True Religion unleash an entrancing fusion of Spanish and English influences on their new single “Que Bonita”.

Today, I would like to introduce you to one of the most novel musical acts currently performing today. The duo “True Religion” consist of the virtuosic flamenco guitarist Juan Carmona and the exceptional vocalist Amy Gill. With distinctive vocals, combined with pounding beats that will fill any dancefloor, “True Religion” have crafted one of the most unique sounds of the fast-growing underground music scene.

The exhilarating single “Que Bonita” begins with the strumming of Carmona’s tender guitar strings which immediately grabs the listener’s attention. Then, the exceptional, soulful vocals of Gill kick in, which will make any listener yearn to dissect every word that emerges from Gill’s vocal chords. Gill’s voice is very reminiscent of a young Sinead O’Connor, due to her unique ability to hit the highest of octaves. The first 50 seconds of this track allows the listener to hear Gill’s isolated vocals, combined with exceptional production work, Gill’s vocals have a distinctive ‘echo’ effect, which allows Gill to have the maximum emotional effect on the listener.

“True Religion is the truth about ourselves, about how we can handle things, the emotion of being alive and feeling the others, about how we can manage difficult situations, by being kind, conscious, by practicing mindfulness and meditation, by true friendship, by trying to be better persons every day.” – True Religion

The track then takes an unexpected turn, when a house dance beat is introduced alongside Gill’s vocals, with Carmona’s distinctive guitar playing also making a much welcomed return. The music gradually grows into an irresistible electronic/dance track that will be welcomed at any nightclub in world, especially post COVID-19.

The wonderful attraction of “True Religion” is that you never know what they are going to do next. This is the case with “Que Bonita” as the track’s final two minutes contain no vocals and instead allow the listener to appreciate Carmona’s exceptional musicianship on both the guitar and piano, this is his moment to shine!

This track is a wonderful blend of flamenco and house, with influences from both England and Spain that will hopefully unite the whole continent of Europe during a period in which we arguably, the most isolated from each other. Check out “Que Bonita” if you haven’t already!

WATCH THE ‘QUE BONITA’ MUSIC VIDEO HERE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFRKHEYrjUg

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Words by Aidan Whelband

BPSOCA release an instant dance classic in ‘Djèn Djèn’

BPSOCA have just released one of the best dance songs of 2021 that is destined to be inescapable across Bluetooth speakers this summer. BPSOCA music is a British record label that aims to bring Caribbean soul music back to the UK Charts. ‘Djèn Djèn’ has an irresistible pounding melody which is difficult to get to leave your subconscious once you’ve heard it. The track has some of the best vocal delivery that I’ve heard all year that complements the track’s narrative of the experience of the women’s perspective at a Soca Fate (Party).

The music track was fittingly produced in Trinidad, which allows the song to transcend Caribbean culture and transports the listener onto an energetic Caribbean beach.

BPSOCA Music have been heavily influenced by other Caribbean artists such as ‘Major Lazor’, ‘Machel Montano’ and ‘Bunji Garlin’. They have kickstarted the Caribbean soul revolution by releasing ‘Djèn Djèn’, and I am eagerly anticipating what other plethora of musical soliloquies they will craft to benefit music lovers.

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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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A dose of French electro-swing with ‘Alors Je Danse’ – the latest dance track from No-Ce and her band

After a successful run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cecile Nordegg (No-Ce) and her band have taken their unique mélange of Edith Piaf-esque chanson and Frank Zappa musical stylings to yet another unexpected destination – dance,

Alors Je Danse is their first release from the forthcoming album and sees them adapting their sound to a more electronic genre, an adaptation that is flawless in its transition. The track is carried by Cécile’s rich vocals and flirts stylistically with the wave of electro-swing that combines the elements of jazz and electronic melodies – a combination that has the demanding effect of dance.

Previously a successful film and TV actor, Cécile is backed by a band of outstanding musicians who have already made names for themselves: JP Chiche on guitar and background vocals (previously having shared the stage with everyone from Aerosmith to Fats Domino) and Andreas Pirringer on sax, flute and clarinet and Walter Bass on piano – just to name a few.

Their previous release, Jazz Proclamation Vol. 1&2 was a collection of tracks which transcended language and genre and Alors Je Danse looks set to achieve similar cross-over success with fans of dance music.

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Techno Prisoners – Nej!Las

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Having become a dedicated electronic producer, nej!las has lived in 2 different countries and 8 different cities in 18 years. On top of this, she is a qualified lawyer and has founded a charity which has raised millions of dollars for needy people worldwide. All these experiences taught her how to adapt, how to be transient, and most importantly, how to be independent, original and unique.
Here, we get a clearer idea of just what makes her tick:
What attracted you to the techno/electro/house scene?
The ability (and even the requirement) to make, not only harmonic melodies and bass lines, but to additionally have percussion and drums that could, by themselves, carry a song.  Techno/electro/house pushes the envelope by requiring and allowing for creativity in all areas of a song. It requires one to constantly innovate and come up with new, original, creations and techniques applied to the production.
What is your local music scene like? How do you think you fit in?
The Detroit Techno scene is so prominent; it created its own genre. The Detroit Techno Militia shows the attitude of techno producers that reside in Detroit – independent, proud and original. Detroit allows for producers to have creativity, to not necessarily fit inside the box of what “techno” is supposed to be, but to continuously push the boundaries of the genre. Detroit Techno is innovative. The innovative and original style shines through my music.
You’ve got a huge gig lined up – what would be your dream venue?
An intimate venue where I could feed off of the audiences’ energy and they could be up close and personal to my live production. A symbiotic relationship between me and the crowd.
Tell us about how you go about creating your music, from initial idea to completion
I create two different live sets.
The first live set – the “progressive, melodic set” focuses on the harmonic elements. This set, by itself, would be categorized as “progressive” music. I spend days creating and manipulating analogs, wavetables, and filters in order to find a unique synth sound. I tend to favour an almost guitar-like synth – overdriven and raw. I then, likewise, formulate an “opposite” synth that is sweet and melodic – as if it could lead a progressive/chill-out song. This synth tends to be a string or rubber instrument. I then spend additional days writing, rewriting, and rearranging midi data and appreciations. With all the variations of synths and midi, I usually have enough sounds and tracks to form an entire arrangement. This is the next step, to formulate all the melodies into an arrangement of a harmonic song from an intro to an outro.
The second set – the “techno” set focuses solely on drums and percussion. I likewise arrange a very heavy techno arrangement from an intro to an outro. Hardware, like the Alesis SamplePad 4, is very useful to continue to create original midi data, or even audio samples, for percussion.  I want this second set to be able to stand alone as a song without bass or melodies.
In the end, I combine the two sets, which could, by themselves, be sufficient for a song, into one set that has movement and free flowing segments. I arrange the set to make it play as if I were playing it live. I even record all the modulations and envelopes from a MIDI controller (the AKAI MPC40) as if I were performing it live. This “live performance” of the song becomes the final track.
What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
To continue to innovate and bring original music into the traditional “techno” genre. I want to create a niche of original, harmonic, progressive, techno songs that play, and sound, like a live set.
Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
Songs like “Fini” play like a live set, except it allows one to listen to it anywhere. That is the style of my production – to have harmonic synths that could stand by themselves as a progressive song, but on top of the harmonies, to have percussion and drums that could also be sufficient for a song. The music is “alive”, always changing and morphing into something new and creative.

The Hip-Hop Storyteller: Tony Banks


Based in Brooklyn, New York, Music Bear Tony Banks is aiming to be perceived as the ultimate hip-hop storyteller, and his latest single ‘Run!’ would suggest that he is more than on his way to achieving this.
As part of the LGBT community, Tony has fought against the typical mainstream image that hip-hop music is a hetero-dominated genre, finding his own corner of the musical world which sees him mixing a potent blend of rap, dance and house with his own genre of hip-hop. It’s music for the club, it’s music for everyday and most importantly, it’s music for today with the way that it highlights the faults in society and the oppression of black lives in America.
Many perceive the genre of hip-hop to be nothing more than fast lyrics and attitude, but Tony Banks has transformed the style into something much more with ‘Run!’, managing to tell a story beneath the pulsating beats and soul inspired vocals of collaborators, EarthTone and JwlB.
Standing out from the crowd whilst going from nothing to something, all on his own merits with the help of his outspoken and unapologetic personality – Tony personifies the American Dream. This guy is more than just an artist.
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Twinwood Festival set for August 2015

The original and best vintage music and dance festival:

Twinwood Festival set  for August 2015

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After its huge success last year, the UK’s largest vintage music and dance extravaganza, Twinwood Festival will return to Twinwood Arena in Clapham, Bedfordshire this summer. It will be the event’s 14th year, held over the weekend of 29th-31st August, and it’s set to be the biggest yet, with countless attractions for festival goers who visit from all over the world.

For a taste of what the weekend has in store, check out some clips from last year’s festival:

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Attractions

As ever, the festival will be a haven for music lovers who have an appreciation for good popular retro music. With 60 live bands playing music through the decades over 11 venues, including the centrepiece outdoor arena, festivalgoers are spoilt for choice. The bands and artists will include the excellent Si Cranstoun, The London Swing Orchestra, 60s group The Overtures, Rock ‘n’ Roll band Joey and the Jivers, The Revolutionaires big band and many, many more class acts. From the classic days of Charlston, through the 40s to the rock and roll of the 50s and the music of the swinging 60s, the range of acts is vast – right the way through to electro-swing acts that blend tradition with modernity.

With so much choice, it’s just as well all the venues have acres of sprung dance floors which reverberate to the beat of the music, and after you’ve been to the retro dance lessons that will be available across the weekend, taking in swing dancing, modern jive, rock and roll, the jitterbug and plenty more besides, you’ll be on the floors as well.

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To help set the scene, Twinwood Festival Village will also be filled with over 100 vintage traders selling fabulous fashions and collectables, plus there will be flying displays, classic vehicles and museums to feast your eyes on. There will even be a choice of hair and beauty salons to make sure you look the part.

Other live entertainment will include comedy and vintage fashion shows, and a host of music bars and eclectic food outlets serving a great range of food and drink throughout.

Last but not least, 2015 sees the return, for only the second year, of the Mr and Miss Vintage UK competition, which will crown those who have most accurately captured the look and spirit of the festival. The contest is one of the centre pieces of the whole weekend, where the winners go home with exclusive prizes presented by Twinwood’s special guest star Anita Harris.

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Fantastic camping for caravans, motor homes and tents is provided next to the Festival Village and five nights stay, with good facilities, is available to 3 day ticket holders at a great price.

Also non camping festival goers will be able to buy tickets for individual days as well as 3-day weekend tickets.

Tickets on sale now from http://www.twinwoodevents.com/ or you can ring the ticket hotline on 01234 824773 or 07914 093552 or 07914 093553

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Alpines – No Other Lover

Fresh new video from the Alpines! Contemporary, clean , conceptually unique and well presented they are a group to be contended with. An interesting blend of mysticism, ambience, pop, dance and house means you should watch this!

Having gained support from the likes of Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1 and Lauren Laverne on 6music, Alpines look set to breakthrough to the mainstream this year with their widely anticipated debut album ‘Oasis’, which is out via Untrue Records on 26th May.

In case you missed it, you can stream the album title track ‘Oasis’ here – https://soundcloud.com/alpines/oasis

And watch the official video to ‘Oasis’ here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHyQsS_52QY

Vita Chambers asks ‘What If?’ with new dance-pop single

Canadian pop-princess set to bring GOLD standard to the UK on 31st March

Having toured with Justin Bieber in her native Canada, Vita Chambers is set to bring her North American success to UK shores with new double a-side ‘Fix You’/‘What If?’

 At only 20 years of age, Vita Chambers has already had a musical career to be admired. Signed at 16 by Universal Motown, after sending them her MySpace address, she has since toured with aforementioned country-mate Bieber and performed at the prestigious Soul Train Awards. However, Vita Chambers soon grew tired of being moulded by her record label.  As a result of this, she has gone out on her own; recently starting her own production company, Gold Note Productions. Now, she is able to fully express her personality and views within her music. Striving for independence and for her voice to be truly heard, this is clearly not your average young artist.

‘Fix You’ is a pure slice of electro dance-pop. It’s tone is more sombre than ‘What If?’ This showcases Vita Chambers’ versatility as a performer. As the reflective verses lead into a soaring chorus; the radio friendly sound that this young artist has created becomes clearly evident. This view has been shared by many, as ‘Fix You’ has already gone gold in Canada. The positive reception that this track has already received has also caused her to be nominated for a Canadian Music ‘Juno Award’ for dance track of the year.

‘What If?’ is an upbeat dance-pop hit in waiting, complete with sing along chorus and a superb vocal performance from Chambers. But underneath the pop sheen, it’s also a song the tackles a serious message – to fall in love with whomever you wish, regardless of race, orientation or other social norms, and do what makes you happy.

‘Fix You’/‘What If?’ marks her first foray into UK territories, where she aims to keep her incredible run of success going.

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NOAH ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW SINGLE, “KEEP ON MOVIN’”

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After two chart topping releases, NYC based recording artist, NOAH arrives wiser, more determined and full of interesting stories about his journey as a musical artist in today’s D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) culture.

His brand new single “Keep On Movin’” is scheduled to hit digital retailers worldwide on December 16th under his new dance label, Icon Worldwide Music, with global distribution by LabelWorx UK, home to global DJ/Producer sensations Avicci, Armin Van Buren, Afrojack, Sebastian Ingrosso and Tiesto.

Keep on Movin’ is bound to become 2013’s celebratory Billboard and UK Music Week Dance Chart success. The song is not only a personal reflection for the artist but also a declaration of more to come.  NOAH wrote the anthem in the hopes of inspiring those seeking to change their lives!

I am “catching up with destiny,” NOAH explains, “and I am not looking back!”

Within weeks of leaving his office job in September of 2012, NOAH’s debut single “New York is Dead” began its 20 week residency on the DJ Times National Club Charts peaking at #16 in December between Mariah Carey’s “Triumphant” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Darkside,” ultimately charting in the Top 20 of the U.K. Music Week’s Commercial/Pop Charts in June at #15.  “No More Angels,” his L.A. themed summer anthem, reached the Top 40 on the DJ Times National Club Charts and climbed to #3 on the UK Upfront Music Charts in July.

“Keep On Movin’” is picking up speed and garnering international positive Tastemaker feedback from the likes of UK’s

Judge Jules (BBC1), Graeme Park and Lee Dagger.  The single hit #9 on the idanceradio.fm Top 100 Chart on October 14th and has received support from Netherland’s celebrity Radio 10 Gold DJ, Dennis Verheugd a.k.a. DJ Devious, All4YouHitRadio in the Netherlands, Club Radio EDM, and Red Sea Dance Radio.

The original track, produced by NOAH and UK based producer, Ben Dabson a.k.a. Radical Academy (Cardiff, Wales) accompanies a celebrity line up of International remixes including the esteemed UK Power Duo, Andrew Galea & Marc JB, London’s 2013 Top 100 DJs Pink Panda (UK), Grammy nominated and Billboard Charting producers Mike Rizzo (Funk Generation), Sam Michaels & Dan Mathews a.k.a. Klubjumpers, Wayne G & LFB; French Miami DJ/Producer sensation PASHAA; chart topping Billboard DJ/Producers Casey Alva and DJ Ting, as well as a cast of rising talent including the fresh celebrity DJ/Producer Shahaf Moran (Tel Aviv), Dirrty Panda (Canada), and the Italian DJ/Producer team, WTDJ (Italy).

The “Keep On Movin’” Radio Remixes can be heard here: http://snd.sc/1hMpsiH

The Music Video can be seen here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcqXm7SVPLU&feature=youtu.be

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