Dec 31, 2012


London, United Kingdom Rudimental are an east London (UK) music quartet, comprising the songwriters and producers Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden and Amir Amor, together with DJ Locksmith. They have stated that they are on a mission to bring back soul into electronic music, and are quoted as saying: “We aren’t just electronic bedroom producers, and we’re not just guitarists and pianists who don’t know much about making a beat”.

They grew up on everything from grime to jazz and blues, from hip-hop to house, and state: “You can’t really box us into a category, we’re more about musicality, songwriting and broader influences. We are Sly and the Family Stone, Todd Edwards and Dr. Dre in a cheeseburger!” The original Rudimental trio go back a long way. Piers and Locksmith grew up on the same road in Hackney, with Kesi living just around the corner in Stoke Newington, where he went to the same school as Labrinth and Professor Green. Amir joined the collective in mid-2011 after working with them on some remixes.

Dec 25, 2012


Gothenburg, Sweden (1999 – present) Junip is a Folk Rock band (Healing and Easy listening according to their myspace) that have existed since 1999, maybe even 1998, in Gothenburg, Sweden, formed by José González (guitar, vocals), Elias Araya (drums) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ, moog). Their first 7-inch came out in 2000, followed in 2006 by the self-released “BLACK REFUGE” EP. Junip has periodically gathered together to record when schedules permitted, including 2009’s single “Chickens/Azaleadalen”. Their first full album, “Fields”, was released in 2010.

 Junip’s sound can be familiar to those who have listened to José González’s critically acclaimed solo records, with organs, synths, and drums featured alongside his nylon-stringed guitar and distinctive voice. The songs are often dynamic, melodic and shadowy, with a remarkable sonic approach that is simultaneously intimate and atmospheric.

Dec 20, 2012


Ror-Shak is an electronic act, fronted by artist’s DB ( ) & Shaun Morris AKA Stakka ( ).

The forthcoming album “Deep” features guest vocals by Julee Cruise, Lisa Shaw, Chantal Claret, Wendy Starland and Mark Holmes. Ror-Shak started out as a bit of an experiment. Stakka asked DB if he would like to collaborate on a track for a single? after a little resistance because of an extreme aversion to studio’s due to frustrating experiences in the past, he agreed to give it a go.

 Their first effort was a dancefloor tune called ‘Groupies’, signed & released by Breakbeat Science, its now long out of print & quite sought after. The real success for DB was not the fact that the single sold out, but that the studio process was relatively painless & the results were wicked. He was so impressed with Stakka’s studio ability, they quickly started making a follow up, but something was happening this time, the sound they kept being drawn to was not dancefloor drum & bass.

It was a much more musical form of the genre. Going with their gut feeling, they decided to make something more for listening & not just dancing. Both had been really inspired by Zero 7 & felt that should be the basic pallet to work from, but they also took inspiration & sounds from a whole host of diverse artists that had rocked the duo’s mind’s, body’s & soul’s over the years. Things took on even more of a ‘real’ record feel, when they nervously approached signer Julee Cruise, who they had sampled, asking her to listen & hopefully give her permission for the use.

Not only did she give her enthusiastic blessing, but offered to write some original material and to sing them on the album. Ror-Shak’s album ‘Deep’ is an exercise in taking an extreme musical form and turing it into something that regular music lovers find enjoyable and exciting, without even knowing its rooted in d&b, while not making it boring for the true heads. With live musicians and singers guesting, such as Chantal Claret and Pedro Yanowitz from Moriningwood, Lisa Shaw and Mark Holmes, the album did end up taking over 12 months to make. Mostly due to Stakka’s obsessive attention to detail, his efforts are really evident when listened to on headphones. The name Ror-Shak is a play on the swiss psychiatrist Dr Rorschach, who devolved the ink blot test in which everybody sees something different. In Ror-Shak’s case, everyone hears something unique, it’s also a tip of the hat to Alan Moore for His Watchman character by the same name.

Dec 15, 2012


Los Angeles, California, United States (2002 – present) Shiny Toy Guns is an alternative/electronic band which formed in 2002 in Los Angeles, California, United States. The band consists of Carah Faye Charnow (vocals), Chad Petree (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Dawson (synth, bass) and Mikey Martin (drums). Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson grew up in Oklahoma and were involved in previous music projects together, including the soundtrack for the videogame Grand Theft Auto III in 2000 and Cloud2ground. After relocating to Los Angeles, California in 2004, the two recruited vocalist Carah Faye Charnow and drummer Mikey Martin.

 Their debut album, We Are Pilots was originally released in January 2005, though versions of the album featuring different cover art and tracklisting would be released later the following year. Three singles were issued: “Le Disko”, “You Are the One” and “Rainy Monday”. We Are Pilots received a Grammy Award nomination on 6 December 2007 in the category of Best Electronic/Dance Album, but lost to The Chemical Brothers. The band’s second studio album, Season of Poison, was released on 4th November 2008, with Sisely Treasure as vocalist. They have released two singles from their second album: “Ghost Town” and “Ricochet!”. In 2009, Shiny Toy Guns released “Major Tom”, a Peter Schilling cover. In 2011, Carah Faye Charnow returned to Shiny Toy Guns. In addition, Daniel Johansson also joined the band on guitar, synth and bass. In March 2011, the band released a new single “The Sun”, available to download for free. In May 2012 the band announced that Daniel Johansson left the band.

Dec 10, 2012


Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Adele Emeli Sandé (born 10 March 1988: Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) known by her stage name Emeli Sandé, is a soul and R&B recording artist and songwriter signed to Virgin Records. A former medical student, Sandé appeared as a guest vocalist on Professor Green’s 2011 UK #1 single Read All About It and soon went on to achieve her own chart success with her first solo release Heaven, which debuted in the UK Singles Chart at #2. Her debut album Our Version of Events was released on 12th February 2012. The album includes the singles Next to Me, Daddy and My Kind of Love.

Dec 4, 2012


Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (2008 – present) Imagine Dragons are an alternative rock band which formed in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The band consists of Dan Reynolds (vocals), Wayne Sermon (guitar), Ben McKee (bass) and Daniel Platzman (drums). The band released four EPs - “Imagine Dragons” (2009), “Hell and Silence” (2010), “It’s Time” (2011) and “Continued Silence” (2012) - before releasing their debut full length album “Night Visions” on 4 September 2012. 

The band’s single “It’s Time”, which previously appeared on the “It’s Time” and “Continued Silence” EPs in addition to appearing on “Night Visions”, is the group’s biggest hit, reaching #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. In a dark kitchen in the middle of a sweaty night in Las Vegas, all 6’4” of Dan Reynolds is hunched over a laptop, slapping beats on the table and crooning lyrics into a tiny microphone. Before long, he and the other three members of indie rock band Imagine Dragons would be playing “It’s Time,” that same laptop-demo-turned-supersized-anthem, from the roof of a parking garage to a wave of thousands of screaming fans. This song title to the single from their 2012 debut KidInaKorner/Interscope release “Continued Silence EP” is an all too apt descriptor of the band’s hard-earned success—but it’s also emblematic of the deep-seated anxiety Reynolds and the rest of the band experienced leaving behind any realistic expectation of a normal job to do the thing they love most.