Discovery 2 Preview with Elle Exxe, Fjokra, Fragile Souls, Jordan Allen and Rachael Sage
February’s Discovery 2 showcase has an explosive lineup! The extraordinary Elle Exxe headlines with her brand of “dirty pop”. Fjokra returns to Discovery with his collage of genre-mashing music. Fragile Souls make their debut at Discovery bringing their mesmerizing blues rock. They are about to release a new single called “Devil Sun” and you’ll hear it live at Discovery first! Jordan Allen, another first timer at Discovery, has been described as, “Manchester’s answer to Jake Bug”. Opening the show is the fabulously entertaining American multi-instrumentalist Rachael Sage. And as usual, you can expect our resident DJ Delphi will be spinning some epic tunes throughout the night.
Check out our preview podcast now with gig promoters Alex, Umong along with Justin Wayne who will be discussing and playing tracks from each artist.
- Date: Thursday 26th February, 2015
- Doors: 7.30pm Show starts: 8.00pm
- Venue: 229 The Venue , 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN
- Tube: Great Portland Street
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- Tickets: adv £7, door £10
More about the artists
Elle Exxe (pronounced L.X.) describes herself as an explosion. After amassing well over 1mil YouTube hits, regular shout outs on one of the worlds biggest blogs PerezHilton.com and reaching the coveted top spots on the Hype Machine charts with her last single “Dirty Beat (Kat Krazy Remix)”, the artist formerly known as Harrison made the shock decision to set the counters back to zero and refresh as Elle Exxe. Starting from scratch may sound hard for some, but within a month of launching as Elle Exxe, she had shared a stage with acts like Professor Green, Jess Glynn and MNEK at Westfield London’s Music Cube (sponsored by Kiss FM & Sennheiser). She has new music ready for release in 2015 both self-produced and cowritten with the likes of Kevin Hastings (Rihanna, Lady GaGa), Jon Castelli(Jason Derulo, Gotye). Her style takes the best from hip-hop to rock but lands firm in the dirty pop arena.
“WHAT a voice!” – Ally McCrae (BBC R1)
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Linda Harrison – Alex Baker (Kerrang! radio)
“The most talented lady I have ever met…This is what I have been waiting for!” – Frankmusik (UK producer/artist)
“Fiona Apple meets Kate Bush….Gonna be a smash!” – Perez Hilton
Fjokra and his eponymous band have gained a reputation for exhibiting a uniquely bizarre and energetic live show that ‘combines near-minimalistic, lo-fi electro-pop with retro swing, metal and occasional epic Muse-like explosions’ (Time Out). Gracing the stages at Isle Of Wight Festival, Beach Break Festival, Shambala, Boomtown and Liverpool Sound City, Fjokra was also hand picked by Adam Ant as support for his London show in November 2014.
During the summer of 2014 Fjokra worked with director Catherine Hardwicke on her latest film Miss You Already starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper and Paddy Considine. Fjokra and his band feature in a concert scene performing one of his own compositions and also plays the part of Dominic Cooper’s best friend throughout the film. Miss You Already is scheduled for international release in 2015.
“I want to recommend something new to iTunes this week, a very exciting new band..Fjokra” – John Taylor, Duran Duran.
“Im going to have to go and lie down in a darkened room after playing that”. – Gary Crowley, BBC Radio London on playing Infinite Loops
“Sex music for metallers” – Peanut Baines, Kaiser Chiefs
“The ever impossible to pigeon-hole Fjokra with the musical masterpiece that is Slyrex.” – Peter Donaldson, Absolute Radio
Fragile Souls are ready to bring 21st century porch blues to a time where music is lacking something fresh, with one foot firmly planted in electronica and the other foot in chain gang blues an integral sound that has brought the two hues together as one genre. The Fragile Souls take pride in giving the listener a visual experience; their tracks evoke the primal gift of dance and the deep dream like trance of a movie soundtrack “Devil Sun” Fragile Souls’s next single launches on 3rd March. Alongside the releases will be be two alternative mixes thanks to their friends at Quote Records. This showcase is being used to platform the release.
“ unique with its unusual combination of components (which), through the beauty of music they produce a canny beat and work perfectly together.” Gigslutz review.
“Music when it hits you, it hits you hard – here is Fragile Souls Devils Sun” – Huey Lewis – BBC Radio 2
“Bolton songwriter Jordan Allen has been simultaneously blessed and cursed by the label “Manchester’s Answer to Jake Bugg” – but he’s so much better than that. This fierce, feisty debut single has a tough energy that owes far more to The Hives or Arctic Monkeys – and carries off the kind of swagger and attitude that young Jake can only dream of. Sharp lyrics, great attitude and a seemingly unstoppable momentum behind him – what’s not to like?” Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music Introducing.
“It would be easy, but lazy, to describe Jordan Allen as the half-way point between Alex Turner and Jake Bugg. That said, fans of Arctic Monkeys and Bugg will most likely find something in Allen’s songs of Northern accented dark nights and sharp lyrics that they approve of. Unsigned – but probably not for long!” – Fred Perry Subculture
“Intelligent, articulate lyrics laced with an ascerbic wit observing people and situations around them married to robust tunes that already show a rich diversity of sound.” – Even The Stars
New Yorker, Rachael Sage combines music with between-song banter, which The New York Times dubbed Sage’s “inner Fanny Brice”, and “Jewish Norah Jones”—even going so far as to call her a comedienne.
A soulful vocalist, innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer. Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, Europe and Asia.
Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Colin Hay, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received numerous songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and several Independent Music Awards. Her songs have appeared on MTV, HBO, the “Fame” soundtrack, and in the current season of Lifetime’s #1 reality series, “Dance Moms”
“One part Elton John, one part Kate Bush.” — Uncut
“Her keen ironic sense of humor and quirky sense of the profound is what makes her special as a songwriter” — billboard.com