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Jarvis Cocker - from BBC 6 Music

Pulp – After You (image BBC Radio 6 Music)

Determined to go out on a high note—Pulp have released their first single in ten years. ‘After you’ a new recording of a demo from the year 2000 was finalised on-board the SS Coachella.  James Murphy  from LCD Soundsystem  was at the helm during production, breathing new life into the track which was released on Christmas day 2012. Cocker’s awkward wit and dry humor that characterise his songs is surfaced up once again in ‘After You’ a track that is sure to gain to widespread pick up.

Having reformed to play a string of successful European shows in 2011 Jarvis Cocker lead his band of merry men aboard the floating festival for what many are predicting to be a last hoorah.

Some of my formative teenage years were spent bopping along to Pulp in many an indie disco and have managed to see them play live a few times which were always enjoyed. And while we never did meet up in the year 2000 it’s good to meet the band here 13years on.

If you’re a fan of Jarvis Cocker check out his Sunday Service show on BBC Radio 6 Music for musings, poetry and cool laid back tunes from the Sheffield superstar.

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Bestival - Isle of White - UK

Bestival – Isle of White – UK

Normally trips back home are all about cups of tea at in the inlaws house and long bouts of motorway driving in the rain. This year was different. Fresh of the plane we jumped on a boat and headed for the last of the UK’s big summer festivals. Nestled on the Isle of White Bestival is a sprawling, sun drenched, hive of activity set in the rolling British countryside. Among the bands included Stevie Wonder, Azealia Banks, Florence and the Machine, Django Django, Roots manuva, Two Door Cinema Club, Ben Howard…. the list goes on and on and on.

Brilliant fun, loads of different areas filled with tents, activities, side shows, food stalls, and places to explore.  Bestival was my first British festival in almost a decade and I forgot just how large the venues spread. Stand out acts were The XX and Florence who smashed out Friday nights music. Ben Howard who is a demon on the live stage and random act of the weekend must go to 100% Beefcock and the Titsburster.

Have a little glimpse of Florence and the Machine’s set on the clip below:

Check out the Bestival videos over on YouTube to get up close and personal with some of the best acts.

 

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Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni have nailed their homecoming, Heaton Park, weekender going from strength to strength and leaving Manchester to relive the glory days.

With so much hype & good feeling surrounding the triumphant return of the Stone Roses I thought I’d celebrate their Resurrection by playing what is, my opinion, their greatest hit. Enjoy!

If you like The Stone Roses – You might like We Are Augustines

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Birdy

Birdy - Skinny Love

Last year 16 yr old Jasmine Van den Bogaerde, or Birdy as she is affectionately known, struck YouTube gold with her smouldering rendition of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love. 21 million hits later and the track has finally been given an official Australian release. Not really sure what took them so long?

Birdy has released an album of covers that is out on Warner Bros and available through her website and all the expected music retailers you can think of. Hear her haunting covers of Phoenix, The XX and The National to name but a few. What’s missing is the cover of Ed Sheeran’s The A Team recorded for the Radio 1 live lounge which is rather beautiful. Fragile vocals, stark, bare boned piano playing collide to make a unmistakable experience.

Purchase the album for a special Sunday treat or sign up to the Birdy mailing list for a free mp3.

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He’s a cheeky little number to break the blog silence of late. Foe, showcased their latest single, A Handsome Stranger Called Death, on Steve Lamacq’s Introducing show for BBC 6 Music recently and it gives the perfect insight the the grungy new direction this British indie pop maker has taken.

Foe is a musical project by the British indie artist Hannah Clark who previously lent her distinctive vocals to the alternative pop band Arthur. This latest project picks her grungy world up, drenching it in reverb infused melodies
ready for a new dawn of musical adventuring. So much so I’ll be making sure A Handsome Stranger Called Death is on high rotation on the Walk of Shame Show once I return from my jaunt in the UK!

See you soon!

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Florence + the Machine

Florence + the Machine - Never Let Me Go (Clams Casino Remix)

There is something magical that happens when you take a grandiose Florence + the Machine belter and strip it bare revealing the very soul of the song beneath. Remixed by Clams Casino, one of the hottest producers in US right now, Never Let Go, becomes hauntingly sparse. Drum claps split dual, down pitched, vocals creating an atmospheric soundscape akin to waves crashing on a desolate rock face.

Carrying on the creative collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld and the Vinyl Factory, Florence + the Machine’s next single ‘Never Let Me Go’ is available to order on limited edition,  12″ white vinyl from her website and will include the Clams Casino remix.

Digital freaks can enjoy it one the GorrillaVsBear link below:

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Plan B - Ill Manors

Plan B - Ill Manors

Plan B delivers a scathing, highly political, super charged protest song with his latest track Ill Manors. The track focuses on the complex issues of last summer’s riots that sparked wide spread unrest.  Ill Manors reflects on the raging unease that still surrounds the subject matter, and deals unflinchingly with the psychology of class, social liberalism and the widespread hatred of the new Chav race. Not since the Brit pop era of 1990 has Britain’s twisted class issues been thrusted so clearly into the mainstream.

The rapid fire lyrics scatter from one subject to another falling like bricks on the front line of a police riot line. Most importantly Plan B, real name Ben Drew, neither condones or acknowledges the actions of those involved. Ill Manors makes no justification for what happened and yet it’s edgy unease goes some way to explaining the bigger picture:

“As an artist who’s trying to convey a message I need to get under people’s skin,” he told BBC’s 1Xtra Mistajam. “The song needs to have that visceral energy … just like those horrible pictures we see on cigarette packets that are designed to shock us into being aware of our actions.” (Via The Guardian)

The song might not resonate so well with the chilled out Aussie audiences but I’ve often said that the best music stems from the greatest of societies wrong doings and this latest track from Plan B is a prime example. Check out the clip below to see for yourself:

Listen to Plan B explain the inspiration behind the new ill Manors project with BBC 1Xtra here. Play nicely now.

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