NEWS: Labrinth Announces Debut UK Tour

The UK’s most exciting artist; singing, song-writing and producing phenomenon, Labrinthtoday announces his debut UK tour for February and March 2012.

A born performer, Labrinth is set to wow crowds as he tours the UK early next year. Attracting rave reviews for his live performances over the summer festival season, where he performed to packed-out crowds at the likes of Glastonbury, Wireless and Global Gathering, this tour is one not to miss.

Since featuring on, and producing, Tinie Tempah’s Pass Out and Frisky, Labrinth has rapidly become one of the most significant emerging artists of the past 18 months.

Already the most sought after producer in the game, working with the likes of Gorillaz, Plan B and Ms Dynamite, Labrinth became the first act in six years to not join Simon Cowell’s SYCO label via a TV platform.  He’s already had two smash hits as a solo artist; Let The Sun Shine which hit the number three spot, and latest single, Earthquake which went straight in at number two, making him THE one to watch in terms of UK talent.

Originally from Hackney, east London, Labrinth is the youngest of nine musically gifted siblings. He discovered his talent for music by going to the local studio whilst still at school. Making beats at the age of 13 and playing guitar and keyboards by 15, Labrinth is completely self-taught.

Tickets for Labrinth’s debut UK tour go on sale Friday 4th November at 9am priced at £15.00 LONDON / £13.00 REGIONAL (subject to booking fees), available and


Thursday 23 – Birmingham HMV Institute Library
Friday 24 – O2 Academy Liverpool
Saturday 25 – Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 26 – Glasgow O2 ABC2
Tuesday 28 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Wednesday 29 – O2 Academy Oxford

MARCH 2012

Thursday 1 -O2 Academy Bristol
Friday 2 – Cardiff University Solus
Sunday 4 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 5 – London Koko
Thursday 8 – Brighton Concorde

FORGOTTEN GEM: Delta Goodrem “Innocent Eyes”

2003 was in many respects one the prime years of the noughties for music. Not only did it see the mainstream launch of The Black Eyes Peas with their first effort containing a contribution from former child star Stacey “Fergie” Ferguson, but it also marked the year that finally saw the eagerly anticipated and much awaited debut album from Destiny’s Child starlet Beyoncé. Meanwhile, Britney was definitely “In The Zone” as she released her fourth album.

But hidden amidst the American chart domination stood an honest and discreet Australian talent. Having come to public attention in 2002 as the coy and aspiring singer Nina Tucker in “Neighbours”, by 2003 Delta Goodrem had escaped her fictional alter ego and became a singer in her own right.

“Broke the mould musically, in a period of production, Goodrem’s
simplistic songcraft stood out.”

Her debut album “Innocent Eyes” was released in late March 2003 and although it only peaked at number 3 in the UK, I feel this album is one that deserved a lot more recognition. There are several factors that may have caused the lack of interest in Goodrem as a credible singer/songwriter. However, the most obvious is the fact that she was just the latest in a long line of soap stars to turn pop star. If this were to be the sole reason that deterred many people from giving her album a chance, then I believe it is these people who truly missed out on a selection of sublime music.

The album opens with “Born To Try” which was the song used by her alter ego to launch a parallel career in the soap (which saw Nina leaving Ramsay Street to pursue her fledgling success) and as this song entered the real world, the lyrics rang true for a generation seeking success. “Born To Try” also broke the mould musically, in a period of production, Goodrem’s simplistic songcraft stood out.

“Born To Try” was not alone in its pop perfection. As “Innocent Eyes” moves effortlessly from one song to the next, Goodrem is consistent in her catchy and sometimes haunting melodies which contrast with her soft and elegant voice, best demonstrated on the album’s title track “Innocent Eyes”. Goodrem’s composition shows how a pop ballad should be written. But it is her distinct vocal adding an extra depth which makes this the real stand out track on the album.

“Catchy and sometimes haunting melodies which contrast with
her soft and elegant voice”

As well as proving her vocal ability, “Innocent Eyes” is a showcase of her more than impressive writing abilities. Though the album as a whole in a stunning selection, some real gems are there to be uncovered; “In My Own Time” and “Will You Fall For Me” really show an honest and vulnerable side of Goodrem, a quality that is rarely seen in an artist’s debut album.

Goodrem did not work alone and “Innocent Eyes” boasts some impressive collaborations, With Gary Barlow and Kara DioGuardi both on board, it is no surprise that this mid tempo album is full of not only catchy hooks and beats, but has the lyrics to compliment them too.

“An honest and vulnerable side of Goodrem, a quality that is
rarely seen in an artist’s debut album.”

“Innocent Eyes” definitely takes us on a journey from its subtle and understated opening ballads, which sweep and gradually increase to mid tempo pop songs.. And that’s exactly what this album is, a real pop album. When listening to the album, I never question its integrity. It is presented in such a firm and honest way that what you see is what you get. It is rare to find a solid pop album that creates this security. Pop music always feels the need to be new, modern and at the risk of sounding like Simon Cowell, current. As a result, the pop scene is constantly changing, leaving the listener little time to capture a moment before moving on to the next. “Innocent Eyes” is a treat that is not afraid of staying still. I do not mean that its boring and stagnant but it really has taken the time to breathe and grow. I really feel it explores the aural setting it belongs to. Out of this bravery comes a sincere work from Goodrem.

Not only do we enjoy the integrity of the lyrics and cleverly composed songs, but for me the real star of the album is Goodrem’s vocal quality. At the time she was one of the few pop singers brave enough to sing live on television, which just proved that she wasn’t just a studio artist but a live artist too. Never shying away, Goodrem’s vocal range is constantly explored throughout the album, starting with a low and almost spoken start to the album and ending in high melodical bliss with “Will You Fall For Me”, making “Innocent Eyes” an album that really should not be forgotten.

Words: Christopher Hall

VIDEO: Joe McElderry “Ambitions”

So Joe won X Factor but unlike Olly his debut single didn’t debut at number 1…That means the pressure must be on for his second single to get to the top. Having chosen to cover Donkeyboy’s massive Europop hit, the transformation from Geordie school boy to Britain’s Zac Efron is well underway as Joe proves he can take it all upbeat and even shake his booty…

VIDEO: Leon Jackson “Lighthouse”

X Factor winners fall into two categories; the ones Simon Cowell wanted to win and the ones he didn’t. If you are lucky enough to fall into the first, you will be pushed and promoted to success, if you don’t then you cane expect one album and oblivion. Scotsman Leon Jackson was always going to fall into the latter – however, Jackson has fighting spirit and has not given up despite being written off. As his Ernie Halter cover “Lighthouse” proves, there is more to Jackson than meets the eye. Expect a comeback and expect him to be bigger than you would have imagined…

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