Thursday, 18 March 2010

British Sea Power

British Sea Power have finished recording and mixing their fifth studio and follow up to the highly acclaimed "Man of Aran".

Over the past few years it is difficult to say that BSP have changed a great deal but this is no complaint. They carry a sound like so few other bands where they can move from five minutes of atmospheric noise reminiscent of sitting by an abandoned pier on a cloudy day, to a guitar driven cacophony in seconds and make it work almost as well as Doves.

The noise in the press surrounding the band has grown over the last few years in a way almost identical to the sound they create and after their first and second albums the hype surrounding "Do You Like Rock Music" hit out as powerfully as the guitar on opening track "All In It".

I believe that with this release we could see the band push themselves in to the limelight in a simliar way as Elbow did with "The Seldom Seen Kid" and Doves did with "Kingdom of Rust" and their almost cult following deserves to grow in the same way.

Not only are they set to release the album soon but tickets for Tan Hill festival which the band organise, go on sale tomorrow. The tickets are more expensive than last year because the band actually made a loss but this year there promises to be more bands and if your not satisfied the bands guitarist Noble, is willing to buy yo a pint.

Check out the details on the bands blog here aswell as three beautiful tracks from "Man of Aran".

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Bjork x Michel Gondry

As all of you out there who understand good music know, Bjork is prety much the greatest artist alive, so any news of new projects is good news. This news could only be even better when it is surrounding her working with the great Michel Gondry again.

The fact that these two are so firmly on the cutting edge within their own fields is set to be proved once again in the 40 minute 3D "science-musical" they are working on. The piece is currently in its early stages but i think it's fair to say it is going to be incredibly impressve.

Their previous works together include the videos for "Declare Independance" and "Army Of Me" and Bjork almost appreared in Gondry's sublime "Science of Sleep" until she was replaced by Charlotte Gainsbourg.

On top of this Bjork has also recently wrote "Comet Song" which is set to feature on the soundtrack for the upcoming Moomins film, which is about as fitting as Daft Punk's soundtrack for Tron 2.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

The Pipettes

In 2006 Gwenno, Rose and Rebecca released, in my opinion, one of the best pop records of all time in the form of "We Are The Pipettes". Full of songs about lost love, awkward sex and girls we could only dream of speaking to. It was reminiscent of all of our teenage years and as carefully crafted as their polka dot dresses and dance routines.

So after four years without any new material this year sees them return with "Earth vs The Pipettes". The word 'return' has to be used rather lightly as the bands members have changed more than the Sugababes with Rebecca and Rose being replaced with Gwenno's sister Ani as well as two of the bands musicians leaving to join The Ghost Frequency and Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong respectively.

The sound itself however, remains the same with tunes that sound like Cheryl Cole (or should I say Tweedy) having a fight with a synthensiser on the beach in Rio. Here's the new single "Stop The Music" due for release in April with the album to follow shortly.

And for all of those who have got on to the same nostalgic kick as myself, here's the classic "Judy"

Sunday, 7 March 2010

When Art Imitates Life

When Art Imitates Life is a Los Angeles-based company focused on creating fine art with musical visionaries at the helm. Headed up by Scene Four and Sway who are incorporating real Hip Hop icons and culture with classic art and coming up with some incredible results

Some of the early work they have come up with so far is genius and the best part about it is that you can actually buy these, if you get in fast enough as they are all released in extremely limtied numbers.

So far the highlight has got to be RZA's "Victory or Death" collection which shows Rza dressed as George Washington while holding his beat machine as well as this beauty which includes founding Wu Tang members RZA, GZA and Ol' Dirty.


There is plenty of great videos and info about the work the company are doing to get your peepers over including a great clip of the legendary DJ Q-Bert dropping an outrageous crab scratch over Wu Tang's 'Method Man'.

When Art Imitates Life

And if you cant afford one of those then why not try and get your hands on a pair of these, the new Nike Kobe Bryant Aston Martin 'Hyperdunk'. With premium leathers and the Aston Martin logo on the tongue, they're going to be the most sought after Nikes since the Yeezy's


Friday, 5 February 2010


Drake's mixtapes have become something of a phenomenon over the last few years from 'Room For Improvement' and 'Comeback Season' in 2007.

In the last 12 months he's also dropped 'So Far Gone', his shortest and most laid back piece, closely followed by this years 'Comeback Season II', which is 28 tracks of stone cold genius. With collaborations with Lil Wayne, Kanye, and Bun B it really lives up to the hype that caused one of the biggest bidding wars between the major rap labels in recent years.

So to the actual mixtape. The beats are exactly what you would expect from someone so closely linked with Lil Wayne and the rest at Cash Money Records. There's lots of keys and really fast drum loops and the rhymes are so tightly constructed it's impossible to find another new voice on the scene to compare him to. probably the best verse includes;

"Dropped a mixtape that shit sounds like an album,
Who'd have thought a countrywide tour would be the outcome,
Labels want my name signed by the X like Malcolm,
Everybody got a deal i did it without one."

So here's a free download for Comeback Season II

And here's the official video for 'Forever' featuring Lil Wayne, Kanye and Eminem who absolutely kills it.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Groove Armada

Another album coming out this year that I'm really hyped about is Groove Armada's 'Black Light'. Due out early this year some of the tracks have already been getting lots of attention especially on BBC radio 6 where my favourite, 'Paper Romance' is on the A-list so will be getting plenty of airtime these coming weeks.

Some of the tracks sound like they're got a much dirtier edge than you would normally expect from Groove Armada with some seriously scuzzy basslines and screechy vocals. But like all classic Armada tracks I can still see myself throwing moves around the dancefloor like a maniac to them.

And check out the tidy little remix of Paper Romance by Urchins on their Myspace.

But if that's not doing it for you, they're still churning out some pop-dance gems like 'I Wont Kneel' featuring SaintSaviour on the vocals which harks back to the phenomenal 'Song 4 Mutya'


Nas and Damian Marley


Earlier last year I heard that these two were working together on a full album and I can now confirm that 'Distant Relatives' is going to drop on April 20th this year.

Nas' previous few albums have been pretty tight especially 'Hip Hop is Dead', and Marley's 'Welcome To Jamrock' was nothing short of the genius we would expect from the son of the greatest artist of all time. So having the two work together on such a big project should be incredible.

The pair have said that the inspiration for the album comes through their shared ancestry and is especially apt for the current global climate. Marley said "the globe right now is ready for change and this is the soundtrack for that". A portion of the profits of the album are also said to be going towards building schools in Africa.

We can expect Nas' typical Queensbridge rap style along with the finest of Jamaican beats produced by Marley himself along with K'Naan rhyming on two tracks at least and a New York youth choir popping up. As always I've got a little preview for you, download 'As We Enter' to get an idea of the sound these guys are cooking up together