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EP REVIEW: You-Kitt Philippa

I first heard them on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 'Introducing' show and was impressed by their stunning vocals and stripped back sound.


Photo credit: dimly lit stages
Kitt Philippa's single 'Human' was the winner of 2018's Northern Irish Music Prize 'Single of the Year'. The multi-instrumentalist and songwriter has recently released the EP, 'You'. Hozier is a fan..and so am I!

'You', the title track on the EP, is about a type of imaginary love and yearning, summed up perfectly by the lyrics, "I can't stop loving you". It is an incredibly personal song. Meanwhile, 'Grace' is slow, gentle and full of longing too. It sounds very romantic, with a focus on true love. 



The 4-track EP features songs that are every bit as emotive as Adele's. Kitt Philippa's lyrics are heart-warming and expressive and 'You' is a must listen.

'You' (EP) is available now.

INTERVIEW: whenyoung

I recently caught up with Andrew from whenyoung and we had a chat about their debut album, 'Reasons To Dream', which is out Friday!


What is your single, 'The Others', about?
Andrew: Aoife was working in West London for a gardening company on the day of the Grenfell Tower fire and she could see the smoke and ambulances and everything. 'The Others' highlights the disparity and differences between people in power and those that don't have power; the neglect in society. It sparked the idea for the song. 

What inspired the music video for 'The Others'?
Andrew: We wanted to portray the idea of the song but in an abstract way. The idea was that we had this couple in a safe home who had no worries. It was performance-led and flowers commemorate the people who died in the fire.




What does the album, 'Reasons To Dream', represent to you?
Andrew: The album is a collection of songs written over years-being Irish in London, searching for your place in the world, and our experiences. There is also a focus on mental health and anxiety. We lost a friend recently and it's about coming to terms with that. We're excited [about the album]. When you start a band it's the goal, so we are over the moon and hope that people engage with it. We're very proud of it.

You recently played The Great Escape festival in Brighton, how was that?
It was really fun, on the beach..and we got to have fish and chips on the way home.

What was it like touring with bands like The Vaccines?
The Vaccines are such lovely guys and supportive. We were fans already and to see how hard-working and talented they are was really special-especially behind the scenes, was really cool. The crowds were great and we got to visit lots of cities we hadn't been to before. It was one of the most fun tours we've done.

Which new music are you listening to at the moment?
We're always listening out for new stuff, such as Nilufer Yanya, Fontaines D.C. and The Japanese House. 

'Reasons To Dream' is out May 24.

SINGLE review: Grave-George Ogilvie

'Grave' is a truly special piece from singer-songwriter, George Ogilvie. It is achingly honest, when you think that the lyrics are about George's struggles with mental health and alcohol ("don't walk over my grave"). It's almost heartbreaking to hear such honesty, and his voice is entrancing. He is a unique and uncompromising musician. His style reminds me of Damien Rice, who I absolutely adore. 

Apparently, George only discovered he could sing during his A levels when he injured his hand and therefore couldn't play piano for his assessment. He had to sing instead. He later began playing guitar and writing songs.

'Grave' is taken from George's upcoming debut album, which he has described as a form of 'music therapy'. His inspirations include The National and Sharon Van Etten. 

His music has already gained 55 million views on Spotify.

I, personally, can't wait to hear more from George Ogilvie. I think I have found a new favourite artist.




He is playing a show at Omeara on 31 May and, if you can make it, you should really get down there.



Luke Daniels and Kaleidoscope Music Memes

Yesterday marked the start of Luke Daniels' tour, where the award-winning and critically acclaimed folk singer and musician was hosting a folk and world music quartet.

The Kaleidoscope quartet showcases three international soloists from South Africa, Syria and China (Abel Selaocoe, Rihab Azar, and Zi Lan Liao) alongside Luke Daniels. 

Local audiences can get involved by creating their own musical arrangements from a pool of prerecorded audio clips. They can then share them on the 'musical memes' app.

You can catch their performances in Southport, Liverpool, St. Helens and Bury.



The Atkinson Southport
May 8th Duo Abel Selacoe with Luke Daniels
May 22nd Duo Rihab Azar with Luke Daniels
June 13th Duo Zi Lan Lao with Luke Daniels
June 26th Full Kaleidoscope Quartet


Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
May 10th Duo Abel Selacoe with Luke Daniels
May 23rd Duo Rihab Azar with Luke Daniels
June 15th Duo Zi Lan Lao with Luke Daniels
June 28th Full Kaleidoscope Quartet


Citadel St Helens
May 11th Duo Rihab Azar with Luke Daniels
May 26th Duo Abel Selacoe with Luke Daniels
Jun 16th Duo Zi Lan Lao with Luke Daniels
Jun 27th Full Kaleidoscope Quartet


The Met Bury
May 12th Duo Abel Selacoe with Luke Daniels
May 25th Duo Rihab Azar with Luke Daniels
Jun 14th Duo Zi Lan Lao with Luke Daniels
Jun 29th Duo Full Kaleidoscope Quartet

Jade Bird Covers Halsey & Justin Timberlake

Jade Bird recently made her BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge debut. 

The singer-songwriter performed her latest single- a heartfelt rendition of 'My Motto'. 

She then used her powerful vocals to do a stripped back mash-up of Halsey's 'Without Me' and Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me A River'.

Jade put her own spin on Halsey's pop song, which was released in October 2018. You can watch the videos for both below.

Jade's eponymous debut album is out now.





NEWS Bastille Announce Album Release Date & Tour

So, finally, after months of Bastille being asked by fans and lots of "soon"-s from a certain Mr Dan Smith, the band announced that their third studio album, 'Doom Days' will be released on June 14 (only 41 days from now...EEEEK!). This coincided with the first play of their new single, 'Joy' on BBC Radio 1.


Bastille were in the studio to discuss the news with Scott Mills. I just happened to be outside the studios and got to meet Dan, like, super briefly but that's a whole other story.


"What about the tour news?!," I hear you ask. Well, Bas are heading to North America in September and October and then, in December, they will be playing a serious of 'club nights' in the UK. The club nights will see our faves play the entire 'Doom Days' album from start to finish in intimate settings. They're being played at the most random UK venues, like Bradford and Grimsby. But it's nice that fans in areas that the band don't usually play at will also get to see them. Psst..if you preorder the album you get a presale code for the club nights, but if anyone beats me to Warwick tickets, I won't be very happy-let me tell you. Just kidding *nervous laughs*.

'Joy' follows the recent release of 'Doom Days'. You can probably guess that I love both. Also, 'Quarter Past Midnight' is the first track from the album and we've heard '4am' on the 'Still Avoiding Tomorrow' tour so that's loads of quality content to keep us busy until June!




November

29, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
30, The Sands Centre, Carlisle

December

1, Music Hall, Aberdeen
3, St George’s Hall, Bradford
4, Auditorium, Grimsby
5, Venue Cymru Theatre, Llandudno
7, The Foundry, Torquay
8, Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
9, Winter Gardens, Margate


SINGLE Review: Just Goes To Show-Eliza Shaddad

Eliza Shaddad can do no wrong in my eyes. I fully stan. And today is no exception- Eliza has released a piano version of her single 'Just Goes To Show'. It's out on all streaming services. So go check it out. What are you waiting for? Go. Go.

'Just Goes To Show' is delicate and bittersweet, as she steps into the role of the heartbroken, rather than the heart-breaker ("Don't make me go home tonight/Don't let me near real life").

This is really intimate-sounding and the piano adds to Eliza's stunning vocals.

Photo credit Melanie Tjoeng