New composition work - WALI short film, 5* David Reviews

Delighted to share our new composition work for the short documentary film WALI. A story of superhuman courage, willpower and overcoming a life changing injury.

Whilst working as an interpreter for the British Army in his home country of Aghanistan, Wali Noori was involved in a Taliban ambush and suffered serious injuries as well as the loss of his sight.  'Wali' tells his story and how he found inspiration and healing through sport.

It was a pleasure to write and produce the score for this inspiring film.

DIRECTED BY DUNCAN NICHOLLS & TOBIAS JAMES
PRODUCED BY GOOD PLANETS
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY CHRIS DODDS
FOCUS PULLER & DRONE PILOT JONNY ISELI
CAMERA ASSISTANT & BTS PHOTOGRAPHER: OLLIE JARMAN
EDITOR: TOBIAS JAMES
COLOURIST: MATT TURNER @ ABSOLUTE POST
POST PRODUCER: MATT SUPERSAD @ ABSOLUTE POST
ORIGINAL SCORE BY DAN DUNBAR
SOUND DESIGNER: ENOS DESJARDINS
POSTER DESIGN BY WAYNE HANNON

Friendly Fires, Roundhouse, October 2019

FRIENDLY FIRES

Friendly Fires! It's all in the hips.

WALI Cinema Screening, London 17.10.19

We are thrilled to have composed and produced the score for inspiring short film, WALI - A story of superhuman courage, willpower and the true power of sport.

 

Directed and produced by Duncan Nicholls & Tobias James with Cinematography from Chris Dodds DOP. 

 

Excited to see it up on the big screen at the premier at Genesis Cinema E1.  

Madeon at Heaven, October 2019

MADEON

Epic set from Madeon.

New work for Kinder

"All Eyes On Me" by Pigeon John is the soundtrack to the new Kinder "Dino boy" spot by Krow Communications. Track sourced and licensed by us.

WHAT'S YOUR MONDAY MOOD?

New work for McDonald's

New music supervision work for McDonald's, soundtracked the Glenn Medeiros 80s classic "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You", sourced and licensed by us.

Sigur Ros Liminal Soundbath at Hyde Park, July 2019

SIGUR ROS PRESENTS LIMINAL

Enjoying some open air multi-sensory magic from Sigur Ros's ambient music arm, Liminal.

Music supervision work for DFS' 50th anniversary.

Super proud to share our new work for DFS from our friends ar Krow and Aardman, soundtracked by Lucky Elephant's "Lucky Elephant".  The 42nd DFS campaign we've sourced and licensed music for!

To mark the mid-point of the year we made a little Interludes playlist, perfect for taking 15 minutes out of the day.

Louis Cole at Heaven, May 2019

LOUIS COLE

Louis Cole bringing the funk to London.  Loads of great tracks & videos on his youtube channel.

Music supervision work for McDonald's.

We had the pleasure of sourcing the Soul II Soul classic "Back To Life" for McDonald's breakfast campaign. It's 30 years ago that the track first topped the UK charts!

The Great Escape, Brighton, May 2019

THE GREAT ESCAPE

We had a fine time at this year's Great Escape Festival in Brighton, enjoying loads of new music and great artists, a few highlights of which are above, with an amazing set from Rina Mushonga the pick of the bunch.

Hot Chip at Village Underground, April 2019

HOT CHIP

Incredible Hot Chip gig, highlights included an great cover of Beastie Boys 'Sabotage' that went down a storm and sublime new track 'Spell' which we can't wait to hear again when the new album is released in June.  In the meantime we're loving the video for new single 'Hungry Child'.  

Check out our playlist in honour of Piano Day.  Exactly 88 minutes of piano led tracks to celebrate the 88 keys on a piano, on the 88th day of the year...

Cracking new Louis Cole track...

The Cinematic Orchestra at Roundhouse, March 2019

THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA

The Cinematic Orchestra return to mark the release of their first studio album in over a decade.

Music supervision work for BT.

We sourced "Clint Eastwood" by Gorillaz to soundtrack BT's biggest ever multi-channel broadband campaign, which was created by AMV BBDO and directed by Fredrik Bond and picked up 5-Star reviews on David Reviews & The Drum. 

Check out what we're listening to on our daily updated playlist.

2018 playlist, featuring exactly 2018 seconds of some of our favourite tracks of the year.

2019 playlist, featuring exactly 2019 seconds of new tracks and tips for this year.

Half a dozen new and new-ish tracks to kick off the New Year...

Merry Christmas! 

As the battle for Christmas Number 1 hots up, we look back at the (not so) forgotten Christmas number 2's over the years, with a playlist of ubiquitous Christmas classics, party tunes and forgotten gems from Wham to Bill Haley with a bit of Vanilla Ice in between!

ARTIST PLAYLIST: REMINGTON SUPER 60

We ask our collaborators, favourite artists and composers to share some of the music that they are currently enjoying and here is Norwegian indie pop band Remington Super 60's offering.

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Remington super 60 was founded in late 1998 by Norwegian producer & songwriter Christoffer Schou, the band has had different members over the years (Magnus Abelsen, Benedicte Sveinsson, Elisabeth Thorsen among others).  They have had many releases over the years on various indie labels around the world as well as being featured on numerous compilation albums.

They have always had a love for doing winter/Christmas songsonce in a while, with titles such as “Here Comes Christmas”, “Christmas Song for Mel”, “Another Christmas Song” – the list goes on.
 

As so, it’s no wonder that they release one in this, their 20th year.

Although it is titled “A Winter Song”, it should also work around the Christmas tree. Inspired by bands such as The Free Design, High Llamas, Stereolab, etc., this is a lovely song about how sad it is that the snow always seems to disappear with the rain (at least in Norway), and that it would be better if it just fell down and stayed.

 

The track was released digitally on 3rd December and you can check it out right here 👇
 

Friendly Fires at Oval Space, November 2018

FRIENDLY FIRES

So good to see Friendly Fires back in action, with a truly euphoric set and an abundance of energy and fine moves.  Can't wait for the new album.  In the meantime yet another great video, for their latest single "Heaven Let Me In". 

Music supervision work for Amazon.

Tasked with finding 'Dad's favourite song' for Amazon, we sourced "Ooh La La" by The Faces.

Parcels at Roundhouse, November 2018

Super tight playing, finely crafted disco from Kitsuné's Australian via Berlin band Parcels, channelling the likes of Chic and the collaborators on their 2017 single "Overnight", Daft Punk. Great debut album, great artwork and great video for latest single "Withorwithout" starring Milla Jovovich.

PARCELS

Super tight playing, finely crafted disco from Kitsuné's Australian via Berlin band Parcels, channelling the likes of Chic and the collaborators on their 2017 single "Overnight", Daft Punk. Great debut album, great artwork and great video for latest single "Withorwithout" starring Milla Jovovich.

ARTIST PLAYLIST: JAMES YUILL

We ask our collaborators, favourite artists and composers to share some of the music that they are currently enjoying and here is James Yuill's offering.

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Specialising in audio forensics at university, James Yuill’s experience in the analysis and evaluation of sound as criminal evidence for the legal system means that when it comes to his own music Yuill’s studio is a lab where sonic chemistry happens; a fragment is catalysed by an idea, which reacts with a refrain, crystallising into the final product bringing about a change in state. 

A Change In State, the fourth album by James Yuill, is that crystallisation. It is the sound of a unique artist who can take his influences: Nirvana, Nick Drake, Justice or Aphex Twin and distil the energy of folk and electronica, rock and beats into a warm and responsive entity. 

Best known for his one-man, electro-folk shows, Yuill has toured around the world alongside Phoenix, Hot Chip, Royksopp and M83, to name a few. James’ music has been featured on Gray’s Anatomy, Scrubs, One Tree Hill, The Inbetweeners and Pretty Little Liars. He also wrote the music and starred in his own Guinness Christmas advert. With support from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank, along with BBC 6Music’s Radcliffe and Maconie and Steve Lamacq, and consistent love from Absolute and XFM. 

This album literally came to life with the birth of Yuill’s first child. Intending to break from song writing, James started to sell off the equipment in his Hackney studio readying himself to welcome his infant into the world but much like newborns. That last song refused to rest and instead it became the first of many, which now make up this explorative and textured album, A Change In State

With such broad ranging musical influences, training in really listening and the seismic effects of parenthood all in the mix meant it was inevitable that this record would be a rare kind of alchemy. Opening track, Cashews welcomes the listener into the ten-track adventure. Back To The Sun emerged from the dream-like twilight reflections new parents almost touch when night-time moments retreat back into the shadows with the first glimpse of dawn. Standouts include A Careless Anon and Hot Damn that effortlessly play into new single Fire Breathing. Taking on a life of its own and refusing to be an intended melancholy, acoustic affair, instead it morphed into a thumping, bass heavy monster. Contrasting effortlessly with Two Faces and closing the record, with the sound of life springing into the universe, is Primal Yell. 

 

Yuill says, “I found that by taking things 'out of the box', I was able to bring in not just other sounds, but other spaces... I realised how many songs on the album refer to flames, fire, warmth or sources of heat. This title, ties that together, the change in atoms when moving through states; they start off close together and then as they become more excited, they move further apart.” 

A Change In State, the new album by James Yuill, magical moments where solids turn to liquids and then gasses and energies transform.

benny blanco and co dancing.

Another great Jake Schreier video.  Anything with Francis & The Lights in it is always worth a watch. Good to hear Calvin Harris singing again too.

Music supervision work for McDonald's.

Lovely new McDonald's work from our friends at Leo Burnett London.  We sourced and licensed the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'" for this spot celebrating the hard work of British and Irish farmers, directed by Vince Squibb.

Novo Amor album launch showcase  at OMEARA, October 2018

NOVO AMOR

Showcase for the launch of Novo Amor's stunning new album "Birthplace".  Lovely venue and some great stage patter to boot.  

DFS The Cosy Season

Huge congratulations to our friends at DFS and krow communications for scooping Gold at the IPA Effectiveness Awards.  We're very proud to have provided music for their campaigns for over 10 years, a recent example of which can be seen above.  We sourced and licensed "Somewhere Nicer" by Obi.

Vulfpeck at Brixton Academy, October 2018

VULFPECK

Proper funk and pure joy from Vulfpeck with the phenomenal game winner Joey Dosik in support. 

Check out a taste of what to expect from the new album here >

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