5 March 2013

London Girl Goes To The Grammys

...And we don't mean Adele. Adele's now recognisably warm seat at the Grammys may have been a sure-fire guarentee as the current Brit that shifts the most albums - by the shed-load as she still sits comfortably in the top 40 with second album '21' rising back up eleven places on the chart to this week's number 22. Just when you thought her time was finally up, almost two years and two months after its first release in the UK Adele's now legendary sales records have made her a British export in her own right with two multi-platinum albums and a 2013 Grammy to boot. But then you probably already knew all that, or bored to tears of hearing it anyway. 
                 
Step up Beaux Saunders. This little known Jazzy Popper who first caught our attention at an intimate London gig in 2010 (golden-treasure-discovered-at-bottom-of.html) is now blossoming into a pop starlet to be reckoned with. Truly proving that social media has greatly expanded the chances for opportunity, Beaux's manager (Idle Management) stumbled across American producer Daniel Snyder on twitter and asked him whether he had any music in the range of 'pop with elements of country and gospel'. An exchange of emails later and out pops big, perky soul belter 'Ain't That Beautiful'. A few other muscial gems in between and Snyder submits the first track to the Akon-assisted Hitlab Emerging Artist Competition in November 2012. Coming from a website that predicts a song's hit potential it compares different variables with songs that have been hits in the past, Beaux's 'Aint That Beautiful' got a whopping 95%. An appealing verdict for a song gets 70%. Although any kind of technology that predicts a song's commercial ability sounds quite far-fetched to most, it obviously worked out for Beaux as she shot straight into the top ten finalists after a tough judging process. A final round of world-wide voting from Beaux's dedicated and new fanbase was just what this 22 year old West London girl needed to place her in third place and take her to the biggest music awards show in the world, The Grammys 2013 in Los Angeles, USA on the 10th February. After this whirlwind experience of glitz and glamour that most singer-songwriters can only dream of which included a performance of her own at Grammys week, we caught up with Beaux to find out all the gossip!

How are you feeling after the Grammys experience?!

Overwhelmed to be honest. The experience as a whole was surreal.

We're not surprised, what an incredible opportunity. What was your biggest highlight? (There must have been a few!) 
Indeed there were a few. Walking the red carpet was a real insight into how celebrity's operate and just how hectic it is on a minute to minute basis. Also going to Bruce Springsteen's party and having him metres away was insane!


We would have loved to have been at that party. Which music stars did you get to see/meet? 
Well Bruce Springsteen, Taylor swift, Mumford & Sons, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Katy Perry to name a few!

Wow, who knew you would be in such company weeks before! What was it like meeting Akon? 
I was terrified going into the studio but once I was in there it was cool. I just kept telling myself that he's a normal guy and he was once starting out like I am now.

Sounds like the best way to deal with it. What are you working on now that you're back on home turf in London?  
Pretty much have been in the studio everyday since I've been back! Have been working on new material as I got so much inspiration from being in LA.

We're sure that LA inspiration will last a long time, can't wait to hear it. What can we expect from your new music? 
It's pop mainly but there's country, jazz and gospel in there. That sounds MAD but I promise you it works.

Sounds exciting to us! Who and what inspires you when writing and performing your own music?  
In songwriting everything is inspiring from a jingle you hear on an advert to heavy metal. But if I had to choose I would turn to Carol king for good old great songwriting, Fleetwood Mac for being just well the best band of all time, Joni Mitchell if I'm down in the dumps, Hall & Oates/Mayer Hawthorne/Paul Simon if I'm feeling up and Counting Crows if I fancy some light country music.

Can't hear any heavy metal influences shining through just yet! When did you start taking music seriously as a career? 
It took me a long time to realise that I could do what I love and that could be my job, it didn't seem real but properly about 2 years ago when I got management. I could never manage myself, I'd be useless!

Sounds like you must have some good backing behind you. What is the greatest achievement you hope to achieve in your career?  
Aha I was discussing this today in the studio. Hearing my song on Eastenders. That's the actual truth!

Now that's a moment we would love to come true for you, we're sure you'll have it on record if it happens. Any idea when we can expect your next shows and new music? 
I've got all new songs, so the live set is dramatically different and the new music...I'm not even sure - I'm so busy. Watch this space!

Can't wait! Thank you for taking the time out of the studio to speak to us Beaux, good luck with the recording and we'll be ready to freak out when we hear the new material. Let's have a listen to that infectious song that got her there again, 'Ain't That Beautiful'...





7 October 2012

Van Susans, Pushing For Their Break

Wednesday 12th September 2012

Van Susans - EP Release Night
Camden Barfly, London

www.vansusans.com
www.facebook.com/VanSusans
www.twitter.com/VanSusans

An early autumn wind blows in the chilled night air, shortly proceeded by a dramatic downpour as I leave the train station for my first visit to prestigious London venue Camden Barfly, and my first experience of the Van Susans live show. As the rain calms down I enter the lowly lit venue and dry off with a fresh pint of cider. Minus the cracked mirror and collection of flies that haunt the toilets downstairs, the venue instantly has a positive and relaxed atmosphere with people chilling out around the outside within its various seating booths. As I discover my way upstairs to the band room, the familiar layout reminds me of several other music venues dotted around the capital. As someone politely gives way to me at the top of the staircase I push through the black double doors and into a second dark room buzzing with chatter. Moving through the people to the centre of the small, rectangular space, first things noticeable are the glowing green 'Barfly' backdrop and the age of the crowd which is mostly young, around college age. A cluster of guys and girls to my left are joking around and taking photos of each other, whilst others stand patiently waiting for their mid-week fix of live music. With high spirits in the air (and unfortunately the smell of someone's passed wind), the warm up act is Indie band Colour Clouds who play their songs to pleasing effect. On the constructive side, this five-piece might be yet to discover a sound that makes them stand out uniquely from the surplus of Indie bands on the gigging circuit. Soon after they finish up, the tall female host with red head band tells us that Van Susans will be up in a moment and you can buy their EP tonight, prior to its full release at the weekend. One lucky EP owner out of 100 will win a golden ticket warrantying them to a date with a band member of their choice. A clever sales tactic, although a prize more appropriate for a strong follower of the band than perhaps one of the first listeners in the room, such as myself.


Van Susans are a pop/rock/folk/indie six-piece, five guys (lead vocals and rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, keys, drums) and a female violinist, Holly McLatchie, who tonight adds a feminine touch of serenity in a fitted, sparkling black dress. Lead singer Olly Andrews, who has a ruggish look with shaggy hair and whiskers wastes no time and gets quickly stuck into the set. An unexpected twee accent in his singing voice drifts over the rhythmic melodies of the songs which can be picked up quite well. So well in fact that one song gets heads bobbing, particularly a section of the crowd who decide to sway from one side to the next in unison, duly noted by the band afterwards with comedic effect. If the audience were more familiar with their repertoire you get the impression that things could go as far as a full-on barn dance to the chugging noises and soaring choruses of the Van Susans sound. Early on in the set we're told that their original bassist isn't present because he's away playing for Boy George, a 'true story' the band member insists, and his replacement gets the cheer he deserves. It's not long before the room starts heating up due to all the bodies crammed in the room and it becomes a squeeze to get to the bar and back. After a slower song plays out, Olly refers to the tricky piano section he'd written for his fellow band member on keys, who honestly admits to messing up without any hesitation and allows the crowd to laugh along with him. Elsewhere in the set, guitar solos from Ed Dullaway have the crowd enticed, ears anticipating every note, whilst Olly nervously rambles about the lyrical meanings of the songs and what they mean to the band after the odd song. Mid-way through the set and now standing at the back, a young guy decides either he's liking what he's hearing or that now is the time he desperately needs to show his pals how well he can do the shoe shuffle. Manically he moves his feet and I look around wondering if this was a reaction anyone else was expecting to witness. I assume it to be a totally unexpected reaction and he just keeps going.


Olly explains how the next song was inspired by his dad's illness which has been ongoing for a year and a half and how his band mates have helped him through this time. We reach a tender moment in the set when the pace slows down and Olly is assisted by just Ed on piano and Holly on violin. This is the perfect way to perform If I Succeed with a shade of delicate poignancy exposed over the attentive audience. With just a mic in hand, Olly's soul is laid bare in front of the crowd who can decipher the meaning of his heart-felt lyrics. Those that can relate to the song can truly feel the hurt when he sings, 'And I feel so warm from all their support but in truth I've never felt so cold and alone.' With songwriting as strong as this, the audience can truly connect to the lyrics and will keep begging for more. The band really hit their stride when the soaring sounds blend perfectly with the strings and backing vocals from keyboardist Olly Groome. Wonderful harmonies are interspersed with the lead singer's rousing folk-tinged vocals. Pockets of family/friends/die-hard fans show their appreciation throughout with the loudest cheers at the right moments, including a humorous heckle of 'You're cute!' which helps meliorate the positive vibes.

Ultimately there is a feeling that this is a band better suited for bigger stages and that this intimate venue has a slight cramping effect on their abilities. Van Susans need platforms that give them plenty of breathing space to make their own, the perfect scenario being in front of a field full of people at a folk festival in the summer. You can also tell that this band are primed to join the current nu-folk trend and support bigger bands of a similar genre. Ideal support slots would come in the form of a Noah And The Whale show or even Mumford And Sons if they are ever so lucky. In any case, a slot on the XFM radio playlist is definitely on the agenda. Another thing noticeable about this band is their chummy chemistry. They are a tight group that demonstrates 'the band that works well together, bonds together', banter firing back and forth across the stage between songs. The Barfly is a small, intimate venue but there's still enough space to have a good time and for bands to create a positive ambiance if they do well to win round their audience. Lead singer Olly Andrews' stage presence could be stronger and with a boost of confidence he has the potential to gain control of an audience, especially in important circumstances such as tonight where the right influence on new fans would mean encouraged sales of the new album. Although Van Suans are a fairly new band that have only just passed their two year anniversary, collectively they have a convincing charisma which could only be acquired from valuable gigging experience. They play stomping music with uplifting lyrics you want to get to grips with and understand, and if the audience in the room were bigger fans you could sense there would have undoubtedly been singalong moments throughout. Van Susans are on the verge of a break into a brighter future, it's just a question of when and how. Onwards and upwards.

23 November 2011

Ed Sheeran's Dublin Surprise

Tuesday 21st September 2011


Ed Sheeran- HMV Live 
HMV Dublin, Grafton Street 


Sometimes you don't have to look for music opportunities, sometimes the music opportunities will find you...when you least expect it. These rare occurrences can also become the best music opportunities you'll witness. When I took a short trip to Dublin with some of my friends one of those very moments found us. Not only did it make the trip to Dublin ten times better, but it added a whole lot of excitement to my birthday week. 


It all started as we took a casual walk in the centre of Dublin along Grafton Street, day two of our trip. A quick decision to turn down a side street for a toilet stop and a guilt-compulsory-pint at McDaids lead to an overheard conversation. 'There's a long queue outside HMV' came my friend's impression of the Irish man behind us at the bar, queue the giggle and then my sudden pause. 'There's a queue outside HMV?' I retorted with wonder as the realisation of what my friend's unwitting impression could actually mean. Having researched the Dublin music scene before we left as Arthur's Day celebrations approached, I'd happen to have seen a tweet from Calvin Harris saying he was in town. Suddenly putting the possibility of the two together in my head, we rushed out the pub with the curiosity of possibly seeing a queue round the corner related to a Calvin Harris signing or even a gig. We didn't walk far and noticed the queue curling outside the store entrance and round the side of the shop, roughly 20 or so people. With our excitement built from this unlikely sight we went into the store for clues of what the queue was for and posed the question to the first member of staff we came across. Casually, he told us that the people outside were queuing for wristbands, for a gig, a free gig, a free Ed Sheeran gig, tomorrow. At hearing this information my friend and I looked at each other with the most surprised, wide-eyed faces we'd ever seen from each other. As recently new fans of Ed Sheeran and with his debut album '+' currently sitting proud at number 1 back in the UK, we couldn't believe our luck. We quickly joined the back of the queue around the 30 or so people mark reaching round the corner, whilst repeatedly telling the other how unbelievably lucky this moment was. After a 40 minute wait with the line growing more than double than that of people that were in front of us, we knew this moment of standing around in the cold was more than worthy of our time. As the queue started moving we got excited once more and with another friend rejoining us just in time, we were able to receive three HMV Live wristbands from the member of staff. Timidly, we took a wristband each from them as if it was too good to be true and that some catch was just about to strike. With the wristbands safe in our hands for a few seconds, the realisation that there wasn't a catch and tomorrow afternoon we actually were going to a free Ed Sheeran gig, we ran out the shop in a joyous thrill, thoughts of what delights tomorrow's gig would bring.


3.30pm in Dublin city centre soon came around the next day and with our anticipation at a high we decided this was a sensible time to head over to HMV and join the exclusive 250 wristband holders. To our surprise the queue from yesterday had not returned. We strolled into the store and showed our wristbands like we were a trio of VIPs, before stepping carefully down the stairs to the basement 'the studio' as if we could have been some form of secret contraband. We saw a small corner of the store had been set up with speakers, an Ed Sheeran back drop of tessellated '+' album cover signs and a HMV live barrier strip, only two rows of people on the floor behind it. Sitting down crossed legged like we were school children again we had a perfect view, close up to the action that would soon occur. I took the last minute decision to buy the album at hearing word of a signing and sat back down before it was too late. The intimate setting soon filled up with a bunch of people standing at the back, a crowd consisting of 90% young Irish school girls, a few male fans and then us three all the way from Essex. Who knew that before leaving Stansted airport that this is where we would be sitting just two days later. With what must have been all 250 fans crammed in the small space that was available you could sense the tension in the room as everyone waited patiently, smart phones at the ready with terribly bated breath. It wasn't long until screams went up signalling Ed Sheeran's arrival. 




Swiftly moving past us with a flash of ginger hair and navy t-shirt, we sat on the floor clapping our hands with glee as he set up behind the barrier with his small, paw-printed trademark guitar in hand. Cue several girls confessing their love for him and random squeals of excitement throughout the room, Ed greets the crowd with a smile and starts off proceedings with number 3 hit 'The A-Team'. In what has to be the most intimate setting for a gig you could ever experience, his voice gently soars through the emotional song, camera flashes and record buttons pressed by nearly everyone in the crowd. Ed is beyond friendly and keen to interact with the audience as much as possible. A flawless performance of 'Grade 8' follows and the connection between artist and audience couldn't be stronger, everyone singing in harmonic unison, captured helplessly within song's incredibly catchy rhythm. He goes on to explain how he busked and sold CDs on this very same street not many years ago as a teenager, making it clear that this gig isn't just a big deal for us but has a lot of relevance to him as well. Next comes 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You' his current single, young Irish voices singing along with him to every word despite his intense lyrical flow. To our surprise on the spur of the moment he adds a new extra verse just as good as the original four. 





The audience clap, scream and cheer even louder as the song comes to it's sudden close. Much to everyone's slight disappointment Ed announces his next song will the last, but suggests if we're quiet enough he'll be able to do something special. Ed walks out from behind the barrier and moves into the middle of the masses, guitar in hand, and nobody can believe what's happening. Yet more screaming as Ed finds a space for his feet directly in front us. Insisting we have to be as quiet as possible, the crowd hushes and he explains his next song is about his love for building lego. Perfect timing as someone hands him a piece of lego they've made with his name on. The pleasant introductory notes of upcoming single 'Lego House' are played and as he starts singing he conveniently spins around slowly so everyone gets the best view possible. His voice is soft yet soulful and just the same as you hear on his recordings. He conveys the feelings of his heart-felt music with every word.





As the song comes to a close the crowd goes crazy with whistles and shrieks, young Irish school girls truly swooned. Ed exits the room before returning again for an album signing. The tension returns as a manic scrambled queue of Ed Sheeran's biggest fans shuffle around to get nearest to the front. My friends and I get our thirty second moment to meet the greatly talented 20 year old and get his scribble on our albums. 


Leaving up the stairs and out the store in disbelief of what the last hour had just entailed, we all agreed that if you ever wanted the perfect moment with a music artist then that definitely was it. We also couldn't have asked for it to have been anyone else other than Ed Sheeran because no other artist would have made the moment as special as he did. I've seen a lot of live music before and I can honestly say this show managed to match the excitement I've felt previously seeing huge stadium tours. I think I'll always be a music fan that prefers intimate gigs. The experience also meant that I got to enjoy a CD which became my favourite album of the year by the end of what was most possibly my best birthday week ever. But if there was one thing we are thankful for...it has to be our extremely good luck.




                    



11 July 2011

The Beaux Saunders Buzz Is Growing

Beaux Saunders

Pop/Soul/Jazz
SoundCloud
Facebook
Twitter

You know that feeling when you hear a song for the first time and it hits you like BAM! You then have to hear the song again, and again, and again. It has you hooked. 'Tied Down' had that very same effect on me when I first heard it. I'd come home from a weekend away in Bath, was catching up on the latest Beaux Saunders news, and out from SoundCloud comes this song I mistakenly hadn't taken note of before. No song could have complimented the sunny Sunday afternoon better, with its positive, bobbing piano and guitar melodies, intertwined by Beaux's charmingly warm vocals. The production is absolutely perfect with the backing vocals and quirky noises encapsulating the unique enchantment of the Beaux Saunders sound. Currently the young singer/songwriter's most played SoundCloud track at 475 plays, this figure will increase much higher over the year as new fans grasped from the gigging circuit (and myself) keep reaching for that play button. Enjoy.

  Tied Down by BeauxSaunders

NMU first wrote about Beaux Saunders after seeing her live back in December. Since then she has had several successful shows at The Troubadour, the Jack Wills' Summer Polo Event and the prestigious Ronnie Scott's of which I attended. Beaux Saunders fans were an abundance and it was obvious who the main attraction of the night was. Her refreshing style and backing band arrangement had impressively enhanced her set with a fuller, richer sound. The 30/40 person strong crowd embraced her repertoire with cheers and hollering, whilst refusing to let her leave without an encore. Beaux's track 'Ain't That Beautiful' was a definite highlight and is an ideal choice of a debut single should she release one in the near future. Watch below a feature on Balcony TV where Beaux and her band give a delightful acoustic rendition of the track.



Beaux Saunders has a gig at Union Chapel on Friday night supporting 60's icon Melanie, which is guaranteed to be a stand out performance of her career so far, in the wonderful church venue that has been graced by countless music stars in the past. In terms of intimate venues, it doesn't get any greater than this. For an enjoyable night out, grab your tickets here. More Beaux Saunders gigs are to be announced soon enough so keep locked on to the Beaux Saunders buzz!

4 February 2011

Band Displays Promising Indie Credentials

Wednesday 26th January 2011- 'Bugbear Booking Presents' at Dublin Castle, London

Twin Brother
Indie/Rock


The hot music tip lists for 2011 are now starting to cool down as focus turns to the year's opening performances of live undiscovered talent. Camden, with its prominent buzz of creativity in North London, is recognised for showcasing a hub of musical talent across a plethora of crowd grabbing venues. One popular venue a couple of minutes from the centre of Camden town is The Dublin CastleThis is a place holding musical history with the likes of Madness, Travis, Blur and The Arctic Monkeys gracing its stage in the past. The average sized venue has plenty of audience floor space, just enough room on stage for several band members, and ample of freedom at the long bar to order a drink. Tonight's long running event of 'Bugbear Booking Presents' features four bands of varied genre and style, with Brighton Indie band Twin Brother up second on the bill. The young band is predominantly the solo project of 20-year old lead singer and guitarist Alex Wells, though on stage he is backed by a bassist, drummer and fellow guitarist to perform a fuller sound as a four piece. Wells stands centre stage with cropped dark hair fronting a black chequered shirt, as the band wastes no time kicking straight into their set. A clapping beat and an opening guitar riff closely resembling The Strokes' 'Last Night' initiates the first song 'Lungs'. It's a perfect show starter with wallowing verses and a chorus of 'shed your skin' sung by Wells with full passion, making for a hook so catchy it will stay planted in your head all evening. As the ending guitar chords strike it's certain the band have started on a high with this stand out hit. The crowd of around twenty or so members clap approvingly for a band that could potentially command at least five times as many bystanders under their sound. The mood is slowed down by the sombre 'Backseat Routine' as Wells proclaims 'all my friends are sat around me', accompanied by the tinkering of a melancholic guitar. With this well written song Wells manages to prove he has more in common with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys than just sharing the same name as the Indie band front man. His resonating vocals patched over the band's crafty knack for guitar chords beckons your attention towards stage.


'Backseat Routine'

Next up is a song written from the viewpoint of a troubled victim in 'Fool You',  which strums along nicely with Wells pouring his heart out every strong note. 'Television' is another intricately penned track followed by crashing symbols of the impressive 'Nothing Stays', the last song of a twenty minute set that leaves us wanting more. Influences of Interpol can be heard in the more solemn drones of the down tempo tracks while hints of The Rakes can be recognised in the energetic chugging guitar moments. Oozing with natural charisma on stage, Wells' performance remains haunting yet captivating throughout. Sound-wise the band are hard to fault, though visually they require a more commanding stage presence in order to be seriously taken to that next level. Understandably as a developing band the members are also somewhat lacking in a personal connection between each other. With many more gigs being lined up for the near future these aspects are sure to be developed with practice on a variety of stages in front of a range of audiences. With Wells' unique vocals and talent for song writing leading Twin Brother's progress, this is a band who can aim for the heights of sitting comfortably on an XFM playlist and featuring in future issues of NME. The band are currently offering their self-produced second album 'Actors & Liars' to fans straight after they finish on stage, so make sure you grab one whilst there are copies still available. Twin Brother follow up this promising start to the year with a support slot for fellow Brighton band Munich at 93 Feet East on Thursday 17th February.

The Twin Brother YouTube videos do well to hone in on Alex Wells' mood crafting abilities:
'Fool You'

29 January 2011

Special Effects In Music Videos: A-ha vs. Kanye West

Promotional music videos have come an exceedingly long way since their creation in 1981 when The Buggles’ ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ became the first ever play on MTV. This landmark event in music history set the story for every record release in its wake with music videos becoming a vital contribution to music star success. Arguably no one will ever be able to eclipse the mammoth popularity and critical acclaim of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video, despite the continual strive of his predecessors to achieve if only a small slice of his accomplishment. Progress twenty eight years later and you have a music scene that is as concerned about visual image as ever. Having a unique and appealing look can push you a considerable distance as a performer but it’s those that produce the best efforts of breaking artistry barriers that deserve the largest respect. A quarter of a century separate the music videos ‘Take On Me’ by A-ha and ‘Power’ by Kanye West, but both artists had intentions to valiantly leap ahead of their contemporaries with music videos that aimed to go down in history. Although they are two entirely different music video projects, it is the innovative use of special effects that link them.

When ‘Take On Me’ was projected onto the world no one could predict a number one placing at the top of the US charts, a Gold selling status and six MTV Video Music Awards for this once unknown Norwegian band. In a career move that resulted in A-ha becoming the music act on everyone’s lips, the Steve Barron directed video was forged from revolutionary pencil-sketch animation called rotoscoping. The video conveys scenes of an attractive woman immersing herself in a comic strip world where she is enticed by sketched lead singer Morten Harket. The couple entail in a dramatic chase from a villain duo before the woman returns to the real world with a now humanly formed Harket waiting to surprise her. When the MTV Video Music Awards came around the year after its release the band managed to clear-up, earning six awards including the ultimate accolade Video of the Year. This achievement saw them become cemented as one of the biggest winners of the awards ever.
‘Power’ on the other hand came from the fully established rap icon Kanye West. The Atlanta MC was already four albums and twenty one music videos down before the video to ‘Power’ was released in August 2010. Produced by first time music video-maker Marco Brambilla, West says the inspiration for the video came from ‘his dreams, the things he sees and the things he felt as a child’.  Through the video he expresses his ‘love with paintings and going to art school’. The noticeably short video of 1:33 consists of just one scene with the camera panning out to reveal West amongst a Sistine chapel artwork setting joined by a variety of animated mythical characters. Riddled with a mass of hidden meanings referencing both Egyptian and Greek mythology, the crafted cinematography makes the video look like a moving painting. With this outstanding piece of work West continues to prove he is one of the few artists of today that fully understands how exciting and powerful music videos can be. When comparing the two time periods for music video production there is a lot fiercer competition on the music channels in 2010, so whether West manages to pick up any MTV Video Music Awards at next year’s proceedings is debateable. After all, ‘Power’ wasn’t quite a world-wide smash (#22 in the US and only #36 in the UK) and video awards are all too often handed out for singles with the biggest chart success .
Filming technology has greatly changed over the years and the methods used to calculate music video success has also improved. Tens of millions of views on YouTube are now common for the pop stars of today and usually indicate how the single will perform in the charts. West’s ‘Power’ has clocked up fourteen and a half millions views to date whilst A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ only manages to achieve half of this number at seven million. Had YouTube existed back in the early 1980s this statistic would surely be dramatically reversed. The capabilities of music videos will continue to broaden and certain work will have the power rise above others, particularly when the addition of dazzling special effects comes into play. However, it is comfortably certain that visual promos of the future will have to try increasingly harder to amaze and entertain us to a level which has yet to been seen.

Aha- Take On Me

Kanye West- Power

17 January 2011

Blamma! Blamma! 'Strait Is The Gate Mixtape'

Blamma! Blamma! 
http://soundcloud.com/blamma-blamma
Electro/House/Techno


Blamma! Blamma! (aka Nick DC) is an electro DJ from London who in his own words, makes 'deep, dirty, daft music for dance floors'. Having uploaded a range of tracks of background beats and mellow vibes, he now brings us a fully fledged mixtape of 11 tracks under the name 'Strait Is The Gate'. Having been uploaded to his official SoundCloud page just a month ago, this up and coming artist has clocked up an impressive 94 plays. The mixtape features remixes of some big Indie names such as Wild Beasts on the hypnotic Junior Boys remix of track 'The Fun Powder Plot'2010 Mercury Award winners The XX with a Rory Philips re-working of 'Crystalised', and the electronic master that is LCD Soundsystem for a recent album track called 'Throw'. 


A plethora of obscure, funky and uplifting sounds can all be heard on this hour long extravaganza of music and is free for your listening and download right here. Enjoy the subtly cool sound of Blamma! Blamma!.     


 Strait Is The Gate Mixtape by Blamma! Blamma!