Oct 25, 2010

Dan Black - Alone

DAN BLACK - "U + ME =" {acoustic}

Dan Black is a British electronica/alternative dance artist. He was originally a member of alternative rock band The Servant before their 2007 split. He is currently signed to The Hours Records. His breakthrough song was HYPNTZ, a mashup of Notorious B.I.G.’s Hypnotize and Rihanna’s Umbrella. Then in 2010 Symphonies, another mashup of his own work and Rhianna’s Umbrella.

He gained further popularity in 2009 when album track Symphonies was chosen as the US iTunes Store’s Free Single of the Week and became a minor hit on American alternative radio (An alternate version was also cut with Kid Cudi for ((un))’s North American pressing). His debut album, ((Un)) was originally released by Polydor in the UK in 2009, and a US version with bonus tracks was released by the hours in February 2010. 

Since then, Dan Black has toured the US extensively, playing solo shows, a sold out tour with Robyn and Kelis, and Lollapalooza. His video for  Symphonies directed by Chic & Artistic was also nominated for two MTV Music Video Awards in 2010 for “Best Breakthrough Video” and “Best SFX.” 


DAN BLACK - "U + ME =" {acoustic}

Dan Black - Alone

Dan Black - HYPNTZ

Dan Black - Symphonies

Oct 21, 2010

Fenech Soler - The Cult Of Romance (Alan Braxe Remix)

Fenech-Soler | The Fight


Fenech-Soler - The Cult Of Romance

Stop And Stare by Fenech-Soler

Fenech-Soler 'Lies'


Fenech-Soler is a band from Kings Cliffe, United Kingdom, that formed around 2006*. The band consists of Ross Duffy, Ben Duffy, Daniel Soler & Andrew Lindsay.

Fenech-Soler released their debut album on September 27th 2010 on B-Unique. It’s an album that begins with a blast, its opener Battlefields launching with a heavenly chorus of voices, Golden Sun plays with rhythms that summon up the sultriness of desert heat; The Great Unknown takes a distant echo on French House in new, dizzying directions. And of course Stop And Stare play-listed at Radio 1 in May 2010, and reached Top 10 of the Dance and Indie singles chart.

Oct 20, 2010

Brad Mehldau - Resignation

brad mehldau trio feat jeff ballard

Brad Mehldau Trio - O Que Sera


Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau is an American jazz pianist born on August 23, 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida. He plays original compositions and jazz standards, as well as interpretations of non-jazz songs by The Beatles, Nick Drake, Radiohead and Soundgarden, for example. He has also contributed to movie soundtracks, including Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), Million Dollar Hotel (2000).

In 1994 he founded Brad Mehldau Trio, with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy; in 2005, Jeff Ballard replaced Rossy. Brad Mehldau started playing piano at the age of six, and has released more than ten albums.

Brad Mehldau Trio - Black Hole Sun

Brad Mehldau Trio - Knives Out

Exit Music (for a film) - Radiohead cover

Oct 11, 2010

Try to Believe - Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo We close our eyes


Richard Elfman founded the theatrical troupe The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. In 1978 the remnants of the Mystic Knights formed together under lead singer Danny Elfman as the band Oingo Boingo. The hyperkinetic ska-flavored New Wave band is characterized by their manic live performances and eclectic range of songs; Elfman and the band performed for a remarkable twenty years.
The band from Los Angeles, California, USA, a pared-down version of the theatrical troupe The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, released eight major albums and two live compilations, each containing songs that varied from fast-paced ska to soulful jazz to emotional rock to off-kilter pop.
Starting in 1980, Oingo Boingo spent their first three albums establishing themselves as a band with quirky, bizarre, sarcastic, and anti-conformist vocals, lyrics, and instrumentation, among other things lambasting “normal” society and politics for their many hypocrisies and encouraging people to think for themselves. The band made a change toward a different sound when frontman Danny Elfman recorded So-lo in collaboration with the band and a new label, beginning a trio of “new wave”-ish albums containing ballads and songs about life and mortality, including the famous Dead Man’s Party. The band went on to record Dark at the End of the Tunnel, a change toward a sort of Boingo-esqe “spirituality”, and finally recorded their last album: dark, guitar-driven, hornless, influenced by Beatles and Pink Floyd, eponymous with the new band name Boingo.
Now mostly known for their frequent contribution to movie soundtracks (including their most successful song “Weird Science”), Oingo Boingo formally broke up in 1995 after their last Halloween live concert, the reason being that ‘it was time.’
Since the band’s dissolution, frontman Danny Elfman has continued to find success in his career writing film scores, particularly in collaboration with director Tim Burton; he almost exclusively employs Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek as orchestrator. His film scores have included Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Good Will Hunting, Men in Black, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Big Fish, and dozens more. Elfman also wrote the themes for more than a dozen TV series, including The Simpsons, Batman: The Animated Series, Desperate Housewives, Tales from the Crypt, and Sledge Hammer!.

Oingo Boingo - Stay

Oingo Boingo - It's a Dead Man's Party

Oingo Boingo - Just Another Day

Oct 8, 2010

UNKLE - Nocturnal

Unkle - lonely soul(live)

U.N.K.L.E. feat. Richard Ashcroft

UNKLE - Reign ft. Ian Brown

UNKLE - Heavy Drug (Surrender Sounds Mix)

Unkle "Heaven"

Unkle - Burn My Shadow


Everything James Lavelle has created and initiated has been driven by the same irrepressible sense of curiosity and an incorruptible willingness to take risks. The music released today under the banner of UNKLE is very different from early UNKLE records. The spirit is the same.
James Lavelle was a fresh-faced fourteen-year-old when he began to travel every Sunday from Oxford, where he lived, to the Soul 2 Soul shop in London. “Soul 2 Soul were my heroes”, he says. “Them, and The Wild Bunch. It was my sort of Punk. My escape.” Before long, he was working himself behind the counters of two of the most influential record shops in town, first Bluebird Records, then Honest Jon’s. James made friends easily, and he applied an extraordinary dedication to the discovery of music - old or new, whatever the style. The early 90s were an inspirational time in London. Acid Jazz, House and Hip-Hop had vastly expanded the horizons. The boom in clubs, all attempting to forge a distinctive identity, provided a fertile breeding ground for idiosyncratic music. Aged nineteen, James Lavelle had established himself as a DJ who refused to stick to conventions, welding together to joyful effect all that was blaring out of the windows of Britain’s inner cities. When he started Mo’ Wax Records in 1993, he naturally brought the same approach to the label. DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, Beastie Boys-cohort Money Mark, Air, Blackalicious and many more thrived under his enthusiastic and anti-authoritarian guidance. Mo’ Wax, like Stiff and Island in previous eras, became the record label that defined the zeitgeist.
Lavelle’s striking remixes were a vital cog in Mo’ Wax’s programme. In 1996, he went one step farther and, together with old school pal Tim Goldsworthy and Kudo from Japanese Hip-Hop outfit Major Force, formed UNKLE. UNKLE was not the name of a band – it was the label Lavelle intended to use for his own musical ventures, recorded with anyone who might happen to be around. In the meantime, A&M Records had offered Mo’ Wax an irresistible licensing deal that also covered UNKLE. A first attempt at recording a debut album in Los Angeles went awry. Kudo and Goldsworthy jumped ship – the latter eventually to resurface as the co-founder of DFA Records in New York. Lavelle turned to DJ Shadow, another Mo’ Wax artist, for help. The UNKLE debut Psyence Fiction with contributions from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Metallica’s Jason Newstead. The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft and Talk Talk’s Mike Hollis, appeared, at long last, in summer 1998. The album was an unqualified success, reaching number 4 in the British album charts.
“Until Psyence Fiction it was all pretty damn good fun. An amazing time”, says Lavelle. “And then it just crumbled.” The week Psyence Fiction was released, A&M was absorbed by Universal Records. The person responsible for Mo’ Wax at A&M left, and so Lavelle, too, quit. “From being a kid putting out records for fun, you’ve ended up with all this pressure,” he says, “it just burns you out.” He continued to DJ around the world, releasing an electronic DJ mix set in 2001, Do Androids Dream of Electric Beats?, compiled with long-term collaborator Richard File under the name UNKLEsounds. Two years later came the second UNKLE album proper, Never, Never Land. Within a fortnight, despite a top 40 album, and two top 20 singles, UNKLE were dropped. No wonder Lavelle became angrier as he grew older. Being dropped by Universal had one great advantage, however. Lavelle had his freedom back. He promptly set up a new record and fashion label, Surrender All. And he joined up with Chris Goss’s and Josh Homme’s West Coast desert rockers crew for one of their improvised recording sessions in Joshua Tree. “Before, the beats always came first”, Lavelle says. “Now, I started falling in love with songs.”
Out of this discovery grew “War Stories”. Released in 2007, War Stories, with contributions from Homme, Ian Astbury, 3D, The Duke Spirit, Autolux and others, fused the hypnotic qualities of Techno with the textures of Rock, producing a fascinating loud/quiet dynamic. The album was much darker and heavier then previous UNKLE recordings, and yet it sparkled with a palpable sense of batteries renewed and excitement levels drastically raised. The resulting guitar- and drums-driven UNKLE live experience, complete with astonishing visuals, toured the world to ever increasing acclaim. “It’s a lot better being on the road with lots of people”, Lavelle says. “DJing can be a bit lonely.” Richard File preferred to remain studio-bound. In January 2008 he left to concentrate on his own projects. Lavelle, keen to maintain the momentum, invited his old pal Pablo Clements of The Psychonauts to join him in UNKLE.
Most projects Lavelle has ever undertaken have contained a strong visual component. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that in composing – as he puts it - “music inspired by the moving image”, he has discovered a hugely enjoyable new challenge. Apart from his contributions to advertising campaigns for BMW, Mercedes, European Football League and Eristoff Vodka, his music can be heard in films like Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, Danny Cannon’s football film Goal!, Alex Grazioli’s documentary Odyssey in Rome about Abel Ferrara, and the Spike Jonze skate video Fully Flared. Such one-off projects are no less carefully or adventurously assembled than any other UNKLE undertaking.
Saddened by the fact that due to the transient nature of their dissemination these pieces were destined to be forgotten, Lavelle decided to gather together the best, flesh them out where needed, and release them as an album. End Titles…Stories for Film is a collection of similarly conceived music inspired by the moving image, recorded with – amongst others - White Denim’s James Petralli, The Big Pink’s Robbie Furze and Canadians Black Mountain.
Working with his brother Aidan and Pablo Clements in the Surrender All-Studio one floor down from the Surrender All-offices just round the corner from the old Bluebird Records, James Lavelle has truly rediscovered his sense of musical adventure. “With all the madness I’ve encountered through the years it would have been easy to lose the plot”, he says. “I nearly did. But I’ve managed to keep it together by surrounding myself with creative people who understand what I am trying to achieve. And that’s what I intend to keep on doing – striving to keep writing songs that reflect where I am at in my life.”

UNKLE - Be There

UNKLE - No Pain No Gain

Oct 6, 2010

The Herbaliser - Mission Improbable

The Herbaliser - Gadget Funk

The Herbaliser

The Herbaliser is a hip-hop band formed by Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry in London, UK in 1994. Currently one of the most famous artists from the Ninja Tune independent record label, they have released 7 LPs, including a DJ mix for Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel series. Their latest release is “Same As It Never Was” using more live instrumentation and featuring soulful vocals on four tracks. Tracks by The Herbaliser have featured a variety of guest vocalists including Jean Grae, Roots Manuva, Seaming To, Rakaa-Iriscience, Blade, Phi Life Cypher, Bahamadia, Katerine, Dream Warriors and MF DOOM.
The core pairing assembled a full 8-piece live band for touring purposes, and released one The Herbaliser Band album. Although still a studio rather than a live album, it is distinct from the normal Herbaliser albums; the lack of guest vocalists focuses the an overall “live band” feel, especially showcasing thea horn section.

The Herbaliser - Road of Many Signs

The Herbaliser Clap Your Hands LIVE

The Herbaliser - Can't Help This Feeling

The Herbaliser - Goldrush

Oct 5, 2010

4hero - Golden Age Of Life (Live)

4hero - Marc Mac with MC MG in Paris

4hero - Escape That

4hero - Loveless


4hero are a UK act based in Dollis Hill, North-West London. The main members of this group are Dennis ‘Dego’ McFarlane and Mark ‘Marc Mac’ Clair. As well as being a recording artists, they also run the Reinforced record label.

They are renowned as pioneers and frontrunners in jungle and drum and bass, and the group obtained a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their 1998 album Two Pages. Their style was initially uptempo breakbeat house and techno, and has progressed to hardcore, jungle, and drum ‘n’ bass. Comparisons have been drawn between them and East London band Shut Up and Dance, with both bands evolving in the early 1990s as a rapprochement between the breakbeat-driven African-diasporic musical structures of hip-hop and reggae, and the dark, European reconstruction of the techno sound popularised by the likes of Joey Beltram, CJ Bolland, and Mundo Muzique. 4hero both embraced the dynamics of populist rave culture, and maintained an avant-garde status as innovative and experimental producers. They trail blazed genre-crossing studio techniques like timestretching and pitch-shifting.

4hero - Star Chasers (Live)

4HERO - Les Fleur

Oct 4, 2010

Zero7 - I Have Seen (Glastonbury 2004)

Zero 7 - Futures ( feat Jose Gonzalez )

Zero 7 Somersault

Tina Dico unplugged ( zERO 7 )

Zero 7 Home Acoustic

what a singer !!!!

Zero 7 Home


Zero 7 is a downtempo act comprising Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker from the United Kingdom. The band’s songs feature vocals from Mozez, Sia Furler, Tina Dico, Sophie Barker and José González.

On 23rd April 2001 they released their debut album, Simple Things, to wide acclaim. The album featured collaborations with vocalists Mozez, Sia Furler, and Sophie Barker.

On 1st March 2004 they released their second album, When It Falls. In addition to the three vocalists from their first album, it also featured a collaboration with Tina Dico. In the same year, Binns also co-wrote the Emma Bunton track Breathing from her second solo album,

Their third album The Garden was released on 22nd May 2006 and features José González and Sia Furler. It is a departure from the trip-hop sound that defined their first two albums, Simple Things and When It Falls. The Garden has much more of an acoustic rather than electronic flavour to it.

The Garden is also notable in that it marks the vocal debut of Henry Binns; and while he doesn’t want the record to be defined by such a fact, it does add another personality to the mix. He duets on Throw It All Away, This Fine Social Scene and Waiting to Die, and sings solo on Your Place.

However, if there is one fact that Henry and Sam don’t want people to be confused by, it is the title of the album, The Garden. Taken from the album artwork, which is a series of collages designed by a friend of theirs, entitled, spookily enough, The Garden, the duo are keen for the album’s meaning not to get lost in translation.

Zero 7 "Destiny"