Category Archives: UK

Lazy Habits – “Starting Fires” [VIDEO]

I thought I’d mix it up a little today. Combining jazz and hip-hop, Lazy Habits brings a unique sound to the mix. “Starting Fires” is their latest video and will be released for sale at the end of July (check out their website for details of the release). Back to the music, piano keys usher “Starting Fires” in as the brass section brings a classic big band sound to the refrain until the hip-hop flow drops, vacillating between vocalists MC Lazy and Skin Horse in the verses. Lazy Habits describes their music as “beats, rhymes and brass of the highest caliber.”

The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper, said of a performance, it’s “the best house party your parents never wanted you to have.”

Lazy Habits, composed of eight band members and currently based in London, England, was born in the London borough of Hackney in 2005. Rocking stages at festivals throughout the United Kingdom, the band is set to preform outside the UK in various European countries this year, including Latvia, Croatia, and Taiwan. Previously, the band has toured with the likes of Mos Def, Bonobo, and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 fame.

This morning the guys over at Radar Music Videos put me on to another of Lazy Habits’ videos called “Even Out,” which was directed by Phil Good. The video is so simplistic, yet clever. This song also puts the group’s big band, jazzy style of full display while adding catchy vocals, rewriting the story of Jack and Jill. When you’re finished replaying these videos over and over, make sure you skip over to their facebook fan page to show the group some love and to check out their tour schedule. For starters they’ll be performing at the Glastonbury Festival, which begins today in the UK.

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

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Anvil “Juggernaut Of Justice” [NEW MUSIC]

I was feeling a bit nostalgic today.  I looked back on a couple old blogs I have written and I was reading the other awesome stuff on this site when it finally hit me.  There is NOT ENOUGH METAL on this blog!  Now I am not a metal-head by any means, but who doesn’t like to turn it to 11 and destroy shit?  There’s only one metal band in my opinion that continues to embody the spirit of what Beatplay is all about.  They are called Anvil and they have just dropped a gem called “Juggernaut of Justice.”  Do me and your neighbors a favor and TURN. IT. UP.

Turn It Up – Anvil

Anvil has come back from Metal oblivion (although with 17 full length releases I believe they have never gone away) with an amazing documentary released last year covering all things Anvil and the difficulties of relentless touring and the ideas of “what could have been” taunting a band still trying to make it huge after 20+ years and being considered one of the best in the business with out the cash to show for it.  Anvil is one of the originals, simple as that.

They have been playing fast, loud and crazy music for decades.  This most recent release dominates.  It’s non stop and in your face.

Fuken Eh! – Anvil

It’s hard to review this record.  Problem #1: my hands literally won’t stop playing air guitar and air drums.  Problem #2:  I just threw my desk across my apartment and my computer was on top of it.  Problem #3:  My elderly (expletive) of a neighbor just came up and told me to turn it down to which I said nothing and awkwardly/ slowly closed the door in her wrinkled face.  All great problems to have and my luckily indestructible computer survived so I can continue.  But first…

When Hell Breaks Loose – Anvil

Hell has broken loose.  It’s time to stand up and give these guys the respect the have deserved for years.  They have great lyrics and great hooks.

Lips is the lead singer/ guitar player.  His voice is like razor blades ripping through a wall of guitar and drums.  This band embodies metal.  They live it.  From the start of this record, title track “Juggernaut of Justice” though the final punch in the face “Tonight is Coming” Anvil just doesn’t stop.  ALL the songs are heavy.  ALL the songs are fast.  ALL of my brain cells have turned to mush.  I feel bad I wasn’t a fan/ didn’t know about this band earlier in my life.  Granted they have been around since before I was a fetus.  Who knows?  I may have just become a metal-head from the start.  Here’s the last track from “Juggernaut of Justice.”

Tonight is Coming – Anvil

Anvil currently has a couple US dates on their TOUR PAGE and are touring heavily in Europe.  “Juggernaut of Justice” was released back in May so go buy it right now.  It was recorded not to far from my house at Dave Grohl’s Studio up in Northridge, CA, which makes it even cooler in my book.  So throw the devil horns up and repeat after me.  Long Live Metal but most of all  LONG LIVE ANVIL.

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

Floyd Levine – “Silk Rick Mofo” [FREE DOWNLOAD] [MUSIC]

Floyd Lavine

Floyd Levine is back in South Africa and after spending time at the Red Bull Studios in Cape Town; he has released two tracks – Silk Rick Mofo and Sauda Nam – available for free via soundcloud.  Lavine is a DJ, producer and co-owner of Uberbeat records.  His discofied house and techno tracks have been heard around the UK, and hopefully these releases will put him on the map in South Africa as well.  Check it out.

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

 

 

 

UNKLE – Money & Run [Video]

 

James Lavelle’s longtime project UNKLE teamed up with a few different vocalists for an upcoming five-song EP,Only The Lonely. Nick Cave handles the mic on the raucous opener “Money And Run.” As with most things Cave touches, he owns it

 

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

Michael Kiwanuka – Tell Me A Tale [NEW MUSIC]

Vintage soul from a 23-year-old Londoner

Tell Me a Tale – all delicate flute flourishes and rich brass tones – is the title track of his debut EP and, though his influences are obvious, there’s something fresh about his approach to 60s soul, with a reliance on authenticity as opposed to posturing or role playing.

this instantly timeless recording, in which Kiwanuka wears his influences (Otis Redding, John Martyn, Bill Withers, et al.) on his sleeve, hasn’t even been officially released yet. There’s no question that the weathered soul in this 23-year-old’s voice is authentic and modern, though: the jazz inflections here recall Ray LaMontagne’s“You Can Bring Me Flowers.” Tell Me A Tale arrives on June 13 via Communion Records, but in the meantime, enjoy our first taste of the London singer-songwriter’s debut above.

Michael Kiwanuka from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.

find out more at his Facebook, Blog or Myspace

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

Lou McMahon – Delicate Dancer EP [NEW MUSIC]

Lou McMahon is a Clare born Singer/Songwriter. She has recently finished recording her debut EP Delicate Dancer, produced by and featuring the legendary Terry Woods. In the run up to releasing Delicate Dancer, Lou has been on a National tour, performing as a support act to critically acclaimed artists such as; Mundy, Jack
L, Mary Coughlan, David Kitt and many more. Lou’s Folk/Rock style is most commonly compared to that of Kate Bush and her passionate, quirky performances make her highly endearing to watch live.

Photograph taken by Des Canon. Live @ Whelan's, Dublin.

Track 1 : A River

Track 2 : The Hourglass

Track 3 : Wide Eyed Lady

Track 4 : Sabai

Track 5 : The Dying Tree

Track 6 : Pockets Of Change

Find out more @ Lou’s Myspace or Facebook

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

Music of Mullingar [PLAYLIST]

Eleven track selection from Irish bands based in the midlands town of Mullingar, Westmeath

Featuring :

The Aftermath

The Aftermath are an Irish mod/pop rock band, currently based in Mullingar. They are composed of brothers Johnny (guitar, keys, vocals) and Michael Cronin (drums, percussion, samples, vocals), both of whom are originally from Longford but raised in Leeds, UK, as well as Mullingar guitarist, Justin McNabb and bassist Martin Gray. The Aftermath released their debut album, Friendlier Up Here on 25 April 2008

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Innate

Innate emerged from Mullingar in 1999 and since then they have proved as impossible to pin down as mercury. Innate are centred around 4 members: FRANK BYRNE on vocals and guitar, ROSS KENNEDY on drums, NIALL MASTERSON on bass and JOHNNY OWENS on guitar, vocals and occasionally, violin. Innate sound exactly like a band should, with guitar sounds that slip between the maudlin and fury, a fluid and sublime rhythm section and vocals to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Many have tried to pigeonhole Innate onto a previously heard template, but the reality is Innate are in a league of their own, one where comparisons count for nothing and the music counts for everything.


Peter Doran

Peter’s been honing his own craft since age 11, when, inspired by his cousin’s heavy metal albums, he first picked up the guitar. (Music is in the family lineage; his father also plays guitar and writes songs, and an uncle, Anthony Doran, is the bassist for platinum-selling band the Blizzards.) After a few years of high-velocity shredding, Peter “became less interested in the speed of the notes, but in their character instead.” In 2006 he released Wood, a rich collection of startlingly mature songs heralded by leading music publication Hot Press as “an admirable debut that should open doors and minds.”

In 2009 Peter was contacted by acclaimed Italian producer Filippo Gaetani, who had heard one of the singer-songwriter’s demo tracks online and was eager to collaborate.
“Peter has the capability of moving your soul with simple yet profound lyrics, and his vocal tone and melodies are uncommon,” raves Gaetani, who has worked with Andy Bell, Stefano Bollini, and Adrina Thorpe.  Sleepless Street is the glorious result, a gorgeous, multi-layered work by a gifted artist swiftly gaining ground on the paths of his idols.


Darragh J Glennon

Darragh J. Glennon has been crafting and performing his alternative music since the age of fifteen, sharing the stage with the likes of Fionn Regan, Declan O’ Rourke and Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs).

Since beginning his travels, performing with Mullingar band ‘Triega’, Darragh went on to release the singles ‘For My Love’, ‘Smile’ and ‘I’m on the Way’. His debut album ‘Detour’ was released in 2009.

The new album is nearing completion and is due for release in 2011


Crimson

Crimson are Fergal O’Rourke – Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar, Kevin Leech – Bass Guitar, Aidan O’Rourke – Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals, Kieran O’Rourke – Drums.
Crimson, a four piece rock band hailing from County Westmeath, Ireland. After paying tribute to their heroes as a covers group, Crimson left the covers circuit and began writing their own material. Supporting many bands, Crimson’s fan base is rapidly growing throughout the country. Crimson have recently launched their debut album “Untamed/Underground/Unwell” which is available in selected E2 and Eason stores and will is also available on iTunes.


Arrow in the Sky

Formed from the ashes of folktronica ensemble Till the Morning Comes, bassist turned singer Conor McCauley returns from his Japanese exile to work once again with longtime collaborator Brian Murphy. Six months later and they would shape the new/ancient sound that was haunting their heads into debut Ep Do What Thou Wilt.

Flash Forward a year and the duo are getting set to unleash their sophomore EP, Winter’s Requiem. The EP is a celebratory funeral mass, a farewell to the past and a heartfelt greeting to the future.

The sound live can be likened to other harmony laden song driven artists such as CSN and Simon Garfunkel or more contemporary artists such as My Morning Jacket Fleet Foxes and Bowerbirds.With an arsenal of traditional instruments doing very untraditional things strange and boundless vocals soaring then cascading AITS have created a world and sonic imagery all of their own. Weaving an aural tapestry of folk, blues, alt-rock into their own unique blend of Irish-Americana.


We Go Go

We Go Go are a four piece alternative rock band from the Irish midlands musical hotbed of Mullingar. Formed in March 2009 from the remains of other projects, the band’s profile has risen steadily in the intervening months, playing shows the length and breadth of Ireland and gaining a reputation as an incendiary live act. Combining powerful angular guitar lines, pounding drums and tight harmonies, the band’s debut single Nitpicker released in October ’09 reached no.4 in the downloadmusic.ie weekly chart, and led to the band being just one of 20 unsigned Irish bands chosen for the 2010 JD Set.
After just finishing their first Irish tour in October 2010, the band are planning to release their next single ‘Clean up’, in the spring of 2011. Currently in the middle of a joint Irish tour with The Vibes. We Go Go are definately a band to keep one eye on!!


Jung Turks

With just classical guitar and drums for comfort, Jung Turks sound like the offspring of the White Stripes and Rodrigo y Gabriela; lost musical children who were reared in a South American gypsy camp by former Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, before being sent to boot camp with Frank Zappa, who in turn sent them to the bog where they dug turf and fusion music.’
quote by – Ronan Casey, Westmeath Examiner


Hail To Farewell

‘Hail To Farewell’ are a 4 piece prog rock band that formed in 2010. Since their launch onto the Irish music scene they’ve supported many amazing Irish acts including ‘Republic of Loose’ and ‘Fight Like Apes‘ and have many exciting things lined up for the future.

This powerful collaboration came about when long standing rhythm section partners , Tanya O‘Callaghan and Eoin Fitzsimons teamed back up after years of successful session work and projects.

Bassist Tanya O’Callaghan has gigged up and down the country with various musicians including a highly acclaimed session job with Maynard James Keana, front man with world renowned American band Tool which lead to working in USA for many months.

Established musician, Eoin Fitzsimons has been banging out the groves since the age of 16 and sessioned with many great bands around the country. He has also been apart of original bands such as Waiting To Explode.

This meteor nominated rhythm section joined forces with powerhouse vocalist Carolyn Cahill who has enjoyed great success performing in many of Irelands greatest music venues and on the IMRO Tour 2010. Her vocal range has not yet failed to wow audiences every time she performs.

The final piece of the jigsaw was to be completed in the form of Davy Blythe – long established session player who has gigged all over Ireland. His distinctive guitar sound was to complete this exciting and unique new Irish sound.

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Mike Cole

Mike Cole is a folk artist from the midlands who is currently writing and recording his first solo album (The profits of which are to be donated to charity). He began writing songs as soon as he could put 3 chords together at quite an early age. Over the years he has worked hard at the art of songwriting and played a number of gigs around Mullingar incorporating many instruments into the live show such as guitar, piano, harmonica and ukulele. His love of listening to music is matched only by his love of creating it so catch a live show or listen to his music online to get a sense of what this emerging songwriter rele has to offer.


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


Behind The Board : Gavin Glass [Interview]

Q01 Who are you, What do you do & where are you based?

Gavin Glass. Producer/Musician/Songwriter. Orphan Recording – Harolds Cross.

Q02 What album,track,gig or producer inspired you to end up behind a mixing board

The Band’s “Brown Album” was the record that changed everything for me.

Q03 Where did you study your trade?

I didn’t do a sound course or anything like that, but I was very lucky to have worked with some amazing engineers like Paul Thomas and David Slevin when I was starting out playing in bands, so I learned an awful lot from recording with those guys.

Q04 What advice do you have for any budding engineers out there?

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Burial – “EGO” feat. Thom Yorke and Four Tet [MUSIC]

burial

Soooo glad I ran into this track here. Thom Yorke of Radiohead teams up with UK 2-step/grudge producer Burial, and Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet, on a new project released this month. Definitely going for that club sound on this track with the laid back house beat being melodically guided by the easily recognized vocals of Thom Yorke. Once you’ve had about 10 listens of this hit visit here for the other release entitled, “Mirror”.

Max Richter – “On The Nature Of Day” [MUSIC]

It’s quite difficult these days to find quality classical music especially if you don’t really know where you’re looking. Well luckily I was privileged with stumbling into Max Richter‘s music through the soundcloud. I was quickly haulted of my work as this soothing violin crept in the background to bring an inspirational melody similar to what is heard on film. “On The Nature Of Day” is the opening title to one of his later works entitled ‘The Blue Notebook’. Please visit his sites to hear more of his work and learn a little more about Max Richter’s musical composition experience.