‘Apple Of My Eye’ are one of the most exciting acts around at the moment and they have just announced the release of new album ‘Seven Tides’, due out 1st December.
The London lads are originally from the historic maritime city of Bristol and their songs draw inspiration from both cities and from the sea, a theme that runs throughout their second album. Their engaging storytelling style and four part harmonies explore tales of love, loss, adventure and ruin.
You may spotted the guys at a festival this summer as they played the, Tall Ships Festival Greenwich, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and headlining Exile festival in Sheffield.
The band describe their music as “brand new old songs” and collectively generate all their own material drawing on personal experiences and carefully arranging the music on the guitar, bouzouki, violin, double bass, mandolin and harmonica.
Catch the guys live in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsyM68eQux4
The bands musical talent is most certainly something to boast about, check their credentials…
Kit Massey (Violin) and Phil Cornwell (Bass) are both full time professional musicians. Cornwell is the musical director of West End musical “The Scotsboro Boys’’ and Massey was formally a violinist with the Santiago Philamonia in Chile and has worked as a session musician with artists such as Emile Sande, Dizzie Rascal, Muse and Jamie Cullum. Arran Glass (Vocals and Guitar) and Alex Scott (Mandolin) are both professional Actor-Musicians and Puppeteers who perform and compose the music for a variety of theatre and television. Chris (Bouzouki), Dan (Harmonica) and Ellie Rusbridge (Vocals) are all siblings and come from a rich folk music heritage as their parents met in a folk club and still perform in their own folk band Thornbridge.
Hailing from St Albans after a period of studying in Sheffield, Adam Protz has had several years to perfect his craft of composing. Using delicate piano melodies and intricate instrumentals, Adam Protz has created his beautiful EP ‘Movements’, consisting of four alluring and exquisite tracks. In the past, Adam has written music for films, animated shorts, a dance show, an educational DVD and even a brewery documentary!
Watch his latest video for ‘Movements’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS41YT2sxZ8
Protz has been writing music since the tender age of fifteen and began his journey into music writing heavy rock songs with soft orchestral bridge sections as a contrast, this developed into a desire to write for Hollywood movies. However, after listening to minimalistic meditative piano music, written by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Adam soon discovered that he was much more suited to creating emotive music in which he could incorporate his own personality and spirituality.
The lack of lyrics in the music leaves it up to the listener to interpret the piece as they wish. It provokes an emotional reaction and is also incredibly relaxing. The ‘Movements’ EP is proof that lyrics aren’t a necessity to provoke powerful sentimental thoughts
Protz aims to inspire relaxation and offers the perfect setting for escaping to through his music. A firm believer that the world is over-obsessed with Smart-phones and social networks, Protz encourages listeners, from all walks of life, to return to the roots and escape with him into his musical world of beautiful, elegant minimalism.
‘Movements’ is due for release on the 30th November.
Keep up with Protz here:
Twitter – @AdmProtz
Nestled in the heart of Soho, I found myself at a small club that seemed very reminiscent of a dive bar. Posters littered the wall and the floor was a bit…sticky. It was great. I had come to The Borderline for a chance to experience Cody Pennington in person. Once the lights dimmed, he stepped onto the stage wearing his normal snazzy getup composed of a waistcoat and tie, purple shoes, and slim fit jeans. He plugged in his acoustic and introduced himself, “Good evening everyone, I’m Cody Pennington, and I’ll be starting this show out tonight.”
He started the gig with two songs from his newest EP, “To Be Me”, I’m Afraid and About Love. Gently playing the opening riff to I’m Afraid, he slowly quieted the crowd to the point of hearing a pin drop. He created an intimate atmosphere that only an acoustic and vocalist could achieve. To which he followed-up with About Love. This track was a change of pace and got the crowd tapping their feet. Very somber lyrics hid behind this happy melody and it was true story-telling at its best.
Carrying on with the upbeat-ness, Cody introduced the next song as “one we would recognize.” The kick drum pounded, while he accented the down beat with a harmonic. I had no idea what this song was until he began singing. He started the first lines of the popular song Royals, and it instantly got my attention. He morphed this song into a spawn of Rock and Pop, building up the song and bringing down the house in the chorus.
Mr. Pennington continued with a few more covers of very noticeable songs, to include Your Love by The Outfield and I Can’t Make you Love Me by American singer, Bonnie Raitt. Both incredibly emotional performances that completely pushed Cody’s vocal range to the tip-top, and that is pretty far. My jaw nearly dropped at the note Cody went for (and GOT) in the second half of Your Love.
To close the show, Cody blew the crowd away with his version of Dirty Diana by the late/great Michael Jackson. This song kept me interested from beginning to end. The crowd shared the same sentiment as they erupted in applause after his final note. This song is actual planned to be released as a single along with a music video, so be sure to look for that.
Cody Pennington only took 30 minutes (albeit not the ENTIRE 30 minutes) to swing my judgment on whether or not I would like him. From a first-person perspective, I must say, I’m a fan.
Follow up single, Codeine, to be released October 1st
Witchingseason are a talented, energetic rock trio who are releasing their EP on November 10th. Receiving rave reviews nationwide, Phoenix FM host, Scott Sparx, commented that he was “blown away by their music!… and couldn’t wait to share them”.
Their first release, ‘Spiders’, showcases the bands typical rock style with a sound not for the faint hearted. Drenched in heavy guitar riffs and riotous drums, the coarse, melodic vocals are layered over the top to create a track that any rock fan can chant along to.
Officially released in July, you can catch the track early on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/witchingseason/spiders
Drawing influences from rock royalty, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stoneage and Dinosaur Jr – to name but a few – Witchingseason have garnered considerable experience and enthusiasm for rock from watching these artists’ successes and innovations. Witchingseason also got to take steps in their favourite bands shoes when they played at the 100 Club in Oxford Street, London. They have also supported Japanese Fighting Fish and Droppers Neck.
A personal highlight for the band was meeting Alain Johannes (Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stoneage, Chris Cornell) before one of his shows, and he was nice enough to give them advice and ended up talking to them for hours – even buying them a few beers!
The pursuit of a music career was not always a definite one as guitarist Tom Reynolds, at the age of 6, was told he would never be able to play an instrument after being diagnosed with dyslexia. Determined to overcome this, he got his first guitar in his early teens but didn’t take it seriously until he was 15. With encouragement from others, he began to learn a few punk and blues tracks and joined a Pearl Jam cover band playing in pubs and clubs all over London and Kent. A chance encounter at Tom’s 21st birthday party gave him the encouragement to start writing his own material and Witchingseason was born.
The bands perseverance has certainly paid off as we eagerly await the new EP due for release November 10th.
Tom Reynolds – Guitars / Vocals
James R Willans – Bass
Wayne Summers – Drums
Scarlet Baxter looks to break through with August 18th single release
A London based artist with a fiercely independent streak, Scarlet Baxter is a female singer-songwriter who has been described as ‘Lauren Hill meets Jimi Hendrix’. A killer combination of stellar vocals and soulful guitar backing thanks to co-writer Dominic Ireland, Scarlet Baxter is an artist with a genuine chance of breaking through having turned the heads of some the industry’s top names.
The track blends urban sound with a soulful edge. Whilst the lyrics are memorable and entertaing, its Scarlets expert delivery that is most apparent in the single. We really like it and hope that she slides back soon!
With a new EP ‘Stuck’ due for release soon, lead single ‘Backsliding’ is a classy introduction to Scarlet’s powerful sound. Having worked on the EP with producers including John McLaughlin (known as ‘The Hit Man’ thanks to previous successes), Jud Mahoney (Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Chris Brown, Usher, Mariah Carey) and Natalie DeLucia (Britney Spears), this is music not only well written but also superbly captured by a team of industry heavyweights.
Scarlet Baxter is no stranger to the spotlight since winning performance contests as young as 14 years of age. Later, she went through years of musical theatre training and, although the musical theatre is not reflected in her earthy style, she did learn the art of performance and gain confidence in her own ability.
More recently, her star has continued to rise thanks to numerous support slots with Lester Clayton as well as playing Barfly, Camden with Stax Revue. It’s little wonder her music has featured on London’s BBC Introducing with Gavin Crowley, with The Stage and Television Today also marking the talented songwriter as ‘One to Watch’.
TWITTER – @scarletbaxter
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/scarletbaxtermusic
INSTAGRAM – scarletbaxter
The stars align with Pale Green Things’ new single!
The talented artist has already seen success with past tracks and now looks set to do it all over again with the help of a Pink Flamingo.
Jack Traynor has revealed that he plans to provide audiences with a unique performance experience. The video for his latest single, Pink Flamingo being a great example of this:
Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goBZW3c0EEI
Hear it on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/palegreenthings/pinkflamingo
Jack has supported acts such as ‘The Riffles’, ‘Dave Mcpherson’, and ‘The Coral’ (at Noel Gallaghers aftershow party) and ‘Dirty Sanchez’. He has also accompanied ‘The Virginmarys’, an ever growing popular US group.
Jack’s hobbies and personal interests are heavy influencers in shaping his latest EP. Jack’s interest in geography, travel and even population densities; play a key part in the songs sound and narrative. The lyrics are also inspired by the creation of fictional characters as well as autobiographical situations.
His latest single ‘Pink Flamingo’ is one of his most beautiful songs to date. The infectious chorus is only a part of what makes this whimsical tale of life and astronomical connections so poignant. It is based around the many events that take place under the constellations; with its main focus being about sitting outside the Flamingo Casino in Vegas. The sound is an indie pop mix drawing from influences such as The Killers, Belle and Sebastian, and Idlewild.
Jack has recently been recording music in Glasgow; with a music producer by the name of John McLaughlin over the last few months. John has seen great success in the past and looks to be striking another hit if Pink flamingo is anything to go by. Also, Teenage Fan club star, Francis MacDonald was involved in their recording session too.
Visit their Homepage at: http://www.palegreenthings.com
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Neo Soul Sensation Lateefah Reveals ‘This is Who I Am’
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A fresh beat from the Soul Singer set to make a second music hit!
“This is who I am” brings a bass fueled, revival to the soul scene. Produced by talented young producer KING for Lateko Records, it will be released July 14th. Lateefah’s debut single “Here I am” held the number one spot for three weeks on the Reverbnation Christian chart for St. Lucia and also for a period of one week was number one on all genres chart. The single also reached #27 on the National Airplay Top 50 Gospel Chart (US) in December 2013 sharing the spotlight with notable artists such as Mary Mary, William McDowell, Donnie McClurkin and others. Her second single release “Love Me Through” was well received by the media and already performing live sessions with some of the top radio stations such as Premier Radio and top venues such as The Vortex, she is one to follow.
Listen to ‘This is Who I Am’ here: https://soundcloud.com/lateefahsings/this-is-who-i-am
London Born musician, Lateefah is a neo soul artist who after returning to the UK from her parent’s native country of St Lucia, is now working on further developing her gift for making music. Her new single releasing this year, will hope to demonstrate the talent and efforts of this young neo soul artist.
The cool Caribbean Artist started out singing in church at a young age, and gathers a lot of the inspiration for her work, from her own personal diaries from her childhood. Adapting these written records of her past, Lateefah has been able to create moving and soulful songs that entertain and educate her listeners about her colorful past.
Lateefah developed her passion for singing from early on as 3 years of age! Her earliest memory of being driven by the art, was trying to hit the right notes in the song “The Lord is my Shepherd”. Rehearsing relentlessly, until she hit it with pitch perfect precision. After that success and a great deal of extra practice, the music industry became a second home for the young superstar. The music blood has been in Lateefah’s family since her father founded the 70’s Reggae band, Cygnus.
Along with the Single, you can also get a FREE download of the track “Here I am”: http://latekorecords.com/lat-s-music
Turn me Hup!
This new single releases July 14th, but if you cant wait that long, sample the music video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D3e4iU3Qds
Upcoming urban rapper, Scrilla, is releasing a new album under his own record label Scrills Monetary Records. Having been described as a “fantastic artist who is abstract in creativity” by Tom Simkins (BBC Introducing), it is no surprise that Scrilla is hotly tipped for success in the UK music scene this 2014.
New release, ‘Turn Me Up’, sees Scrilla showcase his refined song writing skills and musical arrangement to create an ideal club hit. The track embodies the whole vibe of the album, Bangers N Cash, which is filled with fun and upbeat, contemporary music. Produced by Elementree (Young Money, Young Capone, Cuban Linx), ‘Turn Me Up’ has a variety of Dubstep, dance and hip-hop influences to create a rhythmic fusion of chart beats worthy of acclaim.
Check out the video for new single here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D3e4iU3Qds
Listen to the song here: https://soundcloud.com/iamscrilla-com/turn-me-up-hiphop
Scrilla has played at various venues nationwide, gaining considerable media coverage from the likes of Capital FM and RAP City TV. However, his career highlights to date include a live performance at BBC introducing radio, playing to a 10,000 strong crowd at Gran Can Music Festival in Gran Canaria and of course, owning his own record label.
In order to keep his music fresh and unique, Scrilla likes to work with rising producers, engineers and collaborators who can bring innovative ideas and musical influences to keep the music new and exciting. This helps to avoid producing generic sounds that is hard to differentiate between artists and also pushes the boundaries of the urban genre to create something truly eclectic.
Scrilla’s love of music first developed in his early teenage years when his Mum paid for piano lessons, which ignited his desire to learn and produce music professionally. This progressed when he moved to Leicester forming friendships with fellow rappers who encouraged him to write his own material and master the craft.
The musical direction decided and perfected, Scrilla’s new album is a great example of how the talent he possesses has grown and tightened to produce something great.
Caleidra is a young singer songwriter, who is a multi-instrumentalist with powerful raw vocal talent. Well no wonder her EP ‘Another Day’ saw so much success.
Check out this video to get an introduction to Caleidra:
To mark her 18th birthday, the young singer songwriter will be completing a tour of several high schools in the hope of inspiring other promising talent to grab their dreams of being a part of the music industry and to promote her own new found success.
The tour will also follow on from her finishing her own ‘A’ Levels, signing a global publishing deal and having one of her songs played nationally on an advert for ‘Talk Talk’ (sponsors of the X Factor!)
17 year old Caleidra first appeared on TV after a song she wrote for her GCSE music exam led to her being snapped up by one of the world’s most successful producers, John McLaughlin (Busted, 911, Westlife), and also Jud Mahoney (Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown). With added assistance from Co-writer Sara Eker (Atomic Kitten, Honeyz, Dannii Minogue).
You can find Caleidra on the Internet at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caleidra | http://www.caleidra.com | https://twitter.com/caleidra13 | https://www.facebook.com/Caleidra | https://www.youtube.com/user/Caleidra | https://soundcloud.com/caleidra
Aside from these achievements, Caleidra has appeared on ITV Granada Reports, performed live on BBC Radio Manchester, been featured on ITV Daybreak, in teen magazines Mizz, Shout and MyBliss, Indie Music Mag and Music Week and described in the national press as:
‘Musically gifted’ (The Independent) ‘A grade A hit’ (The Metro) ‘A bright future ahead’ (The Times) ‘Something special’ (The Guardian) ‘Gifted Teenager’ (Indie Music Mag) ‘She looks like a pop star, she sounds like a pop star’ (ITV) ‘Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant!’ (BBC Radio) ‘Teen Star’ (Mizz Magazine) ‘Talented Songwriter’ (Music Week)
With over 10,000 fans on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/caleidra), a 1/4 million views on http://www.youtube.com/caleidra, 5000 followers on Twitter (http://twitter.com/caleidra13) and an EP produced by one of the world’s greatest producers, John McLaughlin, Caleidra is certainly an artist to watch out for.
See below for all the dates of her upcoming Schools Tour:
MON 30: BRADFORD : TITUS SALT SCHOOL
HIGHER COACH ROAD, BAILDON, SHIPLEY, WEST YORKS BD17 5RH
TUES 1: NEWCASTLE : WALBOTTLE CAMPUS
HEXHAM ROAD, WALBOTTLE, NEWCASTLE NE15 9TP
NEWCASTLE: HEWORTH GRANGE COMMUNITY ACADEMY
HIGH LANES, GATESHEAD, TYNE AND WEAR NE10 OPT
WED 2: NEWCASTLE : THOMAS HEPBURN COMMUNITY ACADEMY
SWARDS ROAD, FELLING, GATESHEAD NE10 9UZ
THU 3: BARNSLEY : NETHERWOOD ALC
DOVE VALLEY WAY, WOMBWELL, BARNSLEY S73 8FE
FRI 4: BARNSLEY : THE DEARNE ALC
GOLDTHORPE ROAD, GOLDTHORPE, ROTHERHAM, S. YORKS S63 9EW
MON 7: MANCHESTER : PRESTWICH ARTS COLLEGE
HEYS ROAD, PRESTWICH, MANCHESTER M25 1JZ
TUE 8: DRONFIELD : THE DRONFIELD SCHOOL
GREEN LANE, DRONFIELD, SHEFFIELD S18 2FZ
WED 9: BRADFORD : HANSON SCHOOL
SUTTON AVENUE, SWAIN HOUSE ROAD, BRADFORD BD2 1JP
THU 10: WOLVERHAMPTON : MORETON SCHOOL
OLD FALLINGS LANE, BUSHBURY, WOLVERHAMPTON WV10 8BY
FRI 11: MANCHESTER : POYNTON HIGH SCHOOL
POYNTON HIGH SCHOOL, YEW TREE LANE, POYNTON, STOCKPORT SK12 1PU
The tour follows a highly successful first UK schools tour in February where she played to over 4000 pupils. Having already performed in front of thousands of people during two concerts at the Etihad Stadium, at Winterfest in Glasgow, the Salford Music Festival, Dry Live (during the Manchester International Festival) and Roadhouse alongside hosting her own radio show every Saturday on North Manchester 106.6 FM, Caleidra even at such a young age appears to be one of the hardest working artists in the industry.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caleidra | http://www.caleidra.com | https://twitter.com/caleidra13 | https://www.facebook.com/Caleidra | https://www.youtube.com/user/Caleidra | https://soundcloud.com/caleidra
With a group of people that have pedigree in teaching English at Yale and Creating music for LA based production companies you would almost expect them to have an aptitude for the written language and ‘Faded Paper Figures’ are a band that do just this:
“Now you’re gone, but your breath
is everywhere I still want you to be.
Chicago fires so full of death
could never keep your spirit far from me.
Falling off the glyphs,
nothing corresponds to what you mean,
and every word is set aside.
Five degrees below,
far too cold to walk into the sea,
and no one sees the rising tide,
Now we’re breathing as one, like two rays of the sun
Now we’re breathing as one, like two rays of the sun”
For the full lyrics of the song and to take a listen to Breathing Visit: https://soundcloud.com/faded-paper-figures/01-breathing/s-NB5oh
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