Thursday, 30 August 2007

All about the Beat

Here's some cool beats i'm enjoying at the moment.
Let me know what you think!

MP3: THE WASCALS - CLASS CLOWN
Info: Find on "Greatest Hits"
Released: 19/06/2007
Label: Traffic
More: Video

MP3: EXAMPLE - SO MANY ROADS
Info: New Single
Released: 03/09/2007
Label: Warners
More: www.myspace.com/leadingbyexample

MP3: KANO - LONDON TOWN
Info: New album "London Town"
Released: 10/09/2007
Label: 679
More:
www.myspace.com/kano679

MP3: COMMON - DRIVING ME WILD (FEAT. LILY ALLEN)
Info: From album "Finding Forever"
Released: 30/07/2007
Label: MCA
More:
www.myspace.com/common

MP3: AESOP ROCK - CITRONELLA
Info: New album "None Shall Pass"
Released: 10/09/2007
Label: DEF JUX
More:
www.myspace.com/aesoprockwins

MP3: LETHAL BIZZLE - BIZZLE BIZZLE
Info: Find on "Back To Bizznizz"
Released: 23/07/2007
Label: V2
More:
www.myspace.com/lethalbizzlemusic

Monday, 27 August 2007

Carling Reading and Leeds Festival 2007

Once again another Reading and Leeds festival passes by without my attendance. Ever since I knew what good music was i've wanted to go, but each year it just never seems to happen. But after viewing some of the outstanding performances this year, i'm even more determined to attend.
However for now you'll have to do with my review of the festival through watching highlights courtesy of BBC Radio 1.

There were SO many great bands at the festival this year, which meant there were many good sets, however the following bands in my opinion gave really inspired performances, who really took things to the next level, and completely owned the stage.
LOSTPROPHETS : Since releasing third album "Liberation Transmission", LP have developed a stage presence and sound that has truly taken them above their piers. The standout track was "Burn Burn" which really got the crowd moving. View their set highlights HERE

THE HORRORS : I thought The Horrors were excellent. The keyboardist was crazy, his eyes were mentally bright eyed. The band put on a confident display, and played with a good degree of attitude. Definately going to give their album another listen. Standout track was "Count In Fives". View their set highlights HERE

THE KLAXONS : Not that they would admit it, but for me The Klaxons would have felt some pressure to deliver at this years festival. The hype machine has been working overtime over the past year. But to their credit they put on an excellent display. Looking forward to hearing some new material. Standout track was "Magick"
View their set highlights
HERE

ENTER SHIKARI : For me, Enter Shikari put on the performance of the festival. Their whole set was full of energy, and that really relayed to the crowd who were going crazy. The combination of dance beats and synths with heavy guitars and drums, mixed with the dual vocals, really came alive on stage. It was inspiring stuff. Standout track was "Sorry You're Not A Winner" Checkout their set highlights HERE

For highlights of other bands that played at the festival then please go HERE.

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Saturday, 25 August 2007

Tick, Tick, BOOM! : Part 2

Hey, here's part 2 of this weeks latest tracks!

Download: The Hives - Tick, Tick, Boom!
Category: Indie/Rock
Info: New album due this year
Label: Universal
More: www.myspace.com/thehives

Download: Shy Child - Summer
Category: Indie/Electro/Pop
Info: Taken from album "Noise Won't Stop" (2007)
Label: Wall of Sound
More:
www.myspace.com/shychildmusic

Download: Does It Offend You Yeah? - Let's Make Out
Category: Electro/Punk/Indie
Info: Currently on UK tour
Label: Virgin Records
More: www.myspace.com/doesitoffendyou

Download: The Films - Black Shoes
Category: Indie/Pop/Rock
Info: From album "Don't Dance Rattlesnake" (2007)

Label: 7 Hz Recordings
More: www.myspace.com/thefilms

Download: Digitalism - Pogo
Category: Electronica/Indie
Info: From album "Idealism" (2007)
Label: Virgin Records
More: www.myspace.com/digitalism

Download: EL-P - Smithereens (Stop Crying)
Category: Hip Hop
Info: From album "I'll Sleep When You're Dead" (2007)
Label: Definitive Jux
More: www.myspace.com/elproducto

Download: Les Savy Fav - Raging In The Plague Age
Category: Punk/Rock/Indie
Info: From forthcoming album "Let's Stay Friends" (Released - 10/10/07)
Label: Wichita
More: www.myspace.com/lessavyfav

Download: Gallows - In The Belly Of A Shark
Category: Punk/Hardcore/Rock
Info: From album "Orchestra of Wolves" (2007)
Label: Epitaph Records
More: www.myspace.com/gallows

Friday, 24 August 2007

Download Error

Hey, unfortunately there is a problem with the download links at the moment, so this means that you can't download any of the links below, and that im also delaying Part 2 of yesterdays post. I'm working on the problem and hope to have it fixed soon, sorry for any inconvenience to your listening pleasure.
Sid.
EDIT: NOTE - THE NEW DOWNLOAD LINKS SHOULD WORK FINE NOW, I'LL BE GOING BACK THROUGH PREVIOUS POSTS AND FIXING THOSE LINKS ASWELL. 25/08/07

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Tick, Tick, BOOM! : Part 1

There is ALOT of really good music around at the moment. So this weeks selection of brand new tunes is split up into two parts. (Part Two will be posted tomorrow.) Enjoy!

Category: Indie/Rock
Info: Single released 03/09/07
Label: Rough Trade
More:
www.myspace.com/babyshamblesofficial
Category: Drum and Bass
Info: Taken from album "Uprising" (2004)
Label: Amato
More:
www.myspace.com/weareconcorddawn

Download: Laura Marling - New Romantic LINK 2
Category: Alternative/Acoustic/Folk
Info: E.P released 1st October
Label: EMI
More: www.myspace.com/lauramarling

Download: Afrikan Boy - One Day I Went To Lidl LINK 2
Category: Grime/Garage/Afro-Beat
Info: On tour with M.I.A
Label: Unsigned
More:
Myspace

Download: Turbo Fruits - Volcano LINK 2
Category: Alternative/Rock/Punk
Info: Taken from Self Titled album (2007)
Label: Vital
More:
www.myspace.com/turbofruits
Category: Metal/Hardcore
Info: Taken from album "Prey For Eyes" (2007)
Label: Metal Blade

Label: Unsigned
More:
www.myspace.com/blammablamma

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

BT Digital Music Awards 07

Hey, if you enjoy reading this blog and downloading the tunes, then it would be cool if you could vote for this blog in "The People's Choice Awards" which is part of the BT Digital Music Awards 07. All you have to do is click on the graphic below! Voting closes on the 30th September.

BT DMA07 People's Choice Nominee - Vote for me!

Checkout other categories you can vote on by going to the official page.

Thanks alot everyone!

Sid.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Single Review - David Ford

Today i'm reviewing the latest single i've been sent from the lovely people at Independiente Records (Home to Travis, Embrace, and Gomez amongst others).

The track is called "Go To Hell" and comes from British based singer/songwriter, David Ford.

Background:
David Ford is a Singer/Songwriter from Kent, in the UK. Before becoming a solo artist, he was the frontman for an Indie band called Easyworld, who released two full length albums before splitting up in 2004. Since that point he has extensively toured the UK, ranging from small intimate shows to supporting bands such as Starsailor, and even his own sold out headline tour. That was in support of his critically acclaimed debut album "I Sincerly Apoligize For All The Trouble I've Caused".

After touring and releasing that album in the UK, Ford turned his attention to the US. The album received excellent reviews in magazines such as Rolling Stone and Variety, and he supported artists such as Richard Ashcroft and Ray Lamontagne.

This brings us to 2007, and the release of his new album, titled "Songs For The Road".

Single Review - "Go To Hell"
This is the opening track from the new album, and is clearly a statement of intent. It is lyrically aggressive towards himself, deeply emotional, and very powerful stuff. The track starts slow and quickly moves through the gears as more elements are added. Each time you listen to it you pick up on something new, a particuarly attractive element for music listeners.

What really stands out on this track compared to Ford's previous releases is the production. Everything sounds so powerful, you can really hear each element within the music. Ford himself recognised this difference between his releases, stating that "My first album was basically bedroom demos with ideas way above their station, this one sounds more like a record.” He enlisted the help of producers James Brown, Kevin Bacon, and Jonathan Quarmby to acheive the sound he wanted, and its definatley lifted him to a new position.

The single "Go To Hell" is out now. The new album "Songs For The Road" is released on Independiente Records on the 15th of October 2007. But you can download the album by going HERE

He will be on tour in the UK during October to support the release of the album, you can check the dates by going to his MYSPACE.

DOWNLOAD: DAVID FORD - GO TO HELL (alternative link)

Friday, 17 August 2007

Speaker Pleasure

Here's the latest collection of new tracks i've come across. Enjoy!

Download: Foo Fighters - The Pretender (LINK 2)
Category: Rock/Indie/Punk
From: New album "Echoes Silence Patience & Grace" released 24/09/07
More:
http://www.foofighters.com/


Download: Gogol Bordello - Wonderlust King (LINK 2)
Category: Alternative/Folk/Punk
From: New album "Super Taranta" (2007) Out Now.
More:
http://www.gogolbordello.com/


Download: The Neon Plastix - Gentlemens Gold (LINK 2)
Category: New Rave/Electro/Indie
More:
http://www.theneonplastix.com/



Download: High Contrast - Brief Encounter (LINK 2)
Category: Drum and Bass/Breakbeat
From: Album "High Society" (2004)
More:
www.myspace.com/highcontrastuk


Download: Jakobinarina - Sleeping In Seattle (LINK 2)
Category: Pop/Rock/Punk
More:
www.myspace.com/jakobinarina



Download: The Editors - An End Has A Start (LINK 2)
Category: Indie/Alternative/Rock
From: Album "An End Has A Start" (2007)
More:
http://www.editorsofficial.com/


Download: Jose Gonzalez - Down The Line (LINK 2)
Category: Acoustic
From: Forthcoming album "In Our Nature" released 24/09/2007
More:
www.myspace.com/josegonzalez


Download: The Sunshine Underground - Borders (LINK 2)
Category: Indie/Pop/Rock
From: Album "Raise The Alarm" (2006)
More:
www.myspace.com/thesunshineunderground

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

We'll Live and Die in These Towns

This evening I wanted to talk about a young British band called, The Enemy.

The Enemy come from Coventry in the West Midlands, and formed in 2005. They consist of Tom Clarke on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Liam Watts on Drums, and Andy Hopkins on Bass Guitar. The band play a mixture of attitude filled Rock and Roll, high energy Punk, and Pop hooks. They have swiftly risen to a position of being one of the UK's brightest young bands who look set to be the next big thing. The band are very proud of their home city, Coventry, dedicated their debut to the people of coventry, and signing it with the phrase "While we sing together, we will never lose".

The Enemy's debut album is entitled "We'll Live and Die in These Towns" and has just recently been released in July 2007. The album has received rave reviews, even going to number 1 in the official UK album charts. Although being young, the band sound well beyond their years, with a really confident sound. The band will be on tour during September and October, joining Lethal Bizzle and The Wombats for the 2007 NME Rock N Roll Riot Tour. Check the dates by going to the bands myspace.

Download: The Enemy - Had Enough (LINK 2)

Download: The Enemy - 40 Days and 40 Nights (LINK 2)

Download: The Enemy - Pressure (LINK 2)

Thursday, 9 August 2007

This is the New Shit

Yo! No messing around, lets get into it, here's some awesome bits and pieces from newcomers and old timers that i'm really into at the moment.

Download: The Chemical Brothers - The Salmon Dance (Feat. Fatlip)
Category: Electronica/Chillout
From: "We Are The Night: (2007)
More: www.myspace.com/thechemicalbrothers


Download: The Pigeon Detectives - Romantic Type
Category: Rock/Indie/New Wave
From: "Wait For Me" (2007)
More: www.myspace.com/thepigeondetectives


Download: The Cribs - Men's Needs
Category: Rock/Indie/Electronica
From: "Mens Needs Womens Needs Whatever" (2007)
More: www.myspace.com/thecribs


Download: Jack Penate - Second, Minute, or Hour
Category: Chill/Alternative/Acoustic
More: www.myspace.com/jackpenate




Download: The Ghost Frequency - Money On The Fire
Category: New Rave/Indie/Electro
More: www.myspace.com/theghostfrequency



Download: PJ Harvey - When Under Ether
Category: Alternative/Chill/Indie
From: "White Chalk" Released 24/09/2007
More: www.myspace.com/pjharvey


Download: Example - You Can't Rap
Category: Hip Hop/Indie/Pop
More: www.myspace.com/leadingbyexample



Download: Goodbooks - Passchendaele
Category: Alternative/Indie/Chill
From: "Control" (2007)
More: http://www.myspace.com/goodbooks

Sunday, 5 August 2007

2 For 1:CSS & The Wombats

I thought i'd tell you about two different bands in one post.

I'm really breaking boundaries here aren't I?!

First up its CSS.
CSS are one of the best new artists to have emerged during the past year. FACT. They come from Brazil, South America, and for the past year or two have been religiously playing tours and festivals across the world, usually to rave reviews.

This year has seen the release of their debut album entitled "Cansei De Ser Sexy". It is blend of many genres, ranging from Pop, Synths, Electronica, Punk, Indie, and Electro-Rock. Its inspiring music, quite unbelievable that its their first album. They are currently doing the Summer festival circuit and will then be heading out on a European tour. (Check their Myspace for details).

Checkout these two tracks.

Download: CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen To Death From Above

Download: CSS - Off The Hook

The second band I want to draw your attention to is The Wombats.

The Wombats formed in 2005 and come from Liverpool in the UK. Their debut album is due to be released later this year in October. The band play a hybrid of Indie and Pop Punk Rock, but what really stands out for me is the songwriting ability of the band. The choruses are really catchy and will stick in your head for hours! You can catch them throughout their mammouth tour during the months of August, September, and October. Again check the bands Myspace for more details.

Have a listen to these tunes!

Download: The Wombats - Backfire At The Disco

Download: The Wombats - Moving To New York

And finally to nicely finish this post, checkout this Wombats track remixed by CSS. (It's almost like they knew about my blog and did this remix for me).

Download: The Wombats - Kill The Director (CSS Remix)

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Get Involved, Get Inspired.

Hey, there's so much good music around at the moment, it's wicked!

Here's a few tracks for your listening pleasure!

Download: Blood Red Shoes - Its Getting Boring By The Sea
Category: Rock/New Rave
Comment: A man and a woman play some foot tapping rock, which could rival that other famous twosome.
Find: Debut album currently being made.

Download: Does It Offend You, Yeah? - We Are Rockstars
Category: Electro/Punk/Indie
Comment: Heavy piece of electronic fused rock.
Find: Check them out on their forthcoming UK Tour in September.


Download: The Envy Corps - Rhinemaidens
Category: Indie/Rock/Chillout
Comment: Cool, passioniate, chilled out, harmonious, Rock. (phew!)
Find: On the forthcoming album "Dwell" released on the 27/08/07.


Download: Goose - Bring It On (JFK MSTRKRFT Remix)
Category: Electro/House/Indie
Comment: The original was strong, but with MSTRKRFT on the remix, this track is awesome.
Find: Goose have an album out called "Bring It On".

Download: Kissy Sell Out - Her
Category: Electro/House/Indie
Comment: Excellent well made electro tune
Find: Checkout KSO at Moda in Lincoln on the 17th August, aswell as the up and coming DJ, and good friend of mine, Craig Duranti.

Download: Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
Category: Rock/Metal/Hip Hop
Comment: Having moved away from Nu Metal, LP are now able to show the obvious talents they have as this track shows.
Find: Single released 20/08/07, taken from album "Minutes To Midnight".

Download: Reverend and the Makers - Heavyweight Champion of the World
Category: Indie/Funk/Electro
Comment: From Sheffield so the links to Arctics are clear, but they have better "hooks" and this track is brilliant.
Find: Forthcoming album, "State of Things" released on the 17/09/07.

Download: The White Stripes - Icky Thump
Category: Rock/Blues
Comment: A demonstration of Jack White's excellent guitar playing.
Find: Recently released new album of the same name.