Tag: 2011

AMY WINEHOUSE’S CAMDEN – Evening Standard, 26 July 2011

The clocks have not stopped in Camden. Pool balls still clatter in the Good Mixer. Primal Scream’s hymn to good times all the time, Loaded, blares out of the Dublin Castle while another young indie band soundchecks loudly in the next room and dreams of a record deal. Amy Winehouse’s still-marvellous hit Rehab drifts from the doorway of Out on… Read more →

RIHANNA, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 6 Oct 2011

Life’s a perfect 10 Rihanna right now, with the Barbadian superstar learning that her new single is set to be number one just as she begins the longest O2 Arena stint of any female artist to date. “All of you standing here are part of history tonight,” she yelled to the first of her 10 audiences. “I just wanna toast… Read more →

ANNA CALVI interview – Evening Standard, 10 June 2011

The Southbank’s Meltdown festival is upon us, and Ray Davies is the latest legend to curate a prestigious 10 days of rock, jazz and spoken word events. Not previously noted as a talent spotter (last year’s See My Friends album featured such bright young things as Bon Jovi and Metallica), Davies has nonetheless displayed impeccable taste by booking 28-year-old singer-guitarist… Read more →

WRETCH 32 – Evening Standard, 12 Aug 2011

Not for the last time in our hour together, Wretch 32 takes a deep breath and pauses for some time before speaking. “It looks bad, man. It looks really, really bad. It’s like something out of one of those films where it’s the last day on Earth and everybody’s died.” The 26-year-old rapper, christened Jermaine Scott but known affectionately to… Read more →

ALEX DA KID – Evening Standard, 2 Sept 2011

Bristol City Football Club’s loss is every international pop superstar’s gain. Wood Green’s Alex Grant abandoned a professional football career to write music as Alex Da Kid. Now he’s on the speed dials of the A-list, has his own LA-based record label and is the hottest hotshot on a new radio documentary that trumpets the current success of British producers… Read more →

OXJAM/DAMON ALBARN – Evening Standard, 9 Sept 2011

The biggest UK charity music event of the year is about to take place but our stadiums will remain mercifully free of weeping megastars. Throughout October, the Oxjam festival in aid of Oxfam in 800 venues will host about 9,000 bands, all raising money with the support of the organisation. It’s a grassroots affair that will involve local acts and… Read more →

ROOTS MANUVA – Evening Standard, 16 Sept 2011

While London hip hop stars such as Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32 and Chipmunk crack open the champagne to celebrate a gala year for rapping with a British accent, it falls to their 39-year-old forefather to put something of a dampener on things. I previously had Roots Manuva pegged as perhaps a rap equivalent of Elbow – ploughing his unique furrow… Read more →

FEIST – Evening Standard, 23 Sept 2011

“Success is not a comfortable place. It can feel ill-fitting sometimes.” Leslie Feist is famous now – not Britney-famous, but certainly better-known than this one-time rapper’s sidekick and perennial guest singer for others ever thought she could be – and it isn’t sitting easily. The 35-year-old Canadian, who is about to release her fourth album as Feist, is receiving Europe’s… Read more →

THE ADELE EFFECT – Evening Standard, 30 Sept 2011

Now that she has sold 10 million albums, the 10-million-windowed ocean liner that is Adele’s music career can start pulling along a few smaller vessels in its wake. The biggest singer of 2011 is going to have a significant influence on the major breakthroughs of 2012, and the acts she has chosen to support – Amos Lee, The Civil Wars… Read more →

ANNIE MAC’S DANCE TIPS – Evening Standard, 7 Oct 2011

“Dance music this year has become pop in so many ways,” says Annie MacManus, who as Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac finds herself in the centre of the bridge where euphoric early hours nightclub sounds meet the daytime mainstream. The Dublin-born 33-year-old’s early evening Friday night show sends clubbers off into their weekends but also launches the careers of dance… Read more →