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21 October 2014

Carousels and Limousines to release their E.P. Strange Love

Carousels and Limousines E.P. Strange Love

Carousels and Limousines to release their E.P. Strange Love

The Bath based Carousels and Limousines have been keeping very busy this summer by performing at variety of shows and festivals including Glastonbury, The Great Escape, a US tour and recording new material. 

The five-piece are all in their mid twenties and have only been playing together as a band for one ear. They have, however, already caught the attention of The Guardian, Artrocker, NME, Big Cheese, Mark Beaumont, Clash and Q Magazine. 

They have also been played regularly on BBC introducing. Not bad going Now Sam, Dom, Finn, Jay and Martyn are ready to release their much anticipated ep Strange Love. Having been compared to Tom Petty, The War on Drugs and The Gaslight Anthem, Sam and Dom’s vocal impact stays with the listener for a long while after. Filled with irresistible riffs, washed in dreamy harmonies and led by steady mid tempo drum-beats, the Americana ep is an overall infusion of memorable musicianship.

With unique and edgy live presence, Carousels and Limousines are all about authenticity and memorable songs, and their upcoming ep will be available for sale and download 17th

LIVE DATES:

5th November - Monarch Camden, London 

11th November – Komedia, Bath

13th November – Mr Wolf’s, Bristol

21st November – Troubadour, London

4th December – Monarch, Camden


Brighton based Morning Smoke release new single Hunger

Brighton Morning Smoke new single Hunger

Brighton based Morning Smoke release new single Hunger

The Brighton based Morning Smoke have been keeping very busy this summer by performing at variety of shows and festivals including The Great Escape, supporting Joel Gion and recording new material.

The four-piece are all still under 20 years old and have only been playing together as a band for one year. They have, however, already caught the attention of The Sun, Artrocker, NME, Big Cheese, Clash and Q Magazine. They have also been played by XFM’s John Kennedy and even outvoted Sam Smith on BBC 1 Edith Bowman’s Show. Not bad going

Now Milo, Max, Isaac and Chris are ready to release their much anticipated double-a single called Hunger and Stephanie I. Having been compared to Sonic Youth, Joy Division and Interpol, Milo’s vocal impact stays with the listener for a long while after. Filled with irresistible riffs, washed in dreamy reverbs and led by steady mid tempo drum-beats, the pre-gothic double-a side is an overall infusion of memorable musicianship.

With unique and edgy sonic presence, Morning Smoke are all about authenticity and memorable noise, and their upcoming Double-A singles will be available for sale and download 1st December 2014.

LIVE DATES:
9th October - Proud Camden, London 
10th October - Brunswick, Hove 
14th October- Shacklewell Arms (Through Fierce Panda Promotions)
24th October - Bleach, Brighton
19th November The Social London (Through Heavenly Promotions)

The Game returns to O2 Academy Liverpool

The Game O2 Academy Liverpool

The Game returns to O2 Academy Liverpool

After his huge sold out tour last year The Game returns to the UK in December to play five exclusive headline shows.

With the release of his sixth studio album Blood Moon: Year of The Wolf, this highly anticipated record is the follow up from the 2012 acclaimed Jesus Piece. The new collective album comprises of 15 original tracks and comes complete with an extra bonus track. Collaborating with some of the finest names in rap and hip-hop, guests on the album include the likes of 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, T.I., Yo Gotti and Young Jeezy. The album was released October 14th and is available now via iTunes and Spotify.

Announcing the details of his latest single Married To The Game, the track features guest verses from French Montana, Sam Hook and DUBB. The Game's arrival on the West Coast rap scene, and consequently around the world has marked the beginning of a new era in rap music. Returning to the UK this year he will play in Liverpool, Norwich, Bristol, London and Brighton throughout December.  

The Game Live Dates:

DECEMBER 2014
Monday           15        Liverpool O2 Academy (ticketweb.co.uk / 0844 477 2000)
Wednesday     17        Norwich UEA
Thursday         18        Bristol Motion
Friday              19        London Electric Brixton
Saturday          20        Brighton Concorde 2 

Tickets go on sale 9.00am Friday 17th October and will be available from www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051  

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Liverpool music prize The GIT Award 2015 returns plus Launch Party

Liverpool music prize The GIT Award 2015 Launch Party

Liverpool music prize The GIT Award 2015 returns plus Launch Party

Liverpool’s premier new music prize The GIT Award is back for its fourth successive year. 

The process to find the 12 shortlisted GIT Award 2015 nominees opens today ahead of the official award launch event which will take place at Liverpool Music Week's closing party on Saturday 1 November 2014. 

The GIT Award winner will be announced at a showcase ceremony at The Kazimier on Saturday 4 April 2015, featuring nominees and special guests. 

The GIT Award, dubbed by the NME as the ‘Scouse Mercury Prize,’ is the only prize of its kind in the UK, championing vital new talent within Merseyside’s eclectic music community, pushing innovative musicians right across the world. 

The overall winner of the GIT Award 2015 will receive a cash prize of £1000. 

The fourth GIT Award recipient will follow in the footsteps of previous winners Loved Ones (2012), Baltic Fleet (2013) and  last year's victor Forest Swords, who due to touring commitments drafted in reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry to collect his prize. 

A special Inspiration Award, recognising significant outstanding achievement in Merseyside’s music industry will also be presented. The 2014 Inspiration Award went to the team behind Africa Oye while previous recipients include Hillsborough Justice Collective (2013) and the directors of the Kazimier club (2012). 

This year's GIT Award launch is on Saturday 1 November 2014 at one of the city's most vital emerging clubs, 24 Kitchen Street, in the Baltic Triangle as part of Liverpool Music Week's closing party. It is headlined by the winner of the very first GIT Award One To Watch prize, Lapsley. 

In a little under nine months, 18-year-old Merseysider, Lapsley (aka Holly Lapsley Fletcher) has seen her music played on Radio 1 and 6 Music, played Glastonbury, racked up widespread national print coverage and over one million plays on her SoundCloud page despite having yet to sign a record deal. 

Alongside Lapsley, and in keeping with the GIT Award's ethos, also performing at 24 Kitchen Street are a raft of artists who are gaining buzz in their home city and further afield. They include electronic artist VEED, experimental duo Queen Maud and avant-garde fusionists Chemistry Lane. There will be additional DJ sets by acclaimed Liverpool-based, Irish producer or:la. 

Speaking ahead of her headline set, Lapsley said: "It's great to be a part of the GIT Award 2015 launch at Liverpool Music Week. I love playing in my home town and having won the GIT Award One To Watch last year it's wonderful to have the support once again." 

Launched at Liverpool Music Week in November 2011, the GIT Award, founded by Liverpool-based blog Getintothis is now an annual fixture on the Merseyside music scene, supported by musicians, industry figures and national media. 

Among the judging panel during the GIT Award’s three years were NME, 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, The Quietus, The Guardian, Liverpool Football Club, Q Magazine, Vice Magazine, Creation Records boss Alan McGee and the cornerstones of Liverpool’s music scene. 

Liverpool Music Week director, Mike Deane, added: "It's great to be once again hosting the GIT Award launch at Liverpool Music Week. Both organisations are dedicated to championing adventurous and exciting artists from Merseyside, reflected perfectly in our diverse GIT Award stage at this year's Music Week closing party." 

Open to all artists and bands from or based in Merseyside, the GIT Award has showcased the region’s rich musical diversity, from the thriving hip hop scene to its electronica artists, from its long-established country and roots community to punk, folk and metal. 

Getintothis editor and founder of the GIT Award, Peter Guy, said: “It's great to be back for a fourth year. The GIT Award has consistently shone a light on the first-rate music emanating from within Merseyside - and it's through the passion of the judging panel and the small but excellent team which put it together that those artists and their work are pushed to the forefront of the national music industry's consciousness

"I'm delighted to be teaming up with Liverpool Music Week once again for our launch party - the Award's grown beyond our wildest dreams from that small gathering back in 2011 - I'm sure Lapsley and the other musicians will provide a tremendous evening of music on November 1." 

Musicians, bands and creative types who would like to enter for this year’s prize are asked to send four tracks to gitaward@getintothis.co.uk

Lee 'Scratch' Perry and The Upsetters - Live in London - Under The Bridge

Lee 'Scratch' Perry and The Upsetters London Under The Bridge

Lee 'Scratch' Perry and The UpsettersLive in Concert - Under The Bridge, London

1st December 2014

On the 1st December, West London’s premiere music venue Under The Bridge plays host to a true legend of modern music. During the late 60s and 1970s, Lee “Scratch” Perry was influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music.  Arguably the first creatively driven "artist-producer" in modern recorded music, Perry was noted for his innovative studio techniques and production values. Perry was one of the pioneers in the development of djing and dub music with his early adoption of effects and remixing to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks.

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry started off working with Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd's and Joe Gibbs for their labels Studio One and Wirl Records respectively, before forming his own label, Upsetter Records, in 1968. Working with his studio band The Upsetters until 1972, in 1973 he opened the now legendary Black Ark Studios and produced genre-defining albums by Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Congos, The Heptones and Max Romeo. Virtually everything Perry recorded in The Black Ark was done using basic recording equipment; through sonic sleight-of-hand, Perry made it sound unique.

By 1978, stress and unwanted outside influences began to take their toll: both Perry and The Black Ark quickly fell into a state of disrepair. Eventually, the studio burned to the ground. Perry has constantly insisted that he burned the Black Ark himself in a fit of rage.

Perry lost his way throughout the 80s, however his career was put back on track when he started to work with British producers Adrian Sherwood and Mad Professor, his resurgence in creativity also linked to the decision to give up cannabis and alcohol. In 1998, a feature on the Beastie Boys track ‘Dr. Lee Phd.’ Gained him wider recognition, then in 1993 he was awarded the Grammy for Best Reggae Album for ‘Jamaican E.T.’. Since then Perry’s career has seen him work with The Slits, Panda Bear (of Animal Collective), The Orb and Diplo.

Restlessly creative and still as enigmatic as ever, he continues to tour with The Upsetters, his madcap live shows earning notoriety for their eccentricity and flair, during his last trip to the UK he declared “I am Peter Pan, I can fly. I never want to die!

20 October 2014

Beans on Toast unveils video for The Chicken Song

Beans on Toast video The Chicken Song

Beans on Toast unveils video for The Chicken Song

Drunk Folk singer, barefoot troubadour and cult legend Beans on Toast drops his 6th studio album on his 34th Birthday. Newly engaged to muse Lizzy Bee and with his biggest year to date behind him, Beans on Toast is turning his irreverent mind to the more valuable things in life with new album ‘The Grand Scheme of Things’. The release is flanked by a 15 date headline tour (with support from Will Varley), including Beans’ largest London show to date, at Electric Ballroom, December 11.

Released on Xtra Mile Recordings, as is tradition on 1st December the album turns to the more wholesome topics of home cooking, an upcoming honeymoon and a whole lot of loving; a marked change in the man who once was a poster boy for recreational drugs. What hasn’t changed though is Beans on Toast’s unrivalled ability to tell a tale, his no holds barred social commentary and his ability to tackle difficult subjects from an everyday point of view. Here, his thoughts from the last year are honestly regaled through eleven life-affirming and frequently humorous tracks.

In the twelve months that have seen him tour the world, open arenas for Frank Turner and play a jam packed summer of festivals, material has come from his experiences, with American tour dates giving way to ‘Fuck You Nashville’ and love song ‘New Orleans Honeymoon’. Memories of his Camp Bestival main stage performance are captured perfectly with ‘Stinging Nettles’, a song he wrote for children about the great outdoors, and topics like gentrification, chicken farming and world peace all get the Beans musical treatment.

Recorded at London’s Soup Studios, ‘The Grand Scheme of Things’ features and was fittingly produced by Sam Beer, an old family friend who taught Beans on Toast his first song on the guitar over eighteen years ago on a camping holiday in Spain, and who was reunited with Beans on the London music circle ten years later. Together, with the help of friends Bobby Banjo and contributors Will Varley and Brooke Sharkey, this is an album that marks a change but not a complete makeover for everyone’s favourite modern one-man band.

LIVE
20 November ABERDEEN The Lemon Tree
21 November GLASGOW Nice N Sleazy
22 November EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms
24 November NEWCASTLE The Cluny
25 November HULL Fruit
26 November LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
27 November MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
28 November LIVERPOOL The Shipping Forecast
29 November NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
03 December BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
04 December CAMBRIDGE Junction
05 December BRISTOL The Fleece
06 December EXETER The Phoenix
09 December PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
10 December BRIGHTON The Haunt
11 December LONDON Electric Ballroom

Calvin Harris releases new track Outside feat. Ellie Goulding

Calvin Harris Outside feat. Ellie Goulding

Calvin Harris releases new track Outside feat. Ellie Goulding

CALVIN HARRIS today unleashes another track from his forthcoming album, the hotly anticipated 'Motion'. 'Outside feat. Ellie Goulding'; the second track the pair have released together, shows off Ellie's dusky vocal and Calvin's deft ability at writing the perfect pop song, producing another world-beating collaboration.

'Motion will be released 3rd November 2014 and features a myriad of remarkable chart-topping artists including Gwen Stefani, Haim, Tinashe, Big Sean, Hurts, John Newman, R3hab and Firebeatz. The album follows Calvin's already stellar year where he has broken a number of Spotify world records, achieved two #1 hit singles and stormed live dates across the globe.

The pre-order for 'Motion' with an instant download of 'Slow Acid' is now available:



Basheba drops her video for Hold On, from the upcoming EP Bad Friends, Good Enemies

Basheba video Hold On, EP Bad Friends, Good Enemies

Basheba drops her video for Hold On, from the upcoming EP Bad Friends, Good Enemies

NW London vocalist Basheba is back with another darkly lyrical dance record and hard hitting music video. 2014 has been a big year for Basheba. Having made it to the final ten on MOBO Unsung’s competition (beating over 400 other unsigned artists) and featuring on platforms such as BBC R1, 1xtra, Kiss FM, MTV Base, London Live, AKA, Flava, Record of the Day, Fred Perry Subculture, Refinery 29 and SB.TV.

Perfecting her sound since the age of 14,Basheba combines dark, blues influenced vocals with hard-edged drum and bass beatsso it’s no wonder that the likes of Rudimental and Lyracis have already asked to work with her on their album projects. A creative through & through, watch out for her own clothing brand launching in 2015.

October 18th sees Basheba performing at ‘Juicy Live Couture’ in Westfield shopping centre, alongside Show’N’Prove, Fabienne and Chocolate Doll.Basheba has her ‘Bad Friends, Good Enemies’ EP launch party set for her 27th October, at London’s The Social, Oxford Circus.

Bad Friends, Good Enemies EP will be available on iTunes 26th Oct