New single from Ed Accura – ‘New Age of Thingz’ brings rap and funk together at last

Full of pop culture references from the pre-internet age, ‘New Age of Thingz’ is a single which will certainly appeal to music fans of a certain age. From Charlie’s Angels to VHS, the song is built from everything that used to keep people entertained before the world wide web was a thing.

Even the format of the song itself blends the old and the new – using the funky 70s guitar riff over the modern hip hop rhythms makes for a very different sounding mix. It’s flourishes like these that make Ed Accura one of the most interesting independent songwriters in the UK today.

His new album will be along later this year. In the meantime, check out the track above and previous single ‘Bear A Witness’ to see two different sides of a versatile artist.

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‘Games Non People Play’ single out now from Organisms

A songwriter who actively ‘tears up the rulebook’ can often be one of two things. An instinctive writer who is able to capture something more than just words put to music, or a pretentious hack whose work has little value beyond their own sphere.

In the case of Organisms writer Joe Quinn, the former is the case. Actively eschewing normal rules of engagement, his songs make for interesting mixes of entertaining and sometimes disturbing. It’s all summed up nicely in the funk-soul-indie-rock cocktail that is new single ‘Games Non People Play’.

This isn’t all though. Album ‘Mollusk’ is on the way soon (July), so plenty more off the wall ideas to look forward to.

OPEN MIC UK 2017 AUDITION DATES RELEASED

Music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2017 have been announced!

 

Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2017! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be hosted at 14 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups!

 

PERFORM IN FRONT OF RECORD LABEL A&R AND GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD!

 

It’s a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to Music industry judges who are at every stage of the music competition from the auditions to the Grand Final. Judges in the past include judges that work for the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony) in attendance at last year’s competition, as well as festival organisers, national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.

 

SINGING COMPETITION AUDITIONS – DATES ANNOUNCED FOR OPEN MIC UK 2017

 

Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of numerous acts who, have competed in the competitions on their way to being signed to major record labels like; Lucy Spraggan, Luke Friend, Karen Hardy, Jacob Banks, plus Warner Music’s signings and Open Mic UK’s first winner Birdy and The Lottery Winners along with Union J’s Jaymi Hensley amongst many many more…

For more information and to book your audition! Go to the music competition Open Mic UK 2017 website!

 

OPEN MIC UK 2016 MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS

 

Open Mic UK will be holding music competition auditions at the following regions for 2017!

 

Sunday 20th August Royal Northern College of Music Studio 4, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

 

Saturday 26th August National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham B40 1NT

 

Sunday 27th August Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB

 

Sunday 10th September 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14 3AR

 

Saturday 16th September  The Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 4AG

 

Saturday 16th September  Tobacco factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF

 

Sunday 17th September Marconi Social Club, Chelmsford Essex CM2 9FH

 

Sunday 17th September White Eagle Club, 211 Balham High Road, London SW17 7BQ

 

Sunday 17th September  The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L3 5QB

 

Sunday 17th September Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield S1 2JA

 

Saturday 23rd September Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth BH11 8NE

 

Sunday 24th September Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB

 

Sunday 24th Septembe Dance HQ 411 White Studios, Templeton on the Green, Glasgow, G40 1DA www.dancehq.co.uk

 

Thursday 28th September (evening auditions) Charthouse Music 23-27 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AP

 

Friday 29th Septembe (evening auditions) River Studios, 32 Winsor Road, Totton, Southampton, SO40 9HQ

 

Saturday 30th September White Eagle Club, 211 Balham High Road, London SW17 7BQ

 

Saturday 30th September Pyramids, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3ST

 

Reading TBC

 

 

MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS – OPEN MIC UK 2017

 

The Open Mic UK music competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, audition places are already filling fast so get your audition booked now to avoid disappointment!

 

You can enter Open Mic UK 2017 by clicking here!

 

 

Blend of genres from Magazine Gap’s new ‘Calling Card’ EP

With a new full length album on the way, now is the perfect time to find out what all the fuss is about with Magazine Gap. Their first album, ‘Light and Shade’, did an excellent job of showing how this trio put together a number of different genres to make their own style. And, before the new album is complete, the band have decided to release a four song funk EP in the shape of ‘Calling Card’.

 

Released on November 25th, the tracks have been released one by one on YouTube in the performance style of the one above, for title song ‘Calling Card’. If you like what you’re hearing, and what’s not to like, you should check out the band’s website for more information.

Luke Potter – a new name in pop. ‘Something More’ single out now.

With Ed Sheeran currently on hiatus between albums and no feasible alternative available in the charts, the timing is perfect for Luke Potter. A song-writer of simple but effective pop, the iron is hot to strike now for this young man from the UK.

With four years of experience already behind him, he’s shown he’s got the staying power and tenacity to keep writing. Now all he needs is the opportunity to be heard by a larger audience – something helped by being showcased on the likes of BBC Radio 2 and the Record of the Day website.

The single is out now, and an album will be on its way sometime next year.

Pop artist Ellie Jane releases ‘Clocks’ – EP, video and single

Based in Herfordshire and influenced by the likes of James Bay and Amy Winehouse, Ellie Jane is a song writer who has the chance of a bright future. Her latest single ‘Clocks’ brings together some lovely acoustic guitar and piano touches under her soulful voice, building to a subtle but effective crescendo throughout.

The single is taken from her new solo EP ‘Clocks’ – a foray into a solo career having previously been featured on Radio 1 thanks to collaborations with other artists. However, a run to the final of 2015’s Open Mic UK contest has clearly given Ellie Jane the confidence to strike out on her own, and the resulting EP is a joy. You can find it now on iTunes.

Max Restaino releases new pop single ‘No’ with new album ‘The Time it Takes’

Straightforward pop in the purest sense, ‘No’ is the new single from Max Restaino. Bringing together a jaunty rhythm, Restaino’s tight vocal and a feel-good tone, it’s strongly representative of the good quality pop you can usually expect from this talented young man.

The single, released late last month, came out alongside new album ‘The Time it Takes’, which is chock full of similarly quality pop tunes. You can support independent music by buying it here.

‘Make You Happy’ track precedes promising new pop EP from Dale McKay

Opening with a lone, funk piano sound, the new track from Dale McKay sets out its stall early. Before long, that piano is joined by McKay’s fine vocal, before finally being underpinned by the arrival of the rhythm section as the verse builds to a brilliantly euphoric chorus.

It’s an assured, well constructed introduction to a song which in turn represents the thoughtful nature of McKay’s songwriting. This is clearly an artist who has something to offer, which makes the prospect of a new EP an exciting one.

Totalling four tracks (including ‘Make You Happy’ of course), that EP is titled ‘Here and Now’ and is out on September 16th. That’s not far off now, and anticipation is understandably high.

Luke Potter – ‘All the Same’ single out now

There are many many independent singer-songwriters on the UK scene at the moment, young men and women whose talent deserves far more attention than most will get. It will take a particular amount of talent, tenacity and hard-work to get noticed, and a select few will make the grade in the fullness of time.

One of those with as good a chance as any you’re likely to come across is Luke Potter, a songwriter who specialises in a brand of pop that is as radio-ready as they come. Catchy and immediately singable, his new track ‘All the Same’ clips along at a great pace, drawing the listener along for the ride. The production is also a fine example of what is being achieved these days by independent artists – a huge improvement over what was possible just a few short years ago.

‘All the Same’ is out now on iTunes.

George Montague – ‘Lost’ video & new album out now

Powered by an intense and wide ranging musical talent, George Montague is one of those people to whom music just comes naturally. A skilled writer, composer, producer and songwriter, Montague has also been proving himself as a live act with a big summer tour.

The tour was put together to support the release of excellent 17 track album ‘Curiouser and Curiouser George’, which was preceded by the single above. Exploring several genres but all in his own style, the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ element of the album title could arguably be all about Montague’s desire to try new things and expand his musical horizons. The result is an impressive and truly eclectic LP release which you should check out on iTunes.