britaward

Full list of Brit Award nominees 2013!

britaward

Here are the nominees for the 2013 Brit Awards:

British breakthrough act:

Alt-J

Ben Howard

Jake Bugg

Jessie Ware*

Rita Ora

British female solo artist:

Amy Winehouse

Bat For Lashes

Emeli Sande*

Jessie Ware

Paloma Faith

British group:

Alt-J

Mumford And Sons

Muse

One Direction

The xx*

Live act:

Coldplay

Mumford And Sons

Muse

Rolling Stones*

The Vaccines

British male solo artist:

Ben Howard

Calvin Harris

Olly Murs*

Richard Hawley

Plan B

British producer:

Damon Albarn*

Jake Gosling

Paul Epworth

British single

Adele – Skyfall

Alex Clare – Too Close

Coldplay featuring Rihanna – Princess Of China

DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora – Hot Right Now

Emeli Sande – Next To Me

Florence + The Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name)*

James Arthur – Impossible

Jessie J – Domino

Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande – Beneath Your Beautiful

Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida – Troublemaker

Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah – RIP

Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump

Robbie Williams – Candy

Rudimental featuring John Newman – Feel The Love

Stooshe – Black Heart

Special recognition award – Warchild

Critics’ choice - Tom Odell

International female solo artist:

Alicia Keys

Cat Power

Lana Del Rey*

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

International group:

Alabama Shakes

Black Keys

Fun*

The Killers

The Script

International male solo artist:

Bruce Springsteen

Frank Ocean

Gotye*

Jack White

Michael Buble

Best album:

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events*

Mumford And Sons – Babel

Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace

Plan B – Ill Manors

*indicates who we think should win.

ayah-marar_3

Introducing… Ayah Marar

?It?s funny in the pop world because everyone?s really worried about losing their spot. Everyone?s worried that if someone new comes along they might depose them, so everyone?s always looking over their shoulder.? So says Ayah Marar and she?d know. From her unique vantage point as part of both the pop world and all that it brings (she?s recently collaborated with both Calvin Harris and DJ Fresh) and engrained in the dance underground for the past 10 years, her vantage point is better than others. Basically, it?s probably time for those with crooked necks to start facing forward.

 

Dance music is a broad church but within each parish there?s usually a set of rules. A doesn?t always go with B and X shouldn?t really mix with Y, but sometimes those rules are meant to be broken or manipulated into odd new shapes. Ayah Marar?s kaleidoscopic debut album, The Real, is a case in point; thirteen songs that take inspiration from the underground dance scene, cherry-picking the very best elements of drum and bass, techno and house and bolting them onto well-crafted pop hooks that look set to shatter dance floors. ?It?s an homage to dance music in whatever form, whether it?s garage or two step or house or drum and bass,? she explains.

 

Born in Jordan to a Czech-Bulgarian mum and a Palestinian-Jordanian dad and attending an international school with members of Jordan?s royal family, Marar refers to herself as a ?proper mongrel?. From an early age she was exposed to a myriad of musical styles, the Marar household was full of everything from Elton John, Boney M and Freddie Mercury to The Beatles, Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy. Whilst at school, Marar moved onto hip-hop, finding an immediate connection: ?I latched onto that, that was me?.

Continue reading

florence-and-the-machine

Sexy Track: “Spectrum” by Florence + The Machine

 

We haven’t been the biggest fans of Florence + The Machine’s sophomore album Ceremonials. In fact, we can’t stand it all that much. We feel like Lungs was impeccable in its delivery of a new sound that this one just sounds like a forced regurgitation. “Spectrum” however is the only song that grew on us. We mentioned before that it has potential, but with the new video it broke though. The truth is it fits more perfectly on Lungs than Ceremonials. It’s a loud tune with jarring lyrics and a beautifully dramatic melody. This is probably the only track one can salvage from the album.