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American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams has just announced a very short list of UK tour dates to follow the release of his new self-produced and self-titled album, due out on the 8th of September. Adams has shared the album’s lead single ‘Gimme Something Good’ via Spotify; you can take a listen to it below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows will go on sale this Friday, the 1st of August, at 10 AM.
Previous coverage on Adams on TGTF is here.
Friday 19th September 2014 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 24th September 2014 – Manchester Albert Hall
Thursday 25th September 2014 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Whether you love him or hate him, Pitbull has been no stranger to the music scene in recent months. The American rapper topped the charts with ‘Timber (ft. Kesha)’ in October 2013. This was followed by a top 5 position as a featured artist on Enrique Iglesias’ ‘I’m a Freak’ and his own single ‘Wild Wild Love (ft. GRL)’ peaked at #6. There was also the official World Cup track, ‘We Are One (Ola Ola) (ft. Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte)’, but the less said about that, the better.
For his latest single ‘Fireball’, Pitbull has teamed up with John Ryan. If you’ve never heard of him, a quick Google search will tell you that he co-wrote the likes of ‘Best Song Ever’ and ‘Story of My Life’ for One Direction. However, this is the first time the songwriter has leant his vocals to a track.
Surprisingly, ‘Fireball’, the first single to be taken from Pitbull’s upcoming album ‘Globalization’, isn’t the standard party pop track we’ve come to expect from Mr Worldwide. Instead, we are treated to a carnival-esque beat with a catchy chorus that has a bluesy vibe to it. Throw in the usual ‘Pitbullisms’ as I like to call them, such as the line “I came, I saw, I conquered / or should I say, I saw, I conquered, I came”, and you have all the ingredients for a feel-good track for the summer.
As for the chorus, John Ryan’s soulful vocals compliment the track well, as he sings: “I was born in a flame, Mama said that everyone would know my name / I’m the best you’ve never had, if you think I’m burning out, I never am.” Like all of Pitbull’s choruses, it’s simple, it’s catchy and it’s bound to get stuck in your head.
Overall, Pitbull has taken a number of risks with ‘Fireball’. The use of a Latina sound and a bluesy chorus is a long way away from the club bangers the rapper has previously churned out, though it seems to have paid off. Not only that, but the track is guaranteed to give guest vocalist John Ryan the exposure he needs to make it big in the music industry. Expect to be hearing this a lot over the summer.
Pitbull’s new single ‘Fireball’ has yet to be given a release date, although his eighth studio album ‘Globalization’ is set for an autumn 2014 release.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 28th July 2014 at 12:00 pm
July may almost be over, but we’ve still got several more weeks of (hopefully) sun-filled days and carefree star-filled nights before autumn makes her appearance. Perhaps it is the good feeling I have within me that even though we’ve passed quite a few summer festivals already, there are plenty more wonderful events to come and tease all of our senses, so the timing of the appearance of this act couldn’t be beat. Not to mention I’m sure this smooth jam will be a welcome soundtrack to, er, plenty of late night liaisons…
The duo in question that I am introducing to you today is called Honne. Like many words in Chinese that frustrate me because I can’t quite translate into an English equivalent and do the original phrase justice, the word “honne” in Japanese very loosely means “your true feelings and desires”. Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatcher, who have been mates ever since they met on the first day of university, were inspired to come up with their new act’s name on a trip to ol’ Nippon.
The press sheet explains the term is meant as “describing the contrast between what one thinks, and what they project to others” and “a perfect fit for [their] songs which frequently address private passions, and their playing out in public”. I find this description interesting, because there seems to be no question whatsoever what this Somerset and Wiltshire via Bow act’s first song to the world is about. Or what it’s meant to encourage.
Their first foray into the public realm has been anything but tentative, with NME premiering their debut single ‘Warm on a Cold Night’ last week and the magazine praising its “lusty, late night, urbanite feel”. It begins as if in a dream, as if literally emceed by a late night American soul DJ, that is. Clutterbuck’s echoey, r&b infused vocals – with a blue-eyed soul to rival those of Dave Bayley’s in Glass Animals’ debut LP ‘Zaba’ – slink around every turn of this soulful yet electronic beat-driven masterpiece. The lyrics will bring to mind loads of other soul classics in which a man is touchingly showing his appreciation for his woman: “And I can’t help but wonder / how we ended up alright / and I love you like no other / ‘cause this has never felt so right”.
But the difference in how this single will be received is its embracing of more forward-thinking production ala Frank Ocean and 2013 Mercury Prize winner James Blake, while the vocal delivery and overall feel are kept firmly rooted in classics of yesteryear. With a memorable chorus that is likely to get your head bopping and toes tapping, Honne are definitely an act to watch in the coming months.
‘Warm on a Cold Night’, the first single from Honne, will be released on the 1st of September on Super Recordings.
Header photo by Andrew Zaeh
Allison and Catherine Pierce, known collectively as The Pierces, are one of the more established acts in a recent series of sister bands on the alternative rock scene. (You can find previous TGTF coverage here.) Following the same path as bands like Haim, Heathers, and First Aid Kit, The Pierces have refined their songwriting skills and natural propensity for seamless vocal harmony into a hybrid blend of folk structure and rock instrumentation. After touring their 2011 breakthrough album ‘You & I’, the Alabama natives relocated to Los Angeles, where they sampled the hallucinogenic tea ayahuasca and soaked in the local Laurel Canyon sound.
The title track to The Pierces’ latest album ‘Creation’ reveals that the California experience has added some striking new elements to the pair’s musical style. The shimmering percussion and echoing yodel of the backing vocals conjure up imagery of spirit journeys through the desert, while bright, mellow instrumental melodies evoke warm West Coast sunshine.
The structure and lyrics of the admittedly singable chorus, “You live, you learn, you laugh, you cry”, will inevitably bring to mind Alanis Morissette’s 1995 single ‘You Learn’, at least for those of us who came of age with ‘Jagged Little Pill’. But while the overall message of the two songs might be the similar, the mood and musical language are entirely different. The Pierces’ lilting vocals and placidly atmospheric instrumental effects are certainly easier on the ears than anything Morissette ever released.
‘Creation’, The Pierces’ fifth studio album, is due for release on the 1st of September via Polydor Records, along with its title-track single.
Not content with being a successful yet obscurantist singer-songwriter with a penchant for self-depreciating everyday glamour, Courtney Barnett is also the proprietor of Milk! Records, the increasingly relevant Melbourne-based record label that she set up herself, rather than go to all the bother of letting someone else sign her up. A commendable effort indeed, even more so when one peruses her astute roster. Jen Cloher’s scuzzy blues-rock proves she’s got as many Lou Reed records in her collection as Rolling Stones ones. Fraser A. Gorman purveys wonderfully convincing old-time country – even more remarkable given the fact he’s Melburnian rather than Texan. Royston Vasie may not have the most original name (its third appearance in popular culture by my reckoning), but they’ve got a decent line in Dandy Warhols-esque garage-pop.
But back to Courtney. To celebrate the release of an upcoming Milk! Records compilation, she’s released ‘Pickles From the Jar’, one of the most unconventional – not to mention sweetly touching – loves songs one is likely to hear all year. Complete with false start, using the tried-and-tested White Stripes arrangement of clangy guitar and earnestly-thudded drums – she’s in love with a man who’s 15 years her senior, and culturally separated by 1,000 miles. But never fear! They bond over a shared love of Christopher Walken – an unlikely cupid, but hey, the man’s a genius, there’s nothing he can’t turn his hand to.
All the bands mentioned here are included on the compilation, to be released on the 31st of August. Their AU$5,000 funding target was crowdsourced on the very first day, but some pledges are still available. For instance, for a bargain £27, one can be the very proud owner of a signed, limited edition 10” vinyl copy. What is hugely encouraging about this project is the level of enthusiasm for artifacts – of music as object rather than transient pleasure. For instance, all three of the “Super Collector” options have sold – what you get for your £111 is a test pressing of Barnett’s second EP, a “virtually extinct” copy of a Jen Cloher / Courtney Barnett split 7”, in addition to the new 10”. That’s it. Unless it’s their parents buying them, this is one seriously hot record label right now. As is Melbourne, for that matter.
Veteran songcraft acts Sweet Baboo (pictured above) and The Pictish Trail (also known as Stephen Black and Johnny Lynch, respectively) have joined forces for a late autumn coheadline tour of the UK. The dual tour was inspired by the pair’s recent collaboration on Lynch’s latest Pictish Trail album ‘Secret Soundz, Vol. 2′, which is out now on Moshi Moshi. You can hear the new single from that album, titled ‘Long in the Tooth’, below the tour date listing, along with a recent cover recording by Sweet Baboo. Tickets for the following dates are available now.
Saturday 29th November 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Sunday 30th November 2014 – Southampton Talking Heads
Monday 1st December 2014 – Bristol Lantern
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 – Sheffield Greystones
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Thursday 4th December 2014 – London Purcell Room at Southbank Centre
Friday 5th December 2014 – Reading South Street Arts
Saturday 6th December 2014 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Monday 8th December 2014 – Exeter Phoenix
Tuesday 9th December 2014 – Leicester Musician
Wednesday 10th December 2014 – Manchester Gullivers
Sunday 14th December 2014 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
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