Leo Sayer – ‘Restless Years’ LP out today through Right Track Records

A Grammy award winning singer songwriter with over 40 years in the industry, it’s no exaggeration to call Leo Sayer a legend. Responsible for dozens of hits – including the likes of ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, Roger Daltrey’s ‘Giving it all Away’, ‘Thunder in my Heart’ and more- Sayer has returned with his first studio album in 6 years. And it’s a treat.

Titled ‘Restless Years’, the album finds a performer on great raconteur form in the autumn of his career. As a result, many of the tracks take on a certain kind of appeal, Sayer’s raw vocal flowing over lyrics that deliberate on life, the world and the music industry. It’s the kind of songwriting you can only really do once you’ve actually experienced a full life, and Leo Sayer takes full advantage.

Particularly strong songs include the likes of ‘Competing with a DJ’, which sees Sayer in self-deprecating mode – a songwriter struggling to overcome the advent of easy access digital music. Then ‘How Did We Get So Old’ is a wistful look at ageing, but from an upbeat perspective which includes a lovely whistle along section.

The album is stock full of moments like these, truly enjoyable work from a songwriter still on top of his craft.

‘Relentless Years’ on iTunes / Amazon.

 

UK TOUR DATES 2015

With special guest, singer/songwriter, Michael Armstrong

 

September

Wednesday 9thBIRMINGHAM JAM HOUSE

Thursday 10thMANCHESTER LOWRY

Friday 11thWORTHING ASSEMBLY HALL

Saturday 12thEAST GRINSTEAD MEAD THEATRE

Monday 14thLANCASTER GRAND THEATRE

Tuesday 15thHUNSTANTON PRINCESS THEATRE

Thursday 17thNORWICH ST ANDREWS HALL

Friday 18thBUXTON OPERA HOUSE

Saturday 19thMUSSELBURGH BRUNTON

Sunday 20th GLENROTHES ROTHES HALL

Tuesday 22ndLEEDS CITY VARIETIES

Wednesday 23rdPORTHCAWL GRAND PAVILLION

Friday 25thLONDON HIPPODROME

Saturday 26thHARLOW PLAYHOUSE

Sunday 27thMILTON KEYNES STABLES

Tuesday 29thDURHAM GALA THEATRE

 

October

Thursday 1stISLE OF WIGHT SHANKLIN THEATRE

Friday 2ndSOUTHAMPTON CONCORDE

Saturday 3rdWIMBORNE TIVOLI THEATRE

Sunday 4thBURY ST EDMUNDS APEX

Tuesday 6thLONDON HIPPODROME

Thursday 8thWOLVERHAMPTON ROBIN 2

Saturday 10thHOLMFIRTH PICTUREDOME

Sunday 11thWARRINGTON PYRAMID & PARR HALL

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Free Download for electronica fans: Rick Tryfle – ‘Escapism’

‘Lets get away, get lost, get high, disappear!’ – so says the description for the latest free download from German electronica artist Rick Tryfle, and it’s a fitting summation of the song itself.

‘Escapism’ itself is a fitting title for a track which slips easily into a groove and draws you in for its duration. It’s a difficult line which pure electronic music has to tread – by its nature it’s very keenly constructed, and not improvised in the same way that a four piece rock band band can come up with something on the spur of the moment in the studio. However, the best electronic have that spirit – that laid back feel that belies the hard work and tinkering behind the scenes.

By creating a hypnotic pulse to his latest single, Rick Tryfle has really set the standard for instrumental hip-hop driven electronica – and we look forward to hearing what comes next.

Video from The Mexanines – ‘Rocket’

Pronounced ‘Mex-a-neens’ and not ‘Mezz-a-neens’ as you might expect, the Mexanines are a great indie band who can’t really be described as ‘new’. They’ve been around for eight years, and have supported the likes of Pigeon Detectives and Embrace. Their new music, however, has the potential to hit the sweet spot and become an ‘overnight success’ in the same way Elbow did (after years of hard graft).

Because, let’s face it, fantastic songs like ‘Rocket’ don’t come along as soon as a band gets together. And now, sure of their sound and approach, the time is right for The Mexanines to start turning more heads.

The first step is this single, out in September – don’t miss it, you’ve got the chance to get in on the ground floor with one of this year’s hottest prospects…

‘Midnight Sun’ album out now from MetaQuorum

Described in their press release as ‘compelling, atmospheric, funky jazz fusion’, the new album from MetaQuorum is a real mind bender. Marrying a host of influences that you wouldn’t expect to blend, the LP is a great example of what creative minds can do when working at a high level.

Released alongside the single above, ‘North Sea Fret’, this album is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for people who like to know what to expect from their music. Instead, think of it as an album for the adventurous. It’s certainly the first of its kind to have been brought to our attention this year, and it will likely be the last.

Catchy, funky, rhythmic and at the same time extremely off-kilter, this is original in the best ways.

Buy the album: http://metaquorum.bandcamp.com/album/midnight-sun

Rachel Ann Crowned TeenStar Singing Competition Winner

The national singing competition TeenStar has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious Future Music competition winners, Rachel Ann from Bournemouth, Dorset has been crowned the champion of the national TeenStar competition at The NEC in Birmingham!

Singing Competition Winner

Rachel Ann was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd and a prestigious music industry judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday night. Her unique performance of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” won over the competition industry judges making her the overall winner of TeenStar. She will now be offered a recording and development deal including a £5,000 advance to spend on the development of her music.

The national singing competition is brought to you by Future Music – the company behind the discovery of artists such as 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.

Music industry judges at the National Singing Competition Grand Final

 

After impressing the judging panel at the auditions, Rachel Ann battled against more than 9,000 acts who entered for TeenStar this year across the UK. She went on to perform in the TeenStar live showcases, battling through both Regional and Area Final heats to make it to the national Grand Final.

 

The judging panel for the Grand Final included record label representatives from Universal, as well representatives from music management companies, recording studios, professional musicians, national press representatives and the examination board, Rock School.

 

Rachel Ann has now won a comprehensive consultation package with Future Music, an extensive winner’s publicity package, and an amazing £5,000 advance to spend on the development of her music. On winning the prizes Rachel said, “I’m literally speechless, overjoyed with happiness. Thank you to everyone for all the support!”

 

Chris Grayston, Head Judge and Director of Future Music has said, “Rachel Ann has been a stand out act throughout the TeenStar competition. Her unique vocal range and emotive performances make her a clear winner!” Check out more information about the TeenStar Champion on the website here.

Future Music is also about to start singing auditions for Open Mic UK, find more information and enter music competition Open Mic UK now. Also check out the Future Music Songwriting Contest, which is specifically for songwriters of any age and genre.