Legendary S’Express track remixed by Reuben Wu of Ladytron

Dance

“Mark from S’Express used to come round to my house in the early PiL days. They made very good dance records. I was quite pleased and surprised that they said I influenced them. There is no similarity in sound and approach at all, but that’s where they are getting it right. They didn’t copy.”John Lydon, taken from John Robb’s Punk Rock An Oral History

“Mark Moore! The wizard from the Mud Club. The first DJ I was a true fan of. An artist to whom I owed everything during my time in London, who’d taught me about whole areas of music I’d never known existed.”Laurent Garnier, taken from Electrochoc

“Mark was someone who introduced me to how DJing could be glamorous. He dressed very well, in gold lamé jackets, with bouffant hair and makeup. In a day and age where DJs weren’t entertaining to look at, he was actually entertaining to look at. His presence was quite something.” Harvey

“Moore was one of the first DJs to play house music in the UK. He was also the band leader of S-Express, an all-round fabuloso and a modern dandy of the highest order. We salute him, verily.” DJ History

On 27th May the legacy and influence of Mark Moore and S’Express is celebrated with ‘Enjoy This Trip’ – a collection of remixes and cover versions by artists Mark has been an influence on and friend to, including Chris & Cosey, Tom Furse from The Horrors, Horse Meat Disco and Ray Mang. The album art is a homage the punk-era work of artist Linder Sterling and is designed by another friend – Trevor Jackson.

A bundle of bonus remixes and extended versions is also available digitally including Primal Scream’s cover of ‘Mantra For A State Of Mind’, taken from their Record Store Day single.

Mark Moore is a respected and loved character, who’s deeply-ingrained in the history of UK club culture, and is hugely influential on both dance and pop music.

Having been around since the vibrant pre-house days of early 80s London, regularly attending cultural hotbed The Blitz, Mark first started DJing at Philip Salon’s legendary Mud Club when the resident DJ Tasty Tim asked him to fill in one night. Due to his extensive record collection of disco, new wave and italo Mark was a huge hit with the crowd and was immediately offered a residency, which he held for over five years.

As a regular attendee and occasional DJ at another feted London nightspot – The Wag – Mark even made it into the video for David Bowie’s ‘Blue Jean’, which casted London’s nocturnal creative elite.

Mark also held a residency at Heaven’s lauded Asylum night (which later became Pyramid). He was one of the first supporters of Chicago house and Detroit techno in Britain, (mixing it with electronic European dance music like Yello, Soft Cell and Cabaret Voltaire), alongside Colin Favor and Evil Eddie Richards. Being the first night in the UK to play house music, the venue attracted Danny Rampling, Mr C, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, The Pet Shop Boys, and even Liza Minelli. This led to Rampling offering Mark guest spots at the seminal Shoom nights, and also a guest set at The Hacienda’s Zumbar party.

Having played a key part in the UK’s house music rise, Mark took things up yet another level. His idea to form S’Express with co-producer Pascal Gabriel was a natural progression from life as a regular on the club scene. Swept along on a huge wave of excitement for acid and rave culture, S’Express had a number one chart smash with ‘The Theme from S-Express’. This was their first of several worldwide hit records which helped thrust these new sounds into the world’s spotlight and positioned dance music/DJ culture as a viable force. Mark’s meteoric rise to fame – due in part to his flamboyance and fabulousness – paved the way for electronic dance music stars to come.

With Mark’s keen ear for new talent, the first S’Express album ‘Original Soundtrack’ featured vocals from a girl just starting her singing career – one Billie Ray Martin. The second LP, ‘Intercourse’, featured additional production from then then barely-known William Orbit and Carl Craig.

Mark has remixed Prince, Erasure, Malcolm McLaren, Randy Crawford, Divine & Bobby O, Dead or Alive, The B52s and Soft Cell. A (surprising) additional remix/collaboration was with Philip Glass, who Mark befriended following their work together on a version of ‘Hey Music Lover’.

Moore has written and published short stories and interviewed Siouxsie Sioux and John Waters for publications including i-D. He appeared in the documentary ‘Joy Of Disco’ and guested on a recent news program in tribute to David Bowie, both for the BBC.

A unique and eclectic DJ, complete with trademark red telephone-headphones, he still throws parties for the cognoscenti and plays choice DJ sets at some of the world’s finest clubs, and also as support for Psychic TV, Grace Jones and Scissor Sisters live shows.

In recent years Mark has been at the helm of infamous nights that carry the torch for artistic and glamorous extravagance like ‘Electrogogo’ and ‘Can Can’, which have featured DJ sets from Bobby Gillespie and Marc Almond. His newest endeavour is the ‘Private Life ‘ nights at the Victoria in Dalston), where the music policy harks back to legendary New York clubs like The Roxy and Danceteria circa ‘79 – ‘84.

Mark has also ran several labels: Splish, Stylofiction and Bone in the 90′s – followed by Umami in the noughties and his new imprint Needle Boss, whilst his recent productions include ‘Dreams Of Deja Vu’ with Roland Faber and S’Express’s ‘Excursions EP’, which featured remixes by Vanilla Ace, The Supermen Lovers, I-Robots, Punks Jump Up.

“Mark Moore is often cited as one of the UK pioneers who championed house.” Greg Wilson

www.markmoore.com

https://www.facebook.com/markmoore.sexpress

https://twitter.com/markmoore01/

www.soundcloud.com/markmoore01

www.instagram.com/markmoore01

New Release from Transvision Vamp’s Wendy James

Alternative

“Wendy James’ new album ‘The Price Of The Ticket’ is brave and tender, artful and wild, where courage and the dream of love give promise. A wild, moving, shocking, hilarious, raging, exhilarating, giant of an album.

A dazzling performance that listeners will delight in, it is intelligent, witty, irresistibly relentless and forthright”

Village Voice

Originally from London, now a resident of NYC, Wendy James wrote her latest album ’The Price Of The Ticket’ in its entirety, with the exception of two inspired cover choices, ‘It’s Alright Ma’ by Bob Dylan and ‘You’re So Great’ by Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith. Recorded in her adopted city, ‘The Price of the Ticket’ is available on vinyl, CD and via digital download. The record reached No.13 in the Official UK Indie album chart and No.15 in the Official UK Vinyl album chart. It is presented with arresting and beautiful artwork by Kym Ellery and Roze Hooij.

Check out her soundcloud! (that’s what we’re here for right?)

From the album comes a double A side single that showcases Wendy’s Garage Rock and Roll credentials perfectly. ‘Indigent Blues’ is an infectiously upbeat song that Wendy wrote to evoke English 60s Pop. She says “I wanted to create a carefree, suburban London sound, a distinctly English feel, inspired by the movie Georgy Girl and it’s theme tune by The Seekers. There was a period in the late fifties to sixties, where theatre, music, playwriting, and politics, all came together. There was a great sense of optimism but also naivety in young English people. I’m not talking about the hipsters on Carnaby Street but slightly more removed, where they were just wearing their mini skirts for the first time. A tremendous sense of optimism.”

‘Bad Intentions and a Bit of Cruelty’ is bursting with New Wave energy, attitude and raw Rock and Roll. The video, filmed in Paris sees Wendy walking through the city as dawn breaks, champagne bottle in hand, the very embodiment of Art Rock.
Wendy James has spent her entire adult life in the public eye, her musical evolution recorded in a huge body of work, both through her first band Transvision Vamp and as a solo artist. An icon born of the late eighties and early nineties pop punk scene, Wendy’s talent, style and attitude led Miley Cyrus to proclaim that Wendy was her original pin-up; whilst Wendy’s principles as an uncompromising artist, songwriter and musician have led to an alignment with her own musical inspiration Patti Smith. Indeed this album sees her working with Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Group together with Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and James Sclavunos of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The album’s cover versions feature Iggy & The Stooges’ James Williamson on guitar/bass and Steve Mackay on Baritone Sax.

Wendy James has achieved what few can or have: longevity and a forward motion trajectory in New Wave Garage Rock.

“If Transvision Vamp were high energy, teen fun punk, three decades later, James’ album is a much more grown up affair. Complex and confident, James’ vocals are simultaneously spiky and soft, while her band provides a dark New York underbelly of sound.”
The Scotsman

 “The Price of the Ticket carries a slight air of autobiography, containing songs that feel reflective, perhaps even confessional.”
AllMusic.com

“James has defied the usual career arc and is launching a fully-fledged comeback, giving funny, candid interviews and releasing a rather good new album, The Price of the Ticket. It has an A-list backing band of Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith) and one-time Stooge James Williamson on guitars, ex-Pistol Glen Matlock on bass and Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave) on drums, and the songs are quirky, feisty and full of far more character than anything James recorded in her Saturday morning TV days.”
The List

 

 

Album Preview on Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/the-wendy-james/sets/the-price-of-the-ticket-advance-promo/s-HfDiC

 

 

 

Live Dates:
Thursday 19th May – Brooklyn Bowl, London
Tickets: http://goo.gl/Ysw9Q1

Thursday 26th May – The Fleece, Bristol
Tickets: http://goo.gl/K0hiyf

Friday 27th May – Mello Festival, Throckmorton Airfield,Worcester
Tickets: http://goo.gl/Liqt5h

Saturday 28th May – Kasbah, Coventry
Tickets: http://goo.gl/BNomMw

Sunday 29th May – Darwen Live, Town Hall, Darwen
Tickets: http://goo.gl/Ky31Sm

Wednesday 1st June – The Venue, Derby
Tickets: https://goo.gl/eEmHea

Saturday 4th June – Esquires, Bedford
Tickets: https://goo.gl/Fwnh8W

Social Media:

Website: https://thewendyjames.com

Pledge: https://wendyjames.pmstores.co

Facebook: www.facebook.com/THEWENDYJAMES

Twitter: https://twitter.com/THEWENDYJAMES

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thewendyjames

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-wendy-james

Tumblr: http://wendyjames.tumblr.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/THEWENDYJAMESVIDEO

 

Photography and Art Direction by Kym Ellery and Roze Hooij

Upbeat and inspirational new electro-pop single ‘Step by Step’ by Challan Carmichael

Pop, RnB, Soul, Uncategorized

#GET YOUR HEAD IN THIS SOUNDCLOUD!#

Up-and-coming UK singer, Challan Carmichael, delivers this new feel good single ‘Step by Step’ out June 3rd. Sporting a fantastic hook and a bubbly electropop beat, the track has all the ingredients of a catchy pop song, made all the more engaging by its positive and life-affirming lyrics. Challan Carmichael is Fresh, Original and Inspiring.

Listen to the track here: https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael/step-by-step-challan-carmichael

I love good wholesome music and am very aware of how music can help you to motivate and uplift,’ explains the singer.  ‘In the current climate with so much negativity in the world it is very easy to be bombarded with negative images and messages continuously. Sometimes it is good to focus on the positive side and also positive messages so that we can remember it is not all doom and gloom.

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A devout Christian, Challan invited 10 local children from his church to sing on the track’s chorus. Ideals of humanity and philanthropy play a major part in his lyrics, themes that are applicable not just to his own faith but to people from all walks of life.

Challan takes influence from artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Billy Ocean. As well as singing, he has long had a keen interest in dance, self-teaching himself as a child from watching Michael Jackson videos and streetdance. In 1988, he was lucky enough to get front row tickets to King of Pop’s BAD concert, a surprise gift from his au-pair.

Unafraid to challenge himself, Challan joined the Territorial army in his twenties, having a desire to push himself both physically and mentally. Around the same time he also got involved with artist tour management.

Having worked behind the scenes in the music industry for many years supporting artists such as KC Da Rookee and Ben from Phats and Smalls, Challan is now ready to carve a music career of his own.

The artist has worked with multiple producers including notable names such as Blaze Billions, Paul Nza, Lars Mellow and Klimper Boy. He is currently performing at schools across the UK as part of his Step by Step UK nationwide Schools Tour.

The Nottingham Post has described him as ‘Nottingham’s next MC Hammer’.

An album has been recorded in Germany and will be out soon.

Pre-order now: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/step-by-step-single/id1093444648?ls=1

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael

https://www.facebook.com/challancarmichaelmusic/

https://twitter.com/ChallanC

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCexVQanNA09bzBSj6P4T9ig

https://www.instagram.com/challancarmichael/

www.challancarmichael.co.uk

Youth sensation Shannon K returns with best single yet – ‘Just Another Boy’

Pop

Daughter of award winning Bollywood vocalist finds her ideal sound with new single, out March 30th

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With a string of singles already under her belt, Shannon K is becoming something of a prolific artist when it comes to new releases. With three songs already unleashed in the past year, her fourth demonstrates a young pop artist who has really started to find her style.

Her best song yet, ‘Just Another Boy’ is a straight-forward, immediately accessible pop hit in the contemporary ‘girl power’ mould of Taylor Swift. Boasting genuine pop impact in the distorted vocals and the stilted but relentless rhythms, the track truly comes alive on the speedily delivered chorus.

But, just when you think you’ve got the track figured out, it takes a left turn in the shape of an airy, languid middle eight, which kicks back in once more with that superb chorus. The gradual build from there to the multi-layered ending is brilliantly produced and it’s a track to be proud of with its honest, confident and powerful lyrics:

Hear the track for yourself: https://soundcloud.com/galaxy-of-stars/just-another-boy

No doubt it makes her father, Kumar Sanu, very proud – and he knows what it takes to make it in the music industry. A glittering career as a vocalist in Bollywood has seen him win a total of 69 awards including 64 in his native India (from Filmfare, Zee Cine, Kishore Kumarand more) plus 5 internationally (from Sunrise Radio-London, West Indian Academy, Grammy-West Indies, Bollywood Music-U.S.A. and Radio Lotus-South Africa).

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/ShannonKSinger

Adam Protz Releases Intangible EP – ‘Movements’

Uncategorized

 

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Pensive four-track EP epitomises meditation and relaxation 

Hailing from St Albans after a period of studying in Sheffield, Adam Protz has had several years to perfect his craft of composing. Using delicate piano melodies and intricate instrumentals, Adam Protz has created his beautiful EP ‘Movements’, consisting of four alluring and exquisite tracks. In the past, Adam has written music for films, animated shorts, a dance show, an educational DVD and even a brewery documentary!

Watch his latest video for ‘Movements’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS41YT2sxZ8

Protz has been writing music since the tender age of fifteen and began his journey into music writing heavy rock songs with soft orchestral bridge sections as a contrast, this developed into a desire to write for Hollywood movies. However, after listening to minimalistic meditative piano music, written by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Adam soon discovered that he was much more suited to creating emotive music in which he could incorporate his own personality and spirituality.

The lack of lyrics in the music leaves it up to the listener to interpret the piece as they wish. It provokes an emotional reaction and is also incredibly relaxing. The ‘Movements’ EP is proof that lyrics aren’t a necessity to provoke powerful sentimental thoughts.

Protz aims to inspire relaxation and offers the perfect setting for escaping to through his music. A firm believer that the world is over-obsessed with Smart-phones and social networks, Protz encourages listeners, from all walks of life, to return to the roots and escape with him into his musical world of beautiful, elegant minimalism.

‘Movements’ is due for release on the 30th November.

http://www.adamprotz.com/

www.youtube.com/adamprotzmusic

www.facebook.com/adamprotzmusic

www.soundcloud.com/adam-protz

Twitter – @AdmProtz

Witchingseason unleash new single ‘Spiders’, August 1st

Rock


 
Follow up single, Codeine, to be released October 1st

A rave track from the guys at witching season. Its so encompassing of the rock genre that this sound will blow you away with its majesty and power. The band have really gone all out with this hard hitting beat. Comment your thoughts below!

Witching Season Members:

Tom Reynolds – Guitars / Vocals

James R Willans – Bass

Wayne Summers – Drums

Links:

www.facebook.com/witchingseason

www.twitter.com/witchingseason

www.soundcloud.com/witchingseason

So Pure by Great Pagans

Uncategorized

An overwhelmingly mature track from this young male band. Its got a great guitar riff and makes nice use of the synth sounds, however I kind of feel the vocal talents of this band are not demonstrated brilliantly, I was struggling to make out the lyrics at times, which was a shame. None the less a very well made track and one I would love to hear your opinion on. So get commenting!

 

You an also take a look at their other sensational, single ‘December’: https://soundcloud.com/great-pagans/december

Jessie Lowes – Stars

Uncategorized

A soft and sensational track from the young female artist. Its got feeling and emotion, a plenty. She tells us that the track was written in memory of her late mother, to whom she was very close. Its imagery is fantastic and the vocal style of Jessie is quite unique!

Tell us your thoughts on ‘Stars’ in the comments and we will get back to you!

 

Also you can like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessie-Lowes/166706493351429

Fireflies – Album – Silver Leaflet

Pop, Rock

 

A fresh soft tune accompanied by the incredible delicate tones of Harry (Lead Vocalist) and an expert guitar solo. Love this track quite a lot, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

 

Links:

http://thefireflies.co.uk

http://twitter.com/fireflieslondon

http://soundcloud.com/thefirefliesband

http://youtube.com/thefirefliesband

http://facebook.com/thefirefliesband