Soosh to release debut album on Error Broadcast

Soosh - Colour is BreatheSoosh is the recording name of Soroosh Khavari, an electronic music producer born in Iran and raised in Scotland. After EP appearances on numerous labels, the artists’ debut long player ‘Colour is Breathe’ explores the folds that fuse textural ambience and humanised beats, whilst adding a euphoric pop-twist. Sooshs’ trademark low-swung hip hop beats and organic instrumentation is countered and enhanced by moments of dreamy and endearing delicacy. ‘Colour is Breathe’ is both intricate and intimate; its wispy notes and pastel melodies at times make the album a headphone affair. Equally, however, these are songs to be shared on discerning dance floors as slow, organic dance music.

The album can be pre-orderd here –

Myspace will be the musical comeback of 2013

myspaceTake That, The Spice Girls, The Rolling Stones – yep, there’s no place quite like the Music industry for a good old fashioned comeback. Did you know the phrase “Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back” was created for a Frank Sinatra comeback in the early 70s, even though he’d never been known as ‘Blue Eyes’ in his entire career? Well done that PR man. And if The Stone Roses was THE music comeback of 2012, what am I bid for Myspace repeating the trick in 2013?

‘Who?’, I hear younger readers ask – and for many of us it might take a bit of effort to think back to a time when there was such a thing as social media which wasn’t wholly dominated in the media by Facebook and Twitter. But it’s only six and a bit years since Myspace was getting more hits in the US annually than Google. Astonishing but true. More to the point, perhaps, it’s nearly five years since Myspace was overtaken by Facebook – after which, the obligatory Myspace address which featured in every music ad campaign soon began to disappear. And it seemed like the name would ultimately take its place alongside audio cassettes and Rubik’s Cubes as a long forgotten, decade-defining fad.

But in case you haven’t heard, two things happened; firstly, Justin Timberlake and Specific Media Group bought Myspace for around £22m in June last year and showed off its slick redesign in September. And secondly, they dropped the upper case ‘S’ in the middle of the name. And now the word is that Myspace is one to watch in 2013. We’ve all learnt over the past decade that all social media sites have a shelf life – could we be about to learn that with a bit of attention and a lot of budget, social media sites can come back from the dead?

The invite only relaunch of Myspace Music – with Mr Justin Timberlake as prime spokesperson – will offer a new experience that combines music, video, social media and news with reviews. More than that, it seems Myspace intends to challenge SoundCloud, Pandora, Spotify and the rest of the streaming music services, with a new site experience – thanks in part to $50m being poured into the operation (“$10 million will go to marketing, $15-$25m will go to licensing deals with the music labels, and another $15 to $25m will be reserved for general working capital…). Now that’s what I call a relaunch.For those of us who’ve worked in the Music industry since the dawning of the internet, there does feel like an element of the site coming back to reclaim its crown; the art of war, as any general will tell you, is to make sure you kill your enemy, lest it comes back – Facebook never did that. And with such a powerful music figure as Mr Timberlake at the helm, it will be fascinating to see just how much ground it takes from other social media sites. Certainly it will be more music and band-led, which is currently where SoundCloud does so well – but we’re promised a much more visual element than SoundCloud, and as technology moves on, maybe the time is right for Myspace to make the biggest music internet comeback ever.So there you have it: Myspace is my tip as The Stone Roses of 2013. And after that? Perhaps we could idly imagine comparing a comeback in 2014 for both The Smiths and Friends Reunited: potentially interesting, undoubtedly worth a giggle, but as we all know, it ain’t gonna happen in a million years.

The article original aoeared here –

Lazy Habits release music video and announce debut album

LazyhabitsThe album is a perfect emulation of the bands epic live credentials and translates their synonymous big band and hip hop sound. ‘Memory Banks’ is a memorable collaboration with the hypnotising songstress Babysol showing the softer side to Lazy Habits. Here her soulful lyrics compliment the jazzy brass section and splashy cymbals whilst creating a powerful juxtaposition to the outfit’s slick rhymes about modern life.

The infamous, ‘Starting Fires’ was controversially pulled from national radio playlists last year due to its untimely release marred by the London riots. This stand alone single fits seamlessly into the album with its infectious chorus, the band’s trademark lyrical wit and unique take on jazz and soul. Whilst ‘Bulletin’ grabs your attention from the start with frenetic brass and up-beat drums, MC Lazy’s accompanying vocals take centre stage. The song builds to panoramic proportions with cinematic strings working through the gaps lifting the live hip-hop beat.

Influenced by New Orleans jazz, soul and the Big Bands of the 50’s, Lazy Habits blast their sound into the 21st Century with hard hitting beats and slick lyrics about modern British culture and urban life. The band describes their sound as:

“Beats, Rhymes and Brass of the highest caliber.”

Formed in 2007 and originally the brainchild of one MC, the Hackney based outfit now stand as a full eight piece band whose onstage energy is a colossal live experience which has been sincerely replicated in their latest single.

Having notched up shows at legendary venues such as Shepherd’s Bush Empire, The Roundhouse, KOKO; supporting the likes of Mos Def, Soulwax, The Specials, Bonobo, Chali 2Na (Jurrasic5) and Beardyman, Lazy Habits have proven their worth on stage. Alongside Lazy Habits’ memorable live performances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Electric Picnic the band are fast becoming a formidable and renowned international live act.

Lazy Habits’ debut, self-released EP ‘On the Wagon’ put the boys on taste-maker Huw Stephens’ radar, whilst also becoming respected within the underground scene, selling out on pre-orders alone. Their follow up single ‘Even Out’ introduced them to a wider audience, as it was used on commercially released cinema and TV productions both UK and Europe wide. It culminated in the band being invited onto BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Craig Charles’ BBC 6 Music show, Soccer AM and contribute to an unforgettable sold out Jazz Café performance.

This is an album which truly is the sum of its parts; that in isolation no one but Lazy Habits would imagine could work, but their creativity and craftsmanship has forged something beautiful, frantic and unique.

THE SUN: ‘’The best house party your parents never wanted you to have.’’ BBC: ‘’Lazy Habits prove they are anything but on stage’