Singer-songwriter Abraham Trai has released his debut single, The One.
The song is melodic and teeming with the soul that any good ballad has.
Abraham’s softly sonorous voice is accompanied and complimented by spritely piano keys, gentle harmonies and romantically emotive lyrics.
Inspired by some of soulful pop’s greatest artists such as Adele and Lewis Capaldi,Abraham Trai moved to London from his native France to pursue his music dreams.
Written with Louisa Glanville, The One showcases Abraham’s delicate soulful vocals with minimal piano, creating a touching track which captures the heartbreak of losing someone you love in your life.
Dedicating himself to writing every day, his tracks are designed to reflect real situations and the ups and downs of relationships – most of all, Abraham wants listeners to know that anyone feeling loneliness or unhappiness is not alone. The One is the first release from an album entitled MMXXII which is expected to be released in 2022.
Lexxicon is gearing up to release his EP titled ‘Bashment SZN’ just in time for Spring and Summer. It will be released on the 7th of April, and based off the tracks we’ve heard already, like Pon Di Floor (26th February), it will definitely be blasting from the speakers during those picnics in the park as lockdown eases; providing party anthems and good vibes only.
When you listen to his music you can’t help but notice the similarities to artists such as PartyNextDoor or Swae Lee. However, Lexxicon is not one to be pigeonholed into one category as his music sounds like an amalagamtion of loads of genres. You can notice elements of Bashment, Dancehall, Tropical R&B and even a bit of Grime thrown in there. With his undeniable charisma and irresisteble swagger, the Jamaican-Canadian artist exemplifies passion and persistence.
If you have ever been lucky enough to see this talented star live before then you can vouch for his captivating stage presence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances.
His originality is rooted in his connections to some of the most musically renowned cities in the world. His capacity to blend his Jamaican roots with quinitesstial mainstream sounds and influences sets him apart from the crowd.
Lexxicon obvioulsy has a strong artistic vision and has carefully curated his sound; he is determined to push the boundaries of the music industry and is quickly rising on the scene to becoming a household name. Keep your eyes peeled for this talent.
By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon is known for blending his Jamaican roots with R&B, Hip-Hop and Afrobeat. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks, reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Afro B and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion his unique sound and create a similar imprint on the international music scene.
“As a dancehall music lover, I always wanted to create a small project that really reflected those that I looked up to and this EP is that project. You won’t be able to listen without moving, grooving and wishing you could catch a bubble”
With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, CBC Radio, NOW Magazine, Breakfast Television and E-Talk.
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If you’re in the mood for some headbanging alt-rock, then crank up the volume and get ready for Kavanagh’s new single ‘Citizen 202‘. The band are releasing the track on the 26th March and it is not one to be missed.
In true alt-rock style, the track is a blend of conventional rock elements with a powerful punk feel to it. The crescendoed introduction leads you on a whirlwind of gargantuan, distortion-heavy guitars and dizzying vocals, comfortably clocking in under two minutes!
The Brighton based band, containing five members, have been crafting their sound and mastering their dynamic style since 2016, bringing local pubs and clubs of Canterbury to life with their unique sound. They won two national Battle of the Band competitions, so one could easily deduce they made an impression on the locals and know how to put on one hell of a show.
They are the epitome of unsigned, DIY Rock n’ Roll. With their larger than life sound, it is no shock that they have made waves through the UK, touring the country and featuring on multiple radio appearances. Their talent most definitely has not gone unnoticed and they look forward to supporting Fat White Family in the near future. The track ‘Citizen 202‘ also features in the upcoming movie, Vegan Vampires from Zorg, with members of The Sex Pistols and New York Dolls!
Recorded at Far Heath Studios with Angus Wallace of The Prodigy and esteemed producer Mike Bennett, ‘Citizen 202’ is a virtually faultless track full of flair and fire.
‘Citizen 202‘ sets to outline the next chapter in Kavanagh’s exciting development as a new and unique alternative rock band. Fast, explosive and poetic, their latest tune is a self-expressive, proper hungry rock track that depicts a modern society in less than two minutes.
Following on from the recent success of Better on My Own, which reached No.6 in the Music Week UK Official commercial pop chart, Jack Rose has released his brand new catchy single ‘Rockstar’, and it is clear that the star has found his groove, mastered his sound and is ready to reclaim the charts once again. The track was released on the 19th of February 2021.
The powerful pop anthem is backed by an all-star cast of some of the UK’s hottest producers. After gracing the front cover of the music industry’s most respected and trusted Music Week Magazine, as well as being championed by the Official Charts Company as “The One to Watch”, the critics are for once in agreement that this upcoming star is a force to be reckoned with in 2021.
Jack Rose’s ‘Rockstar’ features mixes from the following producers:
Eddie Craig (Wideboys)
Pink Panda (Top 100 DJ List)
Rick Live (Alonestar Featuring Ed Sheeran & Rick Live)
Routes (Alias of Billy Da Kid and Dan Dafzan)
Luis Rumore (Majestic, Kiss FM)
Jack Rose aka JCK is an 18-year-old singer songwriter and TV presenter from Ashford, Kent in the UK. Jack has toured with the legendary Faith Evans on her UK tour, supported Tinchy Stryder, Shane Lynch (Boyzone), Dane Bowers (Another Level), Abz Love (Five) Ben Ofoedu (Phats And Small), Rozalla, Natasha Hamilton (Atomic Kitten) and Beverley Knight and regularly performs all over the UK.
Rose listens to a lot of trap artists, such as 24kGoldn and Internet Money, and it is clear where he derives his musical influence. The track was heavily inspired by American rap and living like a rockstar; the track definitely captures the current sound that is dominating the charts at the moment and encapsulates ‘living your best life.’
The track is accompanied by a light-hearted video that depicts the budding relationship between two young adults, it is an accurate portrayal of how modern day relationships develop through social media. It is sweet and romantic but simultaneously raw in its stripped back production.
Jack Rose was influenced in his early days by rappers such as Eminem, and it inspired him to start creating music. But as he has progressed in his career he has realised that he finds a closer and more natural affinity with current rap/trap artists such as Post Malone. It is clear when you listen to the track who Rose has been sonically influenced by, and his recent releases have been successful due to his authenticity and his passion for the music he makes.
Whilst the pandemic has greatly affected him this year, Rose is excited by the prospect of live gigs in the future as he engages a lot with his fans over social media and thrives off performing. Over his professional timeline he has played more than 250 shows and has built up a truly loyal fan base of more than 200,000 fans. He has even been hailed as the young Justin Timberlake with his proven singer-songwriter prowess, his acting skills and handsome appeal – it’s unsurprising that he has such a pure likability factor.
Jack’s single “Not the One” peaked at No 2 in the Netherlands and No 5 in Belgium; his single “Freak Ya”, which was released on September 27th last year, peaked at No11 in the iTunes Top 200 Pop Charts. The latter track features former X Factor contestant Kezia Povey and is a risqué urban-infused jam that’s received considerable radio play traction.
Jack is also the host of Amazon TV series Ghost Hunting with Jack Rose where he explores haunted sites across the UK with host of celebrity guests. Former guests have included: Love Island’s Georgia Harrison; award-winning actress Tina Malone; Big Brother’s Jeremy McConnell; Simon Britton; Paul Danan and stars from TV’s Gogglebox, to name but a few.
Jack began his career posting covers of popular songs online and, by the age of 13, had already amassed more than 1.2 million views. In 2017, he featured on a charity single with stars from the TV show Gogglebox, which reached No6 in the iTunes Chart.
Jack’s single “Let This Be” was released on the 20th of December and was included in Spotify’s New Music Friday and also peaked at No20 in the iTunes Top 200 Pop Chart.
Glasgow-based duo der Mist have been readying themselves for the release of their self-titled album all year. On the 26th of February, listeners were gifted with the unique amalgamation of genres that make up the album, featuring elements of pop, rock, indie, electronic and new wave elements.
der Mist is Craig McKissick and Ali Whitty, both based in Glasgow, Scotland, and equipped with impressive multi-instrumental skills that give the band an enlarged sound as though there were 3 or 4 members, rather than 2. Previously in Crash My Model Car (signed to V2 Records) and Augusta Fireball, Ali found Craig through a local charity he set up which looked to help young musicians – this certainly proved to be the case as the pair decided to avoid the trappings of a traditional four-piece and use the combination of their musical and technical skills. Ironically, COVID-lockdowns proved to catalyse their work effort, making them even more committed to avoiding gimmicks and fake methodology to show the real people behind the music and the process of making it by using social media and vlogs on their Youtube channel to speak directly to fans.
The lead track, ‘It’s Alright’, which was released on the 15th January, was an inebriating concoction of indie rock found through experimentation with pop formulas, sensitively positive lyrics and some awesome guitar riffs. But the upbeat tempo and mix of synths add texture to the track and prove that there is plenty of room for guitars and electronic production to coexist.
The brilliant accompanying video, released on 22nd January, captures the energy, passion and positivity of the band, echoing some of the giants of 80s synth-pop like Duran Duran whilst containing rock elements influenced by the artists’ favourite rock bands, such as Pixies. This is most definitely a track to be blasting throughout the day; the lyrics are pertinent and reflective of the time we live in, imploring a positive mental attitude and assuring one that things will be alright. Whether you’re on your daily walk, cleaning your room or some kind of seemingly menial task – this is a track to inject some required positivity into your day.
Craig explains the genesis of the track:
“It’s Alright was the first track Ali worked on with me when I was 16 that I can distinctly remember having this feeling that we were on to something – that’s why it’s the debut track. Like a lot of tracks on the album, it went through so many versions. I remember at one point it had so much going on, I was getting carried away layering up sounds trying to turn it into a drum ‘n’ bass dance track. After hearing it, Ali swiftly decided we had to go back to basics and get the core elements of the demo and turn them into something better.
Some elements from my outrageous version are still in there, but my favourite part of the process was recording the guitar solo. We had so much fun trying to channel our inner 80’s child (even though I wasn’t born then), trying to get something unique and fresh but also something that evokes that nostalgic feeling. Lyrically the track harkens back to the uncertainty I and I’m sure a lot of people had growing up and just having the confidence to tell yourself everything is going to be ok. And yes there is a reference to Kool and the Gang’s ‘Get Down On It’ in there, why not!“
The 14-track masterpiece is teeming with catchy, charming lyrics and upbeat instrumentals that make the album full of fun and positivity; even the structure of the album is audibly appealing as tracks effortlessly lead into one another. However, it is the interlude that caught my attention, because ‘From the Inside Out’ slows things down a little bit as the lyrics are sadder, and instead of electric guitar we hear bells and Spanish guitar notes mixing together in a way that is contemplative and hopelessly romantic.
“Tearing me apart,
From the inside out.”
der Mist – From The Inside Out.
And this is not the only exploration of musical formulae, ‘Life is Flashing’ combines elements of spoken word and stylistically paced hip-hop motifs.
The final track on the album is ‘Connected’, and the opening reminded me of I Can See Through You by The Horrors. However, it drifts into a different direction that make it the perfect conclusion for the album.
“We are taking it to the top,
We aren’t going to take it no more.”
der Mist – Connected.
Overall, the album is an intoxicating blend of albums, coming together in a way that is almost anarchist in its lawless disregard for sticking to one genre and contains lyrics that are rebellious yet optimistic. In a year of confinement and authority, the duo fights back against the normative in a way that incites hope and amplifies the need for self-expression.
der Mist lifts the lid on every aspect of their lives as real musicians (vegan, teetotal musicians, no less!), leaving their forthcoming album to speak for itself.
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LearningToDive, New Zealand’s post-punk and New Romantic inspired musician, is releasing a debut album this Spring. The album acts as a love letter to the innovational 1980’s music scene, packed with the best elements of the post-punk and synth-pop genres that come together in an exhilarating blend of sounds.
Known as Bravo Bonez, the singer, songwriter and producer is a native of Wellington, who has compiled this album by translating his personal experiences and perceptions of the world through the template of 1980s musical sounds. Over the last few years, Bravo Bonez had come to question some of his own assumptions about life and his place in the world as a husband and a father.
Now permanently settled in the capital of NZ due to Covid-19, Bravo spends his time reconnecting with his musical passion through a variety of musical projects, as well as helping to develop and encourage local musicians through owning and running his own music studio PureSound Studios NZ
One of the leading tracks, Rainbow Fall, was recorded in Norway in August 2019 when the weather was surprisingly hot. Unsurprisingly, then, beholding a beautifully cinematic landscape on the western seafront in Giske, LearningToDive recorded a track in which his observations about the world take centre stage.
“We want no prejudice, we want a world that’s fair.”
Bonez’s benevolent baritone enters the track in a warm, sonically-pleasing sound that is reminiscent of The Horrors. The track is underscored by tribally rhythmic drums and lively brass notes that come together and exude a comforting optimism. The hook, “Don’t let this rainbow fall” rings throughout to perhaps remind the listener of the inherent fragility of this planet. Finally, the track ends with a friendly and final reminder for: “Humanity, humility.”
The track forms a pseudo-social commentary that is rich in texture, depth and harmony. The track happened to be released in a timely manner as US politics had taken and turn for the worst, the track comments on the unnerving division between the left and the right.
LearningToDive said: “This song, although not directly written about the USA, is a timely release as the USA transitions from one administration to another.
“It is a call for reconciliation between Left and Right, and not to let dark forces manipulate us into fighting each other. A call to be humble, and not to forget others’ humanity.”
‘Little Requiem’ is harrowingly orchestral and the voices of a choir ring out to a synthesised beat that makes the track somewhat ethereal and dreamlike. Only to then be stunned into action by the upbeat tempo of ‘Tainted’.
“Bravo uses his expertise of various instruments from keyboards to the violin to produce a truly breathtaking single full of anthemic atmospherics, ambient dream pop and a smattering of shoegaze” – Indie Central
The final track, ‘I’ll Smile’, appears at first like a letter to a long lost loved one, but slowly transforms into a final goodbye to the bad memories of 2020 and recognises the benefits of letting go of negativity.
“A dirty sun falls, as a crippled autumn fades.
We fooled around, we played with fire.
I understand you’re tired now,
I’ll smile, as you walk away.
I’ll smile, as you walk away.”
However, the lyrics also remind one of the inherent fragility of the earth and our impermanence as mortals, the fact we are playing with fire and messing with earth’s natural balance, and ultimately an understanding that eventually we may be abandoned by such a balance and left to fend for ourselves as we destroy the planet we live on.
The release of High & Dry on the 20th of November was LearningToDive’s first outing under this musical identity. His debut album will be ready for release on the 2nd of April 2021. He now has 4 released singles (High & Dry, Falling Leaves, Rainbow Fall and Tainted), with his monthly listeners consistently sitting around 3200 per month.
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Nickita, singer and experienced doula, is set to release a single titled “Breathe Again” on the 14th March 2021, Mother’s Day no less. Prior to the release date, she has unveiled an emotive music video to emphasise the strength of the pregnant female and the amazing work that midwives do. All proceeds for the single will go directly to the fundraising effort by her organisation, When Push Comes to Shove, in order to help mothers and midwives make safe and educated decisions during all points of their pregnancy and birth.
“A mother’s choice is a choice alone,
No need to caress what you don’t control,
It’s in her hands,
She’s not broken.”
The video depicts an array of women expressing their truths and desire to be heard, demonstrating their strength and determination through their pregnancies and providing love for their families. Women hold up signs with statements such as ‘we will breathe again’, ‘I want to be heard’ and ‘birth choices matter.’ The array of clips from women underpin the poignant message behind the video and come together in a moving medley that demonstrates just how vital midwives are. Those moments of the miracle of childbirth draw focus to the chosen charity but are so emotionally charged that it truly emphasises the bond created between mother and child during childbirth and the strength of the female body.
With her extraordinary vocal range and profound lyrics Nickita successfully channels her experiences, both positive and negative, as a woman and a mother to present this sentimental and sincere gift to midwives. The lyrics are sentimental and sincere, emphasising the empowerment that comes with taking back control over your body.
As a woman that has suffered the trauma of a miscarriage, Nickita understands the importance of midwifery after received amazing support and care before and after the birthing process. She felt as though she was able to make decisions about the birth of her second child that the NHS would not allow and vowed to spread awareness on the matter.
“Hold her safe, keep her warm,
Safe from the eye of the patriarch’s storm.”
The IMUK, Independent Midwives for United Kingdom, recently expressed that there is no viable insurance option to allow members to attend births. And in light of the current crisis, the lack of indemnity has become an exacerbated problem that has coincided with an increased demand for the services of midwives as more mothers wish to avoid the hospital during Covid-19 outbreaks. The chair for IMUk, Ms. Tomkins said, “There was a proposal from one company to offer cover, similar to that we had had previously, but the fee was quoted as £7,500 per home birth. As you can appreciate, there was no way this was feasible to accept.”
Nickita has decided to support the Childbirth Choices Matter Campaign, which is run by the maternal and newborn health and rights charity White Ribbon Alliance, by getting midwives back into work and spreading awareness of the “autonomy in childbirth.”
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