Tuesday, 25 November 2014

EVENT: PROFESSOR GREEN HP CONNECTED MUSIC GIG


The 6th HP Connected Music gig takes places this coming Wednesday 26th November, as Professor Green takes to the stage in West London at the Under The Bridge venue.

Previous shows have featured the likes of John Newman and Ellie Goulding, and at the last gig we were present to see Bastille in full flow as they experimented with the latest interactive pressure sensor lighting technology and cutting edge VFX as premiered by HP.

If you're unable to make tomorrows show fear not! You can watch the entire performance as well as being able to unlock some exclusive Professor Green content on this link - http://professorgreen.co.uk/live

We'll have a full report on the gig as well as detailing which of the new technology on display is getting us excited, so make sure you check back in a next couple of days to find out all about it!

HP Connected Music // Professor Green // #HPConnectedMusic

Monday, 24 November 2014

VIDEO: MARIKA HACKMAN - DROWN


We've been big fans of Marika Hackman for a while now, since we first wrote about her almost exactly two years ago today in a new music post. Since then she made our tips for 2013, had our single of the year for 2013, made the top spot in this years 2014 UK Blog Sound poll, and last week we caught her playing a packed out headline show at XOYO.

Early next year (Feb 16th) sees the release of her eagerly awaited debut album - 'We Slept At Last', which is produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J) and is released through Dirty Hit.

Today the video for 'Drown' appeared, which the first single from the record and will be released on December 8th. We'll let Marika explain the clever video and the song behind it.

"The song itself deals with the idea of suffocating on the power of human emotion and finding it painful yet strangely euphoric in a masochistic way. With my music not a lot of people pick up the underlying violence within the lyrics so I wanted to create a video that would indulge in the dark but beautiful intensity of these words.

Working with the directors, Brian and Karl, we drew inspiration from the works of American video artist Bill Viola and the way he contrasts human subjects with the black voids he places them in, to create an erie beauty and serenity which simultaneously belies the violence of what is actually happening."

'Oh to drown in your mind I would, I know I would. To suffocate in your smoke I’d choke on you if I could. Maybe I will.'



Monday, 17 November 2014

SINGLE: SOPHIE JAMIESON - TAKE


Released through Luv Luv Luv Records on December 8th, 'Take' is the latest single from Sophie Jamieson. A Music Liberation favourite since we first listened to her debut EP 'Where' last year, we've been eager to keep a close eye on her movements in 2014, which culminates with this new track, as well as a showcase show for it at the Sebright Arms on December 9th.

'Take' is easily the most complex and full bodied track that Sophie has put out to date, hinting that her sound is naturally developing from the delicate instrumentation and softly delivered vocals of her early work, to a more wholesome, mature arrangement which only goes to further enhance her blossoming reputation as one of the most talented singer-songwriters out there.

Sophie explained to us how the song is about "being overwhelmingly aware that you mean nothing to a person, and that you are fast being, or soon to be, forgotten. It explores the irrational, angry unacceptance of realising your insignificance. Beneath the unacceptance is an awareness of giving in at last. The song is about all the hurt that has bottled up, being released fully and finally and aggressively."

You can pre-order 'Take' via iTunes. // Sophie Jamieson // Luv Luv Luv Records

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

EVENT: UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2014 - THE WINNERS!



Last night we went to the UK Music Video Awards, it was much fun, see below for all the details!
 
The 7th annual UK Music Video Awards were held in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre, where a throng of British and International filmmakers assembled to celebrate creative and technical excellence in music videos.

Video of the Year went to American directing duo DANIELS, who received a total of five nominations and also picked up Best Dance Video - International for DJ Snake ft Lil Jon’s ‘Turn Down For What’. And the UK Jury selected LA-based director Hiro Murai as the Best Director of the past year for his body of work, which include Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Smooth Sailing’ which also won him the Best Rock/Indie Video – International.

One of the big British winners of the night was Daniel Wolfe for his 8 minute epic for Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’, which picked up five nominations and rewarded him with the Best Pop Video title as well as the coveted Best Cinematography prize for Robbie Ryan. Wolfe, who was named the MVAs Best Director in 2010, has just released his first feature, ‘Catch Me Daddy’ which itself picked up an award at the recent BFI London Film Festival Awards.

Also picking up two honours at the ceremony hosted by comedian Adam Buxton, was Mercury Prize-nominated FKA Twigs’ who won the brand new Best Video Artist category for her body of video work in the past year, as well as the Best Alternative Video – Budget for ‘Papi Pacify’, co-directed by twigs with Tom Beard. Meanwhile other British women gracing the stage on the night included Agile Films producer, Amber Millington who beat off competition from the UK and France to win the Best Producer award, and Caroline Clayton who took home the Best Commissioner trophy.

In the non-video categories, Kate Moross collected the Best Music Ad – TV or Online for her direction of ‘Settle’ by Disclosure, and relative newcomer, Bartleberry Logan picked up the coveted Best Live Music Coverage title for his direction of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Live in Paris.

Grammy-award winning video director Joseph Kahn was presented with the Icon Award. He is celebrated for his iconic work with a generation of music artists, including Beyonce, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry, Wu-Tang Clan, Justin Timberlake and U2. Heartfelt tributes on the night came from Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.

Earlier on saw the successful launch of MusicVidFest, a conference on the business of music video creativity held at BFI Southbank, which gave professionals a chance to discuss the issues and advances driving music video production here and abroad.

The full list of winners can be found here // UK Music Video Awards

Thursday, 6 November 2014

EVENT: UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2014

Next week sees the return of the UK Music Video Awards, and Music Liberation is pleased to see some of our favourite acts getting nominations. The likes of Drenge, Pearls Negras, London Grammar, Jungle, PUP, and Lonely The Brave are among the acts to be nominated for the awards, which are an annual celebration of creative and technical excellence in music videos made in the UK and beyond.

The event takes places at the Southbank Centre in London on Monday November 10th, with this year seeing the launch of Music Vid Fest, a conference on the business of music video creativity to run at the BFI Southbank on the same day as the Awards.

Music Vid Fest will give professionals a chance to discuss the issues and advances driving music video production here and abroad, and will include panel discussions with leading lights of music video creativity, from producers and directors, to independent and label commissioners, managers and artists.

For more information ---> UK Music Video Awards 2014.

Monday, 3 November 2014

ALBUM: SAINT SAVIOUR - IN THE SEAMS



'In The Seams' is the 2nd album from Saint Saviour, aka Becky Jones, a talented singer-songwriter from Teeside. Having been in the RGB's and Groove Armada, Saint Saviour went solo in 2010, and has since released two EP's - 'Anatomy' and 'Suukei', with her debut record 'Union' coming out in 2012.

The new album was produced by Bill Ryder Jones (The Coral) and recorded at Parr Street Studios with the Manchester Camerata.

It is a beautiful body of work, taking the listener on a personal journey they can equally relate to, observe, and learn from. The record is led by Saint Saviour's delicate vocals, which are the main focus in a sparse and honest musical landscape under which are gentle guitars, piano, and gorgeous string sections.

The brave fragility of 'In The Seams' is it's true quality, drawing your mind and heart to singular thoughts, and ultimately it's success is capturing your attention from start to finish without you even realising.


Monday, 27 October 2014

LIVE: LAURA DOGGETT at O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON (supporting John Newman)


Laura Doggett is a 20 year old from Bath who recently signed with RCA Records, toured with SOHN, and this week sees the release of her debut single 'Moonshine'. As if that wasn't enough excitement for one week she's also currently supporting Yorkshire's finest - Mr John Newman, on his UK tour, the highlight of which came at a sold out show at Brixton's O2 Academy.

For someone of such tender years Laura Doggett certainly displayed a clear confidence not only in her ability, but also through the strength of her song-writing. The half a dozen songs that populated her set-list demonstrated her deep, powerful vocals that are refreshingly unique, which alongside the sultry stage presence leaves you feeling like you've witnessed not just a normal concert but a theatrical event.

The between song chit chat clearly revealed someone who appreciated the opportunity given to her by John Newman (who incidentally put on a fantastic show), with the honest thank you mentions to those who've been supportive endearing her to the crowd which swelled in numbers as her set reached a conclusion.

With a debut album to look forward to in 2015, no doubt we'll be seeing Laura Doggett on the live scene again in the near future, I'd recommend you do so too!


 

Monday, 20 October 2014

ALBUM: YES I'M LEAVING - SLOW RELEASE


Out now through Homeless Records, 'Slow Release' is the fourth album from Aussie three-piece Yes I'm Leaving, following up from last years well received 'Mission Bulb' LP.

'Slow Release' is a blistering garage-punk-rock assault taking place over the record's 11 songs, full of angsty, grungy vocals and bass heavy guitars which never let up throughout the duration. It's a bleak yet strangely uplifting listening experience, leaving you with ears that feel abused but a brain that feels energised...strange!