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58 Music Week 28.09.12




(Columbia/Fly Eye Records)

International superstar DJ Calvin Harris is set to release his latest single Sweet Nothing featuring Florence Welch on October 14 - taken from his forthcoming album 18 Months. The Scotsman recently confirmed that the LP will feature an

extensive list of featuring collaborators including guest vocalists Rihanna, Kelis, Ne-Yo, Florence Welch, Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Ayah Marar and Example, as well as input from DJ/producers Nicky Romero and Dillon Francis. With international single sales of over 15 million already, (from the


P.O.S.We Don’t Even Live Here (Rhymesayers Entertainment) Featuring input from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Gayngs’ Ryan Olson and the likes of

Boyz Noise on production duties alongside P.O.S. himself, We Don’t Even Live Here has been described as ‘an album of irreverent, dance-infused hip hop anthems with a punk rock attitude’. This is the fourth solo album from Doomtree co-founder Stefon Alexander, aka P.O.S. Known for welding hip-hop with

guitars and screamed vocals, on WDELH P.O.S. steps away from his noisy past in favour of futuristic club beats, though his hip-hop foundation remains on many of the tracks. The record’s producer and mix

engineer is Andrew Dawson (P.O.S.’s former high school classmate), who has worked on platinum releases from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Fun.


SLYDIGS Never To Be Tamed (Flicknife Records) When four-piece Sly Digs released their first single, Electric Love, NME said: ‘Make sure that it is

one of the five tracks you buy this month’. The video of the single was awarded Video Of The Week on Sky Music Channel Lava, featured in the Radar Section of NME TV, on Channel 4 programme Fresh Meat and it was also used in a Channel 5 advert. The band have supported Pete

Doherty, The New York Dolls, The Fall, Idlewild, Shack, Alabama 3, The Charlatans, High Flying Birds and in 2011 they played numerous festivals including Haigh Fest, Southport Rocks and Exmouth Festival. After announcing the release of this

album, the band were invited to perform on a new music TV show Rule Britannia to be featured on Sky 1 (Electric Love will also be the theme tune for the programme) and ITV.


MADNESS Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da (Lucky Seven Records) Oui Oui… is the tenth studio album from Madness, a collection of new material with

artwork that has been designed British Artist Sir Peter Blake (who designed the 2012 BRITs statue). The band have confirmed that the first

single from the record will be My Girl 2, released on October 22. Oui, Oui… sees the band team up with

a number of new producers, the first time in their career they have decided to do so. As a teaser for the new material, track Death Of A Rude Boy was made available as a free download from the Madness official website in August. This summer, they played on the roof

of Buckingham Palace, a number of high- profile festivals and to millions at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony. They also play the iTunes Festival on September 27 and a headline UK arena tour in Nov/Dec.

tracks taken from the new album), Harris has also sold 4 million singles in the UK, with 1.4 million of those sold in the past 12 months. He has spent 20 weeks in the UK Top 10 over the last year and has been touring the world - headlining festival tents at Creamfields, Summer Sonic, Lollapalooza, Wireless, T in the Park, Coachella and EDC - all this having been scheduled around his residencies at Amnesia Ibiza, Liv in Miami, and XS and Surrender in the Wynn/Encore Las Vegas.

Gangnam Style PSY (School Boy Records/Universal)

A global online phenomenon, Gangnam style (at the time of writing) has clocked up 222 million YouTube views. Written and performed by Korean artist Psy, the track continues to attract 10 million views a day, has gone to No.1 in several different countries and currently sits at No.1 on the UK iTunes chart. He has a management deal

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in place with Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun and stands to be the biggest Korean pop sensation of all time. Famous fans include Britney

Spears, Robbie Williams and Nelly Furtado. Have you learnt the dance moves yet?


DJ FRESH Nextlevelism (Ministry Of Sound) With two no.1 singles and a top 10 track under his belt, DJ Fresh

certainly is ‘hot right now’. I’ve stomped my feet to, and graced my ears countless times with, his four singles already so was excited to say the least when the release of his forthcoming album, Nextlevelism, was announced. The record features some of the

biggest stars in hip-hop, drum and bass and soul, including Rita Ora, Liam Bailey and the fantastic Fleur, who has been Fresh’s resident vocalist for his live dates. The standout track for me on


Nextlevelism is The Feeling, which is out this week. The up-tempo D&B beats will have your feet going into spasm and your thumb hitting the rewind button on your iPod. The switching up of the velocity, combined with the vocals of featured singer RaVaughn, works perfectly. The Power, featuring

Dizzee Rascal, is another one of my favourites and Hot Right Now will never get boring - the beats will make you dizzy and

the fuzzy bass line played at full whack will have your ears in a trance. With many of the tracks on

Nextlevelism having been received well already, this album is destined for success. The beats, featured artists and bass lines are just too good for it to be a flop.


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