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Thursday, 09 December 2010 17:11

Bottletop Collects Stars For Charity SupergroupBottletop's all star supergroup The Bottletop Band is officially launched tomorrow, and the band's debut single called "The Fall of Rome" is available for free download at Soundcloud. The single is the first taste of an album by a star studded musical collective that includes Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Drew McConnell (Babyshambles), Carl Barat (Libertines), Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Money Mark, VV Brown, Sam Sparro, Fink, Reverend and The Makers, Eliza Doolittle, and Tim Burgess. Founded in 2002, Bottletop's objective is to empower young people and alleviate poverty by generating skills and employment through fashion, music, and art.

The announcement was made earlier today on Bottletop's Facebook page.

Further details can be found on the band's website, which is currently still under construction.

“The Fall of Rome” is the first single from the album Dream Service and can also be downloaded by clicking on the banner in the header on the home page. "An early Christmas gift from us," the band states on the website. Listen to "The Fall of Rome" here.

Videos of the making of the album and an exclusive behind the scenes footage of the recording of “The Fall of Rome” can be viewed here and here .

Bottletop Collects Stars For Charity SupergroupThe Bottletop Band is a cross-pollination of the sounds and stars of Brazilian music with a host of like-minded British musicians. In 2008 Bottletop approached the UK clothing brand Fenchurch with the idea of an interchangeable lineup of leading musicians collaborating on either side of the continent, with the aim of producing a groundbreaking cross-cultural record in support of Bottletop. Bottletop set up recording sessions at Dean Street Studios in Soho with a wide variety of musicians to record a selection of ideas together under the stewardship of producer Jagz Kooner.

The loops and live jams were then sent across to Rio de Janeiro for local artists to add their ideas. From here, the first Bottletop Band record was born. The tracks were sent back and forth between the two countries, in a flurry of studio sessions with a host of singers, bands and session musicians until eventually resting with super producer Mario C Jr, in LA, having overseen the entire project, as he eventually pieced together the final material and mixed the tracks to create the full 10 track album Dream Service.

The Bottletop Band is a means of raising funds and awareness through credible musical collaborations and is the latest musical initiative pioneered by the charity – it follows in the wake of the hugely successful Sound Affects album series. The first release, Africa was comprised of rare afrobeat remixed by Paul Oakenfold and Quantic amongst others. The follow-up Brazil includes exclusive remixes by Fatboy Slim and Jazzanova, and garnered praise from The Independent, Bob Geldof, and Michael Eavis.

Bottletop supports grass roots education projects, empowering young people to take control of their lives. "We support initiatives in Brazil, Malawi, Rwanda, Mozambique, and the UK, addressing key issues such as sexual and reproductive health, substance abuse, and gender equality."

Bottletop also designs and produces ethically sourced and environmentally friendly fashion products, generating employment in Salvador, Brazil, where they produce products which are retailed across Europe. Well-known fans of Bottletop accessories include Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, Annie Lennox, and Rachel Weisz.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 December 2010 20:33
 

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Following rumors that the band would headline Glastonbury last summer, Pulp has confirmed that it shall reform for 2011 festival dates. The dates will include the Primavera Sound in Barcelona in May and the Wireless Festival at London's Hyde Park in July. It will be the first time the band has played a festival since announcing an "indefinite hiatus" in 2002.

Pulp's most stable and successful line-up consisted of Jarvis Cocker (vocals), Mark Webber (guitar), Russell Senior (guitar), Steve Mackey (bass), Candida Doyle (keyboard), and Nick Bands (drums). This line-up last shared a stage together in 1996. "Pulp have decided to get together and play some concerts next summer. The shows will involve all the original members of the band and they will be playing songs from all periods of their career. (Yes, that means they'll be playing your favourites)," the band's statement said. "In the meantime, ask yourself this: 'Do You Remember The First Time?' Thank you for your attention."

Cocker previously fueled rumors of a Glastonbury 2010 reunion in an interview with the People in 2009. "Glastonbury means an awful lot to me, I would love to play there again. We've talked about it, there we go, there'll be a band reunion," Cocker said.

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