Ten – Various Various (inc Elbow, Doves, Liam Frost, Cherry Ghost

Release Date: 4th April 2011

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Twitter: @McrAidKosovo
Facebook: Manchester Aid to Kosovo

Album launch gigs: Manchester – 4 April 2011 at Deaf Institute, London – 7th April 2011 at Union Chapel

“We have always been proud to be associated with MAK (Music Aid to Kosovo). Aside from the great work they do in Kosovo, they have brought together Manchester’s music community on many occasions. MAK events are always a document of the times”. – Guy Garvey, Elbow

Early in 2001, the release of Manchester Aid to Kosovo‘s compilation, ‘Cohesion’, gave many music fans outside of this rainy Northern city the first chance to hear the then little known group Elbow. The band donated the sublime ‘Scattered Black and Whites’, whilst other emerging Manchester legends, Doves gave the track ‘Valley’. In the intervening years both bands plus a host of other notable names included on that first album at the start of their careers (such as I Am Kloot, Badly Drawn Boy, Mr Scruff) have supported MAK in helping recovery from ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. Check out makonline.org for more information about the work of the charity.

10 years on and follow up compilation ‘ten‘ sees the now familiar voices of Guy Garvey and Jimi Goodwin surrounded by a new group of emerging Manchester artists. This 18 track album, curated by The Travelling Band‘s Jo Dudderidge, demonstrates how the poetic grandeur from the likes of Garvey, Goodwin, Frost et al has influenced a u-turn in the city’s musical output. Where the grey, overcoat of ‘dancemiserabilism’ h as been cast aside, not to reveal a post-Oasis hangover, but in fact a deep, warmly humorous and slyly experimental slew of artists intent on reclaiming the Manchester music scene for themselves.From the skittering, heart stopping afro-folk of Josephine Oniyama’s ‘Fun In The Dark’ through to the gorgeous slow-core balladry of The Travelling Band’s ‘Hindsight’, ‘ten’ is littered with countless gems, each a gateway to understanding how Manchester found a new voice for itself in the late 00’s.

Manchester Music has funded much of the work of MAK (approximately a third of its total income) enabling MAK to create the 22-acre Manchester Peace Park in N.E Kosovo at the request of children medically evacuated to Manchester. One of these children, Jehona Bogujevci, who survived the massacre of her family, went on to study graphics in Manchester and the artwork for ‘ten’ is Jehona’s first commission since her graduation.
MAK is involved in art, education, ecology, sport and human rights, as well as the Peace Park and music projects. The new republic of Kosovo remains the poorest country in Europe, and its young people lack the freedom to travel. So in 2009 ‘The Travelling Band’ became one of the first British bands to perform in Kosovo, playing at the Peace Park, in theatres, cafes, on the streets and even on horse drawn wagons, with the aim to inspire. Kosovo musicians around them to get out, go public and make it happen.

It’s hoped the album will both facilitate more projects and encourage creativity.  MAK has proved that linking recovery and creativity creates strength, opportunity and of course, great music.

Check out Elbow‘s Some Riot (Live at Abbey Road), which appears on ‘ten‘ here:

To mark the release of ‘ten’, there are launch events in Manchester and London featuring, MAK Patron Badly Drawn Boy, Liam Frost and many other artists featured on the album:

Mon 4th April – Deaf Institute, Manchester

tickets and line-up http://bit.ly/dSxCo6

Thurs 7th April – Union Chapel, London

tickets and line-up http://bit.ly/en8fRq

CD and ticket bundles are available from http://www.makonline.org/ten

Alice Russell – Let Us Be Loving video


 

The video for Alice’s forthcoming single ‘Let Us Be Loving’ has finally seen the light of day. And we’re glad that it did! Directed by Brighton-based photographer and film-maker Steve Glashier (who has previously created music promos for the likes of Fatboy Slim, Juliette and the Licks and The Rakes), the video was shot entirely with a Canon 5D mkII (for those photography buffs amongst you).

You can also see Alice’s stunning cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ on Canal + TV here

Alice embarks on a short UK tour (once she returns from the European tour of course) during November. Check out her MySpace for details.

And as if that weren’t enough, Mr Scruff’s remix of Alice’s Got the Hunger? (available on the Pot Of Gold Remixes album) will be iTunes Single of the Week from 10th November. Let Us Be Loving and Got the Hunger? (Mr Scruff Remix) will both be available on iTunes to download for FREE, and you can still download the other remixes from the album for just 79p each.

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Alice Russell – Let Us Be Loving

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Release date:

7th December 09 (Free Download)

Alice Russell - Let Us Be Loving

The latest offering from soul-siren Alice Russell, layers her now trademark vocal style with a rich and varied production style. Alice cites Jill Scott, Chaka Khan and Eva Cassidy among her inspiration, and this single demonstrates this with effortlessly cool jazz vibes making way for an uptempo soul explosion – with a sprinkling of rock energy thrown in (just for good measure). Let Us Be Loving is bound to appeal to Alice’s fans, but will also no doubt catch the attention of those on the look out for something undoubtedly cool and undeniably different. Check out the single now by clicking on the Soundcloud below.

 

Alice has very kindly agreed to make Let Us Be Loving available as a free download! What’s more, Mr Scruff‘s remix of Dreamer will also be available for free.

Alice Russell – Pot of Gold Remixes

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 Release date:

5th October 09

Alice Russell - Pot of Gold RemixesAlice’s big soul voice is matched in scale by an enviable soul pedigree as she names Roy AyresThe Roots, Massive Attack, Femi KutiLonnie Liston SmithDe La SoulQuantic and The Quantic Soul Orchestra among her collaborators past and present. Pot of Gold Remixes boasts the likes of Mr Scruff and DJ Vadim reworking  tracks from her acclaimed debut album. She’s been garnering some excellent reviews of late, not least in this month’s Blues and Soul Magazine. You can also check out alicerussell.com for more information and for her upcoming UK tour dates!