Monday, 22 December 2008
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
THE ALBUM NOW FEATURES SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTIONS FROM U2, THE CLASH, ELBOW AND SCISSOR SISTERS
War Child’s amazing new album “Heroes” will be released on February 16th 2009. The album concept is that the biggest legends in music history select their personal favourite song from their own song writing canon, and nominate an artist from the next generation to create a modern reworking of that classic song.
Many acts that were keen to join the project have now completed and delivered their tracks, and the album has been mastered at the legendary Abbey Road studios.
The full track listing will be announced in January, but includes contributions from Scissor Sisters, Duffy, Elbow, Hot Chip, Beck, Rufus Wainwright and The Kooks.
U2 and The Clash join a stellar cast of legends including Sir Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, The Kinks and Joy Division.
EMI has made a substantial upfront payment to War Child, and will release the album on its Parlophone label.
Parlophone are donating all their profits to War Child’s work to protect the most marginalised children in war zones, who would otherwise be overlooked: street children, child soldiers and children in prison.
For more information please get in touch, ritchDELETE@THIStomorrowneverknows.co.uk or ballyDELETE@THIStomorrowneverknows.co.uk
For more information about WarChild visit their website;
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
To vote for Archangel's "How To Lose Your Best Friend" in the MTV Two MySpace chart click below!
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Digital Spy interview Chris Lilley - Summer Heights High is being repeated on BBC Three, the DVD is in shops now, and the soundtrack featuring the brilliant "Naughty Girl" is available to download now (click here)
Whether it was as the camp, ego-maniac, wannabe popstar Mr G, bitchy school bully Ja'mie or foul-mouthed, genital-drawing Tongan Jonah, Chris Lilley provided a large chunk of the funniest TV moments of 2008. We gave the Australian comic behind Summer Heights High and The Nominees a call to ask about the inspiration for his characters and find out what future projects he has in store.
Are you surprised that Summer Heights High translated so well to the UK and America?
"I'm so glad it has, but it was never the intention. It was always intended to be just a little Australian show. I'd done a show previously and I always thought, 'This will the show everyone hates'. I thought everyone would say, 'This isn't as good as the first one'. Somehow in Australia it just took off. It had twice as many people as watched the last one. It's been so big in Australia it's freaked me out."
Is it true you turned down the offer of an American remake?
"Oh yeah. They wanted to do that with the previous show as well. They were really persistent and really pushy about it and I couldn't think of anything worse. Not necessarily there being an American version, but just having someone else doing it and remaking it is a weird idea to me. It's not like there was just a script and then we made it. A lot of it was improvised and rewritten during the editing. It would be weird to copy that."
The characters are always so well developed, down to very small physical ticks. How long do you spend creating them?
"I spend a lot of time writing and I spend a lot of that time researching and getting out into the environment that the characters would be in. I spent a lot of time with Pacific Islander boys, just hanging with them in schools, to develop Jonah. I don’t really rehearse anything, so when it comes to playing them I try to make sure I know them well enough that it just happens. It's weird on the first day of shooting because they just come alive. Usually by the second day they are realistic."
Read the full interview here
No, the reason why this song could be in the running where a bigger (and, let's be frank, BETTER) one may lose out, is because of the way it manages to condense many different musical threads within a short space of time. It could act as a kind of contents page for contemporary music, so that our nine-fingered snot-beast guests will be able to identify which sound they identify with the best, and then music experts can go off and fetch more music which suits their purple palate.
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Platform interview Basshunter!
"In Britain, Basshunter is bringing back the North/South divide like coal was back in fashion. His "Dance Nation" arena tour in April doesn't feature a single gig south of Birmingham. Not that he wants to talk about why his music doesn't transcend across the Midlands. He wants to talk about wanking in the shower and the golf ball trade. Fair enough.
Hi Jonas, How are you?
I'm just excellent, perfect, i can't complain about anything. I'm in a hotel in London with two really beautiful bar tenders serving me orange juice and I'm just watching my two computers, checking my Facebook and watching crazy crazy movies.
Why don't you make some more of your brilliant music?
I could actually record and produce a song in a hotel room. Yeah, you see this is the problem with me, I have this thing called goldfish memory. That's why I'm always carrying around my dictaphone. But the most ultimate of all is my moleskin, or is it molechine?
A moleskine diary?
Yeah, exactly. I'm on my third on right now, with these three books I'm going to conquer the world.
I mean if these books end up in the wrong hands, Jesus Christ.
Do they have the sound of 2009 contained within their pages?
These pages have the sound of 2015 my friend.
My god, can you give us a glimpse.
This is for young readers though yeah?"
Read the full interview here
Friday, 12 December 2008
"How To Lose Your Best Friend" also features on the MySpace Music Homepage!
Raj from ElectroQueer finally got to interview Basshunter, here's an extract, click here to read the full & hilarious piece, and find out how he got to the following quote; "We were born without clothes, so well don't use clothes at home, be naked. Show your ass to the neighbors."
"Jonas Altberg aka Basshunter is one man that's hard to pin down. Ever since exploding onto the music scene with his international #1 hit for "Now You're Gone", Basshunter is one hot commodity that everyone wants a piece of. He's primarily responsible for bringing techno music back in the charts and whether you love or hate his music, what makes him so damn popular first and foremost - is his charisma. I had the best time chatting to him and it's been one of the funnest interviews I've ever had the pleasure of doing.
In this interview with Basshunter, we talk about life in the fast line, what a Basshunter show is like and what exactly goes into a successful house party at his house...There's also some wise words from "Mr. Basshunter" himself and bit of nakedness at the end.
Enjoy EQ's - this is one interview I hope you'll have a chuckle with.
Hello Jonas - how are you today?
Hello! I am absolutely perfect. I'm in the bar at the hotel with my laptop - scrambling through some pictures and scanning some new tracks sent to me and stuff like that.
You know, I've never been to a Basshunter show yet - tell me what it's like!
A Basshunter show is quite crazy. You know I've been trying to plan the show - like at this part of the show I'm gonna say "this" or do "that", but after five seconds on the stage I totally forget about everything and the whole show is just a big spontaneous thing. I like to entertain people. My goal with a Basshunter show is that people that are watching, they are gonna remember it. It's not gonna be like when they meet their friends or colleagues. That's not good enough. I want them to say "hey man, this guy is wicked, he's crazy, he's sick". It doesn't matter what they say, as long as they remember the Basshunter show.
So whose idea was it to have a series of short films for your videos for "Now You're Gone", "All I Ever Wanted", "Angel In The Night" and "I Miss You"? Are you planning a fifth installment in the video series soon?
Yeah of course, wait until I release single number sixty-three and we'll have "Basshunter: The Musical". The whole plan is to keep the storyline going and who knows, maybe in twenty years, we'll do all the videos again in one movie. That would be quite cool. It's like me and ABBA.
The Sun Online feature Kid Cudi vs Crookers "Day 'N' Nite";
"BITCHY bosses, cocky colleagues and counting down the days till Christmas... sound familiar?
American rapper KID CUDI has captured the dreams of a disillusioned employee perfectly in his video for Day 'N' Nite.
Kid Cudi, real name Scott Mescudi, is already a star across the pond and is hoping to cement his success on UK shores.
The video is set against the backdrop of a convenience store, where boredom is traded in for an overactive imagination spurned on by hot girls dancing provocatively in the shop.
At just 23-years-old he has distinguished himself with a genre-bending fusion of alternative rock, hip-hop and RnB, blended with emotionally charged songwriting based on his own experiences.
Even KANYE WEST has taken a shine to the aspiring musician, collaborating with him in the studio and performing together onstage around the globe.
The remix of Day ‘N’ Nite is released on January 12"
Click here to see the feature, click below to watch the brilliant video!
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
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Monday, 8 December 2008
MSN will feature "Ask Basshunter" all this week on the Music Homepage, inviting MSN users to post questions to Jonas! They are also featuring all four videos from the album!
"Basshunter, aka 23-year-old Swede Jonas Erik Altberg, has been one of the surprise packages of the year.
A minor star in Europe, particularly his native Scandinavia, following a string of eurodance hits back in 2006, he only broke through in the UK after one of them (Boten Anna) was given an English makeover and re-released as Now You're Gone at the end of 2007.
It stayed at number one for five weeks, before being knocked off the top spot by Duffy's huge hit, Mercy.
Follow-up single All I Ever Wanted narrowly missed repeating the trick, getting to number two. Like its predecessor, it was an English language remake of a previous Basshunter track.
Bashunter's new single I Miss You, released on December 15, is a modified cover of the 1999 Westlife album track and features vocals from Lauren Dyson. Oh, and like all his previous releases, it's got a video with lots of scantily-clad models in it. Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
We're meeting Mr Altberg for a chat soon and we want questions from you to ask him. So if you're dying to know his thoughts on the global economic crisis or the objectification of women in popular culture, you've come to the right place.
Or you can just ask him his favourite colour, we're not bothered."
Click here to see the full feature, click here to post a question!
"Archangel, aka Nick Webber, is releasing the title track to his debut album 'How To Lose Your Best Friend'. The video was shot on location in Guatemala, and can be seen below"
Click here to see the feature
Friday, 5 December 2008
"London, Thursday 4th December 2008 - Hard2Beat Records, the dance phenomenon of 2008 are taking the biggest dance acts, the largest anthems and the hottest dancers across the land on a mammoth 6 date UK arena tour this coming Easter 2009. This is absolutely massive... This is Dance Nation Live!
Headlined by the king of dance, Basshunter, this extravaganza will be the live event of 2009. Having stormed to No.1 and now gone platinum with his debut album ‘Now You’re Gone’ that includes a string of smash hit singles including the No.1‘Now You’re Gone’, No.2 ‘All I Ever Wanted’, ‘Angel In The Night’ and ‘I Miss You’ the ultimate Bass Creator is guaranteed to tear up the floor with his first tour of the UK."
Confirmed Artists include Basshunter, Sash!, September, Booty Luv, Platnum, Stunt, Lasgo, Ian Van Dahl (Anna Grace), Angel City, Jenny Jones, MC Storm, DJ Dougal, Bass Slammers, Lauren Dyson
DANCE NATION LIVE - April 2009
Sunday 5th BIRMINGHAM LG ARENA
Monday 6th CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL ARENA
Tuesday 7th BELFAST ODYSSEY ARENA
Wednesday 8th MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS ARENA
Friday 10th ABERDEEN AECC ARENA
Saturday 11th NEWCASTLE METRO RADIO ARENA
For more information please get in touch, or click here to read more about it on Tiscali - for early bird tickets click here
Frank Sinatra was joined by his Rat Pack buddies Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr - they got together to serve up some fine fare guaranteed to raise festive spirits, including White Christmas, Silent Night and Jingle Bells, and makes for essential listening this Christmas . The album features 20 tracks by this legendary trio, and is out now digitally through Demon Music Group - its also flying up the download chart! Click here to get your copy!
The other classic Christmas album? A Christmas Gift To You by Phil Spector
Kid Cudi is in the long list for the BBC Sound Poll of 2009!
The poll works by taking the opinions of more than 130 of the UK's top music critics and broadcasters - from magazine editors and music writers through to DJs and producers.
They were asked to name their three favourite new music acts, which could be from any country and any genre, but must not have already had a UK top 20 single or album.
The 15 that make the grade are The Big Pink, Dan Black, VV Brown, Empire Of The Sun, Florence And The Machine, Frankmusik, La Roux, Lady Gaga, Little Boots, Master Shortie, Mumford & Sons, Passion Pit, The Temper Trap, White Lies and Kid Cudi.
Click here to see the full feature on the BBC, click here to find out more about the Poll, and how it is compiled.
"Sexy ex-porn star AYLAR LIE is back for more barmy antics with bonkers boy BASSHUNTER. This time the duo are frolicking in the winter weather for new Christmas single I Miss You.
The Eurotrasher, real name Jonas Altberg, finally revealed his true feelings for the foxy temptress. He said: "The story of me and Aylar is that she is an actor and I am an artist, but we're very good friends.
"We get along great - but she has a boyfriend. That's the problem." Jonas added: "I'm not saying yes or no. I can't say I'm not interested, but at the moment it's not possible."
But high school crushes aside, he has promised to celebrate in style if the tune rockets to No1. And he is no stranger of embarking on outrageous missions when he tops the charts. Basshunter donned a Borat-style mankini when Now You're Gone reached dizzying heights and threatened to bunjee-jump in a pink bunny suit if All I Ever Wanted matched his former success. Jonas said: "I'll give you an exclusive to cover the event. I'll wear a Santa Claus outfit and go to Blackpool to ride the rollercoasters. "I think it will be more fun to do it in July as I don't want to get stuck at the top of a ride if the ice interferes with the machinery.
"I'll still wear the full Santa costume in the summer though."
Read the full piece here
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
"Ministry of Sound and iZotope today announced that, in a groundbreaking collaboration for iPhone and iPod touch, fans can now buy the iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems album from the iTunes Store and also purchase a companion application from the Apple App Store that lets them create original music.
“This is a truly unique experience where some of the best known dance music sounds of the last two decades are now available to be recreated on iPhone at the touch of a button.” said Van Uong, licensing account manager at Ministry of Sound.
“With the combination of iDrum’s simple Multi-Touch user interface and Ministry of Sound’s incredible sample content, you can create your own club anthems right in the palm of your hand,” said Nick Dika, content manager at iZotope:
iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems lets iPhone and iPod touch owners recreate their favourite club tracks of yesterday and today. This special edition of iDrum is the perfect companion to Ministry of Sound’s newest album representing clubbing history, “Anthems II.” Starting with professionally produced iDrum kits that emulate the greatest anthems in clubbing history, users can customize the included beats any way they like or mix and match over 300 original samples to make their own epic tracks. iDrum’s simple interface lets even novice users build beats layer by layer by tapping the touch screen or create music with simple shapes and color combinations that let anyone visualize the rhythm."
See the full feature here
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
"Love The Basshunter Story? How would you like to write the next chapter?!
If 'Walk On Water' was the next single where would you take the story next?
Enter your video ideas in the comments section on the Hard2Beat website here
The winning idea will be featured on the site and receive feedback from Basshunter himself!"
"We think Kid Cudi is going be huge in the coming months so, we though we'd give you a little bit of info on the American rapper and singer from Cleveland, Ohio.
His real name is Scott Mescudi but you can call him Kid Cudi, that's pronounced "Cud-e" and not "Coo-di".
Kid Cudi's debut single 'Day N' Nite' has been given the remix treatment by production duo Crookers and the remix is already a massive club track.
He's already caught the attention of Kanye West, who's label he is now signed to.
He's recently been in the studio with Kanye working with him on Kanye's forthcoming album '808s & Heartbreaks' as well as working on his own debut album 'Man on the Moon', which we can expect sometime next year.
If you can't wait until then, 'Day N' Nite' is released on January 12th"
Read the full feature here
Up until now the Soundtrack has only been available in Australia through ABC Shops and the Australian iTunes Store. The album contains audio extracts from songs in the series including Mr. G's "My Name is Mr G","Bummer Heights High", "Naughty Girl", "She's A Slut", Jonah's "Being A Poly", and the Summer Heights High theme.
The show first aired in the UK on BBC Three in June 2008 and due to its success, the series is now repeated on BBC 3 on Monday nights.
Summer Heights High explores what happens over one school term in an average Australian high school. Playing all three main characters, Lilley brings to life Jonah Takalua, a mischievous schoolboy from Tonga with the odds stacked against him; Mr G, an ego-driven drama teacher with delusional showbiz dreams; and Ja'mie King, a bitchy private schoolgirl on a student exchange, set to make her mark on Summer Heights High.
Shocking, absurd and often dark, Chris Lilley's uncanny insight into human behaviour reveals a world where small issues become huge, social groups are important, careers are built, young minds are moulded, hopes are shattered and dreams are realised.
Lucy Lumsden, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, says: "Summer Heights High is a fantastic addition to the BBC Three comedy line-up for 2008 – with a truly brilliant central performance from Chris Lilley."
Summer Heights High was shot on location at a working high school over 11 weeks. A co-production between ABC TV and Princess Pictures, the series was produced by Laura Waters (We Can Be Heroes, Kath & Kim).
Summer Heights High is the winner of two Australian Logie Awards (Most Popular Actor and Most Outstanding Comedy) and a Chicago Hugo Award for Best Comedy Series – and it is the best-selling TV series DVD in Australian history. The DVD release was released in October this year in the UK and has been extremely successful.
Friday, 28 November 2008
"Archangel, a.k.a. Nick Webber, has been in my CD pile for some time now. The only reason I haven’t written about him is that it’s so good I couldn’t stop listening long enough to say something smart about him. I still don’t have anything smart to say, but I do have something honest to say - this is pretty great.
The first few times I listened to ‘How To Lose Your Best Friend’, I couldn’t help but feel it was like hearing Chris Corner (IAMX) fronting the Foo Fighters (the track’s melody is eerily reminiscent of ‘Everlong’). That might not seem too harmonious on paper, but in application it works really well. Of course, that’s just the one track. He has 5 others streaming on his Myspace page, all of which you should definitely check out.
Nick may very well be the next Tom Vek - a one-man force of nature that’s so good at what he does you’d never know that there weren’t 20 more hands behind the mixing board. Here’s to hoping he won’t disappear like Tom and that we get a lot more like this!"
Click here to see the feature
Thursday, 27 November 2008
"So anyone who listens to dance music and says "Well, anyone could do that" isn't far off the mark these days.
Ministry of Sound has just launched the iDrum app for iPhone and iPod touch which lets you monkey around with floor-fillers of yesteryear to create your own pumpin' classics.
Choose from over 300 samples of some of the biggest choons in dance history (think Encore une Fois, Blue Monday, Professional Widow) then the funky little interface lets you build beats and layer your track using simple taps on the screen.
There's also 20 unique kits to help you get started, so even if you've never even had a sniff of some deck you can become a mobile DJ. There's a YouTube vid of it in action here.
It's also a very clever way to promote Ministry of Sound Anthems II, the new album of over a decade of ravey daveyness which is out now..."
Click here to see the feature, click here for more info and to download the iDrum for your iPhone / iTouch
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
"If you're ever feeling a bit apathetic and a bit down because you're lacking creativity, then you'd be best advised not to listen to this record because it would probably only make it worse. Archangel is the offspring of Nick Webber, who devised and performed this entire debut album, and consuming this beast will probably make the best of us feel slightly useless and insignificant. Saying that, the ingenuity of this possible magnum opus-to-be deserves to be celebrated, and will be a great source of inspiration for all the power hungry solo musicians looking to take over the world.
Curiously entitled 'How To Lose Your Best Friend', this collection of 11 songs opens with the title track, whose main riff bears a near lawsuit-inducing resemblance to the Foo Fighters anthem 'Everlong'. Punchy stuff, the music sounds organic and alive, shivering with vitality, whilst 'Nervous Energy' benefits from some angular vibes a la We Are Scientists."
Read the full review here
"Much has been made of the fact that Archangel aren't a band, but the nom de plume of multi-instrumentalist Nick Webber. Over the course of these eleven songs Webber sings, plays drums, guitar, bass, piano and keyboards and probably made the tea as well. Luckily, his desire to retain control is more Prince then Lenny Kravitz when it comes to the quality stakes, with How To Lose Your Best Friend containing a handful of quality songs.
The album opens with the title track, and the listener is immediately knocked off guard as what sounds like the opening riff of the Foo Fighters' Everlong being played on a keyboard starts to emanate from the speakers. It's disconcerting, not least because it's such an odd calling card for an album that barely features a guitar played in anger. It's also too recent an influence, with the album luxuriating in the pomp of late '70s and early '80s pop (complete with a version of Steely Dan's Do It Again). Once you've shaken that off though, the song's hypnotic melody starts to work it's magic as the tension of the first couple of minutes is finally released in a flurry of piano and lyrical frustration ("I want what I have not").
Elsewhere, album highlight Odysseus recalls Let's Dance-era David Bowie, all two-note keyboard riffs and playful time signatures. There's also a great bit around the two minute mark when everything falls away to leave a simple keyboard riff that is cheekily reminiscent of theEurhythmics' Sweet Dreams, before everything falls back into place. Not every song looks that far back, with Hallelujah's slightly delayed nod to the punk funk phenomenon of about three years ago. Crucially, Webber ditches trying to be The Rapture after the first minute and the song settles into being a proper pop stomper with a gigantic chorus."
Read the full review here
"The follow-up to Cornwall-based Ruarri Joseph's 2007's acclaimed debut album Tales Of Grime And Grit is preceded by Red Mist, the title track of an EP which is self-released next month. Now out of his deal with Atlantic, the full length record, 'Both Sides Of The Coin', will be released next year. It's a pointed change in direction, mature and mellow but with a strong commercial edge. JF London gig: December 9, Betsey Trotwood EC1"
Help Ruarri make a new Red Mist video, by uploading your clips - screaming / shouting / letting it all out - watch this to find out more;
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Rapper and singer Kid Cudi – with a little help from production duo Crookers – will unleash the first big hit of 2009 with hip-house masterpiece Day ‘N’ Nite Lyrically angst-filled and insomnia inspired, the debut single oscillates between hypnotic, stripped back electro and unashamedly deranged, rave-style breakbeats complete with wonky bassline. The result is a disconcertingly catchy anthem that’s already causing high-scoring Richter Scale damage in clubs and winning over fans all day and all night long.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
"I really enjoyed this little behind the scenes documentary for the Christian Falk ft. Robyn video for "Dream On". It's nice to see Robyn enjoying herself in NYC and to see a little glimpse into her popstar life. The concept of the video is explained in detail and the actors themselves all add some great commentary. Really just a nice bit of film if you're a fan of the song and Robyn. It makes me miss NYC a bit. Enjoy."
Dream On: Behind The Scenes
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Monday, 17 November 2008
"Swedish electropopper Robyn may have put together the best singles run of the last 18 months: 'With Every Heartbeat', 'Handle Me', 'Be Mine', 'Who's That Girl'. Ever the individual, she's now singing about "thieves and muggers" and "scum and lowlifes" on new single 'Dream On', a collaboration with fellow Swede Christian Falk. Intrigued, we met up with her to find out more.
The new single features some rather unusual lyrics. What's it about exactly?
"We actually recorded the single two years ago, so it's not a comment on the present time, but I actually think these lyrics make a lot of sense now. The lyrics are about anyone who's a little bit on the outside - it doesn't have to be thugs, criminals, drug addicts or crazy people, even though the lyrics mention them. It's about how people who are different in society are often discriminated against or bullied."
That's quite dark subject matter for a pop song.
"Yeah, but you don't have to go all the way with it! If you're having a bad day and feeling a bit different, that song could be about you as well. It's for everybody. I love the fact that it's a song you can dance to with real deep content."
Your album came out in Sweden more than three years ago. Have you started thinking about the follow-up yet?
"I've started to think about it, but I've been on the road a lot this year so I haven't recorded anything yet. I hope to get back in the studio as soon as possible, maybe even as soon as January. I'm going to continue with the same sound on the next album and I'm going to work with Kleerup and Klas Ahlund, who I worked with on this album, again."
Read the FULL interview here
Thursday, 13 November 2008
"One-man-band, Archangel, takes us on a retro trip back to the 80s.
From Mystery Jets to Mark Ronson, if there's one thing that's going through more than a slight resurgence at the moment it's the 80s. Step into your local Topshop, turn on the radio or enter within a 5 mile vicinity of Hoxton and I'll bet your neon legwarmers that the first thing you hear will be synths. So when the first bars of distorted keyboard effects kick in on album opener and title track, 'How to Lose Your Best Friend', there's more than a slight feeling of 'here we go again' to be had. Wrong. Because whilst a whole host of other bands are semi- ripping off the decade, Archangel is so committed to the cause you feel like the album may have come inbuilt with a tardis to take you back 25 years. That's a positive thing by the way.
Archangel, aka Nick Webber, apparently locked himself away for 18 months in a little house in Wiltshire with nowt but his collection of 70s and 80s records for company whilst making this album, and in a strange way it shows; apart from the obvious influences that have been brought to it, there's a kind of frantic energy that runs through the whole thing. Pounding drum tracks and multi-layerd electro blips abound, somehow managing to create a very internal, almost insular experience at odds with the upbeat, dance sensibilities of the tracks themselves.
At its best points, How To Lose Your Best Friend is a stomping disco beast in the vein of Friendly Fires or Roxy Music- 'Drive' and recent single 'Physical Energy' are two prime examples- but at times, and admittedly they are thankfully few in number, Archangel manages to lose the required edge that keeps him from descending into happy-clappy Feeling-esque pop ('Loud and Clear', 'Not The Man You Think I Am'). However, a stonking cover of Steely Dan's 'Do It Again' and even a sample of Maxine Nightingale's 'Right Back Where We Started From' are more than enough to redeem his granny-pop sins.
In general, 'How To Lose Your Best Friend', is a solid debut and one that should be applauded for managing to both be completely on the fashion money yet still set itself apart from the countless others doing the same. Maybe next time he'd benefit from having an objective eye join him down in his Wiltshire bunker, but for now Archangel should be pretty pleased with this first release. "I want what I have not"? Well, we want what you have. Mostly."
Read the review here
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
"At first glance, Archangel sound like a fully functioning band, complete with singer, guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer. Wrong. In fact, this fully functioning 'band' is actually one man's compulsive determination and unbelievable talent. Nick Webber is the musical mastermind behind and within this track who not only sung and produced the record but played the guitar, drums, piano, electric keyboard, synth - bass and percussion too. Like a kid in a sweet shop, he had his hand in everything and the images of Webber impersonating roadrunner are not to be laughed at but commended, for this is a truly brilliant single.
'How To Lose Your Best Friend' is defiantly a track you can imagine listening to in a grimy bar with its dirty dance floors and idiotic indie kids dancing to songs that are 'cool' but they don't know why. Yet this is actually cool. The fusion of electronic energy and murky beats are all cemented together by Webber's lyrics and screechy vocals. Its alternative indie meets electro, in other words not the same monotonous drivel that many 'indie' bands like The Kooks and Razorlight keep churning out year after year.
Webber has made an edgy and mysterious track that does not tell you how or why he lost his best friend but makes you want a whole new one in the form of the man responsible for such an creative and innovative song.
Nick Webber may only be one man, but he certainly has more imagination and passion than Johnny Borrell and Luke Pritchard have put together."
See the review in its full glory here
To coincide with this, Hard2Beat commissioned Ministry Of Sound TV to make a three part documentary, to tell the story of Sash!
This excellent content has been on the Bebo Music Homepage for a MONTH - the third part having just been added - click here to view!
Thursday, 6 November 2008
"Starting off Like the Foo Fighter’s Everlong played on a beaten up organ before exploding into a psyche-Beach Boys-ian indie stomp, electrifying from start to finish with a sadness at the heart of it, definitely one’s to watch!"
Read the Subba Cutlcha interview with Nick here : http://www.subba-cultcha.com/article_feature.php?id=5301
Here's the official press release;
"The pop success story of the year & Europe's most in demand artist, Basshunter will unleash his Christmas anthem 'I Miss You' on 15th December'. Taken from the massive No.1 album 'Now You're Gone' and following three smash hit singles, his star is set to burn even brighter in the galaxy of pop.
Released on the huge Hard2Beat label, home of Basshunter, September & Sash!, 'I Miss You' features the luscious Lauren Dyson on vocals. A hugely talented producer, 'I Miss You' shows off Basshunter's slick producer skills and is set to be the anthem for any Christmas night out and will keep the party going right into the new year!
The previous glossy video clips have been huge online success's with 'Now You're Gone' receiving a staggering 42 million hits being the third most watched video of all time on YouTube! The 'I Miss You' video continues the story starring the gorgeous Aylar Lie. Picking up where Aylar & Basshunter left off in 'Angel In The Night', 'I Miss You' is set amongst the mountains of Norway in a beautiful log cabin. Aylar, Basshunter and a gang of friends have the ultimate Christmas day with Presents, Jacuzzi's, Snow Fights & Bikini's....but who will be kissing who under the mistletoe?
With a debut album that sky rocketed to number 1, knocking Coldplay off the summit in the process, the 'Now You're Gone' single spending 5 weeks at number one and two further smash hits, 2008 has been a phenomenal year. Not content with his huge success, Basshunter is itching to do a full scale tour in 2009 - there really is no stopping this Swedish sensation!"
The Sun Online get the world exclusive of the brand new Basshunter video, "I MIss You", and featured it as one of the lead stories on Bizarre, MusicBiz - it even featured on the main homepage..
"EVEN when it's snowing outside, AYLAR LIE knows how to turn up the heat.
While most of us are padded up fatter than a snowman and with noses brighter than Rudolph, the Iranian former porn queen still looks scorching with her luscious locks draped over her itsy bitsy bikini.
The brunette has reprised her role as the female lead in BASSHUNTER's upcoming Christmas track I Miss You, shedding her kit despite the winter setting.
The video sees the quirky Swede, real name Jonas Altberg, spending the festive season with Aylar and their pals.
Their playful innocence is captured as they exchange pressies, but it's soon traded in for steamy spas and snogging under the mistletoe.
Taken from the No1 album Now You're Gone and following three smash hit singles, you can forget Auld Lang Syne this New Year and get jiggy to Jonas.
I Miss You is released on December 15."
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Wednesday, 22 October 2008
"It's not just a Robyn single. We should just state right now that despite the fact that Robyn is all over the video for Christian Falk featuring Robyn's 'Dream On'...
...this is NOT simply a Robyn release. This is most definitely a Christian Falk featuring Robyn release. It's on a different label and everything and is not part of the Robyn campaign.
As you can see the single's artwork removes any doubt at all that this is ABSOLUTELY NOT to be confused with the latest Robyn release
Yes very good.
Click here to see the full feature on Popjustice
"Pumping indie-funk probably wouldn’t work without this one man at the helm, playing all the instruments, controlling the direction, perfecting every piece, riding solo and powering through. Archangel demonstrates that as Tom Vek did (and with similar funk, dance sensibilities) a one man attack is a smart attack. The album is good good great, hear more at myspace."
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Monday, 20 October 2008
The Swedish songstress lends her vocals to "Dream On," a track from Swedish pop producer Christian Falk. Atmospheric and grand, Robyn and Christian hit all the right notes on this emotive pop tune that makes me weak in the knees a little.
The song is actually a re-release of a 2006 version that also features the vocals of Swedish pop rocker Ola Salo of The Ark. This re-release will be released as a single in the U.K. on November 24."
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The label describes it as an "eerily poignant social commentary on today's broken Britain", and to that end Robyn sings about "thieves and muggers, tricks and hustlers, cheats and traitors, scum and low-lives". OK, so it isn't a barrel of laughs lyrically, but 'Dream On' is a lovely, melancholy piece of electropop that maintains the high standards Robyn set with 'Be Mine', 'Who's That Girl' and 'With Every Heartbeat'.
The suitably evocative video, which features Robyn in New York, appears for your viewing pleasure below"
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Sunday, 19 October 2008
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The video is also featured on Popdirt, click here
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"PINT-SIZED popstar ROBYN is back with another infectious tune that eerliy reflects today's Broken Britain.
The platinum-blonde Swede features on the new single from fellow Scandanavian CHRISTIAN FALK.
Dream On is a haunting track with all too poignant lyrics about street crime and drug dependency.
Thugs and bad men/ Punks and liars/ F***ed up interns/ Pigs and snitches...
You won't be strip-searched, torn up tonight/ You won't be cut up, bleeding tonight...
You won't be strung out, cold, shaking to your bones/ Wishing you were anywhere else but right here/ So dream on...
Dream On can be downloaded from November 17 and hits shops on November 24"
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Monday, 13 October 2008
Monday 20th October, Sonny J's first proper fully live show in London, support comes from Archangel, all happening at 229 The Venue, 229 Gt Portland St, London - click here to get 25% OFF the advance ticket price!!
Monday, 6 October 2008
"Girl-group pop, hardest game in the world mate. I was in an all female girl group for a few years man and boy, I tell you. Hmmm, he was an excellent and under-rated Fast Show character wasn’t it?
Anyways, girl groups, perhaps the record companies have seen the end of Girls Aloud and Sugababes as there appears to be a glut of girl groups being pushed back on to unsuspecting young girls and gay men. Most record label money appears to have been dumped on The Saturdays and with two ex S Club Juniors and a Sienna Miller lookalike in the line-up, you know’ll they’ll be appealing to more than the standard market, its just a shame they forget to include a tune with their debut single.
So, not holding out much hope for them, who else is there? Red Blooded Women (yeah, its like that Kylie track but there's three of them) claim to be different. So far so like everyone else but the track ‘You Made Your Bed’ takes from 80s synth pop and delivers something slightly better than to be expected. The vocals are short of breath, there are stop start moments and the lyrical wordplay is kept simple so they’ve followed the template pretty well but it just doesn’t feel collectively right. The remix that tries to steal the bass from ‘I Feel Love’ is probably the best of the bunch but come 2009, you wont be hearing this too much on the sticky and grubby dance floors that lovers of this type of music usually find themselves in.
If you really want to do yourself a favour, get your hands on the work of Little Boots if you really need a poppy girl to bop along to, a little bit harder is Ladyhawke who also gets the thumbs up but if you want the best advice, sit back for a few weeks and get the Annie record. Or better yet, go and get her ‘Anniemal’ album and enjoy ‘Chewing Gum’ or ‘Me Plus One.’ Saying that, Red Blooded Women appear to be better than the rest of their newly launched rivals but how much of a compliment you view this as is entirely up to you!"
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"FOR those old enough to remember TOM HANKS flick Big, DELINQUENT's new video is a perfect nostalgic trip down memory lane.
The infectious track I Got U follows a group of kids who are too small to go on the rides at their local fairground.
But after drinking a magic potion, they grow overnight and wake up the size of adults.
To see the video, watch below:
Delinquent have struggled to release the follow up to My Destiny, after a near death experience on the M25 whilst travelling back from a gig.
But they've triumphed with the new single, which features sexy songstress KCAT, as it has enjoyed huge summer success in Ibiza, Ayia Napa, Malia, Zante and Kos.
So hopefully it will keep us feeling hot despite the winter blues"
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Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Platnum's new single "Love Shy" is out to download now - and is the follow up to the massive "What's It Gonna Be" - The Sun Online have the exclusive of the specially made sexy cut of the video, which makes the headlines of the paper's music homepage;
"YOU’VE seen the sexy video for Platnum’s new single Love Shy – now catch the bits that were too racy for the final cut.
Four scantily clad models show off their bodywork and brush bumpers as they dance around a sleek sports car to the garage sound. The original video for the follow up to the number two smash What’s It Gonna Be featured band members AARON, MINA and MICHELLE.But for the ‘sexy cut’, the band have stepped aside and let the girls do their thing.
Love Shy is in shops now."
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Monday, 29 September 2008
"For once, "We're putting it out on our own label" means an artistic rebirth.
Only those who've seen Travis live - where the album versions turn into rock behemoths - will know what to expect.
Flitting joyfully between gonzo rock opera (no, really), Silver Sun shining power-pop and their Good Feeling debut, it's a joyous racket. Always better as underdogs, it's a band whose only link to their past is great melodies. 8/10"
You see the review here, and all other teletext pages on the web here
Room Thirteen give "Ode To J. Smith" a 11 out of 13 review;
"In their most eccentric work since ‘Good Feeling’, Scottish band Travis look set to gain a completely different crowd following, as well as open the minds of the fans they already have with the new release.
It has been suggested that bands such as Coldplay, Keane and Snow Patrol were only able to make their impact in the music industry after Travis paved the way for artists alike. Now, eleven years after their debut ‘Good Feeling’, the band return with ‘Ode To J Smith’, an album that in the same style as the debut has been written on electric guitar, something the band have only done twice and puts lead guitarist Andy Dunlop at the centre of attention.
Travis writes songs based on a variety of experiences and thoughts that occur over a long period. With this sixth studio release, the songs were mastered due to a rush of creativity between the band members, and recorded in two weeks, following a short UK tour. The pace at which the band was working clearing had some influence over the speed of the material, and it makes this the most cohesive album the band has released.
The songs were written in regards to a nameless character/s. The track to which the title would never have been without is ‘J. Smith’, is more of a story tale than an experience. ‘Something Anything’ was the first single from this release and was quite a shock to someone who was expecting the previous style Travis held. It marks a first for the band; it was bassist Dougie Payne having written the song and not lead man Fran."
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City Life have given Travis's album a 4 out of 5 rating- review below;
"TRAVIS no longer have to compete with the likes of Oasis, Razorlight, The Killers or The Kings Of Leon. Therefore, they have taken their original sound and returned to their roots, with this, their new album.
It works a treat as it really captures the feel of Good Feeling before they became the big Stadium band, known for Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
The guitar sounds that fans love is back and it means that you are left with a rock-fuelled album, with no big commercial tracks. Well, all bar one, as Last Words reminds you of Sing.
But, apart from that, Travis produce an album which is refreshingly unlike their latter material."
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BBC.co.uk have reviewed Travis's new album "Ode To J. Smith", out today.
"Pre-release, Travis tipped their sixth studio album to be their ''loudest and edgiest yet'', their ''rockiest since their debut''. In the past, they've swung both ways, from the happy, wistful band of Driftwood to the more serious boys of Repeat Offender. But that was then and this is now – with more than a decade in the spotlight, copies of an early EP estimated at £1,000 a pop and an international status necessitating US, German and Japanese microsites.
Ode To J. Smith is certainly rockier than ever before – recorded in just two weeks, it's the first album to be written on electric guitar since their 1997 debut. However it's also more than rock - this is an eclectic, experimental mix.
Singer Fran Healy's voice is incongruously upbeat on lamenting album opener, Chinese Blues, almost-title-track, J. Smith, starts brightly before switching into rock via an unexpected choral interlude, while if Healy's voice was more Cobain-like, then the effortlessly stylish Broken Mirror would be black as Nirvana's darkest night.
Along with Broken Mirror, recent single, Something Anything, is another of the album's highlights - a sing-along chorus with riffy guitars that's reminiscent of their superfans, Oasis. Last Words is more of a country ditty with Travis' old pal the banjo tiptoeing amongst the electric guitars. While the opening chords of Friends sound eerily similar to the Rolling Stones' epic, Gimme Shelter.
Ode To J. Smith encapsulates Travis' 12 years of experience, from the peaks of BRIT Awards and celebrity cameos (think Ben Stiller in their promo for Closer as well as the band'’s recent appearance in Son Of Rambow) to the troughs of the pressures of mega fame and drummer Neil Primrose's almost-fatal neck break.
The band speak of their ''need to make an amazing record'', of a ''rush of creative urgency''. This album is certainly a rush. Their re-embrace of rock is a move forward, rather than a step back – a return to form. Travis say the album title is a tribute to its key track, while J. Smith is ''about just another nameless character''. But any namesakes would do right to feel pretty chuffed with a dedication like this."
See the full review here
Friday, 26 September 2008
Christian Falks ft Robyn's "Dream On" (Wez Clarke Mix" is Popjustice's Song Of The Day!
'Dream On' is a sort of lost, semi-forgotten Robyn-vocalled track which was doing the rounds before all that business with Number One singles and international fame kicked off.
Well, the Christian Falk-produced, 'Sesame Street'-esque belter is coming out properly in November through Data (home of the hits etc) with a brilliant remix package from people like Ashley Beedle, Moto Blanco and Virgo. We've picked the Wes Clarke mix for today's Song Of The Day.
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To watch Travis performing "Song To Self" exclusively for BBC Entertainment News, click here
Thursday, 25 September 2008
The Sun Online have the exclusive on the new Travis album "Ode To J. Smith", and are streaming it in full, the news makes the lead story on the Music Homepage.
"Sing Sing Sing Along To Travis
WHETHER you love them or hate them, TRAVIS imprint their totally-infectious, chart-topping melodies in your head for hours after you've turned the radio off.
Their catchy-chorus tunes have led to the success at the BRIT Awards, a host of headline shows and a succession of Top 10 records.
Ode to J Smith is the sixth studio album from the Scottish rockers - and we've got hold of the album so Sun readers can be the first to hear it."
Click here to see the full feature and hear the album in full!
Travis are featured on the BBC News website, on the Entertainment homepage. An exclusive performance of "Song To Self" also appears in the BBC iPlayer.
"Glasgow indie rock band Travis have returned to release their sixth studio album, Ode to J Smith, and embark on a UK tour.
Since their debut album Good Feeling was released in 1997, the band have headlined Glastonbury and twice received Brit Awards for best album. Travis front man Fran Healy speaks about being friends with Chris Martin, admiring Katy Perry and recording their new album in two weeks..
Who is J Smith?
He's a fictional character, used as a device to write this record. Parts of him are based on my own experiences projected onto a character. We've always come from a Joni Mitchell-style confessional school of song-writing. But this album takes more of a Bob Dylan perspective.
The album's very definitely guitar-led - heavier like your first album Good Feeling. Was this a conscious decision to move back towards an electric sound?
It was accidental. We were coming back from South America and I lost my amplifier. I was sent another amp, which was very loud. My regular guitar didn't work on it so I had to use an old 1956 Jazzmaster. It sounded loud and amazing so I wrote a lot of songs using it."
Read the full interview here!
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
WAR CHILD ANNOUNCE AN INCREDIBLE NEW ALBUM FEATURING ALL NEW AND EXCLUSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE BIGGEST NAMES IN MUSIC.
“HEROES” WILL BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 24 ON PARLOPHONE, WHO ARE DONATING THEIR PROFITS TO WAR CHILD.
War Child are proud to announce the release of their biggest and most ambitious album to date.
“Heroes”, released by EMI’s Parlophone label on November 24, features a unique and unprecedented collaboration between the biggest names in music history and today’s hottest artists, working with a concept that mirrors one of the intrinsic aims of War Child’s efforts in war zones across the world – to place faith in the next generation.
The concept of “Heroes” is that the biggest legends in music, including Sir Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Brian Wilson and The Clash, select one of the classic tracks from their own songwriting canon, and nominate an artist from the next generation to create a modern reworking of that classic song.
The full track listing will be announced in due course but already the album is shaping up to be a musical tour- de-force with the following amazing cover versions:
DUFFY covering SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY’S “LIVE AND LET DIE”
HOT CHIP covering JOY DIVISION’S “TRANSMISSION”
BECK covering BOB DYLAN’S “LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT”
BRIAN WILSON nominating RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, who performs a medley of two tracks from "Smile"
THE KOOKS covering THE KINKS’ “VICTORIA”.
Many tracks by hugely successful contemporary artists are still being finished; the completed War Child record will be an album of staggering musical diversity uniting the cream of musical giants from different generations.
The album cover has been created for War Child by John Squire, who did the artwork for the legendary “Help” album, the first to be released to benefit the charity.
War Child places its faith in the next generation and works to protect the most hard to reach children hit by a combination of war, poverty and marginalisation. They are the only child protection agency still operating in south Iraq, the only agency to have separated children from adults in Afghanistan prisons and the only international organisation working with ex-child soldiers in northern Democratic Republic of Congo
As well as being known for working in the world’s most dangerous war zones, War Child is famous for its association with the music industry – having broken records and boasting award winning albums.
Sir Paul McCartney said: "I have been supporting War Child since 1995. Their work with children in war zones saves lives and their work with those who take decisions that help them to do something about it saves even more lives. I think Duffy's version of 'Live And Let Die' is great - I was really impressed. The breadth of talent on this project is amazing; it's great that so many people gave their time, energy and support to this initiative. I urge everyone to support War Child."
Miles Leonard, MD of Parlophone said: “Heroes (Vol 1) is the most innovative and exciting War Child album to date and therefore it was essential for me that Parlophone be involved. It is very rewarding to see so many artists giving so generously of their time for such a worthwhile cause. I’ve admired the War Child organisation for many years now so I am delighted that Parlophone has been able to lend its support”
Mark Waddington, CEO of War Child said: “The prosecution of war on children outrages us. And War Child shares this outrage with many, many people. The generosity of the legendary and talented artists who have made this album happen is helping us to harness this outrage and do something really positive for children marginalised by war, the real heroes.”
Tomorrow Never Knows will be looking after the online pr for this project
"Travis don't want Coldplay's success. The 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me?' rockers have seen their record sales flounder in recent years, while the Chris Martin-fronted group have become worldwide favourites, but the Scottish band insist they don't want to be in the position of their friends. Travis frontman Fran Healy said: "If we'd only sold 40,000 records I would be hacked off. Chris and I are very different people. The guy doesn't sleep - he's incredibly determined.
"To be a giant, giant thing like that is incredibly difficult to manage and it's not something I'm attracted to."
The band achieved recognition with their album 'The Man Who' and Fran admits they found their fame weird at first.
He added to gossip website DigitalSpy: "The thing people don't realise about us is that we've always been out of vogue. We make great records that are slightly out of fashion - and 'The Man Who' was no exception.
"But something happened with 'The Man Who' and it got played on the radio and people really liked it. It was odd for us, a band who'd been slightly out of vogue, to suddenly become really successful."
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Thursday, 18 September 2008
Digital Spy interview Travis, which is now featured on the Digital Spy Homepage;
Chris Martin has said that Travis "invented" Coldplay. What do you think of that?
"It's outrageous and I think it's a double-edged sword. On the one hand it's complimentary, but on the other hand people might think we're responsible for inflicting Coldplay's music on the world! Chris and I are really good friends and I'm a big fan of Coldplay, but he knows what he was saying there. He knows Coldplay get a bad rap and he's sidling the blame onto me! But you know what, it's just a really cool thing to say."
Do you think it's true?
"I think being in a band is like looking for oil. We found this big empty area where everyone was saying, 'Don't be stupid, there's no oil there!' and we struck oil. It was gushing everywhere! Within a year there were 100 bands setting up round our area and we were like, 'Hang on, what's happening here?' But I think Chris Martin is definitely fully responsible for Coldplay and I don't want to take credit for Coldplay anymore!"
Read the full interview here