Matthew Gresham answers my first question about the thought process behind his latest album, with a succinct and honest reply.
“I felt it was time to progress my style and move away from the sound I’m known for,” he says, “I was very keen to take my sound somewhere new with this album.”
A few years ago Piers Sanderson decided to make a documentary based on the warehouse scene in sunny Blackburn. During the late eighties and early nineties, the warehouse scene exploded across the UK capturing the imaginations of young people from all walks of life. Helping to bring people together in musical harmony – a cheesy image, but actually true for the most part. Here Piers fills me in on his film High On Hope…
Fossil Collective are Leeds based duo who last month became the latest in a line of emerging musicians such as Radio 1 favourite Benjamin Francis Leftwich to sign with record label Dirty Hit. The duo is made up of multi-intsrumentalists David Fendick and Jonny Hooker, both ex-members of the band Vib Gyor, which split up in 2009. In 2010, Fossil Collective self-released a three track EP which received justifiably glowing reviews, and this week, they announced that they will be releasing a five track EP called “Let It Go” on June 11th. Here’s what they had to say about signing to Dirty Hit.
Two weeks ago Vengerov stood in for a sick Martha Argerich and played Prokofiev’s first violin concerto, but that was just toe-dipping before the total immersion of his come-back at the Wigmore Hall.
This week The Peacock Theatre, part of the Sadler’s Wells complex near London’s Angel underground station, soared to the sound of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent, evocative, tuneful Sleeping Beauty music – one of his three great ballets.
As a key player in the Manchester scene of the early 80s, and a current champion of the re-edit, disco sound, there isn’t a dancefloor Greg Wilson can’t get moving. That was until last year, however, when he took his live show up a notch and introduced a visual aspect, a stream of archive footage from decades past that he had personally collected. Now, the dancefloor was throbbing slightly slower as they stood transfixed by clips and snippets of bygone eras.
Like many in the UK, I was definitely not pleased to hear about the King Blues splitting up. Unsurprisingly, part of the reason was attributed to the band’s reluctance “to go through the motions like so many other artists do.”
Osunlade is a musician who has managed to combine his spiritual beliefs and his music in a way that is instantly accessible. His house music productions have a very organic feel to them with plenty of tribal and ancestral echoes that resonate with the soul, but will still have you dancing all night long.
In sad news for fans of ridiculous band names, The Morning Benders have this week revealed they will be doing away with their distracting moniker. A press release explained the band were distressed their name was demeaning to the gay community – a problem that conflicted with their wholesome mantra of “making music to reach and unite as many different kinds of people as possible.”
Droog have been pushing the underground sound in LA for quite some time – with legendary parties at the amazing Standard Hotel rooftop, along with consistently strong releases on their much-respected label Culprit. A quarter of the way into 2012, they’re playing gigs all over the globe and have a stack of new releases lined up for the label. I spoke to one of Droog’s members, Andrei Osyka, ahead of his appearance at Data Transmission’s Easter Party in Manchester this week.
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