Seeing LA trio Haim perform at Kings College in London last night (my second Haiming) has reaffirmed to me that they are just the best girl thing to have emerged for ages.
The hilariously funny and charming, all out jokers, have crafted these wonderful indie, rock, r 'n' b behemoths which make you groove and stare in awe at how they handle their guitars. My theory is that Keith Richards and Jimmy Page are actually brothers and they had three daughters between them. Voila. HAIM ladies and gentlemen! I joke, but seriously - they can truly play.
There were so many *girl crushes* in the place last night. I think every boy and girl in there wanted to hang out with Danielle, Este and Alana for evermore, B.F.F and all that, echoed by the girls and Este's parting words: 'I want to f*** you London!'.
They came into BBC 6 Music to talk to me when they were last in the UK playing the iTunes festival, supporting Ellie Goulding. Soon they are supporting Florence and the Machine at the 02 on her request. They've been sharing studio time with the likes of James Ford and Paul Epworth. Casual. And we should see a debut album next year, which they have all written.
Genuinely it has been my FAVOURITE interview of the year. They talk about the new singles, nearly blowing up Mumford and Sons and Este's infamous onstage chat. Listen to it in full below:
And this is a MEGA remix which has just dropped of the new single....
Double Six is to release the debut single from The Child of Lov, entitled Heal on 26th November 2012.
This is the first track to be aired from the forthcoming debut album, which features contributions from DOOM, Thundercat and Damon Albarn. Not a bad start ey!
The accompanying video was shot in Atlanta, Georgia, USA by the much loved LA-based duo Focus Creeps (who have previously directed videos for Arctic Monkeys and Girls).
The Child of Lov is one guy. He writes, produces and performs his music using guitars, a cheap pink bass, a keyboard, some self-made instruments and a lot of raw vocal harmonies.
Now in his early twenties and from Holland, he likes to keep things on the down low, and has prevented much info about him being known.
If you like Gnarls Barkley, Jai Paul and Prince then you might dig this. It definitely has a bit of a Dangermouse feel to it too, which can only be a good thing.
Check out the most recent Secret Sessions video I was asked to host with Canadian outfit Evening Hymns. It's a beaut.
I had the pleasure of being asked to cover for Goldierocks on The Selector radio show, produced by Folded Wing for The British Council.
Listen to the show.
PEACE – Bloodshake (Columbia Records)
Dutch Uncles – Fester (Memphis Industries)
Jethro Fox – Blinding Light (Tough Love Records)
O. Children Live In Session
O. Children – Chimera (Live Session Track)
The XX – Chained (Young Turks)
BEAK&rt; – Mono (Invada Records)
Jennifer Left – Diggory (Singing Hinny Music)
Egyptian Hip Hop Feature
Egyptian Hip Hop – Yoro Diallo (R & S Records)
Egyptian Hip Hop – SYM (R & S Records)
Egyptian Hip Hop – The White Falls (R & S Records)
Egyptian Hip Hop – One Eyed King (R & S Records)
Bat For Lashes – A Wall (Parlophone Records)
O. Children Live In Session
O. Children – Heels (Live Session Track)
Stubborn Heart – Starting Block (One Little Indian)
Lulu James – Be Safe (Black Butter Records)
Rudimental – Not Giving In ft. John Newman & Alex Clare (Asylum Records)
Foreign Beggars – Working Angles (mau5trap Recordings)
Strange U – Scarlet Jungle (Eglo)
Fybe:One – Kora (Jamie Wilder Remix) (Shades Of Grey Recordings)
Reso – Creature (Civil Music)
Lakosa In The Mix
Shenoda – Supercede (Original Mix) (Fear Of Flying Records)
Boddika & Joy Orbison – Prone (SunkLo)
Midland & Ramadanman – More Than You Know (Aus Music)
South London Ordnance – The Question (Audio Culture Label)
Paleman – Hunt (Fulcrum)
Conforce – 24 (Clone Basement Series)
Lakosa & Wadsworth – This Is What You Do (Unreleased)