Move over Daft Punk as it’s now the time for Disclosure. With their debut album ‘Settle’ dropping last week the electronic duo have become one of the most talked about artists at the moment. The album was straight in at Number 1 in the iTunes Chart an hour after release and has stayed there all week topping the album charts yesterday. Not only that but the pair appeared on Jools Holland this week performing two songs; the first ‘Latch’ featuring Sam Smith which was shown in the Tuesday night episode of the show and on the Friday night extended version they also aired ‘Confess To Me’ featuring Jessie Ware, both tracks received some brilliant feedback online via social media. With plenty of festival dates over the summer it seems that 2013 will be the year for Disclosure.
Also, last Monday Queens of the Stone Age released their new album ‘…Like Clockwork’ which has been stuck in a battle all week long with Disclosure for the top spot in the album charts. They missed out on the top spot this weekend by 7000 copies but it is still the band’s highest charting album in the UK at the number 2 spot. Featuring plenty of guests throughout the album including Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner and Elton John, the latter who this week claimed that the American rock band’s new album is “probably the best rock album by any band in about 5 or 6 years”. Strong words but clearly backed up with a brilliant release from QOTSA, Elton plays piano and contributes vocals on ‘Fairweather Friends’ the 7th track on the album. Also, be sure to catch Queens of the Stone Age playing Radio 1’s Rock Week tonight along with Jimmy Eat World.
Potentially Joy Division’s most famous song ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ has inspired a computer game. Games studio Mighty Box have created a free browser game about ‘relationships on the verge of breaking up’ which is based on the song by the Salford quartet. It’s called ‘Will Love Tear Us Apart’ and each verse from the song represents a level of the game, it’s a game meant to make the player remember the dark days that preceded the death of their relationship. Whether the game will be a hit or not and whether you would want to remember those moments at all still remains to be seen but above is the trailer for the game and if you want to play then click here.
AlunaGeorge announced details of their new and debut album ‘Body Music’. The R’N’B pair that have gained plenty of critical acclaim from the likes of BBC’s Sound poll released their album cover [pictured above] and the tracklisting which contains 14 tracks including the bonus track entitled ‘This Is How We Do It’. The album is due for release on 29th July.
Southampton’s Joiners has been voted as Britain’s Best Small Venue by NME in association with JD Roots it was announced last week. More than 76,000 votes were cast in order to pick the winner from the shortlist of venues from around the UK, including Sugarmill in Stoke, Le Pub in Newport and The Arts Centre in Norwich. Joiners came out on top and to celebrate this Frank Turner is set to headline there for a special one-off show on June 24th. Tickets will no doubt have sold out for the 200 capacity venue by now but it is nice to see the UK’s small venues being recognised in such hard times for them all.
Finally, this week I blogged about Damn Vandals a couple of months ago and now the band are giving you all the chance to download a free album sampler from them. The album which was produced by Julian Simmons who has worked with Ed Sheeran and The Guillemots and it has gained plenty of positive press with Record Collector saying the band are “Injecting a fresh boost into the British music scene”. To download the free album sample for yourself simply visit this link.