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Helen Boulding – ‘Crooked Tooth’ Out December 16

“A delight to bask in” – Aesthetica Magazine

“Helen Boulding is a lady who is finally getting the recognition she deserves.” – Toast Magazine

Written with Gavin Clark (Clayhill, UNKLE) ‘Crooked Tooth’ was an undeniable stand out of last year’s ‘Calling All Angels’ album. With its organically simplistic arrangement, harmonious-dulcet vocals and ponderous synths, ‘Crooked Tooth’ blossoms into a truly addictive pop gem, one that Helen always intended on revisiting.


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A Look Back Over 2012

As the end of 2012 approaches, we thought we’d look back through our year here at EMMS and share some of our favourite releases of the year. All a pleasure to work with!

We already have loads of exciting projects lined up for 2013, so stay tuned for lots more new music.

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MOYA

2012 was a big year for 21 year old Moya. She started the year with a beautiful cover of  ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’ and ended it with ‘Making Me Fall’  – A Listed for 3 weeks on BBC Radio 2.  Hailed by Perez Hilton as “A female Bruno Mars,” tipped by Fearne Cotton on her Radio One show and described as “Provocative, stylish and sassy” by The Daily Mirror – we’re expecting big things for Moya in 2013. Her stunning new single ‘A Little More Love’  is due out early next year, but in the mean time here’s ‘Making Me Fall’

For more information on Moya go to www.moyamusic.com

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DARYL HALL AND RUMER

Our round up of 2012 wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the legend that is Daryl Hall. A real return to form this year with his brand new studio album, ‘Laughing Down Crying,’ which won him praise everywhere from the Telegraph, Times and Q Magazine. There was the sold out gig at Shepherd’s Bush too, which featured guest appearances from both KT Tunstall and Rumer. The latter of which also appeared on Daryl’s now famous ‘Live From Daryl’s House. Here’ s our favourite from that session, Daryl and Rumer singing Hall & Oates classic, ‘Can’t Go For That.’

  For more information on Daryl go to www.livefromdarylshouse.com

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GABBY YOUNG & OTHER ANIMALS

A great year for Gabby Young, who had lots of acclaim for her album ‘The Band Called Out For More.’ Glowing reviews everywhere from The Guardian, FT, Clash and the Fly. ‘Walk Away’ was one of our favourite tracks off the album, and also the second single, released back in October. Check out Gabby and her dad here, and expect to be hearing a lot more from her and the Animals in 2013

  For more information on Gabby go to www.giftofthegabrecords.com

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ANJA MCCLOSKEY

We’ve worked with Anja throughout the year, and pleased to see her music finally getting the recognition it deserves. Q likened her to “A Romany gypsy cabaret show” whilst This Is Fake DIY was “Taken aback by the sheer level of beauty.” It’s hard to pick a favourite from Anja, but we’d suggest starting with the lovely ‘Italian Song’:

  For more information on Anja go to www.anjamccloskey.co.uk

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SCARLETTE FEVER

Another One to Watch for 2013, Scarlette Fever’s debut single ‘Crash & Burn’ hit the BBC Radio 2’s B-list last year in the UK, and reached #2 on the Billboard Breakout Club Chart in the USA. This year she followed it with another Radio 2 B-list for widescreen ballad ‘Elated,’ along with national press acclaim.  She’s currently in the studio recording new material with Julian Emery (Lissie, McFly, Newton Faulkner) and has spent the latter half of this year performing, writing and recording in the US.

Here’s one of our favourites from this year:  ‘Hour Of Sunshine’

  For more information on Scarlette go to www.scarlettefever.co.uk

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YES SIR BOSS

Yes Sir Boss are the first band signed to Joss Stones label Stone’d Records. They released their debut single ‘Not Guilty’ earlier this year, taken from their debut album Desperation State. They’ll be back in 2013 with their duet with Joss, until then here’s ‘Not Guilty’:

  For more information on Yes Sir Boss go to www.yessirboss.com

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HELEN BOULDING

Last but by no means least, is Helen Boulding. She released her long-awaited second album ‘Calling All Angels’ this year, led by lovely single ‘The Innocents’ :

 For more information on Helen go to www.helenboulding.com

Watch Helen Boulding’s new video ‘Jerusalem’

Here’s the fabulous new video from Helen Boulding, for her new single, ‘Jerusalem’ taken from the album ‘Calling All Angels.’

The single is out 29th October.

For more information visit Helen’s website hereFacebook, and Twitter.

New single ‘Jerusalem’ from Helen Boulding

Acclaimed Sheffield-born singer-songwriter Helen Boulding returns with her stunning new single, ‘Jerusalem’ on October 29th.

Taken from her recent LP ‘Calling All Angels’ and referencing the title in its chorus, ‘Jerusalem’ isa hook-filled album highlight, whose majestic tempo belies its subject matter. ‘Some people can be so grumpy, for no real reason,’ says Helen. ‘Open your eyes and look at what we have. Or at least that’s what I say…’

‘Jerusalem’ also features in recent indie flick ‘Comes a Bright Day,’ the debut feature from director Simon Aboud, featuring Craig Roberts (Submarine) and Timothy Spall (Secrets & Lies) released earlier this summer. It’s just the latest in a long line of impressive soundtrack contributions from Helen, which includes ‘One Last Look Down’ used in the award-winning ‘Some Things That Stay’ and the title song for ‘Ashes & Sand’ written with composer Michael Price. She also performed live to picture with Sting’s guitarist Dominic Miller, with the track ‘Over the Rainbow’ for the Jerry Springer film.

The album ‘Calling All Angels’ is co-written with and produced by Pete Glenister (Alison Moyet, Kirsty MacColl) taking her trademark Joni Mitchell-influence vocal and throwing in influences like Bat For Lashes, Sneaker Pimps, Dubstar and the Cardigans to create a more synth-tinged sound. ‘Every song would stand up on piano and guitar,’ says Helen. ‘The difference between this and [the Youth-produced] first album is that here the production in some ways juxtaposes the classic songs, & somehow makes them particularly emotional & exciting.’

‘Calling All Angels’ is out now!

Helen Boulding article on the Huffington Post

In The Huffington Post today, Helen Boulding speaks frankly about how she juggles her music career and a new baby. She speaks about how she was determined to find a way to continue making music once 9 month old Jack was born. Overall, she says, motherhood has enhanced her music and music has made her a better mother and artist. Read Helen’s article in full here.

Helen’s new album is out on July 16th. He new single ‘The Innocents’ is released on July 9. She plays the Hop Farm on June 30th. More info on all things Helen-related here.

Helen Boulding live at The Ballyhoo, W1

It’s rare that you get a glimpse of the people behind some of the biggest chart toppers, normally confined to the credits section of album sleeves. This isn’t the case with the notably talented Helen Boulding, responsible for hit songs from Alex Parks, Holly Valance and Joe McElderry.

Downstairs in Holborn’s newly refurbished Ballyhoo, we’re crammed in amongst cocktail drinkers, eagerly awaiting one of the music industry’s best kept secrets.

Ms Boulding emerges from the dressing room, eyes awash with glitter, and proceeds to the stage to sing highlights from her second album ‘Calling All Angels’. The slow, subdued ‘Be With Me’ and uplifting new single ‘The Innocents’ showcase Helen’s talent as a songwriter, as does the uplifting ‘Jerusalem’. Much like the title, there’s something endearingly sweet and hopeful, not just about the songs, but from Helen herself.

It’s not until Helen takes to the keyboard that you can really understand why she’s chosen to release the songs herself. There’s a maturity in her voice that you cannot find in reality TV upstarts. It’s this wealth of experience that she draws upon through her songs, creating something with real emotional depth that is, paradoxically, quite new and refreshing.

Words: Natalie Gardiner

For more on Helen including details of her new album, see here.