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Summer 2018 is turning out to be a great album season.
It's turning out to be a great summer for music, and to think we've still got half the season left. We've already seen Years & Years' 'Palo Santo', Florence and the Machine's 'High as Hope', Gorillaz's 'The Now Now' and Christina Aguilera's 'Liberation' among others, but there's an exciting bunch more to come.
Here are just 7 of our most anticipated albums for the rest of the summer:
Jake Shears - Jake Shears
Continue reading: From Ariana Grande To Idles: Seven Summer Albums Still To Drop
They unveiled a new video showing the making of the record.
Slaves have just dropped the tracklist for their forthcoming third studio album 'Acts of Fear and Love', alongside a brand new video featuring footage from the making of the record. It's incredibly funny - in case you needed any encouragement to pre-order the record which, let's face it, you probably don't.
Slaves performing live in 2017
The first single was, of course, 'Cut and Run'. Released last month, it's the duo's first single since 2015's 'Sockets' and 'Cheer Up London' from their critically acclaimed debut album 'Are You Satisfied?'. Their 2016 second album 'Take Control' didn't produce any singles, though the punk pair did appear on the Chase & Status song 'Control'.
Continue reading: Everything We Know So Far About Slaves' Album 'Acts Of Fear And Love'
It's been a whirlwind five years for Slaves. Having this week celebrated their first half decade with a one off gig at The Tunbridge Wells Forum where they recorded their first E.P, 'Sugar Coated Bitter Truth', they ventured a little further into their home county of Kent (Laurie's favourite four letter word) to play Margate's Dreamland. As part of a fantastic summer bill of musical entertainment that has already featured, amongst others, The Kills, Gorillaz and most recently Toots and The Maytals, Slaves came to the seaside as guests of By The Sea Festival.(Late September will be the festival's third year at this iconic venue).
Slaves may have literally been sixty five miles from home but in The Hall By The Sea, in the highest corner of the U'K's oldest theme park, they took up residence in a venue that in the distant past has played host to The Who and The Stones. Nostalgia however had only a little to do with an extraordinary night that saw Isaac and Laurie riffle through a blistering set that totally mesmerised all before them with its pace and intensity.
Supporting Slaves were fellow Tunbridge Wells band Lady Bird and Brighton four piece Black Honey. Izzy from Black Honey described Slaves as "two of the nicest people in Rock 'n Roll...or the world" and she clearly meant it. Looking a little like a young Lauren Laverne and sounding on occasion just a little like Gwen Stefani she and her band did far more than just set the crowd up for the main event; they were an absolute delight in their own right. The sound the band generated was fabulous. (They had quite obviously been given access to far more of the venue's sound mixing 'toys' than any support is normally afforded). A joyously playful delivery of 'Hello Today', a belting, 'Somebody Better', and a raucously infectious, 'All My Pride', ensued. Before calming the crowd briefly Izzy and her band closed out their succinct set with a quite brilliant delivery of 'Corrine'.
Continue reading: Slaves - Dreamland Amusement Park, Margate, Kent 22.07.2017
Whilst 2016 has been too full of tragedy and sad loss it has also undoubtedly been a bumper year in terms of album releases.
There is no way to aptly mark the passing of some of the very best artists of any generation but in amongst the untimely deaths has come some inspirational and ground breaking music.
My albums are all ones I have enjoyed immensely and continue to play. Whilst Radiohead, M.I.A, Peter Doherty and many others may have missed the cut it wasn't really a difficult choice this year. It may not be all that eclectic but there are some great albums in there. Nick Cave's Skeleton Tree is not only this years best album but also an album that is rapidly becoming one of my all time favourites, it's just so good.
Continue reading: Andrew Lockwood's Top Ten Albums Of 2016
In the magnificent splendour of the 1935 Art Deco master piece, The De La Warr Pavillion at Bexhill On Sea, Slaves took to the stage on this their third leg of a major U.K tour. It was practically a home coming gig; Slaves having decamped from their Royal Tunbridge Wells home to travel the thirty miles South to the East Sussex coast. The packed crowd, of surprisingly wide ranging ages, had probably all travelled further but however they'd got there it was to be a journey well worth the effort as they were definitely not going to be disappointment.
Slaves were clearly up for a good night, having recently returned from Europe it "was nice to be back with you lovely people". From the opening bars of the first track Slaves were energised to give it their all letting up only occasionally for a little respite. Mixing tracks from 'Are You Satisfied' and 'Take Control' the boys tore up the auditorium with track after incendiary track. 'Hey' started to build a terrific head of momentum before a rousing version of the anthemic 'Rich Man'. Where the gig exploded with more energy than the Hadron Collider however was when crowd pleaser, 'Sockets', was aired with such raw, impassioned, brutal fervour and frenzy that it electrified all before them.
Laurie and Isaac played hard and fast all night, like Killing Joke on steroids they did more than just evoke memories of past Punk triumphs they rewrote the brief. Through 'Same Again', an amusingly pre-ambled and thunderous take on 'Debbie Where's Your Car, 'STD's/PHD's' and a truly unbelievable 'Take Control' the Kent duo took the venue apart. It was a mesmerising performance that quite literally took your breath away; it was tiring just to watch the pair in action. There was only the briefest of let ups to draw breathe as Laurie flailed and spiralled around stage whilst Isaac insanely pounded the living daylights out of the drums.
There really is no way you can justify under selling how incredibly fantastic 2015 has been for Slaves. In terms of an appraisal of the last twelve months they have had a stellar year by virtually anyone's standards bar possibly Adele. Since forming barely three years ago Slaves (Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman) have taken everything in their stride and blown all before them away with their unique, incendiary, 21st Century Punk.
The duo from Royal Tunbridge Wells have not so much been a breath of fresh air as a veritable whirlwind delivering a torrent of wired, barely tamed, electrified energy. After releasing their first three singles in 2014, 'Where's Your Car Debbie', 'Hey' and then their breakthrough track, 'The Hunter', Slaves have barely had time to catch a breath. A 'Sound of 2015' nod, 'Later with Jools' appearance, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, T-In The Park, numerous awards, an album release in June and a Mercury nomination amongst others have helped bring them to a much wider audience.
Upon its original release in the early summer 'Are You Satisfied?' peaked in the album charts at a very respectable #8 and went on to appear on many a critic's, and fan's, 'Top albums of the year list'. The album has now been given a fresh lease of life with this latest, much enhanced, incarnation. There are nine extra tracks including R1 session tracks and B-Sides as well as an unreleased track, 'Tricky'.
Continue reading: Slaves - Are You Satisfied? (BBC Radio 1 Session) Album Review
The 12 Mercury Music 'Albums of the Year' were announced on Friday morning.
The Mercury Music Prize nominations for 2015 have been announced, and it’s a list with quite a few surprising omissions and inclusions.
The twelve artists fortunate enough to make the select list were announced over the course of Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Radio show on Friday (October 16th), with Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice being the biggest names among the dozen.
Florence’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which reached Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year, is her second nomination after her debut Lungs in 2009, which was beaten by Speech Debelle. Wolf Alice’s first album My Love Is Cool came out in the same month and made Number 2 in the UK, winning rave reviews in the process.
Continue reading: Mercury Music Prize 2015 Nominations - Who's On The List?
Pseudo-anarchic duo Slaves have been whipping up a firestorm of good feedback since featuring in a BBC Sound of Music Poll and have aided their publicity with a tiresome spat with militants Sleaford Mods. The question is, can their new album 'Are You Satisfied?' frank the rhetoric with the tunes? Not really, is the short answer.
Their anger, and misdirected and lacking wit makes for a jarring, repetitive listen, and there's an over-use of fuzz pedals. On tracks such as 'The Hunter' and 'Sockets' combine the unappealing aspects of early Kasabian and a paler imitation of the more humorous Audio Bullys.
The album isn't completely intolerable; a change of tempo for 'Do Something' hints at an ability to diverge their sound and channel their angst in a more constructive fashion, as for the most part this album is ramshackle punk at best.
Continue reading: Slaves - Are You Satisfied? Album Review
While the majority of the time support acts at gigs are merely background music, sometimes there can be pleasant surprises. Tonight at Rock City it is one such occasion as there is an interesting prospect supporting Jamie T.
Slaves are an up and coming noise band that you wouldn't usually associate with Jamie T. They are two cheeky fellas from London, who came on stage with the biggest band logo signs that you can actually fit into Rock City. When the duo kicked into action, you noticed two things: the noise, and the fact that there are only two of them making all that noise.
Although it was great to see these guys on stage, there was an initial sense of what have these guys got different to other bands like them? Royal Blood have already burst onto the scene to much acclaim, so Slaves need that something extra - and they certainly deliver. Live, Slaves are full of high energy and have a bit of comedy value about them both in the songs and in between songs. 'Girls Fight' was a great short witty number; so short, in fact, that the band's introduction of the song was actually longer than the song itself. Highlights of Slaves' set list have to be 'Debbie Where's Your Car? ' and 'Cheer Up London'. Certainly a band to keep an eye out for.
Continue reading: Jamie T - Rock City, Nottingham, November 2014 Live Review
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