Lupid - Drahtseilakt

Tobias Hundt was going through a strange phase in his life. Based in Berlin, he was feeling reflective and trying to understand the relationships within his friendship group. In  order to do so, he bought himself a journal and started making entries to try and rationalise the way he was feeling. As an award winning singer/songwriter a the helm of an evangelical pop group, he had started to feel a sense of lost identity. Strangely as he rationalised his thoughts,…

Luca Sestak - Right Or Wrong

25 year German singer/songwriter Luca Sestak has already proved his capabilities as jazz pianist and composer over the course of two independent studio albums. However, with his profile - both online and as a live performer - rapidly on the rise, Sony Music wisely snapped him up and worked with him as he built towards his third studio album, his label debut Right or Wrong. Luca has openly spoken about the influence Jamie Cullum has had on his sound, and it…

Interview With Badly Drawn Boy

Prior to my phone call with Damon Gough (better known as Badly Drawn Boy), I have asked the PR to forewarn him that I am home alone during lockdown with my 3 year old son due to my husband being a front line NHS worker. I am thankful that I did, for the moment I initially say hello, my son erupts in a tantrum. A few moments later, with a calmed son eating his lunch, our conversation manages to get…

Musical Motivation: Blanche

In 2016, a 16 year old Ellie Delvaux auditioned for The Voice Belgique. While many artists eliminated in Week 2 of the live shows would now be just reality TV history, she went on to represent Belgium under the name Blanche at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 with the still epic City Lights. The song became a huge viral hit, but Blanche was not in a hurry for immediate success. Instead, she has focused on building her sound and…

Eimear Quinn - Ériu

Eimear Quinn effortlessly fought off competition from Norway's Elisabeth Andreassen and Sweden's One More Time at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest to prove that she was The Voice that everyone was rooting for that evening. Since then she has released three stunning albums and continued to prove on the live circuit that she is a vocalist that can melt even the hardest of hearts. Having taken time since 2007's Oh Holy Night to focus on parenting, she returns to prominence once…

School Of X - Armlock

Rasmus Littauer is School of X. Having first appeared on the hype radar when he released the still impressive Faded. Dream. back in 2017, he has since released the aptly titled impressive second EP, 2019's Destiny. 2020 sees him shift up another gear as he heads from underground celebration into mainstream consciousness with his long-awaited debut album, Armlock. While the title intimates something a little forceful, School of X doesn't need to turn to foul play to build his ever growing…

Interview With Julia Scheeser

Julia Scheeser has recently released her debut album, Kopfkino. Currently best known as a sync artist, dubbing recordings into German for cinematic release, her voice is already known but her sound as an artist in her own right is being defined. Kopfkino is a joyous pop fest which hooks you in from the moment you press play. With her album blasting in the background, we decided to catch up with her and find out a little more. Hi Julia, first of

Jordan Klassen - Tell Me What To Do

Over a decade since his debut album, 2009's Tempest and Winter, Vancouver's neo-folk songsmith Jordan Klassen follows up the near faultless 2017 record Big Intruder with the observational ponderings of Tell Me What To Do. Having crafted a distinctive sound over the course of his recording career, he has already stated that the record is a perfect accompaniment to its predecessor, both sonically and thematically. Having explored growing up on Big Intruder, Tell Me What To Do takes on the theme…

Musical Motivation: James Reidy

James Reidy's latest single, Love Me, is an anthem to the very core. With the Birmingham based singer/songwriter explores his failed relationship, he strikes a universal cord in his epic radio anthem. Having fallen in love with the song the moment we heard it, we knew we needed to find out more. So we asked him what songs make him... Smile Blind Love - Lola Young I actually found this category really tricky, listening to music usually makes me smile regardless so…

Musical Motivation: Han Bloom

London based Han Bloom is a classically trained pianist and composer but decided to take the route of jazz/ prog rock/ alternative genres. Having just released her debut album, Higher State Of Mind, she has shown herself to be a distinctive artist with the ability to make poignant statements within her lyrics. We caught up with her and asked what song makes you... Smile Stevie Wonder - As It makes me wanna dance. Contemplate Oscar Peterson - Hymn To Freedom The pianism…

Musical Motivation: Pleasure Trap

A born performer, Rory Kaye was a 90’s baby. Born in London, growing up on the road, with stints in Middlesbrough, Manchester and Southern Spain. Rory’s childhood was soundtracked by a mix of albums by Eminem, Black Eyed Peas and The Beatles among others. As Kaye hit adolescence, his tastes evolved and he began to listen to rock bands such as the Foo Fighters and Slipknot, who inspired Kaye’s first musical project, Rory Indiana, a critically acclaimed band with Radio…

Musical Motivation: LEX

LEX is a musical ‘character’ created by the talented and multi-faceted pop/rock Spanish artist Alex Ayora. LEX really does encompass it all - not only is he a renowned singer and composer in his native country, he is also a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, bass, drums and piano who has worked with a plethora of other artists and big brands. He has just released his latest single Unlucky, so we caught up with him to find out what songs make him... Smile Every

Riva Taylor - This Woman's Heart .1

Back in 2014 former child star Riva Taylor (known previously as Becky) released her first single in almost a decade. Creed was a powerful reminder of her stunning vocal, but showed a very different side to an artist better known for musical theatre driven sound. While she then waited another few years to return with her next single, 2018's Deeper Than Us. It was hereafter that her new mini-album started to take shape with the marching beat of My Mouth. Having…

The 1975 - Notes On A Conditional Form

The 1975 are one of the biggest bands in the world. To date they have release 3 huge albums and stolen the hearts of the masses with their insightful lyrics, playful melodies and ability to write a perfect anthem. All that changes with the 22 song long Notes On A Conditional Form. Having reached the stage in the career where they can simply sell records by just announcing to their huge audience that a new one is on the way, they…

Musical Motivation: Rumer

Rumer discovered the songs of Hugh Prestwood as she searched for "lost gems" while living in the American South. With grand arrangements and traditional elements, Nashville Tears was produced by Fred Mollin at StarStruck Studios with some of Music City’s best musicians. Since her 2010 debut album Seasons of My Soul earned her a MOJO Award and two Brit Award nominations, Rumer has earned praise in the US from the likes of NPR, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and CBS…

Badly Drawn Boy - Banana Skin Shoes

Eight years has passed since Damon Gough - a.k.a - Badly Drawn Boy released his last studio album. It was at a point in his life when something needed to change. He had been through a tough relationship break-up and the perpetual cycle of album release and subsequent touring had taken its toll. Although he never stopped writing, he was not at a stage in his life where he could release an album. That moment has finally arrived and he…

Singles Of The Week: 22 May 2020

The summer sun appears to have finally arrived, and while the world remains at various of stages of lockdown, there is a sense of unity and optimism as we look ahead. With the first post-lockdown concert having happened in the States and the Eurovision confirming its intention to return in 2021, the music world is proving a strong fighter. To celebrate, here are our singles of the week - with an impressively high rate of full house scores meaning a…

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated Side B

The world of pop music has never been played fairly. While Carly Rae Jepsen has by no means done badly for herself, she is seen by many as the purveyor of the cheesiest kind of pop. In truth she is far from that. Yes, she is a purveyor of pop. Yes, she has delivered too of the cheesiest hits of recent years (but admit it, you love them both). However, her back catalogue showcases a far more striking and compelling…

Musical Motivation: Laura Cortese

Berklee College of Music in Boston alumni Laura Cortese debuted back in 2004 with the lush folk of Hush. Her sonic journey since has been one of experimental growth. With some stunning highs, she is about the reveal her finest record to date. Recorded with her band The Dance Cards, Bitter Better sees her folk leanings married to a pop sensibility that is delivered with a real warmth of heart. To celebrate the impending release, we caught up with her…

Musical Motivation: Tall Children

Tall Children is the musical alter-ego of Ben Hughes. Ben believes we are all Tall Children. Because being childlike is positive. We should never lose our creativity, playfulness and fun. Equally, we can all grow older and taller without ever growing up, running rampant through the world’s resources, with increasing fear and diminishing empathy for each other. Being childish isn’t quite so positive. Having graduated from LIPA, he has been honing his craft alongside musicians including Melanie C, Paolo Nutini and…

Sister Sledge: Thinking Of You – The Atco / Cotillion / Atlantic Recordings (1973-1985)

Aptly named sibling group Sister Sledge first explored their musical potential as a group in 1971, before releasing their debut album Circle of Love four years later. However, it wasn't until the end of the decade that they finally achieved mainstream acclaim with the evolution of their sound into a disco domain, which of course saw the arrival of the always epic anthem We Are Family. Although the group have released two studio albums after their 'hey-day', Cherry Red have…

Ruthie Collins - Cold Comfort

Ruthie Collins grew up on a grape farm in Fredonia, New York and was brought up on a diet of classical and gospel music. However, all that changed during her teenage years when she fell in love with pop and country, with the latter introducing her to the narrative songs that would shape her own music career. While still a relatively new name on the Country scene, the Curb Records signed vocalist has already been rewarded with high praise from…

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - Reunions

4-time Grammy Award winner Jason Isbell has very little to prove as he releases his fourth album with his band The 400 Unit. Having achieved commercial and critical acclaim for pretty much his entire back catalogue, many could forgive him for simply sitting back and taking it a little bit easier on himself. Thankfully Reunions does not do that. It is an album that is both introspective and reflective, while simultaneously questioning and observing the global social situation. Having teased the…

KEiiNO - OKTA

When KEiiNO were first announced for Eurovision 2019 the response was divided. For some the appeal of their Sámi infused pop was instantly addictive, while for others they felt the cheesy pop leaning was a step backwards in the increasingly credible pop contest. On the night of the competition last year the public spoke loud and clear. While the trio were not favoured by the jury, the public awarded them a very resounding first place position. One year on and…

Singles Of The Week: 15 May 2020

Music fans around the world are mourning the loss of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. Having gone from strength to strength in recent years, the contest has once again started to really introduce an army of amazing new talent for fans to follow loyally. While there are many who feel Iceland would have romped to an easy victory (perhaps repeating the Bookies success at predicting both Salvador Sobral, Netta and Duncan Laurence), it would have been wonderful to see how…

Musical Motivation: Jan Thierfelder

German Indie group Jante have drawn comparisons to Passenger and Mumford and Sons. With an effortless breezy indie-folk leaning, their heartfelt lyrics and singability are helping them to steadily rise through the ranks of the German music industry. Having just released the sensational third EP, Blick ins Freie, which was teased by the wonderful Einfach Leichter, they have proved that with each new EP they find greater musical strength. We caught up with frontman Jan Thierfelder to find out more…

Musical Motivation: Julia Kautz

Born in Vienna, based in Munich, the former journalist Julia Kautz recently released one of our favourite songs written in response to the current pandemic. So viele Menschen and its accompanying music video are truly a moment of unified beauty, showing that throughout the tough times, we can still lean on one another and that we truly are in this together. As she builds towards the release of her new EP, we caught up with Julia to find out a…

Duncan Laurence - Worlds On Fire

The last few years have seen The Netherlands send a flurry of stand-out acts to the Eurovision Song Contest with a seeming determination to win the competition. Having last won in 1975, they attempted victory with sensational entries from Anouk, Douwe Bob, The Common Linnets and O'G3NE, but though their results on the whole improved, they couldn't quite edge ahead of their competitors. All that changed last year when former The Voice of Holland contestant Duncan Laurence took the crown…

SuRie - Rye

The last 65 years have seen numerous Eurovision stars come and go. While some have proven to have sheer staying power post their triumphant wins, others have simply faded into the background once again. However, occasionally a contestant who doesn't romp to glory wins the hearts of the public. SuRie is a prime example. While the 31 year old Royal Academy of Music graduate may have only finished in 24th place at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after her stunning performance…

Musical Motivation: Emma Gale

Emma Gale is a singer/songwriter based in the Dorset area. Having dabbled with radio presenting, she has made a name for herself in her local area through a variety of live performances. However, lockdown has given her the drive and time to focus her energies on a recording career. Having released the wonderful Let's See What The Earth Has To Say, we caught up with her to find out what music has influenced her. We asked, what songs make you... Smile