Tom Odell – Another Love
Directed by Bella Monticelli-McTiernan
>Long Way Down (Sony)
Trixie Whitley, born in Ghent, Belgium, daughter of musician Chris Whitley, has been hovering back and forth between New York, where she grew up, and Belgium. As a teenager, Whitley toured with the famous dance company Les Ballets C de la B, as a singer/musician and dancer.
Trixie already recorded 3 EPs. Strong Blood, her first, was produced in collaboration with Me’shell Ndegeocello and Dougie Bowne in 2008. That same year, she was invited to the Berklee School of Music, by legendary producer Daniel Lanois. Daniel and Trixie got together with drummer Brian Blade & bassist Daryl Johnson to form Black Dub. At this point Whitley recorded a second EP, The Engine. In 2011, she released a Live EP, including 5 songs performed at Rockwood in NY City.
Last year, Trixie began working on her first full-length solo record with producer Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman, known for his work with eg Antony & the Johnsons and Rufus Wainwright) and engineer Pat Dillett (known for his work with David Byrne and Mary J. Blige). Fourth Corner is scheduled for release January 29 in the US (Feb 11 in Europe, March 5 in UK). Judging by the lead single Need Your Love, the album will be a warm ‘n bluesy listening experience. Selah Sue’s got company!
Monday morning Justin Timberlake had the world twittering, as he dropped a brand new song, the first since his 2006 release FutureSex/LoveSounds. All hyped-up Suit & Tie, the lead single of The 20/20 Experience, hit the airwaves straight away.
The track produced by Timbaland, who produced the entire forthcoming album, features a rap sequence by Jay-Z. As on any Timbaland track, moods and vibes relay a couple of times, but the overall vibe is very similar to Robin Thicke’s signature sound. Nothing as groundbreaking as JT’s debut album. “Let me show you a few things,” so the lyric goes. Well, you will see this track surfing the charts without a doubt. See if it is the dreamed of come back for you.
Destiny’s Child are supposedly reuniting this year. High probability they will make their grand entrance at this year’s Super Bowl. The girls have just announced the release of a new album, Destiny’s Child – Love Songs. Now before you get all exited, it is not entirely a brand new set. The album is a 14-track compilation which will include a selection of the group’s love songs recorded between 1997-2004, plus one previously unreleased track, Nuclear. This song is the first release since 2005, when the girls embarked on solo careers. Nuclear is co-written by Michelle Williams and produced by Pharrell Williams. Whether this is actually a brand new song? Doesn’t really sound like a reunite, but hey, don’t take our word for it. Maybe this record only serves as an introduction. Remind yourself of how great the Supergirls sound.
On Tuesday David Bowie turned 66. He surprised his fans with a special treat: Where Are We Now?, a brand new single. The track written by Bowie and produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti is the lead single of a new album The Next Day. Though not due until March, the album is already Number 1 in 17 countries, thanks to pre-orders alone. Bowie’s first studio album in a decade already tops the iTunes chart in Iceland, Belgium, Italy, France, Canada and 12 other nations. Bowie also managed to secure a Top 5 slot in the US, Japan and 3 other countries. Where Are We Now? topped the UK iTunes Chart not long after its release. The music video for the single is directed by New Yorker Tony Oursler.
A few posts back we introduced Monarchy’s Disintegration. One of the musicians Monarchy have worked with is DJ/Producer Kris Menace. He started out as a producer and writer in the mid ’90s. Menace’s debut single Discopolis was released in 2005. Over the years Menace has remixed tracks for Depeche Mode, Robbie Williams, Moby, Róisín Murphy and Röyksopp, ao. In November KM released his third album Features. The new set features guest vocals by Julian Hamilton from The Presets, Daft Punk Collaborator Romanthony, Robert Ownes, German soul singer Xavier Naidoo, Simon Lord and Dodgy, ao. French DJ Miss Kittin appears on the lead single Hide. Remember, “Mommy, Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?”, Rippin Kittin quoting the Misfits on her 2002 collaboration with Golden Boy. The animated video for Hide is directed by Mathieu Bétard. One we couldn’t keep from you.
BBC’s Sound of 2013 has a winner. The poll in its 11th year, Haim have been elected as rising stars of the year ahead. London R&B duo AlunaGeorge is the runner-up. New York-based rapper Angel Haze came in third.
Previous winners were Michael Kiwanuka (2012), Jessie J (2011), Ellie Goulding (2010), Little Boots (2009), Adele (2008), Mika (2007), Corinne Bailey Rae (2006), The Bravery (2005), Keane (2004) and 50 Cent (2003). Other names you may have heard of ending up in the top five in previous years include Frank Ocean, Marina and the Diamonds and Florence and the Machine.
Californian sisters Este Danielle and Alana Haim started out in a family band with their parents but have since made their own way. The girls, though only in their early twenties, already supported Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons on tour, and have already been compared to the sound of Fleetwood Mac. They all play guitar, drums and sing. Judging the names shortlisted before, they will surely deliver their promise.
Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones undoubtedly has one of the most charismatic voices in Adult Rock. So thrilled the band are back with a new album, Graffiti on the Train, in stores March 4th. The album artwork is taken from an oil painting by British fine artist Stephen Goddard. If you pre-order the album from iTunes you get an instant download of Violins And Tambourins. The lead single In A Moment is available already as a free download at the band’s official site. Kelly Jones wrote the track and directed the video for it. According to Jones, the song is about finding some hope in life. A moment sure sounds hopeful.
As every year, a panel selected the most promising new acts in music. The BBC’s Sound Longlist showcases some of the up n coming talent we’ll be hearing a lot of, not just the year ahead. Previous winners include Adele, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding. Last year Michael Kiwanuka was crowned. Arlissa, one of the 15 artists longlisted for the BBC Sound of 2013, performed at the New Years’s edition of Top of the Pops. Happy musical New Year to all.