Beautiful Bowie tribute by Amanda Palmer

A new Soundcloud discovery this week is Amanda Palmer and her gorgeous sound.

Amanda describes herself as “Performer, writer, giver, taker, yeller, listener, love-lover, rule-hater.” She has created a beautiful collection of delicate covers ranging from Bowie’s last piece to Space Oddity itself. She has called the creation: Strung Out In Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute and it’s well worth a listen, Bowie fan or not.

Listen here:

You can check her out on instagram and twitter at @amandapalmer.
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PET SHOP BOYS RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘TWENTY-SOMETHING’

PET SHOP BOYS RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘TWENTY-SOMETHING’

NEW VIDEO FOR LOS EVO JEDIS REMIX IS AVAILABLE TO WATCH NOW

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Punchy, urgent and laser-bright” – The Guardian

Do you think there’s a chance Pet Shop Boys might, at some point, stop being the greatest band of all time?” – Popjustice

Thirteen albums in, still nothing and nobody like them” – Uncut Magazine

“The best British band ever” – Vice thump

Watch the video for ‘Twenty-something’ (Los Evo Jedis Remix) below:

Pet Shop Boys have unveiled a new video for the Los Evo Jedis remix of their new single ‘Twenty-something’, which is released today.

Directed by Gavin Filipiak, the video is a new edit of the original ‘Twenty-something’ video, with additional, unseen footage. It places the ‘Twenty-something’ of the song in the harsh reality of Sherman Heights, San Diego, and gives a new context and perspective to the single’s lyrics and themes.

‘Twenty-something’ is available now on CD and digital formats. Taken from their most recent Top 3 album ‘Super’, the single includes two exclusive new PSB bonus tracks, ‘The white dress’ and ‘Wiedersehen’; the latter features backing vocals from Rufus Wainwright.

The release will also include a remix of ‘Twenty-something’ by Swedish DJ/Producer Kornél Kovács, as well as the remix by reggaeton super producers Los Evo Jedis.

The tracklisting is:

Download:

1. Twenty-something (radio edit)

2. The white dress

3. Wiedersehen

4. Twenty-something (The Los Evo Jedis Remix)

5. Twenty-something (Kornél Kovács Remix)

 

CD Single:

1. Twenty-something (radio edit)

2. The white dress

3. Wiedersehen

4. Twenty-something (The Los Evo Jedis Remix)

 

Out now on x2 Records (through Kobalt Label Services), ‘Super’ entered the Official UK Album Charts at number 3, marking Pet Shop Boys 16th UK top 10 album to date. It was written in London and Berlin and produced and mixed by Stuart Price in Los Angeles.

www.petshopboys.co.uk

Move Over Evanescence ‘We Are The Catalyst’ Are Taking Centre Stage

Introducing the amazing new album ‘Elevation’ by Swedish Alternative Metal band ‘We Are The Catalyst’

Video for ‘Open Door’ Single:

“10 / 10 Mind-blowing vocals….. the most exciting prospect to emerge out of the Nordic nation in the last few years” – GMA

“We Are The Catalyst have set the benchmark for modern metal bands” – Matt Seddon UK Promoter

“I literally cannot get over Cat’s vocals…..Incredible” – www.getyourrockout.co.uk

“13 Addictive Tracks…..Phenomenal” – www.new-reviews.co.uk

“Stretching the boundaries of the rock music genre” – Johnny Main MetalTalk.net

“A huge avalanche….Genius” – Kronus Mortus Magazine

“Simply Stunning, move over Evanescence” – Ozzy Osbourne (ex) Bass player Terry Nails

Links:

http://www.wearethecatalystofficial.com

https://www.facebook.com/WATCofficial

https://twitter.com/officialWATC

https://soundcloud.com/watcofficial

Swedish Alternative Metal band ‘We Are The Catalyst’ and their new album ‘Elevation‘ are most definitely set to stun the industry on the 2nd of September. The most striking elements of the album are, first and foremost, Cat Fey’s immense voice that is supported by one of the thickest and heaviest guitar sounds you will ever hear. The combination of these and the overall mixing across the album creates a hugely empowering aura with a gravitas paralleled by none. It is clearly a fitting follow up to the bands first album Monuments; released in 2014.

‘Elevation’ covers themes ranging from depression, personal strife, world conflict and helping to see the glimmer of light in the dark, perfectly in support of their name: “‘We Are The Catalyst’ is meant as encouragement to overcome and challenge the darker parts of ourselves and others, to invite the listeners to keep fighting in a rough and dark world, and try to encourage them to be their best self, even when it might seem hopeless.”

Everything about We Are The Catalyst screams uniqueness. How many bands are so driven that their second ever show ends up being performed on the other side of the planet in Beijing China. Everything from their album production to video direction is done by the bands members themselves. The pinnacle of their combined love for music has to be that lead singer Cat and guitarist Kenny have a daughter together called Decibelle, who they raise in their hometown of Varberg, Sweden.

The bands amazing rise and critical acclaim in the last 12 months alone have seen the stunning 4 piece We Are The Catalyst complete a 10 day tour of china playing various shows and festivals, playing Bloodstock alongside bands such as Trivium, Sabaton and Within Temptation. The band also had their first UK headline tour following a support slot for Delain. Adding to their early and extremely impressive accolades they performed at Planet Rockstock as well as The Darkness and FM and Rival Sons where WATC headlined the second stage on the Saturday evening.

Elevation is available for Pre-Order / Purchase at

https://watcofficial.bandcamp.com/album/elevation

and

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/elevation/id1093021553

The track listing for “Elevation” is:

  1. Delusion
  2. A Million Claws
  3. Our Dark World
  4. Open Door
  5. Without Fear
  6. One More Day
  7. Alive
  8. Askja
  9. Home
  10. Never Ending Night
  11. Life Equals Pain

We Are The Catalyst are:

Cat Fey (vocals)

Kenny Boufadene (guitar / vocals)

Håkan Strind (drums)

Joni Kaartinen (bass)

 

 

SINGLE RELEASE – FREE FROM GRAVITY

Check out the Electronic Press Kit for the band here: http://artistecard.com/freefromgravity

Stream the single here: https://soundcloud.com/freefromgravityband/dance-with-me

The track sports a catchy chorus and some summery punky guitars. A music video is set to come out in June.

Alongside these exciting live dates, Free From Gravity have also hinted that they will be playing several guerrilla gigs across the South Coast of England. The exact location of these guerrilla gigs will be kept a secret, the band announcing each one hour before on Facebook (so fans will need to keep a keen eye on their Facebook page!)

The band’s upcoming EP is set to include the singles ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Crazy Lady’, ‘Step Into The Sunlight’ and ‘Saints and Sinners’.

EP Cover

LINKS:

https://soundcloud.com/freefromgravityband

https://www.facebook.com/freefromgravitymusic/

https://www.instagram.com/freefromgravity/

https://twitter.com/freefrm_gravity

www.FreeFromGravityMusic.com

Introducing – Olafur Arnalds

A multi-instrumentalist and producer from Mosfellsbær, Iceland who mixes strings & piano with loops and edgy beats crossing-over from ambient/electronic to pop.

Check him out on Soundcloud here:

Ólafur wrote the original score to ITV’s hit series Broadchurch. His work on the series won him several awards including Televisual Bulldog Awards and BAFTA. He also collaborated with So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Travis Wall and Shaping Sound Co. on a crowd-funded funded dance film.

Watch a trailer below:

(KINESTHESIA Trailer from jesse atlas on Vimeo.)

Catch him live at one of these dates:

25th Jun 2016 Paradise City Festival (Kiasmos) Brussels, Belgium BUY TICKETS
14th Jul 2016 Montreux Jazz Festival (Kiasmos) Montreux, Swiss BUY TICKETS
16th Jul 2016 Love Box / Peacock Society (Kiasmos) London / Paris, United Kingdom / France  BUY TICKETS
4th Aug 2016 Space (Kiasmos) Ibiza, Spain BUY TICKETS

Pink Fireball are shredding the history books and writing them all over again with their new single “Cool Rider Crunch”

Upcoming rock four-piece Pink Fireball return with this new fiery single ‘Cool Rider Crunch’ out August 8th.

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The single continues to showcase the band’s love of sixties psychedelic rock, whilst also adding in some uniquely fresh quirks including some spooky opening strings and a crunchy shredding guitar solo towards the end of reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix.

A stylish video accompanies the track featuring the band riding a 1965 Ford Mustang, reflecting  the band’s love of retro. The video was directed by Romain Renard and stars dancer Chloe Alexandra Atherton from Blackpool /UK (who regularly performs at Paris’s legendary Moulin Rouge), as well as models Aline Tran and Petula Goldfever.

Watch the video here: 

The band are set to a release an upcoming album, which is being recorded in London. On top of this, they have plans to release a 7” vinyl containing singles “Turn Around” and “First Class”.

As well as releasing their new single ‘Cool Rider Crunch’, Pink Fireball have also recently created a fun music video for their single ‘First Class’

“First Class” video (directed by Pierre Mortel): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcufXyS8A4Q

Like the music video for ‘Turn Around’ (which has already racked up over 30,000 views), this new music video is made using stop-motion animation. The video is a perfect representation of the band’s relentless creativity and genius.

Cool Rider Crunch is out on iTunes August 8th

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfpwU4cwJNKYztu6c0xgmkA

https://www.facebook.com/pinkfireball/?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://twitter.com/pink_fireball

https://soundcloud.com/pink-fireball

https://play.spotify.com/album/312sdIlJKwscXpfpqPg7Di?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

“Speaking in Tongues” with Talking Heads

Speaking in Tongues was the 5th studio album from the iconic Talking Heads discography.

Released in 1983, it’s full of classic 80’s funk and rock that leaves a groove in you forever. The album was the American’s breakthrough record giving the band their first (and only) top 10 hit with “Burning Down The House”.

Fill your cloud with the sound below:

The tour of the album was documented in Jonathan Demme’s film Stop Making Sense which led to a brilliant live album of the same name. Acoustic versions of “Psycho Killer” and “Once in a Lifetime” make this an essential to your collection.

Check it out here:

Find Talking Heads on:

 

Jordan Rakei releases superlative debut album ‘Cloak’ via 4101 Records and Soul Has No Tempo

 

Delving deeper into his creative well, Jordan has delivered a record that continues to push personal and societal boundaries, a visionary journey through groove based soul, jazz and hip-hop with hints of psychedelia and afro percussive rhythms. 

Written and recorded in his new adopted home of London, Cloak is a scintillating and timeless debut drawing influence and inspiration from the discovery of meditation, the separation from ego and a personal conversation with self. With guest appearances from fellow Australian’sRemi. and Ngaiire – and a feature cameo by the sublime Richard Spaven on ‘Toko’Cloakwill take you down the rabbit hole as Rakei expertly navigates explosive new boundaries, where colour and sound collide.

A raw and rare talent, Jordan Rakei (New Zealand born, Brisbane raised, and now London based) has been making waves internationally with his refreshing, modern take on jazz and hip-hop influenced soul. A multi-faceted artist, Rakei switches with ease between his various roles as a musician, producer, singer and songwriter; enchanting audiences with his powerful and captivating live performances. 

As Jordan explains in the recently unveiled ‘Uncloaked’ documentary, his sound has developed and changed since his two previously released EP’s. “Usually I’m quite shy when I’m showing people my music…but when I play my album, it just speaks for itself because it covers so many sound palest.”

Trailblazing his way to the top over the past year, Jordan’s co-written track ‘Masterpiece’ (which he also features on) went on to close Disclosure‘s Grammy-Nominated sophomore album, ‘Caracal’, alongside other featured artists NAOGregory PorterMiguelThe Weeknd and Lorde

Jordan has also seen fruitful collaborations with the likes of: Tom Misch, on his latest full length ‘Beat Tape 2’ (on the track ‘Wake Up This Day’); East London rapper Barney Artist, on his 2016 album ‘Painting Sounds’ (on the track ‘I’m Going To Tell You’), and with acclaimed Australian artist Ta-ku – amongst numerous others.

Speaking more on the release of his new body of work ‘Cloak’, Jordan went on to say: “To people that have been following me for the past few years, this album will come as a surprise. You’ve got to take risks, and you’ve got to push yourself as an artist. I’ve definitely pushed some boundaries…”

A wonderfully ambitious, immersive, diverse record, ‘Cloak’ encompasses aspects from a large selection of reference points – including acid-jazz, hip-hop, soul, and RnB.

Kicking off 2016 with a sold out AUS/NZ tour, four sold-out London headline shows of his own, followed by UK supports for ‘Caracal’-comrade NAO, fellow soul-man Jamie Woon and Fat Freddy’s Drop – not to mention headlining the Annie Mac Presents live series – it is set to be a huge year for Rakei. 

Follow Jordan Rakei:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JordanRakei

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jordanrakei

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jrakz

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jordanrakei/videos