Reverend and The Makers
Reverend and The Makers are an English rock band from Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The band is fronted by Jon McClure, nicknamed "The Reverend", their debut album, The State of Things, helped them gain success in Britain and spawned the UK top 10 single "Heavyweight Champion of the World". The band released their second album, A French Kiss in the Chaos, which led to them being invited to support Oasis on their final tour, playing venues such as Wembley Stadium; the band's third studio album, @Reverend_Makers, was released in 2012, their fourth studio album, ThirtyTwo, was released in 2014. In late 2005, McClure brought several musicians together for Reverend and The Makers. Like his previous bands, The Makers included this time playing bass; the rest of The Makers consisted of Dave Sanderson, Joe Moskow, Richy Westley and Laura Manuel, Simon Stafford on trombone. Sanderson was dismissed in July 2006 after the band completed their first headline UK tour and replaced by Gledhill guitarist Tom Jarvis.
Late in 2005, fellow Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys released their debut single, McClure was hounded by major record labels offering him sums of up to £150,000 to make an album like Arctic Monkeys. McClure declined the offer, decided to do everything his own way, managing to sell out The Plug in Sheffield twice, a venue with a capacity of 1,000 people, while still unsigned, it was not until the following year that McClure met Mark Jones in a club in London when he asked him for a lighter. The two got talking and Mark Jones came to see Reverend and the Makers at the next show. Jones proclaimed the band as the "best band in the world" and signed them to his label Wall of Sound Records. Reverend and The Makers released a 9-track demo in 2006, entitled "Ten Songs"; the artwork included a track list with ten songs, track 10 being "Paris at Night". However this song was not made available for download; the demos were recorded at 2Fly Studios, produced by Alan Smyth, McClure acknowledges the work Smyth put into the demos by accrediting the debut single.
Reverend and the Makers' music is a mix of indie guitar pop, electronica and a touch of Madchester-esque funk. Some of the internet demos feature members of other notable Sheffield musicians such as Alex Turner, Tim Hampton and Mike Hughes. One of Reverend's inspirations is Manchester performance poet John Cooper Clarke and Reverend performs his own poems, of a similar style, in between songs during his live sets. One of the B-sides to the debut single "Heavyweight Champion of the World" is a poem entitled "Last Resort" in which John Cooper Clarke and McClure read alternate stanzas; this poem was duetted live when the band played live at Shoreditch's Spread Eagle in the first tour in May 2006. In April 2006, Reverend and The Makers were support to the Arctic Monkeys on their sold out UK tour, exposing the band to larger audiences and bigger venues; this was followed by their own first UK tour in May and June, selling out dates in Shoreditch and The Plug in home-town Sheffield on the final night.
A second tour followed in October 2006. The sound was much tighter and far more advanced than on their previous tour. In 2008, Reverend and The Makers set a date for their first release and undertook a UK tour, including several festivals over the summer period including Glastonbury Festival, Carling Weekend, T in the Park and T4 on the Beach as well as supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Hampden Park, Glasgow. In January 2008, Reverend and The Makers toured Australia, their first release was "Heavyweight Champion of the World" on 28 May 2007 and featured the B-Sides "18–30" and "The Last Resort" featuring John Cooper Clarke. The single takes its name from a line in A Kestrel for a Knave a novel by Barry Hines and a favourite book of McClure; the single is available on both CD and 7" vinyl formats, including a limited edition "White Vinyl" release. The single was released for download on 6 May and reached #38 in the UK single chart on download only; the album, entitled The State of Things, was recorded over the Christmas period and was released on Wall of Sound on 17 September 2007.
The album features songs co-written and performed with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys and one track co-written and with guest vocals from Tim Hampton of Bromheads Jacket, other tracks include vocals by Steve Edwards. In June 2008, drummer Richy Westley left the group to form his own band Strange and Partners. In August 2008 frontman Jon McClure said he would quit music after their next album, although a month he changed his mind; the inconsistency of McClure's actions has led many critics in the music press to report negatively towards the move. Welsh band Future of the Left joked of their delight at the band's split at live shows on their tour at the time, as can be heard on their live album Last Night I Saved Her from Vampires. McClure has a new project, with a single "Hit from the Morning Sun" due to be released in February 2009. Early 2009, it was announced that Tom Jarvis has left the band, has been replaced by Tom Rowley, Rowley was a good friend of McClure, contributed to the first album by co-writing the tracks "Bandits" and "Miss Brown".
The band supported Oasis, along with Kasabian and The Enemy for their sold out summer tour in 2009. The band released their follow up to 2007's The State of Things, with A French Kiss in the Chaos; the album was released in June and the opening single, "Silence Is Talking" was featured during the band's three night run at Wembley Sta
Ocean Colour Scene
Ocean Colour Scene are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1989. They have had five Top 10 albums including a number one in 1997, they have achieved seventeen Top 40 singles and six Top 10 singles to date. Ocean Colour Scene were formed after two other bands called The Fanatics disbanded. Fanatics released. OCS signed to Phfftt Records in 1990, their first single, "Sway", was released in September 1990 indie era. However, when their record label was swallowed up by larger company Phonogram their eponymous début album was remixed, against the band's wishes, to fit in with the Madchester musical trend of the time; the album was deemed a failure. Being in dispute with their label, the band were forced back onto the dole, with no real direction and being only able to write new music, but with no outlet for it. In 1993, the start of the turnaround occurred. Paul Weller invited the band to support him on some dates of his tour. On the back of these performances, Weller invited Steve Cradock to play on one of his singles, Fowler to sing on his album, Wild Wood.
Cradock was asked to play live with Weller on his tour, the money Cradock made kept the band afloat during this time. The band recorded a demo, sent to various industry figures. After hearing this tape, Noel Gallagher invited the band to play with Oasis on their 1995 tour; this support slot brought OCS to the attention of more record labels, in late 1995, the band signed with MCA Records. With the explosion of the Britpop scene, OCS's music internationally known, their second album Moseley Shoals was released to mixed-to-positive reviews, containing four hit singles and reached No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart. They played at one of the concerts at Knebworth House supporting Oasis in August 1996. Marchin' Already, the follow-up to Moseley Shoals, went to No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart, displacing Oasis' Be Here Now at the top of the charts in 1997. In 1998 they headlined their own arena tour in support of Marchin' Already and played three sold out nights at Stirling Castle, Scotland. One from the Modern was released in 1999, peaked in the UK Albums Chart at No. 4.
The record spawned three top 40 singles, "Profit in Peace", "So Low" and "July". A Greatest Hits album, Songs for the Front Row, was released in 2001. After splitting with bassist Damon Minchella, the band continued to perform. Releases in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 continued the trend of releasing new material every two years. 2004 saw the band release their first live album, Live: One For The Road. The album was a compilation of nineteen live tracks taken from various concerts. In 2006 the band released a live acoustic album, Live At The Jam House, which consisted of fifteen live tracks and contained four new songs in "Great Man in Waiting", "The Word", "Still Trying" and "Matilda's England"; the band released a live album in December 2006, recorded at Birmingham Academy and spread over two discs. People attending the gig were able to purchase the recording straight afterwards. In 2009, the band went into the studio with producer Gavin Monaghan, known for his work with Editors, Scott Matthews and The Twang, to work on a new album, with a release date of 1 February 2010 to mark the 21st anniversary of the band.
The album had a working title of'Rockfield', named after the studios where it was recorded, but it was released as Saturday - both "Rockfield" and "Saturday" being tracks thereon. On 2 November 2009, the band released a free downloadable version of "Mrs Maylie", taken from the forthcoming album. "Magic Carpet Days", the first single from Saturday, was released on 25 January, followed by the album a few days later. The album charted at No. 35 on the UK Albums Chart.|Andy Bennett]]. A second single, "Saturday", was released in May 2010 but it failed to chart. On 24 July 2010 they performed at the Wickerman Festival. On 11 October 2010, the band released a 4-CD box set, 21, to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the band, it included many unreleased tracks and a brand new song entitled "Twenty One". In March 2011, the band released a 15th anniversary special edition of their 1996 hit album Moseley Shoals, it consisted of b-sides and live tracks. The band played a full UK tour in support of the re-release.
December saw the limited edition release of a double CD/DVD release of the band's Moseley Shoals gig at O2 Academy Birmingham, filmed on 26 February 2011. They performed an acoustic set at Lanford Live in 2011 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. In December 2012, the band announced the forthcoming release of their tenth studio album, released on 11 February 2013, they played at V-festival where In betweeners Star James Buckley performed the Circle with them in and at The Electric Picnic Festival in Stradbally, Ireland. In 2014 a special edition of Marchin' Already was released on a 2 CD edition and a special deluxe 4 disc box set which included a DVD of their live performance at Stirling Castle in 1998. Early 2015 saw the band celebrate their 25th anniversary with a bunch of acoustic shows around the UK, they released a double CD live album, recorded at the Manchester gig on the tour. The following year, in 2016, the band announced several special gigs around the UK to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1996 hit album, Moseley Shoals.
They played several dates in Australia for the first time in their career. On 22 June 2016, the band announced that Scottish musician, Raymond Meade, would be joining the band permanently on bass, following the departures of both Dan Sealey and Andy
Asian Dub Foundation
Asian Dub Foundation is an English electronica band that combines the musical styles rapcore, dub and ragga. The group includes traditional rock instruments such as electric bass and guitar, which acknowledges a punk rock influence, their music is known for its dub-inspired basslines, guitar parts inspired by the traditional Indian instrument the sitar, fast rapping. Asian Dub Foundation was formed in summer 1993 from an education workshop run by Aniruddha Das and assisted by John Pandit, attended by rapper Deeder Zaman; this early line-up released the sound-system based Conscious EP in late 1993 on Nation Records. Guitarist/programmer Steve Chandra Savale was invited to join in early 1994 and ADF became more of a band format. Sanjay Tailor DJ soon after; this completed the full live line-up of the band and their debut album Facts and Fictions was released in late 1995, following the single "Rebel Warrior". Not known in a UK music scene focused on Britpop, the band toured in mainland Europe and gained a substantial following in France where their French-only release R.
A. F. I. Sold 100,000 copies. In early 1997 the band was signed by London Records, their British profile was upped by the support of Primal Scream with whom the band began to tour regularly. Their second album Rafi's Revenge combined punk energy with a jungle/reggae core and was nominated for a Mercury Prize; the single "Naxalite" was an ode to the militant Naxalite movement in India. Tours to the United States and Japan followed, their following album, Community Music, developed their sound further and received a 10/10 review in NME. In 2000, ADF played a slot on Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid stage. At the end of 2000, Deeder Zaman announced his plans to go solo, his last gig being at Alexandra Palace alongside Primal Scream and Ian Brown, their first project of 2001 was an attempt to create a live re-score of Mathieu Kassovitz's film La Haine at the Barbican Centre's "Only Connect" festival in London. The gig was sold out and received critical praise from Max Bell and Steven Wells, they did the piece again by invitation of David Bowie at his South Bank Meltdown Festival in 2002.
The band went to Brazil to collaborate with community activist Afro-Reggae with new band members MC Aktarv8tr, Spex MC, Rocky Singh, Prithpal Rajput. In 2002, Pandit G was awarded the MBE for "services to the music industry" in relation to his work with Community Music, he declined the award, stating: In 2003, they released Enemy of the Enemy, which became their best-selling album and contained the track "Fortress Europe", an attack on European immigration policy, along with "1000 Mirrors", a collaboration with Sinéad O'Connor about a woman serving life for killing an abusive husband. In 2003, they played their biggest gig in front of 100,000 people in France at a celebration of José Bové, a radical campaigning farmer. For 2005's Tank, they were joined by On-U Sound collaborator Ghetto Priest on vocals, with the help of Adrian Sherwood; the band continued performing their La Haine soundtrack around the world for the next five years. They developed this approach in 2004 with another improvised soundtrack to the film The Battle of Algiers, first performing the piece at the Brighton Dome.
In 2005, they won "Best Underground" at the UK Asian Music Awards. Bassist Dr Das announced his intention to retire in May 2006 to resume teaching and produce his own music, he was replaced by Martin Savale, who plays bass with British-Asian electro/grunge/hip-hop band Swami. In September 2006, the dub/punk opera "Gaddafi: A Living Myth", with music by ADF, opened at the London Coliseum. In Spring 2007, Asian Dub Foundation announced the release of a best of compilation Time Freeze: The Best of Asian Dub Foundation which included a bonus disc of rare remixes and live tracks, including a live recording of a Public Enemy song featuring Chuck D; the album featured a new track recorded with former vocalist Deeder Zaman. In May 2007 ADF performed a radio session and interview on the Bobby and Nihal show on BBC Radio 1 where they performed three new tracks: "Climb On", "Superpower" and "S. O. C. A.". In June 2007, they were the only Western act to perform at the Festival of Gnawa music in Essaouira, Morocco playing to a crowd of 60,000 people and collaborating with traditional Gnawa musicians.
In August 2007, Asian Dub Foundation started playing with two new vocalists, Al Rumjen and Aktarv8r, who returned after MC Spex was asked to leave the band due to personal issues. In November/December 2007, Asian Dub Foundation recorded Punkara, it was followed by a tour of Europe and Japan. In 2009, ADF contributed to the Indigenous Resistance project after having met up with the Atenco movement in Mexico. Asian Dub Foundation started work on their new album, provisionally entitled A New London Eye, which would feature Ministry of Dhol, Nathan "Flutebox" Lee, Chi 2 and Skrein; the album came out as The History of Now and the band toured extensively to promote it. The cover contained. In May 2012, the band was asked by immersive pop-up subversives Secret Cinema to revive their live soundtrack to La Haine at Broadwater Farm and performed the piece in Paris the night of the French elections; that year ADF were rejoined by Dr. Das, Ghetto Priest and Rocky Singh, they recorded a new album, The Signal and the Noise, headlined a series of festivals including "Bearded Theory" and "Asigiri Jam" in Japan.
In 2014, the band debuted their latest live soundtrac
Lianne La Havas
Lianne Charlotte Barnes, known professionally as Lianne La Havas, is a British singer and songwriter. Her career began after being introduced to various musicians, including singer Paloma Faith, for whom she sang backing vocals. In 2010, La Havas signed to Warner Bros. Records, spending two years developing her songwriting, before releasing any music. La Havas' debut studio album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, was released to positive reviews from critics and earned her a nomination for the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll and awards for the iTunes Album of The Year 2012. La Havas was raised in London, England, to a Greek father and Jamaican mother, she was raised in Tooting and Streatham, spending the majority of her time with her grandparents after her parents separated. La Havas began singing at seven, cites her parents' diverse musical tastes as having the biggest influence on her music, her father, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, taught her the basics of piano. Lianne wrote her first song at the age of 11, but did not learn to play the guitar until she was 18 years old.
Lianne sang in her school choir. She attended Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls in Thornton Heath where she studied art A-level, had planned to take an art foundation course before she decided to leave college to pursue a career in music full-time, her birth name is Lianne Barnes, her stage name is an adaptation of her Greek father Henry Vlahavas's surname. She lives in London. Whilst attending sixth-form in Croydon, Lianne was introduced to musicians who would assist La Havas in the recording of her first demos. Through that same friend La Havas was introduced to British singer Paloma Faith. La Havas was discovered on Myspace in 2008. Duncan Ellis, owner of Scruffy Bird Artist Management, first heard of La Havas through colleague Alex Hardee of the Coda Music Agency, it was love at first scroll as Ellis skimmed the material on her Myspace page; when Ellis first saw La Havas perform, she was in the duo the Paris Parade, collaborating with future Elephant member Christian Pinchebeck.
In 2010, Lianne signed to Warner Bros. Records, spending two years developing her songwriting skills before releasing any music publicly, her first EP Lost & Found was released on 21 October 2011 on the Labour of Love label, featuring Willy Mason on the opening track "No Room For Doubt". That same month, La Havas released the live EP Live From LA, made available for free download on her website. La Havas made her television debut on 21 October 2011 broadcast of BBC Two's Later… with Jools Holland, a programme that featured Wisconsin folk band Bon Iver, her official debut single "Lost & Found" was released in the UK on 30 April 2012, her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? was released on 9 July 2012 on Warner Brothers. At the end of 2012, Is Your Love Big Enough? was named iTunes Album of the Year. On 24 September 2012, September La Havas supported Alicia Keys at MTV'Crashes' Manchester, a live performance in front of 1,000 people in Manchester Cathedral, broadcast in 164 countries. On 31 December 2012, she appeared on BBC Two's New Year's Eve show Jools' Annual Hootenanny singing Cow Cow Boogie.
On 9 June 2013, La Havas played at the RockNess music festival in Inverness, on 30 June 2013 La Havas performed at the Glastonbury Festival 2013. La Havas performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in June 2013. In early 2014, Prince played a gig in her living room in London, she appeared on Alt-J's 2014 album This Is All Yours on the track "Warm Foothills". On 30 September Prince released Art Official Age, featuring La Havas through the album, singing in "Clouds" and providing vocals on "Affirmation I&II", "Way Back Home" and "Affirmation III". La Havas performed with Prince on an episode of Saturday Night Live as a featured vocalist on 1 November 2014, she collaborated with Aqualung on the song "Eggshells" from his album 10 Features, released on 19 January 2015. After touring was completed for her first album, La Havas and her mother travelled to Jamaica. During the trip, La Havas was inspired to write new material, which would become part of her second album, she gave a live performance for her family with producer, Stephen McGregor, who would co-produce her forthcoming album.
Many of the songs were inspired by La Havas' reconnection to her Jamaican heritage. The first single, "Unstoppable", from this album, premiered for streaming on 1 April 2015; the single, co-written with Paul Epworth, was released in the UK on 1 June 2015. Its music video premiered on 12 May 2015 on La Havas' official YouTube channel. Blood was released on 31 July 2015 for digital formats. La Havas toured in the UK and Europe in support of album from mid-May to September 2015. La Havas features twice on Rudimental's album, We the Generation, on the songs "Needn't Speak" and "Breath", she appeared on the popular "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on CBS in the United States on 27 October 2015, singing with Colbert's regular band, New Orleans jazz bandleader Jon Batiste and Stay Human. La Havas plays a hollow-bodied 1964 Harmony Alden Stratotone guitar, put through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp on stage with her band. For solo gigs she uses a SansAmp DI'd, a Roland CUBE amp is used for practice. Is Your Love Big Enough?
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Kyte are an electronic indie pop group, from Leicestershire, England. Kyte comprise Tom Lowe, Scott Hislop, their earlier musical output was labelled shoegazing and post rock but they have since moved into a more electro and pop influenced sound. Their debut single, "Planet," was released in 2007 on Sonic Cathedral Recordings, the b-side of which, "Boundaries," was used in a trailer for the television series The Sopranos, their debut album was released in 2008 on Kids Records / Erased Tapes Records to positive reviews. In April 2009 they released their second full-length release Science For The Living in Japan; the two disc Japan release featured tracks taken from their 2008 Two Sparks, Two Stars EP, with the remaining tracks being new material. The bonus disc included a remix from The Joy Formidable of the opening track on Disc 1, "Eyes Lose Their Fire." The band have toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia as well as appearing at many festivals including the 10th Anniversary Summer Sonic Festival in Japan.
During April 2012 the band travelled to Seattle to work with producer John Goodmanson at the Robert Lang Studios. Their newest album, titled Love To Be Lost, was released in 2012. Dead Waves was released in Japan on April 7 2010 and in the UK shortly after on April 19; the band finished deciding which songs would appear on the album in the first week of December 2009. The mixing of the album was finished during this period. To celebrate the launch of the album in the UK, a free launch party was held at the Old Blue Last music venue in London on the day of release; the supporting acts were The Strange Death of Liberal England and Rival Consoles, as well as a live DJ set from Maps. Although it is the second full-length release in the band's discography, Dead Waves was the first full-length release to be made available outside of Asia and was promoted as the band's "first proper long-player" by their UK based label Kids Records. Several of the songs on the album are new versions of songs that appeared on the band's previous release, Science For The Living.
The album received a 7/10 from the British journalism magazine NME. MusicOMH rated it 3/5 finding little development from previous release the Two Sparks, Two Stars EP. Alter The Press! gave the release a favourable 4.5 out of 5 stars, stating that "its consistency and craftsmanship is something to be admired." In conjunction with the release of Dead Waves, a remix competition was held by the band for their track Ihnfsa. The competition was announced on the band's official MySpace blog on 16 February 2010, the closing date being the 26th of the same month. Three download links were provided, which were hosted on the Kids Records website and contained the files needed to begin remixing the track; the winning entry was submitted by FILMLOOP and was featured on the IHNFSA EP, released as a digital download via iTunes on 19 April 2010. A number of promotional CDr copies were produced. Kyte Science For The Living Dead Waves Love To Be Lost Switch Motion to the Sky Two Sparks, Two Stars Japan Tour EP Designed for Damage IHNFSA Planet Boundaries Friend of a Friend Taipei Remix Works Kyte on Myspace Photo gallery of Kyte at Summer Sundae 2010 from BBC Radio Leicester Interview with Kyte on new music community Bangingdrum.com Kyte live in China, Shanghai CityMoments.cn
Dan Mangan is a Vancouver-based Canadian musician. He has been a contributing writer for The Guardian's Arts section, Montecristo Magazine and Huffington Post Canada, has won two Juno Awards. In 2003, at 20 years old, Mangan completed his first set of recordings: an EP of recorded acoustic songs called All At Once. Five hundred copies were given away throughout the Vancouver area. With a bank loan and a small community of musicians who would offer cheap or free sessions, Mangan recorded Postcards & Daydreaming in the summer of 2005 with producer Daniel Elmes and good friend Simon Kelly. Mangan released the album independently at first and at live shows. In July 2007, Vancouver-based independent record label File Under: Music picked up the LP and re-released the album with new artwork and an extra track, "Ash Babe"; the following March, the record was released in Australia by ABC/Warner. In March 2009, File Under: Music released another EP called Roboteering, containing songs from Mangan's forthcoming album Nice, Very Nice.
The album was recorded in Toronto at Green Door Studios with producer John Critchley, featured an assortment of other Canadian artists such as Veda Hille, Justin Rutledge, Mark Berube, Hannah Georgas and members of Said The Whale, Major Maker, Elliott Brood. Five months Nice, Very Nice was released in Canada; the album name was inspired by a line from American novelist Kurt Vonnegut's book Cat's Cradle, while musically Nice, Very Nice has been compared to Chad VanGaalen and Bon Iver. The first two singles from his second full-length, "Robots" and "Road Regrets" earned airplay on local Vancouver radio stations, as well as on satellite radio stations such as The Verge and CBC Radio 3. In September 2009, Mangan was awarded "Artist of the Year" at the Verge Music Awards. In 2010, Nice, Very Nice was licensed and released by Toronto-based independent record label Arts & Crafts in the United States and Europe; the album was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. Nice, Very Nice was awarded "iTunes Album Of The Year" for the Singer/Songwriter category and won three Western Canadian Music Awards for "Independent Album Of The Year", "Roots/Solo Album Of The Year" and "Songwriter Of The Year".
"Robots" was named "Best Song" by the CBC Radio 3 BUCKY Awards. Throughout 2010 and 2011, Mangan began collaborating with musicians from Vancouver's experimental music scene. Enlisting drummer Kenton Loewen, bassist John Walsh and guitarist Gord Grdina opened up relationships with other members of the city's avant-garde free-jazz community; as the ensemble worked toward a third LP, they began collaborating and touring with a large group of musicians who would sub in and out of the band including trumpeter JP Carter, violinist Jesse Zubot, pianist Tyson Naylor and cellist Peggy Lee. Mangan asked Seattle's Eyvind Kang to write orchestral arrangements for the forthcoming recordings. Oh Fortune was recorded over six months throughout the 2010-11 winter with producer Colin Stewart, the band recorded in short spurts at The Hive Creative Labs between tours and at Mangan's own home, coined "National Park Studios", it was released in September, 2011 in North America by Arts & Crafts, with releases in the following months in Europe by City Slang and in Australia via ABC.
The album received extensive critical acclaim internationally and demonstrated the beginning of a new, more experimental era in Mangan's musical career. In November 2011, Mangan was the subject of the CBC documentary What Happens Next?, directed and produced by Brent Hodge and Jon Siddall. It follows Mangan in the lead up to his sold out show at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. At the 2012 Juno Awards, Mangan was awarded New Artist of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year for Oh Fortune, was nominated for Songwriter of the Year and Video of the Year for the music video for "Rows of Houses", directed by Jon Busby. Oh Fortune was long-listed for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize and received three Western Canadian Music Awards for "Rock Album of the Year", "Independent Album of the Year", "Songwriter of the Year". To boot, "Rows of Houses" was named "Best Song" by the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards. Mangan has won six Buckys to date, the most winning artist in the award's history, is the only artist to win "Best Song" more than once.
Focusing less on recruited orchestral performances and more on core band contribution and his band began recording in late 2013 what would be his 4th LP, Club Meds, released January 2015. Throughout the process, the ensemble decided to release the album under the moniker Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and labelling the creative contributions from Grdina, Walsh, Naylor and Zubot. Club Meds was met with a wildly positive critical reception but a less overall popular one than Oh Fortune; the album received 4 Stars from The Guardian, The Observer & Q, 8/10 from Drowned In Sound & Uncut, leading to a Metacritic score of 79. Alexis Petridis featured the LP as a must-hear album and Guitarist says of Club Meds, "Just 13 days into 2015, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith fired a compelling early salvo in the album of the year stakes." And one Canadian blogger writes, "Club Meds is singlehandedly proving that the LP format is not only alive, but worth fighting for. It is proof that a well crafted record is more than a collection of well crafted songs
Kathleen Anne Brien, professionally known as Katy B, is an English singer and songwriter. She released her debut studio album, On a Mission, in 2011, which spawned two top five hits, "Katy on a Mission" and "Lights On". In 2014 she released her second studio album, Little Red, which produced her third top five hit, "Crying for No Reason", she was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize. Kathleen Anne Brien was born on 8 May 1989, in Peckham, where she attended at Lyndhurst Primary School, Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College, the BRIT School. Katy attended at the Glenlyn Academy in South London, where she took dance classes. Katy's father was a member of the Les Humphries Singers, who represented Germany at Eurovision 1976, with the song "Sing Sang Song". Katy B possesses a soprano vocal range. Katy has guested both before and during her album release campaign. DJ NG's song "Tell Me", on which she featured as Baby Katy, was released on a white label and later signed to Ministry of Sound, she provided vocals on the track "Hold Me" for The Count & Sinden's debut album Mega Mega Mega, features on Magnetic Man's tracks "Perfect Stranger" and "Crossover".
Katy B has collaborated with Rinse FM DJ Geeneus to cover the Kevin Saunderson produced "Good Life" and the track "As I". It was following the official recognition of the former pirate radio station Rinse FM in June 2010 that Katy B saw her first single release: "Katy on a Mission", presented by Rinse and produced by Benga, was released on 22 August 2010; the single reached number five on number one on the UK Indie Chart. Katy B performed at the London Jazz Festival in 2009 with Ms Dynamite, who featured on Katy's second single "Lights On", released in the United Kingdom on 19 December 2010, debuted at number four on the UK Singles Chart, her third single "Broken Record" was released in March 2011, peaked at number eight. The fourth single "Easy Please Me" was released on 3 June 2011, her fifth single "Witches' Brew" was released on 28 August 2011. Katy's debut album On a Mission was released on 4 April 2011, peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart. Katy B supported Tinie Tempah on his tour during Spring of 2011, on 30 April 2011 she embarked on her own debut concert tour throughout Europe until September the UK in October.
In 2011, Katy B and Mark Ronson teamed up for the song "Anywhere in the World", created as an advert for Coca-Cola to tie in with the 2012 Summer Olympics, was released as a digital download on 13 May 2012. On 1 October 2013, Katy announced. A single, "What Love Is Made Of", was released on 7 July 2013, charting at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. Lead single "5 AM" was released on 4 November 2013. "Crying for No Reason" was released on 10 February 2014. Little Red topped the UK Albums Chart on 19 February 2014. "Still" was released as the final single from the album. On 18 February 2014, Katy's video for the ongoing'Rinse Sessions x Metropolis' project was revealed, which included a back-to-back cover of Beyoncé's'Drunk in Love' and Tinashe's "Vulnerable". In February, she appeared on the BBC One show The Voice as Ricky Wilson's team mentor. In March 2014, Katy took part in the recording of England's 2014 World Cup song, collaborating with fellow pop stars Melanie C, Eliza Doolittle, Emma Bunton, Conor Maynard, Kimberley Walsh and Pixie Lott on "Greatest Day", a track performed by the British band Take That.
The track was produced by Gary Barlow and recorded at Sarm Studios in London, featured former footballers such as Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, Geoff Hurst, David Seaman, Peter Shilton, Glenn Hoddle and Dion Dublin on backing vocals. She performed at Birmingham Pride in May 2014. In October 2015, Katy provided vocals, along with Tinie Tempah on "Turn the Music Louder", a re-worked version of British DJ KDA's track "Rumble", it topped the UK charts becoming Katy's first UK number one single. In December 2015, Katy confirmed in a backstage interview at Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball that her third studio album would be called Honey and would be released sometime in 2016, it was confirmed that a track of the same name would feature. The album was released on 22 April 2016. Studio albums On a Mission Little Red Honey On a Mission Tour Little Red UK Tour Honey Tour Katy B has received five nominations at the MOBO Awards, she was nominated for Best Push Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011. In 2011 she was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
In 2012 she won a NME Award for Dancefloor Anthem. Official site