Aged sweet 17, Charlotte joined Northern Irish rockers Ash, her guitars adding beef to their heavy schedule of live performances. She had toured the world a thousand times and made three studio albums with the boys before she decided to record the collection of self-penned songs that had been growing steadily whilst killing time on the road. This collection became her first solo album, ‘Grey Will Fade’, recorded in Los Angeles with Sir Eric Drew Feldman.
Crystal Castles are a Toronto-based band, consisting of multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. Crystal Castles are known not only for their own efforts as a band, but also for commissioned remixes for a number of groups, including “Hunting for Witches” by Bloc Party, and “Atlantis to Interzone” by friends, Klaxons.
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip releasd their debut album ‘Angles’ in a hail of praise and critical acclaim. “A contender for album of the year!” – John Kennedy, XFM. Unprecedented response from national, regional and online press, plus national TV requests from BBC1’s The Sound and Green Room.
The first studio release in 18 years from the original line-up of the legendary Dinosaur Jr sees them back to their ear-shredding, distorted best.
Visionary frontman of seminal hip hop act company flow continues to innovate and amaze as a solo artist.
Enter Shikari are the unquestionable leaders of a wholly new youth scene in the UK – potentially the band of a generation.
Funeral for a Friend
After three gold selling albums and nine Top 20 singles Funeral For A Friend are back with a new single on their own Join Us Records label.
The Futureheads have won themselves a wealth of fans and supporters over their five years of making music together, and produced some of the most invigorating guitar driven punk-pop this country has had to offer in decades.
The Gaslight Anthem
“The 59 Sound” is the breakthrough album from The Gaslight Anthem. Already one of the punk undergrounds most celebrated acts, they have a rampant fansbase, that make their shows reverential. Their sound draws upon Bruce Springsteen, Otis Redding and Tom Petty, but is all their own.
The Go! Team
The Go! Team’s first album ‘Thunder Lightning Strike’ sold 130k in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
Grantura hail from Camberwell, but create a unique blend of folk/Americana, that is already garnering critical acclaim. “In Dreams And Other Stories” is one of the most compelling and complete albums of 2008. A must listen.
Joan As Police Woman
Joan As Police Woman’s debut album ‘Real Life’ was universally acclaimed. Two years since this critical and commercial success comes the much anticipated follow-up ‘To Survive’.
José is also keeping incredibly busy with his new band Junip, working with a premier league UK production duo and have even supported the Dalai Lama recently in Sweden, as well as playing support slots for Arcade Fire and Juana Molina.
Hugely anticipated second album from everyone’s favourite collaborator and muse. Since the release of Martha’s critically acclaimed self titled debut album, Martha has featured on Snow Patrol’s hugely successful ‘Set The Fire To The Third Bar’ single, she’s worked and performed with Damon Albarn on his Africa Express tour, sang with Rufus Wainwright in his Judy Garland performance at Carnegie Hall, and has also worked with Pete Townsend.
Neon Neon’s debut album ‘Stainless Style’ is a highly imaginative slice of conceptual power-pop inspired by the incredible life of playboy automobile impresario, John DeLorean (the maker of the car in ‘Back To The Future’ / busted for cocaine dealing / burnt down his factory / dated Raquel Welsh amongst other supermodels). On ‘Stainless Style’ Super Furry Animals front man and solo star Gruff Rhys and LA based producer Boom Bip unite pop, electro, rock, crunk, hip-hop and italo disco, whilst exploring a range of subjects and events relevant to DeLorean’s life. Album guests include Spank Rock, Yo Majesty, Har Mar Superstar, Fab from The Strokes, Magic Numbers, Fat Lip and more.
Ojos De Brujo
The band labelled “the world’s most exciting group” by the Observer Music Monthly return with a spectacular contemporary take on flamenco and street music. Ojos De Brujo return with a fine collection of all that’s exciting from their base in Barcelona and beyond. ‘Techari’ (‘free’ in Romany) bursts forth with 14 songs that take in their Flamenco and Celtic roots and nourish them with Buleria Funk, Reggae, Tango, Bhangra and Hip Hop.
Adding global spice are special guests Faada Freddy from Daara J, Asian Dub Foundation’s Prithpal Rajput, Nitin Sawhney, Cuban pianist Roberto Carcassés, respected flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela and Cuban tres and flamenco guitarist Raúl Rodríguez.
Since their ‘Bari’ album was released in March ‘04 Spanish collective Ojos De Brujo have toured the world picking up fans, shifting CDs – 15,000 on import in the UK alone – and winning awards along the way, including the BBC Radio World Music Artist of the Year 2003.
Operator Please release the album ‘Yes Yes Vindictive’, which features the underground smashes ‘Leave It Alone’ and ‘Just A Song About Ping Pong’ and forthcoming latest single ‘Get What You Want’. Support comes from Jo Whiley (BBC Sound and Music Week – Ones To Watch for 2008), Zane Lowe (Radio 1 – Hottest Record In The World) and 6Music (Breakfast Show – Record Of The Week).
The Pigeon Detectives
Follow up to the platinum selling smash hit album ‘Wait For Me’. Follow up to top 3 debut ‘Wait For Me’ which sold over 300,000 copies in the UK going Platinum. The Pigeon Detectives have sold over 70,000 tickets for their May / June tour including two nights at Leeds Millennium Square playing to 14,000 people.
The lead single ‘This Is An Emergency’ is already B-Listed on Radio One and was Scott Mills Single Of The Week when he stood in for Chris Moyles. Produced by Stephen Street, ‘Emergency’ sees the band take on a more grown up and polished sound without breaking away too much from the tunes that made them the biggest selling debut act on an independent label in 2007.
The Stone Gods
When the rollercoaster ride that was The Darkness came to an abrupt and messy end the remaining members of the band formed Stone Gods. Phase one: Stone Gods’ debut EP ‘Burn The Witch’ was a four track extravaganza that sold out its 2000 print run in a flash, and demonstrated just how exciting a proposition Stone Gods truly are. Phase two saw the single release ‘Knight Of The Living Dead’, accompanied by an intimate club headlining tour and festival appearances at Download and Isle Of Wight. Phase three: The release of the band’s debut album, recorded at Dan Hawkins’ own studio and engineered / co-produced by Dan with Nick Brine and mixed by the highly respected Mike Fraser, exactly five years since the release of The Darkness’ debut album ‘Permission To Land’.
‘F UR X’, the new single from Sway, also features on the soundtrack to ‘Adulthood’, the follow up to the hugely successful ‘Kidulthood’ film. The video that will accompany ‘F UR X’ features cameos from director Noel Clarke and the ‘Adulthood’ cast. Sway’s mixtape ‘The Dotted Line’ has been downloaded over 7K times from his MySpace page. Sway’s highly anticipated second album ‘The Signature LP’ is out this summer and features collaborations with Akon, Mark Ronson and Lemar.
One of the most hotly tipped bands around, Yeasayer follow the release of their ‘Wait For The Summer’ single with a re-release of their astonishing debut album ‘All Hour Cymbals’. Brooklyn 4- piece Yeasayer astonished crowds in the UK late last year with their live shows. This is a timely re-release of one of 2007’s most beguiling debuts, ‘All Hour Cymbals’. Awesome press coverage to date with features in Plan B, NME, Drowned In Sound, Times, Sunday Observer, Stool Pigeon and many many more to come with lots plus previews and reviews being primed for UK shows and features around the date of re-release.
You Me At Six
First full release single from the Kerrang! nominated Emo Pop Punk sensations. The band have just agreed to release their debut album on new label Slam Dunk Records, designed to give the band creative control of their output. The album has just been finished and will be dropping in Autumn 2008. Last year ‘You Me At Six’ were nominated for Best New Band at the Kerrang! Awards before even having released a single. The band have previously toured with Paramore, Fightstar, Angels and Airwaves, The Audition and New Found Glory. Their current UK tour has sold out and includes 2 dates at Kings College in London.
Underworld’s first studio album in 4 years. The essential dance album of 2007.