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Bands to Watch #90: Kleerup

 
By on Monday, 2nd March 2009 at 3:00 pm
 

Kleerup (side)This week TGTF would like to introduce Andreas Kleerup – a super-multitasking Swede who last year, alongside the uber cool Robyn, was responsible for producing the amazing number 1 track, ‘With Every Heartbeat’. As well as working on other people’s tunes, Andreas is an artist himself, who’s ambient disco pop is said to be inspired by everyone from Fleetwood Mac to, intriguingly, Motley Crue. Although an odd selection – it must be a good formula considering Kleerup picked up a multitude of awards last year ranging from Best Producer, Best Composer to Best Newcomer.

Clearly one for making smash-hits, Kleerup’s self-titled debut album, due for release in May – is set to filled with many exciting dancefloor gems. Big names appearing on Andreas’ debut include Lykke Li and Marit Bergman. That little-known Robyn collaboration I mentioned earlier will also be taking pride of place on the album. Indeed, Kleerup’s debut is being hailed as one of 2009’s “most talked about electronic albums”. Before we’re lucky enough to get our hands on it, though, Kleerup is going to be releasing a limited edition vinyl titled ‘Hello Holla’ at the beginning of April. The 10″ will feature four tracks which are said to reveal a more “leftfield” side to Andreas. Intriguing stuff.

In the meantime, however, you can check out a few of Kleerup’s tracks over at MySpace now. The tracks uploaded show everything from Andreas’ more acoustic sound – to his electro pop gold dust. Exciting – go have a listen!

A blast from the past below – Robyn’s “With Every Heartbeat”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vfLvZCdT9g[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Esser – Work It Out

 
By on Sunday, 22nd February 2009 at 7:06 pm
 

Esser (side)We first introduced you to Esser‘s rhythmic beats last November via our review of his sunny single, ‘Satisfied’. Tomorrow sees the return of this super-cool Essex lad as he releases yet another electro-pop gem in the form of imminent dancefloor hit, ‘Work it Out’.

Although I’ve grown to dislike most artists who opt to sing in a ridiculously fake cockney accent, Esser’s sweetly simple lyrics about love, heartbreak and in this case, working it back out – means he effortlessly gets away with such a cheeky singing styleé. “I have a habit of getting my foot stuck in my mouth. You are the only person I know that can help me get it out.” Esser innocently announces to the backing of his space age synths and drum machined beat. The electronica repetition that is the stupidly catchy chorus may mean you feel inclined to break out into the robot. Don’t worry – this is perfectly normal behaviour when listening to this electro-pop genius. Check out the appropriately space-age video to Esser’s latest track, below!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76bJTsuZv48[/youtube]

‘Work it Out’ is released tomorrow (February 23rd) via digital download. You can also catch Esser on tour throughout April.

 

Bands to Watch #84: Marina and the Diamonds

 
By on Monday, 16th February 2009 at 11:58 am
 

Marina and the Diamonds (side)This week we bring you Marina and the Diamonds – the latest offering in the glittery new wave of lady singers invading the airwaves this 2009. Certainly – Marina could be the woman to rain on the hotly tipped Miss. Florence and the Machine’s parade this year. The girl’s not only share similarly pretty names with a non-existent ‘The’ titled band to boot, their music is kinda alike too.

Marina possesses the same Kate Bush like-ability as Flo to knock out super catchy tunes tainted with a distinctive and colourful quirky edge. She’s exciting, enthusiastic and not afraid to speak her mind (please DO NOT compare her to Kate Nash!). Marina states Mary Quant, Hello Kitty’s Sanrio and the master creative risk-taker, Vivienne Westwood, as just some the things that have an influence on her kooky sounds.

And lucky for you, Phil has got two awesome Marina and the Diamond MP3s to give away with today’s post. First up we have the super-fun Mowgli’s Road, a quirky little tune consisting of “oohs!”, “aahs!” and an array of other animal-like chants which are befitting of the Jungle Book-like title. Electro synths, glorious vocals and a dead catchy drum-beat make this tune a winner.

MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road

Secondly, we have Obsessions, a kooky piano-based ballad ala Kate Nash (OOPS, sorry Marina!). The folky vocals are backed by sunny synth tinkles and beautiful “babaaa’s!” Obsessions is Marina’s debut single and you can check out the video to song, below:

MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np3QLrHJmRA]

 

Weekly Roundup: 15th February 2009

 
By on Sunday, 15th February 2009 at 11:18 pm
 

As another week draws to a close, we take a look back at the music news that has been hitting the headlines over the past few days!

RihannaLily Allen (pictured top) has topped both the single and album chart this week. ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’, the follow up to Lily’s 2006 debut album ‘Still Alright’, shot to number one this Sunday. Meanwhile hit-single ‘The Fear’ has kept it’s top spot position for the third week in a row, scoring Lily a double chart hit.

Green Day have announced that they will be releasing their 8th studio album in May. Titled ’21st Century Breakdown’, the album is said to be swinging towards a power pop vibe rather than the band’s usual punk rock. The album artwork was also released this week and has been noted for it’s unusual similarity to Blur’s ‘Think Tank’.

Rihanna‘s (pictured right) dad has confirmed that the ‘Umbrella’ star has split with her singer boyfriend, Chris Brown, following an alleged domestic assault last week. Rihanna is said to have sustained visible injuries following the attack which has lead to the pop star cancelling several appearances including a Grammy performance.

Estelle Bennett, of 60’s girl group, The Ronettes, has died this week at the age of 67. Alongside sister Ronnie Bennett and cousin Nedray Talley, Estelle signed to Phil Spector’s Philles Records in 1963. The trio went on to become world-famous thanks to their trademark beehives and hit tracks, such as ‘Be My Baby’.

Def Leppard, Slipknot, Korn, Motley Crue, The Prodigy and newly reformed Limp Bizkit are just some of the big acts confirmed this week for Download Festival 2009. The rock and heavy metal bash takes place at Donnigton Park on Friday the 12th to Sunday 14th of June. Tickets are on sale now over at Download’s official site.

Finally, it’s unlikely we shall see The Smiths following in the footsteps of so many vintage bands out there anytime soon and throw together a reunion tour. Morrissey put an end to all rumours hinting of a possible Smiths unification this week, claiming he’s “not stuck in the past”. Intriguing, since, when on Jonathon Ross Friday night, following his performance of current single ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’, Mozza went on to play nostalgic track ‘This Charming Man’ to the elated audience.

 

Preview: The 51st Grammy Awards

 
By on Sunday, 8th February 2009 at 8:07 pm
 

RadioheadIt’s that time of year again, readers, when the who’s who in music gather together at the Staples Centre, in Los Angeles, to celebrate the world famous ceremony that is the Grammy Awards. This year’s bash has been a particular success for British artists. Home-bred talent such as Coldplay (pictured top), Radiohead (pictured right), Duffy, Leona Lewis and Led Zepplin’s Robert Plant are all up for coveted gongs ranging from ‘Album of the Year’ to ‘Best New Artist’. Brits performing at the awards include Adele, Paul McCartney, Estelle and M.I.A – who has riskily decided to go on with the show despite the fact her baby is due that very night!

Further performances come from Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Jonas Brothers, U2 and even a potential surprise appearance from Green Day. The band have hinted on their website, that they may be showing at this year’s awards despite a near 5 year hiatus since releasing hit-album, American Idiot.

The nominees and consequent winners of the gongs’ are decided by a board of around 10000 members made up of artists, songwriters, producers and music engineers. American rapper, Lil Wayne, is the artist to receive the greatest amount of nominations this year, claiming a cool eight nods. Jay-Z, Kanye West, John Mayer, The Eagles and Metallica are other name’s that will be featuring across a significant array of awards tonight. Meanwhile, Neil Diamond is set to be awarded the acclaimed MusiCares Person of the Year title, which aims to recognise those who have made both an outstanding contribution to music as well as charity-work. Previous winners of the award include Bono, Sting and Aretha Franklin.

Catch all the Grammy action tomorrow night (Monday 9th), at 9pm on ITV2.

 

Bands to Watch #79: One eskimO

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd February 2009 at 10:29 am
 

One eskimO (side)“The little eskimO wondered and wondered, in fact he spent so much time wondering. When he wasn’t wondering he was thinking up stories, and singing along with tunes that lived in his head. You see the little eskimO loved nothing more than just to sing.”

…and welcome to the world of One eskimO, an animated ambient indie-troupe stemming from the mind of frontman Kristian Leontiou. You may have caught their latest single, ‘Kandi’, riding the airwaves lately. The chilled track, which is released February 23rd, in an appropriate example of One eskimO beautifully ambient acoustic sounds. The mystical music is enhanced further through One eskimO’s use of animated characters, ala Gorillaz, only a lot more cuddly – befitting of the band’s cute, cute music.

Kristian – who’s fellow One eskimO band mates include Adam Falkner (drums), Martin Waugh (guitar) and Jamie Sefton (bass and horns) – has already had a dalliance with the top 10 back in 2004. Signed by Polydor Records as a solo artist for a cool £1 million, Leontiou’s debut single “Story of My Life” went straight in at number 9, while his album “Some Day Soon”, reached an impressive 13.

Leontiou swiftly grew tired with his solo career, however, unenthusiastic and unhappy with the music he was pressured into releasing. Consequently, One eskimO was formed, a representative of what Kristian felt was ” a sound of my own”.

And what a beautiful sound it is. Cool, crisp and chilled out, One eskimO even boast of Rollo Armstrong of Faithless as their producer. Pleasant acoustics, quaint (James Blunt-esque) vocals and shimmery synths mean One eskimO are the perfect band to kick back and relax to. Ahh…

MP3: One eskimO – Hometime

Pre-order single ‘Kandi’, here. It’s out on Monday 23rd February.

 
 
 

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