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Iron & Wine @ Birmingham Town Hall

Posted in Features, Reviews with tags , , , , on 15 March, 2011 by Olivier

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In January 1970, so the story goes, my Dad went to see Led Zeppelin blow away the Birmingham Town Hall as they toured Led Zeppelin II ; 41 years later, a much different proposition is in store as Iron and Wine visit the same venue to play to a busy crowd in the grand and historic venue.

The stage was set then for Iron and Wine, Sam Beam to his mother, to play his brand of Americana-folk-pop to a eager audience – made up of at least 60% bearded folkies – and produce the studio quality performances that had come to bring such a high reputation. However, it turned out that the crowd were not in for a live rendition of the album versions, as Beam and his band stepped away from the more expected Iron and Wine live performance, branching out into exciting new territory. Continue reading

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Introducing… Miles Kane

Posted in Features, Stream with tags , , on 14 March, 2011 by Sim.R

UPDATE: I’ve just put a new link to the Skream remix as Columbia sent us the proper version without the voiceovers.


Best known for being one half of Last of the Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane has expectation weighing on his shoulders. I would assume so anyway as people are expecting great things from the young man.

With his ongoing work with Alex Turner and he’s Beatles-like appearance only serving to further whet the appetites of rock and indie fans alike, we’re hoping his forthcoming debut LP Colour of the Trap comes up trumps. Continue reading

Introducing Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Posted in Features, Stream on 12 March, 2011 by Olivier

Natives of the motoring city of Detroit, Michigan Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein collectively go by the name of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

To our readers in the UK, the reference is pretty obscure. The Earnhardt family is a dynasty in the American sport of Nascar – an activity unknown to the British public until Will Ferrell’s ‘Talladega Nights’. Dale Earnhardt was a champion driver who’s father Ralph Earnhardt had been involoved in Nascar, then came his son Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was also a champion so on and so on. You get the idea. Continue reading

Introducing Liam Bailey

Posted in Features, News, Stream with tags , , , , , on 1 March, 2011 by Olivier


Liam Bailey is a 25 year old soul singer with the kind of husky, rich and rasping voice and quiet charm that might just make him a pop star. And Bailey, originally from Nottingham, has got a couple of busy months to look forward to. Having already been signed to paparazzi magnet Amy Winehouse’s imprint Lioness Records, he’ll now be performing support slots on two of the countries hottest tickets.

In March he’ll be supporting rapper-come-soul star Plan B on his UK tour Continue reading

Caribou – Jamelia

Posted in Features, News with tags on 1 March, 2011 by Olivier

Last years Swim is an album that brought Daniel Snaith, better known as Caribou, international acclaim, including bagging 3rd place in the coveted hotcakes end of year list. However, it seems Swim is the gift that keeps on giving, almost 11 months after its release, one the stand out tracks, ‘Jamelia’ gets a nice, shiny video which serves as a pleasant reminder just why we all enjoyed that record so much.

Caribou – Jamelia from Video Marsh on Vimeo.

Jamie xx

Posted in Downloads, Features, Stream with tags , , , on 22 February, 2011 by Sim.R

Jamie Smith, better known to you and me as Jamie xx, released his debut album today: a compete remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s 2010 album I’m New Here. The re-fixed version, We’re New Here, is a journey through the minds of two people separated not only by age – 39 years to be precise – but stylistically too. Gil, a modern jazz and blues legend; Jamie, one of the best young electronic producers around Continue reading

[Moving Mondays] Cut Copy – Need You Now

Posted in Features with tags , , , , on 21 February, 2011 by Olivier

Earlier in February Aussie Electro-snyth poppers Cut Copy released Zonoscope, their 3rd full length, to a fanfare of critical approval. The second single from the album is Zonoscope opener ‘Need You Now’ and the track now has a weird and incredible video as an accompaniment. Keith Schofield is on directorial duties – he’s previously worked with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck.

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