Month: February 2013

New Single: Cloud Boat – Dréan (2013/03/04)

:: Just beautiful… as always!

Forthcoming double A-side 10″ / digital single on Apollo Records, out March 4th. Written, recorded and produced at home with friends. Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, London.

Cloud Boat aka Sam Ricketts and Tom Clark

Artist: Cloud Boat
Title Of Single: Drean
Release Date: March 04, 2013
Label: Apollo Records

1 Wanderlust 4:34
2 Dréan 2:44
3 Wanderlust (Old Appartus Remix) 4:33


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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mar 5 // London, United Kingdom // Waiting Room
Mar 6 // Birmingham, United Kingdom // Bulls Head
Mar 7 // Manchester, United Kingdom // Trof
Mar 9 // Bristol, United Kingdom // Start The Bus
May 29 // The Lexington, United Kingdom // London


More ‘Cloud Boat’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Jan 19 – New Single: Wanderlust [Official Video]
2012, Dec 14 − New Song: I Left for a Reason (It Escapes Me Now) [Free Download]
2011, Nov 14 − Music Pickings Interview 001: Cloud Boat (November 10, 2011)
2011, Nov 05 − Bastion (Filmed exclusively for i-D Magazine)
2011, Oct 13 − Lions On The Beach
2011, Oct 06 − Bastion


New Single: Ajimal – This Human Joy (2013/03/25)

:: Was holding my breath completely amazed when I listened to this one first!


Last March, Newcastle’s Fran O’Hanlon aka Ajimal released his wonderful single Footnote to Love [Part One] via Bandcamp. It’s been a bit quiet around him since, but yesterday he announced the release of his new single. The song’s entitled This Human Joy and will be officially out on March 25, 2013. It’s encouraging us the look for and enjoy the beauty in all things, foremost the small and simple ones. This Human Joy is written by Fran O’Hanlon and was produced, engineered and mixed by Mick Ross. The single will soon by followed by a concept mini album ‘Childhood’. Ajimal applies his classical musical upbringing to create rich orchestral arrangements involving a cast of 50 musicians. We’re absolutely thrilled for more. Ajimal has a couple of upcoming live shows, check for the dates below.

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Ajimal - This Human Joy

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sat 06 Apr 2013 // Newcastle, UK // Mining Institute
Sun 07 Apr 2013 // London, UK // Communion, Notting Hill Arts Club
Sat 20 Apr 2013 // Manchester, UK / A Carefully Planned Festival

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More ‘Ajimal’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Feb 04 − New Single: Footnote to Love [Part One]

Debut Album: Rhye – Woman (13/03/04) [Full Album Stream]

:: This album is fantastic! I have it on repeat and I never get tired of any of the songs.


Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal, the duo behind ‘Rhye’ will release on March 04 their highly anticipated debut album Woman.

Stream the whole album for free at Pitchfork up until the 4th of March, where it gets officially released!

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Artist: Rhye
Title Debut Album: Woman
Release Date: March 04, 2013
Label: Polydor

1. Open
2. The Fall
3. Last Dance
4. Verse
5. Shed Some Blood
6. 3 Days
7. One of Those Summer Days
8. Major Minor Love
9. Hunger
10. Woman

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 01 // LOS ANGELES, CA // Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary
Apr 03 // SAN FRANCISCO, CA // Bimbo’s 365 Club
Apr 11 // CHICAGO, IL // Schubas
Apr 13 // TORONTO, ON // Great Hall
Apr 14 // MONTREAL, QC // Cabaret du Mile End
Apr 16 // BOSTON, MA // Sinclair
Apr 17 // NEW YORK, NY // Le Poisson Rouge
Apr 18 // WASHINGTON, DC // Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (downstairs)
Apr 20 // PHILADELPHIA, PA // World Cafe Live Upstairs

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More ‘Rhye’ on Music Pickings:
2012, September 29 – New EP: Rhye – The Fall (12/10/09)
2012 August – Rhye – Open [Official Video] / EP ‘Open’

Joe Janiak – Down The Hill [Free Download] / Polaroid

:: What a voice! Raspy, soulful and captivating…


Joe Janiak is a 22-year-old singer and songwriter from Bath who’s now based in London. In 2012, he self-released a four-track acoustic EP as free download via his homepage and toured the UK opening for Benjamin Francis Leftwich. He’s been releasing three brand new tracks on his Soundcloud during the last weeks. Down The Hill is the newest one, and you can download it for free. Listen as well to the previous one Polaroid below. I guess these songs could be taken from an upcoming release by Joe, so keep your eyes peeled for news.

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Joe Janiak - Down The Hill (2013)


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New Album: The Foreign Exchange – The Reworks (2013/02/26) / New Single ‘So What If It Is’

:: Nicolay is back!


Selections from The Foreign Exchange’s +FE Music catalog as remixed by Nicolay, Zo!, 4hero, The Randy Watson Experience (?uestlove & James Poyser), Focus…, Tall Black Guy, Pirahnahead, and more. Includes three new studio tracks.

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Artist: The Foreign Exchange
Title Of Album: The Reworks
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Label: +FE Music

Disc 01
01. The Foreign Exchange- So What If It Is
02. The Foreign Exchange- The Last Fall (Focus… +FE Experience Remix)
03. Zo! feat. Phonte- Flight of the Blackbyrd (4hero Remix)
04. The Foreign Exchange- Fight For Love (Nicky Mendes and Brasil ’66 Remix)
05. Deborah Bond- Say It (Nicolay Remix)
06. The Foreign Exchange feat. Paris & Amber Strother of KING- All The Kisses (Ahmed Sirour Remix)
07. The Foreign Exchange feat. YahZarah- If She Breaks Your Heart (The Randy Watson Experience Remix)
08. The Foreign Exchange feat. Darien Brockington & Median- Maybe She’ll Dream of Me (Pure P’s Sky Hygh Remix)
09. The Foreign Exchange feat. YahZarah- If This Is Love (Nicky Buckingham’s Fleetwood Remix)
10. Vikter Duplaix- Electric Love (Nicolay Remix)
11. Zo! feat. Chantae Cann- All Is Well With Love (Pirahnahead Remix)

Disc 02
01. Phonte feat. Focus… & Sy Smith- Love Songs
02. The Foreign Exchange feat. Darien Brockington- All or Nothing/Coming Home To You (Pure P’s Midsommarkransen Night’s Dream Remix)
03. RJD2 feat. Kenna- Games You Can Win (Nicolay Remix)
04. Phonte feat. Carlitta Durand- Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (Zo’s Legendary Story of a Star Remix)
05. Jeanne Jolly- Sweet Love (Nicolay Remix)
06. The Foreign Exchange- Don’t Let It Be So
07. Zo! feat. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Phonte- This Could Be The Night (Tall Black Guy Remix)
08. Sy Smith- The Art Of You (Nicolay Remix)
09. Phonte- Ball and Chain (Sheldon Williams Remix)
10. The Hot At Nights- ACSlater (Nicolay Remix)

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New Single: Bell X1 – Starlings Over Brighton Pier [Official Video]

:: This song’s nothing but beautiful and magnificent!

Starlings Over Brighton Pier is the first single taken from the upcoming sixth studio album by the Irish rock trio Bell X1. The band is comprised of Paul Noonan [lead vocals/guitar/drums/percussion/kazoo], Dave Geraghty [lead guitar/banjo/piano/backing vocals] and Dominic Phillips [bass/backing vocals] from Dublin and County Kildare, or as they write about themselves on their Facebook: they’re just “boys with guitars and drums and keyboards and singing“. The song is written and performed by Bell X1 and was produced by Peter Katis & Thomas Bartlett. It was released on January 28, 2013 via Belly Up Records. The new album ‘Chop Chop’ will be released on June 28, 2013 via Belly Up. Bell X1 will premiere the new album on June 29, 2013 in Dublin at the National Concert Hall. Tickets are on sale now via the venue website. Don’t hesitate if you’re around, they’re a brilliant live band.

Update: The band has published a video footage for Starlings Over Brighton Pier on February 28, 2013. It’s edited by Conor Jacob and Brian Kenny, watch it above.

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Bell X1 - Starlings Over Brighton Pier

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Debut Single: Oscar + Martin – Recognise / Debut Album ‘For You’ (2013/04/15)

:: Big! Makes me fall in love.


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Artist: Oscar + Martin
Title Of Album: For You
Release Date: April 15, 2013
Label: Two Bright Lakes

1 My Blood
2 Chaine Maile
3 Oyster
4 Lions Heart
5 What I know
6 All I Think About
7 Milk
8 Party Time Is Scary
9 Recognise
10 Do the Right Thing


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