Beats & Vibes

  • Good Charlotte “”Youth Authority””

Way back in 2011, many fans of the Maryland rockers Good Charlotte wept when, after six successful albums and a heap of accolades for their fiery pop-rock live shows, the band announced they were taking a hiatus. Widely seen as an unofficial split, the tears of anguish turned to tears of joy in November of last year when for fans something magical happened and the members of Good Charlotte announced their reunion. Soon after, they announced a one-off gig at Los Angeles’ famed Troubadour and fans from around the globe jetted in, unsure if it would be the last time the band would play live. But it was just to test the waters, it seems, and the band soon signed up to join All Time Low’s massive UK tour before heading into the studio.

Youth Authority is the band’s first album in more than six years and thanks to the early release of the track “Makeshift Love”, it’s clear the Madden twins have not lost their punch. Good Charlotte’s comeback album will be available from 15th July.

  • DJ SHADOW “”The Mountain will Fall””

Joshua Paul Davis, aka DJ Shadow, a prominent figure in the development of instrumental hip hop, first gained notice with the release of his highly acclaimed debut album Endtroducing. Apart from its commercial success Endtroducing entered the Guinness World Records book as the First Completely Sampled Album back in 2001. The only equipment Shadow used to produce the album were the AKAI MPC60 12-bit sampling drum machine and a pair of turntables. DJ Shadow’s upcoming album, The Mountain Will Fall will be released on Mass Appeal Records and features “Nobody Speak”, a collaboration with Run The Jewels produced by DJ Shadow, which he pre-released on YouTube. Of the collaboration “”Occasionally, I make a beat that demands a specific vocal treatment and attitude. In the case of ‘Nobody Speak’, I wasn’t going to settle for anyone other than Run The Jewels; in my mind, it was them or no one.” Global release of The Mountain Will Fall will be on the 24th June.

  • THE TEMPER TRAP “”Thick As Thieves””

Formed in 2005 by Indonesian Dougy Mandagi, The Temper Trap started to gain recognition in 2011 when the group was nominated for a BRIT Award in the Best International Breakthrough Artist category. The following year saw them perform in the UK, North America and Europe.

2012 was a good year and their second album, The Temper Trap, won the Best Rock Album award and the Best Group award at the 2012 ARIA Awards.

Their third studio album, Thick As Thieves, produced by Pascal Gabriel, has been long coming and, as a taster, the band released the single, “Fall Together” on YouTube in April. The full album is set to hit the shops on 10th June and is available on limited edition white vinyl.

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