New Releases This Week // Monday 22nd

So this week we see the long-awaited release of Egyptian Hip Hop's 'Good Don't Sleep'. Exciting débuts from Gabriel Bruce with ‘Love In Arms’ and Halls with ‘Ark’. The big chart-busters come from the likes of Dappy, Drake and Taylor Swift.

Albums Out Today:

Akon - Koncrete Jungle
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Lost Songs
Andy Burrows - Company
Benjamin Gibbard- Former Lives
Brasstronaut - Mean Sun
Dappy - Bad Intentions
Deaf Havana - Fools and Worthless Liars
Drake - Yolo
Egyptian Hip Hop - Good Don’t Sleep
Fossil Collective - On And On EP
Gabriel Bruce - Love In Arms
Halls - Ark
Heaven 17 - The Luxury Gap
Jeff The Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights
Lawson - Chapman Square
Manowar - Lord Of Steel
Paul Banks - Banks
Richard Marx- Christmas Spirit
Shiny Toy Guns - III
Swedish House Mafia- Until Now
Taylor Swift - Redh
The Miracles - Miracles

So we can’t ignore the elephant in the room, that’s right folks, this week Steps release ‘Light Up The World’. Exciting new singles come from the likes of the raucous Palma Violets, Mercury-nominated Jessie Ware, TGE artist Bastille and the ever-brilliant The Joy formidable.

Singles Out Today:

Axewound - Exorchrist
Amy McDonald - 4th Of July
Bastille - Flaws
Gabriel Bruce - Perfect Weather
Gaz Coombes -White Noise
Jessie Ware - Night Light
JLS- Hottest Girl In The World
Julia Stone- Justine
Madness - My Girl 2
Naughty Boy Feat Emeli Sande - Wonder
Nero - You Won’t (Be There)
Palma Violets - Best of Friends/Last Of The Summer Wine
Peace - Bloodshake
Pure Love - Riot Song
Soul Survivor -Kingdom Come
Spector - Friday Night (Don’t Let It End)
Steps -Light Up The World
The Joy Formidable -Cholla
Train -Bruises
Tyga Feat Chris Brown -For the Fame
Villagers -The Waves
While She Sleeps -Our Courage, Our Cancer
You Me At Six -Reckless

First Installment of Staff Picks From Great Escape Festival 2012.

Staff picks for The Great Escape 2012

We had a blast over the weekend, here’s are first installment of a few of our favourite things that we saw at The Great Escape 2012:

(Event Executive)

Dope D.O.D. – Thursday – Green Door Store: Dubstep horrorcore that beats you about the face and kicks you in the stomach in the best possible way.

Madeon – Saturday – Corn Exchange: Daft punk reborn, only 17 years old with a ridiculous amount of potential. Huge things await, catch him at Lovebox

Booka Shade – Saturday – Corn Exchange: Smooth, moody electro that was the perfect way to finish off watching 3 nights of bands.

Crowns – Saturday – St James’s Laundry Centre (Alt Escape): Blistering set from one of my favourite bands at the moment…in a launderette


Eight and a Half - Saturday - Audio: I have to admit I was a little in love with these guys before I even came to the festival, but the live show was a whole different world. It’s like they’d rehearsed that show for the last million years, exactly what I wanted it to be.

Tanlines - Friday - Digital: Having never even intended to catch Tanlines this was by far the best surprise of the festival. no expectations, just dancing.

Halls - Saturday - Green Door Store: The fantastic Sam Howard aka Halls played the most perfect set to finish my festival. Everyone in the room was captivated by his sullen and beautiful music.


Vondelpark – Saturday - The Haunt I had never heard of this trio before the festival but after a recommendation from a friend I went to see them at The Haunt on Saturday night. I was absolutely blown away by their unique sound and although they barely spoke a word, their strong presence on stage.

Lianne La Havas – Friday - Komedia (Upstairs) I knew I was going to love this show before I even got to the venue but I wasn’t quite prepared by just how much! Lianne’s voice is so strong and soulful, Komedia was the perfect venue for her, she had the audience singing along and all round lifted the spirits of every body in there. This lady is going to be huge!

Grimes – Friday - Digital I literally ran down to Digital to try and avoid missing Grimes and although I almost suffered an asthma attack when I got there, it was worth every second! The room was absolutely electric and everyone was dancing, spurred on by the two dancers Grimes had brought on stage with her. She is a very talented lady and completely worthy of all the hype.

BAND OF THE DAY #201 - Halls

To the bare human eye, Sam Howard (aka Halls) would seem more befitting of one of the vast electronic scenes’ disciples than part of its new breed of extraordinary talent – but therein lies the beauty of that which he has been born and emerged within. Based in the budding humdrum of south east London, Halls’ roots are firmly set in the belief in the urgency of this new scene of artists.

The debut Halls EP emerged emerged early last year to a slew of high profile critical acclaim, with the likes of Dummy Magazine, Pinglewood, Jon Hillcock and No Modest Bear putting their influential names behind Howard’s work. Now, with his rework of his beloved Gold Panda’s ‘Marriage’ set to appear on a very special EP to be released in line with April’s Record Store Day. With his second EP, ‘Fragile’, released in early 2012 through London label The Sounds of Sweet Nothing (Gross Magic, Au Palais), and an album due in the autumn of the same year it seems that Howard’s dreamlike rise set to continue unhindered.



--Steve Lamacq BBC 6 Music