Musical Memories: The Prosaics

The Prosaics, aka A.G. Williams, is one man with a machine, who through his songs offers both romance and disappointment and is a solution to the vacuous pop that seems to dominate the airwaves. His songs are wry, scornful and cripplingly English. ‘Frown’ the debut single from this uniquely clever and obscure music artist, is out now. We caught up with A.G. and asked what song always makes you... Smile ‘Frown’ by The Prosaics It’s just really well made. That and…

Musical Memories: Jack Wesley of .wavrunner

.wavrunner are Jack Wesley, younger brother JJ and Griff. Jack and Griff met as second graders in Cleveland, USA after realizing they were kindred, mischievous spirits. They first bonded over their shared passion for choice four letter words…. A decade later, Jack and Griff are just as fun-loving and cheeky in their roles as co-lyricists for .wavrunner with Jack handling lead vocals, Griff as co-vocalist and JJ who creates the beats and arrangements. The boys age from 18 to 20…

Musical Memories: AJ Wander

AJ Wander, the son of a pianist father, had music in his genes from an early age. Varying instruments were scattered around his childhood home in the suburbs of south-east London; a musical landscape that inspired a young AJ to sing, play and eventually to write. He grew up listening to his parent’s favourites and was influenced by some of the greatest songwriters of all-time including The Eagles, Elton John, Carole King and The Beatles. With his new single, Time…

Top 60 Albums 2020: 10-1

10. Loic Nottet - Sillygomania Music to make you move but also melt your heart. Highlights: Heartbreaker, 29, Mr/Mme 9. Lianne La Havas Lianne La Havas A confident documentation of rebuilding post-heartbreak. Highlights: Paper Thin, Sour Flower, Cant Fight 8. Dolche - Exotic Diorama A truly transcendent experience. Highlights: Supernova, Canzone DAmore, Big Man 7. Rina Sawayama - Sawayama A genre-defying explosion of true awesomeness. Highlights: XS, Bad Friend, Chosen Family 6. Melanie C Melanie C Statemented pop with a powerful punch. Highlights: Blame It On Me, Here I Am, Into…

Top 60 Albums 2020: 20-11

20. Lady Gaga Chromatica Pure pop re-embraced by one of its finest purveyors. Highlights: Stupid Love, 1000 Doves, Enigma 19. Pol Granch Tengo Que Calmarme Intense and stylish. Highlights: Chocolatito, Martes 13, En Llamas 18. Ane Brun After The Great Storm Reassuringly real. Highlights: Honey, Feeling Like I Wanna Cry, Fingerprints 17. DMAs The Glow 90s Britpop with a Aussie contemporary feel. Highlights: Silver, Strangers, Round & Around16. Mathea - M Exquisite pop bites. Highlights: Chaos, 2x, Irgendeine Party 15. Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks In The Road An emotionally…

Top 60 Albums 2020: 30-21

30. Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia Anthemic retro-pop. Highlights: Physical, Dont Start Now, Hallucinate 29. Nena Licht Thought-provoking lyrics with a striking electro sound. Highlights: Licht, Wandern, Shine On 28. Nico Santos Nico Santos Soulful pop radio anthems with real heart. Highlights: Play With Fire, Like I Love You, Easy 27. Bright Light Bright Light Fun City Retro-pop heaven! Highlights: I Used To Be Cool, Its Alright, Its Okay 26. TOPS I Feel Alive With classic undertones, this balances the light and dark. Highlights: Direct Sunlight, Pirouette, Colder &…

Top 60 Albums 2020: 40-31

40. Eimear Quinn riu Simply beautiful. Highlights: Hibernia, Butterfly, The Voice 39. Janet Devlin Confessional Heart on sleeve trad-pop. Highlights: Confessional, Away With The Fairies, Speak 38. Marisha Wallace Tomorrow A voice to lose yourself in. Highlights: Angel, Before I Go, Reflection 37. Washington - Batflowers Intoxicating. Highlights: Switches, Silencio 36. Kid Dad In A Box Kid Dad are anything but in a box. Complex brilliance. Highlights: Limbo, Window, Live With It 35. Lisa Loeb A Simple Trick To Happiness Understated and truly satisfying. Highlights: Skeleton, Sing Out, Shine 34. New Hope Club

Top 60 Albums 2020: 50-41

50. Poli Genova - Твоя Thinking outside of the pop box. Highlights: Твоя, Perfect, How We End Up 49. Caveboy – Night In The Park, Kiss In The Dark Playfully produced vocal blends. Highlights: I Wonder, Lifetime, Landslide 48. Madame Monsieur – Tandem Clever collaborations. Highlights: Comme un voleur, Malavita 47. Sertab Erener – Ben Yaşarim An artist enjoying their craft. Highlights: Farzet, Sormaz 46. Ben Mazué - Paradis Playful poeticism. Highlights: Pas très original, Divin exil 45. Cepeda – Con Los Pies En El Suelo An emotional journey. Highlights: Con Los Pies En El Suelo, Pegadita,…

Top 60 Albums 2020: 60-51

60. Cam The Otherside Pop pushing Country. Highlights: Diane, Girl Like Me, Changes 59. Mariza Mariza Canta Amlia A breathtaking tribute. Highlights: Formiga Bossa Nova, Cravos de Papel 58. Tenille Townes The Lemonade Stand Country-Pop to leave you in a spin. Highlights: When I Meet My Maker, Lighthouse, I Kept The Roses 57. Seemone - Seemone Enchanting drama. Highlights: Brun de folie, Rue Vivienne 56. Aksglde - Ting ndrer Sig Danceable life lessons. Highlights: Smil Til Mig, Giv Lys Igen, Jeg Er Ikke Nogen Mand 55. Gil Ofarim Alles auf

Musical Motivation: Billy Reekie

Billy Reekie is a solo Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist and musician who has enjoyed recent chart success with his first two singles “Don’t Come Around” and “Old Fashioned Way” . He has recently appeared on a major BBC TV show ‘Little Mix -The Search’ to great acclaim. His brand-new single “She” is out now. We caught up with him to find out what songs make him... Smile “Yeah 3x” By Chris Brown. I listened to this song every day before school.…

Musical Motivation: Taurie

Taurie is a multi-faceted, multi-talented star in the making. She embodies the diverse beauty and traditions of her Nigerian Native American heritage which also enrich and influence her music which encompasses many genres including pop, R&B, Hip-Hop and more. Add to that her musical versatility, playing no less than five musical instruments – piano, keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric bass and ukulele, as well as being a consummate singer, song writer, producer, choreographer and dancer. Still only 23, Taurie displays the…

Musical Motivation: Sola Rosa

Sola Rosa is the brainchild of New Zealand musician, Andrew Spraggon. Creating an evolving infusion of funk, beats, electronic, jazz and soul has been the 20-plus year labour of love for this Auckland-based solo artist, who has produced a wealth of recordings since launching as an experimental recording project in 1999. With a new album, Chasing The Sun, out now, we caught up with him to find out what songs make him... Smile Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine This song just…

Shirley Bassey - I Owe It All To You

Aged 83 years young, Dame Shirley Bassey has today released her 37th studio album. Entitled I Owe It All To You, it is a love letter to her fans as she bows out of recording after a truly incredible career. The words icon and legend are attributed to the Welsh diva, but they are words that simply do not do credit to the magnitude of her status. She is beyond legendary, and the sheer depth and breadth of her work…

Ólafur Arnalds - Some Kind Of Peace

Thirteen years ago Ólafur Arnalds released his debut album, Eulogy for Evolution. The post-rock influenced neo-classical compositions set the multi-instrumentalist from Mosfellsbær, Iceland on a musical journey that has seen him grow into one of the most celebrated neo-classicists of our time. While he also dabbled with electro and dance, it is for his soothing soundscapes that he is the most widely hailed. Therefore, it is little surprise that his fifth solo album - Some Kind of Peace

Kylie Minogue - Disco

Kylie Minogue really doesn't need any introduction. The iconic Aussie pocket rocket first found a place in hearts around the world as the girl next door on Neighbours. But Charlene is now a misty memory, and the innovative songstress has reinvented her sound faultlessly over the 33 years since the release of her debut single, 'Locomotion'. Having explored Country-Pop on her truly brilliant 2018 album Golden, lockdown and the period just prior saw Kylie reconnect with the sounds that shaped…

RJ Thompson - Lifeline

RJ Thompson has taken the long road to reach his sophomore studio album. Having toured with Midge Ure, Jools Holland, The Proclaimers and Sandi Thom, he started recording a debut album way back in 2004, but it is retrospectively perceived by the 35 year old family man from Bishop Auckland to have been more of a demo collection. Since then he has released a series of singles and EPs, which saw him fully grow his sound before the release of…

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 ten 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…

Musical Memories: Tom Aspaul

Tom Aspaul has written for artists including Kylie Minogue, Celeste and AlunaGeorge, but it is with his own releases that he has steadily built his reputation as one of the pop world's finest purveyors. Having toured with Louise and Saara Aalto before Covid-19 saw a series of live shows cancelled, his audience are buzzing after the arrival of the brilliant Black Country Disco. While we bopped to W.M and Tender, we caught up with Tom to learn what songs make…

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…