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.
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.
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.
Black Hole Friday is the debut release from Homesick Mick, a singer songwriter based in Brighton.
Being influenced strongly by social issues, Homesick Mick also started a campaign against Sir Philip Green to force him into paying back the BHS pensions that he had left the employees without. The billionaire has been at the centre of controversy in the past year due to his dishonourable behaviour and Homesick Mick took it upon himself to help out those who had been done wrong.
By starting a social media campaign and petition against Green, Homesick Mick has aimed to raise awareness of the extortion going on in the hope that his actions will help in getting a step closer to justice.
Aside from his work as an activist, Homesick Mick has released his EP of four songs that provide a teaser as to what we can expect from his album coming out in the new year. ‘La Troc’, the first song on the EP, is a real foot-tapper featuring a memorable violin hook and a pulsating guitar riff.
Mick’s music draws inspiration from jazz, rock, folk and pop and this wide range of musical stylings only goes to prove his quality as a musician and songwriter.
The EP is out now and will be followed by the album The Mysterious Abduction & Return of Homesick Mick on 13th January 2017 which was mastered at the famous Abbey Road studios.
Find out more on Homesick Mick here:
UK RnBass artist, Angel has unveiled his long-awaited EP ‘Her’ which includes six tracks and features from Rich Homie Quan, Haile and Stefflon Don.
Stream ‘Her’ EP below & purchase on iTunes now.
London based singer-songwriter, Adam Lanceley is back with his latest slice of musings on life, ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’, taken from the album, Postcards from Then.
The trials of life have not held back the strong-minded singer-songwriter, Adam Lanceley, whose tragic car crash at the age of ten left him fighting for his life.
After his parents were told his chances of survival were slim and that he certainly would not walk again, Adam was determined to prove them wrong, having to re-learn many skills in the process, even how to talk.
‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ is a track that takes you back to the comforting glow of golden summer memories whilst you’re stuck with the dreary cold and rain of the British winter.
Inspired by classic acts such as the Beach Boys, Roy Orbison and even R.E.M, Adam’s music is well worth a listen if you’re looking for something a little left-field.
Gerald Clark, aka The Great Divide, has created a musical treat in the form of a three track EP. Wanting to create emotive and thought provoking tracks which focus on “the feeling of being caught up between the old world and the new”, Gerald has combined his wealth of musical experience with the likes of Robert Wyatt to create some real musical masterpieces.
The tracks are the perfect example of Gerald’s musical talent and the craft that he has taken many years developing his sound and he is now taking his musical journey even further having previously been a film composer.
I am excited to hear how the full length album that Gerald is currently recording works out. He yet again working with well known music talent such as Byron Wallen and Neil Taylor who has worked iwth the likes of Robbie Williams.
The EP is set for release on 16th September.