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
The mysterious yet experienced musician INJIN has released his latest effort, ‘Tennessee’ along with a scenic music video.
Folk rocker INJIN has lived the real rock ‘n’ roll life, hanging out with Jimi Hendrix’s drummer, Mitch, as well as members of Santana. Despite this, it wasn’t always that easy for him. His tough childhood influenced his song writing to form the personal album ‘Tennessee’ that self-reflexively strays from the conveyor belt material being constantly churned out in today’s music industry.
At the young age of just 7, INJIN bizarrely stopped growing and during his teens he was just 3″11 tall which lead to him being bullied at this formative stage of life. Fortunately, he was one of seven lucky ones who were able to receive a ground-breaking new treatment.
I N J I N’s difficult past gave him the knowledge and experience he needed and he soon grew in confidence, pushing musical boundaries by rearranging songs from the likes of Pink Floyd, Ten Years After and Deep Purple with his cover band Ruby Spoon. I N J I N took the name Ruby Spoon to America where he embraced the rock’n’roll lifestyle and his powerful vocals became his signature that helped him stand out from the crowd.
With a throwback 80s-infused sound, INJIN’s work offers something different that lovers of ‘proper’ music will be sure to appreciate.
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:
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.
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Proving she doesn’t need a man, Paigey Cakey returns with new track ‘Boyfriend’ – Due for release today.
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.
Having shared a stage with the likes of Razorlight and Feeder, singer-songwriter Lenny Bunn has now recorded his own version of the rock’n’roll classic, ‘Blueberry Hill’.
Lenny offers a more jazzy interpretation of the track which was a favourite of his adopted father who sadly passed away recently. Consequently, the song is dedicated to him. Lenny is evidently pleased with the outcome labelling it ‘more beautiful than ever imagined’.
The popular rock ‘n’ roll cover features talented musician Ibo from the Jamaican reggae band Third World and singer-songwriter Melissa James. Interestingly, the video for ‘Blueberry Hill’ exhibits each member of Lenny’s band recording their section from the comfort of their own homes and studios via an internet call.
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