Entries tagged with: Jessie Ware
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.
The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...
Yesterday, Pitchfork put out their top tracks of 2014 and today they continue their year-end coverage with their 20 honorable mention albums, a list they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." They included Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and wrote, "Against Me! is a punk band making their most necessary album as they approach 20 years of existence. (The kids I knew in high school never would've predicted that.)"
There's also Frankie Cosmos' Zentropy, which P4k gave plenty of buzz this year, emo revival band The Hotelier's Home, Like Noplace Is there, iLoveMakonnen (who did really well in their tracks list), the US release on Run for Cover of Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan's 2013 album II, Pallbearer's Foundations of Burden (the only metal album to get best new music this year), Protomartyr's Under Color of Official Right, rising and BCC Sound of 2015 longlisted Shamir's Northtown EP, Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit and more.
Find out who else made the list, below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
Jessie Ware at Flow Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jessie Ware was already confirmed for SXSW 2015, and now she's announced more North American tour dates happening right after that, including her largest headlining NYC show yet. That happens April 1 at Terminal 5. Tickets for T5 go on sale at noon on Friday (12/12) with an AmEx preasle starting at noon on Thursday (12/11).
She recently put a video for "You & I" from her 2014 LP, Tough Love. You can watch that, with her list of tour dates, below...
Sonny & the Sunsets will release Talent Night At The Ashram on February 17 via Polyvinyl. Sonny Smith has always been an excellent storyteller and the album actually started as a film project that never came to fruition. Each song was originally a short film that, when strung together, formed a feature-length movie. You can get a glimpse of what that might have turned out like via the video for "Cheap Extensions" which was directed and animated by Teppei Ando. Watch that below.
Smith furthers his storytelling in a new comic book titled The Freakishly Bizarre Yet Terribly True Tales of Sonny & The Sunsets which you can buy via Polyvinyl. It's limited to 500 copies, comes with a flexidisc and is on sale now.
The band, which now includes The Fresh & Onlys' Shayde Sartin, are gearing up for a tour of Japan, and have a few West Coast dates with Colleen Green lined up around the release of the album. Nothing for the East Coast yet (they were here in September) but all dates are listed below.
Sonny Smith also gave us his Top 10 of 2014, which includes a mix of musicians, artists, humanitarians, activists, sports teams and more. Check it out, with a little commentary for each, below.
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
by Bill Pearis
It's Christmas time and there's no need to be afraid...unless you're scared of charity singles. Then maybe it is. Bob Geldof's Band Aid is 30 years old this year and to celebrate they've re-recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (co-written by Midge Ure) with a whole load of new pop stars, including Sam Smith, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Chris Martin, Jessie Ware, One Direction, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Seal and more. A few of the original's performers have returned for this one, including the recently-injured Bono, who finds himself in the exact same place in the song. With a bit of a lyrical rewrite. His line was easily the original's most infamous, horrible lyric, "tonight, thank god it's them instead of you" but he now sings "tonight we're reaching out and turn to you." Oh, that's better.
The song is available to buy on iTunes and proceeds go to help fight Ebola. Will we get Live Aid 30 in 2015? Stay tuned. The video for "Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)" debuted on The X Factor and you can watch it, and check out the full list of performers, below...
Happyness @ Baby's All Right 10/21/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
While we're in the midst of CMJ here in NYC, Austin's SXSW Festival just announced its first round of 2015 showcasing artists, including Carl Barat of the Libertines, reunited post-punks The Pop Group, Jessie Ware, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Peaks, Happyness (who are here for CMJ), Residual Kid and more. The music portion of SXSW 2015 happens March 17 - 22.
Full round 1 announced acts listed below.
Jessie Ware at Flow Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
UK singer Jessie Ware's new album Tough Love comes out 10/6 in the UK and 10/21 in North America via PMR/Island, and she's already released a few tracks from it. Now, she's got a video with Benny Blanco, aka one half of BenZel who executive produced the album, with the two of them in the studio in conversation about the making of the new album. That video is premiering in this post and can be watched below.
Jessie will be on tour soon too.
Jessie Ware at Flow Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jessie Ware's already released a few songs from her upcoming Tough Love album (due 10/6 in the UK and 10/21 in North America via PMR/Island), and now she's put out "Kind Of... Sometimes... Maybe," which she co-wrote with Miguel, along with BenZel (Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch) who executive produced the album. Check it out below.
Jessie's tour hits NYC on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
Jessie Ware at Flow Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We mentioned not long ago that to get tickets to Jessie Ware's upcoming tour you had to enter via a ballot on her website. The NYC show happens on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and it turns out they've actually decided to release some regular tickets to the show that you can purchase. Tickets for NYC go on sale Wednesday (8/27) at 10 AM.
Jessie also recently spoke to NME about the Kate Bush comparisons she's gotten:
It's a massive compliment to be compared to her. I don't think I'm anything like Kate Bush. I mean, I just... I'm not there yet. She inspires me. I love the femininity in her voice and the way she uses it but I don't really see how I'm like her. But there's definitely been influence from Kate in some of the more high-registered stuff for this album ['Tough Love']. I definitely think on this album I've been like, "Let's make it a bit more Kate".Jessie also mentions in the interview that she has a ticket to Kate's first live dates in 35 years, which begin this Tuesday, August 26 (all at London's Hammersmith Apollo). Don't take any pictures, Jessie!
I just think the way she puts across a song with such emotion and feeling, there's nobody quite like her.
In other Kate Bush news, BBC recently aired an hour-long documentary where they talk to St. Vincent, Bat for Lashes, Elton John, Bret Anderson (Suede), comedian Steve Coogan and more. It's really good and can be watched below...
Jessie Ware already released the title track and a bonus track from her new album Tough Love (due 10/21), and she's since released another, "Say You Love Me" (not a Fleetwood Mac cover). This one's a soulful ballad, co-written by Ed Sheeran, and it was just given a remix by Shura that makes it sound more sensual than soulful, and more in line with the atmospheric garage collaborations Jessie's been known for.
Stream the new remix and the original below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
Nina Persson, Jessie Ware & Fans @ Flow Fest (8/8/14)
The first day of Flow Festival began with a cruise around the Helsinki archipelago. The folks at Visit Helsinki invited press on an hour-long cruise that circled Suomenlinna (where I visited the day before) and stopped on Lonna Island, once home to a 19th Century Russian mine storage that was re-opened to the public in May.
From there it was on to Suvilahti, a power plant which closed nearly 40 years ago, which Flow Festival calls home. 'Flow Talks' were in progress when we arrived. I took some time to explore the grounds and get a lay of the land. The thing you quickly learn about Flow is that it's manageable. There's plenty to see and do but getting from one place to another is not as overwhelming (or impossible) as say Lollapalooza.
My festival began outright with three Finnish bands. I made a quick stop by the Main Stage to catch a bit of alternative rock band Risto before hustling over to the Blue Tent for the penultimate performance by Magenta Skycode. The Turku-based band is calling it a day and this was their final performance in Helsinki. For me, their blend of atmospheric, guitar-driven rock, and soaring vocals was the highlight of the day. Talking with Finns afterward, I learned there was a lot of nostalgia and a sense that they would be missed.
At the Other Sounds indoor stage was Finnish singer-songwriter, Joose Keskitalo. Keskitalo's easy set was a mix of hushed folk and old-timey songs and was a nice and marked contrast to both of the previous bands.
The Main Stage featured two solo singers back-to-back with The Cardigan's Nina Persson and UK pop chanteuse Jessie Ware. Between the two, Ware's performance was the better as she assuredly moved across the stage, engaging the gathering crowd. She also sprinkled her set with new songs from her forthcoming sophomore record.
I left Persson's set early to catch Slint who are back together after another hiatus. Their droning post-rock set was perfect for the dark environs of the Black Tent.
My festival night ended at Flow's most intriguing and beautiful stage - the Balloon 360-degree Stage. The crowd swayed in unison under the colorful glow of the giant ball to the hypnotic, guitar-inflected songs of Tuareg outfit, Tinariwen.
The night didn't end there though. A bunch of us ventured off to an afterparty behind Suvilhati right out by the water where a DIY sauna was located. DJs played a range of dance music deep into the night. Beer was sold out of a van, three cans for 10 euros. Some people sprawled out on the asphalt while others jumped into the water for a late-night swim after hitting up the sauna. As I left, the sun was coming up and the party was still going. But at least a few hours of sleep were needed if I wanted to be at all functional for Day 2.
Day 1 final thoughts:
One thing I noticed in my walkabout at the Main Stage were the no alcohol signs as you approach. If you want to drink, that's fine, just don't expect to get close to your favorite main stage artist. Alcohol is not allowed inside a roughly 50-yard perimeter. So, inside the alcohol-prohibited area you have plenty of space, especially toward the back to enjoy the show and not worry about people perilously holding three beers and two gin and tonics trying to maneuver their way through a packed crowd to friends at the front. I can't even begin to express how nice that is.
The other thing you notice is the trash on the festival grounds. Or I should say lack thereof. Reading about Flow prior to leaving for Helsinki I came across this stat: "In 2013 out of all the waste created at the festival 95% was recycled." 95%. That's mind-boggling.
And the grounds reflected it. As I moved among the crowd, I was genuinely startled if I stepped on a plastic cup or accidentally kicked an empty beer can because it was the exception and not the rule. The level of social responsibility at Flow far surpasses that of any festival in the United States. Or at least any U.S. festival I've attended.
Pictures from Day 1 continue below...
Helsinki has some nice architecture...
After spending three days shooting portraits and other SoundWave tent activities for us at Lollapalooza in Chicago, BrooklynVegan photographer Dominick Mastrangelo took off to Finland for this year's Flow Festival. Keep checking back for his coverage from the fest throughout the weekend, starting now...
With Lollapalooza in the books for another year, this weekend's summer festivals look west to San Francisco for Outside Lands. And they also look east, way east, across the pond to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries whom are all holding their own festivals. Norway's Oya Festival is up and running while Sweden's Way Out West and Flow Festival in Finland take place Friday through Sunday. At the time of this writing, I'm 31,000 feet over Iceland and bound for the beautiful seaport city of Helsinki for Flow. The lineup is a healthy mix of heavy hitters, indie-popular bands as well as Finnish talent.
Last week's Lollapalooza headliners, Skrillex and OutKast, are headlining on Friday (8/8) and Sunday (8/10)respectively. The National, whose seemingly endless tour in support of last year's Trouble Will Find Me, roll in to town after playing Oya and Way Out West to headline on Saturday.
In addition to the headliners, the fest also features Röyksopp & Robyn, Polica, Little Dragon, Marissa Nadler, The Horrors, Darkside, Bill Callahan and Janelle Monae are also performing. And a handful of artists who performed at Pitchfork a few weeks ago will be making their way to Helsinki as well including Slowdive, Real Estate and Neneh Cherry.
Flow also gives a nod toward festivals like SXSW and CMJ with a host of talks on tech and music as well as a screening over 40 short films. The National will also feature on the film side with a screening of the documentary Mistaken For Strangers.
Update: Being seven hours ahead of New York, I've been out and about in Helsinki today. Posters for Flow are everywhere, the weather was gorgeous and I spent most of my afternoon out on Suomenlinna, a fortress built on six islands in the Gulf of Finland. (That beautiful weather disappeared in less than an hour as it's presently pouring outside.) Some photos from my afternoon jaunt, plus the full Flow lineup, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jessie Ware at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
You've already heard "Tough Love" from the new Jessie Ware album of the same name, and she's now released another single from it, "Share It All," which appears on the album's deluxe version. It was co-written by The xx's Romy Madley-Croft (and produced by Jessie's frequent collaborator Julio Bashmore), and you can definitely tell it was written by an xx member. Check it out below.
The xx just announced that they're playing the Guggenheim International Gala pre-party.
Song stream below...
Jessie Ware, who features on the new SBTRKT album, recently announced a new album and tour which brings her to NYC on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. We said to stay tuned for ticket info but have since realized that the only way to get in to all shows on the tour is via a ballot on her site. Registration is open through July 28 at noon UK time, and if you end up being one of the lucky ones, you'll find out by July 30 with a link to buy tickets. Jessie adds, "your name will be printed on each ticket so you can't flog them to touts!"
Yesterday (7/22), SBTRKT announced that his new album will be called Wonder Where We Land and shared a track featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. He's since revealed that in addition to Ezra, the album will feature A$AP Ferg, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Denai Moore, Jessie Ware, Koreless, Raury, Sampha and Warpaint. The deluxe edition features Raury, Sampha, Warpaint, Andrew Ashong and Boogie. It comes out September 23 via Young Turks. Tracklist and streams of the songs with Ezra and Sampha, below.
SBTRKT also announced a tour which brings him to NYC on October 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale July 31 with a presale starting July 29.
All dates are listed, with the tracklist and song streams, below...
UK pop singer and Disclosure/SBTRKT collaborator Jessie Ware recently released "Tough Love," the single from her sophomore album of the same name which comes out this year. Now she's announced a tour which includes a few North American dates, culminating in NYC on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. (That's a pretty cool place to see her.) Stay tuned for ticket info.
All dates are listed, with the "Tough Love" video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Vancouver-via-Switzerland producer Cyril Hahn signed to PMR last year around the time he dropped his Shy Girls-featuring single "Perfect Form," and he's now prepping a new EP for the label which will presumably feature his two recent singles, "Breaking" (with Javeon) and "Getting There." Both are the kind of bass-heavy pop we've come to expect from PMR, and they can be streamed below.
Cyril will be touring this summer which includes a North American run in August of all outdoor venues. That hits NYC on August 23 on Output's rooftop for a daytime show (doors 2 PM). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sam Smith at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Amber North)
While soccer fans watched the World Cup play out on a jumbotron at the Kalliope stage, [Sam Smith] attracted Bonnaroo's youngest, hippest, style-conscious attendees at The Other Tent.Bonnaroo went down over the weekend and among other things featured one of the biggest US crowds British pop singer Sam Smith had yet to play to. The Disclosure collaborator played the stripped version of their collaboration "Latch" (which appears in that form on his new album), his own hits ("Stay With Me," "Leave Your Lover"), and covered the Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?," a song that band opened their set at the same festival with two days later. (MS MR also covered it during their Bonnaroo set.) Sam also joined Disclosure during their 'Roo set just hours later and performed "Latch" once again. You can watch a video of Sam's Arctic Monkeys cover, with his setlist from the festival, below.
Smith's debut album, "In the Lonely Hour," entered the U.K. charts at No. 1 last month, and it looks to make a big splash when it hits U.S. stores on Tuesday. Like few other acts on this year's bill, he's very much a star of the moment. A suave, British soul singer, laying smooth falsetto melodies over '80s-tinged funk and R&B - just a few short years ago, it would have been considered the opposite of hip. The tide has obviously turned. [The Tennessean]
Sam will be sticking around NYC this week, doing a record signing at Rough Trade on Thursday (6/19). You just need to buy his record that day to get a wristband for the 6 PM event.
Another Disclosure collaborator Jessie Ware announced that her new album would be out at some point this year via PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope and told Pitchfork it features collaborations with Miguel, Ed Sheeran, Julio Bashmore, Dave Okumu, Kid Harpoon, James Ford and Nineteen85. Its first single "Tough Love" is out now, and it's a more laid back single as far as Jessie Ware songs go with an almost James Blake-like quality to the chorus. This one was produced by BenZel, aka Two Inch Punch (who produced Sam Smith's "Money On My Mind") and Benny Blanco (who's written/produced huge songs like Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger").
Listen to that, with the Sam Smith stuff, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Julio Bashmore at Central Park in 2013 (via)
Bristol producer Julio Bashmore has made a pretty good name for himself with some addictive house singles like "Au Seve" and working as a producer with Jessie Ware. Now FACT reports that he's finally "pretty much finished" with his debut album, and plans to release it via his Broadwalk label this summer. No word on what songs will make it on the album yet, but you can check out a couple of his recent singles below.
One of those singles, "Peppermint," which features Jessie Ware, was just given video treatment. Check that out below too.
Julio is also returning to the US for a short tour here in March, including a stop in NYC on March 13 at Output for the venue's weekly INPUT party. That show is with Huxley, and there will also be sets by Thomas Schumacher and Corey Backer in the venue's Panther Room. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He'll also be back in May for Detroit's Movement Festival.
All dates are listed, with those streams, below...