High Contrast – The Agony and the Ecstasy
LABEL: Hospital Records
GENRE: Dance – Breakbeat/Drum & Bass – Jungle
High Contrast’s eagerly anticipated fourth artist album, “The Agony and the Ecstasy”, is out today! The latest release from the iconic Drum & Bass producer and DJ following 2007’s “Tough Guys Don’t Dance” includes twelve tracks, featuring the soaring vocals of Selah Corbin and Clare Maguire among others as well as collaborations with established, worldwide superstars such as Tiesto and Underworld. The album has been described by High Contrast himself as more personal than his previous albums.
The album launch party is held this Saturday (3rd March) in High Contrast’s hometown, Cardiff, at Cardiff University’s Student Union. Featuring Selah Corbin and Dynamite MC alongside High Contrast, also playing on the night will be Netsky, Friction and Fred V & Grafix among others – this promises to be an amazing night.
Donae’o – Move To Da Gyal Dem
Following on from MTV hit and 1Xtra B List track “When Angels Sing”, “Move To Da Gyal Dem” is Ghana born producer/singer/rapper/songwriter Donaeo’s latest release through his own label, Zephron. The track has already received support from Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital among other radio stations.
Donaeo’s classic tracks include “Party Hard”, “Devil In A Blue Dress” and “African Warrior”, but he has also co-written tracks for other artists including Ms Dynamite’s “What You Talking About?” and Yasmin’s “On My Own”. He also worked alongside Wretch 32 to produce the theme tune for the final series of Dubplate Drama on Channel 4.
Watch out for his follow up album featuring collaborations with Breakage, Shy FX and more, which is due for release in Spring 2012!
The 2 Bears – Be Strong (Remixes)
LABEL: Southern Fried Recordings
GENRE: Dance – House
The next release by The 2 Bears is a remix package of the title track from their debut album, Be Strong. Remixes featured are the Ratcliffe Lil Whistle remix and the Ratcliffe Mala dub, and the single includes the Eats Everything Hardbag version of the track “Curious Nature”. Perfect to get you up and dancing!
The furry dance stars have received airplay from Radio 1 DJs Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Nick Grimshaw as well as being hailed “One of the most anticipated albums of 2012” by the Observer and “one of the smartest and funniest dance records you’ve heard in a long while” by the NME. They have also been featured in The Guardian and The Independent among others.
Check out the energetic reworks of “Be Strong” by clicking the link below:
Kids On Bridges – This Is Widescreen
LABEL: Rise International Music Ltd/Believe
Last week saw the release of Kids On Bridges new album, This Is Widescreen. The band is the brainchild of Christian Bragg who has made it his vocation to produce dirty filthy electro pop music. This is reflected in Kids On Bridges blend of synth rock pop drawing comparisons to The Killers, Daft Punk, Phoenix and Depeche Mode. This Is Widescreen was recently playlisted at XFM:
“Melodically brilliant” – Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music “Somewhere between Daft Punk & Phoenix” – John Kennedy XFM
The band has also found support for Q and BBC 6 Music.
Yann-Fanch Kemener, Éric Menneteau – Vive la liberté
LABEL: Buda Musique
GENRE: World – Irish/Celtic
RELEASE DATE: 2/3/2012
This album presents a repertoire of songs and melodies passed on by elder singers in Central Brittany – songs to dance to, to walk to or to listen to. These responsorial songs are characterised by overlapping, with the singers in unison on the two or three last syllables of the verse. This practice is referred to as “kan ha diskan” – a term nowadays mainly used in the restrictive meaning of ‘song to dance to’ – and is an integral part of the Breton “fest-noz” festival. These songs, which in older days were sung at rural gatherings linked to farm work, market fairs and religious pardons, have been revisited with respect and buoyancy by two outstanding singers: Yann-Fanch Kemener and Eric Menneteau.