Pallab Sarker returns with ‘Not Gonna Fall In Love With You’

Having found success with debut record, ‘Morning in Brixton’, which found underground success across US college radio networks. It earned him a record deal in the States and now the British-Bengali singer-songwriter Pallab Sarker is back with his endearing follow up single ‘Not Gonna Fall In Love With You’.

However, for a long time Pallab led a rather contrasting ‘double life’; he was a press adviser to Minister’s by day, including Lord Digby during the last Labour administration and a musician by night.

On one occasion he merged his two worlds together as he performed a gig in the atrium of the home office in the name of Children in Need, raising thousands of pounds in the process.

After Pallab’s parents fled from the Bangladesh war of independence in the 70s and raised him in Peterborough, Pallab relocated to London during his early twenties at the peak of the brit-pop explosion.

The lively scene that took the music world by storm inspired the budding songwriter who quickly formed a band, ICON, who gigged incessantly across the capital and its lively circuit. Although Pallab is now based in Walthamstow, he has spent a lot of time immersed in the vibrant arts scene of South London, which inspired the single ‘Morning In Brixton’, also taken from his upcoming album, Grey Day.

Since his band days, Pallab has developed his sound as a solo artist and he can now be considered a genuine songbird, whose arresting voice and touching melodies ooze with emotional value, speaking straight to the hearts of his listeners. Within Sarker’s work is a humanizing touch, most clearly exhibited through his kind, clever lyricism and its sonic journey instigating abilities, which can be found on ‘Not Gonna Fall In Love With You’.

Not only this, but Pallab feels strongly about the lack of British Asians being showcased in the indie genre. He points out that British Asians have played a huge role in the development of garage and R&B, but there is little mainstream representation when it comes to the indie singer-songwriter scene: Sarker could well be the poster boy who kicks off a new era for British Asians in this genre.

 

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/pallabsarkermusic/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

https://twitter.com/Pallabsmusic

https://soundcloud.com/user-135003185

https://play.spotify.com/album/3bZN8CTCZWu6U6fabqnHpR?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvQM0GOGAT-GYjJvVwVXQQ

https://pallabsarker.com/about

 

 

 

Introducing: Luna Blue

Introducing Brighton’s next big thing in the world of indie-pop – Luna Blue.

yHaving formed whilst studying at the University of Chichester, the band are embarking on the release of their debut EP Nightjar, along with the new single ‘Borrowed Words’ which is out 28th July.

Borrowing sounds from their inspirations such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Don Broco, Luna Blue create a funk-infused indie pop sound that bounces carelessly, flows seamlessly and always gets your foot tapping.

Consisting of Tom High (vocals/rhythm guitar), Ryan Wellman (lead guitar/backing vocals), Nick Davie (Bass/backing vocals) and Seb Bowen (drummer/backing vocals), Luna Blue’s ‘Borrowed Words’ exhibits the band at their funk-rock best, with driving, upbeat instrumentation and the wild, soaring vocals of front-man Tom, which focus on the intriguing topic of saying or doing something in order to please someone and fill another fantasy – in another sense – borrowing words.

Unfortunately, bassist Nick’s best friend was hit and killed by a drunk driver in 2015, but in her dedication, Luna Blue put on a spectacular live show, backed by a live orchestra where the band performed a number of their own tracks as well as memorable covers.

Coming from varying musical backgrounds, the boys join together a vast array of influences from all over the musical world. Whilst Ryan is strongly inspired by blues and progressive rock, particularly Pink Floyd, Seb and Nick enjoy delving into the seemingly contrasting realms of metal and jazz, and Tom considers legendary singer-songwriter, Jeff Buckley, his idol.

FFO: Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, Foals

You’ll have to wait a little while for ‘Borrowed Words’ to come out, but in the meantime, check out Luna Blue on social media:

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/weareLunaBlue/

https://twitter.com/LunaBlue_Music

https://www.instagram.com/lunablueofficial/

https://www.lunablueofficial.com/

 

https://soundcloud.com/lunablueofficial

https://open.spotify.com/artist/71jXlesSMotAtJXLCWpvzo

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVkV54sLs9_A9tc93CzIx9A

Les Kirsh returns

Soul is what Les Kirsh was all about. Soul is what Les Kirsh is still all about, now that he has resumed his singing career after many years away from the spotlight.

Just as Les’ career was picking up during the mid 70s, an unfortunate car crash put an end to his glory days, until now. Since his son uncovered a host of recordings from back in the day, he has urged his father to get back to what he does best.

Consequently, Les joined forces with famed producer Andy Whitmore, who took these old recordings and re-worked them into something with a more modern sound, that still reflected Les’ humble origins in soul.

As a result, three tracks have been formed from their partnership, these being: ‘Say’, ‘La La La’ and ‘Tell Me To My Face’, which take on elements of reggae, pop, dance and of course, soul, which is always at the heart of Les’ music. His adaptability only goes to show his prowess as a fully-fledged songwriter extraordinaire.

Check out Les’ tracks on Soundcloud below:

 

Find out more on Les Kirsh here:

https://www.facebook.com/LesKirshMusic/

https://twitter.com/LesKirshMusic

ImSoMaleek LP Review

ImSoMaleek a Wyclef Jean protegé from Brooklyn, will be releasing his debut album, Insomniak, later next month. No stranger to the world of music, ImSoMaleek was lead singer in a band with his two older brothers 3on3 and also appeared in the Broadway Musical Lion King as well as venturing into other music endeavours.

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With the guiding hand of Wyclef Jean and drawing from influences such as Usher, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake, ImSoMaleek brings out a solid debut album, blending R&B, soul, while adding touches of pop, and drawing on his roots in classical training.

Tipped to become a familiar name in the R&B world, as well as the world of popular music, this debut album is overall a fine achievement. The album has a smooth flowing contemporary sound with stand out tracks including, Sometimes ft. Oswin Benjamin, and Raindrops, a ballad with poignant lyrics and which best displays his vocal talents. Overall, a compelling debut from someone who we will probably see a lot more of in the future.

To find out more, follow these links:

https://twitter.com/ImSoMaleek?lang=en-gb

https://www.instagram.com/ImSoMaleek/

https://www.youtube.com/user/MaleekTv

Slumberjack LP Review

Out of the U.S state of Florida come Slumberjack, a rock duo (Andrew Kelly and Dave Hanson), whose blend of raw and rowdy rock music with lingering somber melodies return with their debut LP, ‘Oddly Calm,’ after their debut EP, ‘Black Lodge,’ which was well received, and introduced their sound to a growing number of fans.

While being influenced by other rock outfits such as Pile and Colour Revolt they have maintained their distinct sound of powerful whisky drenched vocals, driving beats, lush melodies, and some nifty guitar work thrown in too – it is hard to believe that there is only two of them. There are some strong tracks on the LP. Ones that stand out are ‘Progression of a Chia Pet,’ which grows on you with each listen, and ‘People Eat Everything,’ with its charming lyrics and rich melody. For rock music fans, this is a must listen to, definitely not to be missed.

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They’ve just come off of an eastern U.S tour and are about to hit the roads again with their ‘Oddly Calm’ tour. While the new LP is being distributed worldwide through Sony Records / The Orchard right now.

To find out more about this band and listen to their music follow the links:

https://slumberjacktoughcrowd.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SlumberjackFL/

https://www.instagram.com/Slumberjackfl/

Beldon Haigh marches on with latest protest song ‘Land of Hope’

Donald Trump was the first victim of Beldon Haigh’s expertly written protest songs, but now he has moved onto a much more pressing issue: that of the current refugee crisis.

Without a single person to aim his protest at, this was clearly a very different task for the experienced songwriter. Back in the 80s, Beldon played in a number of bands including Mikifin and Boxing Clever and he’s transferred his experiences from this into forming his beautifully crafted songs of significance.

The new single, ‘Land of Hope’ was inspired by the horrifying image of Alan Kurdi; a 3 year old Syrian boy who been washed up on a Mediterranean beach after his family had tried to reach Europe. It was an image that caused a media storm, but it also caused a storm in Beldon who simply had to combat what he’d seen by getting it down in a song. The result was ‘Land of Hope’.

Beldon’s follow up to the anti-Trump song ‘Freedom’, features more of the same classic songwriting tendencies that Beldon has built his name on, but with a more upbeat tone than his first single. Whilst ‘Land of Hope’ may seem a little too happy in tone for a song that’s addressing a serious issue of humanitarian concern, it is this that gives the song its rousing vibe and makes it feel like people should get up and do something about it.

All proceeds from ‘Land of Hope’ are being donated to IndiGo volunteers charity who are helping the aid agencies when it comes to providing logistics and support to the refugee crisis.

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

Tony Banks: ‘Run!’

For those of you who love a little hip-hop mixed with a little house music- we’ve got the track for you!

New York inhabitant Tony Banks has dropped his club-banger ‘Run!’ which employs a powerful, steady beat in combination with his trademark rap stylings and witty lyrics.

Tony describes his style as ‘Move ya feet, feel good’ music and you can certainly imagine it going down well in the club.

Having grown up during the golden age of hip-hop and being inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot and Andre 3000, Tony is an artist who is pushing boundaries with his music, creating a whole new genre for himself which he seems to have mastered.

Find out more on Tony here:

Links:

www.facebook.com/musicbeartonybanks

https://twitter.com/MusicBearTonyB

https://www.instagram.com/musicbeartonyb/

https://www.youtube.com/MusicBearTonyBanks

https://soundcloud.com/musicbeartonybanks

 

The power of instrumental music

When you hear someone mention ‘instrumental music’, you often think of classical, where the actual instruments are doing the speaking. Although this may have some negative connotations for some naive modern listeners, this is exactly the agenda that ambient rock band, The Outside Illusion, are pushing forward.

Releasing their new instrumental album, Silent Communication, on the 20th May, the band aim to speak to a wider audience of listeners with their emotive rock stylings.

Lead guitarist, Denis Salgado, believes that his guitar can speak just as much as any singer can with words, and this is the aesthetic that drives their music. Denis’ expert fret-work wails and screams, just like any voice might. After all, the voice is an instrument too.

Consequently, The Outside Illusion create an accessible brand of guitar led music, that isn’t just for the guitarists out there; Silent Communication is a highly listenable album, embellished with an electro-ambient edge, meaning that this is moving and emotion-fuelled music for the masses, not the few.

Check out the video for the single ‘Silent Communication’ here:

 

Links:

www.facebook.com/theoutsideillusion

www.youtube.com/theoutsideillusion

www.instagram.com/denis_outside_illusion

www.theoutsideillusion.com

 

M3staken is back again with ‘Rain’

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Returning with his third album in the space of less than a year, experimental hip-hop artist M3staken (M3) has dropped the final piece of his ‘trilogy’, Rain.

Listen to Rain here: https://m3ssi.bandcamp.com/releases

Having dabbled with a combination of classical piano and electronic instrumentation on his first record, Apex, M3 has honed his brand of jarring, dark and complex music that borrows many of its beats from the world of hip-hop.

Despite this, it’s a difficult task describing exactly what M3 is doing and this is what places him in a different league to other artists. He’s a natural born boundary pusher and we clearly haven’t seen the end of his exhaustive ideas quite yet. Who knows what he might be combining with his hip-hop roots next?

M3 commented that Rain is ‘loosely connected to my two previous works and it is primarily a collection of my personal favourite songs’.

Check out more on M3staken here:

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/m3staken

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJtRw31YnOdiDgsNhyhKyQ

https://m3ssi.bandcamp.com/releases

 

The Undefinable Lisa Richards

How often is it that you can’t place a musician in a genre or style? Probably not very often as it’s natural to do this when we first hear music; we like to associate and put it in a little box, partly just for our own peace of mind.

However, Australia’s singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Lisa Richards, is one of those artists that simply confounds convention and causes that uncomfortable feeling, like when you can’t remember what other films an actor has been in whilst you’re watching a film. We shouldn’t blame her for this though, in fact, we should commend her for it because coming across an artist like this is not something that happens every day.

Saying this, what we can do is give you an idea of all the little fragmented pieces that make up Lisa’s undefinable style: there’s hints of jazz, a good lashing of folk, touches of blues and the slightest sprinkle of roots and americana – it’s quite the recipe.

But perhaps the most undefinable aspect of her music is her voice, and it is this that arguably makes her music so difficult to categorise. There isn’t much that can be said apart from the fact that it’s liken nothing you’ll have heard before, but it’s sweet and mind-soothing nature seems to fit with all these jigsaw-piece styles that make up her music.

Take a listen to ‘Frank Sinatra’ from her new album A Light From The Otherside which is out now. You can make your mind up for yourself, but I defy you to put this exemplary artist in a box!

 

Links:

http://www.lisarichardsmusic.com

http://www.twitter.com/mymadmusic

https://soundcloud.com/lisarichardsmusic

http://www.facebook.com/lisarichardssongs

https://www.youtube.com/user/lisamrichards