Wednesday, 29 July 2015

GREGORY PORTER - SINGLE REVIEW

Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit [Claptone Remix] 
Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix)

Release Date: Out Now

The new Duke of Jazz, Gregory Porter, is hitting the UK with a big ol' tour next year but to keep our whistles whet there's a little Claptone remix of the fantastic 'Liquid Spirit' floating around for us. For those that don't know this modern classic already, the piano melody and Porter's soulful voice evoke everything that is good and great about Jazz, Soul, Motown and Funk without the need for any help. What this Claptone remix does is give the beat and rhythm a little joie de vivre and suddenly you've got a dance floor filler with deep soul that should please purists and newcomers alike. Somewhere in the realms of Moby's 'Play' material, Fatboy Slim and Parov Stellar with some Jacknife Lee thrown in for good measure is where this track exists in all its glory. Love the style, love the voice, love the soul (and the Soul) and God bless that hat.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/gregoryportermusic?fref=ts

Live Dates:

4th April - Royal Albert Hall, London
5th April - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
8th April - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
9th April - City Hall, Sheffield
10th April - Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
11th April - His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
12th April - Concert Hall, Perth
14th April - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
15th April - Sage, Gateshead
16th April - Demontfort Hall, Leicester
17th April - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
19th April - Dome, Brighton
20th April - St Davids Hall, Cardiff
21st April - Concert Hall, Poole
22nd April - Pavilions, Plymouth

24th April - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

THE BLUEBOOK PROJECT - SINGLE REVIEW

The Bluebook Project - Hurricane Blues 
The Bluebook Project - Hurricane Blues

Release Date: Out Now

Bedfordshire's The Bluebook Project are unleashing the wonderfully titled 'Hurrican Blues' on the world and the world had better beware. The quartet kick things off with a Louis XIV beat, some scuzzy guitars are thrown in to the mix and then the bastard child of the Rolling Stones and Queens Of The Stone Age is born in to the world, kicking and screaming (probably drinking and smoking too). As a lead track from an EP this is as strong as it gets with absolutely no let up in the rock'n'roll intensity which has flavours of Jake Bugg in the vocals, the View in the attitude and Arctic Monkeys in the raw confidence. The production is perfectly poised on the line between raw and polished, the energy seeps out of the speakers and you can't help but be swept up in the sheer, unbridled joy of it all. That is the only odd thing about a song with 'Blues' in the title, it's actually pretty euphoric. Go figure.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/thebluebookproject?fref=ts

THE HOLY ORDERS - SINGLE REVIEW

The Holy Orders - The Deuce Of Hearts (Mono Sound Records) 
The Holy Orders - The Deuce Of Hearts

Release Date: Out Now

What is it about playing cards and rock'n'roll that is so inextricably linked? I mean, we all know about the 'Ace of Spades' but nobody ever sings about playing dominoes, backgammon or a nice game of Risk do they? Ah well, one day perhaps. In the meantime, Kingston-Upon-Hull quartet are keeping up the tradition with 'The Deuce Of Hearts' and we should be glad. A scratchy, Manics inspired riff gets things going before the song settles in to a slow but determined rhythm that swaggers with the rough edged panache of a bum drinking from a stolen bottle of Moet. This is a booze soaked, skin of the teeth ballad that the Pogues would be proud of as the vocals get increasingly desperate and the guitars pummel your every sense, building to an inevitable and unstoppable conclusion. Lo-fi isn't quite the word for this but rough diamond seems closer to the truth. No wait, rough diamond white. That's better.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/theholyorders?fref=ts

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRbp5KA0_l0

Live Dates:

8th August - The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
15th August - Rewind, Wrexham
21st August - The Hop, Wakefield
28th August - Verve Bar, Leeds

29th August - Music Lounge, Stockton 

NAIVES - SINGLE REVIEW

Naives - Horizon (Le Peau Records) 
Naives - Horizon

Release Date: Out Now

Electro-pop seems to be reaching its zenith at the moment and there are a slew of bands chancing their arm at the genre with London chancers Naives being the latest to pop their heads up and try to get noticed. New single 'Horizon' has a certain charm about it with various electronic sounds buzzing around your head and some clicky, itchy beats scattered all over the place. The vocals are in the Everything Everything and Years & Years sphere which adds a certain class and there is certainly a summery, light feel to the tune. The only problem for me is that I was left feeling a bit disorientated as though I had been kidnapped, blindfolded and then woke up naked in a tropical aviary. This is all very well but I have a mild fear of birds and a stronger fear of waking up naked in aviaries so, y'know, I kinda feel a bit icky now. Loving the Noel's House Party inspired artwork though.

More information: https://naiveslondon.bandpage.com/

Live Dates:


8th August - Mau Mau Bar, London

Monday, 27 July 2015

MEMORY MAZE - SINGLE REVIEW

Memory Maze - The Closest Thing To Heaven 
Memory Maze - The Closest Thing To Heaven

Release Date: 31st July 2015

The talented Gavin Ellis (aka Memory Maze) is back with a frantic and frenetic new single that simultaneously exists in a downtempo space. 'The Closest Thing To Heaven' has an agitated, twitchy beat that may just have consumed a little too much Red Bull (other horrible drinks are available) but Ellis's smooth vocals and a rolling, undulating bass line keep things from getting irritating. Then the chorus drops and something Arcade Fire meets the Flaming Lips occurs as the keys swathe and some choppy, 80s guitars add a little punctuation. This is classy, soaring and emotive music which, let's face it, is more than you deserve on a Monday. I do spoil you...

More information: https://www.facebook.com/memorymazemusic?fref=ts


Listen Here: https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/192120389&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true 

Saturday, 25 July 2015

KEVIN PEARCE - SINGLE REVIEW

Kevin Pearce - Dynamite 
Kevin Pearce - Dynamite

Release Date: Out Now

OK, I'll admit my prejudice got the better of me slightly on this one to begin with. Reading that a chap called from Kevin from Essex was releasing a new single called 'Dynamite' I did imagine some horrible 'club anthem' about it all "going off" and dropping 'it' like a 'bomb'. Pleasingly (for me, anyway) what Mr Pearce actually creates is lo-fo folk indie that sits somewhere between Elbow, David Kitt and Jim Noir in the periodic table of tunes. Sombre vocal harmonies, skittish beats and some understated but heavenly melodies all combine with the video to make for a thoroughly engrossing and engaging experience that is perfect for a grey British summer's day. Bravo, Kevin, bravo for casually throwing my prejudice at my feet like an emotional indie gauntlet.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/kevinpearcemelodies


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4grpXfjYus

STILLHOUND - SINGLE REVIEW

Stillhound - Think This Way 
Stillhound - Think This Way

Release Date: Out Now

The video for this new single from Scottish quartet Stillhound seems to depict families having a day out at the ruins of a castle while a moss faced man looms eerily in the background. It's a bit odd. Musically, however, 'Think This Way' sits in the electro-pop meets shoegaze slice of the Venn diagram with influences like Everything Everything, Dutch Uncles and New Order mingling with more traditional indie acts like Embrace or Ride. However, what makes this track really stand out is the way it builds to a euphoric crescendo like a club slaying trance hit ready to drop like a bomb on Ibiza. With the likes of Years & Years making headway with a similar style at the moment you could see Stillhound following suit very easily indeed.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/stillhound


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO308rE5J0s