The Mexanines – Rocket (Official Video)

A lyrical structure taken straight out of the 12 bar blues, but a sound that is all indie; the new song from The Mexanines comes out of the gate like a ‘Rocket’ (ahem). The first of several singles on the way, it’s a rocking tune that somehow manages to be both typically British and all new at the same time.

With successful tours under their belts with the Pigeon Detectives and Embrace, and support slots with Graham Coxon, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Reverend and the Makers, the band have already built a live reputation to be proud of. Main stage appearances at Bingley Music Live and Kendal Calling Festivals, have all added to the bands live pedigree.

And now they have been joined in the studio by multi-platinum selling writer/producer Steve Chrisanthou, as they aim to capture that live energy on their recorded material.

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Rachel Ann Crowned TeenStar Singing Competition Winner

The national singing competition TeenStar has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious Future Music competition winners, Rachel Ann from Bournemouth, Dorset has been crowned the champion of the national TeenStar competition at The NEC in Birmingham!

Singing Competition Winner

 

Rachel Ann was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd and a prestigious music industry judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday night. Her unique performance of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” won over the competition industry judges making her the overall winner of TeenStar. She will now be offered a recording and development deal including a £5,000 advance to spend on the development of her music.

The national singing competition is brought to you by Future Music – the company behind the discovery of artists such as such as Luke Friend and Karen Hardy both of which have had chart success this year, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music.

Music industry judges at the National Singing Competition Grand Final

 

After impressing the judging panel at the auditions, Rachel Ann battled against more than 9,000 acts who entered for TeenStar this year across the UK. She went on to perform in the TeenStar live showcases, battling through both Regional and Area Final heats to make it to the national Grand Final.

 

The judging panel for the Grand Final included record label representatives from Universal, as well representatives from music management companies, recording studios, professional musicians, national press representatives and the examination board, Rock School.

 

Rachel Ann has now won a comprehensive consultation package with Future Music, an extensive winner’s publicity package, and an amazing £5,000 advance to spend on the development of her music. On winning the prizes Rachel said, “I’m literally speechless, overjoyed with happiness. Thank you to everyone for all the support!”

 

Chris Grayston, Head Judge and Director of Future Music has said, “Rachel Ann has been a stand out act throughout the TeenStar competition. Her unique vocal range and emotive performances make her a clear winner!” Check out more information about the TeenStar Champion on the website here.

Future Music is also about to start singing auditions for Open Mic UK, find more information and enter music competition Open Mic UK now. Also check out the Future Music Songwriting Contest, which is specifically for songwriters of any age and genre.

Metaquorum – single ‘North Sea Fret’

Veteran musicians with a sense of mischief, duo Dmitry Ermakov and Koos Van Der Velde are a truly unique musical proposition. Offering their very own fusion of (often instrumental) funk, jazz, rock, and electronica, the pair have finally colluded to release a stunning combination of debut single ‘North Sea Fret’ and album ‘Midnight Sun’.

The single, which you can hear above, is a very strong indication of what you can expect from the album, which you can find on Bandcamp – http://metaquorum.bandcamp.com/album/midnight-sun

Classy, different, well-produced and meticulous, it shows fine musicianship and well structured arrangement of genuine talent. Fingers crossed for more singles to come.