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Alphabeat / April 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 8th February 2010 at 11:00 am
 

Pop-tastic Danes Alphabeat have announced a string of 2010 UK tour dates for April in support of their new album (which Jess reviewed here).

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £12 each, except for London which is £14 a ticket.

Sunday 18th April 2010 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 19th April 2010 – Leeds Stylus
Tuesday 20th April 2010 – Newcastle Northumbria Uni
Thursday 22nd April 2010 – Edinburgh Picturehouse
Friday 23rd April 2010 – Glasgow ABC
Saturday 24th April 2010 – Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 25th April 2010 – Oxford Academy
Tuesday 27th April 2010 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 28th April 2010 – London Koko (£14)
Thursday 29th April 2010 – Bristol Anson Rooms

 

Album Review: Alphabeat – The Beat Is…

 
By on Wednesday, 6th January 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Back in 2008, Alphabeat were a chirpy, if not annoying sextet hailing from Denmark who sung about “the word that’s on your lips”, yes, FAS-CI-NA-TION, while appearing on the family-friendly T.V slots of Richard and Judy and Loose Women. Hmm, no, I wasn’t much of a fan of the quirky Danish pop act back then, and admittedly, I wasn’t expecting great things from their upcoming second album, ‘The Beat Is…’, either.

Well, I wouldn’t say I stand corrected, but, let’s just say, I am super surprised by the six pieces’ new record. It would appear that Alphabeat have decided to drop the cutesy pop façade of ’08, and have instead turned to embracing rawer 90’s electronica and dance Eyeball Paul would be beyond proud of. Yes, to be honest, I am really quite impressed by this unexpected change of direction, and Alphabeat undeniably do it with skill, readers.

Think the house beats of Snap! when listening to the super ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’-esque track that is ‘Hole in the Heart’, and the rounded, soulful Thea Austin vocals of ‘Heatwave’. The jagged vocal-cuts of the latter track, along with ‘Always Up With You’ emit a particularly 90’s vibe and would swim perfectly among Ibiza dancefloors overtook by laser lights and misty smoke machines.

Still, this album isn’t all about the era of Saved by the Bell and Pogs – hints of the 80’s, for example, are still audible amid tracks such as ‘DJ’, where frontlady Stine Bramsen starts to sound like a young, ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ era Madonna. ‘Q&A’, meanwhile, may be a little slower paced but, coming along quite late into the album, it’s much appreciated among the previously intense rave synths.

To conclude, ‘The Beat Is…’ is an extremely nostalgic album, successfully harking back to the glory days of Ministry of Sound and Kevin and Perry. Really, Alphabeat take on the genre of dance surprisingly well. I used to dislike this band. I found them sickly sweet, and to be frank, I couldn’t stand their cheesy 3 minute pop gems. Yet, ‘The Beat Is…’ succeeds in breathing a whole new life into Alphabeat. They’ve matured, grown up, and have took on a sector of the electro genre that not many artists are combating at the moment. ‘The Beat Is…’ is different, and oddly, despite it’s 90’s influence, does not discharge a sense of being out-of-date at all.

Watch the official video to ‘The Spell’ (which samples classic 90’s track, ‘Get Serious’ by Cut ‘N’ Move), below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwH0BxtbeEA[/youtube]

 

Mencap Little Noise Sessions / November 2009

 
By on Sunday, 8th November 2009 at 3:50 pm
 

Following on from the amazing lineups of the past two years, the Mencap Little Noise sessions are back again this November to raise more money for the mental disability charity.

The lineup is almost complete, with a string of pretty amazing performances scheduled. Personally, I’m most excited about Editors day, along with the pop-tastic Alexandra Burke, Mika and Newton Faulkner days – all of the shows have great talent and with the promise of special guests, I say you should hop on down to Union Chapel to check out some great music. Head on over to the Little Noise Sessions website for more answers to your questions.

The artists so far announced include:

Monday 16th November
Editors
The Maccabees
Bombay Bicycle Club
Everything Everything

Tuesday 17th November
Alexandra Burke
Alphabeat
Marina and the Diamonds
VV Brown

Wednesday 18th November
Mika
Paloma Faith
Alex Gardner
Daisy Dares You

Thursday 19th November
Richard Hawley
I Blame Coco

Friday 20th November
Lostprophets
The Blackout
Egyptian Hip Hop

Saturday 21st November
Taio Cruz
Tinchy Stryder
Chipmunk

Sunday 22nd November
Florence and the Machine
Golden Silvers
Erik Hassle
Ellie Goulding

Monday 23rd November
David Gray
The Low Anthem
Lisa Mitchell

Tuesday 24th November
Newton Faulkner
Scouting for Girls
Little Comets
Stornoway

 

Alphabeat / October and November 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 17th September 2009 at 8:47 pm
 

Alphabeat, possibly my favourite Danish pop act of recent times, have announced a string of UK shows as they continue their UK domination.

Tickets are on sale now.

Monday 26th October 2009 – Glasgow, Classic Grand
Tuesday 27th October 2009 – Newcastle, Academy 2
Wednesday 28th October 2009 – Preston, 53 Degrees
Thursday 29th October 2009 – Bristol, Thekla
Saturday 31st October 2009 – Manchester, Club Academy
Sunday 1st November 2009 – Leeds, Cockpit
Wednesday 4th November 2009 – London, Heaven

 

Monday Movies: 28th July

 
By on Monday, 28th July 2008 at 9:01 pm
 

Alphabeat: Boyfriend
Cheesy, classic pop from the Danish geniuses. Nothing too complicated, nothing too mould breaking.
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqM6oLM63YE]

We Are Scientists – Impatient
Who doesn’t love this New York duo? Another sterling video from them featuring lots of hair.
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH-RG1lWc0I]

Hanson: MMMBop
Now, who doesn’t love this? Simply, pure pop magic.
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd0C_Us31kk]

 

Alphabeat / October UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 12th June 2008 at 5:11 pm
 

Quickly stepping up in the world, those Danish popstars Alphabeat have announced a brand-spanking new tour for October and November.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday 13th June at 9am.

Monday 20th October – Liverpool Academy
Tuesday 21st October – Newcastle University
Wednesday 22nd October – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Friday 24th October – Glasgow ABC
Saturday 25th October – Manchester University
Monday 27th October – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 28th October – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 31st October – Bristol Anson Rooms
Saturday 1st November – Plymouth University
Sunday 2nd November – Southampton Uni
Monday 3rd November – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 5th November – Oxford Carling Academy
Thursday 6th November – Northampton Roadmender
Friday 7th November – Sheffield Leadmill
Sunday 9th November – Coventry Kasbah
Monday 10th November – Nottingham Trent Student Union
Tuesday 11th November – Leeds Met Uni

 
 
 

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