cross my heart and hope to…fly…

It appears 2010 is going to be off to a smashing start just like 2009 appeared to. The Courteeners are back! Manchester’s new favourite sons following in the steps of the Smiths and the recently dearly departed Oasis are about to drop their long awaited second record entitled Falcon 22 February.  It’s a good thing too as I haven’t stopped playing the debut, 2008’s St. Jude since I first bought it.

With news of the record on the horizon, the first fruits of said record has come early in the form of what could very well be the first single Cross My Heart And Hope To Fly. A song darker in tone than what we heard previously but showcases a greater depth. Bigger drums and the use of strings certainly prove to be the highlight of the song along with Liam’s strong vocals.

Fall in love with the Courteeners all over again just like I did. Listen to your heart’s content.

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“Cross My Heart And Hope To Fly” by The Courteeners. Taken from the forthcoming Polydor release “Falcon”


there’s something in the water in manchester…

“Late at night, I’ll run through the streets and empty corridors.
I’ll find my counterpoint, inside a red room locked behind a door. Behind a door”

I mean, really. It simply is not fair. There must be more musical talent in Manchester, England than the whole US eastern seaboard. You know the names that have come out of that town from the past and the present so I won’t waste your time here. This post’s aim is to add another name to the Mancunian legend. Today I bring you Delphic! A talented quartet whose sound aims to bring back the point in trance music by bringing it back to basics. To be more specific, theirs is a sound that simply reduce the trance form down to its most basic element: a song. They take it from there with that mindset and create something very pure and very enticing to the listener.

This is quite evident here in the song featured here which is their debut single entited Counterpoint. It’s a song Paul Van Dyk could have written if he focused more on songwriting instead of his grandiose epic journeys. It really is a beautiful song to say the least. The production is right on. The arpeggios. The pristine drums… I could go on but you simply have to listen for yourself!

The band’s debut record Acolyte is due to hit stores in January via Polydor. It’s a safe bet this will be a early highlight of the year in music 2010.

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“Counterpoint (Live in Amsterdam 19.02.2009)” by Delphic. Original version featured on forthcoming Polydor release, “Acolyte”

word to the wise, she’s not your toy…

Interscope… the 29th of September? About three full months from the Polydor release in the UK, you wait to release the La Roux Stateside? Sigh… In the meantime, we now have single number four in our midst. For those of us on the pulse of what’s new and timely, here comes I’m Not Your Toy!

Not a song I would have picked to be a single but it is very good in its own right. Personally I’m still expecting Colourless Colour or Fascination to be picked next if a fifth single is selected. That is if five singles from any album was still a practice done very often these days… In any event, the story of Elly and Ben continues and what a wonderful story it is!

“I’m Not Your Toy” by La Roux, taken from the Polydor release, “La Roux”

the colour red…

29 June in the UK via Polydor. The debut record from La Rouz will see the light of day. No word yet on the US date but i’m sure that will come in a matter of time. I think it stands to reason that I am very excited about this news and you should be too! Another in a long line of quality material 2009 has rushed in continues with La Roux’s barnstorming of the landscape. Sad to say I missed their show last week at Studio B to my eternal dismay! I hope to make up for that misdeed when they come back. In the meantime, I suppose I’ll have to settle for waxing poetic about the tunes on record for now…

Here’s the tracklisting:

‘In For The Kill’
‘Colourless Colour’
‘I’m Not Your Toy’
‘Cover My Eyes’
‘As If By Magic’
‘Reflections Are Protections’
‘Armour Love’
‘Growing Pains’ (UK Bonus Track)

the red-headed one returns…

Ouuhh but when we start making fires

We get ever so hot
Ouuhh  whether we like it or not.
They say we can love who we trust
Ouuhh but what is love without lost?
Two hours with accurate devotions
Ouuhh and what are feelings without emotions?"

Well, it was only but a couple of days ago I  introduced you all to the lovely couple, Elly & Ben, who together come to form La Roux and their catchy debut single Quicksand. Right on cue, it seems the lovely people at Polydor have issued a quaint promotional film for the second single In For The Kill. If you didn’t quite hear the strong 80s influence to be found in La Roux’s music before, you definitely hear it here. Analogue synths in abundance, a tinge of vocodered vocals and a simple, plaintive beat. In other words: they kept it simple, stupid!

Me likey. How about you?

introducing the red-haired one…

Have I mentioned that 2009 is off to a huge bang already?! Some solid tunes and some great records on the way have already begun putting 2008 to shame! May I introduce you to another hot act. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to La Roux. They’ve come to us from England (where else?) and are made up of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid, they’ve also brought the force in the form of their debut single Quicksand released in November on Kitsune. A bit of a head-nodder, you’ll be dancing haphazardly in no time flat. It’s that infectious. For some reason, I hear some serious Eurythmics action with Timbaland dropping a beat from his mid 90’s sample library. Throw that in a blender with some Yaz and you’ve got La Roux. I think I’m in love…

The debut record will be out very soon via Polydor. You lucky Brits can catch them on the road now as they’re opening dates with Lily Allen. The rest of us? We’ll have to settle with checking out their MySpace.