PLAYLIST – Fifty Five Fires by Imperial Mammoth

imperial mammothImperial Mammoth began in bed. When musician Laura Jane Scott lay in recovery from knee-surgery, her boyfriend and fellow songwriter Leonard Jackson brought his guitar to pass the time. Together they sang, and wrote some songs, and thought it sounded good enough to record.

It didn’t take long for people to agree. Their debut single “Requiem On Water” landed in the Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack, and featured in a key scene in the film. Just a week after their own wedding, Laura and Leonard played their first show as Imperial Mammoth to 1500 fans at the Breaking Dawn premiere.

They soon followed with the EP, “Where Satellites Fall,” building their fan base with over thirty placements in TV and film, including spots in Parenthood, About A Boy, Awkward, Grey’s Anatomy, Royal Pains, Chasing Life, Private Practice, Ragz, Drop Dead Diva, Switched At Birth, Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and Enlightened.

The band grew, and the sound got bigger. They enlisted cutting-edge producer Nate Pyfer (Kascade, Mideau), and mixer Mark Needham (The Killers, Walk The Moon, Imagine Dragons) to actualize their biggest work to date, the new LP: Gold Confetti (out June 24th, 2014 on Bleed101 Records).

Even as the music propels them into daring territories, the eleven song album finds the band — much like the great beasts that gave them their name — stuck in the past. From their fondness for Raymond Chandler’s Hollywood (The Last One To Leave The Party), and the bittersweet pull of distant loves (The Limitless Hours and Mooncatcher), to the re-casting of a local crime as a mediation on villainy (Fifty- Five Fires), Imperial Mammoth is a band that can’t let go.

It makes sense then that the band describes the new album as a study of timeless themes. Or as Jackson puts it “Songs about love, loss, and longing — $0.99 each”

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PLAYLIST – Too Young To Remember by Florrie

florrieFlorence Arnold (born 28 December 1988), better known as Florrie, is an English pop singer, songwriter, drummer and model. Closely associated with the Xenomania production house, since joining as their in-house drummer in 2008 she has played live and on record for popular artists such as Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud and the Pet Shop Boys.

In 2010, she began a solo career. She has drawn positive reaction from the online music community for releasing her own material in collaboration with remixers such as Fred Falke for download without charge. In 2010, Florrie released a four-track EP titled Introduction, followed by the six-track EP Experiments in 2011, and by the four-track EP Late in 2012. In 2013, Florrie released a single, “Live a Little”, that was used in promotion for Sony’s XBA-C10 in-ear headphones campaign. In 2014, she announced that she had signed to a major label, Sony Music, and released an EP, Sirens, with an album to follow in 2015.

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PLAYLIST – England Skies by Shake Shake Go

shake shake goHaving set across the streets of Britain playing their collection of pop folk anthems, Shake Shake Go have won over hearts from all around the country.

After their first year of being together, the London based five-piece originating from Wales and France have come a long way since their busking days of squeezing five people and a load of instruments into one very small car.

Soon enough they found themselves touring across the UK and Europe, sharing stages with some of the most well respected artists, including supporting James Blunt on the UK leg of his 2014 World Tour .

Captivating audiences with their catchy melodies and high energy drum lead performances, Shake Shake Go are definitely ones to watch.

PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #1 – ‘Nobody To Love’ by Sigma

sigma nobody to loveSigma (Σ) is a British drum and bass duo consisting of Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie. They met at Leeds University at drum and bass nights. Their 2010 collaboration with DJ Fresh “Lassitude” peaked at number 98 on the UK Singles Chart. Their single “Nobody to Love”, a rework of Kanye West’s “Bound 2″, was released on 6 April 2014. It topped the UK Singles Chart, becoming not only their first top 40 single but also their first UK number one.

Lenzie and Edwards met in 2006 at Leeds University; Cameron was working in local record store Tribe Records and with Echo Location’s Obi running local night Event Horizon, while Lenzie was DJing hip-hop and warming up Event Horizon for such acts as Rahzel and Grandmaster Flash. Once they had finished in Leeds, they relocated to London and became a three-piece with Edwards’ school friend Ben Mauerhoff, being signed under DJ Fresh’s Breakbeat Kaos. After a while, long distances took their toll – Edwards and Mauerhoff were based in Surrey, whereas Lenzie was based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and they couldn’t get three people into the Harpenden studio – and Mauerhoff left. In December 2008 they formed their own record label, Life Recordings (so called because, according to Lenzie, the industry demanded that it be their life). Its inaugural release was a VIP mix of their early Bingo Beats single “El Presidente”.

Sigma has produced music for the Hospital Records label. In June 2009 they made the song “Paint It Black” for the compilation album Sick Music. Later that year came their second Life Recordings release “Nexus” / “Front to Back”. In 2010, the duo released their two-part Stand Tall E.P. on the influential drum and bass label, Breakbeat Kaos. In December 2010, Sigma and DJ Fresh released the single “Lassitude” featuring Koko as the fifth and final single from Fresh’s album Kryptonite. The song became one of their first charting singles as it peaked at number 98 on the UK Singles Chart and number 11 on the UK Dance Chart. After the release of their late-2011 Night & Day EPs on their label, Sigma began touring internationally in 2012. They toured the UK, Europe, Australasia & the USA. They were the supporting act for DJ Fresh on his first live UK tour. The tour included dates supporting fellow former Leeds student Christopher Mercer (a.k.a. Rusko).

The duo signed to 3Beat Records in the summer of 2013. They had also remixed tracks for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Eric Prydz, Groove Armada, Skepta and Sway. Following their remix of the Stylo G single “Soundbwoy”, they released their debut single with 3Beat, “Summer Calling”, featuring Taylor Fowlis. Their second single with 3Beat, “Rudeboy”, featuring Doctor, was released in December 2013. The song peaked at number 56 on the UK Singles Chart and number 12 on the UK Dance Chart. They released their third single with 3Beat, “Nobody to Love”, on 6 April 2014. It topped the UK Singles Chart upon release.

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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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