In the press release for the new single/EP combination from London rapper Stash Peso, there’s a passage that really sticks out from the rest. Describing the influences and inspiration behind his EP ‘Shine’ and new single ‘Glow’, Stash Peso says the following:
‘‘Glow’ is written from a personal place, about being happy with yourself not matter who judges you and tries to mould you into something you’re not’. Meanwhile, on EP ‘Shine’ he says ‘thinking of the name for the EP was straightforward – I’m not a star and don’t want to be but I can still shine.’
Both of these statements speak to a well-grounded artist with a top-class attitude. It helps, of course, that the quality is high in the single and throughout the EP. You should seek it out if you enjoy discovering new talent first.
With a debut album on the way next month and an original, noirish funk sound to show off, Organisms have set the table very nicely indeed with lead single ‘Games Non-People Play’. By turns nightmare inducing but visually compelling the video clip above is the perfect accompaniment to the fuzzed up production of this toe-tapping track.
It bodes well for the album, out July 7th, which will represent the culmination (so far) of work from one of East Anglia’s more prolific songwriters. Joseph Quinn has, over several years, carved out a niche for himself as one of Norfolk’s hardest working independent musicians, a work ethic which brought him to the attention of Tontena Music chief John Vigar. It is through Tontena that Quinn’s latest project, Organisms, now find themselves looking forward to that debut LP milestone. Long may it continue.
The video above is as good an introduction to a new independent release as you’re ever going to get. With a wide cast of characters, it does a top job of encapsulating a project which should be lauded for shedding a light on such a wide array of independent talent.
In short, the Nine Beats Collective is an album which showcases the talents of writers, musicians, poets and troubadours. Each contributor has a unique style, and the songs are each designed to highlight cultural and political issues in the world today.
It makes for a sprawling LP release, totalling an incredible 26 tracks. Such is the passion of the people involved that it makes for a compelling listen through out. If you can’t find something you enjoy in here, you’re not listening.
Still going strong on her third album, Amilia K Spicer is one of a cluster of US female roots artists currently plying their trade. It’s been a long time since this particular musical demographic has been so strongly represented, and excellent songwriters like Spicer are the reason why.
Heartfelt and compelling, her songs often reflect her upbringing and the various places she’s called home. New album ‘Wow and Flutter’ offers many lyrical examples of this, while the new video for single ‘Fill Me Up’ sees Spicer revisit the Pennsylvanian woodlands in which she grew up. This connection to place gives her songs real depth, and makes the album well worth getting excited for.
Available now on iTunes, the new single from Amanda St John is the title track from recent album ‘Grow’. A well executed power ballad from the top drawer, it’s a great demonstration of the Northern Ireland born artist’s talents.
Her powerful vocal shines throughout, given plenty of room to breathe by the slow tempo and smart, subtle production. If it whets the appetite, you can also find the full album on iTunes at the link above.
A singer-songwriter from the US, Jonathan Cavier is a veteran musician with many years of experience in the music business. This may explain why his new single, ‘Comes a Moment’, is a mature piece of acoustic pop songwriting with top class production value.
Clean, crisp and catchy, the track is on iTunes now, and can also be found as part of Cavier’s excellent album ‘Premier’. For fans of well exectuted, thoughtful pop, this single and album should represent the discovery of a new favourite.
At just 20 years of age, Max Restaino has been in and around the music scene for many years already – appearing on the BBC’s Look North Sofa as young as nine years old, displaying his multi-instrumental talents. Since those days, the young man has come a long way and celebrates two big events in his career this month.
On October 21st, Restaino’s new album ‘The Time It Takes’ is released ahead of a huge national tour supporting Rebecca Ferguson, marking the next huge step in a very promising career.
He specialises in a catchy brand of independent pop, as evidenced by single ‘No’ (above) and the album preview, new on YouTube today (below).
A fantastic British rock trio with many musical years of experience, The Kite Collectors are a band of experienced musicians with a host of creative ideas to share with the world. It seems their recent album ‘Clockface’ has been gaining suitably good reviews online thanks to its upbeat rock style, and the band have now decided to share the love even further by making album track ‘Wonder’ available online.
It’s a well titled song, opening with a lovely bluesy feel before spiralling into more straight rock territory. In doing so, it marks The Kite Collectors as a band well worth your time, a view obviously shared by independent label Paisley Records.
The full album has been available since April, and can still be found on the label’s website. And if you’re on the hunt for a well produced, well conceived collection of new rock songs, this could be a good fit for you.
In recent years it’s been easier than ever to get hold of new folk and country music, so fans of the genre often have almost too much choice when it comes to new artists. One artist that definitely should jump to the top of your ‘must listen’ list is Angie and the Deserters.
A US band who have toured Europe as well as their own country, they are steadily building a reputation for well written songs like new single ‘Country Radio’. As is the tradition, the track tells something of a tale – one which may or may not be based on truth – and wraps it warmly in a lilting vocal and flickering guitar.
The single is taken from an album titled ‘Blood Like Wine’ which, if the rest of the songs are anything like this, will be well worth checking out.
A songwriter with a background in dance (the art, not the music genre), it’s not overly surprising that US artist Rachel Sage has named her upcoming album ‘Choreographic’. That album, which blends Sage’s catchy style of pop song writing with a touch of folk and a hint of rock, is set to be a 14 track treat including the track above, ‘Try Try Try’.
If you’re in any doubt about the quality of her music, you should bear in mind that her band include musicians who have played with Coldplay, Adele and many others, so there’s a fine pedigree there.
This quality comes across in both the track above and the upcoming single ‘I Don’t Believe It’ – the video for which is coming soon. In the meantime, check out https://www.facebook.com/rachaelsagepage/ for the most up to date info (including a special UK date on June 2nd….).