Exclusive Interview: Alice Russell Talks New Album and Upcoming NYC Show

 

On May 12 at LPR, Alice Russell will be performing her new album, To Dust, which dropped in the US today! We caught up with the vibrant singer to talk about her new album, the upcoming show, and her love for music, amongst a couple other things. Dig in below.

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Giant Step: Congratulations on completing your newest album, To Dust! What can folks expect on this album; how does it compare to your previous works?

Alice Russell: Well for me it was a return to My Favourite Letters, the album before Pot of Gold. Pot of Gold for me was like a love session album really, and both TM Juke and I wanted to twist it up and get back to playing around with the production. Building up the sound bricks from the ground up, there was a lot of deconstruction then reconstructing. Some of the songs went through 5 different versions before they felt right. Others we reverted back to the demo for the original energy of the song. There are foot stomps, layers of vocals and all sorts of other treats in there. Also Alex (TM Juke) had a lot of new production tricks up his sleeve to try out. We played around a lot on this album .

GS: We know you command a huge presence when performing, but for those newer to that experience, how would you describe your live performances?

AR: Pretty raw, energetic – come and see for yourselves! We have changed it up so there are more triggers and synth bass present! New album, new live feel for sure.

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Video: Alice Russell – “Heartbreaker”

 

The lady that always gives you a full body experience with her music, Alice Russell, returns to her original label (Tru Thoughts) to release her upcoming fifth album. Working again with the brilliant producer TM Juke, Alice Russell is definitely going to be slangin’ some tasty treats. The “Heartbreaker” video above serves as the first of many gems to come.

Alice speaks on the track, “It is a broken hearted love song about the end of a relationship,” explains Alice. “it’s about that time when you’re just emotionally exhausted by it all and you are at the stage where you know you just have to let it go, and you are resigned to it all being over.”

Emotion is certainly something Alice’s delivery is never short of. Can’t wait for her new album in early 2013!

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Sola Rosa Kicks Off Tour Tomorrow in NYC

 

By now you’ve heard the funky New Zealand outfit Sola Rosa more than a couple times. Perhaps you caught their video for “Turn Around” or their remixes with Suff Daddy and TM Juke. Maybe you even got to listen to their new album, Get It Together.

We already know you’re bouncing in your seat from inexplicable glee with the crazy groove these people got, so just own that and sit tight for a second. Starting tomorrow, you can take that bouncing to a concert on one of the group’s many tour dates. Catch those below!

Tour Dates
November 29th – S.O.B.’s – New York, NY
November 30th – 8 Fifty 8 – Chicago, IL
December 1st – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA w/ Orgone
December 2nd – Dante’s – Portland, OR w/ Orgone
December 3rd – Blu @ MontBleu Resort – Lake Tahoe, NV
December 6th – Jambalaya – Arcata, CA
December 7th – Brick and Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
December 8th – AfroFunke @ Zanzibar – Santa Monica, CA
December 9th –Culture Beat Performing Arts Center – Ensenada, Mexico
December 10th -WorldBeat Cultural Center – San Diego, CA

Purchase Get It Together on Amazon

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Sola Rosa Releases ‘Get It Together’ + Remix Streams & Tour Dates

 

Sola Rosa is out with their new album, Get It Together. Also out today are a few remixes on their album sampler.

The lively band boasts a variety of collaborators, including Bajka, Spikey Tee, and Iva Lamkum, creating a bouncy blend of soulful treats.

Below, find a couple remixes from their “Turn Around” single that we featured a few months back.

Sola Rosa – “Turn Around” ft. Iva Lamkum (Suff Daddy Remix)
 

Sola Rosa – “Turn Around” ft. Iva Lamkum (TM Juke Remix)
 

Tour Dates
November 29th – S.O.B.’s – New York, NY
November 30th – 8 Fifty 8 – Chicago, IL
December 1st – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA w/ Orgone
December 2nd – Dante’s – Portland, OR w/ Orgone
December 3rd – Blu @ MontBleu Resort – Lake Tahoe, NV
December 6th – Jambalaya – Arcata, CA
December 7th – Brick and Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
December 8th – AfroFunke @ Zanzibar – Santa Monica, CA
December 9th –Culture Beat Performing Arts Center – Ensenada, Mexico
December 10th -WorldBeat Cultural Center – San Diego, CA

Purchase Get It Together on Amazon

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Tru Thoughts Issues New Quantic, Kinny, Stonephace And More For 10th Anniversary

With a slew of product in the pipeline, Brighton’s Tru Thoughts Recordings are coming through with goodies from Quantic, Kinny, Stonephace and more, celebrating their 10th anniversary as an independent label.

Shot by the legendary B+ in Columbia, Quantic’s new video documents the conception of his upcoming album, Tradition In Transition.

Free MP3 Download (from the new Tru Thoughts Shapes Compilation):
“Don’t Joke With A Hungry Mother” by Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra vs. Lanu (right-click, save as)

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