ARTIST OF THE WEEK:OLIVIA DEAN “ECHO”
Once in a while we catch a glimpse of the future. Olivia Dean, a 24-year-old soul singer from London takes the mantle from the likes of Sade and Lauren Hill and delivers her own take on the neosoul and RnB genre. An alumni of the prestigious (and prolific) Brit School, which has produced the likes of Adele, Jessie J., and Amy Winehouse, Dean is staking her claim away from pure pop into a cooler, jazzy sound. She is not one for vocal fireworks, preferring to purr her way through a song, luring the listener with subtle tones and dropping confessional lyrics over bedroom grooves. After starting out as a singer with British drum and bass outfit Rudimental in 2017 and going solo in 2019, Dean is starting to come into her own. In this song, “Echo”, she is confident standing in front of her band, the epitome of cool in a green velvet suit, a young woman with the world at her feet and a big future ahead.
@oliviadean #oliviadean #soul #rnb #britschool #amywinehouse #rudimental #laurenhill
AD OF THE WEEK: LEGO “PORTALS”
LEGO DREAMZzz is a ten episode content series created by LEGO that follows a group of kids in Brooklyn who discover their dream worlds are actually real. Agency Amplify was tasked with bringing the LEGO DREAMZzz world into our world, transporting people into this brand new story in the most engaging way possible, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality using anamorphic and OLV as the storytelling canvases. The ad is a lot of fun and a continuation of the excellent work that LEGO have been in doing in terms of delivering entertaining and creative content on its YouTube channel. A very good lesson in brand-building.
#lego #legoland #legoseriousplay #legoplayday #legos #legoeducation
THE SUN GOES DOWN ON ELTON JOHN’S UK TOURING CAREER WITH RECORD-BREAKING GLASTONBURY SET
The 76-year-old legend treated fans to a masterclass in song and stage craft, delivering a two-hour set in which every song was a greatest hit.
He was watched by a vast crowd, estimated to be over 120,000 people.
Meanwhile, a record 7.3 million people tuned in to watch live on BBC One, according to overnight ratings.
That was the biggest ever overnight audience for a Glastonbury set, the BBC said. In comparison, last year Diana Ross was the most-watched star with 3.1 million and Paul McCartney’s headline set was seen by 2.7 million.
Elton told all those watching: “I’m so happy to be here. I won’t ever forget this.”
100+ ARTISTS SIGN PLEDGE TO BOYCOTT VENUES THAT USE FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY
More than 100 artists, including guitarist Tom Morello, The Coup frontman Boots Riley, and Rage Against The Machine vocalist Zack De la Rocha, have banded together to boycott venues that use modern face scanning technologies.
It follows repeated protests over the last few months by the digital rights activist group Fight For The Future, who have been campaigning against the use of such programmes. The organisation spearheaded the boycott, with concerns over privacy.
Several independent venues have mirrored this stance, pledging not to use face scanners at their live events. Thus far, 25 US venues, including House of Yes in Brooklyn, The Lyric Hyperion in Los Angeles and Black Cat in D.C have joined the movement.
The movement is also backed by organisations such as Greenpeace and the National Lawyers Guild.
SPOTIFY RUMOURED TO BE INTRODUCING NEW “SUPREMIUM” SUBSCRIPTION BAND LATER THIS YEAR
Spotify is rumoured to be launching a more expensive subscription service to its platform by the end of 2023.
Bloomberg reported yesterday that the streaming service could introduce the ‘Supremium’ plan in the next few months, offering HiFi audio and expanded audiobook access.
The ‘Supremium’ service is projected to hit non-US countries first, Spotify affiliates told Bloomberg, requiring users to pay more for several new features.
Apple Music and Amazon Music, Spotify’s largest competitors, currently offer HiFi audio playback or ‘CD quality’ for free.
Price plans for further premium options have not been agreed upon yet, although when it was put to Spotify users in a survey in October, Spotify suggested charging $19.99 per month for quality services.
RICHIE HAWTIN ANNOUNCES NEW “EDUCATIONAL ELECTRONIC MUSIC INSTRUMENT”, THE BULLFROG
Richie Hawtin has announced a new “educational electronic music instrument”, the Bullfrog.
Designed in collaboration with Latvia-based boutique hardware synth company Erica Synths, the semi-modular Bullfrog is intended to give users a handle on synthesis, and comprises eight modules including a VCO, noise generator, and two envelope generators.
Sound is generated using a patch cable (with ten cables included) or voice cards (with three swappable cards and three pre-configured cards included). This approach is aimed at shedding light on “the functionality of a subtractive synthesiser, and the principles of sound design with instruments like these”, according to the press release that announced the Bullfrog.
Written by Anthony Vanger
Additional research and reporting by Adam “Badger” Woolf