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The Hush Now – 3rd Album ‘Memos’ – June 17th

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2013 by dk

The Hush Now - 3rd Album 'Memos' - June 17thBoston, Massachusetts indie-pop rock quintet The Hush Now unveil their highly anticipated 3rd album. Described as “audio candy for the art school crowd”, compared and influenced by bands from a wide array of genres, such as My Bloody Valentine, Guided By Voices, The Cure and Hall & Oates, they continue to release consistently great albums that have matured and progressed, with the latest release introducing even catchier hooks and more subtle guitars.

SXSW and CMJ appearances plus plays on BBC 6Music and internet exposure of the self-titled debut album helped to fuel interest while the band got to work on the second album, “Constellations”, which the UK music review described as “a little Stone Roses, a dash of Guided By Voices, a smidgen of Flaming Lips and a dose of Yo La Tengo; one of those classic pop tunes that pop up from time to time and catch you pleasantly off guard.” After having made an impression on music critics and fans alike, they began to create “Memos”.

Written entirely by the band and produced, mixed and recorded by well known Mad Oak Studio’s head engineer and producer Benny Grotto, who has worked with the likes of Aerosmith and The Dresden Dolls, “Memos” may be their strongest, quality album to date. Upbeat melodies and catchy hooks reminiscent of bands like The Smiths open the album, before taking you through a jazzy, nocturnal ballad and a song with an air of a late 90s club sound.

The Hush Now are: Adam Quane (guitar/vocals), Noel Kelly (guitar/vocals), Barry Marino (drums/vocals), Pat Macdonald (bass/vocals) and Jon Rosen (keys)

Prince Fatty presents Hollie Cook in Dub(Preview)

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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.

Midnight Davis ‘Aftershocks’ (Five Easy Pieces)

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

Midnight Davis ‘Aftershocks’ (Five Easy Pieces)
Release date: 23rd January 2012

‘Aftershocks’ is the debut EP from new London act Midnight Davis. It will be released digitally by exciting new London label Five Easy Pieces on 23rd January 2012.

The EP is a fascinating melting pot of influences old and new. It splices together production elements of London bass music with the anthemic chamber hall indie of The Horrors, the raw emotion of Joy Division and the expansive, experimental dubby soundscapes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. These disparate influences are channelled into one very cohesive sound. In the artist’s own words, ‘it’s the sound of being in the middle of London, of taking all those rhythms and frequencies in’.

The EP has a very heartfelt central theme of love and loss. A sense of confusion, frustration, anger and longing seeps through every note. It is a mix of samples, synths and live instrumentation, with confessional vocals echoing over the top.

‘I was moving away from listening to electronic “scene” music and listening to truly classic albums by real pioneers – Joy Division, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Cure, Liquid Liquid. This is about songs, while remaining interested in the electronic production methods I have developed’.

Listen Midnight Davis – Timely

Bass music with added emotional ennui. Really good to listen to when you’re feeling let down by love” Dummy Mag

A thick mass of gloomy atmospherics, a disconsolate shadow hanging over his fatigued vocals” Abeano

The Cure Premieres New Live Video for “A Forest,” Bestival Live 2011 Available Now

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by dk

The Cure Premieres New Live Video for “A Forest,”
The Cure: Bestival Live 2011 Available Now

The Cure: Bestival Live 2011 Out Now, All Proceeds
Benefit the Isle of Wight Youth Trust

The Cure: Bestival Live 2011 saw a release on December 6th via Sunday Best Recordings, and today the band is sharing a live video for “A Forest,” which Pitchfork premiered earlier today. The video was filmed during their epic Bestival performance, and is one of the thirty-two tracks that comprise the career-spanning live album.

All proceeds from album sales benefit the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, which is a charitable, independent and professional organization offering counseling, advice, information and support services to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight (the home of Bestival). The Youth Trust has been working on the Isle of Wight for 27 years and
has made a positive input to the wellbeing of people locally.

Of the live album, Robert Smith of The Cure says “We had such a great time in the Isle of Wight at Bestival that we wanted to release this show as a way of thanking fans and islanders alike. Bestival is the best!”

“A Forest,” Bestival Live 2011

The Cure – Just Like Heaven (Bestival Live 2011)

The Cure Announces New Live Album From Bestival 2011

Posted in News with tags , , on November 8, 2011 by dk

The Cure Announces New Live Album From 

Bestival 2011, Due Out 12/6 In the US!

“The Cure had pulled off the epitome of the “festival set” akin to Bowie at Glastonbury 2000 or Macca at Glasto ’04, and every bit as legendary.”– The Guardian

“Set of the weekend.”

“Joyous – truly the stuff of rock-and-roll icons.”
– The Telegraph

“Robert Smith reminding all of his ability to craft those great three minute love songs.”

 – Clash Magazine

Sunday Best Recordings is thrilled to announce the December 6th release of The Cure: Bestival Live 2011, a live recording of the iconic bands incredible, career-spanning two and a half hour set performed at this year’s Bestival.

The double album, which is split over two CDs and also available as a digital download is made up of thirty-two Cure classics, including “The Lovecats,” “The Caterpillar,” “Close To Me,” “Friday I’m In Love,” “Lullaby,” “The Hungry Ghost,” “The End Of The World,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Grinding Halt,” “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” and “Boys Don’t Cry.”

Of the live album, Robert Smith of The Cure says “We had such a great time in the Isle of Wight at Bestival that we wanted to release this show as a way of thanking fans and islanders alike. Bestival is the best!”

All profits from the sale of this album will go to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust (Reg Charity No: 1087163). The Isle of Wight Youth Trust is a charitable, independent and professional organization offering counseling, advice, information and support services to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight (the home of Bestival) and, in some cases, their parents or carers. The Youth Trust has been working on the Isle of Wight for 27 years and has made a positive input to the wellbeing of people

Eileen Monks, Director of The Isle of Wight Youth Trust, says; “What wonderful news that The Cure should choose us, an Island charity of 27 years, to benefit in this way. This came completely out of the blue and at a time when it is becoming extra hard to raise funds to support our work with children and young people on the Island, further cementing our association with young people in their many interests and aspects of their lives. We would like to thank Rob da Bank for his continuing support.”

Rob da Bank, founder of Bestival says “Since I was 15 and backcombing my hair, donning my sisters eyeliner and singing the lyrics to “A Forest” into my hairbrush I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with The Cure. To say it reached its peak at Bestival 2011 is an understatement, as after seven years of pestering I not only landed The Cure to headline Bestival, but now appear to be putting out one of their live records on my own record label. How strange! For any of the 50,000 who were at Bestival and saw all or some of the two and a half hour set, this live album will transport you back. For fans of The Cure who didn’t make it I know this will be a legendary addition to your Cure collection!”

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!

– The New Yorker
“… songwriter with a demure crackly voice whose music is rooted in Björk-esque notions of how technology and nature stream together.”
“… 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.

Crystal Castles – Not In Love ft. Robert Smith (The Cure) (STREAM)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by dk

NEW SINGLE from Crystal Castles
Re-recording of Not In Love with vocals by Robert Smith from The Cure