Following the successful release of his The Only Way Is Up EP last month, London singer, songwriter and producer Midé is proud to announce the biggest headline concert of his career so far, at London’s renowned Shaw Theatre on April 11, 2015. To accompany his exciting gig news, Midé is also unveiled the brand new music video for “Oh Love“, one of the standout songs from his well received The Only Way Is Up EP.
The “Oh Love” single itself is a gloriously sparse neo-spiritual love song like we’ve never heard from Midé before – the record grabs the listeners’ attention from start to finish. Describing the singe, London native Midé said, “I feel like, if I’ve ever written about love, this is the one time I think I’ve come close to singing it right. We all want to love and beloved and this song speaks of a yearning; not wanting Love to go but its melodic hopeful pining as opposed to sadness at the thought of love fleeing”, enjoy it below.
Tei Shi – “Bassically (HONNE Remix)”:
This is a remix which reeks of sex appeal, by taking a smooth bass groove, an acid-house drum progression and the voluptuous vocals of Tei Shi, UK duo HONNE have produced a delightful piece of disco darkness. Even without Tei Shi teasing the listener with “Baby I’ll behave, if you let me stay“, HONNE are no strangers to this kind of musical seductiveness, many of their songs up until now are heavily centered on a need for late night companionship battling against loneliness.
Valeri Teacher AKA Tei Shi, is set to release her EP Verde on the 13th of April before making waves on the UK’s festival circuit with appearances at Brighton’s Great Escape, Manchester’s Parklife and London’s Field Day, while she is also supporting Jungle at London and Bristol’s O2 Academies.
HONNE meanwhile are achieving much acclaim themselves, tipped by many to breakthrough into the wider public sphere of recognition this year, they have made serious strides in recent months with their pleasant mix of soulful electro and chillwave numbers. Other songs worth devoting time to are “Warm On A Cold Night” and perhaps the greatest end-of-the-night anthem to surface in some time “The Night” – check out their Soundcloud here.
Big Sean + Jhene Aiko – “Win Some, Lose Some”:
With a week to go until the release of Big Sean’s third album Dark Sky Paradise, the GOOD Music rapper releases two new tracks from the project along with the US iTunes pre-order link. “Win Some, Lose Some” features fellow Def Jam label mate Jhene Aiko – their second song together after 2013’s “Beware” – and ends with a personal message to Sean from his father. Spacey production is provided by Toronto hit-makers Boi-1da and T-Minus who both previously teamed up to create Drake’s “Replacement Girl” and Nicki Minaj’s “High School”.
Moelogo – “My Sweetie”:
Following on from the success of his last single “The Baddest”, rising artist Moelogo, has released his first official video titled “My Sweetie” since signing to Island Records. The fun, crisp video tells the story of two childhood friends who lose touch when they are young but are reunited a few years later and discover that they both like each other. Watch out for cameo appearances from Eddie Kadi and Congolese UK Based Afrobeats group LDNC. “My Sweetie” was produced by SOS and is a modern twist on Bunny Mack’s hit song and African party favourite “Let Me Love You”. Watch and enjoy “My Sweetie” down below…
Pussy Riot – “I Can’t Breathe”:
Pussy Riot have released a video for their Eric Garner inspired song and their first song in English “I Can’t Breath”. Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s played bass and piano on the track whilst Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow oversaw electronics. The video, shot in one continuous take, features both Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina getting buried alive wearing Russian police uniforms.
The song features the last words of Eric Garner who was killed by police in New York last July. His words were recited by punk icon Richard Hell who had given up music in 1984. Hell described himself as a ‘priveledged white guy’ when he spoke of reservations he had about reciting the words of Garner – a black male killed by white police. After meeting Nadya and Masha, however, their idea won him over and his mind was made up; telling the story of police brutality was the most important issue. The video is available here.
Palma Violets – “Danger In The Club”:
Palma Violets have confirmed they will release their second album in May and have revealed new song “Danger In The Club”. The band are to return on May 4 through Rough Trade Records with their new album also titled Danger In The Club. Most of the tracks on the London rockers’ new LP were written at The Dog House studios in Wales, a previous host to Babyshambles.
Palma Violets have remained reassembly quiet since their 2013 debut album 180 but in the wake of a new record, things are set to explode. “Danger In The Club” was premiered this week via BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. The song is a boozy, rock ‘n’ roll number layered with twanging guitar and the chanting vocals of Samuel Fryer. It even features a short burst harmonica prior to the songs energetic peak. Palma Violets are touring over the next few months, including a headline slot on the NME Awards Tour and European dates. They are also set to appear at US Fesivals South by South West, Shakey Knees and Burgerama.
Words by Ayo Adepoju, Sean Fitzsimons, Sej Jheeta, Shade Alegbeleye, Chris Hyde and Oscar Nicholas