Norwegian pop singer Line Mari releases catchy and crisp single ‘Crush’

Hailing from Norway, fresh pop singer Line Mari releases this rock-infused pop song set to appear on her upcoming album.

Featuring some gorgeous vocals and crisp production, ‘Crush’ was recorded with the help of producer Rob Cass who has worked with the likes of Robbie Williams, Will Young and Paloma Faith.

Stream the song here:

https://soundcloud.com/line-mari/crush-noa3y1601010/s-8nu9i

Having played guitar and piano since the age of 10, Line has long had a passion for music, her mother often telling her she could feel her dancing in the womb. She started writing her own songs and performing to people as a late teenager, although she was very shy at first. However, this shyness also helped to fuel her songwriting, making her lyrics more personal and introspective.

Releasing her debut EP Fly High Fly Low in 2014, Line has already gained some recognition in Norway, her EP receiving acclaim from critics including a top score of 6 from Utropia. Her single ‘Why do I Cry’ was even played on national radio.

A highly versatile musician, Line not only sings and writes her own music, she also plays a number of instruments include guitar, piano and harmonica (she is currently also learning to play the fiddle). She has a keen interest in vintage music and vintage guitars and owns several custom made guitars and her own custom-made pedal-board.

Line was born in Tromsø, also living for some time in Svalbard, one of the most Northerly inhabited places in the world. As a child, she grew up regularly witnessing the beauty of the Northern Lights, as well as once having a close encounter with a polar bear whilst at Kindergarten.

Having already played a gig in Bedford and recorded in London, the singer is now looking to spread word of her talents to the UK.

Line Mari’s voice is just indescribably amazing” –  Elza Böröndy, Utropia

Links:

www.linemari.com

https://soundcloud.com/line-mari

https://twitter.com/linemarimusic

https://www.facebook.com/linemarimusic

Faimkills: Songwriter, rapper, poet, performer

Fresh off of his recent EP, Manic Pixie Dreams, Faimkills has teamed up with fellow Inland Empire singer, Des to deliver visuals for their song “Fade In” off their upcoming collaborative self-titled EP, bdrmacts due out Monday May 31st, 2016.

https://soundcloud.com/faimkills/sets/bdrmacts

Shot and edited by New Culture Media Group and presented by Brick To Ya Face, “Fade In” (produced by New York-based artist JVZZI) is the first taste of bdrmacts‘s sound, which has been described as equal parts dream pop and hip-hop.

The video tells the story of two college students studying for finals while daydreaming about each other.

“Fade In” (music video): https://youtu.be/I11nD3b0a8A

Upbeat new single ‘Diggin’ it Deep Down’ from Norell & The Dub Factory

Norell and The Dub Factory have a deep rooted love of upbeat, positive vibes highlighted by their exciting new single ‘Diggin’ it Deep Down’, which is set for a release of mid June – right in time for summer.

The spirit of their feel-good sound combines the roots of the band members’ Italian heritage including the enigmatic vocal passion of Norell with the superb guitar licks of Valter Vincenti, who is also working with the reggae star, Alborosie.

It is perhaps the unique blend of cultures that most deeply reflects why this 5 piece feel so many should end up ‘diggin’’ their new track, with members from Italy, Japan and the UK all playing their part.

Our key aim,’ explains Norell, ‘Is to deliver a simple message with clear and direct lyrics to connect immediately with the listener. Our connection with fans is very important to us giving them music that reflects  life experiences creating a real and strong bond with our fans and those who we hope discover our music.

We want to make people feel like dancing and that is why we believe our live set is so important ,’ Eleonora continues , ‘Without losing the idea of sharing important messages and concepts through our songs, if people dance to our music first , they will then we feel discover a meaning and a story behind the grooves. In addition, we believe strongly in supporting the LGBT community and i guess due to the cultural mix within the band feel strongly about standing up  for human rights causes, children’s rights and so on, which may be unusual for what many may think is a pop band.

The group’s powerful vocals and infectious beats stem from an array of different influences including the likes of Joss Stone, Janis Joplin and Damian Marley. They also take heavy influence from Belgian soul/reggae artist Selah Sue, who at some stage they would love to try and support.

Norell & The Dub Factory could be one of the unsigned artists to watch out for this summer, so check them live, and get to know them better through their tantalising new song, ‘Diggin’ it Deep Down’.

‘Diggin’ it Deep Down’ is out 15th June

 

 

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/norellandthedubfactory

https://www.facebook.com/norellandthedubfactory/

https://twitter.com/NorellTDF

http://www.norellandthedubfactory.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ4qvDeewZRD2kukHx2Tclg

LONDON DUO BLUE HOUSE RELEASE PSYCHEDELIC VIDEO FOR THEIR LATEST SINGLE ‘SIMPLE SONG’

“Surreal psychedelic visuals that look like something Dave Lynch would have created a the height of the 60s'” Earmilk

‘Simple Song’ Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc_NaFY6O-c&feature=youtu.be

Comprised of James Howard and Ursula Russell, formerly of Fiction and Drop Out Venus, London duo Blue House explore the intricacies of pop with a graceful swing. Their second single ‘Simple Song’ is set for release on March 18th via Arp Cleveland (Archie Bronson Outfit) and Kristian Robinson’s (Capitol K) newly founded Whipped Cream Records (Loose Meat, Super Best Friends Club, Bas Jan.) The label’s philosophy of unifying an emerging generation of English musicians with emphasis on deft poetics and quality song writing makes for a fitting partnership. The band will release their debut full length via the imprint later this year.

‘Simple Song’ follows Blue House’s charming debut ‘Hot Air Balloons’ and its hushed acoustic B-Side ‘Confessional.’ While the 90’s-esque ‘Hot Air Balloons’ demonstrated one facet of the band’s far-reaching sound and showcased their ability to craft an indie-pop gem, the latter recalled Elliott Smith at his most insular, decorated by Ursula’s voice and resonating in its own simplicity. Representing the first song the pair wrote together and following in a similar vein, upcoming single ‘Simple Song’ is a spontaneous and beguiling affair:

‘I came up with the lyrics the night before we went for our last day in the studio as James couldn’t find anything for the verse that seemed to fit. I didn’t want the song to be discarded so I locked myself in my room and decided I wouldn’t leave till they were done.’ Ursula Russell

The artwork continues the band’s ongoing collaboration with London based artist Phillip Reeves. The B-Side, ‘Hold Your Tongue’, is a short story narrated by Ursula based on Gogol’s ‘The Nose’, set to a deranged atmosphere of looping drums and bass and competing electric guitar improvisations.

Blue House play The Old Blue Last in London on 9th June and  End of the Road Festival in early September.

www.facebook.com/ourbluehouse

https://twitter.com/ourbluehouse

www.whippedcreamrecords.com

https://soundcloud.com/whippedcreamrecords

https://twitter.com/Whipcreamrecs

 

Japanese Fighting Fish can’t be stopped!

‘What a glorious noise.’ The Tom Robinson Show, BBC 6 Music

After recent plays from “the most listened-to BBC digital radio station in 2016” BBC 6 Music, Japanese Fighting Fish are bursting with energy that explodes into their live shows.

The originally Leeds based band are splashing back into the music scene with their album “Swimming with Piranhas” off which comes the boisterous track “For Queen Marilyn”.

Check it out on Soundcloud here:

Luckily enough for us, the guys are out performing live, so check out these dates…

Live Dates:

LONDON The Crowndale (formerly The Purple Turtle) 28.5.2016

LONDON Upstairs at the Ritzy (Acoustic) 18.6.2016

BRADFORD Trap Door @ The University of Bradford 24.9.2016

BRIGHTON Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar 28.9.2016

‘For Queen Marilyn’ will be available on the 3rd June, followed by the album ‘Swimming with Piranhas’ due for release on the 17th June 2016.

Links:

http://www.japanesefightingfish.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/Japanesefightingfishuk

https://twitter.com/jffuk

https://soundcloud.com/japanese-fighting-fish

Out Next Week > Futureheads frontman Barry Hyde releases debut solo album ‘Malody’

Barry Hyde, lead singer and guitarist from The Futureheads, has announced details of his debut solo album. ‘Malody’ will be released on the 3rd June 2016 on Sirenspire Records.

Says Barry: “Those of you familiar with my work with The Futureheads may be expecting an album of new wave inspired, four-part harmony, guitar music. ‘Malody’ couldn’t be further away from that. The album is based around my first instrument, the piano, and also features violin, cello, double bass, tenor and baritone sax, pedal steel and trumpet.

Discussing the album’s themes, Barry explains: “What is ‘malody’? Malody is a word I have invented, derived from the words, melody and malady. A malody is a melody that expresses mental malaise, mental illness and deep sadness or its opposite, mania. I know about these things as I am bipolar. This album is a musical representation of what it feels like to experience the extreme states of mind that characterise bipolar existence. Like many bipolar people, creativity is central to my life, central even, to my illness. This album is a bipolar album, it was written in the rare and exquisite moments of intense creativity that comes in an almost complimentary way with the highs and lows. It’s a deep, highly personal catharsis, a document of my experience.

STREAM: https://soundcloud.com/barryhyde/sets/barry-hyde-malody-album/s-NvvPK

‘Malody’ is available to pre-order on CD, vinyl and download via Pledge Music. In addition Barry is offering bespoke songs, improvisations, music lessons and ‘made to order’ piano and orchestral versions of Futureheads songs of your own choice.

 

http://www.barryhyde.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/thebarryhyde
https://twitter.com/TheBarryHyde
http://www.pledgemusic.com/artists/barryhyde

The Time Has Come for Zero Dinero – South West producer / rapper releases electrifying new EP!

Influenced by the golden era of hip hop, UK producer / rapper Zero Dinero comes through with this electrifying new EP The Time Has Come demonstrating some energetic flows, tight rhymes and some very impressive instrumentals.

Guest appearances include Kool Keith (aka Dr Octagon) and Blackalicous’s Gift of Gab, as well as famous scratch DJ, Sir BEANS OBE. The artwork and video meanwhile comes courtesy of Graham Dews (aka PARIS), the artist behind Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto cover. An impressive coup for this Swindon debutant.

Watch the NEW video for ‘Crowd Levitator’ below:

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

Stream the track ‘Be and Make’ from the EP below:

https://soundcloud.com/nil-cash/be-and-make/s-EPgdg

A multi-talented musician, Zero Dinero (who’s given name is Nilkesh Mehta) handles all his own production. As well as rapping alongside hip hop legends he also plays guitar, sitar, tablas (Indian percussion), harmonium (Indian Keyboard), and has experience as a hip-hop/ funk/ reggae DJ starting out aged only 14.

Embracing his Indian roots, Zero weaves elements of Eastern philosophy into his lyricism. Some of the themes include meditation, Yoga and reading philosophy – which are uniquely presented for the first time in a Hip hop context.

The rapper’s life has been one of many challenges. Between 1999 and 2000 he travelled the world teaching English to UNICEF kids and learning Spanish fluently, something that has helped him to have such a clear outlook on life. Following a degree in International relations and Law he found himself in a corporate environment, which never sat well with him. He also recently had a serious health scare battling early Testicular Cancer.

Having overcome all this, Zero Dinero is now ready to fully pursue his true calling and has devoted himself to the career in hip hop that he always wanted. Due to his Indian background, his parents thought he should keep music strictly as a ‘hobby’ when he was younger, rather than pursue it as a ‘profession’. The Time Has Come sees him finally overcoming obstacles and following his passions.

With such endorsements from Hip hop royalty; Zero Dinero’s unique eastern influenced debut release will truly add a new dimension to both the UK and global Hip Hop scenes.

 

The Time Has Come is out May 21st

 

Links:

http://www.zero-dinero.com

https://www.facebook.com/zerodinero/

https://twitter.com/zero_dinero

Chilly goodness – Arctic Lake // Heal Me (I’m From Finland Remix)

Arctic Lake have been carving a distinct niche for themselves since their debut in 2015. Following the news of their latest, self-released offering Heal Me, Arctic Lake have unveiled a synth heavy, chilled out remix from I’m From Finland. Keeping Emma’s graceful vocal in tact, I’m From Finland creates a moodier atmosphere with the sounds of distant emphatic horns and pulsing, waving electronic strings.

The seamless fusion of ardent lyrical sentimentality with an addictive, hazy production is quickly becoming a blend with which Arctic Lake are synonymous – and their latest offering ‘Heal Me’ is no different.

A melancholic love letter that’s narrated by the hushed and haunting tones of front-woman Emma Foster, ‘Heal Me’ is brutally honest and eerily relatable. Opening with the soft touch of keys, Andy & Paul lift the pure simplicity of the melody with the subtle introduction of a mellow percussion and pulsing synths that add extra layers of texture during the chorus.

‘’Heal Me’ was a track that felt really natural for us to write, and it’s the one we’re most looking forward to playing live. We love transferring our music into a live scenario, and we feel ‘Heal Me’ has a lot of energy and intensity”Arctic Lake

The North London-based band stole a spot on the BBC Radio 1 playlist in 2015 with their debut single ‘Limits’ and went on to release their most critically acclaimed track to date ‘For Us’ including a remix from award-winning, electronic DJ/producer Huxley. Since then, Arctic Lake have continued their online fervor, catching the attention of industry influencers beyond the blogs from Huw Stevens to Labrinth.

With inspirations from Bon Iver to Låpsley, Arctic Lake are steadily carving their sound, and cementing themselves as one of the most compelling new artists of 2016. Drawing to mind AQUILO, Grimes and Sigor Ross, Arctic Lake are a modern renaissance band for the city.

Next month on the 8th June 2016, Emma Foster (vocalist) Andy Richmond (drummer) and Paul Holliman (guitarist) will take center stage at London Fields Brewery to deliver what promises to be a goose bump inducing live performance.

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Having performed at last year’s SXSW festival, Houston rapper Prince William is an exciting new hip hop underdog on the rise.

His latest single ‘Million Ways’ sees him showing off his adept flow and wordplay skills. It centres lyrically around pushing one’s talents in order to be successful.

Stream the single here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/glavish/million-ways

Written over a year ago, the rapper explains the inspiration behind it: ‘I was working the graveyard shift at a gas station one night (Winter ’14) and decided to play the instrumental on the loud speaker since I was the only one there. I mustve played the instrumental 100 times that night and then as I was mopping the floor, the flow and the hook just naturally hit me and I recorded it on my next off day.’

Prince William’s inspiring self-confidence and rhymes are likely to appeal to fans of artists like Jay-Z, Childish Gambino and J Cole.

A highly self-motivated artist, Prince William has started a music career through his own determination and grit, setting up his very own record label Lavish Living Ent.

He explains the source of his drive: ‘When I decided to start making music, I called lots of old friends from Elementary all the way to High school and they all (exaggerated with “all” but pretty damn close) dismissed me and that helped me develop my “self-inspiring” attitude and I also learned to depend on myself much more than the average person.

Prince William has always seen himself as an underdog. Upon entering a contest for indie rappers in 2013 led by local hip hop legend OG Ron C, the rap icon came up on stage and said “I don’t wanna hear music about your problems, if I wanted to hear about problems I would’ve stayed home and looked at bills. This is not the rap game, I want to see girls shake their asses and music I can dance to.”

Knowing from the start that he was different to the other rappers in the competition and that this statement was subliminally aimed at him, Prince William didn’t let it get in the way of his vision, having since proved OG wrong by performing at SXSW and scoring radio airplay from Kiss FM phoenix and an interview with KTSU Houston.

He hopes to continue onwards and upwards continuing to push his own record label and garner a worldwide fanbase.

 

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/glavish

https://twitter.com/PrinnceWilliam

Haunting new album Cherry Fair from singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison

‘…like postcards from an earlier, purer, more positive time’ – The Sunday Herald on Stephen’s previous album Today Tomorrow

English-born, Scottish-residing singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison delivers this intimate and heartfelt new folk record Cherry Fair.

Having written his own songs since he was a teenager, Stephen got into music through legendary sixties acts such as The Doors, Simon and Garfunkel, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and George Harrison – the music that his older siblings would listen to.

As a teenager I was writing folk songs on acoustic guitar. Aged 16, I would strap my guitar on my back and head off ‘on my moped’ to places such as the Barnoldswick Folk Club.

During the late seventies, Stephen’s musical interests shifted. Attending the Edinburgh College Of Art in 1977, he was founding member of the post-punk band Metropak. The band supported the likes of The Rezillos and Josef K, and received airplay from John Peel.

Having since disbanded, Stephen has now returned to his folk roots. His new album draws on his experience, exploring an array of pensive topics from unrequited love to reconciliation to the brevity of life.  The subject matter deepens as the tracks progress.

Although minimal in sound, Cherry Fair is the result of a lot careful time and effort, Stephen going to great lengths to achieve the perfect sound using unconventional guitar tunings and a particular picking style. Vocals are often recorded multiple times so that he can achieve the exact phrasing. The result is a very clean and polished record.

Stream the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-harrison/sets/cherry-fair

As well as having a passion in music, Stephen is also a keen painter. Emotional tone plays a key part in his interest in the arts.

Artists that Stephen can be compared to include the likes of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, early Lou Reed and Richard Hawley.

 

Cherry Fair is out 9th May

 

Links:

http://www.stephenharrisonmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/Stephen-Harrison-155502732790/?fref=nf

https://twitter.com/harrisings/followers

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-harrison