Singles Of The Week: 7 August 2020

Another week has passed by and the world has once again been shook in many ways. As we dream of 2020 taking a turn for the positive, we once again immerse ourselves in this week's single releases. With a very close battle fought for the peak position of single of the week, we are excited for some impending album releases... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Hannah Grace - Missing The Show Rating: 5/5 Hannah Grace's debut album Remedy is destined to be one…

Singles Of The Week: 31 July 2020

The summer sun is finally here and while the world succumbs to what appears to be the start of a second wave in our latest pandemic, the spring in our step has truly arrived as we bounce along in the glorious heat. To celebrate the long-awaited arrival of a real summer season, we run through this week's single releases... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Melanie C - In And Out Of Love Rating: 5/5 Melanie C is really embracing her pop side as…

Musical Motivation: Izakman

Israeli solo artist Izakman (aka Itamar Isaak) released his first single ‘Cyber Love’ last month. The award-winning animator has already attracted the attention of his local music industry with his charasmatic stage presence and enigmatic style. We caught up with him to find out what songs make him... Smile Small Faces – Lazy Sunday Afternoon This groovy tune is very dear to me. It has a great attitude and character that I identify with. The whole album is pretty awesome too. Anything…

Interview With Glass Animals' Joe Seaward

Formed a decade ago by childhood friends, Glass Animals are about to release their third studio album, Dreamland. With the initial release postponed by the quartet to "keep focus on the Black Lives Matter movement and the discussions taking place around racism and police brutality around the world," their ever-growing fanbase are counting down the days to the latest material from the Mercury Prize nominated troupe. Having heard an advance stream, we can reveal that fans will not be disappointed…

Musical Motivation: ELA

ELA is originally from West Wales, a little village called Brongest near Cardigan but then she moved to Monmouth for 10 years (the reason, she thinks, that she mostly lost her strong Welsh accent!) She credits her musical father with helping her from a very young age to learn to play music and to sing, but above all, to work hard. This inspired and enabled her to win a coveted music scholarship where she decided to focus on the…

Cub Sport - Like Nirvana

Cub Sport have shared their very personal journey over the course of their records to date. Having debuted back in 2010 on the EP, Tim Nelson & The Cub Scouts, they really came to mainstream attention with their debut album, 2016's This Is Our Vice. Since then they have released albums documenting their growth into acceptance of who they are and what they stand for. Their 2019 eponymous album climaxed this journey with a raw exploration of their gender, sexuality…

Taylor Swift - Folklore

Taylor Swift has pulled a Beyoncé and released a surprise album. In a move that is very un-Taylor, given the lavish marketing campaigns that normally precede her releases, Taylor has dropped folklore, an album that also very un-Taylor in sound and content. Having sent her fans into a whirling frenzy to order the limited edition physical copies - available for only one week from her official website - and without noting anything about the sound of the record - Taylor…

Thomas Bartlett - Shelter

Over the last two decades Thomas Bartlett has had a rather impressive recording career. Best known for his work as Doveman, he has performed alongside and produced artists including The National, David Byrne, Nico Muhly, Anohni, Surfjan Stevens while he also performed as part of The Gloaming. , and his own much-acclaimed supergroup, The Gloaming. However he has never released an album of his own work. This may be somewhat of a surprise, given the prolific nature of his work…

Liza Anne - Bad Vacation

Bad Vacation is an interesting title for a 2020 summer album release. For as the world came to a standstill (in many senses) back in March, it feels in some ways that 2020 has quite simply been the worst vacation - one that was unwanted and unneeded, yet as the same time, the time out from the fast paced consumerist lives we were living has been a period for growth and change. It may have been a bad vacation, but…

Singles Of The Week: 23 July 2020

This has been a week of pop revelations. Not only has it marked the return of Australian icon Kylie, but Taylor Swift has dropped an unexpected album! While the live music world may have been put on hold, it is clear the recorded world has plenty of treats to deliver. Here are our thoughts on this week's single releases... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Kylie Minogue - Say Something Rating: 5/5 An easy single of the week this one. Revealed yesterday on BBC…

Musical Motivation: Maddox Jones

‘Headspace' is Maddox Jones' first release as a solo artist. While fronting a band is never an easy task - and Jones had his fair share of experience playing and collaborating with other artists - standing alone and allowing his deepest emotions to flow through some of the most personal songs he has ever written was a completely different experience. We caught up with the former Departure and Strangers vocalist to find out what songs make him... Smile The Killers -

Ronan Keating - Twenty Twenty

On 26 July 2019 Ronan Keating made the transition from boyband frontman to soloist when he released his debut single, a cover of the Alison Krauss hit When You Say Nothing At All for the soundtrack of Notting Hill. The single reached #1 in the UK and Ireland, while storming into the Top 5 in various countries the world over. A year later he released the Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels penned Life Is A Rollercoaster and solidified his place…

Courtney Marie Andrews - Old Flowers

A decade since she released her debut solo album and Courtney Marie Andrews arrives at her most hyped album to date, Old Flowers. Having really scored herself a firm place on the musical map back in 2016 with the still impressive Honest Life, she showed a move in musical direction with 2018's critically acclaimed May Your Kindness Remain. Boasting a rich Blues sound with a soulful, Country vocal, it took her from determined and driven to reflectively dreamy. Her latest…

Musical Motivation: Kev Sherry

Kev Sherry, lead singer for the cult, critically acclaimed Scottish indie-rock four-piece Attic Lights (Island Records, Elefant Records), makes a welcome return as he prepares to unveil his new single ‘Feelgood Movie Of The Year’ ahead of his debut solo album Foxy Orthodoxy in Sept 2020. We caught up with him to find out what songs make him... Smile Yes by McAlmont & Butler Essentially a one hit wonder but also the greatest single of the 1990s. It's soul music but something…

Musical Motivation: Audra Santa

Introducing Canadian songstress Audra Santa, who has just released her debut UK single entitled ‘Naked’. The track has been taken from her forthcoming EP, ‘The Boudoir Project’, a collection of sensual, downtempo electronica that was a personal mode of self-expression she thought she would never share with anyone. We caught up with her to find out what songs make her... Smile Lizzo - Juice Recently, my guitarist asked me to sing back up vocals for another Toronto artist he plays with…

The Aces - Under My Influence

Utah's The Aces started their recording career as The Blues Aces, releasing a series of EPs dating back as far as 2012. However, their introduction to the global arena really arrived with their debut album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic, back in 2018. Following in the aftermath of two successful albums from HAIM, it was almost inevitable that the female quartet would be compared to the sibling group. And while there were certainly echoes of their sound, When My Heart…

Singles Of The Week: 17 July 2020

Over halfway through the year and we reach what would be the peak of festival season. While there are several digital alternatives, we have to concede that we are missing the feeling of being in a field somewhere listening to bands that will soon be our favourites, alongside some we have always dreamed of seeing. While we deal with the loss of muddy boot opportunities, we run down this week's stunning new singles. SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Dolche - Criminal Love

The Chicks - Gaslighter

Having broken through to international acclaim with their fourth studio album (first with Natalie Maines as vocalist) Wide Open Space in 1998, the trio now named The Chicks disappeared in 2006 following their eighth studio, Taking The Long Way. At the time they had found their outspoken political stance against decisions made by the US Government of the time saw them pretty much blacklisted by US Country Radio. However, as they say, you don't always know what you've got till…

Interview With Samuum

Based in LA, American-Armenian art-rap collective Sammum have just released their debut single ‘Maria’ and creative concept that challenges the norms of Middle Eastern Culture. Formed of former The Voice of Ukraine contestant Lusine Kocharian and Andranik Berberian, the duo take ethnic sounds and marry them to EDM and hip hop. It's truly inspired. Blown away by the release, we decided to learn a little more. First and foremost, hello and how are you?  Lusine: Hello! Thank you, it’s been a slap-bang and lots of…

Interview With Tommy O'Dell

Tommy O'Dell is one third of Sydney's DMA's. Having steadily built a fierce reputation for the 90s driven Britpop anthems, the trio have just released their most impressed record to date. The Glow is destined to be your new favourite record. It's ours too. As a result, we caught up with Tommy to learn a little more about him. First and foremost, hello. How are you? I’m well, thanks. Tell us about the record you are about to release… The Glow is our…

Musical Motivation: Mikey Votano

Australian music artist & performer Mikey Votano has released his first UK single ‘Shut Up & Dance’ - a uniquely clever cover of Walk The Moon’s hit, in a vintage style of 1950s rock 'n' roll, rockabilly & blues. Mikey also writes his own original music but really wanted to make his own version of a classic pop song: ‘Shut Up and Dance’ was recorded in December 2019 and wasn’t intended as the first release. Mikey says “As…

Singles Of The Week: 10 July 2020

How are we already nearly halfway through July? 2020 may have been spent mostly away from social interaction, but the tumultuous ride that we have all endured has meant that time has simply drifted by. One of the real highlights of the period has been the stunning musical output that we have been able to immerse ourselves in. This week is no different as our singles rundown demonstrates... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Mahmood ft. Sfera Ebbasta and Feid - Dorado Rating:

Rufus Wainwright - Unfollow The Rules

Rufus Wainwright is an artist who has his own sound. An artist who many upcoming talents try to emulate. An artist whose soul-soaked vocal delivers a depth of emotion that so many try to create, but fall far short of. It is in these strengths that the son of two famous musicians has forged a career that has never been overshadowed by his famous family, nor has it become the subject of tabloid fodder. He is heralded as a true…

Margo Price - That's How Rumors Get Started

Back in 2016 Margo Price arrived on the international stage from seemingly nowhere armed with the epic Midwest Farmer's Daughter. Of course, she hadn't arrived from nowhere. She'd had a story that could have been the focal point of a million typical Country songs, and while her narrative in her work was biographical, it was actually rather refreshingly original simultaneously. She delivered a contemporary take on a classic sound. While 2017's All American Made was impressive, it didn't touch the…

DMA's - The Glow

Britpop has been revived in recent years in many shapes and forms. Not only has there been a wealth of Britpop bands - both big and small - reuniting for the nostalgia circuit, and in limited cases chart success - but there has also been a string of bands emulating the groups that shaped their own listening experience during their youth. Australian trio DMA's first two studio albums were amongst the most prominent and impressive in their 90s homage. With…

Rhys Lewis - Things I Chose To Remember

Oxfordshire Rhys Lewis debuted back in 2016 with the single Waking Up Without You. At the time he was an unknown entity, and with Ed Sheeran's acoustic singer/songwriter fodder dominating the charts, it was inevitable that any artist of Rhys' ilk would be automatically compared to Norfolk's big musical export. However, over the course of a series of singles and EP releases, Rhys has gone on to show he has his own distinctive sound. Finally ready with a full album's…

Jay Blanes - Fireworks

Barcelona born and raised, but now London based, Jay Blanes has unveiled his EP Fireworks two years after his debut, Found in April. Having stated that the collection sees him evolve from an artist who was finding his feet to one who is more in control of their output, Fireworks has been teased by two singles earlier this year, which have seen him garner an impressive number of streams. Can the album tilt him just a little further into the…

Shaun Escoffery - Strong Enough

Shaun Escoffery should be one of the biggest soul vocalists in the world. His rich voice is currently best associated with the West End production of The Lion King, where he has paid Mustafa for an impressive 12 years, but for even longer than that he has been releasing impressive solo material that has been rooted in Soul, but showcased his passion for Blues, Rock and R'n'B. His latest collection, Strong Enough, follows the striking 2016 release Evergreen, and proves…

Katherine Jenkins - Cinema Paradiso

At the age of 24 Katherine Jenkins was propelled to international acclaim. Upon the launch of her debut album, Premiere, the world sat up and listened to crisp, clean tone of the Neath born Operatic vocalist. Since then she has shown that there is more to her artistry than meets the eye. From collaborations with Darcey Bussell to her recent strikingly diverse appearance on The Masked Singer, she always delivers the goods, but we always want her to return with…

Singles Of The Week: 3 July 2020

Live music has hit the headlines this week. Not necessarily for the positives. While we all crave live performance in our lives once again, with many artists turning to drive-in venues as a safe alternative, Chase Rice and Chris Janson opted to deliver concerts which didn't exercise social distancing. Without getting too political, we do side with Kelsea Ballerini and the general public response... Without wanting to dwell on the negative, we are excited to see how the drive-in concerts…