Tuesday, 30 November 2010
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Thursday, 25 November 2010
I was immensely looking forward to seeing Leni Ward live at the Camden Lock Tavern for the release party to her first album Hope. What I was most interested to see was whether this lively lass from Derby could recreate the multi-layered sound which dominates her album, and she doesn’t disappoint.
With a piano, a synth, a drum machine, and a multitude of samplers and effects, Ward is always doing at least three things at a time. She individually creates the sound of a whole band, not simply to prove her talent, but also to demonstrate the significance of being a solo artist in relation to her music.
After all, Ward has to do it solo because what she is singing about is her life alone, more specifically the break-up of a seven year long relationship. Such a unique sound proves Leni Ward to be the ideal example of how you can creatively express an experience, how every break-up can be a stepping stone to something truly innovative.
Coming on stage she seemed a little nervous, extremely unpretentious and completely natural. Starting off with the hook line of “One Last Time With You”, the first track from her album Hope, everybody in the room drifted into rhythmic movement. Following this, Ward sang her current single “I Want My Heart Back” and was accompanied on the catchy chorus by hoards of girls singing along.
Her next song “The Hunted” gets dedicated to two members of the audience, one of the only times she addresses family or friends during the entire gig; another being when she briefly refers to her ex-boyfriend, the apparent muse for Hope. Halfway through the set she speaks to the audience again, this time to explain how she always ‘popstars up’ ahead of a gig and is now rubbing her lipstick onto the microphone. She jokingly warns the crowd not to be shocked if she starts looking like a clown as a result, “over in Paris, everybody’s doing it” she adds.
Her obvious indifference to any ‘hipsterdom’ and the fact that her Dad could be seen filming the entire gig, are examples of what makes Leni Ward such a charming performer. She is not your stereotypical popstar, and she seemingly doesn’t want any of the offstage associations that go with that label. Her music isn’t about image, it is about her speaking of life’s harshness and how for her “the horizon’s now gotten so much wider”.
With these words, a sanguine melody and steady clapping introduces the single ‘Opening Doors’, causing one fan to emerge through the crowd and dance in front of everybody else. Following this, Leni concludes her set with the impressive acapella song ‘I Will Rise’, leaving the entire audience with a filled sense of optimism, providing a fantastic end to an impressive performance.
Words by Lars Hertel
To celebrate the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Hope, rising
starlet Leni Ward is giving away a Linton Brown remix of her album track, The
Hunted, absolutely free.
You can download it here:
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Friday, 19 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Avant Garde alt pop outfit, BODi BiLL, are announcing a special one off London only show at The Garage on Saturday, December 4 2010. The trio from Berlin are on an exclusive Sinnbus Records tour across Europe with fellow label mates, Hundreds, this December. Showcasing material from their critically acclaimed UK debut album, Two In One, BODi Bill’s first ever London show certainly looks set to be a special one.
To celebrate this festive season, the band are giving away a spectacular remix of their album track, ‘One or Two Ghosts’, absolutely free. Berlin whizzkid, Phon.o, fresh off remixing tracks for Modeselektor and Boys Noize, lends his esoteric productions talents to the song.
You can download it here: http://official.fm/track/172889
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
The Fabric Works, Review
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
The Relentless freeze festival took place over the Halloween weekend, but there was nothing spooky about this event, which had some of the biggest names in snowboarding and music come together to create one massive, messy party from the UKs biggest winter sports and music festival.
Now in its third year, the event featured some of the best snowboarders competing in the LG Big Air World Cup event and freestyle skiers in the International Big Air. Some of the world’s best athletes took part in the event, with several competitors coming from the 2010 Winter Olympics, this was a serious event, and not for the light-hearted.
The LG Big Air was certainly a highlight, standing over 32m high, it used 500 tonnes of real snow. The event marks the third on the Men’s LG World Cup tour, and some of the best snowboarders took to the snow, trying to pick up points to help them win the title of World Champion. Competitors this year included Americans Colby West, Scotty Largo and quarter pipe height world record holder Simon Dumont as well as top British rider Dom Harrington making an appearance.
As well the Big Air event, there was also the International Freestyle Big Air to look forward to, being the only event of its kind in the UK. And if that wasn’t spoiling the audience enough, there was also the Battle of Britain competition, with the top 4 snowboarders and freestyle skiers going through to compete in the international competitions.
But if the winter sport wasn’t for your liking, then the music line-up gave even the most sport-phobic people something to enjoy with over 44 acts taking over two stages during three days. The acts included Pendlum, Mark Ronson, New Young Pony Club, I Blame Coco, Roni Size and Hadouken but to name a few.
Not surprisingly, the organisers are very proud of the event and speaking before the festival, Andrew Topham, Event Organiser for the Big Freeze festival commented that, “We are delighted that London has been chosen to host the third leg of the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup series. For UK winter sports fans, the Relentless Freeze Festival offers a rare glimpse of the world’s best winter sports athletes including competitors from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Music fans can look forward to an eclectic range of live acts appearing on two stages across three nights. This year’s event will reinforce our position as London’s most exciting winter spectacle.”
For more information on future Freeze festivals, check out their website on www.thefreezefestival.com
Words by Eleni Cashell
Pictures by Hanna White
For once I was on time to something and boy was it worth it. Within a matter of minutes after my arrival the queue outside Hoxton Square went from non-existent to a mass of bodies fighting for the last few places in the venue. The room was filled to capacity as I spent the night on tip toes to get a glimpse of Jessie J's amazing hairdo and stunning street style.
If I was one of the people turned away I would have been very angry! Jessie was on top form tonight, the audience were on tenterhooks to her every word. Song after song she hit every note in her enormous range and wowed the audience with her amazing vocals.
Her soulful lyrics and versatile voice made every song a hit with the crowd as she worked her way through songs off her up and coming debut album. Cracking jokes left, right and centre about her mum (who had a front row spot) and her skilful writing of Party In The USA. She isn't just a singer, she is a bold performer with cheek, attitude and humour that really evoke her passion for music.
Saving the best till last, she finished off the set with her debut single “Do It Like A Dude”, to be released in December. Alesha Dixon was there to show her support and 1Xtra have already played the single, you can tell she is going to go far.
Keep your eyes on IDOL for more news about Jessie over the coming months, we her love and so should you.
Singer-songwriter, style icon and grammy award winning artist Imogen Heap is due to release a ‘behind the scenes’ story of her latest album, “Ellipse”. Delving into her home made recording studio you are transported through her writing and recording process with a very intimate view of her work. Unfortunately not everyone is prepared to sit through 360+ hours of footage; however the full running time of the film is completely crammed.
The idea was ignited by a fan asking Imogen to make a video diary of her tour around the Pacific. The habit stuck as she took her camera with her every step of the way and continued the addiction back in London.
The way the film is produced gives a real insight into the processes required to make a successful album. Without being an Imogen Heap fan (although why wouldn't you be?!) you can appreciate the hard work and determination that is necessary for a musician to succeed. It works through every single sound heard on the album (from bird song to squeaky floorboards) and how each is fused into the individual tracks.
To appreciate any film fully you have to see it yourself. The DVD is out now
Furthermore Imogen starts on her UK tour this Friday 5th November. Tickets are available here: http://www.artistticket.com/link/?s=imogen+heap
Words by Tom Mehrtens