Brighton Rock n’ Roll duo Blood Red Shoes are set to return in 2013 with a brand new three track EP, titled Water. The EP was recorded in Dallas, Texas by John Congleton who has also worked with The Roots, The Walkmen and /Explosions In The Sky. One of the EP's tracks, "Black Distractions", is available to download for free by clicking here! will be released on 21st January and you can Pre-Order it now on iTunes UK.
Blood Red Shoes will also be playing a headline gig at the 02 Empire in Shepherd’s Bush on 22nd January, with support from Rolo Tomassi and Wet Nuns. Head to gigsandtours.com for more information.
I had the luck of coming across a female-led, Alternative Pop/Rock band from London by the name of Velvet Stream this week. Like many newly weds, I didn't want "The Honeymoon Period" to end. So I was even happier when I stumbled across Velvet Stream's acoustic version of "The Honeymoon Period" which you can watch below. Definitely a band to keep an eye on based on this performance!
Marie Dahlstrom's cover of Little Dragon's "Twice" to end the year. Marie Dahlstrom has also released a short new video which you can watch below. It is from a photo shoot that turned into an impromptu video shoot!
Coust's P/AA EP is out now via independent UK Bass record label Disturbing Noise Records. The EP features original ambient electronic Bass music from French based producer Coust as well as remixes by Loam Fields, FREnchfire and The Blank. If you prefer your music mixed then you can listen and download a mix of the full P/AA EP on Disturbing Noise's Soundcloud page: http://soundcloud.com/DisturbingNoise.
Not content with giving us one gem this week (check out Jakwob's remix of Laura Mvula "She" if you haven't already!), Jakwob is back with a banger. Like his previous remix "Detox" is a free download, enjoy.
The intriguing and mysterious artists known simply as Twigs recently released her debut self titled Twigs EP. The project includes her previous gems "Ache" and "Hide" as well was two new songs, "Weak" and "Breathe" which you can enjoy below. You can purchase the Twigs EP now from Twgs' Bandcamp page TwigsTwigs.bandcamp.com.
Jade Alston's visuals for "Missing You Lately" which is taken from her brilliant Single On A Saturday Night EP which you can download by clicking here. Jade will be following that project with the release of Sunday Morning: Single On A Saturday Night Pt. 2 in the new year and you can preview a song from the project by clicking here.
Midian stunning performance of her former Song of The Day"Bitter". The song is the title track from Midian's Bitter EP, which will be released on 8th January 2013 and is available to Pre-Order now on iTunes UK/ iTunes US.
When done right, live music sounds better than recorded music. Duologue's new single "Push It" is a good example of this - the studio version is in no way bad, but the live version is so much more better. You can watch Duologue perform "Push It" below, which will be released on 21st January 2013 via Killing Moon records. The recorded version is also available for your listening pleasure via the band's Soundcloud page Soundcloud.com/Duologue.
Linda Harrison is releasing her brilliant new single "Be With You" in support of NSPCC (National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children). You can read more about the song on Linda's website http://lindabyharrison.com/be-with-you/and the song is available to buy now on iTunes UK.
Since hearing Phlo Finister's Crown Royale EP, which was one of last year's EPs of The Year, I've been looking forward to hearing Phlo's next project. The wait is over and you can listen to the mixtape above, enjoy.
Delve Into The Twelve is a brand new mixtape featuring B.Traits' favourite songs from the past year. She's got pretty good taste and if 'Urban Music' (I hate that term, I prefer Hip Hop/ RnB/ Bass Music) is your thing then you'll love this. Oh and it's a free download!
Out of the blue Labrinth released his Atomic EP, featuring Plan B, Lady Leshur, Marger, Luna C, Faiz, Maxsta, Devlin, Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran, Shezar & Etta Bond! It's a gift from Labrinth to you, shame there isn't a download link though.
The Night are a six piece Indie band from Sydney, Australia that have just released their debut single "Medicate Me". The band are preparing to release thier debut album I Am, and Say in early 2013 and it is one of the album's tracks that needs your attention. The song is brilliant and is today's Song of The Day.
Angel just dropped his In Between Time mixtape, which includes featured appearances by Wiley, Giggs and Tinchy Stryder. Angel produced the whole mixtape himself and you can preview it below. is available to download now from Angel's Facebook page Facebook.com/angelofficial. Click here to watch Angel performing an acoustic version of "Just Sayin".
2012 was a big year for Josephine; she released her debut album Portrait, performed on Later....With Jools Holland and supported both the Noisettes and Michael Kiwanuka on tour. To celebrate she is giving away "Sequins and Society" for free on her Facenook page Facebook.com/thisisJosephine.
"Back From The Dead" is the debut release from new Indie Rock band, Very Americans. The single is available both digitally and as a limited edition hand numbered 7" vinyl from Very Americans' bandcamp page VeryAmericans.bandcamp.com.
"Turn My Life Around" is the stand out track from Emma Blakk's new Council Block Dreamer EP, which you can download for free from EmmaBlakk.bandcamp.com. Keep a lookout for the East London based Singer/ Songwriter as she has more releases planned for the next 12 months..
As a song and video, "Bucket of Sunbeams" starts off as quite a sombre affair. But they come to life almost half way through the song, transferring it from an emotional acoustic song to a brilliant upbeat track! You can download "Bucket of Sunbeams" for free by clicking here.
While Andre 3000's "Hey Ya" was an RnB/Pop song with a retro feel to it, Juliyaa's rendition of the song is a softer acoustic affair. The two almost sound like different songs which makes Juliyaa's cover even more enjoyable. You can download the song for free from soundcloud.com/juliyaa.
"I Don't Care" is taken from Scorcher's new mixtape Simply The Best 3, which features fellow Movement members Wretch 32, Ghetts and Mercston as well as the likes of Sincere, Krept & Konan, and Loick Essien. Simply The Best 3 will be released on 25th December and you can Pre-Order it now on iTunes UK.
It's been a while but Dido's back, and she brought Kendrick along for the fun. Glad that while alot of things have changed since Dido last released a single her ability to make good music hasn't. "Let Us Move On" is available to buy now on iTunes UK/ iTunes US.
Christmas is just over a week away, so I guess that it's only right that The XX went festive with their cover song in the BBC Live Lounge today. Press play to enjoy a performance of Wham's "Last Christmas" XX style.
Game’s fifth studio album’s
previous title was F.I.V.E.: Fear Is
Victory’s Evolution (which makes no sense at all) but Trey Songz thankfully
released an album by the same name so Game had to change the title. Game later announced
the album would be called Jesus Piece
and after he revealed the album’s artwork, interest surrounding the project
increased. If you haven’t seen the album’s deluxe cover it features a dark
skinned Jesus Christ, wearing a red bandanna (typically associated with the Piru
Bloods gang) with a tear drop tattoo; interesting to say the least.
The album doesn't really get going until the fourth track, “Pray”. Jesus Piece begins with the most average of songs “Scared Now”. Game
speaks on his beef with 40 Glocc as well as the possibility of reuniting with
50 Cent and releasing a joint album. Surprising since he also speaks on his
split from 50 Cent’s G unit crew, “All this coming out of the mouth of the
nigga you used to know as being 50's dog/ but I got tired of being 50's dog."
Meek Mill brings some much needed energy to the track, but can’t stop it being skippable
the album’s second song features good production from Black Metaphor but
suffers from its lack of concept. What a missed opportunity. Game and 2 Chainz exchange
verses which is nice but they just deliver the standard rapper verses about
bragging, as does Rick Ross.
willin', I see a billion
'Til then, I let my nuts hang (Something like my Jesus Piece)" – Game on “Jesus Piece”
on from the album’s controversial artwork, the album’s title track “Jesus Piece” contains a chorus with lyrics
which might not provide the most comfortable listening for some (see above).
Again the song is nothing more than ordinary and Game is out shined by Common,
who is probably the only artist contributing something valuable on the song.
albums stand out track, is head and shoulders above the rest of Jesus Piece. The song is one of Cool & Dre's best
pieces of work and could easily find a place on a Drake album. J Cole's
entrance is superb and improves an already decent track.
a thug but I got a heart like Kevin & them" – Game on “Pray”
Dre also do a nice job on “All That (Lady)”, which is another of Jesus Piece’s highlights. The song has
an old school 90’s feel to it with Jeremiah doing his best D'Angelo impression.
Big Sean continues to show his improvement with a decent contribution and Lil
Wayne provides another stellar verse. Fabolous pops up on the outro with 8 bars
that can barely be heard because the song is fading out. Why he is even on this
track needs answering.