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Massive Attack co writer & producer Davidge announces debut album & premieres title track, plus video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2013 by dk

Slo Light davidgeDavidge announces debut artist album and premieres title track, plus accompanying video trailer
Album: ‘Slo Light’
Released: 2nd March 2014
Label: 7Hz Recordings

7Hz Recordings / Shamrock Solutions Ltd. is proud to announce the stunning debut album by Davidge, AKA award-winning producer / musician Neil Davidge, renowned previously for his production, co-writing and sonic-sculpting of music for Massive Attack, David Bowie, Snoop Dog, Damon Albarn, Primal Scream, Elizabeth Fraser and Mos Def.

The album’s title-track ‘Slo Light’ launches the epic journey and clearly demonstrates Neil’s stamp on latter Massive Attack albums.

The video trailer was directed and shot by Gustavo Andrade for China Dolls Films and was co-directed and starred-in by singer and collaborator, Stephonik Youth (whose band Living Days are signed to Dave Sitek’s label Federal Prism).

An album deeply-schooled in Bristol beats, electronica, soundtracks, orchestral music and more, the ‘Slo Light’ album creates a fantasy world in which tension, darkness and beauty find the perfect equilibrium. The record is sky-high on production value with an unparalleled clarity and sonic depth typical of Davidge’s unique style and sound.

‘Slo Light’ full track listing:

 

  1. Slo Light featuring Stephonik Youth
  2. Gallant Foxes featuring Cate Le Bon
  3. How Was Your Day featuring Karima Francis
  4. Home From Home featuring Low Roar
  5. They Won’t Know featuring Stephonik Youth
  6. That Fever featuring Claire Tchaikowski
  7. Riot Pictures featuring Sandie Shaw
  8. Zero One Zero featuring Stephonik Youth
  9. Sleepwalking featuring Emi Green
  10. Anyone Laughing featuring Claire Tchaikowski
  11. Hummingbird featuring Patrick Duff  (Itunes bonus track)
  12. Sensor featuring Jhelisa Anderson (Digipak bonus track)
  13. Forty Days In The Wilderness featuring Patrick Duff (12” Vinyl bonus track)
  14. Slo Light Davidge vs. Rob Smith Lovas Remix (12” Vinyl bonus track)
  15. Sensor Davidge vs. Quadrant, Kid Hops and Iris Remix (12” Vinyl bonus track)
  16. Sleepwalking Davidge vs. Michael Mortlock Remix (12” Vinyl bonus track)

James Blake Wins the 2013 Mercury Prize /…Accidentally introduced as ‘James Blunt’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by dk

james-blake-James Blake won Great Britain’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize tonight for his album Overgrown in a ceremony that was held at the Roundhouse in London, England. The prize includes a check for £20,000 (a little over $32,000) and a trophy. Blake performed “Retrograde” at the ceremony earlier in the evening, and it was widely reported that he had been introduced accidentally as James Blunt.

The Mercury Prize honors the best British album over the past year, as chosen by a panel of music critics and industry insiders. The prize committee announced its shortlist of Albums of the Year in September.
Last year, the Mercury Prize went to Alt-J for their album, An Awesome Wave. Previous winners have included PJ Harvey for two LPs (Let England Shake and Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea), the xx for xx, Arctic Monkeys for Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and Franz Ferdinand for their self-titled album.
The eligible Albums of the Year for 2013 were:

Arctic Monkeys, AM
David Bowie, The Next Day
James Blake, Overgrown
Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
Disclosure, Settle
Foals, Holy Fire
Jon Hopkins, Immunity
Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon
Rudimental, Home
Savages, Silence Yourself
Villagers, Awayland

(Via RollingStone)

Prince Fatty presents Hollie Cook in Dub(Preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2012 by dk


HOLLIE COOK
‘HOLLIE COOK IN DUB’
MR BONGO RECORDINGS
FOCUS DATE: 21ST MAY 2012

Everything is right with this” MOJO
Brilliant” Word
Effortlessly catchy” Financial Times
An ebullient talent” Daily Mirror
Beautiful” BBC
Melodiously mesmerising as a lazy summer afternoon” i-D

Mr Bongo is proud to announce the next instalment from the wonderful Hollie Cook. ‘Hollie Cook in Dub’ is a hypnotising adaptation of her enormously well received eponymous debut album.

Re-working Miss Cook’s tracks in a dub style, the legendary Prince Fatty adds heavy bass and reverb texture to Hollie’s beautiful, captivating vocals. Excitably the record features three new tracks including ‘For Me You Are Dub’ – a ska version of an old Andrews Sisters’ classic; ‘And The Beat Goes On’ – a brand new, heavy dub cover of the The Whispers’ disco banger; and ‘Baby’ – a new revamp of this hugely requested anthem, in collaboration with The Shoes. Prince Fatty has incredibly added further layers to Hollie’s cover of Shangri-Las’ ‘(Remember) Walkin’ In The Sand’ which she effortlessly transformed from a dark emotive song to one filled with a flavour of hope.

The dub versions showcase real tape echoes, heavy spring reverbs and alternate instrumental elements such as melodica, percussion and horns. All the dubs were mixed live in Prince Fatty’s studio in the same Rub a Dub style as was made famous in 70s Jamaica by King Tubby and others, i.e with fingers, late night vibes and re-arranged with a razor blade.

Hollie Cook was born and bred in West London in a household dominated by music – with Sex Pistol Paul Cook as her dad, music was always around – and she gravitated to the sounds of Marc Bolan, David Bowie and The Cure.

Entering professional acting, singing and modelling at a young age, Hollie soon rejected her performance arts schooling for a musical path truer to her influences. Family friend and Slits singer Ari Up persuaded Hollie to sing backing vocals for a new EP ‘Revenge of the Killer Slits’, which she followed by ditching school to join the band on a six week tour.

The summer of 2011 saw the release of her self-titled debut album which received critical acclaim from many and resulted in being on an array of ‘Top Albums of 2011’ lists including The Word, The Mirror and Rough Trade. Hollie’s self-coined ‘tropical pop’ sound stems from her passion for reggae singers Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon combined with classic 60s girl groups. Singles ‘Body Beat’, ‘That Very Night’ and ‘Milk & Honey’ made waves gaining heavy support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC 1Xtra, XFM, Kiss, Choice FM, culminating in a live Maida Vale session for Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and a Later… With Jools Holland performance on BBC 2.

Hollie’s live band played Big Chill, V, Festibelly, One Love, Jazz Cafe in 2011. This year see’s Hollie gearing up for the release of an album of new material and a 20-date tour, with notable performances confirmed at Bestival, Camp Bestival, The Vintage Festival. The summer will see Hollie play to her biggest crowd in Manchester to support The Stone Roses in their historical comeback tour in the summer.

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http://holliecook.com/

Van Hunt -What Were You Hoping For?Available Today,Stream Now,Tour+Free Download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by dk

VAN HUNT RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM WHAT WERE YOU HOPING FOR?, AVAILABLE TODAY

Album streaming now on AOL Music

On tour now!

September 27th marks the official release date for What Were You Hoping For?, the latest album from singer/songwriter Van Hunt. The album, released on Van’s own godless-hotspot in association with the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers label, has already received rave reviews for it’s fusion of rock, soul, punk and funk. The album is streaming in full on AOL Music.

 

Van Hunt-What Were You Hoping For? | AOL Album Stream

 Download MP3  Eyes Like Pearls”   

With What Were You Hoping For?, Van Hunt kicks out the jams with a spare but dizzyingly vibrant meld of day-glo psychedelic soul with glammed-up riffs and the acerbic energy of punk.  The album sees the Grammy-winning musician/songwriter/producer turning up the volume on his genre-smashing songcraft and the results are altogether gripping.  From the breakneck “Watching You Go Crazy is Driving Me Insane” and “A Time Machine is My New Girlfriend” to the metallic k.o. of the album’s first single,”Eyes Like Pearls,” Hunt unleashes a sound that reverberates with caustic wit, passion, and the thrilling excitement of an artist operating at the peak of his powers.  Careening with exhilarating intensity and frenetic, inventive musicality, What Were You Hoping For? is Van Hunt’s most daring and provocative work to date.

 

Van’s tour kicked off on September 19th in New York City and continues throughout the country through October. Tour dates are below.

 “What Were You Hoping For?”: Amazon  

Van Hunt Tour Dates

9/27/2011 |Augusta, GA Sky City 

9/28/2011 |Atlanta, GA The Earl 

9/29/2011 |New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s Uptown 

9/30/2011 |Houston, TX Warehouse Live-Green Room 

10/1/2011 |Austin, TX Cactus Café 

10/3/2011 |Dallas, TX House of Blues: Cambridge Room 

10/4/2011 |Little Rock, AR Stickyz Rock ‘n Roll Chicken Shack 

10/5/2011 |Memphis, TN 1884 Lounge 

10/6/2011 |St. Louis, MO Lola 

10/7/2011 |Chicago, IL Schuba’s Tavern 

10/8/2011 | Minneapolis, MN Bunker’s 

10/11/2011 |Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge

10/12/2011l Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge

10/13/2011l San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s

10/16/2011l Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

 Van Hunt: Website | Facebook | Twitter | MySpace 

 

Van Hunt new album ‘What Were You Hoping For?’ September 27; (+free download available now)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by dk

VAN HUNT RETURNS WITH “JUNE”;

EXCLUSIVE TRACK AVAILABLE AS FREE DOWNLOAD

VIA THE HUFFINGTON POST;

ADDITIONAL SONGS TO BE RELEASED ONLINE

IN ADVANCE OF MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM;

“WHAT WERE YOU HOPING FOR?”ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 27

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Van Hunt makes his long awaited return this week with the online premiere of “June,” his first new music in more than three years.  The track is currently available as a free download via The Huffington Post, which you can download by clicking the link below:

Free Download: “June” 

“June” heralds the hugely anticipated release of Hunt’s extraordinary new album, What Were You Hoping For? .  The album – a joint venture between the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers and Hunt’s own label, godless-hotspot  – arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on September 27th.

“‘June’ was written to mirror a person’s complicated moodiness,” Hunt says. “Some people are called pessimists because of their persistent dourness – but I think they are optimists.  Sorely disappointed optimists.  The song is my attempt to make one, in particular, smile.”

Hunt will unveil a series of new tracks each month leading up to release of What Were You Hoping For? with free downloads available at a range of blogs and music websites.  Among them will be the album’s first single, “Eyes Like Pearls,” which will impact multi-format radio outlets nationwide later this summer.  In addition, free downloads will be available at Hunt’s newly relaunched official website, www.vanhunt.com.

Furthermore, the Los Angeles-based Hunt and his crack band plan to hit the road in the weeks surrounding the album’s release, marking his first national tour since 2008.  A full itinerary will be announced shortly.

Van Hunt first fell in thrall to the power of music from an early age, taking inspiration from a remarkable range of musicians and composers, spanning J.S. Bach to David Bowie, Thelonious Monk to Curtis Mayfield, Iggy Pop to The Isley Brothers.  The Dayton, Ohio-born musician soon made his way to Atlanta, where he drew acclaim for his creative production efforts and crafty songwriting, featured on recordings by such diverse artists as Dionne Farris, Joi, Rahsaan Patterson, and Cree Summer.  His own self-titled debut album arrived in 2004, instantly establishing Hunt as a distinctive and original talent with its idiosyncratic melding of R&B, neo-soul, funk, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll.  The equally inventive On The Jungle Floor followed two years later, highlighted by the single, “Character” as well as by a surprising cover of Iggy Pop & James Williamson’s Kill City classic, “No Sense Of Crime.”

In 2007, Hunt received a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals,” honoring  “Family Affair,” a collaboration with John Legend and Joss Stone found on the 2006 Sly & The Family Stone tribute album, Different Strokes For Different Folks.  Hunt had previously received a 2005 “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” Grammy nomination for his breakthrough hit single, “Dust.”

Hunt’s third album, Popular, was slated for 2008 but remains officially unreleased.  Nevertheless, the album has become an underground sensation, a classic lost album hailed by LA Weekly as “a left-field stunner” for its “trippy fusion of funk grooves, punk guitar and soul vocals.”  In 2009, Hunt liberated a collection of B-sides, demos, remixes, and other rarities on the self-released collection, Use In Case Of Emergency (Rare Items From The Vault).

A charismatic and engaging live performer, Hunt also attracted critical praise touring both as headliner as well as alongside such diverse acts as Kanye West, The Roots, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, Seal and Dave Matthews Band.

 For more information:

www.vanhunt.com

www.facebook.com/vanhunt

www.twitter.com/vanhunt

www.myspace.com/vanhunt

http://vanhunt.spinshop.com

Émilie Simon Premieres Remix MP3 From “Rainbow” EP , Album Out April 26!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2011 by dk

Émilie Simon

The Big Machine

(Le Plan, April 26; vinyl April 16)
 
Rainbow EP Released Today,
The Big Machine, Out April 26

“Rainbow” (Remix Émilie)  MP3 Premiered On URB!
“inventive”

– The New Yorker
 
“… songwriter with a demure crackly voice whose music is rooted in Björk-esque notions of how technology and nature stream together.”
– SPIN
 
“… an electro-pop singer with a thump, purr, and sizzle.”
– Interview
 
“Upbeat stomping epics that build and build”
– The Independent
 
One of France’s most renowned artists, Émilie Simon, launched her career in 2003 and immediately captured the imagination of a large audience with her sprawling and elegant musical fantasies, earning three Victoires de la Musique (France’s Grammy equivalent) during the course of her first three albums. She gained international acclaim for scoring the smash documentary March of the Penguins and saw her first US release in 2006 with The Flower Book. In 2008, she relocated to Brooklyn where she recorded her new album The Big Machine surrounding herself with talented guests such as Kelly Pratt and Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) as well as Jon Natchez (Beirut) or Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure, Brazilian Girls). The Big Machine will released April 26 on Le Plan.  If you can’t wait until then, be sure to check out the Rainbow EP that dropped today on iTunes.  You can download the “Rainbow” (Remix Émilie) MP3 from the EP where it premiered on URB!
 
The Big Machine is full of Émilie’s powerful and seductive voice, inventively playful arrangements, driving synths and rhythms, and prodigious melodies. “The Ballad of the Big Machine” driving piano and horns punctuate Émilie’s plea to let her in.  The percolating rhythm of “The Cycle” commands you to dance as Émilie’s voice wraps itself around the beats and soars until the song explodes. “Rocket to the Moon” takes us back to an era that didn’t quite exist, it’s big band sound is reminiscent of the 1920s is also decorated with futuristic flourishes. “This is Your World” ends the adventure with a command to reclaim the world.
 
Émilie Simon is equal parts breathtaking grandeur and bewitching intimacy. Her iconic style has made her a respected voice in fashion. She is often seen donning dresses by Yeojin Bae, Jean-Paul Gauthier or Vivienne Westwood and collaborated with Paule Ka to design her stage attire. She blazes her own trail aesthetically, incorporating vintage clothing or up and coming designers to more established names, toying with fashion as she does with sounds.