Amsterdam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’

Amsterdam gave the world a Bugg of a musician (bad joke?)

East Midland's Bob Dylan, Jake Bugg give music hope

East Midland’s Bob Dylan, Jake Bugg give music hope

Nottingham singer songwriter, Jake Bugg, is a sensation – not just saying that because I think he’s the savior of modern music or anything.

His debut single ‘Lightning Bolt’ was released last April from his BRIT nominated album (Jake Bugg) with the video, directed by Michael Holyk, posted on YouTube one year ago on Saturday (18 May 2013).

Since then Jake (19) has went from strength to strength performing in sold out venues, including Nottingham’s famous Rock City, and to festival revelers worldwide.

Singles released from his debut album include ‘Seen It All’, ‘Trouble Town’ and three others which are all infused with melodic tunes, Bugg’s unique singing voice and most importantly truthful lyrics that showcase how important it is to have this singer/songwriter in the business.

Working on his second album (eeep!) with Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s drummer, Chad Smith, and legendary producer Rick Rubin (Dixie Chicks, Green Day) there is more to come from the talented musician.

Dubbed the East Midland’s Bob Dylan, Bugg has a lot left to offer, and prove in some ways, so sit back and enjoy the Indie – Folk smash that is ‘Lightning Bolt’.

*I also just spent an eventful weekend in Amsterdam where this beauty was filmed (some sections in Brussels and Belgium) hence the post!*

Amsterdam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’

Amsterdam gave the world a Bugg of a musician (bad joke?)

East Midland's Bob Dylan, Jake Bugg give music hope

East Midland’s Bob Dylan, Jake Bugg give music hope

Nottingham singer songwriter, Jake Bugg, is a sensation – not just saying that because I think he’s the savior of modern music or anything.

His debut single ‘Lightning Bolt’ was released last April from his BRIT nominated album (Jake Bugg) with the video, directed by Michael Holyk, posted on YouTube one year ago on Saturday (18 May 2013).

Since then Jake (19) has went from strength to strength performing in sold out venues, including Nottingham’s famous Rock City, and to festival revelers worldwide.

Singles released from his debut album include ‘Seen It All’, ‘Trouble Town’ and three others which are all infused with melodic tunes, Bugg’s unique singing voice and most importantly truthful lyrics that showcase how important it is to have this singer/songwriter in the business.

Working on his second album (eeep!) with Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s drummer, Chad Smith, and legendary producer Rick Rubin (Dixie Chicks, Green Day) there is more to come from the talented musician.

Dubbed the East Midland’s Bob Dylan, Bugg has a lot left to offer, and prove in some ways, so sit back and enjoy the Indie – Folk smash that is ‘Lightning Bolt’.

*I also just spent an eventful weekend in Amsterdam where this beauty was filmed (some sections in Brussels and Belgium) hence the post!*

BΔSTILLE: New Jam

I’ve been slow on the uptake with this Southampton four piece but BΔstille’s debut album, Bad Blood, is fantastic.

Looks like this thirteen track electronic rock album is going to be the theme tune to my trip to the Netherlands on Monday.

I was left to my own devices
Many days fell away with nothing to show

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

We were caught up and lost in all of our vices
In your pose as the dust settles around us

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?
Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

If you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?

The Great Gatsby: Soundtrack

Jay Gatsby and Jay Z welcome you to their party with the soundtrack of a generation.

Lifestyles of the rich: The Great Gatsby soundtrack fits the bill

Lifestyles of the rich: The Great Gatsby soundtrack fits the bill

The 1920s jazz era has been given a modern twist for the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby.

Released today, the Great Gatsby album was executively produced, and features, rap superstar Jay Z and is the official soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s (Moulin Rouge) take on the 1925 novel; which has been voted the second best book in the English language.

The Great Gatsby soundtrack features songs from Florence + the Machine, Lana Del Ray, Jack White and The XX. Amy Winehouse’s 2006 hit ‘Back to Black’ has also been given a makeover thanks to Beyoncé ft. André 3000. The 14-track album also features an Emile Sandé cover of Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy in Love’ and new songs from Gotye and Bryan Ferry alongside many others.

Lana Del Ray’s ‘Young and Beautiful’, which is the films main soundtrack, is haunting and powerful and mirrors Fitzgerald’s book following lead character Nick Carraway’s (Tobey Maguire) journey into the dark and twisted mind of secretive millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).

The film, not a love story, will delve into Fitzgerald’s book and an era obsessed with wealth and status perfectly portrayed through the songs on Great Gatsby. Jay Z’s ‘100$ Bill’ represents Gatsby’s obsession with wealth and extravagance, his lyrics cement the mystery behind the millionaire character and what we can expect from the film – brilliance.

Bringing the Roaring Twenties up to date jazz infused music has been intertwined with hip hop, rap and dance anthems which will no doubt be featured in one of Gatsby’s many lavish parties. Jack White’s ‘Love is Blindness’ is the key track on the album. It encapsulates the entire book in one song with the over-the-top guitar screeching, howls from White and dark, powerful beats and rhythms throughout the song. ‘Love is Blindness’ is a true masterpiece.

Great Gatsby is a powerful, outrageous and punchy album that fits in perfectly with the idea of money, status and secrets and, expectantly, will tie the entire film together.

The Great Gatsby is in cinemas everywhere 16 May.

Jake Bugg: Man on the Moon

If you haven’t guessed by now I’m a HUGE Jake Bugg fan.

He flows talent with music that is faultless on the record and live.

After a stressful month and half which included:

  • 3,000 essay dissertation proposal
  • 2,000 word essay
  • Newsweek – in uni every night for the past week until after nine in the evening and arriving at eight in the morning to film, record and publish nine radio broadcasts, 15 minute podcast, ten minute news bulletin, 28 page weekly newspaper and running blog and twitter accounts
  • 500 review of the assessed newsweek, with references
  • Three law exams
  • Job interviews
  • New job stresses

Jake’s new song, ‘Man on the Moon’, is a slow, melodic tune available on Space Ducks. The 2:37 wonder is a folk infused relaxing number that ties in with Daniel Johnston’s first comic book release (22 April) of the same name.

All that hard work deserves a cup of tea, some relaxing music and a day of doing nothing.

*The album is available on iTunes*

Last night the moon watched the sea,
As he looked so sad,
His reflection told me the story,
Why he didn’t speak a sound,
And all to do is weak/ we come down.

I tried to ask him what he needs,
Moon light paints my face,
And when he turned and looked at me,
Still who never speaks a sound,
And all to do is weak/ we come down.

And when the Earth comes to an end,
And all is lost,
The moon who looses his only friend,
Still who never speaks a sound,
And all to do is weak/ we come down.

No more words,
Lost in space,
It’s on his face,
Man on the moon.

Ilias: Somewhere in Time

****

The Algerian/Australian composer  brings hope back to music

Your new must buy album

Your new must buy album

Ilias is a fresh new artist who is about to hit the airwaves with his indie-folk eleven track début album, Somewhere in Time.

The Australian singer, songwriter, producer, composer and musician, to name a few, needs to be the next big name in the music industry with his back to basics recording and original, stylish music.

Ilias’ style is plain to see before listening to his album as the classic black and white cover and oyster guitar draws the eye and makes believe there is an eclectic delight waiting inside.

Somewhere in Time is a refreshingly mellow and relaxing album that displays the talent that flows through this brilliant musician.

A multi-instrumentalist album, Ilias not only sings the songs on these breathtakingly unique  songs but also performs background vocals, bass, keyboard, drums, piano  and both acoustic and electric guitars.

The ten year period of recording has left a mark of brilliance on the record and made it a must buy for lovers of folk, jazz and indie blues; or those who just thrive for new music.

Key tracks that stick out on the album include ‘One of a Kind’ with quietly-powerful instrumentals in the background and a silky smooth voice the song has a perfect twist of jazz and rock intertwined.

Other songs that showcase the talent that flows through this new artist include ‘This Life’ and ‘Lonely’.

‘Only One’ is a more upbeat song on the album filled with melodies and acoustic rhythms at the start which will send listeners off into a mystery world of jazz and blues.

This album is a must buy and is available in Ilias’ website.