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.


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.

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Missed the Bowie train?

David Bowie has been instrumental to many through out all areas of their lives. However, not everyone caught the man in time. Fortunately he lives on through his music and you can still have a listen and discover a new side of bowie you connect with.

Roughly Recommended’s suggestion is “Lodger”.

The album shows how Bowie absorbs whatever culture he’s around and brings them to life through sounds and lyrics. You can stream the entire album on Youtube here:

The album, released in 1979, is part of the infamous Berlin Trilogy and a severely underrated release from Mr Jones.  Boys Keep Swinging was a hit for Bowie from the album at the time but in the modern age his song Heroes from that album has become well known thanks to the film The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

Listen here:

NO SINNER Release new album ‘Old Habits Die Hard’

No Sinner will be releasing their highly anticipated new album Old Habits Die Hard on 20th May through Provogue/Mascot Label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Beth Hart)

Watch the lyric video for ‘Hollow’ here:

2014s Boo Hoo Hoo was a classic debut album experience from Vancouver’s powerhouse frontwoman Colleen Rennison. The sound of a young singer’s first foray into the rock’n’roll world. The result of years spent fronting cover bands with players 10 years her senior, writing with musicians more seasoned and eager to give direction. Boo Hoo Hoo was raucous, rowdy and filled with soul and danger. It was the sound of youth careening into the adventure of life with all the screaming tires and heartache yet to come down the road. It was the sound of a wild haired girl riding into the horizon on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle.

On Old Habits Die Hard, Colleen isn’t sitting on the back of the motorcycle anymore. She’s barrelling down the highway, her grip on the throttle, and you better believe you’re going to hear her coming from miles away.

There’s a reason behind the acclaim that met No Sinner following their debut release via Mascot Label Group. Classic Rock Magazine called Colleen, “an early contender for ball-breaking warrior princess of 2014″ and Blues & Soul wrote, “No Sinner are a rare gem of a find.” Their teeth-gritted brand of blues and rock brought the young band to showcases at SXSW, European tours, sessions for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and The Team Rock Classic Rock Magazine Show , club shows followed with Reignwolf, Bass Drum of Death and Monster Truck. They were selected by Amazon as a New and Emerging Artist and both Classic Rock Magazine and The Blues featured then as one of the Artists to Watch 2014 while Noisey exclaimed the band “oozes sex appeal.”

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No Sinner isn’t Colleen’s first experience in the spotlight either. She pursued acting first, landing supporting roles in Sci-Fi shows such as Stargate SG-1,  The Outer Limits, Highlander and Poltergeist: The Legacy as well as major Hollywood films such as Unforgettable, The Story of Us, Boot Camp, Mr Rice’s Secret starring such A-listers as Ray Liotta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce Willis, Mila Kunis and David Bowie. But seizing the spotlight with a microphone never left her mind. It’s why Rennison would hold notes for far too long in music class, why she’d sing in the middle of a soccer field when she was supposed to keep someone from scoring, and why she ended up running away from boarding school and sneaking into open mic nights when she was 15. Now, with all the experiences of the road, tour vans, cheap hotels and a hundred booze stained bars behind them, No Sinner is emerging as a fully realized rock’n’roll band with Colleen fearlessly at the helm.

Old Habits Die Hard was Executively Produced by Ben Kaplan who has worked with artists as diverse as Biffy Clyro, Shakira, Gallows, Rise Against and Atreyu and sees the band comes howling out of the gates. Screaming harmonica over a churning rhythm section set the pace on the track Leadfoot, as Colleen snarls “You are mine. For the taking.”  Colleen isn’t afraid to eschew the stereotypes behind being frontwoman either.  “Janis Joplin and Etta James are such an easy comparison,” she explains, “but I’m doing Robert Plant up there too. It’s a bit of an androgynous album—a rock ‘n’ roll odyssey through heartbreak and debauchery, good times and bad.”

It’s a theme that runs through the album. Blurring the lines between good and evil, man or woman, saint or sinner. No Sinner uses rock’n’roll to pummel through the walls of societal norms. As Colleen explains “I live and breathe rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a disease to want to push the envelope, to be an enemy to yourself at times, to want so much from the world that sometimes you can’t even stand to be in it. I never really felt like I belonged anywhere, and then I found the people that felt like me, that woke up every morning with a hole in their heart that can only be filled by music.”

Old Habits Die Hard is a more accurate portrayal of where Rennison’s head is at now than the songs on Boo Hoo Hoo. Or as she puts it, “It’s like the difference between your high school grad photo and your first mug shot.”

She brings it all home on the track Saturday Night. “Tell you once babe, I’ll tell you twice, I’ve got more to give than sugar and spice.”

New Release from Canadian band The Burning Hell

“There’s despair but always hope, and love comes in various forms. ‘Men Without Hats’ is a 1990s-indie pop tinged super catchy coming of age story, Kom beautifully sharing the anticipation, embarrassment, then release on buying his first (audiocassette!) single.”

The Burning Hell release Double A side new single ‘Men Without Hats’ / ‘Fuck the Government, I Love You’ from their latest album ‘Public Library’

The seventh Burning Hell album is a collection of eight short stories drawn from different sections of the bookshelf of the brain. A murder mystery rubs shoulders with a biography, while a romance leans against a prison diary. There’s a killer priest, a nameless band lost in Yorkshire, and Elvis and Michael Jackson moonwalking their way into space and/or global annihilation. Despair and hope go hand in hand here, and although Mathias Kom’s songwriting has never been wordier, the stories never stranger, and the band never louder, the essence of The Burning Hell remains constant: life is not really so bad, as long as you can laugh a little and you have something decent to read.

The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and the band has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from festivals like Glastonbury and Dawson City to bars, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France. Musically, The Burning Hell runs the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll, and so the band can adapt to its surroundings like a karma of anthropomorphic chameleons, taking the audience on a supermarket-cart ride through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love.
On occasion, Mathias goes on the road as a duo with clarinetist Ariel Sharratt, and their debut album “Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom: Don’t Believe The Hyperreal” came out in November 2015. More often, Mathias and Ariel are joined by bassist Nick Ferrio, drummer Jake Nicoll and guitarist Darren Browne. The Burning Hell release Public Library, a new album of distorted story-songs, in April 2016, and they’ll spend the better part of the spring and summer in their natural habitat: the tour van.

“Songwriter Mathias Kom, a mischievous, caustic people’s poet with a world view that lets you know the good guys occasionally win”
Q Magazine

“A lesson in wit and nuance”

“Kom doesn’t try to create moments that are bigger than life. No, he focusses on life most basic elements combine in wonderful, magical reactions.Through Kom’s eyes we see life is for the living, not for the dreamers. The real rewards come from finding the hidden beauty in what we have, who we are and who we meet, not in what we desire”

Herohill, CA

“Canada’s The Burning Hell write the kind of literate, funny, catchy songs that makes you want to learn all the words and shout them passionately back in their faces.”

Drowned in Sound



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Sun 8th May – Magic Lantern, Tywyn, UK tickets

Mon 9th May – Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland tickets

Tue 10th May – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland tickets

Wed 11th May – DeBarras, Clonakilty, Ireland tickets

Thu 12th May – Start The Bus, Bristol, UK tickets

Fri 13th May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK tickets
Sat 14th May (Matinee) – Eagle Inn, Salford info / tickets

Sat 14th May (Evening) – Eagle Inn, Salford (SOLD OUT)

Mon 16th May – Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, UK tickets

Tue 17th May – The Crescent, York, UK tickets

Wed 18th May – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, UK tickets

Thu 19th May – The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin, UK tickets

Fri 20th May – The Hug & Pint, Glasgpw, UK tickets

Sat 21st May – Village Hall, Mickleton, Durham

Sun 22nd May – Spanky van Dykes, Nottingham, UK tickets

Mon 23rd May – MIMA, Nottingham, UK  (FREE show at Institute of Modern Art

Tue 24th May – Oslo Hackney, London, UK tickets

Wed 25th May – Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK tickets

Thu 26th May – Moshi Moshi @ Tom Thum Theatre, Margate, UK (SOLD OUT)


UK singer-songwriter Alan Bonner demonstrates unique nocturnal sound with new album ‘Night Music’

This is the type of music that will endure long after other fads and fashions have passed on by’ – Electric Harmony Blog

Mr. Bonner has the means of a pauper but sings with the heart of a king.’ – Surviving The Golden Age Blog


UK singer-songwriter Alan Bonner is set to deliver his third album, Night Music – a smoky, dimly-lit collection of songs inspired by London and its nocturnal inhabitance.


As Bonner puts it: ‘songs inspired by drinkers, thieves, prostitutes, spurned lovers, fallen rock stars and chance meetings with strangers on night buses. Songs inspired by the disaffected creatures that take to the streets and the bars of the city when the sun goes down.

The album touches on personal tales of long-distance romances, family relationships and depression as well as world-encompassing topics of love, hope and mortality. This is all delivered with a vivid and poetic lyricism certain to appeal to fans of artists like Rufus Wainwright, The National, Sufjan Stevens and Perfume Genius.

Produced by Aneek Thapar and recorded in South London, Night Music’s backdrop is one of intimate pianos, orchestral strings and minimalist percussion that perfectly encapsulate the album’s title.


He holds this whole history of gay men’s relationships in his music that

Beyonce as a straight woman will never once hold.’ – QX magazine


Bonner has regularly worked with LGBT charities, being a gay artist himself. His interests in social issues have also extended to substance abusers and the homeless, having worked voluntarily and professionally as a support worker.

Having already released two well-received previous albums, Bonner will hopefully build on his success with this new release. Already, he has received previous airplay on stations such as BBC 6 Music and MTV Italy, and achieved press coverage from Grazia, Gay Times, Attitude, Time Out London and RTE Ireland.

Although based in London, the artist has spent a lot of time recently living out of a suitcase, touring extensively across the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia and the US.


Hear an 8 track sample of the album here on Soundcloud:


Watch video for ‘Always Tomorrow’ here:


The album ‘Night Music’ is out on 27th May 2016.



Singer-Songwriter Carl Finlay Set to Release New Single and Debut Album

Irish artist Carl Finlay is releasing a new single and his debut album, the track ‘Message to the Dreamer’ will be out March 16th, followed by the album ‘Follow the Moon’ on March 30th.

The talented singer-songwriter has had brilliant success with his previous track ‘So Hard to be Happy’ receiving BBC Radio 6 airplay.

His unique style of folk with a touch of rock and reggae creates a fresh vibe that’s difficult not to love. He tells a story through his music, conveying powerful emotion and challenging mankind’s ideologies, his debut album is set to be a game changer for the alt folk genre.

The new single ‘Message to the Dreamer’ showcases his intricate style of music, divulging an upbeat, positive word to the wise. Check it out here:

New Album From The Machismo’s – ‘Britpop Fucked My Wife’

The Machismo’s originally formed in 1995 by Sam Marsh after cult 90’s grunge band Jacob’s Mouse split up. Jacob’s Mouse had risen to prominence in 1990 supporting the likes of Nirvana before they broke big, and were recently chosen to represent  the letter ‘J’  in a documentary on DJ John Peels enormous record collection.

At the time The Machismo’s were voted in the NME as one of the ‘band’s to watch’ that year, and were given an NME single of the week for ‘ My Narghile’, which was also playlisted on BBC Radio 1. The future looked bright…

However, as is often the case outside influences led to a lengthy break from the industry. But now The Machismo’s are back in business ‘putting the punk back into indie’ whilst conforming to a Taoist lifestyle of peace, love, veganism, qi gong and yoga! It makes for a stark and compelling contrast, with elements of Ty Seagall, Connan Mockasin, Alt-J as well as spikier, punchier moments akin to Royal Blood or Thee Oh Sees.

The new album, subtly titled ‘Britpop Fucked My Wife’ after the bands perceived ‘kick in the teeth’ by Britpop’s lad culture in the mid 90’s, has roots stretching back 18 years, before drugs and depression put a halt to one of Indie’s most promising trio’s. But now, reinvigorated and refreshed, The Machismo’s are back to their best with a planned future tour and more new music than ever before. There is an immediacy to their brand of rock that simply just isn’t out there anymore, and it deserves to be celebrated.

For proof, here is the powerfully pounding single ‘My Narghile’ (which is a Greek hash pipe- not something the band wishes to encourage the use of anymore!): 

More experienced this time round, The Machismo’s are determined to make their way forward with their unique brand of in your face experimental indie pop, coupled with mellower songs of peace and positivity. The name itself is something of an ironic reaction to the masculinity inherent in the music business, and indeed the world, and the band want to challenge this kind of behaviour in the laudable belief that it is time women should take control of everything, to make the world a better place.

A true one-off in a music industry of copycats, The Machismo’s have overcome many personal battles and demons to return to the stage stronger and better than ever.

Single ‘My Narghile’ will be out Feb 23rd as a digital download, with album following March 3rd on 12″ vinyl and download, on Machismo’s Records.


‘Only One’ the new single from sincere singer-songwriter Jessie Lowes



Jesse Lowes is one of the hottest musical talents making noise from Northumberland’s right now!

Lowes is a raw and emotive performer that spills her heart into her music, you really feel her pain in each note of new track ‘Only One’.

Lowes life has been filled with a series of emotional challenges, all of which she shares in her raw and true music. It’s hard to believe that Lowes was once an ex-cage fighter and club level rugby player as her music is a sensitive expression of love felt and lost.

Check Lowes new video for ‘Only One’ and see the emotional passion this talented artist emits:

New single ‘Only One’ will be available from November 28th. 

Keep up to date with the latest from Jesse here:




‘Hope’ the new creative album from Manchester Orchestra


‘HOPE’ is the latest musical masterpiece from hard rock band, Manchester Orchestra. The Atlanta based band have recently revealed they will release the album ‘HOPE’ which is a re-imagination of last album, released earlier this year, ‘COPE’.

The inspiration for the album reportedly come from lead singer Hull, after he went into SiriusXM’s Alt-Nation studios and recorded a stripped-down version of “Top Notch” on the eve of releasing COPE last April. The fan reaction to the new version of “Top Notch” was powerful and inspired the band to experiment with trying a softer sound.

Over the summer the have band re-imagined the songs with a renewed sense of purpose and fresh perspective. Using Fender Rhodes, piano, vocal re-arrangements and strings, Manchester Orchestra, with an assist from the illustrious sound mixer Phil Ek transformed COPE’s eleven tracks into something completely new and mesmerizing: HOPE.

The new album has a completely new sound and vibe. The tracks are enchanting and instantly addictive. It’s a very diffrent sound for the band, but it’s sure to say, they’re onto a winner.

HOPE is available  now:


26 – Portsmouth – Portsmouth Pyramids
27 – Bristol – Anson Rooms
28 – Norwich – Waterfront
29 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms


1 – Manchester – The Ritz
2 – Glasgow – 02 ABC
3 – Newcastle – O2 Academy
4 – Leeds – Beckett University
6 – Cardiff – University Solus
7 – London – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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