The Music Mag: Unsigned UK Music News, Reviews & Promotion
London based musical duo Adam & Kid combine an old school hip-hop and R&B sound with a funky soul and chart topping pop sound. Their aim is simple and effective: to positively influence people’s lives through compelling lyrics delivered passionately.
The duo try to spread the message of hope, forgiveness and grace through the message of Jesus Christ. However the lyrics aren’t what you’d expect, obviously with a religious undertone they’re not offensive, yet they’re not preachy. A&K aren’t afraid to rap about what’s important to them, which in ‘I’m Free’ includes everything from oppression and depression to stress and STD’s!
Watch ‘I’m Free’ below:
Adam is the singer/songwriter, whilst Kid brings the rap to the table. The two blend together like peanut butter and jelly – creating something unique in the process.
Tis the season to be jolly! To kick off the holiday season, Devyn releases a new single entitled ‘Home for the Holidays’, produced by Diamond Style. It’s a sure to be family favorite and the song, “Home for the Holidays”, is available now on iTunes!
Perhaps you’re tired tired of the same old Christmas songs every year. Well here comes Devyn Rose with a brand new track for 2013′s Christmas playlist.
The track is quick, clever and even integrates lyrics from other Christmas songs like ‘Deck The Halls’ and ‘Merry Christmas’
Born in New York, the talented singer has been working diligently to perfect her own sound and she’s definitely reached that point with ‘Home for the Holidays’. Having worked with hip-hop artists including 3 6 Mafia, N.O.R.E, Mims, Max B and Mike Shore to name a few, this has helped her develop a really clean and fresh sound that translate in her music perfectly.
Help Devyn Rose to achieve her Christmas dream and download her track this year!
Sienna is an artist from ancient Kyoto, Japan, Currently living in Norway. Sienna’s ‘no rules’ approach to creating intelligent groovy music is a beautiful reflection of the crossover of cultures we see in the modern world.
Having been compared to the likes of Byork Sienna creates ambient and warm sonic contrasts, mixing Electronica, House, Jazz and Trad Japanese to create a really unique sound. It´s the definition of groove-phenomena, audio-sex to the weird and wonderful.
The talented Japanese singer started her career in 2005 with her debut EP ‘Ambience’ and her latest album ‘Japonesque’ is breathtaking. It’s released on Norweigen label ‘Abon Records’ and she’s already been referenced as a very bright artist – she even had one of her tracks pre- loaded onto Philips mp3 players and audio devices which were distributed worldwide. Receiving the in ClickitTicket Music Blog Awardsfor electronica music2011 has also deepened her desire to continue performing and writing her innovative music.
Sienná´s 4th release ‘Japonesque’ came out this September. Mixing dreamy techo sounds of bands such as Lemonjelly, with subtle but passionate female vocals, the sound Sienna creates is unique easy listening at it’s finest.
Fancy a bit of country? Well Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders are here with a modern spin on a traditional country sound.
The Australian based country singer is focused on being true to himself, being un-phased by movements around him, and concentrating on his sound, and this comes through in his music. The singer said “(I love the way) it (music) can pick you up. The way it makes you feel… can go straight to your heart, can fire you up, (and it) . Never gets old, (it’s) relaxing. And the history and how it expands to people and towns.”
His sound mixes old school country, with a flare of blues and an intriguing folk-rock spin. ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’ is a great example of Billy Roberts’ sound, including a plethora of tasty harmonica licks to accompany the guitar and vocals.
Inspired by artists ranging from Bruce Springstein to Pearl Jam and Elvis Presley, a mix of styles creates for a polished instrumental sound, fronted by decent vocals and with a bit more work on the delivery of the lyrics some of the songs could be top notch.
If you want to listen to more of Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders, then check them out on their Bandcamp page.
Lael Summer has a voice to melt even the stoniest hearts. The New York based classic soul singer recently released her album ‘Burden to Bear’ which features songs including classic soul style of ‘I Need a Man’ to the beautiful acoustics of ‘The Good Fight’. ‘The Good Fight’ is up there with anything you’ll hear in the charts this year and can be listened to below.
Her songs range from slightly raunchy to romantic and adventurous, mixing in an element of rock-chick which comes across very well. Her subjective lyrics include lines such as “I need a man to take me to the finish line”, which is the first track from her new album ‘Burden to Bear’.
Lael Summer experienced the highs and lows of growing up in the heart of New York and the young singer confessed “there is nothing quite like the feeling of being unbelievably lost and alone while surrounded by millions of people. You grow up fast.” Her soulful voice, packed with hundreds of life stories demonstrates that she’s an old head on young shoulders.
Currently Lael is a senior in The University of Southern California’s elite Popular Music program, and her cover of the Hall and Oate’s ‘Do What You Want, Be What You Are’ was picked as the buzz track to watch out for by the Kings of A&R.
UK rock band Jupiter Falls recently signed a deal with US label UNIR1 Records after a discussion on Skype. James Hart, lead singer of Jupiter Falls, revealed to The Music Mag that only days after receiving air play in the US they received contact from the label asking to discuss a potential deal.
Having recently formed in May 2013, Jupiter Falls are a great example of what is possible if unsigned musicians work on creating a good sound and push for radio airplay. James was extremely happy at the record deal: “At the moment everything is a highlight. But signing the contract and the release of our single so far probably the best [moment]. Our tour starts in Feb which we cant wait for and includes the west coast of America.”
The band formed after James contacted guitarist, Deano Silk, on Youtube asking to use his backing tracks for one of his songs. Since which they added Dan, Matt and Lewie to the roster. Skip to just 3 short months later and the band had worked hard and written an album, which is due to be released on December 16th, 2013.
It’s not always been easy for the band members before forming as Jupiter Falls and James shared advice with fellow musicians during the interview; “any advice I would give is never give up. I’ve done this 13 years since I was 15 and I am finally realising my dream. Work hard and you will get your rewards.”
Jupiter Falls was the first independent band from the UK for independent label UNIR1 and their debut single ‘World War Three’ was released on October 7th and can be viewed below on Youtube.
If you want to find out more information or to keep in touch with Jupiter Falls, follow them on their Facebook page.
Formed in 2008, Brighton based Yossarian had a break through in 2012 being compared to the likes of The National and Pink Floyd. Not only did the hit the festival scene last year, Yossarian raised $10,000 to crowd-fund their debut album, due for release in 2014 called ‘The Little We Know’.
Yossarian’s debut album sees the band combine multi-layered guitars, Floyd-esque minimalism, harrowing cryptic vocals, with heartfelt dark-yet-uplifting songwriting full of conviction and detail.
Originally called The Vanderpols, Yossarian’s best gig so far was playing at the Hop Farm Festival but it’s not necessarily their favourite: “the most memorable was playing a gig at Heroes bar in Kentish Town, a venue that seems to close down and re-open at least 3 times a year” Ash told us “There was probably no more than 50 people there but the venue owner loved our set so much that he started bribing us with tequila shots to keep us playing encores”.
Their sound is new, a little bit different, and mixes post rock, modern pop and old school alternative rock. There’s definitely a strong Pink Floyd influence in their music, mixed with The National-esque vocals. ‘The Little We Know’ strings together themes of alienation in London, travels around Europe and Australia, mixed with death of loved ones, the end of relationships, hope, luck, God and even the history of the universe.
Highlights from the album include the building majesty of “Arrow Part 1”, the beautiful transitional acceptance of “The Season Song,” and the delicate, inspiring “Underwater,” all of which tell a story in technicolour.
Surrealist geek electro upstarts Neon Highwire are the party destroying sensation that have been named as ones to watch with good reason. They’ve been championed by Tom Robinson of BBC 6Music, had track named track of the year by Sherwood Radio before it was even released and have gained a reputation for their devastating live shows countrywide which have included performances with Pete & The Pirates, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Dragonette to name a few.
The band’s 2009 début EP Luminescence (mastered at The Exchange), described by Rock Sound magazine as “cutting their angular-chops in all the right places, and it shows” was a shining culmination of these various elements. It includes the single Neon Blink, subsequently released on Blue Dove Records with a number of high profile remix b-sides and also featured in a Finnish TV show created by Jere Vainikka. It also features the sensationally catchy Under Moonlight, featured in the film “Maya’s Voice” and a favourite of Tom Robinson (BBC) and James Theaker (NME) with good reason.
2010 saw the digital single release of the spectacular Bear At The Bus Stop with its incredible accompanying promotional video which on the day of its release caused their channel to become the 45th most viewed musician on Youtube. This was followed in 2011 with the anthemic Spin Off & the cult sensation Kim Jong Il Looking At Things.
In 2013 the band release their incredible debut album Relate, a cataclysmic journey documenting the breakdown of relationships, the discovery of self and the hurt that goes with the process. Featuring 13 incredible tracks including the cool intensity of “Just Suppose”, the dance-floor magnet “Initialise” & the sublime “These Movies Have Become One Big Joke”. It’s no wonder there’s so much excitement for this release.
Whether it’s the insightful witticisms of their interviews and blog updates, the detail within the multiple layers integral to their sound or the infectious beats that bring to mind the meat of Sonic Youth’s accessible phase being fed through a Bugged Out filter, it’s no wonder Neon Highwire count artists such as French Horn Rebellion or Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs amongst their fans. In their own twisted words, it’s an electravaganza.
Follow Neon Highwire at http://www.neonhighwire.com
Introducing Alexis Kings, a new London based band who have recently received a wave of attention through some of their new releases.
Alexis Kings are soon to release their first EP ’1972′ featuring the first single ’1972′ which is not yet released, but is currently is the process of being mastered.
The EP also features their viral track ‘Brothers’ along with AK’s first track ‘Get Set Go Home’ which both have had music videos made for them. Alexis Kings have also been lucky enough to headline BBC Introducing Beds Herts and Bucks recent gig at the Hat Factory in Luton.
Listen to ‘Get Set Home’ here:
More from Alexis Kings:
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/AlexisKingsMusic
Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/user/alexiskingsmusic/videos
This is the introduction of a skinny lone wanderer between France, Tokyo and Montreal, equipped with nothing else but a wisp of what many others call talent – but SNDS prefer to call folly, as it is surprising how often brilliance and madness coincides.
Inspired by the Smiths, moved by the Stone Roses and blessed by Primal Scream (with a dash of electro-pop music), the sound of the SNDS was born into this very fortunate world – if you put things into perspective anyway.
Raised in Aix-en-Provence where he studied classical guitar at the Darius Milhaud conservatory, he started writing and recording when he moved to Montreal in 2007. After 5 years in the (514), with the collaboration of his two brothers, still living across the ocean, he auto produced his first 5-track EP “On the side”, now available for sale on Bandcamp.
SNDS are and up-and-coming band to keep an eye on. Their EP available on soundcloud, released two years ago, shows great promise. If they can gain momentum with another hit track to follow up with the one above, they will gain some real momentum.
Visit SNDS on facebook here.