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.
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.
English dubstep with a bit of a 90’s vocal vibe on there. Check out here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll either love or hate this, give it a go and see. Check out here.
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.
Swedish retro pop. Keep her away from hammers. Check out here.
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…
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.
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.
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
- Arctic Monkeys
- Chase & Status
- 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
- Lady Gaga
- 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
- Paul Epworth
- Ethan Johns
Outstanding Contribution to Music – Blur
Critics’ Choice – Emeli Sande
Beautifully life-affirming music from a super talented Swedish newbie. So happy to have discovered this. Check out here.
How can anyone not love this song by Fun.? Well, probably a fair few won’t but I am in pure love with it.