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Nick Mulvey // Summer Series Gigs

News, Singer/Songwriter

22nd July 2015

Throughout this (not so summery) British summertime, Somerset House are providing us with beautiful music as part of their Summer Series Gigs. Singer/songwriter artists from James Bay to George Ezra are performing at this prestigious London venue, lulling audiences into a care-free state of bliss.

Tuesday 14th July came around incredibly quickly as I woke up to my Nick Mulvey ticket sat gleaming on my desk. As I tried out what seamed to be every item of clothing in my wardrobe and ate all easily accessible food that stood to attention in the cupboards my excitement grew.

We ungracefully hurried to the front of the courtyard when 19:30 hit and managed to secure a place at be barrier, ready to be wowed. After a captivating performance from Aurora, Nick graced us with his incredible talent. Starting and finishing with his most popular hits, Nick also included some more personal performances. He faultlessly covered Björk’s ‘Bachelorette’ which sent to the audience into a dream of silence and swaying. Opening lyrics ‘I’m a fountain of blood in the shape of a girl’ are so powerful that he repeated them, our hearts throbbing as he did.

The Cambridge singer/songwriter formed a particular bond with the dedicated-despite-downpour audience by telling us the story of hit ‘Cucucuru’ which was written from a poem he was once given on the back of an envelope. This set the scene for what was my favourite performance that I have witnessed in the flesh.

Mulvey’s rare, exquisite talent mesmerised the filled venue seconds from Waterloo Bridge and left us feeling at peace as we waltzed to the station pasts London’s lights, awaiting the comfort of our beds.

Article By Sophie Hope

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Ones To Watch: COIN

Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Ones to Watch, Pop, Videos

21st June 2015

When four students from Belmont University decided to join forces to make music, Nashville alternative indie pop band COIN was born. Joe Memmel, Zach Dyke, Ryan Winnen, Chase Lawrence are making a name for themselves with catchy songs about “actual human emotions: falling in (and out of) love, worrying about the future, and missing the past.” 

COIN is all about summery vibes and good times, with songs laden in synths and dripping in rhythmic guitar.

 

The band draws its influences from new wave music from the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Talking Heads and The Cure, just to name a few. Chase Lawrence has said that “modern bands like the Killers inspire us to keep becoming better songwriters and a better band.”

Their self-titled debut album is out now. It was produced with the expertise of Grammy Producer of the Year nominee Jay Joyce, who also has worked with Grammy nominated band, Cage The Elephant.

The record boasts 10 tracks, with standouts like ‘Atlas’, ‘Fingers Crossed’ and ‘Speaking Voice’. Fans of bands similar to Two Door Cinema Club and Vampire Weekend will find comfort in the upbeat and catchy songs.

Presently, the band is on tour with Betty Who, and will be opening for Neon Trees later this summer.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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John Newman Wants You to ‘Come And Get It’

Editors Choice, News, Pop, Videos

13th June 2015

John Newman is ready for you to love him again as he generates hype for his sophomore album with the release of his new single ‘Come And Get It’.

Newman has always been known for his old-school sounding soul-pop. There’s an upbeat jangly swing accompanied by a funky melody that adds a Pharrell-esque twist.

 

His debut album ‘Tribute’ was a success, reaching number 1 in both the U.K. and Scotland.

“It’s a record that again I never feel any boundaries like I’m held in a pen with my sound, it’s my own record. I wouldn’t say it sounds like anything else, but it’s inspired by the sun and disco and good grooves,” Newman said about the new album to Digital Spy.

There are several remixes of the song out now, which take it in a new direction. Personally, I think the Tobtok one is the best.

It’s time to get excited, as Newman prepares to make a triumphant return. ‘Come and Get It’ was written and co-produced by John and Greg Kurstin. It will be released on July 17th.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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Rad Remixes: A list of the top 11 you should have in your playlists

Editors Choice, News, Singer/Songwriter

10th June 2015

Remixes: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

While re-watching the movie Begin Again with Keira Knightley and Adam Levine, I was enthralled by one scene in particular. During a moment of tension, Levine’s character ruins the film’s Oscar nominated song ‘Lost Stars’ (which deserved to win the Oscar, and I’m still annoyed that it didn’t) by transforming it from this… to this. The result was an overproduced mess that lost the meaning and soul of the original. Even the catchiness couldn’t save it from being a weaker counterpart to the quaint simplicity of Knightley’s version.

Knightley and Levine’s characters disagree on the better version of the song.

This made me think. While some songs are not meant to be tampered with, a good remix is always enjoyable when done well.

That’s why I’ve created a playlist of 11 remixed tracks featuring everyone from Florence + the Machine to Frank Ocean. It takes slow songs like ‘Let it Go’ by James Bay and gives it a chill, new-wave indie makeover.

Remixes can be a good thing. They can take songs in new directions, and shapeshift the layers of a track in ways you’d never imagined. I can personally say I listen equally to both the original version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Drunk’ and the speaker of the house remix. Each is unique in it’s own way and is able to stand on its own for different reasons.

Listen to the Rad Remixes playlist here.

*Note: If you haven’t seen Begin Again, it’s a decent musical movie and the soundtrack is actually extremely well composed. Songs like ‘Coming Up Roses’ have a really jazzy Nora Jones vibe, and others like ‘Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home‘ feature a killer Hailee Steinfeld guitar solo. What’s not to like?

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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