Nettwerk-managed artist and award-winning songwriter Nneka recently unveiled the title video (above) from her upcoming album Soul Is Heavy. The artist has started to reveal information about this anticipated release, but the official release date has yet to be officially announced.
“One of the best soul singers to emerge in the past few years” - The Times
“Our girl Nneka is the greatest… this afro-soul rump-shaker is pure hotness” - Rolling Stone
Soul Is Heavy effortlessly balanced combination of hip-hop beats, reggae grooves, brass riffs and African-pop are the canvas for the motif of love, pain, politics and God. Respective albums have earned Nneka the moniker of 21st Century Soul for their sincerity and frankness and this, her third album, is no different. The album features guest collaborations with the likes of The Roots’ Black Thought and Ms. Dynamite and affirms her credentials as a fast-rising star of black-consciousness music.
“Songs like ‘Fascinated’...sparkle with a catchy confidence that’s filtered through an ‘80s pop prism...” – BlackBook
Today, indie-pop trio Ivy releases a new track entitled “Fascinated” from their long-awaited fifth studio album All Hours, out September 20, 2011. To celebrate the album’s release, the NYC-based trio--Parisian-born singer Dominique Durand, Andy Chase and Adam Schlesinger--recently announced their first live show in five years at the Gramercy Theatre on Saturday, September 24 in their home city with special guest Tahiti 80.
Listen to “Fascinated” and other selections from All Hours below.
Visionary artist BT recently unveiled a brand new video for track "A MillIon Stars" from his Grammy®-nominated album These Hopeful Machines. The video featuresthe talented Kirsty Hawkshaw on vocals, and was produced and edited by Christopher Andrew from Stoptime 341 Productions (additional video content and animations by A Lune Blue and Duncan Frazier).
A true collaboration between BT and Kirsty Hawkshaw, the single package of "A Million Stars" will be released on August 16th and features new remixes from Marc Simz, Myon & Shane 54, Jason van Wyk, Airwave, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Digital Stories and Save The Robot.
Canadian music magazine Exclaim! is currently hosting an exclusive listening party of Joshua Hyslop's debut EP "Cold Wind," which came out today physically in Canada. Click HERE to read their full story and listen to the entire 6-song EP.
Joshua Hyslop is a folk musician with a modern edge, pulling inspiration from artists like Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine and Sufjan Stevens. He finds song-writing inspiration from the people and relationships that surround him, writing about his experiences candidly to expose his own vulnerabilities, doubts, and conflicts. He has garnered much attention around his live shows, where he captivates audiences with his charming and genuine performances. Stay tuned for more news from this up and coming artist!
Guster have just announced that they will release a new six-song EP called On The Ocean, out August 2 on their own Ocho Mule label. The EP features b-sides from their latest album Easy Wonderful, along with live acoustic tracks and remixes.
Additionally, the band will join Jack's Mannequin on a co-headline tour that kicks off August 2, the same day the EP becomes available.
Keep reading of On The Ocean track list and tour dates.
Nettwerk-managed band The Pierces have just released a brand new video for the track "It Will Not Be Forgotten," the 4th single from their latest crtically-acclaimed album You & I(May 2011). The single will be released on Tuesday, August 8.
"Absolutely beautiful - a great new talent" - BBC Radio 1
“Top 10 At SXSW 2011” – Paste Magazine
“****” – MOJO
Released yesterday, Boots Met My Face by Nettwerk One’s Scottish quintet Admiral Fallow, is a joyous, heart-filled, orchestral-tinged and beautifully well-crafted album. Released earlier this year in the UK, the band received tremendous praises, including BBC, NPR, MOJO and Paste Magazine.
Comprised of lead singer and main writer Louis Abbott, Sarah Hayes, Joe Rattray, Kevin Brolly and Philip Hague, their sets go from simple voice and guitar compositions ("Four Bulbs"), through stomping Wilco-esque tunes to riotous cacophonies of white noise (see "Squealing Pigs" above); their songs about alienation within relationships and experiences of “youth” itself are sung and screamed with utter abandon while the band works themselves into a furious frenzy.
The full album is currently streaming at AOL Spinner, click HERE to listen.
Waterloo trio Kidstreet releases their third single "Birthday Boy" today. The rambunctious electro dance single will be accompanied by an exclusive b-side, the infectious high-energy track "Penny Candy.” Listen to both tracks below.
FarWest Entertainment announced the premiere of the global debut single by Blush yesterday, June 21, as part of Yahoo! Music Monday. The animated video for “Undivided” features Snoop Dogg and marks the first-ever music video created solely utilizing the Brushes App for iPad.
Blush is Victoria, Natsuko, Angeli, Ji Hae and Alisha, five gifted girls whose edgy and fun music is delivered with a unique spin. “Undivided” is an irresistible anthem of solidarity and devotion that heralds the arrival of a group that embodies the style and spirit of girls everywhere, all with a sound and attitude like no other international act today. Snoop Dogg guests on the song’s vocal track and revolutionary new animated clip, as well as a forthcoming performance video of the single.
The clip, created by acclaimed animator Shawn Harris, was inspired by early ’80s animation from The Electric Company and Sesame Street as well as wall graffiti by mysterious international artist Blu. The final “Undivided” video features about 7,000 painstaking finger brush strokes. “The best media for this technique wasn't print, but video,” explains Harris. “The Brushes application isn't designed specifically for animation, but if you can manage to be deliberate enough to record each brush-stroke as a separate frame, it lends itself to a very organic-feeling style of stop-motion finger-painting. The video is an exposed process--basically one painting, painted over and over and over itself.”
“One of those superbly talented performers that seems to come from out of nowhere. Young Mr. Hyslop has a singer-songwriter maturity far beyond his years.”
Mark Rheaume – CBC Radio
Vancouver singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop will release his debut EP "Cold Wind" across Canadian retail stores on July 19, 2011. The EP features tracks such as the melodic "Nowhere Left To Go", CBC Radio 2 favourite "If I Was A Better Man" and the title track single "Cold Wind", where Joshua reflects on his perseverance in the face of adversity. As a special exclusive, iTunes makes the “Cold Wind” EP available beginning June 21, four weeks before the physical release date.
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You don’t have to spend long in the company of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass to work out the secret behind the success of Swiss/German duo BOY’s debut album. Mutual Friends is a magical collection of songs – suffused with equal parts joy and melancholy – that reflects the two women’s personalities flawlessly. Mutual Friends is an album of simple, heartfelt pop decorated with art school elegance and occasional folky flourishes. Their infectiously catchy single, "Little Numbers," has collected more than 7 million views on YouTube.