Thursday, 28 May 2009

Faith No More ain't no more any more

• FAITH No More? Not any more!
To coincide with the legendary metal group’s reformation for this year’s Download Festival in Castle Donington, the group have put out a best-of compilation.
The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection is in stores now.
• Here’s one to get your claws into - Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear.
The group’s fourth album is a must-have collection of gloriously quirky indie pop.
• Scottish singer songwriter Paolo Nutini has released his second album.
Sunny Side Up, which contains the single Candy, is available to buy now.
• American idol Kelly Clarkson has put out a new single.
The track I Do Not Hook Up is the latest from her hit album All I Ever Wanted.
• Jolly good news - Hockey have released a new single this week.
One listen to the disco indie track Learn To Lose and it’s sure to stick with you.
• For what it’s worth, the new single from Placebo is out this week.
For What It’s Worth is the first taster of new album Battle For The Sun, which is out on Monday.
• Trance metal band come crashing back this week Enter Shikari with their single Juggernauts.
The track, out this week, even adds a rap section to the group’s already mashed up mix of dance music and metal.
• If you’re on the lookout for bittersweet pop rock, then maybe the new single from Carolina Liar is what you’re after.
The song, Show Me What I’m Looking For, released this week, is the first outing from forthcoming album Coming To Terms.
• The Revolution will not be televised - instead it will be released later this month on CD and mp3 download.
The Revolution presents Revolution, a collaboration between Cuban musicians such as Anónimo Consejo and Ariday Vega Martín and mainstream artists such as Norman Cook and Roisin Murphy, is out on June 29.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at

Thursday, 21 May 2009

To the Maximo

• ONE to get fans of quality angular indie all a-flutter is Quicken The Heart, the third album from Maximo Park.
The album, which features the single The Kids Are Sick Again, is a perfect mixture of galvanising rock and roll, dreamy synths and pop hooks.
• Tongues are already wagging about the forthcoming single and album from Speech Debelle.
The female UK hip hop artist’s single Go Then, Bye hits shelves on May 25, with her album Speech Therapy out on June 1.
• Ultimate Pop Party landed on the charts with a bang this week.
The 21-track compilation album features massive hits from the likes of Lady Gaga, Girls Aloud, Mika, Jonas Brothers, Rihanna, Duffy and Bob The Builder, and is out now.
• Aiming at the charts with a new album are London’s Dub Pistols.
The album, Rum And Coke, showcases the groups cocktail of dub reggae, rap, ska and dance.
• Hard twang roots punks Crazy Arm release their debut album on Monday.
The group’s first LP Born To Ruin features the single Broken By The Wheel, which is out now.
• Latin pianist Alex Wilson and Bhangra percussionist Kuljit Bhamra have joined forces on a unique new album, Bhangra Latina, which is in stores now.
Kuljit said: “Bhangra Latina has the potential to attract audiences from many worlds.”
• Food for thought - Fink’s beautuiful new album is now out.
Sort Of Revolution is the latest album by the DJ-turned-singer songwriter, who has been compared to Jose Gonzalez and D’Angelo.
• Atari Teenage Riot founder Alec Empire released his latest EP this week.
Shivers is a hardcore slice of Nine Inch Nails-syle electro punk which is designed to whet appetites for a full-length album from the German later this year.
• You’ll be pleased to hear American DJ Yppah, whose name spells ‘happy’ backwards, has released a new album.
The psychedelic They Know What Ghost Know is in stores now.
• Wolverhampton singer songwriter Scott Matthews has put out a second album.
The rocker’s new album, Elsewhere, features a guest spot from fellow Midlander Robert Plant.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Sweet new single

• HERE’S one to get your teeth into - Candy, the new single from Scottish indie rocker Paolo Nutini is out this week.
The track is a taster for the 22-year-old gravel-voiced singer’s new album Sunny Side Up, which is set for a June 1 release.
• There are up to 23,000 seats at The O2 Arena - that’s a fact. And Katie Melua’s new live album recorded at the London venue sees her singing some of her best-known hits to a sell-out audience there.
The 19-track album, in stores this week, features If You Were A Sailboat, The Closest Thing To crazy and Nine Million Bicycles.
• Pianist Tori Amos releases her 10th studio album this week, the epic Abnormally Attracted To Sin.
The LP sees the singer songwriter again melding beautiful piano driven pop with dark electronica over a massive 18 tracks.
• Out now is Innerpartysystem’s new EP, the red hot Heart Of Fire.
The release, which combines a rock aesthetic with throbbing beats, has led the group to be compared to Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and Pendulum.
• Kazak folk music may not trouble the charts often, but Chinese-born singer songwriter Mamer may change that.
His new album, Eagle, was released this week, mixing traditional Kazakstani music with alt-country in a style of his own dubbed Chinagrass.
• Vieux Farka Toure, the son of African blues legend Ali Farka Toure, has a new album out.
Fondo was released this Monday - and it clearly demonstrates that talent for crisp guitar work runs in the family.
• R&B star TI is out in the UK, ok?
The slick star’s new single, Whatever You Like, the latest track to come from the hit album Paper Trail, is out now.
• Mashing up ska and indie, London-based band Mouth Wash are a breath of fresh air.
The group’s album, True Stories, is available to buy, and the band are also touring, playing Birmingham’s Wagon And Horses on May 28 and Nottingham’s Maze on August 8.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Marmaduke Duke it out

• THE magnificent Marmaduke Duke released their royally riproaring second album this week.
The electronica album, Duke Pandamonium, the second from the duo of Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil and Sucioperro’s JP Reid, and contains the bouncy new single Rubber Lover.
• Looking for some time-tested laid back dance tracks to soundtrack your summer? Relax, Classic Chilled Ibiza, out on May 18, has it covered.
The three-CD compilation album contains tracks by Morcheeba, Bonobo, Leftfield, FC Kahuna, Coldcut, I Monster, William Orbit, Fatboy Slim, Moby, Underworld, Groove Armada and many more.
• Irish nu-soul sensation Laura Izibor has a new soul single out this week.
Don’t Stay is the second track from her forthcoming album Let the Truth Be Told, which is out on May 18.
• Guitarist Tom Brosseau has put out his third album, Posthumous Success - and it’s dead good.
The album sees the artist moving from his all-acoustic roots to a fuller sound.
• London-based pop duo Honey Ryder released their latest single on Monday.
Choices, a string-soaked radio-friendly pop rock track, is a taster for album Rising Up, which is out on May 25.
• Warwick, a folk group led by singer-songwriter Keith Warwick, have released an EP.
Based On Actual Events is a rich four-track collection sure to whet folk fan’s appetites for a full length release.
• The soundtrack to new film The Prodigals, which aims to raise awareness in youngsters about issues such as homelessness, sexual health and drugs, is out now.
The compilation features songs by Beverley Knight, Teezy, Ms Jaie and Typpah.
• West Midlanders Subkicks have released their debut album Threes, Fives And Sevens this week.
The funk-beat influenced indie band’s album contains the single Fatman.
• Sunshine-drenched summery soul singer Elviin has put out his first single.
The British singer’s single In Colour is the first taster for his debut album, currently being recorded in LA.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at