Friday, 14 October 2016

Kings Of Leon is back with their new CD, Walls

Multi-platinum selling rock band Kings Of Leon has released their highly anticipated seventh studio album Walls today. The Grammy Award winning group decided to return to their recording roots in Los Angeles and worked with famed producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine). The album opened at #1 on the South African iTunes Top 100 albums chart as well as the Top Alternative albums charts.

‘Walls’, which comes three years after their Grammy Nominated album ‘Mechanical Bull’, has been teased the past several days in a series of cryptic social media posts that have had fans in a frenzy. In a teaser from the band, Caleb Followill shared a glimpse of what’s to come and gives a mysterious foreshadowing of the album with a voiceover saying, “…the walls come down.”  Lyrically, the album touches on band members’ personal stories, which Q Magazine calls “goosebump inducing” and “worth holding your breath for.”

Say hello to Bonfire Buffalo

Like a bull in a china store, this rock band is here to break the preconceived ideas of what South African rock music should sound like.

Bonfire Buffalo hail from Pretoria, this three piece, female fronted rock band consists of Ivy Ann van Rooyen on vocals, Ewoud van Rooyen on guitar and Carl Dedekind on bass. Drawing influence from artists diverse and universal including Zebra & Giraffe, Mango Groove, Nirvana, QOTSA, Radiohead and more, the band come together to create their experimental blend of pop, melodic rock.

Presenting the band’s debut single - Back in School - is an explosive ‘“hello we’re here” from the band. With guest drummer, Mike Wright (previously from Zebra & Giraffe), the single is a catchy pop, rock track with a strong 80’s dance hook, that immediately gets your feet tapping and transports you back to your childhood and lets you relieve the first tugs and rush of excitement that was falling in love.
Formed in 2016, the band will release their debut EP on October 21, feature 6 tracks of the best pop rock ever heard in South Africa. Recorded at Openroom Productions and produced by Greg Carlin (Zebra & Giraffe).

Louise Carver releases brand new single ‘Lift Off’

Louise Carver’s brand new single ‘Lift Off’ is exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music today. The single is available for fans to stream or download and is the first single to be released from Louise Carver’s sixth studio album ‘Hanging In The Void’ which is available for pre-order now on iTunes.

Fans can stream ‘Lift Off’ on Apple Music and download the single and pre-order the album here on iTunes.

‘Lift Off’ is a beautiful solo return from Carver after her single ‘Sunrise’ with US DJ Joe Bermudez reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart less than 2 months ago.

“I am so proud of 'Lift Off' - the message and emotion in the song is one of hope and a belief that even when things seem impossibly hard, you can move forward and find happiness. All my songs come from a place of emotional honesty and 'Lift Off' is one of my most vulnerable. I hope it gives people a lot of joy when they hear it.”

Louise has had multiple radio hits with singles such as ‘Empty Fantasy’, ‘It Don’t Matter’ and ‘Warrior feat. Zulu Boy’ and her forthcoming album ‘Hanging In The Void’ is set to deliver many more radio and fan favourite singles, starting with the first release ‘Lift Off’. The album was recorded with one of SA’s finest producers Mark Beling, a renowned musician himself and former front man of Mean Mr Mustard, and is arguably Carver’s best work to date.

“Mark and I worked on 'Hanging in the void' for over a year and a half and it is how I always imagined creating music would be. We laughed, pulled our hair out and shared ideas, no ego, only the unwavering love of music with integrity. This album captures my heart,” comments Louise.

‘Hanging In The Void’ is due for release digitally on iTunes and Apple Music on Friday 28 October and the physical album will be available in music stores nationwide from Monday 7 November.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

River Republic is here!

Music lovers, escape to River Republic (2 - 4 December, Round The Bend Camp, Breede River, Swellendam) with the same team that brings you Up the Creek every year. Same river, different venue.  Beautiful green grass, tall trees and a stage next to the water. Meet new people, make friends for life, and for a while forget your city strife.

The line-up for this year is fun, fast and footloose. Some of SA`s best bands and DJ`s will keep you entertained all weekend.  It is hot, it is summer, it is time to shake things up. Join us in paradise and let`s party with Adrian Gemini, Crimson House, DJ Dirtroad, Forefront, Hans Zen, Hugo.Hugh, Jackal and the Wind, Manouche, MCCREE, Nate Maingard, ROBFATHER, Sir Sean Young, Slow Jack, Southern Wild, The Jackie Oh`s, The Liminals, Tom James(UK), Veranda Panda and Tuin.

This year`s line -up consists of magnificent artists that have something new and refreshing to offer: Slow Jack exploded onto the SA Music Scene after their stellar performance at Jagermeister presents Up the Creek 2016 and their first single release “Love to Dream” reached no 1 on 5fm`s SA Top 30 Charts. View their studio version of the single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mtaZDec1NA

Tom James from the UK is River Republic`s special international guest artist. James utilizes unique playing methods that stray from simple strummed chords as he finger-picks complex arpeggios and uses his guitar percussively on his lap. Matched with his trickling harmonies, raw vocals and lyrical depth, his music is bound to captivate the eyes and ears of the audience and swiftly convert them into dedicated fans. Listen to Tom James here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS2l3RoQ-80

New on the block is the lovely Jackie Ohs: an all-girl DJ Trio that looks like a sixties fashion spread and have the moves that will put Jagger to shame.  Dressed up in vintage clothes, with go-go boots, beehives and the works, they press buttons to create a time machine straight to the swinging sixties.

Drawing inspiration from a melting pot of styles and flavours, The Liminals are on a mission to share their eclectic blend of energetic and groovy tunes. Being Backed up by a powerfully dynamic and engaging live show, fans have seen the band become regulars on the Cape Town music scene.  “Funk, indie-rock, jazz, blues and even the occasional African-influence coalesce to create the band’s signature sound. Unpredictable, strangely pleasing discordant moments intersperse smoothly grooving, ska-influenced tunes. Their overall sound is clean-cut and clarified, and jangling guitar and full, smoothly rolling vocals contribute a decidedly eloquent feel to their music as a whole.” http://samusicscene.co.za/wp/introducing-the-liminals/

Jackal and the Wind wishes to whisk people away to a world with neither boundaries nor proclamation. They explain how they got their name: “As the jackal hungers for music filled with unadulterated, emotional and palpable sound, the wind reminds us that not all that can’t be seen is to be out of mind.” They will be releasing their debut single, "The People Sing” on October 20th. Tecla Ciolfi from www.texxandthecity.com describes the new single as: “An upbeat folk anthem just in time for summer, rooted in distinct African melody that’s lifted by a classic sing-along chorus and traditional harmonies”

So many wonderful acts, so little space to talk about them all. One thing is for sure, with names like Forefront, Tuin, The ROBFATHER, MCCREE and Southern Wild, Republicans can expect an intriguing and unusual mix of fantastic party music. Let the music keep playing with a shake and a shiver, and you’ll be ever so grateful you came to the river!

! Early Birds are sold out!
Phase 2 tickets still available:
Adult Festival Ticket R770 (excl. booking fees)
Kids 12 & Over Ticket R350 (excl. booking fees)
Kids under 12 free entry.

Camping (with toilets and hot showers) included in ticket price, but if you prefer a little more luxury – these are your options:
A-Frame Chalet (2-sleeper) R2,900 (excl. booking fees)
A-Frame Chalet (4-sleeper) R5,200 (excl. booking fees)
Aloe Ridge Self-catering House (4-sleeper) R6,800 (excl. booking fees)
Note: These chalet and house accommodation options do not include festival tickets. Must buy tickets separately. Book here: http://www.riverrepublic.co.za/ticket-packages/

Garbage reveal brand new video for ‘Magnetized’

Indie rockers Garbage have made a video for their second single “Magnetized” off their critically acclaimed album ‘Strange Little Birds’. Scott Stuckey directed the video.

Shirley Manson - "We made the video for Magnetized at Pancake Mountain Headquarters in Los Angeles with an incredibly gifted team under the madcap direction of my next door neighbour Scott Stuckey. We wanted to create an ode to the magic of science and the mysteries of love.“

On working with Garbage and Shirley Manson, director, Scott Stuckey said – "Magnetized" is one of my favorite songs on the album - anytime you get to send 300,000 volts of electricity through an 8-year-old Shirley Manson doppelgänger and the real Shirley, then YES, sign me up!”

Garbage’s sixth studio album Strange Little Birds is available in stores and at all digital retailers. The album was recorded and produced by the band (Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig) in Los Angeles and released via their own STUNVOLUME Records. Strange Little Birds is the follow up to 2012’s heralded Not Your Kind of People.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

They're back! Depeche Mode rocks with new sound

OH MY GOD! I've never been so excited about a Depeche Mode CD. The new CD is called Spirit, and as the snippets I've just heard it's something like Songs Of Faith And Devotion meets Violator. Think Personal Jesus meets I Feel You. The CD is set for release early next year.

And the band is touring again, called the Global Spirit Tour, although no details have been announced, and a big tour for Europe. No news yet on more shows, although they said in the press conference more dates will follow. God, I hope they tour South Africa again!

I'm truly floored in a good way of what I've heard. The last time I've been so excited by a CD was with Playing The Angel and Songs Of Faith And Devotion.

Friday, 7 October 2016

The Voice SA winner Richard Stirton releases debut album Middle Ground

Today, the first winner of M-Net’s popular talent competition The Voice SA, Richard Stirton, released his debut album entitled Middle Ground.

The writing and pre-production of the album took place over three months and includes contributions by various writers, including Richard himself. He also had the opportunity to work with the likes of Brad and Josh Klynsmith from Gangs of Ballet and Jethro Tait from the group Four on this album. Middle Ground was produced by Denholm Harding and recorded at the legendary B-Sharp Studios in Boksburg.

Richard describes the recording environment as very relaxing - something he sees as vital for fostering creativity because “when you are truly comfortable, you can fully express yourself from a creative point of view”, he says.

“The Voice SA and my experiences since winning the show have opened my eyes to a lot of different aspects of music, the writing process being one of them. This journey has helped me to deliver a diverse, emotive and honest album. I am exceptionally proud of the album. The messages of the songs are honest and true and the efforts put in by everyone involved are aligned with this. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to record this debut album, to have worked with some of the best musical creators in the industry, and the product that has been created as a result of that,” Richard concludes.

REVIEW! Twin Atlantic - GLA

Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic quite surprised me with their more edgy rockier sound on their fourth CD GLA. Previously their sound was kind of poppy sing-alongs which was, well, meh. But now, I'm sitting up and taking notice of this band. For one, they are good. Secondly, their music has matured into something that I can only describe as rock-heaven. And thirdly, I think this is the album they always wanted to make. Edgy and in your face. I get goosebumps when I heard the roar ripping guitar riffs on opening track ' Gold Elephant : Cherry Alligator'. And I'm totally into the track No Sleep. Yes, I'm a sucker for guitar riffs, awesome vocal range and killer lyrics. Two tracks, ‘You Are the Devil’ and 'Overthinking’ could maybe have been re-tweaked. With that said, the band has really grown since their previously releases and they've pushed their sound into something that will keep you listening over and over.

John Legend back with hot new single

Gentleman crooner John Legend is back with a sexy new single “Love Me Now” from his forthcoming 5th studio album, Darkness & Light, the follow up to his critically acclaimed release Love in the Future which featured the global smash, All of Me. John's approach to creating this album was different than usual: he worked primarily with one producer. “Love Me Now” was co-written and produced by John Legend with assistance of Blake Mills, who is perhaps best known as the EP of the Alabama Shakes album, which was John's favorite album last year (and also won Album of the Year). The single "Love Me Now" is about the uncertainty of what may happen tomorrow; a call to action to not wait, love now, embrace life now.

Mango Groove is back with brand new CD!

South African supergroup Mango Groove confirm the release of their first new material in 7 years.  The double album titled, Faces To The Sun, is set for release on 28 October 2016. 

The album comprises 24 songs, includes 9 all-new, original Mango Groove tracks and also features 15 powerful and touching renditions of classic South African songs, with collaborations with some of SA’s finest artists.

The new material celebrates Mango Groove’s skillful penmanship, with the lead single entitled ‘From The Get Go’.  Other stand out tracks include the beautiful ‘Kind’ and the title track, ‘Faces To The Sun’.

Says Claire Johnston, ‘’Wow, this really was a project of the heart for us: over four years in the making, a host of new songs we are really proud of, and at the same time a chance to celebrate our favourite SA songs from the last few decades.’’

The collaborations are truly special with legendary and new artists alike, adding their voices to unforgettable songs like Mmalo We, Malaika, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Kinders Van Die Wind and Another Country, to mention but a few. Featured artists include Rebecca Malope, Vusi Mahlasela, Juanita du Plessis, Zolani Mahola from Freshly Ground, Kurt Darren, Romanz, Mo T from Mi Casa, and “Big Voice Jack” Lerole (his last ever recordings), among others.

Says John Leyden, ‘’The choice of collaborators was a very personal process for us, and we feel hugely honoured and privileged that so many great SA artists chose to celebrate this project with us. We chose iconic SA artists that have been part of our own musical journey and whose amazing voices suited our interpretations of the songs, but at the same time, we also worked with a couple of new and exciting contemporary artists that brought their own magic to the tracks’’

 Says Claire Johnston, ‘’In many ways, for Mango Groove the  Faces to the Sun project was about much more than music, as it was about celebrating being South African in all its many forms. In essence, the two CDs are really just different sides of the same coin. If ‘Memories and Moments’ (the first CD) celebrates where we have come from, and the great SA tracks that have touched us through the decades, then ‘’Here, Now and Forever’’ (the second CD) is very much about Mango Groove today, and where we are going in the future.’’

The new album will be released by Warner Music South Africa. Says MD, Tracy Fraser: “Mango Groove is quite simply South African music royalty. We are very excited to help write the next chapter in their incredible story.”

GOODLUCK - "The Nature Within" pre-order out now!

The Nature Within the third album from much loved electronic pop act GoodLuck available for pre-order a via Sony Music Entertainment Africa - https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/DBc5V

The pre-order features smash singles Back In The Day, LondBeat cover Thinking About You and their latest hit single Find Me In The Forest which is making waves all over the country. For the band this album is their finest album yet and is a product of a year long journey and exploration of ideas and places.

"We've recorded this album all around the world, from Singapore to Berlin and nearly everywhere in between. The album is called "The Nature Within" and I guess we're wearing our hearts on our sleeves with this one, sharing more of ourselves than we ever have before. It’s taken nearly a year to finish and we think it’s the best work we've ever done, every song from our hearts to your ears and we can’t wait to share it with you all! “– GoodLuck Including collaborations with artists such Black Motion, Kyle Watson and YOUNOTUS, The Nature Within sees an expansion in the GoodLuck sound but stays true to the musicality and lyrical depth that the band has established over their career.

Storm teams up with Swedish DJ StoneBridge on new single

After releasing two successful singles earlier this year, 17-year-old singing sensation Storm is back with a new single. This time around, however, the singer has joined forces with one of the world’s greatest DJs, StoneBridge, on a special mix of his new track ‘Rhythm & You’.

StoneBridge has had multiple hit singles over his career. The Grammy-nominated DJ has done official remixes for acts such as Madonna, Ne-Yo, Usher, Melanie C, Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, Sia and Jason Derulo to name a few.  Now, as he plans on breaking further into the South African market, the Swedish DJ has worked his magic with Storm. The two collaborated on a remix of ‘Rhythm & You’ that is bound to set the clubs alight.

“This was a great project to work on,” StoneBridge said ahead of the track’s release. “I was really impressed with Storm’s catchy writing and feel-good vibe. I gave the song an uplifting feel and bouncy rhythm to go along with the message.  I can’t wait to add this mix to my set.”

Much like Storm’s previous two singles, ‘Rhythm & You’ explores the theme of young love. “I was inspired to write the song after I couldn’t get a certain girl out of my head. I was sitting at the beach listening to music and all I could think about was her being by my side. All I needed was her and her music and that’s exactly what I put in song,” the singer explains.

Naturally, Storm was ecstatic to work alongside the world-renowned DJ on the single mix of ‘Rhythm & You’. “It was such an honour working with someone as great as StoneBridge on the track,” Storm says. “He has such great vision and understands what it takes to make a hit single. It was inspiring watching him work and I’m so glad we were able to work on this song together.”

Today, Storm releases an exciting EP of the track which features both the radio and club mixes of the remix as well as the original edit of the track. “I’m so excited for the world to hear what we have been working so hard on and I really hope my fans enjoy it.”

Saturday, 1 October 2016

KoRn - The Serenity Of Suffering

Rock group, KoRn, are at it again! The group recently announced that their 12th studio album 'The Serenity of Suffering' will release on  21 October. To celebrate, the group presented a creepy video for their new single 'Rotting In Vain' which reminds fans why they fell in love with the band. The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz and also includes a collaboration with Slipknot's Corey Taylor. Pre-order the album on iTunes and get 'Rotting In Vain' instantly.

Phil Collins - The Singles

He is one of the greatest artists the world has ever seen and there is no better way to celebrate Phil Collins' career than with an epic three-disc greatest hits collection aptly titled 'The Singles'. The collection unfolds the stars greatest tracks chronologically, starting with 1981’s “In the Air Tonight” and ending with 2010’s “Going Back.”  The full collection drops everywhere on the 14th of October