The Killers – The Man

The Killers are back!! After a lengthy break of almost 5 years, The Killers unveiled their highly anticipated new single ‘The Man‘.

Having enlisted the help of Irish producer Jacknife Lee (Editors, Taylor Swift) and regular collaborator Stuart Price (Madonna, Pet Shop Boys), ‘The Man‘ is taken from the bands forthcoming 5th studio album Wonderful Wonderful and follow up to 2012’s Battle Born. Sonically, it’s a much funkier vibe than we’re used to hearing from the indie band, with its prominent, punchy baseline, shimmering synths and Brandon’s effortless falsetto vocals taking command throughout. It’s creative, energetic and fresh, taking them out of their comfort zone and delivering an exciting new vibe.

Receiving its world premiere as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, Brandon Flowers commented on the writing process:

“Writing together, you’re literally waiting for lightening to strike. You don’t want to duplicate something you’ve already done. This album is sonically moving forward and we’re growing in a lot of ways.”

With four consecutive chart-topping albums under the belt, The Killers have stayed ever present despite their hiatus, with chart-topping single Mr Brightside remaining in the Top 100 since 2004 (give or take a few weeks).

Wonderful Wonderful is set for release later this Summer. Currently on tour, upcoming festival dates include British Summer Time in Hyde Park (July 8) and Lollapalooza in Chicago (Aug 8).

iTunes: The Man
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Royal Blood – Lights Out

Following the success of their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album, featuring singles ‘Little Monster’, ‘Figure It Out’ and ‘Ten Tonne Skeleton’, Royal Blood are back with a new single and album. ‘Lights Out’ is taken from their forthcoming sophomore album How Did We Get So Dark and serves up their trademark riff-laden power rock, edgy vocals and intense drumming

How Did We Get So Dark is set for release June 16 via Black Mammoth Records. Upcoming gigs for the duo include The Governors Ball in NY (June 2-4), Glastonbury (June 21-25 ) and a headline gig at Alexandra Palace (Nov 20).

Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend

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Coldplay unveiled their new single Hymn For The Weekend, featuring none other than Beyonce. Originally meant to be a party song, until Beyonce came on board and ‘transformed the song’ (Guy).

The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record, where Guy Berryman commented on the exciting collaboration.

It started off being quite a different vibe. Chris wanted a party song with the lyrics ‘drinks on me’…. She came in, did her thing. She was unbelievably professional. She was in and out in about 5 minutes. We’re just so blessed to have her sing on one of our songs. She really transformed it and made it into something we’re all incredibly proud of.” 

Beyonce’s vocals are beautifully understated, becoming more of a seamless texture throughout Coldplay’s trademark piano melodies, Chris Martin’s soothing vocals, sassy brass and eclectic percussion.

Coldplay kick off their World Tour March 31st and are set to play 3 London dates at Wembley Stadium (June 16, 18,19). Until then, you can catch them on Radio 1’s Live Lounge this Thursday with Clara Amfo, as well as a Radio 1 special with Annie Mac at  St John’s Church in Hackney later that day.  Those lucky enough to have a ticket will be treated to new material from their forthcoming album Head Full Of Dreams (Dec 4) as well as some of their classic back catalogue.

Their new album Head Full Of Stars is set to feature Tove Lo, Beyonce and Jay Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter, his ex wife Gwyneth Paltrow and even Barack Obama!

Listen to the track and interview here! Stream on spotify here!

Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man

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Florence + The Machine premiered their new single ‘What Kind Of Man‘ as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record.

The single is taken from their forthcoming third album ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful and serves as the followup to 2011’s album ‘Ceremonials’.

Opening with haunting, distorted vocals, Florence creates an ethereal atmosphere before fiery guitar riffs and defined beats amp up the energy.   While elements of ‘Ceremonials’ come to mind, ‘What Kind Of Man’ packs that extra punch with striking brass flourishes and menacing undertones throughout.  Mix that with Flo’s commanding vocals and it makes for one strong return.

Ceremonials was so fixated on death and water, and the idea of escape or transcendence through death, but the new album became about trying to learn how live, and how to love in the world rather than trying to escape from it. Which is frightening because I’m not hiding behind anything but it felt like something I had to do. (Florence Welsh, Press release)

Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire) with  further production from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon, and John Hill, ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ is set for release June 1st via Island records. Upcoming dates include Coachella, The Governors Ball and hopefully a few European festival dates. Check out the video below. Song kicks in about 1.44

 

BBC Radio 1’s – Future Festival

At the beginning of January, BBC Radio 1 released their longlist for the Sound of 2013, where US sister act HAIM were crowned the winners and electro pop duo AlunaGeorge were runners up. Continuing with their support of new artists, Radio 1 presented a further look into the future of music for 2013 with ‘Future Festival’; a live event showcasing some of the brightest new stars of 2013. This year’s line up included: The 1975, King Krule, Mallory Knox, Palma Violets, Laura Mvula, A$ap Rocky and Disclosure

Future Festival 2013 Artists

Future Festival 2013 Artists

At legendary Maida Vale studios in front of a live audience, Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe hosted the live event with fellow specialist music DJ’s including, Huw Stephens, Daniel P Carter, Rob Da Bank, Phil Taggart and Nick Grimshaw.

Opening the  night’s proceedings were ‘The 1975‘; a Manchester 4 piece indie band made up of Matthew Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel, who performed 4 tracks including ‘The City’, ‘Chocolate’, ‘Sex’ and ‘You’.

Having already released two EP’s, ‘Facedown’ and the most recent ‘Sex’ EP, the quartet are due to release a 3rd EP before their debut album drops in May. The album will be produced by Mike Crossey who’s previously worked with Foals, Jake Bugg and Arctic Monkeys.

The 1975 highlight their alternative mix of genres from electro indie-pop to 90’s r’n’b, with their catchy hooks and relatable lyrics. The group have made the  successful transition from underground to mainstream as they continue their UK tour.

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The 1975: Image from BBC Radio 1

Mallory Knox, made up of Mikey Chapman, Joe Savins, Sam Douglas, James Gillett and Dave Rawling, are one of the most exciting modern rock bands to emerge from the UK. Taking to the Maida Vale Studios, the band played 4 tracks including ‘Wake up’, ‘Alone’, ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Death Rattle’, highlighting their incredible live energy, trademark hooks and riffs and emotionally-charged vocals.

Mallory Knox kicked off 2013 with the release of their ‘Lighthouse’ video, while their debut album ‘Signals’ is set to drop Jan 21st via A Wolf At Your Door Records. Their new single ‘Beggars’, taken from the forthcoming debut album, had it’s premiere on Zane Lowe last week as the Hottest Record.

2012 saw the band tour extensively as well as performing at legendary rock festival ‘Download Festival’ . With great support from Radio 1 Rock specialist DJ Daniel P Carter, expect big things from the band as they launch into 2013 with an upcoming tour.

Mallory Knox: Image from BBC Radio 1

18 year old King Krule, AKA Archy Marshall and fellow BBC’s Sound of 2013 longlist nominee, delivered an intense, reflective and captivating set with his performance of ‘Out Getting Ribs’, ‘Ocean Bed’, ‘Rock Bottom’ and ‘Wavy’.

With the success of his debut EP in 2011, featuring the single ‘The Noose Of Jah City’, Marshall released his latest single ‘Rock Bottom/Octopus’ in September.

Having been likened to classic artists such as Edwyn Collins and Morrissey, Marshall highlights his edgy blues style vocals presenting a  mature and bleak sound, as he croons about the hardships of today’s youths and painful memories of his past.  Such a unique sound and a far cry from many of his peers today, but one’s that’s certainly grabbing the attention it so rightly deserves. Expect a debut album this Spring.

King Krule: Image from BBC Radio 1

Palma Violets are a South London Indie garage band, made up of Sam Fryer, Chilli Jesson, Pete Mayhew and Will Doyle. Their set for the night included ‘Johnny Bagga Donuts’, ‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’ and ‘Best Of Friends’; the latter of which was recently voted as NME’s track of the year.

Their latest single ‘Step up for Cool Cats’ is taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘180’, which is set to drop February 25th on Rough Trade Records. Production comes from Steve Mackey, former Pulp member, who has gone on to write and produce for artists such as Florence + The Machine and M.I.A.

Curently on tour in the US, the band are set to support Alabama Shakes on their upcoming UK headline tour, as well as a co-headlining tour with post-punk rock band Savages. You can also catch Palma Violets on the upcoming  NME Awards Tour alongside Miles Kane, Peace and Django Django.

Palma Violets: Image from BBC Radio 1

Palma Violets: Image from BBC Radio 1

26 year old Laura Mvula is certainly making waves and has been featured on countless ‘ones to watch’ lists. Having started off the year being shortlisted for the BBC sound of 2013 placing 4th, Laura also received  a nomination of the 2013 Brits Critics Choice Award. Laura’s set included a beautiful performance of  ‘Green’, ‘Sing To The Moon’ and ‘She’.

Hailing from Birmingham, Laura grew up listening to jazz and studied classical music composition , which have greatly influenced her style today. Her debut single ‘She‘ gained her great support, with it’s soulful, enchanting vocals and layered harmony style production.

Currently working on her debut album ‘Sing to The Moon’, which is set to drop on March 4th through RCA Victor (Sony).  Production comes from Steve Brown (Rumer) and Tom Elmhurst, who’s worked with artists from Amy Winehouse to Adele.

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Laura Mvula: Image from BBC Radio 1

Harlem native A$AP Rocky, is fastly becoming  one of  hip hops brightest new rap artists.  Taking to the Maida Vale studios, A$AP knocked out hits such as, ‘Long Live A$AP’, ‘Wild For The Night’ and ‘Goldie’.

Having released his highly praised debut mixtape ‘Long Live A$AP’ in 2011, featuring the singles ‘Peso’ and ‘Purple Swag’, A$AP was further propelled into mainstream hip hop with his first record signing. 2012 was  a game changer for A$AP. Not only was he nominated in the BBC Sound of 2012 longlist, but he also took to the stage at the legendary Coachella festival in the US, and joined Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar as the opening act for Drakes ‘Club Paradise’ tour.

His debut album, ‘Long Live A$AP’, was released on January 15th, through Polo Grounds/RCA and was produced by Hit-Boy, Skrillex and Emile Haynie to name but a few. It also features collaborations with Santigold, Kendrick Lamar, Florence Welch, Drake and Joey Bada$$. The album was promoted with the singles ‘Goldie’ and ‘Fuckin’ Problems’, while his latest single ‘Wild for the Night’ features Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam.

A$AP Rocky is set to support Rihanna in her upcoming ‘Diamonds’ tour in the US and Canada in March. Hopefully we’ll see some UK dates in there too.

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A$AP Rocky: Image from BBC Radio 1

Brotherly duo Disclosure, aka Guy and Howard Lawrence, have had such a successful 2012 and are fast becoming one of the most exciting acts for 2013.

With their unique fusion of electronica, dub-garage, synths and vocal samples, Disclosure’s track record have included their debut single ‘Tenderly/Flow’, ‘The Face’ EP and various remixes such as the massive Jessie Ware ‘Running’. Top that off with ‘Latch’ ft Sam Smith reaching no 11 on the official chart and that’s one successful year.

Having supported  SBTRKT and Hot Chip on their 2012 tours, the duo have also performed at Annie Mac’s All The Way Tour, Ibiza, Red Bull Culture Clash, 1Xtra Live and Bestival to name but a few. Their live sets also incorporates live bass guitars, drums machines, keys and even live vocals, further adding to the duo’s never ending talents.

2013 is set to deliver the same impact. Having been nominated for MTV’s Brand New for 2013 the duo are also preparing for their debut album to drop this March. Their new single ‘White Noise‘ features AlunaGeorge and had it’s premiere as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record. With some upcoming dates in the US in March including Ultra Music Festival, Heineken Open’er Festival, Disclosure will also be playing plenty of UK dates including Field Day in May.

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Disclosure: Image from BBC Radio 1

Check out the clips for all the above live performance and listen back to the 3 hours live show in full! For more new music, be sure to listen to Sara Cox this week for the Radio 1’s Future Livelounge series, featuring 5 more new artists including Bastille, Tom Odell, Kodaline, Clean Bandit and K- Koke.

Muse at the O2 London – The 2nd Law Tour

Muse rocked the stage of London’s O2 Arena last night to a 20,000 strong crowd. Supported by ‘Fin, who steppted in at short notice for ‘The Joy Formidable’, Muse put on a thrilling concert filled with much loved songs from their classic albums, to their 6th album ‘The 2nd Law’. The bank kicked off their tour in Glasgow’s SECC on October 24th,  followed by two nights at London’s O2 Arena.

Known for their electric live performances, Bellamy, Howard and Wolstenholme took to the stage and launched into ‘Unsustainable‘, accompanied by a climate change VT. This was shortly followed by ‘Supremacy‘, a song which many support as the alternative ‘Skyfall’ theme. Playing much loved classics like ‘Sunburn’, ‘Plug In Baby’, ‘Hysteria’, ‘Time Is Running Out’, ‘Starlight’, ‘Super Massive Black Hole‘ and ‘Knights of Cydonia‘, the jam-packed set-list ensured the crowd received great value for their money. The trio had such energy on stage, as Matt lead the crowd in a series of clapping and fist pumps while the crowd chanted back some of their well known lyrics. Bellamy’s vocals were ridiculously flawless throughout, with his operatic rock quality commanding the O2 Arena.

Muse are known for investing a lot of money into their live shows, to provide a visual treat for their fans. An overhead inverted pyramid of screens provided striking visualisations, consisting of economical and environmental VT’s (not to mention a dancing purple monster bust a move during ‘Panic Station’). The staging and lighting were equally impressive, with screens surrounding the stage below, a raised platform for Howard in the centre and two raised pedestals either side for Bellamy and Wolstenholme.

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Muse treated the fans with two impressive encores and closed the show with a track that was specifically prominent for London; ‘Survival‘, the official song for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Last week, Muse received the Q Award for ‘Best Act In The World Today‘ and going by last nights spectacular performance, the band certainly lived up to that significant and fitting title. Muse continue their tour with their last performance in the O2 tonight, followed by multiple dates around Europe.

Full Setlist (Oct 26th, O2 London)

  1. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
  2. Supremacy
  3. Interlude
  4. Hysteria
  5. Resistance
  6. Supermassive Black Hole
  7. Panic Station
  8. Animals
  9. Monty Jam
  10. Explorers
  11. Sunburn
  12. Host
  13. Time Is Running Out
  14. Save Me
  15. Madness
  16. Follow Me
  17. Undisclosed Desires
  18. Plug in Baby
  19. Stockholm Syndrome (Roulette Choice)

Encore 1

  1. The 2nd Law: Isolated System
  2. Uprising
  3. Knights of Cydonia (Man with a harmonica intro)

Encore 2

    1. Starlight
    2. Survival

Grizzly Bear – Yet Again

Indie Rock band Grizzly Bear, have returned after a two year break, following the massive success of their 2009 album, Veckatimest. Having previewed ‘Sleeping Utes‘ as a free download in early June, ‘Yet Again‘ is the second track to be taken from their forthcoming album ‘Shields‘.

‘Yet Again’, is a classic Grizzly Bear track, that opens with the smooth vocals of Edward Droste, a chorus filled with their signature harmonies and builds to a dramatic psychedelic crescendo.

With a World Tour on the books, Gizzly Bear will be playing Electric Picnic in Ireland, and gracing many UK stages, including a headliner date at London’s Brixton Academy in October.

Grizzly Bear UK tour dates:

The Sage Gateshead – Oct 17
Manchester Academy – Oct 18
Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow – Oct 20
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry- Oct 21
Brixton Academy, London – Oct 22

Their upcoming album ‘Shields‘ is set for release on September 16th and is available for pre-order on iTunes.