Broken Heart, Broken Land

While everyone’s eyes are on (Michael) Kiwanuka, Afro-soul singer Imany is quietly conquering territory and capturing hearts. Born in the French Comoros Islands, her stage name means “faith” in Swahili. Her deep vocal sound reminds a little of e.g. Tracy Chapman. The Shape Of A Broken Heart, the singer’s excellent debut was released last year, doing very well in France. The record tells an emotional, heartfelt tale, without turning into melancholia. You Will Never Know even made it to the top of the Greek charts. The video has over 3 million hits on YouTube. Press play to view a couple of tracks performed for an acoustic session for TV5, there’s more after the jump, and go buy the album straight after.

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Jessy relives her debut success

Vocal powerhouse Jessy, started her career as singer of 90’s Dance success story The MacKenzie. Over the years the singer continued to collaborate with big names such as Sash, Mickey Modelle, DJ Rebel and Verheyen & Vanvaeck. Releasing a Best Of late last year, Jessy thought it high time to remake The MacKenzie’s debut from 1998 Innocence. She rerecorded the vocals, brought in Urban Rap artist Abie Flinstone, and Milk Inc.’s Regi to lay down a fab production. Innocence ’12 , the follow up to the first single release Angel, will surely set the floor on fire the coming weeks all over Europe.

Selah Sue’s World

Selah Sue’s self-titled debut album will be released Stateside in June. The Belgian reggae-soul singer recently made it onto Rolling Stone’s ‘New Faces 2012’ list, quoting “Selah Sue is proof that the world is smaller, and that MySpace still has a stake in launching careers.” And two weeks ago Sue tweeted “Mad Men makes woman happy”. The song Please, a duet she recorded with Cee-Lo Green, will be featured in a trailer for Season 5 of the hit series.
The award winning album already produced the hits Ragamuffin, Crazy Vibes and This World. This last track now has a video to accompany the song. Not much going on, just Sue multiplied. Enjoyable just the same.



Next Monday MDNA hits stores. This will be Madonna’s 12th studio recording. Hard Candy, the previous album, already dates from 2008. This time round the singer collaborated once again with William Orbit, who also produced the critically acclaimed Ray of Light album (1998). Other guest appearances include Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., LMFAO, and Mika.
Snippets have already been posted on the singer’s Facebook BandPageLove Spent, I’m Addicted, Gang Bang, Falling Free, Superstar, I Don’t Give A, Best Friend and Beautiful Killer– while a clock counts down to the release. On Saturday the superstar uploaded a new track in its entirety: I Fucked Up.

Meanwhile Madonna is teaming up with E! for the exclusive world premiere of the controversial music video for her new single Girl Gone Wild. The black and white video, directed by Mert & Marcus, was shot in LA. It has the Erotica Girl and her team of dancers whirl in visual effects. Once again M has a buzz going as for a video premiere. Tune into E! News on March 20th, or catch the final result on E! Online straight after. Or come back here for more.

Simply Geike

Last Friday Headphone reworked a Black Keys track for Studio Brussel’s series of AC covers. Watch out for their cover to be posted soon.
Last week Geike made the Shins sound her own. Her fragile voice gives Simple Song a more intense feel. We would love to hear Florence Welsh or Karin Dreijer–Andersson do this song. Feel free to compare. You’ll love both.

Picture Perfect World

Gossip unleashed their new single Perfect World a few days ago, title track taken from the band’s forthcoming album. Initially the band started working on the new set with Mark Ronson, until Brian Higgins aka Xenomania was called in.
Since the trio’s debut in 2007, Standing in the Way of Control, they have taken different routes, not just sticking to punk rock. Beth Ditto’s superb solo venture, with dance duo Simian Mobile Disco, also proved very successful. The new song doesn’t have apparent guitar riffs but simply reverts to keyboard and a rhythmic drum roll. Focus is still on the energetic chorus. Brilliant all the same. Summer’s here.

Sherman goes easy

Third in the series to cover a current AC hit for Studio Brussel, Sherman stopped by the studio last Friday to play an acoustic set of the Vaccines’ Wetsuit. As the series progresses, the covers seem to get ever better. A slow version of the song just accompanied by piano sounds hauntingly beautiful. Triggerfinger’s live version of I Follow Rivers as they performed it on Dutch Radio 3FM has been so well received, it has now been released officially for Download. The version below deserves the same. Maybe a double compilation at some point of the best live covers would not be a bad idea. See what you make of this one.

Out of the Game is out

Out Of The Game, the album, will be released April 23 in the UK, April 24 in Canada and May 1 in the US. The first single to be taken from Rufus Wainwrights’ new Mark Ronson-produced album, the title track, was revealed last Wednesday on BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley show.
The day before the album cover was posted on Rufus’ Facebook page. For those who missed the broadcast, the song and an interview were only available on the Radio 2 web site for a few days, the brand new single is now also -limitless- available to listen to on Soundcloud. The Rufus crew also posted a teaser video for the new record on YouTube. You’ll catch glimpses of the recording process, the photo shoots, and hear Rufus and Mark (Ronson) talk about their collabo.
Enjoy both right here.