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

Host Vanbot’s new album “Perfect Storm”

**** The Times – “The kind of impassively thrilling synth-pop that should have her local rivals crying into their catsuits with envy” 

The Guardian – “Why are Swedish female pop stars always so brilliant?…”  

Interview Magazine – “haunting”

Stereogum – “conjures a feeling similar to Shura’s intimate, sad-eyed pop jams and blasts it out to M83’s widescreen proportions, and in doing so it accomplishes something special”

Stockholm melody master Vanbot has released her new album Perfect Stormdrawing support from The Times (**** review), The Sunday Times, Stereogum, Nylon, The Guardian, Pop Justice, Interview Magazine and MTV. The Johannes Berglund (The Knife, I Break Horses) produced & mixed record sees Vanbot embark on a darker and more evocative spectrum than previous outings.

Shelving a virtually complete album in 2013 after a creative breakdown, Vanbot (real name Ester Ideskog) began anew and vowed to lean away from musical norm in search of a greater bite and growl. Despite the change in direction, Vanbot still thrives on the same DIY spirit and never ending enthusiasm for crafting unstoppable pop. The result is one of the strongest pop albums of the year so far, where every song has great single potential, whilst the complete listen takes one on a unique journey.

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CARALIS releases download track ‘Be Automatic’!

CARALIS has released the downloadable track Be Automatic via Captoerra Records.

The follow up to their striking debut, Clicks In, which received support from the likes of XFM’s John Kennedy and Clash Magazine, Be Automatic is an atmospheric tour de force, with intense beats and synthesisers providing the perfect vehicle for Dan Frau’s evocative vocals. There’s an emotional quality to the track that is reminiscent of New Order at their very best, whilst maintaining the cutting edge sound of the modern.

You can stream and download the track for free via the CARALIS SoundCloud page.

You can also stream and download previous single Cicks In for free on the CARALIS SoundCloud page and watch the video that premiered on Clash Magazine‘s website on YouTube.

CARALIS is the brainchild of former Anison front man Dan Frau, who began writing and creating music for his solo project after the band split in late 2014. Collaborating with producer and friend John Merriman, the pair have produced an industrial and, at times, psychedelic sound akin to acts like Caribou and Thom Yorke.

Shannon K hoping to ‘Lose Control’ with brand new summer single

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A prolific teen sensation ready for her fifth single release in less than a year, Shannon K is a pop vocalist whose star is shooting quickly upwards. Having found her perfect pure pop sound with March single ‘Just Another Boy’, she is now ready to further develop her new approach with brand new single ‘Lose Control’. You might even notice her shorter hair this time round, as she’s just cut her hair for the cancer charity, the Little Princess Trust.

Composed by Matt Knight and Andy Whitmore, with lyrics from the excellent Rosie Penn, the single is a feel-good treat, capturing the spirit and freedom of the upcoming summer months. It’s the first time Shannon has released a single with such pure, summer vibes, and the infectious melodies and great production very much get you in the mood for the sunshine:

https://soundcloud.com/galaxy-of-stars/lose-control-1

With ‘Lose Yourself’, Shannon K continues to mark herself out as one of the most versatile young artists on the independent scene today. Previous singles such as anti-drugs tune ‘Just Say No’ and the festive track ‘Christmas Song’ first marked her out as a talented vocalist, but with this year’s quick  punch of ‘Just Another Boy’, ‘MOM’ (released on Mother’s Day, lyrics by Brian Bogdanovic) which is an emotional track that really showcases Shannon’s vocal ability,  and now ‘Lose Control’, she is showing herself to be a real contender.

But now, thanks to her developing mainstream sound and with many years ahead of her, Shannon K has every chance of eclipsing all those accolades – and with more top pop singles on the way, we wouldn’t bet against her.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/ShannonKSinger

Innovative Rapper 2Nice Unleashes the ‘Sunlight’ with Latest Track

And now, with new single ‘Sunlight’ release on QW-KEYMUSIC it’s set to show the world exactly how it sounds when pop, rap, reggae and EDM are drawn together, his star will continue to rise:

Gritty and raw while still having a polished sheen, ‘Sunlight’ is a single which could well see 2Nice break through from cult status to the mainstream. It’s truly impressive work from a brave and innovative artist not afraid to try new things.

All the more impressive, 2Nice does all this while suffering the debilitating effects of epilepsy. Using music in his everyday battle to overcome the condition, 2Nice finds the creative process soothing – allowing him to turn his thoughts away from an illness he has found it hard to come to terms with.

With his genuinely unique blend of genres, ‘Sunlight’ is just the first assault 2Nice is readying for the mainstream UK music industry this year. Hold on to your hats for 2015.

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Cherry White new EP – ‘Staring at the Sun’ with single – ‘Drifter’

Folding the old school songwriting smarts of Fleetwood Mac into the contemporary edge of the Raconteurs, London based four piece Cherry White are an immediately impressive proposition. Their in your face indie-blues sound is highlighted by great hooks and high energy, blending genres in a way that sets them apart from more pigeonholed bands.

Cherry White’s live reputation was cemented at ‘Togfest’ in 2014, where their festival debut to a huge crowd was so well received they immediately sold out of albums. Having also taken to the stage at some of London’s top venues, including The Troubadour, Hope and Anchor (Islington) and Covent Garden Arts Theatre, their reputation in our fair capital is beginning to grow. Further afield, a BBC Wales live session a number of years ago proved there’s life outside the city for this eclectic group.

And with the single and EP on the way, Cherry White will be working harder than ever to make sure that reputation continues to grow into the music career they deserve.

The EP is led out of the gate by single ‘Drifter’, which will be released on June 1st, one week prior to the full EP:  

Engineered at Bark Studios by the excellent Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, The Firm, My Bloody Valentine), the EP does a fantastic job of capturing the frenetic energy of a band who thrive on a live environment.

Links:

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www.twitter.com/cherrywhitegigs

https://m.soundcloud.com/cherrywhitemusic

market traders set to make Jason Statham pop sensation.

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The next step is to make sure Jason knows about the release and this is the challenge with his new movie ‘SPY’ on the horizon , it is now down to the Men with Ven to do all they can to set up a meeting with the movie icon, they have numerous plans in the pipeline from flashmobs to lookalikes but all the guys really want is the thumbs up from the man himself, they have therefore put together a tribute video with which they intend to reach out and attract his attention and from there who knows ! maybe even get him to appear in the real video and truly help Mr.Statham to hit the pop charts and the movie box office charts at the same time.

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‘A few weeks ago we found ourselves back in the neighbourhood at the Birds Nest. After a couple of beers Carl had the bright idea of conducting an informal survey in the pub asking, who was the greatest British Actor of the last 50 years? We were pleased and surprised that the most popular choice that evening was the king of market-stall and marshall arts – Jason Statham. Carl was intrigued but not completely convinced that this was a fair representation of the voice of the people and so conducted some further research in the area. In all, after getting over 350 responses, he found that Statham was more popular than Michael Caine , Sean Connery and Sir Laurence Olivier put together.’

Check out the story to “Jason Statham” by Men With Ven here:

https://soundcloud.com/david-barratt/ep-004-jason-statham

Links:

www.menwithven.biz

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https://www.facebook.com/MENWITHVENUK

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/men-with-ven/id606813532

Johnny Wore Black – ‘Firefly’ / ‘Comfy Slippers’

The singles are both taken from current Johnny Wore Black album ‘Walking Underwater Part 2’. Available now, it followed debut LP ‘Walking Underwater Part 1’ as a double whammy of albums released in 2014 to excellent reviews. ‘Part 2’ sees Johnny Wore Black continue to evolve his unique energy and song writing style, with an intense, passionate lyrical style.

The latest fruit of this labour is the double A side single ‘Firefly’/’Comfy Slippers’, which will be independently released on June 15th. You can see the stunning animated video for ‘Firefly’ below, with sketchy, monochrome visuals augmenting a classy song about facing your own personal demons head on and the inherent challenges therein.

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The musical musings of a poet turned rock song writer, Johnny Wore Black is an artist who uses words to draw listeners in to his unusual tales. Born from a background in the movie business and as an A-list stunt performer, Johnny Wore Black delivers a powerful and cinematic sound.  Insistent that it’s up to the listener to discover how the music fits into their own journey through life, the songs encompass everyday situations by twisting them into dark corners and putting them against a solid rock background.

David Ellefson chose to work alongside Johnny Wore Black on production duties, as did Grammy Award Winner David Bottrill. The fact that such storied veterans of the business believe in the music of Johnny Wore Black goes some way to confirming the potential of this unusually dark artist.

In the words of David Ellefson himself:

“Johnny Wore Black has a very unique sound that I like and as an artist creating a unique sound is one of the hardest things to do, you either have it or you don’t and to me Johnny Wore Black definitely has it.”

iTunes link for Walking Underwater Pt 2:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/walking-underwater-pt.-2/id944919571

Further links:

www.johnnyworeblack.com

https://www.facebook.com/johnnyworeblack

https://twitter.com/johnnyworeblack

Go Primitive EP – ‘100 Ways’

That Go Primitive are associated with such names goes a long way to proving their credentials as they climb the independent music ladder. They have already supported The Subways, We Are The Ocean and others, getting a fantastic response from the big crowds along the way. This, along with the fact that they can count The Editors as fans, has given Go Primitive great confidence that they are on the right track.

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It’s that confidence which has given rise in large part to the ‘100 Ways’ EP. In the band’s own words:

“The E.P is a show of our strength to overcome the struggles and constant roadblocks put in front of many bands at our stage. We hope that after countless efforts, this will be the E.P that makes our name stand up to the bigger acts out there and pushes us further in our musical journey.”

Always working hard on new material, their next release sees them on rollicking form with new EP ‘100 Ways’, a five song collection inspired by the many obstacles placed in front of independent musicians. Lead single ‘Breathe in, Bleed out’ sees them on typical top form, showing Go Primitive’s rock credentials in all their glory and going all out to bust through those obstacles…

https://soundcloud.com/goprimitiveuk/breathe-in-bleed-out-100_ways/s-GJ3O8

Produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Kids in Glass Houses, Funeral For A Friend, Twin Atlantic, Motorhead, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine,  Lower Than Atlantis, Bring Me The Horizon), the EP is unsurprisingly dazzling in its depth of quality. The attention to detail that has gone into infusing these studio tracks with the energy of a live show is what will set them apart. That same attention to detail has also been extended to the excellent artwork, produced by Kids in Glass Houses front man Aled Phillips.

The ‘100 Ways’ EP is released July 13th.

Links:

www.goprimitive.co.uk

https://soundcloud.com/goprimitiveuk

www.facebook.com/goprimitiveuk

www.twitter.com/goprimitive

Franklin Lake going ‘Supersonic’ with new four track EP

Tipped by the industry as the next big thing in Urban Pop, Franklin Lake is made up of Tay Starhz, Jude Read, Carl Hainsby, Tom Marvin & Ed Goacher.

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Franklin Lake have already made an impact on the main stages of some of Europe’s most prestigious events & festivals. Performing their high energy, catchy pop sets and appearing at events alongside the likes of Olly Murs, Dappy, Wretch 32, James Arthur, Union J, Collabro and many more. In 2015, the band are determined to establish themselves further in the industry and aim to continue to add to the list of household names they can say they’ve played amongst already.

Franklin Lake have also been working with some of the finest producers in the world on remixes of their tracks, tinkering with the arrangements to shape them into ready-made pop and club hits. The list of names is an impressive one, including recent ‘Best International Dance Producers Award’ winners Soulshaker, DASCO (signed to Phonetic, Kontor, Radikal, Blanco Y Negro and BIP), Mob Culture (currently working single releases with Sony) and So Cool Network who are huge on the Shoreditch and Bristol EDM scenes. All of these producers are playing at the top of their game and hold places in the Music Week Charts on current singles packages, which says a lot for the calibre of people looking to work with Franklin Lake.

Listen to ‘Supersonic’ here: https://soundcloud.com/shiplap-studios/supersonic

‘Supersonic’ is the final culmination of a lot of hard work from Franklin Lake to establish themselves as a true upcoming force in the UK music industry.

Fantastic new EP released through Universal distribution on Monday 29th June

Links:

https://twitter.com/franklinlake_

www.facebook.com/FranklinLake1