Medicine Man Merriweather

Australia’s highly successful funk-soul band The Bamboos are onto their fifth long-player, besides appearing on soundtracks to movies and TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty, since forming in 2001. Medicine Man, released this month, features guest vocalists Aloe Blacc, Tim Rogers, Megan Washington, Daniel Merriweather and Bobby Flynn, plus regular band member Kylie Auldist and Melbourne based Ella Thompson laying down lead vocals on a couple of tracks.
The first single is a double A-side. Australian rock-n-roll royalty Tim Rogers features on I Got Burned, and Aloe Blacc on Where Does The Time Go?. The latter is getting sufficient international airplay. Meanwhile a second video premiered this week. The track I Never has Daniel Merriweather on board. Daniel has been touring Down Under with Kimbra. Always good to hear another Merriweather even if it is no solo work, in bittersweet anticipation of a new album from the man himself. Tune in here for the latest video, and album playlist.

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Crowd Surfin Sparro

Radio station Studio Brussel celebrated the official start of Summer with a live radio show on location in Antwerp. “On The Rocks” served a large variety of cocktails and a string of live performances throughout the day. Ticket winners enjoyed a live concert in the evening. Line up included Merdan Taplak, AKS, Sweet Coffee, Sam Sparro and Arsenal. Sparro brought his current hit Happiness in the Magician remix live.
Not only the crowd seemed to enjoy themselves. Sam jumped in the dancing folly for a good old crows surf. Kick off your summer right here!

Burrows on his own

Busy Bee Andy Burrows dropped a new solo effort about two weeks ago: Keep On Moving On. Once the drummer of Razorlight, Andy was responsible for writing some of the band’s biggest hits, including the No.1 hit America. Burrows also released material with Editors frontman Tom Smith and for his own project I Am Arrows, besides which he is also a full time member of We Are Scientists.
This song is part of a solo album Andy is working on, set for release later this year. Burrows’ Debut single on Distiller Records If I Had A Heart dates from September last year, but if you take a listen, the new single is far more promising.

New Braxton music

Currently riding high on Billboard’s Club Play is long lost stranger miss Toni Braxton. Her new single, I Heart You, was both written and produced by Toni herself. Following the not so successful release of More Than A Woman and Pusle, Toni “is ready to get back into the groove of things.” A second season of the reality TV show Braxton Family Values starring the Grammy-winner and her singing sisters might aid a return to music. This dance cut is the first single taken from her upcoming 7th studio album Heartstrings & Synagogue Vibes. The new album contains 9 new tracks and 1 bonus remix track. Here is the music video for I Heart You.

Ain’t no Bugg

British singer songwriter Jake Bugg is starting to make a name for himself. Bugg showcased on the BBC Introducing stage at last year’s Glastonbury Festival. When you listen to his work, and his distinctive sound, it will come as no surprise that Bugg’s biggest influences were the likes of Bob Dylan, Oasis, and The Beatles. Last month Jake performed as one of the guests on Later… with Jools Holland. Following his debut Trouble Town, the second single Country Song  was used in a UK beer advert.  Already down to his third single, Lightning Bolt is currently climbing the UK Singles Chart. See what you make of Jake Bugg.

Call Me!

This week Popster Carly Ray Jespen knocked Gotye off the top notch on Billboard’s Hot 100, dethroning the King after an eight week reign with Somebody That I Used To Know. Call Me Maybe is a fresh Pop tune, giving (Katy) Perry a run for her money.
Also the video has a fresh take on teen crushes. A theme the A&F gang gladly made their own in a candid black and white promo video. See which one you like best…

BBR on Letterman

Earlier this week The Black Box Revelation got to play live on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman, to promote their latest album My Perception. BBR became the very first Belgian band ever to play on the show. About a year ago Jan and Dries singed a contract with American label C.E. Music. That might have influenced the guest list a little, as the label is financed partly by Letterman’s firm. Nevertheless, they are on a road to somewhere.

Unconventional dEUS

Antwerp based rock band dEUS breaks away from all conventional ideas about promoting a new album.
Last night they unveiled a brand new album, Following Sea, without prior notice, not long after the release of their previous LP Keep You Close, only a mere 8 months. The band members worked on the new material the past few months in all secrecy, and had some tracks left over from the previous recording session. Material that good it had to be shared as soon as possible. Why spend weeks of preparation and promotion, and count down to an official release date? In 2012 one can do things differently. The album will hit stores next week but is already available on iTunes. Watch the video for the first single Quatre Mains below. Tom Barman mixes spoken word in the style of Serge Gainsbourg with a catchy chorus, all in French. Great opening track.