Archive | January, 2012

Rachel Sermanni & band

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Rachel Sermanni & band

Posted on 31 January 2012 by Mizzle

Rachel Sermanni and her extensive band played the Mitchell Library on January 22nd in Glasgow as part of the ongoing Celtic Connections music festival. Sermanni, only 19, was accompanied by her seven piece band, the stage was full of young and encapsulating talent. The 3 fiddler players doubled up as backing vocalists and the percussionists took turns swapping over the various instruments for different songs. The whole performance was modestly confident and the interludes were intercepted with Rachel’s unknowing humour. The songs had a modern folk vibe with quirky lyrics and fantastic arrangements. The combination of Sermanni’s vocals, the string instruments and the backing singers ooh’s and ah’s formulated a hauntingly beautiful sound.

I would highly recommend seeing her especially if you want those memories of being at a festival in the sun to come flooding back or if you want to get excited about the summer already! They played an hour set with ‘The Fog’ being the track they’ve already “unleashed to the world”. The EP ‘Black Currents’ is out now and there are still tickets available for upcoming gigs, but be warned – she sells out fast. Defiantly one to watch out for!

Garbage are back with ‘Not Your Kind of People’

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Garbage are back with ‘Not Your Kind of People’

Posted on 30 January 2012 by Mizzle

Garbage have announced there 5th Album ‘ Not Your Kind of People‘ to be released 14th May this year, on there own label Stunvolume.

To keep up to date on all tours and exciting news then follow them on Twitter.

Sleigh Bells – ‘Comeback Kid’

Posted on 30 January 2012 by Mizzle

FIERCE

Oliver  Pyper

Jakwob ft.Jetta – ‘Electrify’

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Jakwob ft.Jetta – ‘Electrify’

Posted on 24 January 2012 by Mizzle

Teenage MC crowned Open Mic UK winner!

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Teenage MC crowned Open Mic UK winner!

Posted on 24 January 2012 by Mizzle

A sixteen year-old MC from Coulsdon has been named as the winner of the national Open Mic UK competition at The O2 in London!

Shak was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd in the Indigo2 on Saturday night taking home a recording and development contract.

The sixteen year-old A-level student admits it still hasn’t sunk in; ‘I’m still shocked. I hoped I’d win but didn’t expect it. I woke up on Sunday and thought “what happened last night”, I still couldn’t believe it’!His own take on Mac Miller’s Best Day Ever won over the judges making him the winner of the 16 and Under category and the overall winner.

Shak has now won a management contract with investment towards a single release and a comprehensive consultation package including social marketing, image and brand with Future Music.

The judging panel for the Grand Final included names such as Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale, Pete Cunnah, Shola Ama, BGM’s Michael King, Chris Grayston from Future Music and E Plus from Choice FM. Also picked by them as winners were Sham from Brixton who won the 17-22 category, and Sheena McHugh from Coalville who took home the 23’s and over title.

Shak studies Politics and Philosophy and a BTEC in Music at Central Sussex Haywards Heath, but his life took a big twist when he was announced winner of the prestigious Open Mic UK at The O2. Other previous winners include Birdy who has enjoyed chart success at the age of just 15, and Hatty Keane who has gone on to support the likes of Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32 and Tinchy Stryder since her success a year ago.

The towering performer, who stands at 6’6”, says the Open Mic UK competition has transformed him as an act; ‘It’s been amazing. At each stage of the competition I didn’t expect to go through, but I’ve improved at each show. The experience has helped my confidence no end, now I want to be an artist, I want to work in music and perform, and it’s all I want to do.’

For more information on Shak follow him on Twitter @ShakWeef – or check out his music on his YouTube channel YaBoiShak.

More than 9,000 acts signed up to Open Mic UK this year and Shak has proved himself to be best of the lot. For your chance to play at The O2 and win next year’s competition enter now at www.openmicuk.co.uk.

www.LiveandUnsigned.uk.com

Madeon Mashup LIVE

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Madeon Mashup LIVE

Posted on 23 January 2012 by Mizzle

As discussed this morning on Radio 1 who are hyping this hot new young talent from France, Madeon. This is a video of him mashing up almost 40 songs and samples on the Novation Launchpad. Can you spot them all?

Richard Chapman

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

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Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

Posted on 23 January 2012 by Mizzle

The more we hear it the more we love it . .

Your thoughts?

Kelly Clarkson – ‘Stronger’ (What Doesn’t Kill You)

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Kelly Clarkson – ‘Stronger’ (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Posted on 11 January 2012 by Mizzle

Willow featuring Nicki Minaj – ‘Fireball’

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Willow featuring Nicki Minaj – ‘Fireball’

Posted on 10 January 2012 by Mizzle

Little Willow Smith is back with ‘Fireball’ featuring Nicki Minaj. It still scares me when i see her in videos dancing like she does, knowing that she is only 11.

An Epic Night with Chase and Status (and Delilah)

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An Epic Night with Chase and Status (and Delilah)

Posted on 09 January 2012 by Mizzle

The night started with a beautiful set by Delilah. When ‘Go‘ started we knew it was going to be a good night. We also realised that there was only one way this evening was going to end and that was with it being one very sweaty mess.

The packed crowd at the Birmingham O2 Academy waited eagerly for Chase and Status to come on stage, looking around the crowd you could see the excitement on everyone’s faces as they were all eager to get there rave on!

It was time, the music started and there was Chase and Status, kicking it off with the opening track ‘No Problem‘ from their latest album ‘No More Idols’, the crowd bounced from wall to wall, and this did not stop for the hour and 15 minutes that they commanded the stage!

When ‘Eastern Jam’ kicked in, the crowd was at an all time high, everyone had their arms up in the air and were jumping around including everyone who had seats on the balcony.

MC Rage was prowling around on stage menacingly all night whipping the crowd into a frenzy and making them shout out for more.

Take Me Away‘ literally took me away! That was the moment when I let myself go with the crowd and we ended up somewhere in the middle of a very energetic crowd of happy ravers, then ‘Pieces‘ delighted our ears, everyone started singing along, would of loved to have seen Plan B there, but yet again he didn’t appear, maybe next time?

Then Delilah returned to the stage for the song ‘Time’. The energy and aggression thrown into the track was truly immense!

After disappearing off stage they returned for their encore accompanied by Liam Bailey for a note perfect rendition of ‘Blind Faith‘, which almost brought the house down.

Leaving the venue all you could see was steam coming off everyone and big smiles, it felt like we’d be raving all night little did we know it was just after 10.

As always Chase and Status treated our ears and soles to an epic night of immense tunes. I can’t wait for the summer festival season to begin, so we can see them again.

Check out the Photos from the event on our Facebook : Smashed Music.