On the 20th of May, 2012, Robin Gibb, a man from the famous group, The Bee Gees, passed away from cancer complications. He is survived by his brother, Barry and their sister. This is a wish that now he’s resting in peace, that God has a new singer to sing Unto His Glory, my heart goes out to both his family, and his wife and son. May they take comfort in the legacy that he shared and helped create. Here’s to you Robin Gibb. You’ll forever be missed. Smile down upon your family and friends and the fans whom mourn your passing with tears in their hearts, memories in their minds and smiles that now you’ve found your other brothers in heaven and are peace. Rest In Peace Robin Gibb age 62.
The song is called “Don’t Cry Alone” sung by Robin Gibb himself. Enjoy.
CHURCHES are a new group featuring members Iain Cook, Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty. For some of you a bell might be ringing when reading those names. Firstly we have Iain Cook ofAereogramme/The Unwinding Hours, Lauren Mayberry who is a freelance journalist and is also known for her vocals with Blue Sky Archives and last, but not least is Martin Doherty of The Twilight Sad fame. Their style combines sweeping synths, deep beats and the soft vocals of Lauren.
This is a must-listen!
It has been a busy week for Simian Mobile Disco, first appearing at Mary Anne Hobb’s XFM show for a 25 minute mix, the 16th of May welcomed them to Zane Lowe’s Radio One show, and I went to the album launch party of Simian Mobile Disco at Londons Phonica Records last Thursday (17 May) and had a great time. The Album launch party was for free and everyone could bring their own booze. The new album is titled ‘Unpatterns’ and has been described as a foray into more minimal techno territory and a bit of a departure from their catchy dancefloor classics such as the Ditto-voiced Cruel Intentions. The duo has gone away from using well known vocalists but instead you have now deep and soulful house music.
Listen to ‘Unpatterns’ below:
You can also download the official Unpatterns app for iPad and iPhone here. And if you’ve missed all that, catch them on tour instead!
Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 19th – Shipping Forecast – Liverpool – United Kingdom
May 20th – Optimo – Glasgow – United Kingdom
May 23rd – U Hall – Washington – DC – United States
May 24th – Snacks @ Voyeur – Philadelphia – PA – United States
May 25th – Webster Hall – New York – NY – United States
May 26th – La Mouche – Montreal – Canada
May 28th – Le Cercle – Quebec – Canada
May 31st – Cervantes – Denver – CO – United States
June 1st – Avalon – Hollywood – CA – United States
June 2nd – Mezzanine – San Francisco – CA – United States
June 9th – Parklife Festival – Manchester – United Kingdom
June 15th – Sonar (Live) – Barcelona – Spain
After much digging, I stumbled across Philco Fiction led by frontwomen Turid Solberg. Philco Fiction is an amazing electro-pop trio coming from Oslo. The songs of the trio all have a haunting melody and are epic, broken-hearted piano ballads that recall prime Prince and electropop symphonies. If you once start listening you won’t be able to stop. Philco Fiction’s sophisticated pop tunes hit you straight away in both the heart and feet. There is much hype around them already:
“A twisted pop sensation that lives up to the hype” – The Guardian
“Have to hear in 2012!” – NME
“Single of the Week” – Drowned in Sound
“We feel this is simply some of the most exciting music to come out of Norway in recent years.” – Record of the Day
“Some of the nicest sounds to come out of Norway this year!” – Richard Thane, The Line Of Best Fit
Philco Fiction is touring Europe this month and in June and have already featured in a few bunch of gigs in London and Brighton. I hope that you were one of the lucky ones because their live shows are said to be amazingly charasmatic.
Their next gig in London will be on 17 May at The Lexington.
Here is their latest single ‘I Want You’
They are surely a band to watch!!
This is the discovery of the day! Browsing through the online scape to find new and exiting bands is so much fun, especially when you come across bands like this one. Theme Park is a four piece band from London that actually began gigging as a different band called Ark People playing a style of post-punk pop but having changed to a catchy and more than likable indie pop sound with Theme Park.
The band is made up of twin brothers Marcus and Miles, Phil, Oscar and Ric. Mile’s voice is what one lets hit the play and repeat button over and over again. Being compared with Talking Heads, the band gives us a very familiar feel but at the same time putting their very own unique style in lyrics and musical arrangements.
Their latest single ‘Two Hours’ which was released through Transgressive Records last month is such a tune - great vocals, percussive groove and great guitar hooks are what makes their sound so great.
What do you think? Liked what you have heard? So head over to itunes.
Theme Park is currently touring the UK so make sure you catch them somewhere near you.
18th - Brixton Academy w/h Mystery Jets, London
19th - Sound City Festival, Garage - Liverpool
2nd - Field Day, London
3rd - Evolution Festival, Newcastle
20th - Ibiza Rocks w/h Maccabees - Ibiza
30th - Blissfield Festival, Winchester
Paramore is booked to play under headlines of The Cure at this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals and have now announced a second UK show at the Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange Centre on August 21.The gig in Edinburgh is the second the band have announced in recent days. Last week they confirmed that they would be headlining the Belsonic 2012 event in Custom House Square in Belfast on August 19.
The shows in Edinburgh and Belfast will be the band’s first UK shows since the departure of founding members Josh and Zac Farro. Recently the band revealed that Justin Meldal-Johnsen, the bassist of Nine Inch Nails will be producing their new record and have so far completed one track, which is titled ‘Daydreaming’.
Tickets go on sale next Friday (May 18).
Make sure to watch their latest video for ‘Brick By Boring Brick’!!
Flight Facilities, the Sydney based production duo that brought us the 2010 pop hit 'Crave You' feat. Giselle that hits over 4 million hits on YouTube have released a brand new single today. Their musical style combines dreamy pop with disco/ house beats to create a head nodding club tune. The duo first emerged on the scene with their remixes of Bag Raiders’ Turbo Love, The Lowbrows’ Dream In The Desert and Toecutter’s Best Party Ever. The brand new single is called ‘With You’ with vocals of Hot Chip drummer Grovesnor. Compared to their first release this track is a bit deeper and darker but unbelievably catchy. Enjoy!!!
Sara Schiralli embodies pure girl power and is surely one to watch. And again … there is this mystery that one can find almost no information about Sara online despite of of her great success in France. The singer was born in Italy and raised in London but that is about it to find about her person. There is definitely some good PR missing as she could truly become successful in the UK as well. Sara became known in France with her first single release of ‘Paranoid’ and her song ‘Bang Bang’ counts almost 130,000 hits. Sara’s voice is so pure and refreshing, at the same time combining folk and pop to make a light and catchy tune.
Funky drumbeats, tambourines and a gentle piano tones make her newest single’ The Clearing’ to a great catchy song.
You can see her perform life Next Thursday May 24 in the Apple Store in Covent Garden, London. It is a free gig so make sure you pencil this date into your diary.
Jessie Ware rocks!! Having listened to this track a few times on the radio one cannot stop to have it on loop all day! 100% is such a great summer tune even though summer is nowhere near yet. Funky dubstep baselines combined with this subtile and beautiful voice make her sound really unique. It feels like a breeze of summer!
Jessie started her musical career borrowing her stunning voice to artists such as SBTRKT and DJ Joker but to listen to her as a solo artist is much more exciting. Jessie Ware has now started to overtake her competition and is one the way to be a rising star.
Great band!!! The GOLD & YOUTH trio is a Canadian band based in Vancouver and Toronto. Their sound reminds us of the poppy Empire Of The Sun and a bit of 80s success band Depeche Mode but with their very own and original style.
GOLD & YOUTH recently signed to Arts & Crafts They are releasing their debut album ‘Beyond the Wilderness’ this summer and if you have a listen to the mixtape below be sure to get the album on your shelves. Synthetic sounds that remind us of the 80s drenched with drums and guitar sounds and melancholy vocals.
GOLD & YOUTH originally consisted of Matthew Lyall, Murray McKenzie, Jeff Mitchelmore but since the completion of the album also of Louise Burns who gives her stunning voice to 4 of the album’s tracks. If you are lucky enough you can still catch them at The Great Escape this coming weekend. Take a look at their upcoming shows for this weekend below.
MAY 12 at 12:15pm - Komedia Downstairs - “The Great Escape Festival”, Brighton
MAY 12 at 3:15pm - The Blind Tiger Club - “The Great Escape Festival”, Brighton
MAY 12 at 8:00pm - Above Audio - ”The Great Escape Festival”, Brighton