Wilkinson Announce 2016 UK Tour

Wilkinson Announce 2016 UK Tour

South West London Drum and Bass DJ/ producer, Wilkinson has announced the details of an incredible live tour for March/ April 2016. The five date run will see him play across Scotland and the UK, kicking things off in Glasgow at O2 ABC on March 23rd and will run through until April 8th taking in London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Wilkinson 2016 UK Tour

Wilkinson 2016 UK Tour

Wilkinson, now signed to Ram Records/Virgin EMI is being touted as one of the brightest new stars in dance music. Following his club anthems ‘Tonight‘, ‘Take You Higher’, ‘Need To Know’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Too Close‘ and ‘Hit The FloorWilkinson released ‘Half Light‘ charting at number 20, Dirty Love which peaked at number 10 and ‘Afterglow’ which became a top 5 hit on the UK Chart, selling 400,000 copies with 45 million YouTube views. His following single ‘Hopelessly Coping’ peaked at  number 23 on the UK Top 40, whilst topping the Shazam and iTunes Electronic charts.

His debut album ‘Lazers Not Included‘ went to number 1 on the iTunes Dance Chart in 10 countries and his tour schedule has taken him across the globe including performances at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, Glastonbury, Wireless and his 2015 summer residency at Amnesia in Ibiza. Having remixed and collaborated with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Chase & Status, Naughty Boy, Wretch 32, Katy B, Laura Mvula and Nero, he recently scooped ‘Best Single’, ‘Best Album’, ‘Best Video’, ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Live Act’ at the National Drum & Bass Awards, not to mention the VEVO Viewers Award at the MVA’s.

Wilkinson is currently putting the final finishing touches to his highly anticipated second album that is due for release next year. Bringing his live show on tour for the very first time alongside a full band and host of very special guests, expect an unmissable night.




Wednesday     23        March              Glasgow          O2 ABC

Thursday         24        March              Newcastle       O2 Academy

Friday              25        March              Bristol              O2 Academy

Saturday         26        March              Brighton           Concorde 2

Friday              08        April                 London            O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Tickets go on general sale Friday 20 November 2015 @ 9AM

Available at gigst.rs/wilkinson 24 hr cc hotline 0844 811 0051

Made in the AM by One Direction (Album Review)

Made in the AM by One Direction (Album Review)

So it is well publicised that the One Direction boys will be taking a bit of a break in the new year.  This is common code, that doesn’t take the intellectual capacity of the geeks in the Imitation Game to work out, for One Direction are splitting up.  Their midas touch has slipped of late and as the boys become as well known for their individual actions as they do for their music its time to move on.

One Direction Made in the AM

One Direction Made in the AM

No surprising then that 1D release Made in the AM their fifth album in time for mum’s and gran’s to buy as stocking fillers for their teenage family members, when in all honesty most would have probably preferred something slightly more cool.  The thing is most 1D fans have got older. As they get older their music tastes change.  1D just aren’t current anymore. Throw in to the mix the rather careless loss of a member of the group along the way and its all over.  Probably all bar a greatest hits album in 2016.

Made in the AM is pure 1D. Yes its slightly more polished than preceding albums, but it had to be to support the boys solo efforts.  It does still boast some great collaborations and is without a doubt 100% sugar coated pop for teenage girls. 

Highlights of the album include Never Enough a kind of pop meets RnB hybrid.  Olivia is as pop as it gets, kind of what Queen might have made if they had no musical integrity and just chased the cash.

To back up my theory around the code and this is the end.  The album ends on Love You Goodbye and History.  Yes there will be some broken hearts as the inevitable happens, but I am sure most of their fans will move on as quickly as they do with their new phones.

The album is pure pop and pure One Direction.  If you like this kind of thing you will like this.  Sadly it just feels a bit of a rushed collection to get out to meet the christmas demand and sod the consequences.  Nothing majorly wrong, but definitely no belters.

Thanks for the memories One Direction its been real, but your time has come.

In The Mix – Sometimes I Feel So Deserted by Chemical Brothers (C2 Trigger Remix)

In The Mix – Sometimes I Feel So Deserted by Chemical Brothers (C2 Trigger Remix)

Chemical Brothers recently secured their sixth consecutive number one album in the shape of Born in the Echoes.  Legendary techno producer Craig Carl lends his hands to the C2 Trigger Remix of Sometimes I Feel So Deserted.  The album is out now and this remix is available now globally, with the exception of north america, where it will be released on 20th November.

In the Mix - Chemical Brothers

In the Mix – Chemical Brothers

Sometimes I Feel So Deserted is classic Chemical Brothers, so take a listen.

In The Mix – In2 by Wstrn ft Wretch 32, Chip and Gecko (Remix)

In The Mix – In2 by Wstrn ft Wretch 32, Chip and Gecko (Remix)

In2 by Wstrn kind of just exploded.  The track was supported by Radio 1Xtra and has become something of an anthem. So the remix has mixed it up a little.  Changing the music and more fundamentally the beat.  There are times when the levels change to let the listener hear the rhymes that have been added.

In the Mix - In2 Remix by WSTRN

In the Mix – In2 Remix by WSTRN

Overall the elements of the original remain to ensure you get the sense of what made it so original.  The raps are good with Wretch 32 being my particular highlight in what is a good treatment and well worth a listen.

The video is obviously fun and pays homage to those US rap videos where you see the groups and their girls. Just doesn’t feel quite the same on a park behind a housing estate, but what do I know?

Overall good listen, shame Chip comes in on it though, but on balance its a good remix of a good original by Wstrn.

The Very Best of Erasure by Erasure (Album Review)

Album Review – Erasure ‘Always – The Very Best of Erasure’

What were you doing 30 years ago?  I was in my final year of uni, deciding whether to drink or revise – but some of you were not even born (how depressing).  (Ed – most of them weren’t born Doug) It was a great decade and the music scene was vibrant and diverse.

Review of Always The Very Best of Erasure

Review of Always The Very Best of Erasure

Erasure were a band that erupted on the music scene 30 years ago and shocked us all with their unique sound and stream of major hits. UK synth-pop pioneers Andy Bell and Vince Clarke generated a huge following over the years, producing no fewer than 16 studio albums, 17 top 10 singles and 34 Top 40 hits.

On October 30th the band released a new 1-CD and 3-CD compilation ‘Always – The Very Best of Erasure’ available in a special hardback book format featuring a selection of the band’s singles from 1985 to today alongside two further discs of new and classic remixes. The first CD is available as a single disc compilation in standard Digipak packaging.

The 3-CD compilation is a real treasure chest of hits to unwrap just in time for Christmas. All the greats are there that you would expect – A Little Respect, Sometimes, Victim Of Love and Ship Of Fools and many others that you will remember. There are also loads of really cool remixes by the likes of William Orbit, GRN, The Grid, Moby and BT. This isn’t about nostalgia but rather about making you listen again and remember how Bell and Clarke really made their mark on the club scene. Its also a story of evolution with non just the great oldies but also some newer tracks.

Erasure were always about beauty, playfulness and a positive outlook on life unlike many of their contemporaries and this compilation brings all that back. This collection reminds us just how brilliant Bell and Clarke were as pop songwriters and listening to them again reveals hidden depths of their music that I totally missed when I first heard them. The first CD is a piledriver of their hits which not only has all the ones you want to hear but also some newer cuts of these hits that you won’t have heard before. The next two CD’s are a mix of their own re-mixes and those of others – many of which are surprising and which totally transform pop tracks into something more modern or grainy. A techno version of Chains Of Love by Clarke surprises whilst Mark Pichiotti‘s version of ‘Freedom‘ is gritty and contains amazing flamenco back lines.

Erasure are Andy Bell and Vince Clarke

Erasure are Andy Bell and Vince Clarke

Whether you want to bring back memories and create new ones or buy someone something special for Christmas this year – this compilation won’t disappoint.

Here is the album tracklisting:

CD1 – Who Needs Love (Like That) / Oh L’Amour / Sometimes / Victim of Love / The Circus / Ship of

Fools / Chains of Love / A Little Respect / Stop! / Drama! / Blue Savannah / Chorus / Love To Hate

You / Take A Chance On Me / Always / Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day) / Breathe / Be With

You / Elevation / Sometimes 2015

CD2 – Who Needs Love (Like That) [Mexican Mix] / Oh L’Amour [PWL Funky Sisters Say ‘Ooh La La’] /

The Circus [Eternal Eraser Mix by Grumbling Fur] / A Little Respect [Big Train Remix] / Stop! [Vince

Clarke Sync 82 Remix] / Blue Savannah [Der Deutsche Mix II] / Chorus [Vegan Mix] / Love To Hate

You [LFO Modulated Filter Mix] / Always [Microbots Inside Your Brain Mix] / Fingers & Thumbs (Cold

Summer’s Day) [Tin Tin Out Remix] / Breathe [GRN Remix] / Elevation [BT Remix]

CD3 – Victim Of Love [Vixen Vitesse Remix] / Chains Of Love [Vince Clarke Remix] / Drama! [Krucial

Remix] / You Surround Me [Mark Saunders Remix] / Star [Interstella Mix] / Am I Right [The Grid

Remix] / Run To The Sun [Beatmasters’ Galactic Remix] / In My Arms [BBE Remix] / Freedom [Mark

Picchiotti Strumapella Remix] / Be With You [Starshapes Remix] / Sometimes [Erasure & Flood Mix]

Review by Doug Duffin

In The Mix – I Be Ghost by Wolfie (Ray Sargent Remix)

In The Mix – I Be Ghost by Wolfie (Ray Sargent Remix)

I absolutely love Wolfie. The Kent singer is already the recipient of a place on BBC Radio 1‘s playlist thanks to her place on BBC Introducing.  Her latest single Come Over has a lovely dark RnB sound to its production and Wolfie’s voice is strong.

Wolfie In The Mix

Wolfie In The Mix

We found this remix of I Be Ghost by Ray Sargent, which adds a deeper house sound.  The music is a bit noisy, but Wolfie’s vocals still stand strong.

Too Strong by Whinnie Williams (Review)

Review of Too Strong by Whinnie Williams

For too long the soulful singers have been grown from various reality talent shows such as X Factor.  As a consequence we hear the artist warbling or shouting out dull ballads.  They can all sing, but as they battle to be the biggest soul diva, the art often gets left behind.

Enter Whinnie Williams.  This girl can sing, her voice is so soulful, you kind of don’t expect her to look like she does.  Too Strong has a genuine retro feel to it. Not retro reaching back to the 90s but back to Motown days.  It has a kind of Supremes feel about it, but with contemporary elements to bring it well and truly up to date.

Review of Whinnie Williams Too Strong

Review of Whinnie Williams Too Strong

The quality of Whinnie’s delivery is immense.  She handles the slower, quieter lyrics as well as she delivers the louder more rousing elements.  Thats even without talking about the amazing mid-tones.  The simple, almost percussive feel to the music just adds to the beauty of Too Strong.

At one point towards the end, Whinnie even breaks it down to deliver a soft bit of rap.

Whinnie Williams can sing. Whinnie Williams is a proper talent.  Too Strong is proper strong track, we LOVE IT!!!

You really have to listen to Too Strong. Let us know what you think by adding a comment below or by Tweeting us @musiceyz but for the record if you say you don’t like it, then you are wrong.

Whinnie Williams aka Jade Williams has also performed under the name Sunday Girl

Lethal Bizzle Announces 2016 UK Tour

Lethal Bizzle Announces 2016 UK Tour

Following the sell-out of his huge ‘Denchchat Tour’ last month, British MC Lethal Bizzle has today announced a UK headline tour for April/ May 2016. The seven-date run will see him play at some of the UK’s major cities, kicking things off in Norwich on 28th April, concluding on the 7th May at Birmingham O2 Institute.

Lethal Bizzle announces UK Tour

Lethal Bizzle announces UK Tour

Lethal Bizzle first exploded onto the British music scene in 2003 as part of More Fire Crew, whose debut single, ‘Oi’, charted at no. 7 in the UK singles charts. Since then as a solo artist he has gone on to achieve more success with the release of his comeback single ‘Pow (Forward)’, and the 2015 Grime anthem ‘Fester Skank’, which reached no. 11 in the UK singles chart and garnered over 100,000 views within 24 hours of going live. With a MOBO award under his belt, he has embarked on three sold out headline tours in addition to supporting the likes of The Enemy and Babyshambles on tour, performing regularly on the UK festival circuit and appearing at the final Live 8 concert in 2005.

Alongside his career as an MC, Bizzle has graced the silver screen (with a cameo role in the film Adulthood), and proved himself to be a thriving entrepreneur, with the founding of his own imprint Dench Records, the launch of clothing line Stay Dench with ex-Arsenal footballer Emmanuel Frimpong, and the international expansion of his Dench Party club nights.

Having just released his new single ‘Dude’ featuring South London ambassador Stormzy, Lethal Bizzle continues to be one of the most prolific, exciting rapper to emerge from the UK underground scene.


Thursday         28        April                Norwich           Waterfront

Friday              29        April                London KOKO

Saturday          30        April                Cardiff             Tramshed

Sunday            01        May                 Oxford             O2 Academy

Wednesday     04        May                 Newcastle       University

Friday              06        May                 Manchester     O2 Ritz

Saturday          07        May                 Birmingham    O2 Institute

Tickets go on general sale Monday 09 November 2015 @ 9AM

Available at www.gigsandtours.com

Introducing Hatty Keane

Introducing Hatty Keane

Fresh off the back of providing the music for the new boohoo.com TV ad, Hatty Keane is lining up the release of her new track Sweet Lil Lies.

Introducing Hatty Keane

Introducing Hatty Keane

Hatty shows off her soulful vocals against a backdrop of dancey beats and music with a hint of asian spice.  Manchester lass Hatty Keane is obviously destined for big things and the hardworking singer/songwriter appears to finally be ready to breakthrough.

Have a listen and let us know what you think.  Add a comment below or tweet us @musiceyz on Twitter.

Get Weird by Little Mix (Album Review)

Review of Get Weird the new Album by Little Mix

The X Factor has produced some of the biggest names on pop over the last decade or so.  The likes of JLS, Olly Murs, Leona Lewis and of course One Direction to name a few.  But the only group to ever win the X Factor are currently the biggest girl group on the planet.  Little Mix seem to have everything.

Review of Get Weird by Little Mix

Review of Get Weird by Little Mix

The girls appeal to girls of all age, races and backgrounds.  The combine a perceived down to earth feel, with added sass and sparkle.  The reason most girls seem to like this is because it feels credible.  Its not forced as the likes of Girls Aloud and Spice Girls seemed to be, although both were obviously hugely successful as well.  However, times have moved on.  By the way, a lot of guys also like them, maybe for different reasons.

The girl group category is one of the fiercest and the most difficult to get right, for every Little Mix or Girls Aloud there are tens to hundreds of failures that all had record deals.  But the worse thing that could happen is the leaders of the category rest on their laurels and think the work is done.

Get Weird is the third release from the Little Mix girls, all on Syco.  None of the potential complacency exposes itself on the album.  The life events that each of the girls have experienced seem to have just added to the mix and made them stronger and better.

Whilst nobody is pretending that Little Mix are musicians, they are talented writers.  This shines through in the album with the girls enjoying writing credits and several tracks.  The album seems to expose their personality traits, a bit of cheek, a huge dose of sass and a little bit of sexiness to get the mood flowing.

The production on the album is superb.  Each and every track boasts a great hook which results in each track being a potential single.  For this to happen on any album is rare, but thats what the girls do.

You all know Black Magic, a great track with a brilliant retro feel and a video to match.  Referencing 90s classic media such as The Craft, which seems all the rage.  The retro feel doesn’t end there.  Love Me Like You has a feel from further back again, with a lovely 60s girl group vibe about it.  Definitely a track you envisage the average teenage girl singing in her mirror to.

There are some guest appearances as well, not least from Jason Derulo who enhances the lovely strings-based ballad Secret Love Song.  Whether or not he was actually in the studio with the girls is not known at the time of writing, but you could feel a chemistry there.

The track that will gain the headlines and a potentially a rough response from One Direction fans is Hair.  The track is one that bashes ex partners and is quite ruthless in its approach but laced with great humour or if it was a lad singing, banter.  Obviously Little Mix have a young audience so the language is carefully selected and the girls are helped by the addition of a bell, used to comedy effect.  The line “he was just a (d***) and I knew it” is blatantly aimed at the dog that is Zayn Malik who cowardly called off his engagement to Perrie Edwards via text.

The album does change style and genre throughout.  The retro look backs are superb and the mix of great percussive backings is superb.  The album is all about pop though, but takes a bit of a twist for the finale.  The aptly titled The End is a genuine acapella harmony, which demonstrates each and every girl’s ability to knock out a great vocal.  The fact they can each sound amazing individually yet kill it together as well is testimony to their talent.

If the X Factor could produce a talent even close to this standard again, Simon Cowell would be a very happy man. It might even get us watching again.  After all, each and every girl has the vocal ability to embarrass not only each contestant but also ex-Girls Aloud judge Cheryl Cole.

If you love pop music, you need to get Get Weird.  You should also consider it as a great stocking filler for any teenage girl in your family.  First class album.

What do you think of Little Mix and their new album Get Weird? Let us know by adding your comments below or by tweeting us @musiceyz on Twitter.