Friday, November 4
Cutting Room – New York, NY
Kensington is shooting its way up the consciousness of Dutch audiences and now Zip Records in the US gets in on the action. Following up on their hit single “Youth,” Kensington upped that success with the 2011 single release of “Let Go” and their debut album “Borders.”
“Borders” was recorded in Kaiser Chiefs’ studio in Leeds, UK and was mastered by John Davis (U2, Arctic Monkeys, Snow Patrol). Sharing the stage with the likes of Razorlight, My Chemical Romance and The Wombats, Kensington are off and running.
After playing the Eurosonic/Noorderslag festival in January 2011, things started rolling fast for Kensington. Popular music magazine OOR commented that month; “Kensington [is] one of the best bands of the Netherlands.” The band has sold out high profile venues such as Paradiso (Amsterdam), Rotown (Rotterdam) and Tivoli (Utrecht), and a concert review by 3VOOR12 (leading online music magazine) explicitly endorsed the band’s material as befitting “international standards.”
With their latest single Let Go, which was recorded in Berlin and mastered in New York, the band’s ascent continues. Radio 3FM (one of the largest Dutch radio stations) started playing the song the day after the band returned from the studio and the song quickly reached ‘3FM Megahit’ status, resulting in heavy airplay.
A new headlining tour is now set, along with a long list of summer festivals. Furthermore, the band was nominated for ‘Best newcomer’ at the 3FM Awards 2011. In two years time, Kensington has established themselves in the Dutch music scene and in October of 2011 the Kensington album “Borders” will be released in the US on Zip Records. A series of shows in the US is being scheduled in conjunction with the mid October release date.
Everybody knows the famous phrase – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Superman! But in this case we’ll say: Is it a singer? Is it an actress? Is it a tv-personality? Yes, it’s a superwoman named Birgit!
Birgit played the female leading role of a Chinese acrobat in the remake of a Dutch classic knights tale called “Floris – the movie”, a priority release in the Holiday season of 2004. And yeah, she co-hosted the weekly “Countdown” chart show on commercial TV outlet Veronica. She lends her voice to numerous major cartoon-series: “Sponge Bob The Movie,” “My Dad is a Rockstar”, “Ice Age” and so on. She starred in a popular Dutch television series about sex and relationships. On stage she played a tough girl in a Dutch box office hit musical.
As if that isn’t enough she also starred in David Mamet’s stageplay “Sexual Perversity”. Okay, we’ve proved our point that Birgit is a most versatile artist… but we’re just warming up!
Birgit’s exciting new music album is what we want to talk about here:
True Stories I Made Up, a BirgitMusic production, licensed by Zip Records, is quite different from her previous album (released in the Netherlands). Pop songs with a clear verse-chorus-verse structure, like her hit singles from the past (“A Little Famous”, “I Know” and “Few Like You”) have remained. But that’s about the sole similarity between this album and her successful debut album, “Few Like Me” (Virgin Records, 2001).
On True Stories I Made Up Birgit is confidently steering into another direction, without loosing hit potential. Tough, self-confident songs go hand in hand with Birgit’s more personal, intimate style. Her new sound? A mixture of Gwen Stefani, Blondie, Kate Bush and Dido. Listen to the irresistible track Not Just Anyone and first single Guniang, and you’ll surely catch our drift.
This album, her USA debut, more or less documents Birgit’s personal history of the last two years. She likes to describe her new album as a tasty little bag full of candy in different flavours. Some sweet, some sour, some bitter and definitely some spicy and salty ones. True Stories I Made Up sounds like Birgit growing up in public. The girl and her music have both matured considerably. She gives us something to dance and shake our heads to but we’re also given some slow, soulful songs such as Sleeping Pill and her painfully beautiful cover of Wuthering Heights . Those who care to listen to the lyrics in between all the dancing will appreciate the feelings.
The songs on True Stories I Made Up will stick with you for a long time. And so will Birgit.
Nicole Bus is a soulful singer-songwriter with a raw and authentic sound. At age eleven Nicole started writing and composing her own songs. Her music is a presentation of her believes and deepest felt emotions. Compassionate and nurturing her music manages to empower and comfort. Even though she is still considered new to the scene she has already familiarized herself with the art of performing on stage as well as in churches.
In 2006 she performed as opening act for the American gospel singer Canton Jones.
As part of a singer-songwriter tour in 2008 she went to Israel, Palestine and Nicaragua. In Nicaragua she joined a group of the country’s most acclaimed female musicians (Gaby Baca, Katia Cardenal and Clara Grun, among others) as part of the second Encuentro Internacional de Cantautoras (International Gathering of Female Singer/Songwriters). These experiences contributed in shaping her into the artist she is today.
Wherever Nicole appears, success is sure to follow. Her impressive voice, warm radiance and powerful message, won the Gospel Challenge in 2009 a big competition in the Dutch gospel scene. With the confidence and allure of a seasoned artist she opened the Gospel festival in Paradiso, singing the winning song Jerusalem.
2010 was a very busy and rewarding year, having been hailed as one of the best acts performing at the XNOIZZ Flevo Festival and releasing her Dutch gospel EP “U alleen” in collaboration with Dreamstudioz. Later this year she returned to Israel in participation with the tv show, “Op zoek naar God”, a tv show where she was a guide for another Dutch artist on a personal quest to find God.
Recently Nicole finished a tailor made training program called ‘Harvest Me’ organized by De Nieuwe Oogst led by Tasha’s World. At the end of this program all the participating artists had the opportunity to present themselves in an unique showcase at the new Dutch music conference Buma Rotterdam Beats to a panel of judges from a varying range of international music institutions (universal music GB, warner/ chappell music NL, badboy records US). All the judges present were awestruck by Nicoles performance and praised her uk/us sound.
After opening the gospel festival in Paradiso in 2009, she returned saturday the 11th of December 2010 to win the 25th anniversary edition of Holland’s longest running music competition “De Grote Prijs van Nederland”, which was the launching point for many of Hollands major artists.CGNY