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Album Review: Night Beats – Myth Of A Man

January 23, 2019

By Live4ever - Posted on 21 Jan 2019 at 8:14am  Night Beats may sound like some vapid Franco-Swiss EDM outfit, but the truth is a little more interesting. Nominally a trio, it now seems to be a temporary solo project for singer/composer Danny Lee Blackwell as of the other members, James Traeger has only played intermittently with the band since 2016 and bassist Jakob Bowde appears to have left in 2018. Their fourth album, Myth Of A Man, emerges from a period Blackwell describes with some understatement as ‘particularly destructive for the band’, but this adversity has not only heightened his sense of songwriting drama, it’s forced a change in direction which may, whoever’s wearing the t-shirt, elevate them beyond... Continue Reading →

New Order, Hot Chip join Kraftwerk as headliners for this year’s Bluedot Festival

January 23, 2019

By Live4ever - Posted on 22 Jan 2019 at 7:20am  2018 Bluedot Festival (Gary Mather for Live4ever) New Order and Hot Chip have joined Kraftwerk as confirmed headliners for this year’s Bluedot Festival, which is due back at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory site for a fourth year in July.   They join a line-up which already includes Jon Hopkins, Kate Tempest, Anna Calvi and Gruff Rhys, as well as John Grant who’ll be at the event with his 2018 album Love Is Magic – one of Live4ever’s top picks of last year: “John Grant’s fourth solo album seems straightforward enough on the surface,” our review opens. “‘Love is magic’, he sings on the title track, his dreamily smooth baritone steering... Continue Reading →

Octavian leads BBC’s Sound Of poll for 2019

January 14, 2019

By Live4ever - Posted on 11 Jan 2019 at 7:20am  Photo: Paul Bachmann “That’s lit,I don’t even know how to feel right now,” Octavian has said after becoming the first rapper since 50 Cent in 2003 to top the BBC’s Sound Of poll.   Octavian heads the list above other longlisted acts such as Sea Girls, King Princess and Grace Carter. “From the very first moment I heard his music I was hooked,” Radio 1 DJ Benji B has said. “The first couple of tunes he released – Party Here and Hands – were some of the most futuristic, forward thinking, raw and inspiring tunes to come out of the UK in the last two years.” While these industry start-of-the-year... Continue Reading →