I first banged on about Clean Bandit about a year ago. Since then they’ve had a Top Ten hit in one of those WHAT THE HELL underestimating the public moments with Mozart’s House and last week they unleashed their most mainstream effort to date – Rather Be. It’s a monster.
My first thought was actually – wow a cool Asian popstar, but as it transpires that’s just a character. The vocals come from Jess Glynne who is also working with Rudimental on new material and will certainly be someone to watch over the next year. In it’s crudest comparison Rather Be is very Katy B (well Katy B meets Vanessa Mae if we’re being facetious). It’s co-written by Jimmy Napes who helped write Latch and is part of the whole Disclosure / Rudimental / Sam Smith posse who are pretty much behind everything amazing in current pop music.
Rather Be is out on January 20th and should be the first big #1 of 2014.No comments
All About She are the latest act to be signed to Tinie Tempah’s Atlantic Records imprint ‘Disturbing London’. I wouldn’t expect them to be a dance outfit from the name, for some reason it sounds emo-y! Sorry, backtrack to ‘dance outfit’, what an old fashioned phrase. They describe themselves as a unique production trio so let’s run with that instead.
Anyway semantics aside, All About She are Jon Clare, James Tadgell and Vanya Taylor. Between them they’ve previously written & sung on tracks for Tinie Tempah, Devlin and Scorcher and released a track featuring VV Brown earlier in the year. Now they’re working on their debut EP , but I think ‘Higher’ is their first single proper and is nicely timed to land in our brains for Sound of 2014. Perfect radio material, it’s a sweet singalong slice of euphoric garage that will keep summer vibes going just that little bit longer.
It’s out on November 17. *emoji hands in the air*No comments
I can’t get enough of this.
If you’re a fan of low-charting r&b, you’ll recognise Le Youth (aka LA producer Wes James) ‘Cool’ as a cover of Cassie’s Me + You. It’s a low swung, chilled Balearic vibe that fits in nicely next to Chris Malinchak and Perseus. Remember this version of Ashanti’s Foolish from last year?
Check out Le Youth’s mixtape for some similarly chilled vibesNo comments
The incredible nightclub Ghetto is back in London tomorrow night for one night only. Run by Simon Hobart, Ghetto was based on the smelly Falconberg Court and sadly closed due to CrossRail Development. Open 7 days a week it was my favourite place to both party and dj at. I used to DJ there every Thursday at Miss-Shapes and occasionally also on a Monday night.
Tomorrow it’s back for a special reunion party at 12 Bar on Denmark Street. I’m DJing from 1 – 3am. COME!No comments
Peter, Bjorn and John can rest! There’s a new Scandavanian whistling anthem on the horizon designed to delight and then after extreme overplay intensely annoy. NONONO are Stina Wäppling, Tobias “Astma” Jimson and Michel Rocwell. Stina works as a psychiatric nurse and had spent the previous two years songwriting with a bunch of different producers all encouraged to make a US radio hit. Then she met Jimson and Rocwell and over time they found their sound and formed NONONO.
Signed to Warner Music in the UK, their debut single and absolute radio hit Pumpin Blood will be released in September.
Influences include Martha Wainwright, Depeche Mode and The Cure – the latter two you can hear very clearly in Down Under and Like The Wind
Fresh on Super Recordings (who were first to bring us Alunageorge), is Fabienne. 21 years old, she’s from Bradford and a recent graduate of LIPA. There’s lots of hip hop beat and drums going on here, coupled with a sweet vocal and a killer hook. Out now, I like it.No comments
At last, the next great girl band is here. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting these girls a few times over the last couple of months since they played our gig Future Hits Live in Newcastle UT in May. Jess, Amira, Asami and Shereen are a glorious combination of styles and voices and they’re as feisty, fun, engaging and energetic as their incredible debut single TROUBLE.
Written by Fear of Tigers and Anita Blay (CocknBullKid) it’s a no messing about launch to the world. It’s not a buzz single, this is it. And it’s awesome. It’s almost like it’s perfectly designed for me. I just wish Miss-Shapes still existed so I could belt it at the peak of the night making everyone go nuts in sweaty ghetto.
People bang on about this band or that band being the new Spice Girls, but I’ve never felt the vibe as strongly as I do in this video. It’s so exciting. I’ve heard a couple more songs and Trouble isn’t even the most mental. Welcome to the jungle.No comments
The phoenix rising from Soundgirl, Little Nikki, yesterday unleashed what’s to become her first major solo single.
I can’t figure out if I like it or not. The verse doesn’t do that much, sounding like a weak Katy B track, but when the chorus kicks in it that’s where Little Nikki Says turns into a belter. As for Nikki, she’s snarling a bit too much in the video and I’m not finding the talking about myself in the third person thing as cute / quirky as I’m meant to. Best bit is at 2.40 when a piano line kicks in. I’d like a full on piano house version please.No comments
I’ve always been pretty obsessive about keeping track of what music I listen to. I was an early user of audioscrobbler, now last.fm and get in a total stress if I find that it’s not been logging my music.
Today lots of people are taking part in #harkive, a music research project designed to capture a day of listening from across the globe. It’s been set up by student Craig Hamilton, who’s doing an MA in Music Industry Studies at the City of Birmingham University (I have stolen that line from Mark’s blog who is also taking part, and keeping a diary on his blog. Rather than writing it in a email I have stolen this idea too and will now blog my day. Here goes:
8.20 – Wake up, do bathroomy stuff listening to the new song by Mutya Keisha Siobhan ‘Flatline’. I played it on soundcloud on my iPhone in the bathroom about 4 times in a row. We played it on heat radio yesterday as a spot play and it sounded great.
8.35 – Details of the new Manic Street Preachers album arrived yesterday. I love them but also kind of forget about how much I love them when they’re not about. For my commute home yesterday I listened to their Greatest Hits ‘National Treasures’ and I continued listening to that for my commute in. What a banger
9.30 – Someone tweets about a cover of Solange’s Losing You which mixes it with Destiny’s Child Say My Name. Two amazing songs. I don’t know who Mausi is but I listen to this 3 times.
9.55 – Look at our other radio station’s playlists. Kerrang have A listed the new Editors single. My colleague Liz says it’s amazing. I watched a little bit of them at Glastonbury and I really loved their first album so I decide to listen to the full new album ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ via spotify. I go to their website and see that the album debuted at #1 in Holland. GET THEM.
11.31 – Thinking about songs that we’ll listen to in playlist for heat radio tomorrow. The new Ellie Goulding single will be one of them
11.45 – I have a cover presenter working on heat radio this week so I need to have a listen in to make sure all is sounding good. Happily John sounds great. I can flick through his show using our internal monitoring system so hear snippets of lots of songs. One I stop and listen to in full is the classic Rapture by Iio.
14.10 – Taking a quick look at entertainment sites online I spot Digitalspy have a new AlunaGeorge track online. It’s called ‘Bad Idea’ and will be the B side to the great’ You Know You Like It’. This isn’t that great. Aluna’s voice is always interesting to listen to but there’s a lack of killer hook. I wonder what the album will be like. Their set at Glastonbury was littered with as many fillers as there were hits.
14.30 – A big job I need to do at heat is look through all the music we play and make sure it’s the right music. We update the playlist every week but this is our back catalogue of songs. At the moment I’m listening to our recurrents – these are songs from this decade that come round about 5 times a week. I flick through various songs briefly and stop on a few I really like but haven’t heard in ages like Mike Posner ‘Cooler Than Me’ and Pink ‘Please Don’t Leave Me’. Then while crunching some music numbers I listen to Florence & The Machine
I have shazam’d the same song three times this morning. This says a lot for my attention span.
But hey, this is the song and it’s AMAZING. It features Azealia Banks disser and dissee, Angel Haze.
Rudimental have been one of the UK’s most exciting new bands of the last 12 months and I can’t wait to see them in the sunshine at Glastonbury complete with their honking horn section. They’ve scored their 2nd #1 this week with Waiting All Night, even scoring the biggest first week single sales of the year, with the album ‘Home’ out next week.
Emeli Sande fans have no fear – she’s on the album – TWICE! Another interesting, and unexpected feature is Becky Hill – a The Voice UK alumni. I thought she was ace so will be good to hear what her track ‘Powerless’ sounds like.1 comment