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.
Fusing a number of genres including pop, rap, R&B and hip-hop, Pimlican is an open artist who collaborates with anyone who is willing to bring something fresh and new to his collective.
Such a musical approach breaks down any genre-defining boxes, helping Pimlican create a style of music that is free of restraint and limits. It is this style that has seen him earn airplay on Tom Robinson’s Radio 6 show, as well as BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Leeds.
Having released ‘B’ck 4 More/P’lya’ in May, Pimlican have returned with ‘Runaw’y’ which is powered by a killer vocal hook and a pulsating beat. Along with this, a unique rap section adds texture and originality to the track.
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You’re sure to have heard the name Rosie O’ Sullivan somewhere, but if you can’t quite put your finger on it, let us remind you. Back in 2013, Rosie made the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent with her stunning vocals, but unfortunately did not make it any further in the competition. After spending some time perfecting her skills and also losing 16.5 stone in weight, Rosie is back releasing a soul inspired EP.
Rosie is one of those songwriters who truly writes from the heart and this is clear when listening to ‘No One’, a song about the true story of undying love between her parents that Rosie is witness to every day. As well as that, the EP touches on past experiences and relationships, showing just how personal this collection of songs is.
Her new soul sound has been influenced strongly by her formative years when she grew up listening to the vibrant grooves of motown and other 60s music. These influences, combined with Rosie’s innate musical talents have molded her into a more complete artist now and she is ready for the world to hear her new style.
Rosie began her singing career performing alongside The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, before attending London College of Music where she attained a degree in music performance. Since then, Rosie has performed at Birmingham Pride, Big Festival and the Brummie awards and has worked with the likes of Martha Reeves and Shalamar. Evidently, she is now ready to take that next step within the industry and advance her music career.
Leftwing movement member, Dexman, is back with latest single, ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ which picks up where he left off with previous releases, developing his individual afro-rap style.
J Wanza, who also features on the track, opens ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ with an alluring hook that paves the way for the rest of the song. He sets up the stage perfectly for Dexman’s witty and expertly-crafted lyrics which provide the centrepiece for this latest release.
Whilst the lyricism of Dexman and J Wanza is at the heart of the track, the actual music plays a subtle, yet powerful role in backing them up. A strong beat is married with a steel drum-esque tone that exemplifies Dexman’s Afro-music influences and adds a real sense of groove that’s sure to get people up and moving. Consequently, it’s the kind of track you can really imagine being played in the club.
Some have labelled the up and coming artist as a ‘genre hopper’ which is by no means a bad thing. Dexman may be in the stages of still finding his exact sound, but dabbling across styles is a great way of doing this, which also exhibits Dexman’s versatility as an artist.
‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ has received a brilliant response and after being featured on Link Up TV and Hackney’s Finest, the video has received over 40,000 views on the platforms in under a week. With influences including Dr Dre, Meek Mill, Skepta and Drake, it is evident that Dexman has big aims for his music in the coming future. Watch this space and you may just come across Dexman some time soon!
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A Christmas cracker from the South-East of England – John McDevitt’s new seasonal single ‘Father Christmas’:
From creating the theme tune to the Channel 5 series ‘A Different Life’ to selling 2000 unsigned albums with his original band Geist, McDevitt isn’t a complete stranger to the music industry. Now the Christmas sing-along ‘Father Christmas’, due to be released 25th November, blends influences from The Smiths and Dexys Midnight Runners amongst others, to form an easy listen seasonal single.
This Christmas sing-along avoids the common approaches to the genre. Thoughtful lyrics by co-writer Dominic Hudson paint Father Christmas as a figure missing from Christmas, whilst allowing the listener to interpret it as to how or why; these combine with an infectious melody to make a Christmas single that stands out from the crowd
The band consists of multiple talented musicians such as violinist Anna Jenkins who has worked with the likes of Emily Barker, The Unthanks and Frank Turner when he opened the 2012 Olympics.
Soulful singer songwriter Laura White unveils new single ‘Martha’ on 9th December 2016. The single is taken from forthcoming EP ‘The Painted Door’ due for release on iluvlive Records in February 2017.
Following the success of her previous project No.95, which went to number 3 on the iTunes Soul & R&B chart in Feb 2016, Laura was snapped up by iluvlive Records and has been developing new material over the summer culminating in ‘The Painted Door’.
It’s been a great year for Laura with the ink just dried on a publishing deal with Peer Music and the release of Galantis and DJ Hook n Sling’s top 20 single ‘Love On Me’ which she co wrote and featured on.
Laura’s story in music began at just four years old, when she demonstrated a love for gospel and soul music, unlike any of her family at the time. At eight, Laura took up classical piano and clarinet and by thirteen, finally plucked up the courage to enter local music shows to sing her self-penned songs.
In the past five years Laura has written with world renowned producers Cutfather, Steve Booker and The Invisible Men writing for her own projects and other artists, including the global smash Gin Lee ‘Falling’ reaching number 1 in four countries and Rita Ora’s ‘NY Raining’ which also featured in smash hit TV show, Empire.
Of new single Martha, Laura says ‘Martha is a song I wrote about a girl who fell in love with a boy at first sight. Her name was Martha and she was trying to make someone see the girl she was and love her back. It is a tale of a love that never happened’
Look out for more music from Laura in Jan 2017
17th Jan – iluvlive Bristol at The Square Club
31st Jan – iluvlive Hotlist Show in London at Zigfrid Von Underbelly
9th Feb – Headline show Manchester at Fallows Cafe