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SINGLE Review: 'Pan-Fried' - Kano ft. Kojo Funds

Kano is a legend when it comes to UK hip hop and he's back, more than a decade into his career, with 'Pan-Fried'. 


Photo credit: Olivia Rose

'Pan-Fried' is the third single to be taken from Kano's much anticipated upcoming album, 'Hoodies All Summer', which can be pre-ordered now.


The song is about celebration despite tough times and features a summery beat. It's an infectious track but with a darker undertone. His witty lyricism still shines through, as ever. 

Kano is also going back on tour in Autumn.

The full list of UK tour dates is:
2 October            GLASGOW – The Old Fruitmarket
4 October            MANCHESTER – The Albert Hall
5 October            BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall
6 October            BRIGHTON – Brighton Dome
7 October            LONDON – Royal Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)



SINGLE Review: ((trance)) - The S.L.P

Sergio Pizzorno (of Kasabian) aka The S.L.P is producing banger after banger, it seems. Perfect for this hot weather.

((trance)) is a slightly trippy, highly joyous track. It builds into a climactic ending.


Speaking about the track, Pizzorno said: “there’s a kind of French sophistication to it, it’s quite laid back, but it’s still got an ending that’s huge and euphoric and anthemic.”
He continues: “It lulls you in. It doesn’t really want to be an anthem, it wasn’t really supposed to be, but somehow, I got to the end and thought ‘this is huge’.” 

His debut solo album will be released 30th August.

SINGLE Review: 'Violet' - Sea Girls

'Violet' is the latest single from Sea Girls. It was launched recently on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac's Hottest Record In The World.




It's a fast-paced song that has a sense of urgency. “I’m not leaving here without you!,” howls singer Henry Camamile. 

Sea Girls are rising starts in British guitar music and 'Violet' is another great offering.

Speaking of the track, Henry says; “If our other tracks are the shade, then Violet is definitely the light. There is no tortured soul here, just a boy who avoided the inevitable for years, suddenly realises, and throws himself wholeheartedly to someone who’s made for him. Put your face in a sink of ice cold water and that’s how it makes me feel.”

The band will play their biggest ever shows this autumn, with tickets flying out of the door - six dates already sold out. The tour includes a night at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, London on October 10th. Support comes from three-piece The Mysterines. Dates below:

OCTOBER
Wed 2ND NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms (SOLD OUT)
Thu 3RD         BRISTOL, The Fleece (SOLD OUT)
Fri 4TH SOUTHAMPTON, The Loft (SOLD OUT)
Thu 10TH LONDON, O2 Forum Kentish Town
Fri 11TH         LEICESTER, O2 Academy 2 (SOLD OUT)
Wed 16TH HULL, The Welly
Thu 17TH MANCHESTER, Academy 2 (SOLD OUT)
Fri 18TH LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy 2 (SOLD OUT)
Sat 19TH STOKE, The Sugarmill

NEWS: Biffy Clyro Q Awards 2019 Pre-Awards Show





If you're a fan of Biffy Clyro, you'll be pleased to know that they are playing the exclusive Q Awards 2019 Pre-Awards Show- at the Roundhouse.


15 October – Pre-Awards Biffy Clyro Gig At The Roundhouse
16 October – Q Awards 2019 Ceremony And Post-Awards Gig

It's the first time that the extravaganza will take place across two nights.

Very special guests are yet to be announced for the Post-Awards gig.


Simon Neil, Biffy Clyro frontman, commented:
We are delighted to announce we will be playing one of Q’s legendary awards shows.  And to return to the iconic Roundhouse - where we recorded MTV Unplugged in 2017  - just makes it even more special for us. It’s gonna be a lot messier this time though! Hail Satan!”

Ted Kessler, Editor of Q Magazine, commented:
“We are all thrilled that a band of the size and stature of Biffy Clyro will be playing the pre-awards gig. To have a group more used to headlining arenas and stadiums cosying up to the crowd at the Roundhouse is an extremely rare treat and we can’t wait. I’m also madly excited about our line-up for the gig after the Q Awards themselves on the evening of October 16, but we’ll have to keep that one up our sleeves for a little longer. In the meantime, Mon The Biff!”

For tickets, go to www.qthemusic.com/.



NEWS: The Beatles 'Abbey Road' Special Anniversary Release

Yesterday marked 50 years since The Beatles stepped out from London's EMI recording studios and across the infamous Abbey Road zebra crossing-creating the iconic image.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 'Abbey Road' album, The Beatles are releasing a suite of beautifully presented packages worldwide (September 27) by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe.


Photo credit: Bruce McBroom

The album's 17 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell. There will also be 23 session recordings and demos, most of which will be previously unreleased.

“The Beatles recording journey had gone through many twists and turns, learning curves and thrilling rides. Here we were – still wondering at the magic of it all,” McCartney recalls in his written foreword for Abbey Road’s anniversary edition packages.




'Something (2019 mix)' is available now, along with a demo and instrumental version and they sound absolutely stunning. 

'Something' is actually my favourite Beatles track so listening to these versions meant a lot to me- and I can't wait to hear the rest of the tracks in September!



SINGLE Review: 'Backflip'- Love Fame Tragedy

This is actually a double single review, because The Wombats' frontman 'Murph' has released two new tracks from his solo project, Love Fame Tragedy. The two tracks are 'Backflip' and 'Brand New Brain'.

"Lately, I've been emotionally offline," sings Murph. The track was debuted exclusively on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show last night. 




'Backflip' features Pixies’ Joey Santiago, alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton, Matt Chamberlain of Soundgarden and Lauren Aquilina. The video is inspired by Black Mirror. 


Speaking about the collaboration, Joey Santiago said: “I tried to put my own spin on it, it was very quick and painless. He pretty much knew what he wanted, when it was good, it was good. He’s a very talented man.”

Murph said: “When you hear Joey play the guitar you can just tell it’s him and the same thing with Gus with the key melodies he chooses and the distinct sound of his voice. It’s great to have artists and musicians like that playing on songs of your own because it makes them ten times cooler, at least in your own head.”
'Brand New Brain' has also been released today and comes from Love Fame Tragedy's debut EP, 'I Don't Want To Play The Victim, But I'm Really Good At It' which will be released 27 September.






INTERVIEW: Saint Clair

Saint Clair (Emma Topolski) is an artist I genuinely admire and regularly recommend other people listen to, so it was kind of a big deal that she agreed to have a chat with me about her music and future plans.



How was it supporting Bastille on tour earlier in the year?
Saint Clair: Playing live for the first time in so long gave me a genuinely riveting and vital lift. I spend so long alone in the studio writing, recording, working and reworking, that being on stage and bringing my songs to life was really exhilarating. Performing gives you a rare immediacy and interactivity with the people around you and is easily the most rewarding part of the process for me (unless you get bottled or your gear breaks).

You recently played a show in Hoxton, how was that?
Saint Clair: That was a really fun show in front of a home crowd and with a killer lineup. 

You performed your next single, 'Goddess' that night. What inspired it and when will it be released?
Saint Clair: ‘Goddess’ was inspired by a complete breakdown in communication during a very vulnerable time in my life. Not sure on release date yet but it’ll be the first in a series of songs from my new visual EP.

I heard a rumour that you've been working on an album. What can you tell us about that?
Saint Clair: Not an album but a 4-track visual EP. I’ve just shot 4 music videos - all directed by my sister - to accompany each song which was a hugely ambitious yet very rewarding experience. They journey through various stages of grief and loss and although work as stand-alone videos, they also fit together like a short film when watched in succession. I’m very excited to share this project as it’s been over 9 months in the making.

Who are your musical influences?
Saint Clair: I listen to a huge range of music so tend to pluck inspiration from all sorts of weird and wonderful places. I’m really into Nirvana at the moment and have been listening to Booker T. & the M.G.’s a fair bit. 

Does your role in CHILDCARE (as bass player and vocalist) influence your solo music? 
Saint Clair: Actually no. It’s probably made me consider how I could integrate playing bass into my live shows more but the songwriting process is very separate.  

Which new bands and artists are you listening to at the moment that we should all be listening to?
Saint Clair: Tierra Whack, Jain, Charlotte Adigery, Little Simz, Tirzah, Baxter Drury, Holly Walker… I regularly update my Spotify playlist with new music so I’d  suggest you all follow that (below). 

What are your future plans in terms of live dates and new music releases?
Saint Clair: Next for me will be releasing my visual EP. I will definitely be playing a show around that time as well so keep your eyes peeled for dates.