Archive for May, 2013

Katy B – What Love is Made of(Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , on May 30, 2013 by dk

Visage to Release First Album In 29 Years! “Hearts and Knives”+Free Download “Shameless Fashion” EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by dk

VISAGEVISAGE TO RELEASE “HEARTS AND KNIVES” ALBUM ON JUNE 11TH THROUGH PYLON RECORDS
FIRST STUDIO ALBUM OF NEW MATERIAL IN 29 YEARS FROM THIS PIONEERING NEW ROMANTIC/NEW WAVE BAND FEATURING STEVE STRANGE!

DOWNLOAD “Shameless Fashion” EP HERE

Founding fathers of the New Romantics and pioneers of the ’80s sound, Visage return with a new album Hearts and Knives. “It has been 29 years since the last Visage album and during that period it often seems like we have all lived through several lifetimes,” comments Steve Strange, the band’s creative force and flamboyant leader singer. Visage began in 1978 when Steve Strange and Blitz Club partner-in-crime Rusty Egan joined forces with Midge Ure to create a futuristic, synthesizer-led group where style and fashion were matched by experimental but accessible music. The group was soon augmented with members of Magazine (John McGeoch, Dave Formula and Barry Adamson) and Billy Currie. They recorded their first single “Tar” with Martin Rushent at his Genetic Studio in 1979 (shortly to become the birthplace of the Human League Dare album).

Their breakthrough track “Fade To Grey” became a European hit and reached number 1 in eight countries in 1980. The band then enjoyed a series of hit singles “Mind Of A Toy,” “Night Train” and “The Anvil” coming from a pair genre defying albums, the eponymous Visage in 1980 and The Anvil in 1982. In 1981 Ultravox now led by Midge Ure took off and in 1982 Midge and Billy left to concentrate on what would become one of the biggest bands of the ’80s. In 1984 Visage made their third albumBeatboy. As the public face of the band Steve Strange shot to stardom throughout Europe he continued to be active in hosting club nights (The Camden Palace, Club For Heroes) and in the fashion world.
In 2010 Steve reconnected with Steve Barnacle and began writing songs once more. Some time later ex-Ultravox guitaristRobin Simon joined the equation, bringing not only a large slice of shared musical DNA (that “Visage sound”) to the project, but also his own distinctive style and ethereal musicianship. Vocalist Lauren Duvall was invited into the fold, adding not only her sultry vocal ability but a slice of the classic Visage glamour too. With the core members in place the picture slowly started forming and the band reached out (once again) to Martin Rushent. He suggested the blueprint for the album and had began working on the first tracks before his untimely death in 2010. The Hearts And Knives album is dedicated to Martin.

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The album features collaborations and contributions from Dave Formula (former Visage and Magazine keyboard player),Mick MacNeil (the former keyboard player and creative musical core of Simple Minds), ’80s super producer YouthRich Mowatt and Logan Sky. The sound of Hearts and Knives is “classic Visage” but with modern songs and style. There is the odd tip of the hat to modern production values but the sound is 1980-1982 Visage. It’s Vintage keyboards and synthesizers all the way. There’s not software synths on this record! The production by John Bryan and analogue synthesizer collector Sare Havlicek is firmly rooted in the ’80s. Many of the tracks are instantly recognizable as Visage (Moogs and the obligatory CR78 drum sound feature on several).
Visage (French for “Face”) has always been one part music to one part style & fashion. In 1980 the explosive combination of then futurist synthesizer music, fashion, make up & gender ambiguity set the blue print for the New Romantic movement and eventually the style template of the 1980s. Visage was one of the bands to evolve out of the famous night club the Blitz Club, created and hosted by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan. Other bands included the infamous Spandau Ballet and Culture Club.
Innovative style, clothing and make-up continue to be central to brand “Steve Strange.” In a series of style looks for the album he has collaborated with designers Haus of Gaga, Sorapol, Mark Fowler and long time collaborator milliner Stephen Jones OBE. The first album cover in 1980 was shot by veteran music photographer Peter Ashworth in the Blitz Club. Peter returns to shoot the cover of the fourth album. The shot references the famous “Fade To Grey” white face & water motif now displayed on a mask created by Lara Himpelmann. The current day Steve Strange bursts through the mask in a blaze of silver & red.
Hearts and Knives may have been a long time in coming but it is a purposeful statement of just where Steve Strange and Visage are at present. The past has been full of highs and lows but musically & creatively they are at a point where they can confidently present an album containing all the strands of their unique mix of music, fashion and style.
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Hearts and Knives Tracklisting:
1 Never Enough
2 Shameless Fashion
3 She’s Electric (Coming Around)
4 Hidden Sign
5 On We Go
6 Dreamer I Know
7 Lost In Static
8 I Am Watching
9 Diaries Of A Madman
10 Breathe Life
11 Shameless Fashion – The Extened Mix (Bonus Track Exclusive to U.S. CD)
Visage’s new album Hearts and Knives is due for release in the U.S. June 11, 2013 and will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and digtal formats through Pylon Records. Fall 2013 U.S. tour dates to be announced soon.


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The Echo – Responsible(Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by dk

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In a totally organic way, three unique and fantastically different creative individuals from West London have come together to form a musical collective known to us as ‘The Echo’. Intent on leaving a mark with their debut EP, The Echo will be releasing ‘Responsible’ for free download on 10th June.

To accompany the release, the trio has collaborated with critically acclaimed director Andrew Attah to create an exclusive video for the lead single. Filmed at The Central School of Balletthe video features the beautifully talented ballerina – Francesca Tennant, who explores the art of dedication and determination. Andrew Attah, also known for his work with Calyx & Teebee and Netsky, keeps you gripped throughout by carefully capturing every element of the ballerina’s emotions. 

The Echo’s heart and soul lies somewhere between the realms of electronic R’n’B and ‘outside of the box’ dance music. With an ear for intricacy and attention to detail, The Echo’s sound draws inspiration from the likes of Massive Attack, Crystal Castles, Gesaffelstein, Kanye West, & LCD Soundsystem.

Lead single from the EP ‘Responsible’ embraces an overtly mischievous persona, accompanied by an infectiously uplifting beat. The track’s blissful groove and inimitable vocals flood Responsible in desirable waves of creative brilliance.

Temporary Hero – Ballet (Preview)

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Temporary Hero - BalletTemporary Hero – the self-proclaimed love child of Thom Yorke + Madonna after a weekend of Depeche Mode – joins the Sidetrak Records ranks with his haunting and wide-ranging electronic single‘Ballet’.  A stunningly intoxicating and emotional remix by André Lodemann looks to be an Ibiza classic in the making with support already received from Robert Owens, Mousse T, Giom and Jon Cutler.  People Get Real add a growling bass and choppy piano to their tech-tinged remix, while Blackhill take things in a groovy, bumping and funky house direction.

Temporary Hero has collaborated with the likes of Mac Quayle (remixer of New Order, Depeche Mode and Donna Summer), Jerome Isma-Ae, Andre Lodemann, The Slips, Chus + Ceballos, James Teej, Andrew Galea, Pete Gooding and Jeremy Sylvester.  His previous releases on the Object Permanence imprint include ‘Youth’, ‘Hate Sux’, ‘Savin’ up 2 Be a Rock + Roll Star’ and ‘Blasphemy’.  Nothing is deliberate. But it is all temporary.

Professor Green – Are You Getting Enough? (feat. Miles Kane)(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by dk

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(featuring MILES KANE)

JULY 22ND
(VIRGIN EMI RECORDS)
Eagerly anticipated third album ‘Growing Up In Public’ released on October 14th

 

Firmly established as one of the crossover superstars of British music who has always remained true to his roots in rap, PROFESSOR GREEN builds on a career which has spawned two Top 3 albums and eight consecutive Top 40 singles – including the massive hits ‘Read All About It’ (#1), ‘I Need You Tonight’ (#3) and ‘Just Be Good To Green’ (#5) – with the release of the brand new single ‘ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH?’ on JULY 22ND through Virgin EMI Records.

Featuring vocals from Last Shadow Puppet and solo singer-songwriter Miles Kane‘ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH?’ is the first single to be taken from PROFESSOR GREEN’S upcoming third album ‘GROWING UP IN PUBLIC’ which will be released on OCTOBER 14TH. The new releases look set to add another incredible chapter to Pro’s all-conquering career which has already accumulated 500,000 album and1.75 million single sales in the UK alone.

Of the single, Pro, says, “Miles, Kid Harpoon (Tom – who produced the record) and me are all good mates, the song was just a by-product of our camaraderie. Looking forward to performing this one with Miles, it’s really heavy so it’ll be carnage. I might even wear a paisley shirt!” 

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Major Lazer – Bubble Butt (feat. Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga & Mystic)(Video)

Posted in News with tags , , on May 29, 2013 by dk

Tom Odell – Another Love (Short Film)

Posted in News with tags , on May 28, 2013 by dk