Having already released singles ‘Just Say No’ and ‘Roll Back the Years’ this year, Shannon K is a young artist who is showing no signs of slowing. As the days grow shorter and colder there is no ignoring the fact that Christmas is approaching, and Shannon K is celebrating that with her new song.
Released on December 1st the song is a pure pop gem which once again shows off a superb vocal which is well beyond the quality you would reasonable expect from a 12 year old. The song is brilliantly arranged and perhaps her most accessible yet, full of nice festive touches with jingle bells and choirs aplenty. It all gradually builds to an excellent, feel good crescendo that’s irresistible.
Shannon K is an artist looking to follow in her father’s footsteps by creating a career in the music industry. Her father, Kumar Sanu, is a legend in Bollywood with a glittering career as a vocalist which has seen him win a total of 69 awards including 64 in his native India (from Filmfare, Zee Cine, Kishore Kumarand more) plus 5 internationally (from Sunrise Radio-London, West Indian Academy, Grammy-West Indies, Bollywood Music-U.S.A. and Radio Lotus-South Africa).
Now he is helping to guide his daughter on her own path. When she released her first single I May, Shannon K wasn’t sure whether she would continue to pursue a musical career. Since then though she’s loved the experience of making music so much that there’s been no stopping her.
A thoughtful singer songwriter based in North London, River Child is the creator of original indie-folk tunes with a soulful edge.
An ex-busker who got so much good feedback from his pavement performances he decided to take to the studio, with second single ‘Lone City Lights’ coming next.
Brilliant in its simplicity, the track marries a vocal reminiscent of Dylan with an upbeat shuffle rhythm which belies the darker lyrics, as well as mixing acoustic and jangling electric guitar to great effect. You can hear the song here:
Looking to build on his burgeoning reputation with this single, River Child is working hard on the London scene to keep turning heads – and with top quality, accessible music like this it shouldn’t be long until more and more eyes are on him.
Produced by Ian Wallman, this is music easy on the ear but written from the heart – a soulful reminder of how affecting a simple chord/melody combination can be.
“British ambient band Marconi Union has drummed up the world’s most relaxing song: Weightless….aural bliss” Time Magazine No.11- Best Inventions of the Year
“Marconi Union are amongst today’s most talented musicians” Sunday Times
“Marconi Union have steadily released albums of pristine, clinical electronic music over the last decade… continuing to refine their art in minimalist fashion and placing MU firmly in the vanguard of acts making
Atmospheric, ambient music” –Music OMH
In the realms of modern day late night ambient exploration Manchester’s Marconi Union often draw comparisons with Brian Eno and Biosphere, perhaps Sigur Ros, but the graceful manner with which their richly melodic compositions unfold and the emotion these evoke sets them apart from their peers. Since their 2003 debut album, ‘Under Wires and Searchlights’, they have continually refined and developed a unique musical identity that seamlessly blends elements of dub, jazz, ambience and electronic music. Their music straddles the worlds of artistic credibility and musical accessibility and tracks from previous albums have been selected as the beautiful backdrop to television commercials, drama and documentary films worldwide and to accompany art installations, theatre and ballet.
“If an electronic track can be a limpid pool, this one is. Not a ripple touches the surface, not a single speck of dust clouds the glassy stillness. Weightless the album contains five more similarly translucently gorgeous tracks” The Sunday Times
“An ethereal sense of eternally free flowing dimensions…worth the wait” DJ Mag 8/10
“Two years after [Weightless] was declared ‘the most relaxing tune ever’ they’ve delivered five further, equally calming, pieces worthy of men once asked to remaster the Eno’s back catalogue” Uncut 8/10
‘As I listened to the track I was captivated by the way the song slowly developed. The melodies were very gradual and captivating so I decided it was important that the video remained as one continuous shot, subtly interacting with the progression of the track. After discussion with the band we settled on using a digital technique I have been developing recently. It draws inspiration from photographic studies pioneered by Eadweard Muybridge in the late 1880s. His studies were used to map a sequence of movements that are unperceivable to the naked eye. After experimenting with a range of different subject matter I settled on the idea of using a drone. Its primary function is in aerial mapping and geological surveys, however its grace in the air and precise flight capabilities made it the ideal subject for the shoot. I choreographed a three dimensional aerial ballet for the craft to perform in conjunction with the track “Weightless”. Orchestrating the routine together proved challenging as I was using a technique that revealed unperceivable patterns which I was unable to fully comprehend until the project was finally finished’
For Marconi Union, the inspiration for their new album came after they were commissioned to collaborate with a sound therapist from the British Academy of Sound Therapy and write a piece of relaxing music, the first “Weightless” track. The plan was that the track would then be scientifically tested for it’s effectiveness. The prospect of being involved in this unusual project proved to be highly alluring and the Union quickly agreed to take part. When “Weightless” was tested at the Mindlab Institute scientists reported that their research indicated that the music slowed the heart rate, reduced blood pressure and decreased levels of cortisol, a steroid hormone that is released in response to stress. When the research was made public there was an instant and intense media reaction, with many newspapers, radio stations and television shows picking up on the claims that ”Weightless” was “the most relaxing song, ever!” one national newspaper even warned motorists not to listen to the track while driving. Appositely, the track even earned the track the accolade of being named as one of the “Best Inventions of the Year” in Time Magazine.
During the process of recording ”Weightless”, a number of musical ideas captured MU’s imagination and unable to explore them all in a one piece they decided to make more music using the same approach. It soon became apparent that this was turning into an album-length work and it was decided that this album should become part of their Ambient Transmissions series.
The new album comprises six tracks, simply entitled Part 1 to Part 6. The tracks are minimal, combining warm drones and drifting sounds with occasional sparse rhythms. Part 1 is the original “Weightless” track, which almost appears to have a heartbeat running through it, slowing down very gently throughout the piece, encouraging a deep sense of relaxation in the body, it’s use of specific rhythms, deep bass tones, frequencies and intervals inducing an almost trance like state in the listener. It has already attracted over 12 million worldwide views on YouTube and 5 million followers on Soundcloud. A recent posting about the track on the Mind Unleashed (following of 4.5 million) attracted nearly 16,000 likes and 13,000 shares – the interest in this track is phenomenal!
Marconi Union have also just launched an online installation for Weightless developed in cross collaboration with web developer Raleigh Green with the Marina Abrabmovic Institute.
“It sounds as though sleepless nights could be a thing of the past thanks to Marconi Union. They have created a song they called Weightless which has become, officially, the most relaxing song ever. That is the verdict of the boffins who say that its sustaining rhythm, the harmonic intervals, the absence of a repeated melody and the use of “whooshing sounds and hums” all combine to make the perfect aural narcoleptic. It is so effective drivers are being warned not to put it on the car stereo.”The Telegraph
“It’s top of the popzzz… Is this the most relaxing song to fall asleep to? Check it out for yourself. Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, said “It is ideal for unwinding after a stressful day” The Sun
“Weightless, by Manchester trio Marconi Union, is officially the most relaxing song ever”The People
“More relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea. Forget hot baths, yoga classes and wacky spa treatments – the best way to chillout is to listen to music. But not just any old track. Musicians have composed the world’s most relaxing song – and it doesn’t include whale sounds or panpipes” The Daily Mail
“Stress relief in a song” Daily Express
“Music and sound therapists have done some brilliant work using music to treat patients. With the more active approach that Marconi Union has demonstrated here, how might music therapist be better able to meet the needs of their patients?” Music Sparks
“A lovely slice of ambience that is a fine example of Marconi Union at their dreamy somnambulistic best” Opus.fm
Tracks released through own label Purpose Driven Records
Supported by Gus Redmond of Music Quest Entertainment, who work with some of the finest independent musicians to get their music heard, Deborah Brown is a superb gospel vocalist with an eye for a melody. With the help of her husband Dr Jerry Brown she is releasing ‘Good News’ on January 12th.
Engineered and mastered by Erick Labson of the Universal Music Group, with production help from Jimmy Brown of Raleigh North Carolina Production, the tracks do a great job of showcasing Deborah Brown’s excellent vocal range – you can hear a taster here:
Inspired by a life of hardship and the faith that it took to move through it to ultimate fulfilment, the music is written to do the same for those who hear it and are suffering through hard times of their own.
The songs has been a long time coming, based on life experiences and what it took to overcome them. After finding love in the deprived Bronx projects of New York, travelling the world in the army and then forming their own ministry, Jerry & Deborah Brown are now celebrating their life together in music and in film. This track is taken from the soundtrack to a full length film about their lives together, a story they hope will inspire others to keep the faith when times are tough.
Meet kINKY dOVE – an exciting rock n’ roll set from London and Australia.
Made up of Scott Wade, Damian ‘Virgil’ Ward, Sulene Fleming and Adam Falkner. None of these are strangers to the spotlight, with Damian’s previous band V-Capri achieving recognisable success in his home city of Perth, with 6 top-10 singles, and a no. 77 on the UK charts, and Scott recently rubbing shoulders with Ed Milliband at a garden party in London. London-based singer and writer Sulene has toured all over the UK and Europe with bands such as The New Mastersounds and The Fantastics! Sulene has also featured on dance tracks released by Freestyle Records and the Ministry of Sound. Adam has been in One eskimO for many years, as well as recording with kINKY dOVE, and he is the drummer of choice for Dido, Pete Doherty and Amy Macdonald – to name a few.
The album, kINKY dOVE – Vol 1, is made up of a diverse collection of tracks that are simmering with synthesizers and soaring vocals from Sulene, with more sultry post-rock vocals contributed by Scott, and complimented by the catchy guitar riffs from Damian. Renowned producers Chris Kimsey and Phill Brown have played a part in the sound of kINKY dOVE.
Having already gigged at the Bedford venue in London, which has played host to many other now-famous acts, kINKY dOVE are looking to expand their audience, and it certainly won’t be difficult. In just a week they managed to gain over 500 plays on a dance remix version of their song ‘A Great Ride’ – which you can listen too here: https://soundcloud.com/thebenz/a-great-ride-kinky-dovemojo-filter-reflektor-remix
The song depicts a nice break-up, unlike most songs of tortured emotion, this song (a duet) speaks of a couple still expressing love for each other, without the sexual desire. It shows how break-ups don’t always have to be acid if the journey was ‘A Great Ride’.
For another dance remix of one of kINKY dOVE’s tracks, along the lines of trance, try this puppy on Youtube…..
A classic track from the album is ‘Judgement Day. This song is about being judged for who we are and what we look like, which society starts doing to us all from the day we are born. It is also about the absurdity of drugs being criminalised, and how society does not have the guts to change the law, which, of all possible legal changes, would have the effect of taking so much crime out of our lives. The day that our politicians are brave enough to show proper leadership and courage on this matter will also be Judgement Day.
Other songs tackle issues like depression (On Your Own), unrequited love (Lust We Must) as well as ‘Fly Me Away’ – a dance track that dares to dream about everyone from everywhere coming together and dancing in unity.
The album was released on 15th October 2014, and is available to download now on all retailers!
Usually, when people find sudden fame as a musician, the artist in question is the first to know about it. However, this was not the case for Welshman Mark Ruebery – he is an internet sensation in Indonesia, and even has his very own tribute video. Aside from that, he also has an impressive face-base made up from people all over the world.
Mark is currently living in Newport, but has recently travelled around the world on various different cruise ships, driving all the women crazy. Seriously, Mark has had ladies shamelessly flirting in front him their husbands, women passing numbers to him on napkins, a love letter from an Austrian woman, and girls comparing him to both John Lennon and a young Mick Jagger.
The album title is ‘One Night, One Chance’. Mark describes it as a moment of self realisation, pushing your own boundaries and giving up security. The inspiration came from the ending of a rocky relationship, and the sudden realisation that he could do much more than the job that he had been doing for years. It gave him a new lease of life, a positive outlook and something new to strive for. The music on the album portrays an upbeat approach to taking risks in life. In the same week his relationship ended, he quit his job, and so began the steady climb to where he is now.
The first single off the album, ‘Her Smile’, is a feel good, jazzy number, which is about momentarily being consumed by a moment shared with the one you love. Spattered with jazz piano, swinging brass and complimented by his smooth vocals – it’s impossible to keep your toes from tapping when listening to this track!
It’s no surprise that Mark is about to break the music industry, he has plenty of experience! From playing guitar for Ronan Keating and Charlotte Church, to Dan Hawkins from the Darkness describing his songs as “great, uplifting tracks”, Mark has an extensive list of celebrities and producers backing his music. Nick Brine (who has worked with Oasis and The Darkness) produced his first album, he performed with the John Barrowman Band on BBC Children In Need, and Nick Raymond (who signed Take That) came to watch one of his gigs after hearing him play on Granada television:
“Your song writing is world class” – Nick Raymond (BMG / RCA Music)
“I really liked what I heard” – Muff Winwood (ex snr VP, A&R Sony Music UK).
“Mark has a really great voice”- Jeff Smith (BBC Radio 2 Head of Music)
Here are just a couple of some of the excellent reviews that Mark received for his previous album:
Residing between Southampton and Sardinia, duo and childhood best friends Kiki and Sergio have reunited after twenty years, to begin work on the Moses Project.
Despite both having very different music influences, Kiki and Sergio both share a passion for performance. Kiki moved from Sardinia to the UK when he was 24, in the pursuit of working as a professional singer. Sergio stayed in Sardinia to work on his music there, touring and recording all around the Island. Their recent collaboration has resulted in the combination of two very different artists and genres, creating an exciting and exhilarating fusion of sound in the form of the Moses Project.
Both Kiki and Sergio have certainly managed to attract a lot of attention from people from all areas of the music industry. Kiki open a charity that was sponsored by the “Artful Dodger”, whilst they’re performing all over the UK. Drawing on influences such as Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Luther Vandross, Kiki has an amazing vocal range and an incredibly soulful voice. He was part of a R&B group called ‘3 Flow’, who were based in Manchester, and has also performed on UK television for the Michael Barrymore show.
Sergio has had much success with his band ‘Tamurita’. He took part in different TV show, festivals, concert with the band Tamurita, open shows for major group like Gogol Bordello & Ska P among others.
Tamurita won the 1st place to support the Italian Oxfam Charity. The band released their third album in 2012.
The highly anticipated collaboration between both Sergio and Kiki has been a long time coming, and it certainly does not disappoint!
The long awaited ‘Save A Prayer’ is due for release soon, make sure you grab your copy!
Founders of the New Romantic movement in the 1980s, Visage, fronted by the enigmatic Steve Strange, were one of a number of bands who grew to prominence at London’s notorious Blitz Club – known as ‘the cradle of the New Romantic movement’.
Following a long hiatus, ended last year by their first album in almost 30 years, Visage are back once again with a new album this winter. A spin on the traditional ‘Greatest Hits’ album, the new LP ‘Orchestral’ sees the band performing new versions of their most loved songs backed by the likes of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Synthosynphonica Orchestra and others.
The incredible new arrangements, adding in layers of strings, woodwind, brass and percussion to give these great tracks a fresh spin, include a 7 minute orchestral version of breakthrough hit ‘Fade To Grey’ set to be the lead single.
The idea for the album was inspired by an invitation to play alongside Czech Synthosynphonica Orchestra to close the World Ski Jumping Championships in March 2014. The success of that show and the new sound they created led Steve Strange and the rest of the band to pursue it further. The result is the album ‘Orchestral’ – set for release this winter.
‘Orchestral follows the success of the 4th Visage album, ‘Hearts & Knives’, released in 2013. Following five singles from the album, the band has soared back into the public consciousness with gigs around the world, taking their sound out of the studio and onto the stage for the first time. Reaction to their live show has been phenomenal, and the band have no plans to stop what they’ve started.
And with work now beginning on a follow up album of original songs, ‘Orchestral’ is a chance to first look back on some of Visage’s greatest tracks as you’ve never heard them before.
Ioish are the Delhi-based trio, made up of Vaibhav Bhutani, who initially started the band as a studio project before meeting Abhinav Chaudhary and Anshul Iall who convinced him to start playing live. Working separately on a variety of different music projects for over seven years, after meeting each other over Soundcloud, they have finally decided to write and produce music together after playing together for a year. The EP is mostly self produced, and features the renowned Abhishek Bhatia and Arsh Sharma of the ‘Circus’ on some of the vocals.
‘Bad Things For None’ is an instrumental track, with crashing guitar riffs that evoke and trigger hopeful emotions – it was written with Vaibhav in mind, when he was going through a rough time and was about to leave the music business.
They have played at the prestigious Shiva Squad Festival in Manali, India, and also opened for Tides From Nebula on their India tour at their New Delhi show. Vaibhav has spent many years working primarily as a sound engineer and a music producer – hence why most of the EP is self produced. Abhinav practises architecture on the side, and Anshul runs a bus-body-making factory in Delhi. They have previously played with other bands, such as The Circus, Higher Conscience, Fuzzculture and Mosko, and are continuing to gig as much as possible and expand their ever-growing fan-base.
“Ioish is a mix of Indian tinged beats with weird off-time jazzy feel trippyness that is going to develop into something for sure… watch out!” – Martin Atkins
The track ‘Bad Things For None’ begins with a pensive vibe, with a dark resonating base, which is designed to embolden the listener. It provides a haunting listening experience for the audience. It is due for release on November 28th.
You can watch the sultry video for ‘Bad Things For None’
Hailing from North London, CallMeTheKidd artist, (AKA Peter Elegbede) is certainly causing quite a stir on the UK urban scene. His latest song ‘Jungle’, from his debut EP ‘2ND2N: The Movie’. 7 out of 10 tracks he produced himself, and all of the songs on the EP were all written by him also. He has already opened up for other well-known artists such as Ghetts and Chipmunk, as well as MOBO award winner Stormzy & nominee Lil Slmz.
The video for hot track ‘Jungle’ see’s the dapper, CallMethekidd literally take it to the jungle with his beautiful date. Charming his way through his cool performance, CallMethekidd looks perfectly at home in front of the camera. After seeing the rising star in action, we doubt many girls will be turning down a date with him!
After almost following a career in professional basketball in America, Peter found his true calling in the form of writing and producing grime music. CallMeTheKidd says ‘’I started off with grime music but I now write & produce all sorts of music – Rap, Pop, RnB etc’’, of which he has been an avid fan of since the young age of 12. The track ‘Jungle’ has insanely tight production, and the beat and lyrics are especially catchy. The track depicts what goes through a man’s head when first meeting a woman – the aspect of love vs. lust is incorporated as he battles a conflict of desires in his head.
After unfortunately losing a close family member to a 7-year battle with cancer very recently, Peter has vowed to donate the proceeds from this single towards Macmillan Cancer Support. Peter recently self-pressed over 500 copies of his EP on CD, and gave them away, with the purpose of just getting his music out there and heard. With his heart more in the music as opposed to the money, CallMeTheKidd’s attitude is a brilliant example to aspiring musicians all over the UK.
‘Jungle’ from ‘2ND2N: The Movie’ is due for release on 8th December.