Rio de Janeiro tonight! 🇧🇷our first time here... let's do it Brazil!
After winning the Best New Festival Award in 2015, Wild Life was back at Brighton City Airport to now showcase and cement its date in the festival calendar as a major player. To do this, it would need to go one better, bring in something neoteric and exhilarating, whilst also landing some grand-musical heavyweights. They arrived in the form of grime's latest stars Stormzy and Skepta, American vets Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes, and pop artists Bastille.
It was the former N.W.A lyricist who had the crowd trembling at his figure tips though. Supported by no more than his son (not O'Shea Jackson who plays his father in Straight Outta Compton), Ice Cube was the penultimate act on Sunday's main stage and stole the show. The set of the weekend, despite co-curators Disclosure and Rudimental headlining the festival for successive years.
With both Stormzy and Skepta having tracks appear ubiquitously over all radio stations, this was their moment to shine, their moment under the spotlight. They appeared on the main stage Saturday and Sunday respectively and both seemed to revere their audience from the first moment, with Stormzy indicating it was the biggest and best crowd he had every performed at - it probably was for Skepta too.
Continue reading: Wild Life Festival 2016 - Live Review
With the festival season fully under way, Wild Life returns for its second installment, reappearing on the south coast at Brighton City Airport (known locally as Shoreham Airport)
After winning the Best New Festival at last years UK Festival Awards, co-curators Rudimental and Disclosure are set to do it all again, establishing a name for themselves at the festival, making sure everyone knows it is theirs, giving it their own cultural identity.
The two-day festival that spreads across the weekend of June 11th and 12th provides no camping, but a music festival that transcends generic boundaries, a diverse line up that attracts and appeals to all ages. From James Bay to Skepta, Jack Garratt to DJ EZ, Wild Life is showcasing its multifarious taste, despite Earth Wind and Fire pulling out.
Continue reading: Wild Life Festival 2016 - Preview
After the success of the inaugural Wild Life Festival last year, it is unsurprisingly back again with a line up boasting some huge names.
Mimicking the variety of 2015, the festival curators have specifically chosen a festival bill that amalgamates all genres of music, appealing to musical fans of all ages and all walks of life.
Joining the headliners will be hip hop heavyweight veterans Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes, showcasing how rap is done on the west coast, whilst Stormzy and Skepta will represent the London's rap and grime scene down on the south coast.
Continue reading: Rudimental And Disclosure Return For Wild Life Festival 2016
Chloe Dobinson recaps her favourite albums of 2015
10. Drake - If You're Reading This Then You're Too Late
Making an impromptu release of his 4th studio album Drake made a return proving why he is one of the most in demand rappers. Highlights of the album include opening track Legend -which features a long instrumental introduction with background vocals giving a harmonic feel to the track. Track Energy sees keys help make the track come alive with the Canadian rapper pushing himself as an artist and pushing the boundaries in the rap industry.
9. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth
Released in September The Libertines marked a return to the music scene following their 2004 self-titled album. A decade on the band proves their songwriting skills never went away with tracks such Gunga Din a racous, fun indie track making fans of The Libertines feels as if they never went away. Athems for Doomed Youth is a softer album from a band who is constanlty in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Heart of the Matter is a highlight of the album catchy, light and will become a firm favorite when the band play summer festival next year.
Continue reading: Chloe Dobinson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015
The song from ‘Spectre’ is the first Bond theme to top the UK singles chart.
Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ has become the first Bond theme to top the UK singles chart. The theme from the upcoming film Spectre, went straight in at number one in this week’s singles chart, with combined chart sales and streams of 70,000 copies, knocking Justin Bieber off the top spot.
Sam Smith is on top of the UK chart with ‘Writing’s On The Wall’
Speaking to the Official Charts Company Smith said, "It’s been an unforgettable experience working with Barbara [Broccoli] and Sam [Mendes] to become part of this British legacy. I couldn’t have done this without my fans – this is a special moment I’ll never forget.”
After what seemed like a millennia in publically promoting one of the most anticipated records of the year, Disclosure are finally here with their second album 'Caracal', alongside a host of guest artists such as Sam Smith, Lorde and The Weeknd.
Making every effort to perpetuate their success following their debut album 'Settle', the young Lawrence brothers have been working hard promoting the album with every avenue and media format possible. And it is definitely worth the wait, though it did feel like half the album had been heard before throughout the summer already.
Entering the scene as teenagers, they have fused pop into house, showing a side of EDM that isn't just beats per minute and extravagant bass lines. They are more composed and the brothers feel more like songwriters than music producers.
Continue reading: Disclosure - Caracal Album Review
The British dance duo will be working with the worldwide megastar once again on their second album 'Caracal', releasing the music video for the single 'Omen'.
Disclosure released the music video for brand new single ‘Omen’ on Monday morning (July 27th), the second to be taken from their eagerly awaited new album Caracal, which will be released on September 25th.
Sam Smith with Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure
Continue reading: Sam Smith Teams Up With Disclosure Once More For 'Omen'
Disclosure are back with a new album.
Following the huge success of their debut LP Settle - which also launched the career of Sam Smith - the dance music duo Disclosure has announced details of its second album. Caracal will be released via Island Records on September 25 - a departure from the group's usual home at Cherrytree.
Disclosure and Sam Smith collaborated for the major hit Latch
Previews of the new tracks appear to show a range of styles, from the house cut of Bang That, to the jazzy Holding On, which features the voice of American vocalist Gregory Porter. The group has also been recording with Mary J Blige on her recent London Sessions recordings. Other guest vocalists on the record include the R&B newcomer Nao, Lion Babe and Kwabs.
Continue reading: Disclosure Announce 'Caracal', But Did They Rip-Off Sbtrkt?
Expect some extraordinary upcoming talent from one of the festival's most diverse showcases.
Austin's 2015 SXSW Festival draws ever nearer, with a line-up already rich in upcoming talent and vibrant diversity. There's something for everyone at this iconic citywide musical celebration, and nothing encompasses that more than Hype Machine's Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat spot.
Hype Hotel is set to return to SXSW for 2015
Now heading into its fourth year, we can expect Hype Hotel to be full of yet more talented new bands and artists for 2015. Selected by a variety of different music blogs, the line-up is awash with the very best of all genres including indie, rock, pop, electronic, rap and R&B, who entertain fans of different ages and cultures for five days during the event, which this year takes place from March 17th to 22nd.
After a bit of reflection, 'Coming to London' just sounded so odd. We live in a world now, after all, where artists need nothing more than an internet connection to be able to collaborate with each other, meaning Mary J Blige's announcement that she was forsaking New York for Britain's capital had something of a twentieth century ring about it. Countering, the singer explained that this wasn't some kind of Royal engagement from her perspective, and that she wanted to use the energy and creative vibe generated by the Thames to give her music a regenerative makeover. With the cutting edge being provided by a clutch of talented young froth from around the city, 'The London Sessions' are the result.
For much of its first third, it's easy for the listener to ask themselves why she bothered to make the trip. Opener 'Therapy' - co-written with cherubic, Grammy scoffing Sam Smith - is a sardonic, bare bones number that leaves few stones unturned lyrically, but opens up no new doors. It's followed by 'Doubt', a slightly overblown tale of ultimate redemption clearly indebted to gospel but again, not really very well... Shoreditch. Make no mistake, this is Blige doing what she does impeccably, her voice still honeyed where it needs to be, raw in other moments, but again the pattern of living within her glossy means continues through 'Not Loving You' and 'When You're Gone'; both polished, mid-tempo and full of poise but, equally, neither being anything which breaks her mould.
Blige in the build up had spoken about immersing herself in the underground house sounds of the nineties, beats which outfits like Disclosure and Gorgon City have reproduced so faithfully over the last couple of years, and the breakthrough finally comes on 'Right Now', produced and co-written by Blige with the former (MJB gets those joint chops on every song) but bearing their spidery minimalism throughout. Finally, with any inhibitions abandoned, what follows is a kind of whistle-stop genre tour, from the rave squawks and big piano vamps of 'My Loving', the crisp two step of 'Pick Me Up' through to the lush disco of 'Follow'. Despite the diversity, each of these you think speak more to the singer's open mindedness and versatility rather than a sea change in her philosophy; when in Rome and all that, rather than casting aside a formula which has helped sell more than 50 million albums worldwide.
Continue reading: Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions Album Review
Sam Smith and Disclosure - A host of celebs were snapped as they attended Universal Music Group's Grammy After Party which was presented by American Airlines and Citi. The party was held at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 8th February 2015
Rio de Janeiro tonight! 🇧🇷our first time here... let's do it Brazil!
H- got woken up by a bee sting to the neck today, good start 🐝
Big up @shameusseamus https://t.co/aL9wAJjH4x
RT @blanksfactory: Read our 60 second chat with dance duo @disclosure https://t.co/YkHcjVWHSZ https://t.co/D5JVRsQJAv
I WANNA LOCK IN YOUR LOVE https://t.co/2hy3T1rb9X
@PascaleJuliette and you! https://t.co/nWDc2eHEsY
Gracias Chile 🇨🇱!! ❤️🙏🏼 https://t.co/ajRGVbFldd
RT @Disclosure_Pics: 🎉Happy Birthday Caracal @disclosure CD Label Design by @StudioMoross https://t.co/W308mCuKwI
Happy 1st Birthday Caracal 🐱 🎂 And thank you to all of you for your incredible support. https://t.co/yokSM7vjvQ
Getting ready for tonight's show with some SWEET Argentinian music 🎷 https://t.co/8IxNSWJql8
Also, we are on stage at 9pm tonight! So get down early 💃
Getting charged for tonight show in Buenos Aires like..☕️🙂 https://t.co/LEg2uotroV
Big tune from @joehertzmusic featuring our old friend @jvickerymusic 👌 https://t.co/dQ1oE6Uu7t
@WazeOdyssey ahhh yeah heard about this. The burger that bleeds right? Intriguing
@WazeOdyssey yeah that for sure 🍷
@WazeOdyssey haha. Veggie! 🌿🍃🌱
Tonight is the night Buenos Aires! Who's ready?! Our first ever time in Argentina 🇦🇷😬
🙏🏼thank you Carl🙏🏼 https://t.co/HeIIitxgPP