Clem Darling is the man behind the music of Tuffet Bunnies and he creates folk-infused love songs for his girlfriend Scarlett, hence his four track EP, ‘Love Songs For Scarlett’.
The singer-songwriter describes the four songs as sounding like “they’ve been written by a bunch of gypsies that popped out of the back of a caravan” which is intriguing to say the least! Each song on the EP is centered around the feeling of being in love which is reflected through Darling’s honest lyricism and unique songwriting.
Having been compared to the likes of Paul Simon, Beck and Adam Green, Clem has steered away from his roots in garage-rock bands to take the path as a folk musician. Before his musical diversion, Darling had performed with acts such as Jucifier, Two Cow Garage and Carson McHone.
Darling’s relaxed folky vibe calls for something to sit back with and enjoy the music, perhaps a good whiskey on the rocks.
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Alt-rockers Yak are back with their latest effort ‘Semi-Automatic’ and it’s one of their best yet.
The track takes a little while to get going, unlike some of their previous work, but once it does, it turns into a tour de force of fuzzy guitars and resonant basslines that chug along in the typical style of the band.
The trio, hailing from Wolverhampton embrace their UK roots with a sound that that screams heavy brit-pop-rock for the modern age.
I feel like the best place to listen to music like this is a seedy rock’n’roll club where your feet are submerged in an inch or so of some kind of alcoholic floor cocktail, so for that reason I think a good few coronas or craft beers would go down nicely with Yak’s ‘Semi-Automatic’.
Geist’s former frontman and writer, Jon McDevitt, is returning with his alternative take on a festive anthem, ‘Father Christmas’.
Out today, ‘Father Christmas’ avoids the cliché of the typical Christmas song – really making people think about its meaning and thus helping them understand what Christmas is truly about.
Stream here: https://soundcloud.com/jon-mcdevitt/01-father-christmas-m1-08-09-16-01-44100hz-24bits
McDevitt’s Christmas sing-along includes thoughtful lyrics by co-writer Dominic Hudson which paint Father Christmas as a figure missing from Christmas, whilst allowing the listener to interpret it as to how or why. An infectious melody, combined with Jon McDevitt’s harmonious vocals make for a great, catchy, Christmas single that you just cannot argue with.
Jon McDevitt has a number of local shows lined up to support the single release – you can see the full list here: http://www.jonmcdevitt.com/
Mulled Wine of course! Sit back, relax and get yourself in the festive spirit with the help of McDevitt’s contemporary Christmas classic.
Long-time singer-songwriter, Lenny Bunn, has released his own cover of the classic rock’n’roll track ‘Blueberry Hill’ and it’s certainly up there with Fats Domino and Elvis Presley renditions.
Lenny decided to record his own version of the well-known song as a dedication to his late, adopted father whose favourite song was ‘Blueberry Hill’.
There have been many covers of the song over the years since its inception in the 40s, in various different styles too, but Lenny has gone for a smooth jazz feel with his version.
Accompanying the release of the song is a live performance video of Lenny and his band members, but with one intriguing twist: each member of the band is recording their section of the song from the comfort of their own home and different studios via an internet call.
The song also features the talents of Third World Reggae Band pianist, Ibo, and the beautiful vocals of Melissa James.
As far as Lenny is concerned, the outcome of his tribute to his Dad is ‘more beautiful than ever imagined’.
The laid-back, breezy nature of ‘Blueberry Hill’ requires something relaxing, perhaps a classy single-malt or even a sloe gin and tonic.
Ed Nash, the bassist from Bombay Bicycle Club, is now pursuing his own solo career which he sees as his priority for the foreseeable future.
He has also dropped an acoustic video for his latest track, ‘The Sirens’ that features him taking it easy, playing guitar whilst lounging on a lilo in a swimming pool. This live version also includes indie-pop quartet, Flyte, providing the beautiful backing vocals.
Ed is looking to start playing more live gigs now that he has almost finished the album and then he’ll be back in the studio on the journey to making album number two.
Drink: Since this is a fairly chilled out, folky style track, like something you might hear at a festival, I think a cloudy cider would go down well with ‘The Sirens’.
Everything you’d expect from an XX record is there: the ambient background noise, the hauntingly satisfying vocals shared between Romy and Oliver and the resonating beats that echo into some kind of atmospheric abyss.
What was missing from some of the band’s previous material was a good ‘ol build up, but ‘On Hold’ exhibits a beautifully considered one that gradually finds its way towards an original sort of rap/sample section.
The band have announced that their new album will be released in January 2017 and if it’s anything like their first two efforts then we’ll all be in for a late Christmas present.
This is a tricky one. Say you were edgy enough to be popping this on your fancy record player and taking five for yourself, then I’d suggest a classy gin and tonic, but if the (inevitable) remix comes on in the club, you might want to swap that for a rum and ginger. A double.
Best enjoyed with an elegant glass of bubbly, preferably Moet… is the lovely Leat with ‘Wait For Me’.
The lead single off of the EP is ‘Wait For Me’ following in the style of the rest of the EP, it has an extremely vintage feel and transports you back to an era where music was pure and honest with a definite romantic feel, the single was influenced by the TV programme MadMen which is based in the 50s/60’s, most of the women were stay at home housewives and are at their husbands beck and call, her husband calls to say he will be home late but the wife actually knows he is cheating on her, she is too afraid to speak her mind, the song is upbeat and happy because Leat knows that in this day and age she can be a woman with her own mind and thoughts, just like a man. Leat raised money for the video off of Crowd Funding raising two thousand pounds to complete the visuals.
Fuelled by five instrumentalists, Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla blend Celtic, jazz and Indian musical influences to form a completely unique sound for their single ‘Noel Nouvelet’ released 7th November.
Stream ‘Noel Nouvelet’ here:
In 1996 O’Donnell moved to Coventry where he became aware of the Coventry Carol and whilst touring Brittany learnt the traditional Christmas carol ‘Noel Nouvelet’. He decided to blend the two.
Joe O’Donnell is famed for his 1977 violin led concept album with Rory Gallagher, ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’.
Shkayla (Gaelic for ‘stories’) blends traditional Celtic melodies, rock and jazz, creating an entirely unique sound.
Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla is now a power-house five-piece able to generate great energy and excitement, and also capable of the sensitivity and delicacy needed in keeping faith with Celtic music
Overcoming dark times to reach where he is now, rising West-London-based singer Nasa Woods comes through with ‘Alitheia’, sporting an experimental urban sound that competes with the likes of Zayn Malik, Usher and Justin Timberlake.
The gritty track shows off Nasa’s emotive vocals to the accompaniment of a hypnotic beat.
Watch the steamy video for ‘Alitheia’ here:
The concept of the song came about whilst in a car journey with producer TruOmega.
Nasa explains: ‘Alitheia, means truth in greek. We always tend to speak the truth when we’re intoxicated so the song represents a moment of struggle between holding back and being honest with someone you love.’
Nasa’s new personal direction comes from having to start from scratch after previous musical projects collapsed, including being a member of a boy band.
Now working with upcoming producers and solidifying his sound, Nasa has a promising future ahead of him!
I’d enjoy this track with a nice gin and tonic or a glass of chilled white wine.
Alitheia is out 21/10/16
Describing his hip hop heroes include the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Drake and J Cole, also taking inspiration from grime greats like Kano, Ghetts and Skepta. Starting out freestyling with friends, he has since developed his own formidable style merging speedy flows and vivid lyricism.
His new self-produced EP is a hi-octane thrill ride that blurs elements of hip hop, grime and electronica. ‘TLC’ is the lead single, which sees Humor spitting energetically over a murky backdrop of squelchy synths and punchy 808s.
Listen to TLC here:
This track is the kind of track, you would hear at a grime rave with a bottle of Grey Goose or Wray and Nephews…