Liverpool newcomers Youth Hostel  unveil sunshine indie-pop debut 

Alternative, Indie

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With the sun lighting up our office this morning we’ve got some suitably upbeat, catchy, indie-pop for you to check out from Liverpool newcomers Youth Hostel. Already played twice by the legendary Janice Long on Radio 2, it’s coming out via The Label Recordings (the guys behind the debut Hooton Tennis Club single before they signed to Heavenly Recordings).

Listen to them here:

https://soundcloud.com/youthhostelmusic/out-of-my-mouth-1

Jaunty summer anthem ‘Young You’ from excitingly fresh Norwegian indie giants KMF – (Kakkmaddafakka)

Alternative, Indie, Pop, Rock

 

This band has undeniable chemistry!’ – IndieBerlin

Get your head in this sound cloud…

 

Norwegian indie band KMF (Kakkmaddafakka) spearhead their own unique effervescent sound on this summery single ‘Young You’.

The song is a feelgood blend of groovy bass, bouncy pianos and breezy reverb-soaked vocals. You can feel the warm rays of the sun on your face whilst listening to it.

Listen to the single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N50ugwIegBk

 

The band hail from the beautiful city of Bergen, where they have grown from a small local group to an internationally recognised act. Their Facebook band page currently has over 150, 000 likes.

Having toured all over the world, KMF regularly play to 5000 fans at their own club shows across the continent and have appeared at and headlined stages at renowned festivals such as Melt! Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Arenal Sound in Spain and Hurricane Festival. With support constantly coming their way, they seem destined to continue onwards and upwards and are not likely to stop until their out the stratosphere.

The group proclaim themselves to be ‘sauna extremists’, having gone so far as to perform naked in a sauna once on Norwegian national news!

Amongst sauna-extremism, the band’s other hobbies include football, gaming and Djing (two of the members Axel and Pål run a popular club concept ‘Klubben’ and a hip hop night in Bergen – proof of a band with eclectic musical tastes).

On May 31st the band will be playing an exclusive UK show at the prestige O2 Academy Islington.

‘Young You’ is out May 13th and is set to appear on the group’s upcoming self-titled album KMF set for release June 3rd.

Kakkmaddafakka can get the muddy dance floors of the European festival circuit pumping – but they can prop you up against a tree to lounge in the midsummer sun, too.

Noisey

 

Links:

 

https://soundcloud.com/kakkmaddafakka

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuBabbpsL4gvTfFjdHuSN0g

https://www.facebook.com/kakkmaddafakkamusic

https://twitter.com/kakkmaddafakka

http://www.kmfband.com/

 

 

Texas crooner, Andy Meadows, releases upbeat swing single ‘Never Be The Same’

Country, Jazz

‘…it’s as if Fort Worth, the home of cowboys and culture, has been cannily reduced to musical form.” Preston Jones DFW.com/Star Telegram

 ‘Never Be The Same’ is the latest fun upbeat swing single from rising Texas artist Andy Meadows set to appear on his upcoming album Modern Day Crooner.

Accompanied by a vibrant 9 piece band, Andy delivers a swanky crooning voice powerful enough to compete with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra. Steel guitar and fiddles meanwhile add a country vibe that harks back to Andy’s roots.

Lyrically, the song centres around being love-struck.

Andy explains the inspiration behind it: ‘I fell in love with the new girl at work and it had been years since I’d felt that way and I’d forgotten how wonderful and terrible falling in love can be, the sleepless nights the anticipation of a phone call or text, then analyzing what each text really means and how quickly or slowly you should respond, wondering if you should kiss her or shouldn’t kiss her, trying to play it cool when you see her even though it’s probably obvious that you’re madly in love with her. You know, the usual stuff.

 

Growing up in a country radio station owned by his father, the singer developed his interest in music at an early age. He started writing songs at the age of 16 and originally had plans to pursue a career as an opera singer winning his way into Texas Tech University as a vocal performance major. However, knowing opera wasn’t his real passion, he later transferred to South Plains College to study commercial music.

 

Andy is 6ft5in tall and was recently invited to the Dallas Tall People’s Club. ‘I never went but I find it really odd that there’s a club made up of people and the only thing they have in common is that they’re all tall. I guess they just sit around and talk about where they buy their pants.

 

‘Never Be The Same’ is available here to stream: https://soundcloud.com/andy-meadows-554478650/never-be-the-same/s-8B8fp?in=andy-meadows-554478650/sets/modern-day-crooner-cd/s-G5DIR

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Andy-Meadows-Music-137770886268045/

https://twitter.com/theandymeadows

https://soundcloud.com/andy-meadows-554478650

http://andymeadows.net/

 

 

Brooklyn band Newborn give new life to rock – new single ‘Beautiful Disguise’ and upcoming EP

Alternative, Indie, Rock, Uncategorized

“Rock is not dead. Brooklyn trio Newborn released a new single called ‘Runaround’ last week, and it is everything you have been waiting for.!    – AXS Magazine

“The Coney-Island natives are forging a path for a new generation of rock lovers with a DIY attitude and mainstream accessibility.”!   – Pure Grain Audio

Following the release of groovy indie single ‘Runaround’, Brooklyn band Newborn have now released the second track from their upcoming EP, a smoky guitar anthem called ‘Beautiful Disguise’ that discusses the use of lyrics to hide one’s flaws and mortality.

Listen to ‘Beautiful Disguise’ here: https://soundcloud.com/newborn-6/beautiful-disguise

The band’s refreshing sound is the result of a multitude of rock influences including Muse, Nirvana, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Arctic Monkeys.

Formed by high school friends Allen James and Eric Weglicki who met in 2005, the two jammed for several years before finally finding a bassist and drummer, playing their first gig in 2013 as a four-piece band. This was later cut down to a three person lineup, both drummer and bassist leaving, the band finding their current percussionist Blake Suben, guitarist Eric Weglicki switching to bass.

 

Frontman Allen discusses the band name, which stemmed from an incident in an elevator one day: ‘It was one of those days where my depression was really bad. The elevator doors opened and a mother came strolling in with her baby. The baby looked right into my eyes and gave me the silliest, happiest smile I’ve ever seen. It completely obliterated my bad mood. I told Eric the story later that day and we decided to call our band “Newborn”. To us the name represents a way of looking through life with constant marvel and to always live in the moment. The way a child does.

 

Allen has battled with depression for a long time, initially causing him insomnia, sometimes only averaging five hours of sleep a week. Upon leaving a four year college course in physical therapy to form a band, he found that this depression and insomnia was cured. In a wicked twist of fate, he then began receiving bizarre muscular skeletal problems that that caused him to fall into another bout of depression.

 

Most of our songs were written during this time,’ he recounts. ‘On one hand my life was going so well in that I was doing what I loved and being loved for doing it, and on the other hand it was just a complete nightmare. I’m definitely not out of those woods but I am trying to keep a positive attitude . Music is perhaps the biggest reason for that. It really does heal people.

 

The upcoming EP, self-titled Newborn, was mastered by Joe Laporta, who has worked with artists as esteemed as David Bowie, Foo Fighters, The Weeknd, The Killers and Imagine Dragons.

 

The EP is scheduled for release June 14th.

 

Watch video for previous single ‘Runaround’ here:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvnL_mnenHw

 

EP Tracklist:

 

  1. Runaround
  2. Gravity
  3. Innocent Guilt
  4. Beautiful Disguise
  5. Old Soul

Links:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/newborn-6

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newbornrockmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_Newbornband

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_newborn/

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/thenewbornband

 

 

Andrea Di Giovanni releases atmospheric new electropop single ‘I’ll Take Care of Myself’

Alternative, Dance, Dubstep, Electronica, Pop, Uncategorized

A Soundcloud teaser for you!

21-year-old Italian-born singer, Andrea Giovanni, is set to release atmospheric new electropop song, ‘I’ll Take Care of Myself’, set to drop April 15th. Taking influence vocally from Sam Smith and Jess Glynne, the artist delivers a soaring vocal performance that has the potential to appeal both to underground fans and the masses. Marco Casaluce produces the instrumental, opening with brooding synth swells before erupting with some hard-hitting bass.

Catch a teaser here: https://soundcloud.com/andrea-di-giovanni-2/ill-take-care-of-myself-teaser-andrea-di-giovanni

Raised in Rome, Andrea moved to the UK in 2013 to pursue his dreams as a singer. A sufferer of the rare skin condition vitiligo, Andrea was bullied in the youth for the affliction putting him in a very dark place. His strict Catholic upbringing also made it hard for him to openly come to terms with his bixesuality. Moving to the UK, he was able to finally find acceptance, learning to embrace them as strengths instead of weaknesses.

As he explains himself, ‘I started to see vitiligo as my edge and distinctive characteristic of my personality, a strength. I decided to show it in the covert art-work of the single, ‘taking care of myself’ means also the ability to transform what you’ve always considered weaknesses into beautiful strengths.

Andrea also has an EP ‘Soultrip’ on the way scheduled for release in July.

(photo credit: Barbara Gallozzi – Photo Studio Imag&vents)

 

Links:

Website: http://andreadigiovanni.it/

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/andrea-di-giovanni-2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andreadigiovannimusic/?fref=ts

Twitter: @adigiovannioff

Upbeat and inspirational new electro-pop single ‘Step by Step’ by Challan Carmichael

Pop, RnB, Soul, Uncategorized

#GET YOUR HEAD IN THIS SOUNDCLOUD!#

Up-and-coming UK singer, Challan Carmichael, delivers this new feel good single ‘Step by Step’ out June 3rd. Sporting a fantastic hook and a bubbly electropop beat, the track has all the ingredients of a catchy pop song, made all the more engaging by its positive and life-affirming lyrics. Challan Carmichael is Fresh, Original and Inspiring.

Listen to the track here: https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael/step-by-step-challan-carmichael

I love good wholesome music and am very aware of how music can help you to motivate and uplift,’ explains the singer.  ‘In the current climate with so much negativity in the world it is very easy to be bombarded with negative images and messages continuously. Sometimes it is good to focus on the positive side and also positive messages so that we can remember it is not all doom and gloom.

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A devout Christian, Challan invited 10 local children from his church to sing on the track’s chorus. Ideals of humanity and philanthropy play a major part in his lyrics, themes that are applicable not just to his own faith but to people from all walks of life.

Challan takes influence from artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Billy Ocean. As well as singing, he has long had a keen interest in dance, self-teaching himself as a child from watching Michael Jackson videos and streetdance. In 1988, he was lucky enough to get front row tickets to King of Pop’s BAD concert, a surprise gift from his au-pair.

Unafraid to challenge himself, Challan joined the Territorial army in his twenties, having a desire to push himself both physically and mentally. Around the same time he also got involved with artist tour management.

Having worked behind the scenes in the music industry for many years supporting artists such as KC Da Rookee and Ben from Phats and Smalls, Challan is now ready to carve a music career of his own.

The artist has worked with multiple producers including notable names such as Blaze Billions, Paul Nza, Lars Mellow and Klimper Boy. He is currently performing at schools across the UK as part of his Step by Step UK nationwide Schools Tour.

The Nottingham Post has described him as ‘Nottingham’s next MC Hammer’.

An album has been recorded in Germany and will be out soon.

Pre-order now: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/step-by-step-single/id1093444648?ls=1

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael

https://www.facebook.com/challancarmichaelmusic/

https://twitter.com/ChallanC

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCexVQanNA09bzBSj6P4T9ig

https://www.instagram.com/challancarmichael/

www.challancarmichael.co.uk

Olivia Shafique and New uplifting single ‘My Music’

Pop

Driving pop track set for 31st July release

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It’s all very impressive for a first release, and fitting that the song itself is all about being positive, picking yourself up and starting again when things go wrong.

Watch the video here:

As an opening assault on the music industry, ‘My Music’ is just about as strong as they come. And if Olivia Shafique can keep up this kind of quality, word will start to spread very quickly indeed. She’s already been asked to go on reality shows like ‘Life on Marbs’, which will be shown on ITVBe. In the same way as The Only Way Is Essex, it would be following her life and her singing career.

Outside of music, Olivia is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, prone to jumping out of planes, off bungee platforms and off cliffs. It’s just as well, as on this evidence she’ll be scaling great heights in the industry very soon.

Links:

http://www.oliviashafique.com

https://www.facebook.com/oliviashafiquemusic

https://twitter.com/oliviashafique

https://instagram.com/oliviashafique

Elusive Songsmith Rumboy Delivers Pop Excellence

Pop

Single released on August 17th followed by the EP on August 31st

Rumboy is an exciting new concept from soft spoken troubadour Jay Thackery. Rumboy explores all the essential elements of pop rock, and subverts and presents something new, fresh and exciting.

Rumboy has been playing in pubs and clubs since he was 17, honing his craft and creating a distinctive sound which has the potential to capture the hearts and minds of music lovers everywhere. A proud Lancastrian with strong ties to Scotland, Rumboy’s northern charms comes across very strongly in his first release.

Watch ‘Stay’ here:

The lead single from Rumboy’s debut EP gives the listener a true scope of his far flung talents. Having expanded his sound, Rumboy has created something incredibly enriching and a pleasure to listen too. The key lyrical ingredients of bad break-ups and women fit seamlessly with the warm tones of his acoustic guitar and his soft, velvety voice.

Rumboy is an endearing character capable of evoking strong feelings through his emotional song writing. Rumboy is essentially a true talent who possess all the key ingredients for long lasting success. His debut EP will be released on August 31st.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/officialrumboy

https://soundcloud.com/rumboy

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBQxein_S6yv9reslHb-JLA/feed

Joyce Sims Returns in a Blaze of Glory

Uncategorized

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Electrifying new album ‘Love Song’ from pop sensation due for release August 31st

Joyce Sims needs no introduction. Storming on to the pop charts in the late 80s, Joyce is responsible for some of music history’s greatest club anthems. Tracks like ‘All and All’, ‘Come into My Life’ and ‘Walk Away’ established Joyce as a true musical icon. Now she returns with a dazzling new song set to take the world by storm.

Joyce Sim’s work has been sampled and recorded by a wide range of musicians including Snoop Dogg, Randy Crawford and Angie Stone which is a testament to her enduring influence.

Listen to ‘All I Want Is You’ taken from the album here:

‘Love Song’ builds on her soul and funk roots whilst seamlessly transferring them into the context of modern pop. The album is truly a masterpiece. Effective and catchy in equal measure, Joyce Sims explores new musical styles whilst managing to adhere to the sound she is known and loved for.

Lewis Dene, USA East Coast Manager for Kings of Spins DJ pool described the ‘All I Want Is You’ single as totally refreshing, original and really addictive!” The single went straight to the top of the Kings of Spin Dj record pool chart with About.com commenting that Joyce had “a unique tonal progression.”

Joyce Sims is a universal musical icon, a pop star both on stage and in the studio. She demonstrates time and time again that she can deliver whether that be superb live performances or incredible releases. Stay tuned to hear more from her soon.

‘Love Song’ will be released on August 31st.

UK Tour Dates:

20th August –  Birmingham UK The Jam House – W/Band

22nd August  – London The Jazz Cafe – W/Band

19th September – Butlins Bognor – PA

20th September –  Butlins Skegness – PA

Links:

http://joycesimsonline.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joyce-Sims/101957523198527
https://twitter.com/Joycesims

Alan Mair releases powerful new single

Pop

Sonically and lyrically the track is a pure adrenaline rush.

Having been supported by the likes of U2, Simple Minds and supported The Who, The White Stripes and Primal Scream it is obvious Alan Mair is a force to be reckoned with. His involvement with Scottish band The Beatstalkers was instrumental in their ascension to being Scotland’s first ever pop stars. Thankfully Alan has now finally released his own music.

Stairway to Hell front cover MASTER

Watch the video for ‘Stairway to Hell’ here: 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/ALAN-MAIR/724568834266947

http://www.alanmair.com/

Alan with “The Only Ones” “Another Girl Another Planet