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Live Gig Video(s): Michael Kiwanuka performs on Jools Holland and for BBC Radio 1Xtra and 6 Music

By on Monday, 13th June 2016 at 4:00 pm

Soul singer Michael Kiwanuka has kept very busy recently, promoting his forthcoming second album ‘Love & Hate’ with a series of live sessions for television and radio. Back on the 31st of May, Kiwanuka took the stage on ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ to give a bold performance of his new track ‘Black Man in a White World’, accompanied by a full band and gospel chorus. Kiwanuka’s soulful refrain was punctuated by rhythmic handclaps and insistent guitar riffs that combined with dramatic stage effects to create a forceful visual and sonic impact.


The very next day, Kiwanuka made an appearance in the BBC Radio 1Xtra Live Lounge where he presented a significantly more delicate acoustic performance of Prince’s ‘Sometimes It Snows in April’. In contrast to the above performance of ‘Black Man in a White World’, Kiwanuka’s bandmates in the Live Lounge contribute only gentle percussion and soft harmony vocals, and the relative stillness of the shadowy studio amplifies the effect of Kiwanuka’s stark interpretation.


Finally, on the 7th of June, Kiwanuka played a live studio session for BBC 6 Music with Lauren Laverne, where he performed his hypnotic new album track ‘Father’s Child’. Video of the BBC 6 Music session is available here, for a limited time.

Michael Kiwanuka’s second album ‘Love & Hate’ is due for release on the 15th of July via Polydor. If you missed it, you can take a look back at Kiwanuka’s official video for ‘Black Man in a White World’, along with his list of October tour dates, right here. Our full collection of coverage on Michael Kiwanuka is this way.


Live Gig Videos: Songhoy Blues perform upcoming single ‘Soubour’ and on Later…with Jools Holland

By on Tuesday, 21st April 2015 at 4:00 pm

Mali-born band Songhoy Blues arresting performances at SXSW 2015, including the Transgressive Records showcase Carrie covered on the Tuesday night of the festival, kept punters spellbound and with good reason. If you’re still in need of convincing, the band have released a new live performance video of them playing ‘Soubour’, a new single that is released on the 11th of May on Transgressive.

It also just so happens that the band appeared on Later…with Jools Holland recently, and you can also watch their performance from the telly below as well.




Video(s) of the Moment #1219: Deap Vally

By on Saturday, 1st June 2013 at 10:00 am

Unbeknowst to them, Los Angeles duo Deap Vally provided the best comic relief the night I covered the Fierce Panda 19th birthday party at London Scala starring the Crookes, the Heartbreaks and Hey Sholay on Tuesday 21 May. Now, I haven’t been to that many Crookes shows, but I’d been warned to expect in London that only girls were stood at the front of their gigs; having heard this, I thought it was very strange to see a lone bloke stood dead centre down the front.

After the Heartbreaks finished and left the stage, he asked me and my friend, “err…Deap Vally are next, right?” I had no idea what he was talking about; I tried to set him straight, saying, “no, the Crookes are on next. It’s a Fierce Panda show”. We found out later when he returned for the headphones he’d left onstage with us that security at the venue didn’t pay attention to the fact he had a ticket for the *next* night’s show headlined by Deap Vally and just let him in to this one instead. Surely he should have realised during Hey Sholay’s set that something was amiss? Take home message: always check and double-check your tickets, folks.

So anyway, in honour of the much needed comic relief between sets by this hapless Deap Valley fan, we’ve got for you the promo video for ‘Baby I Can Hell’ and the same song performed by the duo on Jools Holland in May.




Preview: Eurosonic Noorderslag 2013

By on Wednesday, 9th January 2013 at 1:32 pm

logo-EuroSonicToday through until Sunday (the 9th to the 12th January 2013), Eurosonic Noorderslag 2013 kicks off 5 days of European music, European artists, international music and interactive industry professionals and organisations.

It takes place in Groningen, the Netherlands, the biggest city in the north of the country. Its format is similar to the Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City and SXSW in that there are dedicated portions to a conference program for industry network and knowledge sharing and gobs and gobs of showcases featuring the best of Europe’s and international artists.

But Eurosonic also hosts two awards shows, both taking place tonight. The European Border Breakers Awards will be hosted by Jools Holland (yes, he crosses the border for awards shows, ladies and gentlemen); ten European debuting artists, who have been successful beyond national borders, will be recognised for their achievements. You can watch the awards show live here; it all kicks off at 6 PM Central European time (that’s 1 hour ahead of British time, folks). Or you can just come back here and watch it in the embed below. Following the first awards show will be the European Festival Awards, where the best European festivals will be honoured, with the aim of promoting the great diversity of European festivals.


Festival wristbands are sold out, but delegate passes are still available here at the price of 375 euros. Some can’t be missed bands on today’s (Wednesday’s) schedule include Dutch Uncles, who will be releasing their latest album ‘Out of Touch in the Wild’ (review here) on Monday; BBC Sound of 2013 nominees and Gary Barlow’s favourites Kodaline (pictured at top) and Noel Gallagher protege Jake Bugg. For full details of the festival programme, visit the official Eurosonic Noorderslag Web site.


Single Review: Foals – My Number

By on Friday, 14th December 2012 at 12:00 pm

Champions of the post-Libertines indie scene, Oxford act Foals haven’t been sitting on their uber-cool laurels. Having toyed with people with the frankly huge sounding Inhaler, they’ve now put out new track ‘My Number’ from their forthcoming third record ‘Holy Fire’, out in February.

With jingling math guitars overlapping scattered brushes with powerful guitar that made ‘Antidotes’ the most accessible album of its kind in a long time, and descending into the full light crashing sound that saw ‘Total Life Forever’ soar into their fans’ most cherished records, it’s not difficult to see Yannis and company in full command of the masses in the future once more. Finishing off a tour of tiny venues across the country may have whet the appetites of those lucky enough to be inside the sweaty rooms, but its created a sense of yearning for many more.

Sadly, ‘My Number’ features all the promise of Foals gone by, whilst not bringing it anywhere near to the reserved explosions of ‘Inhaler’. If they’d put this on ‘Total Life Forever’, it would have simply have been another album track and as such you have to question what ‘Holy Fire’ holds in store.

“You don’t have my number; we don’t need each other now. We don’t need the city, the creed of the culture now”, sings Yannis. It’s hardly the coded glory of ‘This Orient’ or ‘Spanish Sahara’ but even I’ll admit that it seems unfair to judge them against their lyrical best when ‘Cassius’ exists.

For now then, ‘My Number’ sits simply on the varied Foals shelf as a track they’ll no doubt be bringing forward with them; but don’t expect it to light up your festival season come the sunny months.


Foals’ new album ‘Holy Fire’ will be released on the 11th of February 2013. Watch them perform ‘My Number’ on Jools Holland last month below; the track premiered on British radio last night on Zane Lowe’s Radio1 programme.



Live Gig Video: Beach House perform new song ‘Myth’ on Jools Holland

By on Tuesday, 29th May 2012 at 4:00 pm

Beach House from Maryland appeared last week on Jools Holland and played their song ‘Myth’. Watch the performance below.



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