VIDEO: Angus Stone “Bird On The Buffalo”

What with Lowlakes, Asami, Radio Star, Kimberley Aviso, Paris Wells and Gotye still dominating The Kaje‘s stereo, it could be said that we are all in a bit of an Aussie frenzy! Having added Julia Stone’s latest jazzy effort “Let’s Forget All The Things That We Say” to our playlist a week ago, we have been blown away to hear her sibling’s latest track, the blustery “Bird On The Buffalo”. With the Australian invasion taking on epic proportions we are just thankful the ex-Soap Star pop invasion is behind us!

The Kaje Sessions: Asami

 Fronted by one time Popstars contestant Asami Koike, Asami are a Melbourne quartet who know a thing or two about piecing together a pop tune.  Having unleashed their sophomore EP “Please Stay” at the end of 2011, Asami have wasted little time in exploring new material. Having just completed a residency at The Evelyn and played the after show party for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ Melbourne show, The Kaje are feeling super privileged to host an acoustic recording of their latest track “Signs Of You”.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

On a secret rooftop overlooking a helipad in Melbourne.

What made you choose to use this location?

The song has a sort of uplifting, gospel vibe going on and so we thought somewhere light and airy would suit. We also shot it at dusk to get some nice colours.

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

We had this time when several shows had been booked back to back and on the last night we played to a big empty room with only the soundguy present. He was too shy and weird to watch us so he was crouching down behind the sound desk. We played a great set to the top of his head.  We also had a falling out with him just before we performed so that was … awkward.  On a brighter note, we played at an 80th Birthday once and got a really good reception, which was fun!

What made you choose “Signs of You” for the session?

“Signs of You” is one of our newbies and is probably the most mature sounding song that we have. I guess we chose to do this song for the Kaje Session because of its strength as a purely acoustic song, and plus, it’ll be on our next EP!  Thanks for featuring us!

The Kaje Tips For The Tops 2012!!!!

Each new year is filled with questions – simply because everybody wants to know what will happen. While we are completely incapable of predicting the future, here at The Kaje we thought we would take a brief moment to highlight a selection of music acts that we hope will breakthrough to the big time in 2012…

20. Asami

Former Popstars (Australia) contestant Asami took time out from the reality TV circuit to become a Yoga instructor and battle health issues before deciding to recruit some close friends and relaunch her music career. With two EPs already under their belt, 2012 could easily be the year for Asami to break through with their bright and breezy pop.

19. The Jezabels

Having already conquered their home country of Australia, university pals The Jezabels have now set their sights on world domination. With a growing fanbase on these shores, it is only a matter of time before they become household names.

18. Frank Ocean

Having honed his craft as a member of OFWGKTA, Frank Ocean is now perfectly placed launch his debut effort into the mainstream. More than just another rapper, Frank Ocean eloquently assesses society in his touching numbers.

17. Michael Kiwanuka

With a support slot for British soulstress of the moment Adele already under his belt, Kiwanuka is all set to make 2012 his own. A man who can send shivers down your spine with one single note, Kiwanuka will move you beyond the realms of the possible.

16. Poppy & The Jezebels

Birmingham school friends Poppy & The Jezebels nearly broke the big time a couple of years back. However their big break never quite arrived. Rather than give up the ghost, the quartet headed back to the drawing board and are finally ready to unleash what promises to be a blinding debut.

15. Strangers

The Departure’s David Jones is another former nearly-but-not-quite who is far from ready to give up his musical goal. While disheartened by his mainstream failure, he decided to continue in his quest and it appears he has found strength in his darkest hour. Strangers are better than anything he has done to date.

14. Antonio Lulic

Antonio Lulic is an act who knows how to use social networking. Having first come to The Kaje‘s attention after we saw a tweet that fellow singer/songwriter Ben James Miller had tattooed Lulic’s lyrics on his arm, we turned to YouTube to find out more. And boy were we blown away…

13. Jack Robert Hardman

Jack Robert Hardman’s simple and straight forward approach to home recording has to lead a wealth of vocally charged folk pop that hits all the right marks. His debut single “Famous” is all set for a January release and we just hope he gains the radio play he so rightly deserves.

12. Blue Angel

London’s Blue Angel first came to our attention with the stirring “43 Days” which documented violence on a London bus. With subtle beats blended with a blinding vocal, we were equally excited by the follow-up “Beautiful Day”. With a promise of an album in 2012, here at The Kaje we are already salivating with excitement.

11. Henry Johnson

Henry Johnson may be familiar to some of you from the disturbingly frank documentary “We Need To Talk About Dad”, however there is much for to Johnson than a troubled past. Johnson is a frank, honest and uplifting singer/songwriter who makes you smile and cry simultaneously.

10. Stooshe

X Factor’s Little Mix may have already been hailed as the next big British girl band, but we think these three Londoners may well beat them to the crown. Fresh and funky but in a good way.

9. Radio Star

Melbourne’s Radio Star may also be known as The Sunny Days, but regardless of what pseudonym they use, they create fun 80s inspired indie pop that has been missing from the 80s revival. With the boys relocating to Europe in April, we suggest you get your hands on their eponymous EP in preparation for the explosion.

8. Parnell Page

Parnell Page is another upcoming who came to The Kaje‘s attention through social networking. Having seen a tweet about his Saint Saviour cover “Fallen Trees”, we immediately went on the hunt for the haunting vocalist’s original material. If this Jack Hawitt penned number is a taster of what is to come from his debut EP then we are truly unable to contain our excitement.

7. Bobbie Gordon

Another upcoming British talent with an Adele connection. East London’s Bobbie Gordon spent time as Adele’s backing vocalist, before facing up to her own secret ambitions. With Adele advising her to chase her dreams, Gordon left the tour and has just released an unbelievably brilliant EP.

6. Ronika

Nottingham’s Ronika caught our eye with one of the most unique and eye catching press shots ever. But this stunning sensation is far more than just an eye pleased. With incessantly catchy tunes, Ronika is going to get stuck in your head and make you shake your bootie through 2012 and beyond..

5. Bastille

Dan Smith, aka Bastille, has a vocal to die for. The Kaje are rarely left speechless, but the moment we first heard his awe-inducing “Laura Palmer” we were dumbfounded. We were listening to the voice of the future and we knew it. Be prepared as Bastille is about to explode.

4. Alfie Ordinary

Alfie Ordinary has spent 2011 completing his degree while balancing performances at festivals up and down the country. With his distinct brand of acoustic pop having worked up a frenzy of fans, Alfie Ordinary is finally ready to release an EP and we suggest you sign up for it now before it sells out.

3. Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas is a name you may well already know. With a Jools Holland appearance and a Willy Mason duet already under her belt, La Havas and her silky smooth vocal are set to dominate the airwaves far past 2012.

2. Jess Hall Band

Swindon’s Jess Hall Band are just four teenage mates having a lot of fun while making tender and tempting tracks. Their debut single “Play Shy” saw them break Radio 1, but with tracks like “Grace” up their sleeve, it is obvious that there is a lot more to come from this troupe.

1. Kal Lavelle

Kal Lavelle has been working the live circuit for several years. Having watched her best mate Ed Sheeran break through to the big time last year, Lavelle’s time in the spotlight is more than overdue. Having experienced chart success alongside Artful on “Could Just Be The Bassline”, Lavelle’s debut EP “Shivers” has seen her ride to the top of the iTunes chart, now we just have to hope her upcoming album tops the Official Charts in a similar fashion. True talent always wins through in the end.

VIDEO: Asami “Please Stay”

Support slots often get overlooked. People arrive late to a gig wanting only to see the headline act for whom they have bought a ticket. Either that or they stand at the bar chatting away, completely ignorant of what talent might be centre stage. The latter is how I discovered Asami. I had turned up to the gig super early, given that a friend’s band was also a supporting act. However, they had given me the wrong time and I was hanging out at the bar chatting when the sweet sound of Asami caught my ear. In that instant I was hooked. Thus it gives me great pleasure to unveil the video for their latest single “Please Stay”…

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