PLAYLIST – Fancy by Iggy Azalea

iggy azaleaAmethyst Amelia Kelly (born 7 June 1990), better known by her stage name Iggy Azalea (/əˈzljə/), is an Australian recording artist and model fromMullumbimby, New South Wales.
She relocated to the United States at the age of 16, first staying in Miami, Florida, and then other parts of the South, including Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.

She first gained recognition after the respective music videos for her controversial songs “Pussy” and “Two Times”, went viral on YouTube. On 27 September 2011, Azalea released her first full-length project, a mixtape entitled Ignorant Art, saying she made it “with the intent to make people question and redefine old ideals”. In 2012, she announced her signing to Mercury Records and the following year to Island Def Jam. Azalea went into professional modeling, when she became represented by Wilhelmina Models, in the spring of 2012; later that year she was announced the “New Face of Levi Jeans”.

In 2012, Azalea became the first female and non-American rapper to be featured on XXL magazine’s annual Top 10 Freshman” cover issue. On 30 July 2012, she released Glory, her debut extended play (EP), which was executive produced by American rapper and Grand Hustle label-boss T.I.. The EP was composed of songs originally meant to appear on Azalea’s long-awaited and often-delayed debut album. On 11 October 2012, she released her second mixtape TrapGold, which was produced entirely by high-profile producer Diplo, as well as 1st Down of production team FKi. The mixtape is significant for foreshadowing Azalea’s new approach to music and her later work, which heavily includes electronic elements.

Azalea’s debut studio album The New Classic is set to be released on April 22, 2014. Initially set to be released with Grand Hustle and Interscope Records, after label conflicts, in 2013 Azalea finally secured a deal with Mercury Records and later Island Def Jam, to release her debut album. The album was preceded by the lead single and Azalea’s commercial debut single “Work”, which successfully charted on several international music charts and peaked at No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart. The other three singles released in promotion for the album were “Bounce”, “Change Your Life” and “Fancy”, with the latter two featuring guest appearances from T.I. and Charli XCX, respectively.

GIG – The Young Folk at the Cellars at Eastney – Saturday 17th May 2014

the younf folk”This is an accomplished musical aggregate that join the microdots between Villagers, Noah & The Whale and old Greenwich Village Kweskin Jug Band. This is folk in Cuban heels.” – The Evening Herald

You’ll be delighted to know that there is nothing typical about The Young Folk. Yes, the band members (Anthony Furey, vocals/guitar, Tony McLoughlin, bass/mandolin, Paul Butler,piano/vocals, and Karl Hand, drums/percussion) are of a certain youthful age, and yes, the songs they create are variants/enhancements on what could be tethered under the term ‘folk’, but if you’re looking for very obvious reference points (or worse, clichés) then you’d best search elsewhere.

In 2012, the band played Irish summer events such as Castlepalooza, Sea Sessions, Sligo Live, and Valentia Isle Festival, and then performed shows in parts of Scandinavia. This year alone, The Young Folk have gigged in New York (for Culture Ireland), Italy and Ireland and in the UK (the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival, where they shared a stage with The Waterboys and The Staves).

Recently having signed a publishing & Licensing deal with ARC Music UK in late November 2013, The Young Folk are set to release their debut album in the first half of 2014.

From The Cellars at Eastney website

GIG – We Were Evergreen at The Joiners – Thursday 8th May 2014

we were evergreenYou may have already come across We Were Evergreen through the previously released underground track ‘Leeway’. However the last year has seen this exciting trio, Michael Liot, Fabienne Debarre and William Serfass, focus on their debut album, which is now complete, comprising of 11 brand new tracks and set for release in the Spring 2014. The first offering comes on March 3rd with single ‘Daughters’.

Born in Paris but now firmly based in London, We Were Evergreen are a unique band with a fresh sound – an exciting amalgamation of beats and rhythms from across the world, warm vocals and electronic-pop melodies. The results are universal modern tales that draw on the power of images to create songs both happy and dark whilst predominantly feeding on the carefree fun of just being young.

‘Daughters’, which was produced by Charlie Andrew, is a thrilling synth-pop track, which provides the perfect taster of what is to come on We Were Evergreen’s debut album. The accompanying video is equally unique and was shot in one take with 20 female dancers. Having already received plays across various stations including 6 Music and XFM, ‘Daughters’ is as catchy as it is credible – an intelligent musing that will essentially make people want to get up and dance.

Intrinsic to the We Were Evergreen philosophy is their vital live show. Having built up a super-strong live following after early shows at SXSW, CMJ and Secret Garden Party and support slots for Little Dragon and London Grammar, the band have already played their own sold out shows across Europe, including Village Underground in the UK. With the debut album ready, the band can’t wait to play the full set live and push the fan-base ever wider.

From The Joiners website

 

GIG – Amber Run at The Joiners – Wednesday 7th May 2014

amber runAmber Run are five young chaps, originally from Buckinghamshire. The oldest members of the band are just twenty years old and they formed towards the end of 2012. The first thing they put online was a cover of Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek, which gave their burgeoning fan-base a glimpse of what to expect, with their four-part harmonies and expansive sound.

The five-piece demonstrate their taste for space and melody. They manage to strike a balance between stadium-sized rock and the intimacy and sentiment of folk music.

GIG – John Bramwell at The Railway Inn – Thursday 1st May 2014

john bramwellJohn Bramwell  is an English singer-songwriter. He is the frontman for the three-piece alternative rock band I Am Kloot, and has previously issued solo material under the guise of “Johnny Dangerously”.

He is left-handed, but plays guitar right-handed.

He grew up in Gee Cross, Hyde. In the early years, John was the front man of a four-piece band called “The Ignition” that toured in the early to late 1980s.

Following that he became a solo performer and Granada Television presenter Johnny Dangerously, introducing a local Saturday morning magazine programme Fresh that included one of the first TV appearances for KFM Radio personality Caroline Aherne in her Mrs. Merton role.

In this guise he also released You, Me and the Alarm Clock, named in The Guardian newspaper as one of “greatest albums you’ve never heard”.He also released a single with The deBuchias. During his period with Granada Television he was engaged to Fresh co-presenter Tara Newley, daughter of Joan Collins and Anthony Newley.

After leaving Granada, Bramwell spent many years travelling between Athens and North Wales where he continued to write and perform songs solo before giving up music to deliver glue around the UK.

In the early 1990s, Bramwell formed The Mouth with friend and musician Bryan Glancy (the titular Seldom Seen Kid) that later included members of I Am Kloot – Andy Hargreaves and Peter Jobson. The Mouth first played live at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, California, and on returning from America, Bramwell worked booking bands at Manchester venue Night & Day Café during the mid- to late-1990s.

In 1999, he formed I Am Kloot. The band released its first single “Titanic/To You” as a 7″ double A-side single in 1999 and its first album Natural History in 2001 – both produced by Guy Garvey from Elbow.

GIG – Alkaline Trio at The Wedgewood Rooms – Sunday 27th April 2014

alkaline trioAlkaline Trio is a three-member Illinois punk rock band from McHenry, Illinois, formed in 1996. The band consists of Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar), Dan Andriano (vocals, bass), and Derek Grant (drums).

Founded in late 1996, by Matt Skiba, bassist Rob Doran and drummer Glenn Porter, Alkaline Trio released its debut single, “Sundials”, in 1997. Following its release, Doran departed from the band and was replaced by Dan Andriano.

The band subsequently recorded an EP, For Your Lungs Only (1998), and its debut studio album, Goddamnit (1998). Following the release of the band’s second album, Maybe I’ll Catch Fire (2000), Glenn Porter left the band and was replaced by Mike Felumlee for its subsequent album, From Here to Infirmary (2001).

Backed by the singles “Stupid Kid” and “Private Eye”, From Here to Infirmary significantly increased the band’s exposure, and its follow-up, Good Mourning (2003), charted highly on the Billboard 200. Good Mourning marked the recording debut of current drummer Derek Grant.

In 2005, the band released Crimson which expanded upon the band’s punk rock influences, with prominent overdubs and additional instrumentation, and continued with this direction on Agony & Irony (2008), which was released on V2 Records.

In 2010, the band released This Addiction on its own label Heart & Skull and Epitaph. Recorded in the band’s hometown of Chicago, with early producer Matt Allison, the album was a conscious effort to return to its punk rock roots, and became the highest charting album of their career, debuting on the Billboard 200 at No. 11.

In 2011 the band celebrated its 15-year anniversary with the release of Damnesia, which featured new, acoustic-based recordings of songs from across the band’s career.

The band’s ninth studio album, My Shame Is True was released on April 2, 2013.

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PLAYLIST – Recover by Chvrches

churchesChvrches (pronounced as “churches”, sometimes stylised as CHVRCHES or CHVRCHΞS) are a Scottish electronic music band, formed in 2011. The group consists of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, additional synthesisers, and samplers), Iain Cook (synthesisers, guitar, bass, vocals), and Martin Doherty (synthesisers, samplers, vocals).
Chvrches came fifth on the BBC’s Sound of 2013 list of the most promising new music talent. In March 2013, they released Recover EP. Their debut studio album The Bones of What You Believe was released on 20 September 2013.

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