This Week In Music: 23rd September 2022

A weekly update on all things music, advertising, and technology coming straight to you from Anthony Vanger at MassiveMusic. #TWIM

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: PIP MILLETT “Heavenly”

What kind of music would Sade be making in 2022? UK neo-soul songstress Pip Millet might be a close fit. Slightly harder beat and harder lyrics, but still peanut butter smooth. Like the 80s Queen of Smooth, Pip Millet does not have the biggest pipes, but she is not trying to compete against her multi-octave female contemporaries. Instead, she has carved out a subtle, staccato sound where she weaves in and around the backing track, casting a seductive spell on the listener. After considering a career in fashion, she switched to music, slowly gathering momentum until she was given a slot on the prestigious TV show “Later…with Jools Holland”. Since then she has gone from strength to strength, releasing an EP last year and a follow-up single, Ride with Me, with Sony Records this year. If she keeps on this trajectory, she could go global. And now that Sade is officially retired (?), there is certainly room in the world for a new queen of soul.

www.pipmillett.com

@pipmillett #pipmillett #universalmusic #neosoul

Ed note: Big shout out to Eleanor Lowther for the recommend!

AD OF THE WEEK: LADBROKES “Rocky”

First thing I did when I went to Philadelphia was to run up the steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and jumped up with my arms in the air. Just like Rocky. I wasn’t the only one with this idea. A few seconds later someone else did the same thing, and apparently, this has continued ever since. This new blockbuster ad, from UK betting shop Ladbrokes, cleverly taps into our continued obsession with the City of Brotherly Love’s most famous son. Taking the “Rocky’s Run” scene from the 1979 Oscar-winning film, where he powers through his neighborhood cheered on by passersby, the filmmakers use all their imagination and technical wizardry to create a new version of the original. Shot in a cavernous studio in Budapest, using green screen technology, the creative team seamlessly blends a huge cast of new characters – modern sports people, drummers, horse riders, drag queens, dancers, and gymnasts – into the original footage. And of course, it is all set to Bill Conti’s indelible score, which was beefed up and rerecorded at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios. Fine work from creative shop neverland and director MJZ’s Nicolai Fuglsig. Could be the ad of the year…

#rocky #sylvesterstallone #billconti #philadelphia #ladbrokes #neverland #mjz #nicolaifuglsig

Ed note: check out the cool Making of Video here.

QATAR IS RUMOURED TO HAVE HIRED GLASTONBURY’S ARCADIA SPIDER FOR 2022 WORLD CUP

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Glastonbury’s beloved flame-throwing arachnid will be making a surprise debut at this year’s FIFA World Cup.

The Arcadia spider is uprooting from its usual home of Glastonbury Festival where the likes of Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, and Chase & Status performed atop it earlier this summer, and is said to be featuring amongst the action at this year’s World Cup tournament in Qatar.

PIRATE LAUNCHES CABLE-FREE SOLUTION TO RECORD DJ SETS TO THE CLOUD USING ONLY YOUR PHONE

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Pirate has launched a cable-free solution to record DJ sets to the cloud using only your phone.

CAPTURE.AUDIO aims to make recording more accessible to beginner DJs and works by adding an audio device to their studio mixers while your phone connects to the computer over WiFi, functioning as a remote to start and stop recordings. Mixes are recorded onto the onboard SSD and then stored in your Pirate account to download.

The tool is currently available in Bristol, parts of London (Hackney, Tottenham, Dalston, Earlsfield, Croydon), Glasgow, and Leeds, with a roll-out across all of Pirate’s UK, US and Germany studios due before the end of 2022.

SONOS ANNOUNCES NEW SUBWOOFER FOR “POWERFUL, BALANCED BASS”

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Sonos has announced a new state-of-the-art subwoofer that promises “powerful, balanced bass” and “cinema-quality sound”.

The brand new Sub Mini is the latest addition to the audio company’s home cinema line and promises their trademark distortion-free sound at around half the price of the existing Sub. The design is sleek, compact, and aimed at smaller-sized rooms. 

“We’ve entered a more thoughtful era of streaming that prioritises quality over quantity, with creators and platforms investing in immersive entertainment experiences that put premium sound at the forefront”, said Maxime Bouvat-Merlin, SVP for Hardware and Operations at Sonos. “Sub Mini is a welcome addition to the Sonos family, rounding out our home cinema product line-up so listeners can experience cinema-quality sound that makes them feel like the main character — or player — in their favourite content”.

Created in matte black and white, the Sub Mini will be available globally from 6th October and is priced at £429. Visit the Sonos site for pre-order and more info.

The stage will be used for performances, according to a report from the Daily Mail, who cited a “well-placed source” saying that Arcadia could be one of few areas where fans will be allowed to drink alcohol.

The 50-tonne spider was recruited by Qatar from the Bristol company, according to the publication, to aid this year’s celebrations alongside DJs and performers.

Each year, the Arcadia spider returns to Glastonbury with a slew of drum ’n’ bass favourites, high energy sets and trailblazing DJs, though no word has yet come from Qatar on any performances slated at this year’s World Cup.

With just two months until the big tournament, neither Arcadia nor the FIFA World Cup have confirmed any of these details.

Written by Anthony Vanger

Additional research and reporting by Adam “Badger” Woolf

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