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Ella Eyre

 

Ella Eyre

The Institute, Birmingham, 1st Oct 2014

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“I go by the name Ella Eyre!” A girl who was under the radar before her ‘Waiting All Night’ smash hit feature with London’s awesome foursome Rudimental. This drum and Bass collective snapped her up as their support act, closely followed by another slot with record producer/ singer songwriter Naughty Boy. About to take the reins with her own headline show, Ella prove she’s no novice when it comes to tour life. Whether it a support slot or her own show this girl gives is 110% on stage.

 

Fuelled with adrenaline from the get go, Eyre’s monstrous vocals and high-flying body confidence got the crowd riled. Taking stage in a feather winged jacket and figure hugging body suit was a stellar combination which was later removed when she exposed her toned abs mid set in a Nike sports bra. Please note, no RedBull was used in the making of her set but she would certainly be great for a campaign advertisement.

 

Reception from the crowd resonated in this 500 capacity venue as soon as the doors opened. Both support acts Joel Baker and Kimberley Ann received a warm welcome despite a few teething problems. Evident changes have been made since her debut show at XOYO London with new additions including latest single ‘Comeback’ and b-side ‘Bullet For You’. A cheeky switch from her renowned Basement Jaxx cover Good Luck to Jermaine Stewart hit ‘We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off’ was another refreshing change.

 

This tour was originally organised to coincide with the release of her debut album ‘Feline’ but following new touring commitments with Bastille in the states has been pushed back until early 2015.

 

There are currently a few tickets left for this twelve date UK tour, so make sure you grab a ticket today. This show is one  not to be missed in especially such an intimate setting.

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Ella-Eyre-tickets/artist/1943033

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Chloe Howl

 

Chloe Howl

Scala, London, 25th Sept 2014

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‘Get in the Queue before 6:30pm for a delicious treat from YoursTruly’ was the memo from Chloe Howl broadcasted on her Twitter feed prior to her headline show at London, Scala. Prompt to the venue an hour before doors Chloe greeted fans with slices of pizza before posing for some all-important selfies. When asked about the purpose of a pizza parade ,she explained she loved to indulge but once she ate so much before a show she couldn’t do up her shorts.  Wardrobe malfunctions aside, tonight Howl rocked it as a pop vixen in fish nets underneath her little black thrill shorts teamed with a crop top.

Whilst sounding and looking confident, Howl’s erratic moves may come across a little distracting (especially if you’re first timer to one of her shows) but it’s this endearing quirkiness you will find yourself buying into. (Let’s not forget the Ellie Goulding wiggle of 2010) So. … If you are after that money shot for your instagram think again!

Howl gave a solid 45 minute set featuring EP tracks Paper Heart, No Strings and Disappointed as well as her brassy pop banger Girls and Boys which is set to feature on her debut album due later next year. A little ambitious with the venue made it hard for the crowd’s atmosphere to ignite the room but sealing the deal with a stunning encore of a Justin Timberlake cover and her EP track Rumour had the crowd fully engaged as they bopped and tapped along.  Even Ella Eyre and Saint Raymond were among the crowd getting their boogie on. The potential gap industry for an artist like this is strong but needs to be a lot of promotion if she is to get her just deserves.  Chloe Howl should not be a name that stays under the radar for much longer.

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PJ Delxue Edition

PJ Deluxe Edition

The Basement, The Edition, 23rd June 2014

Thanks to Popjustice two hundred lucky fans were given the opportunity to see one of the coolest bands of the 90’s, La Roux, in an intimate venue alongside upcoming artists Melissa Steel, Bright Light Bright Light and BBC The Voice runner up Leah McFall for free!  With a line up this good, heading down early was vital! High demand, and a first come first served policy meant it was no surprise the venue were forced to turn away three hundred hopefuls.

Immediately killing the vibe on arrival the flustered host yelled “ do not move from the railings or you are not coming in” before proceeding  to check names on her tablet. In the 50 minutes it took to get inside did she manage to squeeze a smile? No!  Once inside, it was straight to the bar to find out if the free drink was available, after questioning the barman for more information about how to get a drinks token I left slightly agitated.  Although La Roux is their biggest headliner to date the team did not give the welcoming first impression they usual adopt.

All things aside, when the music kicked off just after 8pm there was nothing sweeter than seeing the event run efficiently. Swift and very professional set changes and DJ Tom Aspaul on point throughout reminded me exactly why these monthly showcases are always a winner.

Melissa Steel was first to take to the mic, performing her Kove feature track Way We Are  and her debut single which is out this Sunday (27th July) Kisses for Breakfast. Singing over a backing track and her ‘softly softly’ approach just didn’t grab the crowd’s attention but what did shine here was her potential and likability. Steel looks like a ready-to-go pop star with braids and ripped jeans – she’s got that sweet-teen swag down. Give her some time to get into her stride and Atlantic Records could have signed a buoyant R&B pop artist with a slice of Caribbean for an extra dunking of flavour.

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Ok so we already have some pretty cool nicknames out there, ie The Lioness (Ella Eyre) , Queen Bee (Beyonce)  to name a few but Leah McFall said on the show “I sing weird, dress like a grandpa and look like a furby”  the name kind of stuck.  Trying to pursue a career from a reality show once it’s ended was never going to be easy but Leah’s more than average vocals and determination have seen her gain more opportunity than most.  Working closely with screen coach Will I Am, Leah’s debut single Home has predictable features and let’s not forget the only girl on the panel Jessie J giving her a platform this summer to open some shows for her.

Dressed in an unusual monochrome outfit, she brought light and shade to every performance! Utterly adorable she joked about her ‘poo-brown’fringe, now stripped to platinum blonde matching her ponytail before giving us a completely transformed cover of Justin Bieber’s As LongAs You Love Me.  Banter on point, humble and full of energy Leah’s small teaser set left fans thirsty for more, and with a GAY performance this weekend to tie in with the release –  get yourselves down there!

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Bright Light Bright Light have not been on my radar but looks like I didn’t miss much when every song showcased seemed to be from the same fuse box! A little harsh when their latest album Life is Easy managed to creep into the top 40 via independent release, but reminding me of The Hoosiers it didn’t win me over. Although the album is full of optimism and moving on from past lovers which I am all for, there was no connection between the weak lyrics and the playful melodies. Lots of cymbal clashes and more entertainment from drummer who looked like the puppet from Ed Sheeran’s Sing video my attention was drawn to him.  Bring a touch of life to his set once in their  final song I think someone may need to change the bulb if he is going to wants to get the bright lights going!

Going in for the kill La Roux opened with her comeback track Lay Me Down Gently.  Ella channelled a ‘Traffic Light’ outfit;  red blouse, green tailored trousers and orange socks, which would certainly get  those fashion magazines debating the green light. Stick her next to Gwen Stefani for effortless cool, Elly sure is no wannabe. Keen to showcases her new album Trouble in Paradise, which most of the set consisted off she still gave her fans from day one a slice of the old by ended on Bulletproof.  Overall the crowd gave a La Roux a fantastic reception and with the album only being released two days prior it was amazing to see many of the crowd already knowing the lyrics.

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Week commencing 21st July 

Album of the Week: OUT 21st July

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Only nine tracks after a five year wait for new material – did La Roux really short change us? Absolutely not!

Packed to brim, this comeback album has tropical riffs, summer melodies, and some sexy sounding electro-pop that will have you vibing from sunrise to sunset. This apt album title, Trouble in Paradise, saw Elly Jackson’s co-partner Ben Langmaid leave in the making of this album BUT nevertheless with six out of nine tracks credited to him there’s no denying he’s one talented multi-instrumentalist.

All killer no filler, we hope that if La Roux does decide to jet set it doen’t last so long next time.These new songs will be performed at Popjustice’s Delxue Edition showcase on Wednesday 16th July. Make sure you keep checking back here to read the review from this event.

Discovery of the Week : TWINNIE

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A stage name which could mean close or best friend, is Twinnie trying to tell us something? Aged just 16 when she dropped her first live recording via YouTube (Loving You by Minnie Ripperton) at a guess her Twinnie is the golden oldies genre!

With a cluster of emerging young UK talent on the rise right now (Ella Eyre, MNEK, Sinead Harnett, Foxes) it’s hard to tell where she will fit it. But, with her still at the infamous Brit School which has seen artists such as Jessie J and Adele break into the industry and no own material to make judgement on we are certainly enjoying the covers she is putting out. Take a look AT her latest cover, the oh-so classic With My Father by Luthur Vandross.

Video of the Week: OUT NOW 

With all this summer heat in the UK maybe this chilled collaboration between rising talent Fryars and Rae Morris will cool you down a few degrees. Cold, which is due for release this month, is about love and the unfavourable feeling of heartbreak. Although a topic which many artists seem to touch upon, what sets this video aside is how both Morris & Fryars parts are brought to life through the visuals. An army of dancers surround each of them as they perform choreographed moves which intertwine and separate to demonstrate the twists and turmoil’s of relationships.

Watch the video to find out if these fading lovers go their separate ways or still left standing alone in the cold.

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Ella Eyre

 

Ella Eyre

Brixton Electric, 12th June 2014

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Tearing up Brixton Electric on Thursday 12th June was the exceptionally talented Ella Eyre! A name you may have come across following her feature with Rudimental back in 2013 and scoring herself a UK number one with Waiting All Night, Ella is now gearing up for her solo career. Previously billed as a support act for Rudimental and Naughty Boy, Ella’s only other headline show has been London’s XOYO in March 2014.

 

Having had the pleasure of seeing her perform numerous times, you would think the element of surprise would have gone by now right?  But the fact I still got those pre-gig jitterbugs, I’m telling you now this girl is liquid gold. 2014 has already seen flourishing new artists such as Jesse Glynne, Kiesza come into the limelight but nothing compares to the vocal range and showmanship Ella proves she got at just 20 years old.  Ella performed a highly energized 1 hour set which contained nothing less than 110% energy, 110% vocals and 110% volume for her signature curly mane!

 

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Keen to give fans a taster of songs that will feature of her yet to be named album, she explained her 2nd track Time is about long distance relationships. Her staple rendition of Basement Jaxx’s Good Luck was well received, before explaining that she would sing one of her personal favourites called Home, dedicating it to her mum who was somewhere amongst the crowd.

 

Cute as a button but fierce like Queen Bey, it’s brand new song Come Back which she dedicated to her cheating ex-boyfriend  that was the highlight of the night. Although she is young, featuring lyrics “We’ve all been played, We all get hurt, so take that pain and let the motherf**ker burn” when it comes to boys, she’s far from naïve. We certain hope this is the next single!

Predicable but by no means any less worthy, Ella ends with her debut single ‘If I Go’ which is due for release on July 6th.

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Week commencing 30th May 2014

Single of the Week: OUT NOW

 Ed_Sheeran_Sing Our very own UK ginger gentlemen Ed Sheeran is back with his brand new track Sing.

Moving away from the mundane ‘one man and his guitar’ which dominated the charts in 2010, Sheeran has raised the bar with a Justin Timberlake infused vibe which is similar to his solo debut Like I Love You. This up-tempo song is guaranteed to have you singing along with Sheeran’s command “SING!! Ooooh oooh oooh oh oh oh oh LOUDER!!

Man of the moment Pharrell behind the production and Sheeran’s sketchy vocals at the full front of another love ballad, this single is like fine wine that matures with every listen!

Album of the Week: OUT NOW

Kyla-La-Grange-Cut-Your-Teeth-2014-Final-1500x1500Kyla La Grange’s razor sharp single Cut Your Teeth has been on repeat, but now it’s time to hit the skip button whilst we check out the 9 brand new tracks from her 2nd album.

From the twinkly touches of Xylophones to delicate vocals, un-missable lilac locks and her dainty frame – Kyla could easily pass for a real life Tinkerbell! Imagine sitting next to a wishing well immersed in the soft sugary melodies of I Don’t Hate You and White Doves. Adding contrastKyla reveals her dark side with The Knife and Cannibals. While this album is worlds apart from her debut release Ashes in 2012, she seems to have pulled it off.

Watch this space; surely it’s only a matter of time before Kyla sprinkles so more fairy dust.

 

Video of the Week:OUT NOW

 

If Ella Eyre’s latest video is anything to go by, I don’t think we are the only ones that’s been climbing the walls waiting for her to release her solo material!   If I Go acts as her debut single following her recent success with Rudimental and her own EP Deeper.

Big voice, Big hair and well on her way to becoming a BIG solo success Ella Eyre is a name you simply won’t be sleeping on.

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Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre

XOYO London, 12th MAR 2014

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Big hair, big voice and hotly tipped to be the big success of 2014, Ella Eyre performed her first ever headline show at London’s underground club XOYO.

Previously featured on electronic music quartet Rudimental’s smash hit Waiting All Night, Ella has generated a hype nearly as big as her hair! High energy, fierce dance moves and enough hair whipping that even Willow Smith couldn’t pull off, Ella Eyre bounced around the stage, giving a performance that really was worthy of arena status. Dressed in an Egyptian bodysuit and custom made ear-rings with her lioness logo, Ella looked every inch the star.

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Don’t Follow Me was the opener track followed by Typical Me before she launched in her debut single Deeper. Giving fans an insight into the more personal side of Ella’s life, she gave a solid and heartfelt performance of her new track Home. Later, thanking Rudimental for putting her name out there, she gave a vigorous performance of Waiting All Night which was a definite crowd pleaser.

With only a few songs released and her debut album tucked away for release in just a few months time, Ella performed a cover of her childhood favourite Basement Jaxx’s Good Luck which she has previously sang on Studio Brussel.

At just 19 the future for Ella Eyre is bright and with heaps of festivals in the pipeline, this is a name you should not be sleeping on! Despite the success of Ella’s set, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed by the venue and the chosen support acts. Disgraceful organising on club XOYO’s behalf left fans not only agitated that doors opened one hour later than advertised, but there was also no staff inside to guide the crowd through to the stage area. They say bad things come in sets of three and this was proven to be true shortly after the first support act, Jake Isaac, took to the stage. Thankfully, despite the lighting failing two songs into his set, Isaac seemed unfazed and continued his set in darkness, later joking about the romance of the setting! Full of charm and acting like a true professional the technical issues didn’t stop this set from being well received.

Jave-On was next to continue the bad-streak, performing songs from his debut album Mercy. Unfortunately his songs sounded invariably the same – mass produced club beats and weak monotone vocals that dragged on somewhat. Switching the support acts around would have made for a better lead up to Ella’s phenomenal 40 minute set.

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Week Commencing 3rd March 2014

Single of the Week: OUT 3rd MAR

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Known for her emotional  Jar of Hearts debut in 2010 Christina Perri  is no stranger to a weepy ballad. Tissue at the ready Human is another tear-jerker about the vulnerable state you feel when you are let down by unconditional love. A soft slow start; the first 30 seconds comes across a little dreary but when Perri’s emotion  builds and peaks with the power lyric ‘I’m only Human’ this song really is effortless beauty.

This track will feature on her upcoming album Head or Heart released 11th March.

Album of the Week: OUT 3rd MAR 

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Following the success of Happy and 2013’s Pharrell feat with the”robots” of Daft Lucky he hits us with his inevitable comeback album GIRL.  Clinching collaborations with Miley & Justin Timberlake this album could quiet easily become a record breaking album release for this in-demand producer/artist. Finger snapping beats and positive vibes this 11 track collection will fill you with infectious summer love feeling.

Guaranteed, this album will have you skipping all the way to Finsbury Park for this year’s Wireless Festival where you can catch him perform alongside Ella Eyre, Iggy Azalea and Kanye West.

 Video of the Week: OUT NOW 

When FKA Twigs releases a video it’s a visual mastermind and her latest collaboration with LA R&B duo Inc is certainly not one to be overlooked. Transfixed by her haunting vocal the monochrome touch is a brilliant contrast from her earlier video, Water Me. Both unique and completely iconic London’s Tahliah Barnett aka FKA Twigs is one of the most spellbinding acts out there since Bjork.

Directed by Twigs and Nick Walker this desert based video ties beautifully with the soulful nature of this collaboration. Although this was an unexpected pairing the results speak for themselves!

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