If you live in London and you’ve got some spare time this Saturday 26th April 2014 then get you and your old lady shopper to this celebrity jumble sale at the Oval Space. You can pick up donated items from musician types – Annie Lennox, Disclosure and Savages to name but a few contributors – to brand new clothes at jumble sale prices from retailers such as House of Holland, Whistles, ASOS and Topman. It’s all in aid of raising awareness and money for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are still victimised and threatened every day, which is a fine reason to prise open your wallet.
You know what they say about Sweden – there’s something in the water when it comes to music and Tove Lo is the latest new light in an illustrious pop galaxy. Singer/songwriter for herself and others, Tove Lo’s ‘Habits’ – the rather poignant snapshot of a love affair turned bitter – and its Hippie Sabotage remix has brought her into the spotlight, sending her top ten in the UK.
Tasty, the Chinese born and raised twins Jung Daeryong and Soryong, debuted in 2012 with the sweaty, shoulder popping, EDM racket of ‘You Know Me’ (너 나 알아) which, besides sending new fans into a spasm of “which is which?”, gave them a standout moment in what was a very busy rookie year. Strange then that after a strong start it took almost 12 months for them to be seen again.
A two family affair, Marmozets feature the MacIntyre siblings Becca (vocals), Sam (guitar) and Josh (drums) with the Bottomley brothers Jack (guitar) and Will (bass). Their latest single ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ caught our attention for Becca’s skin-peeling snarl. It could literally body slam you. We’re volunteering.
Born from J-Pop idol group Sakura Gakuin, Babymetal are Suzuka Nakamoto, Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno. They’re tiny, teenaged and wear cute, gothic, anime friendly outfits while layering their helium pop vocals over, yes, you guessed it, metal. And they’re coming to blow the already strained eardrums of the Sonisphere crowd.
Raleigh Ritchie, who chose his monniker from The Royal Tenebaums by combining two character names, isn’t too keen on being known as an “actor turned musician”. Previously seen in Kidulthood and Game Of Thrones, Raleigh (real name Jacob Anderson) has been penning songs since in his early teens, finally settling on a sound that might be lend itself to being called neo-soul or electronic R’N'B. Whatever the case, Ritchie’s two EP’s – ‘The Middle Child’ and ‘Black and Blue’ – are evocative, thoughtful pieces that he uses as letters, confessionals and a method of soul searching.
Amsterdam-based footwear brand Filling Pieces comes out fighting with its Spring/Summer 2014 collection. The brand’s silhouettes like the Low Top, High Top, Desert Boot and Mountain Cut have been revamped with a mix of mesh and crocodile and elephant-embossed leather in spring-ready colorways.
The sun is out (kind of) and it’s time to put those spring trends to the test! It seems that orange comes around every season and it’s probably because it’s such a wearable and flattering shade for all skin tones. Spring/Summer is generally when our make-up becomes fresher and more colourful and the easiest way to do this is to go for an orange lip like beauties Kate Bosworth, Nicole Richie and Jennifer Hudson.
Returning with ‘Himalayan’, their third studio album, Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums) have brought their meaty, densely swaggering rock n roll back, this time with a what they see as a rediscovered faith in their sound.
It feels like an eternity since this band graced the public conscious but they return with ‘Down’ – a hip-shaking reboot on their sound, with a Rolling Stones meets funk pyschedelia undercurrent. Watch the excellent video, which sees director Davis Silis getting The Kooks to bust out their dance moves.
LA based singer/songwriter Conway made the video to her strident single ‘Big Talk’ completely under her own steam. With its meaty basslines and sneering chorus the track gathered pace organically, making Conway one to watch without the usual pop rigmarole and volcanic hype. The Big Talk EP mirrors the title track – confessional lyrics, layers of resounding, driving percussion and instant melodies.