10 posts categorized "kele okereke"


Interview: CockNBullKid Matures into Adulthood

I'm pretty pumped for CockNBullKid to release her debut album. I mean, it's only been 27+ months since I first started loving up on her tunes, so with much awaited and baited breath, I've been patient for the freshman full length. Adulthood will see daylight in February of the impending year [read = not soon enough] but we've waited this long, and what's a few more months to hold out for what will surely be a major player in my repertoire. To get ready and get amped for what's to come, chats are in order, and it's Beaston vs Bull in this installment.




CockNBullKid is currently on tour with Marina & the Diamonds and Kele. She's covered tracks by both artists, which you can grab for free here and here respectively. Also be sure to check out her cover of Rui de Silva's Touch Me over on her 'Space. Loving that. Even better, watch CNBK and Gonzales (her album collaborator and producer) doing a live cover of Destiny's Child Bills, Bills, Bills here. Most amazing!




SB: Describe CocknBullKid. I know it's your music moniker, but if you had to classify that term/phrase as a noun, or a genre of music, what would the definition of it be?
CNBK: Crying till you laugh and laughing till you cry.


SB: Talk about your earliest influences in the musical world. Did you grow up playing instruments, listening to mom and dad's old records, or what sparked the notion that "hey I think I need to be making music."
CNBK: It sounds cliche but as long as I can remember I have been into music. My parents don't own a musical bone in their bodies so I'm really not sure. My dad played loads of records round the house, so that probably had some influence. I also went to pentecostal church with  my Mum and younger brother. Music was a big part of that. Asides from that, I have harboured this ambition to be a singer and a writer.


SB: Over the past 2 years, a good deal of buzz has started to flow throughout blogs and online publications about your music. What's your response to the good dose of praise that you've been given for the material already out there?
CNBK: For every gushing review there's one saying your hair is shit or whatever. I try not to take it too seriously. I don't want to sound ungrateful to the people who have supported me though. I'm not really famous yet so I haven't read anything too bad or hyperbolic yet. But let's see what I say this time next year!


SB: Your debut album is coming out in February 2011. Talk about the process...writing, recording, working with Gonzales, etc.... it's been over two years since you first came out with initial cut On My Own, so how has the music evolved from then til now with the new material on the disc?
CNBK: I feel my writing has come a long since I first released On My Own in 2007. I always wanted to do something bigger, the album is quite unashamed and I'm proud of that. I got to work with great people like Gonzales who I clicked with immediately. He helped me to get back my focus for writing lyrics. I worked with Peter from Peter Bjorn and John- the Scandic have a great sense of humour so I hope that came across in the songs we did together. The album has taken a while and at times it was hard but it was never dull. Liam Howe ended up doing the production on most of the tracks. He is a big kid trapped in a mans body. We also clicked really quickly and he's very easy to work with.


SB: What happens next? More writing, recording, performing, etc...
CNBK: The warm up single One Eye Closed is out in the UK on Nov 8, then I go on a nation wide tour with Marina and the Diamonds. Then I do a few dates supporting Kele Okereke. Next single will be out after that then the album in Feb. 


SB: Quick questions: please pick one of the two options of eac

David Bowie or Giorgio Moroder

Basquiat or Warhol
Steak or Shrimp
NYC, London or Paris
Dying to go to NY, I just know I will love it. But for now gonna stay patriotic and say London.

8-Bit or Vocoder

ABBA or Adriano Celentano
Abba! Obv.

Lady Gaga or Coco Chanel
Damn, love them both but I'll say Coco Chanel.

Spring or Fall

High Fives or Thumbs Up
High Fives

Computer or TV

Radio or Record Player
Record Player
Champagne or Shots
Champagne schweedie.




mp3: CockNBullKid - Misery (Hercules and Love Affair Remix)

mp3: CockNBullKid - One Eye Closed (Aspirins For My Children Remix)





Beastly Bits #118

Today's going to be a busy one. Know how? I've already busted out 4 posts prior to the bits...which, generally speaking, is the initial post each and every day.




It ain't first, but it's still good...now excuse me, whilst I go wipe the sweat from my freneticishist typing fingers.



Arcade Fire announced they will stream their August 5 show at Madison Square Garden online. link


Shit Robot, the godfather of DFA Records, will be releasing his debut album on September 21. I've heard it and it's massive and you can have a remix of I Found Love from TBD. Yes.


Kele's US tour dates shifted. Get the new lot here.


Free Miss TK & The Revenge and Lemonade show with special Au Revoir Simone DJ set on July 27. RSVP here. Open bar from 9:00 - 10:30pm too.


Grace Potter & the Nocturnals unveil the official clip for Paris (Ooh La La). It's pretty sexy and I'm still 100% in love with this song. link


mp3: Shit Robot - I Found Love (TBD Remix)




Kele's Releasing Everything You Wanted as Next Single, and the Remixes are Ace

Just as that title expresses, Kele has marked his next single, and it's Everything You Wanted, from his fantastic debut album, The Boxer. The song follows Tenderoni, the first official single, and Rise and Walk Tall, two promotional outputs, as the singer's further foray into his solo career.



Everything You Wanted will see a proper release on August 16. In addition to the spectacular original cut, mixes come from some of the biggest names in the land of fixes including: RAC, Punks Jump Up, Fred Falke, Disco of Doom, DJ Mujava, Kutz and Max Tundra. So huge!


To celebrate, I'm hitting you with the Punks Jump Up mix, and you can grab a zip of the RAC, Disco of Doom and DJ Mujava edits here.


mp3: Kele - Everything You Wanted (Punks Jump Up Remix)




Beastly Bits #84

Getting an early start to the day...




...so I can jump out of work at a decent hour to go celebrate my sister's 30th birthday. Huzzah! She strays from twitter and ol' dat, but go check out her band, Colorform. Legit!



D'y'all catch Christina Aguilera singing You Lost Me from new album, Bionic, on American Idol last night? Million times better than any of the contestants...next, please. link


I'm obsessed with Mad Men after watching the first 3 seasons over the past few months. Christina Hendricks, aka Joan Holloway, will appear in the new Broken Bells video as a robot woman type. Awesome. link


PUNCHES remixed Kele's Tenderoni. Stop it. This is just too good, and it's free for you and me below. Also, if you want to remix the track, you can grab the stems here.


Our new pal, Mochi Beats, hooked us up with a fantastic new mix and mash after we complained about a lack of rad tunes flowing in. MB to the rescue with California Nightlife which tosses everyone together in fine fashion. Download it a touch lower.


Holy Fuck and Nice Nice play le poisson rouge tomorrow. You should undoubtedly try and attend. link


mp3: Mochi Beats - California Nightlife (Katy Perry x Cyndi Lauper x Huey x Laidback Luke x Colby ODonis)

mp3: Kele - Tenderoni (PUNCHES Remix)




Beastly Bits #76

In lieu of the proper bits today...


...here are some sweet sites you should make a part of your daily routine.




Nah Right


Pop Tarts Suck Toasted




Strangers in Stereo


mp3: Kele - Tenderoni (Larry Tee and Beckwith Remix) 

mp3: Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight (12th Canvas Dubrock Remixxx)



Jessica 6 to Open for Kele on July/August Tour

Sure I just posted about Kele earlier this morning. But then radness flowed in like a bolt of beastliness and there's more of the cool from Camp Okereke...along with the super chicness of NYC's own Jessica 6 in the form of tour dates together throughout the mid-summer months.



In support of Kele's upcoming album The Boxer, due out June 21, the lad will take his solo live show to North America with a number of stops which include the Brooklyn freestyle pop and dance-house trio serving as openers.


I'm still legitimately obsessed with their song Fun Girl, and only one question remains: "yo, when are we gonna hear new tunes?" Hopefully, the answer is soon.


In the meantime, check out the list of dates below.


July 23 - Metro, Chicago IL
July 24 - Varsity, Minneapolis MN
July 25 - Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
July 27 - Crofoot, Pontiac MI
July 29 - The Mod Club Theatre, Toronto ON
July 30 - Capital Music Hall, Ottawa ON, CA 
August 2 - Royale, Boston MA 
August 3 - Webster Hall, New York NY
August 6
- Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
August 7 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC



mp3: Jessica 6 - Fun Girl (Worldwarwalter Remix)


Stream 2 New Kele Songs (Rise and Walk Tall)

After the furious success of his first single, Tenderoni, Kele jumps back into the forefront of our musical pleasures by hosting streams of two new joints from his upcoming solo debut, The Boxer.




You can stream Rise and Walk Tall below. The first is a bit softer than his first offering and creates a euphoric state of his most yearning pleas. The latter draws on some militant chants and sees Okereke counting off his rules of being rad.


BONUS! Producer XXXChange, he of the work on first single Tenderoni, is also streaming his Dub Mix of the song.


So that's 3 hits of awesome to start your day. Thanks Kele.











Beastly Bits #68

Feeling like a milli bucks (ok, maybe only a hunny) after kicking most of these allergies to the trashy lil' curb, ya dig? Got some good stuff coming your way later today...


...so now we make a run through the gauntlet of bits.


School Of Seven Bells annouce UK dates and offer free download of Babelonia. link


Marina and the Diamonds set tour dates for the UK with pre-sale options. link


Pitchfork's got Kele's video for Tenderoni. link


Rusko's O.M.G. is out now. You should definitely buy it. link


DiscoDust debuted PUNCHES' original tune, Let Go. We can give it away now, so grab this slice of the rad for free below.


mp3: PUNCHES - Let Go



Kele - Tenderoni (debut single!)

Want to hear Kele's awesome new single, Tenderoni? BBC and NME Radio have gotten their first plays of it in the books this afternoon, and you can stream it below cause we're cool like that.



And after listening you'll understand why I've never liked Bloc Party. It's because this track is so good and Kele works wonders on his own. The band as a whole? They were boring.


That is all.


mp3: Bobby Brown - Tenderoni



Beastly Bits #51

Do you ever wake up from a dream and you find yourself singing a song as you arise? It's been happening a lot to me lately, and there are no complaints. So when we do wake up, we like to share what's got us night grooving.




And of course, all the tunes that are making us move during the day.


Charismatic Bloc Party frontman, Kele Okereke, announced that he'll be releasing a solo dance album, The Boxer. The 10 track project is slated for a UK release through Wichita/Polydor on the June 21. Track list and more info here.


Local Natives announced a summer NYC show on Governor's Island. Perfect, in case you missed snagging a ticket for their upcoming sold-out Bowery Ballroom gig in a month. Tickets for the August 7 show go on sale this Friday April 9 here.


Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill sit down and interview each other in the new MySpace feature, Artist on Artist. Check it out here.


Kelis hit up the Jimmy Kimmel Show last night and rocked the crowd with a live performance of Acapella. Watch the clip at this link.


A new Mr. Vega track hit us like a ton of the raddest bricks ever. Forgoing his signature sound, our pal pumps up the disco beat and has us making moves in the office this morning. Download I'm Crazy Baby for free below.


mp3: Mr. Vega - Im Crazy Baby


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