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.
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.
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.
One of the greatest European jazz pianists Massimo Colombo has collected some of the most talented and famous musicians of all time to form a Burt Bacharach tribute album like now other titled ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’. The 13 track album is full of Bacharach classics and 5 instrumentals, exploring the moods of Burt’s well know tracks.
Colombo’s album features the likes of Peter Erskine (ex drummer of Weather Report), double bass player Darek Oles, Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets), Michael Stever and folksinger Kathleen Grace. The range of musicians has led to a unique album that has elements of jazz, folk, funk, soul and pop.
The originality of ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’ is also due to the producers Giampaolo Pasquile and Michele Garruti’s influences. The duo took inspiration from the likes of Chet Baker, Michael Buble and Norah Jones, meaning that smooth jazz sound also has hidden elements of multiple genres.
Watch the album teaser here:
New release unveiled on May 11th
A brand new duo from the North East of England, Dalimore are Dan Bishop and Nathan Brewis who formed as a duo late in 2014 having previously worked on separate musical projects. It hasn’t taken long for them to find their sound, with new single ‘Higher’ due for release on May 11th.
With comparisons to the likes of Kodaline, The Fray, The Script, Coldplay, Ben Howard and more, their tracks blend genres from indie, via soul, to pop-rock, taking in influences from their own individual backgrounds and mixing them to great effect.
You can hear the single ‘Higher’ on YouTube now, with a full official video due May 1st:
Their mission statement is to produce songs about making the most of life and working hard to be the best you can be – even when it seems easier to give up. It’s an admirable outlook, and one that has proven successful in the music industry in the past.
If there’s any justice, this level of determination will soon see Dalimore making their own mark on the music industry.