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By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 20th November 2014 at 6:00 pm
A Sunny Day in Glasgow released their latest album ‘Sea When Absent’ back in the summertime, out now on Lefse Records. (Read Carrie’s review of the LP here.) Their latest promo is for ‘Crushin”, and the dissonant guitars of the song work well with the dark, ominous video treatment. Watch it below.
British electronic group Clean Bandit achieved phenomenal chart success in 2014 with ‘Rather Be’. The track, which features vocals from English singer/songwriter Jess Glynne, spent four weeks at #1 in the Official UK Singles Charts: it sold 163,000 copies in its opening week back in January, making it the second fastest-selling single of the year (behind Band Aid 30‘s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’). On the back of Rather Be, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne have teamed up once again for their latest single ‘Real Love’.
The four-piece band’s unique selling point is their ability to fuse a range of genres together in their music, including classical, funk, dance and pop. Combined with the soulful vocals of Glynne, ‘Real Love’ offers a distinctive blend of styles that stands out amongst the wave of dance music that is currently dominating the charts.
The track, which is the first to be taken from the new edition of their debut album ‘New Eyes’, opens with the rich sounds of a bass, cello and piano, as Glynne’s terrific vocals trickle over the top. As the momentum and energy builds, ‘Real Love’ bursts into a dance chorus that brilliantly demonstrates Clean Bandit’s signature style. While the lyrics tether on the edge of being too repetitive, as Glynne repeatedly belts out “this is real, real, real, real love” throughout the chorus, ‘Real Love’ is a solid track highly reminiscent of ‘Rather Be’.
However, this likeness to their first collaboration is the main downfall of the song. The song doesn’t bring anything new to the table, as Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne have played it safe by attempting to ride on the success of ‘Rather Be’. Had they taken a few more risks, this could have been a smash hit. Instead, we’re left with a slightly underwhelming track that will struggle to make a significant impact on the charts.
‘Real Love’ is taken from Clean Bandit’s debut album ‘New Eyes’, out now on Atlantic Records. The band recently announced that they are embarking on a UK/Irish tour in March 2015.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 19th November 2014 at 6:00 pm
We were anxiously waiting for what Public Service Broadcasting would do next after their well-received debut album ‘Inform – Educate – Entertain’ was released in 2013. Wonder no more: the nattily-dressed duo have released this taster from their next album ‘The Race for Space’, to be released on the 23rd of February 2015. ‘Gagarin’ is a funky, horn-laden tribute to the first man to make his way up to the heavens. Can men in tweed cut shapes whilst dressed in astronaut suits? Watch the video below to find out.
It was just announced yesterday that Wilgoose and Wrigglesworth will be spending time with us in America in March and April 2015, beginning with another appearance in Austin at SXSW 2015. For more things PSB on TGTF, go here.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 19th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
James Bay, without a doubt, is one of the most in-demand musicians in the UK at the moment. The singer/songwriter from Hitchin has been riding high on his current sold out UK/Irish tour this month, as well the sales of his upcoming one in April 2015.
Next Monday, the always hatted Bay will be releasing his next single ‘Hold Back the River’. The folks at Transmitter nabbed this powerful live performance of him and his band playing the single. Watch it below.
Birmingham guitar rock band Peace have just revealed the details of their sophomore album ‘Happy People’, due out on Columbia Records on the 9th of February 2015. The new album’s tracklisting will include the singles ‘Money’ and ‘Lost On Me’, which you can preview at the bottom of the page. Along with the album release, the band have announced a list of live dates for early 2015, including a yet-to-be confirmed London show, to follow their December tour dates supporting Bombay Bicycle Club. Tickets for these shows will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday the 20th of November.
For all things Peace on TGTF, head here.
Thursday 15th January 2015 – Liverpool Kazimier
Thursday 22nd January 2015 – Bristol Exchange
Saturday 24th January 2015 – Birmingham Institute Library
Thursday 29th January 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 30th January 2015 – Sheffield Queens Social Club
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 12th February2015 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Thursday 5th March 2015 – Newcastle Cluny
Thursday 12th March 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Thursday 19th March 2015 – Belfast Empire Music Hall
Friday 20th March 2015 – Dublin Whelan’s
Thursday 26th March 2015 – Brighton Haunt
In preparation for the anticipated release of their third LP, the Wombats have announced a spring tour of Europe and the UK, including a date at the Brixton Academy in London. The lead track from the Wombats’ new album, ‘Your Body is a Weapon’, was featured here back in October 2013. A full listing of European tour dates can be found at the band’s Web site. Tickets for the following UK shows will be available starting this Friday, the 21st of November, at 9 AM.
Wednesday 8th April 2015 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 9th April 2015 – Manchester Academy
Friday 10th April 2015 – Birmingham Academy
Saturday 11th April 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Monday 13th April 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Wednesday 15th April 2015 – Oxford Academy
Friday 17th April 2015 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Saturday 18th April 2015 – Liverpool Academy
Sunday 19th April 2015 – Newcastle Academy
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