BLACK EYED PEAS 'Boom Boom Pow' [Release Date 25/05/2009]
After a four-year break, the three-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling Black Eyed Peas are back with their new single 'Boom Boom Pow', available in the UK from 25 May.
MARILYN MANSON 'The High End Of Low' [Release Date 25/05/2009]
The biggest rock superstar on the planet is BACK with his forthcoming seventh studio album on May 25th, on CD and 2CD deluxe set. The album is preceded by a free download of 'We're From America' and the official first single 'Arma… geddon', released May 18th. In the vein of all Manson classic singles, 'Arma…geddon' is typically provocative, with the lyrical punch to match. It's a stomping rock anthem in waiting, with the swagger of previous smashes such as 'mOBSCENE', 'Tainted Love' and 'Disposable Teens'. The album as a whole is a triumph, with Manson also exploring his more introspective side. Produced by Manson, Vrenna,and Twiggy, 'The High End of Low' was recorded in his Hollywood Hills studio and also features the track, 'I Want To Kill You Like They Do In The Movies.' Manson says of the new album, "I think my life definitely ended and began. The record sounds very final, but it's almost optimistic – though that feels like a strange word to use. It's a phoenix from the fire and a redemption resurrection."
GARY GO 'Gary Go' [Release Date 25/05/2009]
"Coldplay plus Skins equals gigantic pop debut" Q Magazine "Epic pop has a new face and it belongs to Joe 90" Q Magazine "Heart-on-sleeve troubadour" The Times "An exciting, eccentric, British songwriting talent" The Guardian Gary Go hit the headlines when he was confirmed as the official opening act for Take That's record breaking UK tour in June. This will see him perform in front of over a million people, a dream opportunity for a new artist and one that will see Gary play his local venue – Wembley Stadium. Gary Go will release his self-titled, self-produced debut album 'Gary Go' on May 25th which includes the soaring 'Wonderful' which was hard to miss on the airwaves earlier this year and the brand new single 'Open Arms'. Gary isn't your stereotypical pop star: a spiky, Joe 90 bespectacled exterior disguises a voice that can [and soon will] fill stadiums with ease. He was picked out in Q's Tips For 2009, the magazine describing him as a "one man Coldplay" for his talent at writing and delivering pop songs of epic proportions. But way before this, it was Peter Gabriel who gave Gary Go the most unlikely break when he told him "Seems to me that you should concentrate on song writing," dashing the 24-year-old's hopes of joining the Real World studios team in Bath. It consequently turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist who grew up within earshot of the Eighties uber-gigs at Wembley Stadium, Gary wrote his first song 'Stomach Ground' (about a village of people living on someone's belly) aged eight, left school at 17 and got a lowest rung job at a record label and recording studio making tea and setting up microphones. The next few years were spent working at various studios, soaking up as much sonic knowledge as he could. He set up his own bedroom-run label The Canvas Room, produced some songs, released 500 copies of the 'So-So' EP and started playing shows around the city.
SIMPLE MINDS 'Graffiti Soul' [Release Date 25/05/2009]
"Sounding big, powerful & re-energised" Q Magazine *** "The music is taut – and the overall feeling is that of a muse rediscovered". Mojo **** Taken from their website: Hot on the heels of their 30th Anniversary Celebration Tour that saw them playing to over a quarter of a million people during their sold out 2008 European/UK arena tour, and their performance at Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday concert in London's Hyde Park, Simple Minds are about to enter the most prolific period within their extensive career with the highly anticipated brand new album 'Graffiti Soul' due for international release on May 25th by Universal Music Records label. Their 15th studio album, 'Graffiti Soul' was initially written on location in Rome, Sicily, Antwerp and Glasgow. Simple Minds then returned for the first time in almost three decades to the famous Rockfield Studios where the Scottish group originally recorded their earlier seminal albums 'Real To Real Cacophony', 'Empires And Dance' and sowed the seeds of 'New Gold Dream'. Produced by Jez Coad and Simple Minds, the new album was mixed in Los Angeles by the legendary Bob Clearmountain, who previously mixed Simple Minds multi platinum 'Once Upon a Time album', and who's mixing credentials include Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The USA', David Bowie's 'Let's Dance', and Roxy Music's 'Avalon'. "'Graffiti Soul' is a bold and energetic collection of songs, and we could not be happier with the result," says lead singer, Jim Kerr. "Stylistically, this is a truly vibrant rock'n'roll album that's bursting at the seams with quite possibly the most ballsy pop songs we have written in years." Although the heart and soul of 'Graffiti Soul' is contemporary in sound, the feel of classic Minds is evident, although the spirit of some of Simple Minds' original contemporaries such as Joy Division, Magazine and the Stranglers, are not far away. Continues Kerr, "It's taken us a while, but over the last couple of years Charlie Burchill and I have put together a great team of individuals to work with, and that, as well as a revitalised and energetic new commitment has triggered an effect that has dramatically overhauled Simple Minds. 'Graffiti Soul' is testament to that." In addition to the launch of the new album, Simple Minds are in the process of confirming an extensive 'Graffiti Soul' world tour that will encompass a lot of songs from the new album, plus the band's best loved classics including 'Alive and Kicking', 'Sanctify Yourself', 'Waterfront', 'Promised You A Miracle' and 'Don't You (Forget About Me)'. "It was a great pleasure making the new album," concludes Kerr. Sometimes you hit a period where everything just fits together perfectly and turns out exactly as you hoped it would. 'Graffiti Soul' reflects that very sentiment, and much more."
EMINEM 'Relapse' [Release Date 25/05/2009]
On 5th March 2009 – Eminem, the biggest selling music artist of the decade, officially announced the release date of his eagerly awaited new album – his first original studio album in over four years. With the announcement of the release date for 'Relapse 'also comes confirmation of something that had been rumoured in recent weeks: Eminem is already working on a follow-up album, 'Relapse 2', that fans can expect in the second half of 2009. "A lot of people were expecting Relapse to drop last year," said Eminem. "I was one of them. Then Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff."
SCOTT MATTHEWS 'Elsewhere' [Release Date 25/05/2009]
Acclaimed Wolverhampton troubadour Scott Matthews will release his second album 'Elsewhere' on May 25th 2009 on the San Remo label through Island Records. Featuring 11 new Scott Matthews compositions, it is produced by Scott and Gavin Monaghan [Mercury Rev, The Smiths, Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello]. Scott is joined on the album by his regular touring group Danny Keane [cello], Craig Johnson [bass] and Sam Martin [drums] while a string section was drafted in for gorgeous album opener 'Underlying Lies' and a horn section for cast iron heartbreaker 'Suddenly You Figure Out', while Scott's brother Darren plays piano on three songs including the first single 'Fractured', an atmospheric minor key rocker, which is about needing to help someone once in a while. The song '12 Harps' features vocal contributions from fellow Wolverhamptonian Robert Plant. Says Scott: "'Elsewhere' comes from the feelings and emotions that so often dictate my state of mind. It captures my thoughts, frustrations and memories and I also look back on a difficult time emotionally, where the music reveals its healing properties. Hopefully you'll see 'Elsewhere' as a place you can go visit once in a while to get lost in that moment and forget anything you feel needs to be forgotten."
ISLAND RECORDS 'War Inna Babylon – An Island Reggae Anthology' [Release Date 25/05/2009]
In Jamaica in 1959, a 21 year-old music fan called Chris Blackwell created a seemingly insignificant music label that over time would become one of the most powerful and influential record companies in the world. Three years after its launch, having established his Island Records as a hit-making enterprise, the young entrepreneur transplanted the operation to London, where he set about releasing the best in authentic West Indian sounds for a growing British fan-base. And while ventures into Rock and Pop later brought his celebrated imprint even greater success, works by an array of talent, from Jimmy Cliff and Lee 'Scratch' Perry to Bob Marley and Sly & Robbie, always ensured Island's heartbeat remained Jamaican – a tradition that has continued to the present day. Charting Island's rise from its very origins in to the modern age, 'War Inna Babylon' not only provides a fascinating insight into the changing sound of Jamaican music over the past 40 years, but also brings together some of the greatest Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae recordings of all time. In doing so, the collection tells the story of both Reggae and the celebrated label itself, through the 64 essential tracks and the fascinating narrative in the accompanying booklet.
ISLAND RECORDS 'Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal – An Island Anthology 1967 – 1972 Compilation' [Release Date 25/05/2009]
This 3CD set is a re-issue of the critically acclaimed Island anthology which was released back in 2005. Containing over 3 and ½ hours of music from the legendary "pink label" period of the Island back catalogue [1967 to 1972], 'Strangely Strange' features the best from the likes of Nirvana, Quintessence, Heavy Jelly, Free, John Martyn, Spooky Tooth, Traffic and many, many more. The 48-page booklet contains sleeve notes by Mark Powell, biogs and rare photographs.