The New Space Finders release their instant Indie hit ‘Superheroes’

The New Space Finders have released their debut single with powers so good you’ll swear they must be ‘Superheroes’. Indie anthem is a title given to few, but greatly deserved by the Indie-electronica duo behind The New Space Finders, Sean and Jenny. 

Sean and Jenny are a Plymouth based couple and  self-proclaimed kind-hearted eccentrics. Their two young children are the inspiration behind the ‘Superheroes’ track, giving the tune a pure, innocent and feel good vibe to ease all your worries. 

‘Superheroes’ is the woe-lifting, feel good track we have all been desperate for, timed perfectly to cure all the stress of a Covid-19 world. Stress which duo Sean and Jenny know all too well, after a health complication left Sean close to death 16 months ago. Recovered and inspired, the non genre conforming duo now value every second spent with their children, sharing their joy through song. 

With artwork featuring a Banksy piece, sanctioned by the mysterious man himself, ‘Superheroes’ is a fun filled track that takes you back to simpler times.

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Written By: Jessica Rowe

Wordsmith of the week- SAM DOTIA

We’re ecstatic to be bringing you the first instalment of our Wordsmith Weekly feature. A weekly (believe it or not) feature championing some of the best songwriting talents the industry has to offer.  

Our first wordsmith is London’s SAM DOTIA, a soulful singer-songwriter whose lyricism is nothing short of heavenly. DOTIA is by no means confined by the boundaries of genre, dappling in R&B, Folk, Indie, Soul and beyond.

Drawing influence from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver and HYUKOH, SAM DOTIA’s music oozes the same quality, authenticity and emotion. DOTIA’s tracks such as ‘Uriah’s Cry’ could effortlessly soundtrack a coming of age film, he is every music supervisor’s dream. 

His most recent release ‘Beautiful Disaster’ is a work of art, a collaboration with the equally talented Rachel Chinouriri. The track is ethereal, infused with soul, feeling and emotion. Truly a beautiful track, and a musical match made in heaven.

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Kasabian’s now former front man pleads guilty to assault

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Former Kasabian singer Tom Meighan has pleaded guilty to assaulting his former fiancee. The 39-year-old admitted at Leicester Magistrates’ Court attacking Vikki Ager on the evening of 9 April.

The court heard a child had witnessed the assault and contacted 999 to report that a “domestic incident was taking place”.

Meighan was given an 18-month community order and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. On Monday, the group announced Meighan had stepped down from the band in order to deal with “personal issues”.

Kasabian formed in 1997 and reached the UK charts with their third single Club Foot in 2004. Major success came with albums Empire in 2006 and West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 2009, which featured a string of hits including Underdog and Fire.

Meighan’s departure leaves guitarist Serge Pizzorno and bassist Chris Edwards as the only remaining founding members.

The untimely departure of Tom Meighan may start to make a little more sense for disappointed fans. We hope this is not the end of Kasabian as a band. 

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Beyonce uses BET accept speech to call for the dismantling of ‘a racist and unequal system’

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Beyonce urged U.S. voters to “take action to dismantle a racist and unequal system” as she accepted the Humanitarian Award at the virtual BET Awards on Sunday night.

The 38-year-old singer was introduced by former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, who paid tribute to her philanthropic efforts as well as her musical success.

Following tributes from Tyler Perry and her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, Beyonce used her speech to encourage fans to vote in the upcoming U.S. election in November in the hopes they can collectively try and change the system.

“I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching and fighting for change,” Beyonce said, referencing the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. “Your voices are being heard, and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain.”

Beyonce is the perfect example of using an immense public platform for good, we hope more artists will follow in her footsteps. 

Alicia Keys opens up about life in Lockdown with Swizz Beatz

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In a sweet seaside Q&A video on the Girl on Fire star’s YouTube channel, the musicians discussed how their family life has been affected by the Covid-19 crisis over the past few months, and answered questions from fans

Beginning the segment, Alicia asked whether the two had ever spent as much time together as they had during their coronavirus pandemic, to which Swizz shook his head and said: “This is, like, married married married.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz and family attend at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on FOX at the Microsoft Theater on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for iHeartMedia )

The singer went on to admit that she’s “loving” having some downtime, and confessed: “For (the children) to wake up knowing that we’re always there, for us to wake up, always being there — it’s kinda cool.”

We can’t wait to see what this talented singer-songwriter may have cooked up for fans during lockdown.

Redemption through song, Israel Nkeki’s story is like no other.

Israel Nkeki has lived a life worthy of a 100 films. A life journey that has taken Israel from Nigeria to Lewisham, from the streets to a stint in prison and eventually to becoming the soulful Croydon residing singer-songwriting he is today. 

After a conflict filled childhood in Benin City (Nigeria), a young Israel relocated to New Cross (London). Young, impressionable and cast a drift Israel Nkeki descended into a life on the streets and eventually found himself serving a sentence in prison. Prison was the wakeup call Israel needed, a turning point in his life that prompted him to put his pain into a creative medium and tell his story through music.

‘Moonlight’, Israel’s debut single coming on 20th June, uses hard hitting lyrics to tell the story of his painful journey and how split second decisions can have lifelong impact. Set on a backdrop of contemporary soul beats the track is emotive, poetic and modern.

 Israel’s music is rich with harsh realities, real life experiences and hard-learned lessons presented with soul, feeling and emotion. A story that needs to be told and a voice that needs to be heard. 

‘Moonlight’ is due to be released on June 20th.  

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Get ‘Lost in the World’ of Hyson Green’s debut album.

Hyson Green have just released their much anticipated debut album. Aptly titled ‘Lost in the World’, the 10 track project really does pull you from the lockdown blues into a carefully crafted world of horns and harmonies. 

‘Lost in the World’ is best described as the music we know and love, but rarely hear on radio anymore. Hyson Green have produced a perfect collection of contemporary sounds shaped on experience and the love of good music, bringing us those nostalgic vibes we’ve been longing for. 

The project combines the musicianship of two brothers David and Roy Osbourne, and was devised across both sides of the pond from Nottingham and London all the way to Los Angeles. ‘Lost in the World’s’ first track ‘Clear Blue Sky’ is the perfect song to listen to on this sunny Friday afternoon.

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Album Review: Empathy Test “Monsters”

Having already heard Empathy Test’s new single ‘Monsters’ we were very intrigued to give their new album of the same name a listen this week ahead of its release on 22nd May. 

The 10 track album is full of variety from the chilled out rhythm of ‘Making Words’ to the more up-beat ‘Holy Rivers’ this is definitely an album to include in your lockdown playlists. 

Not only this, the true to life lyrics resonate very deeply with us in today’s COVID-19 society. ‘Incubation Song’’s talk of containment and imprisonment isn’t too far from how we feel during lockdown and ‘Fear of Disappearing’ speaks of the loneliness of this world dominated by social media, which has perhaps never been so true as it has now. In fact, the whole album includes superb song-writing by the whole band who all contribute to the lyrics of their songs. 

With this album, Empathy Test look to cement themselves as one of the most inventive, emotionally affecting and addictive musical experiences around and we believe that this album goes a long way to making this a reality. 

Although we can’t share the album with you yet (sorry!), you can give the single ‘Monsters’ a listen here – https://soundcloud.com/empathytest/monsters-radio-edit/s-AEnqYzWm4Ye

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JJ Draper’s new single addresses London’s worrying gang violence scene

Following the success of his previous EP, JJ Draper has taken inspiration from real life events for his newest EP, ‘The Theft & The Flight’. 

On one single in particular, JJ describes his inspirations, “returning home in March last year to a police cordon around the car park of my flat, I turned on the news to discover that a young man had been brutally murdered on my doorstep. Not having a real insight into the growing culture of gang violence in London, I wrote ‘…if you’re awake in the night’ to chronicle the surreal experience of those who come inadvertently into contact with a troubling world they don’t understand. 

I wanted all my new music to be honest and grounded, both lyrically and in the way it was recorded. I spent months experimenting at Natural Habitat Studios working with many great musicians to make something I hope feels homespun, authentic and vivid.” 

JJ’s music has already received high praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and The Line of Best Fit but this interest in honestly reflecting his perspective in any scenario, and talk of surreal experiences or confused detachment with the same gravity as moments of sober reality will surely score him top points among the music and songwriting critics. 

Listen to ‘Zero-Sum’, one of the tracks on the upcoming EP, here

With four new tracks set to appear on the EP which is due to be released on 3rd July we can’t wait to be taken on a musical journey of pure raw emotion by JJ. 

‘The Theft and The Flight’ EP

TRACK LIST:  

That’s What I Call Progress!

…if you’re awake in the night

Timshel

The Theft and the Flight

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Award winning harpist, Jessica Victoria’s new album is out now!

Jessica Victoria’s musical background is something to admire.. She holds a doctorate in musical arts from The Catholic University of America, a Master of Music in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and bachelors’ degrees in music and foreign languages from the University of New Mexico, where she graduated summa cum laude. In addition to a thriving performance career, Victoria directs the voice track of the Sacred Music Program at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. 

Not only this, Dr. Jessica Victoria has performed for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and with orchestras in the United States, Europe and South America, picking up many awards for her vocal performances along the way.

Now, she is here with her new album which is available to buy now on her website, as a deluxe version with two hidden tracks – https://jessicavictoria.com/songs-of-the-summer-realm/ or can be streamed on major platforms from 15th May. 

Hear Jessica speaking about the album release here

We are absolutely loving the new album which is a credit to Jessica’s experience and education and also pulls from her celtic ancestral links as well as hints of rock and pop, it is a musical experience for anyone to enjoy this spring. So, get purchasing and be transported by Jessica Victoria’s magical new album.

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