Andy Lucas: Weekend Millionaire
Inspired by the records of Randy Newman, Elton John and Tom Waits, Andy Lucas learnt piano at an early age and then went on to work as a session musician performing on STV and BBC along with supporting Ocean Colour Scene, Beverley Knight, 10CC and Amy MacDonald. Living an eternity as a pianist for hire, Lucas now releases his debut album, Weekend Millionaire, and presents a collection of tracks that tell a dark witty tale of small town life. Although I particularly liked the beauty of the string arrangement on the track Sleeping, the sweet jazz soul sounds on Prozac and the acoustic simplicity of Burn, the magic of this debut comes from the wry lyricism and clever song-writing skills of Lucas himself. The Miserable Musical Prostitute, a take on a lounge piano player's social observations, is seriously hilarious, whilst those that live within a small community will appreciate the words of the bluesy Talk Of The Town. If you like your piano more Duke Special and Ben Folds than Jamie Cullum, Andy Lucas is one for you. Check out www.andylucasmusic.com for information on upcoming shows.
Clement Marfo & The Frontline: Champion
Having supported the likes of Plan B and Chiddy Bang, electro hip-hoppers Clement Marfo & The Frontline step into the spotlight with the release of their debut Single, Champion, through KIDS Records (Band of Horses/The Wombats/Kyte). With a vocal swagger that packs a punch, rapper Marfo has become something of a phenomenon within the underground British music scene. Along with his six-piece band, The Frontline, Marfo not only manages to blend hip-hop with synth-pop to create a beat that would impress fans of N.E.R.D, Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah, but has an anthem in Champion that would sound right at home on the soundtrack of a Bad Boys movie. As a B-side Shock & Awe has more of a hip-rock feel, but again is a track you cannot help but groove to. Check out www.myspace.com/clementmarfo for more information, music and live show dates.
Example: Last Ones Standing
Elliot "Example" Gleave returns with the fourth Single release from his second studio album, Won't Go Quietly. Produced by Swedish sensation Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John, Last Ones Standing has catchy stabbing synth beats alongside a killer chorus which showcases the talent that earned Example a silver selling record status. Released via Ministry Of Sound Recordings with featured remixes by the likes of Benny Benassi, Last Ones Standing is club-ready and will easily be appreciated by those on the dancefloor. Leaning toward hip-house, Example has not only managed to distance himself from the obvious Calvin Harris comparisons but has also carved out a unique sound within the market. Having done the festival rounds this summer, fans are now able to catch Example's set as he hits the town with a 14-date UK headline tour in September/October along with supporting Faithless in November/December (information can be found at www.trythisforexample.com).
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KT Tunstall: (Still A) Weirdo
Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall returns with her third studio record, Tiger Suit. Unfortunately I have not been able to get my hands on the album prior to release, but have managed to enjoy the sounds of lead Single, (Still A) Weirdo, which has an easy acoustic folky blues flavour. Smoother than the foot stomping beats of Eye to the Telescope's Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Suddenly I See, (Still A) Weirdo is a track that reminds us of why Tunstall has a Mercury Music Prize and Grammy nomination, Brit Award and Ivor Novello. With a unique talent for telling musical stories, we should all welcome the St Andrews lass back into the Charts.
Rachel Sermanni (http://www.myspace.com/rachelsermanni):
8th October 2010, Bloc, Glasgow
9th October 2010, The Arches, Glasgow
Kitty The Lion (http://www.myspace.com/kittythelion):
4th October 2010, King Tut's, Glasgow
12th October 2010, Transmission, Stirling University
2nd October 2010, Tolbooth, Stirling
29th October 2010, The Arches, Glasgow
Andy Lucas (Weekend Millionaire), Clement Marfo & The Frontline (Champion) and Example (Last Ones Standing) courtesy of Allgigs. Check out www.allgigs.co.uk for music reviews, news, updates and competitions.