Cam - The Otherside

Cam is not an artist who has ever rushed released. Back in 2010 she made her independent debut with the collection Heartforward. Later on she would describe the set as simply being more an experimentation than a finished release. However, those that heard it will be aware of the strength of the vocals and songwriting. These were further showcased with her brilliant, but underappreciated 2015 label debut Untamed, which of course saw her achieve huge acclaim for the epic Burning

Ane Brun - After The Great Storm

Sweden based Norwegian icon Ane Brun has had an extremely productive 2020. Having already released a truly remarkable 10 singles so far, before the end of the year she will have released two new studio albums. The first of these arrives on Friday. Although there have been albums released since 2015's When I'm Free, the release of After The Great Storm marks the first collection of new originals. And while her covers are remarkable, her loyal audience are ready for…

Dolche - Exotic Diorama

Occasionally an artist along and blows your mind from the very first few seconds of hearing their song. Sometimes it grows into a fervent passion for their sound, other times the interest wanes and they drift off into a distant haze. Dolche is an artist who captures your attention immediately and holds it. She is diverse, powerful and truly profound. Recording in a mixture of French, Italian and English, it doesn't matter what language she speaks, the message reaches into…

Russell Watson - 20

20 years have disappeared since Russell Watson first appeared on the international charts with his debut album, The Voice. A determined title that set the Lancashire-born Tenor on a path to true acclaim. Since then he has had numerous battles, most notably with a brain tumor back in 2006, but that hasn't stopped the determined vocalist from releasing a string of chart-delighting records. As he reaches this important landmark, his latest collection boasts thirteen newly recorded songs to showcase the…

Kev Sherry - Foxy Orthodoxy

As part of Attic Lights, Kev Sherry has delighted audiences since 2005 with his quirky indie rock sounds. Now trialling life as a solo artist, the musician who also works as a journalist, comic artist and novelist releases his debut album, Foxy Orthodoxy. Having teased the release with a string of striking singles, which showcased his ability to take the sound he is best known for and remould it into something truly unique, his loyal fanbase are fully ready for…

Ward Thomas - Invitation

Ward Thomas have come an awfully long way over the last few years. Having started out as darlings of the British Country scene, they signed a record deal with Sony Music, which propelled them into the mainstream consciousness for their BBC Radio 2 championed sophomore and third releases. The radio exposure saw those records reach #1 and #8 in the charts respectively. Not bad at all for the sisters from Hampshire who boasts very pretty harmonies, but have had to…

Musical Motivation: Layke

In a world which thrives on labels and conforming to a set of picture-perfect standards, Layke (and her signature icy lavender hair) has created a limitless space through her ground-breaking music that defies societal norms. And now the dream pop songstress has completely catapulted into the ever-evolving pop realm, she’s ready to speak openly to help others find their voice and for the universe to take note. On 28th August she released the second single ‘Tonight Can’t Be The Last…

Eivør - Segl

Eivør is the Faroe Islands most successful musical export. Anyone who has heard any of her previous 8 studio albums will know exactly why that is the case. Having released two versions of her 2017 studio album, Slør, to fully explore both Faroese and English, her latest release centres more heavily on the English language work of her more recent career. However, that does not mean her native tongue has been fully abandoned. Equally there has been a shift sonically within…

Tom Aspaul - Black Country Disco

Tom Aspaul is far from a newcomer to the music industry. The architecture graduate with a Masters in Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art has been a notable presence on the music scene for much of the decade. Having penned songs for Kylie, AlunaGeorge, Celeste and MutyaKeishaSiobhan, he has steadily been building up a reputation as a soloist since his 2013 debut single Indiana. Some seven years later, after the release of a mix of singles and EPs,…

Bright Light Bright Light - Fun City

Bright Light Bright Light has opened for Cher, Erasure, Ellie Goulding and Scissor Sisters and already has collaborations with Sir Elton John and Alan Cumming under his belt, but it is fair to say that the New York based Welshman has pulled out all the stops for his latest studio album, Fun City. Featuring a party-full of artists (Andy Bell (of Erasure), Big Dipper, Brendan MacLean, Caveboy, The Illustrious Blacks, Initial Talk, Jake Shears, Justin Vivian Bond, KAYE, Mark Gatiss,…

Musical Motivation: Julia

18 year old singer Julia first rose to prominence on the 2015 series of The Voice Kids in France. Following her appearance, where she formed part of Louis Bertignac's team, she continued to build her profile via YouTube. It was here that she caught the attention of the acclaimed duo Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, who took Alizée from Graines de Star contestant to international icon. They took her under their wing and built her own sound, which was realised…

Interview With Michael Sele (The Beauty Of Gemina)

Iconic Swiss band The Beauty Of Gemina have released their first UK single ‘Apologise’, taken from their forthcoming album ‘Skeleton Dreams’. The track is an energetic, powerful slice of indie-rock led by Michael Sele’s strong and narrative voice. “This song is full of light and darkness about the human dilemma, knowing the time to say good-bye but having no words to say It” says Sele. To learn more, we spoke to Sele. First and foremost, hello and how are you? I’m…

Ray Quinn - Undeniable

Ray Quinn has had a very varied career. An award winning child actor who made a comeback via an appearance on The X Factor, he has balanced musical theatre with reality television appearances in the thirteen years since his #1 charting Swing-driven debut album. Although there have been fleeting returns to the music world, with successful solo tours and the odd pop-driven single, Undeniable marks the long-awaited arrival of his sophomore album. While his most recent dabblings have been within the…

Stephan Moccio - Tales Of Solace

Stephan Moccio is not a household name, but his work is something most people would be familiar with. As a Grammy and Academy Award-nominated composer, producer, pianist, arranger, conductor and recording artist, he has worked on material for The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, Avril Lavigne and James Blunt. And that is just to name a few of a very diverse and eclectic roster of artists whose work has been enhanced by his magical touch. Somewhat astoundingly he has only released one…

Katrina - Hearts, Loves And Babys

Katrina Leskanich is best known as the lead vocalist of Katrina & The Waves. Katrina & The Waves are best known for the epic hit Walking On Sunshine, while they also provided the UK with their last Eurovision win way back in 1997 with the classic Love Shine A Light. Although there have been many other hits as part of the band, and some very solid releases as a solo artist, it is these two huge anthems that have become…

Kid Dad - In A Box

Isolation is a distinctive theme of 2020. It would be easy to assume that Kid Dad had titled their debut album as a direct result of the occurrences of this rather troubled year. However, the truth is that the German quartet have echoed the insular rock sound that Placebo championed in the mid-90s for quite a long while. And the album itself is in fact far from being a product of isolation. In fact the group spent time in England,…

Singles Of The Week: 27 August 2020

Another week drifts by and a wave of new music lands at our feet. To celebrate the best releases, we run down some of the singles that have caught our attention this week... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Eivør - Let It Come For a country so small, the Faroe Islands has produced some of the world's most innovative artists. Eivør channels Medúlla-era Björk on the absolutely sensational Let It Come. Prepare to be blown away by the sheer epic proportions of this…

Katy Perry - Smile

Katy Perry has other things on her mind this week. Having just given birth to her first child, Daisy Dove, she has spent the last few weeks promoting her sixth studio album, Smile, while heavily pregnant. Unsurprisingly the upbeat pop icon has re-engaged her audience, many of whom seem to abandon her in the criticism surrounding 2017's more sonically experimental Witness. While many may revisit that record and judge it far less harshly, given the current radio success of the…

Musical Motivation: Lindsay Ell

Three years since her debut major label album, chart topping musician, vocalist and songwriter Lindsay Ell’s highly-anticipated sophomore album heart theory has arrived and raised the bar. American Songwriter, who hails heart theory a “career-altering, masterpiece of an album," and international arena size success is beckoning. To find out more about the potentially career changing release, we caught up with Lindsay to learn what songs make her... Smile “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves is the first song that…

Juni Ata - Saudade

Juni Ata is the stage name of Jesse Daniel Edwards, whose music career was extremely unlikely at an early age. Raised in an extremely religious community in Southern California, his exposure to secular music was extremely limited. However that did not mean his setting was not musical. He was raised surrounded by music, which clearly shaped his familial experience, and in his early 20s, he went out to perform alongside his brother. Yet it was a relocation to Nashville that…

Sea Girls - Open Your Head Up

London four-piece Sea Girls have been building towards their debut album for a very long time. Having released their debut single, Call Me Out, back in 2017, the group have four EPs under their belt and have appeared on numerous 'ones-to-watch- lists - including those by MTV, Radio X and the BBC. While many would have anticipated an album at the height of their initial buzz back in 2019, the band have spent time on the road developing their sound…

Erasure - The Neon

Erasure are a band who need exactly zero introduction. Not only have their early hits stood the test of time, they have continued to innovate and generate compelling releases. The Neon is their eighteenth, and has already spawned the epic lead single, Hey Now (Think I Got a Feeling). With 2017's World Be Gone having received rather epic reviews, the band have to once again raise the bar with their latest collection. And they do so effortlessly. The Neon treads new…

Maya Hawke - Blush

Maya Hawke may be the child of two very famous parents, but it doesn't feel as if she has had to overcome their shadows. While her mother, Uma Thurman, is a famous model and actress and her father, Ethan Hawke, is a singer, actor and author, Maya Hawke's rise to fame has been via her own looks and abilities rather than by association. Having started as a model, she is currently best known for her role in Stranger Things, while…

Singles Of The Week: 21 August 2020

As another week flies by, we hit the end of the summer period with an influx of new names and striking releases from established acts. Here is our rundown... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Mike Clerk - Thoughts Of Fools Having almost given up music when he stepped back from The Lost Generation, a crowd-funding campaign saw Mike Clerk return to his passion. And thank goodness he did. Thoughts Of Fools is a confident sound, which hooks you in and doesn't release…

Interview With Juni Ata

‘Saudade’ (sow-da-day), a Portuguese word loosely translated as “a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing”, is the work of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Jesse Daniel Edwards, who records under the moniker Juni Ata. Edwards was raised in a small mountain town in Southern California in a loving and deeply religious home, with minimal exposure to secular music. Edwards didn’t hear his first Dylan song until his early 20’s, yet music was all around the house. As he grew…

Interview With Shaima

Shaima is a young, dynamic singer with a huge creative edge musically uniting her mixed cultural identity via what she playfully calls a ‘Bolly Beat’ - fusing pop, hip-hop and R&B via modern and more traditional instruments such as sitar, Arabic flute and tabla. She has just released her new single ‘Outsider’, so we caught up with her to learn a little more. First and foremost, hello and how are you? Hey there…Very good thank you (considering these interesting times we’re currently…

Singles Of The Week: 14 August 2020

Another week drifts by and the music continues to move us. This week's stand out single is easily the most distinctive - but it had some strong competition... SINGLE OF THE WEEK: BENEE - Snail Rating: 5/5 20 year old New Zealander is 2 EPs into what is destined to be an epic recording career. The big breakout chart success hasn't landed yet, that could all change now with Snail. This is epic retro bop. Natalie Schlabs - That Early Love Rating: 4.5/5 Falling…

Lindsay Ell - Heart Theory

Well over a decade has disappeared since Canada's Country star Lindsay Ell released her debut album, however, it was not until she released 2017's The Project that she found herself propelled into the international spotlight. While there is no rhyme or reason as to why it took so long for the striking vocalist, and even more striking songwriter to make her mainstream mark is anyone's guess, but now she is here, she is determined to show she has the long-term…

Interview With Jay Blanes

Barcelona-native, 22-year-old Jay Blanes moved to London in July 2019 to become a full-time musician. Passionate about many genres, such as pop, jazz, indie, rock or R&B, Jay decided to refocus his efforts on commercial indie-folk and the result is his new E.P. ‘Fireworks’. We caught up with him to learn more. First and foremost, hello and how are you? Hi there! I’m excited to be back at The Yorkshire Times! I hope you are doing great. Tell us about the record you

Interview With Julian Le Play

A decade has passed by since Julian Le Play released his debut single, albeit under his birth name Julian Heidrich. Two years later he debuted with his stage name and found his audience. His debuted album stormed to #5 in the Austrian charts and since then his recording career has gone from strength to strength. As he releases album number 4, Tandem, which features collaborations with toksi and Madeline Juno, we caught up with him to learn a little more... First