Top 5 tunes (3)

Garbage – I think I’m Paranoid

An old fave that never gets old.

 

Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl  feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix)

Fresh, boosting sound for Summer feeling.

 

Foxes – Let go for Tonight

A newer, different way to move.

 

Le Youth – Dance with me

Great indie vibe with a modern twist

 

Disclosure feat. Mary J Blige – F For You

Hard, juicy beat with a cool and urban freshness with Blige in this sound.

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Mercury Music Prize awarded

Mercury Music Prize awarded

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Last night in London from the Roundhouse in Camden, the prestigious Mercury music prize was awarded. The gong was received by twenty-five year old music maestro James Blake.

It was evident to the obscure minds with a sound, distinct skill and apt aura that south Londoner Blake was a dead cert. We should have placed a bet. We forgot. We aren’t quids in. 😦 Never doubted it for a second.

Blake fought off competition from eleven other nominees including David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Laura Marling. All albums and artists are listed below. All twelve have an incredible yet distinctive sound. However, Blake tipped the scales with his resonance, eclectic and piercingly engaging sound.

The former Goldsmith’s University student nabbed the £20,000 reward that comes with the prize for his album, Overgrown.

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Blake said of his prize “I will not piss it up the wall.” Blake intends to spend some time perfecting his craft further with a little downtime to produce more music on from his exceptional sound. An artist does not rush their craft, so abruptly.

Blake perfected this second album himself after having a musical background as the son of a member in the band Colosseum.

The judges comprising the Mercury Prize panel said of Blake’s work it was “Late night music for the digital age. An inventive, poignant and poetic record of great beauty.”

Worthy Blake’s victory secures a notion where celebration for young, skilled and recognisable musical talent was acknowledged.

This can only lead for more genuine, young music to be provided and capture the imaginations of the consumers and thrill seekers, whilst still never counting out the oldies, either.

Host Lauren Laverne, whose evening gaff dubbing Blake “James Blunt” was an interesting moment for the ceremony.

The event, shelved from mainstream television broadcasting, as well as shutting out numerous cultured journalists in favour of ‘big name’ and magazine editors cast the ceremony as calamitous. The sexed up show with live coverage was met with indecision from fans.

SHORTLISTED ALBUMS

Arctic Monkeys, AM

Davie Bowie, The Next Day

Disclosure, Settle

Foals, Holy Fire

Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg

James Blake, Overgrown

Jon Hopkins, Immunity

Laura Marling, Once I was an Eagle

Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon

Rudimental, Home

Savages, Silence Yourself

Villagers, Awayland

 

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Album Review: Disclosure, Settle

Settle (2013)

Disclosure

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The hottest new, indie club duo providing a new wave of euphoric beats made a huge impact in their initial ‘being found ‘episodes a few months ago, most noted by us initially before mainstream media joined the bandwagon. Since the music duo Disclosure have risen and now attempt to place a massive footprint in the market with their debut album, Settle.

The sound is fresh, smooth and subtle adding a breezy club euphoria. However with all great albums there is at least one song that needs tweaking or is in the repertoire that isn’t as amazing, but is often forgiven if the rest of the tracks make up for this.

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Up to and including track 5 (When a fire starts to burn, Latch, F for you, White Noise feat. AlunaGeorge, Defeated no more feat. Ed Macfarlane) starts well, but begins to peak into the sixth as wayward and loses focal and aural concentration. Ironically “Stimulation” does not have the required effect and becomes too heavily clunky with boredom seeping through. However the tone of sound changes more positively three songs on going into “Grab Her!” starting to rebuild a more funky, indie reintegration. The end of the album is somewhat of a mild letdown as it tends to just end without a strong signoff.

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Nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in September 2013.

The album is a classic Ibiza chillout comedown essential, or one for a Sunday morning hangover relaxer. The eclectic comedown has certainly put Disclosure on the musical map as one of its greatest producers for the modern generation with club and indie beats working succinctly together for listening pleasure. The pair, with their debut stamp of approval, may have a longer main stay in the industry if it can produce continual capable sounds that bind revellers together with thrilling joy. The boys have certainly ticked a number of positive boxes that can endorse them further on which will no doubt have musical forces join with than against them to light sounds for those listening in with glowing approval.

Best Tracks?  F for You, Latch, White Noise. Confess to me feat Jessie Ware.

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Mercury Music Prize Nominees announced

The candidates are in for the Mercury Music Prize. One of the most established prizes for budding new stars to launch a platform to the bloodsucking mainstream dilution has been revealed since Wednesday.

The prize represents artists of strong, unique value embodied with tight talent and pleasing musical sounds for audiences away from the average type of bubblegum pop today.

The shortlist of the twelve artists and albums in the running are below, and make for essential acquisition of many, if not all albums on offer.

This year’s prize is a tight contest. Our winner? It is an extreme task to select from such a diverse and outstanding batch of artistry on offer but, we’re backing Jon Hopkins or James Blake, with Blake as front runner. Their work has been immensely succinct and filled with style, sound and impact that carries listeners along to a wide range of achievable reality and fiction.

Arctic Monkeys and David Bowie are the favourites to win the prize, but criticism range from too predictable, aged and too mainstream to receive the prize as nothing achievable could be done with such rights. To be nominated is huge endorsement alone for artists’ respect of outstanding music contributions often ignored by big company music bosses unturned to the real public purchasers of sound. The prize has often handed a surprise victor numerous times. The award will be chosen next month.

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NOMINATED ALBUMS

 

Arctic Monkeys, AM

Davie Bowie, The Next Day

Disclosure, Settle

Foals, Holy Fire

Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg

James Blake, Overgrown

Jon Hopkins, Immunity

Laura Marling, Once I was an Eagle

Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon

Rudimental, Home

Savages, Silence Yourself

Villagers, Awayland

 

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Music ones to watch for 2013

After listening to all those bellow’s music to fully critique with advice and see just who may have the best chance/s to make it big in 2013, though I’m aware most who only review a band or singer don’t even hear their sound. These are just some of the many rising, but most profitable for stardom.

Tom Odell

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Outstanding tone, depth and charismatic undertones, equipped with piano tinkering greatness and evangelic vocals, Tom Odell is the biggest grower available to the business this year. Capturing fans with poise, precision and piquing their interest for the next coming moment carrying the listener along with depth, gothic undertones and rich numbness immobilising listeners in the sound becomes a raw talent many may instantly dismiss though for those who ‘get it’ are deeply immersed into the empathic journey from Odell expertly.

Willy Moon

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Willy Moon creates originality, exception and class from the offset. With an extremely cool, vibrant and likeable presence, Moon, who will do his ’own thing’ and do it exceptionally well added with intense beat and a pounding groove Wil has everyone eating out of the palm of his hand. With performances just as slick as his hair, it’s a miracle music execs have left him alone for so long.

A*M*E

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On Gary Barlow’s radar and allowed to mature in her own world while giving flawless performances at the age of just eighteen, A*M*E’s launch with record “Play The Game Boy” was sharp, sufficient and cleverly done from such a young, debuting star, capable of bigger options. Now snapped up by Sony A*M*E plans to succeed her single with an album in 2013.

Alt-J

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Winners of the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize late last year, students Alt-J have a rapturous sound filled with tender beats perfectly used in light manner to endorse the sound tentatively and guide the listener to their own understanding of the sound that encapsulates quality. Let’s hope they get further recognition and album releases in the coming future from the business.

Laura Mvula

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Instant beat and jingle encouragement of beats to instantly gain interest from audience draws the eye, or ear, to Mvula’s sweet yet raw sound. The ringing sound synonymous with Mvula rings highly for all in tune with her generous offerings. Being billed as a young Nina Simone is a tough and possibly unfair comparison for anyone, once compared, they transform stuck in the shadow, though Mvula has her own credentials the sound is both distinct and similar but developed her own style making her a true one to watch where big things are expected.

Aluna George

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Smooth, stylistically structured and unafraid to do their own ‘thing’ AlunaGeorge put in an alternative music scene set with smooth electro beats, charisma and depth. Numerous levels opened up when hearing this band may open up brighter prospects over the next year. In contrast with the upbeat songs also maintain the style accordingly. Certainly captures attention instantly with music alone, first and foremost.  Palma Violets

Angel Haze

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Strong rap style with expletives and rapid ad libs, Haze may shock some initially with the extreme language, however the upcoming American rapper has a strong style, knows where her direction is at and wont apologise for remaining in charge of her creativity. Instantly compared to others as is the line paved out for all of these acts, Haze has made headway on her own merits. Her style is good, fresh and new, but if the beat doesn’t modify after six months into a bundle of records sounding completely similar, Haze will be swallowed by the musical juggernaut and lost in the system instead of aiming to breakout of it. Haze has also received numerous comparisons to the mesmeric Azaelia Banks. Perhaps not her fault, though if music producers or indeed Haze adopt this route, they may as well pack up and go home now.

HAIM

HAIM

Three piece girl band HAIM sport a subtle tone while adding a girl next door attitude equipped with instruments and non-conformist norms, however lacks a strong punchline to appeal to an audience overall. A sweet band, with smooth vocals. I find their charismatic depth like in Falling to be more appealing than say the slushy nice ones like Don’t Save Me. This may be their best options forward, but needs to gather an upbeat style somewhere inside for today’s market.

Kodaline

Cold soar … Kodaline

Kodaline’s mellow, soft and smooth expression carries the interest highly in melancholic numbers. Their tender and fragile vocals embedded into the sound and feel of the music is certainly a joy to hear. Able to be carried away with them in the music, highly empowering soul searching acoustic perfection and precise timing of style gives them a unique edge unseen in the business or by any band at all.

Rascals

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A fresh band aimed towards a rap/grime R ‘n’ B style with some explicit tone might encourage the market of today’s society somewhat, however I find this uninteresting when it gets into the middle of the songs and towards the end, which makes it a struggle for the group to make an impact the way they wish. The start is sharp and fresh, yet remains constant throughout with no real oomph and only seemingly attempting to interest hip hop audiences and rebellious teens which don’t actually become interested in the music and adapt to setting alone.

Disclosure

DISCLOSURE

Indie, club, pop fusion duo Disclosure add perfect contrast to today’s market filled with high levels of necessity, alternative sound and unique style that encourages all three’s music to reach different levels everytime. Striking a different sound everytime with fans, becoming infused into the sound and morphed into their own reality as a result dispersing all their troubles, stress and entering a plain of freedom, Disclosure are highly needed in the market on a widestream level.

Of the above, the best options for the industry to recognise with priority would be Tom Odell, Disclosure, Willy Moon, Alt-J and A*M*E. Granted you’ll probably all say, these are already, kind of, breakingout. The ones who really are coming through are Laura Mvula, AlunaGeorge and Kodaline.

Should the music business adapt and snare talented individuals, it will remain very healthy with certain talents recognised, maintained and allowed freedom of expression to keep audiences onside.