NEWS: A*M*E Takes Her Pop On The Road…

Despite appearing on the UK music scene just a few short months ago, 17 year – old A*M*E’s brand of infectious, 90’s inspired, quirky pop has already planted her firmly on the radar for 2012.

Her first release, ‘City Lights; was written with 16 year- old sonic wizard MNEK (featuring his brother Bartovan) and the upbeat slice of pop has already clocked up over 140,000 views on YouTube, featured in the top 10 on Hypemachine and been a favourite across pop blogs and websites both in the UK and US.

‘Ride or Die’ follows on from this and is another playful pop collaboration between the two amazingly talented teens with a video to match. If you have a love of pop (or horses for that matter) then you are guaranteed, like us,  to fall head over heels.

Travelling from war-torn Sierra Leone at the age of eight, A*M*E grew up in South London and having finished school just last year she has been hard at work writing, recording and performing but it doesn’t stop there. A*M*E (aka Amy Kabba) has also been busy creating her own fanzine, called (coincidentally enough) The A*M*E.. Halfway between Just 17 and SuperSuper the magazine is all about A*M*E’s take on the world and her love of fashion, music, the 90’s and everything in between and with the first issue a resounding success, the second is due to hit the streets later this month.

To top it all off, A*M*E is about to hit the road and take her POP across the UK. If you fancy checking her out then head along to one of these dates…

 22-Apr-12 Manchester Roadhouse
23-Apr-12 Brighton Komedia Studio Bar
24-Apr-12 Southampton Joiners
25-Apr-12 Birmingham 02 Academy 3
27-Apr-12 Liverpool 02 Academy 2
29-Apr-12 Newcastle The Global Café
30-Apr-12 Glasgow King Tuts
1-May-12 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
2-May-12 London Borderline

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WIN! Signed Jess Hall Band EPs!!

The Jess Hall Band may only just be on the cusp of releasing their debut EP “Play Shy”, but the Swindon based quartet are without any doubt one of 2012’s bands to watch. Having already graced the Radio 1 airwaves with the EP’s title track, their distinctive take on folk-pop sets them aside from their peers. Here at The Kaje we have been lucky enough to get our hands of some signed EPs – so if you want to grab a copy then simply tell us what song the group sang for their The Kaje Session. Answers to jeremy@the-kaje.com by Tuesday 29th November.

VIDEO: StooShe “Betty Woz Gone”

Anyone else feeling the winter blues already? It is barely just November and the skies are already grey already… But worry not, because here at The Kaje we have just uncovered the perfect way to inject a little bit of summer sunshine back into your life – meet StooShe – whose debut single “Betty Woz Gone” will have you tapping those toes itching to move within just one beat. Infectious is an understatement. Get ready for some StooShe in your life and this troupe are set to EXPLODE!

 

ALBUM REVIEW: LZ7 “Light”

Record Label: Fierce
Release Date: 25.10.2010

Forget the X Factor, Manchester  based hip-hop inspired pop collective LZ7 are just what the UK music industry are missing. Whilst comparisons to everything from Black Eyed Peas to N Dubz are inevitable, this upbeat quartet have enough of their own sound to defy soundalike status. Their upbeat message of positivity could have so easily gone wrong, but it is delivered in a manner that wreaks authenticity.

Opening with lead single “This Little Light” the tone for the record is set immediately. Their no frills approach delivers a burst of pure but credible pop. The universal sound perfect radio fodder that will get bodies moving from the car to the dance floor. However, “This Little Light” is just the introduction and “Light” goes from strength to strength as the album grows.

To say that “Ditto” is the albums strongest track almost seems too bold a statement as with each listen another song comes to the fore. However, “Ditto” will, in my opinion, be the song that breaks the group into the commercial mainstream. Having already made a name for themselves on the internet, they need a crossover radio hit and “Ditto” is perfect for the terrain.

Perhaps the most surprisingly infectious turn comes in the form of their “Oh Happy Day” reworking “Four Points”. The subtle use of a gospel refrain in the dancefloor stomp is a perfect example of how LZ7 stand out from the crowd. The use is ingenious and makes for unforgettable listening.

“Light” is without doubt one of the strongest pop albums of 2010. LZ7 have spent years perfecting their craft and now it is time for them to reap the rewards.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

The Kaje talks Summer Sundae Weekender to Fool’s Gold

Whilst The Foals and Vampire Weekend have kick-started the afro pop resurgence, LA troupe Fool’s Gold are widely known for taking the genre to the next level. The final line-up of six may just be a slimmed down version of the thirteen members who worked on their eponymous debut, but with influences ranging from western pop radio to soukous, the sextet still promise to deliver their own breed of the inspirationally uplifting. Currently making the most of the summer sun, Fool’s Gold will be stopping off at Summer Sundae Weekender.

Summer Sundae Weekender kicks off in August. What’s your favourite thing about summer festivals?

Every year the fried foods at summer festivals get more intense and exponentially more bizarre. Deep fried candy bars are pretty common festival fare now, but I heard about a man in America who figured out a way to deep fry butter last year. The trick was freezing the butter before coating it in batter and submerging it in the super hot oil. Now you know.

What can we expect from your show?

Sweat, harmonies, grunting, mega hits, deep grooves, melodic epiphonies, heavy slapback, bedroom eyes, Hebrew, English, fried butter.

Summer Sundae is renowned for showcasing emerging talent. Which new band are you most looking forward to catching?

Joseph Camperband and the Holograms

The festival has also been graced by legends like Patti Smith, Billy Bragg and Chrissie Hynde. What’s your fondest festival memory?

The South by Southwest music festival was pretty amazing this year — 2,000 bands, loads of free BBQ, plenty of Fool Gold’s drug of choice: sunshine. Bill Murray rocked out to one of our sets this year, and we shared a stage with GWAR. Insanity.

The festival turns ten this year,  how did you celebrate your tenth birthday?

My Mom had a cake made in the shape of a dollar bill, and my Dad invited an Israeli magician named Amos Cadabra. Some kid blew out my candles and I got upset that the rabbits were kept in their trick compartments until the big finale, but all in all it was the perfect immigrant-in-L.A. tenth birthday party.

The Kaje Sessions: Dave H

Last week we launched The Kaje Sessions to a barrage of interest from artists both established and upcoming, but Dave H submitted his own session in record time. The former Bassland singer has gone solo, with a stab at the pop terrain he loves best. A real Diane Warren fan, “Anymore” sees Dave H in Delta Goodrem/Darren Hayes/Mariah Carey territory. The heartfelt performance is carried out whilst Dave prepares chicken fajitas for us all – genius!

Where did you record the Kaje Session?

This was recorded in my kitchen… I know,  I’m wild!  Just before making chicken fajitas though… yum!

What made you choose this location?

I originally wanted to do it on the balcony but I couldn’t get a power supply out the window.  I thought the kitchen would be good, just back from work after doing the day job.

What is the most unusual live date you’ve played?

Probably in this little pub in Gloucester.  It was a gig for the Severn Bore which is this wave that happens on the river once a year.

What made you choose “Anymore” for the session?

People say this is my best song.  Or at least one of them!  I love it too.  I really relate to it.  It was written at a rather traumatic time in my life where everything went wrong at the same time.  This song is about how I felt.  I think many people go through similar experiences so hopefully people can relate to it.

If like Dave H, you would like to demonstrate your abilities (be it singing, acting, painting, comedy, poetry – anything goes!) on The Kaje Sessions, simply e-mail thekaje@thekaje.com with details of the talent you’d like to demonstrate!

The Kaje talks Summer Sundae Weekender to Ellen and the Escapades

Leeds folk-pop quintet Ellen and the Escapades had barely played a gig south of Birmingham when they were chosen to perform on one of the main stages at Glastonbury this summer. Catapulted from relative obscurity to festival fame, the quintet are now capitalizing on their appearance with another festival – this time the Midland’s Summer Sundae.

Summer Sundae Weekender kicks off in August. What’s your favourite thing about summer festivals?

James: We haven’t played hundreds of festivals, but every summer festival we have managed to get to has had a wicked atmosphere. When the sun is out and the bbq’s are going what better accompaniment than thousands of people and some amazing bands!

What can we expect from your show?

James: A chilled out pop folk set with some faster numbers to get folks dancing… come see us and you can find out!

Summer Sundae is renowned for showcasing emerging talent. Which new band are you most looking forward to catching?

Ellen: Bands I’m looking forward to seeing are Mumford and Sons, The Low Anthem, Johnny Flynn and The Crookes.

The festival has also been graced by legends like Patti Smith, Billy Bragg and Chrissie Hynde. What’s your fondest festival memory?

Ellen: Favourite festival memory is playing at Leeds Festival last year, just because i wasn’t expecting that many people to be there watching us

The festival turns ten this year – how did you celebrate your tenth birthday?

Ellen: I don’t know about my tenth birthday. I probably had one of those swimming parties where they put up those massive inflatable assault courses with a big slide at the end.

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