McLean, the award winning British singer-songwriter has marked his return with the sensational new single ‘Does It Hurt’.
The artist shot to fame back in 2007 with the track ‘Broken’, one of the singer’s early singles. Working under the alias Digga, the track spread throughout the urban and RnB scene worldwide and was picked up by high profile names, including Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder and Professor Green who created their own remixes of the track. The success of the song led to McLean being signed by Atlantic Records. McLean’s second single ‘My Name’, released in 2010, clocked up a number 10 chart position in the UK Top 40 and peaked at no.5 in the UK R&B Chart. That year he went on to win the best music video category at the Urban Music Awards for the track and was nominated for a MOBO award. The exposure brought McLean into further contact with some of the industry’s top names and he went on to tour with N-Dubz, Trey Songz and Roll Deep, as well as featuring as a guest vocalist on tracks such as Chase and Status’ ‘Take U There’.
A whirlwind three years persuaded McLean into taking a step back from the scene for a short while. Travelling to the US, McLean switched focus to writing new material, working with producers in both New York and L.A. The trip was hugely beneficial and saw McLean penning the majority of his forthcoming album.
‘Does It Hurt’ presents the singer’s first official release since 2010’s ‘Finally In Love’. A supremely heartfelt song, from the opening piano melody to McLean’s powerful vocals, ‘Does It Hurt’ echoes the singer’s trademark emotive sound. The single has been produced by the amazing trio that is TMS (Producers of No. 1 hits such as ‘Read All About It’ by Professor Green/Emeli Sande & ‘Wings’ by Little Mix) along with being mixed and mastered by Grammy award winning producer Steve Orchard, who described McLean as ‘a great singer… [with] a lot of fresh energy’. The critically acclaimed singer is set to make a long awaited return with his excellent new single.
‘Does It Hurt’ is released on November 18th. Stream the song over on Soundcloud: [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/111933330″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Already having a dedicated fan base,a European tour supporting L.A Guns and even offers from numerous labels under their belts, Damn Dice is ready set for big things with their new 6 track EP ‘Wild ‘N’Ready’.
Relatively new to the music scene (only together since 2011), Damn Dice have gained respect amongst music fans, musicians and critics alike. Damn Dice has had positive feedback flooding in from all directions even from big names like Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe and Beau Hill of Beau Hill Productions (Alice Cooper, Europe, Warrant, Stevie Nicks). Taking influences from classic rock to metal and everything in between, Damn Dice’s music is a powerful combination of all kinds of genres with the energy of a 70’s punk band and the punch of a modern metal band.
“Damn Dice” refers to the band’s motto and the message they try and put across in their music: “live your life, don’t think twice, just roll the damn dice!” The band has followed this motto their entire career, it’s what made brothers Fransoa (drummer) and Wallis (guitarist) move to London to start the band and the same reason that pushed Marco (bassist)to do the same. The motto has been a constant influence in everything the band does together, from song writing to band business.
‘Wild Into The Night’ is the first video from the upcoming EP ‘Wild ‘N’Ready’. Filmed in the band’s London flat, the video showcases a true rock and roll lifestyle: throwing televisions out of windows, partying and playing live. After the television was hurled-full pelt out of the window one of the band’s concerned neighbours called the police to stifle the racket. After discovering that Damn Dice were filming a music video no further action was taken due to the fact that the policeman on duty turned out to be a dedicated rock fan.
‘Wild ‘N’Ready’ is released on 21st October 2013
Watch the ‘Wild Into The Night’ video here: [youtube=http://youtu.be/-CO3Q9rfjj4]
Combining aspects of dancehall, R&B and hip-hop, ‘Bashment Ladies’ is the infectious new single from talented singer Elena.
Growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, Elena was exposed to a range of music which quickly inspired her to pen her own tunes. Moving to the UK in 1999, Elena’s passion for music became insatiable and she proceeded to write and record many new songs. Marrying her childhood sweetheart and undertaking a medical degree, Elena persisted with music, inspired by her many new life experiences. Speaking of her music during this time, Elena has stated that “everything was a challenge, but anything in life that is worth your love is worth fighting for”.
‘Bashment Ladies’ signifies a new beginning for the singer. Bringing together her extensive influences and songwriting prowess, the catchy single emphasises the singer’s distinct sound. Striking a perfect balance between contemporary and classic influences, the single sees a dancehall rhythm and bass melody accompanying Elena’s distinct vocals. Soon to have you singing and dancing, the single features a fitting video which captures the listener’s attentions. Bursting with vibrancy and colour, the stylish video echoes the Jamaican influences of the track.
Check out the video here: [youtube=http://youtu.be/PZaDLFp8sHE]