Years & Years on The Graham Norton Show

Olly and his band band are back after three years with their new single If You’re Over Me and it has has upbeat feel to it, sounds quite chirpy to. I’ll be openly honest about it and say that I wasn’t overly impressed by it as I prefer his earlier work such as Desire and King Under Your Control. The performance itself wasn’t too bad as it was basically Olly singing and dancing with 5-6 backing dancers and his choice of dress was a bit intriguing. Black and yellow. As an artist he’s got a really good voice and wide vocal range and it suits his style of music. Unfortunately I won’t joining the masses to download this track anytime soon.

Also on the sofa was the entire cast of the hit Ocean’s 8 which was a laugh and minute. Seriously, it was. If they weren’t laughing they were talking, more than Graham I think.

Florence and The Machine on The Graham Norton Show

Just been watching a rerun of Florence and The Machine with their new song Hunger and it’s brilliant. Florence Welch, the band’s front-woman has got an incredibly soothing voice which just cut right through the song and the melody, and the line ‘We all have a hunger’ is a cleverly written lyric. Florence just seems to be able to glide effortlessly around the stage whilst performing in an almost ghost-like way (or like a dalek pending on your preferred descriptions). All I can say is that as a performer she has an earthal quality whenever she performs and has a full-bodied voice. Just incredible

Liam Payne on The Graham Norton Show

Just been watching former One Direction-er Liam Payne perform his single Familiar, and I have to admit even though it was ever-so-slightly addictive I couldn’t say that it did anything for me. Liam had a mixture of male and female backing dancers on-stage with him, unfortunately I felt as though they didn’t do much to make the performance any better. I admit that the slight R’N’B Latino sound did make it sound interesting but sadly I won’t be rushing to buy this from the shops or download it anytime soon, or ever. I openly admit I was never a fan of One Direction so this is to some degree bias-ness, the rest of it is that I sadly grew out of teeny pop music years ago

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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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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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Joan Armatrading on The Graham Norton Show

Just been enjoying the musical legend that is Joan Armatrading on TV a few moments ago singing her latest single I Like it When We’re Together. This is one woman with two fantastic talents; a soulful voice and a guitar, and knows how to combine the two to perfection. As an artist she is a pleasure to watch and can’t get bored of her. She is one of those artists who need very few people with her on the stage as her presence and performance alone are enough to command an entire crowd’s attention. Her new single of from her new album Not Too Far Away. and I’m solely tempted to buy a copy. Joan is someone who’s music I’ve enjoyed listening to growing up and she just does no wrong. She amongst one of the top musical talents that this country has produce

Also on the sofa were Vanessa Kirby along with Josh Brolin, David Beckham and Ryan Gosling who provided some jokes and gossip, as well as beefcake/man-candy (oh come on you were thinking it as well)

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.

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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Eyre Llew: The Atelo Interview

This was an interview I did with Nottingham-based band Eyre Llew for their upcoming album Atelo. Sadly the interview itself never saw the light of day so for all those who’re fans of the funky trio, have a read and enjoy.

How long did you work on this album?
We wrote, recorded and produced it over 2 years around touring and playing festivals around Europe
What can we expect?
It’s dynamic with ambient soundscapes and sing-along chorus. We’re really proud of it with parts recorded all over the UK
Are there any tracks to listen out for?
We’ve released two singles from it so far, Atelo and Havoc. They were released with videos from our album video series that were shot in Norway and the Gran Canaria.
What sort of album is it, sound-wise?
We’re often labelled as a post-rock/indie band. That’s definitely where our influences are.
Inspirations for the album?
We’ve got fancy pedal boards so we love reverbs and delays. Artists such as Noah Gunderson, Bon Iver, Sigur Ros and A Winged Victory for The Sullen.
Who did you collaborate with in the making?
No one. We self-produced the album. Though we did have a group vocal recording for our fans at the studio.
What are you calling the album?
The album is called Atelo.
Looking forward to touring with it?
Yes definitely, S. Korea, nine countries around Europe, UK tours and an album launch show at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham on November 10th.
How much interest has been raised?
We’ve been touring around Europe for two years now, playing festivals all over. The response has been wonderful, it’s great to get over our first album to our patient fans.
Any possible future collaborations?
Not sure yet, but we’re open to ideas.

Keale Settle on The Graham Norton Show

Just thought I’d take a moment to mention the amazing Keale Settle who I saw perform her amazing single This Is Me on TV a couple of weeks ago (yes, that long ago). It’s taken from the hit film The Greatest Showman, which I’ve yet to even see but it stars one of my favourite actors, Hugh Jackman. Anyways, her performance was fantastic to say the least and it was like watching an actual West End performance but all crammed into just a few minutes. Keale’s just got this beautiful voice which grabs your attention with very little effort and apparently she’s also in the film playing the part of the Bearded Lady, Lettie Lutz. If you ever get the chance watch it on YouTube or just watch out for her in the film. Even though this is the only song I’ve heard from her I’d happily rate her as an artist. Now is it just me or are the Americans churning out some really good artists these days?