Tindersticks – The Something Rain
LABEL: Lucky Dog
Today sees the release of longstanding indie band Tinderstick’s ninth studio album. Hailing from Nottingham, UK, the avant-pop band debuted 20 years ago in 2002 with single “Patchwork”. Following a five-year hiatus they reformed in 2007 with three members of the original line-up along with some new additions, and since then they have been ever progressing, nurturing and evolving their sound into something unique.
Already hailed “A mind-blowing poetic masterpiece” by the Rolling Stone, this album is one to watch out for! You can also catch the band playing a four night residency at the Soho Theatre from 22nd-25th February, several European dates throughout March and at the End of the Road Festival later this year.
Necessary Mayhem – Future Cuts
LABEL: Necessary Mayhem
GENRE: Reggae – Roots
“Future Cuts” is the third compilation from UK based reggae/dancehall/Drum & Bass label Necessary Mayhem. Featuring all the different sub genres in reggae such as Lovers Rock, Roots & Dubstep and Dancehall, this marks their first release of this year, led by one of Britain’s most successful reggae producers, Curtis Lynch. The compilation features a mixture of new mixes of old classics and a taster of new material from forthcoming riddim releases, one track from each project, by familiar DJs and singers from Europe and Jamaica.
“The strength here is that, for all their diversity, every track remains true to a signature sound: a sound with one ear in the past and the other in the present, proudly wearing its influences yet remaining instantly-recognizable on its own terms.” – Angus Taylor, BBC Music Review
Gregory Porter – Be Good
GENRE: Jazz – Smooth Jazz
“Be Good” is Greg Porter’s second album following his award-winning and Grammy-nominated debut, “Water” which garnered a number 1 chart position in both iTunes and Amazon charts in the UK. Following this incredible success for a debut album in less than a year and a half, he has performed on Later With Jools Holland and Carole King‘s 2011 BBC Holiday Television Special, as well as appearing at the London Jazz Festival as a featured guest.
The highly-anticipated follow-up by the jazz maestro features twelve stunning tracks showcasing Porter’s soulful, warm vocals, improvisation and flawless delivery. Porter is accompanied by his band of three years, who also performed on “Water”, and the arrangements are further enriched by emotive horn parts, performed by Kamau Kenyetta who produced the debut album.
“Porter has made the best vocal (jazz) album for an age” – The Independent
“This follow-up comes with high expectations, but fans of authentically soulful vocals and luxuriant horn-heavy arrangements need not worry, Porter has, in a word, nailed it.” – Daniel Spicer, BBC Music Review
Finn Bonel – Love’s the Only Thing
LABEL: Fat Controller Management Limited
GENRE: Rock – Singer/Songwriter
“Love’s The Only Thing” is the debut single from South London based singer songwriter, Finn Bonel. Bonel grew up listening to the likes of Springsteen, Dylan and Waits and draws influence from “poeticness of those American songs”. His sound is described as being “uplifting Anglo-Americana” with the main focus in his own music being his raw emotive lyrics and heartfelt melodies, to wrench the hearts of his listeners.
Already receiving support from Radio 2 DJs such as Dermot O’Leary as well as Q Radio, and with live dates and further releases in the pipelines, Finn Bonel is one to watch out for.
The Skints – Live, Breath, Build, Believe
LABEL: Bomber Music Ltd
GENRE: Alternative – Ska
“Live, Breath, Build, Believe” is the first album by the UK based four-piece ska rockers, becoming one of the top selling reggae album on Amazon at the end of 2011 with over 7,500 sales. Its digital rerelease is available now.
Expect big things for this band this year, with their first single Ratatat (release date 27th February) receiving repeated national airplay, and their follow up album “Part & Parcel” due for release on 12th March (available for pre-order now).
After recently supporting Gym Class Heroes at their Koko gig, you can catch The Skints opening for You Me At Six on their UK tour.
Smokey Bastard – Tales from the Wasteland
LABEL: Bomber Music
Smokey Bastard are a six-piece folk punk band hailing from Reading. Forming in 2007, they drew influences from bands such as Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys, but they have infused their energetic and raucous live shows together with their own sound to create their unique “wall of instrumental mayhem” in which they incorporate banjo, mandolin and accordion into their instrumentation. “Tales from the Wasteland” is their second album.
“Smokey Bastard surpass all expectations with their small-town English charm… ‘Tales from the Wasteland’ gives a modern, British lease of life to a tired-out genre.” — Giles Bidder, Rock Sound Magazine
The band are currently on a European tour, and have a string of UK dates lined up on their return starting in March.