Sunday, 14 October 2018

UB40 To Release First Single In Six Years

UB40 To Release First Single In Six Years 

As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, Britain's world-famous reggae band UB40 will release their first new single in six years, 'Moonlight Lover', on 12th October. 

The single is the first to be released from UB40's new album 'For The Many', which is due for release through Absolute/Universal on the eve of the group's 40th anniversary tour in March 2019. 

With UB40 founding member Norman Hassan on lead vocals, Moonlight Lover also features Birmingham rap artist Gilly G, who joined UB40 on stage at their sold-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall in June for the song's first live performance. 

Gilly G performing Moonlight Lover with Norman Hassan at UB40's 40th anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall. Photo credit: Jeff Widener 
Having sung lead vocals on numerous UB40 songs throughout their career – including the live favourite 'Johnny Too Bad' from the Labour Of Love album – this is the first time Norman has featured as lead vocalist on a UB40 single. 

The group's new album 'For The Many' will be the Birmingham reggae veterans' nineteenth studio album and, alongside Norman, features fellow UB40 founder members Robin Campbell (co-vocals/Guitar), Brian Travers (saxophone/keyboards), Jimmy Brown (drums), Earl Falconer (bass/keyboards/vocals), and long-time members Duncan Campbell (vocals) , Martin Meredith (saxophone), Laurence Parry (trumpet) and Tony Mullings (keyboards). 

The band will also be releasing two companion versions of 'For The Many', as Brian Travers explains, "We have really enjoyed making this album, a huge amount of work went into it. It became a massive piece of work so, in addition to the regular version of the album, there will be a dub version and a collaboration version, featuring guest artists from all around the world."  

Co-vocalist and guitarist Robin Campbell added, "'For The Many' is a great mix of reggae styles, while the different artists we have collaborated with will appeal to more fans and tastes in reggae - it really is an album for the many. The 2019 UK tour is a continuation of our 40th year celebrations, as well as sharing tracks from our latest album. Forty dates around the UK instead of a few arenas means that our fans from all over the UK can get to see us much more locally and up close - truly a tour for the many."

Thursday, 8 June 2017

British Sea Power release the third track from their recently released, critically acclaimed sixth album

British Sea Power release the third track from their recently released, critically acclaimed sixth album
 Let The Dancers Inherit The Party (Golden Chariot / Caroline International).

Don’t Let The Sun Get In The Way is the perfect soundtrack to the blurry sunrises and shivering sunsets of unplanned long weekends, a subtle and beautifully poised anthem for the unprepared, all spending time “slack jawed and empty mouthed / and feeling rough”. It’s British Sea Power at their serene, soaring best.

British Sea Power will play a series of UK festival shows over the summer. 
See them at:

May 28th Common People, Southampton (with Sean Paul, Groove Armada, Wild Beasts)
Jun 22nd Canon’s Marsh Amphitheatre, Bristol (with Manic Street Preachers)
Jun 23rd –25th Glastonbury Festival (performance day/stage TBA)
Jul 8th British Summer Time, Hyde Park London (with The Killers, Elbow)
Jul 21st Truck Festival, near Oxford (the Libertines, Franz Ferdinand)
Jul 22nd Splendour in Nottingham (Kaiser Chiefs, Black Grape)
Jul 27th Kendal Calling, Penrith (with Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand)
Jul 28th Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Jul 29th Louth Zero Degrees Festival, The Priory
Jul 30th Standon Calling, Standon (with Grace Jones, Editors and more)
Aug 18th Green Man Festival, Crickhowell (with PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams)
Aug 26th Victorious Festival, Portsmouth (with Stereophonics, Maximo Park)
Sep 1st Electric Fields, Dumfries (with Dizzie Rascal, Jesus and Mary Chain)
Sep 2nd Bingley Festival, Yorkshire (with Manic Street Preachers)

Praise for Let The Dancer’s Inherit The Party

“Sharp songwriting combined with an elemental, eerie production… their most direct album in years” The Guardian 4/5
“The sound of a band reinvigorated” DIY, 4/5
“Defiantly positive” Q, 4/5
“Their best album for years… here be poetry” Mojo, 4/5

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

MALKA ... Announces summer shows



Following the release of her acclaimed new tracks 'Fell For You' and 'Breakout' earlier this year, Scottish experimental songstress MALKA is delighted to announce a number of special shows this summer.

She will play in support of Fujiya & Miyagi at London's Corsica Studios on June 13th and summer festivals including Secret Garden Party on July 23rd and Camp Bestival on July 30th.

MALKA recently released the Donald Trump-inspired new song 'Fell For You', which took influence from the election in America and the rise in 'fake news'.

'Fell For You' followed the release of 'Breakout', the first single to be taken from her forthcoming second album due later this year. The tracks have received strong support from Lauren Laverne and Chris Hawkins at 6Music, and achieved critical acclaim from the likes of Drowned In Sound, Line Of Best Fit and more.

A new single from the forthcoming album is due to be announced soon, stay tuned for more details...

13/06 – London, Corsica Studios
23/07 – Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton
30/07 – Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle
"Quirky, cute, original and clever... the true definition of indie-pop" – Chris Hawkins, BBC 6Music

"'Breakout' combines the effervescent eclecticism of tUnE-yArDs with her own radio-friendly pop sensibilities." – Line Of Best Fit

MALKA first made waves on the music scene as Tamara Schlesinger, the frontwoman of acclaimed alt-folk collective 6 Day Riot and also as a prolific songwriter. Her past work has been included in a host of high-profile syncs for TV series and Hollywood blockbusters – most notably Skins, Scream 4 and 127 Hours. Her voice can also be heard in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Her music has also been featured in Degrassi Next Class and MTV's Catfish recently.

Tamara released her critically acclaimed debut MALKA album Marching To Another Beat in 2015. Since then she's become a BBC 6Music favourite and has clocked up big support from Lauren Laverne, who recently featured MALKA's previous single 'Wonder Why' in her 'Best Of 2016' playlist, alongside Steve Lamacq, Nemone and Chris Hawkins at the station, while Huw Stephens is a big fan of MALKA at Radio 1.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Elle Exxe announces summer festivals shows





Critically acclaimed electro-clash starlet Elle Exxe has been announced to play a number of high profile festivals across the UK and Europe this summer. She will play Isle Of Wight Festival on June 10th, Hungary's Sziget Festival on August 9th, Carnival Fifty Six in her Scottish homeland on August 13th and V Festival on August 19th & 20th.

Elle Exxe is touring in support of her highly acclaimed debut album Love Fuelled Hate, which gained praise from the likes of Q, Daily Star, The Guardian, The Independent, Gay Times and many more following its release last year.

The album and her international rise has seen Elle Exxe crowned 'Best Female Solo Act' at the Unsigned Music Awards 2016 and play shows across America, Asia, Europe and the UK.

Elle Exxe is winning over hearts across the world with her fabulous exuberance. This summer's festivals are only just the beginning of what's set to be yet another exciting year for the singer. More details to follow soon...

"One to watch... We're expecting the bombshell to bring her sass to bigger stages very soon"
Daily Star

"Exuberant is Elle Exxe... a brash personality backed by guitars as well as electroclash synths"
The Independent

"The new princess of electro-clash"
London In Stereo

"A promising pop debut"
 Q Magazine

""We've always been a fan of Elle Exxe... The kick-ass, electro clash starlet"
Gay Times

"Elle Exxe is emerging from the pop underground, brandishing a forceful snarled lip"
The Quietus

"There's a lot to like about her music, her style and her general popstar everythingness"

"Invites comparisons to Charli XCX and Katy Perry but at times even outclasses them"
Classic Pop Magazine

"Bolshy pop belter with one toe in electroclash and another in swaggering neo-soul"
Line Of Best Fit

"Fuzzy, bombastic hand-clap pop with added grit"
The Skinny

"Elle Exxe has been glued to our radar... the future is bright"

"A furiously talented synth pop upstart, the singer heaps a tonne of attitude onto her sugar sweet choruses"

"Imagine viewing pop art on acid and that's the kind of electronic feel that Elle Exxe gives off"

"Elle Exxe provides the sounds of summer"
Maximum Pop

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Dan Owen releases video for new single 'Moonlight'




Dan Owen has unveiled the video for his new single 'Moonlight', the first release to come since signing a major deal with Atlantic Records. The video finds the Shrewsbury singer performing his haunting love ballad in cavernous surroundings as majestic moonlight floods in upon him.

'Moonlight' is an intimate insight into Dan's stunning songwriting and jaw-dropping vocal abilities. The song launched with strong support from Spotify, and featured on the platform's 'New Music Friday' playlist in eight countries across Europe, including the UK, upon release.

Dan has gained attention and critical acclaim across the world with his deep, soulful, blues-infected tones. At the end of last year he was a prominent figure in a number of high profile tips for 2017 including The Independent who said, "Dan Owen has the most incredible voice and a down-to-earth charm that's proving a hit with fans."

He has just completed a sold out headline tour across the UK and Europe following the release of his Open Hands and Enemies EP last year, which saw him enter the Top 40 iTunes Album Chart and top the Singer/Songwriter Chart upon release. It has clocked up over 6.3 MILLION streams on Spotify and had its singles top the platform's Viral Chart in Belgium, hit No.2 in France and chart in a further four countries.

Having just completed a sold out headline tour across the UK and Europe, Dan has announced two headline shows for October this year. He will play Manchester's Night & Day on October 19th and London's OMEARA on October 25th. Tickets are available now through Gigs & Tours.

Dan will also be playing a number of festivals throughout the UK and Europe this summer including Latitude, Barn On The Farm and more. Full live dates can be found below:

10/06 – Bushstock, London
16/06 – Badeschiff Open Air Festival, Berlin
17/06 – Maifeld Derby Festival, Mannheim
18/06 – Parkfeest, Oosterhout
25/06 – North Summer Festival, Lille

02/07 – Barn On The Farm, Gloucester
09/07 – CafĂ© La Palma, Madrid
15/07 – Latitude Festival, Southwold
22/07 – Acoustic Lakeside Festival, Sittersdorf

04/08 – Castillo Santa Catalina, Cadiz
12/08 – Strijp-S, Eindhoven
20/08 – Zomerparkfeest, Venlo

02/09 – Bingley Music Live, Bingley

19/10 – Manchester, Night & Day
25/10 – London, OMEARA
"2017 should see him cement himself as one of the UK's most promising new voices"

"Dan Owen has a voice quite beyond his years, is a versatile guitarist and an electrifying live act as well."
The Independent

"Unflinching soulful ballad"

"Owen possesses one of the most arresting singing voices we've heard in a long time."
Acoustic Magazine

"Dan straddles swooning soul and throaty blues"
Blues & Soul

"Singer-songwriter with a soaring high altitude voice"
Fred Perry Subculture

HICARI release video for new single 'Stellar'


Official video unveiled


"'Stellar' fizzes with pop energy, from the electronic production right through to Shai's biting yet entirely personal vocal" – Clash

"'Stellar' is a fizzy pop anthem with an instantly hummable chorus"Idolator

Pop quintet HICARI have unveiled the video to their brand-new single 'Stellar', which premiered with Clash yesterday. A metaphorical representation of the song's lyrical themes, the video features a flamboyant band performance intercut with an entertaining narrative featuring sumo wrestling. Although playful, it perfectly conveys the message not to judge a book by its cover!

'Stellar' is a huge pop anthem with '80s synth hooks, taking influences from the likes of CHVRCHES, The 1975 and St. Lucia. Lyrically, the track tackles the subject of body image and the pressures to conform to modern-day, media perceptions of unrealistic beauty.

Lead vocalist Shai comments, "From the age of 11 to 18 I'd been bullied for being chubby and it has always played on my conscience. My mum always told me otherwise but I was convinced that I wasn't good enough to be seen as attractive. Where I grew up, physical 'beauty' was seen as the only thing that made you worthy of being someone and so I grew up determined to be what people thought was beautiful. Now I see how subjective beauty is, we all perceive it differently and so for me 'Stellar' was being on both sides of the spectrum."

Vocalist and keyboard player Ryan adds, "As a kid in school, I always fell for girls who had talent and great personalities. I remember completely falling for a girl because she had such an incredible voice, I couldn't come to terms with why other guys only talked about the 'popular' girls who had nice faces and big boobs. 'Stellar' is celebrating how innocent and oblivious I used to be, and rejecting how society has tried to teach me that 'real beauty' is on the outside."

Hailing from Liverpool, HICARI, which means 'light' in Japanese, are a multicultural band of friends who are made up of Shayaan Oshidar (Lead Vocals), Ryan Bickley (Lead Vocals, Keyboard), Tatsu Saiki (Guitar, Keyboard), Paddy Morrison (Bass) and Will Brown (Drums).

Donning their finest glitter, they will be playing a number of dates this summer including a London headline show at the Notting Hill Arts Club on the 15th June.

Thurs 1st June –  Shipping Forecast Supporting First Hate, Liverpool
Thurs 15th June – Notting Hill Arts Club, London,  
Fri 23rd June – Chester Live Festival, Chester,
Sun 23rd July – Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool


Wednesday, 17 May 2017



Revolution Come... Revolution Go
Out June 9 on Spinefarm Records

"[Gov't Mule's] songs stomp and wail with unmistakable energy and heft" – NPR

"Warren Haynes is a meaty and masterful slide player, as well as a soulful singer and songwriter" – Rolling Stone

"A band heavy enough to be James Hetfield's favourite; grungy, gritty and bluesy enough to earn the praises of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons; and swirly enough to speak loud and clear to the Phishheads who flock to their shows to twirl the night away" 
– Guitar World

Following the announcement of their eagerly anticipated 10th studio album, American rock band Gov't Mule have confirmed their return to the UK in October this year.

The band will be heading to Ireland to play a show in Dublin before coming to the UK for four dates in Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and London.
Oct 22nd -  Academy, Dublin, IE | Tickets
Oct 24th - Queens Hall, Edinburgh, UK | Tickets
Oct 26th – Ritz, Manchester, UK | Tickets
Oct 27th – Tramshed, Cardiff, UK | Tickets
Oct 28th - London Bluesfest, London, UK

The band first return to the road at Summerstage in New York's Central Park and have dates booked through the summer in North America and Europe, with hopes of also heading to Japan, Australia and other territories to promote the upcoming album Revolution Come... Revolution Go.

After celebrating 20 years and then taking a few years to work on other projects, the album is "the new chapter opening up for the band", according to founder Warren Haynes. It's due for release June 9th via Spinefarm Records. You can pre-order the album here.

The 12-song set, Gov't Mule's 10th studio outing, was recorded primarily with long-time collaborator Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) in Austin, Texas, but the musicians also worked on a pair of tracks with Don Was, with whom Haynes recently toured as part of the recent The Last Waltz 40th anniversary tour.

The record features the song 'Dreams & Songs', which Haynes deems autobiographical, reflecting on a career that started professionally with David Allan Coe's band in 1980 and has gone through the Dickey Betts Band, the Allman Brothers Band, the Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends and more.

"It's about looking back at your life and family and changes," Haynes explains, "and the general message is you never go back home -- not in the literal sense of the word, but things have a way of growing in their own directions, and you wake up one day and look at everything you've been through and think, 'Wow, how did I get here?' It's a journey and you look back on it. I'm very grateful for the opportunities that I've had, but it's been a wild ride and in some ways has gone so much quicker than I would ever expect. Thankfully, I'm still going strong and my career's as good as it's ever been. I'm thankful for that." 


Revolution Come...Revolution Go Standard Track-listing:
1. Stone Cold Rage
2. Drawn That Way
3. Pressure Under Fire
4. The Man I Want To Be
5. Traveling Tune 6. Thorns Of Life
7. Dreams & Songs
8. Sarah, Surrender
9. Revolution Come, Revolution Go
10. Burning Point (ft. Jimmie Vaughan)
11. Easy Times
12. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

Deluxe Version – Bonus CD:
1. What Fresh Hell
2. Click-Track
3. Outside Myself
4. Revolution Come, Revolution Go (Alternate Version)
5. The Man I Want To Be (Live In Studio Version)
6. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (Live In Studio Version)

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