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.
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.
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.
Al this and more at www.tontenamusic.com
Veteran musicians with a rich background in rock and r’n’b, Roadcase Royale are a collective of musicians who all bring something to the table. Fronted by Heart’s Nancy Wilson – a rock and roll hall of famer – and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Generation, this is new music from a group who are no slouches in terms of musicianship.
Now on their second single, Roadcase Royale have once again excelled with the exciting and energetic ‘Not Giving Up’. From the assured riff of the opening to the stomping shuffled rhythm throughout, this is a track that deserves your attention.
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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.
‘Wow and Flutter’ is out April 28th
Evocative and infectious in equal measure, ’17 Days’ is the new single from LA band on the rise Angie and the Deserters. Blending straight up rock with a pop-fuelled country sound, it’s the third single in the row which shows that this band are one to be reckoned with going forward.
They are already picking up steam online with their energetic and well produced songs so far, and each one seems to be stronger than the last. It’s a pattern which will be tough to retain, obviously, but even if they can just keep their batting average this high then Angie and the Deserters will be a band whose wagon is well worth riding on.
The single is out now on iTunes
When a song reminds you by turns of Adele and early 90s U2, then it’s usually a sign that the writer has done an excellent job of blending genres to create something new. With a vocal that channels the depth of the former, and a bass line which is very reminiscent of the latter, Rachel Alice Johnson seems to have done just that.
‘Lights On’ is not only the first single from her new EP ‘2am’, it’s also the opening track. It’s easy to see why thanks to its powerful mid-tempo and provocative lyrics. The rest of the EP continues in this vein, marking Rachel Alice Johnson out as a head turner in several different ways. The single and EP are both on iTunes now.
A UK rapper, songwriter and producer with a career spanning back into the 90s, Ed Accura is an artist with a wide-ranging background. Starting out in the midst of an underground jazz funk boom, he later moved across into the world of hip hop, with new single ‘Bear a Witness’ the latest example of his work.
Having been a member of a number of collectives, Accura is now working alone to write infectious, intelligent hip hop with an accessible edge. Written to draw attention to the plight of London’s homeless – trying to make ends meet in the freezing winter months – ‘Bear a Witness’ manages to walk that tightrope that allows it to be a worth track without being overly earnest.
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.