Dave Stewart – The Ringmaster General
LABEL: Rocket Science
GENRE: Rock – Alternative
Stewart creates a potent and distinctive musical gumbo, mixing in rock, blues, country, rhythm & blues and psychedelia in this album. His songs are alternately moving and wry; they are filled with twists and turns–both musical and lyrical–that constantly surprise with repeated listens. Stewart’s voice has an alluringly mysterious quality that guides the listener through these stories of, explains the ringmaster himself, “love, discovery, and…”
Recorded and mixed by John McBride at his famed Blackbird Studio in Nashville, “The Ringmaster General” features 11 new songs, including striking duets with Alison Krauss, Diane Birch and Joss Stone and a duet sung with and co-written by Jessie Baylin. Also featured are the blistering skills of guitarists Orianthi and Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, steel guitarist Dan Dugmore and Mike Rojas on piano – some of the finest musicians in Nashville.
Typesun – Heart Maths feat. Guido
LABEL: Root Elevation
GENRE: Dance – Dubstep
The track came out of writing sessions with long-time collaborator & general Bristol hero Guido (State of Joy/Punch Drunk). The track presents a complementary mixture of the two artists’ trademark palettes: Guy’s rambunctious MIDI instrumentation & fierce square waves over Type’s signature rugged drum production & cinematic attention to detail.
In one of his most ‘dancefloor friendly’ offerings to date, the Peverelist remix keeps it sparse & subtle but pounding, whilst retaining the rich string harmonies & wistful traces of piano arpeggios from the original.
Chicane & Ferry Corsten – One Thousand Suns
LABEL: Enzo Recordings
“There are some things you do in life where you think, why didn’t I do that earlier. Working with Ferry was one of them, it seemed a perfect fit.” – Nick Bracegirdle (Chicane)
The track is already a dance floor and radio favourite, featured heavily over the Radio 1 Ibiza weekend. The single package features a host of remixes: Danny Howard, Disco Citizens, and a big vibe from the Canadian Soundprank.
Check out “One Thousand Suns” here:
The Skints – Rise Up
LABEL: Bomber Music
Taken from the band’s second album “Part & Parcel”, the song features dubstep MC Parly B on guest vocals and has already received airplay on BBC Radio 1 (Steve Lamacq, Mike Davies) and XFM. The single is backed with a dub version of The Skints version of Katy B’s “On A Mission”.
Since releasing “Part & Parcel” in March this year, The Skints have played with You Me At Six, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Gym Class Heroes amongst others as well as the BBC Radio Hackney Weekender and London Olympic 2012 BT Live in Hyde Park – they have also appeared at what seems like almost every festival in the UK – Boomtown Fair, Reading, Leeds, Boardmasters, Standon, Farrfest, Redfest, One Love, Beautiful Days. If you haven’t seen them live yet, you can catch them on their UK headline tour in October!
Wrongtom Meets Deemas J – Jump + Move + Rock
LABEL: Tru Thoughts
GENRE: Reggae – Dancehall
Premiered by The Quietus, it is the first single to be lifted from the Wrongtom Meets Deemas J album “In East London”, a project between the remixer/producer and dancehall DJ who are long-time collaborators. This release is due out on 24th September.
“Pure feel good dancehall vibrations” – James Barrie (Audio Texture BLN FM)
“Nice stuff” – DJ Yoda
“Massive. Absolutely massive” Total Cult (Ramp FM)
Check “Jump + Move + Rock” out here:
Sleep Party People – Gazing At the Moon
LABEL: Blood and Biscuits
GENRE: Alternative – Indie Pop
“Gazing At the Moon”, the new single by Danish dream-pop band Sleep Party People is out today through Blood and Biscuits. The track is taken from their album “We Were Drifting On A Sad Song”, with Sleep Party People’s Brian Batz confessing it to be one of his favourite songs on the release.
The band will be marking the occasion by coming back to the UK and Europe in September for a series of very special shows. The run of UK shows starts at End Of The Road Festival and sees them stopping off in Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester and London before heading off to Germany for the first time since “We Were Drifting On A Sad Song” was released in April.
Check out the single here:
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Laurel Collective – Heartbeat Underground
LABEL: Tape Club Records
“Heartbeat Underground”, Laurel Collective’s album is available now through Tape Club Records.
This is the long-awaited debut album from the band who, whilst holding down 9 to 5?s (which includes call centres, a phlebotomist, and even producing duties, drummer Charlie Andrew recently produced the new Alt-J record) conceived and curate their own festival: In The Woods. This took place this Saturday just gone, and was a huge success with tickets selling out only weeks after going on sale – acts past and present include the likes of Alt-J, Lianne La Havas, AlunaGeorge, The Invisible, Micachu and the Shapes, Peter and Kerry, Post War Years and many more.
Laurel Collective epitomise intelligent music at its best: a witty, diverse and modern take on the indie genre. You can catch them playing at Bestival this Friday.
“This is intelligent, busy, well-meant psychedelic-pop” – WORD
“A chaotic mix of rippling vocals, intricate melodies and pretty much everything else in between that makes a good pop track… Laurel Collective has produced something that prominently stands out from the crowd.” – Planet Notion
“A suitably LSD-coated dose of manga-pop… Beautifully mental.” – Artrocker