New single from The Novatones: ‘Daddy Didn’t Know’, from ‘Sunday Romance EP’

Every now and again a track comes along that seems to stare you directly in the face and demand your attention. Such is the case with the brand new single ‘Daddy Didn’t Know’ from UK indie band The Novatones.

Dirty rock in every sense, it’s the story of a Daddy’s girl who falls upon hard times at uni, money troubles landing her a job in a strip club where a punter becomes besotted with her and ends up killing her in a sort of ‘if i can’t have you no one can’ way. This leaves her Dad struggling to understand why she didn’t ask for his help.

It’s not the ‘nicest’ of tales, but it does what it does very well – demands you listen and puts the message across powerfully. It also helps that the looped refrain of the title burrows its way into your mind for sometime afterwards.

Get it now as part of the ‘Sunday Romance’ EP:





Music competition: auditions for Open Mic UK 2015 are announced

Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions for Open Mic UK 2015! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be hosted at 15 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups!


Enter the Open Mic UK 2015 singing auditions now for your chance to perform on stage in front of music industry judges!



Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Luke Friend and Karen Hardy both of which have had chart success this year, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music. Open Mic UK is an exciting competition to get involved in, and the music competition auditions for 2015 have just been announced!



Open Mic UK will be holding music competition auditions at the following regions for 2015! Book your audition now to secure your place! Enter Open Mic UK 2015 now!


Saturday 8th August 2015 National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT.

Sunday 9th August 2015 Studio 25, 25 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PE.

Sunday 23rd August 2015 Marconi Social Club, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9FH (If using Sat Nav; CM2 9RX).

Sunday 23rd August 2015 Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

Sunday 30th August 2015 The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.

Sunday 30th August 2015 Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.

Saturday 5th September 2015 TouchBase, 43 Middlesex Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow, G41 1EE.

Saturday 5th September 2015 The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Brighton, BN3 1AS.

Sunday 6th September 2015 Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF.

Sunday 6th September 2015 Engine Rooms, West Quay Road, Southampton, S015 1GZ.

Sunday 6th September 2015 The Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.

Saturday 12th September 2015 Milton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.

Saturday 12th September 2015 Britannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham, NG1 6BN.

Sunday 13th September 2015 Sub89, 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.

Sunday 13th September 2015 Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, London, UB3 2UE.



The Open Mic UK music competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, so get your audition booked now to avoid disappointment!


Enter Open Mic UK 2015 now here!

Jules Knight set for debut album release on April 27th

There’s a chance you might recognise the face at the top of this page. If you do, you may know him as Dr Harry Tressler, of BBC One’s Holby City.

However, having left the Holby Halls behind to pursue a music career, the fruits of that move are all set for release next Monday 27th April.

The album looks set to be a real celebration of pop music, featuring covers of great songwriters from Billy Joel to Randy Newman, as well as couple of orginal songs from the man himself. You may already be aware that, prior to his Holby emergence as ‘Dr Love’, Knight had four hit albums with classical group Blake.

Now though, he’s stepping out on his own, and it will be interesting to see whether his fanbase will translate from TV to downloads.

Alexander Wolfe album – ‘From the Shallows’ (inc. single ‘Trick of the Light’)

One of the most promising under the radar songwriters currently working in the UK, it’s hard to believe with songs like ‘Trick of the Light’ that Alexander Wolfe hasn’t got wider recognition over the course of his two previous albums.

His third LP, ‘From the Shallows’, is further proof that it takes more than simply talent to break the industry – if it was a pure meritocracy he would be a household name.

This third album sees Alexander Wolfe on top form, a bombastic sound which sounds huge next to the acoustic presentation of his previous album ‘Skeletons’. With full orchestrations to play with, you can tell he had fun piecing all the tracks together and working to hone them in just the right way.

If there’s any justice, this album will be the one that finds a wider audience for Alexander Wolfe. His earlier releases have gone some way to doing that, pulling together something of a cult following, but this kind of music deserves more ears.

Lucy May ready for new album ‘Whirlwind’

Coming on May 17th, ‘Whirlwind’ is the new album from UK country-pop artist Lucy May. Having made something of a name for herself with single ‘Paper Heart’, May has been working hard between the UK and Nashville in the USA to create this album, preceded earlier this year by the title single above.

As you can hear in the video, this is an artist to be taken seriously. Well produced, well written songs with lyrics that bridge the gap between catchy and thoughtful, these are certainly tracks more in the vein of top US country artists than anything any UK songer can currently match.

Having heard the full album we can confirm this quality runs throughout, and with single ‘We Got It’ release alongside the full album it’s going to be a busy time for Lucy May. Unfortunately, ‘We Got It’ doesn’t seem to be streamable just yet, otherwise we would share it with you here, but trust us when we say its a doozy.

New album from Songs For Mr Sloane, ‘It Is What It Is’

Founded by London’s Peter Dale (vox/keys/guitars) and Bucks based Guy Snook (Bass guitar), Songs For Mr Sloane is a loose group of great musicians who come together to create great music with very few boundaries. With each musician coming into the group with a different taste and sensibility, their new album ‘It Is What It Is’ bubbles with wide ranging ideas, making it difficult to nail down in terms of genre.

The title track for example is a nice funky little number, but not typical of the album as a whole. Instead, you get an eclectic bunch of ideas. ‘Undiscovered’ for example is a quasi-pop track with 80s style sax lines. ‘Oh Doctor X’ meanwhile opens with an organ drone and handclap refain which gives way to blues guitar lines.

Each song has its own style and voice, making it difficult to identify a common thread. It means the album doesn’t hand together as a flowing composition, but as a collection of high quality songs by good musicians it’s a triumph.

Max – ‘Obvious’ single out May 3rd

A simultaneous release through Right Track Records and Universal, the new single from UK singer Max is a real crowd pleaser and proof that he’s getting backing from all the right places. It’s not every artist that find themselves with the hand of Universal at their back, and speaks volumes of the mainstream appeal Max has.

Based in Sheffield, his songs have already won fans in high places, with the likes of Gary Barlow, Geri Halliwell, Peter Kay, Donny Osmond and Olly Murs singing his praises. And it’s the last of these he resembles most musically, with an upbeat tilt and an east charm – the only thing missing is the cockney accent.