"The xx" production, electronic and backing vocal extraordinaire man himself, is back! Jamie Smith or better known by his stage name, Jamie xx brings his debut studio album, ‘In Colour', brought to you by the independent London born record label Young Turks.
Smith began his solo production career back in 2009, bringing you remixed tunes from well renowned artist, ‘Florence and Machine', and then being personally asked by XL Recordings to remix Gil Scott-Heron's 2010 album, ‘I'm New Here', which was publicly released in 2011. In the same year Smith remixed Drake's ‘Take Care' international chart topper and his remix made US top 10 in the first week.
Smith states, that ‘In Colour' was a hard and emotional 5 years, continuing that it was hard to finish the music once he had started making it. Smith told himself that he wanted to create and master an album and a sound that didn't sound like it came from any specific era. Smith incorporates a lot of difference and creativity in this album, which a lot of listeners probably won't even notice, because they are so engrossed in ‘In Colours' original and simplistic vibes. If you listen carefully to such songs as, ‘Gosh,' and ‘Girl', you may hear vocal sampling from Britain's well known TV and radio shows. Sampling coming from an episode in Top Boy which features a clip from a BBC Radio programme called ‘One in the Jungle'. Well respected English born, post rock electric musician, ‘Four Tet', also known as Kieran Hebden, collaborates with Smith on ‘Seesaw'. The album also see's underground artists such as Young Thug and Popcaan lending their rapping and vocals to Smith's masterpiece.
The album itself has gotten really positive reviews since its release date, sitting on an average 8.9/10, having some reviewers calling it a "complex and rich album", "creativity at its finest", and "a ball of glittery emotions shining back at us".
Being a fan of The xx for years and seeing them live overseas, I was extremely excited to know that Smith was bringing out his own album, for the mere fact that a lot of the xx's sound comes at the hands and ears of this genius, I knew the album was going to be an emotional our pour that made listeners really take in the musical feelings this album brings. The album itself is an amazing culmination of Jamie xx's last 5-6 years of hard work, incorporating strong unique ballads, dance numbers, and off the wall collaborations with extreme and well refined artists and producers, compacting them yet letting each song expand in its own right in this and outpours emotion, and gets richer and richer the more you listen and explore into it. Its subtlety exhales so much colour (pun intended). 'In Colour' reflects brightly, is a very well poised and positioned album that is heading to be universally acclaimed.
Be prepared to be listening to this album more than once, once you pick it up, your ears will love you!
There's no denying that at my core, I'm a lover of progressive music - whether that means I love "prog" music or not is a question for another day, and is a topic which I touched on whilst talking to Steven Wilson the other week regarding the upcoming To The Bone show at Auckland's Bruce Mason Centre.
Auckland-based quartet Openside have added an extra date to their first, all-ages, nationwide tour. The group headlines The Seamless Tour will now perform a final show in Tauranga on July 20th featuring special guests DUNES .
Consisting of drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla, This Way Northwill be a part of a very special night in Auckland called ‘Sass the Patriarchy’ an event they have been running in Australia.
As the days and nights get colder, we need something more to laugh about than the unpredictability of Auckland weather and lucky for us, The New Zealand International Comedy Festivalreturns (kicking off this Thursday 26 April).
I Am Giant’s have recently released their third and final album ‘Life in Captivity’. Featuring the singles ‘Dead Flower’, ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’, the band are currently touring New Zealand; their final tour and last hurrah in NZ.
To this day I still remember my introduction to Sepultura - camped out in the granny flat bedroom of long-time friend Kerry - a live version of their cover of Motörhead's Orgasmatron, and from there it continues to this day
The wait is almost over as Auckland City Limits is set to take place this Saturday (March 3rd) at Western Springs Stadium. Included on the bill are one of France’s most famous four-piece band's Phoenix.
“I find inspiration from people who are trying to do something different. There's a lot of producers trying to copy each other, eg Terror Squad. But it’s really cool to hear guys like SumthinSumthin, completely unchallenged in their own lane.” – Graham Matthews
John Butler Trio announce their return to New Zealand in March to play Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre on Saturday 2 March and an afternoon set outdoors at The Hunting Lodge in Waimauku, Auckland on Sunday 3 March.
British rock royalty Arctic Monkeys have ushered in a spectacular new era with their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, and it has now been announced that the band will return to New Zealand for a mammoth arena show in March 2019.
Californian rock legends Jefferson Starship will join TOTO and Dragon on next year’s ‘A Summer’s Day Live’ series, which will take in some of the most picturesque locations and popular concert venues across New Zealand.
In celebration of the highly anticipated November release of their fourth studio album Delta,English folk conquerors Mumford & Sons today announced details of a massive 60 date world tour which will include a very special one day event in Auckland this Summer –their first New Zealand show since 2015!
George Ezra toured the world nonstop for more than two years following the release of his debut LP Wanted On Voyage, finally making it to Aotearoa for one of the standout sets of this year’s Auckland City Limits.
Following the release of her critically-acclaimed My Design, On Others Lives in April this year, Estère teams up with the poetically tongued NZ/Rwandan MC Raiza Biza, to take on the myth of an infamous figure in cross-continental African folklore, the Tokoloshe.
If Anika Moa was feeling ready to kick back for the remainder of 2018, then things haven’t really run to plan. In fact it’s about to get a whole lot busier for the multi-talented entertainer with a new album release, tv series and live shows all on the way.
Since achieving international recognition from Rollingstone.com and Billboard.com for hit singles Too Strung Up and Stone Cold, and amassing over 3 million Spotify streams for their releases to date, Alae now unveil All Gived Up.
'Call Me', the latest track by Wellington electro-pop singer and producer Josie Moon made last week's New Music Friday playlists from Spotify Australia/NZ and Japan and influential UK blogger Popjustice.
Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops the popular stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy for one show only at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland.
In a New Zealand first, five of the stars of Twin Peaks, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson, Michael Horse, Al Strobel, Dana Ashbrook and the Executive Producer of Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, Sabrina S. Sutherland, will visit Auckland and Christchurch for an exclusive and unique CONVERSATION WITH THE STARS evening.
Singer Elaine Paige has announced an 8-date series of concerts from October 10 to October 25 2018, which will see her perform songs from her illustrious career along side an array of her favourite tracks by contemporary songwriters.
The critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor, Catherine Tate, is bringing The Catherine Tate Show - Live to New Zealand for the first time, with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch commencing November 28, 2018.
It has been announced overnight that Last Tapes Theatre Company's original production Valerie has been selected for a month-long season in the prestigious Summerhall programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.
Featuring Brouhaha: choreographer Malia Johnston, composer Eden Mulholland, AV designer Rowan Pierce; In Transit: choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant, composer/AV designer Paddy Free; The Geography of an Archipelago: choreographer Stephen Shropshire, composer Chris O’Connor.
The last hurrah of the Comedy Fest! The Season Finale! The bit at the end where the awards are decided, everybody relaxes and much fun is had. It’s the titled Last Laughs on Sunday 20 May at SkyCity Theatre.
The 13th Annual Doc Edge, International Documentary Film Festival opens today - Wednesday 9th May at Wellington’s Roxy Cinema followed by Auckland’s Q Theatre on Wednesday 23rd May, bringing an influx of prestigious directors and documentary subjects from all over the world.