Blending a range of roots based genres, from jazz to acoustic, excellent songwriter Tom Townsend is ready to open 2018 with a bang, releasing new album ‘Leave It Up To Me’ throughout the UK. Proficient in a number of instruments, Townsend started with drums and guitar but expanding into piano, bass guitar and even mandolin. It makes you sick how talented he is.
It’s culminated in an album which is stuffed to the gills with excellent songs, amongst which you’d be hard pressed not to find something to fall in love with. ‘Be For Me’ is a balladic highlight, as is album closer ‘Slowly’, with its combination of piano and acoustic guitar. It’s in these slower, more contemplative moments that the album is maybe at its strongest, but that’s not to say the more upbeat toe-tappers don’t have plenty to offer.
‘Leave It Up To Me’ is out on January 15th 2018 – offer your support at http://www.tomtownsend.co.uk/
A UK band with their roots firmly planted in the recent traditions of British Rock, Colour Colour are a three piece with true potential. Their new EP ‘Do Something Beautiful’ comes out in all the usual online places this Friday (June 10th) and marks the arrival of a genuine new contender on the indie scene.
As a taster of what’s to come, Colour Colour have released the lead single from the EP (above), and it’s a cracker. Gritty and raw but at the same time slick in its production, it’s clean as a whistle and shows a real proficiency for song writing. It’s upbeat, gets you in the mood for a dance, and has a decent message too. What’s not to like?
Keep an eye on www.colourcolour.co.uk for news on the EP.
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.
For fans of dance music on the hunt for something new, the latest track from Christine Saadé might just be of interest. After her track ‘Get Together’ was remixed by Twisted Dee, the pounding results were so good that the decision was taken to release it as a stand alone single.
Perfect for club dancefloors, the song is full off buzz and energy, ensuring it does exactly what every good dance track does – get you moving.
The track is out now on iTunes, and there’s more on the way from Christine Saadé very soon.
A singer-songwriter with a knack for writing lyrics that you can easily relate to, Luke Potter is a primarily acoustic artist who is currently picking up a lot of traction in certain circles. After the recent release of single ‘All The Same’, Potter has wasted no time in following up with new track ‘Something More’.
Mellow and thoughtful, ‘Something More’ is a tale full of watery imagery – as indicated by the themes throughout the video. It calls to mind some of the slower songs of Ed Sheeran, putting together a laid back guitar line with his smooth, light vocal. If you like what you hear, you can find it now on iTunes.
A trio of talented musicians from the UK, Magazine Gap are a band who have been on the radar a lot recently. In recent months, they have released videos one by one for tracks from their excellent upcoming EP ‘Calling Card’, and finally it’s time for the title track itself to see the light of day.
Continuing the pattern from their previous tracks, the song benefits from adding strong funk and soul influences to the pop structures. Full of neat stabs, technical licks and fine musical touches, the song displays the talent of the players while never forgetting it needs to find an audience. Therefore, what could have turned into talented but troublesome noodling is moulded into a catchy, upbeat pop-funk tune. Roll on the EP – http://magazinegap.com/
Out now on iTunes, ‘Clocks’ is the brand new EP from a very promising new artist in the shape of songwriter Ellie Jane. Released on October 21st, the EP comprises six tracks of really good acoustic pop, fronted by a voice that is delicate but simultaneously powerful.
The intelligence of Jane’s lyricism shines through from beginning to end, and can be sampled in the title track above. And, having already turned heads at Radio 1, there will be plenty more new music on the way. To get on board the hype train, head over to her website.
Out now on iTunes, ‘Future Back’ is the captivating new single from Astronauts of Antiquity. A group who experiment with the boundaries of pop and electronica, they once again find themselves on great form with this new release.
Having gained a following thanks to features with a number of huge outlets, the band seem to go from strength to strength with each new single release, and ‘Future Back’ is no exception. It’s helped too by the charming lo-fi video that accompanies it, capturing the spirit and message of the song very well indeed.
If you like it as much as we do, you can get all the gossip on their upcoming new EP here.
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).
Magazine Gap are having a busy year, with an EP on the way and a previous single ‘What’s That About?’ getting plenty of attention. Their latest single, ‘Body Language’ is another step on a very promising journey, available now for free download from Soundcloud.
Starting with a great opening that lays the funky groundwork as soon as it hits, this track is built around a simply lovely groove, performed by and group who are clearly on their game and know what they’re going for. It’s a well-produced brand of pop-rock, feeding off the current trend for adding in funk tropes to dance-floor friendly effect.