Born in Nigeria but now based in London, Michael Rhodes is a singer who channels the gospel and soul sounds of the 1960s, bringing joy and vibrancy to his songs, as well as imbuing them with his winning personality. Feel It is a self-composed track which sees Michael in full effect, with his soaring counter-tenor voice and up-beat tempo being hard to resist.
Written by Michael three years ago, Feel It is based on unrequited love which, rather than defeating Michael, sparked something of an awakening and led to him looking for happiness in everyday life wherever he could find it – something he hopes will inspire others to do the same. Though Feel It is rooted in a soul and gospel singing style, the inclusion of electronic horns adds a contemporary feel, without it sounding quite like anything else out there.
To support the track’s release, Michael performed a live showcase at St. Luke’s Church, Kentish Town, London, video footage of which demonstrates Michael’s ease with an audience and ability to express himself through his music. With further tracks ready for release and looking to play live across the UK, Michael Rhodes is a singer with real potential and whose passion and sincerity set him apart from the crowd.
Donegan’s first single, Reminisce, to be taken from the forthcoming album, “First XI”, has taken him a full twenty years from conception to fruition. Donegan – an eponymous family band, featuring songwriter Thomas on vocals, piano, organ, guitars and synths, and Emmet on guitar, mandolin and vocals, has been recorded with renowned producer Chris Coulter, who recently took Arcane Roots to no. 1 in the UK Indie charts.
Pitching somewhere around Keane territory, the instrumentation, melodies and harmonies of the track reflects the juxtaposition between the songwriter’s classical training and passion for melodic rock music. The album proper promises to include string and woodwind sections, as well as multiple guitar tracks to flesh out Donegan’s sound – the kind of attention to detail you might expect on a set of songs which has taken two decades to create!
The album’s tracks were composed over more than 20 years but are re-ordered (non-chronologically), to comprise a study of love, from its opening sparks to fading embers. The first single, Reminisce, is a catchy, radio-friendly soft rock track, dominated by synths and piano, exploring the excitement of a first liaison and a passionate rebuttal of those who doubt its veracity or significance. Reminisce is available on Spotify from January 22nd.
Just when you thought all music had become bland and safe, along come Anarchy Reigns, a British industrial metal band with a rallying call to arms. The anarchy is mercifully restrained, however – acts of gentle anarchy are spreading like wildfire, due to the band’s social media (see links below) but behind the shindigs is a serious message – that people shouldn’t be satisfied with not having their voice heard.
One person whose voice you will certainly be hearing more of is that of lead Anarchist, Hitch, a whirlwind of anger, humour and slightly theatrical vocals. Live shows are the stuff of legend, seeing the great man descend from the heavens to the stage via his spaceship – who said showbiz was dead?!
Liars is a real earworm which promises much for the release of the EP in the new year. There’s a revolution brewing and it’s wearing leather trousers…
Johnlikejohn is a force to be reckoned with, and with his new EP ‘Vegans Are Evil Too’ creeping on the horizon, he will wow and shock you in more ways than you could imagine.
If you know anything about JohnlikeJohn, you now that his approach is an extremely unique, using the DIY folk element to his full advantage. A set up of Acoustic Guitar, Bass, light percussion and occasional addition of violin and other estranged instruments.
He brings a narrative that can match any of the great artists and story tellers of this time, often bringing the dark with the light, bringing the love with the hate. His songs show the fantastic range of beautifully haunting sounds Johnlikejohn is able to convey.
His EP ‘Vegans Are Evil Too’ is a satirical yet sophisticated look at the modern world, with 5 tracks of folky-goodness, Johnlikejohn is set to have eyes locked on him, watching his every musical move.
Adam Lanceley was only ten years old when a car accident left him seriously injured. Sustaining a severe brain injury, a crushed pelvis and shattered legs, doctors advised him he was unlikely to walk or talk again. Against all odds, Adam not only proved them wrong but has taken his remarkable recovery to the extreme, running marathons and now carving out a career as a singer-songwriter.
Watch the Video To “A Film We All Saw” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZXJwqhSK68
Adam’s latest success story is the video to his track, “A Film we all Saw”. Far from a reflection of the doctor’s predictions, the video sees him walking around the picturesque city of Cambridge, with scarcely the slightest suggestion that without his self-belief and extraordinary determination, his life could have been so different. Having released several albums under his own name, he has perfectly his signature sound, which has a sunny West Coast vibe and personal, heartfelt lyrics.
See more about Adam’s Story here: https://www.brainandspine.org.uk/adams-story
Although Adam has conquered many of the physical consequences of the accident, he has said that mentally he sometimes feels like a little boy, struggling with mental issues such as very low confidence and depression. However, the work done by the Brain and Spine Foundation helped to motivate him to strive for new goals, his new video being a case in point. With so much talk in the media about mental health, Adam’s music video is an inspiration to anyone feeling they’re fighting the battle alone. Adam has already released several albums slowly developing his sound into the unique brand it is today.
There’s a grittiness in LAPP’s voice that make you want to reach for the Dyson (other cleaning devices are available) and clean it out. Half-way through the track you’ll be trying to implant back, such are the strange twists which occur during this track.
Posturing initially as a typical eazy-soul track, it switches to sleazy lounge almost imperceptibly, a wonderfully skillful move which really sets this apart from the crowd. When the saxophone kicks in towards the song’s crescendo, we’re in full red-lightbulb mode and there’s a huge temptation to pull the curtains to keep out prying eyes.
The real promise shown in this track isn’t, oddly, the voice, supremely flexible and sand-papery though it is; it’s the instrumentation, which harks back at least 40 years to bands of session musicians who could nail a take in one every single time. The greasy, succulent swagger of this song is such that if you’re not seduced, you’re already beyond resurrection.
You may know Jak Chantler as the former guitar player of alt-grunge outfit Kingskin, who won the accolade of Kerrang’s ‘Best Unsigned Band’. However he is looking to move away from his rock roots into a more soulful sound with his debut solo release, ‘Shell Suit’ under the new guise of Short Sharp Scratch.
‘Shell Suit’ exudes distinct funky-vibes, akin to the sounds of Chic and Chaka Khan, yet with a more contemporary edge. As the ultimate combination of songwriter/producer, Jak is perceptively aware of the current trends in this contemporary age of music where there is so much choice. The new project seemingly has no limits as he aims to meet the demands of the savvy modern day listener.
In a musical landscape of predictable, manufactured sound, it comes as something of a shock when something genuinely arresting is released. Such is the case here, Julia Mascetti, having relocated from the UK to Japan, has brought the traditional folk of her homeland and allowed the influences of her new surroundings seep in. The result is a beguiling, haunting experience, featuring Julia, her harp and traditional Japanese sounds floating in and around her siren-like voice.
Julia has an arsenal of impressive musical instruments, from the traditional, towering six-foot harp; a smaller folk harp; to a small purple harp she has used when playing alongside metal bands – a true indicator that Julia is constantly looking to surprise and intrigue her audience. As well as being a freelance harpist, Julia is also a highly regarded blogger, reporting on expat life for women living in Tokyo.
“In Distance, Everything is Poetry” will delight fans of Joanna Newsom; Marina and the Diamonds and Kate Bush – a perfect introduction to a unique sound and a magical approach to storytelling through folk music from two very different cultural traditions.
Hip-pop? Groovecore? Almost impossible to categorise yet immediately infectious, Mavis Victory Project release their debut track which marries their dreamy sound with a nightmarish video.
If you thought having two brothers in the same band was dangerous, wait until you meet MAVIS VICTORY PROJECT. Featuring a near-record breaking four brothers, and aided and abetted by a childhood friend, the band’s unconventional line-up is the perfect match to their equally mould-breaking sound. Oozing seedy electronic loops and with echoing, swooping vocals, their sound is all dangerous street corners; distant sirens and the creeping underworld. Appropriately, their video is just as unhinged, inviting you into their world whilst looking at you suspiciously out of the corner of their eye.
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Formed by the Ransom brothers – singer Michael, Phil on rhythm guitar, Ollie on bass, Chris on drums and Robert Rosser on guitar and keyboard – the whole collective is self-taught, taking the indie and garage rock blueprint to heart and learning their craft in any place they could. They honed their sound so it flowed organically – time signatures are out of the window; traditional verse/chorus/verse structures burned and thrown over the neighbour’s hedge. Their new single gets under your skin and slowly starts to peel it off, Michael’s breathy, ethereal vocals lulling you into a false sense of security and then pouncing.
With influences including Arctic Monkeys; Kanye West and ScHoolboy Q, Mavis Victory Project is the musical equivalent of joining a cult – once you’re in, you wonder how you ever managed without. The video to “Don’t Go Away” is due for release on September 22nd and is just as arresting as their sound; with girls, gangs and clandestine weirdery likely to eat away at the inside of your head in a way you won’t be able to resist.
A modern feminist pop revival. The all-girl group has all the power to showcase their women’s right, thanks to Tallulah Bluebell who was recently seen on Britain’s Next Top Model, Lorenna and Grace. The dynamic trio’s new single ‘Mister Nobody’ is exactly what you’d get from this group, fun but with a strong message reflecting their views and the strong personalities they possess.
The Truebelles have character and this draws you in, Tallulah has a vibrant and daring charm that draws you into her quirky world of exploration and edgy art that she dedicates her time which also included BRIT School.
Lorenna’s performing background which includes voicing for Margot Robbie in the film The Legend of Tarzan stands out and compliments Grace’s musical talents which were showcased with Stevie Wonder’s bassist, Nate Watts.Tthis girl group are really unique and I expect them to have a brilliant 2017 and really stamp down as being one of the top groups to look out for.