First Watch: Aiden Grimshaw ‘Is This Love’

An extraordinary, soaring pop anthem exploding with grinding drum & bass beats. Released on RCA on June 3rd and taken from Aiden Grimshaw’s debut album ‘‘Misty Eye’’ which will be released on August 13th. The album was co-written by Aiden and produced by Jarrad Rogers (Lana del Rey, Tinchy Stryder).

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Lana Del Rey ‘Blue Jeans ft. Azealia Banks (Smims&Belle Extended Remix)’

Smims & Belle is the the DJ group from Mark Foster and band member Isom Innis. The track is a new verse that Azealia recorded specifically for this remix.

Another week, another Lana Del Rey remix…

This time it’s a smooth reworking of Blue Jeans by Odd Future’s The Internet.

First Listen: Aiden Grimshaw ‘Is This Love’

When I heard this track last week I got really, really excited. I didn’t know back then who sang it. It’s been revealed that it was Aiden Grimshaw. To me, this is everything current pop should be, and more.

Aiden Grimshaw will release his incredible debut single ‘Is This Love’ on June 3 through RCA Records.

The song, written by Aiden, is taken from his debut album ‘Misty Eye’ which will be released on August 13.

The album contains all original material, co-written by Aiden.

Aiden appeared as a finalist in The X Factor in 2010. His audition is one of the most watched on YouTube – a striking a cappella version of Kanye West‘s Gold Digger.

Following his appearance on the show, Aiden, who is 20 years old, moved from his hometown of Blackpool to London and set up a home studio where he spent two years writing and recording demos with various writers and producers.

He found musical soul mate Jarrad Rogers (Lana del Rey, Tinchy Stryder), and the resulting songs make up his debut album.

‘Is This Love’ is an extraordinary, soaring pop anthem exploding with grinding drum & bass beats, and offers a taste of the light and shade, which Aiden explores in ‘Misty Eye’.

Another week, another amazing Lana Del Rey cover

She seems to make songs that inspire some pretty incredible reworkings, doesn’t she? This one is by one of my favourite up and coming kids from Sweden, Andreas Moe.

Someone’s gone and mixed Lana Del Rey with The Smiths…

… and it’s a little epic in a distilled, sombre way. Seems like you can download it for free by clicking on the little down-arrow on the side of the SoundCloud!

Check out Lana Del Rey’s artwork for ‘Blue Jeans’

So Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ has gone platinum in the UK, France, Germany and Ireland and sold over 1.4million albums globally in under a month, along with 2 million single sales.

Sunday April 8th sees the release of “Blue Jeans” the third single from the album. The track will come with a bumper remix package including D/R/U/G/S, Blood Orange, Kris Menace and RAC and will be out on Polydor Records. Available on digital download and 7” picture disc, and digital remix EP.

Another amazing Lana Del Rey remix

This one’s by Kris Menace. It’s been out there for a while but watching the video gives it a new spin.

The Young Professionals cover Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’

Definitely one of the best covers around from one of the hottest duo’s to come out of Israel of late.

First Listen: Lana Del Rey ‘Born To Die (Woodkid Remix)’

This remix is special because it’s done by the same chap who directed the video to the same song.

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.

Free Download: Lana Del Rey ‘Video Games’ (Sam Sure & Giacomo Re-Version)

I like it when remixes aren’t just speeded up versions of songs. This ‘re-version’ of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’ has a really cool twist to it, and it comes as a free download along with these other edits over on Sam Sure & Giacomo’s Facebook:

Their music draws comparisons to the likes of The Streets, Rizzle Kicks and Jamie T, and will be leading into the new year with the release of the understated debut, ‘Dark Inside’; deconstructed beats and heavy atmospherics lay the bed for an introspective and brooding vocal.

Lana Del Rey and the video that changed my mind

Sometimes it takes sharing a bed with an insanely handsome and captivating person to make you re-think your views on Lana Del Rey. I mentioned her ages ago, then decided I didn’t like her after all (click on the link that I had on that post and you’ll see the inactive ‘Lizzy Grant’ account, and google the whole story behind that fuckery), but this video’s changed my mind again. Go Lana.

New Music: Lana del Rey

Lana del Rey weaves cinematic dark pop music wrapped in smoky, sultry and glamorous overtones. The memory of faded stars like Bette Davis, Kurt Cobain, Nina Simone and Elvis are the chorus line for her music. Check out here.