BETH ORTON LEADS WEEK-LONG MENTORING PROGRAMME FOR BRIGHTER SOUND

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Twice-Mercury Prize nominated, BRIT award winning singer-songwriter Beth Orton is to mentor a specially-selected group of thirteen up-and-coming female musicians, composers and vocalists from all over the UK.

The event, held at Manchester’s Band On The Wall in conjunction with Brighter Sound and Wall of Sounds, will bring together some of the UK’s most exciting young female talent to collaborate with one of the country’s most respected songwriters.

Beth said:

“I am thrilled to be asked to support and take part in this exciting and important project. Getting the chance to mentor — or simply the opportunity to stand as witness to — the diverse, and possibly unheard, talents of artists from all across the UK fills me with curiosity and some apprehension! 

“If I’m lucky I will get to share some of what has been passed along to me over the years. I am equally prepared to be humbled beyond recognition and cannot wait to be so!” 

After noticing that the vast majority of previous applicants were male, Wall of Sounds created this residency especially for female artists in order to spark discussion around women in the music industry and to support emerging female professionals.

Bethan Morgan-Williams, previous residency participant, considers the programme to be an incredibly important opportunity:

Wall of Sounds is the sort of opportunity that money can’t buy, that decides a career, turns on a light, ignites a creative candle – a candle that shines upon your face and lets the world know who you are. It’s the kind of opportunity that can give someone the boost they need for stepping on into the next generation of British music.”

Beth is perfect for this collaborative mentoring role, having worked with a host of notable musicians including William Orbit, The Chemical Brothers, Terry Callier, Dr. Robert and Ben Harper.

Her residency is an intensive five-day project which will produce new work and culminate in a unique showcase event on Friday 20th February.

Previous Brighter Sound residencies have been held by highly-acclaimed folk group The Unthanks, Grammy award-winners Snarky Puppy and DMC DJ of the Year award-winner, DJ Yoda.

 

BBC RADIO 1′S HUW STEPHENS PICKS MDNGHT TO KICK OFF HIS “BEST OF BBC INTRODUCING” MIXTAPE

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MDNGHT are no stranger to praise from the UK’s biggest pop music station: they were picked as BBC Introducing Radio 1 Artist of the Week, have been played on all the huge daytime shows and also wowed the crowd at Radio 1′s Big Weekend in Glasgow.

Radio 1′s Huw Stephens is one of the UK’s most respected music tastemakers and is a long-term supporter of the band.

So when he was asked to put together a playlist of the “Best Of BBC Introducing” for Radio 1, he chose MDNGHT’s summertime smash “Into The Night” to kick the whole thing off – and it sounds as fresh as ever.

2014 was a breakthrough year for the Manchester four-piece, taking in a UK tour, an extended stay in the Upfront Club Chart and a buzz-worthy stint on the Hype Machine charts.

TONTARIO & SAXOKID’S REMIX OF MDNGHT’S “BREEZE” SHOOTS UP HYPE MACHINE CHART

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Up-and-coming Finnish producer Tontario has collaborated with saxophonist SaxoKid to produce a MDNGHT remix that’s had an Earmilk premiere and a bunch of other top blogs excited too.

Reaction from listeners has been fantastic – the track has quickly dashed up the Hype Machine chart!

Tontario takes Breeze‘s euphoric house sounds and welds to it SaxoKid’s deep sax grooves with the lightness of touch that is fast becoming his calling card.

It’s a fabulous refresh of MDNGHT’s sun-soaked song, and will drag you right back to summertime!

HEYROCCO CAP DEBUT UK TOUR WITH EXCLUSIVE XFM SESSION FOR JOHN KENNEDY ON 4TH NOVEMBER

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HEYROCCO came, saw and conquered on their first trip to the UK!

Not only did they play to a packed KOKO in London at the start of their debut tour – a tour that saw them playing to more sold-out venues around the UK – but they rounded it off with a return to the capital, and a session for the premier new music show on Xfm.

The session will be broadcast on 4th November 2014!

Looking every inch the rock stars that they look set to become, the HEYROCCO arrived for their Xfm X-posure session excited to meet key DJ John Kennedy, and as expected, they delivered a fabulous session.

John, who’s always a reliable musical weathervane of new talent, was hugely complimentary and supportive. We can’t wait to hear the session when it’s broadcast on 4th November!

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MDNGHT SHOOT TO NUMBER 3 ON MUSIC WEEK’S UPFRONT CLUB CHART, BEHIND CALVIN HARRIS AND BREACH!

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Even more fantastic news for Manchester four-piece MDNGHT’s Breeze: it’s shot to Number 3 on the Music Week Upfront Club Chart!

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They’ve steadily climbed the chart in the last couple of weeks, and have now nudged up behind Calvin Harris feat. John Newman‘s Blame and Breach feat. Kelis‘ The Key – proving MDNGHT’s floor-filling, euphoric house-pop can mix it with the big hitters.

The response from club DJs has been outstanding, with a third of DJs giving the tune a score of 90-100%, and nearly half of them marking it 80-90%.

They’ve been getting huge positive responses from dancefloors too: they’ve played a series of huge gigs around the country, playing to enormous student audiences in Bath (below), London and more.

MDNGHT are a classy, talented group with a bunch of heavyweight songs – and it’s great to see word spread so fast and so enthusiastically!

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HEY ROCCO RELEASE NEW SINGLE “MOM JEANS”;
PLUS XFM SESSION AND DEBUT UK TOUR

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LABEL - Vital Music
IMPACT DATE - 27th October 2014

HEYROCCO‘s songs cut to the heart of teenage thrills: young love, long summer days, and the little details that trigger all that emotion.

 

Their new single Mom Jeans encapsulates all of that – and it’s a perfect example of HEYROCCO’s brilliant balance of dark rock, short ‘n’ sweet pop tunes and young, breathless excitement.

It’s the follow-up to previous single Virgin - which was Kerrang! Track of the Week. Mom Jeans has won them radio recognition, too - they will be recording an Xfm X-posure session for tastemaker John Kennedy at the end of October as they complete their debut UK tour.

HEYROCCO are thrilling fans around the country right now, with sold out shows and a huge audience at London’s KOKO kicking off their first UK jaunt.

“…the angst-ridden grunge of Nirvana, while flecks of Pavement ensure a distinctly nostalgic flavour to these young guitar heroes.” - NME

“You know those perfect songs that soundtrack your summer of late nights, romance and hedonism? Well, HEYROCCO have just dropped one.” - Gigwise

Heyrocco’s new single launches us right into 90′s teenage movie nostalgia. Like these Southern sweethearts, we admittedly might not have been the coolest kids in high school—but at least we can pretend like we were while listening to some 90′s inspired rock and roll.” - NYLON

“… a darkly nostalgic vibe – worthy of, say, Radiohead’s much neglected ‘Pablo Honey’ full length.” - CLASH

HEYROCCO ONLINE:
heyrocco.co.uk
twitter.com/whoisheyrocco
facebook.com/Heyrocco
soundcloud.com/weareheyrocco

HEY ROCCO READY TO HEAD ON THEIR DEBUT UK TOUR!

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Heyrocco don’t hang about.

Kicking off at the infamous Brixton Windmill, via a showcase Club NME gig at Koko, before shooting around a list of some of the UK’s most famous breakthrough-band venues, the band are jumping into the UK’s music scene with both feet.

And with highly-regarded backing from the likes of Huw Stephens, Clash Magazine, NYLON and the NME, attention should swiftly start to turn onto the South-Carolina trio as they unleash their punchy, grungy and finely-crafted songs over the next four weeks.

HEYROCCO UK TOUR DATES

September 26: Brixton, UK @ The Windmill
October 1: Exeter, UK @ The Cavern Club
October 3: London, UK @ Koko (Club NME)
October 5: Birmingham, UK @ Sunflower Lounge
October 6: Leicester, UK @ The Cookie Jar
October 8: Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
October 9: Chester, UK @ The Compass
October 10: Bristol, UK @ Start The Bus
October 11: Middlesbrough, UK @ Twisterella Festival
October 12: York, UK @ Fibbers
October 17: Stoke-On-Trent, UK @ The Sugarmill
October 18: Southampton, UK @ Unit (Club NME)
October 22: Edinburgh, UK @ Electric Circus
October 23: Newcastle, UK @ Head of Steam
October 24: Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s
October 25: Wolverton, UK @ Craufurd Arms
October 28th: London, UK @Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

WHITE ESKIMO PREMIERE NEW SONG “TURN IT UP” ON BBC INTRODUCING MANCHESTER

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White Eskimo have grabbed themselves the perfect relationship: a huge, excited online following, and a string of fantastic, upbeat pop songs to thrill them with.

And they’re desperate to get their songs out – both to their expectant fans and to win over new ones too. They dropped in on BBC Introducing Manchester for a chat and to showcase a new, utterly euphoric song live in the studio:

 

White Eskimo unafraid to showcase their love of a pop tune – and both Natalie and Michelle from BBC Introducing commented on what an uplifting, instantly catchy pop song it is.

Said Michelle, “It’s really nice to have an uplifting pop song in session… sometimes it can all be a bit serious and cool – I just want to go out and dance now!”

Singer Will agreed that this was exactly what they’re aiming for: “We just want to play happy music - good vibes and good times!”

With songs like that – and an album full of them to follow – plenty more people are going to agree…

WHO ARE WHITE ESKIMO?
Will Sweeny - vocals
Alex Lewis - drums
Brad Nevinson - bass
Roy Bennett - guitar

WHITE ESKIMO online:
facebook.com/OfficialWhiteEskimo
twitter.com/_White_Eskimo

YOU RETURN WITH PRISTINE, BITTERSWEET “ANAESTHETIC”

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SINGLE – Anaesthetic
LABEL – MUK Records
IMPACT DATE – 3rd November 2014

After waves of good feeling and strong tastemaker backing for debut single, In Halves, YOU return with the woozy, cinematic and pristine Anaesthetic.

Delicate as porcelain, bittersweet as the darkest chocolate, and with echoes of Kate Bush’s airier, more soaring moments, Anaesthetic is a brilliantly confident second single. It’ll sit, icily, alongside the music of The Cocteau Twins, London Grammar, The XX and Daughter.

Anaesthetic is backed by an ingenious, touching and creepy stop-motion video by Rafael Bonilla Jnr., director of Glass Animals‘ videos. Rafael loved the song so much he personally sought out YOU with an offer to create the video.

It’s the second astonishing video in a row from YOU, and is based on cult film Toys in the Attic - about a series of malformed characters which come alive and care for each other. The idea fits the song’s tender, outsider feel perfectly.

YOU are not short of influential tippers citing them as ones to watch – the NME made them top billing on their Radar page and Tom Robinson and Simon Raymonde have backed the band from the start too.

Moreover, Xfm’s John Kennedy can’t get enough of YOU, making them Xfm’s X-posure Big One, inviting them to play his club night in London, and having them perform a live session on his Xfm show!

One of the best debut singles I’ve heard in my time!” - GARY CROWLEY, BBC Introducing
I played it for the first time on Thursday. It’s been haunting me ever since… Love the track! Playing it every single night this week!”- JOHN KENNEDY, Xfm
“They’re a strange bunch, but they leave you craving more” - NME Radar

Who are YOU?

Anna Waldmann
Sam Campbell
Harrison Ball
Massimo Zeppetelli

YOU online:

itisyouhere.com
facebook.com/hereyouare
twitter.com/itisyouhere
MUK Records

ANIMAL MUSIC’S THUNDEROUS, EMOTIVE NEW SINGLE
“WE STAY VACANT”

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LABEL – MUK Records
IMPACT DATE – 27th October 2014

We Stay Vacant is the latest thunderous and euphoric single from Animal Music – and is yet another huge, punchy calling card from a band who are becoming hard to ignore.

 

Beneath We Stay Vacant’s big, brash, beat-laden exterior is a surprisingly tender song, with a chorus that grapples with love and hope, and it’s this kind of unexpected humanity – coupled with infectious tunes - that connects Animal Music to so many people.

After touring all summer and wowing huge crowds with their energy and white-light choruses, they’re winning over radio audiences too. 

BBC 6 Music, Capital Xtra’s Andrew Wilson, and Xfm’s Eddy Temple-Morris have all fallen for their charms, and they contributed a two-hour DJ set to Radio 1′s huge R1 Dance Radio event, as well as a mix for Mistajam on Radio 1Xtra.

Moreover, they have enviable support from one of dance music’s most prestigious names – they are currently writing with Underworld and have support slots lined up for their 20th anniversary tour next year.

Eddy Temple-Morris has already acknowledged that their cover of Mr Brightside blows the roof off every time he plays it – it’s time for DJs to find space for another big tune in their sets!

ANIMAL MUSIC online:

facebook.com/animalmusicuk
twitter.com/animalmusicuk
soundcloud.com/animalmusicuk
youtube.com/animalmusicuk