Tag: UK

Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

What do you do when you graduate Unversity? Grow up? Get a proper job? Put the drums in the loft and leave the guitar to gather dust in the corner? Not necessarily… As actor Jim Carrey remarked, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”, so Brighton-based […]

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DIDI – “Sorry” (single premiere)

DIDI – “Sorry” (single premiere)

In the music industry, the dividing line between those behind the mixing desk and those behind the mike can seem like the boundary between two nations. Different cultures, different personalities, even different languages. The divide is gendered, too, with far fewer women in the engineering and producing space, so a successful female producer who transitions to performer is bound to […]

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Johnno Casson aka Snippet – ‘Future Melancholy Pop Music’ (album review)

Johnno Casson aka Snippet – ‘Future Melancholy Pop Music’ (album review)

Acquiring the title of “National Treasure” can be a double-edged sword. A bit like a Lifetime Achievement Award, it implies that the best is in the past. But when it is offered with the respect and affection of BBC veteran music presenter Tom Robinson, it’s an accolade any musician would be proud to accept. Enter Johnno Casson, aka Snippet and […]

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Debs McCoy – ‘For David’

Debs McCoy – ‘For David’

There are many reasons why musicians are moved to write and record. Creating art comes from the heart, the soul, and the moment of inspiration. Often it can be a way to release emotion and express meaning beyond words. This collection of piano-led pieces, brought together by composer Debs McCoy in her album, For David, emerged when her dear friend […]

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Kate Dimbleby – “Songbirds”

Kate Dimbleby – “Songbirds”

Think of a capella music and you may well bring to mind Pitch Perfect, The Flying Pickets or The Roches. What you won’t expect is the complex variation provided by singer-songwriter Kate Dimbleby in Songbirds. Whilst this is her sixth studio album, it’s the first that she considers to be truly herself – “Everything laid bare.” Songbirds is the product of […]

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Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Received with critical acclaim, Albert Man‘s 2016 album, Cheap Suit, placed him at the forefront of London’s gig circuit and generated praise from the BBC Radio’s Head of Music. We also gave it an in-depth review along with an interview with the man himelf, so we’ve been eagerly awaiting his next release. It comes in the shape of an EP, […]

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Tourists – “Masquerade” (single premiere)

Tourists – “Masquerade” (single premiere)

UK band Tourists may well look back on 2016 as their breakthrough year, achieving acclaim from influential tastemakers (like us!), radio airplay and stage-space to showcase their music. So the pressure is on to maintain the momentum in 2017. Less than a month into the New Year, Tourists are claiming 2017’s dream-pop zone with “Masquerade”, a six-and-a-half minute, atmospheric epic […]

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Mary-Jess – “Prayer To A Snowflake”

Mary-Jess – “Prayer To A Snowflake”

At this time of year, it’s easy to write off music as tacky or overly-sentimental, especially when the shops are blasting out Slade and Chris de Burgh as though there’s been nothing new since the 70s. Thankfully, in Prayer To A Snowflake, UK-based, classical-crossover artist Mary-Jess has released an album that cuts through the cynicism and provides a perfect selection […]

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The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

Rock and Roll may be a universal language, but there is a distinctly French flavour to The Black Leaders. Formed in Rennes in 2014, the band released their first album My Best Friend in 2015. Their follow-up, Take It Easy, reflects a journey between France and the UK with vocalist Marie Guyottot delivering tones of a chanteuse against raw rock […]

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Bethan Lees – “Ships”

Bethan Lees – “Ships”

Moving from backstage into the spotlight, the stuff of many a Hollywood plot line, is the real-life story of Bethan Lees. Whether as a dance teacher or stage manager, Lees has been absorbing new music on the festival circuit and at various open mic nights, where she would occasionally step forward with her own performance. Coming from a musical family […]

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Mariam – “Heart To Heart”

Mariam – “Heart To Heart”

Need a bit of upbeat, atmospheric soul-pop to raise the spirits? Look no further than Heart to Heart, the debut EP from South-London based singer-songwriter Mariam. Crediting her ability to tell stories through songs from her Nigerian heritage, Mariam has been a feature of London’s underground/indie circuit since 2011, entertaining audiences with her voice and her guitar “Pearl”. Although this […]

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Belly of Paris – “Peste”

Belly of Paris – “Peste”

Belly of Paris may well be the ultimate international collective. Based in Bahrain and bringing together musicians from India, Argentina, Palestine, Hungary, UK, and Bahrain (of course), the band takes its name from a book by French novelist Emile Zola. Frontman and founder Daniel Cochran admits to a fondness for great French novelists, describing Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo as […]

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Sera – “Rocks!”

Sera – “Rocks!”

Fans of folk music will probably be familiar with Folkstock Records, a prolific boutique label well known for championing new, acoustic folk and roots music. We’ve come to expect excellence from them, but rock? That would be unexpected. Expect the unexpected. Following the release of her fourth album, Little Girl, Welsh singer-songwriter Sera selected a handful of tracks with a […]

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Gengahr – “A Dream Outside”

Gengahr – “A Dream Outside”

Ever since we heard the first few tracks from their She’s A Witch EP, including the stellar track “Haunter” and then the first single, “She’s A Witch”, we took notice and realized Gengahr is a band to watch. They have now released their debut album, A Dream Outside. We take a listen to the new album and share our thoughts. […]

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Grasscut – “Fallswater”

Grasscut – “Fallswater”

Grasscut is a duo that is creating mesmerizing and captivating compositions. The duo is comprised of Andrew Phillips and Marcus O’Dair.  “Fallswater” is the one of the tracks from their most recent release Everyone Was A Bird that came out last month. For the new album, each track will have an accompanying video/film that will also be played at each live show. […]

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Video: Frank Turner – “The Next Storm”

Video: Frank Turner – “The Next Storm”

Frank Turner’s unique brand of folk music crossed with punk rock has gained a sizable following over the last few years. His last album, Tape Deck Heart was a best seller, and he’s sold out huge venues throughout Europe and the US. His upcoming record, Positive Songs For Negative People will be released on August 7th. This week, he’s sharing a video […]

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Tony Volker – Break and Reshape EP

Tony Volker – Break and Reshape EP

Yesterday, UK producer and songwriter Tony Volker released Break and Reshape.  Volker’s music is influenced by a few different forces, citing John Hopkins and Thom Yorke as inspiration.  It’s really hard to tie Volker’s music down to a specific formula, which makes Break and Reshape one of the most varied listens of the year, despite only having five tracks. The […]

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AZEKEL – “Mad About the Boy”

AZEKEL – “Mad About the Boy”

AZEKEL is from the UK and is creating some infectious electro R&B tracks. “Mad About The Boy” is a brand new track off of the upcoming release Raw, Vol. 1 which will be out on Thunderlighting Recordings July 12. Pronounced ay-ze-ke-el, this Londoner not only has talent in the production/beats department but also with his soulful and lucious voice. We expect to hear […]

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Yes Sunshine – “No No No”

Yes Sunshine – “No No No”

In 2013, Yes Sunshine formed to pay tribute to the passing of a close friend. Since then, they’ve toured the UK, played with bands and artists like Yuck, Royal Blood, and Pete Doherty, and were ven named BBC Introducing’s band of the month in February.  Yesterday, Yes Sunshine released their latest single, “No No No”, on Mint 400 records. “No No […]

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Artiste 5 – Hidden Gems by electro-pop outfit R-music

Artiste 5 – Hidden Gems by electro-pop outfit R-music

    It wasn’t long ago that we featured UK electro-pop group R music, who released a fantastic song, “Bubble Gum Geisha” (video below. The chilling, cool track was part of our March 20th Weekend Showcase, and the single caught our attention. Since the band has played in venues across the UK and has a pulse on the electronic and […]

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