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CLASH Premiere Baby Queen’s Tired of Love

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Clash Magazine are premiering the debut video from Baby Queens, Tired of Love, making it their Track of the Day.

They call the track “unashamedly pop, but delivered in an intelligent, intense manner.”

Read the full Track of the Day here:

http://www.clashmusic.com/news/track-of-the-day-59-baby-queens

Baby Queens are Guardian’s New Band of the Week

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We’re super excited to be working with these girls. We think they’re ace and we aren’t the only ones. The Guardian have tipped them as their New Band of The Week!

Read what they had to say here:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/sep/05/new-band-of-the-week-baby-queens-trip-hop-r-and-b

 

Jody Brock’s Debut Single Premieres With Earmilk

We are excited to announce that Jody Brock’s stunning new single ‘User’ has just premiered on Earmilk.

‘User’ is the opening track from his forth coming debut EP Phoenix, set for release on March 23.  The single showcases Jody’s stunning and brooding vocals along with his captivating song writing abilities, which is a true testament to the rest of the EP.

Head to Earmilk to stream the single for yourself and be ready to be hypnotised by the songs powerful and heartfelt view of a volatile and unhealthy relationship.

Or listen here:

Inspired by classic artists like Donny Hathaway and Etta James, along with contemporaries like Jacob Banks, Kwabs and The Black Keys, the 4-track EP was written and recorded in LA, produced by Grammy award winner, mixer, engineer and producer Igloo (Ludacris), and co-written with ‘Jar of Hearts’ writer Drew Lawrence.

Armed with killer hooks, immense vocals, and mature, solid song-writing, ‘Phoenix’ is a compelling slice of modern soul, infused with elements of rock and blues. “My roots are soul based, through and through but I love to experiment with that,” says 22 year old Jody.  “I think soul music works with so many other genres. It’s exciting to play around with it.”

The 405 Premiere Jody Brock

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We’re really excited to be working with the amazing Jody Brock, and his debut EP, which comes out March 23.

The 405 are exclusively streaming the title track before anyone else, have a listen here:

http://www.thefourohfive.com/news/article/listen-to-jody-brock-s-new-single-phoenix-from-his-debut-ep-405-premiere-142

Inspired by classic artists like Donny Hathaway and Etta James, along with contemporaries like Jacob Banks, Kwabs and The Black Keys, the 4-track EP was written and recorded in LA, produced by Grammy award winner, mixer, engineer and producer Igloo (Ludacris), and co-written with ‘Jar of Hearts’ writer Drew Lawrence.

Armed with killer hooks, immense vocals, and mature, solid song-writing, ‘Phoenix’ is a compelling slice of modern soul, infused with elements of rock and blues. “My roots are soul based, through and through but I love to experiment with that,” says 22 year old Jody.  “I think soul music works with so many other genres. It’s exciting to play around with it.”

The EP opens with the addictive lead single, ‘User,’ a heartfelt and frank look into a volatile and unhealthy relationship, complete with an impressive new video, which like the song itself is dark and brooding – using simple chiaroscuro lighting to great effect.  Elsewhere there’s the bluesy riffs of the electrifying former single ‘Stormy Weather’, and the timeless ‘Another Dance’ – about Jody’s relationship with his father, and co-written with Heidi Rojas (Cheryl Cole, Little Mix) and Stefan Litrownik. And finally the rocking title track ‘Phoenix,’ the EP’s most upbeat moment.

Born and raised in South West London, Jody was singing from an early age. With his musician father’s music collection to hand, he was mesmerised by the likes of David Bowie, Donny Hathaway, Etta James, James Brown and Nina Simone. “Because my dad was so involved in music it made me want to explore it even more, which is when I found my love for soul music” says Jody. “I built my foundations from the classics, but I was still just a kid so I was also influenced by albums like ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ and ‘Stripped’ by Christina Aguilera. Most of all I just related to anything that had some form of soul and honesty to it.”

With hugely supportive parents, Jody enrolled in the BRIT School where he spent four years learning about music and the industry, alongside the likes of Ella Eyre and Rizzle Kicks. After leaving in 2011, Jody embarked on a music degree, but soon realised it wasn’t for him, knowing his real passion lay in writing and recording. Shortly after leaving he met his manager, who helped hone his sound, encouraging him to write and play live as much as he could. Fast forward to 2015, and Jody has already worked with a long list of established writers and producers in LA and London, including Dre Harris (Dre & VIdal), Drew Lawrence (Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts), Rob Kleiner (Cee-Lo Green), Andy Rose (Allen Stone, Alex Boyd), John Beck (Corinne Bailey Rae) and Utters (Maverick Sabre).

With all eyes now on his debut EP, Jody hopes to follow in the footsteps of so many other BRIT school graduates and is already planning his debut album, but for now he’s keeping grounded. “I’m not in any rush. I just want to soak it all in and hopefully have a great year just doing what I love to do. Work with some more great people and just have fun with it really.”

His debut EP ‘Phoenix’ is out March 23.

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ALECS CONFIRMS DEBUT EP RELEASE

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Exciting new electronic soul singer/producer ALECS confirms his debut EP ‘The Fulham Tapes’ to land on February 24th 2014.

ALECS, the 20 year old west Londoner, has been working hard in the studio with Eddy Atlantis, from ‘Xander The Great’ fame, to complete his debut three-track EP which draws on inspiration from the likes of; Autre Ne Veut, Blood Orange, The Weekend and Frank Ocean. The EP’s lead track ‘Give It Up’ has already racked up over 16,000 soundcloud plays, with minimal promotion, and has recently aired on BBC Introducing. ALECS says…

“I’ve been told ‘Give It Up’ hits the listener like a wall of sound, which probably has a lot to do with my production technique but the EP as a whole is a bit more Lo-Fi. I’m focusing on the electronic aspect of my music and it has a real post R&B vibe.”

And don’t miss the impressive new video for ‘Give It Up,’ made with a friend for just £100. Like the song itself, it’s dark and brooding – using simple chiaroscuro lighting to great effect. “It was directed by a mate of mine,” says ALECS. “It was a really quickshoot, about 3 hours. We used loads of different angles, but as it was quite a basic idea, the lighting was really important.

 Catch ALECS live in London on the following dates:

21st December – Suraya – Kings Cross, 156 Pentonville Rd.

1st March – The Nest – Dalston, 36 Stoke Newington Rd.

Canada’s Chic Gamine Confirm Debut UK Tour

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One of Canada’s hottest bands, the enigmatic soul collective Chic Gamine, are thrilled to announce their first UK single and tour, confirmed for this December. Kicking off on the 1st December at London’s Rich Mix, the Canadian 5-piece, who Mavis Staples has compared to the Staple Singers, will be taking their unique blend of nouveau-pop and vintage soul to London, Brighton, Leeds and Manchester.

 

To coincide with the tour the band will be releasing their first UK single, ‘Shake Off Your Worries,’ on December 1. For the video, the band strips it down to the basics: Four voices, minimal percussion, and that’s it. Filmed at the legendary Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, MN, the video offers a unique fly-on-the-wall perspective into Chic Gamine’s world. Utilizing minimal production, the video perfectly captures the spirit of the stomp and call, gospel-infused single. Watch the video:

Formed in 2007, almost immediately out the gate, Chic Gamine (loosely translated as mischievous young thing) took the roots/vintage soul scene by storm. In 2008 came their self-titled Canadian debut, which went on to win a Juno Award for Best Roots Album of 2009. In 2010, they released their sophomore Canadian release, and were rewarded with a second Juno nomination, again for Roots Album of the Year. 2011 was spent touring intensely, playing U.S. and Canadian music festivals as well as a six-month, coast to coast tour with Marc Broussard. For the album Closer, Chic Gamine enlisted Rick Rubin studio virtuosos Andrew Scheps, Russell Elevado and Dana Nielsen, whose previous work with Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and Alicia Keys delicately melds a crisp, studio sheen with the warm, intimate harmonies and naturally vibrant soundscape of Chic Gamine.
‘Closer’ finds the band at the top of their lyrical game, mining dark themes, all the while retaining the band’s optimistic rhythm and swing. “I would say that it’s very autobiographical of each of the individuals in the band respectively,” says Chic Gamine. “Recurring themes would for sure be heartbreak and figuring out life as a 20-30 something but also there is hopefulness and a childlike playfulness in the way that those themes are represented, so it’s not just one big sad record. We’re good at disguising really sad songs by making them more up-tempo so you can still dance… even when you’re sad!”

 

‘Shake Off Your Worries’ is out December 1

 

Catch Chic Gamine live in the UK:

 

1 December       LONDON / Rich mix
2 December       LONDON / Slaughtered Lamb
8 December       BRIGHTON / The Prince Albert*
9 December       LONDON / The Borderline*
11 December     LEEDS / Hifi Club*
12 December     MANCHESTER / Sound Control*
13 December     IRELAND, DUBLIN / Workman’s Club*

 

*supporting Lake Street Dive

Toronto’s Saidah Baba Talibah confirms UK Debut

If you like your funk, soul and rock all in one, you might be interested in Toronto’s Saidah Baba Talibah, who’s confirmed she’s coming to the UK this December, to release her debut single, (S)Cream.

With big vocals, and big electric guitar riffs, Saidah sings about a lover so good she can’t keep him down…

“It’s a love song, a statement, telling your baby that they’re doing it juuuuust right,” says Saidah.

She’s made a stunning space-age video too, directed by brother-sister duo Maya and Shevan Bastian too, in which Saidah, her face intricately painted, sings against an intergalactic backdrop, with only a snake for company…

Saidah will be playing her first ever London shows here:

5 December – Rich Mix (Bethnal Green)
6 December – The Windmill (Brixton)
9 December – Cherry Cool (Westbourne Grove)