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What we’re listening to…

You’ve seen the snow drifting past your window and you’ve felt the chilly Atlantic breeze but now it’s time for some soothing down tempo music (or in technical musical genre terms jazz trip hop).

Bonobo aka Simon Green is the mature and experienced man behind the calmingly beautiful music that Bonobo is. A producer, musician and DJ this man is responsible for most of the instrumentation that goes in to making his music. Bonobo in fact prefers live instrumentation over sample based production and is quite clearly a master when it comes to orchestrating layers and atmosphere in to his sound. With his years’ worth of industry experience circa 1999 he’s made four of his own distinctive and successful albums since then – most recently Black Sands in 2010) – and produced Andreya Triana’s album Lost Where I Belong in the same year. Now Bonobo’s back with a fifth album The North Borders which will be out next month.
Here’s the official video to his first single of the new album Cirrus. Retro vogue images mechanically flick in sync with clockwork structures simultaneously with the music. Who couldn’t love this?

You can order the album on iTunes and catch Bonobo playing live at Rock City in Nottingham on May 20.

By Melodie Walter

What we’re listening to…

Back in 2009 this band captured us with their glorious rocky magic. After a three year respite the Local Natives have had to rearrange and adapt to the departure of their bassist player Andy Hamm. But like they say good things come to those who wait. And the wait has been waited. The magical quartet has returned with a promising second album: Hummingbird.

The band: Taylor Rice (main vocalist), Kelcey Ayer (vocals, percussion, guitar), Ryan Hahn (guitar, keyboards, mandolin, vocals) and Matt Frazier (drums) collaborated with the National’s Aaron Dessner to create the album.Both an exciting project for them and a near guarantee, for us, that A+B will make a pretty darn nice record!
Here is the video for the Local Natives’ single Breakers – occasionally reminding us of Arcade Fire edge and you can definitely detect the National’s trademark gentle drones…
You can also listen to the audio clip of Heavy Feet which premiered on Lauren Laverne’s BBC6 music show.
Order their new album plus get your hands on a fancy t-shirt and lithograph (a little pricey but worth it)!
They’ll next be playing live in Leeds at Brudenell Social Club Feb 8th and will be ending their UK tour in Dublin Feb 11. Click here for tickets.

By Melodie Walter

What We’re Listening To…

Windy blustery days just make us want to sit inside and hide from the cold – and this week really is the peak of that feeling! Cellardoor HQ want to introduce you to a country and blues singer who is sure to be on the rise quicker than a storm can make the lights flicker – a miss Elle King!  
Born in Los Angeles, Elle now resides in the cooler of the ghettos in the USA, hipster heaven Brooklyn, New York.   
At only 23 years of age Elle has lived all over the world and been exposed to the lime light from an early age acting in films and in her private life explored perhaps the darker side of life – underpinning the grit of her songs.  
Inspired by an eclectic group of music artists from Otis Redding, Etta James to Johnny Cash and AC/DC. Elle graces us with surrendering soul, bluegrass banjo and an ounce or two of the taboo in her choice of songs – we must confess!  
However, she is one to watch and has toured with some most credible bands from Of Monsters and Men to singer Michael Kiwanuka.  
Watch her video for No One Can Save You here…
Elle is due to release her debut early next year and her EP can be purchased on iTunes.

By Melodie Walter

What we’re Listening To…

Music that has haunting airs and swirling emotion is perfect for this moody season and without any further ado let us introduce you to Ben Howard (not that we don’t absolutely already love this beaut of an artist!) and his new EP recently released Burgh Island.
 We adored Ben’s debut album Every Kingdom and before long many of the folk-loving populace, like us, had purchased their copy and were playing it from wedding ceremonies to those needing acoustic comfort on their daily travels through the aid of iPods and ear phones. When we heard he was going to be releasing a completely new never-heard-before EP we literally couldn’t wait to hear what gems this wonderful man would be bestowing upon us!
The wait need no longer be waited for Burgh Island is now out and features four stunningly dark songs Esmerelda, Oats In The Water, To Be Alone and ‘Burgh Island’.
Watch the dramatic new video Esmerelda from the new EP.
You can see Ben Howard playing live if you’re lucky enough to get tickets bought in advance for his November 28 gig at the O2 Academy in Brixton. Burgh Island can be purchased from iTunes.
By Melodie Walters

What we’re listening to…

October signals seasonal changes outside and inside: the weather outside and the emotions on the inside. Well, maybe not for everyone, but it does for one of our favourite artists Ellie Goulding, especially, with the release of her second album this week!

After suffering a tough couple of years since the success of her gorgeous debut Lights her new album displays her redemption from some of her turbulent times. We love that Halcyon is an emotional ride and we can easily relate to her heartache and life-lesson learning.
Ellie herself has said: “Loneliness has been the biggest influence on this record (Halcyon); I feel like what I do is lonely.”
Admire her edgy style in the video to her latest single Anything Could Happen. We get to see Ellie floating around on a rope swing hanging from an obscure feather-cloud in draped material on a rosy misty beach and a mysterious man. Sound-wise her lyrics are bold and the use of drums, pop and high pitched vocals create an ethereal quality, which we love.

You can purchase Halcyon on iTunes and she will be touring the UK in December. Click here to purchase tickets.

By Melodie Walter

Mumford and Sons

Floods, rain, cold evenings and sluggishness are with us – no surprises there though. As we’re now officially into autumn we need some music to wake us up!

Cue the fiery pandemonium, restful quiet, softness and unashamed brilliance of Mumford & Sons.  The four English multi-instrumentalists’ new album is relentless: Babel – the band’s second album – will not let you drift off to sleep; it will keep you lively with vigour and emotion.

From songs like I Will Wait and Reminder, which touch you on an emotional level, to the vivacious Hopeless Wanderer and Broken Crown. Recurrent themes of faith add romanticism and energy to the lyrics.  
Mumford & Sons, formed in 2007, are talented: Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, drums) Ted Dwane (string bass, drums, guitar) Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, dobro, guitar) and Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion, drums).  
Their first album, 2009’s Sigh No More, was massively successful and we know that there’s not many of us who won’t be putting Babel on repeat over the next month.  
Watch the official video for their first single I Will Wait from the album which was recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, USA.
Babel can be purchased from iTunes or you can order the CD or Vinyl from here.

By Melodie Walter

Summer Sounds

How have we all been feeling lately? A little more content, now that the sun is out and the air is warm? We are embracing the summer vibes once again here at Cellardoor, but as work continues (or play for some of you!) we want to introduce you to the talented and understated Jessie Ware.

 Gorgeously seductive and chilled, Ware’s new album Devotion is perfectly suited to play to get you through the frenzies of the day. Ware, who is 27 years old, has been singing the backing vocal for dubstep groups SBTRKT and Joker prior to making her debut album. Her route into music happened almost unintentionally but already it looks like success is on the cards.

 What we love about Devotion; it wonderfully manages to hold the club culture influence sound but yet at the same time is romantic, soulful and smooth. She is indeed humble and honest in what she does. 

 Here is one of our favourite tracks…

Ware is releasing Devotion on August 20 but for now you can stream the album for free from The Guardian 
 She will be playing live next at Shoreditch Park in London on August 31 2012. 
 By Melodie Walter

These Little Boots were made for walking…

Hooray! Little Boots is bringing funky disco back! 
 Little Boots aka Victoria Christina Hesketh is a 28 year-old electro-pop singer-songwriter from Blackpool and is a musician who sings, plays the piano, keyboards, synthesizer, Stylophone and a Japanese electronic instrument called Tenori-on.

Since releasing her first album Hands in 2009, which was more pop-sounding than electro, we’ve not heard much from her, until now. 
And we have to say we’re extremely excited that she has returned at last. Magical and synthetic – her music is bound to put us all in the mood for summer nights full of dancing and fun, come rain or sunshine. 
The video to Little Boots’s new song Headphones is guaranteed to make you want go out and party in your hipster gear and in the words of Lykke Li “dance dance dance.” 
Modelling a pair of incredibly funky silver wedges, with super-cool styling throughout the video – this woman knows where it’s at. With some rad dancing too, one cannot come to the end of watching this without feeling foot loose and fancy free. 
We believe that everyone is in need of cheering up and what better than this funky disco tune from Little Boots (available to purchase from iTunes)


By Melodie Walter

Summer sounds

Over the May bank holiday as there is little else to do, we curled up on the sofa with our comfy warm layers on, listening to American California-based indie folk artist Lissie.
 Let us give you a brief overview of why we love this flaxen-singer-songwriter lovechild so much.
 Lissie. A no nonsense woman, she sings with a power that will make you stop what you are doing and listen. Her voice will pleasantly surprise you as you encounter interjections of dusky melodies that bring rest to the soul. That is, until you are gently awakened again by occasional yee-ha twangs and croaks. A raw talent and superb song-writing. What could be better? 
 We spotted Lissie in her latest commercial project with Twinings for their TV advert aired in March, which features her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s song Go Your Own Way. 
 Since then we’ve been enjoying all of Lissie’s music, including Everywhere I go, which suits our mood just right today. Note her adherence to wearing no make-up – what a natural beauty she is.
 You can purchase Lissie’s latest EP Covered Up With Flowers here 
Lissie’s next live performance in the UK will be at Boardmasters Festival in Newquay on August 11.
By Melodie Walter

English Rose

This drizzly spring weather is reminding us far too often that we are enduring a season of ever-changing rain, sunshine, hail, and more recently, thunderstorms.
To take our mind off it we’ve been listening to the warm and light tones of the marvellous Lucy Rose.

With intervals of soft singing, quiet rifts on acoustic guitar, violins, and unobtrusive drum beats to explosions of noise pounding from every instrument but still with the folky rich melody of the voice holding all the parts together beautifully – this is no mundane acoustic singer-songwriter.
Originally from Warwickshire, now based in London, Lucy Rose has been pursuing her music career whole-heartedly, a journey during which she has met Jack Steadman of the Bombay Bicycle Club, and since become best of pals, even allowing her the opportunity to co-write songs and sing with the band on their last two albums Flaws and A Different Kind of Fix.
Middle of the Bed is one of her current singles and we absolutely can’t get enough of her knits and vintage convertible in this video… see for yourself!
Although she has not released an album as of yet, she has 3 singles out on iTunes that you can purchase for your listening pleasure Scar, Red Face and Middle of the Bed.

She will next be playing at Live At Leeds, for more details go to

By Melodie Walter