This week we’re listening to…

May 14th 2013

Solange Knowles

by Chenge Dziya

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles, known to many as Beyoncé’s younger sister is really breaking out in her own right.

Solange has three albums under her belt, ‘Solo Star’ in 2003 and her most successful album to date, and ‘Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams’ in 2008. Solange’s latest musical offering is the EP called ‘True’ released in November 2012.

Solange is a very unique individual, she may not have the notoriety or super stardom of her sister, but she boasts an eclectic dress sense of her own and can contend in a battle of talent as more than a triple threat.

Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles

Solange can sing, as well as write music – unknown to many people, she’s actually the writer and co-writer behind many of her sister’s songs.

Miss Knowles can act, model and has recently turned her hand to Dj-ing, she’s been pictured in New York, Paris and London showing off her musical styling.

Solange has listed her influences as: Motown girl groups such as The Supremes and The Marvelettes, and Martha Reeves, lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas.

Solange has written much of her own music as well as that of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland.

For the album True, Solange collaborated with British composer Dev Hynes.

And that is why this week we’re listening to,

11th April 2013

The Strypes

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By Lucy Howell

The Strypes are a rhythm and blues 4-piece made up of Ross Farrelly (vocals), Evan Walsh (drums), Peter O’Hanlon (bass), and Josh McClorey (guitar).

Hailing from Cavan in Ireland, the young rockers, aged 15 to 17, have already made their mark in the UK after their appearance on Later… Live with Jools Holland this week, where they played their debut single Blue Collar Jane.

They have also sparked an interest from fellow musicians Noel Gallagher and Elton John and supported the Modfather, Paul Weller.

Influenced by the likes of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Yardbirds and The Rolling Stones, they seem well beyond their years.

Signed to Mercury records, the band released their Blue Collar Jane EP on 28th March. It will also be available on vinyl on record store day, April 20th. Watch the official video for the single below:

Last month it was confirmed that The Strypes will play Glastonbury as well as Live at Leeds this summer.

The band is currently recording their debut album (yet to be named) with producer Chris Thomas (The Beatles, Sex Pistols). It is due for release September 16th 2013. You can pre-order the album here.

Their shows are selling out fast. If you want to catch them live, you’d better hurry. Check out their tour dates here.

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28th March 2013

The Saturdays

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UK’s home-grown girl band; The Saturday’s recent single “What About Us” with Sean Paul has topped Radio 1’s chart this week.

Their latest comeback after being off the music scene for nearly a year was an explosion all the over the current music scene.

Ironically, earlier this week our much-loved British girl-band; Girls Aloud, who had been dominating the British music scene for 11 years, have officially claimed that they are splitting up.

However The Saturdays have proven to be stronger than ever as they worked very hard and spent most of last year producing their new album ‘The Chase,’ due to release by this summer. Despite Rochelle getting married (to Marvin from JLS), Frankie suffering from depression and Una having a baby last year.

As well as working on their music, the Saturdays completed their first reality TV show; ‘Chasing the Saturdays’ which shows Mollie, Frankie, Una, Vanessa and Rochelle’s quest to conquer America’s music scene and aim for global domination.

You can catch the girls’ reality show on E! Entertainment at 8pm tonight!

If you have not yet had a listen to their latest single, here it is for you all to enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6YLi0GNBTk

19th March 2013

Peace

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By Lucy Howell

If you haven’t heard of Peace by now- where have you been for the last few months?

The Brummie quartet are evens-on to be the indie soundtrack of the summer.

Their feel-good, twisted love songs will get you throwing involuntary shapes out there on the dance floor and humming their infectious beats for days-on-end.

They’re also on the NME wagon, having played the Awards Tour alongside Django Django, Miles Kane and Palma Violets; so they’re bound to be shoved in your face whether you like it or not.

The debut album ‘In Love’ is set for release on March 25th. They’ve bagged themselves a great producer, Jim Abiss, who has worked with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine and Adele. The first single released from the album is a re-recorded version of ‘Follow Baby’, which was out yesterday.

The band have just embarked on an extensive tour. If you manage to get tickets for a show, it’s best to take some shades with you because sequins, garish patterns and offensively loud shirts are on the cards.

The album is available to stream online for a short time here.

Check out the official (and very naughty) video for ‘Wraith’:

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12 March 2013

Palma Violets

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By Lucy Howell

So, these are the new indie kids on the block. Hailing from Lambeth, London, indie-rock quartet Palma Violets have only been making music together for eighteen months but have swaggered their way onto legendary indie label Rough Trade and won themselves a number of awards.

After their online fan base sent them whirring through the hype machine, catching the attention of the NME, the band has been reaching dizzy new heights.

With raw vocals and  driving guitar riffs, ‘Best of Friends’ is as catchy as hell. And the public must agree as it was voted ‘Best Track of the Year’. Take a look at the official video:

The band have had a hectic few months; they are fresh off the NME Awards Tour 2013, where they performed alongside Miles Kane, Django Django and Peace; their debut album ‘180’ was released February 25th, and two days later they received ‘Best New Band’ at the NME Awards ceremony.

The two frontmen, Sam Fryer and Chilli Jesson, clearly have a special chemistry. Their onstage relationship has been likened to Peter Doherty and Carl Barat of The Libertines. They bounce and feed off of each others energy.

Their live shows are sure to involve plenty of crowd-surfing, stage-diving, undergarments being tossed at band members and stage invasions.

Here’s our live clip of ’14’ from their show at Boston Arms, London:

Check out their tour dates. You can order their debut album ‘180’ here.

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22nd February 2013

Tom Odell

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Credit: bbc.co.uk

By Lucy Howell

If you watched the Brit Awards Wednesday night, you may have spotted this baby-faced delight being interviewed by host, James Corden. He is the first ever male to be awarded the ‘Critics’ Choice’ prize. Former winners include: Emeli Sandé, Jessie J and superstar, Adele.

He also featured in Burberry’s show at London Fashion Week with a live acoustic performance of latest single, ‘Hold Me’. (Credit: Stef Padalska)

The Chichester-born singer first started writing songs at the tender age of 13. Now 22, he is getting ready for the release of his debut album ‘Long Way Down’, due out in the UK on April 15th.

His wispy and strained vocals have been likened to Chris Martin (Coldplay). But the passion and energy he brings to his live performances is the reason why his upcoming March tour is completely sold out.

If you haven’t already, check him out on The Jonathan Ross Show tomorrow night. If you can’t wait until then, click here.

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