“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”.
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”.
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.
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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Raw Soul Express have proved themselves as a band that requires no studio trickery or airbrushing, just artistic expertise. On the 1st February, the band released their new single entitled “Fate of the World” and confirmed they are still a soulful force to be reckoned with, some 45 years after they formed.
Raw Soul Express are a unique funk group birthed in Miami with a distinctively soulful sound, comprised of sultry lead vocals from Rick Washington and the instrumental prowesses of Chris Perkins, Tommy Johnson, John McMinn, Paull Mullen, Harold Seay and long-time bassist Albie Manno.
When you think of the 1970s you might think of the rise of bell-bottom jeans and disco balls, but it was also an era made famous by economic struggle, technological revolution and massive cultural change. Fast forward 45 years and some of those issues are still harrowingly reminiscent; 2020 has been a year consumed by crises such as the Australian bushfires and the Californian wildfires, Black Lives Matter protests and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic that shook the world to its core. ‘The Fate of the Word’ is a single that the band felt obligated to put out with a message that is as vital as ever.
The band members are all equally as excited about the new single and have reflected on the moral implications of the lyrics. Chris Perkins said: “if you are conscious about your surroundings, mentally, socially and economically with a deep concern for humanity and God and love for your fellow man and the environment, then Fate of the World addresses these issues in our society. It’s powerful, raw and its current. Unfortunately, it’s in real time.”
Raw Soul Express’ new single is characteristically syncopated and funky, containing delicious melodies and harmonies underscored by soulful bass and brass notes. In some ways, the single offers a form of escapism from the fateful reality we live in. But there are no preaching pleasantries, just simple, raw melodic symphonies and hard-hitting lyrics that entice the listener to confront the cataclysmic situation of the world.
The song itself was actually written by bassist and lead vocalist almost 25 years ago. Albie Manno said: “Because the song was written by myself and Rick some 25 years ago, I had no idea in 2019 when I was planning to make the video in 2020 what the images were going to be. To me, it just affirms that what we’ve been doing all along is what we were meant to do. As artists I believe we should reflect on the times, may they be good or bad.
“Caught in between, politics playing out the height of its dreams.
We can’t sit by, nothing’s as precious as one human life.”
Raw Soul Express directly ask the listener “is this the fate of the world?”
The lyrics are thought-provoking and raw. The video forces the viewer into a contemplative position as the observer, witnessing some scenes from the world’s most hard-hitting events through history and specifically 2020.
It is relevant yet timeless, and Raw Soul Express solidify their reputation as pioneers in the soul and funk scene by staying true to the genre with the track’s distinctive groove. The single is relevant yet timeless, inquisitive and self-aware: qualities that manifest as an honest commentary on the state of our global affairs.
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After creating a name for herself in the word of fashion and design with her unique, vintage and vibrant style, Jade Moss has taken inspiration from her expertise and mixed it into her music.
With glamorous and retro tones mixed together, ‘Hey Babe’ fuses elements from classic jazz and pop to create a wistful and romantic sound that shows her fearless and defining attitude.
A bold and iconic entrepreneur in the the fashion industry, Jade unveiled her creativity in designing clothes after moving to the heart of London from her home in Yorkshire at the young age of 18.
Opening up her own boutiques and travelling the world in the process, she’s picked up inspiration at every destination, which has helped her designs find success in both high street fashion stores and online retailers.
Her own individual and imaginative style she has created has shown in her music as well. With a powerful and soulful voice, she has put together a song with charm and mystique, singing about true love in the cold world we live in.
It’s catchy and groovy with an old school elegance to it; having been described as an artistic combination of 80’s and 40’s music, ‘Hey Babe’ is a sentimental track that’ll have you singing along.
“The music that I write is about my experiences with love, joy, strength and the importance of self-worth”.
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Inspired by artists such as Etta James, Grace Jones and Lauren Hill, Jade has created a neo-vintage pop song filled with emotion and passion.
With the help of Milan-based musician Etto who composed the song and Vito de Luca from Aeroplane who did the arranging and mixing, ‘Hey Babe’ is one that will be featured on Jade’s upcoming EP ‘Only you’, set to be released on GlaGlaRecords in April this year.
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Leif Coffield is ready to share his new electro-pop masterpiece to the world. On February 5th he will release his newest single ‘Say My Name’, a boundary-breaking, dark tune that he hopes will attract the attention of a much wider audience.
Being one that likes to stand out from the mainstream, Coffield created this stunning song by combining elements of hip-hop, acoustic and electronic music in an exciting and exhilarating way.
Inspired by artists such as Kanye West, Bon Iver and Flume, Coffield is hoping to be recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative and thrilling electro-pop artists in the genre.
Accompanying the track, Leif Coffield is set to release an artistic, minimalist music video set in a run down council flat, with dramatic choreography showing his intrigue in brutalist imagery.
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Pakistan-born singer-songwriter SHK, has released an anthem for all with his new song ‘Undefeated’, A lyrical motivation for everyone to follow their dreams.
Now living in Reading, England, SHK has taken inspiration from a very unlikely source. With his main passions alongside music being poetry, spirituality, self-reformation, and martial arts, SHK takes inspiration from this combination to create an upbeat, empowering tune, which is sure to motivate listeners.
Alongside this track, SHK has released an inspired music video with symbols to strength and power throughout:
One of his biggest inspirations for this song was his admiration for Russian mixed-martial artist, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has remained undefeated in all 28 of his fights. Being one of SHKs personal heroes and having gained legendary status in the world of MMA, Nurmagomedov has remained a devoted and dedicated Muslim throughout.
“I have been really inspired by his hard-work, skills, integrity, discipline and unconquerable spirit. I think he is a great role-model for any professional, especially for Muslims”
The pop-rock tune is catchy and uplifting, with a memorable melody and sing-along chorus that has a deeply embedded life lesson presented lyrically. ‘Unbeatable’ portrays the message to always be true to yourself and overcome any obstacles that may come forth.
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