Category Archives: UK

“Isles.” Video from UK indie-rock group, Little Comets.

Emerging from humble beginnings, Little Comets have come from spontaneous shows on subways and bakeries to a major record label deal. Since breaking from said label in 2010 (the band jokingly adds that their album didn’t sound enough like Ke$ha), Little Comets have gone independent touring through Great Britain appearing at numerous venues and festivals along the way. Hailing from Newcastle, England, the band recently released their first single after being emancipated from their major record label. “Isles,” as well as 11 other tracks juxtapose in the form of their most recent album, In Search of Elusive Little Comets, which was released earlier this year reaching #54 on the UK Billboard charts. Check out the music video below from these Tynesiders. They are Little Comets. This is “Isles:”

You can find more information about Little Comets from their website, fan page, and twitter account. They will be touring England through the end of year, closing the year out with a show in their hometown.

I thought I would throw in a bonus track. It’s called “One Night in October.” It was Little Comet’s first big hit and I’ve been a fan ever since I heard a year or so ago. Cheers.

kyle c. stilley | marketing strategist | music without labels, llc | chicago | @stillz

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“Face The Rain.” New Video from UK pop group First Place.

First place is the new pop urban group made up of three talented individuals residing in Bristol. Singer, rapper and songwriter Yomi started the group after performing with 20 year old rapper and Urban Music Award Winner Frenzee locally and as far away as Glasgow. Singer/ songwriter and ex-stage school Grade-A student Allegra was originally a fan of Frenzee’s music but is now a group member she brings balance and sweetness to the group with her soulful pop tones. Following on from the buzz First Place started with their first promo single Best Of Me, they are now back with their second promo single Face The Rain. Even though the band is currently completely independent, that hasn’t stopped them from impressing the likes of Alecia Dixon when they recently supported her, leading her to tweet about how great they were and their music was. Often playing to over 3000 kids, under-18 events, and corporate live performances, First Place have been slowly and independently building their fanbase by doing school tours and PAs across the UK. A nationwide school tour is planned for September 2011. First Place recently released their second video to single, “Face the Rain.” Enjoy.

As aforementioned, First Place’s break-out hit was their single “Best of Me” which started creating buzz around the top of the year. It is always a pleasure find a group that provides a clean, positive example for the younger generations. However, don’t expect to find any Barney sing-a-longs. Do expect to find a soulful vibes, positive lyrics, and wholesome entertainment.

kyle c. stilley | marketing strategist | @stillz | music without labels & beat-play, llc

Bombay Bicycle Club – “Shuffle” [NEW MUSIC] [EVENT]

Bombay Bicycle Club

 

Bombay Bicycle Club is an indie-rock band from London.  Comprised of Jack Steadman (lead vocals, guitar), Jamie MacColl (guitar), Ed Nash (bass) and Suren de Saram (drums), the band just released their third studio album, A Different Kind of Fix.  The first single released, Shuffle, provides a microcosm of the album’s feel. Building a gentle, hooky pop song over a looping, dance-inducing piano sample, it’s, like all the best late summer sounds, seventy-five percent exuberant and twenty-five percent melancholy.  This album is different than the previous two; it incorporates more electronics and has less folk influences.  Watch the video for Shuffle to see for yourself, or see them live in Brooklyn (Music Hall of Williamsburg – Sept. 7) or Philadelphia (Theater of the Living Arts – Sept. 9) – for more tour dates check out their schedule!

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

 

“I Must Be A Lover.” Brand new video from Guillemots, live from Dot to Dot Festival in the United Kingdom.

This spring the editors at Music Without Labels were excited to bring you new music from the Guillemots, an alternative rock outfit from Birmingham, United Kingdom. In April, they released “Walk The River,” their third album to date which opened to rave reviews earlier this year. You can read Steve Rippin’s preview if you missed it. Recently, Guillemots released a live performance of “I Must Be A Lover” from a recent invitation to the Dot to Dot Festival, a weekend festival that circuits from Bristol to Nottingham to Manchester. This single goes on to add another stripe to an already stellar album. The bended notes of the keyboard and almost organ-like synthetics creates a unique platter for lead-singer Fyfe Dangerfield to serve his passionate and sensible lyrics about putting the past behind us and moving on. It is a remarkable song that I know you’ll enjoy.

Link to Video: “I Must Be A Lover (Live)” by Guillemots

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Four Tet and Others Remix Radiohead [NEW MUSIC]

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Radiohead is in the midst of releasing a series of 12″ singles, each of which collects remixes of tracks from the band’s 2011 album The King of Limbs. The third 12″ in the series is now streaming on-line; it includes Lone taking on “Feral”, Pearson Sound reworking “Morning Mr. Magpie”, and Four Tet going to town on “Separator”. Listen to all three tracksabove, via The King of Limbs Part 2. It’s out August 1 everywhere except North America, where it’s out August 9.

Listen: Four Tet and More Remix Radiohead

 

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Little Black Hearts – “The Strange” [VIDEO]

The Little Black Hearts is a hard-hitting rock band from Leeds, UK. The four-piece outfit brings a truly raw rock sound, consisting of thundering drums, classic guitar riffs, and a bass that drives the show. While the brute force of their sound might be the most noticeable characteristic, you can’t help admiring the juxtaposition with the rhythm and melodic components. They are unabashed and unafraid, and, for the most part, completely unfiltered. If you take some time to listen to a larger sample of their music, you understand exactly what I’m talking about. To be honest, it’s quite endearing. Fun little tidbit: the video for their single, “The Strange,” was fully recorded and edited on ten iPhones. It’s refreshing to see people work outside of the common molds. You can check out the video below and make sure you check out their music section on their facebook page to hear more of their art.

Bonus Video: “Rebecca” by The Little Black Hearts

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Bright Light Bright Light – “Disco Moment” [VIDEO]

In the latter months of 2010, rising singer, songwriter, producer and DJ Rod Thomas released his debut album, Make Me Believe in Hope under the moniker Bright Light Bright Light. The Welsh-born Thomas harps on late-80’s and 90’s influences, such as Depeche Mode, Bjork, and Ace of Base to deliver an exciting electro-pop sound. To borrow German-magazine Finger’s description of Bright Light Bright Light, it’s “pop music you’d like to dance naked in the streets to.” Earlier this month, Thomas released the video to “Disco Moment,” his latest single, which encompasses the very essence of Bright Light Bright Light, from the passionate lyrics to the balladic refrains.

Bonus: Rod Thomas’ debut single from Make Me Believe in Hope, “Love Part II” was released last fall to warm reception. It’s an “interesting” video that clearly won’t be winning any awards, but it certainly does nothing to hinder the music.

Make sure you head over to Thomas’ website to check out more tracks and stay in touch with this talented artist’s next moves.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Amplify Dot – “Semantics” feat. Kano [VIDEO]

More than ten years ago Amplify Dot, aka A.Dot, made her debut performance at Brixton Academy in her native South London. At the ripe age of 14, the blooming female rapper dazzled the packed house who had turned out to see another notable female rapper. Missy Elliot, of A.Dot’s performance, later told her “One day, you’re going to be big.” With plans to consummate said presage, A.dot continues her quest for greatness. Amplify Dot released her latest mixtape entitled Born Ready this spring on AmpedUP Records, which she is the proprietor. Recently, A.Dot released a music video to “Semantics.” Featuring Kano, an English national with Jamaican roots, “Semantics” showcases this rising star’s visible talents.

Bonus: A.Dot has also recorded a video for the title track “Born Ready” which you can check out below. Make sure you head over to A.Dot’s website to check out what’s new and stay on the up and up with A.Dot’s next moves.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Rave On Buddy Holly [ALBUM REVIEW]

You know every song I’m about to post.  I would hope that you know every artist I’m about to post.  It’s also important that you know who a guy named Buddy Holly is.  I think you do.  “Rave On Buddy Holly” is one of the best tribute records I have ever heard.  The artist lineup and the song choices are epic and spot on.  Buddy Holly, in my opinion, embodied the spirit of local music.  Constantly touring until his untimely death.  I think it’s only proper that a site like this one devoted to spreading the word of good music and artist recognition take a breather from the underground hip hop and indie rock and take a look back at one of the original indie rockers and the people he has inspired.

Fiona Apple and Jon Brion – Everyday

See I told you!  Fiona Apple and Jon Brion own the second track and one of Holly’s greatest tunes.  Brion is an LA local and he plays shows every Friday night down at the Largo on La Cienega.  Fiona just has such an amazing voice.  I figured that would be a good tune to start out with to wet your whistle.

Dearest – The Black Keys

The video was a little lame, but it has some cool pictures so I left it.

If it wasn’t for that damn plane crash Buddy Holly may well still be with us and who knows what other great music he would have created.  This record is in honor of the man’s 75th birthday and what an impact he has had.  This tribute features everyone from friggin’ Kid Rock to Lou Reed to Modest Mouse to Patti Smith to She and Him to PAUL MCCARTNEY (he gets all caps cuz he’s a Beatle).  It’s pretty all over the place pulling artists from every possible genre of popular music.  My favorite track however is by the one and only Cee Lo Green.  His voice is just unbelievable.  He has found pop success of epic proportions and is far from an indie artist, but he branches out here an gives us an amazing take on a Buddy Holly classic.

(You’re so square) Baby I don’t care – Cee Lo Green

I really don’t have much to review here.  The music is classic and the artists on this record are really dead on in their interpretations of Holly’s music.  There is just enough of the original song and the best part is the obvious individual touches each artist put on his or her song.  One of the best examples of that is Florence and The Machine doing Holly’s tune ‘Not Fade Away.’

Not Fade Away – Florence and The Machine

I think Buddy Holly is beaming with a huge smile somewhere up in rock and roll heaven.  This is really just a fantastic assembly of talent all playing their asses off in honor of a great man.  I know I already said that, but who cares I’ll say it again.  I’m gonna finish this up with a few more tracks by She and Him and one of my favorite singers of all time, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash (duh) and Young fame.  Lastly I’ll leave you with a surprising track.  I’m not going to tell you who’s singing it.  Guess in the comments section below and don’t cheat and look at the track listing.  It’s a very far attachement from what this artist usually does and it’s freakin’ amazing.

She and Him – Oh Boy!

Graham Nash – Raining in My Heart

???????? –  Well…All right

He died at 22 and at that age he had already helped define rock and roll as we know it.  He is arguably the most important figure bridging the gap between rockabilly to rock and roll.  He has obviously been missed, but after listening to this record I know for a fact he is not forgotten.  Rave on Buddy Holly…

Here’s the complete track list to inspire you to buy this record.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some good local music, but I had to get this one out.  It’s too good to ignore.

1. “Dearest” – The Black Keys (2:06)
2. “Every Day” – Fiona Apple & Jon Brion (2:19)
3. “It’s So Easy” – Paul McCartney (4:35)
4. “Not Fade Away – Florence + The Machine” (4:02)
5. “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care” – Cee Lo Green (1:31)
6. “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” – Karen Elson (2:25)
7. “Rave On” – Julian Casablancas (1:55)
8. “I’m Gonna Love You Too” – Jenny O. (2:11)
9. “Maybe Baby” – Justin Townes Earle (2:06)
10. “Oh Boy” – She & Him (2:18)
11. “Changing All Those Changes” – Nick Lowe (1:41)
12. “Words Of Love” – Patti Smith (3:20)
13. “True Love Ways” – My Morning Jacket (3:25)
14. “That’ll Be The Day” – Modest Mouse (2:15)
15. “Well…All Right” – Kid Rock (2:09)
16. “Heartbeat” -The Detroit Cobras (2:20)
17. “Peggy Sue” – Lou Reed (3:19)
18. “Peggy Sue Got Married” – John Doe (3:57)
19. “Raining In My Heart” – Graham Nash (3:30)

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

MaXXXimum – “Destroy the Dancefloor” [VIDEO]

Meet Max Kline, a London-based electro producer who goes by the stage name MaXXXimum. Recently, he released a new track entitled “Destroy the Dancefloor” which I have taken a serious liking to. It has even supplanted The Shrugs‘ nearly two week hold of my cell phone’s ringtone. I once read, of MaXXXimum’s basslines, that the “XXX” in his name was appropriate because his basslines were so dirty.

Klein has been garnering local attention and has been featured on BBC’s “Introducing…,” which strives to support unsigned, undiscovered, and under the radar artists. You can hear a portion of that segment here. For you viewing pleasure, Klein has also created a video, a video mashup of sorts, for “Destroy the Dancefloor.” Set to the backdrop of the vampiric thriller The Lost Boys, Kline creates an audial thriller of his own, which you can download here free of charge.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com