NEWS: Little Boots Unveils Ronika Remix

Hot on the heels of her special Record Store Day release ‘Every Night I Say a Prayer’ on legendary Chicago house label Trax and online as a free download, Little Boots unveils her explosive new single ‘Headphones’.  Having worked with Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford on the 6-minute disco odyssey ‘Shake’ late last year and long-time admirer Hercules and Love Affair’s Andy Butler on the icy piano-house classic ‘Every Night’, NYC’s highly-ranked electronic-pop king-pins The Knocks lend their uber-fun, hook-driven manifesto to ‘Headphones’. The results are an insanely infectious sample-laden nu-disco anthem with slinky melodic verses building into an enormous chanting monster of a chorus, which is quite simply one of those perfect pop moments. As the ‘la-la-la’ refrains echo into our brains and guide our limbs, ‘Headphones’ is catapulted into the dance-pop stratosphere, and will undoubtedly be filling the airwaves and dancefloors all summer and beyond.

True to form, Little Boots has once again enlisted an all-star cast to re-envisage ‘Headphones’, including the likes of God-like house and garage producer Todd Edwards with an enormous club refix, French dance royalty Dimitri from Paris, The Knocks themselves and pop-chanteuse Ronika who morphs the glittery original into a darker beast,  complete with surreal, pitched-down vocals.

After a recent headline performance at XOYO showcasing the exhilarating new live experience (complete with live voguers mounting the stage from the crowd) and two support dates with Scissor Sisters, Little Boots is back on sensational pop form. She’ll be appearing at select festivals across the globe this summer before releasing her highly anticipated sophomore long-player in the autumn, of which ‘Headphones’ is another tantalizing taste.

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bright Light Bright Light “Make Me Believe In Hope”

Rod Thomas, a.k.a Bright Light Bright Light has been on The Kaje’s radar for what seems like an eternity, so calling his debut album “Make Me Believe In Hope” seems somewhat of an understatement. Having had singles “Love Part II” and “Waiting For The Feeling” stuck in our heads for longer than we can remember, it is a relief to now have no less than eleven songs to sing along with.

Thomas is a pop fan. Having spoken openly of his love of Ace Of Base, listeners of “Make Me Believe In Hope” will be left disappointed if they are seeking a musical tribute to “All That She Wants” or “Always Have, Always Will”, because Thomas veers away from the cheese and instead delivers an expertly crafted, slick pop album that oozes both credibility and singability.

It is nigh on impossible to pin-point a low moment in the album’s all to brief eleven tracks. However, it is easy to note the spine-tingling (“Cry At Films”, “Grace”) and the irresistibly addictive (“Immature”, “Disco Moment”, “How To Make A Heart”) highlights, yet even those lists negate the diverse beauty of “Make Me Believe In Hope”.

With echoes of Scissor Sisters, Erasure, Frankmusik, Ronika and Tim & Jean, Bright Light Bright Light is a distinct pop project than channels emotional motivation and slinky hooks to grab its listener at their core and make them move in every sense of the word possible.

“Make Me Believe In Hope” does so much than its title demands. Knocking the socks off the albums unleashed in 2012 so far, this is currently a very strong contender for album of the year.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

Single of the Week: Ronika “Automatic”

Nottingham’s Ronika has been ‘The Madonna of The Midlands’ by Electronic Rumours, and while here at The Kaje we can completely understand the reasons for labelling the blonde bombshell as such, we also feel that the connotations and expectations from the title allude to an artist that is unable to  be defined in their own right. Ronika needs no introduction nor comparison. She is a complete, consummate and class act who is about to break out into the BIG TIME! And boy does she deserve it!

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.

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