Hollie Cook to support Stone Roses

hollie-cookThe announcement comes ahead of the release of her new album ‘In Dub’, released 21st May and lead single ‘And The Beat Goes On’, 30th April.

Legendary front man Ian Brown personally invited Hollie to support The Stone Roses after watching her live at The Jazz Cafe in late 2011. Having been invited down by her dad, Sex Pistol Paul CookIan Brown was not expecting anything but a night out with a good friend. So impressed by Hollie Cook’s performance was Brown, that he asked for a personal introduction to the young singer and invited her the very next day to support The Stone Roses, and feature on one of his solo tracks.

With the news of The Stone Roses show now public, Hollie Cook is preparing for the biggest show of her life (aside from her Jools Holland performance to 12 million TV viewers). When asking how she felt ahead of the show, Hollie Cook said:

It’s pretty much the most exciting and terrifying opportunity ever. It doesn’t seem real now and I’m not sure that it will! I’m extremely honoured.”

The summer of 2011 saw the release of her self-titled debut album which received critical acclaim from many and resulted in being on an array of ‘Top Albums of 2011’ lists including The Word, The Mirror and Rough Trade. Hollie’s self-coined ‘tropical pop’ sound stems from her passion for reggae singers Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon combined with classic 60s girl groups. Singles ‘Body Beat’‘That Very Night’ and ‘Milk & Honey’ made waves gaining heavy support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC 1Xtra, XFM, Kiss, Choice FM, culminating in a live Maida Vale session for Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and a Later… With Jools Holland performance on BBC 2.

This year see’s Hollie gearing up for the release of an album of new material and a 20-date tour, with notable performances confirmed at Bestival, Camp Bestival and The Vintage Festival.

Hollie Cook supports The Stone Roses at Heaton Park on June 30th.

Gottwood 2012 line-up announced

Gottwood festivalGottwood 2012 Date: Thursday 21st June – Sunday 24th June

Returning to its lush and enchanting deep forest location (or as DJ Mag penned: the “magically decorated rave forest”) in idyllic Anglesey, Gottwood is the festival for the musically experimental and open-minded. Serving up the most exciting talent from across the electronic music spectrum, last year saw the likes of Jamie XXLee Foss, Max Cooper, Midland, The Correspondents, Round Table Knights (and many more) experiment with an eclectic mix of the best of all genres of electronic dance music, mashing house, techno, drum & bass, dubstep, hip-hop, garage and more, and feeding it to the eager ears of over a thousand Gottwood Festival goers. And there’s more Gottwood have promised a secret mystery guest this year that will not disappoint!

Incorporating a variety of diverse festival treats and with intricate attention to detail, Gottwood offers a truly unique and intimate festival experience worthy of its position in the Daily Telegraph’s Top 100 UK Festivals list. Gottwood 2011 further cemented it as the electronic music festival not to be missed, and featured in The Sunday Times “Definitive Guide to the 100 Best Music Festivals”.

Gottwood’s success in its sophomore year has attracted some of the UK’s finest promoters, including Tief, Krankbrother, Louche, Hypercolour, We Are Your Friends, Finger Lickin’ Management, White Mink, Hit & Run, Absentminds, idiosync, & Pelski.

This year also sees Gottwood unlocking the gates to two previously inaccessible areas: a luscious walled garden to tantalise your optic nerves and most excitingly, the swathing lakes on the site will now be opened for a very special Sunday event… cue bikini-clad ravers and bombing galore. Gottwood veterans will recall the gorgeous coastlines within a 15 minute walk that earned the North Wales coast Lonely Planet’s “Greatest Region on Earth 2012” accolade.

Early bird tickets have already run out, so attendees will have to move quickly as capacity has been limited to just 1500 this year to keep the intimacy that helped to make the first two years such a success.

The line-up so far includes:

TIGER & WOODS // DINKY // MOSCA // MOVE D // GROJ // THE CORRESPONDENTS (LIVE) // HUXLEY // ED SOLO // MR WOODNOTE & LIL RHYS // TRISTAN DA CUNHA // WILDKATS // APPLEBLIM // ARKIST +SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED

2 BIT THUGS // AARTEKT (LIVE) // ALEX JONES // ASHLEY WILD // AUTOPHASE // BRINSLEY KAZAK // BRUNO SCHMIDT // CASINO TIMES // CATCH 23 // CEDRIC MAISON // CHARLIE BANKS // CHIMPO // eLDOKO // GREYMATTER // GYGO // HESSELTIME // JOHN MALCOLM MOORE // JOSH T // MATT ROACH // NICK LAWSON // PICTURE HOUSE // PUCA // THE PUSHAMANN // RICH REASON // RIZ MC // STRATEGY // THE OTHER TRIBE (LIVE) // TOM FRANK // THE WILD KNIGHTS // TRISTAN DA CUNHA // ZOO LOOK // ZUMO

AMBITUR // ANTAGONIST // ARLO & JACK // BOWEN FT. AGGY // BUTLER & MURT // CROZ // CLERICAL MASS // CUBIQ // DAN NEO // ED MACKIE // ED STEELE & KOSTAS G // EOIN THOMAS // FAMOUS BY FIVE // GED LEVER // GUY RICHARDS // HANNAH HAMMOND // JARVIS & DEAN // JIGSAW // JOHN MARSHALL // JOHNNY DUB // JONNA & ARTHUR JNR // KYDRO // LEADBELLY // LEON RILEY // MR SOLID GOLD // OPTIMUS // REAL NICE // ROGER LI // SHARKBAIT // SPARKS // STE-V-SOMETHING // SWAY 2 // T-MAN // TEN STORY // THICK AS THIEVES // TOSH OHTA // YOGHURT WARRIORS // DAN JORDAN // THOMAS FC RIDDIM // VOYEUR + MORE TBC

Nneka preps ‘Soul Is Heavy’

Nneka‘Soul Is Heavy’ is the new album from Outpost client, Nneka. Press support comes from The Mirror who awarded the record ‘Album of The Week’, plus strong support from The Sunday Times, ‘simply one of the best soul singers on the planet’.

Radio 1 have been getting behind new single “Shining Star”, which has received a superb remix from man of the moment, Joe Goddard (Hot Chip / 2 Bears)

The record has been playlisted on Radio 1Xtra and has received regular plays from Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Pete Tong and a Record of The Week placement on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 show. Additional support comes from John Kennedy on Xfm.

‘Soul is Heavy’ is released through Decon records on 19th March.

Rustie wins Guardian’s G2 First Album Award

Rustie on the cover of G2Tim Jonze, editor of Guardian online and awards judge said of Rustie’s record…

“More than any other album on the list, Rustie’s Glass Swords felt like it summed up the state of music in the last twelve months – a sensory overload of sound to represent our attention-hopping, information-soaked age. But it was more than just a technical feat, and the judges praised its emotional edge and subtle attention to detail too, not to mention its perfect understanding of how a record works on the dancefloor.”

Gentleman’s Dub Club release second EP

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2012 sees the highly respected Gentleman’s Dub Club (GDC) release their long-awaited second EP on Ranking Records. Hailing from London, this talented band have won critical acclaim through their live shows which have been translated beautifully to CD in – ‘Open Your Eyes’.

Phantogram set to release ‘Nightlife’ EP

PhantogramPitchfork approved duo Phantogram are set to release their new EP ‘Nightlife’ through Barsuk Records on the 20th of February.

The band have built up an impressive online following with over 90,000 Facebook fans and critical praise for their debut album Eyelid Moves.

The band will be headlining a sold out show at Cargo on the 28th of February.

DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards 2011

djmag_bob11_bigIt’s been a brilliant year for electronic music and what better way to celebrate than DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards 2011? This year’s awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday 14th December at East Village where the results of the public vote will be revealed.

We’re pretty happy at Outpost HQ because we’ve got 5 nominations to shout about. Please take the time to vote and if you’re feeling generous, cast some love their way. Here goes…

Breakthrough producer (Damu)
Best Label (Keysound Recordings)
Best Single (Rustie ‘Ultra Thizz‘)
Best Album (Rustie ‘Glass Swords’, LV & Josh Idehen ‘Routes‘).

You can vote here using their nifty Facebook app (no long signups).

Timo Maas collaborates with Brian Molko on new single

Timo Maas & Brian MolkoTimo Maas makes his long-awaited return in October with a new single ‘College 84’ featuring Placebo’s Brian Molko. Released on Maas’ own label Rockets & Ponies, the single precedes his highly anticipated third artist album due out in 2012.

Legendary producer Alan Moulder (best known for his work with Depeche Mode, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails and Foo Fighters to name a few) has mixed the fusion of electronic beats, sinister chords and hypnotic vocals to make an anthemic club track. &ME, Sam Young and Adam Port also make an appearance with their remixes of the single completing the package.

Timo’s break into mainstream dance music came from his remix of Azzido Da Bass’ ‘Doom’s Night’, leading to the release of his mix albums ‘Music For The Maases Volume 1’, and ‘Connected’ for Paul Oakenfold’s label Perfecto. 2002 saw the release of his debut artist album ‘Loud’, produced by German dance music powerhouse Martin Buttrich, with guest appearances from Kelis and Finley Quaye. A second mix album ‘Music For The Maases Volume 2’ was released before his second artist album ‘Pictures’ in 2005, which featured Neneh Cherry and Brian Molko.

Alongside remix commissions for artists such as Fatboy Slim, Kelis and Madonna, Maas has found commercial success with his track ‘To Get Down’ being used in films The Italian Job and Rider, the FIFA game series and a Budweiser commercial. For his upcoming release Maas has, in his own words, been “building up a unique sound, of working with different sounds to create something new and fresh”.

For a chance to see the man himself performing in the UK on Friday 2 December 2011, ‘That Mixmag Thing and Timo Maas present: Rockets & Ponies’ at The Queen of Hoxton in London and with free entry, this is an event not to be missed.

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