Soul & Funk legends Crack of Dawn team up with Soul diva Melba Moore to release stunning new single ‘Tiempo’

With over forty years of funk under their belt, Canadian soul powerhouses Crack of Dawn are veterans on the scene.

The titans of Soul have teamed up with the incredible Melba Moore to bring us brand new single Tiempo.

The female flair which Melba Moore adds to Tiempo elevates the tune to a whole new realm. Filled with emotion and pain, Tiempo is a stunning single from this dream team.

Soul diva Melba Moore is a four time Grammy® nominee and winner of the 1970 Tony Award®, for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, for her performance as Lutiebelle in Purlie.

Both a musical and Broadway legend Melba Moore lends her incredible vocal abilities and funky flair to Tiempo. With a massive eleven top ten US hits, Melba Moore is one of Pop music’s most enduring talents.

Crack of Dawn are legends in their own right. The Canadian powerhouses became the first ever Black Canadian band to sign with a major label, having joined Columbia in 1975.

After a period apart, Crack of Dawn reunited for a concert at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in 2012. The group began working on a new album shortly after; with a lineup of old and new, the soulful legends were back and better than ever.

Tiempo, translating as ‘time’ in Spanish, is a grooving Soul track written by Dennis Nieves and Michael Dunston. Tiempo tells the tale of two lovers needing time to find themselves again after a tumultuous split. A soulful and emotive single, combining some of the best talents in the Soul & Funk genres, this track is truly unstoppable.

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Written By: Jessica Rowe

Blues Rockers Steady Rollin’ set to release exclusive UK remix of stunning single You’re Mystical

The Steady Rollin’ wave continues as the El Salvadorian band continue to rock the musical boat.

Hailing from the tiny Central American Republic of El Salvador, Steady Rollin’ have successfully reached the music pages and radio waves of America, Europe and beyond.

Their most recent release, You’re Mystical, quickly became a firm fan favourite.

Grooving and authentic, the track reminded us that Steady Rollin’ are raw rock talent, abandoning studio tricks and providing pure musical prowess

You’re Mystical gets a refresh with a hugely anticipated UK-exclusive remix by top DJ and producer, Elyse Rich (due for release on 16th October).

The track is a love song tinged with the fear of rejection. Singer and guitarist Fernando Poma, explains-

“It’s a love song about a long-married couple where the husband feels a bit insecure about his wife’s love for him. He takes her to a solitary cottage in the woods. He looks at her and feels so much love that just the depth of that love makes him so scared of losing her.

At one point he asks her to take a walk with him under the stars – he wants to see if the “stars are still shining” for HIM regarding her love for him. They get back into the house and he looks at her in the kitchen and can’t do anything but “sigh”. He loves her so much that he is afraid. He finds her truly mystical and otherworldly”. 

The trio that make up Steady Rollin, Benjamin Andrade on drums and backing vocals, Gerardo Pardo on bass and Fernando Poma on guitar and lead vocals, have captured the ears and hearts of audiences across the globe.

Transcending borders, their outreach goes far and wide, establishing the bluesy rockers as ones to watch.

On top of the magical You’re Mystical remix, Steady Rollin’ have a full 10 track project in the works entitled ‘Love & Loss’.

‘Love & Loss’ is set for release on strictly limited-edition vinyl just in time for Christmas.

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Former Eurovision contender Waterflower releases industry-bending new single ‘Palm vs Palm’

To distinguish Waterflower as a unique artist is rather an understatement when considering her methods behind making music.

With a similar sound to that of Bjork and FKA Twigs, Latvian-born art student Sabine Moore (AKA Waterflower) is bending industry norms by using plants to produce her songs (Yes, plants).

Watch: Waterflower’s latest single, ‘Palm vs Palm’.

From using electromagnetic pulses to extract melodies from plants, to playing them live on stage as a living keyboard, Waterflower’s approach to making music is something we’ve never seen before.

“I started working with plant synthesisers in 2015 when I saw the Kickstarter project for the Ototo Synthesiser. I decided that this is what ‘Waterflower’ is all about, playing with plants as synthesiser keys.”

WATERFLOWER, ON HER INTRODUCTION TO PLANT-BASED MUSIC.

‘Palm vs Palm’ is the latest example of her work that previously saw her just miss out on representing her home nation at Eurovision. With the song title derived from the plant which she used to make it, Waterflower’s latest tune is a cacophony of delicate strings, wobbling synthesisers, thudding drums and effortlessly controlled vocals.

Having toured Europe, receiving rave reviews from the likes of The Playground and Resonance FM, Waterflower’s individuality and creativity has seen her gain significant attention.

From the looks of ‘Palm vs Palm’, Waterflower’s upcoming album Balta Gaisma will be innovative, experimental and somewhat extraordinary.

Check out ‘Palm vs Palm’ as part of the new album set to drop on September 28th, or listen now on all major streaming platforms.


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Bandcamp: https://waterflower.bandcamp.com/

Words: Ellis Maddison.

Father-son duo ‘Uneven Stevens’ hit headlines, proving how music PR companies are here to help.

Made redundant last summer, Richard Stevens was left without work. In a stressful situation, his son Oscar decided that they should write a song to send to employers asking them to look beyond the CV and at the person behind the paper.

Amazingly, after hearing ‘Paper Me’, one employer hired Richard Stevens, who now finally has a job after 200 failed applications.

The father-son duo also asked music PR company Quite Great to listen to their song. As an unsigned, one-song band, Uneven Stevens were likely to receive little recognition, but after hearing the heartwarming story, Quite Great gave the band the platform they deserved.

Now, Richard’s story of finding employment through music has reached the upper echelons of UK and Irish press. With headlines in The Scottish HeraldThe Belfast Telegraph and ITV News, as well as broadsheet mentions in The Metro, The Sun and The Star, Uneven Stevens have proven why unsigned artists should always reach out to music PR companies like Quite Great.

‘Paper Me’, and the touching story behind it, is the definition of a feel-good tune and a great example of the music industry pulling together in hard times.

Listen to Paper Me now-

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Written By: Jessica Rowe

Bruce Williamson, former Temptations frontman, has died from coronavirus

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Bruce Williamson, best known as the former frontman of legendary soul group The Temptations, has died aged 49.

The singer died on Sunday (September 6) at his home in Las Vegas after battling the coronavirus, TMZ reports.

Williamson’s death was confirmed by his son, who paid tribute to his father on social media.

“There’s no words in the world that can express how I feel right now,” Bruce Williamson Jr. wrote on Facebook. “I love you Daddy thank you for being awesome thank you for being loving thank you for being who you are I pray to God and we will meet again.”

Born on September 28, 1970, in Compton, California, Williamson joined The Temptations in 2006 and performed with the group until 2015, singing lead on their albums ‘Back To The Front’ and ‘Still Here’.

He was also a part of the group, known for their iconic hits ‘My Girl’, ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’ and ‘Get Ready’, when President George W. Bush invited them to perform at the White House for a celebration of Black History Month in February 2008.

Speaking in a 2013 interview, Williamson credited his background in the church for creating the foundation for him to become a member of The Temptations.

“After seven years as a Temptation I am still in awe,” he said at the time, “and I can remember the first time I performed with the group: at a millionaire’s private birthday party, on a small stage that was erected on his tennis courts.”

Thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this difficult time.

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64% of UK Musicians are considering quitting, new study finds

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A new study has claimed that a staggering 64 per cent of musicians in the UK are considering leaving the profession due to the financial impact of coronavirus.

The stark outlook comes from booking site Encore, which surveyed 560 musicians to understand how the pandemic has affected them financially.

On average, musicians have lost £11,300 from cancellations since March 2020 and 87 per cent of them have fewer gigs booked for August-December 2020 than the same period in 2019.

When the statistics are broken down even further, the research also reveals that young female musicians have 34 per cent fewer gigs booked for 2020 than men.

It is also claimed that pop singers are the worst affected, losing an average of £19,900 in earnings as a result of cancellations since March 2020.

According to Encore, many musicians are falling through the gaps of financial support too – with 41 per cent failing to qualify for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Covid-19 has had an undeniably disastrous affect on the music industry and its musicians, with independent artists being hit the hardest. These new statistics demonstrate the reality of just how hard musicians have been hit.

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Triller joins race to buy rival platform TikTok

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Another big twist in the TikTok sell-off saga.

For months MBW has been writing about the rapid emergence of rival US-based social short-form video service Triller, which recently claimed 250m worldwide downloads of its app – and is in the middle of a lawsuit against TikTok alleging patent infringement.

Meanwhile, under pressure from the administration of US President Donald Trump, Chinese TikTok parent Bytedance appears resigned to selling off its app’s operations in the United States and certain other territories, including Australia.

US-based corporations who have expressed interest in acquiring TikTok’s US operations so far include Microsoft, Oracle and supermarket chain Walmart.

Now, Triller has officially joined this list.

Triller CEO Mike Lu confirmed yesterday (August 28) that his Los-Angeles-based company has made a bid for TikTok with backing from London-based investment firm Centricus Asset Management.

Centricus already oversees a global portfolio with $27bn-worth of assets.

Said Lu: “We believe [Triller and TikTok’s] two teams can work alongside each other and create the best short form video platform. Triller would be the best home for all of TikTok’s users as we have always put product and users first. This is the beginning of a new chapter.”

According to a Bloomberg report, Triller and Centricus’s bid amounts to $20 billion, and would see Triller acquire TikTok’s assets in the US, Australia, New Zealand and India.

An incredibly interesting move from the rival platform, if finalised, could Triller create a monopoly over the short form video sharing app world?

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