US rapper and musician takes aim at the UK on February 9th
A New York based hip hop artist with a contemporary sound reminiscent of Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and Mac Miller, UNIQUE is a young musician and rapper who is ready to make an impact in the UK with his new single and three track EP.
The EP, is a strong introduction to the vocal and writing talents of the young artist, gives you a very good idea of why this music is already winning the respect of the likes of 50 Cent and Raheem Devaughn in UNIQUE’s native USA.
The lead single from the EP is ‘Love Me’, which you can hear here:
A self-taught musician who plays drums and guitar as well as writing and rapping, UNIQUE is marking himself out from the rest of the pack with his youthful exuberance and an obvious love for what he is doing. He recently took part in a US college tour and won fans along the way with his relatable lyrics of young love, youth culture and more.
His captivating live shows continue to turn heads, while an ear for comedy and a nice line in celeb impressions give him an extra dimension as a performer too. This multi-talented approach stands him in good stead for an assault on the UK music industry – this is one artist who is truly charismatic and, well, unique.
Track taken from upcoming album ‘…& Friends’, both released Feb 2015
A bass playing singer songwriter from the South East UK, Big Lenny B is a 20 year veteran of the industry in both original bands and as a session musician. His session career has seen him sharing stages with many top acts such as Feeder, Razorlight, The Feeling, Noah and the Whale, as well as supporting the likes of Foxes and Scouting for Girls.
These experiences have given him a great inside look into the workings of the music industry, and he’s now gearing up for his first solo release in 2015, along with a live show in which he plans to ‘show the youngsters how it’s done’. It all starts with the excellent debut single ‘In A Minute’ which is due for release on February 16th.
Written about that first moment of mutual attraction you feel when spotting someone for the first time as they smile back, it’s a brilliantly uplifting single – rhythmically dynamic and high in energy, it sums up Big Lenny B’s love for song writing perfectly:
The single is taken from the album ‘…& Friends’ out February 23rd –was produced by Martin Smith and Mastered by Jon Astley, and there are obvious influences from the classic likes of Roger Waters, The Who, Elbow, Genesis, Pink Floyd, plus a few contemporary touches for good measure. His unusual production approach saw him bring in layers and lines from many remote contributors, splicing them all together to create the full tracks as they appear on the album.
The method gave rise to the album title, and this layering of different musicians, sometimes with multiple players on each instrument, makes for a unique sound.
Lyrically, the album is an observational one, taking cues from the everyday life and experiences of Big Lenny B. It makes for a collection of uniquely personal insights and thoughts from a musician who has enjoyed a varied life both on stage and off.
Based in London and influenced by a heady cocktail of Swans, Spiritualized, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Radiohead, 60s pop, Middle Eastern classical music and more, Slows Down is the musical pseudonym of multi-talented solo artist Alexander Hawthorne.
A proficient self-taught multi-instrumentalist, he writes music which defies easy categorisation – exploding with multi-cultural ideas and independent in every sense. His debut EP, self-titled, will be available from February 11th, and you can hear an early taster here with ‘The Way Down Leering’:
Written during spells in India and hitchhiking across the US, the EP is full of heavy themes presented with depth and a full on sound. All the many parts are played by Hawthorne himself, self-recorded and produced into one cohesive unit. But in spite of the broad instrumental strokes, the ideas are simple – minimalist even. It makes for a varied and versatile collection of tracks.
The EP is just the beginning of a longer project, in which Slows Down will continue to experiment in unique and creative ways. A full album will follow the EP, and he intends to bring together a group to perform live next year to perform these tracks in full, live for the first time. Thus far, due to Slows Down’s self-contained methodology, his music has lived in the studio and in recorded form. In spite of those limitations, the music is already getting a lot of positive feedback from previous single releases:
“I’ve grown to appreciate simplicity in music almost above all else. This is why, I think, I’ve fallen quite so hard for Slows Down.” – Matthew Healy, GoldFlakedPaint
“Taking advantage of the no compromise necessary freedom that only a true solo recording allows, as well as the opportunity to really sculpt the sound of these tracks with numerous overdubs and extremely careful manipulation, Hawthorne has created an extremely well defined world here” – Nathan Ford, The Active Listener
“A melancholic hypnosis of painstaking beauty. The track weeps from start to finish and manages to conjure some next level, swirling soundscapes. This is all from just one man, lets not forget that…” Phill Walker, One For The People
The EP will be available in vinyl and download forms from February 11th, and you can also look out for a free download of ‘Silent Night’ to be made available on Christmas Day.
Stunningly off kilter album on Ravello Records due for Release on February 9th
What do you get if you cross movie composer Bernard Herrmann (Psycho) and the sound of Sonic Youth? Well, more than likely you’d get something close to the music of Kim Halliday and his new album ‘Halflight’.
A hypnotic cocktail of genre and style, Kim Halliday is a songwriter/composer with a broad range of influences including Massive Attack, Radiohead, Trent Reznor, Jimmy Page and more. Pulling together a range of ideas to create quirkily brilliant ambient music with a dark twist, he uses the latest technology, including manipulating real instruments with studio effects and processors, to create his tracks.
Produced by and featuring Martin Lister of Alphaville, ‘Halflight’ was recorded between Halliday’s studio in London and Lister’s studio in Berlin. Tragically, soon after mastering was finished on the project Martin passed away following a heart attack. The pair, longtime friends, had never worked on a full project until this album, making its release all the more poignant for Halliday.
A composer who has worked on film and TV, Kim Halliday feeds that experience into the soundscapes he creates. Since studying at the London Film School he has scored several award winning short films as well as ‘Credo’, a movie which starred Boyzone vocalist Stephen Gately before he died. More recently he won another award for documentary ‘Microbirth’, scored earlier this year.
His solo work – taking those cinematic ideas and transposing them into a stand-alone project – hopes to draw on some of that move making success.
If you haven’t already heard her name, then meet Scarlet Baxter – the fierce female solo artist with a killer voice, whose name is on everyone’s lips. After the imminent success of her previous single ‘Backsliding’, which currently has over 45,000 YouTube views, Scarlet is hot on the heels to release her eagerly anticipated second single; ‘Stuck’. Consisting of a smooth, soothing ballad that allows her to convey dynamic emotions, ‘Stuck’ also allows Scarlet to show off her powerful vocal diversity.
She’s already attracted the attention of some of the top people in the music industry, like the Super Stylers who remixed her previous single, and has made a big name for herself on both her local London scene, and national media.
Drawing on the chilled out RnB influences from her childhood, Scarlet and her co-writers Dominic Ireland, John McLaughlin, Judd Mahoney & Natalie DeLucia have written an amorous track, about being ‘Stuck’ in love with someone who you don’t necessarily want to be with. All the songs are instantly relatable and likable, with aspects of Britpop with a prurient undertone.
“There’s a new girl in town and she’s slowly making her way around the room with introductions, probably with a guitarist beside her.” - Maximum Pop
Multi-talented artist unveils new track before it goes on sale Feb 9th 2015
A multi-talented London based musician offering more than meets the eye, Chris D’Lima is an artist whose catchy guitar riffs match with layered vocals to give him a sound all of his own.
His new song, ‘Decisions’, is written about having to make a decision which you would rather run from, but being forced to choose anyway. In your mind there might be a simple solution, but when the time comes to make the decision it’s not as straightforward as you thought. It’s a situation anyone can relate to, captured brilliantly in delicate, heartfelt lyrics which are complimented by a solid funk groove – quite an achievement for his very first single release.
You can listen to the song and see for yourself here:
Produced by Resonant Music, a company who have been linked with Emeli Sande’s management team, it’s a single that the multi-skilled songwriter hopes will open new doors in the music industry. And those doors might just already be wedged open already.
Having completed a Mathematics and Statistics Degree at The University of Leeds, as well as growing up learning the cello, Chris D’Lima’s music is written with the details in mind. With an ear for classical compositions, and an eye for formulas that work to create more than the sum of their parts, his background gives D’Lima a slightly unusual perspective on song writing as a process.
His writing is also heavily influenced by his time as a teenager, playing in funk rock bands since the age of fourteen, which may go some way to explaining why his sound already sounds mature on this debut single.
He doesn’t write to fashion, to fit in with what’s popular right now – he writes music he wants to hear. And it’s clearly something that others like too.
He’s performed 150 gigs in past two-and-a-half years, with venues including the London Astoria, Clapham Grand and Islington O2 Academy. In addition, his YouTube channel of cover songs has over 500,000 views to date. It’s success that has brought the attention of scouts from X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, but he has turned them down more than 10 times in the past 3 years, preferring to make his own way.
Instead he mixes work as a maths tutor (the maths degree put to good use) with work as a freelance model. As we said before – a multi-talented London based musician offering more than meets the eye.
It’s said hard work and dedication is what it takes to make it as an artist in the music industry. If that’s the case, Chris D’Lima is already on his way.
Independent pop-rock track from rock group Suburban Myth which is out now
With a debut album ‘Welcome (If Only)’ already under their belts this year, plus a couple of singles from the LP, Suburban Myths reputation is continuing to grow through a combination of quality music and hard work on their part to keep the music coming.
With the momentum building their new single ‘Can You Help Me Find My Christmas’ is out right now – once again showcasing the vocal talents of Derek Daisey. The lyrics are typically thoughtful, accompanied by a gradual build up in the story and intensity of the melody which arguably gives the band their most commercially solid release yet.
Hear it for yourself here:
The band has said before that they write all their songs with the live show in mind, and the same can be said here. With a sweeping crescendo that would be epic to hear live, it still works perfectly in the studio too thanks to some really lush production values.
It nicely concludes a very good year for the band, with their album and single releases getting them attention from BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and Planet Rock, not to mention support slots with Dylan Taylor and Anyone’s Guess at The Windjammer.
If Suburban Myth keep up this momentum, 2015 will be their year.
Derek Daisey – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Nicholas OKelley – Bass Guitar & Vocals
Nick Lomma – Percussion
“This outfit have a tasty way with a trad-indie-alt-rock tune and there’s a rising taste for this sort of thing in the face of the deluge of hideously cheesy dance-pop…”
Thomas H Green –Daily Telegraph/Arts Desk/Mixmag/Napster
A London based four piece with a love of all things soul, Mama Moonshine are a band tailor made for swaying between funk jams and blues rhythms. This is a group who take in all kinds of influences – from the dusky likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha, to the funk rock stylings of the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – each member has their own unique sound, when moulded together creates a distinct and elevated tone.
Their brand new single ‘Sisters’ is out on January 30th, a heartfelt song about the loss and gain of true friendship. Hauntingly soulful and with smartly lyrics that unspool with a gentle power, the track is a solid example of this band’s class:
Mama Moonshine are clearly a band assured in their own sound, both in the studio and on the stage. Having sold out both The Camden Enterprise and Proud Galleries (Camden Town) they also played to a rapt crowd at the Audiofarm festival 2014, Brunswick in Brighton and Portobello Road, Notting Hill to name a few. Add to that recent radio appearances and a guest slot for vocalist Ruth with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Band for charity last year, and this band is on the rise in the London Music Scene.
Don’t just take our word for it. There has been interest from cult hit-makers Tune-Yards and Little Dragon, who had some words of encouragement after hearing their new material:
“Had a listen to your music. You have a great voice! Keep writing songs 🙂 and have a blast in the studio!! Lots of luv Yukimi”
‘Sisters’ will be available from online stockists and more from January 30th.
Based in the North West of England but with the roots driven country soul of the USA’s deep south, Dave Fidler is a songwriter who puts a contemporary spin on the traditions of country-folk. With influences including Bob Dylan, Tommy Emmanuel and Peter Green, his style is defined by his unique vocal and intricate slide guitar with superb finger picking and country touches.
For a sneak preview of the single, and a show of his superb dexterity on the acoustic guitar, check out the track on Soundcloud:
Produced by Sam Jones (Alex Turner, Corrinne Bailey Rae) and John Bramwell of I Am Kloot, the full album promised to be packed full of top quality tunes like this from a very talented songwriter indeed. Dave Fidler is already building an excellent reputation among some of the top cult bands in the industry, and with further singles on the way he looks likely to continue in that vein.
He has already toured with and supported the likes of John Bramwell (I Am Kloot), who describes Fidler as “absolutely brilliant”, Little Mammoths (Noah & the Whale), Simone Felice (Felice Brothers), Kathryn Williams and David Ford. He has also been featured several times by key tastemaker Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6 Music and recently played alongside Gomez, Badly Drawn Boy, Turin Brakes, Tim Burgess and Dodgy at Manchester’s Whisky Sessions festival.
His songs are a real blend of ideas, mostly taking in relatable themes like love, loss and birth. Within the course of a year before his upcoming album was written, Dave Fidler’s father passed away, he got married and welcomed a new son to the world – it’s little wonder his music has plenty to say.
He also has plenty to offer alongside his song writing: running a music school and charity teaching primary aged children to learn popular instruments and supporting children overseas to go through school education.
It’s all very impressive work, and with a barge tour of the UK in the works as well as a potential prisons tour, Dave Fidler could well be playing near you soon!
If you’re still not convinced, we challenge you to watch his recent session for cult YouTube Channel ‘On’t Sofa’ without being supremely impressed:
Single taken from upcoming debut EP ‘Start Over Again’
A thoughtful singer songwriter based in North London, River Child is the creator of original indie-folk tunes with a soulful edge.
An ex-busker who got so much good feedback from his pavement performances he decided to take to the studio, with second single ‘Lone City Lights’ coming next.
Brilliant in its simplicity, the track marries a vocal reminiscent of Dylan with an upbeat shuffle rhythm which belies the darker lyrics, as well as mixing acoustic and jangling electric guitar to great effect. You can hear the song here:
Looking to build on his burgeoning reputation with this single, River Child is working hard on the London scene to keep turning heads – and with top quality, accessible music like this it shouldn’t be long until more and more eyes are on him.
Produced by Ian Wallman, this is music easy on the ear but written from the heart – a soulful reminder of how affecting a simple chord/melody combination can be.