Live4ever’s Essential Listening end of year retrospective continues today with our pick of the tracks and EPs which have crossed the Live4ever Ezine‘s path during the past twelve months.
Featuring stand-out singles from some of the rock world’s best established artists, as well as plenty of impressive releases from a selection of our favourite new bands, we hope the rundown will inspire you to both check out the artists featured, and let us know of your own highlights from 2011 by leaving a comment below.
And if your nearest and dearest isn’t included today, be sure to check back next Wednesday to see if they are featured on the third and final instalment of our 2011 recap, Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2011 – The Albums.
Suede frontman Brett Anderson, acclaimed DJ Fatboy Slim and the recently Mercury-nominated Ghostpoet lead the names set to take part in this month’s launch of the fifth annual Oxjam fundraising music festival.
The gigs are due to take place at an as-yet-unnamed London branch of Oxfam, with Fatboy Slim, Kissy Sell Out and Man Like Me first up on September 26th. Brett Anderson and Ghostpoet will perform a day later with Patrick Wolf, with a DRC album launch due for September 29th.
‘Brittle Heart’ is the first single from Brett’s fourth solo album ‘Black Rainbows’, is released on Sept 26th 2011. Produced by Leo Abrahams, mixed by Cenzo Towshend
The Nineties will forever be revered as a period that introduced us to an unprecedented wealth of British talent. It was a great time to be alive and an even better time if you happened to be old enough to enjoy it. Thatcher was out and Oasis were in. Guitar music had made an almighty comeback and paved the way to what became known as Britpop.
With so much talent oozing from all directions of the country, it was almost too hard to keep up. Many forget who was there at the very beginning of this party before the rest showed up knocking at the door wanting a big fat slice of the action. It was Suede. The band, fronted by the androgynous force that is Brett Anderson, arrived in 1992 with a jaw droppingly good single that had the music press salivating with adoration – ‘The Drowners‘. The rest is history.
Suede frontman Brett Anderson has confirmed the details of his latest solo album ‘Black Rainbows‘.
Due for release on September 26th, and preceded by the previously announced single ‘Brittle Heart‘, the album has been described as ‘restless, noisy and dynamic’ by Anderson, who has also outlined the record’s back-to-basics approach, saying it features ‘electric guitars, bass, drums and vocals – no flute players, no strings, no gimmicks, just passion’.
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