Jake Shears on The Graham Norton Show

Just finished watching the former Scissor Sister front-man, Jake Shears sing his new single Creep City and all I’ll say is that his performance has something very Moulin Rogue about it. Creep City has a slight retro sound to it and uses a nice addition of jazz-sax and has a happy upbeat vibe about it. I could happily listen to this a few times over and not tire of it. Jake Shears in one of those guys who definitely brings new term to the meaning ‘Showman’ and has got the voice to match it. Move over Hugh Jackman, I think you’ve got a serious contender for the Greatest Showman crown.

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Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend: Belfast

It’s day 1 of Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend and what a day it’s been so far, and all the way from Belfast. The day was a music-packed extravaganza filled with some of the hottest acts from both the British music scene and beyond. Public Service Broadcasting, a band who need no singer and always seem to pull off a great show had the crowd in their hand were just incredible. They’re were some lively performances courtesy of 6Music Recommends that look set to provide a breath of fresh air this year. They’re were amazing to watch, the crowds were just loving it.

Now this is one performance you couldn’t miss, the indie legends that can’t to do wrong, Manic Street Preachers, just stole the show and sang several of their classics including International Blue, Stole The Sun, Tolerate, You Love Us and treated both the fans and crowd to their new single Hold Me Like a Heaven. Just awesome viewing pleasure to say the least. They did however pay tribute to band-member Nicky Wire who had to pull-out due to family reasons. The Manics bring back many memories of the Brit Pop era.

Whilst the Manics owned the stage it was legendary duo it was the DJ duo, Orbital, who owned the night. Phil and Paul Hartnoll effortlessly manage to create an ever-changing musical landscape which just gets the crowds energized and pumping with adrenaline. The brotherly duo treated the crowd to hits such as Lush, Impact, P.H.U.K, Wonky, Tiny Foldable Cities, Satan and even treated the audience to a special track named after the city, Belfast. They did do a special number for the audience, The End is Nigh. It makes seriously additive listening after just a few seconds. Now, there’s only a small handful of DJ/Dance duos who can create an energetic, hypnotic, musical landscape with sheer magnetism using very few words in-between, Orbital is that group and long may they rule.

Live links courtesy of Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray.

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Leon Bridges on The Graham Norton Show

Now I’ve only ever heard Leon Bridges a few times in passing conversation but never actually heard any material from this guy until now. What a voice!!! Seriously this man has an incredible voice which is absolutely soothing and packed with melody. Beyond is one of those songs is the perfect blend of smooth R&B and soul with a little bit of acoustic. I’ve caught a performance of his on TV a few moment ago with his band and he just oozes charisma and is hypnotic to say the least. Leon has just got a loving voice which unless you’re a fan of Soul it’d take you a while to truly appreciate. Seriously, America definitely knows how to create some great artists. 

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Josh Wheatley interview: NMNM

This is an interview I did with Nottingham-based artist Josh Wheatley about his new EP I Know You which I did with new up-coming Nottingham publication Notts Music Network Magazine (NMNM). Have a read and enjoy.

http://nottsmusicnetwork.com/nmnm/may-2018/interview-josh-wheatley/

 

SuRie & Jess Glynne on The Graham Norton Show

Just realised that I hadn’t blogged for a while for here’s my latest. Caught a performance by our Eurovision entry, SuRie, the other day performing her song Storm, and I have to admit that even though it was a very good song with edge, coolness and that Eurovision sound to it unfortunately I didn’t find it that favourable and found it to be somewhat forgettable if I’m going to be honest with you. For me, a lot of this is that a lot of the songs that you hear on the Eurovision Song Contest just seem to be about love, which if I’m going to be honest just seem to get a little bland after a while. But that’s just me with my opinion but feel free to disagree, but in a respectable manner if you please.

Now I haven’t heard from this lovely lady in a while but was glad I saw her perform again, and she’s got what I can only describe as a power-house of a voice. I’ll Be There, the new song by Jess Glynne just an incredible song in it’s own right and one that I just can’t get bored of even if I was to listen to it on repeat for 30+ minutes. Though she hasn’t been in the music scene for many years she’s slowly gaining momentum and she’s got one of the most incredible voices since Adele and Etta James. She’s that good. Jess is a whirlwind of a talent and her performance alone are magnetic. All you need is just her, a few musicians and she can quite simply command the stage.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa on The Graham Norton Show

Caught Dua Lipa performing her new single One Kiss with DJ Superstar Calvin Harris, and all I’ll say this this; Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris are a pair of musical geniuses quite simply waiting to happen and One Kiss is just fantastic. Their performance was abstract, incredible and upbeat to say the least, also it was on a raised-curved platform with an LED-led background and it was just the two of them. One Kiss is one of those singles that you cannot get bored of even if you play it a few times over, and I’ve heard it on the radio a few times and fell in love with it first time round.

Avicii has died

Swedish Superstar DJ, Avicii has sadly died at the age of 28. He had worked extensively with numerous well-known artists in the music industry including Aloe Blacc, Madonna, Coldplay and most recently Rita Ora. Born Tom Bergling he was discovered by Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong in a DJ competition 10 years ago in 2018 and since then went on have a stellar career, though he retired two years prior due to health problems. Avicii leaves behind an awesome music legacy.

RIP AVICII

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RIP Timmy Matley

Three days ago lead singer (one of 5) of the British 5-piece harmony band, The Overtones, died on the 11th April at the age of 36 from skin cancer. I openly admit I wasn’t a major fan of the group but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy their music. The British music has lost another talented singer and my condolences go out to both his friends, family, fans and the other remaining four band member Mark Franks, Lachie Chapman, Mike Crawshaw and Darren Everest

RIP Timmy Matley, you’ll be sorely missed

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Kylie Minogue on The Graham Norton Show

Finished watching a certain Australian pop princess on the TV, that certain pop princess was non other than Kylie Minogue. Ms Minogue was singing her new single Stop Me From Falling and I have to say that made brilliant listening pleasure and sounded completely different from anything she’s done in the past. If anyone’s ever heard much of her back catalogue of music will know of her sound, Falling had a rich gospel tone to it and had a slight upbeat folk/country-like back-beat to it as well. If anything Kylie’s not lost any of her touch, or her voice for that matter. Welcome back Ms Minogue

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