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Stereophonics – Innocent video
Stereophonics mark their hotly awaited return with their sensational new single Innocent on November 9 – the first from the band’s eagerly anticipated new studio album Keep Calm and Carry On, which is released on November 16 on Mercury Records. Written by Kelly Jones and produced by Kelly with Mercury-Award winning producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian) Innocent is one of the standout tracks from the new album, a richly melodic, hook laden, bittersweet gem. Lyrically, the track was inspired by Kelly’s teenage memories.
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Cobra Starship – Good Girls Go Bad video
Cobra Starship to release their new single Good Girls Go Bad on October 19 via Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Records. The track features a guest appearance from Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame and is the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album, Hot Mess which debuted at number four on the Billboard Top 200 Chart last month, it will be released in the UK early next year. Good Girls Go Bad has already sold in excess of 800,000 copies Stateside, has gone top 5 at Top 40 radio, and has recently been certified gold by the RIAA. A huge online sensation, the track has racked up a massive 48 million streams on MySpace. The video, filmed on New York’s Lower East Side, and featuring a co-starring performance from the uber-glamorous Meester.
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Death Cab For Cutie – Meet Me On The Equinox video
Death Cab For Cutie could well find themselves basking in the musical spotlight their overall quality deserves following the release of Meet Me On The Equinox. Why? Because it’s the first single to emerge from the soundtrack of the Twilight: New Moon movie, which also features the likes of Muse and Thom York. What’s more, it’s bloody good. Quasi-haunting, by virtue of its surreal guitar licks and darker vocals, it’s a moody offering that still comes steeped in melody, dark catchiness and even a Placebo-like quality. It seems tailor-made for the Twilight sound and comes backed by a video featuring previously unseen video from the movie (including Kristen Stewart running through a fountain).
Biffy Clyro – That Golden Rule video
Biffy Clyro, one of the foremost and influential rock bands in the UK right now, have announced that they will be releasing a brand new single, That Golden Rule, on August 24, through 14th Floor Records. The single is taken from their highly anticipated forthcoming new album – as yet untitled – due to be released in October 2009. That Golden Rule is the first Biffy Clyro release after the stand-alone single Mountains, released in August 2008, which became their biggest single chart success to date, entering the UK chart in the top 5 and selling over 100,000 copies. It’s a distinctively heavy and angular rock race of a song, with stunning unexpected time changes, huge riffs and a gigantic chorus.
Paolo Nutini – Coming Up Easy video
Paolo Nutini releases Coming Up Easy on August 10 – the second single from his acclaimed No.1 album Sunny Side Up on Atlantic Records. Written by Paolo Nutini and produced by Paolo and Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon) the rolling soul of Coming Up Easy is one of many highlights on Sunny Side Up. Paolo’s mesmerising and powerful voice has no equal, which is beautifully portrayed through the soulful swing of Coming Up Easy. The track is available on CD and download.
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition video
The Temper Trap are back with their excellent new track Sweet Disposition. The track was recorded with esteemed producer Jim Abbiss (Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, Arctic Monkeys). Released on August 3, the track is also accompanied by a spectacular video. Directed by visionary director Barnaby Roper and featuring a girl skating through space (sounds a bit cooky but watch it and you will understand) that was an idea of a close friend of the band. We have the video here!
Doves – Winter Hill video
After four long years Doves arrived back into our lives with Kingdom Of Rust last month and no one really, least of all the band themselves, anticipated the reception it received: The critics hailed it as their Magnun opus, the fans flocked to the shops (certified gold in just three weeks) and then to the shows, as the mancunion threesome went on to sell out 2 UK tours that culminated in 2 back-to-back sold out shows at the Brixton Academy. Now Doves are back again with new single Winter Hill. Known locally, Winter Hill is a beauty spot between Chorley and Bolton in the West Pennine Moors. It’s famed for its UFO sightings, mining activity, aeroplane disasters and murders but to Doves it clearly means something altogether more magical and ethereal.
The Hours – Come On video
The Hours delivered one of the albums of the year when they put out their sophomore effort See The Light earlier this year and new single Come On is beautifully inspiring evidence of why that claim is true. Epic in scope, intricately layered, powerfully inspiring and just a really great listen, Come On effortlessly inspires romantic leanings with its slower-tempo piano loops and “everybody needs someone to hold” opening lyric.
Jamie Cullum and Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino video
Here’s something a little bit different – the music video for the new Clint Eastwood film, Gran Torino, a track that Jamie Cullum has done for him. Gran Torino follows the fortunes of Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood), a retired Detroit autoworker, who is growing increasingly disgusted by the changing face of his neighbourhood and, in particular, its influx of Asian Hmong immigrants. When one of them, a teenager named Tao, attempts to steal his prized 1972 Gran Torino, Walt finds his prejudices further put to the test – especially when the mother of the boy insists that Tao work for his racist neighbour as a means of punishment. The film opens on February 20.
Mogwai – Bat Cap video
Sonic revellers Mogwai return to the earwaves in September with the release of the Batcat EP, pre-empting the release of their forthcoming album The Hawk is Howling, out on September 22. The title track of the EP is lifted from the band’s longplayer and comes accompanied by two new previously unavailable tracks, the amusingly titled Stupid Prick Gets Chased By The Police And Loses His Slut Girlfriend and Devil Rides featuring vocals from the legendary 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson. It’s out on September 8.
Gym Class Heroes – Cookie Jar video
Gym Class Heroes, the award winning, alternative hip-hop outfit, will release their eagerly anticipated third album, The Quilt on September 15. The album’s first single, Cookie Jar came out digitally on August 25 and physically on September 8. Produced by The-Dream who has also worked with Rihanna, Usher and Chris Brown, the companion video is directed by Dale “Rage” Resteghini. The new album features some extraordinary collaborators including producers Cool & Dre (Yung Joc, Young Jeezy, The Game) and the Geneva, NY-based band’s long time friend and collaborator, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Busta Rhymes, the UK’s finest, Estelle, and the legendary Daryl Hall also make an appearance on the set.
Chemical Brothers – Midnight Madness video
To celebrate the release of their forthcoming best of album, Brotherhood, The Chemical Brothers released new single Midnight Madness as a digital download on August 18. Without ever coming close to their best work, it’s still a pretty funky slice of pop-embracing big-beat madness that sounds like it could kick off quite a storm at the midnight party scene. The funky electronics, boy-girl vocal samples and easygoing vibe make it a clever crossover track that’s more than capable of appealing to big-beat, indie and Ibiza dance fans. Indeed, it grows on you the more times you hear it.
Rex The Dog – I Can See You, Can You See Me? video
Rex The Dog proudly lay claim to making cool electronic music you can bop to. Admittedly, Rex is a little obsessed with synthesizers from the ‘70s, but this hasn’t stopped him being asked to remix tracks for the likes of Robyn, Goldfrapp, Soulwax and Depeche Mode. Hence, new single I Can See You, Can You See Me? comes loaded with expectation.
Mystery Jets – Half In Love With Elizabeth video
Off the back of releasing one of the singles of the year – in the form of Young Love – and the follow-up hit Two Doors Down, The Mystery Jets now release another catchy little gem in the form of Half In Love With Elizabeth. An easy fan favourite, courtesy of its der-der-der-da intro, the song is another cute little showcase for the band’s clever lyricism and jovial melody-making. The song itself is about the dangers of falling for and trusting a man who loves another, even when friends discourage you from doing so (“the bubble will burst”).
Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Dawn Of The Dead video
Does It Offend You, Yeah? are one of those bands who have a happy knack of releasing very good singles – tracks that are invariably a great deal better than most of the tracks on the album. Dawn Of The Dead is a classic case in point, a euphoric slice of synth pop that wears its ’80s influence shamelessly on its sleeve. It’s arguably the most accesible track on the album and a real guilty pleasure of a listen that leaves you wondering why there’s not more of it. The synths are lush and vibrant, the vocals crisp and lively, while the overall vibe is strong enough to get you dancing within about two or three listens.
Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl video
Twenty-three-year-old singing sensation Katy Perry stormed to the top of the UK charts with her latest single, I Kissed A Girl earlier this week (Sunday, August 10, 2008) and now looks poised for even more success. It’s taken from the debut album, One Of The Boys, which is released on September 15. Katy says of her songs: “I think people can appreciate a songwriter who shows different sides. The whole angst thing is cool, but if that’s all you’ve got, it’s just boring. Everything I write, whether it’s happy or sad, has a sense of humour to it.” Fans can buy the single when it’s released physically on September 1, 2008.
The Shortwave Set – Now Til ’69 video
The second single from south London trio The Shortwave Set’s second album Replica Sun Machine is this infectious slice of swirling psychedelia known as Now Til ‘69. One of the undisputed highlights from the Danger Mouse produced LP, the song displays a yearning for the forever unobtainable that is distinctly indie in lyricism, yet defiantly pop in outlook. With Roxy-esque squelches, Spector-influenced drums and The Fifth Dimension on vocals, it’s the sort of song to get you swinging about the dancefloor while humming along to its uplifting central melody and chorus.
Melee – Built To Last video
Melee already have the likes of Virgin Radio behind them, so seem poised to make a massive splash with this heart-tugging new record, Built To Last – the first to be taken from their debut UK release
CSS – Left Behind video
Following the release of their download-only taster track Rat Is Dead CSS now release their first single proper from keenly-anticipated sophomore album Donkey in the form of Left Behind. The song is a vibrant and often thrilling blend of electro-rock from the Brazilian sensations, which sets a soothing set of female vocals over some energetic synths and guitars. Melodically, it’s also crowd-pleasing and is as likely to “get you up and dance your ass off” as some of the lyrics suggest.
The Pigeon Detectives – Everybody Wants Me video
The Pigeon Detective’s new single Everybody Wants Me is released on July 28th and ticket buyers for the Alexandra Palace show can get their hands on an exclusive acoustic version of the track when they buy their tickets from www.gigsandtours.com The band has just released details of a special Alexandra Palace show in December.
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Letter From God To Man video
A totemic piece of literate pop, Letter From God To Man is the Radiohead sampling new single from Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip. Released on July 28, 2008 on Sunday Best, Letter From God To Man epitomises their challenging pop formula; Scroobius Pip casting the deity as a far from all powerful “curator” of humanity, while Dan Le Sac cuts and pastes Radiohead’s Planet Telex into an epic juddering electro coup de grace.
Sparkadia – Morning Light video
Sydney’s Sparkadia release new single Morning Light as a proper digital download on July 14, through Ark Recordings. Vocalist Alex Burnett comments: “This was the first song David and I wrote back in 2004. It’s a slight contradiction of sorts – on the one hand, I was reflecting on a new years eve spent at Bondi Beach where I’d experienced mixed emotions about the massive expectations of the night and was somewhat reserved about the celebration of retrospection. As far as I was concerned back then, the unknown was far more exciting than old memories. But then at the same time, David and I were buying dozens of cheap second hand vinyl each week by artists we’d never heard of from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. As we were kids of the 90’s we weren’t aware of Elvis Costello, Buddy Holly, the Pretenders and Burt Bacharach, and each day we were discovering hundreds of other artists that blew our minds and inspired us as musicians. It was an exciting time for us as songwriters.”
Kid Rock – All Summer Long video
After a little time away, Kid Rock returns to the UK and releases the cheeky new single All Summer Long, taken from the album Rock N Roll Jesus which was released in November and entered the US Billboard charts at No.1. The song is a gleeful summer romp through tried and tested classic American rock conventions that even soundchecks Sweet Home Alabama in some if its riffs. The gospel-tinged backing also adds a nice touch late on, while the cracking solo adheres to its traditional values.
James Blunt – I Really Want You video
James Blunt is back with new single I Really Want You, released August 4 on Atlantic Records. Following on from previous singles 1973, Same Mistake and Carry Me Home, this is the fourth track to be taken from his multi-platinum selling album All The Lost Souls. Available only as a single-track download, I Really Want You arrives on the back of James’ third Glastonbury performance, an impressive hat-trick that cements his status as a true contemporary great with global album sales in excess of 14 million.
Pendulum – The Other Side video
With their current album release In Silico having debuted at #2 in the album charts reaching Gold status in the process, Pendulum continue their upwards trajectory with the confirmation of a new single release The Other Side that is due out on July 28. They will follow the release with a special iTunes Festival gig at London’s Koko on July 28. The Other Side continues Pendulum’s exploration of the outer reaches of eclectic, crossover dance following the prior singles Granite and the Radio 1 A-listed Propane Nightmares. The single is available as a maxi digital download, CD single and screen-printed 12” vinyl. All formats feature VIP and Dubstep mixes, the digital and CD singles add album and single edit versions of the lead track while the digital format is completed by a live version of Showdown recorded live at Brixton Academy.
Madonna – Give It 2 Me video
Following on from the huge success of her most recent single 4 Minutes, the unstoppable Madonna is back with the second great track from her album Hard Candy entitled Give it 2 Me. The new single was co-written and produced by Pharell Williams, and is another sure fire dance floor filler, as well as one of the stand out tracks from the new album. It will be released on July 14. Madonna will also be starting off her Sticky & Sweet World tour this August, with UK dates in Cardiff and London.
Primal Scream – Can’t Go Back video
Primal Scream return on July 14 with Can’t Go Back, the exhilarating first single to be taken from their eagerly-anticipated new album Beautiful Future. Produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party), Can’t Go Back is a heady dose of brash future-rock, propelled along at light speed by an unstoppable bassline and Bobby Gillespie’s trademark snarl. It’s a real breath of fresh air that serves as the perfect introduction to the new LP: their ninth studio album and their first for B-Unique.
Avenged Sevenfold – Dear God video
Avenged Sevenfold come over all earnest and Bon Jovi like with limited edition single Dear God, to coincide with their festival dates and Twickenham Stadium show with Iron Maiden. The song adds a country tinge to the band’s patented attack and is a heartfelt slow-builder that talks of protecting a loved one from life’s hardship (“dear God, the only thing I ask of you is to hold her when I’m not around”). The CD release also features an alternate versiou of album favourite Afterlife that’s also included on the iTunes DMD along with Crossroads.
Natty – July video
Monday, July 28 sees the release of July, the new single from London’s finest – Natty. Positively oozing sunshine and good times, July is a real feel good, head nodder, mixing up some ska and soul – as Natty explains: “This is a collection of true stories from one July a couple of years ago – me and my friends did so much, it felt like a whole year was condensed into that month. There isn’t anything better than a British summer with your friends living on a shoestring.”
The Kooks – Shine On video
One of the highlights to emerge from The Kooks sophomore album is Shine On, an effortlessly feel-good offering that combines a self-knowingly kooky melody with some Beach Boys harmonising and a darker lyricism (“why do you bite the hand that feeds you?”). The chorus, in particular, is a really catchy one that’s destined to have the fans singing along whenever it’s played live. But the guitars are lush, predominantly acoustic-based, while the inclusion of an organ succeeds in kicking things off with a shimmering melody.
Martha Wainwright – You Cheated Me video
Martha Wainwright returns on July 14th with a brand new single: You Cheated Me. Produced by Brad Albetta and written by Martha herself, You Cheated Me is the second single to be taken from her critically acclaimed sophomore album I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too. Equal parts raw conviction and damaged vulnerability, the track sees Martha struggling to come to terms with a partner’s infidelity, charting the journey from disbelief to anger with impressive accuracy. From the woozy, plucked opening to the cathartic chorus, You Cheated Me’ is Martha at her unflinchingly honest best.
Passenger – Things You’ve Never Done video
Things You’ve Never Done is the final single to be taken from the critically acclaimed debut album Wicked Man’s Rest. The track finds Passenger at their most soulful telling a tale of regret, the one that got away … The track features a poignant operatic sample taken from Handel, the instrumentation is a lush assortment of strings and acoustic guitars plus the track has one of the most uplifting choruses around. Alongside the already confirmed festival appearances, Passenger are pleased to announce this summer’s new UK tour dates. The tour will also see Passenger play a number of street gigs in the cities they are touring – details of these performances will be posted on their MySpace soon so be sure to keep checking for updates.
Underworld – Ring Road video
Underworld return with their new single Ring Road taken from their recent album, Oblivion With Bells. Taking the listener on a point-of-view trip around the band’s stomping ground, it’s a day in the life of Romford – a snapshot in time that’s both observational and abstract. And despite a somewhat innocuous start, which just lays down a set of urban vocals over a minimalist beats, it gradually finds its stride without ever really re-capturing the sound of Underworld at their most vibrant and essential.
Laura Marling – Cross Your Fingers video
One of the highlights from Laura Marling’s excellent debut album is Cross Your Fingers, her latest single. A dark nursery rhyme, it’s a huskily delivered, uptempo song that builds to a really strong chorus complete with some notable lyrics (“cross your fingers, hold your toes, we’re all gonna die when the building blows…”). It’s a clever mix of dark lyrics and upbeat melodies that elevate it above the norm for this kind of songwriting and confirms Marling as one of the best breakthrough singer-songwriters of the year so far.
Lykke Li – I’m Good, I’m Gone video
Scandinavian siner Lykke Li drops her first proper single from her debut album, Youth Novels in the form of the effortlessly engaging I’m Good, I’m Gone. Opening with a warped vocal, some cool piano chords and a handclap beats, the song quickly unfolds into a bittersweet gem that showcases another very promising artist. Boasting vocals that are Bjork-like and just the right side of ethereal, Lykke Li has a strong voice, which she marries to some appealing background instrumentation and a really catchy chorus.
We Are Scientists – Chick Lit video
We Are Scientists release their new single Chick Lit, a revved-up disco-influenced club-banger that easily competes with bands like The Rapture and Klaxons for dancefloor-cred. It’s loud and lively and easily capable of occupying a key position on the indie-dancefloors of the summer party season. What’s more, it boasts another great, madcap video that’s well worth watching in its own right. The song, which is released on June 9, is taken from the excellent LP Brain Thrust Mastery.
Jesse McCartney – Leavin’ video
After selling two million albums, US singer-songwriter Jesse McCartney has apparently decided to reinvent his sound and go for a smooth groove R’n’B sound that’s more reminiscent of the likes of Usher and Justin Timberlake. Leavin’ is produced by Tricky and The-Dream, the team behind Rihanna’s Umbrella, and is heavy on the melodic hooks, electronica and lush vocals. There’s a limited pop appeal to it in that you might not want to turn it off straight away, and it’s certainly a marked improvement from previous McCartney material. The maturer sound he promises throughout the rest of his new album, Departure, is certainly evident as well.
Mattafix – Things Have Changed video
Mattafix return with the sunny, upbeat Things Have Changed, best described in their own PR as “an up-tempo cousin of their initial hit, Big City Life”. This features some trademark beatboxing with some middle Eastern-influenced strings and some bittersweet boy-girl vocals. It’s at its best when the female vocals are placed to the fore, when the melodies really get to cast their sunshine vibe, but the optimistic nature of the melodies is difficult not to be swept along with no matter whose performing vocal duties. The single is released on June 9.
The Music – Strength In Numbers video
The Music have announced details of the release of their new album. Strength In Numbers, the band’s third album, will be released through Yes Please / Polydor on June 16, 2008. The 12-track album, recorded in late 2007, was produced by Flood (Killers / U2) and Paul Hartnoll (ex Orbital). Recorded at The Townhouse in London. The lead single, and title track, is released physically into record stores on June 9.
Bryn Christopher – The Quest video
Birmingham-born singer songwriter Bryn Christopher is bringing old-school soul bang into the 21st century with his first release The Quest out June 9th through Polydor Records. Recently featured on the season finale of hit US medical drama Grey’s Anatomy (which brought it an instant fanbase), the song emphatically showcases his incredibly powerful and effusive voice over a haunting Hammond organ melody, as well as a footstomping backbeat. The theme of the song is powerful stuff too, drawing on his brother’s personal experience as a soldier stationed in Basra – even though the lyrics were apparently written on his own mobile phone! The Quest is out on June 9.
Guillemots – Falling Out Of Reach video
Guillemots release their new single Falling Out Of Reach on May 26. The rapturous single is the second track to be taken from their acclaimed new album Red and follow up to the hugely addictive first single Get Over It. Blissfully romantic, the song is a rich string laden ode to the unrequited. Building into an unrestrained and utterly emotive chorus, the track epitomises the bands ability to write clever, honest and completely unique modern love songs. The accompanying video features Sir Ian McKellen in what is without doubt one of the band’s best videos to date.
Elbow – One Day Like This video
Elbow release One Day Like This from their latest album The Seldom Seen Kid as a single on June 2. The climax of the set on Elbow’s recent sold out UK tour, the song has been immediately taken to fan’s hearts, starting mass sing-alongs from Glasgow to Brixton and has the feel of a summer festival anthem in waiting. The summer sees Elbow play selected outdoor dates in the UK and Europe including a headline show in Cheshire’s Delamere Forest on Saturday, June 14, Latitude on Saturday, July 19, and Scotland’s Connect in August. In addition, Elbow headline the Royal Festival Hall as part of Massive Attack’s Meltdown on Monday, June 16.
Sia – The Girl You Lost video
Sia – yes, that’s Sia Furler, of Zero 7 fame – releases the next single from her latest album, Some People Have Real Problems, in the form of the gutsy The Girl You Lost [To Cocaine]. Harder hitting than normal, this marks one of the boldest tracks on the LP and a welcome change of pace from some of the more laidback and brooding material she’s capable of producing. That said, her remarkable voice remains as distinct as ever, but adapts to the more rocky vibe attached to the single.
Plain White T’s – Our Time Now video
Following the huge success of both Hey There Delilah and Hate (I Really Don’t Like You), Plain White T’s release Our Time Now, the third single to be taken from their Gold certified, top three album Every Second Counts. An upbeat slice of catchy pop-punk that marks yet another step away from the acoustics of Delilah, the song energetically captures the euphoria of a new love, showcasing a more youthful sound and yet another musical side to this American band. The “oh, oh, oh” chorus and infectious central hook should also lower your resistance, no matter how sceptical you’ve been of their charms in the past.
Goldfrapp – Happiness video
Like its name suggests, Happiness continues the upbeat vibe surrounding Goldfrapp’s new album, Seventh Tree which eschews disco electronics and glam in favour of ethereal ambiance and Gallic-tinged folk. The result is an utterly delightful record that’s all about celebrating the better things in life, such as “love, love, love”. Alison’s vocals are as lovely and dream-like as ever, while the woozy electronics combine with an orchestral element that’s evocative of ‘70s-era Serge Gainsbourg – but deliberately so.
The Flies – Temptress video
Described as a sultry and seductive blend of David Lynch and Walt Disney, The Flies’ The Temptress is actually a re-release of a track that was first released in 2006. But if you’ve not heard it before, or of The Flies, then it’s a suitably impressive introduction to the band and their eponymous album. Driven by Sean Cook’s devilishly whispered vocals, the track is constructed around some teasing guitar riffs and a genuinely slinky percussion that lends the track a classic soundtrack feel befitting the tempting name of the track itself.
Jack Johnson – Four Minutes video
Hope, the new single from Jack Johnson, is another expert piece of acoustic composition that marries some of the darker lyrics and feelings behind the album with a typically sunshine vibe and sing-along chorus. The riffs, in particular, take on a calypso vibe that’s clearly inspired by Bob Marley, while the lyrics contain musings on loneliness and insecurity that neatly offset the chirpier melodies. It’s a cleverly constructed record that provides fitting evidence of Johnson’s brilliance as a songwriter and musician – that he can raise some serious issues and yet continue to make you feel happy about his music. Check out our exclusive live clip of Jack Johnson performing Hope.
The Rushes – Four Minutes video
The Rushes are a four-piece band from South London – via Leeds and Birmingham – who exist to make surging melodic rock, with hooks so catchy they border on pop. The songs on the Corners EP seek to combine the musical attack of Muse with the melodic grace of The Police and a little of the complexity of Elbow on occasion. And, to be fair, it’s a pretty decent introduction to what they have to offer. Corners, for instance, is melodic and catchy without really blowing you away. But it does make you want to hear more. And you can find out why by watching the video…
Madonna feat Justin Timberlake – Four Minutes video
Madonna continues to impress with her latest single, 4 Minutes, featuring a collaboration with Justin Timberlake (who really is getting about a bit). Featuring an urgent, funky and utterly pulsating beat, some tick tock cheekiness that’s surely a reference to the Confessions era, and production values from the likes of Timbaland and Pharrell Williams, it’s a dancefloor filler of effortlessly catchy proportions. It’s cool, of-the-moment and utterly infectious. We also like the brass backdrop (a touch of the Ronsons anyone?).
The Kooks – Always Where I Need To Be video
The Kooks’ first single from Konk is Always Where I Need To Be, a tumbling rocker with a ‘do-do-do, do-do-do-do’ refrain that might just be the catchiest thing they’ve ever done. The eagerly awaited new album from The Kooks is released on April 14. It’s their second album, and the follow-up to their hugely successful 2006 debut Inside In/Inside Out which sold some two million copies worldwide. Explaining how he came to suggest the new album title, guitarist Hugh says: “I just started thinking how cool the studio is, and how much of a part of our sound it is.”
Radiohead – Nude video
Radiohead release their new single Nude on Monday, March 31, 2008 – the second track to be taken from their In Rainbows LP. It’s an effort that marks a return to Kharma Police-style territory that’s certain to appeal to longtime followers of the band. It’s also evidence of why the new LP has been so well received by fans and critics alike. Check out the video, which features plenty of slow motion effects and stuff.
Yael Naim – New Soul video
New Soul may be instantly recognisable to anyone that’s seen the new Macbook Air advert, as its being used in its promotion. But the song has been making a big impact globally, thanks to its keen sense of melody, kooky but beautiful vocals and Feist-like nature. Indeed, it’s number one in the American iTunes singles chart, as well as Yael’s native France, and is climbing rapidly on iTunes UK. In truth, it’s the sort of song that just keeps getting better and boasts all manner of musical invention, from the horns and guitars that work well in tandem with each other, to the angelic chorus that marks its conclusion, it’s the sort of musical offering that just keeps getting better and better. The album, Yael Naim is released on March 31
Gnarls Barkley – Run video
Gnarls Barkley – aka the chart-topping duo of producer Danger Mouse and vocalist Cee-Lo – return with a new single and album in the form of Run and The Odd Couple respectively. As a first taste of what to expect, however, Run proves conclusively that they’ve lost none of the magic that helped them make such a big splash with their St Elsewhere debut. The song energetically combines some funky beats and melodies from Danger Mouse with the ardent gospel vocals of Cee-Lo to create an instant dancefloor-filling classic.
James Blunt – Carry You Home video
James Blunt returns with another bland, depressing ballad in the form of Carry You Home. Boasting a set of lyrics that include such pearls as “as strong as you were, tender you go, I’m watching you breathing for the last time”, this is another of those brooding You’re Beautiful wannabes that will probably set the lighters waving in concert form (and may well even end up on a TV or film soundtrack). The video was directed by Jake Nava whose critically-acclaimed credits include The Rolling Stones, Natalie Imbruglia, Usher and Dido.
Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction video
Shizzle da rizzle, tha Doggfather is back with his ninth studio album Ego Trippin’, set for release on March 31. Sensual Seduction is set to be the first single release from the album and with its smooth, disco groove is a mere taster of what we can expect from the album. Sensual Seduction sees Snoop flash back to a time when disco ruled, a time when a man could play a melodica keyboard in a three piece white suit and still go home with the all the ladies. On this track, the Dogg continues to do what he does best and push the boundaries of hip-hop, creating a smooth and as the title would suggest, seductive, disco tune with a video to match.
Elbow – Grounds For Divorce video
As the band members began recording the album, their good friend and respected singer songwriter Bryan Glancy died, leaving a shadow over many in Manchester including the Elbow boys. Grounds For Divorce lyrically is affected and inspired by that loss. Whilst other tracks on The Seldom Seen Kid are elegies to a lost friend, the single is about the initial aftermath, the desire to flee the situation, find another life and wipe the slate clean of all the emotional entanglements that come with the death of a close friend. It also rocks – and it’s out on March 10.
Mystery Jets feat Laura Marling – Young Love video
Young Love is an example of Mystery Jets truly outdoing themselves as creators of perfect, harmony driven, edgy pop. Traditionally fronted by Blaine Harrison, this single displays the talents of other players having been written by William Rees (guitar) and Kai Fish (bass). Stepping forward as a second lead vocalist for the band, Will’s lyrics vividly supply the narrative as Laura Marling’s alluring vocals perfectly complement with backing vocals that are playfully reminiscent of sixties doo-wop with a sardonic twist. It’s released on March 10.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Find The Time video
Searching For The Hows And Whys, recorded at south London’s Spirit Dance Studios, eclipses the scale and ambition of everything that Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly has done before. In addition to tracks such as Window Of Your Mind and Find The Time, which were road-tested during riotous live shows this year, the album also features a collaboration with long-time touring friend Kate Nash who appears on the track Better Things.
Girls Aloud – Can’t Speak French video
Girls Aloud release their new single Can’t Speak French on March 17th through Fascination Records. On the single, Nicola, Cheryl, Sarah, Kimberley and Nadine slow the tempo down despite singing they will ‘let the funky music do the talking.’ Together with Xenomania, they cut ‘n’ paste a mix of sounds and styles to create another irresistible pop classic in the making. The CD single of Can’t Speak French will include the previously unreleased song Hoxton Hero.
Juno OST: Barry Lewis Polisar – All I Want Is You video
There seems no stopping the success of Juno at the moment – and deservedly so. Having taken America by storm, this clever indie comedy, from director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, the music to the film is now creating an internet sensation. The Juno soundtrack is rapidly becoming the best-selling album on the iTunes Music store, having sold in excess of 75,000 copies before it’s even physically available in stores (it’s released in the UK on January 21, 2008). Check out this video, of Barry Lewis Polisar’s excellent All I Want Is You.
Lenny Kravitz – I’ll Be Waiting video
It Is Time For A Love Revolution is Kravitz’s first new album release in over three years; the record is a thunderous rock ‘n roll call-to-arms, featuring a universal blend of soul, funk, and jazz grooves and the undeniable anthemic lyricism that’s been his trademark from day one. The first single to emerge from it is the sweeping ballad I’ll Be Waiting.
Katie Melua – If The Lights Go Out video
It Is Time For A Love Revolution is Kravitz’s first new album release in over three years; the record is a thunderous rock ‘n roll call-to-arms, featuring a universal blend of soul, funk, and jazz grooves and the undeniable anthemic lyricism that’s been his trademark from day one. The first single to emerge from it is the sweeping ballad I’ll Be Waiting.
Panic At The Disco – Nine In The Afternoon video
One of the most anticipated releases of the year, Panic At The Disco are back with their album Pretty. Odd. due for release in March. The first single to be taken from the album is the catchy Nine In The Afternoon, due for release on March 17, which you’ve probably heard by now because it’s getting played everywhere! It also contains a rather strange video, which you can see right here!
Sheryl Crow – Love Is Free video
Grammy award winning artist Sheryl Crow returns with Love Is Free, the rollicking first single to emerge from her new album Detours. The album itself marks Crow’s first collaboration with producer Bill Bottrell since their Tuesday Night Music Club breakthrough and his presence is evident right away. Love Is Free is a genuinely upbeat record, fuelled by a crisp, lovely central guitar riff and a rousing central vocal from Crow.
Queens of The Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu video
Queens of The Stone Age finally release one of the standout tracks from their Era Vulgaris LP – and possibly one of the finest records of their distinguished career. Make It Wit Chu is a song that showcases the quieter, more restrained side of the band – and it feels all the better for it. The song is actually a re-recording of the Desert Session favourite that replaces Mark Lanegan’s vocals with Josh Homme’s own.
The Chemical Brothers – Salmon Dance video
Salmon Dance, a kooky but hopelessly catchy offering that just gets better and better the more you hear it. It’s the sort of gleefully playful offering that would probably go down a storm at a children’s tea party (so long as you don’t listen to the words), as well as on the club scene (across several genres). Fatlip provides a rap that mixes impossibly cute with bad-boy swearing, while the info-mercial snippets are reminiscent of Lazy B in his prime.
Maroon 5 – Wake Up Call video
Maroon 5 attempt to move away from the soft-rock image of songs like She Will Be Loved with the pumped up Wake Up Call from latest album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Featuring an explosive video in which Adam Levine and co cavort with semi-clad, busty ladies and carry out murder most foul, the song itself also employs an urban-style electronic sound that seems influenced by Justin Timberlake’s Future Sex/Love Sounds material. It actually works really well for them!
Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah video
The new Plain White T’s single Hey There Delilah is currently a Top 3 smash in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in America and is lifted from their stunning new album Every Second Counts which is riding high in the Billboard Top 40 album chart, achieving gold status and selling over 100,000 copies to date. The band are currently on a 22 date tour of the US and are planning to tour the UK in August and September starting with performances at the Reading and Leeds festival. Later this year they will be special guests on the Fall Out Boy US tour which begins in October. Hey There Delilah has already been added to the Virgin Radio playlist and remains the number one downloaded track on iTunes US for July.
Fountains of Wayne – Someone To Love video
Do you remember the cheeky, smash hit 2003 track Stacey’s Mom? Who can forget it! Well, after a long silence broken only by the 2005 release of the b-side compilation Out-Of-State Plates. Fountains of Wayne return with the richly-textured Traffic And Weather, which further demonstrates the musical range, wit, and eye for narrative detail that have become their trademarks. The lead single is Someone To Love and it boasts another cracking video. Check it out here…
Unkle – Burn My Shadow video feat Goran Visnjic
UNKLE return in emphatic fashion with new single, Burn My Shadow, taken from the imminent third album, War Stories. The song features former front man of The Cult, Ian Astbury, on lead vocals and boasts a stunning video, featuring ER‘s Goran Visnjic as a man who wakes up to find that he has only minutes to live.
Paul McCartney – Dance Tonight video
Forthcoming Paul McCartney single Dance Tonight is a genuinely shimmering song built around a thumping backbeat and some genuinely enchanting mandolin. It’s a sparkling effort that really gets into your head and refuses to budge for all the right reasons – and it features an excellent video from French maestro Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) that stars Natalie Portman.
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Mr Hudson & The Library – Ask The DJ video
Hotly-tipped newcomers Mr Hudson & The Library release a new single in the form of the utterly engaging Ask The DJ. Packed with the musical originality that helped breakthrough hit Too Late Too Late stand out, Ask The DJ offers an endearing blend of smooth beats, vocal harmonising and excellent electronics. It’s catchy chorus is certain to get your feet tapping and people singing along with its central thrust of “what tune is this? I like it?”
Fort Minor feat. Holly Brook – Where’d You Go? video
Fort Minor has just released the video for its new single, Where’d You Go featuring the singer-songwriter Holly Brook, who has toured with Fort Minor through the US and Australia. The video poignantly portrays the feelings experienced by people missing loved ones, expressed by Mike Shinoda in the verses and the heartrending emotion of the chorus sung by Holly Brook.
Louis XIV – Pledge of Allegiance Audio/video
Released on a limited edition shaped picture disc, Pledge Of Allegiance/The Hunt is the latest sexy effort from San Diego retro-rockers Louis XIV. Taken from the band’s excellent debut album, The Best Little Secrets Are Kept, this hip, edgy performer is driven by a really cracking bassline and some ultra-sexy lyrics. You can see the incredibly sexy video here…