Stornoway are a band of the land, sea and air. “Folk” is a word occasionally used in their hearing, but their music is a world away from the skiffling in Harris Tweeds that came to prominence five years ago. Instead, this a modern band, tied to elemental forces. Stornoway’s is a world of geographical time: measured by the seasons, and governed by nature. In their songs, you’ll feel the wind in your hair, the salt spray of the sea lashing your face.
Now more than ever, after years resident in (and often writing about) Oxford, for their third album, Stornoway have shaken up their songwriting. Brian has moved to the rugged Gower peninsula in Wales. After busy years touring, it meant a new start, in a new place, with a blank page.
'Hello Death' is the raw new solo track from Johnny Lloyd. Produced by Jamie T at his studio in Hoxton, the track is a statement of intent, released ahead of the solo EP out May 13th. “Hello death is about saying goodbye” says Lloyd. "I wrote it during a transition in my life. Saying goodbye to old faces and ways. It was the end of one time and the start of another."
This EP has been a year in the making. Having started writing with Jamie T back in March 2015, Lloyd spent the summer writing and producing tracks with Hugo White (The Maccabees) at the band’s studio in Elephant And Castle. Together they re-produced 'Happy Humans' and ‘Pilgrims' - demo versions of which have racked up over a 200k streams already online, after Lloyd recorded them at home on his 8-track - and ‘Dreamland', which all feature on the new release.
For over 5 years, Freddie & The Freeloaders have been entertaining audiences with their take on classic soul and motown. From the fields of the Glastonbury Festival to the Harrods Wine Shop, Student Graduations to Marquee weddings up and down the country; We supply the energy and the music for truly unforgettable occasions.
The next wave of cascading beats, and lilting, offbeat alternative indie has arrived.
Meet, ISLAND, Beatnik Creative’s latest signing, who will release their debut EP ‘GIRL’ on 27th November, digitally and on limited edition vinyl.
The debut track ‘Stargazer’ will have you doing just that.
Gripping from the opening chords, a mesmerising guitar delay, and gravelly, searing vocals, the unfixed instrumentation of ‘Stargazer’ is full of youthful abandon, purpose and promise.
Wildwood Kin are an acclaimed indie/americana trio from Exeter in Devon comprising of two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. The music is a mix of their own beautiful and thought provoking original songs with a few stunning arrangements of some better known covers. Their voices meld perfectly in effortless and sublime close harmony and they accompany themselves on a range of acoustic instruments.
In 2015 the girls were shortlisted for a major BBC Radio Music Award and recently performed at the Press Launch of the BBC’s Christmas scheduling and will be performing a live session on BBC Radio.
They headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Somersault festival and they played the main stages of numerous festivals including Beautiful Days where they were joined on stage by Seth Lakeman. Their music has been played on National radio.
They recently completed a tour with Seth Lakeman and they will feature on his next album produced by the legendary Ethan Johns. In January they played a headline tour in the Alps.
They are currently recording their own EP and album due for release in 2016.
Summer 2016 sees them busy with numerous festival appearances including at Larmer Tree Festival and Cambridge folk festival.
This Is a Full Electric Band Performance. Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers.
As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he's enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA's musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Nice N’ Sleazy, Always the Sun and Duchess.
Cornwell's latest studio album TOTEM AND TABOO was released to rave reviews. Recorded at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, the album was engineered and mixed by the legendary Steve Albini.
"UK Punk's Dark Lord" David Fricke/Rolling Stone
"His gnarliest record in over 30 years" Mojo
"Ten songs, ten distinct sentiments, ten atmospheres, all unmistakably Cornwell and really, all pretty damn good" Your Flesh
"He sounds more engaged and intense than he has in years" Classic Rock
"Cornwell provides the goods In Spades" Vive Le Rock
The Fall and Rise of Hugh Cornwell (The best of the Solo years) was released on October 16th 2015.
Apricity: the heat of the sun in winter… a sensation of warmth in the midst of cold… an uncommon word for a common feeling… something rare yet somehow familiar…
Calling their new album Apricity felt right for Syd Arthur. For one thing, the phenomenon was something they became used to as they spent chunks of last year in a forested park on the edge of Los Angeles. Yes, they were in California and it was summertime, but they were high up in the mountains, secluded, without phone signal, awake all hours, working. Clear skies regularly came with an out-of-season chill.
“Coming from Kent, we get that feeling a lot,” says Liam Magill, singer and guitarist with this four-piece based in the “garden of England”. “And as we worked on the songs, that idea kept coming back during the making of the album.”
Syd Arthur have built an enviable reputation as a band apart. Formed out of the forest party rave scene in their home county, and with a hard-won DIY self-sufficiency, they developed a sound and approach miles beyond their foursquare indie peers. Here was swirling rock with psychedelic textures, guitar-based trance with a funk groove. A band adaptive enough, bold enough, to tour with White Denim and The Strokes.
There can be few modern bands that could tempt a legendary producer like Shel Talmy, (the man who produced some of the greatest hits of the 1960s and 70s, among them The Who's "My Generation" and The Kinks' "You Really Got Me") out of semi-retirement to work with them, just as there can be few modern bands who would manage to prompt no less than The Kinks' Dave Davies onto Twitter in vocal admiration of them quite so early in their career.
They sound both thrillingly new and yet drenched in musical history, a serendipitously assembled garage rock outfit chock full of swampy rhythm and blues, and a singer - two, actually - both reminiscent of Van Morrison at the age of 19, all vim and sticky vigour.
Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork. Chris recently celebrated his 60th birthday and for 41 of those years he has been writing with Glenn Tilbrook, very much the Odd Couple. When Squeeze take a break from the road, Glenn and Chris have been touring their ‘At Odds Couple Tour’ both in the UK and the US.
Chris and Glenn wrote a new Squeeze album based on the life of Danny Baker, it was the soundtrack for a BBC2 production called ‘Cradle To Grave’ staring Peter Kay. All original music, it became the first Squeeze record in 15 years. ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ was a very exciting project for all concerned and it was so good to be back in the charts and on the radio again.
Squeeze remains his main focus with a 2016 summer of festival and a US tour planned for October 2016 with another new Squeeze album for 2017. Its not busy at all!
Hot Feet are a four-piece band who combine folk-influenced melodies with rootsy blues-rock instrumentation. Marianne Parish's Denny-esque vocals soar and glide above a band who have been crafting sympathetic grooves and riffs around her melodies since their school days.
Hot Feet have been tipped for greatness by Guy Garvey and described as "one of the best bands out there today” by Folk Radio UK. The band gained national radio support when Marc Riley stumbled across them at a gig and invited them in for a live session on BBC 6 Music. Having toured nationally, played many festivals, including Glastonbury on three occasions, done live sessions for two national BBC radio stations and numerous internet TV channels such as ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris’s 'Under the Apple Tree’, they have built an accomplished live set.
Gloucestershire based singer songwriter Hattie Briggs quit a Russian degree at Oxford University in 2014 to pursue her dream of becoming a full time musician after being nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Since then she has played over 200 gigs including 3 tours - her first national UK support tour, a headline tour and a tour of the Netherlands. Her debut album "Red & Gold", released in early 2015, is now followed by her second, “Young Runaway” being released on 8th July.
With influences including Norah Jones, James Taylor and Eva Cassidy, Hattie's music crosses into multiple genres including pop, folk, soul and blues. 2015 highlights included appearances at Cheltenham Jazz and Cambridge Folk Festivals, supports for Stornoway and Grant Nicholas (Feeder) at Gloucester Guildhall, and appearing as a featured artist on Sky Arts TV.
One of the finest indie bands of the last decade who have sold over a million records to date, they are still going strong after 16 years. They released new studio album ‘Lost Property’ in January 2016. It hit the Top 30 on release and two singles from the album ‘Keep Me Around’ and ‘Save You’ have already been playlisted on BBC Radio 2.
Brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor gained recognition in 2012 before getting signed, with their debut EP 'Battles.' Following on from this, they have released three further EP's. The band have toured extensively on the festival circuit and have supported the likes of Jake Bugg, Kodaline and The Rolling Stones.
Signed to Polydor Records, they released their debut album 'Singing For Strangers' in March 2015.
“Sometimes you hear music and something about it instantly gets you. You get that tug. It’s a combination of the melody, the lyrics and that unidentifiable something else that just makes you go ’Wow.’ Then as a musician you’re thinking ‘Wow. I want to do that.’ So that’s what we’ve been trying to do.”
So say The Ramona Flowers about their bold musical manifesto and now, just two years after they embarked on their mission, they’ve arrived at a sound which is every bit as good as they wanted. Their music mixes electronica, rock, indie, singer Steve Bird’s incredible falsetto and a lot of emotion. It can sometimes seem as if bands are trying to stand out from the crowd by being the loudest, but The Ramona Flowers show that sometimes a gentler sound can shout loudest of all.
Being discouraged from watching TV as a child was integral to the development of Fenne Lily’s musicality, as instead much of her time was spent writing songs and honing both instrumental and lyrical skill. Her folk-tinged music is woven with integrity and sincerity; grit and soft understatement in equal measures.
At the age of 17 she began travelling to Bristol from her home in Dorset, and within a year found herself supporting the likes of Marika Hackman, C Duncan, Eaves and Palace, among many more, as well as being asked to play around the country with rising talent Marlon Williams. Now 18, Fenne lives and studies in Bristol.
DELILAH is a rare and unique talent! The type you come across once in a decade…. So says top songwriter and producer Simon Climie.
Delilah Montagu is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter. She wrote her first song when she was just 8 years old and at 11; a choir & full orchestra had performed one of her compositions. Delilah combines her artistry and musicianship on the guitar with a depth of lyrical maturity that belies her years.
Noisettes are an English indie rock band from London, currently composed of singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa and guitarist Dan Smith. The band first achieved commercial success and nationwide recognition with the second single off their second album, “Don’t Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)” which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart.
With Noisettes, it’s always best to expect the unexpected. Over seven incredible years, Shingai and Dan have delivered genre-bending pop with it's own exotic twist. Their music has an eclectic mix with intoxicating melodies, emotionally evoking lyrics, and rhythms that are all sorts of funky. They’re a great live act, with masses of energy and a big stage presence. The band always have a LOT of fun on stage with plenty of crowd interaction. They have toured Europe and the United States extensively, with the likes of TV on the Radio, Tom Vek, Babyshambles, Bloc Party, the Mystery Jets, Muse and Lady Gaga.
The band have also performed their biggest hits at many major festivals including; Coachella, Reading and Leeds, Detour Music Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Wireless, Glastonbury Festival and Cheltenham Jazz Festival, headlining the Taste of Dubai Festival and The Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park.
One of the most intriguing, inventive acts to emerge over the last year, Alex Vargas looks set to storm to 2016 with his groundbreaking alternative pop, evident on his incredible new EP ‘Giving Up The Ghost’, which brings together slick, left-field production with jaw-dropping vocals and unashamedly huge melodies, culminating in a suitably huge selection of songs that resonates effortlessly on so many levels. Alex’s debut EP was released through Locomotion Entertainment/Copenhagen Records on Jan 22nd and the lead track ‘Shackled Up’ has instantly been picked by Spotify for its New Music Friday (USA), New Music Friday (UK) and New Music Friday (Scandinavia) playlists.
The North East of England is a place shrouded in tradition, installing a powerful sense of who you are in its residents. Hailing from the small town of Bridlington, Jack Sedman (vocals) and Harry Draper (guitar) chose the name Seafret for their music. As well as being a pun on the guitar fret board, it’s also a local term; it applies to the rolling mists that come in off the North Sea during summer.
Based and formed in London 2015, These 3 boys have created a monster of a sound. Their debut EP “HARD UP” was released shortly after forming and they immediately set out on tour around Europe playing shows across Italy, Germany, France and the U.K. They are currently working on an album release for later in the year.
VeryLove are a new collective of musicians, artists and friends. As well as putting on parties, curating exhibitions and releasing music, they perform as a large, constantly morphing band. Their debut release will be available to stream and purchase this summer and they are throwing their debut party, 'Cultural Capital’, on 9th July, showcasing live music, art and DJ performances.
Last year Charles took on his biggest tour to date, a 28 nights in 28 days extravaganza that would have broken a lesser individual, but ended in triumph as he headlined the London Forum. Emboldened, one of the first things he said to his friend Marcus Mumford was “I want to make the album I should have made five years ago.”
Charles and Marcus began demoing songs, declaring the whole idea of the project to be “music to my ears”, Marcus said he would produce it and they decamped to a farm near Exeter to begin working up the songs, with mattresses pushed up against the walls to make vocal booths and old friends to jam with including Charlie Fink and Tom Hobden (Noah and the Whale) and Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons).
It’s a classic tale of how hard work can pay off and CC Smugglers have definitely been working hard. Their reputation as “The best live band on the scene” (Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music) was originally established by busking outside every UK tour date of the ‘two-time Grammy award winning’ US Country musicians Old Crow Medicine Show. After the old-time country legends caught the Bedfordshire boys’ “hugely engaging live performance” (The Sunday Times) on the street, the platinum-selling Old Crow Medicine Show members refused to leave CC Smugglers playing outside and completed the tour by sharing the stage, side by side, at sold out venues including Shepherds Bush Empire and HMV Manchester Ritz.
Drew McConnell’s HELSINKI is the side project of Drew McConnell, bass player in Babyshambles and musician to the stars, judging by his vivacious CV and the rollcall of musicians on ‘A Guide For The Perplexed’.
For as well as the guest artists such as Pete Doherty, Albert Hammond Jr, Fionn Regan and Emma Gillespie, the free-flowing HELSINKI band vibe incorporates the stellar talents of drummer Seb Roachford (Polar Bear), double bassist Spencer Brown (Andy Sheppard), guitarist Matt Park (Mystery Jets), keyboardist Stephen Large (Squeeze, Paul Heaton), percussionist Jamie Morrison (The Noisettes, Stereophonics) and violinists Johnny Fielding (Larrikin Love) and Gillian Maguire (Soko, Swim Deep). These are the industry’s backroom dreamers helping to haul Drew into the limelight.
HeyCharlie are a new all girl trio from London.
We’re Lizz (guitar/vocals) Sophie (bass/vocals) and Gabi (drums). We’re a recently formed indie/rock band based in London. We only formed a few months ago which is why you won’t be able to find much about us, yet!
Our influences are White stripes, Black Keys, BRMC. We're recently got back from a trip writing and recording in New York so we should have some stuff for you all to hear soon. In the meantime we're gigging in and around London.
Palms and Pelicans are a 4-piece Dream-Pop outfit from The New Forest. Founded by Jack and Mattea, the
two childhood friends have been writing and recording music together for over a decade - only to perfect their sound after finding bassist, Daryl and drummer, Darren in 2014.
MintSouth.com sum up their sound; 'sweet melodies against crunchy guitar - they punch into your musical consciousness, digging a hole and leaving flowers to go. They just have something special about them'.
The band have had support and radio play from BBC South, BBC6 and Amazing Radio. Palms and Pelicans are set to release new single, 'Comfortable' in February and will embark on a headline UK tour this summer.
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