New UK group, Animal Kingdom, could be loosely compared to the likes of The Cure, The Flaming Lips and Grandaddy. They’ve been making quite an impression on those who have heard them on tour with Vampire Weekend and Camera Obscura and their first single, Tin Man, has been receiving rave reviews.
It’s been a big year for Danish alternative band Mew. As well as touring alongside Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction they’re also releasing their fifth album, No More Stories…. The record is described as being happier, “dancier” and more upbeat than its predecessor, And the Glass Handed Kites. Starting today, Spotify Premium subscribers in the UK get first dibs at listening to the album in full.
August 6-8th is the Uppsala Reggae Festival and we’ve got ten pairs of tickets to the two day event to giveaway to Spotify Premium subscribers in Sweden. Artists such as Third World and Junior Kelly will be performing and it’s perfect place to spend a summer weekend.
If you’re a premium subscriber and would like to go leave a comment on the blog and we’ll contact winners later this week.
British rapper Speech Debelle released her debut album, Speech Therapy, earlier this year to rave reviews. She was kind enough to do a little Q&A with us in support of her latest single, Better Days, which Spotify Premium users can listen to starting today. Also, check out Speech’s official website for news and info about upcoming gigs.
Update: Just wanted to congratulate Speech on her Mercury Prize nomination, well done!
Where are you?
South London, UK
Describe a typical day?
Wake up and check emails, head out to an interview followed by time in the studio then maybe go to a friend’s.
How’s the European tour going?
The tour is in October and at the moment I’m on the festival circuit, playing at Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and the Secret Garden Party.
Best/worst ever gig?
The best gig was Pussy Parlour at Glastonbury a few weeks ago, mad fun! I guess the worst was Dirty Boots at Glastonbury, only because it was the seventh gig in three days and I had lost my voice, not nice!
Describe your musical style in three words.
Neo melodic rap.
What makes you happy?
Food, good company, classic songs not the new shit!
What makes you sad?
Choice FM, the top 10 UK singles and albums charts. Michael Jackson’s death.
What was the last lie you told?
I don’t tell lies!
Your last single – Go Then, Bye. Sounds like a tough situation. Did things resolve themselves?
Time resolves things, we still talk every once in a while but it’s not always appropriate anymore.
Favourite place to hang out?
The studio, and it seems the mechanics for the last week cause they can’t seem to fix my car stereo that they fitted!
Favourite city and why?
Right now I’d say London because it’s where the pound is. Saying that though I’ve been to St. Lucia and although pounds are what they don’t have and what they want, they still seem so much happier than us London folk!
Fancy putting a playlist together for us?
Speech Debelle’s Tribute To Michael Jackson
My favorite song of all time, this is what my song ‘Daddies Little Girl’ is based on. The tempo and drum pattern at the beggining is identical.
Will You Be There
It’s such an emotive song, the words, the passion in which he sings it, the choir, the progression and the constant snare! I also love the line, “I’m only human.”
In the Closet
From one of my fave Michael albums, the very underrated ‘Dangerous’. I love how he’s dancing, it’s hot!
Who Is It
Again off the ‘Dangerous’ album, Teddy Riley did his thing, the beat is on fire!
Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
If this don’t wanna make you dance, something’s wrong with your body! He was also so good looking in this video and he looked so happy.
Remember the Time
One of the best videos of all time. Teddy riley again on production, they were an amazing team.
This is Michael showing us that he can do any type of music and better than most. Michael doing rock.
This Place Hotel (a/k/a Heartbreak Hotel)
The strings and trumpet section make it a triumphant break up song.
The Dead Weather is the latest supergroup to form bringing together members of The Kills, The Raconteurs, Queens Of The Stone Age and Jack White of the White Stripes. The Nashville based band was formed back in February 2009 and their murky mix of blues and classic rock has been generating early rave reviews.
Today we’ve got two exclusive sessions for Spotify Premium subscribers in the UK that you should sure to check out.
The second release is a Spotify Live Session recorded by V V Brown. Her debut album, Travelling Like the Light, will be released later this month but premium subscribers can get an early taste of her live act.
The Swedish indie rock band Peter Bjorn & John released Living Thing earlier this year. Starting today Spotify Premium subscribers in Sweden can listen to a special remix album of the Living Thing The Remixes that they’ve put together. The album contains remixes from the likes of Jan Hammer and Teddybears.
Peter Bjorn and John also want to find the best remixer amongst their fans and to do this they have teamed up with MusicMyne to create a unique opportunity for fans to remix their latest single, It Don’t Move Me. The best mix will be featured on their site and made available on Spotify. Visit the MusicMyne site to start mixing and vote for your favorite.
The band will also embark as opening act for Depeche Mode on their US tour later this summer – before that you can catch them on a few exclusive European festival dates – check peterbjornandjohn.com for more info.
We have a number of pre-releases today for premium subscribers.
The Irish band, The Blizzards, have been touring heavily since their second album, Domino Effect was released last year. Today we have an exclusive Live Spotify Session, recorded just for us at a special studio gig in London. Spotify Premium users in the UK can listen to the session as a teaser for their forthcoming album.
In Sweden and Norway premium users can listen to the new album from R&B artist Maxwell. The much anticipated album, BLACKsummers’night, is his first studio release since 2001 and now available on Spotify.
The American DJ and singer-songwriter Moby has had some huge hits in his career. Later this month he’s releasing his latest album, Wait For Me, starting today Spotify Premium subscribers in Sweden can listen to it before everyone else.