Gabry Ponte – Beat On My Drum (feat. Pitbull, Sophia Del Carmen)

LABEL: Danceandlove

FORMAT: EP

GENRE: Dance

DATE: 12/04/12

Gabry Ponte is one of the most famous Italian DJs, Producer and Remixer, and is a former member of the band Eiffel65. He returns with hit single “Beat On My Drum”, featuring international superstar Pitbull and Sophia Del Carmen, and the officially approved sample of Moliendo Café. The EP includes different versions and remixes of the track, featuring remixes by DJs From Mars and Gabry Ponte’s Club Mix.

Check out the single here:

 

 

 


The 2 Bears – Take a Look Around Remixes

LABEL: Southern Fried Records

FORMAT: EP

GENRE: Dance – House

DATE: 22/04/12

The 2 Bears’ debut album, “Be Strong” has been a revelation. The hirsute duo made up of Joe Goddard of Hot Chip & Raf Rundell aka the Raf Daddy have made a record that has touched people from many a different musical and cultural background.

Their roots, of course, lay in House music and it’s that genre that essentially defines The 2 Bears. So, brace yourself for four tantalizing mixes of one of The 2 Bears’ finest house cuts, “Take A Look Around”.

The 2 Bears Vs House Of House is the opening track on the EP. Raf & Joe teamed up with Liv & Saheer to produce one of the tightest reworks the bears have seen. Fellow House moguls The Wild Geese supply a techy, psychedelic rehash accompanied by a more dancefloor centric dub! Last, but certainly not least Caze Nove supply a straight up, four to the floor house remix.

Check it out here:

 

 

Maps & Atlases – Beware and Be Grateful

LABEL: FatCat Records

FORMAT: EP

GENRE: Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

DATE: 16/04/12

Chicago’s Maps & Atlases return with their eagerly awaited sophomore album, which sees the band blend their math rock roots with a more accessible direction.

Having met in 2004 as art students at Chicago’s Columbia College, Maps & Atlases’ initial output (a 2006 EP titled Tree, Swallows, Houses) showcased their astute technical abilities and deft musicality, changing rhythms and tearing across guitar fretboards at breakneck speed. Their follow-up EP (2008’s You and Me and the Mountain), however, demonstrated a desire for a more organic – but no less eccentric – pop-orientated course that retains the mathematical precision of their first set of recordings, but allowed for more compositional virtuosity than instrumental. It is this path that has led them to debut full-length Perch Patchwork (released by FatCat in the UK and Europe in October 2010), a densely textured, exhilarating body of work that sees the band creating intricacies in songwriting, in lush brass and string arrangements rather than in lightning-fast guitar lines, resulting in a gorgeous, complex, slightly skewed take on pop music.

Maps & Atlases produce a sound comparable in places to the mature, graceful pop of Band of Horses or TV On The Radio, combined with the excitement of Deerhoof or Vampire Weekend and the experimentation of CAN.

“On record, they have one of the most exciting styles on today’s music scene” – The Independent 

 

 

Various Artists – Tsuba Essentials: The Best of Underground Deep House

LABEL: Tsuba Records

FORMAT: LP

GENRE: Dance – House – Deep

DATE: 23/04/12

“Tsuba Essentials: The Best of Underground Deep House” brings together 30 essential tracks from the Tsuba back catalogue, and includes some of the biggest names in dance music today – Nina Kraviz, Jamie Jones, Subb-an, Jimpster, Larry Heard, Guy Gerber, Sebo K, Steffi, Huxley, Oxia, DJ Sneak & more.

Tsuba is the second most charted UK label in RA’s influential all time list and has over 20,000 followers across the social networks. The label are also busy holding regular events at some of the worlds’ finest clubs including Fabric in London and Watergate in Berlin, as well as hosting a series of London Warehouse parties in 2012.

Check out their compilation here:

 

 

 

 

Steve Smyth – Release

LABEL: TeenAgeRiot Music

FORMAT: LP

GENRE: Rock – Alternative

DATE: 19/03/12

“Release”, Australian singer/songwriter Steve Smyth’s debut album is out now through TeenAgeRiot Music. Smyth’s impressive voice, with an incredible range of tones from soft and sensitive to powerful yet gravelly, combined together with his unique style, makes him an artist to definitely watch out for.

Hailing from the rugged heartland of the New South Wales south coast, Steven Smyth’s roots in music can be traced back, past adolescent forays into punk, folk and rock, to a childhood of Sunday gospel sessions. At 14, he started a short-lived punk band, but by his late teens it was all about Bob Dylan, with Smyth describing his first listen to Bob Dylan as an experience   which “hit through the speakers direct to my soul”. The timelessness of Dylan’s work was something that Smyth now strives to capture in his own music. Smyth creates a sublime and haunting array of songs united by their ability to make time stand still.

“It’s great to know that there are singer-songwriters out there of this calibre…” What Culture – 4.5/5

 

 

Lesley Garrett – A North Country Lass

LABEL: Music Infinity

FORMAT: LP

GENRE: Classic

DATE: 22/04/12

The new album from Britain’s best-loved classical artist is out today, released for St. George’s Day.

“A North Country Lass” is a collection of folk-inspired British and Irish songs, which sees Garrett return to her north country, folk music roots. The album showcases sixteen songs, going as far back in time as Henry VIII’s “Pastime With Good Company” up to the more recent Welsh lullaby “Suo Gan” – also included is the 17th century song “Over The Hills And Far Away” and the complete version of “On Ilkley Moor Baht‘at” arranged for soprano, brass band and choir as a bonus.

Check out the album here:

 

 

 

 

 

Gregory Porter – On My Way to Harlem

LABEL: Motema

FORMAT: Single

GENRE: R&B – Funk & Soul

DATE: 24/04/12

Grammy nominated vocalist Gregory Porter hit gold with his second release of soulful jazz, “Be Good”, and tomorrow sees the release of second single “On My Way To Harlem”.

In the short fifteen months since Porter exploded onto the international music scene with his debut CD, “Water”, he has racked up a continuing stream of accolades and awards. “Water” garnered a Best Jazz Vocal Grammy® nomination (a rare feat for a debut recording), rocketed to #1 on both iTunes and Amazon in the UK and was included on an international array of year-end ‘Best Of’ lists for 2010 in several genres. “Be Good” was also recently chosen as Jazz FM’s Album Of The Week.

Check out “On My Way to Harlem” here: