New Music: KABBA

The talent formerly known as A*M*E returns with a perfected blend of dancehall and pop.

KABBA

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I can’t go to this…

lemaitre relativity

Commitments from my ‘office job’ mean that I can’t go to one of the most fun gigs of the year tomorrow at Fabric. If you can, go – it’s Norwegian disco puppies Lemaitre with support from Fehrplay, Monsieur Adi and A*M*E.

Gutted.

First Watch: Monsieur Adi feat. A*M*E ‘What’s Going On?’

Monsieur Adi

I’ll be very upset if this doesn’t go number 1.  Biggest radio-pop track from Monsieur Adi you’re likely to hear for a good few weeks I reckon. Released 17th November.

Disclosure – Need U 100% (Duke Dumont Cover)

disclosure

Last week, Disclosure covered one of the UK’s biggest singles of the year. Their debut album is out now and is simply epic.

This new A*M*E track…

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It’s pretty good, isn’t it? I wish it wasn’t just a preview. A*M*E was meant to be big by now but issues with record labels mean we’re STILL not near a release. Popalicious.

Kicking Monday blues up the butt

duke dumont

I had a very cute weekend in Copenhagen and so I haven’t been checking my mail and so on, so it might be a slow start to the week but I’ll get there! But let’s start the week with this gem of a track from Duke Dumont and A*M*E, I featured it a while back but here’s the video.

Sunday disco with Duke Dumont and A*M*E

duke dumont

Well this is pretty delicious. Featuring 17 year-old starlet A*M*E* on singing duties, this has classic house all over it. Co-written by teenage wonder-kid and Alfitude favourite MNEK (who recently sung on Rudimental’s ‘Spoons’ with Syron) the Duke will release ‘Need U (100%)’ on his newly minted Blasé Boys Club label.

BBC Sound of 2013 longlist announced!

bbc sound of 2013

sound of 2013 longlist

The BBC has just released it’s Sound of 2013 list of artists. Over the years, this has proven to be one of the most accurate predictors of who’s likely to become a household name (in the UK at least) over the next twelve months, and it’s personally a very exciting thing to see. The list is compiled by the UK’s most influential music industry tastemakers, who were each asked to note their favourite emerging artists.

While I’m familiar with all the acts on these long lists by the time they are published, I do not necessarily agree with all the talent in them (that’s the great thing about music).

Still, every year I like to benchmark this blog against the list to see how many acts I’ve championed, and I’m chuffed to see that most of these artists have been featured on Alfitude over the past year or two (although some of these posts are already so old the sound clips may not be active any more):

Other acts on the longlist also include:

  • HAIM
  • Kodaline
  • Little Green Cars
  • Palma Violets
  • Peace
  • Savages

Overall, I think this year’s list covers a much more varied and promising selection of talent compared to 2012, and it’ll be interesting to see who wins. The top five acts will begin to be revealed during the week of 31st December 2012.

Until then, I haven’t made my mind up who will make the shortlist just yet- who would you like to see win?

First Watch: A*M*E ‘Play The Game Boy’

This girl is really starting to make a lot of pop fuss on the scene, having dabbled in work with British pop institutions ranging from JLS to Emeli Sande. It’s only a matter of time before she’s a household name.

First Listen: A*M*E ‘Find A Boy’

It seems like a lot of artists featured ages ago are finally starting to roll out some new tracks and this new tune, written by Emeli Sande, is brilliant new British pop by A*M*E.

First Watch: A*M*E ‘Ride Or Die’

I’m really loving this! Such good pop! A*M*E is now signed to Gary Barlow’s record label so keep a look out for more soon!