This is the new video from Venice for 'City of Light', taken from their debut EP 'Volume 1'.
Venice formed last year after finding a mutual love for well crafted and engaging pop music. The band had always been aware of each-other through local schools and colleges growing up. Max had written various songs but never had an outlet to record them. After spending some time with Alex (who owned a small studio), they decided to record the songs and in-listed the help of Jack, James and George to self produce their first demos. After the songs got passed around - the five friends were quickly snapped up by management and an agent alike and Venice was born.
After spending just under a year perfecting their song-writing and live show, Venice are ready to step forward and take their music to the masses.
Indiana is a unique new singer-songwriter hailing from Nottingham. Her music builds on spacious, down tempo electronic soul and haunting atmospherics that serve as a backdrop to the strikingly powerful and deeply heartfelt resonance of her voice.
With an almost magical beginning to her story, being discovered earlier in the year after uploading a homespun cover version of the Jo Goddard track 'Gabriel' and being contacted by the tracks Grammy-nominated original composer John Beck who invited her to work together, she went on to release her hotly tipped debut single 'Blind As I Am' in November that found fans in Annie Mac and Huw Stephens alongside taste-making blogs online. Ahead of a new single due early next year, Indiana is now pleased to unveil a distinctly personal re-imagining of the Frank Ocean song ‘Swim Good’.
Accompanied by a compellingly cinematic video serving as a beautifully realized extension of the brooding, intense sentiments and quietly charged romantic fatalism at the heart of the song, Indiana's rendition sees her powerhouse yet subtly nuanced vocal soar over a simultaneously sparse and evocative arrangement, building into a delicate crescendo of soulful harmonies and cliff-hanger strings.
A fitting way to end the year that has seen her take her first confident steps, Swim Good is another enticing glimmer of the wide emotional scope and intriguingly idiosyncratic vision of this emerging artist.
C2C are 4 French DJ’s - 4 time World DMC Turntable Champions - who release their debut full-length album ‘Tetra’ in the UK on March 11th. The album was released in France in September where it quickly reached number #1 on the iTunes album chart.
The three-letter-name is legendary in the world of “turntablism”; a highly technical yet intensely musical discipline with performers using turntables as a bona fide musical instrument.
The four members of C2C met in high school during their teenage years, and soon started developing their own unique performing style. Their achievements in the competition circuit come second to none, ranking #1 in the DMC World Competition four times in a row (2003-2006), thanks to their unique blend of breathtaking technical dexterity and innate musical sensitivity. The audience was astonished by their highly playful yet incredibly precise and spectacular routines, and the intoxicating jazzy tunes they managed to create through their deceptively simple contraptions. To this day, their live performances remain extremely popular, totaling more than 7 million views on YouTube alone with their plethora of innovative musical and visual elements.
C2C’s true purpose, however, has always been to produce music, or rather to devise a brand new way to create and perform music. Now freed from the constraints of the competition circuit and focusing on the recorded dimension of their music, the quartet has matured, without losing any of its enthusiasm and energy. Rather than relying on borrowed samples and scratches, C2C has recorded an extensive palette of instruments: strings, brass, guitar, bass, keys, etc., often played on vintage instruments and equipment to capture the elusive “seventies sound” they so cherish. The same goes for the voice tracks, featuring talented vocalists such as Olivier Daysoul, Gush and Pigeon John. The result is an acrobatic yet deeply melodic and atmospheric series of pieces, a uniquely electrifying blend of electro, soul and hip-hop moods.
The band will be bringing their one of a kind multimedia live show to the UK with a date at London’s Koko on March 14th and further dates to follow.
Watch Video For Album Single 'Down The Road' Above!
“a dreamy serenade of chamber pop and morning-after house… an attempt to merge the influences of Beethoven and Autechre” -Mojo
"direct, striking love songs that sound like classics the instant you hear them." -Dummy Mag
“…evoking what would happen if Sade met a caffeinated Air, a sublime voice floating easily on a ballast of clever instrumental touches." –Pitchfork
"it’s gorgeous enough to be untarnished by the fact that it would make perfect sense over a late-night cocktail in a hotel bar." –The Fader
Rhye first emerged from the shadows in early 2012 – a flicker of immaculately produced, sensuous pop, an elusive aesthetic hinting at a stark sensual physicality, and a soft yet deeply stirring voice. Fast-forward to the end of the same year and it becomes clear the excitement that surrounded this new and intriguing band was every bit justified, with the announcement of Woman the debut album from Rhye that is released March 4th on Polydor.
Beginning with a transatlantic discovery of a rare musical kinship following the intention of collaborating on a remix, the duo who make up Rhye quickly set out working on a new project together, recording between Copenhagen and Los Angeles. Enthusiasm and intrigue for the first fruits of their labor was not late to follow, with a first track being championed by the likes of The Fader, the NME who described it as "a mesmerizing gem" and The Guardian who called their music “quietly fabulous”. The ensuing 'The Fall' EP went on to enjoy further accolades, with profile pieces in the likes of Pitchfork, FACT and Interview Magazine giving first insight into the bands inner workings, alongside winning the endorsement of Fearne Cotton at BBC Radio 1 who made the track her Record Of The Week.
Indeed, the immediately striking quality upon listening to the album is how fully formed and quietly confident it is, demonstrating Rhye’s music stands first and foremost as a unified body of work. Suitably titled first single ‘Open’ introduces the album with gentle flourishes of brass and strings to emerge into a soulfully dulcet, morning-lit romantic ode. Lyrics like "I'm a fool for you belly, I'm a fool for your love" illustrate the duo’s gift for articulating the poignant and emotional in seemingly small, everyday moments of intimacy.
By now familiar single 'The Fall' sees a caressing autumnal piano, lyrical strings and bass-driven groove serving to soundtrack a lover’s plea. '3 Days' shimmers with glissando harps, orchestral synths and bittersweet melody permeated by a mist of unfulfilled yearning. Elsewhere, the popping disco-funk of 'Hunger' evokes the giddiness of dance-floor infatuation haunted by a reflective modern ennui.
Less than a year since their first enticing glimmer and Rhye are ready to step fully into the light with a brilliant debut album. Inspired by a love of classic beauty and striking a delicate balance between a refined decadence and a classic elegance, Woman promises to be one of the most memorable and rewarding debuts of 2013.
Embed Embed this video on your site DEBUT ALBUM "YO BONITA" RELEASED JANUARY 28th 2013 ON JAM CITY
WITH A SOLD OUT JAZZ CAFÉ SHOW – 29th NOV AND FREE REMIX EP
It’s long been said that Cubans sing when they speak, dance when they walk and woo with a love song so it should be of little surprise that The Cuban Brothers’ debut album Yo Bonita blends sexy, soulful vocals with jaw-dropping funk that never fails to get crowds on their feet.
From humble beginnings Miguel Mantovani, Archerio Mantovani and Kengo San have built Los Hermanos Cubanos - The Cuban Brothers - into a legendary outfit that continuously sells out shows across the globe. Not only the entertainment of choice for Elton John, Richard Branson and Robbie Williams, the trio has also supported James Brown, Chuck Berry, Fatboy Slim, De La Soul, Talib Kweli and performed with the likes of The Prodigy, Q-Tip, Chic, Roy Ayers and Jocelyn Brown.
Their residency at Rob da Bank’s celebrated Sunday Best parties led to The Cuban Brothers hosting the main stage at Bestival since its inception in 2004. This year alone the band has toured Australasia, hit the festival circuit hard and performed on BBC1’s Let’s Dance for Sports Relief as well as scoring parts in Plan B’s Ill Manors and Nick Frost’s forthcoming film, Cuban Fury.
Adding musical weight to Yo Bonita's soul are The CBs. Originally put together to support James Brown on one of his last tours, the band are a crack outfit of some of the finest funk players on the planet who collectively boast a CV that features a who’s who of musical greats, including Tom Jones, Mick Jagger, Nick Cave, Amy Winehouse, Edwyn Collins, Prince Buster, Pharrell Williams and many more.
A raw collection of sinewy funk and heavy beats, unusually for a dance album, Yo Bonita eschews building tracks around samples in favour of a real band dynamic, which lends the collection of original tracks and inspired covers a groove that is undeniably infectious. Giving even more depth to proceedings is a litany of unique vocalists, that include Mica Paris, KT Tunstall, Kurtis Blow, Tenor Fly and the legendary Omar. From crate diggers’ delight Misdemenor originally by Foster Sylvers, Sly and the Family Stone’s Underdog and Motorhead’s Ace of Spades rendered as you’ve never heard it before to the band’s originals, including The Finding and Mike 4 President, the band effortlessly prove they know their chops, laying a contagious bedrock for Mike’s vocals to soar. The video for their current single Mike 4 President follows the bros as they campaign the streets of London in true Cubano style, click this link to view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=007yz40RcNU
Miguel Mantovani said – “Yo Bonita! was the album started just after my first born Bonbon, I wanted to do an organic project not using any samples with the extraordinary live band I’d put together to support James Brown on one of his last tours out in Australia. The players comprise cats from Amy Winehouse’s outfit, Primal scream and so many more and they are the dopest musicians. The main idea was to do some great songs, dope beats and keep it free of gimmicks.
“With the exception of Kurtis Blow, who is just a legend of hip-hop culture and somebody I’ve always admired, the guests are some of my favourite British artists, all with their own true voice.”
A free ‘Remix’ EP is available now from www.thecubanbrothers.com featuring remixes from A Skillz, Doorly, and Erb N Dub.