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  • 30 Dec, 2011

    HMV Next Big Thing 2012

    HMV's Next Big Thing 2012 events will take place across the UK between 2nd and 12th of February.
    There will be concerts taking place at nine venues, each consisting of three artists and charging ten pounds entry.
    A lot of Primary Talent bands and DJs will be participating, see below for details:

    Thursday 2nd February
    Borderline, London; We Are Augustines & Admiral Fallow
    Jazz Cafe, London; Loick Essien, Luke Bingham & L.Marshall

    Friday 3rd February
    The Garage, London; Hadouken

    Saturday 4th February
    Barfly, London; Florrie
    HMV Ritz, Manchester; Murkage & Mikill Pane

    Sunday 5th February
    The Garage, London; DJ Fresh, Jakwob & DukeBox

    Tuesday 7th February
    Barfly, London; TOY, O.Children & Red Kite

    Wednesday 8th February
    HMV Ritz, Manchester; XFM New Music Awards presents All The Young

    Thursday 9th February
    Barfly, London; Sonic Boom Six & Hildamay

    Friday 10th February
    Jazz Cafe, London; DJ Target & Russo HMV Picture House, Edinburgh; We Are Augustines

    Saturday 11th February
    Barfly, London; The History of Apple Pie


  • 29 Dec, 2011

    NME 50 best Music Videos of 2011

    The NME critics select their 50 Best Music Videos of 2011 including:

    #20: LCD Soundsystem 'Drunk Girls'
    #21: Duck Sauce 'Barbara Streisand'
    #30: Mark Ronson 'Bang Bang Bang'
    #36: GRUM 'Can't Shake This Feeling'
    #37: Unkle 'The Answer'
    #46: Daft Punk 'Derezzed'


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  • 29 Dec, 2011

    NME 50 Best Tracks of 2011

    Also in this week's NME are their 50 Best Tracks of 2011, which contains a wealth of Primary artists.

    #01: Lana Del Rey 'Video Games'
    #03: The Horrors 'Still Life'
    #07: Metronomy 'The Bay'
    #11: Metronomy 'The Look'
    #18: Azealia Banks '212'
    #19: Anna Calvi 'Blackout'
    #24: Glasvegas 'The World Is Yours'
    #40: Justice 'Civilization'
    #41: Metronomy 'She Wants'
    #49: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'If I Had A Gun'
    #50: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds '...AKA What A Life'


  • 29 Dec, 2011

    NME's 50 Best Albums of 2011

    The NME writers have announced their 50 Best Albums of 2011, and 20% of the artists listed are from the Primary Talent roster.

    #02: Metronomy 'The English Riviera'
    #03: The Horrors 'Skying'
    #10: Wu Lyf 'Go Tell Fire To The Mountain'
    #11: Anna Calvi 'Anna Calvi'
    #18: Cat's Eyes 'Cat's Eyes'
    #22: Noah and the Whale 'Last Night On Earth'
    #25: Planning To Rock 'W'
    #33: Justice 'Audio, Video, Disco'
    #39: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'
    #48: Slow Club 'Paradise'


  • 28 Dec, 2011

    Rizzle Kicks: 'Mama Do The Hump'

    Rizzle Kicks's new single 'Mama Do The Hump' is number 12 in the BBC Singles Chart this week. They will be touring the UK extensively from February 2012.


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  • 21 Dec, 2011

    Lana Del Rey: Free iTunes UK Download

    Lana Del Rey's track 'Off to the Races' is available as a free download from iTunes UK. The song will be featured on her debut album 'Born To Die', scheduled for release on 30th January 2012. Click the link below, to download the track in iTunes.


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  • 21 Dec, 2011

    Rizzle Kicks: BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge

    Rizzle Kicks visited BBC Radio 1 last Friday, to perform a couple of songs in the Live Lounge. Included was a version of 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town', done in their own inimitable style.


  • 21 Dec, 2011

    LCD Sound System: New Video for 'Live Alone'

    An excellent new video has just been completed for LCD Sound System's version of Franz Ferdinand's 'Live Alone'. This was originally released on an EP of Franz Ferdinand covers, on Domino Records last May.


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  • 21 Dec, 2011

    Underworld: Music Directors of 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

    The official press release from LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) explains:
    The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced that British electronic music pioneers Underworld have been appointed Music Directors for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The appointment completes the team of senior creatives that will lead the direction of the London 2012 Ceremonies.

    Underworld duo Rick Smith and Karl Hyde will work alongside Oscar winning British filmmaker and producer Danny Boyle, Artistic Director of the Opening Ceremony and will be responsible for all the music in the three-hour ceremony taking place on 27 July next summer.

    Underworld and Danny Boyle have enjoyed a long and diverse collaboration since Underworld's track 'Born Slippy' featured in Boyle's film 'Trainspotting'. Over the following fifteen years the three developed a close relationship, with Smith and Hyde supplying specially created music for 'A Life Less Ordinary', 'The Beach' and co-scoring the 2007 sci-fi film 'Sunshine'. In 2010 they came together again to work on the critically acclaimed National Theatre production of 'Frankenstein'.

    Danny Boyle said: "Appointing Underworld to direct the music in the Olympic Opening Ceremony is the final piece of the jigsaw for the team of leading British creatives who will deliver the ceremonies,"

    "What's interesting about working with them is how much broader their taste is than you might imagine. With 'Frankenstein' we really saw how far we could take a broader approach than we'd used together on the films."

    Rick Smith said: "The 'Frankenstein' project at the National Theatre was our opportunity to test ourselves as writers and music directors in a completely new environment. Danny asked us to take responsibility for every aspect of the sound and music and encouraged us to draw on a wide musical palette. It was a challenging piece of work with its roots in classic literature, that turned out to be the most fun I've ever had".

    Karl Hyde said: "We want to leave people with a musical memory of the show rather than a purely visual one. It's a great honour to be asked to do this and one we're taking very seriously - it's certainly not something we'll get the chance to do again"


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  • 21 Dec, 2011

    The Crookes: 'It's Just Not Christmas Without You'

    The Crookes have put together a video for their track 'It's Just Not Christmas Without You', using footage taken during their tour of Europe and Japan, during the winter of 2011.


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  • 20 Dec, 2011

    Active Child: 405 Album of the Year

    Active Child's debut album 'You Are All I See' is named The Four Oh Five's critics and readers 'Album of the Year'.

    "One of the year's boldest, most beautiful debuts" 4/5 Uncut

    "The emotional blood-letting of tracks like dark hymnal 'Way Too Fast' gives this record a gravitas most popular music never achieves" 4/5 Mojo "4/5" Q

    "4/5" Time Out

    "Astoundingly ambitious and heartbreakingly beautiful" Sunday Times

    "Wonderful sounds" Esquire

    "A glorious record" 'Album of the Issue' Notion

    "Using classical compositions to beautifully alluring effect" 8/10 Loud & Quiet

    "Gentle, organic and sparsely beautiful" The Fly

    "Active Child's sound seems positively ahead of its time" Pitchfork

    "One of the most enveloping, downright gorgeous records of the year" 9/10 drownedinsound

    Active Child are on tour internationally from the end of January, CLICK HERE for details.


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  • 20 Dec, 2011

    We Are Augustines: iTunes Award & Amnesty Compilation

    We Are Augustines debut album 'Rise Ye Sunken Ships' has won the iTunes (USA), Alternative Album of the Year award.

    Also the band are featured on the forthcoming 'Chimes of Freedom', a benefit album for Amnesty International, which is to be released on 24th January. The quadruple CD set, consists of 76 covers of Bob Dylan songs, including We Are Augustines version of 'Mama You Been On My Mind'.


  • 20 Dec, 2011

    The Guardian: Top 40 Best Tracks of 2011

    The Guardian has announced it's '40 Best Tracks of 2011', chosen by it's writers. Primary Talent artists occupy many of the top spots:

    #1: LANA DEL REY 'Video Games'
    #2: AZEALIA BANKS '212'
    #19: ANNA CALVI 'Blackout'
    #25: METRONOMY 'The Look'
    #29: THE HORRORS 'Still Life'

    For the complete list CLICK HERE


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  • 19 Dec, 2011

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: New Single 'If I Had A Gun'

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds new single 'If I Had A Gun', taken from their debut album, will be released on 26th December. It will be available in CD, heavyweight 7" and download formats.


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  • 16 Dec, 2011

    The Horrors say 'Merry Christmas I Love You'

    The Horrors' Tom Furse has prepared a special Christmas mix for The Quietus...


  • 15 Dec, 2011

    The Magnetic Fields: New Album 'Love At The Bottom Of The Sea'

    The Magnetic Fields will release a new, 15 track album entitled 'Love At The Bottom Of The Sea' on 5th March 2012 (Domino Records). The band will be appearing at All Tomorrows Parties in Minehead on 11th March, followed by an extensive European tour in April, CLICK HERE for details.


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  • 15 Dec, 2011

    Justice: New EP 'On'n'On' and Remixes

    Justice's next release will be the 'On'n'On EP' on Ed Banger Records, the date is to be confirmed. It features a whole raft of remixes by Rick Rubin, Erol Alkan, Tiga, Brodinski and Video Village.
    The EP's cover has been causing some controversy, having been taken down by Facebook for breaking their nudity regulations.


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  • 15 Dec, 2011

    Lana Del Rey: New Single 'Born To Die'

    Lana Del Rey's brand new single 'Born To Die' is released in the UK on 23rd January, followed by the album of the same name on the 30th. The video has just been posted online, and was directed by the highly acclaimed Woodkid.


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  • 12 Dec, 2011

    Wretch 32 Wins MP3 Music Award

    Wretch 32 has won the MP3 Awards gong for best urban / grime / garage track, for his collaboration with rapper Example; 'Unorthodox'. The 2011 winners were chosen by a public vote, and announced on Saturday 10th December.


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  • 11 Dec, 2011

    Lana Del Rey: 'Video Games' Best Video of 2011 in NME

    Lana del Rey's 'Video Games' has been named 'Best Video of 2011 in the NME, the top ten also included Azealia Banks, Metronomy and Duck Soup.


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  • 05 Dec, 2011

    Noel Gallagher: Isle of Wight Festival 2012

    We are pleased to announce that Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have been added to the bill for next year's Isle Of Wight Festival. The band are confirmed to play on Sunday 24th June 2012 taking to the main stage before Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

    The world famous festival runs from 22nd until 24th June 2012.


  • 05 Dec, 2011

    Kylie Minogue: ARIA's Hall of Fame

    At last week's prestigious event, Kylie Minogue was inducted into The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (ARIAs) 'Hall of Fame'. She received her award from the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, after an introduction from the legendary Molly Meldrum.


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  • 05 Dec, 2011

    Azealia Banks: BBC Sound of 2012

    Azealia Banks has been nominated amongst the 15 newcomers in the longlist for the BBC Sound of 2012 Award. The official announcement of the winner and the top 5, will take place in early January.


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  • 02 Dec, 2011

    Lana del Rey: New Single 'Born To Die'

    'Born To Die' the new single by Lana del Rey, is released on 23rd January and the album of the same name a week later.


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