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Video: Anna of the North – “Someone”

Anna of the North shares her self-directed visual video for “Someone”, shot on location in Miami, Florida.

Of creating the video, Anna says:
It’s a video made in Miami but it’s certainly not a stereotypical Miami video. The ‘party’ side to cities like Miami can feel vacuous, making them the loneliest places in the world, so it’s a fitting backdrop to the story. It’s set the day after a big night, when you instantly regret something that happened. It’s about the internal battle of the day after; trying to accept that you’re human and how hard it is to forgive yourself for your own mistakes. It gets more desperate throughout as the realization sets in.

The second single to be taken from their highly-anticipated debut album Lovers, “Someone” journeys through a swaggering opening and a head rush of synths, which then make way for Anna’s tender vocals before the chorus explodes into a blockbuster-scale road trip.

Due for worldwide release on September 8, Lovers is an album deeply rooted in heartbreak, a subject that courses through the veins of all ten tracks – through the turmoil, the guilt and the tentative joy of finally letting yourself move on.

In three years since the release of debut single “Sway”, the Norwegian-Kiwi duo of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith have paved the way for their full-length debut following a run of singles which have notched up over 60 million streams, multiple No.1spotst’s on the Hype Machine charts and rotation on Radio 1, Triple J and Beats 1.

Now they offer up an emphatically assured debut LP, its clean, springy beats and shimmering synths underpinned by the rich, emotive clarity of Anna’s voice. Recorded in Oslo and mixed in Copenhagen and London by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode), Lovers is a coherent but endlessly varied beast.

The story of the project began five years back. Anna was working in a shop in a small town near Oslo, settled with her first love whilst anticipating a life of routine and normality when a customer came in and changed her life. Polite and well groomed, the woman, a stranger to Anna, began making daily visits, browsing for hours but never buying a thing. One afternoon, for reasons Anna will never know, the woman approached her and implored her to abandon the traditional life she had planned out, and go and expand her horizons. The plea jolted something in Anna, and in an act of uncharacteristic spontaneity, she booked a flight to Australia, leaving behind the life and the person she thought she’d spend her life with.

Her time in Australia was fulfilling but turbulent. She fell in love again, only to have her heart broken as suddenly and inexplicably as her decision to leave Norway in the first place. That’s when she met Brady Daniell-Smith. Brady, who’d been struggling with his own complicated relationships, was performing an acoustic show in Melbourne; Anna was in the audience, drinking with friends. Becoming friends, he encouraged her to find solace in songwriting, discovering they could make music together as a way of exorcizing the demons of their love lives and the project was born. He jokingly started calling her “Anna Of The North” and the name stuck.

It’s the two of them combined that make Anna Of The North’s sparse, brooding electro-pop so potent. Brady, who’s from New Zealand and grew up partly in Australia, injects elements of the countries’ bright, vibrant electronic scene to their music; Anna brings the glacial minimalism of her Scandinavian roots.

Anna of the North’s debut album Lovers is due for release on September 8 via Honeymoon / +1 Records / Different Recordings.

Live Dates:
10 Aug 2017 – Way Out West, SW
18 Aug – Pukkelpop Festival, BE
23 Aug – Hudson Ballroom – Sydney, AU
24 Aug – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne, AU
26 Aug – Maroochy Music & Vis Arts Festival, AU
09 Sep – Bestival, UK
26 Sep – Omeara – London, UK
12 Oct – Obaren, Stockholm, SW
13 Oct – Vega Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, DK
14 Oct – Häkken, Hamburg, DE
16 Oct – Auster Club, Berlin, DE
18 Oct – Sugarfactory ADE Live, Amsterdam, NL19 Oct – Yuca, Cologne, DE20 Oct – Pop Up du Label, Paris, FR
09 Nov – Parkteateret – Oslo, NO
18 Nov – Room 2 P12 @ Transardentes, Brussels, BE
10 Nov – Det Akademiske Kvarter – Bergen, NO

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Newest From X Ambassadors: “Ahead Of Myself”

“Triumphant, euphoric, immensely uplifting” – Clash Magazine

“Bombastic rock that’s as stomping as it is diaristic, leavened by big-tent pop hooks and a hint of hip-hop swagger” – Rolling Stone

US trio X Ambassadors return with a brand new single “Ahead Of Myself” which is the lead track from their upcoming second album.

Released today, “Ahead Of Myself” was co-written with American multi-platinum selling songwriter, producer, and musician Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes, Chainsmokers) and was added straight onto Spotify’s UK and Global New Music Playlists as well as Deezer and Amazon’s Brand New Music UK playlists.

“Ahead Of Myself” is the first taste of their new album, the follow up to the critically acclaimed, gold-certified debut album VHS, which featured the two multi-platinum hits “Renegades” and “Unsteady”.

The success of VHS saw X Ambassadors venture out on a near two-year touring odyssey, winning over fans around the world and performing at the likes of Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Life is Beautiful, Shaky Knees festivals and many more.

The three-piece, formed of brothers Sam and Casey Harris and college friend Adam Levin, have collaborated with a number of top names such as Tom Morello, Elle King, A$AP Ferg, Wiz Khalifa, Eminem and labelmates Imagine Dragons.

Earlier this year they gave fans a taste of their current sonic direction with the release of “The Devil You Know”, which featured in a trailer for the upcoming Tom Cruise film American Made, “Torches” which was heard in Transformers: The Last Knight, and the inspirational “Hoping”, which came about following the US presidential election.

X Ambassadors will be playing the Radio 1/NME stage at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival before headlining a show at London’s ULU on August 29th.

 

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Listen: Lane 8 feat. Bipolar Sunshine – “I Got What You Need (Every Night)”

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Listen: Lane 8 feat. Bipolar Sunshine – “I Got What You Need (Every Night)”

Ministry of Sound and Above & Beyond’s acclaimed melodic house label, Anjunadeep, have joined forces to release one of late summer’s hottest house anthems, Lane 8 featuring Bipolar Sunshine’s “I Got What You Need (Every Night)”. Zane Lowe gave the single its worldwide premiere on Radio 1 via a ‘Future Exclusive’, while to date; the original version of “Every Night” has hit the Beatport Deep House Top 10, and garnered approximately 500,000 plays on Soundcloud and 800,000 views on YouTube.

Lane 8 aka Daniel Goldstein is the fast-rising US house producer championed by Pete Tong (who selected him as a ‘Future Star’ on Radio 1), Zane Lowe, MistaJam, B.Traits, Aeroplane, Tensnake, Kidnap Kid, Majestic Casual and many more. Originally from San Francisco, but currently residing in Leipzig, Germany, his debut single for Anjunadeep, “Be Mine” topped the Hype Machine chart, following previous success with cult label, French Express. Amongst his growing international fanbase is Eric Prydz, who recently chose him to remix his new single,”Liberate”. Further remixes for Above & Beyond and Josh Record have helped position Goldstein as one of the most promising young producers on the planet.

Bipolar Sunshine aka Adio Marchant is the hotly-tipped Manchester singer whose music crosses hip-hop, indie, nu-soul, alt-rap, dance, psychedelia, electronic and Beatlesy pop. With 4 Hype Machine No.1s to date, he’s caught the ears of fans and critics alike including Radio 1, Sunday Times, The Guardian and beyond via the EPs “Aesthetics” (the lead track, “Rivers” was iTunes Single Of The Week) and “Drowning Butterflies”. A genuine star in the making, his extensive touring, including live shows at Glastonbury, Bestival, and beyond, plus support slots with London Grammar, Bastille and Lily Allen, have cemented his reputation yet further.

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