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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Next teenage sensation Nina Jones juggles brand new pop track release with A-level study!

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Next teenage sensation juggles brand new pop track release with A-level study!

At just 17 years old, Nina Jones is an extremely talented teenage vocalist with a big future ahead of her. Based in Newport, South Wales, her new single is the kind of accessible hit that can go a long way to establishing a new name in the music industry.

‘Never Let You Go’ is catchy, infectious and toe tappingly paced – soulful pop-funk made to shine thanks to a stellar, pure vocal performance from Nina. This has potential pop hit written all over it, and also follows the recent trend of chart hits peppered with retro 90s touches. It’s a song about asking somebody to trust you in love, to let go emotionally and to fall completely for you.

The video is on the way, but in the meantime, here’s a tease of what you can expect…

‘Never Let You Go’ is written by award winning songwriters Darren Parry, Dan Curtis and Laura Curtis.  Darren has achieved UK Songwriting Contest Award wins (2004 winner ‘Pop’), USA ‘Song Of The Year’, USA ‘Billboard’ and USA ‘Unisong’ awards. Meanwhile, Dan and Laura Curtis have had songs recorded by Paul Potts, Broadway stars Ramin Karimloo & Lea Salonga and also wrote the successful, star studded charity track ‘A Miner’s Song’.

It makes for a heady combination of writing and vocal talent, and, with Darren Parry also on production duties, the track has already had national exposure on Nina’s home turf with BBC Radio Wales.

Not bad progress for a young lady who is also in the midst of her ‘A’ levels at school in Newport and performing with a fantastic 9 piece covers band at weddings, parties and corporate functions. Nina Jones obviously enjoys being busy, and with tracks like this it won’t be long before she’s even busier. Two of her musical heroes are Sam Smith and Adele, but those artists had better keep an eye out for this ambitious young performer from across the River Severn.

‘Never Let You Go’ will be released on April 6th!





‘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. 

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Singing Sensation ‘Derek Ryan’ Releases Brand New Single ‘100 Numbers’

Irish country star set to release his new single in the UK on 24th March taken from new album ‘Country Soul’, out now.


Derek Ryan’s career has already been an unquestionable success. He signed to WarnerMusic at the age of 17 with his band D-Side and went on to make a multi-platinum selling record with ‘Real World’. He has also been nominated for several Meteor Awards in Ireland and has had global success with a number 1 single in Japan.

He has already gained 3 top 10 hits in the UK, and is now looking to further establish himself  with the release of his new single ‘100 Numbers’ following the UK release of his new album Country Soul.

He commands a very loyal following of fans who have known and loved him since his D-Side days! The ‘Official Derek Ryan Fanclub’ Facebook is constantly buzzing with praise and love for Derek, along with a vibrant Twitter feed which keeps his fans hooked on his new gigs and music.



The track itself is a clear nod to his Irish country and folk music roots but also has an unmistakeable pop tone too with a very hooky melody and a catchy rhythm that is hard to shake!

Listen here:

‘100 Numbers’ was, like most of Ryan’s music, self-penned. The lyrics speak of being surrounded by people once he’d moved to London to continue his career, but still suffering from homesickness and missing those he is closest to. It was inspired by a tough time in his life when he was living in a bedsit in the city and desperately wanted to get back to his home in Ireland and continue making the music which he loves and has grown up with.

These feelings came despite the ‘100 Numbers’ in his phone, and there was no one who could help him shake his thoughts of home. The song is therefore a look into Derek’s own journey out of loneliness and back to his roots both musically and personally.

Musically ‘100 Numbers’ is quite layered with a number of different instruments being used throughout to give it a warmth characteristic of Derek’s music. In terms of comparison, the Westlife pop style is tempting but it has a more contemporary Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling pop folk feel to it whilst retaining a traditional flavour. 

Canadian Sensation, Lukay, to Release New Single ‘Dance With You’

Lukay is an accomplished singer-songwriter, dancer and producer from Canada who, following his overwhelming success with his previous release, is now set to release ‘Dance With You’ on November 11th.

ImageFrom an early age, Lukay’s father (also the maestro of the local church choir) made sure Lukay was surrounded by music. At the age of ten he taught himself to play bass guitar and by fourteen he was appointed “Music Director” of his local church band and after not making the school basketball team when he was sixteen, Lukay decided to return to music, his first love.

After finding success as an award winning songwriter, receiving his very own Gold Plaque from EMI Canada for the song ‘Yalla Habibi’ for fellow Canadian superstar Karl Wolf and collaborating with award winning producers like Will Baker and Dark Child, Lukay decided it was time to write his own music. In 2011 Lukay officially released his first single ‘I’m In Love With Music’ which gained positive feedback from the Canadian Billboard Charts in their August 2011 Newsletter and by SOCAN P&M magazine in March of 2012. Not only did he catch the attention of the charts and magazines, ‘I’m In Love With Music’ also caught the attention of top radio stations such as Virgin Radio, The Beat and NRJ Montreal as well as numerous others. In May 2012 Lukay was nominated for three awards in the Montreal Hip-Hop Awards, winning ‘Best R&B Artist Anglophone of the Year’. After smashing the stage at Olympia Theatre of Montreal when opening for the Grammy Award winning legends- Boyz II Men show at the Grand Prix weekend in Montreal, Lukay’s fan base did nothing but expand as he was greeted with thousands of people singing along with him.

Lukay’s bouncing new single ‘Dance With You’ is a catchy, upbeat song with an infectious chorus. A gentle yet bubbly introduction leads you into the first verse which exhibits Lukay’s incredibly strong, versatile vocals while the video exhibits his fluid ability on the dance floor. The single entered the Canadian Billboard Chart Top 40 and peaked at no.16 (now at no.25) on the Billboard Emerging Canadian Artist chart. Most recently, Lukay has been named the Bell Media Radio’s Emerging Artist of the month for July. His single is playing on all the top commercial radio stations from coast to coast.

“Lukay, you are a triple threat. A singer, songwriter and dancer and you’re great at all of them.” – Virgin Radio

Watch the ‘Dance With You’ music video here:

Amanda Bloom lays out ‘The History of Things to Come’

Amanda BloomIt’s not often that a new album comes along that seamlessly blends heavy rock, classical music, Kate Bush style vocals and a singer-songwriter  mentality. With debut album ‘A History of Things to Come’, Australian songwriter and pianist Amanda Bloom does just that.

Recorded during sessions in Jordan and Sydney, Australia, with a back story almost as varied and eclectic as the music itself, this is an album that was clearly crafted with care, from the intricate piano lines to the distorted power chords. It’s rare in the current music industry that a new album will continue to surprise with every new track, but ‘The History of Things to Come’ has so many shades of light and dark, soft and heavy, that it’s impossible to predict what will come next.

Yet this is still a cohesive release, undoubtedly the work of a consistently ambitious writer who knows her sound and has spent time honing it. When it comes to her music, the classically trained Amanda Bloom has complete creative control, writing, arranging and orchestrating all the parts herself.

The variation of influences on the album comes as little surprise when you take into account Bloom’s eclectic background. A multi-linguist who has taught Spanish, Italian, French, Khmer and English to support her passions for music and travel, Bloom is currently based in Cambodia.

Since moving there from her native Australia, she’s shared the stage with Conrad Keely (And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead) at an school for disabled children in Kampot, as well as performing to over 20,000 people for MTV Exit, a stadium show working to combat human trafficking.

The album also saw a host of collaborations which contributed to its intriguing sound. Members of the Amman Symphony Orchestra in Jordan played a part, while some of the tracks are engineered by Kassim Sabounchi, an Iraqi refugee who fled his home country to start a new life in Jordan. Once completed, the flowing title track ‘The History of Things to Come’ was even picked up by trapeze act ‘Suspension of Disbelief’ – a nod to the dramatic, but melodic nature of the music Amanda Bloom produces.

You can hear lead tracks ‘Rosetta’ & ‘Beautiful Beautiful’ on Soundcloud:

And see her perform her track ‘Fallacy’ here:

Herrington Codner wants ‘Justice For Freedom’ with new single


Having impressed with urban reggae LP ‘Real’ earlier this year, Canada based singer-songwriter Herrington Codner returns this winter with single ‘Justice For Freedom’.

Aiming to bring a touch of sunshine as winter closes in, the track is something of a call to arms, with political overtones demanding ‘justice for freedom’ and asking the listener to ‘stand up for what you believe in’. These are familiar overtones in reggae music, and ones which Codner utilises very effectively with a catchy, pop-friendly chorus and a strong vocal.

The LP ‘Real’ is the third album release from Codner’s own imprint Center Lane Records. Written and developed on the Canadian roads and highways while working as a professional truck driver, the songs find inspiration from the sublime to the mundane. Based on everything from his personal beliefs to the everyday happenings of the world around him, they perfectly encapsulate a personal world view.

Match that with strong production and an obvious appreciation for a range of musical genres, and the new single is the latest in what promises to be a string of great releases. Codner has christened his blending of reggae and pop staples as ‘Ragwire’, a new genre which sets him apart from his contemporaries.

‘Justice For Freedom’ is released on Monday, November 25th

RnB Star McLean Reveals New Single ‘Does It hurt’


McLean, the award winning British singer-songwriter has marked his return with the sensational new single ‘Does It Hurt’.

The artist shot to fame back in 2007 with the track ‘Broken’, one of the singer’s early singles. Working under the alias Digga, the track spread throughout the urban and RnB scene worldwide and was picked up by high profile names, including Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder and Professor Green who created their own remixes of the track. The success of the song led to McLean being signed by Atlantic Records. McLean’s second single ‘My Name’, released in 2010, clocked up a number 10 chart position in the UK Top 40 and peaked at no.5 in the UK R&B Chart. That year he went on to win the best music video category at the Urban Music Awards for the track and was nominated for a MOBO award. The exposure brought McLean into further contact with some of the industry’s top names and he went on to tour with N-Dubz, Trey Songz and Roll Deep, as well as featuring as a guest vocalist on tracks such as Chase and Status’ ‘Take U There’.

A whirlwind three years persuaded McLean into taking a step back from the scene for a short while. Travelling to the US, McLean switched focus to writing new material, working with producers in both New York and L.A. The trip was hugely beneficial and saw McLean penning the majority of his forthcoming album.

‘Does It Hurt’ presents the singer’s first official release since 2010’s ‘Finally In Love’. A supremely heartfelt song, from the opening piano melody to McLean’s powerful vocals, ‘Does It Hurt’ echoes the singer’s trademark emotive sound. The single has been produced by the amazing trio that is TMS (Producers of No. 1 hits such as ‘Read All About It’ by Professor Green/Emeli Sande & ‘Wings’ by Little Mix) along with being mixed and mastered by Grammy award winning producer Steve Orchard, who described McLean as ‘a great singer… [with] a lot of fresh energy’. The critically acclaimed singer is set to make a long awaited return with his excellent new single.

‘Does It Hurt’ is released on November 18th. Stream the song over on Soundcloud:

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