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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do you get if you take a set of drums, some strummed guitar, a modern rock vocal and a mid-tempo indie feel with a sexy blues opening? You get ‘Wonder’, the new streaming single from The Kite Collectors.
Taken from their recent ‘Clockface’ album, the song has been made available to publicise the LP and familiarise music fans with the uniquely charming sound the band offers up. There’s an edge here that’s often missing from new releases these days, which can be cleaned up and sanitised by too much studio jiggery pokery.
By capturing this track in its cleanest form, The Kite Collectors have done more than enough to make the full LP an attractive proposition.
‘Wonder’ and ‘Clockface’ are available now at iTunes.
There are many who believe it’s very simple to put together a dance track which could legitimately stand up alongside the heavyweights of the genre. Some say it’s simply a case of putting a thumping beat to a set of chords, melodies and looping vocals. There are many poor examples of this online, and those lazy knockoffs should take a listen to Voodoo Dancer’s new single for inspiration.
A ‘Raw Beautiful Club Mix’ of their soul laced pop track ‘Forever Girl’, the single is available on iTunes and shows there’s more to good dance music than a pumping beat. Here, the smooth soul of the original is blended seamlessly with the tightly structured dance tropes to excellent effect. Enjoy.
Rachel Johnson is a young woman from Edinburgh who clearly thrives on the creative. She is both a singer-songwriter and a painter, creating pictures both visually and musically which mark her out as a real talent. She’s the kind of songwriter which gives you the feeling that the music isn’t written for commercial gain, more simply because Johnson needs the avenue to put herself out there.
Sometimes, this approach leads to an inordinate amount of noodling and hand-wringing, which is all very well for the artist, but fails to land with an audience. However, ‘Safe Island’ proves that Rachel Johnson is able to find an audience who can identify with her. The song is out now on iTunes, and has already got loads of local support in her home city. We would recommend supporting her further afield by getting your own copy of this single – there will be more on the way soon too no doubt.
In the internet age, the sheer number of musicians out there able to ply their trade and build their fanbase online makes this perhaps the music industry the toughest it’s ever been. However, if you were to come up with a formula for success, songwriter Naomi could be a great template.
Talented, check. Young, check. Fresh, check. Attractive, check. In addition to this, her song writing is so strong that a song she wrote for her GCSE ended up getting her featured on ITV’s Daybreak. This in turn get the attention of a number of top producers, all of whom are helping her create songs which are winning praise from national press and radio of all kinds.
It all makes for an exciting start to a career with real promise. Her pop mixes the upbeat, pacey catchiness of Taylor Swift with the melancholy edge of Lorde. It’s a difficult balance to strike, but soars when those choruses hit. New EP ‘Take Back the Power’ is out April 22nd – get on board early and be smug that you did.