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56th Ivor Novello awards – nominations just released and common sense has prevailed

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The nominations for the 56th Ivor Novello awards have been released today and common sense appears to have been restored. After Lily Allen’s triple win last year, I found myself uttering my trademark catchphrase of late; “I’m lost, if I’m honest?!” There will no doubt be countless fans of Allen who agreed wholeheartedly with the judges’ choices, but I unfortunately was not one of them.

The Ivors are presented annually:

to celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British music writing. The awards either celebrate artistic excellence in a specific work, exceptional performance figures in the award year or recognise the outstanding achievements of a particular songwriter or composer throughout their career.

There are seven categories in total, as well as a number of special prizes to be announced on the night (May 19th, 2011 at London’s Grosvenor House), that include: ‘International Achievement‘, Ivors Inspiration Award‘, ‘Outstanding Songwriter/s of the Year‘ and ‘Lifetime Achievement.’ The top songwriting gongs are:

Best Song Musically and Lyrically(2010 Winner – Lily Allen, ‘The Fear‘)

The nominations are:

Villagers, ‘Becoming a Jackal‘, written by O’Brien, published by Domino Publishing Company.

Everything Everything, ‘MY KZ, UR BF‘, written by Higgs, Pritchard, Robertshaw and Spearman, published by Universal Music Publishing.

Foals, ‘Spanish Sahara‘, written by Bevan, Congreave, Gervers, Philippakis and Smith, published by Universal Music Publishing.

‘Best Contemporary Song’ (2010 Winner – Bat for Lashes, ‘Daniel‘)

The nominations are:

The xx,Islands‘, written by Croft, Qureshi, Sim and Smith, published by Universal.

Katy B,Katy on a Mission‘, written by Benga, Katy B and Geeneus, published by EMI.

Tinie Tempah, ‘Pass Out‘, written by McKenzie, Okogwu and Williams, published by EMI/Stellar Songs Ltd.

Album Award‘ (2010 Winner – Paolo Nutini, ‘Sunny Side Up‘)

The nominations are:

Bombay Bicycle Club, ‘Flaws, written by Jack Steadman, published by Imagem Music.

Everything Everything, ‘Man Alive‘, written by Higgs, Pritchard, Robertshaw and Spearman, published by Universal.

Plan B, ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks‘, written by Benjamin Drew, published by Universal.

For more information on the other award categories, please visit www.theivors.com

I have a  few favourites amongst these and it is very pleasing to see a bit of folk-rock included in the proceedings; Villagers and Bombay Bicycle Club would be my top choices, so I shall have everything crossed for Conor and the boys on the night itself.

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Hurts at The Ritz, Manchester 5.10.10 – review

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My review of Hurts at The Ritz, Manchester is now up on eGigs:

http://www.egigs.co.uk/index.php?a=13614

It was a great show; perhaps a little short for my liking, but with only one body of work to perform, I guess it was fair. I look forward to a much longer show in the future with undoubtedly more amazing electro-pop sounds. I think you’ll enjoy Kylie’s Live Lounge cover of ‘Wonderful Life’ too; see link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/sessions/2010-09-29_kylieminogue#p00b9wk5

For more information on the band, please go to:

www.informationhurts.com

 www.myspace.com/ithurts

Written by shelleyhanveywriter

October 8, 2010 at 11:28 am

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Hurts, ‘Happiness’ – album review

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Can I really be up to track 10 of 11 and I haven’t skipped once? Wow.

Those of you who have read anything¬†I have written before, will know that my favourite decade for music is the ’80s; the glam outfits, the melodramatic synthpop sounds and the epic electro ballads have always been particularly close to my heart. Imagine my delight therefore, to discover a new band with just such an image and just such tracks, who hail from that great of northern cities, Manchester.

Hurts are singer, Theo Hutchcraft and synth player, Adam Anderson. Finishing fourth on the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, the band released their debut single ‘Better Than Love’ in early 2010, which was followed up recently by their debut album ‘Happiness.’

The eleven-track record is broadly categorised as Synthpop, Electronic and New Wave; however the overall feel is not one of a revival, rather something fresh and exciting; something that bit greater which is built on present-standing greatness. Kicking off with ‘Silver Lining’ and we are given an ample ¬†taste of both the synthetic and vocal wonder that Hurts have to offer. Synthpop as a sub-genre has seen a resurgence, particularly in the UK,¬†in the late¬†2000s and early 2010, but I don’t feel that the market has become saturated just yet; finding the majority of artists around at the moment rather enjoyable.

Next up is current single ‘Wonderful Life’¬†and it is at this point that I can imagine the band¬†standing tall¬†alongside the likes of Human League and Heaven 17; Hutchcraft’s tone not being dissimilar to that of Heaven 17 front man Glenn Gregory. Track 3 ‘Blood, Tears and Gold’¬†is a sweeping electropop ballad, which fans of One Republic or The Killers’ third album ‘Day & Age’ might particularly enjoy. Likewise for ‘Sunday’ and ‘Stay’; the first being an upbeat, majestic¬†number that will have the electro kids dancing wildly in their wet-look leather, whilst the second sees a host of suit-clad, gelled-back gentleman swaying along in the crowd, wiping away a tear as they reminisce about lost love.

‘Evelyn’¬†takes you on a fantastical journey through fairytale forests and fires, as Hutchcraft pleads¬†with his heroine not to desert him on their quest, as he rides every emotion; fear, anxiety and desire. Kylie Minogue makes an appearance on the record¬†on track 9, ‘Devotion.’ I really like this track and it is classic Kylie; Hutchcraft’s deep and impassioned vocals complementing Kylie’s atmospheric trance-like tone perfectly. Take a listen and see what you think:¬†

The album concludes with a mood-infused melody entitled ‘The Water’ which speaks about fearing being too close; to the water, to a certain someone, to your own mortality perhaps. It’s not as morose as it sounds I promise and is a fitting end to a whirlwind and a revelation of an album quite frankly. I had dared to fear that I would never get the chance to see a band as good as those around in the ’80s perform my favourite synthesized sounds, but I have been proved wrong it seems with Hurts.

Overall, I would give this album a 9/10 and say that I look forward to the live show!

Upcoming tour dates:

October

Saturday 2nd – Concorde, Brighton

Sunday 3rd – Cockpit, Leeds

Monday 4th – Oran Mor, Glasgow

Tuesday 5th – Ritz, Manchester

Thursday 7th – The Library, Birmingham

Friday 8th – Trinity Church, Bristol

Saturday 9th – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

For more information on the band please visit: www.informationhurts.com and www.myspace.com/ithurts

Written by shelleyhanveywriter

September 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm

New tracks I like…Eliza Doolittle, Sia and Miike Snow

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I was having a browse at the UK singles chart yesterday and I have to say, I wasn’t all that keen on probably 80% of the tracks in the top 20. It’s personal opinion and taste obviously, but I wish there was more variety for our listening pleasure. I can’t really complain I suppose, as I don’t tend to download that many singles myself, preferring full albums of artists that I really like or am interested to hear more from.

I do like the following three tracks however, which are all released in the coming weeks.

First up, Eliza Doolittle with ‘Pack Up.’

Eliza (real name Eliza Sophie Caird) is a British singer-songwriter with a soulful voice and a contemporary quirky pop sound. She releases her debut self-titled album of 13 tracks on July 12th 2010. I really like her voice and I think she sounds a lot older than her 22 years, which gives her vocals a mature and warm feel, whilst still keeping a cool, innocent edge to her performance. I think she’ll be well received at her upcoming festival dates. I’m looking forward to seeing her at V.

Secondly, Sia (full name Sia Furler) with ‘Clap Your Hands.’

Australian singer-songwriter Sia has recently collaborated with Christina Aguilera on some tracks for her new album ‘Bionic‘, which I think are really great. Sia has a soulful voice with jazz and pop influences, whilst also possessing a quirky creative edge. I do appreciate a quirky female frontwoman! Citing her influences as Cyndi Lauper and Madonna, Sia has said that her fourth studio album ‘We Are Born‘ (from which this track is taken) delivers a more upbeat sound than its predecessors. Upbeat or down, I think Sia’s vocals possess that much desired sparkle and edge to carry off either tone.

Finally, a band which I have been a fan of since their emergence on to the UK music scene in the spring of 2009. Miike Snow are a Swedish trio made up of Andrew Wyatt, and the producing duo Bloodshy & Avant (real names Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg) who have enjoyed considerable success, collaborating with artists such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears. They have also remixed tracks by Passion Pit, Kings of Leon and Vampire Weekend. Their self-titled debut album features 11 tracks of an electro-pop/indie persuasion, and I think it’s amazing. I particularly like ‘Animal‘, ‘Burial‘ , ‘Silvia‘ and ‘Cult Logic.’ Their music videos are always brilliant too, full of colour, vibrancy and located in far-flung destinations most could only dream of visiting. Unless anyone wants to give me some money, then I need dream no more! I would urge anyone to get themselves a copy of this album; the trio are pure magic. ‘The Rabbit’ is a new single, to be included on a revamped, deluxe version of the album, to be released in July 2010.

Hope you find something you like.

Written by shelleyhanveywriter

June 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm

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