bastille
Since EMI signed this London Indie group in Dec 2011, Bastille has spiralled higher up the charts with every release.  Things We Lost in the Fire will be the latest single to be released from their No1 debut album Bad Blood. 
 
Staying clear from cliché love songs, this track reminds us that the power of nature can also impact on people’s lives. Frontman Dan Smith’s vocals are so easy on the ear that even the repetitive lyrics are more catchy than annoying. 
 
This track is a stand-out from the album and will certainly ignite their fire.  Bastille will appear at this weekend’s Reading and Leeds festival. Other acts billed are Dan Croll, Sons and Lovers and many more.
Album of the week: OUT 26TH AUG
halcyon days
Currently holding the top spot for a 2nd week, Ellie scored her 1st ever UK with her lead single from Halcyon Days, Burn.
 
Aside from Burn, this re-packaged album offers a further 9 new tracks, featuring a mesmerizing cover of Alt-J  Tessellate, making it one of the biggest re-releases since the Lady Gaga days of The Fame and The Fame Monster. 
 
Premiering earlier in the month on the finale of Skins, You My Everything and a free Amazon download of Under Control, Ellie really has given Halcyon Days some great avenues for exposure before its release.
 
However, this album is up against some stiff competition as highly anticipated Naughty Boy debuts his album Hotel Cabana.
Video of the week: OUT NOW
Since 2009’s Bad Romance video many fans have failed to understand the crazy antics that Gaga has demonstrated in her videos or should I say movies!
 
Applause hit the airwaves ahead of schedule this week sending her little monsters into a frenzy after months without any limelight following her recent hip operation. This track will feature on her upcoming album Artpop.
 
This video has compressed an array of eye-catching scenes where Gaga not only references Botticelli’s the Birth of Venus, but also appears as many different animals.
 
In true Gaga fashion, she offers a video that breaks boundaries with both art and pop culture at it’s heart, and while sometimes she can be way off the mark, this one, pardon the pun, does deserve a round of Applause.
 
 
 
 
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

V Festival

V Festival

Hylands Park,  17-18th July 2013

****

Every year festival-goers flock to either Hylands Park or Weston Park for a weekend of live music across a wide range of genres. The event shares the same bill at each park; artists perform one location on the Saturday and then switch to the other park on the Sunday.

Hylands Park, Chelmsford was the first to see Beyoncé headline.  Mrs Carter brought her World tour to the UK in April this year but high demand meant many fans lost out. Vfestival was the lifeline all Beyoncé fans dreamed off. Tour had fans so hungry that many didn’t move from the Virgin Media Stage all day. Some other acts on this stage were Paloma Faith, Jessie J and The Script.

Do it like a dude singer Jessie J took to the main stage wearing a black and white raunchy number showing off her toned abs.  Pleased to be back in her hometown, Jessie thanked fans for their continued support over the last two years and announced that her album was called Alive, out 23rd September. Jessie J went on to treat fans to an exclusive first performance of her latest single It’s my Party and Excuse my Rude.  An alternative, slowed down version of Nobody’s Perfect left fans remembering how much emotionally engaging her music can be, and what fans would love to see more of. There is no denying the lungs on this girl but she sells herself shorter than her buzz cut with this disappointing commercial pop.

jessie v

The Script gave a predictable set of classics such as We Cry, For the First Time and Man Who Cant be moved.  Mid set, surprise guest, Labrinth performed Earthquake. With no relevance to The Script, this random addition seemed oddly placed for such a high-billed slot.  Frontman Danny O’Donoghue tried to save what was a flat-set of lazy vocals by spending countless moments in the crowd. However, no amount of interaction could rally up hype of previous act, Jessie J.

danny v

The eager crowd waiting patiently for her arrival while her crew mopping the stage.  The intermittent showers led to Mrs Carter using longer versions of the same visuals used on tour to hide the breaks in between her set.  Individually Beyoncé offered a slick and polished performance of every song, bashing out effortless choreographed dancing to Run the World, Crazy in Love and Love on Top, but overall the frequent costume changes and the wait between each song meant the show became disjointed.  Overall, the show didn’t live up to tour and brought disappointment that fans didn’t get a spectacle like her festival performance at Glasto 2011.

beyonce v

Day two offered a more relaxed vibe, as temperatures crept into the early 20s. The beer was flowing, the ice creams were on tap as festival-goers moved from stage to stage to see acts such as Lawson, The Saturdays, Rudimental, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding. Opening the 4Music stage, boy band Lawson pulled in a strong crowd for such an early slot, performing tracks from their debut album Chapman Square.  The set included, debut single When She Was Mine which charted at No4 and their latest single Brokenhearted.  These boys have a promising future as they are set to hit the road again for their 5th headline tour in October. With oodles of banter and soothing vocals from lead singer Andy Brown, this band will pull on your heartstrings!

Topping the charts earlier this year, Rudimental were definitely one of the bands to watch. Arriving on stage with Rudimental was BBC 2012 The Voice contestant Becky Hill. Although Becky’s vocals only appear on the album during Powerless, Becky did a remarkable job at making the all the tracks seem as though they were originally hers. Together Rudimental and Becky were the slickest combo to have come together in decades.  In true festival style it was at this point that bottles were being thrown; arms were in full swing and people were on shoulders! It is obvious that come rain or shine, this band will always pull in a reception of mass ravers who wanna dance their wellies off!

Having scored her first ever UK no1 this week Burn, Ellie Goulding’s set was one not to be missed.  Kicking off her set at the same time as the official chart, it was a piece of Ellie history for all those in the Arena tent on Sunday.  Humble and with little fuss, Ellie was presented with a shot to take with all her band before she proceeded on with her set.  Highlights included an emotional rendition of Elton John’s Your Song which got every single member of the crowd singing back the words.  To pick up the mood Ellie switched it up with an electric, super-sharp performance of I need your love. This VMA nominated collaboration featuring Calvin Harris set the crowd into a mass work-out as they all jumped in unison.

Quickly darting back to the 4music to catch Rita Ora, she did not disappoint as she bashed chart topping favourites RIP and How We Do from her self-titled album ORA.  Dressed in a metallic miniskirt and matching crop top, she bounced around the stage in all her glory. Perfectly timed for sunset, Rita performed one her of most personal tracks, Shine Your Light as everyone reached for their phones, making this the most picturesque moment of the day. This festival circuit has definitely pushed Rita’s boundaries and as an artist she is coming into her own just in time for album two.

It was a tough call; between heartthrob Calvin Harris or headliners rock band KOL but Caleb won, stealing the show with timeless rock anthems Knocked Up, Sex and Fire and Use Somebody. The weekend was filled with exceptional talent, was well thought out and in August 2014 it shall all be happening again with a high standard to beat! See you next year Vfestival!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hashtag Music

Week commencing 19th Aug 

Single of the Week: OUT 19TH AUG

lifted1

With the hotly anticipated album release just around the corner, Naughty boy and his string of feats will steal the limelight next week with Hotel Cabana, but not before releasing Lifted feat Emeli Sande to get the ball rolling.   Previously, well received tracks Daddy and Wonder show that there’s no stopping this pair when they get together to do a collab. Lifted is just one of many tracks  in the pipeline for release, and with a bonus version featuring Pro Green waiting in the wings, this killer song will be heard everywhere this summer.

This euphoric feel-good track is enough to lift anyone’s spirits on a gloomy day in the big smoke.

Album of the Week: OUT 19th AUG

travis1

Do alarm bells start to ring if I were to say: “Why does it always rain on me?”

That’s right! 90s Band Travis are back with their 7th album Where You Stand after taking a 5 year break. This album will have you slipping back into the days of Driftwood, Sing and Flowers in the Window making you feel like no time has passed. Featuring 11 carefully crafted tracks, this album shows these boys have knuckled down in the studio so they can add to their already impressive catalogue. Lead Singer, Fran Healy has pushed the boundaries, offering more depth and stronger melodies than his early work. It is clear this band have not lost their touch and should easily gain back the fans from the 90s and hopefully a few new ones as they are set to play V festival this weekend.

Travis will also be signing copies of Where You stand this Tuesday 20th 12:30pm at Edinburgh Rose Stand.

Video of the Week OUT NOW  

New talent, Laura Welsh has just come on my radar and having watched her latest music video Cold Front I wanted to share it with you.

This striking black and white video offers a simple yet effective piece centred on some top-notch flexibility mirrored by shadows.Laura’s vocals on this piece shine through, and with the visuals like this to aid her, this girl has definitely got the makings of a credible artist offering a new dimension to both music and art. She had already won over the heart of Dev Hynes, who has recently worked with Solange.  I predict this girl has a bright future and will not have to live in anyone’s shadow!

Cold Front EP Out NOW: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/cold-front-remixes-ep/id658396765

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hashtag Music

Week commencing 12 Aug 

Single of the Week: OUT 12TH AUG

home

The vibes of Drum & Bass London band Rudimental are bang on trend at the moment having gained a UK no1 smash with their lead single Feel the Love featuring John Newman.

Right Here feat. Foxes is the 5th single to be released from their debut album Home, but one that once again deserves single status.  Feature group Foxes have also been special guests for Zedd’s single Clarity that climbed into the Top 40 back in 2012.The use of steel drums in this track instantly connects to summer, making it one of the most feel good tracks of the year.  This song will no doubt have you up on your feet with a glass of vino in tow ready to dance those light summer nights away.

Album of the Week: OUT 12TH AUG

bigtv

Taking it back to where it all started, British Indie band White Lies performed 3 shows at Hoxton Bar and Grill in London’s East end to celebrate their 5th year anniversary and promote their forthcoming 3rd album Big TV.   The buzz started early when fans were able to download a free taster, Getting Even but its crunch time for Big TV as it hits stores this Monday (12th Aug).

The band have taken a more melodic direction with this album, finding comfort in a more stripped back production of simple guitar and keyboard beats. Cleverly crafted the band has achieved this and kept the sound that drew fans in originally. The lead single is There Goes Our Love Again which was released on 5th Aug.   This track is probably their most personal song to date.

Video of the Week OUT 9th Sept  

If there is one thing to know about Twigs is that her videos are always visually strong and captivating to watch. Resembling Bjork, her latest single Water Me offers a haunting, yet compelling mix of sophistication and endearment. Director, Jesse Kanda uses a close up as the main frame with few cuts focusing on the model-like songstress. The digitally enhanced teardrop is a stand out frame in this video and definitely as a director has put her mark on what is once again another iconic Twigs Video.

This song is taken from her 2nd EP out 9th September.

 

Tagged , , , , , , ,

HashTag Music

Week commencing 5 Aug 

Single of the Week: OUT 5TH AUG

trampolinefinal In 2010 Tinie Tempah stormed the charts with his debut single Pass Out reaching No1 in the UK hitting sales of 92,000 in its first week!  Singles Frisky and Written in the Stars also charted high, which meant it didn’t take long for Tinie to snap up two MOBO Awards. Success continued into 2011 when he won two Brit Awards and scored a platinum-selling debut album with Discovery.

In late 2011 Tinie dropped off the radar leaving fans waiting almost 2 years for new material. While it looks like he has been biding his time with a release he has hit the scene hard with another club banger. Trampoline is the ultimate track to get the party started. The heavy bass and the Feat of American rapper 2Chainz shows that he has raised the bar since making his debut in 2010. The added feat means this song will easily tap into both US and UK market. Smart move!

Album of the Week: OUT 5TH AUG

civilwars American country-duo Joy Williams and John White, known as The Civil Wars have achieved some remarkable results following their debut album Barton Hollow. Stacking up 2 Grammys, collaboration with Taylor Swift and a tour slot with Adele it came as a shock when the duo cancelled some of their own headline tour dates following an announcement of a break up. Therefore this self-titled album, The Civil Wars looks set to be the last album. The lead single The One That Got away is a stripped back track about the strains of their relationship. The track highlights the raw emotion of them both, and how connected they once were as their voices blend delicately in harmony. This parting gift will be treasured and would like to wish them both every success, whether that’s in reunion of The Civil Wars or as something entirely different.

Video of the Week OUT NOW

Hitting a staggering 12.4million views in under 24h of release there’s no question One Direction Mania is out in force. Hype started back in 2010 when the 5 member band auditioned as solo artists for reality TV show Xfactor before the judges teamed them up as the next boy band. With a bold song title Best Song Ever, the strategy to keep these boys in high octane limelight is definitely a very canny move! The 6 minute video,  offers a tongue-and-cheek look into the boys’ lives as pop sensations, showing shots of the Mania they can bring to different cities. This playful video also is a promotional tool for the One Direction Film, This is Us.

For a more emotional and touching video, I highly recommend Joss Stone The love We Had.

Tagged , , , , ,