New additions add to the excitement of this already highly anticipated Nottingham festival.
No Tomorrow Festival 2015 welcomes a handful of further additions to their already exciting line-up; Milky Chance, Gorgon City and Nick Mulvey are the latest to join the ever-growing bill for Nottingham's most unmissable weekend of the Summer.
They will be joining with the likes of already announced artists James Bay, John Newman, Jessie Ware and MNEK for the second year of No Tomorrow Festival, which is taking place at Nottingham's Wollaton Park from June 6th to 7th. Other new announcements were SOAK, Karen Harding, JP Cooper, Zak Abel, My Nu Leng, Justin Martin and Grades.
There's little doubt that 'Tough Love' is one of the most eagerly anticipated British album releases of the year. Following the near-universal critical acclaim which greeted Jessie Ware's debut 'Devotion' in 2012 that's hardly surprising either. Is Jessie Ware the contemporary soulstress we need? An artist who has created her own niche by marrying the best traits of singer-songwriter types in the mould of Emeli Sande with the slick production harnessed by previous collaborators including SBTRKT? Riding on the wave of good will which followed the success of 'Devotion', Jessie Ware was this and more.
So we turn to 2014 and the arrival of 'Tough Love' - the archetypal 'difficult second album'. Except, it would seem, nobody told Jessie Ware. 'Tough Love' sounds nothing like a difficult second album. At its best, 'Tough Love' is effortlessly graceful. The focus of the record has shifted squarely onto Ware's vocal with the production, still super-slick, now less pronounced than on 'Devotion'. It's a bold move because the cutting-edge production which had characterised Ware's sound is a big part of her appeal. It's also something which has enabled her to avoid being labelled as MOR, a crucial part of her success to date.
This notable shift in focus works because Ware's honey-laden voice drips deliciously off virtually every syllable on the record. Opener 'Tough Love' is an elegant slice of sophisticated soul-pop and sets the tone for much of what is to follow. 'Cruel' is the album's most outstanding moment and boasts an effortless hook that's sure to be humming around your head for days. On repeated listens, it becomes clear that this is an album of songs which have been built around big chorus hooks much more than its predecessor. What makes this so effective though is that, apart from 'Say You Love Me', these hooks don't feel contrived. Instead, they evolve easily within the songs, maintaining that elegance which is only enhanced by Ware's intimate vocal.
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