Artist: Doleboy Millionaire ft Fem Fel & Shola Ama
Release: Good Life
Label: Believe Recordings
Genre: R&B – Hip Hop
Upon discovering that they’d both worked with the King of Pop Michael Jackson, production wizards Kay and Gee joined forces to become Doleboy Millionaire. Both have worked with some of the biggest entertainers in the world, including Jay Z, Santana, Diana Ross and Mick Jagger and their new single ‘Good Life’ features hip hop artist Fem Fel and beautiful 90s R&B singer Shola Ama.
Featuring multi million selling artist Shola Ama (and following her single with Toddla T) and Skepta and Wretch 32 collaborator Fem Fel, Doleboy Millionaire release their debut single with massive support from MTV Base, Flava (Playlist), Channel 4’s Freshly Squeezed, BBC 1Xtra, 1Take TV, Grime Daily, Channel AKA (playlist), Entertainment Focus, Mobo online, NME, SB.TV, Flow Nerds, 4 Music and many more.
Artist: Freeze The Atlantic
Genre: Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
Forming in late 2008, ‘Freeze The Atlantic’ have a solid ethos at their core – making rock music and enjoying rock music. Started initially by Andy Gilmour from ‘Hundred Reasons’ with Jon Pearce and Guy Davis, from the band ‘Reuben’, they quickly signed up second guitarist and long time friend Tom Stevens (Archie and the Instincts) and started writing brand new material. After a UK tour in 2010 with ‘Attack! Attack!’ featuring Liv Puente (Laruso) on guest vocals, the band recruited singer Chris J Knott (Twelve Titans). This year also saw original member Jon Pearce leaving for pastures new with the band drafting in bassist Sean Shreeve (Spectrum 7/Talking Endlessly), resulting in the current line-up.
Today marks the release of Freeze The Atlantic’s debut album ‘Speakeasy’. Displaying elements of both Rueben and Hundred Reason’s pop/rock stylistics, the album is as familiar as it is refreshing. Driving rhythms and melody is underpinned with a punk rock ethic that’s impossible to dislodge from your memory.
Artist: U.S. Girls
Label: FatCat Records
‘Jack’ is the lead single from the forthcoming U.S. Girls’ album ‘Gem’. It is the perfect introduction to a stunning record which merges a fascination with glam rock as interpreted by the anti-excess of Patti Smith, an inverted take on Bolan’s Pop testosterone and the alienating abstraction of Throbbing Gristle. Meghan Remy, the lone American woman behind U.S. Girls, first fell in love with ‘Jack’ – a song written in 1991 by the legendary Brock Robinson about a dream he had in which he was Jack the Ripper – when she heard it covered on a four song demo by Danava in 2004; “I would put “Jack” on repeat for what seemed like hours and go about my business. Never growing tired of the abrupt way the song begins, the whiney sexy vocals, that dirty glam feel. I knew someday I would cover this song.” Boosted by warm and textured production, a result of the collaboration between Remy and Canadian musician Slim Twig first unveiled on their Palmist split 12” in mid-2011, Remy made the choice to leave the arrangement of the song much as it is on the Danava version. “Like I say,” Meg explains “they nailed it so Slim and I just duplicated it in a way, the only difference being that a woman is singing it… Jack the Ripper is now a woman.”
Artist: Paul Carrack
Release: Good Feeling
Label: Carrack UK
Internationally respected British vocalist, songwriter and record label owner Paul Carrack returns with the latest addition to his distinguished body of work when he releases the new album ‘Good Feeling’ on September 24. The self-produced set on his Carrack UK label will delight his legions of fans with its typically classy blue-eyed soul sound. Paul’s remarkable career, which spans four decades of work with countless musical giants, will be celebrated in a new career documentary, to be screened by BBC4 TV around the album release.The programme documents Paul’s emergence from his Sheffield upbringing to become a much-loved performer, whose solo career continues to reach an ever wider audience. With another major British tour on the horizon, Carrack has now delivered his most accomplished and sophisticated album to date.
Highlights include ‘Marmalade Moon,’ written with Squeeze’s Chris Difford; ‘I Can Hear Ray,’ penned with Charlie Dore and name checking the great Ray Charles; a new version of Nick Lowe’s ‘From Now On,’ first recorded on Paul’s ‘Suburban Voodoo’ album 30 years ago; Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Lucky Town’ track ‘If I Should Fall Behind,’ performed by Carrack on a BBC Radio 2 special about the Titanic; and the title track, already an huge airplay hit.
Artist: Various Artists
Release: Tsuba Colours, Vol. 1
Label: Tsuba Records
Genre: House – Deep
The Tsuba Colours series reached single No 10 last month and to co-inside Tsuba Records present you their first compilation bringing together the very best tracks from each release. Musically the series leans towards classic & deeper shades of house with each 12” pressed on coloured vinyl with matching sleeves & labels, a must have for any collector.Label boss Kevin Griffiths started the series with the yellow edition in Feb 2009 with the Vinyl selling out in a week & the original of ‘Cantona Kung Fu’ reaching no 2 in the deep house chart on Beatport for one month. The UK’s Moodymanc is another key act in the series with three releases, the first of which included ‘Thumbs Up’ (Green), a staple of Luciano’s sets & licensed to the first Vagabonds compilation. In keeping with nurturing UK talent the orange edition showed the emerging talents of Jordan Peak, complete with a rare remix from Panorama Bar resident Steffi (we waited 6 months for that one!). Mic Newman’s ‘Knickerbocker’ added a slice of Lime to the series this April & is one of this years biggest house tracks.