Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Martin Solveig Popjustice Song Of The Day!

"We first featured this epic collaboration back in June, but a few million YouTube views later and with 2011 - and the track's proper UK release - on the horizon we thought the full-on Song Of The Day treatment was in order. Such a brilliant tune"

Click here to see the feature on Popjustice

Monday, 13 December 2010

EQ : "Edei Dazzles On JLS Tour"

Thanks to Raj from EQ for this brilliant review - see this feature in all its glory on EQ here. To find out more about Edei, visit her website www.Edei.co.uk here, become a fan on Facebook here, or follow her on Twitter here.

On Friday night I was invited down to the O2 Arena to see hot new pop vocal talent Edei perform as a support artist for JLS and as someone who has really appreciated her first two music videos for "In My Bed" and new single "Loved", I was really curious to see how she would handle the massive sellout crowds. Having only been gigging in some of London's more inimate venues just mere months prior, all I can say about Edei is that she totally owned that stage on Friday night and delivered one hell of an impressive set. And let's be honest here, all the little horny tween girls weren't really there to see Edei perform now were they?

What I love about Edei is that she's a confident, poised and polished performer. Her ability to bring a crowd into her world of fun horns, doo-woopy 1960s overtones and musical shoulder bopping fun is quite impressive. I didn't really notice it until I saw her live, but Edei has a Joss Stone quality about the way she performs - she's upbeat, energetic and loves what she's doing. Perhaps the highlight for people experiencing Edei for the first time that night was her rendition of Cee-Lo Green's "Forget You" which always commands a reaction when new artists perform it these days - you could literally see all the mobiles coming out to catpure the moment for YouTube.

All in all - I was amazed at how Edei handled the masses at O2 arena - she most certainly delivered and I hope that everyone who enjoyed watching her like I did on Friday night, goes out and seeks her music out. If you're a fan of Eliza Doolittle, then I'll just say this - you'll be a MEGAFAN of Edei - guaranteed.

Let's watch "Loved" again shall we...Oh, and JLS were quite good too.

Friday, 10 December 2010

The Dirty Disco "Storyteller" According To The Boy With The Thorn In His Side



"What do we have here? A simply wonderful sound coming out of London town once again. A truly colourful and resonant noise that blends the beauty of glam as perfected by the likes of Bowie and Bolan with the endorphin-throttling pulses of electronic pop bliss. No. I’m not talking about 80s band Dead Or Alive. I’m referring to The Dirty Disco! The name is quite an appropriate description of the band’s sound as they truly do have the knack for working the listener up into a terrible sweat. I implore you to give a long listen or four to the band’s new single Storyteller for it’s one that brought a wide smile to my face when I gave it a few listens. It’s intense. It’s daring. It is one of the best sounds I’ve heard as the year draws to a close. The accompanying promotional film is pretty jarring as well but very well done in its ability to capture the viewer’s attention. I was so hoping that the band wouldn’t do anything to harm the little old man but alas… Bad Dirty Disco!!!
Hear it. Learn it. Love it. The single is out on the 31st of January."

Click here to see the post on The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Edei Featured On I Like Music



22-year-old Londoner Edei is set to be one of the faces to watch in 2011 and releases her new single, Loved, through Alma Recordings on 16th January 2011. With her cool vocals, refreshingly independent spirit and style to match, Loved is a heartfelt slice of New York soul that mixes Motown influences with addictive melody and given a modern twist.

Edei has also been chosen to support JLS on the first half of their sprawling 30-date UK arena tour this winter, and her debut album Inside Information is due fo release in early 2011.

Live Arena Dates with JLS 2010
29 Nov - Aberdeen AECC
30 Nov - Glasgow Braehead
02 Dec - Liverpool Arena
03 Dec - Liverpool Arena
04 Dec - Cardiff Arena
06 Dec - Bournemouth BIC
07 Dec - Birmingham Arena
09 Dec - London O2 Arena
10 Dec - London O2 Arena
11 Dec - Nottingham Arena
13 Dec - Glasgow SECC
14 Dec - Aberdeen ECC
16 Dec - Manchester Arena
17 Dec - Sheffield Arena
18 Dec - Newcastle Arena
20 Dec - Manchester Arena
21 Dec - Birmingham Arena
22 Dec - London Wembley Arena
23 Dec - London Wembley Arena

Finally, Edei has also been added to the bill for the 3rd installment of the Music Week backed Breakout event at Camden's Proud Gallery on Weds 8th December. Tickets are free to Music Week subscribers and available to the general public for £5 (£3 presale / £4 w/flyer).

Click here to see the feature on I Like Music, visit Edei's website www.edeimusic.co.uk here, become a fan on facebook here, and follow her on twitter here

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Drake "Thank Me Later" Named BBC.co.uk's Best Album of 2010



Welcome to the first part in a series of blog entries (running until Christmas Eve) presenting some of the best albums of 2010, from a host of writers and presenters involved with the BBC's Album Reviews service. In the coming days you'll find top fives from the likes of Gideon Coe, Bob Harris, Mike Harding and Steve Lamacq, as well as many from a selection of our great critics. But since it's muggins who commissions all of this coverage, I thought we'd kick off with my own top five. Anyone saying 2010 has been a bad year for music is clearly spouting pure poppycock, as cutting a list of 50-plus albums down to five was, to say the least, tough (but lots of fun). Enjoy...

1
Drake - Thank Me Later
Drake's debut is an album you either get to the extent where its content infects many a moment of your waking hours, or dismiss as a lightweight collection compared to his harder-hitting mixtapes. But to overlook this superbly articulate and brilliantly produced set is to pass on a record that takes male rapper braggadocio and pulps it, presenting instead a new talent with a wonderfully realised tender side. And he can actually sing, too.

Click here to see the feature, and to see the other albums in the list

Monday, 29 November 2010

War Child Exclusive Richard Ashcroft Gig Tickets!

Richard Ashcroft has generously donated 50 tickets to both War Child and Oxfam for a one off intimate acoustic show at London’s Islington Union Chapel on 7th December 2010.

Playing solo, the set will incorporate a selection of old favourites and newer material in one of the capital’s most remarkable and atmospheric venues.

The 50 tickets are on sale for £55 each from http://tickets.over9stores.co.uk for more information about War Child visit their website www.warchild.org.uk/

Entertainment Focus's Roll Deep Album Review

2010 hase been a prosperous year for 8 piece hip hop maestros Roll Deep and the success train doesn't seem to be running out of steam anytime soon as the flavoursome collective have this month released a definitive record of monster tracks in the form of their 4th studio album, The Winner Stays On.

Already having acheieved commercial and critical acclaim following the release of the outfits 2010 chart toppers, Green Light and Good Times, as well as latest single, Take Control, which enlists the smooth vocals of the nations RnB sweetheart, Alesha Dixon, Roll Deep are set to solidify their standing within the UK's hip hop scene as one of the years most celebrated breakthrough acts.

The Winner Stays On is the groups 4th record. With almost a decade of creating masterful pieces of commercial hungry hip hop releases including the bands debut record In At The Deep End, this year has seen Roll Deep climb to new heights with their latest offering and have also been joined by an impressive array of guest musicians in their ambitious mission to make their mark on on the UK charts.

The Winner Stays On isn't just another rap record. Together with the outfits combination of expressive lyrics and quick and precise vocal delivery, the record is a showcase of the outfits ability to merge a number of genres including electronica, rap, dance, pop and grime to create one of the highlight albums of 2010.

Click here to read the full review on Entertainment Focus

Roll Deep's new album featuring the smash hit singles "Take Control", "Green Light" and "Good Times" is OUT NOW! Click here to download yours from iTunes

Stay in touch with Roll Deep on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and via their website http://rolldeepofficial.com

Edei Performs "Loved" for Balcony TV



Click here to visit the Balcony TV website, click here to find out more about Edei

Edei "Loved" Sun Online Video Exclusive

Edei gets Royal seal of approval

EDEI's had a colourful musical career so far. Not only did she sing with JAY-Z when she was just 10 years old, but she counts PRINCESS BEATRICE as one of her growing fan club.

As a child performer she sang the chorus from Annie on the rap mogul's Hard Knock Life on Top Of The Pops. The singer, now 22, performed a showcase of her songs in London earlier this week and the young Royal was amongst audience members.
Though she avoided speaking about the Royal wedding, Beatrice made time to comment on Edei.

She told me: "I think Edei is an amazing artist and her music is great." Agreed.
Also at the Gibson Studio in London was SAM BRANSON, son of Virgin owner RICHARD.
Edei performed several of her songs including forthcoming single Loved. She also sang a cover of PLAN B's Prayin, PIMP, Inside Information, Got Me By The Heart and In My Bed.
The response was so good, audience members cheered for an encore and she delivered with a cover of CEE LO GREEN's Forget You. The singer will be supporting JLS on their forthcoming tour.

She told me: "The showcase was such a fun night! We had a great turnout and the vibe was just perfect."
"I'm so excited to be hitting the road for the JLS tour. I actually ran into the boys last week- they seem like cool guys. I can't wait to be on stage performing- doing what I love best."
She's a right Royal knockout...

Click here to see the feature in all its glory on the Sun Online

Thursday, 25 November 2010

The Dirty Disco "Storyteller"



"The Dirty Disco is edgy, imaginative, smart, and so many other things a band needs to change the world, one song at a time. Drop your preconceived notions of what pop music is supposed to be and just surrender to their groove." Larry Flick, Sirius XM radio, Veteran Billboard Magazine Editor

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Yahoo's 8 Out Of 10 For Roll Deep's Winner Stays On

"It's safe to say that Wiley's reputation precedes that of his long-time crew Roll Deep's. Just count the reasons: those entertaining tantrums he throws, his retirements and eventual comebacks, his valid claim to the title of grime laureate and a breathless work rate that's nigh on impossible to keep tabs on. The short of it is, Wiley's a complex phenomenon who can broadcast his daily life in a live internet stream - doing little but eating pizza and chatting nonsense - and still keep us gripped.

He's incredibly loyal too. The Eski boy might be a fully-fledged pop star but he'll never, ever abandon his crew. "There's no I in team", rap Roll Deep here as Wiley leads them in a grime-pop masterclass. Crossover single ‘Avenue' showed they had it in them to hit radio A-lists, but recent number ones ‘Good Time' and ‘Green Light', both in attendance here, saw Wiley and Roll Deep serving notice to grime's most puritanical that they were ready to turn all their critical high regard into something that sells big.

‘Winner Stays On' will do just that. And yet it's blistering tuff-edged stuff that's no bloodless kow-tow to the chart. The popular ascent of Tinie Tempah and onetime Deep members Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Strydershows the public aren't afraid of black British youths rapping over grubby beats and bumping synths as they once seemed to be, so the compromises made here are far less than detractors might assume."

Read the full album review on Yahoo by clicking here.

Roll Deep's new album featuring the smash hit singles "Take Control", "Green Light" and "Good Times" is OUT NOW! Click here to download yours from iTunes

Stay in touch with Roll Deep on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and via their website http://rolldeepofficial.com

Raghu Dixit Post Later With Jools Appearance

There has been a fantastic response following Raghu Dixit’s appearance on “Later... with Jools Holland” last week.

The performance was the very first Indian Indian (rather than British Indian) to have ever appeared on the program, and has resulted in Raghu's album going to the No.1 spot on the iTunes world music album chart, and the single “No Man Will Ever Love You, Like I Do” jumping to No. 2 on the iTunes World music downloads chart! He's also landed himself a slot at Glastonbury 2011 on the John Peel stage, and has been asked to score two new Bollywood movies!!

Watch "No Man Will Ever Love You, Like I Do" on Later below, visit Raghu's website to read all about his Later appearance here, and to buy your copy of the album from iTunes click here!

Edei's "Loved" Is Today's Record Of The Day!



Following on from Monday's Music Week front cover, Edei is today's Record Of The Day!

"22-year-old Londoner Edei's sweet and soulful single Loved comes out Alma Recordings early next year. Chosen to support JLS on their pre-Christmas 19 date UK arena tour, Edei is managed by Brian Freshwater and Jackie Hughes, the team who discovered and developed Joss Stone. This single and her forthcoming album Inside Information (out April 2011) was co-written by Edei, her producer and co-collaborator Misreid and songwriter Conner Reeves. Loved was mixed by Tony Maserati (Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas). Edei's sound has recently been described as "heart-stopping, Big Apple-steeped soul" by Hattie Collins in RWD Magazine. A London showcase (tonight) precedes her tour with JLS. London gig: November 24, Gibson Studios W1 (19:00)"

Click here to find out more about Edei from her brand new website

Monday, 22 November 2010

Raghu Dixit Talks About His Appearance On Later … With Jools Holland!



"The Background:

In any normal situation, I would have turned down the offer to travel half way around the world just to play a single song, a song that was not of my first choice, with a line up and sound that was not of my choice either!

But this was not any ordinary offer, it was an offer to perform that ‘one song of under 4 minutes’ on the biggest, massive TV show on BBC 2, ‘Later…with Jools Holland’. To add to that, I was to share TV time and the stage with legends like ‘Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame and his Band of Joy’, Mavis Staples and contemporary fire packed sensations like ‘Arcade Fire’, ‘Adele’ and ‘Mona’. Quick research showed that previous episodes of this show had legends like Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Kings of Leon, the show is watched by more than 3 million viewers over 100 countries on TV and online. The show is always packed with talents both legendary and the upcoming - the atmosphere electric, spiced with good old British humour by the host Jools Holland, who himself is an accomplished and revered musician.

There was no way to say no!"

Click here to read the full post on Raghu's blog and watch the fantastic performance on the iPlayer by clicking here or on an unofficial YouTube account below!

Edei's acoustic cover of Cee Lo Green's "Forget You"




Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The Dirty Disco "Storyteller" Robots With Rayguns Remix



Here's the new single from The Dirty Disco, the epic "Storyteller", remixed by Robots With Rayguns.

"it deals with my frustrations with the world and with myself" The Dirty Disco's Adam Boy explains; "among all the chaos in the world we are all also concerned with our own frustrations and our own desires".

"Storyteller" will be released on 31st January 2011, and with previous releases "Sista!" and "White Room" was mixed by Dylan '3D' Dresdow

The Dirty Disco "Storyteller" (Robots With Rayguns Mix) by Tomorrow Never Knows

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Martin Solveig & Dragonette "Hello"

Martin Solveig returns……….with a SMASH!

It’s the same man, the same producer, and he’s got the same quintessential attitude towards life and music as he ever had! We’re speaking about Martin Solveig of course, and he’s back with a brand new single, simply called ‘Hello’.

Of course, there is nothing ‘simple’ about this record, far from it; it’s brilliant, and as with everything the Frenchman does, comes with a jaw dropping video.

Let’s not forget Martin’s last release – the very lush and very pop ‘Boys & Girls’, a track that clocked up over 2 million hits on Youtube and brought to an end the ‘C’est La Vie’ chapter of his award winning career. It’s Martin’s affections for Dragonette that have led him to invite them back for this next record that once again feature Martina Sorbara’s untouchable vocals.

‘Hello’ is a funky, driving number, doused with chunky bass riffs, hypnotic grooving synths, skipping percussion and vocal hooks that will plant themselves in the mind of even the most cynical of critics all summer long.

The video is quite something else…


Set amongst the media furore of The Roland Garros French Tennis Open, ‘Hello’ follows the story of a DJ who is in training because it takes “a lot of skill and a lot of energy to become a DJ”. Spurred on by the off-the-wall plots of his manager, French DJ Gregory Darsa, Martin finds himself unwittingly staged on centre court for the match of his life against Bob Sinclar. Sinclar is a seasoned pro, and Martin’s inexperience on the court shows – that is, until the love of his life shows up. But things of course don’t always run so smoothly… all’s fair in love and war, right?

The new single, with its huge crossover appeal and popular structure, is firm evidence of Martin’s musical prowess, unstoppable energy and strong sense of humour as he delivers a shot of cynicism and good-hearted humour into the arm of pop music. This highly improbable match was shot on location in front of 12,000 spectators, the day before the beginning of the competition thanks to the exceptional kindness of the Roland Garros’ management. The extravagant duel was punctuated with unexpected but welcome interventions from real international tennis stars such as Novak Djokovic, Gaël Monfils, Olivia Sanchez, Mathilde Johansson and hosted by Nelson Montfort.

A breakthrough summertime smash, ‘Hello’ deserved a video with flair, passion and originality to rightfully catapult it forward. Welcome back Martin Solveig.

Martin Solveig & Dragonette "Hello"

Martin Solveig returns……….with a SMASH!

It’s the same man, the same producer, and he’s got the same quintessential attitude towards life and music as he ever had! We’re speaking about Martin Solveig of course, and he’s back with a brand new single, simply called ‘Hello’.

Of course, there is nothing ‘simple’ about this record, far from it; it’s brilliant, and as with everything the Frenchman does, comes with a jaw dropping video.

Let’s not forget Martin’s last release – the very lush and very pop ‘Boys & Girls’, a track that clocked up over 2 million hits on Youtube and brought to an end the ‘C’est La Vie’ chapter of his award winning career. It’s Martin’s affections for Dragonette that have led him to invite them back for this next record that once again feature Martina Sorbara’s untouchable vocals.

‘Hello’ is a funky, driving number, doused with chunky bass riffs, hypnotic grooving synths, skipping percussion and vocal hooks that will plant themselves in the mind of even the most cynical of critics all summer long.

The video is quite something else…


Set amongst the media furore of The Roland Garros French Tennis Open, ‘Hello’ follows the story of a DJ who is in training because it takes “a lot of skill and a lot of energy to become a DJ”. Spurred on by the off-the-wall plots of his manager, French DJ Gregory Darsa, Martin finds himself unwittingly staged on centre court for the match of his life against Bob Sinclar. Sinclar is a seasoned pro, and Martin’s inexperience on the court shows – that is, until the love of his life shows up. But things of course don’t always run so smoothly… all’s fair in love and war, right?

The new single, with its huge crossover appeal and popular structure, is firm evidence of Martin’s musical prowess, unstoppable energy and strong sense of humour as he delivers a shot of cynicism and good-hearted humour into the arm of pop music. This highly improbable match was shot on location in front of 12,000 spectators, the day before the beginning of the competition thanks to the exceptional kindness of the Roland Garros’ management. The extravagant duel was punctuated with unexpected but welcome interventions from real international tennis stars such as Novak Djokovic, Gaël Monfils, Olivia Sanchez, Mathilde Johansson and hosted by Nelson Montfort.

A breakthrough summertime smash, ‘Hello’ deserved a video with flair, passion and originality to rightfully catapult it forward. Welcome back Martin Solveig.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The Sun : Roll Deep And Ex-Top Gear Driver Ben Collins

The full length video featuring Roll Deep and Ben Collins is now live and exclusive on The Sun Online website - to watch it and read the following article in full click here

COP a load of ex-Stig star Ben Collins - trying his hand at being a policeman in a pretty special type of squad car. The race ace was snapped jumping behind the wheel of a unique Lamborghini, complete with blues and twos. But don't worry, the former Top Gear star hasn't changed lanes and become a bobby on the beat. Driver Ben was throwing the swanky motor around a race track to mark the release of new computer game Need For Speed Hot Pursuit.

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit is out Nov 19th - get exclusive cars by pre-ordering the Limited Edition at GAME now http://www.ea.com/uk/hotpursuitgamele

Roll Deep's new album featuring the smash hit singles "Take Control", "Green Light" and "Good Times" is OUT NOW! Click here to download yours from iTunes

Stay in touch with Roll Deep on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and via their website http://rolldeepofficial.com

Example "Two Lives" Wez Clarke Remix Video



'Two Lives' is yet another epic moment from the 'Won't Go Quietly' album, a heartfelt track that demonstrates Example's ability to write a love song with the best of them and deliver a signature killer chorus every time. The uplifting Wez Clarke remix leads the track firmly to the dancefloor and the video is directed by MJ Delaney, who found fame earlier this year as the director of one of the most talked-about virals of 2010, 'Newport State of Mind'. Telling the tale of a day in the two very different lives of the central character, it also depicts what might have been a very different life for Example - anyone recognise that busker?!

Example's new single 'Two Lives' is released on the 14th November, pre-order your copy from iTunes here, or why not buy the gold-selling album 'Won't Go Quietly' here

Catch Example supporting FAITHLESS on tour:
November 30: Bournemouth, BIC
December 1: Cardiff, CIA
December 3: Nottingham, Arena (National Ice Centre)
December 4: Manchester, MEN Arena
December 6: Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
December 7: Glasgow, SECC
December 8: Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
December 10: Birmingham, NIA
December 11: London, O2 Arena

Or on his UK headline tour in 2011;
February 22nd: Norwich UEA, Norfolk;
February 23rd: Preston 53 Degrees;
February 24th: Grimsby Auditorium;
February 26th: O2 Academy Newcastle;
February 27th: Barrowland Glasgow;
February 28th: Edinburgh HMV Picture House;
March 2nd: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London;
March 6th: O2 Academy Birmingham;
March 8th: O2 Academy Leicester;
March 10th: Cardiff The Great Hall, Wales;
March 11th: Manchester Academy;
March 14th: Cambridge Corn Exchange;
March 15th: Yeovil Westlands Centre, Somerset;
March 16th: Southampton Guildhall;
March 17th: Brighton Dome

To find out more about Example and his fantastic live shows, go to www.trythisforexample.com and follow him on Twitter www.twitter.com/example

Roll Deep's Urban Takeover of I Like Music



Roll Deep have been storming through the UK grime scene since their formation in 2002. Headed up by UK grime lord Wiley, the crew have a string of famous past members including chart toppers Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder amd Skepta. Not that the crew need the efforts of past members to reach the top spot; 2010 has seen the crew burst from the underground and officially dominate the UK charts with their pop-led singles Good Times and Green Light.

I Like Music caught up with Manga, Scratchy and Breeze at Universal Records, their swish major label home. We chat about the grime scene, making tunes for a pop market, what we can expect from their fourth album Winner Stays On and why Roll Deep top trumps, hover boards and plastic chains are a very, very good idea.

"I Like Music because… the world would be very dead without it." BREEZE, ROLL DEEP

"I Like Music because… it's got me lots of free trainers." MANGA, ROLL DEEP

"I Like Music because… I get to express myself once and then hear it forever" SCRATCHY, ROLL DEEP

This is just an extract, to read the full feature on I Like Music click here!

Roll Deep's new album featuring the smash hit singles "Take Control", "Green Light" and "Good Times" is OUT NOW! Click here to download yours from iTunes

Stay in touch with Roll Deep on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and via their website http://rolldeepofficial.com

Massive Attack release 'Atlas Air' EP in aid of War Child



Massive Attack will release their ‘Atlas Air’ EP in aid of War Child, to mark the 15 year anniversary of our iconic ‘Help’ album, and to help celebrate 15 years of War Child and music working together to help change the lives of children living in war zones around the world.

This song was originally performed during Massive Attack’s 2008 live shows. The vinyl EP will be a limited edition 12” of 1,000 numbered copies with a painting by Robert Del Naja on the cover and crafted by The Vinyl Factory

The EP will feature:
A short film for ‘Atlas Air’, the final track on the ‘Heligoland’ album, by renowned filmmaker Edouard Salier. (Digital version only)
A Tim Goldsworthy (ex LCD Soundsystem/DFA) remix of ‘Atlas Air’
A new track entitled ‘Redlight’ remixed by Warp artist Clark
A remix of 'Atlas Air' by Jneiro Janel
All proceeds will go to War Child

To Pre-order the Atlas Air EP in aid of War Child from iTunes, click here or to get strictly limited edition vinyl copy, click here!

For more information about War Child and the work that it does, click here - follow War Child on Twitter here and become a fan on Facebook here. To donate to War Child right now click here

Monday, 8 November 2010

Roll Deep & Ben Collins In The Ultimate Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed's Seacrest County Police Department have some new recruits (Roll Deep!!) but will they be able to shut down Ben Collins, pro racing driver, stunt driver and man formerly known as the Stig?

Watch from the behind the scenes as Urban Music Award winning and MOBO nominated Roll Deep burn rubber in their awesome Lamborghinis in a bid to keep the racer at bay. Will Seacrest County's finest shut him down or will their most wanted disappear in smoke?

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit is out Nov 19th - get exclusive cars by pre-ordering the Limited Edition at GAME now http://www.ea.com/uk/hotpursuitgamele

Roll Deep's new album featuring the smash hit singles "Take Control", "Green Light" and "Good Times" is OUT NOW! Click here to download yours from iTunes



Roll Deep Documentary Featured Exclusively On MTV

The second part of the Roll Deep Documentary features exclusively on the MTV website - click here to watch it!!

Roll Deep Album Minimix Featured On Click Music

Roll Deep have created a minimix of their forthcoming album 'Winner Stays On', due out on 8th November - click here to see the feature on Click Music

Friday, 5 November 2010

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

BBC Review Roll Deep's "Winner Stays On" Album




As an underground group with commercial ambitions, you face a difficult hurdle: how to take an original, boundary-shifting but sometimes unpalatable sound and break it into a mass audience without spoiling the integrity of what you do in the process? It’s a hurdle that Roll Deep faced back in 2005 with the release of their debut album, In at the Deep End. A grime crew forged in the east London neighbourhood of Bow, Roll Deep have seen now-popular names like Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Tinchy Stryder and 1xtra DJ Target rise through its ranks. For …Deep End, though, it turned out that snappy grime numbers like When I’m ‘Ere lacked the commercial appeal of crossover tunes such as The Avenue and Shake a Leg.

Roll Deep, then, have evolved into a curious – albeit not terribly uncommon – thing: a grime crew that doesn’t play grime. Their fourth album, Winner Stays On, is, flagrantly, a pop album, and the good news is that they’re getting better at it. Good Times, which hit number one in the charts back in May, is excellent: a deliberately glitzy celebration of kicking up one’s heels, tales of high-street consumerism and clubbing propelled upwards on ecstatic synth bumps and a yearning chorus courtesy of Jodie Connor. Both Take Control (complete with a vocal from Alesha Dixon) and Green Light, a Calvin Harris-style pop bounce that wraps cheeky mating-game raps around a Green Cross Code-friendly metaphor, stick to a similar formula – and while this is obvious stuff, it’s certainly well-done.

Elsewhere, there are a couple of moments that hark back to Roll Deep’s grime genesis. Out the Blue finds Scratchy, Breeze, Brazen and Wiley dropping rhymes over booming sub-bass. And while Team is not exactly lyrically spectacular – it features Wiley’s habitual fall-back of ending every line with the same word – it smashes it through busy, zig-zagging synth and sheer force of numbers. More quality grime would be nice, but Winner Stays On proves Roll Deep are no longer an underground crew trying to make pop: the charts are there for the taking.

Click here to see the review in all its glory on the BBC website

First News Readers Ask "What Are Roll Deep Scared Of?"

Web Editor Nic went to meet Roll Deep's Scratchy, Breeze and Manga to ask them YOUR interview questions, Manga couldn't resist flicking through the latest copy of First News.

However - he hadn't banked on there being a massive spider picture on Crazy But True!

Watch the video below, or click here to visit the fantastic First News website

Pop Dash Interview Roll Deep

Roll Deep have had unrivalled success in 2010. Their two singles 'Good Times' and 'Green Light' have both gone to Number One and now they are hooking up with Strictly Come Dancing star Alesha Dixon to release their new single 'Take Control'. We rang up Manga from the band to chat to him about all things Roll Deep.
PopDash: Tell us all about your new single 'Take Control'...

It's the best single ever! No actually, it's called Take Control and it's the third part of the Roll Deep trilogy that started with 'Good Times' and 'Green Light'.

PopDash: How does this track fit into the trilogy?

Well 'Good Times' is all about the rave and going out, 'Green Light' is when you meet someone and the 'Take Control' is when you get home and party till the sun comes out.

PopDash: So it's a song about sex?

Yeah, basically.

PopDash: Alesha Dixon is the guest star on 'Take Control'. How did you manage to get her involved?

She just kept hassling us and ringing up all the time so eventually we just gave in and let her record the chorus. No, I'm just joking. We've known Alesha for ages and needed someone to come do this vocal and thought of her. Luckily for us it worked out very, very well.

Click here to read the full interview (this is just an extract) on Popdash here

Digital Spy's Roll Deep Ft Alesha "Take Control" Review

"Here's my wallet / Hold down / Let's spend the night / Don't hold back," Roll Deep suggest on their new single. Thanks very much guys, don't mind mind if we do. Oh wait, that's what you mean? Erm... maybe not then. Anyway, with two number ones this year tucked under their diamante-encrusted belts, the London grime collective are back to tell us just how good life at the top really is. Question is, what's actually left when the dough's split between all eleven of them?

Over grinding bass and urban clubby beats, the boys take it in turns to boast about their tail-chasing antics. Thankfully, before things get really filthy, Alesha Dixon steps in to bring a bit of delicacy to proceedings - although asking them to close their eyes and "get ready to fly" is unlikely to land her the Feminist Of The Year title. This may stick to the template of their recent hits, but if they want to keep showing the laydeez the good stuff, they're probably best off sticking to what they know.

Click here to see the review in all its glory on Digital Spy here!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

BBC Chart Blog Review Roll Deep's Take Control

Look at this picture. eleven men, one Roll Deep. Do you know what that says to me? It says here are eleven fellas who probably spend quite a lot of time queuing in order to do their job, or waiting to have another go, once theirs has finished. They might cover it up with an arm in the air or two, a walk from one side of the stage to the other, a moody stare into the crowd, some bouncy high-fives, and a certain amount of joining in at the end of each line, but when you get right down to it, it's all just queueing.

And to make matters worse, sometimes the queue is barged by a singer. Someone who isn't actually even IN Roll Deep. They've be brought in on chorus duties, taking precious rhyme time away from people who've been in the queue for ages, actually. It's not fair, just because they can provide some melodic light relief from all of that truth-spitting, that they get to stroll right to the front. That's basically added an extra thirty seconds of arm waving and an agreeable "yeah yeah" or two, right there.

So don't be surprised if you notice that some of the more backgroundy Deepers are subtly shooting daggers at Alesha during her bits. They're only worried that they won't get a go on the mic.

(Here's the video. Woo! Party in a car park!)


And how do they decide what to make a song about? With that many people, all of whom bringing their own idea of what makes a great song to the mix, do you suppose Roll Deep have to agree to work to very broad subject headings. I'm picturing a meeting, a brainstorm, and a final list which reads:

"Things We Like: Parties, Girls, Clubs, Money.
Things We Do Not Like: No Parties, Being Knocked Back, Closing Time, No Money, Queuing."

And on a separate page, there's a signed agreement that every other topic is off limits, pending a formal agreement from everyone that they've got something new and worthwhile to bring to the table.

Then all they need is some enormous swooping bass squits together, a breakbeat here, a face-punch bass drum, a robotic breakdown, and boom! Another song done, providing it doesn't get TAKEN OVER by some pushy celebrity singing guest and their pretty voice, natch.

Click here to see this fantastic review in all its glory on the BBC Chart Blog here

Roll Deep featuring Alesha Dixon "Take Control" is OUT NOW- click here to download your copy from iTunes

Monday, 1 November 2010

Roll Deep Guest Tweets For The Sun's Bizarre App!

Roll Deep are the special guest tweeters for The Sun Online's brand new Bizarre App - the band will be giving exclusive news, photos and thoughts via the app's Live Gossip section all week!

Get your app for free from The Sun Online here

Monday, 18 October 2010

Example Two Lives Video Featured On 4Music

The hits just keep on coming from Example...

Two Lives is about the closest we'll probably ever get to an Example ballad and we think it's definitely one of the stand-out moments from his latest album Won't Go Quietly. But does it float your boat? Let us know by voting it a 'hit' or a 'miss' using the buttons below.

Click here to see the feature on 4Music

Thursday, 14 October 2010

The Sun : Roll Deep Take Control With Alesha

THEY'VE already hit the top of the charts twice this year. So ROLL DEEP will be hoping for a third No1 with their new single Take Control. And Bizarre has the brilliant video for the song exclusively.

The grime crew have teamed up with garage star-turned-pop singer ALESHA DIXON and it makes for a great match up.
News of the lads working with the former MIS-TEEQ star was announced via Twitter with the crew asking fans to guess who they would be teaming up with.

Roll Deep member TARGET told me: "Everyone was thinking we were gonna be working with THE SATURDAYS after The Sun's story about us hanging out with them in Chinawhite.

"We already had the song recorded, we just needed to find somebody to vocal it. We thought a lot about who we were going to approach and Alesha seemed like a really good idea. We've known her since her Mis-Teeq days, and she was great to work with"

The slick new video sees them hanging out in an underground car park, speeding around on quads. And, of course, getting up close and personal with some hot ladies. The lads popped in to Sun HQ last week to record an exclusive acoustic session for Bizarre. You can check it out very soon, so make sure you stay tuned to my website.
Take Control is released on October 31 and the album Winner Stays On is out on November 8.

Watch the Take Control video exclusively on The Sun Online by clicking here

Example's Two Lives Video - The Sun Exclusive



"It's a hard life being a rapper. What with free booze, bras thrown onstage and groupies at the stage door.
But it all gets a little too much for EXAMPLE in new video Two Lives. Instead of getting a lift on the tour bus, the Kickstarts singer takes a time-out to walk home alone. The track, taken from album Won't Go Quietly, might be another infectious tune from the Brit rapper... but watch out for Elliot's "split personality". Two Lives is released November 14

To see the brand new video for Two Lives, exclusively on The Sun Online - click here now!

Catch Example supporting FAITHLESS on tour:
November 30: Bournemouth, BIC
December 1: Cardiff, CIA
December 3: Nottingham, Arena (National Ice Centre)
December 4: Manchester, MEN Arena
December 6: Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
December 7: Glasgow, SECC
December 8: Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
December 10: Birmingham, NIA
December 11, London, O2 Arena

To find out more about Example and his fantastic live shows, go to www.trythisforexample.com and follow him on Twitter www.twitter.com/example

Digital Spy : Duck Sauce is "deliriously catchy, endlessly danceable"

If you've come up with a club cut with chart crossover potential, and you're only going to slap two actual words over the instrumental, you may as well make those words the name of a superstar, right? And so Duck Sauce - a.k.a DJ duo A-Trak and Armand Van Helden - have titled this Boney M-sampling monster after the Oscar-winning, Grammy-grabbing, Tony-nabbing... OK, enough ego massage for now.

What's more, 'Barbra Streisand' actually kinda suits the track, a sassy, no-messin' disco-house dazzler which tips its trilby in the direction of Studio 54 circa 1979 - happily enough, just when Babs was having her own dancefloor moment with 'The Main Event' / 'Fight' and 'No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)'. Lack of lyrics notwithstanding, it's deliriously catchy, endlessly danceable and ultimately so uplifting that it could even cheer you up after watching the denouement of The Way We Were. Well, almost.

Click here to see the review in all its glory on Digital Spy. Click here to get your copy of Duck Sauce "Barbra Streisand"

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Talk To Angels "Enemies Closer"

Bradford's Talk To Angels release their new single "Enemies Closer" on the 18th October - a track ready to explode into your senses with neon fuzzy, synth-laden epic alt-pop, bursting with hooks, harmonies and hyperactive guitars.

Talk To Angels unite the coolest of indie kids, the scruffiest of metal-heads and the sassiest of pop princesses as one, and were invited to perform at last year's South by Southwest festival and undertook a debut tour of the US straight afterwards. The jaunt resulted in a dramatic conclusion after their last gig when one of the band met with a car running a red light, leaving him with serious injuries and a band stranded far from home. But a crushing alloy bumper would never be enough to keep these young troopers down for long...

Three quarters of Talk to Angels were born in Bradford 21 years ago. Craig Kaye (vocals/guitar) Chris Robbins (bass) and Jamie Lofthouse (drums) have known each other pretty much all their lives, forming the band at the tender age of 15.

A couple of years ago, they cleverly negotiated some free studio time with Mickey Dale the keyboard player from Embrace in return for clearing out his basement (you know the usual - lawnmower, Christmas decorations, car parts) so he could physically get a studio in there.

Mickey agreed to engineer new tracks from the three noiseniks. Mickey turned on the mixing desk, sat back and was promptly blown away by the sheer quality and velocity exploding from the speakers and announced right there he was joining the band!

Talk To Angels write vivid songs about guilt, pleasure and pain. Bittersweet laments about life, lost love and murderous intentions driven by incendiary passion. The lads deliver a sound that makes boys dance and girls weak at the knees.

"Enemies Closer" will be available to buy from 18th October.

Catch Talk To Angels LIVE at the following;
14th October : London Hope And Anchor
15th October : Leeds Elbow Room
13th November : Bradford Playhouse

Find out more about Talk To Angels here - www.talktoangels.co.uk

Roll Deep Featured on BBC Switch

Roll Deep popped into BBC Switch's 5:19 show again to play and review the brand new Def Jam Rapstar as part of the BBC Radio One / 1Xtra Gaming Week.

Click here and jump to 5:20 to see the band!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Duck Sauce featured on Yahoo Homepage

"Already a hit in Australia, the impossibly catchy ‘Barbra Streisand' is set to be an absolute smash in the UK. Duck Sauce is a collaboration between DJs Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, and Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles is leading the campaign to get them to number one. The all-star video features Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Santigold and more. Boney M never sounded so cool."

Click here to see the feature on Yahoo

Duck Sauce "Barbra Streisand" is OUT NOW - click here to buy your copy from iTunes

Friday, 8 October 2010

Mumzy Stranger on BBC Switch's 5:19 Show



Mumzy Stranger was a guest on BBC Switch's 5:19 Show, performing an acoustic version of Fly With Me, answering viewers questions and getting stuck into BBC's Gaming Week with Pat The Man - someone dressed up as Pac Man. Watch the 5:19 show here (jump to 7:45) To find out more about Mumzy Stranger, visit his website www.mumzystranger.com/

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Duck Sauce "Barbra Streisand" Featured on NME Homepage

Watch the latest video from Duck Sauce (aka A-Trak and Armand Van Helden), which features cameos from the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Santigold, and Todd Terry. The single is out October 10th via 3 Beat Records

Click here to see the feature and the video on NME.COM

All Gigs : Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Vampire Weekend Star In 'Barbra Streisand' Video

Kanye West and Pharrell Williams both make cameo appearances in the video for Duck Sauce's new single 'Barbra Streisand'.

The video, which can be watched below, also includes appearances from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Santigold and Todd Terry.

The guest stars can be seen singing along to the track's lyrics in the video, which was shot in New York.
There is also an appearance from a Barbra Streisand impersonator, who describes the city as "the place of opportunities".

Duck Sauce, better known as producer A-Trak and DJ Armand Van Helden, release 'Barbra Streisand' on October 10.

The song, which was a hit on dancefloors of Ibiza this summer, is the duo's first release since signing to 3 beat Records.

Click here to see the feature on All Gigs

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

The Dirty Disco BBC Introducing The South



The Dirty Disco were invited to do a live session for BBC Introducing The South by Phil Jackson - and they did it with their usual style, doing four tracks, the first track they recorded "Retrosexual", an amazing version of "Storyteller", the last single "White Room" and a stunning rare acoustic version of "Sista!".

Full session is available on the iPlayer until 3rd October - check it out here, video of "Sista!" below.

Duck Sauce Featured On Pitchfork




It's been nearly a year since we heard from Duck Sauce, the DJ superduo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, who released their debut single "aNYway" last fall. Now, A-Trak and Armand have returned with a new single, "Barbra Streisand", set to drop October 12 via Fool's Gold (that's the unfuckingbelievable cover art above).

And just as "aNYway" yielded a pretty awesome video, the clip for "Barbra Streisand", directed by So-Me (Justice, Kanye West) is similarly sweet, featuring tons of locale-shot NYC footage, as well as enough star cameos (Kanye! Pharrell! Ezra Koenig! Chromeo!) to keep you counting the famous people until you have a headache from staring at your computer screen.

Click here to see the feature on Pitchfork.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Roll Deep Featuring Alesha Dixon "Take Control"




Roll Deep Featuring Alesha Dixon "Take Control" released 31st October

Hot on the heels of their two #1 hits, 'Good Times' and 'Green Light', Roll Deep are back with their brand new smash 'Take Control' featuring special guest, Alesha Dixon

Grime pioneers Roll Deep, return to assail the top of the UK Charts once more with their new single, 'Take Control', on October 31st on Relentless / Virgin Records.

Not content with hitting the No. 1 spot with their single 'Good Times' (for 3 weeks!), Roll Deep came back and hit the No.1 spot for a second time with their single 'Green Light", establishing them as the most successful British act this year in the singles chart, with a combined sales of close to half a million and video views of over 10 million.

On October 31st they return for the hat trick! 'Take Control' contrast's Roll Deep’s street savvy lyrical gymnastics with some infectious electro beats and Alesha Dixon's silky vocals. Add them all together and they have themselves yet another sure fire hit.

Roll Deep have been nominated for Best UK Act at this year's MOBOS, plus their video for 'Good Times' is also up for an award at the BT Digital Music Awards this year.

Roll Deep have just finished work on their new album "Winner Stays On", released November 1st. It includes all their hits woven together with some grittier surprises, but all 100% Roll Deep. With grime now embraced by the masses, Roll Deep have reclaimed their throne.

Roll Deep Featuring Alesha Dixon "Take Control"




Roll Deep Featuring Alesha Dixon "Take Control" released 31st October

Hot on the heels of their two #1 hits, 'Good Times' and 'Green Light', Roll Deep are back with their brand new smash 'Take Control' featuring special guest, Alesha Dixon

Grime pioneers Roll Deep, return to assail the top of the UK Charts once more with their new single, 'Take Control', on October 31st on Relentless / Virgin Records.

Not content with hitting the No. 1 spot with their single 'Good Times' (for 3 weeks!), Roll Deep came back and hit the No.1 spot for a second time with their single 'Green Light", establishing them as the most successful British act this year in the singles chart, with a combined sales of close to half a million and video views of over 10 million.

On October 31st they return for the hat trick! 'Take Control' contrast's Roll Deep’s street savvy lyrical gymnastics with some infectious electro beats and Alesha Dixon's silky vocals. Add them all together and they have themselves yet another sure fire hit.

Roll Deep have been nominated for Best UK Act at this year's MOBOS, plus their video for 'Good Times' is also up for an award at the BT Digital Music Awards this year.

Roll Deep have just finished work on their new album "Winner Stays On", released November 1st. It includes all their hits woven together with some grittier surprises, but all 100% Roll Deep. With grime now embraced by the masses, Roll Deep have reclaimed their throne.

Contact Music : Example "Inundated With Underwear"

'Watch The Sun come Up' singer Example said he's had enough bras thrown onstage to ''build a house'' out of.

Example said he's had enough bras thrown onstage to "build a house" out of.

The 'Last Ones Standing' singer said he's surprised by the amount of female underwear that gets thrown at him during performances, but has perfected the art of sending it back into the crowd.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I had a 34DD bra thrown on stage last night. While I was performing a song, I'm quite capable of reading and rapping at the same time, and then getting the bra and throwing it back into the crowd.

"I don't keep them, or I'd probably have enough to build a house out of bras. But I don't think that means I'm a sex symbol does it?"

"I haven't had any little bras thrown at me yet. Which surprised me a bit, because I would expect more little bras - the girls with big bras need more support than the girls with little bras.

"But quite the opposite happens."

Example was speaking ahead of tomorrow's 'Arthur's Day' celebrations, which mark the signing of the lease on St. James's Gate, in Dublin, Ireland, by Guinness beer's founder, Arthur Guinness, 250 years ago.

Parties are being held around the world, and Example is part of a huge bill in the country's capital which also includes Westlife, Manic Street Preachers, The Script, Brandon Flowers and Flo Rida.

Example - real name Elliot John Gleave - also added he loves the crowds in the country, saying: "I've played in Ireland eight times this year, and I played Dublin last night, and they're a good crowd there, pretty loony - which I mean in the nicest possible day."

Click here to see the feature on Contact Music

Last Ones Standing featured on All Gigs

Elliot "Example" Gleave returns with the fourth single release from his second studio album, 'Won't Go Quietly'. Produced by Swedish sensation Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John, 'Last Ones Standing' has catchy stabbing synth beats alongside a killer chorus which showcases the talent that earned Example a silver selling record status. Released via Ministry Of Sound Recordings with featured remixes by the likes of Benny Benassi, 'Last Ones Standing' is club-ready and will easily be appreciated by those on the dancefloor.

Leaning toward hip-house, Example has not only managed to distance himself from the obvious Calvin Harris comparisons but has also carved out a unique sound within the market. Having done the festival rounds this summer, fans are now able to catch Example's set as he hits the town with a 14-date UK headline tour in September/October along with supporting Faithless in November/December.

Click here to see the review on All Gigs, to find out more about Example and live shows, go to www.trythisforexample.com and follow him on Twitter www.twitter.com/example

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Duck Sauce "Barbra Streisand" Official Video

How cool is this video. Cameo appearances from some of the biggest and most influential musicians, all filmed in NYC. Yes that's Kayne West, Pharrel Williams, as well as Diplo, Todd Terry, Santigold, Chromeo, Yelawolf, Questlove and more.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

RWD Fashion : Example Reveals the First Design From His Dirty Face Clothing Range



Example is working on a clothing line called Dirty Face Clothing and he revealed the first T-Shirt design on Twitter today.
Example has already shown himself to be a T-Shirt designing genius when his range of Skinny Jeans Can F*ck Off short-sleeves were bought and bootlegged in large numbers across the country. He’s stepping back into the fashion industry with his new clothing range Dirty Face Clothing and revealed the line’s first design via his Twitter this afternoon.
Dirty Face Clothing is named after a song from Example’s most recent album Won’t Go Quietly.

Click here to see this feature on RWD and click here to find out more about Example www.trythisforexample.com

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Mumzy Stranger Interviewed by British Hip Hop

In an era of generic urban music, Mumzy Stranger is set to blast onto the UK scene with a style that is entirely his own. Raised in Plaistow by Bengali parents, Mumzy’s music blends the bhangra and Bollywood beats of his childhood with the New Jack Swing riffs and reggae-inspired rhythms of his teenage years.

Whether he’s rapping or singing, producing or songwriting, Mumzy Stranger’s wide-ranging musical abilities set him apart from the masses.

Now signed to Rishi Rich’s Tiffin Beats label, Mumzy is ready to unleash his distinct blend of bashment-flavoured R&B on the world in the form of his seductive new single Fly With Me.

Mumzy Stranger meets British Hip Hop Miss San San:
Hey Mumzy! You have had an amazing year and also won Best Urban Asian Act at Brit Asia Music Awards 2010, how do you feel about your success?
Mumzy Stranger: Amazing! This year has been a whirlwind and winning Best Urban Asian Act at the Brit Asia awards was one the highlights of the year so far! It’s all thanks to the fans; I wouldn’t be achieving so much if it wasn’t for their support.

Rishi Rich helped to get your foot into the door and he’s been associated with major mainstream names such as Craig David, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Mary J Blige. How has your journey been with Rishi and where do see it headed in the future?
Mumzy Stranger: My journey with Rishi has been amazing since the beginning; it’s crazy to think that I am working with such a talented producer who has worked with so many great mainstream artists. He has been a great mentor to me and has taught me so much over the past few years and I can only see our journey going further up!

You produced your new single Fly With Me entirely alone, where did you get your inspiration for the new track ‘Fly With Me’?
Mumzy Stranger: The inspiration came from pure imagination rather than reality, I just wanted to write a song that makes people feel good and just be free away from problems that’s why I wrote “Fly With Me” as the title speaks for itself.

What do you want to achieve from your music?
Mumzy Stranger: For it to be listened to and enjoyed by the public!

What has been your most memorable musical highlight so far?
Mumzy Stranger: Oh there’s been so many! For this year it would be receiving the Best Asian Urban Act at the Brit Asia Awards as it was my first award that I have won so far. Also being one of the few Asian acts to perform ever on the National lottery with Preeya Kalidas was a great experience!

Read the FULL interview on British Hip Hop by clicking here

To find out more about Mumzy Stranger, visit his website www.mumzystranger.com or follow him on twitter : twitter.com/mumzystranger and to pre-order the new single Fly With Me, released 10th October click here!

The Wanted Cover Example's Kickstarts

The Wanted's version of Example's Kickstarts going to be a B Side to their new single and was the winner of a Wanted Fan vote;

Popdash Meets Example

2010 has been undeniably the year of Example. The man whose mum calls him Elliot Gleave has owned the Summer season with every festival, party and holiday bouncing to his tunes including Popdash anthem ‘Kickstarts’. in the week he released his new single ‘’, we caught up with him to chat all about his amazing year, his plans for a new album and just why it is he said Jedward were ‘shit’ and Alexandra Burke is ‘terrible’.

PopDash: How would you describe the past year in the life of Example?
Example: It’s been a bit of a circus really. Non-stop madness from one day to the next. It’s been non-stop touring, festivals, I’ve released four singles and I’m releasing another at Christmas then starting work on my next album so I’ve never stopped really. I’ve had no time to reflect at all.

PD: Have you got a holiday planned for when it’s all over?
E: My next day off is on Christmas Day.

PD: What’s been your highlight of everything so far?
E: The festivals have been amazing. Playing to that many people and everyone enjoying it and coming up and saying how good it was afterwards is pretty incredible. When I wrote ‘Kickstarts’ I knew it was a potential hit but for it to stay in the Top 20 for fourteen weeks was incredible. That’s probably my highlight actually, having that sort of song of the Summer. People come up to me and tell me it’s their Summer anthem, or it’s their holiday romance song and that’s just amazing.

PD: Do you feel accepted by the world of pop or do you feel like a bit of an outsider?
E: Well obviously my first album came out on Mike Skinner’s label and it wasn’t a pop album. It got a bit of radio play but it didn’t chart highly and didn’t sell all that well but now I’m selling the amount of albums pop stars sell. Having said that I don’t feel like a pop star as much because I’m not working with the same writer and producers those people do and I don’t perform or act like them, I’m quite outspoken too. Everyone else is too safe, I speak my mind and nobody else will do that because they’re too scared.

PD: Do you regret anything you’ve said about people in the past?
E: Not really. I think people expect people in the public eye to have no opinion on what’s going on around them. If you go to your local pub or hang around with your friends I guarantee there will be people there who’ll tell you Jedward are shit or that the new Alexandra Burke single is rubbish yet when I say it people chastise me on the internet and say I shouldn’t be so rude. Quite frankly I think if other people aren’t going to say things then I will.

PD: Why do you think pop stars are scared to have opinions or be outspoken?
E: I think it’s because they’re not in control if their own careers. They have a lot of people making decisions for them, they have people writing their songs and styling them and creating their artwork. It’s all done for them. I do everything myself so it doesn’t matter if I slate people as long as I keep delivering big songs.

Read the FULL interview on Popdash here

Monday, 20 September 2010

Roll Deep "Take Control" Ft Alesha Dixon

Target revealed exclusively on his Friday night 1Xtra show Roll Deep's new single "Take Control" featuring Alesha Dixon! This will be released on the 31st October, just before the bands upcoming album 'Winner Stays On' out November 1st 2010

Go to www.rolldeepofficial.com for more info

This news was also featured on Digital Spy, The Sun, RWD, Brit-Asian, Channel AKA, Hip Hop Chronicle, Music Remedy, Grime Daily and Punchbowl

Example Featured On Battlefront

Battlefront is an online/on-telly Channel 4 project starring a crew of 14-21-year-olds with big ideas, big hearts and big ambitions. With the help of experts and the Battlefront team, Battlefronters turn their issues into fully-fledged campaigns and set off on a journey to achieve something incredible. To find out more, click here www.battlefront.co.uk or follow them on Twitter here twitter.com/battlefrontuk

Radio One Newsbeat : Example Working With Snow Patrol

Example has revealed he has been writing material for his forthcoming third album with Snow Patrol.

"I like co-writes but I'm very selective about who I work with," he told Newsbeat.

Example is a "massive fan" of the northern Irish rockers, he said.

The rapper revealed he'd also like to collaborate with Kasabian, "one of my all-time favourites."

'Grunge' direction
Example, who released his second album Won't Go Quietly in June, has already written 6 or 7 track for his third album which he anticipates he'll complete in January for a summer 2011 release.

"With this next album I'm trying to apply grunge sentiments and lyrics to dance music," he said.

"Hopefully I'll come out with a massive trance record or dupstep record with a vocal that Kurt Cobain or Pearl Jam would be proud of.

"Nobody else is doing that. I want to get away from this typical electro pop tag."

Preliminary titles for new songs include Shot Yourself In The Foot Again, Under The Influence, Lying To Yourself and Change The Way You Kiss Me.

"It's all very personal," admits Example. "All about messed up love. There's no such thing as a perfect relationship - all love is messed up."

The producer, singer and songwriter also revealed he recently rejected the chance to feature on a new track with girl-group The Saturdays.

"I don't really work with people I don't know. Had I been mates with them then I might have worked with them," he said.

"If you just call me up and say, 'Do you want to do a feature on this girl band's or boy band's song?' If I don't know them from Adam I'm not doing it. It's nothing personal."

Click here to see the feature on Radio One's Newsbeat

Roll Deep's Manga On The Phone To 5:19

Roll Deep's Manga called the 5:19 show on Friday, ahead of the world exclusive play by Target on 1Xtra - thanks to the BBC iPlayer, you can watch the show and listen to the interview by clicking here.

Example Featured On Alt Sounds



With two Top 10 smash hit singles this year and a Top 5 silver selling album, Example has taken the UK chart by storm, making the release of his brand new single ‘Last Ones Standing’ a force to be reckoned with, released through Ministry Of Sound Recordings on 12th September.

Produced by Swedish pop experimentalist Bjorn Yttling (Peter, Bjorn and John), the synth driven electro pop beats and rousing killer chorus of ‘Last Ones Standing’ have already made their way into Zane Lowe’s arsenal and the track has received its first radio play on Radio 1 an impressive eight weeks upfront of release.

Festival season has been invaded by the monster that is Example live and this summer has already seen him tear down the house, tents and stages of some of the UK’s biggest gigs including Glastonbury, Wireless, Oxegen, T In the Park, the iTunes Festival and travelling across to the Balearics where he’s hosting the White Isle’s hottest DJ residency this season at Ibiza Rocks.

‘Last Ones Standing’ marks the next stage in a phenomenal year for Example. The in your face anthem, ‘Won’t Go Quietly’, launched Example well and truly into the chart stratosphere earlier this year going silver and recent summer smash ‘Kickstarts’’ looks set to be his biggest hit to date with over 4 million YouTube hits already, also reaching silver sales. This coupled with major TV appearances on T4, MTV, Big Brother, Hollyoaks Music Show and Britain’s Got More Talent have made Example one of the most exciting acts to break in 2010.

Example’s army of ever-growing fans will be able to catch him live throughout September and October during his 14-date UK headline tour, as well as the Faithless tour November / December

‘Last Ones Standing’ is OUT NOW through Ministry Of Sound and includes remixes from Benny Benassi, Manhattan Clique, TC and Doctor P.

Ed Sheeran's beautiful acoustic cover of Example's 'Last Ones Standing' - marrying acoustic guitar and sound loops with beat-boxing and hip-hop rhythms. What's more, its available as a FREE DOWNLOAD from this link!

Example - Last Ones Standing (Ed Sheeran Cover) by Ministry of Sound



See the FULL feature on the excellent Alt Sounds here