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New Album: Royksopp

 
By on Tuesday, 6th January 2009 at 9:21 pm
 

RoyksoppIt’s that time of year again when the music business gets back on its feet after the excesses of the holidays and the end-of-year parties. What better way to get over those hangovers, get rid of the excesses and feel a little bit better than a spot of dance / electro from the kings of all things electronic in Norway, Röyksopp.

The duo, known to their friends as Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland, are about to release their third album, Junior, on 23rd March, and along with their usual mainstream-friendly anthems they’ve added a few very famous guest singers in the shape of the gorgeous Lykke Li and Robyn.

As a special taster, they’re giving away a free MP3 they made about their birthday (below).

MP3: Röyksopp: Happy Birthday

The 11 track CD is out in just over two months, but expect a fair bit more about this duo from us soon – whilst it took me a while to come across their first album, once I had it was one of those “oh, that song’s by them too!” moments. Their second album (The Understanding) whilst not as commercially successful was still amazing, and one that has a special place in my collection.

Side image comes from Roboppy’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

 

Daily Roundup: 1st January 2009

 
By on Thursday, 1st January 2009 at 8:12 pm
 

Stephen LongA new year, and hopefully an even more successful year than 2008 was for TGTF. We spent New Years in London catching the fireworks on the Embankment. Amazing times, and was quietly amazed to see two of my favourite new bands, Passion Pit and Chairlift making the mix by the DJs (okay, the second isn’t quite as new, but new to us!)

MP3: Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
MP3: Chairlift – Bruises

However, as much as we love Bon Iver’s Skinny Love, we think it hardly fits the profile of party music – still, that’s my only rant. We were like kids in a chocolate factory with the likes of Friendly Fires, Blur, Oasis, Passion Pit, Justice, Simian Mobile Disco and more all were mixed together… heaven!

One of the side affects of me cavorting off to London was that we forgot to close the survey for 2008 on time. So, it’s been open for an extra day, apologies for that. Anyone would have thought we’re the BBC running competitions.

We’ve just started going through the 85 responses, with some interesting points coming up – it seems most people dislike the colour scheme, so we need to brighten that up. You all seem to like the new bands stuff and ticket alerts, so we’ll keep them going for sure! The two £10 iTunes vouchers went to Andy and Lauren, so sorry to the others who weren’t as fortunate – we’re hoping to be able to offer some new giveaways later this month, so keep your eyes peeled.

In other news, Stephen Long (pictured top right, who we introduced here) got in touch to offer us a free download of song “Passport Photographs”, which is below. Expect us to keep you up to date with his forthcoming EP, “Songs To Suit Your Mood” in coming weeks.

MP3: Stephen Long – Passport Photographs

We were introduced to Marina and the Diamonds (pictured top) over the break, and fell in love with her sound. She’s a bit of a crazy one – a combination of Greek and Welsh who spends her time between songwriting, hand-creating merchandise and selling vintage clothing.The Guardian said she has a “seriously warped mind in the body of a fox”, and her sound is rather unique – she takes on piano ballads, synth heavy bass lines, brass, bird calls, chanting and ooohs and ahhs in varying vocal ranges. Think Imogen Heap meet Bjork with a hint of a few other artists I can’t think of right now. Have a listen and let us know what you think.

As you can probably guess, we spent much of the holidays (yes, it’s an American phrase, but it fits well for those who aren’t big Christmas / NY fans!) finding new music, and catching up on stuff we may have missed in 2008. We also stumbled across We7, a great service that seems to be like on-demand radio – choose what song / album / artist you want to listen to, and it plays them, peppered with advertisements. They were ad-free for a bit of the Christmas break, and offer a great chance to have a “taster” of an album you like or re-hear a song you love. We love last.fm, but much of the music on the site only has 30 second snippets, which is a shame. Check it out and enjoy.

 

Best Of 2008: Albums

 
By on Sunday, 28th December 2008 at 1:30 pm
 

It’s been a pretty amazing year for music around the UK, and following on from my top 10 of 2007, here is my top 10 of 2008.

Viva Stereo (roar lion roar album cover)10 – Viva Stereo – Roar Lion Roar
You’ve probably not heard much about this Scottish collective. However, their third album was a surprise favourite for me – anthemic, accessible, slightly My Bloody Valentine and yet still so gorgeous.

Read more about Viva Stereo here.

Favourite: Knee High Boots.

9 – Sigur RósMeð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
As ever, an amazing collection from the Icelandic group. More pop than previous albums, their songs sound all the more amazing. I caught them live at Hydro Connect Festival in Scotland, where they preceded Franz Ferdinand and blew them out of the water. As the sun went down, they soundtracked the festival for us, showing their sense of humour and making beautiful music that had more than a few grown men in tears.

Favourite: Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

8 – Ra Ra RiotThe Rhumb Line
Dark in places, Ra Ra Riot come from the same school of musical geekiness as Vampire Weekend, but with a bit more serious and a bit less money. Dark in places, the group are still recovering from the death of their drummer in summer 2007, which shows on tracks like “Winter ’05”.

Favourite: Dying is Fine

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Daily Roundup / Wednesday 17th December 2008

 
By on Wednesday, 17th December 2008 at 6:41 pm
 

Scarlot HarlotsIt seems everyone’s putting out their “best of 2008” lists, with The Wombats (pictured above) being the latest ones to do so. They’ve tipped Scarlet Harlots (pictured right) for the top next year, naming a new band that has yet to appear on many Proclaiming their love for the band and tipping them for success after mentoring them on T4’s Orange unsignedAct, singer Murf declared, “I thought you were going to be good before you even picked up an instrument.” Endorsement from one of the most popular bands of 2008 clearly made Scarlet Harlots’ day with frontman Sam commenting “to say that we could go on tour with The Wombats, that’s a massive compliment and has given me a rod of confidence!” Catch them on ‘Orange unsignedAct with Sony Ericsson’ on T4 at 12:20pm on Sunday.

You may have noticed recently that we’ve started including ticket links on some posts announcing new tours and stuff – the likes of See Tickets, Ticketweb, Ticketmaster and co. However, we’ve recently come across needtickets.com, which seems a great way to find out which ticket sellers have tickets left for a tour and who doesn’t. It seems a great way to find out what all the ticket sellers are up to, and how much they’re charging.

The only downside? The search facility – I searched for Hockey (after yesterday’s tour post about their new tour), and it came up with gigs for all of these gigs: Hockey, Bear Hands, Hockey & Bear Hands, Hockey + Bear Hands, Hockey & Passion Pit, Hockey / Passion Pit, Hockey And Bear Hands, Hockey And Passion Pit, Hockey/passion Pit/bear Hands, Hockey, Passion Pit, Bear Hands, Hockey&passion Pit With Bear Hands, Hockey, Passion Pit And Bear Hands. Whatever’s wrong with just one listing? Still, I’m sure they’re working out some niggles, but keep an eye out – in coming months they may well turn out to be a great resource that we point you to more often.

Lady Sovereign (side)If I’m honest, I’m not a huge fan of Lady Sovereign. Sure, she’s easy on the eyes, but a bit too chav for me. However, her new video (below) is, well, *amazing*, and the song’s quite good too. The press release comments that new album Jigsaw tells Sov’s rollercoaster story of the last two years with “her usual honesty, genre-defying beats and punchy, zest-fresh lyrics. Only, this time around as well as rapping, Sov does something a little bit different; she sings”. Watch below, enjoy and join me in holding out for her new album being a bit more dance based than chav based. A free MP3 of the track (seemingly a different mix) is also below.

MP3: Lady Sovereign – I Got You Dancing

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkyAqxccU8M]

 

Daily Roundup / Thursday 11th December ’08

 
By on Thursday, 11th December 2008 at 9:50 pm
 

La RouxMonths with no daily roundup, then two in the same week – whatever next? It seems with this economic crisis and general gloom and doom people are turning to bloggers more and more to get free publicity – great for us, however it does mean my inbox fills up more and more quickly. Here’s the best of my inbox (and some other bits I love) so far this week…

Luke Hess is coming to London next year, and I quite like what I’m hearing at the moment – kind of chilled out, kind of funky, very chilled out, great for me to have on whilst starting my Final Year Project. Find out a bit more about the fascinating man over at Don’t Panic Magazine.

Lots of press this week around the Blur reunion – great news, but I won’t be going along. They were great in the 90’s, but I think I’ll keep the memories on CD rather than in the flesh.

My new favourite electro fun girl-band? Dead Pixels (pictured at top of post). I’ve had “So You Say” (below for free download) on repeat for a while – frantic, pulsing, height-of-the-party feel just calls out to be featured on Skins or such like in a drug fuelled montage. If you like this, bear in mind that it’s only the B side to their current single, “Words Are Poison”. Download, listen, love below:

MP3: Dead Pixels – So You Say

I’ve mentioned my love for La Roux (pictured right) before, and now that she’s on the BBC Sound of 2009 Longlist, she’s released a brand new video Quicksand to co-incide with the single which came out last Monday. Watch and feel all summery below:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMBNZ6mDSYk]

Apologies if things are a bit slow for the next few days – I’m off to catch Delays on their World Tour of Southampton on Friday and Saturday evenings when they play the Orange Rooms and then the Joiners.

 

Single Review: Fol Chen / No Wedding Cake

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd December 2008 at 11:09 pm
 

You all know that I have a bit of a thing for electro girl-fronted groups. So imagine how I felt when I heard Fol Chen‘s new single, “No Wedding Cake”, a love story of a romance shattered relationship of a couple who don’t want to break up but are stuck in a rut, with intimate vocals and a range of bleeps and bips that would see Hot Chip having a hot flush.

Once you get over the incredibly strange name (any ideas on the origins? Leave them in the comments…), and the slightly childish “my-first Casio keyboard” intro, you realise that these Californians are onto something. Multi-layered and most certainly multi-coloured, by the end of the track you just want to scoop them up and give them a hug, or have a slow-mo dance.

Finding much out about this Californian five piece is a tad difficult – their official bio is a masterpiece in creative writing, however we did manage to get that Fol Chen compare themselves to ” Prince and a childrens religious revival… we are cryptic and joyful and we would like you to dance…”. I think that’s about right…

Enjoy a free MP3 below, “Cable TV”, taken from their forthcoming debut album “Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made” which is out early next year.

MP3: Fol Chen – Cable TV

“No Wedding Cake” is out next Monday (8th December) on Asthmatic Kitty Records

 
 
 

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