Musical Motivation: Patricia Lalor

Patricia Lalor has shared her new single, ‘Fall Back Asleep’, the third in a series of four tracks to be released over the coming weeks via Friends Don’t Lie Ltd. Beautifully sparse, the track blends rich vocals and delicate harmonies against a solo guitar line, emphasizing its subtle intimacy, before ending in an intoxicating crescendo of ambient synths propelling it into gentle euphoria. We caught up with her to find out what music motivates her... Smile Space Song by Beach House Just because…

Musical Motivation: Seil Lien

"Music is generally tied to a memory for me. I don't listen to a lot of music, it can interfere with the creative process but that doesn't mean I don't love listening to music, I just don't do it regularly," Marie-Claire White of Seil Lien informs us. Due release their debut album ‘Shatter’ on April 17th 2020, Seil Lien is one of the most unique artists to come out of Scotland, and the brain child of an uncompromising underground experimentalist.…

Musical Motivation: Shaima

Shaima is a young, dynamic singer with a huge creative edge. She started in the music industry from the age of 14 conquering both stereotyping and also the challenges of musically uniting her mixed cultural identity. Her soul belongs to pop, hip-hop and R&B without forgetting her origins: uniquely mixing in the beats of traditional instruments like sitar, Arabic flute and tabla. Her new single Green Eyes exemplifies this magical fusion and is released globally on 6th March 2020 to…

Empress Of - I'm Your Empress Of

Lorely Rodriguez is a first generation Honduran-American. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she demonstrated on her first studio album that she was a unique musical force, while some may argue 2018's Us was a shot at mainstream success. Marrying dream pop with R&B, she has spent the last two years busily building a wider fanbase on the live circuit, while focusing her energies into the writing and recording of her third studio album. Titled I'm Your Empress Of, her…

Musical Motivation: Marcus Gray

Marcus Gray is a British singer songwriter who doesn’t like to define himself as solely one genre or another. Making music he likes and what excites people is purely what drives his prodigious talent. He was born in SW London, grew up in Surrey and moved to the artistic hub of Brighton on the South Coast in 2018 where he thrives to this day on the musical and creative vibes generated in the city. On February 28th he released his…

Singles Of The Week: 3 April 2020

This week has seen numerous artists announce delayed releases, while others have come out fighting against Coronavirus with new material to keep us uplifted. Here is a run down of some of this week's key releases. SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Rina Sawayama - Chosen Family Rating: 5/5 The concept of a modern family is not a new one, however, it is one that is not celebrated often enough in the current day. While Chosen Family is a tribute to her Chosen Family,…

Singles Of The Week: 27 March 2020

As more and more communities around the world enter lockdown, the 'insta-concert' has been one of the forms of entertainment bringing joy into homes. While they may not be able to compete with the always appealing Joe Wicks doing his P.E. work outs, we believe that music is a healer. With many artists pushing ahead with releases, we decided to take a look at a few of the singles you can stream this week... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Sara Correia -

Oklahoma! - Rodgers And Hammerstein

It’s 1947 and you are sitting in the Drury Lane Theatre when the lights go down. You have just lived through the most murderous war in history and the truth about the death camps is beginning to emerge. In front of the curtain, a follow-spot lights up an elderly lady sitting at a spinning wheel. From somewhere offstage, a voice begins to sing, “There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,” and it seems that a refreshing breeze is blowing through…

Becca Stevens - Wonderbloom

Becca Stevens has always been known to fuse her love of genres within her releases. A little bit of jazz and a little bit of folk have been her definitive sounds, however, on her fifth studio album, Wonderbloom, all that shifts into a more pop-centric field. While there are still echoes of Norah Jones in elements of the record, there are also clear influences from Janet Jackson, Björk, Christine & The Queens and Marina and the Diamonds to be thrown…

Musical Motivation: IVI

25-year-old, IVI was born in Austria but grew up in London, soaking in all the diverse artistic influences in the city and distilling them into her own heady musical brew. The result is a seductive pop alchemy and the scratchy intensity of her unique vocal timbre, evoking the style of twentieth-century femme fatale icon Marlene Dietrich. This is illuminated perfectly in IVI's debut single, Andromeda – out now. We caught up with IVI to find out what songs make her... Contemplate Temple

Kelsea Ballerini - Kelsea

Kelsea Ballerini is one of Country music's runaway successes. In a period where it is notoriously difficult for female artists to achieve widespread acclaim within the genre, Ballerini has defied the odds to become not only a star within her genre, but one who has an international fanbase. As she releases her third studio album, Kelsea, she is perfectly placed to further build her place in the hearts of both Country and Pop fans. In the five years since she released…

Singles Of The Week: 20 March 2020

Earlier this week all theatre and live performances were advised against as the battle against Coronavirus grows. With artists turning to social media to deliver a string of stunning, intimate performances for their audiences, the flow of new music has thankfully not been ceased. Here is our rundown of this week's new singles... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Melanie C - Who I Am Rating: 5/5 Melanie C has proved herself to be the Spice Girls equivalent of Madonna. With each solo release…

Louise Proved She Could Both Raise The Heat And Really Make Hearts Flutter

28 years ago music manager Denis Ingoldsby decided he would try to create a British group to emulate the success of the international icons En Vogue. Little did he realise that he was not only about to piece together one of the biggest girl bands in British history - Eternal - but he would also discover one of the UK's biggest selling female solo artists - Louise. After leaving the girl band in 1995, she released three stunning studio albums…

Icelandic Sublime: RY X And Ólafur Arnalds Collaboration

The rise and rise of Icelandic music, or of music by Icelandic composers, has been little short of phenomenal over the three decades of its popular tenure. That it thrives on the margins may be a consequence of the resolutely left-field nature of the musical dynamic: from the raucous brittleness and determinedly eclectic avant-garde of Björk, to the swathing choral elegies of Sigur Rós, the music lends itself to no single genre. Derivative in the very best sense, layers of sound…

Singles Of The Week: 13 March 2020

In a week where bands are having to cancel international appearances, it has to be revealed that Coronavirus can not stop the earworm... As a result, here is our rundown of this week's new singles... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: NIMMO - Do I Have To Learn It? Rating: 5/5 Electro duo NIMMO deserve to be rewarded with epic arena style success. They boast distinctive vocals, epic beats and a stunning retro feel. Do I Have To Learn It? is no exception to…

Into The Mind Of A Rock 'N Roll Alien: Bowie At Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Take an incredible two hour trip through the finest work of David Bowie with the Bowie Collective at the Victoria Theatre Halifax on Tuesday 31 March at 7:30pm. This group of rock musicians, artists and performers recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings in exquisite detail against a spellbinding backdrop of lights and visual magic. With glowing endorsements from the likes of Rick Wakeman and Mike Garson, this exciting show is a must for Bowie fans and the Bowie-Curious! From the dark depths…

Singles Of The Week: 6 March 2020

With Lady Gaga announcing an all-too-brief summer world tour and a debate as to whether Coronavirus may halt Eurovision, this week in music has been an interesting one. Thankfully we have reached Friday and so we are ready for our new single rundown... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Mathea - Wollt dir nur sagen Rating: 5/5 Mathea is fast becoming one of the finest Austrian music artists of all time. With the phenomenal 2x, Alles Gute and Chaos having already proved her pop…

Gil Ofarim - Alles Auf Hoffnung

Back in the late 90s it looked like teen-icon Gil Ofarim might become an international superstar. He had all the potential. A gritty vocal that fitted his rocky edged pop songs, meaning he could bridge the gap between the teen pop market into the more adult rock arena. While The Moffatts duet If You Only Knew, the still awesome Am I Crazy? and the unforgettable On & On may have graced charts in several territories, the Munich born son of…

Alice Jemima - Everything Changes

Devon's Alice Jemima is one of the pop world's unsung icons. Having debuted back in 2016 with the stunningly mimimal hooks of the Liquorice EP. her 2017 eponymous debut album effortlessly entered the hearts of her core audience. Boasting an unforgettable cover of No Diggity alongside the playful Dodged A Bullet and sensational So, Alice has spent the last couple of years honing her sound on the live circuit and building an even wider reach. As she releases her sophomore album,…

LiLA - Lieberlila

LiLA is an artist you may not have heard of, but one you most certainly should have. The Berlin based singer/songwriter manages in her addictive pop anthems to explore the theme of love in a truly universal manner. Although written from her own personal experience, LiLA manages to voice experiences we have all lived, or wished we could. Although currently best known for the singles Nächstes Tattoo and Jung Sterben, the album boasts 10 songs that will have you hooked in…

Dionne Warwick: Déjà Vu - The Arista Recordings (1979-1994)

Dionne Warwick boasts a vocal that is instantly recognisable. It is one so distinct that when she recently appeared on The Masked Singer in the US, it was impossible that the hidden personality could have been anyone other than the 79 year old singing icon. Although unconnected to the her appearance, the release of the rather epic 12 disc box set collection could not have been more perfectly timed. Charting her Arista Years, Déjà Vu starts its journey some 16 years…

Singles Of The Week: 28 February 2020

Another week in the music world has flown by! In a week that has seen several Eurovision entries announced and the return of a pop icon, we take a quick look at some of the singles being released today... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Jonas Blue and Paloma Faith - Mistakes (Rating: 5/5) Paloma Faith is without doubt one of the UK's finest female artists of all time. Not only does she have a vocal…

The Boys Are Back For A Night In Nostaligic Heaven

Boybands. Another one. And another one. Lyrics, albeit misquoted, from Busted, a post-90s boyband. While there were boy bands before the 90s, it is well-known that during the decade of Saved By The Bell and WWF: The Attitude, the boy band reigned supreme. Over half a decade ago, The Big Reunion realised that the 90s kids had grown up and were starting to crave their teenage icons back on the live circuit. The result was a resurrection of groups including…

HATARI - Neylustrans

The Eurovision Song Contest has a little bit of a mixed history in the UK. While many perceived it as something of a joke in the mid-nineties through the late noughties, it has been impossible for those detractors to deny the strength of some of the more recent entries and winners. While Loreen's Euphoria may not have made her a household name, both Mans Zelmerlöw and Conchita Wurst have enjoyed international acclaim and chart success in the aftermath. However, one…

Singles Of The Week: 21 February 2020

This week in music has been dominated by the big name appearances at the Brits, with Dave, Billie Eilish and Stormzy all proving big winners - while Celeste showed with her captivating why she is the act that has everyone's tongues wagging at the moment. With the week that was already today's chip paper, we focus on the songs that may capture your imagination this week... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Daði og Gagnamagnið - Think About Things (Rating: 5/5) Currently competing for…

Republica - Republica (Deluxe Edition)

Back in 1996 Republica launched their eponymous debut album in a period when female fronted indie outfits were showing their male contemporaries how to really stand out in the crowd. Although comparisons to the equally feisty Garbage, lush Echobelly and a intriguing Elastica were inevitable, Saffron Sprackling and her band mates proved with the #4 charting album that they were a dynamic musical force to be reckoned with. Nearly quarter of a century later the group are still touring and more…

Musical Motivation: Black Lilys

Black Lilys are a French brother and sister duo Camille & Robin Faure who, inspired by the beauty and sheer power of human resilience, magically create a lush musical landscape in a sensitive, ethereal brew of  ‘dark pop.’ They produce music that balances both strength and vulnerability, a smooth blend between Robin’s driving guitar melodies and Camille’s effortless husky, breathy vocals. Based in both Lyon and Edinburgh, the band release their first UK single ‘Yalakta’ on 3rd April 2020. We…

ela. - Liebe Und Krieg

ela. is not a household name in the UK, but she is an artist that Eurovision fans will be familiar with. Back in 2014 she took to the stage in Denmark to represent Germany alongside her former bandmates Yvonne Grünwald and Natalie Plöger to perform Is It Right as Elaiza. The group boasted an addictive Neofolk sound which may have seen them finish in 18th place, but enjoy chart success around Europe, with not just the single but the stunning…

Opera North Turns The Screw On Britten

Returning to Leeds Grand, Opera North's The Turn of the Screw is a disturbingly dark and accurate rendition of the Henry James novella of the same name. Originally appearing in serial format in Collier's Weekly magazine - 1998, and described as a 'horror novella' - the work has passed through a few hands but has remained raw and untamed. It is alleged that the story was given to Henry James by the then Archbishop of Canterbury. We can but wonder at…

Andrez Harriott - Damage Control And Workshops

He's a member of British RnB band Damage selling over one million records, but away from the limelight Andrez Harriott BSc, PgCert, PgDip, MA is CEO and Founder of The Liminality Group. While heading out with his The Big Reunion co-stars on tour during February and March, he is using his time to provide deterrent messages to at risk children across the UK. We caught up with him to find out more... Hi Andrez, it's been a good few years since