London-based producer SBTRKT has been making electronica on a lap top for a decade. He is one of the up and coming British artists taking part in SXSW, the massive annual music event in Austin Texas that is now just as important for interactive digital technology. In Friday's Guardian SBTRKT discussed his creative world and how the latest developments in cloud technology and social networking have built him a whole new following: "I think Soundcloud has made a huge difference to me. Now there's very little income to be made from music, but in terms of interest and reaction, a relationship with your fans, it's completely unrivalled."
Through Soundcloud we are giving away 100 free downloads of the SBTRKT's outstanding remix of Portico Quartet's 'Line' , taken from the three-track EP of the same name.
In association with Amazon, Syriana are giving away a digital track from their new album 'The Road To Damascus'. 'Black Zil' will transport you to a unique place where ancient Middle Eastern civilisations blend with modern film noir atmosphere and surf guitars, encapsulating cinematic Cold War iconography.
This captivating track - a romantic, driving Arabic soundtrack with a touch of spy movie menace - can be downloaded free of charge for the next six weeks.
Following the success of last year's sell out concerts Peter Gabriel returns to the USA and Canada for a 12 date tour with the New Blood orchestra. On the last outing Gabriel redrew the works of Lou Reed, David Bowie, Radiohead....this time out he applies the orchestral makeover to his own back catalogue. The stunning musical backdrop leaves Gabriel's vocals centre-stage and bare, stripped of the usual rock'n'roll clothing, no loud guitars or booming drums to hide behind. Raw and soul-baring yet passionate and often joyous, Gabriel's classic songs here take new shape and extra meaning.
This tour is an opportunity to experience the reinvention of an iconic song selection - from Red Rain to San Jacinto, Digging in the Dirt to Don't Give Up - before the album release of 'New Blood' later this year.
"As Gabriel demonstrated so ably, there are places in the soul that electric guitar, bass and drums, for all their visceral excitement, still can't reach" - LA Times
Whilst in London this month, Aurelio featured as a guest on World Routes (BBC Radio 3) and The Strand (BBC World Service).
The World Routes show, presented by Lucy Duran, features an acoustic version of the track "Laru Beya" right at the beginning of the show. The interview and three other live tracks ("Mayahuaba", "Yange" and "Bisien Nu") are 32 mins into the show.
The Strand has an exclusive interview with Aurelio. To re-listen click on 'Chapter 4' at the bottom of the page. The show is available until the until 17th March.
You can listen to the shows again online by following the links below.
Peter and the New Blood Orchestra are performing at the Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of March, and the concert will be filmed in glorious 3D.
We have a pair of front row tickets to be won for each night which you can get your hands on by entering our competition.
But be quick - to be in with a chance of winning you must submit your answer to the multiple choice question by 12.00 GMT on Wednesday 16th March 2011. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see Peter perform classic songs from his repertoire with a 46-piece orchestra - guaranteed to be an intimate and captivating experience - and the first of Peter's shows to be filmed in 3D!
The winners will be contacted on Saturday the 19th March via email, as well as being announced by Peter himself in the next full moon video.
If you are not willing to take the risk, there are still a some tickets available for the shows via Ticketmaster.
Echoes - the daily two-hour music soundscape heard on America's Public Radio network is hosted by the legendary John Dilaberto. Today Echoes presents its International Women's Day selection which will include a seminal recording of the Real World artist Sheila Chandra. In 1993 John travelled to Shelia's home in Glastonbury in the West of England and recorded her singing tracks from her extraordinary album 'Weaving My Ancestor's Voices'. You can hear that intimate performance again on Echoes today - as Dilaberto says: "Just imagine me sitting four foot in front of that magic".
Listeners to BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends this week were momentarily transported away from an unseasonably cold March afternoon to Honduras' Caribbean shores. Guest performer, Aurelio, played the lovely Laru Beya (from his new album of the same name) which literally translates as "by the beach".
Listen again on the BBC iplayer and you'll hear why! Aurelio and fellow musician Carlos Castillo perform about 12:35 into the programme.
Sample some of these ferociously funky Ethiopian tunes, and you'll feel like you're in a blue taxi going at full speed with no brakes during rush hour in Addis Ababa! Then there's a traditional solo, a touch of ethereal roots music, topped off with a glorious treatment of the reggae classic, Uptown Top Ranking - Dub Colossus style.
Rockers Meet Addis Uptown is a 5-track limited edition EP released in advance of Dub Colossus' much anticipated second album, Addis Through The Looking Glass - coming at the end of April.
New Morning in central Paris was the packed venue for the launch of two Real World artists. On March 2 journalists, concert bookers and new fans were charmed and delighted by the charismatic Aurelio with an acoustic set, followed by the stunning energy and joyous impact of the 10 piece Creole Choir.