MARCONI UNION : WEIGHTLESS

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“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 

Watch the video here :  

This is what the talented young director, Ritchie Johnston,  has to say about the astonishingly beautiful video made using a geological drone.

‘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!

‘Weightless’:

 “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

It’s ‘Good News’ for Dr Jerry Brown & Deborah Brown with New Release

Tracks released through own label Purpose Driven Records

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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:

Listen to ‘Good News’ 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.

Both Dr Jerry Brown and Deborah Brown were recently featured on The Don Frost Music City Gospel Show and are set to be featured again before the end of the year.

Links:

www.thejerrybrown.com

https://www.facebook.com/thedrjerrybrown

https://twitter.com/drjerrybrown

http://www.youtube.com/user/jerrybrownlive

https://soundcloud.com/drjerrybrown

www.purposedrivenrecords.com

Legendary Bollywood vocalist Kumar Sanu returns to UK with single ‘Rangleni’

Track, produced by another member of Bollywood royalty, Pyarelal Ji, released 24.11.14

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Following the release of his first album in the UK, ‘Hum Tum’, Indian singer and Bollywood legend Kumar Sanu is back with new single ‘Rangleni’.

An accessible, light Indian classical song based on traditional ragas, the song also has a huge crossover appeal for Western audiences – full of sweeping orchestration and drama similar in sound to some of the most iconic Bond themes.

The sing is released in partnership with long-time collaborator – and another household name in the world of Bollywood – Pyarelal Ji. Working as producer, he brings to the track immense experience having composed music for about 635 Hindi movies from 1963 to 1998. Impressively, 14 of the “100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks” compiled by Planet Bollywood were written by Pyarelal and his writing partner Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar – it’s little wonder that ‘Rangleni’ has such a cinematic touch.

Vocalist and songwriter Kumar Sanu is no stranger to success. A living legend who has performed over 20,000 songs in more than 24 languages for Bollywood movies, he has won an unprecedented collection of awards including the Filmfare Award for the Best Playback Singer in 1990, ‘91,’92, ‘93 and ’94 – a consecutive record that still stands in the Bollywood industry to this day.

With additional charity work that includes Tsunami Victims Support, Cancer Research donations and school & orphanage development programmes, Kumar Sanu was recognised by the Indian government in 2009 when he was awarded the Padma Shri award – the 4th largest civilian award it is possible to receive from the Government in India.

With all this behind him, Sanu is making no plans to slow down – single Rangleni is coming soon.

Upcoming dates:

London Hammersmith Apollo – November 22nd

kINKY dOVE – Set to Take Off!

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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…..

It’s Called Heartache – (Sky Adams RMX)    http://youtu.be/tJIxSzoYQ-g

Or on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/kinkydove/its-called-heartache-remix

Click here for the music video to their song ‘No Correlation’ – which was filmed when they performed at The Bedford: http://youtu.be/AP9jSJePqWg?list=UUe3dK0w2SfQ5iW64EZfEm2A

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!

Social Networking

www.facebook.com/kinkydove

www.soundcloud.com/kinkydove

www.reverbnation.com/kinkydove

 

Is Mark Ruebery the Next Big Thing?

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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!

‘Her Smile’ is due for release on the 19th January, and ‘One Night, One Chance’ is due for release on February 2nd. The video will be out late November but if you can’t wait, listen to the new single here: https://soundcloud.com/mark-ruebery/her-smile-full-version/s-aNy4i

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:

http://www.toxicpete.co.uk/markruebery.html

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/4788678.Newport_singer_gets_thumbs_up_from_Terry_Wogan/

Social Media

http://www.markruebery.com/

https://twitter.com/MarkRuebery/status/519836960043839488

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Ruebery/17425651260

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQJz-llDlpk

Delhi Trio, Ioish Release ‘Bad Things For None’

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.

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‘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’

 

Ioish on Hit 95 fm, New Delhi India,

http://www.weeklypodcast.net/ioish-ind-episode-16/

Soundcloud Weekly podcast, Honourable mention

http://pepsimtvindies.com/buzzconsumption_details.php?id=52193109

https://www.facebook.com/ioishh

https://soundcloud.com/vaibhav_bhutani

Fightstar Release Acoustic Video for ‘Open Your Eyes’

ACOUSTIC VIDEO FOR ‘OPEN YOUR EYES’

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O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON ADDED DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND

It has been a while, but Fightstar are back for two huge anniversary shows this Christmas. The Forum, London sold out in just 15 minutes and as a result, O2 Academy Brixton was added due to the phenomenal demand.

In honour of these special shows, Fightstar have filmed an acoustic performance of their track “Open Your Eyes” taken from their debut album Grand Unification.  The band put up a poll on their website for fans to vote on which track they would most like to hear recorded acoustically and this was the winning track. This hauntingly beautiful version marks the first time the boys have played together in four years.

The Floodgates share free acoustic download of their single ‘You + live show details

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About The Floodgates
The Floodgates are a young and fresh three-piece acoustic rock band, comprising Martin Stenning, Tim Fullbrook, and Alex Wane, and celebrating Mumford & Sons, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Buckley and Tom Odell as their influences.

The group all hail from Tunbridge Wells and released their debut single ‘You’ on 13 October following their debut EP release earlier this year, and premiered on Backseat Mafia.

‘You’ single: https://soundcloud.com/thefloodgates/you/s-Yw4As
‘God Knows’ EP: https://soundcloud.com/thefloodgates/sets/god-knows-ep

The trio was incarnated at the beginning of summer 2013 and a year later have plenty of successes under their belts. Originally a folk rock duo, they have now honed their craft as acoustic rock group with a very current sound.

At just 17 years old and still at school, Martin Stenning on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, writes songs from the red walls of his bedroom with all the conviction of any Dylan number. Humbly, he says “I only started dabbling with the idea of songwriting at the beginning of 2013 and alongside Tim we started with a few cover videos on YouTube.” 

The Floodgates full lineup was later born: both acoustic and electric guitar, drums/cajon, bass, piano and three vocal lines, and Sander Priston as session pianist.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/musicfloodgates
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/floodgatesmusic
Assets: http://www.neverenoughpress.co.uk

LOVE BUZZARD DEBUT EP ‘LOVE BUZZARD’ OUT DEC 6TH FLUFFER RECORDS

After plundering the underground live scene around the UK for the past year, and supporting bands such as Cerebral Ballzy, Slaves, God Damn and Bob Log III new garage rockers Love Buzzard, launch their debut EP on Sat 6th December via Fluffer Records.

This is an EP of fuzz laden, catchy as hell guitar lines, screeching vocals and soul splitting drums.

The EP is available as on Limited Edition 7” Vinyl, hand illustrated by Dalston illustrator Russell Taysom and as a download. To celebrate the announcement they are giving away an exclusive bonus track – ‘Passion’ – with every pre order of the EP.

Fans will also be able to stream the first single from the EP, ‘Give It Some Range’ over the next few weeks.

You can pre order the EP now from:

https://flufferrecords.bandcamp.com/album/love-buzzard-ep

Tickets to the Shacklewell Arms Launch party:

https://billetto.co.uk/events/love-buzzard-debut-ep-launch

Social Media:

https://soundcloud.com/love-buzzard

https://www.facebook.com/LoveBuzzard

https://www.facebook.com/flufferrecords

‘Good Guy Dies’ Vocalise a Protest against Domestic Abuse with Their Brand New Single ‘Hit Me Back’

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Rock/Pop-punk duo ‘Good Guy Dies’ are a fresh new act on the UK music scene, powerfully protesting against injustice and discrimination. Made up of Latvian vocalist Cherry Makej, and guitarist Joe Hodgson from Northern Ireland, the pair have spent the past two years perfecting their sound and style; their album was produced by none other than George De Angelis (Seal, Rod Stewart, LeAnn Rimes).

Listen to ‘Hit Me Back’ here (Video to follow soon!): https://soundcloud.com/good-guy-dies/hit-me-back-single-mix

The listening experience can only be described as an eclectic fusion of sounds and genres – think classic rock and punk pop, synthesized with elements of electronica, underpinned by thunderous driving beats. Cherry’s powerful yet sultry vocals are complemented by Joe’s punchy guitar playing with a profusion of razor-sharp riffs. They deliver compelling and electrifying live performances and their stage persona oozes charisma and attitude.

The single ‘Hit Me Back’ is based on a story of a relationship which spirals into domestic violence and confronts the idea that love can be expressed in a relationship through violence. This has been drawn from Cherry’s background, as that particular belief is rife through many Eastern European relationships – a saying in Russia being “if he hits me, he loves me”. This song encourages women all over the world to stop hiding their abuse.

George De Angelis, Ivor Novello award winning songwriter and producer talking of Good Guy Dies:
“I really enjoyed producing the Good Guy Dies album. They have some really great songs and what I like is that they’re not scared to tackle subject matter that other bands either wouldn’t think of, or would be too scared to talk about. I’m thinking particularly of “Hit Me Back” and “Whether She Wants It Or Not”. I also love the fact that they’re always up for experimentation and are always seeking a unique direction; something which gives me great latitude on the production side of things.”

‘Hit Me Back’ is due for release on Friday 14th November.

Catch them live on Saturday 15th November: The Scala , 275 Pentonville Rd, King’s Cross, London, N1 9NL (supporting Primal Scream and The Libertines)

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www.soundcloud.com/good-guy-dies