RDGLDGRN-Lootin' In London ft. Angel Haze (Video)

RDGLDGRN’s progression to international acclaim will be no surprise to frequent OTU readers, and the praise and co-signs keep on rolling in. With both Dave Grohl and Angel Haze featuring on this track’s audio, that’s only going to grow.

It’s another anthemic track from the trio, but one with a much moodier, more intense undercurrent that moves away from their more jovial, upbeat style. The instrumentation has an engulfing harshness, with the driving guitars taking the production somewhere between indie and heavy punk, whilst the comparatively slowed-down percussion adds a head-nodding hip-hop quality to prevents the track getting lost in the blistering guitars. Green’s raps are well-delivered again, taming a ferocious production with consumate ease, whilst the infectious hook anchors the track with its defiant, singalong nature. It’s a move into the motivational and rebellious side of the rock-rap style, a hybrid sound they can now claim to have delivered in several guises with skill and consistency.

Their long-term fans know they’ve got a great love for football, and they’ve incorporated that quite organically here. Featuring two opposing teams, the aggressive instrumentation and brash raps would suggest a violent confrontation brewing, and its fitting to instead see the clip conclude with a game of football between the two factions. Another potential radio favourite. Available now.

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RDGLDGRN, Pharrell and Dave Grohl In The Studio (Video)

In the near-4 year history of this site, I have never felt more personal pride about an act we’ve worked with as I have with these guys. Having supported them since our birth, I daresay we’ve become friends over the years, and that goes beyond common interests-it’s because they’re incredibly gifted, and have the right views and understandings of music. Now, they’re working with the likes of Pharrell and Dave Grohl, two of the most well-known names in worldwide music, and benefitting from global radio play and exposure. It goes to show that the dedication to their craft paid off, and it’s great to see such deserving guys get this kind of buzz.

It’s only the beginning, of course. One look at this video will tell you that they’re destined for even more, with both Grohl and Williams full of genuine praise for the trio, and it’s not only a superb insight into their influential opinions, but also on the collaborative processes that took place and the resulting products. Of course, the latter can be found on their EP, available now on iTunes, and be sure to catch the guys on tour out here in Europe next month.

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RDGLDGRN-Million Fans (Video)

A year ago we were in the basement making roughs of these songs that will be released tomorrow for the RED GOLD GREEN EP. Had no idea at the end of this whole year we would be lucky enough to have Dave Grohl play drums on the record, and have Pharrell co-produce a track with us.

There’s a good reason they featured at the top of my 13 for ’13: they go from strength to strength with every release. Here goes the trio’s latest video, and backed by the superb single they let loose just a short while ago, it’s a very enjoyable audiovisual.

A key component of their success thus far has been a willingness to let their personalities shine through on camera rather than attempting to create a false image. This clip’s got that aspect in abundance, with those bright red, gold and green colours bringing visual impact and positive connotations throughout, and working nicely with the trio’s range of shenanigans, from kicking a football around to being pixellated(!). The range of high-activity scenes and sharp cuts between them synergises well with the audio to capitalise on its inherent energy, whilst the use of multiple filters and shot styles adds the layer of professionalism to proceedings. It’s a visual with a good blend of fun, positivity and is complementary to the audio; essentially, highly replayable.

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RDGLDGRN-Million Fans

One of the easiest picks for my 13 for ’13 list, and they’ve justified that selection with the release of some brand new material, the first time since 2011′s I Love Lamp.

Taken from their debut EP, set for a 12th February release, this is our first listen of RDGLDGRN being backed by the legendary Dave Grohl on drums, and that’s precisely what you’re greeted with when you hit that play button. Crashing percussion turned right up, the song begins with an intensity that’s built on superbly with Green’s raps, a light dose of keys, and some thoroughly excellent guitar work from Red and Gold. The latter adds a fantastically attitudinal element to the track, and works in tandem with the drums to add an energy to the track that belies its relatively slow pace: it’s a watertight blend of hip-hop and rock that’s very, very difficult to get right but they’ve done just that. Though we’re longtime fans here at OTU of the band in their various iterations, I certainly didn’t expect this from them, and I’m more than pleasantly surprised with the output. Can’t wait to get this into my collection, and that EP can’t come soon enough.

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13 for '13

2013 v3(2)

Year after year, we change the format of the end-of-year OTU round-up (routine is boring), and this year I’ve opted for a forward-looking feature rather than reflecting on what was a rather disappointing year in the music world. Many are desperate to have their tastes for 2013 dictated to them by either the BBC Sound of 2013 or MTV’s Brand New for 2013, but the interesting thing is we’ve been championing some of the acts they’ve thrust upon you this past week for quite some time. The rest of them we probably don’t care about.

So, here’s a chance to get clued up with some genuine upcoming talents that I expect to release more fantastic material this year and break through that next barrier of success, whether it’s into mainstream consciousness or slightly wider underground appreciation. Note that I didn’t say commercial success. Whilst some will certainly find that and it is a facet of their potential growth this year, it’s far from essential, and each selection here deserves to be so on quality and potential more than anything. Regular reader or not, you’ll have heard of several of these selections before and be assured those acts are here on merit, not because a label asked us to do so; something the aforementioned 2013 ‘predictions’ from the mainstream outlets can’t honestly claim. Let’s go. → Continue Reading

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Since our inception in 2009, it’s been no secret that OTU’s favourite band were DC quartet The Five One. An eclectic band of diverse influences, they were a great embodiment of the OTU mentality and it’s a real shame to announce they are a four-piece no longer.

However, from the ashes of bad news rises RDGLDGRN (Red, Gold & Green), intent on continuing the band’s style and success with the release of their wonderfully-titled single. The track kicks off with an instantly-memorable guitar riff, followed by crashing percussion and melodic work from Green with a singing/rapping hybrid, the overall result being a heavier punk influence than The Five One’s material, without sacrificing the hip-hop sensibility. Regardless of influence, the track boasts energy and enthusiasm, all grounded in bittersweet lyricism for a combination likely to win over those disappointed by the aforementioned breakup.

The video involves ladies having a little fun playing, singing and dancing along to the audio, interspersed with performance and personality shots of the band for a solid video. Much more to come soon, and let’s see how this new project develops. Grab the track for free here.

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