Author: Flo Bannigan

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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Natalie Carolan – “I Sleep” (single premiere)

Natalie Carolan – “I Sleep” (single premiere)

Everyone loves a good ghost story for Halloween, and what better way to deliver it than in song. Natalie Carolan‘s new single, “I Sleep”, does exactly this. The song crosses from dreamy to spooky and back again as it tells the tale of an elderly lady, not of this world, who sits at the end of the bed as you go […]

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Dan and Laura Curtis – “Overture”

Dan and Laura Curtis – “Overture”

Whether you are a fan of musical theatre or new to the genre, Dan and Laura Curtis’s forthcoming album Overture is the ideal bumper package for you. Bringing together 25 artists from the US and UK to record a double-album of brand-new songs inspired by the musicals is a stroke of genius. Dan and Laura, who as partners in life […]

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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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Kiirstin Marilyn – “Please Don’t Kiss Me” (video premiere)

Kiirstin Marilyn – “Please Don’t Kiss Me” (video premiere)

In a world of endlessly meaningless pop ballads, it’s good to know that some musicians are still using their art to convey a message that is about more than the pain of lost love. Not that lost love isn’t worth writing about, but with so many things going on around us that seem…well…wrong, creative protest has to have its place […]

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The Bedlam Six – “Down Down Down”

The Bedlam Six – “Down Down Down”

If it’s better to be late to the party than not arrive at all, the opportunity to discover a band through their final album is as sweet as being in from the beginning. Conceived in grief and rum, the band has been around since 2006, starting out as a duo. An incarnation as The Black Velvet Band transformed into The […]

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Benji Tranter and The Well Adjusted Individuals – “At the Launderette”

Benji Tranter and The Well Adjusted Individuals – “At the Launderette”

Just when you thought you’d heard it all, Benji Tranter and The Well Adjusted Individuals put a new spin on things with At The Launderette. The EP is four tracks of fun that transform everyday monotony into a collection of quirky delights. Jazz, blues, rock, country, pop, whatever your taste, if you’ve got a fancy for the idiosyncratic, there’s something […]

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Danielle Lewis – “Anywhere is Home”

Danielle Lewis – “Anywhere is Home”

As we head into summer, we’ll all be looking for a happy holiday sound that we’ll play over and over on the car stereo as we head for the beach, the mountains, music festivals or wherever we’ll be hanging out with our besties and making memories. Anywhere is Home could be that EP. Chirpy, catchy and filled with joy, “Anywhere […]

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Monika Cefis – “Aristocat” (single premiere)

Monika Cefis – “Aristocat” (single premiere)

When you were young, did you ever open a music box to see an elegant ballerina twirling around to a romantic sequence of notes? If so, the opening segment of Monica Cefis’ “Aristocat” is sure to transport you straight back to that moment. This is the first track from Cefis and her “band of misfit musicians’” forthcoming EP, Dreamed a […]

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Dia – “Tiny Ocean”

Dia – “Tiny Ocean”

Did you ever think a ukulele could change your life? Danielle Birrittella, the creative force behind Dia, knows it can. Starting out as a classical and opera singer, she was feeling a bit lost one Christmas when Santa, in the shape of Danielle’s brother, brought her a uke. She started to create her own music and the rest, as they […]

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Kiirstin Marilyn – “Ghosts”

Kiirstin Marilyn – “Ghosts”

“I am an activist”. That’s how New York-based, underground, alt-pop artist Kiirstin Marilyn introduced herself. So, naturally, we want to hear what she has to say through her songs. At first listening, her new EP, Ghosts could be just another electro-pop offering. The vocals are sweet and tuneful, the arrangements energetic and the production tight. But it’s way too demanding […]

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Albert Man – “Cheap Suit”

Albert Man – “Cheap Suit”

What comes first, the music or the words? It is one of those “chicken-and-egg” questions, but Albert Man knows his answer: “Lyrics are so important to me. I always have a theme I want to write about first and try to get a title. I then write the lyrics before I start adding any music or melody. I will re-write […]

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Robjn – “Post-Mortem”

Robjn – “Post-Mortem”

Glance through Robjn’s website and you’ll very quickly realise that this man is all about the music. No cheesy bios, vacuous press blurb or cheeky celebrity selfies, just creativity by the bucketload. So, if the music does the talking, what does Robjn’s latest album Post-Mortem have to say? Bringing a mix of aspiration, fantasy and despair, through both musical and […]

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Hugh Kelly – “Give Me All Your Love”

Hugh Kelly – “Give Me All Your Love”

The UK’s blue-eyed, soul scene has been in resurgence recently, thanks to artists like Adele, Sam Smith and Joss Stone. But wouldn’t you like to hear a voice with a more lived-in quality? Hugh Kelly leaps out of the speakers with a tone that growls with the gravitas of life experience, reminiscent of Leonard Cohen or the late Joe Cocker. […]

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Muteboy – “Smiles (Always On, Blue Jays)”

Muteboy – “Smiles (Always On, Blue Jays)”

If you raised your children on Pink Floyd, Neil Young and The Beatles, you might just get a musician like Muteboy. Otherwise known as Jeff DiLorenzo, formerly in The KickDrums and The Promise Hero, Muteboy is an artist whose provenance sets the bar pretty high. Providing an intriguing mix of experimental, electro and retro/psychedelic, Muteboy’s music brings a soft edge […]

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The Bookshop Band – “Curious and Curiouser”

The Bookshop Band – “Curious and Curiouser”

Any band that is inspired by books has got to be worth a listen. The Bookshop Band are Ben Please and Beth Porter, who express their love of books through their music and by playing it in bookshops, starting out in their local Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights (make a note to pop in their next time you are […]

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Robb Murphy – “To Be A Fool”

Robb Murphy – “To Be A Fool”

Sometimes a song seems perfect for a particular day or occasion, and that’s true of Robb Murphy’s “To Be A Fool“, which provides the perfect soundtrack for April Fool’s Day. Originally released on Robb’s 2015 album “Sleep Tonight“, “To Be a Fool” isn’t a comedy song or a prank. Press “play” and absolutely nothing scary, shocking or smelly will happen. […]

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