Wednesday, 3 December 2014

THE BLOG SOUND OF 2015

 
For the 4th consecutive year we are pleased once again to have contributed towards the UK Blog Sound Of poll, and are pleased to reveal the 15 artists who have made the longlist. One of our chosen three artists has made the final list - L├ąpsley, and we are very pleased to see Sophie Jamieson make the list for a 2nd year in a row. Over to Robin from Breaking More Waves to explain more about this year's list.

"The Blog Sound of 2015 poll aims to showcase some of the best new emerging artists. However, unlike the ubiquitous BBC Sound of poll, the artists nominated aren’t picked just by industry experts. Instead they’re voted for by music bloggers, a small number of whom may work in the music industry, but the majority of which are just hardcore fans who write their blogs because of their genuine passion for music, normally with no financial incentive to do so.

This poll is not about picking acts who bloggers think will be famous. The bloggers involved are asked to vote for their favourite acts, irrespective of chances of commercial success.

This year the Blog Sound Of 2015 poll canvassed 62 UK music blogs in November 2014, the most ever since its 2011 start. It asked each one to pick its 3 favourite emerging artists and rank them in order of preference. In total 148 artists received at least 1 vote, showing the diversity of bloggers' tastes.

The 15 most popular acts that form the long list include artists that are on major labels as well as indie and unsigned ones, such as Brighton based indie band Fickle Friends, fuzzy sounding Glasgow punks Halfrican, goth ‘n’ soul singer Chloe Black, recent XL signing Lapsley and singer songwriter Sophie Jamieson, an artist who appears on the list for the second time running having also appeared the previous year."

The act who gained the most amount of points in the poll will be announced on January 2nd 2015.

The Full Blog Sound of 2015 Longlist (In alphabetical order)
















The Blogs That Participated In This Year's Poll:

17 Seconds, A New Band A Day, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, A World Of Music And Madness, Across The Kitchen Table, Alphabet Bands, Beat Surrender, Beat2aChord, Both Bars On, Brapscallions, Bratfaced LDN, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Daisy Digital, Dots And Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Echoes and Dust, Electronic Rumors, Even The Stars, Everything Flows, Getintothis, God Is In The TV, Hearty Vibes, Hitsville UK, I Love Pie, Just Music That I Like, Kemptation, Like 1999, Lipstick Disco, Little Indie Blogs, Love Music : Love Life, Music Broke My Bones, Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Day By Day Music, Never Enough Notes, Not Many Experts, Notes For A Road Sign, One Album A Week, Popped Music, Queen Beetch, Rave Child, Scientists Of Sound, Some Of It Is True, Song By Toad, Sounds Good To Me Too, Sound Of Now Music, Spectral Nights, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Devil Has The Best Tuna, The Electricity Club, The Evening's Empire, The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Paper Penguins, This Must Be Pop, Thoughts On Music, Three Beams, Too Many Blogs, The VPME, What If I Had A Music Blog.

Monday, 1 December 2014

EVENT: HP CONNECTED MUSIC - PROFESSOR GREEN


Last week we were lucky enough to catch the 6th HP Connected Music gig as Professor Green played an intimate set at a packed out Under The Bridge, supported by the impressive Sinead Harnett, whilst those who couldn't make it were able to watch an exclusive stream of the show through Professor Green's site.

The HP Connected Music gigs are a series of concerts HP have put together to raise awareness of their technology and how consumers can use it to interact with their music. This was our second show after we caught the Bastille gig in the summer.

Before the gig took place we were able to peruse a number of new laptop and notebook models that HP have recently released and in a couple of cases are only just bringing out! Here's our favourites...
PHOTO: LAURA DIMMICK


A touch convertible PC that transforms the computing experience with a 360-degree hinge, which options ranging from notebook, tablet, and tent mode by transitioning the device's 360-degree mechanism.


This is a powerful machine with a detachable PC designed to deliver a notebook experience for productivity, but quickly transform to a tablet for entertainment and apps, it is powered by the latest generation Intel Core M processor. It is fabric covered, has a backlit Bluetooth keyboard which provides flexibility, and us music lovers will appreciate the 500GB hybrid hard drive storage along with BeatsAudio.


The HP OMEN notebook PC is a gaming PC that combines performance, portability and style in a package that is designed for gamers. The laptop is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M and Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor for high performance and stunning graphics. The HP OMEN offers a 39.6cm (15.6-inch), 1080p touch-enabled display – optimized for smooth frame rates and 72% color gamut shows vivid, rich colors.

More on HP Connected Music // Professor Green

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

EVENT: PROFESSOR GREEN HP CONNECTED MUSIC GIG


The 6th HP Connected Music gig takes places this coming Wednesday 26th November, as Professor Green takes to the stage in West London at the Under The Bridge venue.

Previous shows have featured the likes of John Newman and Ellie Goulding, and at the last gig we were present to see Bastille in full flow as they experimented with the latest interactive pressure sensor lighting technology and cutting edge VFX as premiered by HP.

If you're unable to make tomorrows show fear not! You can watch the entire performance as well as being able to unlock some exclusive Professor Green content on this link - http://professorgreen.co.uk/live

We'll have a full report on the gig as well as detailing which of the new technology on display is getting us excited, so make sure you check back in a next couple of days to find out all about it!

HP Connected Music // Professor Green // #HPConnectedMusic

Monday, 24 November 2014

VIDEO: MARIKA HACKMAN - DROWN


We've been big fans of Marika Hackman for a while now, since we first wrote about her almost exactly two years ago today in a new music post. Since then she made our tips for 2013, had our single of the year for 2013, made the top spot in this years 2014 UK Blog Sound poll, and last week we caught her playing a packed out headline show at XOYO.

Early next year (Feb 16th) sees the release of her eagerly awaited debut album - 'We Slept At Last', which is produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J) and is released through Dirty Hit.

Today the video for 'Drown' appeared, which the first single from the record and will be released on December 8th. We'll let Marika explain the clever video and the song behind it.

"The song itself deals with the idea of suffocating on the power of human emotion and finding it painful yet strangely euphoric in a masochistic way. With my music not a lot of people pick up the underlying violence within the lyrics so I wanted to create a video that would indulge in the dark but beautiful intensity of these words.

Working with the directors, Brian and Karl, we drew inspiration from the works of American video artist Bill Viola and the way he contrasts human subjects with the black voids he places them in, to create an erie beauty and serenity which simultaneously belies the violence of what is actually happening."

'Oh to drown in your mind I would, I know I would. To suffocate in your smoke I’d choke on you if I could. Maybe I will.'



Monday, 17 November 2014

SINGLE: SOPHIE JAMIESON - TAKE


Released through Luv Luv Luv Records on December 8th, 'Take' is the latest single from Sophie Jamieson. A Music Liberation favourite since we first listened to her debut EP 'Where' last year, we've been eager to keep a close eye on her movements in 2014, which culminates with this new track, as well as a showcase show for it at the Sebright Arms on December 9th.

'Take' is easily the most complex and full bodied track that Sophie has put out to date, hinting that her sound is naturally developing from the delicate instrumentation and softly delivered vocals of her early work, to a more wholesome, mature arrangement which only goes to further enhance her blossoming reputation as one of the most talented singer-songwriters out there.

Sophie explained to us how the song is about "being overwhelmingly aware that you mean nothing to a person, and that you are fast being, or soon to be, forgotten. It explores the irrational, angry unacceptance of realising your insignificance. Beneath the unacceptance is an awareness of giving in at last. The song is about all the hurt that has bottled up, being released fully and finally and aggressively."

You can pre-order 'Take' via iTunes. // Sophie Jamieson // Luv Luv Luv Records

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

EVENT: UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2014 - THE WINNERS!



Last night we went to the UK Music Video Awards, it was much fun, see below for all the details!
 
The 7th annual UK Music Video Awards were held in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre, where a throng of British and International filmmakers assembled to celebrate creative and technical excellence in music videos.

Video of the Year went to American directing duo DANIELS, who received a total of five nominations and also picked up Best Dance Video - International for DJ Snake ft Lil Jon’s ‘Turn Down For What’. And the UK Jury selected LA-based director Hiro Murai as the Best Director of the past year for his body of work, which include Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Smooth Sailing’ which also won him the Best Rock/Indie Video – International.

One of the big British winners of the night was Daniel Wolfe for his 8 minute epic for Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’, which picked up five nominations and rewarded him with the Best Pop Video title as well as the coveted Best Cinematography prize for Robbie Ryan. Wolfe, who was named the MVAs Best Director in 2010, has just released his first feature, ‘Catch Me Daddy’ which itself picked up an award at the recent BFI London Film Festival Awards.

Also picking up two honours at the ceremony hosted by comedian Adam Buxton, was Mercury Prize-nominated FKA Twigs’ who won the brand new Best Video Artist category for her body of video work in the past year, as well as the Best Alternative Video – Budget for ‘Papi Pacify’, co-directed by twigs with Tom Beard. Meanwhile other British women gracing the stage on the night included Agile Films producer, Amber Millington who beat off competition from the UK and France to win the Best Producer award, and Caroline Clayton who took home the Best Commissioner trophy.

In the non-video categories, Kate Moross collected the Best Music Ad – TV or Online for her direction of ‘Settle’ by Disclosure, and relative newcomer, Bartleberry Logan picked up the coveted Best Live Music Coverage title for his direction of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Live in Paris.

Grammy-award winning video director Joseph Kahn was presented with the Icon Award. He is celebrated for his iconic work with a generation of music artists, including Beyonce, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry, Wu-Tang Clan, Justin Timberlake and U2. Heartfelt tributes on the night came from Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.

Earlier on saw the successful launch of MusicVidFest, a conference on the business of music video creativity held at BFI Southbank, which gave professionals a chance to discuss the issues and advances driving music video production here and abroad.

The full list of winners can be found here // UK Music Video Awards

Thursday, 6 November 2014

EVENT: UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2014

Next week sees the return of the UK Music Video Awards, and Music Liberation is pleased to see some of our favourite acts getting nominations. The likes of Drenge, Pearls Negras, London Grammar, Jungle, PUP, and Lonely The Brave are among the acts to be nominated for the awards, which are an annual celebration of creative and technical excellence in music videos made in the UK and beyond.

The event takes places at the Southbank Centre in London on Monday November 10th, with this year seeing the launch of Music Vid Fest, a conference on the business of music video creativity to run at the BFI Southbank on the same day as the Awards.

Music Vid Fest will give professionals a chance to discuss the issues and advances driving music video production here and abroad, and will include panel discussions with leading lights of music video creativity, from producers and directors, to independent and label commissioners, managers and artists.

For more information ---> UK Music Video Awards 2014.

Monday, 3 November 2014

ALBUM: SAINT SAVIOUR - IN THE SEAMS



'In The Seams' is the 2nd album from Saint Saviour, aka Becky Jones, a talented singer-songwriter from Teeside. Having been in the RGB's and Groove Armada, Saint Saviour went solo in 2010, and has since released two EP's - 'Anatomy' and 'Suukei', with her debut record 'Union' coming out in 2012.

The new album was produced by Bill Ryder Jones (The Coral) and recorded at Parr Street Studios with the Manchester Camerata.

It is a beautiful body of work, taking the listener on a personal journey they can equally relate to, observe, and learn from. The record is led by Saint Saviour's delicate vocals, which are the main focus in a sparse and honest musical landscape under which are gentle guitars, piano, and gorgeous string sections.

The brave fragility of 'In The Seams' is it's true quality, drawing your mind and heart to singular thoughts, and ultimately it's success is capturing your attention from start to finish without you even realising.