quote:Series 51, Episode 4 of 6
Joining Jools for his musical buffet this week are north London's grunge shapeshifters Wolf Alice, with tracks from their new album Visions of a Life - the follow-up to their Mercury- and Grammy-nominated Top 10 debut My Love Is Cool. The band describe their new album, recorded in LA, as 'stylistically broad' because it flits between dreampop and rage-filled punk tracks featuring frontwoman Ellie Roswell's distinctive screaming vocal.
Also making a welcome return from Brooklyn with their first material in five years are indie rockers Grizzly Bear, with a number or two from their latest LP Painted Ruins, which sees the band move away from their dark, moody material for more pop-oriented stylings, demonstrated on their lead single Mourning Sound.
Making her debut on the show is America's breakthrough R&B singer Solana Rowe, aka SZA. Endorsed by the likes of Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar to name a few, and having co-written for pop royalty including Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, the singer from St Louis performs in her own right with intoxicating songs from her long-awaited debut album Ctrl.
Contrastingly, another debutant this week, but at the age of 62, most certainly not new to the game, is a true master of the hill country blues, RL Boyce. Bringing a flavour of the pure, distilled essence of the blues from the deep south to the Later studio, Boyce performs songs from his new album Roll and Tumble, which he wrote on his front porch in Como, Mississippi.
Also now added to the show are former members of The Beautiful South, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, who perform a couple of tracks from their third album together, Crooked Calypso, which reached number two in the album charts in July.
Completing the line-up is 23-year-old King Krule, who sometimes releases music under his birth name Archy Marshall. He makes his debut on the show and, along with his band, runs through a track or two from his upcoming new album The Ooz, including the track Dum Surfer, which continues his style of rusty-blues vocals with lyrics that evoke spooky and dark imagery, and certainly have no filter.
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quote:Episode 5 of 6
On this week's show, Welsh rockers Stereophonics, who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1997 debut album Word Gets Around, return with tracks from their tenth studio album Scream Above the Sounds, which frontman Kelly Jones has described as an anthemic record to mark this milestone.
New Orleans folk-blues band Hurray for the Riff Raff also perform, with tunes from their new, sixth album The Navigator. Led by frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra, their Americana sound paves the way for political anthems inspired by time living in New York and her Puerto Rican heritage.
Making his TV debut is California-born, Ghana-raised Moses Sumney, whose heavenly falsetto has already won the hearts of the likes of Beck and Solange Knowles. His much-anticipated debut Aromanticism, which has just been released, has been described as genre-defying and was written in a variety of places, from Montreal to a boat in Nicaragua.
Returning to the show is celebrated British guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson, who performs a track or two from his Acoustic Classics Vol II collection, which sees him revisit many of his songs in a stripped back and solo way.
Making her debut on the show is Japanese pianist extraordinaire Hiromi, who is known for her virtuosic technique and energetic live performances. Although she was classically trained, her introduction to jazz at an early age means her music and shows are a mix of musical styles and genres, and have seen her perform with the likes of Chick Corea.
Californian singer-songwriter Jake Smith, who goes by the moniker of The White Buffalo, plays a song or two from his sixth country-tinged rock LP Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights, and award-winning jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane returns to the show with songs from her third album Arise, which traces her musical heritage of the Caribbean and explores her take on the musical possibilities of British-Jamaican identity.
quote:Episode 6 of 6
On the last show of this series, which began with Liam Gallagher's solo debut, we welcome back Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, who debut songs from their new long-player Who Built the Moon? This new album, inspired by French psychedelic pop, is the follow-up to 2015's Chasing Yesterday.
Making her Later... debut is British-Albanian singer Dua Lipa, who performs a couple of songs from her Top 10 self-titled debut album. The new pop icon is riding high, having had huge success with her chart-topping summer anthem New Rules and attracting one of the biggest crowds at Glastonbury this June.
Also from Albania, and making their debut but with a completely different sound, are Saz'iso, a collection of southern Albania's finest folk musicians, who have been put together by legendary producer Joe Boyd and who offer a thrilling introduction to Saze, one of Europe's richest but most overlooked music genres. They perform tunes from their collection of mesmerizing arabesques and heartbreaking laments from the album At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song.
Making their TV debut is east London-based eight-piece Superorganism, whose members prefer to keep their identities anonymous and hail from many corners of the earth, having originally met on music forums years ago. With just a handful of songs released, this mysterious new band perform one or two of their catchy, hook-laden pop songs in their groundbreaking choreographed style, which has already got tongues wagging.
Returning to the show for the first time in 15 years is LA-based Aimee Mann, who has rightly been named one of the world's best living songwriters. She performs a couple of numbers from her latest and ninth solo record Mental Illness, which Mann describes as her 'saddest, slowest and most acoustic' album to date.
Having met on the show a year ago, the show's very own Jools Holland and music legend Jose Feliciano have teamed up to make the As You See Me Now album and give us a rare performance of You're So Cold, a duet between Jose and American chanteuse and film producer Rita Wilson.
And to close proceedings, we give a warm welcome to Malian husband-and-wife duo Amadou & Mariam, who return to the show with their first material in five years and perform a number or two from La Confusion, an album of synth-driven, shimmering and uplifting Afro-pop.
Jools Holland returns with a special celebration episode at London's Royal Albert Hall. With a variety of acts on the bill representing long-time show favourites alongside a handful of debuts - the very mix that has made Later's reputation for a quarter of a century - there is something for everyone.
They made their Later debut in 1997 and 20 years later, fresh from a sold-out O2 show, Foo Fighters combine songs from their ninth studio album Concrete and Gold with career classics. Paul Weller has seen his solo career go almost hand in hand with Later since his debut on the show in 1993 and performs acoustically with his band with songs ranging across his solo career, from Wild Wood to now. The original Celtic soul brother Van Morrison is on hand with numbers from his new Roll with the Punches long-player, and is joined by Chris Farlowe.
Dizzee Rascal has evolved from the grime underground into one of the UK's national treasures since debuting on Later in 2003, and plays one of his career bangers along with a track from his acclaimed comeback album Raskit. Twenty-year-old Brummie-cum-Londoner Jorja Smith makes her debut with a wise-beyond-her-years mix of hip hop and soul that has wooed the likes of Skepta and Drake. Gregory Porter is no stranger to the show, and performs with Jools, taking in the Nat King Cole songbook.
Fresh from collaborating with Gorillaz, the American-Colombian R'n'B bombshell Kali Uchis makes her Later debut, with songs from her eagerly anticipated second album. Previous Later performances from Camille have seen the French chanteuse scribble across her face and perform while lying on a rug, so anything is possible as she returns with songs from her latest album OUI.
Mali's Songhoy Blues will get everyone on their feet with funky choice cuts from their recent Resistance album. She famously made her TV debut on the show in 2004, and KT Tunstall reprises her Black Horse and the Cherry Tree at the Royal Albert Hall.
Since 1992, Later has hosted both legends and debutants, as well as bringing a whole range of music acts and performers to a wider audience, and after over 350 shows, it still continues to be the best showcase of live music on TV.
quote:Series 52 - Episode 2
Approaching their 30th anniversary are Manic Street Preachers, who come to the show with numbers from their new album Resistance is Futile. This new set sees them hark back to two of their most iconic albums, Everything Must Go and Generation Terrorists, for an ever vital and passionate collection.
Also adding to the Welsh flavour of proceedings is the TV debut of Cardiff's Boy Azooga, led by Davey Newington, whose influences include Black Sabbath and William Onyeabor. They showcase songs from their upcoming 1, 2 Kung Fu album. Also from Cardiff and making her TV debut is singer-songwriter Gwenno, who sits on the descriptive scale as a cross between Jane Birkin and Boards of Canada. Her new album Le Kov sees her singing in Cornish, which she was inspired to record due to a decision by the British government to cut funding towards the Cornish language in 2016.
Another debutante comes in the form of Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist of Haitian descent Melissa Laveaux, whose music has been described as a mix of roots, folk, and blues using her signature percussive finger-style guitar and soulful vocal stylings. New Hampshire singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne, whose bluesin' folk/soul blend tenor has seen him compared to both Otis Redding and The Band, performs a number from his brand new, seventh album Part of the Light.
Devon-based chart-topping singer-songwriter Ben Howard completes the bill, with selections from his first album in four years, Noonday Dream, which was recorded in both England and France.