Artist: Charlotte OC
Release: Colour My Heart
Label: Stranger Records
22 year old Charlotte OC, hailed as the British Lana Del Ray, arrives with her debut EP on Stranger Records (Lana Del Ray, Filthy Boy). The title track ‘Colour My Heart’ written by Charlotte, was produced and recorded by Tim Anderson (Solange, Sia) in LA. ‘Colour My Heart’ is an intoxicating mix of emotional lyrics and heady, thick vocals. The Blackburn born singer has spread her wings over to LA and recorded and produced a supernatural title track and video. There is a spooky and bewitching sound to the song that is powered along by underlying beats and earthy melodies pulsating throughout.
Artist: Armand Van Helden
Release: The Best of Armand Van Helden
Label: Southern Fried Records
10 tracks of pure Armand van Helden funk on this excellent Best Of comp. An awful lot has changed for Armand Van Helden since he first signed to Southern Fried back in 2002. In 2005, he scored a huge commercial hit with ‘My My My’, his biggest since ‘You Don’t Know Me’ hit No.1 back in ‘99. In the interim, he’s released two excellent long players, ‘Nympho’ (2004) and ‘Ghettoblaster’ (2007) while also satisfying his New York culture vulture cravings with ‘New York: A Mix Odyssey’ (2004). With five top thirty singles under his belt, it appears that Armand has found himself a new home in the new millennium.
Artist: Various Artists
Release: Alcopopular 6: Highway to the Velodrome
Genre: Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
Alcopopular 6 ‘Highway to the Velodrome’ is coming out on a fully branded, coloured, custom made Fixie Bike, featuring the most exciting acts on the scene including Gnarwolves, Jaws, Max Raptor, Radstewart, The Wytches, Night Engine, Throwing Up, Crushed Beaks and more. Linking in with the custom bike makers Mango, Alcopop! Records release Alcopopular 6 on a label coloured mountain bike – but at £300 it’s a touch pricey, so they did it digitally too. These bands are the future of alternative music in the UK.
Artist: Various Artists Artist: Flume, Chet Faker
Label: Future Classic
Genre: Dance – Beats & Breaks / Electronica
Australian superstar hit making duo Flume and Chet Faker release their debut collaboration EP featuring lead single ‘Drop The Game’ (Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World). Now receiving international acclaim and with huge touring and sales worldwide, Flume beat Justin Bieber to Number 1 in the Australian album charts in February 2013 and received eight nominations at the 2013 Australian Recording Industry Awards. Chet Faker featured on Flume’s hit ‘Stand Alone’, but made his name in 2011 with his debut EP that features his cover of Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’.