Gabby Young and Other Animals – The Band Called Out for More
LABEL: Gift of the Gab Records
GENRE: Pop – Folk
With a list of accolades as long as a pair of stripy tights, Gabby Young And Other Animals (otherwise known as the “World’s Finest Purveyors of Circus Swing” – Clive Anderson, Loose Ends on Radio 4)’s highly anticipated second album, “The Band Called Out For More”, is out today. This release follows their critically acclaimed 2010 debut album, “We’re All In This Together”.
Written by Gabby and her partner Stephen Ellis, who also produces, this 13 track work represents a giant sonic step forward. Its colourful avant-garde sound, with lush orchestration, horns and quiet melodies, exudes the best bits of music hall, burlesque, 1920s flapper music, Nouvelle Vague cinema and torch songs. Indeed, Gabby comes across like Rufus Wainwright’s other younger sister – bred perhaps on a diet of Bjork, Imogen Heap, and Joanna Newsom – as she sets out winningly to reinvent her own genre, Circus Swing.
“Gabby is distinctive.. as much art-school as Agent Provocateur. Eastern European touches and acoustic instrumentation combine with a strong seductive voice to suggest a busking Kate Bush” MOJO (Roy Wilkinson)
Portformat – Entropy
LABEL: Tokyo Dawn Records
GENRE: R&B – Hip Hop
Entropy is a measure of uncertainty leading to a lower level of information. The eighteen stories of love and life featured on this album aim for exactly that, asking you to listen closer to your instincts and follow your dreams.
Elegantly combining R&B, hip hop and electronics, the dream world of “Entropy” takes the listener on a mysterious trip towards inner space. Fellow dream chasers on this space ride include TDR vocalists such as Alicia Renee, Amalia, Colonel Red, Dudley Perkins, Eagle Nebula, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Stan Smith and other very special guests.
Check out the album here:
Various Artists – The Underground Sound of Ibiza
LABEL: Big Foot Records
GENRE: Dance – House – Deep
The album includes tracks and remixes from the white isle’s biggest underground names from the 2012 season, including Circoloco DC 10 resident Dyed Soundorom, Hot Creations & Paradise Jamie Jones, Vagabonds Robert Dietz and a cast of other stars including Subb-an, Guy Gerber, Nina Kraviz, Larry Heard, Jimpster and Huxley, this years breakthrough house act.
Forthcoming editions in the series include London, Berlin, Miami and Paris.
Check it out here:
Tank – War Nation
LABEL: Soundhouse Records
GENRE: Rock – Hard Rock / Heavy Metal
Legendary British Metal band Tank return with a brand new album, War Nation. The highly anticipated follow up to their 2010 album “War Machine” is the second album to feature long time guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans alongside vocalist Doogie White, bass player Chris Dale and returning drummer Steve Hopgood.
As one of the originators of the NWOBHM scene in 1980, Tank has been cited as influences by massive bands such as Metallica and Nirvana. Multiple personnel changes over the years have led to this line-up, whose members have recorded with luminaries such as Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Bruce Dickinson & Paul Di’Anno. The album is a full frontal attack, with epic songs and the trademark Tank quick fire twin guitars alongside powerful, searing vocals and a thunderous rhythm section. Recorded in London with producer Phil Kinman, War Nation features 10 brand new tracks of pure British metal and confirms Tank as one of Britain’s best and longest running rock bands.
” This is one of the best hard and heavy albums I have heard!” – Metal Mundus
“A flawless, classic metal album that leaves nothing to be desired.” – Metal Glory
College – A Real Hero EP
GENRE: Dance – Electro
Position your television antennas correctly and adjust the tracking on your BETA player, because the new EP from College is making its way through high-frequency airwaves and into our living rooms. College, record label Valerie’s main man releases this five track episode into 80’s nostalgia which plays like a pseudo-soundtrack, featuring the airy vocals of Electric Youth on the title track.
The track “A Real Youth” was chosen as the main theme for the 2011 film “Drive”, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (who won the Best Director award for the film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival) and starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.
Check out the EP here:
Max Richter – Various Releases
British composer and musician Max Richter’s new chamber opera, ‘Sum‘, was recently performed at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio.
Don’t forget – you can get the contemporary experimental composer’s back catalogue online, released through 130701 (FatCat Records)!
Click the images below to check out the following releases on iTunes:
Blue Notebooks: Songs From Before:
24 Postcards: Infra: