New York-based singer/songwriter/producer Amber Mark has returned with infectious new single ‘Put You On’ featuring Virginia native rapper/singer DRAM via PMR/Virgin Records. The brand-new single from one of 2018’s hottest talents oozes East Coast sensibilities and summer vibes, all the while displaying Amber’s trademark husky vocal tones and sublime pop melodies. ‘Put Me On Feat. DRAM’ is available to stream and purchase on DSPs from HERE.
Discussing how the track came together, Amber reveals:-
“The idea of the song came from wanting to talk about a woman who made it out of the hood in NY and into the top of success. Cardi B was really blowing up at the time and I thought a similar story to hers would be such a vibe for the production. The beat sounded so much like summer in NY and I figured it would be dope to lyrically make a subtle NY anthem.”
‘Put You On Feat. DRAM’ is the follow up to Amber’s critically acclaimed ‘Conexão’ EP, released back in May, which found Amber weaving her extensive knowledge of international styles into a gorgeous musical tapestry embracing everything from slinky soul to Brazilian bossa nova. Upon release NME professed, “honest, eloquent and impossibly talented, Amber Mark is a breath of fresh air” while Pitchfork praised the EP as a “remarkably accomplished. Even at just four songs, Amber Mark sounds like a veteran of pop songcraft and performance”. Nowhere is this more evident than on the EP’s imperious lead single ‘Love Me Right’, a flawless indicator of Amber’s skills as both a songwriter and a producer, or on the Sade-approved cut ‘Love Is Stronger Than Pride’.
Having blown crowds away in the spring at her sold out headline show at Camden Assembly in support of her ‘Conexão’ EP, Amber will return to these shores for a run of dates in support of Leon Bridges in the autumn when she joins him on his European tour. Full details of these shows can be found below with tickets available from here: https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/leon-bridges/
Amber Mark’s UK + EU Autumn Tour Dates:
23rd October – Munich Neue Theaterfabrik (Germany)
24th October – Cologne Live Music Hall (Germany)
25th October – Hamburg Docks (Germany)
27th October – Oslo Rockefeller (Norway)
28th October – Stockholm Cirkus (Sweden)
29th October – Copenhagen VEGA (Denmark)
30th October – Aarhus Train (Denmark)
1st November – Amsterdam AFAS Live (Netherlands)
2nd November – Brussels Ancienne Belgique (Belgium)
3rd November – Paris Le Trianon (France)
5th November – Bristol O2 Academy
7th November – Dublin Olympia Theatre
8th November – Dublin Olympia Theatre
9th November – Glasgow O2 Academy
11th November – Birmingham O2 Institute
12th November – Nottingham Rock City
14th November – Manchester Academy
15th November – Leeds O2 Academy
17th November – London Brixton Academy
18th November – London Brixton Academy
*All dates supporting Leon Bridges*
Click HERE to stream/purchase ‘Put You On Feat. DRAM’
Click HERE to stream/purchase Amber’s ‘Conexão’ EP
New Zealand pop singer and songwriter Robinson has released her brand new single ‘Medicine’, out now on Ministry Of Sound Records. With over 55 million streams to her name to date and a record which has just gone Platinum in Australia, follow-up ‘Medicine’ is the very highly-anticipated new single from the 22-year-old artist.
The track, co-written by Robinson, is a searingly honest reflection on the pain of heartbreak, and a realisation of the pain caused in past relationships. Robinson says:-
“Medicine is about not realising the weight of your actions and words until it happens to you. It’s about having a taste of your own medicine”.
Continuing her knack for a pop anthem filled with honesty, attitude and melody, ‘Medicine’ follows Robinson’s single ‘Nothing To Regret’ which was released earlier this year to widespread acclaim. NME described the track as “all subtle builds and triumphant climaxes, with a huge, emotive earworm of a chorus…a pop juggernaut” with The 405 dubbing it “an immediate attention-grabber…you will undoubtedly find yourself listening to it on repeat”. Chosen as one of their Next Wave artists, Clash said of Robinson that “her songwriting is remarkably mature, incredibly fresh.” It was championed by Zane Lowe at Beats 1, with further support at BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM. At only 22-years-old, Robinson is one to watch.
Listen to ‘Medicine’ by Robinson here:- https://robinson.lnk.to/Medicine
Commercially as well as critically, reception to Robinson’s output to date has been unprecedented. ‘Nothing To Regret’ is certified platinum in Australia, and its official video has surpassed 1.5 million views on YouTube.
LA Women Release ‘I was admiring her through a series of precision cut mirrors’ on Island Records
New Zealand trio LA Women have been quietly building a name for themselves as they released a series of slick, soulful and impressively crafted, RnB infused pop. Following the release of ‘Conscience’ last week; a sultry, blissed out slow jam, LA Women’s today release their highly anticipated debut EP ‘I was admiring her through a series of precision cut mirrors’ and as singer Jake describes “the song is a romanticised reflection of my experience with partying, alcohol, drugs, and all things that take a toll on my ‘conscience’”.
The trio, who hail from the Wairarapa, an area in the deep south of New Zealand, is made up of cousins Jake Schdroski and Zac Emerson and school friend Jesse Brown. They formed in 2016 and released the much hyped ‘Hurricane Love’ the following year, hitting some of the most reputable playlists on Spotify and winning early support from the likes of Complex & MTV, to name a few.
The tracklist for ‘I was admiring her through a series of precision cut mirrors’ is:
Keep up to date with L.A Women HERE.
Friday October 19th sees the release of Dua Lipa – Complete Edition – a new extended version of her debut album that includes “Electricity” her brand new collaboration with Silk City (Mark Ronson and Diplo), her previous collaborations with Martin Garrix and Sean Paul, fan favourites “Want To” and “Running” and a new track “Kiss and Make Up” with k-pop superstars Blackpink.
After a year of #1 hit singles, sold out shows and record breaking streaming figures, Dua Lipa has become the biggest breakout artist in the world. Dua is the #1 most streamed female artist on Spotify and is the first and only female artist in history to have 4 lead songs with over 500 Million Spotify streams. She has also just spent 8 weeks at #1 in the UK this summer with her million plus selling hit “One Kiss” – the most weeks at number one for a female artist this century. The video for her smash hit single “`New Rules” is now sitting at over 1.3 billion views on YouTube. Already collecting major accolades at the top of 2018, Dua scooped two BRIT Awards after being nominated in five categories, performed to 85 million people at the UEFA Champion League Football final and has sold over 3 million albums and 32 million singles worldwide.
Dua Lipa - (Complete Edition) will be available on digital, streaming and CD.
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New Zealand-born rising pop act Robinson today reveals her brand-new track, ‘Don’t Trust Myself’, out now via Ministry of Sound/Sony.
Watch the lyric video for ‘Don’t Trust Myself’ HERE
The emotional and melodic song highlights Robinson’s ability to create intimate lyrics over catchy melodies, all whilst showcasing her vocal prowess. The track was co-written by Robinson and produced by Sam de Jong (30 Seconds to Mars, Noah Kahan).
Robinson says of the track:
“Don’t Trust Myself’ is about falling too hard, too soon for someone - it’s about the idea of them being etched inside your head making it hard to realise who they truly are and that you can’t trust yourself around them because your heart seems to override your head.’
‘Don’t Trust Myself’ is Robinson’s second release this year, following ‘Nothing to Regret’, which was released in February. The song - called an ‘immediate attention-grabber’ by the 405 - has now amassed over 50 million streams worldwide and has achieved Platinum certification in Australia and Gold in New Zealand. ‘Nothing to Regret’ has also received support from Zane Lowe at Beats 1 as well as Radio 1. At only 21-years-old, Robinson is one to watch.
‘Don’t Trust Myself’ is released ahead of her highly-anticipated debut UK performance at Thousand Island in The Garage, London tonight. For tickets, visit https://myticket.co.uk/artists/robinson.
Few debuts make the kind of impact that TS Graye's powerful 'MY2' did when the seventeen-year old released it in June, with many earmarking it as the most exciting introduction to a new artist this year. With the track having reached over 100,000 streams on Spotify alone, TS Graye has today shared her eagerly awaited follow up; 'Take Notes'. Showcasing a different side to her musicality, with a more stripped back, almost ballad-like feel laden with soul and authenticity, 'Take Notes' further proves TS Graye is an inimitable force - listen here.
Written about falling in love with your best friend, the song is a personal account from the young Bristol based singer-songwriter. And, like her debut 'MY2', where she cleverly engaged use of wordplay and double entendre, she returns to form with her use of intricate and considered lyricism in this new track. In particular, her words are meant to convey intensity in sound and meaning, as the production and melody of the chorus reach new heights. It was produced by Louis Mattrs, who she met online and continues to work closely with.
On the meaning behind 'Take Notes', TS Graye says:-
"Take Notes is about realising that you've fallen in love with with someone unexpectedly. At first, I was soul-searching, trying to understand why I was feeling some kind of way about a friend. As soon as I clocked that I was in love, I saw that the game had changed forever and had to lay down the law, hence spelling out the rules and asking him to take notes."
Growing up in the West Country, TS Graye’s influences never strayed far from home; trip hop and the sounds of neighbouring Bristol (e.g. Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead) play out heavily in her music, but true to her generation she discovered most of the music she loves online (she references Lana Del Rey, Banks, Post Malone and Drake and her sound invokes likeness to greats Rihanna, SZA, Alicia Keys and Jorja Smith).
Self-taught, TS Graye learned how to produce and play piano from her bedroom and has been writing two songs a week since she was thirteen. Her passions outside of music include experimenting with make-up and zine making.
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Following twenty albums over 50 years, Yoko Ono's Warzone is strikingly different from any record she has made previously, but it is also strikingly different from any album that anyone is making...
Yoko revisits and re-imagines 13 songs from her past work, spanning 1970-2009, the lyrics and messages still pertinent—perhaps even more pertinent—in 2018. "The world is so messed up. Things are very difficult for everybody. It's a warzone that we are living in..." says Ono. "I like to create things in a new way. Every day things change."
The recordings and arrangements on Warzone are very stripped down, with a particular emphasis on Yoko's voice and lyrics. Here in this minimalist landscape the content of her message rings clear and unencumbered; sometimes somber warnings, sometimes uplifting encouragement, but her wisdom and fortitude are unflinchingly strong, her power having intensified with time and life experience. She ends the ominous questions of "Now Or Never" (1971) with one of her most famous and inspiring lines: "[a] Dream you dream alone is only a dream, but dream we dream together is reality."
Warzone further builds the legacy of an artist unparalleled in her unique and singular vision. At 85 years young, Ono is already plotting her next album... It is not too late to change the world. We need Yoko now more than ever.
Warzone will be in stores on October 19 on Chimera Music, the label run by Sean Ono Lennon. Leading up to the release date, Yoko will releasing a new song each Tuesday on her website ImaginePeace.com and on streaming services.
Rising, British pop prodigy Emily Burns has today shared an acoustic version of her catchiest single yet; 'Cheat', as the original nears one million streams on Spotify (taking her total Spotify stream count to over five million since her first single release earlier this year). Listen to the acoustic version [smarturl.it/CHEATacoustic]here, or revisit the original.
'Cheat' perfectly demonstrates Emily's knack for story telling in her music, with her relatable lyricism atop impeccable melody and infectious hooks, and is the third cut to be taken from her forthcoming debut mini-album 'Seven Scenes From The Same Summer', out 20th July on 37 Adventures (JONES, salute, Geowulf).
Explaining the meaning behind the song, Emily reveals:
"I wrote “Cheat” after a whirlwind romance that ended much more abruptly than I’d hoped for! I was feeling let down but was struggling to see anything other than the good in this person. Then I had a chat with some friends who reminded me that I would have behaved very differently in the situation so, I went into the studio and expressed that. I wrote this one with LMBY, who’s a really good friend of mine, which made it super easy to get straight to the details and vent freely. I felt much better after writing it…"
Likened to Charli XCX and MØ (The Line of Best Fit) and Sigrid and Tove Lo (Popjustice, Disco Naïveté), 22-year old Emily is writing modern, ambitious, frank pop songs about ex-girlfriends, spite, love and revenge. Having recently returned from some writing sessions in Sweden with MadFun (all female producer crew) and TEN (home of Tove Stryke, Icona Pop and all the Scandi greats), her mini-album release will be supported by a headline London show at Sebright Arms, and a return to her homeland Scotland.
Date listings as follows:
Sat 14th July - Longitude, Dublin
Wed 1st Aug - Sebright Arms, London (headline show)
Fri 3rd Aug - Belladrum, Scotland
Sat 18th Aug - Hardwick Live, Stockton Upon Tees
Sat 25th Aug - Pride, Manchester
Sat 15th Sept - UWE Freshers Ball, Bristol
Sat 3rd Nov - 2Q Festival, Lincoln
Sat 1st Dec - DIVA Music Festival, Great Yarmouth
'Seven Scenes From The Same Summer' will be available in limited-edition pink vinyl LP (pre-order here).
Stay tuned for more news to come soon.
The votes have been counted, and chart-topping, singer songwriter Harry Styles has been crowned the winner! Harry Styles will take home the coveted Best Live Act Award, sponsored by Ticketmaster and Live Nation, at today’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, an event which raises money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.As the only award voted for by the public at today’s awards, devoted fans proved their dedication to give the award-winning Brit the title of Best Live Act. Receiving 60% of the vote, Styles fought off competition from ten other nominees including Adele, Stormzy, Iron Maiden and Ed Sheeran.
This award is Harry Styles’ first solo win, although he has held the title of Best Live Act twice in 2013 and 2016 as part of boy band One Direction. Previous winners of the award include Sir Paul McCartney (2011), Arctic Monkeys (2015) and Little Mix (2017).
The Best Live Act winner is currently on his debut world tour as a solo act, which will see him play 89 shows across Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Asia, performing hits from his self-titled certified gold and platinum album. Since signing a recording deal in 2016 with Columbia Records, his first solo single, Sign of the Times, reached number one in the UK and number four in the US. Its music video earned him a Brit Award and an iHeartRadio Music Award.
Andrew Parsons, MD Ticketmaster UK says:-
“Harry Styles is a global sensation who won the hearts of many in One Direction and continues to do so in his solo career, so it’s not surprising that he has earned the title of Best Live Act. It’s great to see such support for the British star after his record-breaking debut album and world tour – this award is thoroughly deserved.”
Fans voted for the shortlist of 11 artists, who performed in the UK between March 2017 and March 2018, handpicked by a panel of music industry experts. The nominated artists were:
Nordoff Robbins has already announced the first wave of other winners at the O2 Silver Clef Awards 2018. Roger Waters and Robert Plant will receive the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award and the Integro Outstanding Award respectively. Stereophonics, the American Express Icon Award, Jorja Smith, the Amazon Music Best Newcomer Award, Ellie Goulding, the Liz Hobbs Best Female Award, George Ezra, the AEG Presents Best Male Award, The Script, the Raymond Weil International Award, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, the PPL Classical Award and Bastille, the Sky Best Group Award.
"Mjøen melts the glacial pop vibes fellow Nordic names do so well, with sweet and addictive vocals washing against balmy tropicalia to create something that begs for beaches and sun-smooched boulevards" - Line of Best Fit
Hanne Mjøen reveals her new video ‘Vanilla’, out now via Norwegian independent label Sailor Music. The video is directed by Mira Wickman.
In short time, Oslo’s Hanne Mjøen has established herself as a fast-rising one-to-watch. The hard-working artist and songwriter has released a handful singles, earning her acclaim from local media as well as international press including The FADER (who named her as one of the top Scandinavian artists to watch this year) and Billboard. In the latter part of 2017, Mjøen toured her home country with Astrid S, as well as at festivals such as Slottsfjell, Findings, Vill Vill Vest and Trondheim Calling.
“‘Vanilla’ is in many waysa synonym for something ordinary and boring", Hanne explains, "So the song is really about wishing for more of what's good and exciting".
Hanne Mjøen makes energetic pop music, boasting bombastic melody lines, emotional and sensitive lyrics and a fresh Scandinavian production sound. During the past year, she also made a name for herself writing songs for R3hab, Matisse & Sadko and Future Duper, with further exciting collaborations coming in 2018.
‘Vanilla’ is co-written and produced by Hanne, with Elsa Søllesvik (Elsa & Emilie), Sebastian "ÅSN" Aasen & Jim Bergsted.
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