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Snippet – ‘Human Good’ (album review)

Snippet – ‘Human Good’ (album review)

There has been some heavy lifting happening in the music-making department of Snippet HQ. It’s been just six months since Johnno Casson, aka Snippet, released his magnum opus, Future Melancholy Pop Music, yet here he is again with another album, Human Good. And what’s not to like about that? To get one release in a year from an independent artist of Johnno’s […]

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P.O.P.E. – ‘Kings’ (EP review)

P.O.P.E. – ‘Kings’ (EP review)

Spoken word music is a tough genre to get right. Mastering rhythm over melody is a complex art. Giving meaning to the words adds a whole other dimension, requiring authenticity, honesty, and courage. Yorkshire-based P.O.P.E. took on this challenge just three years ago. It was borne out of difficult times when he found himself broke with nothing but books and […]

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Anna Pancaldi – ‘Sweet Charity’ (EP review)

Anna Pancaldi – ‘Sweet Charity’ (EP review)

When UK indie music national treasure Johnno Casson describes an artist as “very nice and very talented, too”, there’s every chance s/he is worth a listen. It’s not the first time Anna Pancaldi has received acclaim from those in the know. BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary described Anna’s music as “(r)eally polished…She doesn’t need our help, we need her”, and […]

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Staying In – ‘Staying In’ (EP review)

Staying In – ‘Staying In’ (EP review)

Here comes Generation Z. All smartphones and self-obsession, exercising their social consciences from the safety of their bedrooms. Or so the media would have us believe. We’re only a step or two away from welcoming this new cohort into the music industry. What will they have to offer? What will they have to say? Step forward Joe Reeves. At 19 […]

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Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

London-based singer/songwriter and rapper Somasu breaks through stereotypical electro, offering undercurrents of soul that provide depth and maturity. Although his work could hit the dancefloor hard, it is also infinitely listenable, proving that – in the right hands – the genre is a solid vessel for melodic communication. His second album – a five-track EP, From The Water – glimpses […]

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Helen Connelly – “Do You Remember” (single premiere)

Helen Connelly – “Do You Remember” (single premiere)

Finding an artist with a distinctive voice is always a pleasure. Since we first discovered Essex-based Helen Connelly, back in 2015, we’ve been fans of her jazz-pop vibe. We followed her progress with the release of her single “Behind Your Eyes” last year, and we’re eagerly anticipating the imminent release of her EP, Garden of Kisses. Our patience has been […]

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Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River can not be compared to anything I’ve heard before, as I don’t think I’ve ever been exposed to the raw power that they gave us during a short set on Saturday. Their performance was part of a Holy Roar Records showcase in their home town of Brighton. The band recently completed another European tour, where their brand of hardcore […]

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Jeanes – ‘Sleeping Leaves’ (EP review)

Jeanes – ‘Sleeping Leaves’ (EP review)

As the Northern Hemisphere moves through a lazy spring into a long-awaited summer, it’s good to be immersed in music that draws inspiration from the magic of nature. Sleeping Leaves may be the debut EP from Jeanes but, like all good things, it’s taken time to gestate and develop. It’s been 30 years, in fact, with the first ideas emerging as […]

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Callum Pitt – “Least He’s Happy” (single premiere)

Callum Pitt – “Least He’s Happy” (single premiere)

Hot on the heels of his debut single, “You’d Better Sell It While You Can”, released just a few short months ago, Callum Pitt is sending out his second offering. With an arrangement that takes “catchy” to a whole new level, “Least He’s Happy” is a feel-good phenomenon for foot-tapping dance-along fans everywhere. We are delighted to premiere it here […]

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Louis Barabbas – ‘Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy’ (album review)

Louis Barabbas – ‘Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy’ (album review)

Some stories are timeless. Oedipus, Hamlet, Star Wars, Harry Potter. The underlying themes are resolutely tragic and the leading characters resolutely masculine. Louis Barabbas, whose band The Bedlam Six released their swansong album Down Down Down back in 2016, combines his love of the classics with attention to contemporary political intrigue to create an epic, 31-track, feminist-oriented, double album. How […]

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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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