Tuesday, 1 November 2011

"Pressure" Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji

‘Pressure’ by Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji is a former beatport number 1 and spent most of the summer bubbling in the beatport Top 10 as it became one of the year's undisputed biggest club and festival tracks of 2011, played by Swedish House Mafia, Dirty South, Tiesto, Thomas Gold, Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Calvin Harris and well, you get the picture. In the US it's gathering pace on dance radio, hitting the dance airplay top ten and climbing the iTunes dance chart.

Pressure is the result of a multi-national dance supergroup comprising New York singer Nadia Ali, who rose to prominence in the early naughties with Iio's worldwide hit ‘Rapture’, Las Vegas native Starkillers and Italy's Alex Kenji - the final piece of the jigsaw is provided by Sweden's Alesso, who contributes the essential roof-raising remix.

Now shaping up for a Europe-wide surge (so far it's been available only at specialist DJ stores), Pressure is scheduled for UK release on November 21st with fresh mixes coming from Tim Mason and new dubstep talent Zomboy. Pre-order it from iTunes here

Follow Nadia Ali on Twitter @NadiaAli here, follow the Starkillers @StarKillers77 here, follow Alex Kenji @AlexKenji here, follow Alesso @ALESSOofficial here and finally, why not follow Delicious @SimplyDe1licious here. You can also become a fan on Delicious on Facebook here

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

A-Trak & Armand Van Helden present Duck Sauce "Big Bad Wolf"

Here we give you the latest release from Duck Sauce “Big Bad Wolf”, out now on iTunes. The follow up to the UK number 3 “Barbra Streisand” which has sold close to 400,000 copies.

Armand Van Helden & A-trak could of easily taken Duck Sauce down the commercial disco route but they have done what they do best and given us a follow up single completely out of the ordinary and set to encapsulate the nation again.

A-trak started out as a hip-hop DJ winning the DMC World DJ Championship an incredible 5 times (the first aged 15). Since then he has managed to merge rap and electronic music via his label Fool’s Gold and has worked closely with Kanye West, Kid Cudi, DJ AM & Boys Noize.

Armand Van Helden is a household name and deservedly so. AVH has had countless number 1’s and created some of the biggest dance records and remixes EVER – You Don’t Know Me, Bonkers, My My My, Professional Widow etc.

Together they form a deadly duo and call themselves Duck Sauce.

“Big Bad Wolf” is already gaining a momentous amount of support with Zane Lowe declaring it the ‘Hottest Record In The World’ and heavyweight support from Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Steve Angello, Chris Lake, Calvin Harris, Cassius and many more.

You couldn’t escape their first single aNYway, it was an anthem in 2009 with DJ’s from across every genre smashing it out. In 2010 they returned with Barbra Streisand. Which as we know went onto worldwide success and who could forget the remarkable video that featured cameo’s from Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Diplo, QuestLove, Todd Terry and many more!

Big Bad Wolf is one of those records that instantly captures you like ‘Barbra Streisand’ did, expect to see the Wolf Dance on the dancefloor!

Become a fan of Duck Sauce on Facebook here, or follow them on Twitter @DuckSauceNYC here

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Lovelle Featured On Yahoo's OMG

Ray Foxx featuring Lovelle "La Musica (The Trumpeter)" is OUT NOW on iTunes

If you've not yet heard of Lovelle you will have done soon. The London-born singing sensation has featured on Ray Foxx's single, appeared in glossy magazines, performed at Glastonbury...and yet still works part-time in New Look.

Here's the heads up on everything you need to know about this new star, from the girl herself.

Lovelle loves...

Fashion I love furs. I also like jumpers - sometimes people say they can't wear certain things because they're curvy or skinny, but I think jumpers hanging off your shoulders always looks good. Leggings will always be in and you can accessorise them with pumps of brogues.

Shoes I always wear flats, although wedges are God's gift right now. They're the best thing in the world because they don't burn your feet. I love trainers. I can't count how many I have. I had to chuck the boxes out the other day because they were taking up so much room. I have a shoe rack with 40 pairs on and another cupboard full as well.

Performing I like to talk to people. I like chatting with the crowd. My home space is when I'm with my guitarist, chilling, doing my versions of things and the fact people are coming to watch. I love doing things live with instruments. It's just a nice feeling, that's where my comfort zone is.

Amy Winehouse She was 100% real. She never faked being anyone else. She got so far being herself and doing the msic that she wanted. I'd like to be like her in her honest presence and the fact she did the music she wanted. I never got to see her perform, but I saw her once in Oxford Circus. I was on the bus going to school and I couldn't get off. I was so upset.

Read the full interview - this is just an extract - on Yahoo's OMG here and the second part here

To find out more about Lovelle, visit her website here, follow her on Twitter here or become a fan on Facebook here.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Chakras Announce New Autumn UK Dates

Dublin quintet The Charkas are pleased to announce details of a string of UK shows later this month.

October 21st – London, Barfly 22nd – Manchester, Alter Ego 23rd – Glasgow, Captains Rest 30th – Southampton, Joiners

1st November – London, The Bowery

Tickets are on sale now through Seetickets.com and Ticketweb.co.uk and direct through the venues.

Find out more about The Chakras on their website www.thechakras.co.uk, follow them on twitter @TheChakras here or become a fan on Facebook here

Monday, 26 September 2011

The Chakras 5 Out Of 5 Album Review On Music News

The Chakras debut album "Build Me A Swan" is out now, download it from iTunes here

"After releasing a promising single earlier in the year (acclaimed by myself), The Chakras finally release their long awaiting debut album Build Me a Swan. Delivering honest, heartfelt indie, The Chakras have lived up to their promising billing with their LP.

Starting off with the soft-toned Movement the band immediately grab your attention with a well crafted keyboard based number, combining elements of Keane & Snow Patrol on the way but managing to steer clear of letting their influences define the group. The bands ability to create different songs throughout the album as the next track Build Me a Swan is guitar based, sounding similar to so many great contemporaries but delivered in such a way The Chakras truly stand out on their own.

The whole album is a great body of work, offering constant subtle variations that make the album flow perfectly. The slow tempo’d Nothing is Forgotten is the standout from the LP, although to be frank anything from Build Me a Swan could claim this title."

This is just an extract, read the full review on Music News here

Find out more about The Chakras on their website www.thechakras.co.uk, follow them on twitter @TheChakras here or become a fan on Facebook here

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Beverley Knight Performing In A Hot Air Ballon for Virgin's Red Room!

Watch Beverley Knight performing "Cuddly Toy" in an airbourne hot air balloon for Virgin's Red Rooms below, which also featured on Virgin Music's homepage. Below that you'll also find an interview also filmed up up in the air, in that beautiful balloon.

Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight has been one of the UK's most consistent artists over the past 15 years, scoring several top 10 albums, including the platinum selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight. She has been awarded an MBE for her services to British Music and Charity, three MOBOs and her staggering live performances have gained her a legion of fans including Prince, Stevie Wonder, Take That and Jamiroquai. Her latest album 'Soul UK' sees her paying tribute to the British soul artists who inspired her, including Soul II Soul, Omar and Roachford.

To find out more, visit Beverley Knight's website here, follow her on Twitter here, and become a fan on Facebook here

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Beverley Knight Featured On YouTube Homepage

Beverley Knight's video playlist exploring UK Soul past, present and future is on the YouTube Music homepage

Watch the playlist, featuring Jamiroquai, Dionne Bromfield, Soul II Soul and others click below

Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight has been one of the UK's most consistent artists over the past 15 years, scoring several top 10 albums, including the platinum selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight. She has been awarded an MBE for her services to British Music and Charity, three MOBOs and her staggering live performances have gained her a legion of fans including Prince, Stevie Wonder, Take That and Jamiroquai. Her latest album 'Soul UK' sees her paying tribute to the British soul artists who inspired her, including Soul II Soul, Omar and Roachford.

To find out more, visit Beverley Knight's website here, follow her on Twitter here, and become a fan on Facebook here

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Edei "Forget You Too" (reply to Cee Lo's "Forget You")

From Edei: "Forget You Too (FU2) - how did it come about? Well, a few months ago I did a You Tube cover of Cee Lo Green's 'FU' which I was also performing in the live set with the band, and it occurred to me that I was always singing the story from a male point of view, so I thought it would be cool to write the female side of the story... cos we all know there's ALWAYS 2 sides to every story!! So I made this which I thought might make you smile! So, this is my answer back - 'FU2'. Edei x"

Visit Edei's website here www.edei.co.uk, become a fan of Edei on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter @EdeiMusic here. Check out the lyrics to Edei's "Forget You Too" here.

Watch Edei's cover of Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" below;

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The Chakras "Drifting"

“Epic, swirling psychedelia that recalls Richard Ashcroft’s gang at their peak.” – Q

“Doves-esque soaring melodies” – The Times

The Chakras release their new single, ‘Drifting’ through Planet Function Records on the 1st August 2011.

This young Dublin born, London based five piece commenced their journey almost two years ago, with an early show supporting Ian Brown in Dublin. Brown immediately gave the wide-eyed but confident Irish chaps two enthusiastic thumbs up, and thus begins their story.

Led by brothers Rocky and Gordo Whittaker, but soul mates since their days at school, The Chakras were hell bent on writing music that evoked some sort of reaction. Raised on a diet of Soul In Heaven era Verve self-belief, and Jesus and Mary Chain’s wanton fuzz, the band took an early hazy blueprint of how they wanted to sound and immediately removed anything that might interfere with their creating of it. They killed off long-standing relationships, resigned from the day-jobs and cut local ties, moved to London and have here made a record that took those noisy, hissing 8-track bedroom demos and transformed the very same songs into swirling, guitar-heavy anthems.

‘Drifting’ is the sound of The Chakras experimenting with their most potent weapons, the voice of Rocky Whittaker and the groove-laden, propulsive rhythms of his band. It’s a huge sounding track and one that could propel The Chakras into the public’s consciousness with a impulsive swagger. It’s as infectious as anything, and a big klaxon call to this exciting new Irish act.

Tracklisting: Movement/Build Me A Swan/Beautiful Sorrow/Slowdive/ Drifting (Take A Walk Inside)/We The People/Blinded/ Make It Tonight/Dark Horizon/Nothing Is Forgotten/End: Beginnings

The Chakras are: Rocky Whittaker (vocals), Gordo Whittaker (guitars/vocals), Richie McArdle (guitars), Bryan Pepper (keys, harmonium), Ian Kane (bass/vocals)

Become a fan of The Chakras on Facebook here, and follow them on Twitter @TheChakras here - visit the bands website www.TheChakras.co.uk here

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Sugarscape "Remember The Reason 4 From Last Year's X Factor?"


Last year on X Factor a group of tattooed builder types called The Reason 4 sailed through the auditions and off to Simon Cowell’s swanky house. Then One Direction came along and became the boy band equivalent of an atomic bomb.

The Reason 4 however have managed to brush off the X Factor and One D debris and come back in fighting pop form. Probably because they’re a man band.

They’re single is called Take It All and is proper anthemic and manly. A similar vibe to when Take That decided to be taken seriously as fully grown adult men.

The video is pretty cool too, in fact take out the cringe slow-motion turns……and they’re on to a winner.

Click here to see the piece in all its glory (and added photos) on Sugarscape

Become a fan of The Reason 4 on Facebook here, follow them on Twitter @TheReason4 here and visit their website here

Thursday, 30 June 2011

BBC Review Beverley Knight's Soul UK

"The covers album is a noble tradition: a chance for an artist to pay tribute to their roots, to avoid writing any new material, and to present their listeners with songs that everyone knows they like already, because they’ve heard them. From Bowie to George Michael, John Legend to Paul Weller, a covers set is a chance to tell people where you’re coming from and, often, to pause for breath while you work out where you’re going to next.

Beverly Knight is a brilliant soul singer, who grew up at a time when black British music wasn’t as united as it is in these days of grime riding high in the pop charts. High quality dance and soulful pop acts struggled to have more than one hit single, and very few – Rod Temperton’s Heatwave and Jazzie B’s Soul II Soul are notable exceptions – were able to maintain albums success and international fame.

Both those acts are referred to here on Soul UK. ‘Soul’ in this insistence is a fairly broad church, referring to the (generally brilliant) soul pop made in Britain over the last 30 years. As a testament to the often-overlooked music made in the days when RnB still meant Big Joe Turner, not BeyoncĂ©, Soul UK is remarkably effective. The songs covered here are wide-ranging, from the Prince-like rock pop of Roachford’s Cuddly Toy to Heatwave’s gorgeous ballad Always and Forever. Knight’s memory and taste are impeccable – it’s nothing but a joy to hear Junior Giscombe’s Mama Used to Say or Princess’ Say I’m Your Number One again.

If there is a criticism of this album – which is certainly a record you’d be enormously hard-pressed to dislike – it’s that Knight doesn’t always find it easy to impose her personality on these well-known tracks. On the great Apparently Nothin’ – and despite an excellent rap break – she doesn’t add anything particular to the Young Disciples original. But when the arrangements and the vocals are given a touch of freshness, as in the Motown’ed-up cover of Cuddly Toy, Knight’s version breathes and her versatility is given room to roam. More of that (and a cover of Linx’s awesome Intuition) would have been nice here, but this is a good record"

Click here to see the review on the BBC website reviewed by David Quantick.

Visit Beverley's website here, become a fan on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter here.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Stonefield Featured On Sourmash

"Have you ever wondered what classic Rock ‘n’ Roll would sound like performed by four young sisters from Australia? Just me then! Well Stonefield are exactly that and a powerhouse of a band they are too. This is their debut EP entitled ‘Through The Clover’ and it has to be one of the more fascinating releases I have encountered this year.

Stonefield are Amy Findlay (Lead Vocals and Drums), Hannah Findlay (Guitar), Sarah Findlay (Keys) and Holly Findlay (Bass).
In 2010 they won triple j’s Unearthed High competition, which led to two songs ‘Through The Clover’ and ‘Foreign Lover’ being played on high rotation on the J’s. An invitation to play at One Movement in Perth saw the band play in front of thousands of industry folk and fans and has led to a spot on the 2011 Glastonbury and The Great Escape line ups. For the last year they have gained critical acclaim in their native Oz, but are making their way around the globe one small step at time.

So what of their debut release, well ‘Through The Clover’, their title track, was the first thing I heard and a big part of why I am writing about them today. Considering their age they seem to encapsulate that true 70s Soulful Rock n Roll spirit to a staggering degree, its mind-blowing! ‘Through The Clover’ is a colossal homage to the old school greats. Powerful shredding guitar solo’s, simple but engulfing beats and mesmerising sultry vocals from the eldest Findlay sister, Amy. Put it this way, I could listen to it non-stop, for days on end, it’s that damn good. It leads on to the smooth sounds of ‘Foreign Lover’, which is what I imagine a magic carpet ride would sound like. Wrapped up in these wonderful ‘Doors’ inspired organ sections and scaling captivating vocals, that weave in and out through a sublime wall of sound..."

Continue reading this feature on Sourmash by clicking here, this is just an extract

To become a fan of Stonefield on Facebook click here, to follow them on Twitter, click here

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Chakras Live Review On Entertainment Focus

"Irish band The Chakras came down to Hoxton Square supporting Royal Bangs tonight and managed to garner a decent crowd for their set. We'd noticed that lead singer Rocky was sporting a striped sailor style shirt which the lead singer of Sydney band The Holidays was also sporting. We're not sure if that fashion faux pas was planned but that was the only hiccup of the night as the band delivered a really rousing set of anthemic rock music.

The five piece barely had room to move around on the tiny Hoxton Square stage but lead singer Rocky was on fire. The band played a great set of anthems that included Beautiful Sorrow and current single We The People. We particularly likedBeautiful Sorrow which had a huge rocky sound and a great driving drumbeat and spacey keyboards whilst We The People was a dramatic piece with a big chorus.

Lead singer Rocky has a real charismatic presence onstage as he belts out each song, engrossed in his performance. His voice has a real strained edginess that reminds us of fellow (now defunct) Irishman JJ72.

The band played a few more songs to end their set and again provided some great rock material and we have to heap praise on their keyboardist also for providing some of the lush keyboard layerings on their songs. Their sound certainly filled the tiny Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen with ease and we feel they're destined for much bigger venues than this.

This band might not be all that big yet but we think they have a sound that will catapault them into the limelight very soon"

See this excellent live review in all its glory on Entertainment Focus right here. To find out more about The Chakras visit their website www.thechakras.co.uk like them on Facebook here and follow them on Twitter here @TheChakras

Lovelle Featured On New Look Daily

"20-year-old Londoner and New Look employee Lovelle, is set to become one of the hottest new names in British music this summer with the release of her debut single ‘Uh-Oh’. Lovelle is already building a huge buzz within the music industry with supporters including the likes of Trevor Nelson on 1Xtra. She also happens to look super cool too! We caught up with Lovelle to find out more about her personal style..."

Click here to see Lovelle featured on New Look Daily plus an interview

Find out more about Lovelle on her website www.LovelleOfficial.com and follow her on Twitter @LovelleOfficial just back there.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Digital Spy Exclusive : Beverley Knight Unveils 'Mama Used To Say' video

"Beverley Knight has unveiled her new music video for 'Mama Used To Say' online. The 38-year-old singer released the clip for her new single - a cover of the 1982 hit by Junior - which appears on her upcoming album Soul UK.

'Mama Used To Say's video was shot at the Porchester Hall in London back in April and features footage of the one-off intimate concert Knight played. Knight recently announced that she will embark on an 11-date UK tour later this year.

Beverley Knight's 'Soul UK' tour dates are as follows:

November 14 - Liverpool, Philharmonic
November 15 - Leamington Spa, Assembly
November 16 - London, Royal Albert Hall
November 18 - York, Barbican
November 19 - Preston, Guildhall
November 20 - Manchester, Bridgewater
November 22 - Wolverhampton, Civic
November 23 - Nottingham, Royal Centre
November 24 - Salisbury, City Hall
November 26 - Gateshead, Sage
November 27 - Bristol, Colston Hall

Soul UK is due to be released on July 4. Watch the video for Beverley Knight's new single 'Mama Used To Say', which is out on June 20, below"

Click here to see the feature Digital Spy

Monday, 23 May 2011

Sugarscape "Stonefield. They're Here To Change Your Life"

Suddenly hanging around in the shed seems cool not weird.

Nothing emphasises our misspent youths more than the frickin’ awesome Australian rock band, Stonefield.

Made up of the four Findlay sisters, Amy (21), Hannah (18), Sarah (15) and Holly who is only 13, the girls discovered they could rock our socks off when they started bashing a drum kit in their shed. Bashings soon turned into super sweet sounds influenced by Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix.

Jesus, we spent time chopping our sisters’ hair off and pushing them off bikes.

After playing gigs and festivals throughout Australia, the UK has finally caught on to their brilliance and the girls have been asked to play Glastonbury, which might just be the coolest thing for any band to do EVER.

Er hello coolness, where have you been all our lives?

If you have functioning ears and therefore think Stonefield rock, then you can get Through The Clover on a five-track EP of the same title, out June 20th.

For more info on the band, check out http://www.myspace.com/stonefieldtheband

Love these girls? Then tell us about it here why don’t you.

Click here to see the feature on Sugarscape

NME "10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week" Ft Lovelle

"The debut single from 20-year-old Londoner Lovelle launches itself at you, all gut-pummelling bass dollops and clattering beats. Anchoring the whole thing is Lovelle’s versatile voice – one minute cooing softly, the next reading the riot act. Unbelievably, she’s currently unsigned"

Click here to see the feature on NME.com

Friday, 20 May 2011

RWD Feature Lovelle's "Uh Oh"

"Lovelle’s got A&Rs in a spin with her debut single Uh Oh which is featured in a global Max Factor ad. We can see why"

Click here to see the feature on RWD

Monday, 16 May 2011

Beverley Knight's A64 for SBTV

Beverley Knight is back with a brand new single 'Mama Used To Say' out on June 27th 2011. Taken from her brand new album 'Soul UK' out on July 4th 2011.

Click here to visit SBTV, click here to become a fan of Beverley Knight on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter here

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Stonefield "Through The Clover"

The four Findlay sisters have stepped out of their rehearsal shed in the Victorian hills with a sound that quite simply rocks! Zappa and Zeppelin inspired, 70s soulful rock ‘n roll and stellar song writing are the reasons these four very talented girls have everyone sitting up and taking notice. Amy, the eldest is on drums and lead vocals. Hannah’s on guitar, Sarah plays keys and backing vocals and Holly is the killer bass player/screamer. Stonefield may be a young band but these girls can play and their live show is blowing crowds away.

They’ve supported the likes of NERD, the Temper Trap. Cat Empire, Children Collide, and British India since forming the band in 2006, but 2010 has been their biggest year yet.

In 2010 they won triple j’s Unearthed High competition, which led to two songs ‘Through The Clover’ and ‘Foreign Lover’ being played on high rotation on the j’s. An invitation to play at One Movement in Perth saw the band play in front of thousands of industry folk and fans and has led to a spot on the 2011 Glastonbury and The Great Escape line ups.

Stonefield’s debut release ‘Through The Clover’ is a five track EP on Flock/PIAS on June 13th.

The band is now doing a select run of shows around Australia including the St Kilda and Pushover Festivals, Adelaide Fringe in the Spiegeltent, a residency at the Tote with Dandy Warhols drummer Brent DeBoers, Immigrant Union, Apollo Bay and Cherry Rock Festivals, before they headline the Northcote Social Club on April 1.

2010 was a breakthrough year for Stonefield with a nomination for a J Award. However with recent airplay in the UK and US beginning and preparations for Glastonbury, John Peel Stage, 2011 looks even bigger.

XFM have booked the girls in for a XFM Rock session and they will be playing a gig in London at The Enterprise on the 29th June.

Become a fan of Stonefield on Facebook here, and follow them on Twitter here.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The Plea "a band that is set to ignite the world" Entertainment Focus

"I Am The Miracle is the brand new, stomping single from County Donegal indie brothers Denny and Dermot Doherty, drummer Gerry Strawbridge and bassist Paul Toland or otherwise known as The Plea.

The track, which comes back to back with the b-side Praise Be, is a welcoming introduction to a band that is set to ignite the world of indie with the acts debut record which sees its release later in the year and promises to be every bit the storming package as its first single proves to be.

I Am A Miracle is a fresh and brash indie number with swirling guitars and echoeing vocals that are reminescient of The Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft and comes fully equipt with a memorable and anthemic melody as catchy as indie records come. Vocalist Denny has an incredible voice on him as he sways from cool indie rocker on the lead single to wailing rock hero who shares unique vocal similarities with U2's Bono as he unleashes his angst out on Praise Be.

A fine start to a band who are quickly cementing themselves on the commercial radar."

Click here to see the feature on Entertainment Focus!

Become a fan on Facebook here, follow The Plea on Twitter here @thepleaofficial, check out The Plea on MySpace here.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Beverly Knight New Album "Soul UK"

Beverley Knight will be releasing her highly anticipated 7th studio album on July 4th 2011. Entitled ‘Soul UK,’ the album is a celebration of UK soul music - the British songs and artists that inspired Beverley leading up to her own arrival on the UK scene in the mid 90's. It is a personal journey, curated by Beverley and delivered with her own unique soul/gospel style, through some of her all time favorite soulful tracks by British artists. As with her previous album, 2009’s acclaimed Top 20 scoring ‘100%’, ‘Soul UK’ will be released through Beverley’s own label Hurricane Records.

Produced by Grammy winning Martin Terefe (James Morrison, Jason Mraz) and hot London production duo Future Cut (Lilly Allen, Beyonce), ‘Soul UK’ sees Beverley paying respect back to her forebears - and reminding the new generation up and coming just who paved their way. Taking in songs from a range of iconic artists - from Soul II Soul and Loose Ends to Jamiroquai and George Michael, it also includes some of the more 'hidden' gems that make up British soul's highlights of the 80's and 90's, including Princess’s “Say I’m Your Number One” and Lewis Taylor’s “Damn”.

Knight says of the project: “I gave a lot of thought to choosing the songs I wanted to interpret for this album and it was great fun putting my own flavour and twist on tracks by some of the fantastic UK artists who preceded me and inspired me. A lot these artists opened doors for both myself and many others, and many of them are still going strong - so the album is, in part, a thank you to them. The UK is a world-beating producer of musical talent and this genre can sometimes feel overlooked and underplayed. I hope with this album that people can enjoy these songs all over again and in some cases discover them for the first time.”

The first taster from ‘Soul UK’ is a promo-only version of Soul II Soul’s club classic ‘Fairplay’, featuring an intro from Jazzie B himself, which will be serviced to clubs and specialist radio in April. Beverley’s version adds a fierce horn section and she owns it with some awesome one-take vocals. The first commercially available single is a storming take on Junior’s classic, ‘Mama Used To Say’, out June 20th.

Become a fan of Beverly Knight on Facebook here, follow her on Twitter here (@BeverlyKnight), watch videos and subscribe to Beverly's YouTube channel here!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Guilfest 2011 Announce N-Dubz & Ziggy Marley

Award winning family festival GuilFest, now in its 20th year, features a line up more vibrant and eclectic than ever before! Established legends are joined by rising stars as more names are added to the 3 day festival with camping, set in the idyllic grounds of Stoke Park, Guildford. Organisers are delighted to announce the latest additions to this year's line up are N-Dubz and Ziggy Marley, joining already announced legends Razorlight, James Blunt, Erasure, Peter Andre and Public Image Limited.

Returning by popular demand, after providing what without a doubt was one of the highlights of last year’s festival are N-Dubz. Scheduled to play on the main stage on Saturday evening, the trio are sure to provide visitors to this year’s GuilFest with a fantastic show. With over 1.2 milllion albums sold, 100 million views on YouTube, 3 MOBO Awards, two sold out tours, 9 hit singles and even their own major TV series, N – Dubz can quite rightly lay claim to being one of the most successful urban acts ever to emerge from the UK - and collaborations with the likes of Tynchy Stryder, Mr Hudson, Chipmunk, Wiley and Gary Barlow have only helped N-Dubz with their prolific rise to superstardom. GuilFest organisers are delighted to welcome the band back to the Main Stage at GuilFest this July.

Ziggy Marley is confirmed for the Main Stage at GuilFest on Sunday 17th July. The eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy began his musical career in 1979 as the frontman of Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, releasing eleven incredibly popular albums and earning three Grammy awards. Beginning his solo career in 2003 with ‘Dragonfly’, Ziggy continued his fantastic success and in 2006 won his fourth Grammy for Best Reggae Album, after releasing the critically acclaimed ‘Love is My Religion’. His 2009 album ‘Family Time’ saw Ziggy notch up his fifth Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children and featured collaborative work with Rita Marley, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and Jack Johnson amongst many others. It’s great to have this true reggae icon at GuilFest for the first time this summer, for what is sure to be an amazing show!

The already incredibly eclectic GuilFest line up will continue to grow over the coming months to a massive 200 bands performing across 7 music stages over the 3 days of the festival. As regular visitors will know however, GuilFest is not just about the music and throughout the site there is a plethora of activities and shows to keep you entertained all weekend. Also on the site you will find the eFestivals' Cosmic Comedy Tent, returning with a fantastic line up of side splitting comics, The Man In The Moon Theatre Tent, featuring performances of everything from Burlesque Cabaret to Shakespeare, Ceroc Dance Tent, The 70s Disco, Farmer Giles Barn Dance, Massive 150ft Beer Tent, Art & Craft Village, The Eden People’s GuilFest Gallery, Calypso Cocktail Bar, Street Performers, Food Stalls from around the world, Our amazing Kidzone and brand new for this year, The Vintage Experience!! – All will be revealed very soon!

Remember that the Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre and Lido are right next door – Bring your swimming togs and cool off by the pool between bands, or simply go for a refreshing shower!

GuilFest – the award winning, quintessential English Family Festival. The perfect place to enjoy 3 sunny days of music, fun and laughter.

Monday, 4 April 2011

The Chakras Featured On Hot Press

Home support for The Chakras on Hot Press - click here to see the feature, and watch the well timed fan made video viral below.

"Dublin spiritually-attuned rockers The Chakras have re-swizzled their track 'We The People' for their upcoming debut album and the results are pretty epic! The track, which originally circulated in 2008 has been given a slightly more widescreen sheen, possibly the result of a recent mixing session with renowed producer Chris Potter which recalls not only 'Love is Noise'-era The Verve but other British heavyweights Kasabian and Muse with it's prominent breakbeat and stadium-ready chorus. It's all very exciting and with single and album details coming soon as well as information on summer live dates, expect to hear quite a deal more about this young band here! Until the single release date on May 2, enjoy this viral video of the track."

Monday, 28 March 2011

Pop Fodder ‎"The beginning of ‘I Am The Miracle’ is just… wow"

"The Plea started off as the two Doherty brothers, Denny and Dermot (no relation to Pete) were working building sites as day jobs then touring the Irish pub circuit by night. After an American label signed them they created an album that sadly never got the recognition it perhaps deserved.

However, after grabbing the talents of drummer Gerry Strawbridge and bassist Paul Toland they got to work on more songs and whacked them on their myspace page, this caught the attention of Legendary Belgian Dance Label R&S Records and after long talks on Skype, the band were signed.

The beginning of ‘I am the Miracle’ is just… wow. The guitar into is fantastic, supported by well played drums. The vocals and lyrics are very catchy which is far from a bad thing as you are singing along after only 30 seconds of the track, and the singer can put those vocals to a variety of ranges it seems, which is rare these days in the music scene with most acts whole back catalogues sounding remarkably similar (talking to you Scouting For Girls). The lyrics go together well with the chords and the band as a whole just fit together effortlessly"

Click here to read the FULL review on Pop Fodder!

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Music News : The Plea "Destined for big things"

"My first impression when listening to The Plea is that the band is destined for big things. Their debut single of I Am The Miracle might not offer anything fresh to the indie genre, but it contains all the catchy hooks you would normally associate with the likes of Oasis. The end result is more infectious than the T Virus.

Once thing you instantly notice from The Plea is how well produced their first release is, which is down to experienced producer Chris Potter to is renowned for working with Indie’s best, including U2, Blur and The Verve. Perhaps The Plea will eventually follow in their footsteps, and I Am The Miracle is certainly a strong start"

Click here to read the full review on Music News - this is just an extract

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Plea's "I Am The Miracle" Looks STUNNING in HD

The Plea "I Am The Miracle" HD from Planet Function on Vimeo.

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Tatiana "Spider Web" Featured On Pop Fodder

‘Spider Web’ is one of those infectious pop songs you like straight from the word go, if the brilliant 7th Heaven Remix was played in any dance club across the UK it would have people jumping up and down singing the words even having never heard it before.

Sung by Tatiana Okupnik a solo artist from Poland and produced by Denis Ingoldsby and Andy Murray (both well respected producers who have worked with the likes of N-Dubz and Sugababes) it was clear this would be a radio friendly single aimed to appeal to the masses of casual clubbers out there.

She was in a band called Blue CafĂ© and toured throughout Europe until she went solo in 2006. Now five years later she’s got an album being released in May and has this single, as one of the stand out tracks from it.

Continue reading this feature on PopFodder.com right here