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Live Review: MTV Brand New for 2011 Starring Chase and Status with Mona and Clare Maguire at London Koko – 26th January 2011

By on Thursday, 3rd February 2011 at 2:00 pm

Words and in-text photos by Braden Fletcher
Header photo by Andrew Timms (MTV)

Looking at the bill for last Wednesday night’s show at KOKO, the genres span as wide as the MTV Brand New for 2011 list itself. Alas, only in London can you hear a new pop star, followed by an American rock band and then have the evening headlined by London’s very own Chase and Status. Camden plays host to a show as diverse as its own residents and visitors and I can’t really think of a better place to do so.

First onstage is Clare Maguire. The Birmingham singer-songwriter has been surrounded by hype of late. Featured in the BBC Sound of 2011 list (placing #5 on this year’s poll) and one of the lead stars of HMV’s Next Big Thing festival, it seems inevitable that her voice will be heard across the airwaves nationwide this year. Whilst this is all great news for her and her incredible voice, I can’t help but feel like she’s already become a cliché. Her hauntingly good voice is lost amidst a selection of dull pop tunes and her live band struggle to look anything but comatose at times. This said, her dark persona and strong voice will no doubt earn her acclaim and success in the future.

Next up tonight are my favourite act on the bill. Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Mona have a lot to live up to. Nashville’s favourite sons Kings of Leon are one of the biggest bands on the planet right now and with comparisons being drawn at every turn, Mona have big boots to be stepping into. Fortunately, they have some huge indie rock tracks to do their talking for them. They play hard and with such enthusiasm that the crowd respond strongly. Many tonight are specifically here to see Mona and the huge sing-along to ‘Listen To Your Love’ is testament to how much of an impact the four-piece have had in the last few months. With their debut album in the making, the reigning stadium fillers of Tennessee might need to start watching their heels.

Headlining the evening are local heroes Chase and Status. With their brand new album No More Idols out Monday 31st January, the drum and bass duo have their live set up perfected in the form of MC Rage, live instrumentation and a whole set of collaborations to keep the crowd going. Tonight is no exception with everyone from Tempa T to Clare Maguire joining in for their associated tracks. From start to finish, it’s a high octane ride and even slower tracks such as ‘End Credits’ featuring Plan B (sadly absent) seem to have more power to them. The night’s closing tracks are by far the standout. Liam Bailey features in new single ‘Blind Faith’, which is rightfully going to be a dancefloor hit for the year and both band and artists take it up a level with tonight’s showing. Tinie Tempah comes out for a raucous encore of ‘Hitz’. Chase and Status themselves may not even need a star studded stage to shine, but it sure helps as ‘No More Idols’ launches them into the big time.

So after all the genre spanning acts, MTV’s two-day residency at KOKO comes to an end and I certainly think that MTV’s Brand New for 2011 list won’t disappoint over the next 12 months.


WIN / Tix for MTV Brand New for 2011 Gigs

By on Monday, 17th January 2011 at 11:00 am

The Blackberry Presents MTV Brand New for 2011 gigs will be taking place at London’s Koko on the Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th of January. Tuesday night will see rising stars Jessie J (winner of BBC Sound of 2011) and Ruff Diamondz supporting Tinchy Stryder (of ‘Take Me Back’ fame), while Wednesday will feature our 10 for 2011 poll winner Mona and Clare Maguire opening for drum and bass duo Chase and Status. And thanks to our mates at MTV, we have a pair each for both gigs to give away.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the two gigs, start by entering your name and email address (so we can contact you if you’ve won) and choosing which gig you’d like to win tickets for. Then we’re making this super easy for you. Tell us why you deserve to win. The best two answers as chosen by us will get them. Easy peasy, yes? This competition is now closed. The winners will be contacted shortly by email.


Single Review: Clare Maguire – The Last Dance

By on Friday, 7th January 2011 at 12:00 pm

Birmingham singer Clare Maguire may be barely in her 20s but she’s already got received more accolades in her brief time in the public eye than most acts garner during full careers. Last year she won Q’s award for Next Big Thing, she’s on MTV’s Brand New for 2011 longlist and this past Monday she was named as the #5 artist of the BBC Sound of 2011, so you’ll definitely be hearing more about her as the year wears on. And no doubt you will be hearing this song loads: her forthcoming single, ‘The Last Dance’, will be released on 20 February on Polydor. Her debut album, the heavy-sounding ‘Light After Dark’, follows a week later.

The bog standard ‘80s style synth build is nothing to write home about, but the focus of this song is understandably not the instrumentation or the gospel-y backing vocals that are probably unnecessary when all is said and done, but on the voice of Maguire herself. It’s already been compared to the soul stylings of Annie Lennox‘s and the depth of Stevie Nicks‘s. But what struck me the first time I heard this song was how much Maguire sounds like Kate Bush. Maybe I am too young but I am not a Kate Bush fan, but I am aware that any comparisons made to her must not be made lightly. I’d be most interested to see this woman live and see if her pipes are the real deal or like too many acts in the top 40, this has all been overproduced by a major record label for a slick finish. ‘The Last Dance’ is not awe-inspiring, but it’s not bad. Let’s see how a whole album of material stands up to scrutiny when it’s released on 28 February.




New to Q Sessions / January 2011

By on Thursday, 11th November 2010 at 9:00 am

The line-ups for the second annual New to Q Sessions, to take place at London’s Bush Hall in early 2011, have been announced. Five special shows have been scheduled for the week of the 24th to the 28th of January 2011. Though the presale already started on Tuesday, general tickets go on sale at 9 AM tomorrow (12th November). The bands playing are listed below; you’ll definitely recognise some TGTF favourites in there.

Monday 24th January 2011 – Funeral Party, Kid Adrift, Liz Lawrence
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Clare Maguire, Primary 1, Liam Bailey
Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Noah and the Whale, Ben Howard, Alice Gold
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Egyptian Hip Hop, Dutch Uncles
Friday 28th January 2011 – The Pierces, Murray James, David Lyre


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