Ray Charles

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Abbey Road Studios for the EMI 2012 showcase. Lots of people from radio to digital to press to tv and so on were all gathered together for a few songs from lots of artists across the Parlophone / Virgin / EMI stable on what was the last day before EMI was sold. On the bill was Leeds band To Kill A King, Morning Parade, The Good Natured, Professor Green, Emeli Sande and Kylie headlining and revealing her orchestral album for 2012.

Emeli Sande was an utter superstar live and I can’t wait to see her do a full live show, but the most obvious radio hit out of the lot of them was the new one from Chiddy Bang.  The duo from Philadephia released the brililant MGMT sampling Opposite of Adults and Passion Pit sampling in 2010 but nothing else seemed to happen. It’s all go now though with the release of their debut album Breakfast set for Spring 2012. This is the lead single and it’s a smash. Craig Charles can certainly make a good jingle out of it for his radio show if nothing else.

The Good Natured

I’m so predictable. If you have a pretty female singer with a synth chances are I’ll love it. So when my friend Ben passed on The Good Natured there was a good chance I was going to think she was the new best thing ever! And I did.

The Good Natured is black haired, red lipped 17 year old Sarah McIntosh.  Don’t let the over enunciated accent put you off though, this is gorgeous synth pop that raves away with a church organ & drum machine going at rocket speed.

She released her debut ep Warriors in October and it sold out almost instantly. Think Kate Nash meets The Postal Service and wallow in it’s excellence.

Download The Good Natured – Warriors [MP3]