Bloom is the new single by Kyiv-based rock band In Signs that introduces a much darker-edged sound and looks to build on the worldwide airplay of their previous single, Knock Knock. Having recently expanded their number to include a full-time drummer, In Signs have also moved to a new studio and the changes to their sound are evident on Bloom, which shimmers with tension amongst shadowy atmospheric synths and guitars before exploding into a yearning chorus.
“The song Bloom was created and finalised a few months ago when the most-strict lockdown was in Kyiv. ‘Bloom’ is a little bit darker than the others and this will be a reminder of that time for us.
‘I wrote the song a few years ago but now it’s time to release it. I didn’t change the lyrics but somehow they feel in the right place now. This song was written long ago, before the quarantine but it now feels like “Bloom’ is about covid. I wrote it in bad times, I felt so empty that I just can’t have a normal conversation with friends. I faced misunderstanding and lies. I was very angry and I wrote ‘Bloom’ in a very short time. This song is very emotional to me and I hope that In Signs can carry across the idea of it.”
Teaming up with Snap Capone, StarMoney has released his new single, Catfish, which debuted on GRM Daily and has been racking up the views on the steamy video! StarMoney is everything you see – no gimmicks; no fakery; no BS, just an artist who is looking to make a positive difference in life and entertaining audiences along the way. The single is out now and you can watch the video here:
Catfish is his response to all the fakers on Instagram and beyond who pretend to have lavish lifestyles but where the reality is completely different.
“Catfish is about fake portrayal. For example, someone might be pretend to be a real gangster or a rich person in flesh or on the internet but in reality that is not what they are really about. Nowadays there are a lot of guys out there pretending to be gangsters or rich ballers when really they are not. Instead, they fool the public by using their Instagram pretending to be someone of money and power on the streets or even off the streets and they use this act to gain status, publicity and fame”.
Having worked his way up to become one of the most respected breeders of American Bulldogs in the UK, StarMoney is determined to enjoy similar success in his music career by using the same principals – accepting nothing less than perfection and delivering to people exactly what he promises. Catfish calls out the many fakers he has seen in his life and sets the stage for an artist who is looking to create conscious music to inspire people to look at life positively, especially young people.
After lockdown StarMoney is looking to create a kid’s fun day for parents to bring out their children to socialise, play, and interact with each other, whatever their race or background. He is determined for the younger generation to realise there is more to life than drugs, knives and gun crime. StarMoney’s own life has seen its fair share of negativity; even though he is incorporating both Trap and Drill into his sound – genres that regularly focus on the darker side of life – the aim is to send out positive messages and make a real difference.
“Welcome to the Next Century/Just Looking for Some Fun”
Album Released 1st May
A promising sportsman and a high-achiever academically, Adam Lanceley’s world was turned upside-down when a catastrophic car accident left him with life-changing injuries. Doctors advised him he was unlikely to walk or talk again, should he survive. Against all odds, Adam not only proved them wrong but has taken his remarkable recovery to the extreme, running marathons and carving out a career as a singer-songwriter. His story has been featured on Sky News and across radio around the world, as well as countless online websites. However, Adam’s struggles have never gone away. He lives each day with serious mental health issues, including PTSD, severe anxiety and depression. His only escape is music, something he desperately wants others to recognise as a means of coping with mental health conditions, an illness that has affected so many over recent lockdowns.
Adam was only ten years old when the crash left him sustaining a severe brain injury, a crushed pelvis and shattered legs. Though he has largely recovered from his physical injuries, his serious mental health issues continue to impact heavily on Adam, combining to create a torturous existence, essentially trapped within himself. Inspired by a life-long love of The Beach Boys, Adam has found solace in creating music. His prolific output sees him releasing another new album, Welcome to the Next Century, made purely for the love of music and the curative powers of expressing his emotions.
“The new tracks that are on this album have all been recorded since my last EP came out and all were written and recorded during lockdown. Doing this then helped me to escape some of the stress of the situation and almost take myself away to a sunnier, more care-free place. It was always intended that they would be released when the world seemed ‘brighter’ and on a more personal level, it felt like a turning point where things suddenly seemed easier”.
Singer-songwriter R Zak is to release her new album, Dialectics on 7th May, an extraordinary and hypnotic collection of tracks which bounce from electro-indie to classical to jazz to avant-garde sound collages without scarcely taking a breath.
Welcome to R Zak’s world, one which has seen her study as a classical viola player, only to find her using her instrument in everything from reggae collectives to hardcore punk bands, touring with indie group The Apple Miner Colony and opening for the likes of Buckethead and Beirut. Dialectics sees R Zak tearing sounds apart at the seams and reassembling them until they are both familiar and unsettlingly beautiful, strange and twisted sound sculptures, all married to R Zak’s zephyr-like vocals.
Having grown up in San Antonio, Texas, R Zak is now settled in Portland, Oregon, long a stronghold for artistic talent of all kinds. Living in a household where on any given day she could be exposed to classical, mariachi or nu-country music, she began playing the piano at the age of five before moving onto the viola aged nine after being encouraged by her teachers to experiment with all forms of music, not to feel rooted in just one. Completing a Bachelor’s then two Master’s degrees as a single mother, she is now a teacher herself and passes on this ethic to her own pupils:
“There’s no training or even protocol when it comes to real music making. There’s only immersion. It just becomes a physical need like the need for truth. The music simply has to come to life through you; you are just a vessel for it. Nothing else can really touch you at that point. The music gives you such strength and independence while at the same time bonding you emotionally with the entire world. It’s so mysterious!”
Dialectics is R Zak’s most extraordinary release so far – breathtakingly immersive and taking the listener on adventures through secret passageways within tracks, so that whilst you’re never certain of your eventual destination, the journey is constantly fascinating:
The title is “Dialectics” which has many meanings, depending on the context. The way I am using it, it is a reciprocal exchange between opposites, mutual sustenance, vital interaction. Every track on the album represents some kind of interaction between my own creative impulse and the art works of others.
Now based in Nottingham, via the unlikely route of Nigeria and Greece, Victoria Hoffman’s new single, ‘Hopeless Love‘, is released today (5th April) and captures her indie-folk style and confessional lyrics. Having only started writing songs in 2018, ‘Hopeless Love’ is her third single and comes ahead of a proposed debut album release in the Summer.
Though Hoffman’s family were all based in the field of medicine, she was determined to become a singer songwriter, a choice which was met with amusement and more barbed criticism online, where she was scorned for making music in such a wide variety of genres not typically associated with a black musician. These prejudices have only helped to fuel her desire to make the music she wants to make, the latest being ‘Hopeless Love’, which Victoria explains the story behind:
“This is a song about boy who sees girl on a bus and they have an instant connection. They both were in a relationship already, which makes things even more dramatic. They were seeing each other secretly, hoping they won’t get caught – unfortunately, it didn’t last long, the girl had to move away, and a few years later, she is married with kids and she is thinking of what it could have been, hitting that she would like to meet the guy again.”
The new single from Jade – ‘Hey Babe‘ – talks about the disposable nature of love and the shallow frivolity of a man’s seduction tactics, and his obvious unawareness of the queen he is trying to approach. The track is consumed by a blend of sultry jazz notes, classic melodies and pop and hip-hop features. For an artist that refuses to take no for an answer, this track is indicative of her confidence and style and refusal to accept less than what’s deserved.
The Takezo Remix and Steff Garner Remix for the track are out 23rd April.
Having made her name as a fearless entrepreneur in the world of fashion and textiles, Moss’ music career looks to continue the trend, wowing audiences with her mix of nostalgia, glamour and attitude.
At the age of 18, Jade traded her hometown in Yorkshire for the heart of London, determined to make her mark. She unleashed her creative soul in designing clothes and even opened her own boutiques, travelling the world and taking inspiration from everywhere she went. Her designs have featured in major high street stores as well as huge online retailers, mixing old retro design with colourful contemporary fashions to create a look entirely her own. She has brought this mindset to her music, already aware of her raw and unique singing voice, Jade rediscovered her true purpose after the birth of her daughter, Blue.
“The music that I write is about my experiences with love, joy, strength and the importance of self-worth”.
Influenced by Etta James, Grace Jones, Lauren Hill and many more, the catchy melodies and lyrics that stuck in Jade’s head translated well when recording her songs. Her style is described as an eclectic arty mix-up between the ’80s and 1940s, giving off retro vibes. This original sound brings her emotional, real-life heartbreak stories to life with warm jazzy vocals that hug the soul.
‘Hey Babe’ is written by Jade, composed by Milano based musician Etto and arranged and mixed by Vito de Luca from Aeroplane in Brussels. The song is featured on the upcoming EP Only you to be released on GlaGlaRecords in April this year.
Based in Norwich, UK, Ryan Soanes’ pop-punk/emo albumThe Journeyhas already been getting a great response from his ardent fanbase and beyond. He’s now to release one of the stand-out tracks Call My Name as a single, along with a suitably atmospheric video. Combining synths and guitars to create a sound which is both melodic and powerful, Ryan’s lyrics really set him apart from the crowd, capturing his inner thoughts and making them really resonate. Diagnosed as autistic as a child, his music is both a way to express himself and a way of helping others cope with mental health issues of their own.
Happy to create music which doesn’t neatly fit into the pop pigeonhole but still making music that is thrillingly catchy and commercial despite retaining a rock edge, Ryan Soanes is a true music obsessive. Dedicated to creating songs to help raise awareness of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, his recently released album The Journey raised money for the charity Samaritans. A way of giving back to his friends, family and supporters who helped him through difficult times, he wants his tracks to provide inspiration and escape for people also needing help. Ryan describes the story behind ‘Call My Name’ in his own words:
“The song was originally written years ago before I even released music, it was written as a love song to a girl I was dating at the time, however, in recent times when I decided to rework the song, I had broken up with the girl… this gave the song a whole new meaning and vibe completely, it’s a happy song that went sad, now the meaning is as followed; the main character is going through/has gone through a breakup and realises their fault, they regret it all and want to reach out to their ex to be on good terms, however, they can’t find the words to justify their apology or feelings, the girl refuses to reply or give him another chance (“hello my dear I’m standing here waiting on you / I’m facing my fears waiting on you”), this is a personal experience to me”.