The Korvids is the musical vehicle of Gordy Goudie and James Grant, the latter of whom you may recognise from 80s band, Love and Money, the ‘group who never were.’
Championing a retro sound based on the ethics of funk, soul and disco, The Korvids are creating an up-to-date form of an older sound that many will be glad to see come round again. ‘Bad Faith’ from the Korvids new self-title album exhibits a catchy dance-floor groover that those of the slightly older generation are sure to appreciate. However, it would be rude to insinuate that their music is simply for older people, as this is not the case. Within the new album, the Korvids express an experimental side too, exploring a number of electronic soundscapes that may just appeal to younger listeners.
After the success of their debut release ‘Beach Coma’, which was picked up by Sirius US radio and remixed by Balaeric legend Jose Padilla, the duo released ‘Bad Faith’, a beauteous cut of late 70s disco remixed by Love and Money and Steely Dan’s producer, Gary Katz.
The Korvids is out 28th April.
The classic celtic-rock concept album of 1977 by Joe O’Donnell is being re-issued by the legendary violinist and his band Shkayla as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.
The reissue is set for release on 14th July and the band have already begun the celebrations by playing two lives shows at The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry at the end of March.
Gaodhal’s Vision was considered a masterpiece when it was originally released back in the 70s due to its unique instrumentation and powerful concept relating to the folklore of Ireland and its cultural heritage. As well as this, guitar god Rory Gallagher featured on the album, playing a number of intricate solos to accompany Joe’s violin. Fortunately, the reissue of the record has managed to remaster these solos, enhancing the overall sound, bringing Joe’s quality musicianship into the digital age.
Joe was a classically trained musician, but he then went on to join a number f rock bands and realised the connection between Celtic modal and Indian music. Now, with Shkayla, he blends this experience with rock, jazz and even orchestral styles.
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The ballad ‘Echoes of My Mind’ by Corinna Jane will give you shivers – and a couple of goosebumps too. The song, written in a moment of grief, will send your soul back down memory lane. It will provoke strong emotions as it brings back long lost and forgotten moments; feelings hidden deep behind your ‘conscious state’. You might even smile for a second before the first tear falls. The ghosts of your past will start running through your head aiming for your soul, your heart. And you will hear them like echoes of your mind.
Although I am not usually a fan of rock ballads, Corinna managed to trigger my emotions. The piano in the background and her high notes hypnotise you and for the duration of the five-minute song, you can simply enjoy the dynamic in sound, from the quiet whispering to the building of her voice. The chorus is the most powerful part of the song, where Corinna’s talent is truly unleashed.
‘Echoes of my Mind’ is that haunting song that will bring flashbacks of your buried pain. However, Corinna found a way to recover after the moments of grief and released the official video for the song this month. So, if you are prepared to go down on memory lane and hear your own echoes, just press play.
Pimlican is an intriguing artist, working with a number of other talented musicians in order to create a seemingly genre-less brand of music as it crosses so many styles.
Fusing elements form hip-hop, rap, R&B and pop, Pimlican’s music consequently appeals to a wide range of listeners in the urban umbrella.
The name ‘Pimlican’ stems from countless nights spent in the Pimlico area of London waiting for appointments with music industry hotshots. However, after forming his own record label, Belgrave Road Records, Pimlican is now looking to build on their last release ‘B’ck 4 More/ P’lya’, with the pop-hooked anthem ‘Runaw’y’.
Employing a superb vocal lead alongside innovative instrumentation and rap, it’s the kind of track you can’t just listen to once.
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Tsunami Section are bringing a retro-wave of disco fuelled music into the modern day with their debut single, ‘Keep My Spinning Wheel’.
The track, written by Oliver Fell-Holden, has been brought to life by the dynamic duo of Felicia Singson and Anna Chiara of Tsunami Section.
Those wishing to reminisce their disco-dancing days are sure to find a connection with the girls’ super-catchy track, whilst modern pop fans will be drawn to its powerful and unrelenting beat that digs straight to the part of you wanting to get your groove on.
Exploring the intriguing theme of karma and how you can always overcome it, the pop track comes from an original angle whilst still championing a killer hook and stunning vocals.
Singer-songwriter Jodie H Dunn transforms her emotional ballad ‘I Belong In Hell’ into a pop anthem with the help of Andy Whitmore at Greystoke studio. After getting signed to an unknown label who gave her major issues, Jodie found herself disheartened from songwriting. However 4 years down the line she had her first track produced, giving her a motivational boost.
Jodie was involved in music from a young age, teaching herself keyboard at the age of 9. During her early teens she was subjected to a lot of bullying, forcing her to change schools in the middle of her exams. However the bullying then developed onto social media, giving Jodie no real escape. After studying at the Academy of Music and Sound, music became Jodie’s diary whereby she expressed her emotions via her lyrics. Her songs have progressively got more meaningful, leading to ‘I Belong In Hell’ based on the idea of someone controlling you at your lowest point.
‘I Belong In Hell’ was written and performed by Jodie H Dunn and produced by Andy Whitmore, who has worked with major names such as Elton John, Peter Andre and Danni Minouge.
Alternative rocker Matt Boroff recently released ‘Thirst’ music video from his upcoming album ‘Grand Delusion’, which premiered on the rock site Vive Le Rock. Having shared a stage with artists such as Nirvana and Kyuss, touring Europe with acts such as Queens Of The Stone Age and Calexico and forming power trio Matt Boroff & The Mirrors, Boroff is no stranger to the industry.
The American-born, Austria-based musician has now gone solo, releasing ‘Thirst’ recorded at 11AD studios. The single is taken from his upcoming album ‘Grand Delusion’, set to release May 5th, featuring producer and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes, former Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons and vocalist Mark Lanegan.
James Kennedy, former front-man of alternative rock group Kyshera, returns with his first solo project ‘Home’. He recently released a stunning video for the emotional track ‘Unconditional’, which premiered on rock website Rocktopia
After touring constantly with Kyshera, Kennedy found himself falling into a deep depression, inspiring him to write his first song ‘Unconditional’ from his debut solo album ‘Home’. James began reflecting on his life during his period of depression and found he was neglecting what he felt was important in life, such as family and friends.
‘Unconditional’ expresses the singer’s gratitude to those in his life who have shared this emotional journey with him. The video displays love in its many forms, whether that be for your partner, your mum or even your dog, all accompanied by the catchy melodies of Kennedy’s new style. Guitar solos and James’ trademark raspy vocals only add further emotion to the already touching video. Showing the universal message that love is always unconditional, even in the worst of times, James chose to focus on real families in the video, with his parents and grandmother actually making an appearance!
Leaves, Sadness, Science is the second album from electronic artist Marilyn Carino, after releasing her debut Little Genius in 2011. The new album picks up where Marilyn left off, pioneering a bold electronic sound with influences from hip-hop and soul too.
It might seem like an odd combination of genres, but nobody gets anywhere without experimentation and Marilyn combines these sounds in a way that pushes the boundaries of what we can expect from a piece of music.
Carino’s singing has been called, “powerful to the point of bringing you to tears” (Straight No Chaser) and “smoldering” (The New Yorker); her music, “enchanting – a testament to the healing powers of rhythm” (Nylon). The Brooklyn native wrote, recorded, mixed and performed all of ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’ – a collection of head-spacey tracks formed from layered, Moog-y synths and complex beats. Her long time practice of Nichiren Buddhism is the force that forms her songs into gripping, graphic internal monologues that explore themes of sex and radical self-expression.
Carino recorded her first album at Neil Young’s studio with Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot producing. She then flew to London on a one-way ticket and stayed for a year working as an engineer in reggae recording studios. Upon returning to the U.S. she co-founded the vintage electronic group Mudville, producing three critically acclaimed albums and wrote lyrics for the great producers Sly and Robbie (Grace Jones, Simply Red). Mudville’s song ‘Wicked’ won the 2008 Independent Music Award for Best Song. She recorded and produced her first solo album ‘Little Genius’ in 2011, and recently contributed vocals and lyrics to the Words Hurt indie hip-hop collective’s ‘Fuck That Pretty Boy Shit’, featuring Samuel T. Herring, vocalist of Future Islands.
Using a classic love story as the basis for their latest track, Warsaw Radio have returned with a beautiful combination of orchestral folk in ‘After Eve’.
The band have taken the story of Adam and Eve and re-imagined it to create their new track. The narrative of the song takes on a unique perspective, imagining if Adam and Eve separated after they are forced out of the Garden of Eden, sung from the perspective of Adam. The imagination present here in the songwriting of Warsaw Radio truly sets their music apart from the crowd before you’ve even heard it!
Warsaw Radio was incarnated in Brighton, 2013 after front-man Brían McNamara read about the siege of Warsaw in 1939. During this time, the Orchestra of Warsaw Radio continued to perform live on the station throughout the siege until their transmitter was destroyed by an artillery shell. McNamara fell in love with the story explaining that “The story really inspired me. Working as an original artist in what can be a tough industry can be hard and having an inspiration like these guys in 1939 helps to keep you going”.
The band are also influenced by a number of cult bands such as Fleetwood Mac, The Waterboys, Wilco and The Frames. With their upcoming tour kicking off at Komedia Brighton on February 8th, Warsaw Radio are ready to take their unique brand of musical storytelling to the masses.
“Irish frontman McNamara has a knack of enveloping the listener with his story telling style song-writing” – Source Magazine, UK