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.
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.
Quickly building a reputation for their passionate and emotional song writing, US roots outfit Angie and the Deserters have returned with another single from their latest EP (‘You’) – the excellently titled ‘Forgetting to Forget’.
Even the title is evocative, which is only enhanced once those guitars start strumming and the heart strings are tugged by the thoughtful lyrics. Specialising in thoughtful Americana country-rock, this is a band well worth paying attention to. Whether you’re already partial to a touch of roots music, or just prefer your pop music to be catchy and accessible, there’s something here for you to enjoy.
A slick pop single with a valuable message about self-worth, ‘Naked’ is the new track from US artist Brielle Von Hugel. Those who are familiar with American Idol may remember Von Hugel for her recent run to the semi-finals of the show, but now she has taken the independent record label route to start her solo career.
Of course, the exposure she got from the show won’t hurt with her bid to break through in a tough industry. However, those who are sniffy about her reality show beginnings should take a moment to really appreciate the quality of her voice. This is a real talent, and no mistake.
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.
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.
A country-folk song in the grand tradition of great break-up tunes, ‘You’ is the title track from the brand new Angie and the Deserters EP. Accompanied by the melancholic but compelling video above, the song is something of a slow burner, but infused with lyrical feeling throughout.
Carried by the vocal of the eponymous Angie, the song does a great job of describing fresh heartache. It’s a premise well covered in the genre, yet Angie and the Deserters somehow make it feel fresh. If this is an indication of what to expect from the EP as a whole, it’s an easy one to recommend.