An independent band with an underground mentality, Organisms are a group for whom alternative is more than just a label. Their recent single, ‘Games Non People Play’, is a prime example.
The video is weirdly compelling, grainy and dark, which perfectly matches the feel of the song itself. Built around an almost funk-like groove, this is well produced to sound scuzzy in all the right ways, showcasing the vocal line and a lovely, wavering guitar sound throughout.
It makes for a fiercely uncommercial single release, and is a solid indication that new album ‘Mollusk’ will continue in the same vein. That arrives on July 7th, so keep them peeled if ‘Games Non People Play’ hits your sweet spot.
A trio of musicians who have come together to form a new group of their own, Colour Colour are a London based group with an edgy but commercial sound. With clanging guitars and a vocal style that’s not a million miles from Arctic Monkeys, this is a band with a solid sound and potential for a very successful future in music.
This single, ‘Do Something Beautiful’, is something of a mission statement in both content and style. It’s fun, memorable and upbeat in tempo – doing a great job of whetting the appetite for future releases. Which is perfect, considering there’s an EP on the way in the summer.
With a new EP out next week (25th November), Magazine Gap are a trio with a plan. First, they have established their credentials as a top notch funk-soul band with previous singles ‘What’s That About?’ and ‘Body Language’. And now, with the EP very close on the horizon, they have released the video for the excellent title track ‘Calling Card’.
Carrying on their trend of well written and produced tracks full of verve and energy, ‘Calling Card’ once again shows why Magazine Gap’s decision to ride the funk wagon was a good one. Clearly all experienced musicians in their own right, the three members knit together to form a tight package which really complements their genre. There’s plenty more where this video comes from, and more on the way, so click here to get the full skinny.
Solid pop fare from a young hopeful on the rise, ‘Something More’ is the new single from the excellent Luke Potter. Out today, the track brings together excellent production values, a laid back rhythm and a searing chorus to top, catchy effect.
It’s songs like this that keep growing the reputation of a young man who has already played a number of prestigious UK venues. And, with more on the way soon, you might be hearing a lot from Luke Potter as 2016 gives way to 2017. ‘Something More’ is out now on iTunes.
A hugely talented multi-instrumentalist who has already worked with the likes of Gary Barlow, Olly Murs and more, Max Restaino is that rare thing – an independent singer-songwriter with a real, solid chance of breaking into the music industry mainstream.
With a sound not dissimilar to the previously mentioned Murs, his is an accessible pop style backed by clear song writing talent and a solid band to back him up. That band have recently been impressing new audiences in support of Rebecca Ferguson’s national tour, and will no doubt have won over plenty of new fans – just in time for new album ‘The Time it Takes’
Described in their press release as ‘multi-genre rock’, Magazine Gap are a band whose sound is quite specific but at the same time wide ranging. Blending that rock foundation with funk grooves and the accessibility of pop, this is clearly a specific style that the band are aiming for, shared by previous single ‘What’s That About?’ and their latest release ‘Body Language’.
The track is taken from an EP which is likely to further cement this sound and continue in the trend of well-written and well-produced music that’s perfect for dancing. The fact that there’s an EP on the way is good news in itself, but ‘Body Language’ is also available for free from Soundcloud.
As demonstrated by the video above, George Montague is a pop artist who knows his way around an acoustic guitar and a good old fashioned, catchy pop tune. The video above was released recently as a preview to his new album, ‘Curiouser and Curiouser George’, which is out now on iTunes.
What the above video doesn’t show you is that there’s a lot more to George Montague than meets the eye. A multi-instrumentalist and composer of the highest standard, his musical skillset is huge, and it all gets poured into the varied and high quality songs that fill his album.
Clocking in at seventeen(!) tracks, this is not an album that in any way leaves the listener short changed – well worth the investment for pop music fans who are looking for a bit of quality.
A well respected musician and producer in his native Belgium, Francis Groove is an artist who is now more than ready to make a splash on a wider stage. His new single – a ‘Groove @ Night remix’ of his track ‘Alright (Take My Hand) – features Tony G on vocal and arrives ready to catapult him into the club scene as a ready made star.
Of course, it’s not as simple as that, but when a song comes along as well produced and ready to go as this, perhaps it should be. The track opens quietly with anachronistic acoustic guitar, before quickly building into thumping pop. It would be easy to slot into club and radio playlists alike, and well worth owning in any pop fan’s collection – grab it from iTunes now.
It’s a well-known fact that, even in this internet age where any talented artist can get their music online, there is still a substantial glass ceiling when it comes to being a real success in the music industry. In spite of all the new tools and avenues to making your own music, the fact remains the same as its ever been – ‘making it’ relies on being in the right place, at the right time and being heard by the right people.
However, some artists immediately present themselves as a full package which the ‘industry’ would be silly to ignore. Take Rachel Johnson as an example. A young lady with a vocal that is far more mature than her years, it seems from her YouTube channel that she has won over many a crowd with her soulful acoustic pop. And now, we’re hoping she’ll win you over too, with new single ‘Safe Island’.
Take a listen to the video above, then show Rachel Johnson some love over at iTunes.
The video above, ‘Take Back the Power’, is the new release from excellent songwriter on the rise Naomi. One of the hottest UK pop acts out there at the moment, it seems she has been around for ages – having previously performed under the name Caleidra. This experience may lend itself to maturity of her vocal and her songwriting – both impressive for an artist at the tender age of 19.
The video itself is a glittering triumph. Eye catching from the start, its dark skylines match perfectly in contrast with the bright, immediate pop sound. It’s a real toe-tapper, and one that will stick in your head from the very first few listens.
Even more exciting, this video is simply an introduction to a larger release, the ‘Take Back the Power’ EP due on April 22nd. For more information on getting your hands on that, head over to Naomi’s website.
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