Recently signed to Polydor, Ed Harcourt returns with his seventh album Furnaces (out August 19th 2016), the most ambitious and abrasive album of his career.
On Sunday evening, the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show premiered ‘Dionysus’ - the first taste from Furnaces. The gnarled track is available now, alongside the apocalyptic paean ‘The World is on Fire’.
Furnaces was produced by legendary producer Flood, a long-time ally of Ed, who has previously worked with the likes of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey and Foals.
The result is an album that, for all its fire and brimstone, is also euphoric and celebratory. “I wanted to make a record that people can cry, f**k and fight to” says Ed. “I don’t think there are many records out like that at the moment, but all my favourite records have that, whether it’s Prince or Nine Inch Nails. I hadn’t made a record before that has this kind of danger to it.”
Fittingly, the album’s artwork was created by the legendary Gonzo artist and Hunter S Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman. “It’s a dream come true,” says Ed. Throughout the album Ed plays guitar, bass, drums, piano, synths and assortment of other trinkets - often playing everything you hear! On some tracks, he was joined by his dream line-up: drummer Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint, bassist Tom Herbert of The Invisible & Polar Bear, vocalist Hannah Lou Clark, and percussionist Michael Blair, a frequent Tom Waits collaborator.
Ed Harcourt has enjoyed a truly unique career as a songwriter, producer and musician. Recently, he’s played piano at major festivals with the Libertines, toured as part of Marianne Faithfull‘s band and served as Musical Director for Beck’s Songbook shows at the Barbican.
He has released six critically acclaimed albums to date, and wrote and performed ‘The Way That I Live’, the soundtrack to Burberry’s 2014/15 festive campaign, which has garnered over 25 million views and 1 million streams. Alongside his own output, Ed is a prolific songwriter and producer writing for artists including James Bay and Paloma Faith; and producing for Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Kathryn Williams.
‘Furnaces’ Full Tracklisting:
The World Is On Fire
Nothing But A Bad Trip
You Give Me More Than Love
There Is A Light Below
Last Of Your Kind
Ed Harcourt live dates:
Wed 21st September LONDON, Village Underground
Fiery British modern rock quartet Skarlett Riot release their powerful new single ‘The Wounded’ on September 5th
Taken from their acclaimed ‘Sentience’ EP, ‘The Wounded’ is a dark and brooding but hugely melodic modern rock track, driven by Danny’s taut guitar lines ‘The Wounded’ is the perfect combination of melody and power, with the exceptional vocals of front woman Skarlett to the fore.
The new EP ‘Sentience’ sees the band exploring a darker, heavier sound than before without losing any of their signature trademarks.
With the commanding presence of Skarlett at the helm, her powerful and incredibly versatile voice defines Skarlett Riot’s sound and ensures they remain a cut above the rest.
Musically the band are exploring a heavier avenue than before; taut guitar lines bolstered by thunderous drums but all the while remembering the hooks and melodies that seen this band grow into one of the UK’s finest young bands.
Columbia Records have announced legendary Grammy award winning singer / songwriter / producer Barry Gibb will release his first solo album involving new material, In The Now, on October 7. Barry’s first-ever album with the label is available for pre-order today. Pre-order the album on iTunes and Amazon and receive the title track “In The Now” instantly. The surviving member of one of music’s most successful and revered bands, the Bee Gees, (formed with his brothers Robin and Maurice), Barry has kept In The Now a family affair, writing all the songs with his sons Stephen and Ashley.
In keeping with the spirit of celebrating this momentous occasion as it happens, Barry and his band will also be opening the doors to the legendary Hit Factory Criteria studio in Miami, Florida, for one day only – August 20 – to celebrate the pre-order of In The Now and perform never-before-heard material from the forthcoming album as well as classic Bee Gees songs. This exclusive event, In The Now 360 –The Live Stream With Barry Gibb provides a rare opportunity to experience the Grammy winning legend up close, with the rehearsal live-streamed globally on YouTube using 360 technology providing fans at home an unprecedented 360 degree view of the event. To watch In The Now 360 – The Live Stream With Barry Gibb, visit www.BarryGibb.com. Fans across the US entered an online sweepstakes for a chance to reserve one of the very few spots available to attend this exclusive once in a lifetime happening.
Produced by Barry and co-producer John Merchant, In The Now is only the second solo effort of Gibb’s career and his first album of all new material since the Bee Gees final studio album in 2001. The new album is an impassioned solo effort that signals a welcome return of one of the most identifiable and versatile voices in the history of rock, pop, and R&B. The 12-track album was recorded in Miami with the same gathering of accomplished musicians Barry assembled for his acclaimed 2014 solo tour.
In signing with Columbia Records for the first time in his career, Barry stated: “This is a new chapter in my life. I always hoped one day that The Bee Gees would be with Columbia or indeed Sony, so it’s a great joy for me to start again this way with such great people”
As a record producer / songwriter, Barry has been instrumental in creating milestones for other artists, ranging from Barbra Streisand’s ‘Guilty’ album to Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers country record ‘Islands In The Stream’ also, Diana Ross ‘Eaten Alive featuring ‘Chain Reaction’ as well as Dionne Warwick’s ‘Heartbreaker’ album.
Between Robin, Maurice and Andy, the Gibb brothers achieved 19 number one records on the Billboard charts including a phenomenal 6 in a row, equalling The Beatles record.
“I will never forget my brothers; they will always be a part of everything I do. Our dream came true.”
Barry returned to live performing in 2013-2014 with the Mythology Tour, celebrating the Bee Gees anthology release of the same name as a tribute to his three brothers. The acclaimed tour included shows in Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, and The U.S., garnering an outpouring of affection and critical praise from around the world.
For more information, please visit http://www.barrygibb.com/.
You can also follow Barry on Facebook and Twitter.
Get In The Now Here:
Emma Blackery has confirmed that her new single will be Let Me Be. The single, taken from her Sucks To Be You 3 track EP, is out now and available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify. The single, which will impact on 19th August, is the second release to be taken from the EP and precedes Emma’s first headline tour that kicks off in October. You can listen to Let Me Be here.
Entirely self-funded and independently released, Emma’s Sucks To Be You EP was produced by Jason Perry (McFly, Don Broco) and mixed by Jeremy Wheatley (Enter Shikari). The lead single of the same name went straight to #2 on the iTunes Rock chart on release and the video has picked up almost 1 million views.
The release comes ahead of Emma’s first headline tour and all dates sold out in minutes leading her to upgrade the venues. The tour kicks off in London on the 23rd October and culminates at the 02 Academy2 in Birmingham on the 26th October. Emma also headlines the Summer In The City show at London’s Excel Centre in August. Earlier in the year, she supported Busted on their UK arena tour.
Featured by Elle Magazine as '30 Women Under 30 Who are Changing The World', Emma is one of the most exciting new artists to emerge this year. Emma has been asked back 3 times to host BBC Radio 1’s Internet Takeover and last month presented to Baby Metal at the Kerrang Awards. Emma’s YouTube channel has over 1.1 million subscribers and over 117 million views.
23 Oct Islington Academy SOLD OUT
24 Oct Manchester Sound Control SOLD OUT
25 Oct Glasgow O2 ABC2 SOLD OUT
26 Oct Birmingham O2 Academy2 SOLD OUT
Kate Nash has returned to Zone 5 and with her she brings the Summer's finest pop offering 'Good Summer', produced by Dave Bassett and out today via Kate's own imprint Girl Gang Records.
‘Good Summer’ is literally the light at the end of the tunnel, an expression of relief, the type we all feel when the sun comes out and the warmth radiates your skin after 10 months of grey sky, central heating and soggy feet. “I’ve been a referee of my emotions,” sings Nash, over upbeat synths, skittering drums and dance-y guitar lines. It’s about her own return to contentedness in London. “In Britain, in the summer you let go of the stuff on your shoulders and go, Fuck it, I’m gonna get on this banana boat. Go crazyyyyy!’” The video for ‘Good Summer’, directed by Lee Jones and shot in her mum’s garden features all her best girl friends.
A lot has happened to Nash, a BRIT school graduate, since the release of her #1 record and Brit-Award gleaning debut ‘Made Of Bricks’ back in 2007 - failed relationships, record label fall-outs, punk record releases, a relocation to the other side of the world... And so it’s wonderful that the singer-songwriter, activist and heroic spirit is here today, possessed of an impervious rebellion and a lightness of being that makes her ‘give-a-fuck?’ honesty even more contagious. Everything seems to be coming full circle..
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