New Music: A*M*E*

This is a fun bit of new pop worked on by musical prodigy of the moment MNEK. Check out here.

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New Music: Lonsdale Boys Club

I guess if Take That did indie then they would sound like these guys. As it happens, they’re signed to Gary Barlow’s record label so make what you will of that. Check out here.

New Music: Viper Creek Club

I really have no idea how to describe this music. I guess it’s electro. This song sounds best with some big speakers. Check out here.

Something to shake those midweek blues out of the way…

English dubstep with a bit of a 90’s vocal vibe on there. Check out here.

Win tickets to see Sam Sure & Giacomo at Koko!

Are you around in London on 3rd February? Want to see these guys at Club NME at KOKO? I’m going, and the lovely people at KOKO have given me a couple of free tickets to give to you guys too.

To enter just email alfitudecomps@gmail.com with the title ‘KOKO’ on the header bar. I’ll pick a winner at random on the 24th January at 12:00 and drop the winner a line.

Visit KOKO’s website if you want to buy tickets here.

Sam Sure & Giacomo are a duo with their eyes set firmly on the top. The mixture of slamming production, hooky melodies and straight up heart felt lyrics demand you to sit up and pay attention. Immersed in music the pair consistently push the boundaries of what a hip hop act can do, to the point where their sound no longer conforms to one genre but is a melting pot of a million influences. Experimental in the studio and mad energetic live, this is a band to watch in 2011.

At High Fidelity in the Gallery: Fabio Lendrum is a 19-year-old, South-West London-raised musician who as 2010 rolled around was already celebrating his first Top 10 hit as a writer on Example’s song ‘Won’t Come Quietly’. However it’s his own catalogue of songs that demand attention. Having already performed some brilliantly received spots at Matter and Bestival and now signed in a worldwide deal with Warner Music, Fabio is busy juggling bringing his debut album to completion and DJing as much as he can.

De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 present First Serve: ‘Pushin’ Aside, Pushin’ Along’

First Serve is many things, but at its heart it is the story of two young boys from Queens, New York with big dreams and larger rhymes. Two friends, Deen Whitter (aka Plug 2 / Dave) and Jacob ‘Pop Life’ Barrow (aka Plug 1/ Pos), friends from seventh grade, are by their own admission, “different, but the differences seem to complement everything we do.” Their name ‘First Serve’ comes from their motto, “First come, First Serve, get what you deserve.”

First Watch: Mary J. Blige ft. Drake ‘Mr Wrong’

Im so zoomed in to new music that sometimes I lose track of amazing stuff from established people… Sick comeback from the one and only Mary J. Blige. Love this hard- that voice just gets better and better.

New Music: Coco Morier

The work behind this newcomer is pretty mind blowing. We’re talking about input on this sound from Peter Bjorn and John, and Lykke Li and Miike Snow. That’s amazing. It’s the sort of beat that oozes coolness without trying at all. Check out here.

A good song from the first ever person featured on here…

Alfitude is nearing another year of existence. It’s the longest surviving thing I’ve made and managed to not destroy and I’m pretty proud of that.

Anyway, Neon Hitch was my first featured artist on Alfitude and not much has come of her since then it seems, but this track is as candy pop as it gets. So have fun with it.

Camp attack! Say hello to Kazaky

You don’t need to be a genius to know that Kazaky are aimed at one, very niche but very devoted market. I think almost too much, but I also think this is a great track so I’m featuring it.  Their fiercely epic (would it be anything else) PR blurb reads…

The dynamic and fruitful 2011 brought to Kazaky a lot of achievements: the tens of millions of views on YouTube; attention of some of the most influential designers of the fashion world: Stefano Gabbana, Nicolo Formichetti, Prabal Gurung, Francesco Scognamiglio; cooperation with the house DSquared2; favorable reviews from such journalism giants as New York Post, GQ, Billboard, L’Officiel, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, GOSSIPS Japan; awards in the categories “Best Band” and “Best Music Video,” and what is the most important – thousands of fans from all continents throughout the world.

New Music: Left Boy

You’ll either love or hate this, give it a go and see. Check out here.

New Music: Project Alfie

My name is Alfie, this blog is called Alfitude and this amazing soul/ hip hop crossover band are called Project Alfie- but they aren’t connected. However, it makes me so happy to know that something that shares my name can be so awesome and brilliant. The epic, emotionally wrought track was released on the Universal Compilation R&B Collection 2012, which marked Project Alfie as the only unsigned act to be featured on the album. Following its release, it became the most downloaded track on the album during its first week on iTunes. Check out here.

New Music: Jasmine Kara

Swedish retro pop. Keep her away from hammers. Check out here.

Love for sale

This is a cool slice of electro pop courtesy of Mickey and Monarchy. I’m still not much of a fan of Monarchy but credit given when due and all…

Take it to the top of the world

This is one of those songs that makes you think you can take on the world and come out winning. Whether you end up succeeding is another matter, but this is done with two Swedish pop superpowers and is worth having on your iTunes.

New Music: Katy Tiz

I like this a lot- it’s just simple, catchy pop. It’s like a fusion between Jessie J, Rihanna and Lily Allen. Check out here.

Brits 2012 nominations revealed!

 

The UK’s biggest music event announced this year’s nominations. It just all seems a bit… boring…

British Male Solo Artist

British Female Solo Artist

British Breakthrough Act

  • Anna Calvi
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Emeli Sande
  • Jessie J
  • The Vaccines

British Group

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Chase & Status
  • Coldplay
  • Elbow
  • Kasabian

British Single

  • Adele – Someone Like You
  • Ed Sheeran – The A Team
  • Example – Changed The Way You Kissed Me
  • Jessie J Ft B.o.B. – Price Tag
  • JLS Ft Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
  • Military Wives/Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
  • Olly Murs Ft Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips A Beat
  • One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
  • Pixie Lott – All About Tonight
  • The Wanted – Glad You Came

British Album of the Year

  • Adele – 21
  • Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  • Ed Sheeran – +
  • Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
  • PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

International Male Solo Artist

  • Aloe Blacc
  • Bon Iver
  • Bruno Mars
  • David Guetta
  • Ryan Adams

International Female Solo Artist

  • Beyonce
  • Bjork
  • Feist
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna

International Group

  • Fleet Foxes
  • Foo Fighters
  • Jay Z / Kanye West
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Maroon 5

International Breakthrough Act

  • Aloe Blacc
  • Bon Iver
  • Foster The People
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Nicki Minaj

British Producer

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood
  • Ethan Johns

Outstanding Contribution to Music – Blur

Critics’ Choice – Emeli Sande

New Music: Simian Ghost

Beautifully life-affirming music from a super talented Swedish newbie. So happy to have discovered this. Check out here.

Fun? Yes…

How can anyone not love this song by Fun.? Well, probably a fair few won’t but I am in pure love with it.