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London’s electro dance producer/singer Example has yet another track for us in advance of his next album due out in June. The original version of ‘Kids Again’ was finally revealed on BBC Radio 1. In an unusual move, Example had allowed several remixes of the song to be played on air ahead of the original, but now we have the proper version. Full of tasty dance beats and throbbing synth licks, ‘Kids Again’ comes to us in original, Dimension, Zed Bias, or MOTi flavours. (For your convenience, we’ve embedded the original version of the song at the bottom of this post, but if you visit Example’s Soundcloud, you’ll get to hear all of them.) Each of the remixes has a very distinct sound. At this point, the Dimension version has edged forward for me with its vaguely 80s opening.
Riding the wave of previous single ‘All the Wrong Places’ top 20 charting, this song will likely garner Mr. Gleave another chart topper. The buzz on this tune is good and it has an appealing topic, “I don’t wanna do whatever they tell me / I wanna feel oh so young today / so let’s behave like kids again”. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like a kid again?
Hinting that the new album will feature no rapping at all, ‘Kids Again’ shows his vocal chops much like on the last album. I will admit to liking ‘All the Wrong Places’ a tad better, but I am excited by this single as well. I am very enthusiastic about the upcoming next album.
The single for ‘Kids Again’ itself will be released on the 16th of March on Epic Records and follows on from September 2013’s ‘All the Wrong Places’. Example’s yet unnamed fifth album is due out in June.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 24th June 2013 at 9:00 am
Words by Hannah Saul
When late August draws upon the sunny Channel Island of Jersey, the sound of great music will begin to play and hundreds of locals, and music lovers will flock to see some of the best acts that Jersey Live music festival has ever seen.
Jersey Live 2013 is gearing up to celebrate a summer of brilliant musical talent. Welcoming artists such as The 1975, Wolf People and Bastille. Not forgetting to mention the king of Acid House, Saturday night headliner Fatboy Slim, and Elliot John Gleave, better known as Example (pictured at top), who will be headlining Sunday night.
Having appeared at the festival back in 2007, The Enemy are amongst many of the impressive talents that have been arranged to feature at this festival, which is still only just finding its feet. However, for such a small festival, with a promising future, just looking down the line up gets me stoked. It just gets better and better the more you look. With the likes of The Cribs, and sweetheart Nina Nesbitt who John interviewed at this year’s Great Escape, there is certainly something for everyone, no matter what your music taste.
The most exciting new of all, comes in the form that for the first time ever, camping will be made available. The license for camping has now turned what could be described as one big uninterrupted concert, into a thriving music festival. However, there are big rules on what can and can’t be done. These come in the form of the obvious and also the unexpected. One of the more unconventional items on the do’s and don’t is the idea that alcohol is not permitted on site. Yes, I have to agree, that as it is the first year of camping, they may not want the hassle. But compared to other larger music events, being able to drink is normally taken for granted. But don’t you worry, there will be a bar made available to those who fancy an ice-cold cider or beer.
Although some people may wish to stay in the comfort of a hotel, it is not all that bad. There are some great local hotels and inns with a coach service to the festival grounds. There are plenty of great bars and pubs in the town center for any party animals looking to make the most of their night. But above all, the weather is normally great at the end of August. So pack some factor 15 and head on down. What more could you ask for than sun, beer and music?
Overall, what can I say? Get your tickets now! At £92 for a simple weekend ticket (not including camping) and £30 extra to camp, this is promising to be one of the best music events that the Channel Islands have ever seen! More information about Jersey Live tickets is this way.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 5th March 2013 at 9:00 am
Words by Alex Johnson
Nessie’s going to be rocking out this summer as Rockness is returning to the banks of Loch Ness this year with a killer line up.
From the 7th to the 9th of June, Clune Farm will be playing host to some of the hottest acts 2013 has to offer. The line-up includes some cracking bands and artists such as ska legends Madness, Bombay Bicycle Club and newly anointed BRIT winner Ben Howard. Alongside them will be the Rockness veterans Fatboy Slim and recently announced headliner Plan B.
As wonderful as these guys will make a sunny weekend in the most mysterious banks of Scotland, you could make your weekend even better if you head over to the festival’s competition for 4 days of VIP access here. It’s worth it for the luxury toilets.
Here’s the full line-up as it stands right now:
• Above and Beyond
• Alabama 3
• Alex Metric
• Basement Jaxx (headliner)
• Ben Howard
• Bombay Bicycle Club
• Booka Shade
• Camera Obscura
• Carl Craig
• Ellie Goulding
• Example (headliner)
• Fatboy Slim
• Gary Beck
• Hand Bouffmyhre
• Harvey Mckay
• Jaguar Skills
• Jessie Ware
• Josh Wink
• Julio Bashmore
• Mark Henning
• Netsky Live!
• Newton Faulkner
• Nic Fanciulli
• Plan B (headliner)
• Steve Aoki
• The Maccabees
• The Temper Trap
• The Vaccines
This line up is a glorious melting pot of DJs (Fatboy Slim, Netsky, Jaguar Skills), rappers (Plan B, Example), indie bands (The Vaccines, TGTF favourites The Temper Trap) and indie acoustic solo acts (Ben Howard, Newton Faulkner) with something to please everyone.
Tickets to Rockness are going to set you back £139 for the 3 days and camping. For the rest of the ticket prices and to buy, head here.
Biffy Clyro and Mumford and Sons absolutely killed it last year, but with a line up like this, the Loch Ness monster will have to do something spectacular to stop Rockness 2013 outdoing it.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 7th December 2012 at 4:00 pm
I suppose it’s quite possible to do the same in London for a similar awards show. But for an American, it felt very surreal having Indian food (and really good Indian food!) at a food court for lunch right before reporting to the Sydney Entertainment Centre to cover the red carpet at this year’s ARIA Awards, the 26th year for the Australian music industry’s highest honours. While it may seem like quite a hike from Washington DC to Sydney, I had booked my flight – a birthday present to myself – to the Land Down Under before I found out the inaugural ARIA Week and the famous awards show was taking place the exact same week. When in Rome…
Covered in a high SPF suncream, I thought I was covered when it came to standing for a couple hours outside with the late spring sun blazing down. (Ehh, not so much: I saw later after everything was over, when I went to the ladies’, that I had an unattractive unilateral sunburn on the right half of my body, with tan lines around a ring and a bracelet I was wearing. The battle scars are now unattractively peeling…) As noted through photographic evidence at a Filter Magazine showcase at SXSW, I always wear a hat when it’s sunny, and this was no different: I brought two hats for the occasion, thinking that I better have a fetching looking one while on the red carpet, chatting effortlessly with the celebs, and one for when I was off duty, getting boiled by the Australian rays.
Well, the first half of that plan didn’t really come together. Maybe I had made the wrong fairytale assumptions of “working the red carpet” from all the years watching local girl Giuliana DePandi of e! News on the red carpet at the Oscars. First off, the red carpet wasn’t even red, it was black. (Eh?) Second, we were corralled behind metal barriers for the duration of the red carpet portion of the event. I never wear high heels – with my clumsiness, I always worry I’ll fall – but I had to laugh internally in my sandals thinking about all the precarious, multi-inch footwear I’d seen coming in with all the other members of the media. From behind the metal barrier, I could have been wearing jeans, sweatpants…no-one would ever have known. Ah well. (For the record, I tried to glam it up with a gold skirt.)
Fits of screaming would erupt at one end of the carpet or the other, making us wonder if someone famous had arrived. There were of course loads of false alarms, but also there were some ‘canned’ moments when the official tv crew asked the young fans, who had been standing there for hours for their favourite artists and were therefore severely dehydrated and also sunburnt, to scream wildly for the cameras. We watched as presenters from various shows were shepherded through to the carpet to make their introductory appearances for their corresponding programmes and then later, snagging some artists for impromptu interviews as they headed down the carpet.
Probably the most exciting moment at the beginning was when a table was set out on the carpet and someone with a ball cap (not sure who) on did a one-handed stand and other physical tricks. The weirdest moments? Bananas in Pajamas came by and wanted to take pictures with or pose for everyone, as did Dorothy the Dinosaur.
As explained by our AU Review friends in their report here, some other members of the media were less than, shall we say, thoughtful. We were on opposite sides of the aisle of carpet, so we had different challenges for the afternoon. I was a little weirded out by other people taping my interviews with their recording equipment (aren’t there journalistic rules against this?), so if you hear my voice on an Australian Web site, they’re one of the offenders. When event staff determined a disabled section was to suddenly encroach our side of the carpet, I totally understood and was ok with this decision, since the area would be to my left.
However, with the media to my left forced to decamp when the area was widened, what ended up happening? We were practically on top of each other, having to fight for real estate at the barrier. Being a single person, without large camera equipment, I probably should have kicked up a bigger fight and not gotten pushed out by other media, but I wasn’t too pleased having earlier being talked down to by someone who I think was from a fashion blog. I wasn’t pleased when a video crew were practically on top of me when our friends the Temper Trap passed by and I couldn’t get a word with any of them, I was able to see them later in the media room (stay tuned for that report).
All things considered, getting a brief interview with Example, who was attending with his new fiancé, Australian model and presenter Erin McNaught (the woman in the green dress with her back to us; a better photo of her is after the Soundcloud widget below), was a coup. I had hoped he would speak more about his new album ‘The Evolution of Man’ but I think he was more interested in having a night off, basking in the celeb glow of his woman being photographed by a million flashbulbs. I also would like to point out that the man must not sweat, as he was wearing a leather jacket and looked cool as a cucumber as he made his way down the carpet. Thanks, Example, for being my first interviewee at the ARIAs!
As a bit of a joke, I nabbed two loudmouths, waiting for their wives (whose famous identities are still unknown), for some off-kilter comedy.
I also nabbed an interview with the chaps in sleepmakeswaves, an instrumental, post-rock band that I guess could best be compared to Mogwai and Sigur Ros. Really nice guys and although one of them was really, really excited to see Taylor Swift perform (the most anticipated performer of the night, judging from the screams when Ms. Swift went quickly past us), they seemed just really pleased to have been nominated for Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal album. (Unfortunately, they lost to popular Brisbane thrash band DZ Deathrays.)
Matt Corby, who I caught at St. David’s Historic Sanctuary at SXSW and I had hoped to talk with, was a no-show. So that was a bit of a disappointment. All in all, while it would have been great to have I think it was a good introduction to the madness of the ‘red’ carpet and I think we’re in much better position, just with my own experience from the ARIAs, to cover the BRITs in the future. Fingers crossed!
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 19th November 2012 at 12:00 pm
Words by guest reviewer Carrie Clancy
I’m not into dance / club / electro / techno / hip hop / dubstep music. When my Twitter feed started buzzing about Example‘s new album, I stifled a yawn and scrolled down the page. But when I spied a Tweet from someone whose musical opinions I respect, about the album’s first single, ‘Say Nothing’ I narrowed my eyes and clicked the accompanying link. And…the single wasn’t bad. On subsequent listens, I quite liked it. I was disappointed that ‘Say Nothing’ wasn’t available for purchase in America, so I decided to seek out more information on the album proper. Thus began my virgin foray into the world of dance / club / electro / techno / hip-hop / dubstep / whatevs… via ‘The Evolution of Man’, out today on Ministry of Sound.
Except this album isn’t dance / club / electro / techno / hip-hop / dubstep. It’s a pop/rock album with a very definite electro-dance slant. In fact, the album leans more heavily toward guitar rock than I expected, with Blur’s Graham Coxon contributing guitar work to four tracks. With massive production by several well-known electronic music specialists (Feed Me, Dirty South, Tommy Trash, Skream, Benga), the dance element is still strongly present. The resulting album has a fresh, edgy sound sure to grab the attention of critics and fans alike.
I caught myself dancing along to the heavy beats, at first reluctantly but more willingly as the album went on. Example’s singing voice is pleasantly clear and melodic, with a very sexy timbre in the low register. The choruses are sharp and clever, even on the occasions when eloquence is sacrificed for the rhyme scheme. Thematically, these are mature, self-reflective songs with provocatively witty lyrics. Example and his team of musicians show admirable restraint in not obliterating the songs’ emotional effects with a battering ram of sound.
The first three singles are definite highlights on the album. Anyone familiar with Johnny McDaid’s work (Snow Patrol, Paul Van Dyk, Vega 4), will recognize his stamp on the lovelorn lyrics of ‘Say Nothing’. ‘Close Enemies’ (video below), the album’s second single, is possibly my favorite track, with its infectiously singable and danceable chorus, “keep your best friends close by / but keep your enemies closer”. Third single ‘Perfect Replacement’ is the most heavily dance-oriented track on the album.
The track sequencing is seamlessly effective from beginning to end. ‘Come Taste the Rainbow’ has a sultry, sexy chorus and uses the eponymous lyric without becoming childish or vulgar (or both). Penultimate track ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’ is the most in-your-face, aggressive rock song on the album, and is probably deliberately situated next to the familiar dance sound of ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’ (by Calvin Harris and Example).
In summary, I was completely awestruck by this album; it blew away any preconceived notions I might have had. As a self-confessed music snob, I feel a bit guilty about enjoying it, but I also have the feeling that was Example’s intention. ‘The Evolution of Man’ is the most apt title I’ve ever encountered, for here, Example has undertaken the kind of artistic change-in-direction that may alienate old fans but will certainly reap new ones.
‘The Evolution of Man’, the new album from Example, is now available on Ministry of Sound. He will head out on a massive arena tour of the UK in February and March 2013; all the details are here.
By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 25th August 2012 at 10:00 am
Example is heading out on a massive arena tour next year. This is a new video for his forthcoming single, ‘Say Nothing’, out on the 16th of September on Ministry of Sound. It’s less rappy and more poppy than I would have expected, so for you non-fans out there, let’s just say you might think it’s a pleasant surprise.