George Michael – 20 of his best

1) Too Funky

George’s forte as a musician was to create brilliant, memorable dance-pop or sincere, aching ballads. This song falls into the former and is a plea for sexual activity, utilising a spoken clip from 1967 film ‘The Graduate’.

2) A Different Corner

George once said the following about his second solo single: “I think you can tell that ‘A Different Corner’ is genuinely the sound of a man who’s heart’s been broken. I was 19 and the best critique I ever heard of that song was from a friend of mine who said, ‘It’s beautiful, pathetic, but beautiful.'”

3) Cowboys and Angels

A brilliantly written jazz song which Michael revealed to be about a bizarre love triangle in which a woman was in love with him whilst he was in love with a man.

4) I knew You Were Waiting For Me (with Aretha Franklin)

It takes courage and a belter of a vocal to come anywhere near those of soul diva Aretha Franklin but thankfully George rose to the challenge to sing with one of his idols. A brilliant, powerful track with a killer chorus.

5) Fastlove

One of the best pop tracks from the 90’s, this was one of the more uptempo moments from the overall melancholic and brooding nature of ‘Older’. It is unusual in that it has no conventional chorus but its utilisation of hip-hop beats, brass instruments and lyrics about sexual desire make it one of Michael’s stand out tracks of his career and this was a huge hit in 1996.

6) Amazing

A sweet acoustic guitar-driven track which refreshingly used elements of acid-jazz and dance-pop. A testament to his partner of the time Kenny Goss, this piece of pop perfection was a hit single from George’s final album of all new material ‘Patience’.

7) Freeek!

A filthy electropop track which utilises multiple samples from a variety of pop & hip hop tracks to formulate its expensive-sounding production. The video is pretty sexy too…

8) Freedom! 90

An all time classic which George famously performed at the London 2012 Olympics. The video is also noteworthy due to the absence of George and instead it featuring five supermodels lipsynching its lyrics.

9) Spinning the Wheel

One of George’s most underrated works. A jazz-pop track which utilises brass instruments and a funky bass line over hip-hop beats, this track depicts the worry of a lover whose partner is sexually promiscuous during an age where AIDS was newly discovered and prevalent in the West.

10) John & Elvis Are Dead

Another of George’s most underrated works. This psychadelic Pop track documents a character who awakes from a coma to find many iconic singers have died. Slightly eerie now, considering George himself has joined them.

11) Through

A stunning ballad from George’s final album of original material ‘Patience’. Utilising little more than strings and meticulously programmed synthesizers, this desperate ballad presents a man worn down by life and pushed to the edge.

12) I Can’t Make You Love Me

The original, of course is a country ballad by Bonnie Raitt. George covered this for his ‘MTV Unplugged’ session and performed perhaps the best version. His vocals are aching with sincerity and it is by far one of the most emotional and pure versions of this beautiful song.

13) Understand

Stunning, space-y track which was previously unreleased prior to its inclusion on George’s 25 greatest hits album. George has said this track is a follow up to Wham! classic ‘Everything She Wants’ but is far more melancholic and sincere in nature.

14) Father Figure

Another classic, this soul-infused Pop track reportedly began life as a dance track until Michael removed the percussion and realised it worked better at a slower tempo.

15) Jesus to a Child

Gorgeous, heartbreaking ballad which George wrote in tribute to his Brazillian lover Anselmo Feleppa who died of AIDS in 1993. Utilising Bossa Nova music (a genre of Brazillian music which fuses samba and jazz music together), George apparently suffered severe writer’s block following Feleppa’s death but eventually wrote this track in under an hour. Following George’s death, Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of charity Childline revealed that Michael had secretly donated all of the song’s royalties to the charity.

16) Waltz Away Dreaming (with Toby Bourke)

Another little-known tracks by George which was originally written by Irish singer-songwriter Toby Bourke. Bourke was signed to Michael’s label and Michael reportedly loved the song so much, he ended up featuring on and co-producing the gorgeous ballad.

17) Outside

Brilliant, funky disco-track which parodies the infamous 1998 toilet incident in which Michael was arrested in a Beverly Hills lavatory for engaging in a lewd act. George handled the incident brilliantly, talking openly and frankly on many talk shows after the incident and this song and its accompanying video is a self-deprecating, humorous version of events.

18) Faith

One of George’s best known/well-loved tracks which was written in a rock and roll style.

19) Cars & Trains

A great track which lyrically tells of a collection of self-destructing individuals. The production on this is particularly brilliant – the glitchy finish was way ahead of its time (this seems to litter much current pop music) and the meticulously programmed/layered track adds to its brilliance.

20) December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas)

We all know and love ‘Last Christmas’, of course. George was always critical of much of the material he wrote in Wham! and it’s likely this effort was written as an attempt to write a festive song with more credibility. It never quite achieved the same status as ‘Last Christmas’ but each are brilliant in their own way. This song was written with long-time writing partner David Austin and was initially released as a free download on George’s official website before finally being released a few years later. It’s a dark, melancholic and dreamy song but it’s George at his best and is not dissimilar from much of his best work on ‘Older’.

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White Crosses Launch ‘Dead Souls’ Video Single

Press Release sent to us:

Having recently joined forces with UK indie label Engineer Records, the infectiously heartfelt alternative punk/rock outfit ‘White Crosses’ unleash their ‘Dead Souls’ video single.

Hailing from Warsaw (Poland) the quartet, featuring the creative partnership of Konrad Sloka (Vox/Guitar), Sebastian Prokop (Guitar), Stefan Banaszynski (Bass) and Marcin Plocha (Drums), produced big waves in their native country with their acclaimed EP release ‘Native Handshakes’ in 2015. Releasing ‘Dead Souls’ as a taste of things to come from their forthcoming EP  ‘Anchorless’, White Crosses are armed to bring their music to an international audience.

Check Out ‘Dead Souls’:

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FEATURE: New video single release from Circle Of Reason

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CIRCLE OF REASON UNVEIL COLOURS VIDEO SINGLE

Following the very recent arrival of their ‘Questions’, Southampton’s (UK) Circle Of Reason are now back with their latest video single titled ‘Colours’. Showcasing another metallic and emotive rock track, ‘Colours‘ is an epic anthem taken from the bands forthcoming album ‘Faith Or Theory‘.

For the British quartet Circle Of Reason, the path that led to the creation of their new album Faith Or Theory is one that ultimately saw them start to assess their own relationships, and try to get a handle on their place in the world. Having taken a well-earned break after the release of their 2013 record These Hands And This Mind – which also saw them share stages with the likes of Feed The Rhino, Marmozets, Neck Deep, Mallory Knox, Creeper, Allusondrugs and Fearless Vampire Killers, as well as be featured on Kerrang! TV and Scuzz – the band’s 2015 became all about putting pen to paper and getting in front of crowds, starting with a slot at Takedown Festival. A small line-up change later, and the resultant tracks are short stories that convey with great emotion just how much Circle Of Reason means to its members.

Appealing to fans of Deftones, Funeral For A Friend, Biffy Clyro, Smashing Pumpkins and Mastodon, Circle Of Reason are a band that specialise in carefully planned dynamics, gargantuan guitar riffs and all fused with melodic hooks.

Check out ‘Colours‘ below:

Available Now  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/colours-single/id1103006266
iTunes  pre order album: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/faith-or-theory/id1104156711

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CircleOfReasonBand/videos

FEATURE: New Video Release from Come The Spring

Come The Spring have released their official video for latest single ’24’. See the press release supplied to us below.

BRIT ROCKERS COME THE SPRING LAUNCH ’24’ VIDEO SINGLE

Brighton’s (UK) post-punk fuelled alternative rock outfit ‘Come The Spring’ release their official video for their latest single ’24’.

Featuring live footage of the band showcasing their renowned high energy performances, 24 is taken from their REVIVE EP available through UK independent label Engineer Records.

Having formed in late 2012 from the ashes of cult-following UK rock bands, Come The Spring members bring their vast experience and creativity to produce emotionally charged and anthemic songs. Consisting of Sam Craddock (Vox), David Gamage (Guitar), Simon Goodrick (Guitar), Mark Wilkinson (Bass) and Jamie Donbroski (Drums), the allies of uncompromised guitar driven rock have previously shared stages with the likes ofGreen Day, No FX, Texas Is The Reason, Braid and many more.

Check out ’24’ by Come The Spring:

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FEATURE: Spoken Word Artist ‘Joolz’ Releases Free Single ‘Sky’

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Press release:
Internationally renowned spoken word artist ‘Joolz’ has made her latest single ‘Sky’ available as a free download.

Taken from the long awaited album ‘Crow’ set for release this Spring via Attack Attack Records, ‘Sky’ features ‘Joolz’s captivating and beautiful vocal delivery accompanied by music from acclaimed German composer ‘Henning Nugel’. No stranger to successful musical collaborations, Joolz has previously worked with artists such as Jah Wobble (PiL), Justin Sullivan (New Model Army) and Mik Davis (New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack/Monster Jaw).

With over 30 years professional experience across multiple art forms, Joolz is a prominent and inspiring creative force with recognition and awards as an established poet, illustrator, novelist, educator, artistic director and tattoo artist. The Bradford(UK) based Joolz, has toured with her work across the world; performed at high profile festivals including Glastonbury,Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Leeds/Reading Rock Festival, Bearded Theory etc; and has featured on national media outlets such as BBC Radio One & Four, ITV and BBC 2 as a guest performer and presenter.

‘Sky’ is available to download for free at:  www.soundcloud.com/joolzmusic/sky

FEATURE: Scout Killers Reveal April 2016 UK Tour

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UK alternative rock band Scout Killers are to embark on a UK tour in April. Here’s the accompanying press release:

The British connoisseurs of guitar driven alternative rock release news of their forthcoming April 2016 UK tour. Joining the Bath (UK) based Scout Killers on their crusade across English cities are support acts Amongst Thieves and The Loose Cut.

The 5 piece outfit of Scott Cox (Vox), Julien Morrez (Guitar/vox), Beau Stevens (Guitar), Josh Ellis (Bass) and Chris Phillips(Drums) shall head out on tour following the release their latest single ‘Rip Me Apart’ out 28th March 2016. Having made loyal fans through extensive touring and their acclaimed 2014 EP – ‘Stand Your Ground’, Scout Killers are fresh out of the recording studio with new material to unleash during this year. Expect huge sonics, atmospheric guitar work and emotive vocals from the band who effectively know how to create anthemic rock tracks.

Catch Scout Killers on tour April 2016:

3rd April – London – The Black Heart
4th April – Guildford – The Star Inn
5th April – Leeds – The Key Club
6th April – York – Fulford Arms
7th April – Newcastle – Head Of Steam
8th April – Bath – The Nest
9th April – Manchester – Aatma

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Check out this gorgeous performance of ‘Honey’ live:

 

Scout Killers Hi Res April Tour 2016

 

 

FEATURE: Zayn – PILLOWTALK

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Ex One Direction member Zayn Malik has set the world alight with excitement with the première of début solo single ‘PILLOWTALK’.

‘PILLOWTALK’ is a sexy and sultry alternative R&B track comprised of thunderous beats, eerie electro elements, broken vocal samples, wailing guitars and soaring melodies. It’s a far-cry from Zayn’s One Direction days and conveys a far greater depth of maturity, mostly through its sexual themes.

The fizzy downtempo track is co-written by Zayn with Anthony Hannides and Michael Hannides of MYKL [who’s track ‘Red’, Zayn tweeted support of back in March 2015] in addition to Levi Lennox. The latter three also produced the track.

Zayn always exhibited one of the more powerful voices within One Direction and his buttery vocals suit this progressive R&B far more than the anthemic Pop of his boyband days. It’s a carefree transition into R&B in a similar fashion to Justin Timberlake following his NSYNC days.

A bold and triumphant launch as a solo artist.

Check the track and its racy video out below:

FEATURE: Ko JazZ – Jazz Daniels EP

Ko Jazz delivers his latest project Jazz Daniels EP, an EP comprised of a rich jazz/hip-hop fusion. It’s a polished, bold and substantial piece of work from the chilled-out jazz-influenced ‘Honey On The Rocks‘ to the heavier hip-hop ‘The Brewery‘.

You can read the overview of the EP supplied to us below:

The unsung hero of iLLustrious, KoJazz finally delivers his newest project, Jazz Daniels EP, which is entirely produced by in-house beatmaker, Solidified. The most ambitious element of KoJazz’s sprawling Jazz Daniels EP was its attempt to trace the pervasive ills of his drinking habits and cleverly providing drunken tales throughout hypnotic production. The conceptual idea was spawned by Token Photo and Jazz’ liquor of choice. KoJazz raps about the highs and lows of alcohol consumption. The project features Bishop, MeRCY, Rell Burgundy, YoAmanduh and others which all came through with stellar guest appearances. Producer Solidified, provided sonically the perfect backdrop on every record that you often find yourself drunken with amazement. Whether you find yourself texting your EX because of “Drunk EXting” or confessing your sins due to “I Swear To Drunk, I Ain’t God”; KoJazz gotta song for everyone. There’s a message in the bottle. Make sure to listen responsibly.

Standout Track: Gentleman Jazz

KoJazz – Jazz Daniels EP // Entirely Produced by Solidified
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Listen to the EP below: