It’s always a great sign for an independent artist when an established industry name agrees to work with them. It shows that someone who has been there and done it trusts the talent of the new contender.
Step forward Stash Peso, whose new EP ‘Shine’ was mixed by Dave Pemberton of Prodigy fame. The result is a collection of effective tracks with a real buzz about them – with new single ‘Glow’ and excellent example.
If you like what you’re hearing you can find the EP on iTunes, and search StashPeso on all the social medias.
Promoted by Tontena Music (an organisation who are passionate about new music), Organisms are band with an unusual approach to music. Writing by ‘feel’ rather than technical knowhow, it seems that their results are almost instinctive, making for a compelling listen (and watch) on new video ‘Games Non People Play’.
The single, with it’s silky riffs and lofi production, is simple but effective in its execution. And there’s more to come too…
Album ‘Mollusk’ will contain this track and more. Get involved when it’s made available this July.
Four years into a song-writing career which is seeing him turn many influential heads (Radio 2, Record of the Day), Luke Potter is all set to be one of those long-grafting ‘overnight successes’ in 2017.
With a smooth vocal style and lyrics that genuinely make you think, ‘Something More’ is a single about taking opportunities. And it might just be the start of an opportunity for a talented young man to catapult himself into the ears of a whole new raft of fans.
‘Something More’ is out now on iTunes.
When Ellie Jane reached the final of the national Open Mic UK competition in 2015, it was clear that she was a genuine talent. Now, as 2016 comes to a close, she has released an EP which further confirms this.
Comprising six songs of varied genre but consistent maturity, ‘Clocks’ is an EP which marks Ellie Jane as a pop songwriter to watch over the next few years. The lead single is also out now, and can be heard above.
Get the ‘Clocks’ EP on iTunes.
Out now on iTunes, ‘All the Same’ is the classy new single from the promising Luke Potter. Potter is already pulling in good YouTube numbers and getting strong notices from well known online music sites, and with singles like this it’s not hard to see why.
Brilliantly infectious from the very first listen, ‘All the Same’ is as catchy as good pop music needs to be. However, there’s also a lyrical depth here which makes for a very good combination. I’m not sure when the next release is on the way, but following up this single is going to be a tough one.
A multi-instrumentalist with talent to burn, George Montague is one of a number of exciting new songwriters starting to pick up traction on the independent circuit. With a legion of online followers already under his belt, Montague is ready for an all-out assault on the music industry with new album ‘Curiouser and Curiouser George’.
And, if there’s any justice, the music industry will succumb to the assault with open arms. His catchy, infectious brand of pop holds hints of folk, rock, funk and even a slightly camp streak, all of which makes him an irresistible proposition for the discerning pop fan. Those who sniff at pop as a genre may not be impressed, but that’s their loss. For the rest of us, the album us out now on iTunes and Amazon.
Raw and unpretentious, the song above is the latest release from Wiltshire based band The Kite Collectors. Formed by three musicians who are clearly influenced by the greats of British rock, The Kite Collectors are looking to make an impact with tracks like ‘Wonder’, which itself is taken from the album ‘Clockface’.
While we think it’s fair to say this doesn’t have the slickest production values and is a touch rough around the edges, in the case of this genre we would argue that this doesn’t matter a whole lot. What matters is the raw energy and live feel of the recording, something which is tough to capture at the best of time. If you’re won over by its charms, there’s plenty more on the album.
If there is one city in the UK I wish I could spend more time in when it comes to music, it would probably be Edinburgh (note: I live in London). A vibrant music scene and a selection of top, intimate venues make it a must visit for independent music fans – and now there’s another reason to make that journey across Hadrian’s Wall.
Rachel Johnson’s new single ‘Safe Island’ is out now on iTunes, and marks the arrival of yet another talented artist from within the Edinburgh city walls. And, even better, there are gigs in the pipeline to promote the single and her previous releases. Head over to https://www.facebook.com/RachelAliceJohnsonArts/ for the lowdown.
Already renowned in his native Belgium, Francis Groove is an artist and producer with potential to make real waves in the pop music industry. Debut single ‘Alright (Take My Hand)’ was a fine opening gambit in his assault on the industry, and new a new ‘Groove @Night Remix’ of the song has given it even more juice.
The lyric video is above, featuring the fantastically smooth vocal of Tony G – another artist looking to establish himself. If the pair of them keep releasing quality songs like this one, it won’t be long.
The ‘Alright (Take My Hand)’ remix (and the original) is out now on iTunes.
If an independent artist can strike a chord with national press at both ends of the spectrum, then it’s fair to say they have the talent to capture the imagination. Naomi, a 19 year old UK songwriter, seems able to do just that.
Recommended by the likes of The Guardian and Independent as well as magazines such as Shout and Mizz, Naomi is releasing her new EP ‘Take Back the Power’ on April 22nd. The title track is above, and shows just what she is capable of – pop melodies, infectious choruses and a smooth vocals are the order of the day, and mark out Naomi as one to watch closely.