REVIEW: MIDNIGHT BEACH – ‘MIDNIGHT BEACH’ 45

After winning over fans with their summer-vibe track “No” earlier this year, Midnight Beach have now released their debut, self-titled LP which is likely to divide listeners everywhere as to what they think.

Opening the album with a minute and a half long intro doesn’t get things off to the best of starts and the piece could have quite easily (and for the better) been left off the album, but it does lead into “Try”, a little uptempo electro-pop number that serves as a good though admittedly far from great proper introduction to the band and their sound.

Next track “Drums and Dominoes” maintains the electro feel of things started by its predecessor although it might come across as being little too psychedelic for some. “Fantasy” doesn’t fare much better but it does offer up the best vocal performance so far, so it’s a little disappointing to see said vocals then overshadowed by the instrumentals on “No.”, though the song still remains a highlight of the album.

The slow rhythm of “Cocoon” makes the song suitable for those wanting to unwind after a stressful day, but might not be a good idea to play on repeat if the listener is driving a long distance. It’s not like the song is boring per se, it’s just that, particularly given a lot of other tracks in the charts at the moment, there’s nothing about it that allows it to stand out and it’s subdued tempo might cause some people to drift off into a daydream.

Thankfully, things pick up somewhat with the arrival of “Dare U”; the musicianship and vocals finally managing to work in harmony with one another for – realistically – the first time on the album. “Reset” meanwhile is lyrically simple but with a thumping beat, it’s sure to have people smiling and perhaps even blaring as they get ready for a night out.

“Days Go By” – not a cover of the Keith Urban track just FYI – lowers the standard once again (they’d have honestly been better throwing in a KA cover), and it’s a shame that the band close out the collection with a mix of “Fantasy” – it would’ve been nice to see them truly push themselves to their musical limits and create something much better.

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RAG N BONE MAN CONFIRMED FOR 2018 BRIT AWARDS 13

We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 25

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.