Iggy Pop – Après
LABEL: Thousand Mile Inc
Iggy Pop’s career is a thrilling roller coaster ride at top speed. And yet, with the Stooges – the only 20th century rock band that can legitimately be called “seminal”– or as a solo artist, with or without a safety net, he has never veered an inch from his course, which was sometimes less crazy than it seemed but nevertheless always a hair-raising ride. Dictated only by Iggy’s artistic aspirations and moved by a vital urge to get down to basics, his line of conduct has led him to record, under French influence, the ten songs on “Après”, which is very much in tune with his present.
With his covers of “La vie en rose”, “Everybody’s Talking”, “Syracuse”, “Michelle” or “Et si tu n’existais pas”, Iggy is not trying to prove anything. He is simply turning the hidden side of his personality to the light, and letting others decide which of his sides is darker. Far from wild rhythms and exuding feelings he has chosen to express differently.
With a voice as beautiful as it is deep and which stirs your emotions, Iggy Pop takes on these standards and tailors them to his nature to produce thrilling results. In the elegance of these arrangements, which do not mislead but rather pare the songs down to the essentials, there is a conviction sharper than any blade. The choice of songs and the quality of their interpretation is clear: “Après” is, above all, an ode to love. The kind of love that both intoxicates and devastates, that makes you feel alive or like jumping off a bridge.
Donae’o – Big Ben
Having picked up support from Radio 1, 1Xtra, Kiss FM, BBC Asian and Capital amongst others, “Big Ben” is the first track to be taken from his forthcoming album, set to drop this summer. Backed with remixes from Peditah, Genairo Nvilla and The Artful Dodger (under his Work of Artful guise), it’s already been causing a massive stir in clubs and on radio.
Check it out here:
Various Artists – Inna Nice Up! Fashion
LABEL: Nice Up! Records / Fashion Records
GENRE: Dance – Breakbeat / Drum & Bass – Jungle
To celebrate the digital relaunch of Fashion Records, the legendary UK reggae label that launched the careers of artists such as Top Cat, Tenor Fly, General Levy and the late great Smiley Culture, as well as cuts from Jamaican legends such as Cutty Ranks, Daddy Freddy & Frankie Paul amongst many many others, NICE UP! have dug deep into the vaults to find some more lost classics to give them a new lease of life. As a long time fan of the label, NICE UP!s Shepdog hooked up with Fashion’s Chris Lane and John MacGillivray and agreed first access to the back catalogue masters – much of which is now digitally available for the first time!
First up, reggae drum’n’bass big guns Serial Killaz pay respect to a scene that helped spawn them by giving Andrew Paul’s classic “Who’s Gonna Make The Dance Ram” an updated junglist relick. Retaining the sleng teng vibe of the original, but giving it a 2012 bounce should see plenty of reloads for this track once again. Over on the flip, festival favourites Dub Pistols rework Pato Banton’s “Nice Up The Session” from the “Great British MCs” album, giving it a lively drum & bass rework with extra horns and a little help from Rodney P to NICE UP! the area.
The iconic label logo has also had something of a remix, mixing the old with the new and adding a little authentic wear & tear.
Henri Leo Thiesen, Andy G, Fran Garcia – Deeper Love feat. Max C
LABEL: Tanzanite Records
GENRE: Dance – House – Progressive
DATE: 21/05/12, Beatport 07/05/12
After a lucrative visit to the Miami Winter Music Conference this March and an unprecedented response to the label sampler, Tanzanite Records are preparing for their first string of releases, taken from their Miami Sampler. The first release is the result of a collaboration of Swedish prodigies Henri Leo Thiesen, Fran Garcia, Andy G & Max C, working together to create “Deeper Love”, a powerful progressive house track featuring stunning vocals from Max C, and euphoric melodies that are captivating audiences from Miami to London, to Sweden, and will continue to raise hands across the globe this summer.
Henri Leo Thiesen, Fran Garcia, Andy G, Max C and John De Sohn are all Swedish producers, head-hunted by Tanzanite’s Richard Dinsdale for their impressive production forte. After hearing several productions the Swedes sent to Tanzanite, Dinsdale automatically signed them up, creating what was to be the Miami WMC Sampler 2012.
Featuring three versions of the track, this release portrays the current Swedish sound in stunning forms, with the uplifting and progressive characteristics that are erupting dance floors around the world today.
Night Symmetry – Moon
LABEL: Bad Life
GENRE: Dance – Techno
DATE: 14/05/12, Beatport 07/05/12
Described as “a thoroughly modern Chemical Brothers for the small hours”, the duo were signed by Bad Life as they immediately saw the potential of the band getting very big. The band impressed the label by their first live A/V show at the recent Bad Life showcase in London.
The stunning lead track “Moon” offers a wondrous concoction of industrial grooves, peak-time builds and a generous helping of acid to garnish, with track “444” on the flip side. Having received a rating of 9/10 by DJ Mag, this single is a wondrous concoction of industrial grooves and peak-time builds. Check it out below.
Various Artists – Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee – 60 Hits from the Queens Coronation Year
LABEL: Ap Music Ltd
GENRE: Easy Listening
“A Kiss Before You Go”, the new album by Norwegian four-piece Katzenjammer is out now through Propeller Recordings. Featuring eleven tracks of folk pop “also informed by Balkan flavours, cabaret clubs, comic strips and straight up pop with the odd dark number thrown in for good measure”, according to Indie London, the band’s second album/debut UK release is one to watch out for.
“…it’s hard to believe any other album this year will make you feel so off-balance as it unfolds – a really rather glorious feeling to be felt in a musical world too often filled with convention.” – The Digital Fix
“…a wonderfully eclectic delight… an album that’s by turns kooky and obscure yet also catchy and jig-along.” – Indie London
Starboy Nathan – 3D Determination Dedication Desire
LABEL: Mona Publishing, Vibes Corner Music
Having already climbed to no.6 in the Urban Club Chart, the album features thirteen tracks by the 23year old singer/songwriter from South East London, who has just finished touring with JLS as their main support act.
“I’ve given away a lot of myself and my personality through the music, which is why I called it 3D – Determination, Dedication, Desire, the three things that sum me up as an artist.” – from Digital Spy article