Monthly Archives: July 2011

Amy Winehouse found dead

Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her North London home.

Police confimred a 27-year-old woman  was pronounced dead at a  Camden address, just after 4pm following a call from ambulance services.

The death is treated as unexplained and enquiries are continuing.

Camden Square has been sealed of by police

The full statement from the Met Police says:

Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased.

On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained

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New favourite band- THE BANDANA SPLITS

Hailing from Brooklyn the Bandana Splits are the new Doo Wop inspired group from alt-folk heroine Dawn Landes. Having worked with the likes of Josh Ritter, Landes has taken a change of direction to embrace the vintage sounds of Phil Spector.

They have the cutsie girl group pin-up look of 50’s saccharine and cola floats, but with a wall of sound psychedelia they have created a perfect antidote to the sparse and whimsical Brooklyn sound.

Taking lead vocals, Landes fronts the trio with Greenwich friends, Annie and Lauren Balthrop alongside producer Sam Cohen from Apollo Sunshine. Cohen plays all the instruments while the Split trio employ the harmonies of the Ronettes. Although hardly a cutting edge sound, their fuzzy lipstick dreams have been gathering a cult following and repeated plays of Lauren Laverne’s 6Music pop show.

In advance of The Bandana Splits’ self-titled debut album released on Soul Boy on August 29,  they have made available ‘Sometimes’ as a download HERE.

1. Sometimes
2. Ricky Dee
3. Lavez Vous
4. Desert Love
5. My Love
6. Choo Choo
7. Stay If You Wanna
8. Baby Talkin’ (The Shoo Wop Song)
9. You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry
10. Chemistry
11. Hold On
12. All You Gotta Do Is Fall In Love
13. Hawaiian Love Song

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Mercury Music Prize 2011- Prediction- Gold Panda

Originally published on The Line of Best Fit

Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner

Towards the end of 2010 electronic music was used purely to soundtrack a moody meander through a 3am gritty city scape. The xx had painted everything drizzle grey and the horizon revealed only the coffee table bureaucracy of James Blake. Beats and bleeps were rationed; the neglected victims of recession, while the great hope of Dubstep wobbled in the clutches of Reggie and Grimmers as they yelled shout-outs to children.

There was a real danger of guitars becoming relevant again, but in an Essex living room, a man known as Derwin was collecting samples from charity shops and mobile phone recordings, and dusting down gasping analogue synthesisers. We had already heard Gold Panda’s blueprints, the oriental ‘Quitter Ragga’ and the crackling Casio of ‘Back Home’, but in October 2010 Lucky Shiner roused dance music to a sunrise over a mist filled valley.  Opening track ‘You’ is the dawn chorus, different samples compete in turn, infusing organically into one of nature’s wonders.

‘Vanilla Minus’ and ‘Snow and Taxis’ are epic Trance tunes – repetitive, layered and building, but more akin to the sub-psytrance of Tribal Gathering than the banging Donk and hotpant-hysteria of Saturday nights. ‘Marriage’ reintroduces gentle piano house and ‘India Lately’ is the warped crackle of Kraftwerk on board the Trans-Orient Express.

Lucky Shiner is a “proper” dance record, with one man behind a forest of wires and magic boxes, pressing buttons to conduct samples to their natural place. Its analogue creaking gives it an organic feel which is all too often compressed out of electronica, and allows it to honour the history of dance and watch it blossom into a new era.
– David Newbury

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