Single of the Week: The Sea “Shake Shake”

The Sea’s “Rooftops” is an album that blinds on first listen, but still manages to get more beautiful with each listen. An immediate favourite at The Kaje was the romp-a-stomp “Shake Shake”, so we are thrilled that the D’Chisholme’s have decided to unleash arm shaking, shout out anthem as their latest single. The move is that of a genius and hopefully one which propels  The Sea to the place they deserve to be-the top of the charts.

The Kaje Sessions: The Sea

London based brother duo The Sea blew The Kaje away with their latest album “Rooftops”, a release which saw a move from The White Stripes lo-fi fuzz into 90s heavy indie pop akin to Mansun and Kula Shaker. With bite and bark, The Sea ride the wave and get those hips and heads shaking. With the boys now back from their German tour, The Kaje jumped at the chance of a stripped back rendition of the riotous “Shake Shake”…

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

At The Sea HQ (Peter’s apartment in Camden).

What made you choose to use this location?

It’s where we live (weirdly we’re listening to ‘Our House’ by C, S, N+Y right now! How fitting!)

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

A Romany Gypsy camp in Italy in a derelict house. That was class!

What made you choose “Shake Shake” for the session?

Well it’s the new single but we thought it was kinda cool to do a slower, bluesier version (which is how it was originally written).

ALBUM REVIEW: The Sea “Rooftops”

The Sea cite The Beatles and Cream as their key influences, yet their debut album “Get Back” sounded far more The White Stripes lo-fi rock than The Beatles perfect pop rock. This is no criticism, but a mere observation. However, album number two, “Rooftops”, sees the D’Chisholme brothers paying attention to the chorus driven sonic addiction created by The Beatles and fusing it with their earlier efforts, and somewhat bizarrely sounding more like Mansun meets Dodgy and Shed Seven combined-which is no bad thing.

Lead single and album opener “New York” is an infectious slice of chant-along indie pop. With an unrelenting energy, the D’Chisholme’s start in fifth gear, determined to set the tone and show they mean business. While “New York” proves itself one of the album’s stand out tracks, it is by no means the only gem.

Kula Shaker-driven “Shake Shake” and The Libertines styling of “Panic Of The Streets Of Dalston” really showcase The Sea’s riotous capabilities. Immediate, addictive and soul-shaking, they waste little time in getting those heads and hips shaking.

The Ocean Colour Scene-esque “Rooftops of London” sees the boys slow the pace but not lose the ante. Raw and refreshing, “Rooftops Of London” shows that there is more to The Sea than 3 minute stomps. “Need Breath Dream”, which oozes a little Orion Experience and a little The Hoosiers, is perhaps “Rooftops” biggest melodrama, but with its Julian Velard infused piano hook and emotional vocal delivery, it is worthy of being the album’s next single.

Though the rockier numbers may perhaps be the most immediate, the stripped back “Cry” showcases the D’Chisholme’s ability to simply say it as it is. While many musician will use a ballad to ramp up the emotion and pour out their heart, the simple, honest and unassuming delivery of “Cry” makes it all the more powerful.

“Rooftops” may have broken away from The Sea’s sonic grounding, but the move simply demonstrates The Sea’s versatility. Though “Rooftops” could at first listen be written off as nothing more than an ode to the peak of Britpop, those that don’t give it a second listen will be missing the key to its diverse delivery. “Rooftops” adds more than an anthem or two to your collection, it is an exciting, mood enhancing romp that really hits the mark.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer:  Jeremy Williams

The Kaje talks travel to The Sea

Newquay brothers Alex and Peter D’Chisholme spent their childhood balancing their surf obsession with a musical fascination. Inspired by The Beatles and Cream, it is little surprise that the D’Chisholme’s have more than an inkling of how to create a dynamic pop song. Having been crowned XFm’s ‘Best Unsigned Band In The UK” back in 2008, the brothers have wasted little time in cultivating their sound. With The Sea dividing their time between the road and the recording studio, here at The Kaje we have been more than little blown away by the love letter that forms their sophomore release, “Rooftops”. With the D’Chisholme’s freshly in the UK from a German tour, we decided to jump at the chance to talk travel and tunes…

You have spent a major part of the last two years on the road, how have the travels inspired “Rooftops”?

Yeah we’ve been to a lot of places, but with the exception of ‘New York’ it’s mostly inspired by London. Two Cornish boys moving to London and trying to figure how this big city works.

Where was the most inspirational or awe-inspiring place you have visited?

Awe-inspiring hmmm… New York. When you first go over the Brooklyn Bridge at night time heading into Manhattan, there is no doubt where you are in the world. We were very much like “Bloody hell, can you believe we’re actually doing this!”

What has a life on the road taught you?

Get sleep whenever you can! People all over the world are largely the same (in a good way).

How do you fit in writing new material with touring?

It is difficult. We tend to record new ideas on our phones and note pads, then try to make sense of them when we’re home.

Which part of the process do you prefer-touring or recording?

Well, when we’re in the studio we’re very much “this is where it’s at for us. Never want to leave the studio” until we actually get on the stage and then it feels like the best thing ever and we can’t believe we ever thought we could do without it.

Can you tell us a little bit more about “Rooftops”?

It’s an album about falling in love with a girl in London. It’s London seen through rose tinted glasses, a fantasy world really.

How do you think you have changed sonically since “Get It Back”?

Well if we have it’s more of an unconscious decision, in the sense that we just gave each song what we felt it demanded. If we heard horns or strings in our heads, we’d put it down. I guess this record is more pop than “Get It Back”. That’s not to say the next album with be like “Rooftops” though.

Comparisons are inevitable in the industry, who would you compare yourselves with?

The White Stripes playing Coldplay songs (certainly for this album)

What is the strangest comparison you have ever heard?

Had a lot of people on the first album saying it sounded like MC5 and Ramones, which we found quite amusing because we’d never really listened to those bands before that point.

And the most complimentary?

The Kills (with a male singer) with Keith Moon on drums.

How do your influences differ to your comparisons?

Well some of them are right on – White Stripes, The Kills etc. But we also both listen to Jazz quite a bit too, it’s the craziness of it that we’re really into but I’m not sure if that comes across or not.

The lead single from “Rooftops” is the riotous “New York”-what about the city captivated you?

It’s so high, I think any British band that gets to play over there for the first time you can’t help but feel good.

How did you choose a lead single from the record?

It just felt right. It’s also a good introduction to the sound of this record. It’s also the intro to the story of the whole album.

If you had to advise one skip to track as an introduction-which would it be?

New York

With the record now all set, are you looking forward to taking it out on the road?

God yeah! We’ve been touring a fair bit already and it’s feeling really, really good – we’re right in the middle of the madness (I’m in a dressing room in Berlin right now). We’re looking forward to doing the bigger shows in the UK this summer too. I think we’ll get the next record out pretty soon next year too so we can just keep touring and moving on. It’s just way too much fun to stop!

Interview by Jeremy Williams

VIDEO: The Sea “New York”

Many a musician has been inspired by the Big Apple. From Sting’s laidback “Englishman In New York” to Madonna’s frenetic “I Love New York”, the tracks are as diverse as the bustling cultural hub itself. London based two-piece The Sea are the latest to issue their take on “New York”, a riotous chant-along classic, The Sea’s impression is immediate and addictive.

The Kaje’s Top 20 Albums 2011!!!!

2011 has been an eventful year in music. While it could be argued that the female soloist has continued to battle against the folk-pop contingency for chart domination, here at The Kaje we have been more than a little blown away by the sheer diversity of the tracks hitting the airwaves.

While we initially intended to compile an album Top 10, we felt there were far too many notable releases missing from our list so have pushed the boat out a little further, but still somehow we didn’t have room for The Kaje favourites Washington, The Grates, The Wanted and Ed Sheeran…

Though we could sweet talk about those who narrowly missed out, we would rather just head straight to our 20-1 countdown..

20. Bonjah – Go Go Chaos

2009’s “Until Dawn” put Bonjah on the musical map when it saw the quintet nominated in the Best Album category at both the Apra and Air Awards.  While they may not have walked away with the prize they so deserved, the boys wasted little time in recording this blindingly brilliant sophomore record.

19. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale

Britney is back and better than ever. With killer dub beats and ‘I am what I am’ attitude, Britney wasted no time in showing more recent pop princesses Lady Gaga and Jessie J that she is far from ready to give up her crown.. Here at The Kaje we are more than happy for Britney to rule the airwaves!

18. Hanson – Shout It Out

Hanson have been written off by many as a one-hit wonder. Though ‘MMMBop’ is without doubt their biggest chart hit to date, the Tulsa based trio have to their name an impressive catalogue of Blues and Soul influenced records. However, 2011 saw Hanson return to the pop domain which saw them hit the top spot some 15 years ago and boy can they still make those booties shake!

17. Darren Hayes – Secret Codes & Battleships

Former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes may have confused his loyal fan base slightly with his more experimental 2007 release ‘This Delicate Thing We’ve Made’, prompting a break from his solo career. Having spent time writing for an array of other acts, Hayes noted that he was simultaneously compiling a set of songs for a solo return. The result is the sublime “Secret Codes & Battleships”. The perfect fusion of Savage Garden-esque questioning ballads and Darren Hayes experimentation, “Secret Codes & Battleships” is Hayes’ best release to date.

16. Melanie C – The Sea

Former Sporty Spice Melanie C is the most successful solo spice. Her debut album still tops the poll of solo records from one of the world’s biggest girl bands ever. Yet despite consistently strong releases, Melanie C’s albums have failed to capture the public imagination in the same way. Post 2007’s “This Time”, Chisholm headed to the West End and it seemed like the solo dream was over. But Chisholm was simply biding her time and her 2011 comeback record “The Sea” warrants celebrating.

15. Ane Brun – It All Starts With One

Ane Brun decided to postpone her solo career when Peter Gabriel asked her to be his backing singer on tour. While she was keen to follow-up 2008’s “Changing Of The Seasons”, she felt uninspired and needed time to collect her thoughts. The time off has clearly worked wonders as 2011 saw her return with this deliciously delicate collection.

14.  Kelly Rowland – Here I Am

Kelly Rowland’s solo career has been somewhat tumultuous. While her 2002 debut album “Simply Deep” was both a commercial and critical success, her 2007 follow-up “Ms. Kelly” was largely overlooked. With Rowland written off by many, she focussed her energies on profile sustaining guest vocals while working hard on ensuring her third release “Here I Am” was able to hit the mark. And boy, it does far more than just that…

13. Frankie & The Heartstrings – Hunger

Sunderland’s Frankie & The Heartstrings have spent the past couple of years building up a reputation on the live circuit. With the distinctive on stage presence proving increasingly popular, the boys finally bit the bullet and unleashed their irrepressible debut album “Hunger” at the start of 2011. With their riotous rawk perfectly captured in album’s 10 tracks, this record is just brief appetite warmer for a band that may just be Britain’s biggest export in years to come.

12. Clare Maguire – Light After Dark

Birmingham’s Clare Maguire was selected by the BBC as one of the acts to watch in 2011. The honour is seemingly a curse, with the pressure piled up the selected acts to deliver commercially and critically. The praise lauded prematurely upon Clare Maguire saw many a critic slam her album upon release somewhat unfairly. With one of the most powerful and distinctive vocals of 2011, “Light After Dark” reveals more of its beauty with each listen. This may be a slow burner, but there is nothing wrong with a lack of radio friendly immediacy.

11. Adele – 21

By rights “21” should be at number 1 on our list. Londoner Adele is without any question the real star of 2011, however, with the record released at the start of the year, here at The Kaje its sheer over exposure has caused us to put it to the back of our shelf for a while. Though it may have very temporarily lost its sheen, there is no denying the innate artistry in Adele’s heartbreak. Seemingly effortlessly Adele manages to capture the  devastating beauty of break-up blues. Magically chilblain inducing.

1o. Kami Thompson – Love Lies

The daughter of folk legends Richard and Linda Thompson has spent most her adult years running away from the inevitable – that she is a musician to the core. Having tried an array of careers, Thompson finally faced up to her genetic disposition and set about work on her own material, a move which the whole world will soon be thankful for. “Love Lies” is at times tender at others playful debut effort, but its real beauty lies not in its diversity but the charm of its dexterous vocalist.

9. Charlie Simpson – Young Pilgrim

Charlie Simpson left boy band Busted while they were going from commercial strength to strength. There was little the pop trio could do wrong, but Simpson felt he was being disloyal to his musical roots and instead launched the rock heavy Fightstar. The move built his credibility and proved his diversity, therefore few eyebrows were raised when Simpson took his baby steps to solo success with 2010’s “When We Were Lions” EP. Rather than rushing a record, Simpson bided his time as he crafted his debut album “Young Pilgrim”, a wise move, as it supersedes all his other musical outings to date.

8. Oh Mercy – Great Barrier Grief

2011 marked the return of Oh Mercy minus founding member Thom Savage. However, the subtle charm of frontman Alexander Gow ensured that “Great Barrier Grief” topped 2009’s “Privileged Woes”. Sincere, sturdy, clean-cut and minimalist, “Great Barrier Grief” is a romantically charged effort.

7. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Make A Scene

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has always been a star in our eyes. With Theaudience’s only record to date still a regular feature on our stereo, we simply cannot get enough of Janet Ellis’ stunning daughter. With Ellis-Bextor having focussed her attentions on motherhood in recent years, “Make A Scene” packs a sophisticated punch and builds on Ellis-Bextor’s distinct sound.

6. Will Young – Echoes

Will Young has come so far from his Pop Idol days that he is barely recognisable from his early recordings. Having taken time to return to tread the boards, Will Young’s “Echoes” is an understated Richard X soulful dance influenced effort that easily walks over his past efforts. Will Young is back and better than ever.

5. Kimbra – Vows

Kiwi Kimbra may be best known globally for her Gotye collaboration “Somebody That I Used To Know”, but her debut album “Vows” shows that she can more than hold her own away from an established partner. Playfully innovative, Kimbra is an artist who understands how to create no-nonsense pop music that oozes credibility.

4. Nicola Roberts – Cinderella’s Eyes

Nicola Roberts is not Cheryl Cole, nor does she want to be. While Cole may have dominated the post Girls Aloud solo output with her conventional auto-tuned pop slices, Roberts has relished in her lesser profile allowing her creative freedom. Far from a typical pop record, Roberts has pushed the boundaries and the raised the bar with this humour filled, synth pop treat.

3. Little Comets – In Search Of Elusive Comets

Little Comets should be one of the biggest things since sliced bread. Having more than proved their ingenuity on stage, the Newcastle troupe came the attention of Columbia Records way back in 2009. They hit the studio and crafted what they felt best represented their appeal, to find that the big label bosses wanted them to be something they weren’t. Rather than sell their soul for success, the lads stood their ground and finally released the ingeniously crafted “In Search Of Elusive Comets” at the turn of 2011.

2. Georgia Fair – All Through Winter

School pals Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley have never believed in rush releases. Though they have been playing together since their early teens, the duo never felt they had quite the right set of songs to record a full length record. Rather than force their creativity, the focussed on honing their skills on the live circuit and releasing a set of stellar EPs. With their profile steadily rising, the pair finally bit the bullet and headed Stateside to work with Band of Horses’ Bill Reynolds. The result is a no-nonsense,vocally centred record that ensures Georgia Fair are at the forefront of the indie-folk movement.

1. Dionne Bromfield – Good For The Soul

Dionne Bromfield first came to public attention as the child prodigy God-daughter of the much-missed super talent Amy Winehouse, but she grown into an artist who is so much more than a ‘by-association’ act. “Good For The Soul” leaves you breathless. Bromfield boasts a classic soul vocal and it is clear she has learnt more than a trick or two from Winehouse.With 60 and 70s soul vocals applied to contemporary urban pop, Bromfield ensures she is a step ahead of the pack. Aged just 15, Bromfield is still at the beginner’s block career wise, but “Good For The Soul” is light years ahead of many artists twice her age.

WIN!!!! Many of our Top 20 Album acts have been kind enough to donate signed copies of their releases for a big bumper prize pack! To get your hands one of the mix bags then simply tell us the title of Dionne Bromfield’s debut album… Answers by email to by January 15.

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