The Fabulous Red Diesel have outdone themselves. The four-piece band, in releasing their new single “Mama Josie Said”, have decided to share a music video featuring their acclaimed live show at Brighton Fringe. The song itself is, of course, smooth, laid-back, and stunning, but the group’s performances are out of this world. Mixing trapeze, modern dance, and projections with their music leads to an incredible experience.
The group, made up of husband-and-wife team Ms. Kitty (vocals, keys, flute) and Duke Bloom (drums), transgender musician Miss Bea-Have (double bass, tuba, trumpet), and Rabbi Jaffa Delicious (guitar and trumpet), create a song and performance environment that stand out completely as uniquely “Fabulous Red Diesel”. On the topic of the song’s lyrics, Ms. Kitty said “The theory is that when you raise your own vibration, it affects everyone around you, they want to raise theirs, by doing what they love and finding peace.”
The Fabulous Red Diesel will be performing their live show “Sparkly Bird” various Pop Up Theaters (including ones at Broomgrove Estate and The Stade, Hastings for the Coastal Current Arts Festival) free of charge, emphasizing their belief that live music should be available to everyone.
SHOWS: Frome Festival– 08/07/21 Green Gathering –30/07/21, 01/08/21 Sparkly Bird Pop Up Theatre – Broomgrove Estate, 11/08/21 Rye Jazz Festival (Jazz/Funk Day) – Supporting Incognito and Courtney Pine,28/08/21 Sparkly Bird Pop Up Theatre – The Stade Hastings 11/09/21
After releasing his acclaimed album “Norwegian Pop” earlier this year, LearningToDive is back with a much more introspective song. Bravo Bonez, the one behind the LearningToDive project, wrote the song for the 80’s pop and post-punk inspired album, but realized that it was unique enough to merit its own moment as a standalone single. The song’s atmospheric yet sparse sound, mixing genres like country and sophisti-pop, makes the song as gorgeous and meaningful as it is.
The song itself is a reflection on being united with family. Bonez’s longing performance, along with Alba Rose’s otherworldly backing vocals, help to underscore the song’s message of wanting to return to a life left behind. The song’s video provides an interesting lens into this – it was filmed in Ocean Sound Recording Studio, the Norwegian studio where the album was recorded, far away from his loved ones. The song has elements of melancholy, but it provides a sense of hope.
About the song, Bonez said that “‘You Said It Best’ is an uplifting, heartwarming message incorporating themes of self-acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude, and is about coming back to one’s roots and working out what really matters.”
Teeming with classic “in your face” rock energy, psychedelia, and folklore, Big Smile Revival’s new EP The Universal Veil is essential listening for any rock fan. The three members, including lead vocalist Steve Hymas, drummer Matt Rowcliffe, and bassist Edvard G. Till, have a passion for everything from legends and tales of the past to modern issues like environmentalism and mental health, and that comes through in their music. In addition to the storytelling and themes of their music, Edvard has synesthesia, which helps the band write songs that not only reflect a certain sound, but a colour and taste.
The four track EP (out July 2nd) stands as a fascinating and unique slice of rock, combining influences of 60’s rock and grunge to create an otherworldly body of work. In particular, their newest single “The Helm” (out June 25th), a song with immaculate guitar work and unpredictable, transfixing melodies. The song’s last two minutes, in particular, feature a climatic, soaring instrumental break to finish off the track with a sense of release.
The band said in a statement that they “write from experience and truly want to share our stories and melodies with audiences everywhere”, and it’s hard not to get caught up in these stories and melodies. “The Helm” and The Universal Veil are must listens.
Ukraine based power trio In Signs are taking the rock world by storm. Fusing complex melodies and key changes into their elevating sound, ‘Knock Knock‘ is the latest adventure from this powerful outfit. Their first single of the year sets the bar higher for their music and gives fans an insight into what’s set to be a great year ahead for In Signs.
“It’s so important to be true with people who listen to your music and this is our main goal. There are a lot of artists nowadays but not all of them are doing art. We want to prove that music is not about money, it’s about the passion of your life. I’m a closed person and making music and writing lyrics is a perfect way for me to communicate with people...
…I became a songwriter by chance. I didn’t want to be a musician, it just came up after my first tattoo which is Metallica’s song title ‘Nothing Else Matters’. It such a great pleasure to play live some songs which I created from the very beginning. There are a lot of ways to create music but all our songs start from an acoustic guitar and vocals.” – Arsen, frontman of In Signs.
Jam packed with energy, ‘Knock Knock’ comes knocking on your door demanding to be let into your life, and it’s a track you will never get enough of.
New York City native Greer Baxter is a pop singer-songwriter that should be in everybody’s playlist. Written and produced by the songwriter herself, latest single ‘Sleeping on the Couch‘ tells the story of sleeping on the sofa after a rough argument with the one you love.
For fans of fellow kick-ass women Regina Spektor and Alanis Morissette, Greer Baxter’s music is armed with an authentic alt-pop sound, ready to sooth the soul.
Speaking on the release, Greer states, “I wrote this song about suddenly being at odds with the person you love and trying to make sense of it. We’ve all had a night sleeping on the couch and we wake up in the morning thinking: why would we let a fight keep us apart for the night? It’s about wanting to resolve it before falling asleep and wondering if the other person feels the same.”
With over 2,000 Spotify streams already since it’s release at the beginning of 2021, ‘Sleeping on the Couch’ is relatable to thousands, because let’s face it, we’ve all been there before.
A track that breathes personality and character, Greer’s latest release boasts a contemporary face with a nostalgic nature; it’s an excellent release from an artist destined for her name in lights.
London based soul artist Angie A returns with reggae style version of Vera Lynn’s classic ‘We’ll Meet Again‘.
A historically emotive track that aims to raise funds for two charities plus encourage people to heal, reflect and think more rationally, this stylish cover is coated in dub-trap style production.
On the track, Angie A mentioned, “I was also curious to see how the original song lyrics would fit on a completely different style of music that was produced by Alann Ulises.”
Hoping to raise funds for technology in local schools and for care homes to invest in, Angie added:
“We’re already aware that ‘many pupils don’t have the necessary hardware to access their remote learning’ as pointed out by Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro Addy and I would like to help. Also, as someone who has entertained in many care homes before the pandemic, I would like to help raise funds so more care homes can adapt their entertainment to some kind of one room cinematic large screen zoom type entertainment. Please support where ever you can, this really is about community, thank you.”
A track that’s bound to leave you feeling sentimental yet motivated, Angie A’s rendition of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is armed with an infectious groove that could easily jive into tomorrow.
Destined to leave you tapping your feet and bobbing your head, the track’s rhythm is like a drug you can’t get enough of. A daily dosage of optimism, which is definitely something you need in a worldwide pandemic, this track is a necessity to bring reassurance to the nation.
Award-winning poet and singer-songwriter Michael Jones released his new single ‘The Crossroads‘ on Friday the 13th of November. One of the only positive things that came out of Friday the 13th, ‘The Crossroads’ is an anthem all about change at a time where the world is hurting.
Taken off his forthcoming EP ‘American Poet Part II‘, which is out November 27th, Michael states that ‘The Crossroads’ is linked to his successful track ‘This is The Night’. On the track, Michael states, “These epic and changing times have brought humanity to The Crossroads. The symbolism of Robert Johnson, trading his soul for the gift of music, is woven into the heart of American folklore. We can all sense that 2020 is a transitional historical moment. The choices we make now may very well determine the fate of our collective human soul. It is from this idea that I wrote The Crossroads”.
Drawing inspirations from the likes of poets-turned musicians such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Jim Morrison, Michael Jones is an innovative artist with a strong discography behind him.
‘The Crossroads’ is bathed in blues sensibilities, and nods to the classic legend of Robert Johnson at the crossroads. A genuine track that feels timeless, Michael Jones states that ‘The Crossroads’ reflects classic songwriters while giving a new, refreshing sound.
Hailing from Strabane in County Tyrone, Paul Tully currently resides in Dublin. Known around the circuit as one of Ireland’s best kept secrets, there’s nothing hush about Paul’s heartfelt single ‘Anxiety’.
An ode to a condition that affects millions across the world, the poignant track couldn’t have come at a better time.
During the darkest times of UK lockdown, anxiety levels are at the highest they’ve been in a long time. Hoping that it’ll give people confidence to speak up about their mental health, the single states that you are never alone, and reaching out for help may be hard but it’ll be the best thing you’ll ever do.
“I’m hoping the song could bring a sense of comfort to those suffering from anxiety and let them know they aren’t alone. When I wrote the song in June of this year, we were in the middle of lockdown and there was a real uncertainty regarding our health and well-being of not only ourselves but those closest to us. On top of that we have ever-increasing living costs, the never-ending Brexit and a complete lack of job security – people really are at their wits end. The song basically describes my experience with anxiety and I hope it can help anyone listening and know that they aren’t alone.”
‘Anxiety’ resides in a warm Americana arrangement that subtly nudges country-pop. An upbeat track that’s filled with optimism, the guitar-driven track may feature a tear-jerking message, but it’s lively sound is bathed with hope.
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Schoolfriend of XXXTentacion, Lil T.O. released his new single, ‘Beautiful’ this week – a song that exposes a more upbeat side to the Floridian’s personality alongside complications of the American dream…cars and girls, giving birth to a track which has real personality and a pure summer vibe.
Having a Haitian mother and growing up in countless different cities across the US growing up has ensured T.O’s sound picks up on music from backgrounds of every colour, culture and class.
Listen to the track below:
Lil T.O has expressed how music has been his escape as a way to convey his more vulnerable side, where in reality he may appear like he is not facing any problems.
“Growing up I know I’ve always been sad and being a guy, you can’t really wear that on your sleeve. Then growing up, I just went through a lot of situations that just ultimately lead to me being where I’m at now… in a dark place. It’s like no matter how hard I try doing good, I’m still the bad guy in every situation and sometimes ignoring the little things don’t help. Dealing with suicidal thoughts and depression, I’d just keep everything to myself and I never knew how to express it better than writing it in music form”
Describing his hip hop heroes include the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Drake and J Cole, also taking inspiration from grime greats like Kano, Ghetts and Skepta. Starting out freestyling with friends, he has since developed his own formidable style merging speedy flows and vivid lyricism.
His new self-produced EP is a hi-octane thrill ride that blurs elements of hip hop, grime and electronica. ‘TLC’ is the lead single, which sees Humor spitting energetically over a murky backdrop of squelchy synths and punchy 808s.
Listen to TLC here:
This track is the kind of track, you would hear at a grime rave with a bottle of Grey Goose or Wray and Nephews…