Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates ft Joe Bonamassa

Ooh Yea: The Betty Davis Songbook

 

A scorcher…the tunes are extra hot” Q 4/5

“Powerful” Record Collector

“A churning, burning, fiery smoking of great material by a masterful and exciting chanteuse” Blues Matters

“One of the new breed of powerhouse singers…The album hums with attitude and, as it should, firmly belongs to Barnes…Astonishing.” R2 4/5

“The power is impressive…the kind of fizzling material you’d love to see live” The Blues

Portsmouth Rockers – FREE FROM GRAVITY

Free From Gravity are no strangers to great live performance, having played in front of up to 4000 people in the past and getting a couple of hundred Spanish fans singing along to their songs at a gig abroad. Apart from the success they have accomplished with their own concerts, the four-piece, consisting of Vince Barnes, TJ Jackson, Jason Gray and Lewis Trickett, has supported bands such as the Pat McManus Band or Mark Morris of Bluetones and worked with people such as Andy Mitchel of The Yardbirds.

Music blog Go Hard Magazine has described the lyrics as “emotional, compassionate and inspirational” while music website JamSphere reads: “I don’t know if Vince Barnes has studied music, but he is clearly evolving from a songwriter into a true composer, and the result is extremely satisfying.”

“The Long Road” was inspired by Vince’s mum’s battle with cancer which she bravely overcame. As a reminder of the hardships life can put on people, it is ultimately a confirmation of positivity and optimism, encouraging anyone who is in recovery to stay strong. Many of the band’s fans can relate to the lyrics and singer Vince remembers a sober alcoholic coming up to him once after gig, telling him how much the song means to him.

 

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/freefromgravitymusic/

Dr John’s Unsigned Rock Sugery!

This year’s headliners are some of the most excellent tribute bands in the scene. Thunderstruck, The ZZtops and Higher on Maiden will be bringing back the days of rock revolution. While there’s certainly a whiff of nostalgia in the air, the festival is also host to some of Europe’s finest new unsigned rock bands. This is a brilliant way to get to listen to potential stars on the rise and the stadium fillers of tomorrow!

After having been a massive success in 2015 the first 100 super early bird tickets for 2016 are already on sale at an extraordinary price of only £20 for the whole weekend and a very affordable £9 per head a night for accommodation –don’t miss out and grab yours now!

To get your super early bird ticket for the whole weekend just go to http://www.drjohnsunsignedrocksurgery.co.uk/the-surgery-live-2016/ !

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LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/ilfracomberocksa2016/?fref=ts

www.facebook.com/DrJohnsUnsignedRockSurgery/

http://www.drjohnsunsignedrocksurgery.co.uk/

http://www.drjohnsunsignedrocksurgery.co.uk/the-surgery-live-2016/

GoldFFinch back with new single ‘A/D/E/P’

Having closed out 2015 with remixes for 2 legends of electronic music, The Black Dog and Black Devil Disco Club, Bruxelles based Techno/House duo GoldFFinch hit the ground running with ‘A/D/E/P’, 2 tracks of hypnotic Techno and their first release for Berlin’s Get Physical label. Out via Beatport this Friday, both tracks are now streaming in full on Soundcloud.

Gilles & Yoann also feature in the brand new issue of DJ Mag, who have picked them as ‘Ones to Watch in 2016‘ citing the ‘array of inventive ideas and influences that make them so much more than your typical techno duo’. Hard to disagree with that.

With more releases lined up over the next couple of months on  labels such as Ambivalent’s Valence and Turbo, except to hear a lot more from GoldFFinch as the year progresses. If you’d like to feature them in anyway, need any more information, downloads or would like to hear future releases then please drop me a line at any time.

The Truebelles set to release powerful pop track ‘If Your Hear Is There’

The Truebelles are ready to shake up the pop scene with plenty of soulful energy while aspiring to remodel the traditional image of femininity in today’s world of media and music.

After having been able to gain experience singing with Stevie Wonder’s musical director and bass player, Nate Watts, and doing backing vocals for Coree Richards of Damage, lead singer Grace has now started her own musical project with friends Talullah and Lorena. With the help of producers Steve Snead and Mat Condon, who has previously played keyboard in Katie Melua’s band, the newcomers comprise remarkable vocal skills with the spirit of rebellious girl power. Their funky debut single ‘If Your Heart Is There’ is a melodic bubble gum explosion that creates the kind of buzz that makes you get out of bed in the morning. The track features rapper XYM who is known for having played alongside Colin Farrell in the film London Boulevard.

The London based group combines their music with a world view that sees women stepping out of a narrowly defined image which reduces them to merely being pretty, as Grace puts it: “Sometimes people like to see a woman with balls. The masculine side of women is not so often portrayed in the media. Annie Lennox, Kate Bush, Madonna have done it. It makes pop art more interesting.” Grace started singing at the age of seven. She used to be in a girl gang in high school and kept skipping classes to make videos as part of a production company she created with two of her friends in which they “used to run around screaming creating Blair Witch Project type scream flicks.” She says: “They used to call us the Kill Twins.”

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The Truebelles are a band, an art collective and a feminist statement about the differences between men and women when it comes to communication – which, ideally, they’d like to overcome with their work.

Difficulties of communication between the two sexes has been part of the story of how ‘If Your Heart Is There’ and the entire project, in fact, has come to life. The narrative of their song writing is specifically pro-female and committed to the idea of presenting women as fun and exciting. When Grace first moved to London and met producer Steve she initially refused to work with him because she “thought he was a weirdo”. It took another two years to get her in the studio to record the track.

Having been able to overcome their very own communication problems, The Truebelles are now ready to revive modern feminist pop with their debut single taken from the upcoming album ‘Truebelles Coming’.

The single ‘If Your Heart Is There’ is out on 13th February 2016.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/The-Truebelles-920344594701415/

https://twitter.com/ttruebelles

http://thetruebelles.com/