Ian Erix unleashes compelling pop sound and outlandish image with single ‘Shangri-La’I

Based in New York but moulded by extensive world travel thanks to a fascinating music career that’s taken him around the globe, Ian Erix is a colourful character who brings to mind the extroverted stage presences of Lady Gaga and Panic! At The Disco. His pop music is influenced by the contrasting worlds of EDM and punk, all the while retaining its accessibility and radio friendly nature – pleasing to both steadfast and casual music fans alike.

Having been featured on MTV and radio stations around the world, his new single ‘Shangri-La’ is set to be his first single from a new album which is coming soon. Based on a daydream about a perfect utopian paradise, the lyrics describe an idyllic escape from the world, direct from the weird and wonderful imagination of Ian Erix.

The single will be supported by fantastically fun promotional campaign titled #ShakeThatThingLike

In the #ShakeThatThingLike Challenge, fans can upload a video of themselves dancing and “shaking that thing like…” to Shangri-la, and send it to @IanErix with the hashtags #ShakeThatThingLike #PickMe #StudentCity

The winner wins an epic spring break or summer holiday courtesy of US travel agency Student City who are partnered with Ian Erix on the project.

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The single and competition will be the start of an exciting summer period for Erix, who is looking to continue his run of performances at festivals around the world, the highlight of which was sharing a stage with David Guetta on New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro in front of a live crowd of 2.5 million people.

With those live gigs on the horizon and an album on the way too, it’s set to be the hottest summer yet for Ian Erix. ‘Shangri-La’ will be released on June 1st.

Links:

www.ianerix.com

www.facebook.com/ianerix.muttarmy

www.twitter.com/ianerix

John Graham New Single “Roll The Dice” And Album “Cold Sun”

UK born but now US based, John Graham’s new album is set to reach these shores showcasing slick, contemporary indie-rock with electronic touches and a heap of swagger. With influences including the Stone roses, Kasabian, The Cure, Depeche mode and more, it’s an album full of ideas which is primed to make an impact. The album is something of a departure for Graham, whose previous work under the name Quivver has seen him gaining countless plaudits producing house and techno music.

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However, ‘Cold Sun’ and lead single ‘Roll the Dice’ prove that there are multiple strings to this particular bow,  by turning out tunes which are strongly based on the indie rock genre. These hook laden, energetic tracks are then laced with dynamic electronic ideas, ported over from his experience in the EDM genres, to give them extra flavour. It’s not common that indie, rock and electronic ideas are mixed so effectively, with the latter adding superb textures to the former, and it’s certainly one hell of a combination thanks to the subtlety of John Graham’s genre bending.

This combination is showcased by this superb video for the single  – not suitable for those with a fear of heights, it blends off kilter performance footage with a montage of adrenaline pumping, high risk stunts. It’s a truly compelling watch married to a fantastic musical groove:

The ‘Cold Sun’ album has been in the making for many years, being written in snatched time between full time work as a house and techno DJ and producer. It’s release is the culmination of an ambition John Graham has had for many years – to create a collection of songs that don’t fit neatly into a specific genre, and demonstrate just how versatile his writing can be.

Single ‘Roll the Dice’ is out June 1st, to be followed on June 29th by the ‘Cold Sun’ album, both through Distinctive Records.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/quivver_john_graham

https://www.facebook.com/QuivverMusic

http://twitter.com/quivver

Strange Fiction – Tease Her (new album debut)

A Barcelona based band who all grew up in households surrounded by music, it’s little wonder that the four members of Strange Fiction ended up writing and recording their own music. With varied musical backgrounds, their new album ‘Orange’ is a heady blend of genres, particularly rock, indie and pop, with influences as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Michael Jackson and Tracy Chapman.
It’s an unusual mix, but one that shines through in the neat pop groove and vocal of lead single ‘Tease Her’ which gives way to a huge rocking chorus. The track – written about a misunderstanding over a girl at a party which may or may not have resulted in a band member being soaked by beer – is a stellar introduction to the raw sound of the band.

 

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Engineered and recorded in Spain by Tomàs Robisco and mastered in London by Andy “Hippy” Baldwin from Metropolis Studios respectively, the album is a triumph, capturing perfectly the edge that the band works to bring to their live sound.
The songs are specially designed to play well live as well as in the recordings, and if you like what you’re hearing above then keep an eye on the band’s social media – they’ll soon be releasing live, acoustic videos of their songs so music fans all around the world will be able to see the quality of this young band for themselves.

 

‘Tease Her’ is due for release May 18th with the album to follow on June 1st.

 

 

Links:

http://www.strangefiction.co.uk/
https://strangefiction.bandcamp.com/releases
https://twitter.com/strangefiction_
https://www.facebook.com/strangefictionband?fref=ts

Aubrey Whitfield ready for new single – ‘Every Cloud’

The single, originally written when Whitfield was 17, was given a fresh start and new lyrics four months ago following the end of a relationship. It perfectly captures the realisation that, though she believed her girlfriend to be a soul mate, the pair were never meant to be together in the first place. It’s a simple, relatable concept which will resonate with many who have loved and lost, and you can hear it for yourself here:

“There are voices then there are voices. When Aubrey Whitfield draws breath on stage it is to produce notes of such quality that crystal seems like a description for broken glass”. – Wirral News

Originally from Merseyside, Aubrey Whitfield moved to London several years ago to fulfil her musical ambitions and hasn’t looked back since. Her vocal, described as ‘like a grittier Annie Lennox’, is one that simply can’t be ignored once heard, and has led to steadily growing success since her move to the capital.

Having signed a publishing contract with Broken Music Publishing/Ripe Recordings in 2012, Aubrey set up her own record label, 2ube Records, in February 2014 in order to release her music, the latest of which is upcoming single ‘Every Cloud’.

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A hard worker who has paid her dues in the industry, Aubrey Whitfield is proof that – eventually cream will rise to the top. Back in the 2000s, she played Barfly in Liverpool alongside another up and coming band called the Kaiser Chiefs. And now here she is making her own way having gigged at prestigious venues such as The Cavern Club, Guilfest, The Troubadour Club and many more.

Even back then Aubrey Whitfield’s ambitions were clear as she ran her own record label, E3 Records,  from 2001-2004 while living on Merseyside. And with ‘Every Cloud’ now on the horizon, her drive has never been stronger.

For more of Aubrey Whitfield, music fans can get a free download of single ‘Indigo’ if they subscribe to her mailing list at www.aubreywhitfield.com.

Links:

www.aubreywhitfield.com

www.soundcloud.com/aubreywhitfield

www.facebook.com/aubreywhitfielduk

www.twitter.com/aubreysongs

The Windmill Project – Death Disco EP

Coming Soon on limited edition 10” vinyl only, The Death Disco EP represents the first of 3 x 10” vinyl only Chapters comprising the debut album to be released by The Windmills Project  – a rock opera influenced but not contained by the classics of the genre (Tommy, Quadrophenia) and Nic Roeg’s celluloid masterpiece “The Man Who Fell To Earth.”

There is no Bowie or Sting, no Elton, but a young sorceress lands on Earth nonetheless to document a small world obsessed with, and about to be consumed by, sex, propaganda, powerlust, religious war & social carnage. Is she an archangel of redemption or the darkangel sent to cast the planet down in misery? There’s the rub.

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Brand New Deep Web KolleKtiv, The Windmills Project shake a Molotov of art, film, realpolitik, cyber-skullduggery and dark beats. Comprising the sorceress and various digitally linked creative cells from Wessex, Leicester, Nottingham, Rotherham, Cumbria, Cambridge and London, The Windmills Project will release the “Death Disco” and the subsequent Chapters of the opera on 10″ vinyl only on their own Station K Records label. Remixes have already been completed by Superstylers, Gordon John and North2South for the Death Disco. The Evolution will not be televised, but the remixes and the vinyl are ready to roll.

Cosby – Summer Gold EP

A trio from Richmond, Virginia in the US, Cosby are a band on the rise. With their very own brand of upbeat synth pop with 1980s flavours, they combine anthemic melodies, smooth harmonies, driving guitar hooks, ethereal synth layers and dance beats to great effect on new EP ‘Summer Gold’.

PRimage Influenced by the likes of Tears for Fears, Aha, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys but giving their own music a contemporary production sheen, the band were formed when brothers Chris and Chip Cosby joined forces after years of playing separately, the results were golden from the very start. Soon, Mike Levinson entered the fray as drummer and percussionist, and the band haven’t looked back since.

‘Summer Gold’ is the latest fruit of their labours, the quality of which is typified by the pace, energy and huge chorus of pulsating single ‘Heartracer’ – and it also helps that that the arcade game influenced video is a real treat:

Mixed and mastered by producer Andreas Magnusson, ‘Heartracer’ and the ‘Summer Gold’ EP is a follow up to previous album ‘In Flight’. With that album starting to open doors, 2015 will be Cosby’s year to smash through them on both sides of the Atlantic.

Want to hear more? Check out the Branded James Remix of previous album title track ‘In Flight’:

https://soundcloud.com/cosbyband/in-flight-branded-james-remix

Links:

www.cosbymusic.com

www.soundcloud.com/cosbyband

www.facebook.com/musicbycosby

www.twitter.com/cosbyband

‘Playing Mars’ Are A Refreshing Addition to Abstract Music

 

The enigmatic duo made up of Jeff Shapiro and Angelique Lihou, aka ‘Playing Mars’ are hitting the high notes with new track ‘Burning Desire’.

The newly formed two-piece are set to release the stunningly eerie brand new track ‘Burning Desire’.

The London-based twosome pride themselves on capturing stimulation from vibes caught out of spontaneity. ‘Burning Desire’ is the product of a jamming session on Angelique’s birthday at 4am in Clapton. Upon investment of their creative expertise, the track oozes drama with a conspiratorial feel, with Jeff’s hypnotic bass line and Angelique’s hauntingly melodious vocals.

‘Burning Desire’, showcases the pair’s musical talents and is an artistic demonstration of their unique creative chemistry. The pair are open to and influenced by every day moments that otherwise pass us by; making their music a captivating expression of what we all often think and feel. The pair are very much genuine music makers, taking inspiration from their surroundings, they even used the sound of Angelique’s spike scraping the floor in ‘Burning Desire’.

Playing Mars are not only a passionate musical duo, they are keen to experiment and express their joint creative talents through art, having worked closely with artists and film makers, Omri Taub, Joanna Imrie and Olga Gomez, to mention just a few. Films and short documentaries will feature on their website to give listeners a unique insight into their lives and personalities, “It’s all about life, politics, music, religion, love, lust and passion and everything that we breathe and live” says Angelique.

Listen to:

‘Burning Desire (Matt Schwarz Mix)’ here: https://soundcloud.com/playing-mars/playing-mars-burning-desire-ms-mix

 

‘Burning Desire (Dan Goodie Mix)’ here: https://soundcloud.com/playing-mars/playing-mars-burning-desire-dg-mix

The quirky sounds of the duo show some resemblance to that of Goldfrapp, Sigor Ros, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Velvet Underground and Pink Floyd. The song has been remixed by Dan Goodie and Matt Schwarz, offering an energetic new take on the track.

http://www.playingmars.com/

https://twitter.com/PlayingMars

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Playing-Mars/428027367362998?fref=ts

https://soundcloud.com/playing-mars

Wings of Pegasus soar with new rock track ‘That’s Metal (To My Ears)’

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  • Single from debut album ‘Persistence’ out May 10th
  • Raising money for Cancer Research UK through the ‘Make Chart History’ Campaign

Hard rock with an 80s twist inspired by the likes of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Dokken and more, Wings of Pegasus are a rock band with a big sound and a fresh approach to the music industry. With new single ‘That’s Metal (To My Ears)’ due in May, the band are running a campaign called ‘Make Chart History’, aiming to take the independent release to the very top of the charts, all the while donating the proceeds to Cancer Research UK.

 

Hoping to whip up a groundswell of support, songwriter Fil Henley is working hard to spread the word on the campaign as well as the single itself – an independently produced homage to old 80’s bands with big hair and screeching guitar solos. Designed to encourage listeners to dust off the air guitar, it’s great fun and the most light hearted track on the ‘Persistence’ album, which is out now.

 

Hear the track here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXK75hkwHKo

 

Produced in house by Henley, who taught himself the techniques to keep the band independent, the song is the perfect catalyst for the charity drive and ‘Make Chart History’ campaign to hang on. Key tastemakers Leona Graham of Absolute Radio and John Kennedy at XFM have already voiced their support for Wings of Pegasus’ music, and the band are working hard to continue getting the word out.

 

The hard work is also typified by Fil Henley’s dedication to conversing personally with all the fans on Twitter, and with the number of followers standing at over 50,000, that’s a lot of messages! It doesn’t hurt that the band have the talent to back up the graft, as proven by their appearance in the final of the ‘Unsigned Festival 2010’ at the IndigO2 venue. Finishing 3rd out of 12,000 bands, it was a huge boost to the group who haven’t looked back since.

 

Fiercely independent, the band have also had label interest, but chose to stick to their own path. Frontman Henley was even scouted to join a different group, but chose to make the music he wanted to make with Wings of Pegasus.

 

The result is the superb new single and the ‘Make Chart History’ campaign – all set to culminate in the May 10th release date.

 

Links:

www.wingsofpegasusband.com

www.facebook.com/wingsofpegasus

www.twitter.com/wingsofpegasus

www.reverbnation.com/wingsofpegasus

 

‘Make Chart History’ campaign links –

www.facebook.com/makecharthistory

www.twitter.com/makecharthistry

“Broken Wings”, the new track by Roberta Howett

Roberta Howett, FanfairBorn in Dublin but now playing her trade in London, Roberta Howett is a double whammy of talent and beauty which comes along very rarely indeed. A finalist on X-Factor in 2004, she has worked since on developing a successful career as a musician and songwriter, and is now ready for a solo release.

Her superb vocal and songwriting style have been compared to the likes of Sarah Bareilles and Christina Perri, and the lush layering of vocals on her tracks are influenced by artists such as Enya. However, as you’ll hear on the single below, the sparse piano arrangement and incredible vocal are what helps her stand on her own.

The heartfelt lyrics come from a personal bugbear of Roberta, railing against those who judge people choosing to be single over entering relationships for the sake of it. You can hear it here:

https://soundcloud.com/roberta-howett/broken-wings/s-ksFwR

Although Roberta Howett has not often stepped out on her own as solo artist, she is certainly not new to the music industry.  As part of her band Fanfair, she supported The Wanted on a sold-out arena tour of the UK and Ireland.  Her previous solo single ‘Beautiful Lies’, independently released in Ireland, saw her work with none other than Jake Gosling, and she has played Glastonbury with Sharon Corr and Oxegen Festival with Irish artist Bressie.  You may have also caught a glimpse of her on your TV screens as the house band lead singer on Tonight with Craig Doyle – a Saturday night TV show which aired in Ireland, drawing huge audiences.

All of this experience is proof (if any were needed) that Roberta Howett is a force to be reckoned with, and has the potential to be one of 2015’s top new artists – watch this space.

Links:

http://www.robertahowett.com/

https://soundcloud.com/roberta-howett

https://www.facebook.com/roberta.howett

https://twitter.com/robertahowett

Twinwood Festival set for August 2015

The original and best vintage music and dance festival:

Twinwood Festival set  for August 2015

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After its huge success last year, the UK’s largest vintage music and dance extravaganza, Twinwood Festival will return to Twinwood Arena in Clapham, Bedfordshire this summer. It will be the event’s 14th year, held over the weekend of 29th-31st August, and it’s set to be the biggest yet, with countless attractions for festival goers who visit from all over the world.

For a taste of what the weekend has in store, check out some clips from last year’s festival:

Attractions

As ever, the festival will be a haven for music lovers who have an appreciation for good popular retro music. With 60 live bands playing music through the decades over 11 venues, including the centrepiece outdoor arena, festivalgoers are spoilt for choice. The bands and artists will include the excellent Si Cranstoun, The London Swing Orchestra, 60s group The Overtures, Rock ‘n’ Roll band Joey and the Jivers, The Revolutionaires big band and many, many more class acts. From the classic days of Charlston, through the 40s to the rock and roll of the 50s and the music of the swinging 60s, the range of acts is vast – right the way through to electro-swing acts that blend tradition with modernity.

With so much choice, it’s just as well all the venues have acres of sprung dance floors which reverberate to the beat of the music, and after you’ve been to the retro dance lessons that will be available across the weekend, taking in swing dancing, modern jive, rock and roll, the jitterbug and plenty more besides, you’ll be on the floors as well.

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To help set the scene, Twinwood Festival Village will also be filled with over 100 vintage traders selling fabulous fashions and collectables, plus there will be flying displays, classic vehicles and museums to feast your eyes on. There will even be a choice of hair and beauty salons to make sure you look the part.

Other live entertainment will include comedy and vintage fashion shows, and a host of music bars and eclectic food outlets serving a great range of food and drink throughout.

Last but not least, 2015 sees the return, for only the second year, of the Mr and Miss Vintage UK competition, which will crown those who have most accurately captured the look and spirit of the festival. The contest is one of the centre pieces of the whole weekend, where the winners go home with exclusive prizes presented by Twinwood’s special guest star Anita Harris.

Tickets


Fantastic camping for caravans, motor homes and tents is provided next to the Festival Village and five nights stay, with good facilities, is available to 3 day ticket holders at a great price.

Also non camping festival goers will be able to buy tickets for individual days as well as 3-day weekend tickets.

Tickets on sale now from http://www.twinwoodevents.com/ or you can ring the ticket hotline on 01234 824773 or 07914 093552 or 07914 093553

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