Woodkid – Run Boy Run
LABEL: Green United Music
Woodkid, aka Yoann Lemoine, is originally known as a very talented music video director, working with the likes of Yelle, Moby, Mystery Jets, Katy Perry, The Shoes and more recently Lana Del Rey (“Born To Die” and “Blue Jeans”) and Drake featuring Rihanna (“Take Care”). Woodkid was undoubtedly the first surprise of 2011, with a first EP “Iron” epic pop with symphonic power realeased on Green United Music in March 2011. In four original songs, he has become a must-known artist – what makes the buzz around Woodkid is that “Iron” came out with a music video, a futuristic tale in black & white directed by Yoann Lemoine himself. “Iron” has also already been used in two worldwide TV ad campaigns for Peugeot and in the trailer for Ubisoft’s last video game “Assassin’s Creed”. The video won numerous awards including “Music Video of the Year” at Namur Film Festival 2011.
Today Woodkid is considered as “the biggest parisian buzz since Daft Punk” (Les Inrockuptibles). He will be touring Europe in May/June – make sure you check him out!
Cold Specks – I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
LABEL: Mute Artists
Cold Specks’ debut album “I Predict A Graceful Expulsion” is out today through Mute. The album has already been featured in The Observer (Tips for 2012), The Times (Everyone’s Talking About), The Sun (Tips for 2012) and The Guardian amongst others, with The Fly writing “A voice that makes your knees quiver… haunting”.
Cold Specks is songwriter and vocalist Al Spx from Etobicoke, Canada, who now lives in London. The band’s name is taken from a line in James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’:
“Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness“.
Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. No wonder then that Al cites the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr as influences along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. With a voice that evokes the ‘spirit feel’ of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cold Specks’ sparse arrangements and chaingang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks.
A single entitled “Blank Maps” will precede the album on 14th May. The band, who recently signed to Mute, head out on tour later this month. You can watch the video to Cold Specks’ debut single “Holland”, which came out late last year, here.
Bobby Tank – Afterburn EP
LABEL: MofoHifi Records
GENRE: Dance – Dubstep
Bobby Tank’s new EP “Afterburn” is the hottest new sound out of London in 2012. The track has already received support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Annie Mac and Zane Lowe, who played the track as his “next hype” record on his Radio 1 show, as well as from Eddie Temple Morris on XFM.
“The intent is disco but the delivery method is dubstep. What Bobby Tank does is so crammed with invention, so over the top in terms of filling every available milliesecond of space with beats and squeaks, shimmering keyboard twirls and pummelling electronic bass riffs, it makes mad maximalists like Rustie and Hudson Mohawke sound like stripped down Delta bluesmen. Reach the gates of delerium via the dancefloor.” – The Band Of The Week – The Guardian newspaper
“Absolutely Love Afterburn” – Chase and Status
I:Cube – “M” Megamix
LABEL: Versatile Records
GENRE: Dance – House
Music that is primarily made for DJs and for people that like to dance needs a format that is closer to the site of its performance. In a strike of genius this album bridges the gap between a mixtape, an album and a live recording. Paying tribute to the rampant short-term attention span it is woven together in an impromptu one-way take and without any sequencing preparation. ““M” Megamix” carries 24 tracks that sometimes play longer, sometimes only appear for a brief flash, but always leave you longing for more and grabs you from the first moment on. The result? It feels like your favourite DJ mix cassette with a ton of tracks that you always wanted identified and never could get your hands on. Including all the three tracks of I:Cube’s latest 12-inch effort “Lucifer En Discothèque”, it builds around those three tracks and all those little details and big elements he is famous and loved for.
House and techno exchange their DNA strands, you will find traces of dance music past, present and future, hints of disco loops, Italo ballads, French romanticism, a love for the ruff, the tuff and the tender and the more or less complete I:Cube personal music history between his record and studio shelves.
Delorentos – Little Sparks
GENRE: Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
The Irish 4-piece, whose previous two albums both charted in the Top 10 of the Irish charts, have been concentrating on developing their compositional skills and moving their sound onwards and upwards. “Little Sparks” is proof positive of their efforts.
On the live front the band are currently splitting their time between Electric shows and Acoustic shows (the latter featuring newly-learned skills on Mandolin, Harmonium, Glockenspiel and Piano….), and they are playing a sea of festival dates this summer including Benicassim and Electric Picnic. At home, the new album has already been hailed by the media as a massive step forward for the band.
“Musically, vocally, and in particular lyrically, Little Sparks is the sound of a band rejuvenated and at the top of their game…not only Delorentos’ best work to date, but one of the finest Irish releases of recent times.” – entertainment.ie (4.5 out of 5)
Forabandit – Forabandit (Un dialogue fertile entre troubadour occitan et asik anatolien) [feat. Sam Karpienia, Ulas Özdemir & Bijan Chemirani]
GENRE: World – Mediterranean
A singer and mandole player, as well as the co-founder of the famed band Dupain, Sam Karpienia has been pursuing the lyrical tradition of Occitanian troubadours with a contemporary approach. A singer and baglama player, Ula? Özdemir perpetuates the song style of the Anatolian wandering troubadours, the a??k. Bijan Chemirani’s Persian rhythms subtly blend with the song of these new poets. Sam Karpienia’s deep, emotional rasping voice and the soft, quiet voice of Ula? Özdemir reveal the living poetry of these pieces about love, commitment and contest.
Check out the album here:
Finn Bonel – Wedding Song
GENRE: Rock – Singer / Songwriter
“Wedding Song”, the new single by singer/songwriter Finn Bonel is out now. This second single follows his well-received debut “Love’s The Only Thing”, this time with an Indian influence using sitar, table and tambura incorporated together with his Anglo-Americana style.
“Comparisons could be drawn with Ryan Adams, Midlake, Ben Howard or perhaps even the uplifting projections of Bon Iver and a pinch of Springsteen, but at the core of this song is the message of accepting who you are because that’s all you can be, and if you don’t like yourself you can’t expect anyone else to.” – Female First
The track has already been placed on the Q playlist. You can catch Finn Bonel playing at the Islington Academy, London on 26th May and at The Willow Festival in Peterborough on 27th May.
Check out “Wedding Song” here: