To say Hot Chip’s new music video is pretty off the wall would be something of an understatement. What starts of as a pastiche of boy-band videos – think JLS / Blue / 911 - ends up as a psychedelic battle to the death between a glowing omnipotent deity and a group of male models. Lazer beams are shot from people’s eyes, members of the crowd are vaporised and Hot Chip themselves are even wiped out.
The video is directed by Peter Serafinowicz, British comedian, writer and voice of Darth Maul from Star Wars.
‘I Feel Better’ also includes a remix from pop/dance wizard Richard X who ramps up the hands in the air elements of the original to their full potential. You can listen to a clip exclusively on the Popjustice blog.
While their Bauhaus-influenced debut song ‘Dead Disco Dance’ didn’t get them all the attention they deserved, London-based four piece O.Children return with new single ‘Ruins’.
The powerful baritone voice of singer Tobi O’Kandi seems to be heralding a new coming for the sound of 80’s Goth. ‘Ruins’ recalls the epic style of The Sisters Of Mercy as if they were fronted by Seal before he went all mainstream on us. Simian Mobile Disco’s Jas Shaw has given a hand in the production, adding a very contemporary vibe to the track.
The single is released on April the 19th and O.Children will be playing a couple of London dates for the occasion: On April 13th supporting electronic icon Gary Numan at The Scala and on the 22nd throwing their own record launch party at the trendy Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen.
Continuing her seemingly unstoppable run of success, Lady Gaga has announced a new string of US dates for her forthcoming ‘The Monster Ball Tour’. The European leg of the tour sold out in minutes and it’s likely that the US will follow suit. Considering the singers penchant for elaborate stage shows and costume changes, it’s likely this will be one of the stand out gigs of the year. The singer was recently quoted as saying the tour will be, “more of a musical and less of a concert”; revealing that the show will revolve around a plot of Gaga and her cohorts getting lost on route to The Monster Ball.
The announcement of the tour follows the release of the long awaited video for ‘Telephone’, Lady Gaga’s second collaboration with Beyoncé. The epic nine minute short recalls the work of Quentin Tarantino and a time when artists such as Michael Jackson explored new realms with the format. The video has racked up a jaw dropping 19 million views and can be seen here. Be warned, the explicit storyline isn’t safe for work viewing!
Below is a clip of director Jonas Åkerland discussing the ideas behind the video.
Glastonbury festival has come a long way in its 40 year history. Its inaugural event was a gathering that was probably closer to a village fair. Marc Boland played to around 1500 people and free milk was distributed to the revelers from the local farm. This is in stark contrast to the Glastonbury of today - it’s up there with Wimbledon and The Proms as a highlight of the UK summer season.
A new exhibition from photographer Liam Bailey chronicles some of the unseen moments from the festivals history. Focusing on the life and activity beyond the noisy drama of the stages, the selection of photos shows some of the more personal and intimate moments that occur within the madness.
Photo credit: Liam Bailey
In other Glastonbury news, the festival organisers have now announced the final date people can purchase tickets to this year’s event. Fans wishing to secure a spot should make sure they’re up and at a computer at 9am on 11th April. Headliners already confirmed for this summer’s event are U2, Stevie Wonder and Muse.
Liam Bailey’s exhibition ‘Glastonbury: 40 years’ takes place at theprintspace gallery, 74 Kingsland Road, London. For more info head to www.glastonbury40.co.uk
21 year old Londoner ROX is one of the most talked about new soul voices the UK has produced in some time. Her uniquely British take on classic R&B has won her notable fans and drawn plenty of comparisons to Lauryn Hill.
The Lauryn Hill contrast is not something that should be taken lightly. ROX’s album was recorded in the US with a band of legendary session musicians and Commissioner Gordon – the producer and engineer of Hill’s seminal album, ‘The Miseducation Of…’. The other half was recorded in London with ROX’s friend and fellow South Londoner Al Shux - the talented producer who co-wrote Jay-Z’s anthemic ‘Empire State Of Mind’.
ROX’s debut single, ‘My Baby Left Me’, has been fairing well in the Shazam UK Pre-Release chart for some time. Those looking for an introduction to her emotive sound should check out this exclusive video of her acoustic performance of forthcoming album track, ‘No Going Back’.
Sunderland’s finest The Futureheads return with a new track taken from their forthcoming album, ‘The Chaos’. If this track is anything to go by, then it should see a return to form for the spiky pop foursome. ‘Heartbeat Song’ has already been christened Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ and is likely to be a stand out in their upcoming UK tour. To tie in with the release of ‘The Chaos’ which will be which will be released on their own Nul label on April 26th, the band will play the following dates:
The-Dream, or Terius Youngdell Nash to his mother, has been a key mover and shaker in the R&B scene for the last few years. With two highly successful artist albums under his belt, The-Dream has gained a reputation as the go to guy for a catchy urban flavoured chorus after featuring on hits for Snoop Dogg, Fabolous, Gym Class Heroes and LL Cool J. He’s also been a prominent writer for other artists; most notably for Rihanna penning her stupidly huge hit, ‘Umbrella’.
‘Love King’ is the first taster of The-Dream’s third and possibly final studio album as he takes time out to focus on writing and producing for other artists. Continuing his successful relationship with super producer Christopher ‘Tricky’ Stewart, the single shows The-Dream’s skill for penning mid tempo urban balladry which fans will know well from previous singles such as ‘Bed’ and ‘I Luv Your Girl’. Early indications are that ‘Love King’ will follow The-Dream’s previous singles straight to the top of the US R&B charts; the record also debuted at number 7 in the Shazam New Release Chart this week.
The-Dream’s ‘Love King’ album is due for release May 17th on Def-Jam. For more info head to the-dreammusic.com
Noush Skaugen may not be a household name yet, but thanks to over a million followers on Twitter she could well be the first artist to cross over to the mainstream using the power of tweets.
Her melodic rock stylings draw influence from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman and Pat Benatar and have already pricked the ears of tastemakers on both sides of the Atlantic: so much so that Noush will be the first independent artist to perform a live music stream from Twitter HQ in San Francisco. Taking place today at 17:30 PST, Noush’s gig should be great introduction to her well crafted and emotively written songs.
Her performance at Twitter HQ also co-insides with a tour of the UK and USA that takes in Austin’s legendary SXSW.
Dates are below:
USA, Nashville – Second Avenue 13/3/2010 USA, Austin – Official SXSW Showcase 19/3/2010 UK, London – The Elgin Food Pub & Music House 31/3/2010 UK, London – The Electric Ballroom, Camden 8/4/2010 Ireland, Dublin – Indie Week Ireland – 16/04/2010
For more info and to tune into Noush’s Twitter show head to noushskaugen.com or join her ever-growing band of Twitter followers here.