Mina Tindle – Bells

LABEL: Believe Recordings

FORMAT: Single

GENRE: Alternative – Indie Pop

DATE: 27/08/12

The new voice of modern French pop dreamers, Mina Tindle’s new single “Bells” is out now through Believe Recordings. Described by Uncut as “anthemic, featuring strange, buried electronics which showcase her charming, clever pop”, the song is the lead track off her recently released debut album “Taranta”.

A self-confessed latecomer as a musician, Mina didn’t start making music until her early twenties when she moved to New York (before then moving back to Paris to complete her debut album). Developing her own sound and mixing with local artists like Beirut, who’s Ben Laz contributes Trombones to Taranta, Grizzly Bear and The National, which lead to her singing backing vocals on their acclaimed album Boxer.

Mina Tindle however is a name that’s been whispering through the alternative scene like a breath of fresh air for some years now. And an interesting name it is too (borrowed from Milo Tindle, a character in Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1972 film Sleuth) for a French singer with Spanish roots who has electrified anyone lucky enough to see her live or hear her self-produced songs.

Having recently wowed the Barbican when she supported Camille, Mina will return to the UK in September for her debut headline show on Friday 28th September at the St Pancreas Old Church, London.

“Mina Tindle combines delicate, heart wrenching vocals with gentle, touching melodies” – The Line Of Best Fit

“Instantly attractive to anyone with the records of Regina Spektor or Jesca Hoop in their house” – Word


 

Noisettes – Contact

LABEL: Mono-ra-rama

FORMAT: EP

GENRE: Pop

DATE: 26/08/12

The butterfly is out of her cocoon… London’s most unconventional and unforgettable duo, Noisettes return with their highly anticipated third studio album, “Contact”.

With a career that has stretched over seven incredible years, Dan Smith and Shingai Shoniwa’s fizzy, witty mixture of all kinds of pop, given their own exotic twist, has brought them well known chart smashes like “Never Forget You” and “Don’t Upset the Rhythm”, while their unique command of the stage has made them festival icons from Glastonbury to V Festival. The band were last year described as “The best live band in Britain” by The Guardian.

“Contact” is an eclectic mix of everything that the world loves about this duo; intoxicating, emotionally evoking, with a hint of uplifting, funky beats, as well as incorporating a large thirty-piece orchestra in their instrumentation.

2012 is already looking set to become a monumental year for the band. Having already performed at The Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park on June 3rd, the band were also part of BT River of Music, a curtain-raiser for the Olympic Games, as well as headlining Blissfields Festival.

(Amazon version has a bonus track)

 

 

The 2 Bears – The Tod Terry (Remixes)

LABEL: Southern Fried Records

FORMAT: EP

GENRE: Dance – House

DATE: 26/08/12

The legendary Todd Terry is behind this latest EP and remix package from The 2 Bears, out now through Southern Fried Records. A joyous amalgamation of Chicago tinged house and freestyle dub adventures, Terry further enforces The 2 Bears manifesto of late night hedonism and introduces warm and inviting undertones to his dub stylings of tracks “Get Together” and “Ghost & Zombies”.

Taken from the much lauded debut album “Be Strong”, an album that delighted clubland and critics in equal measure, these remixes are a further tribute to Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell’s shared passion for the communal, uniting forces of dance music.

“The idea of a good night of dance music being a secular, group experience that can make you feel good is a necessary thing when times are hard. We’re not religious people, but as a DJ, you’re always trying to create that sense of communion” – Joe Goddard, The 2 Bears

“From the club to under the covers – follow the bears.” ****  – The Times

“The best dance album of the year so far” ****  – Evening Standard

 

 

Fabio D’Andrea – Reflection

LABEL: Trinity Entertainment & Media

FORMAT: EP

GENRE: Classic

DATE: 26/08/12

“Reflection”, the debut solo piano album by young classical composer, music producer and concert pianist Fabio D’Andrea is out now through Trinity Entertainment & Media. This release features a collection of some of his favourite well-known piano pieces as well as some brand new compositions of his own.

Fabio’s mission in life is not simply to create beautiful, inspiring, emotional, passionate music, but to traverse barriers and convention, putting a fresh, youthful face public face to the composer. In an era of great popularity for all manner of accessible classical performers, Fabio aims to address the perception of the composer. Throwing himself into all aspects of musical life such as composing, performing and recording, Fabio’s varied work as a classical composer includes projects for TV, film scores and soundtracks, adverts, fashion shows and interactive entertainment.

Starting to play the piano at the mere age of five, Fabio’s musical odyssey led to him graduating from King’s College London with a First Class Bachelors in Music with Honours and continued with a Masters degree under the tutelage of acclaimed composers Rob Keeley (pupil of Oliver Knussen), Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin (protégé of the legendary French composer Messiaen).

Check out “Reflection” here:

 

Minus the Bear – Infinity Overhead

LABEL: Big Scary Monsters

FORMAT: LP

GENRE: Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

DATE: 28/08/12

“Infinity Overhead”, the fith album by Seattle-based five-piece Minus the Bear is now available in the UK through Big Scary Monsters.

Since forming 11 years ago in 2001, the band has worked relentlessly over the past decade to build a large and devoted following worldwide with consistent releases and a non-stop touring regimen. With a back-catalogue that has seen them sell over 300,000 records, the band has played countless sold out tours throughout the world, in addition to unforgettable performances at huge US festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Sasquatch!. They have done this all on their own terms and with the release of “Infinity Overhead”, they are at the height of their powers.

This release is a guitar-laden 10-track record that is heavy both on technicality and pop songcraft – expect to hear intelligent, epic sounding guitar based anthems.

Check it out here:

 

Arthemis – We Fight

LABEL: Off Yer Rocka Recordings

FORMAT: LP

GENRE: Rock – Hard Rock / Heavy Metal

DATE: 27/08/12

“We Fight”, the new album by heavy-thrash metal band Arthemis is available now through Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

Arthemis was formed by the shred-Metal guitarist Andy Martongelli in 1999. The band’s music reflects the dark side of Heavy Metal with Thrash-oriented guitar riffs, fast solos, fire-breathing vocals and a massive-modern-killer ground-breaking wall of sound; the four-piece line-up delivers an extraordinary proof of uplifting catchy Metal, always acclaimed by the fans and the media as “Judas Priest meets Megadeth”. Since 2001, Arthemis have released 7 full-length albums worldwide.

Written and recorded during the band’s headline Spanish tour and UK tour, this release displays a high standard of musicianship, mature song writing, fire-breathing vocals and furious head-banging riffs – an album of pure ground-breaking metal energy!

 

 

Various Artists – Your Holiday Soundtrack – New Zealand

LABEL: Believe

FORMAT: LP

GENRE: Easy Listening – Lounge

DATE: 14/08/12

“Your Holiday Soundtrack – New Zealand”, the first volume of a series of compilation albums is out now through Believe.

This release includes a fine selection of lounge and chill-out songs reminiscent of a relaxing trip to New Zealand, available only in digital stores.

Check it out here: