The Music Mag: Unsigned UK Music News, Reviews & Promotion
Introducing Timeless Journey, a small independent musical collaboration project in the electronic/dance genre. Residing in Sheffield, UK, Timeless Journey have been together since 2011, initially beginning as a one man project but going on to gain more members in the last few years. With the addition of more members the collaboration’s aim has changed from instrumental and ambience to more of a dance vibe.
TJ released their first album titled ‘The Voyager’s Saga’ back in 2012, featuring a worldly influence and a chilled vibe. This year brings bigger and even better things with the release of their double album ‘Drawing a Line’. The new album contains their most recent singles ‘Vododeo’, ‘Alive’, ‘Castaway’ and ‘Dispstick’. Take a listen to ‘Dipstick’ below:
Timeless Journey take influences from a wide range of musical talents, including Phillip Glass, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel, right through to Moby, Mylo, FSOL and Underworld. The wide range of influences from dance, chillout, and electronica really come through to create an intoxicating mix in their music.
Chris Jane is a Singer/Songwriter and Actress. She’s been featured in motion picture films, television network productions, and print publications such as American Idol, Law & Order SVU, CSI Miami, The Bounty Hunter, Brooklyn’s Finest, Transformers 2, The Wire, The Good Wife, Maxim/FHM.
She is actively recording her upcoming album “Girl No. 6″ set to release later this year. Chris Jane is more than an entertainer, she’s an artist with passion. Her voice delivers electric shocks that brilliantly connects the dots between Pop, Retro 80’s & 90’s R&B and EDM, all while producing a seductively soulful sound.
Meet your new favorite artist Chris Jane in her new single ‘The Only One‘:
“If you don’t know who you are you’ll find out some day,” The lyrics exploded to life as the chorus to Paul Maged‘s song ‘Look at me’ kicks in.
His new album ‘Diamonds & Demons’ is a follow up to his debut record ‘In my time’ and is produced by multi-platinum producer Sean Gill.
Maged’s new music announces an exciting and uncompromising voice in Alternative Rock. His songs have depth and explore concepts, social issues and universal themes such as climate change, human warfare, religion and today’s evolving society, that are very passionate to Maged, creating a unique vision through his music.
Maged quickly found his niche in songwriting, which he had explored from early childhood. After his father suddenly passed away, he wrote the songs that would make up his first record, In My Time, a pop-rock album with a raw, garage band feel. One of the songs recorded for the album, “Falling Down,” would appear multiple times on MTV’s long running show “Think Again Sex Myths Revealed.”
“Look At Me” (awhich you can hear above), the first single from the album, has quickly generated positive buzz, including good feedback from thecutpricejukebox, which read “Look at Me is a stirring blast of bile against posers who have no substance. Propelled by the kind of guitar sound that Elvis Costello made popular, Look at Me is a monster of a mission statement.”
Look At Me is a biting view of elitism in today’s ‘ME’ society, encased in a punk rock/grunge skeleton.
Paul Maged is an artist for a new age, having taken the common definition of a Singer-Songwriter and blown it away, creating his own sound infused with punk, grunge, classic rock, indie pop and balladeer, in the form of an Alternative Rock Artist.
Brenton is a lyrical artist, songwriter & shit-sayer, based in Miama, Flordia in the United States.
Here he said, the dream became more reality. “the lights came on, and I felt ready, it just felt natural.” Since his start, Brenton has opened for such artists as David Banner, Bone Thugs, Wale, J. Cole, B.O. B, Big K.R.I.T., CyHi The Prince, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Method Man & Redman. He’s even done a small impromptu performance with, then newcomer, Asher Roth.
Listen to ‘Catch Up’ above, which is produced by Elite Producers.
Noted for his second mixtape, “The Brenton Brown Affair, Brenton reached an impressive 10,000 downloads in just under a week on DatPiff. Both of His music videos for “Peep The Sneaks” and “Lemme Know” broke the 20k mark in just a few days, adding to his growing buzz. Since working on music with notable names such as Joe Budden, Emilio Rojas Jaiden “The Cure” and producer Black The Beast, Brenton said he’s ready for his next steps. “I’m just ready to be heard, so keep your ears open.”
Avion Blackstone is a straight edge lyrical singer / songwriter from Austin, Texas. Her new single ‘Backstage Hero’ is out soon.
Born to a conservative family, Avion Blackstone grew up with first hand experience religious inequality. As a poet and pianist, she began writing music at the tender age of 3. Her style is an original pairing of big pop sound with layers of meaningful lyrics. Also being obsessed with symbolism, Avion writes her music including metaphors for life, gender and sex issues, as well as world events.
Avion has a strong following on Twitter due to her meaningful lyrics and interesting updates, often interacting directly with her fans. She calls her fans ‘Aviants’.
You can hear her music being played on Streetseekers radio, 98.2 The Beat, Beatsta and Blockz Radio. Her first radio interview on MJWJ’s ‘To Be Honest’ garnered high praise from the hosts for her quality music. You can watch for her two upcoming magazine spreads in The Underground Fix in November and in Blockz Mayhem’s inaugural issue this fall.
Although Avion would not describe her music as unique, but rather a representation of herself as an artist, industry people are comparing her to unique sound of Lady Gaga. Her songs are refreshing and deep with meaning while the quality of her music is equivalent to that of top tier stars. She credits her perfectionism…her fans credit her talent.
She is currently preparing for the release of Backstage Hero, a new single from her ‘Anything For Diamonds’ project, in the fall/winter of 2014. She resides in Austin TX with her kitten Egypt. You can stay updated on Avion’s music and events by following her on Twitter and Facebook.
Nominated for two 2014 LA Music Awards under Social Media Artist and Dance/Electronica Artist, ‘Heliotrope’ is the latest single from the fantastic Heiress to Atlas.
Heiress To Atlas are an emerging alternative electro rock/pop duo consisting of powerful vocalist Vidya Sethu and multi-talented instrumentalist Mac Thomas.
Born in London, raised in Singapore, and based in LA, Vidya has experienced many cultures and that shines through in their music. Having met on popular classified website Craigslist, they cemented both a musical and personal connection, creating Heiress to Atlas.
It’s not a surprise that Heiress to Atlas are starting to create a lot of noise in the LA scene. With two nominations under their belt for this year alone, they have a fantastic online presence (with a kick ass website that you can check out here).
With a diverse cultural background, the band also draw from a wide range of musical influences. Marc’s instrumentation draws inspiration from a wide range of styles including melodic rock, urban, and of course electronica. Vidya’s vocals are powerful, expressive and full of soul, and mixed with their gritty lyrics the duo create a sound that is unique, captivating and a throwback to yesteryear.
The latest single ‘Heliotrope’ is a messy, uncontrollable mess of inspiration. It begins with a melodic 80’s synth riff, supported by blues inspired percussion, which is then followed by the rising of the metaphoric curtain and the introduction of the vocals. Vidya introduces herself into the track with the words ‘turn your flowers to the sun, reach to all we could become. Locked within a gilded cage’. The mesmerising and playful yet gritty lyrics really add to the beautiful melody created by the instrumental backing.
Listen to ‘Heliotrope’ here:
The duo have also released their three track E.P along with ‘Heliotrope’ by the name of ‘Vanguard’. If you like what you hear above make sure to follow them on all of their lovely social media sites and on Soundcloud as they’re due to release track 4 and 5 of the E.P within the next month or so.
“I exist to edify every person’s pursuit of the illusive.” A quote from Anie that showcases her creative, mysterious and eclectic style.
Anie is a new artist that shrouds herself in mystery. Not only do we not know anything about her, we are left wondering whether she even exists. Rumours are that Anie was created by a collective of artists from the east coast, however some believe that she exists in human form. The project is mostly a mystery, so far consisting of strange films filled with ambient strings, noise and flickering frames. She has rarely spoken publicly, but has made a brief statement on her social media accounts, describing her goal to “reconcile the vast loneliness and absurdity of existence,” as well as her intent to release an upcoming short album, named Lovekill.
Lovekill is a beautiful and powerful introduction for Anie and can be listened to below:
An astonishing collection of intricate pop songs, Lovekill is set to be released on August 22, 2014. The EP will be available, in its entirety, for free streaming and download from Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
Formed in Northampton 2010, The Moons is the creation of singer, guitarist and songwriter, Andy Crofts. With two critically acclaimed albums to date, ‘Life On Earth’ (2010) and ‘Fables of History’ (2012), which was produced by The Moons and Stay Kybert, The Moons are purveyors of the great British pop song.
The latest single is their second release from their new album their new album ‘Mindwaves’. Their previous album entitled ‘Fables of history’ received good reviews and coverage, including an 8/10 review on NME – where reviewer Hamish MacBain wrote “the quality – of the harmonies, the instrumentation and most importantly the songs – is high, and remains so throughout.” And it’s only gotten better!
The new single ‘Body Snatchers’ takes influence from White Stripes, with it’s kaleidoscopic beat, crunchy riffs and powerful drumming. You can watch the new video below:
L0m is a 21 year old producer out of Montreal. He makes music as a hobby and doesn’t really let any single genre define his sound.
His most recent songs can be streamed from his Soundcloud page below:
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L0m fuses beats, piano, synth and loops to help create his unique style. The vocals on A&R (Angels and Robots) are provided by Janis, and really adds to the melody and helps the track flow.
Shid Latta is an up and coming hip hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. He is bringing a new element of realness to today’s music he says.
His new single ‘Bet That’, produced by Sibling Jointz, is the first track from his next album ‘Love and Other Drugs’. Keeping the lyrics real by mixing emotion and experiences, Shid Latta invites us in to his life through his music. If you’re anything like us you’ll listen to ‘Bet That’ over and over again.
Shid Latta incorporates his life into all his music and is working on changing the rap and hiphop industry for the better. He believes in being true to himself, and making music that reflects that. He feels that he is one of the most real and most genuine artists to ever create music of any kind. Shid Latta or ShidLatta666 isn’t some random combination of words that sound cool. It’s actually his name (Rashid Latta).
“The money, the drugs, the sex, and the people and situations involved, and all that makes me, me. All my music is based on my life and true to my heart…”
He felt that since he is making music that is so true to himself and who he is, shouldn’t his rap name be his own? No other words better reflect who he is, or are worthy of being associated so deeply with his career. His whole life in conveyed in the music. All the situations he’s been put in and had to go through, to the things that he experiences everyday are reflected. “My mindset and my life and everything in it, good or bad.”
Combine the sounds of Outkast, Biggie, UGK, JayZ, Eminem, JayZ, add a bit of rock and pop, and you have a sound close to Shid’s. As a child, he was immersed in all different types of music. From Queen, to Metallica and Nirvana. Music was part of his life. There are many musicians and singers in his life that have played a large part in influencing him to be the musician he is today.
Shid has been around rap his whole life. The first rap he ever wrote was only when he was 6 years old. That’s talent right there. How many people honestly write lyrical music when they are that young? Shid hasn’t been rapping his whole life. He got into it abruptly when he realized that all the music that was new and popular was basically boring shit to him. It had no message, and he felt they were lying about who they were in those songs, and the way they portrayed themselves. He decided he could do better. And so the grind began to be the realist and most genuine artist in the business.
Unlike many up and comers today, Shid’s main concern isn’t to be famous or to win a Grammy. He says his main goal is to be able to in a few years say that he is making a living do what he truly loves. And if that isn’t the case, he wants to be able to look back on his life and be truly happy with what he’s done and how he pursued his dreams. Isn’t that what we all really want in life? To look back at our years and be proud of how we spent them? But hey, fame and a Grammy award never hurt anyone either.
The realist in the business.