NEWS: Blue Angel Announce Remix Competition

Blue Angel have launched a competition for listeners to create a remix of “One More Down To Go” to accompany the single release on 9th July 2012. Stems can be downloaded at http://www.soundcloud.com/blueangel-1/sets

With a winning remix to be announced in June, remixes are to be submitted by 8th June 2012 to the Blue Angel Soundcloud Dropbox :-

http://soundcloud.com/groups/blue-angel-remix-competition/dropbox

Having met in a studio on London’s Holloway Road, Jason Newton’s laptop electronica based compositions fused with Bella Bennett’s imposing, yet delicate vocal back in 2009 to form Blue Angel. Making their mark with the hard-hitting storytelling of “43 Days” and the desolate optimism of “Beautiful Day”, it could be said that the poptastic chant of “One More Down To Go” is a change in direction for the London based duo. While “One More Down To Go” may transport you to a euphoric and idyllic mind-space, it is still tinged with the melancholic optimism that has become the signature of their sound.

Newton says of the single, “Music has always been an escape for me. Blue Angel came together to explore ethereal, ambient sounds as an escape for both ourselves and our listeners. “One More Down To Go” may differ from our previous singles, but release comes in different forms. We just want to discover new ways of expressing freedom from the trapped sensation that can be caused by jobs, relationships, city living or just life in general”.

“One More Down To Go” may have caved in to the joyous optimism of a sun-drenched summer, it also captures the loneliness, regret and confusion that are so often their partner.

NEWS: The Jezabels Call Out For Artists!

The Jezabels are calling all artists. The band have been touring extensively and have always wanted to have a limited edition silk screen poster as a merch item. Since the band are not designers, but they are calling out to those who are in the form of a design competition. Fans are asked to design a tour poster for the band’s UK & European tour dates this Spring. Fans are encourages to get creative, submit their designs via email to jezabelsdesign@gmail.com and the band themselves will pick a winning design to be printed in bulk to use for the tour.

Artwork sizes for A3 prints / posters:
Artwork size: 303mm x 426 mm / Finished size: 297mm x 420 mm
Please send a lo-res design to the jezabelsdesign@gmail.com

Catch The Jezabels on tour here:

Wednesday 22nd February – London (NME Awards Show) – Koko
Thursday 23rd February – Birmingham – Temple Institute
Friday 24th February – Sheffield – Leadmill
Sunday 26th February – Glasgow – Oran Mor
Monday 27th February – Edinburgh – Electric Circus
Tuesday 28th February – Newcastle – Cluny
Thursday 1st March – Leeds – Wardrobe
Friday 2nd March – Manchester – Ruby Lounge
Saturday 3rd March – Brighton – Audio

http://www.thejezabels.com/

WIN!!! Signed Jai McDowall Albums!

Jai McDowall is one of the Britain’s Got Talent acts that will go down in history. While he may not have looked the part when he turned up to audition with a shorn head and ripped jeans, McDowall sent shivers down the spine of judges Amanda Holden, David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre with his rendition of ‘Anthem’. Though he may not have been the bookies favourite, McDowall soared to success. Rather than rush release a record, McDowall has made his hungry fans wait six months for ‘Believe’, but now two lucky The Kaje readers can get their hands on signed copies by telling us which Evanescence song McDowall covered in the semi-final… Answers to be sent to Jeremy@the-kaje.com by Tuesday December 20.

WIN: Tickets To See Ólöf Arnald In London!

Beautiful, beguiling and poised to win a huge British following in the coming months, Ólöf Arnald’s hotly anticipated new album Innundir skinni is released through One Little Indian on the 13th September 2010. It is preceeded by a single “Crazy Car” on the 6th September.

The new album marks a departure by including three English sung songs, including single to be Surrender which also features Bjork’s distinctive vocal. Arnald’s lilting voice makes her songs come alive, leaving the impression of a classic troubadour with associations to early freak-folkers like Vashti Bunyan and Judee Sill.

Of the new album Ólöf has this to say: ‘With my first record I was more surprised with myself writing songs and felt very shy about the process. The songs all came in a period of a few months and I was all at once, writing, playing them to my friends, recording them and starting to perform them. My aim with Innundir skinni was for it to be a musical development from the first album, yet random and close to my sub-conscious like Við og við. Of course that aim was challenged by how the album ended up being created in short interludes with many collaborators over a considerable amount of time. But I´m happy with the outcome. The album as a whole ended up being in charge of me rather than me being in charge of it, so the process and the album became what I wanted it to be. I owe that to my collaborators who all showed an enormous amount of patience in playing again and again to get the feel right, allowing me to throw things away, change things, etc. And of course to myself as well for daring to have the last word on what I wanted and putting the emphasis on emotional essence rather than construction of elements.’

Ólöf – accompanied by musical foil, Davíð Þór Jónsson – finally made her (sold out) UK live debut at Café Oto in April, seducing a crowd that arrived curious but left bedazzled by a magical two-hour show that oscillated between playful spontaneity and stark heart-breaking beauty, showcasing Ólöf’s extraordinary, enchanting voice and engaging stage presence. (Eccentrically, the pair provided the musical interlude to the show’s interval, playing covers). Ólöf returns to the UK for September shows as follows:

12 Dorset End Of The Road Festival
14 London Bush Hall
15 Bristol Louisiana
16 Manchester Dulcimer
18 Glasgow Captains Rest
20 Bruxells Belgium Botanique
21 Berlin Germany Privatclub
23 Hamburg Reeperbahn Festival
24 Dublin Fringe Festival
26 Paris St Eustache

Already on the receiving end of a considerable NYC buzz, Ólöf has performed a number of shows in the city alongside Bjork, Dirty Projectors, Blonde Redhead and John Vanderslice, also appearing at showcases for Brooklyn Vegan and ‘Celebrate Brooklyn!’ In May she opened shows in NY and LA for Ane Brun and opens a San Francisco residency in July for, and at the personal invitation of, Jonathan Richman.

Produced by Sigur Ros’ Kjartan Sveinsson and Davíð Þór Jónsson, the follow up to 2007’s Við og Við debut, Innundir skinni features contributions from Bjork, Skúli Sverrisson (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed), Shahzad Ismaily (Tom Waits, Plastic Ono Band, Bonnie “Prince” Billy), María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir (Amiina) and Ragnar Kjartansson.

WIN! The Kaje have two tickets to see Ólöf Arnald in London and two copies of her album. To win simply tell us the title of her latest album….  Answers by email to thekaje@thekaje.com

WIN! Tickets to see Absynthe Minded in London!

Following a string of successful album releases in their native Belgium and Europe, Absynthe Minded are set to break out and take on the UK with their single ‘Envoi’ taken from their fourth LP entitled ‘Absynthe Minded’ released in 2009.

Having stormed the Belgian Music Industry Awards in 2009 – winning four awards including Best Album and Best Band – Absynthe Minded are sure to become their country’s finest musical exports. ‘Envoi’ maintains the band’s lasting affinity with jazz & blues, but channels these influences into an accessible pop formula that has already seen the single sell over 20,000 copies via downloads.

Based on a poem by writer Hugo Claus, the song has become the number 1 single in Belgium and is currently featured in the French charts. The band have recently confirmed an appearance on Taratata, the equivalent of Jools Holland in the UK. Having now signed to French major, AZ, Absynthe Minded are bound to spread the net much wider come this autumn, and with France and Belgium already under their charms, the UK is the next stop for the band in 2010.

Absynthe Minded arrive in the UK this September and will play a one-off show at Waterrats, Kings Cross on the 6th. To win tickets – simply send an email to thekaje@thekaje.com telling us where Absynthe Minded are from….

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