THE TING TINGS – SUPER CRITICAL OUT NOW! //
When they decided to decamp to Ibiza to record their third album Super Critical, Katie and Jules from the Ting Tings had a slight ‘uh-oh’ moment. ‘We’d been to Berlin to make the second record,’ says Jules, ‘and done nothing but get high and look at great architecture. Going to Ibiza had party written all over it. Obviously we were going to get nothing done.’
As it turned out, unleashing their party spirit was exactly the impetus and momentum needed to craft something special and true to the starting spirit of their musical adventures. The Ting Tings were born out of the night-time. They bonded at sun-up, wired in Salford warehouses. Success came as a surprising blind-side to them. Being in the middle of an island for the winter, having to make all their own fun? This is the stuff they excel at.
Physically, Super Critical began in a rented Finca not far from the town of Santa Gertrudis. Emotionally, the starting point for the record was the touchstone glamour and twilight excess of 70s New York. Katie happened upon a picture that would come to foreshadow everything they locked into the record, of Diana Ross emerging from behind a curtain into the DJ booth at Studio 54. ‘Everything about her, the dress, the hair, the make-up, made her look like the most exotic and effortless creation,’ says Katie. ‘She was so glamorous, so of a moment, so not overdone. If we could get a sound even 5% close to what that picture was giving us, we knew we were onto something.’
BRING ME THE HORIZON – DROWN //
Ahead of their biggest ever show at London’s Wembley Arena on December 5th, Bring Me The Horizon continue their trail-blazing quest to bring their own unique brand of metal anthems to the masses with the release of their new single, ‘Drown’, out on December 7th (pre-order now).
Pre-order link: http://smarturl.it/BMTH_Drown
Having firmly established themselves as a true British export with the release of their critically acclaimed last LP Sempiternal, which sold over 450k copies and charted at 1#, #3 and #11 in Australia, the UK and America respectively, Oli Sykes (Lead Singer), Lee Malia (Lead Guitarist), Matt Kean (Bassist), Matt Nicholls (Drummer) and Jordan Fish (Keyboards) return with this powerfully melodic rock anthem.
With 5 Kerrang awards under their belt, including ‘Best Live Act’ in 2014, the band have been touring far and wide across Australia, Asia, Europe and America over the past year as well as playing two sold out shows at Brixton Academy, in support of the album.
OLIVER HELDENS – LAST ALL NIGHT (KOALA) FEAT. KSTEWART //
Oliver Heldens continues his deep / future house exploration with his follow-up to ‘Koala’, featuring rising artist KStewart. ‘Last All Night (Koala)’ continues to set the tone with his now-trademark instrumentals, while KStewart’s uplifting vocals perfectly resonate with the looping chorus of “we can make this last all night”. Again released on the resurgent FFRR label, ‘Koala’ hits harder than ‘Gecko’, as its initially deceptively simple bass-heavy melody progresses into a leftfield breakdown flooded with stabbing synths.
Oliver Heldens made a huge impression with the release of his breakthrough track ‘Gecko’ earlier this year. Originally released by Tiësto’s Musical Freedom, it hit #2 at Beatport and became a clubland staple before crossing over into mainstream success. The vocal version, featuring a topline by Becky Hill, hit #1 in the UK with over 300,000 sales earning Silver certification and remaining in the Top 10 for a month. On the live side, Heldens has started to assert his prominence with high-energy live shows and his weekly radio show, Heldeep Radio, hosted on his SoundCloud channel.
The instrumental version of ‘Koala’ is already building momentum to match the huge success of ‘Gecko’. It has already earned initial support from Pete Tong, Mistajam, Danny Howard, as well as over 1.6 million plays at SoundCloud. Two YouTube videos posted by Spinnin’ Records (the original mix audio and the official video) accumulated over a million views in the first two weeks.
BONOBO – FLASHLIGHT //
Flashlight is the sound of a musical master getting back to what he does best. After almost two years of touring his fifth album, The North Borders, Bonobo’s hunger for producing new music is potently evident on this brand new, three track EP. Already heralded as BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record’ the title song is one of the most invigorating electronic pieces you’re likely to hear any time soon; a compulsive, garage-inflected beat driving trademark, infectious riffs, ocean-deep bass and siren-like synths. It’s music that moves the mind, feet and heart in equal proportions, exuding the talent that has made Bonobo’s name a global byword for brilliance.
The Flashlight EP’s three songs are of the highest musical calibre, leaving the listener begging for more, and suggesting that Bonobo’s next full-length will see him take another giant leap forwards. In the meantime, Simon Green is touring North America with his blistering DJ set, ahead of a final, fittingly grand North Borders show at Alexandra Palace on 28th November.