‘Land of Hope’: a new protest song from Beldon Haigh

Scottish singer songwriter has already written himself into the history books, being one of the only modern day curators of protest songs, but now he is back with ‘Land of Hope’- a song inspired by the refugee crisis which has seen so much exposure in the media of late.

Beldon started off his career back in the 80s playing in a number of bands such as Mikifin and Boxing Clever, but after taking a long break from music, he returned to his passion with a vengeance – penning a protest song about Donald Trump after a dream gave him the inspiration.

However, ‘Land of Hope’ depicts all the feeling and sentiment that you would expect from a song that was written after Beldon saw the famous photo of Alan Kurdi, a 3 year old Syrian boy, who drowned and was washed up on the beach after his family tried to cross into Europe.

Despite the severe nature of what Beldon is addressing in his music, ‘Land of Hope’ is actually a very upbeat song, and whilst some may find this odd, or even disrespectful – those people would be missing the most important word here: ‘hope’. This is a jovial, upbeat song because it needs to be; after all, it’s aim is to get people really thinking and acting on the atrocities they see on the news.

What drink to accompany ‘Land of Hope’?

It doesn’t seem right that we pair an intoxicating beverage with a song of such seriousness and relevance but if anything, perhaps a strong coffee might propel you from your sofa into becoming an activist against the refugee crisis. It might happen. You never know.

 

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

 

 

‘Three Faces of You’ by Corinna Jane

The highly talented Corinna Jane is restoring the lost ethics of quality pop music with her clever songwriting and catchy tunes, most evidently exhibited in her song ‘Three Faces of You’.

Having grown up in 90s MTV era, Corinna has always been surrounded by music and at the age of just five, she was already taking piano and singing lessons. Her discovered talents quickly bloomed and she began writing her own music during her teenage years.

‘Three Faces of You’ is an instantly catchy tune driven by an unusual, yet quirky violin melody and Corinna’s versatile vocals. It then takes a rocking turn as the electric guitar kicks in powering the memorable chorus lines.

Corinna’s song follows the fascinating story of her relationship with someone who lived in their own fantasy world with various personalities residing in them. The feisty feel to the song is mirrored in Corinna and her band’s performance in the video, which has a strong resemblance of the powerhouses of Fleetwood Mac and No Doubt.

What Drink?

There’s a cheekiness and edge to Corinna’s music that calls for a glass of red wine, make it a big one.

 

Links:

www.soundcloud.com/corinnajane

https://www.facebook.com/corinnajanemusic/

https://twitter.com/Corinna_Jane

https://www.youtube.com/user/Corinnajane

Nancy Black returns with sassy EP ‘Dirty Little Bass’

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In a music business saturated with pop starlets, Nancy Black is an independent singer-songwriter with formidable sass and style that has mesmerised audiences nationally. Having collaborated with hip hop artists Lonzo Starr and Young Rob, gained support from Major Lazor and reached number 8 on the Music Week Commercial Chart, Black has developed her own unique style for her upcoming EP ‘Dirty Little Bass’.

Watch the music video to ‘Dirty Little Bass’ here:

https://vimeo.com/187274476

The English rose meets pop princess started writing music at the age of 13 and soon formed the all-girl rock band Pink Lemons, before gaining the confidence to head out as a solo artist. From going solo Black developed her sound, having a much more commercial sound but with killer dance beats to give her music that unique edge.

‘Dirty Little Bass’ is bursting with pop anthems but with carefully crafted emotive lyrics controlling the tracks.  Black found herself writing the EP in a strange moment of euphoria, after a bad break up with a girl she fell head over heels in love with. Although a nasty break up, it led Black to grow stronger and use music as an escape from the heartbreak.

What Drink?

This definitely one for the nightclub, so I’m going to pick a classic vodka and coke!

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/nancyblackmusic

www.facebook.com/nancyblackmusic

https://www.instagram.com/nancyblackmusic/

https://twitter.come/nancyblackmusic

Brilliantly ethereal new pop track from Livia

Livia’s enchanting and spellbinding new single  ‘Natural High’ is a perfectly executed, truly expressive and encapsulating piece of music. Through her adventures of loss, grief and healing she has poured herself into the song so much so that the listener is essentially taken through their own journey parallel to hers.

‘Natural High’ contains a mixture of pop and magical elements, collating to a self proclaimed ‘Magi-Pop’ sound. The album that accompanies the single features collaborations with a BRIT Award winning producer giving it a commercial edge, Livia’s performance adding the extra dimension to the music.

Grab a nice refreshingly cold coctail and listen along to the track here: 

Going through a period of extreme depression and developing post-traumatic stress disorder, Livia has proved the healing power of music. She says “The sad fact is that in order to write music that really says something, you have to go to some dark places. The real me might have been on my knees, but my artist-self was just getting started”. Despite all the strife she drove on and created an absolute masterpiece.

Having played at Witchfest International, the Lincoln Steampunk Festival and The Magical Times’ accompanying festival for the second year running, Livia has been leaving an extremely impressive trail of breadcrumbs as she makes her way to the top of the industry.

Similar to artists such as Inkubus Sukkubus, Nightwish, Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush her tranquil and spiritually binding sound is one that would fit perfectly at festivals such as Secret Garden Party and the world famous Glastonbury Festival.

Links:

Bandcamp – https://liviamusic.bandcamp.com

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/liviamusic

Twitter – https://twitter.com/liviamusicuk

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/liviamusic

Cool Girl- Tove Lo

Released on 4th August, Cool Girl is the brand new track from Sweedish pop sensation Tove Lo and is the lead single for her second studio album.

The electropop track describes the singer as a ‘Cool Girl’ and follows her interest in an open relationship. According to Tove Lo, the song;s main lyrical theme was inspired by a scene and monolgue from the 2014 feature fim Gone Girl.

This is the perfect song to go with a refreshing mojito.

Listen to the audio here: 

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Feat. Haiku Salut

For this track I would suggest a nice fruity cider (preferably cold with a summer breeze and the heat of a BBQ)

The brainchild and alter-ego of James Machin, Derbyshire-based Grawl!x has announced the forthcoming release of his brand new album, Aye! (out May 28th) and shared mesmerising new single, ‘Pando’. ‘Pando is an explosion of sun-drenched colour – with layered guitars, jumping pop beats and yearning vocals, the track was written as an ode to an elusive person that Machin had not heard from in a long time.

Recorded over months of disjointed sessions in various bedrooms and spaces, and featuring vocals and instrumentation by Haiku Salut, Grawl!x’s hypnotic experimental dream-pop album recalls Dan Deacon and Animal Collective at their finest.

Truly captivating; swells of psychedelic guitars accompany layers of distant voices, and hazy, hypnotic drums – stylistically reminiscent of Panda Bear and, in parts, Alt-J. The album theme was derived from a concept taken from the Kubler-Ross model of the five stages of dealing with grief, with Aye! (the third album in a trilogy) exploring the final stage – acceptance.

Aye! was written over the course of a number of months in an almost abandoned church on a hill in the Derbyshire countryside. Machin would walk to the church in all weathers, never encountering another soul there. Machin explains: “Inside that rather foreboding structure is an old upright piano, displaying a laminated sheet of paper with the words ‘This Piano was Meant to be Played’. So he did, regularly.

This inspired the concept of an entire church tour – with a full band, Grawl!x played numerous tour dates in some of the UK’s most beautiful churches, bringing audiences Machin’s melodic creations as they were originally intended.

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The record’s lyrical themes centre around an unfortunate incident involving a mysterious ‘friend’ of the ex-My Psychoanalyst singer and guitarist. Speaking about these themes, Machin said: “Whereas my response to that would have been to mope around, his was to say ‘YES’ to whatever came his way. An affirmative attitude, that I admired.”

Hence whilst reflections on such dark subjects might in other hands have produced something grim and mawkish, out of grief Machin has wrought songs of beauty and wonder. The multi-instrumentalist played and recorded all of the instruments on Aye!, keen to create an album of two parts – a dream-pop A side and a slicker, electronic B side. Experimental soundscape ‘Compliance’ serves to mark this divide, and signpost a turning point in the album. This is a record about coping with the aftermath of grief – and how life goes on. It’s there in the haunting ‘Destination’ and the cyclical ‘Circadian Riddim’, laden as they are with drum machines and spacey synths.

Final track ‘Gumption’ features instrumentation by acclaimed Derbyshire band Haiku Salut woven around Machin’s carefully constructed soundscapes, these are compositions that tastefully blend acoustic and electronic elements that grow deeper with each listen.

The music James Machin makes as Grawl!x (pronounced ‘Grawlix’- a term used in comic book circles to refer to the ampersands and hash-tags used when a character is using profane language) is gentle and spacious, but with a deep well of feeling that often rises up out of nowhere to take over. This can be joyous, riveting, sometimes even terrifying.

Aye! starts out with simple piano and a string quartet arrangement, a gentle opening that acts as a sort of ‘reset’ button on your world, readying you for the 9 tracks that follow.

Machin will be touring with Grawl!x – full band – in June. Details to follow.

Tracklisting:
1. (Night Start)
2. Frontispiece
3. Pando
4. Kumquat
5. Dearth
6. Compliance
7. Circadian Riddim
8. Destination
9. Gumption
10. Aye

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Pop Songstress Elaine Blake debuts new song ‘The Back Door Man’

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Booze? Cosmopolitan.

Nottingham native Elaine Blake is a dynamic gospel and soul singer with a passion for pop is set to unveil her new single ‘The Backdoor Man’ early next year. Having worked on numerous radio stations and played with jazz bands and girl gospel groups, Elaine is ready to unveil her own creative offering.

Elaine Blake was born in Clarendon – Jamaica and raised in Nottingham. She spent most of her adolescent there and was joined in the holy union of marriage in the jewel of the Midlands. Politically minded, Elaine spent 12 years as a local councillor in Newcastle where she encountered people from all walks of life that subsequently inspired her music and lyricism. She wanted to embody what makes people happy and put on smile on people’s faces.

She describes herself as a sensual, spicy and happy go lucky person and her music translates these qualities perfectly. Her latest offering ‘Back Door Man’ is a joyous song inspired by her eldest son’s love for cooking in the kitchen at the back of the house and the beauty of friendship.

Elaine cites influences ranging from RnB, soul and pop and sounds like a combination of Macey Gray and Tracy Chapman by way of Natalie Cole and Chaka Khan. She has mastered the ability of writing a catchy song with meaning and is well on her way to cementing herself as a pop staple with the short, sharp and sensual hit ‘The Backdoor Man’

The new single from Elaine Blake is out on February 12th

Links:

https://twitter.com/blakeisaac2

https://www.facebook.com/elaine.blake.589

‘DEEP’ Single Release

Booze!? Rum!

Track set for release on 7th September, followed by self-titled album on 21st September

Formed in 2012, the pair have established themselves not only as talented musicians but hard workers, consistently building a momentum and following over three years of hard graft and great music. It’s well known that a strong work-ethic in the modern industry is often as important as the quality of the songs ,and the fact that Yeti Love has both makes this year one full of potential for the pair.

Already busy putting together a tour to promote the album from the end of September, they are already in and out of the studio working on an new EP to follow it up. Already two steps ahead, all this comes at the same time as curating and organising their very own festival: The Airballoon Garden Party, 29-30th August at Rickman Hill Park.

You can enjoy it here:

https://soundcloud.com/yetilovemusic/deep

Live Dates:

August 29th  Airballoon Garden Party Coulsdon

More dates to follow…

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Links:

http://yetilovemusic.com/yl/

https://www.facebook.com/Yetilovemusic

https://soundcloud.com/yetilovemusic

Olivia Shafique

Booze!? Cocktail!

She’s already been asked to go on reality shows like ‘Life on Marbs’, which will be shown on ITVBe.  In the same way as The Only Way Is Essex, it would be following her life and her singing career.

It’s all very impressive for a first release, and fitting that the song itself is all about being positive, picking yourself up and starting again when things go wrong.

Watch the video here:

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Links:

http://www.oliviashafique.com

https://www.facebook.com/oliviashafiquemusic

https://twitter.com/oliviashafique

https://instagram.com/oliviashafique