Continuing to provide something a little different from the current influx of female singers – Lulu James steps outside of the smooth smoulder that we have become accustomed to and instead arcs her R&B sensibility with a pop friendly chorus which could be the radio hit that she has been waiting for. A slick monochrome visual and bubbling 808′s are reminiscent of AlunaGeorge territory too.
James is currently on tour supporting the Drake sampled Ellie Goulding and gearing up for a club tour with Annie Mac, after a recent appearance on Jools Holland this summer.
With all the right pieces in position a healthy chart position could be on the cards come November 3rd.
Having gained mainstream recognition featuring on Disclosure’s monster hit ‘Latch’, singer Sam Smith is making all the right moves to achieve independent success. He’s not only produced a sensational new pop single in ‘Safe With Me’, but he’s also attached himself to London’s leading label PMR (home to Jessie Ware, Disclosure and Julio Bashmore) who will release his forthcoming debut EP. ‘Safe With Me’ displays Smith’s controlled vocal theatrics across a cradle of progressive pop production courtesy of PMR’s resident beatsmith Two Inch Punch. TIP fills the track with droning drums, twinkling keys and an angelically looped backing vocal. In lieu of the recent success of acts like Disclosure and AlunaGeorge, ‘Safe With Me’ positions itself as an assuredly confident pop song.
The Lovebox line-up this year is insane. Not only have they announced performances from soul-God D’Angelo, but the 3-day festival will also see live sets from hip hop icon Lil’ Kim, electronic superstars Disclosure and Flying Lotus, Julio Bashmore, Quadron, Azealia Banks, AlunaGeorge, Wiley, Zebra Katz, Mykki Blanco, Gold Panda and many, many others.
Unbelievably though, they’ve managed to up the ante again, this time by adding the legendary So Solid Crew to the line-up. Gah. Ghostpoet, Charli XCX and Jon Hopkins have also been announced as performers.
For more information, full line-up and tickets head over to Lovebox.
19-year old London-based newcomer Kenzie May makes a bold introduction with her debut single ‘Hide & Seek’; The thumping pop production recalls impressions of Santigold and AlunaGeorge, but Kenzie twerks everything enough to make it her own. Her confidence on ‘Hide & Seek’ is rousing and is precisely the thing that prevents her from being swallowed up by what is otherwise an elaborate and busy production. Turn this one up.
The return of Jamie Woon! Frequenters of this site will know that we’re strong supporters of Woon, his debut album was ahead of the curve in many ways (cast your mind back pre-2011, which major label artist was releasing anything resembling “alt-R&B”?) but since it’s release he’s been ghost. Now though as Disclosure announce the final details of their impending chart-dominating debut album Settle - it seems like he’ll be rejoining the land of the living. Along with the likes of Jessie Ware, London Grammar, Eliza Doolittle, AlunaGeorge & others – Jamie Woon will also be featured on a new album track titled ‘January’. Fellow label mate and PMR’s first lady Jessie Ware will feature on a song called ‘Confess To Me’ and upcoming group London Grammar will appear on a track titled ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’.
Get ready for one of this years biggest albums. June 3rd.
All roads look set to lead to LoveBox this year as organisations have just announced the first round of artists/DJ’s confirmed on the bill. Among some of them are SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Azealia Banks, Jurassic 5 (!), Julio Bashmore, Purity Ring, Gold Panda, AlunaGeorge and the man-God himself D’Angelo! Aside from Mark Ronson and Goldfrapp a full list of headliners has yet to be announced but something tells me there’ll be some pretty legendary names thrown in the mix – watch this space.
Lovebox takes place in London on July 19th-21st, for more line-up and ticket information head over to their official website.
AlunaGeorge’s latest single ‘Attracting Flies’ was just premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. The track comes off the duo’s forthcoming debut album and follows previous singles ‘Diver’ and LP title track ‘Body Music’ (not to mention the non-album singles that preceded those). And because these two can do no wrong ‘Attracting Flies’ is of course another bonafide pop smash – the chemistry between these two really is spot-on.
Expect AlunaGeorge’s debut album Body Music on July 1st.
Earlier today Disclosure released the video for their chart-invading single ‘White Noise’ featuring the voice of AlunaGeorge. Shot in Detroit the video backs up how utterly incredible the track is – rather amazing considering the world pretty unanimously agreed it was a smash before now. Tell me you don’t feel the urge to do what this guy does in a derelict building when you hear this tune? Lies. Shouts to the homie Luke Monahan for directing it.
Three of the biggest names in British music right now come together in spectacular style as the mighty Hudson Mohawke remixes Disclosure’s #2 chart smash ‘White Noise’ featuring AlunaGeorge. The song was already huge but trust Hudmo to turn the dial up 10 notches – listen loudly.
Interestingly Hudmo’s soundcloud player says “PMR028 – Forthcoming on PMR Records” – a bigger project coming from him on PMR? They’ve already got Disclosure and Jessie Ware, why not add this guy.