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Friday December 10 - Friday December 17 2010

ENTERTAINMENT

Kingston s hottest up-and-coming talent

EXPOSURE

Home-grown talent tackles America HAVING been together for six years, Kingston’s own band Anison have gone from being relatively unknown to securing a record contract with American label Spectra Records. The band formed 10 years ago by singer Dan Frau and bassist Rocky Wadhawan and since then the fourpiece have worked hard playing all over the country. Rocky said: “It was pretty easy to start a band as no one else played music around us. “We have literally played all the venues Kingston has to offer. “The Fighting Cocks has always treated us well but we’ve also played the New Slang night in which we supported The Boxer Rebellion.” With influences ranging from Radiohead to JS Bach their sound is described as a cascade of synth and guitar-heavy magic that on the one hand dazzles you with its depth and on the other makes you swoon over its simplicity. It is a combination that has not only seen them support the likes of Zane Lowe but gain airplay on Radio One and XFM. The band is set to record an al-

bum for their American label in 2011 with a mini-tour of the States to follow. Having already released two singles in the UK, which can be downloaded on iTunes, the band are thankful for the opportunity they have been given. Dan Frau, vocals and guitar, said: “We’ve been lucky with our label in America who have given us a chance to create an album, and we’re grateful for that.” With the rise of reality talent shows Anison know there is a lot of competition out there and feel it is harder than ever to get signed. Rocky said: “In the current music scene, because of the various media elements that are available, it’s easier to get attention. “There are so many more opportunities to reach a worldwide audience than there used to be.” However, they feel that sites such as YouTube and shows such as XFactor have caused problems for those struggling to get recognised. Dan said: “It creates a lot of bad competition where manufactured bands and artists are signed not because of their genuine talent but because of their entertainment value.

Rocky, Jerome, Rory and Dan taking time out of rehearsal for a promo shoot

“Take Wagner in this year’s XFactor or Chico or Jedward, the list is endless. The unfortunate reality is that musical ability has been replaced by the concept of stop, look and laugh at this idiot for a few weeks. “This detracts from the really

good stuff that’s out there and that often gets overlooked by labels. “It’s sad to think of the bands that we’ve missed out on simply because a label doesn’t see the profitability of a band.” Anison’s next gig is at The Fighting Cocks on December 16 with

MUSIC REVIEWS

support from mistakes.in.animation and Gin Panic. For more information about the band and their up-and-coming gigs head to their website: www.anison. co.uk By Aimee Davis

The latest albums to hit our sound waves

The Hawaiian hooligan Failing to flow BRUNO Mars has surprised us man behind the lyrics and hoping all with a diverse collection of that their boyfriend sings “I like genres in his new album Doo you just the way you are” to them. With an influence from Damien Wops & Hooligans. The talented artist has dropped Marley Liquor Store Blues has a his youthful and idealistic theme reggae tone and is one of the best and has expanded his music selec- tracks on the album. The mixture tion with a bit of rock to shake up of a chilled out beat with Bruno’s emotional vocals leave you feeling the album. The first track on the album Grenade sets a sensual tone with a mix of drumming pop and R’n’B style. Mars targets his main audience - girls - as he pours his soul into his lyrics, each painting him as a heartbroken victim of romance. The lead single, also a UK number one, Just the Way You Are, leaves every girl falling in love with the Bruno Mars liking you just the way you are

connected to the song. They always say leave the best to last, which Bruno Mars has done with The Other Side. The song features Cee-Lo and B.o.B and alone is worth waiting for. This album is a successful starting point for Bruno Mars as he proves he can perfect any genre of music thrown at him, unlike those who make a living out of auto-tune. By Joanna Zambas

7/10 Rex Features

Doo Wops & Hooligans is out January 24

THE CYNICAL relationship between rap and dance has benefitted Flo Rida in the past, but the party-starter’s third studio album, Only One Flo (Part 1) fails to deliver the polished sound of his previous club hits like Low and Right Round. Flo’s attempt to sneak otherwise tedious material onto our airwaves is led by the platinum-selling single Club Can’t Handle Me, produced by renowned music maker David Guetta. But, despite the success of this single, the majority of this eight track album is masked with heavy dance elements that confirm the rapper’s lack of ideas and creativity. In a bid to establish himself as a hip hop artist with a mainstream

flavour, Flo’s effort on the lowkey, R’n’B influenced Come With Me and the fun rhyming 80’s sample on Turn Around (5,4,3,2,1), prove that the rapper does have the ability to produce great club music with his contemporary approach. While his flow remains crisp and his lyrics tolerable, this short and not so sweet format can be described as a collection of autotuned, mushy raps that sees him taking a backseat to producers and guest features on the album. By Shabana Adam

4/10 Only One Flo (Part 1) is out December 13


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