The Shackleton Experience is the brain child of Minnesota native Karl Schmaltz. Karl, a 19-year old musician is the sole contributor to this project and it is a testament to his musical prowess and technical gifts that he has managed to craft an album of such complexity.
Listen to “Into the Weddell Sea’ here:
The music has been described a “metal opera” but in some ways it is unlike anything heard before. It is both educational and sonically pleasurable, combining multiple genres and a story telling aesthetic to create something truly original.
The Shackleton Experience is almost revolutionary in its scope. By carving out a genre of its own, The Shackleton Experience is set to take the world by storm.
Expect the full length release on August 8th the 101st anniversary of Shackleton leaving England.
The track combines a driving bass, soaring guitars, thundering drums courtesy of Zal Cleminson and Ted McKenna of Alex Harvey Band fame, and a dynamic vocal from Alan. Sonically and lyrically the track is a pure adrenaline rush.
To say the group are experienced would be an understatement. Having toured with the likes of Status Quo, Uriah Heap, Goo Goo Dolls and even REO Speedwagon on an individual basis they have since joined together and are a force to be reckoned with. Guitarist Boanecker and Front woman Lady Oracle makes it clear that “all this was preparation for Coffeepot” and it cannot be denied that the band are ready to hit the big time.
Their live presence stands up to their recording quality with the band having already sold out acclaimed London venue Ronnie Scott’s and residencies at The New Cross Inn and The Spice of Life. Described as “Dirty Soul” Coffee Pot Drive has spread their wings and count names as lofty as Pixie Lott amongst their fans. She invited them to play her showcase in August, a testament to their wide ranging appeal.
“Hey Suzy!” will be available from August 17th followed by album “Edge of Town” out on August 31st.
“Intrigued to see what the future holds for this London producer” – Indie Shuffle
Elusive London producer/songwriter/artist Schulkid is set to release the multi-influential Slow Dancing next month, continuing snowballing praise from the likes of Indie Shuffle, Clash and Music Ninja following the release of last year’s scenesetter Wildest Promise.
Teaming up with Belgium-based singer Valair for a second time, SchulKid’s Slow Dancing embodies the producer’s talent of taking far-flung and diverse influences and distilling them into a single sound unlike anything else. Living and growing up in many different places as a child, including a hugely significant move to Hong Kong, SchulKid’s upbringing encouraged a life of variety that can be seen in his art and music.
‘Hide In Your Heart’ is the lead single from Astrid’s forthcoming ‘We Go to Dream’ album, released via One Little Indian on the 31st July. ‘Hide In Your Heart’ builds slowly before unfolding into a beautiful widescreen epic – the result of a collaborative effort with engineer/ programmer/drummer James Orr, whom Astrid met while touring with Dead Can Dance during 2012/13, he also co-wrote the song with her.
A prolific teen sensation ready for her fifth single release in less than a year, Shannon K is a pop vocalist whose star is shooting quickly upwards. Having found her perfect pure pop sound with March single ‘Just Another Boy’, she is now ready to further develop her new approach with brand new single ‘Lose Control’. You might even notice her shorter hair this time round, as she’s just cut her hair for the cancer charity, the Little Princess Trust.
Composed by Matt Knight and Andy Whitmore, with lyrics from the excellent Rosie Penn, the single is a feel-good treat, capturing the spirit and freedom of the upcoming summer months. It’s the first time Shannon has released a single with such pure, summer vibes, and the infectious melodies and great production very much get you in the mood for the sunshine:
With ‘Lose Yourself’, Shannon K continues to mark herself out as one of the most versatile young artists on the independent scene today. Previous singles such as anti-drugs tune ‘Just Say No’ and the festive track ‘Christmas Song’ first marked her out as a talented vocalist, but with this year’s quick punch of ‘Just Another Boy’, ‘MOM’ (released on Mother’s Day, lyrics by Brian Bogdanovic) which is an emotional track that really showcases Shannon’s vocal ability, and now ‘Lose Control’, she is showing herself to be a real contender.
But now, thanks to her developing mainstream sound and with many years ahead of her, Shannon K has every chance of eclipsing all those accolades – and with more top pop singles on the way, we wouldn’t bet against her.