PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #2 – ‘Ghosts’ by Sons and Lovers

sons and lovers“Pop’s not a dirty word,” says Tom Lillywhite, the singer and guitarist of four-piece London indie newcomers Sons & Lovers. Amidst the increasingly blurred lines between indie, rock and pop, Sons & Lovers are emerging as a tour-de-force with enough energy and ambition to break through as one of the brightest new bands in the UK. “We love pop music as well as rock,” says Tom. “In my head the boundaries between those music genres don’t exist. It’s a big mash-up. There’s been a backlash against bands plugging in and playing, but it’s nice to see a few more bands in the charts.”

Sons & Lovers was formed by Tom and drummer Josh Gimber after playing in bands together for several years in Exeter. The pair moved to London, working “100-hour weeks” running a North London rehearsal studio and working at Camden Barfly while piecing together pop-flecked demos in their spare hours. Lift off for the boys came after the first studio session with producer James Earp. “We had a song we really loved but we didn’t know what to do with it,” explains Tom. In the ensuing weeks, and on a budget of £10, the video for ‘Set My Heart’ was born. It landed on Youtube in April 2011, backed with an enigmatic lack of information about the band, tapping into the current movement of internet under-exposure. The track speaks for itself: a delicate stomp, meshing melodic nous with the chant-along choruses that would set the blogosphere a-flutter. ‘Set My Heart’ is a rousing paean to romance on the breadline: “I’ll be your millionaire without a pound to my name.”

One line of the song was particularly telling of Tom’s musical ambitions: “We’re not doing it for the limelight/It’s the idea that I can choose what my life’s like.” He explains: “It’s a sense of taking things into your own hands. When we wrote that song we were working so hard, but it felt like nothing was really going anywhere. And it was just like, when you really decide you want to do something there’s a mental switch.”

So Tom and Josh flicked the switch. Recruiting Tom’s old schoolmate Dan Conti from his job at Heathrow airport on bass and guitarist Tim Hillier-Brook from hardcore act Architects. Such was their instant spark they were snapped up by Polydor in 2012 and thrust into the glare of a major support slot on tour with Ellie Goulding. After playing their first full band show in August 2012, the band have racked up an impressive number of gigs, tour supporting the likes of One Republic and Kyla La Grange, and playing alongside Walk The Moon, Of Monsters And Men and Nina Nesbitt, among others.

While they’re named after the DH Lawrence novel (even though it’s a “tough read”), there is an underlying theme weaving in and out of the Sons & Lovers’ material; an almost American dream kind of romance that spawns from Tom’s love of Springsteen and the Great American Novel. “There’s an intimacy and an epicness that I find so compelling in all of those stories which definitely influences our songwriting,” he says.

Listening to the first smattering of material that’s winding its way out of a variety of studios (including RAK where, Tom enthuses, “I got to play the ‘Fairytale Of New York’ piano!”) towards a debut EP and an album due next year, it’s easy to see why Sons & Lovers inspire such fervent enthusiasm. The EP’s lead track ‘Ghosts’ is a lush electro-epic full of Ibizan import – chant-worthy and chart-friendly – while its accompanying banger ‘Paved With Gold’ is a small town escape anthem of Springsteenian scope. These and future hits like ‘Golden’ and the hook mastery of ‘King’ point to a rocketing success story in the making. “There are a couple of bands that, in a friendly way, we think ‘We wanna do better than that’,” says Dan, only half in jest. “U2, Coldplay…” And, with a summer full of festival dates (including Reading/Leeds and T in the Park), and further touring lined up for the autumn, Sons & Lovers certainly don’t have their sights set low.

Text courtesy of  Turn First  Artists website

 

PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #3 – ‘Thanks For Leaving’ by Alexandra Stan


alexandra stanAlexandra Ioana Stan
 (born 10 June 1989), better known as Alexandra Stan, is a Romanian singer and model. She released her debut single, “Lollipop” in late 2009, peaking at number-eighteen in her native country.

Her second release dance hit, “Mr. Saxobeat”, became her worldwide breakthrough hit, selling more 10,000,000 copies in less than a year and reaching the top five in over thirty countries, such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and the top 10 in Australia, plus top 30 in Canada and United States.

She released her debut album in August 2011, titled Saxobeats. The album spawned two more singles: “Get Back” and “1,000,000”, the latter featuring rapper Carlprit. On 4 June 2012, she released a new single, “Lemonade” taking a different musical direction away from her initial euro dance sound.

Following a break Alexandra’s newest single is called “Thanks For Leaving” released on 28 April 2014. It foretells a different musical direction to a more reflective, mature pop sound. This video, filmed in the US, also represents an expressive, autobiographical approach and a clear attempt to appeal more internationally.

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PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #4- ‘U’ by Gareth Emery (Ft. Bo Bruce)

U gareth emeryGareth Emery (born 18 July 1980) is an English electronic dance music producer and DJ. Since 2009, he has been ranked in DJ Magazine`s annual Top 100 poll, peaking at #7 in 2010.

Gareth Emery was born in Southampton, England although he also has Welsh heritage, and he is an avid supporter of the Welsh rugby team. He lived in Southampton until the age of 26 before relocating to Manchester, England where he had a studio and ran a night club and record label, both called Garuda. He has a degree in Politics from University of Warwick, supports Southampton Football Club, and is trained in classical piano. Prior to becoming involved in electronic music he played guitar in a punk band in the mid-nineties. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kat.

Emery has a distinctive production style that has been described as a fusion of trance, house and progressive, and is described by Emery himself as ‘simples’. Although usually categorised as a trouse DJ, he has often dismissed this label simply stating that he plays good records regardless of genre.

“U” by Gareth Emery feat. Bo Bruce was released in January 2014.

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PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #5- ‘Let Go For Tonight’ by Foxes

foxesLouisa Rose Allen, better known by her stage name Foxes, is a British singer and songwriter originally from Southampton and now based in London.

She is best known for her featured vocals on Zedd’s song “Clarity”, which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number one of the US Hot Dance Club Songs, and “Let Go for Tonight” which entered the UK Singles Chart at number seven on 8 March 2014.

On 26 January 2014, she won her first Grammy Award, winning Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards for “Clarity”.

She has released a single and an EP, Warrior, as ‘Foxes’, working with Sam Dixon. Both tracks from debut single “Youth” were featured in Gossip Girl. She also worked with Fall Out Boy on the song “Just One Yesterday” and its music video. “Youth” (including remixes from Danny Howard, Breakage, Le Youth, Nate Goldsmith and Maze & Masters) has so far garnered millions combined SoundCloud and YouTube plays between them.

Another single, “Beauty Queen”, was released on 13 May 2013. She was signed to RCA, who re-released her single “Youth” on 21 August 2013 with a remix EP being released on 27 October 2013.

Foxes is working on her debut album to be released at the beginning of 2014 by RCA. She says the album has a “dark streak… as well as a pop element that runs through it.”[17]  A brand new recorded version of “Let Go for Tonight” was released on 23 February 2014, charting in the UK at number seven and becoming her most successful single to date.

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PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #6 – ‘The Bridge’ by Graffiti 6

graffitti6Graffiti6 is a collaboration founded in London in 2009. Made up of Jamie Scott (songwriter and lead vocals) and Tommy “D” Danvers (producer and songwriter). Graffiti6 are known for their blend of characterful voice and crisp, intricate groove created from an infectious alliance of electric piano and offbeat guitar”

Singer/songwriter Jamie Scott and producer/songwriter TommyD started collaborating in 2008. Both London-based multi-instrumentalists, they began making music together in 2009 under the name Graffiti6. Initially, Scott was considering working with a producer to repackage a solo album, when an A&R executive at Polydor suggested he meet Danvers. Scott introduced Danvers to “an idea…for a folk thing”, which would later become the track “Stare Into the Sun”, their first collaboration. The track, first done on acoustic guitar, was developed further by Danvers. It was submitted to The Sun newspaper and was chosen as the soundtrack for a TV ad campaign for the newspaper.

Rather than repackage Scott’s solo album and have Danvers produce it, the two decided to start writing original material together. The exposure that the duo received through The Sun campaign encouraged them to write and record more material – including “Annie You Save Me”, “Free”, and “Stone In My Heart” – in addition to some covers.

They decided to put out their own music on their own label. “Stone In My Heart”, an EP containing 4 tracks, was released in March 2010 and “Annie You Save Me” was released as a single in July 2010.

The duo released their debut album Colours on their own NWFree Music label in the United Kingdom in October 2010. After signing to Capitol Records in April 2011, a version was released in the United States on January 24, 2012.

Graffiti6 was named New Band of the Day at The Guardian newspaper (UK) and an Artist to Watch at LP33. Their songs have already been used on such shows as Grey’s AnatomyCovert AffairsCSI: NYOne Tree Hill, VH1’s Basketball Wives, VH1’s Football WivesSuitsFree AgentsThe Secret Circle, the football (soccer) video game FIFA 12 and the rallying video game Dirt 3.  They were nominated the week of November 1, 2010, for mtvU’s The Freshman title.  They have been made MTV’s Push Artists and Ones to Watch in 2011 by MTV and The New York Post.

Graffiti6’s track “Free” was chosen as iTunes Single of the Week. In March 2012, VH1 picked them for their You Oughta Know Artist on the Rise and VEVO picked them as Lift Artist for April and May 2012. They have also performed internationally at the Summer Well festival in Buftea, Romania. The band was scheduled to perform at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal on August 3, 2012 but dropped out,

They have performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the Late Show with David Letterman.

A new song titled “Wash My Sins” was released on May 14, 2013. “Beside You” has been released on October 28, 2013. Both are featured on Youtube.com

PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #7 – ‘Are You Okay’ by Dum Dum Girls

dum dum girlsDum Dum Girls is an American rock band, formed in 2008. It began as the bedroom recording project of lead singer and songwriter Dee Dee Penny (aka Kristin Welchez) in Los Angeles. She is currently based in New York City. The name is a double homage to The Vaselines’ album Dum Dum and the Iggy Pop song “Dum Dum Boys”. Many people believe Dee Dee Penny’s stage name was inspired by Dee Dee Ramone but she has stated this isn’t true.

Dee Dee’s first release under the Dum Dum Girls moniker was a five-song CDr on her own label, Zoo Music, in late 2008. It was followed by an EP on Captured Tracks and a 7″ on HoZacShe quickly gained attention with these releases and signed to Sub Pop in July 2009.

Dum Dum Girls’ debut album, I Will Be, was released in March 2010 and was well-received by critics. Pitchfork described the songs as “genuine earworms, both unfailingly hip and often wonderfully associative”. Penny produced the record with Richard Gottehrer, who had previously worked with Richard Hell, Blondie, The Go-Gos, and The Raveonettes. Gottehrer also co-wrote the early 1960s hit songs “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “I Want Candy”. The record included guest guitarists Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs on “Yours Alone,” Dee Dee’s husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles on “Blank Girl,” and Andrew Miller on multiple tracks. The cover of the album featured a college snapshot of Penny’s mother, who died from cancer in 2010. After its release, she assembled a touring band, and their first shows were in support of Girls.

In 2011, the band released the He Gets Me High EP, which included a cover of “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths. This record marked the addition of Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes to the production team, which Dee Dee has kept intact.

Second album Only in Dreams was released in September 2011, featuring the singles “Coming Down” and “Bedroom Eyes,” the latter of which Dum Dum Girls performed on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This album was the only Dum Dum Girls recording to feature the full band.

In September 2012, the EP End of Daze was released, preceded by the single “Lord Knows” on July 31, 2012, which Pitchfork awarded “Best New Track”. The EP received “Best New Music” from Pitchfork as well.

Dee Dee has also collaborated on a number of musical projects. As The Mayfair Set, a duo with Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs, she released an eponymous single followed by the Young One 12″ EP, both in 2009. She and Tamaryn released a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain song “Teenage Lust” in 2011 under the name Les Demoniaques. Also that year, Dee Dee, Sniper and of J.B. Townsend of Crystal Stilts recorded a one-sided 7″ single, “Faraway Friend,” under the name Zodiacs, which was given away via Captured Tracks mailorder. Most recently, Dee Dee and her husband released a 2013 single, “Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good,” as Haunted Hearts. In 2013, Dee Dee composed the opening theme for the animated series Beware the Batman.

On October 31, 2013, Dum Dum Girls announced the third full-length album Too True, set for release on January 28, 2014 and featuring the single “Lost Boys & Girls Club”, whose video premiered with H&M on October 31, 2013. For this album, Dee Dee Penny cited Suede, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Madonna, and The Stone Roses as her influences.

The Dum Dum Girls single “Coming Down” was used for a promotional teaser trailer and can be heard in the end credits for the 2013 film The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader. Because the filmmakers used their song as a sort of “theme” for the film, Dee Dee approached Ellis to script a music video for their single “Are You Okay” that was released in 2014.

PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #8 – ‘Heebie Jeebies’ by The Rifles

riflesThe Rifles are an English indie rock band from Chingford, London.

Their debut album No Love Lost was released on 17 July 2006 and reached No. 68 in the UK charts. Their follow up album, Great Escape, was released on 26 January 2009 and came in at No. 27 in the UK charts. Their third album Freedom Run was released on 19 September 2011 reaching No. 37 in the UK

The band currently consists of Joel Stoker (vocals, guitar), Lucas Crowther (guitar, vocals), Rob Pyne (bass guitar), Grant Marsh (drums) and Dean Mumford (keyboard).

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