Australian Flamenco giants Malcura return with space-themed concept album exploring new musical worlds!

Malcura, the Melbourne-based flamenco sensations, are releasing their new album ‘Malcura II’ on the 27th November.

The band gives you a thrilling and eclectic journey through sound, combining the technical ability and passion of Flamenco with Gypsy jazz, Latin rhythms, a rock ‘n’ roll mentality, and the odd heavy metal riff. From humble beginnings as buskers in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall, Malcura have captivated the Australian public with their unique sound and now aim to introduce the rest of the world to their extraordinary music.

First gaining traction with their highly popular renditions of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, and the ‘Gerudo Valley Theme’ from the video game ‘Zelda’ in 2016 with over 8 million views on YouTube, the band then went on to be nominated for ‘Best Global/Reggae Album’ at The Age Music Victoria Awards.

Their brand new album ‘Malcura II’ to be released on the 27th November introduces us to a new way of listening to music: feeling it. Through listening to the album, you will find yourself uplifted and struggling to fight the urge to get up and dance. The music will take you on an epic sonic journey complete with an enthralling space-themed storyline. You will get to meet the astronaut, Captain Snus, who will take you through a black hole into a mysterious new planet which you can see in the beautiful album artwork created by Jamie Peters.

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Written by Francesca Bass

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Jon Scott releases new EP ‘Freedom – A New Jerusalem’ in the face of extreme prejudice and hate

London-based singer and multi-instrumentalist, Jon Scott, has released a new EP named ‘Freedom – A New Jerusalem’, which iconises the times we live in when the world looks to come together in the face of racial prejudice and social injustice.

The new EP encapsulates Jon Scott’s observations of the world, including the battles we have had to face, not only our global pandemic but also in the social issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement. ‘Freedom – A New Jerusalem’ is an anthem for our ongoing battles and a step in the right direction to achieving a more united world.

Watch the Stunning Video to Freedom here

Out of all the craziness, hatred, spite, and nastiness, the majority of folk all around the world marched together to stand up for what is blatantly right. It’s a seminal moment, era-defining, and world awakening, particularly given the fact that this all occurred in lockdown.

In particular, I hope that the video will be a picture chronicle for the world of this amazing uplifting of spirit particularly for the future generations, as a benchmark of what we should be about as all god’s children or if one prefers, children of one creation and of the universe”.

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With a similar sound to the likes of Marvin Gaye and Fela Kuti, Jon Scott is combining elements of soul, jazz, and Afro-pop within his songwriting whilst still balancing his day job as a top lawyer at his own law firm.

You can tell musical talent runs in the family as megastar, Seal, is Jon Scott’s first cousin. Jon does his own vocals, guitar, and percussion whilst other instrumentation and co-production duties are shared with Gordon Hulbert.

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Soul-Hop artist I.Am.Tru.Starr drops his new album ‘Viva’, including a hymn to Black Lives Matter

I.Am.Tru.Starr’s new album ‘Viva’ is a perfect combination of music derived from hard hitting realities as well as a battle cry for change, noticeably seen in his tracks ‘Kenzo’ and ‘Something’s Gotta Change’.

Most importantly I.Am.Tru.Starr is showing his deep appreciation for life and the things that really matter:

Family, love and legacy. Not this bullshit society tries to get you to put priority on like money or the new hot car or whatever they want you to be enamoured with, then turn around and make you feel like shit for not having it. Growing up in Rochester and getting caught up in those streets up there, I thought that was what life was. Fast forward a few years, I’m living in Vegas, became a father and I now see what life is and all it can be and just how beautiful it is. We are all in a place of appreciation for life and the things that truly matter. VIVA! Long live us!

The artist, originally from Rochester, New York and now living in Las Vegas has been surrounded by the best and worse elements of what it means to be alive as a young black man in 2020. The first single released from his new album, ‘Something’s Gotta Change’ is an upbeat celebration of life, with that the good, the bad, and the ugly. The 70s-style funk beat and passionate lyrics plead for change at the heart of today’s social problems and has subsequently become a hymn for Black Lives Matter.

This society is sedated and I wanna do my part in waking ‘em up. It’s about time real music got the light it deserves. No politics. No label tricks. No big city backing. My family explained to me when I was young that Emmett Till (whose lynching was a major influence on the emergence of Black Rights in 50s and 60s America) was a distant cousin, and what he went through has always helped to fuel the passion in my music”

‘Viva’ is an album which encapsulates so many powerful emotions including love and lust, which are other prominent concepts in his music. The tracks ‘Selena’ and ‘American Idol’ show his influence from D’Angelo and reminds us of similar sounds to those from Anderson .Paak and Chance The Rapper. ‘Selena’ introduces us to I.Am.Tru.Starr’s more playful side with catchy lyrics, light melodies and a funky beat.

The album brings us on a journey that jumps between problems of justice, society and celebrations of life, love and lust. It seems as though the album is homage to how people feel everyday; although we often face problems, we live through them and come out stronger on the otherwise.

Written by Francesca Bass

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Just Checking In: New series by Quite Great TV

Quite Great TV has now released the first episode of our new series ‘Just Checking In’.

Presented by one of our writers here at Quite Great (Chloe Mogg), we welcome you to the first episode of our series about mental health and disabilities.

In this introductory episode, Chloe tells us about her own experiences with mental health and her disability in order to inspire viewers to do the same and to “speak out!” if they feel that they need support. Especially now as we are under a second national lockdown and mental health issues are easily triggered: it is so important to find the support you need.

If you are suffering from poor mental health and/or have a disability please watch the first episode and subscribe to the channel for more episodes coming soon!

Laura Mitchell releases new single ‘Killing Time’

Keyboardist and vocalist Laura Mitchell and composer John Young have released their latest collaboration, the pensive ‘Killing Time’. 

Inspired by a long-haul flight delay, Young crafts a timeless melody on the single, brought to life through the wonderfully melancholic voice of Mitchell.

The pair were also aided by pianist David Bennett, who delivers a brilliant feeling of blues to the track. 

Though the song pays tribute to the music of a bygone era, its melodies and meanings allow the song to transcend genre and time. The opening lines “I was never the girl for you, I was only passing through” also present listeners with familiar themes of relationships and breakups.

Mitchell has spoken before about her complicated relationship with music, losing her passion for writing songs at university and working as a singer in a wedding band:

“I suffered from stage fright for a long time, but through the wedding band, the ability to put on the dress and heels and become a rock star – singing other people’s songs, I become someone else”.

‘Killing Time’ is a brilliant and beautiful song from an artist brimming with potential. You can find Laura Mitchell through the following links:

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Rock Revival: Killing Kenny keeps the dream alive

Dreams of becoming famous musicians are often seen as children’s fantasies that never truly come to fruition. However, Ken Sunter, or ‘Killing Kenny’, has set about changing this perception.

Ken had started his career in music in the 1980s, playing in a range of bands at venues across the UK and recording EPs, but eventually music became a simple hobby rather than the long and flourishing career he had first envisioned. After he found success in other walks of life, Ken’s passion for songwriting and performing eventually took a back seat.

Fast forward over thirty years and Killing Kenny is planning to release new music and become an inspirational figurehead for those who had also given up on their dreams of stardom by sharing his story.

Ken had started off on a promising music career, even finding his music compared to that of hugely influential bands like The Smiths and New Order. After a lengthy hiatus, he is now back in the studio as Killing Kenny, and is aiming to revive a career that has been dormant for so long with a new album.

Ken’s passion for writing his own material was discovered while playing in his first ever bands, and even after he had stopped performing live in the late 90s, he continued to write music for solo artists and bands alike. Now, however, he is keeping some of this music for himself as he rises from the ashes.

Alongside a new album, his journey is being documented in a series of short videos on YouTube, containing candid interviews with the man himself hoping to bring inspiration to those in a similar position, and stories about the music industry and his early days touring the UK’s music circuit. 

“There will be regular posts, a little like a musical soap opera, so you can see how I am developing and if you like what you see maybe you will bring friends to the ‘party’ as well, and help me to travel with you all as my ‘back seat drivers.’”

After learning to play the piano in order to write songs more quickly and effectively, old colleagues in the music business heard Ken’s new material and encouraged his revival. Now, at 53, Ken Sunter returns as singer/songwriter Killing Kenny with big dreams and a wealth of experience.

“I do look forward to hearing from you and naturally also look forward to seeing you all at Wembley Stadium in the near future! Well, we can dream, can’t we?”

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Paul Tully tackles ‘Anxiety’ head-on with latest single

Talented singer songwriter Paul Tully is on the cusp of releasing his latest single Anxiety (due 30th September).

The emotive track shines a light on anxiety, a disorder affecting millions across the globe yet still largely misunderstood.

Addressing this serious and emotional subject, Paul hopes the track will instil confidence in his fans, helping others dealing with anxiety to understand that they are not alone.

“I’m hoping the song could bring a sense of comfort to those suffering from anxiety and let them know they aren’t alone. When I wrote the song in June of this year, we were in the middle of lockdown and there was a real uncertainty regarding our health and well-being of not only ourselves but those closest to us.”

Anxiety is a track that firmly establishes Tully as an emotive storyteller; a songwriter who knows how to truly connect with his audience through music.

“We have ever-increasing living costs, the never-ending Brexit and a complete lack of job security – people really are at their wits end. The song basically describes my experience with anxiety and I hope it can help anyone listening and know that they aren’t alone”.

Paul Tully is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets. Having established himself as a talent in his hometown of Strabane, Paul has continued to blossom in the Irish music scene, supporting the likes of Paddy Casey and Paul Brady.

That’s not all. Paul Tully’s 2013 debut EP Lyric for the Lost remains a firm fan favourite to both audiences and Irish radio. Since then, Paul has performed alongside some incredible artists, from Foy Vance and Cara Dillon – to the Grammy Award-winning Jim Lauderdale as part of the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.

Honest, moving and authentic, Paul Tully creates incredible tracks with meaning. Anxiety is a perfect example of Paul Tully’s storytelling and thought-provoking style that is truly like no other.

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Alicia Keyes’ new album ‘ALICIA’ is coming later this week

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Alicia Keys has revealed that her new album ‘ALICIA‘ will arrive later this week.

Following on from 2016’s ‘Here’, it will mark the singer-songwriter’s seventh studio effort and has so far been previewed with ‘So Done’ (featuring Khalid), ‘Love Looks Better’, ‘Perfect Way To Die’ and ‘Good Job’.

Keys took to social media yesterday (September 14) to confirm that ‘ALICIA’ will be released this coming Friday (September 18), after the coronavirus crisis resulted in a number of delays.


In celebration of its arrival, the singer will perform “a visual, sonic and emotional” live-streamed show in partnership with American Express. “One night only!! I can’t wait to rock with you. I’ve missed you so much!” she wrote.

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Nonviolenze combines Music, Poetry and Art to become the full artistic package

Texas-based Nonviolenze provides a fully immersive experience for fans with his seamlessly creative blend of music, poetry and art.

The artistic polymath enchants audiences with jazz-infused songs, accompanied by stunning paintings and even poetry.

Nonviolenze can truly do it all.

Ghosts of War, lead single off his upcoming album of the same name, is Nonviolenze’s next creative expression. Combining all forms of art into an enticing track that looks to religion as a whole and questions how scriptures of all faiths often lead to division, hate and war.

Breaking boundaries and challenging concepts, Nonviolenze is a thought-provoking and multi-talented singer-songwriter, whose musical and artistic approach is the definition of unique.

Lead track Ghosts of War is just a week away from release (16th September), and the perfect warm up to the full project due on 18th September 2020.

The singer-songwriter fuses rock with jazz, pop and blues to create stunning tracks and an impressive blend of genres. Exploring a range of themes and topics that will have you questioning and challenging the world around you.

Nonviolenze’s upcoming album, Ghosts of War, is certainly unconventional but undeniably engaging and original.

The project is set to bring together both electronic and acoustic influence, challenging listeners through lyricism on a range of topics including politics, religion and equality.

Nonviolenze is an artist that demands to be heard. Like no other, Ghosts of War is set to stand out from the musical crowd and establish Nonviolenze as an artist in his own lane.

Get ready for Ghosts of War and follow Nonviolenze.

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Sophie Dorsten is our incredible Weekly Wordsmith

At just 18 years old, Sophie Dorsten is a singer-songwriter talented beyond her years.

Sophie begun her ventures into music at the age of just 9, performing in a band alongside her brothers playing bass guitar and singing.

Aptly-titled band ‘Sophie and the Boyz’ performed together for 3 years, an experience that introduced Sophie to the world of music and live performance.

But all good things come to an end, Sophie explains…

“The little band broke up and I taught myself guitar and started writing songs. I wrote and recorded my first EP when I was 13 and have not stopped.”

Sophie Dorsten has been honing and perfecting her craft ever since, creating an acoustic-pop sound that is a pleasure to listen to.

Our first introduction to Sophie was through her single ‘Tomorrow’. An easy listening tune featuring Sophie’s ethereal vocals, beautiful harmonies and soft pianos.

The track is a must listen, see for yourself.

“I wrote ‘Tomorrow‘ about the unknown of what tomorrow brings. For me it was because I was a senior in high school (yes, I’m a 2020 grad!) and I didn’t know what to expect after graduation.

As it turns out, none of us knew this all would be happening, and I feel the song has taken on a new meaning because of Covid. ‘I can hardly breathe now, how do I breathe Tomorrow…’ defines the song; we do not know what tomorrow holds…but it’s alright, it’ll be ok.”

So what’s next for the talented Sophie Dorsten?

“I have been using this strange time of no shows to write and paint (art calms me and helps me re-focus.) I have several songs in the works and hope to be going back to Nashville to record them as soon as possible..

..I am also working on a music video for ‘Tomorrow’ on my own – the original plans were changed with everyone in quarantine, so I made a new plan and I’m trying to finish that.”

This incredible songwriter has already made her mark on music at the tender age of 18.

With plenty more music in the bank, there is so much more to come from Sophie Dorsten.

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Written By: Jessica Rowe