Righteous Reprobates-‘We Go With What We Know’ Review

Righteous Reprobates new single, ‘We go with what we know’ showcases just how talented these guys are, from the skillful song writing of front man Rob White, to performances by  Charlie Kenny (Drums), Jack Griffiths (Guitar, Vocals) and Jack Collier (Bass), they are certainly bringing something new and exciting yet old school to the current rock scene.

Songwriter Rob took some inspiration for the lyrics especially from his own life experiences travelling, “Living abroad for so long gave me perspective and widened the scope of my song writing subject matter.” We certainly love it!

Into staying ahead of the game? These guys are definitely ones to look out for if you’re looking to refresh your Indie Rock Palette.

‘We Go With What We Know’ is out 15th April 2016

 

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/righteousreprobates

http://righteousreprobates.com

https://soundcloud.com/righteous-reprobates-500102521

 

Next gig: 12th May

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Proud Camden Favourites Vidal & Curma Release EP

Vidal & Curma have played in some of the most prestigious independent music venues in the city; their reputation has already won them a residency at the revered Proud Camden, where they were invited for repeat showings by popular demand thanks to the innate energy and sense of fun in their songs. Now, three track EP ‘Another Plane’ is being released – and it’s an offbeat, acoustic treat.

Watch Vidal & Curma in action here:

Vidal & Curma’s ‘Another Plane’ EP is due to be released on August 10th.

Links:

https://facebook.com/VidalCurma

https://twitter.com/vidalcurma

http://tradiio.com/vidal-curma-1

Berenice Scott bewitches with piano-pop single ‘Walls Cave in’

Born in Paris, France but now based in London, Berenice Scott is the talented product of a truly bohemian upbringing. After travelling the world with artistic parents – a French mother and British father – drinking in a host of musical influences to inform her own writing, her chamber-pop songs are a thoughtful mix of wistfulness and a quiet power.

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 A professional session musician specialising in the commercial pop world, her independent, improvisational spirit grew from early days as a pianist. Piano teachers would grow frustrated with her penchant for playing around with structures and learning by ear as opposed to reading music by sight, but in reality Berenice was finding her own way, by feel for the music as opposed to prescribed routes and notes.

With a songwriting style driven by a love of piano, Berenice Scott’s album ‘Polarity’ consistently provides excellent tracks from top to tail, including stunning singles such as ‘Walls Cave In’ – a beautifully building ballad which calls to mind the blended subtleties and pop sensibilities of Sarah McLachlan  and Vanessa Carlton:

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The album ‘Polarity’ is a gorgeous collection, created from a range of experiences, lyrically and musically matched to the emotions felt by Berenice Scott throughout her life. It’s a life which has evolved from growing up in a world of artistic genius, her parents counting Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood as their friends and contemporaries and sharing holidays with icons such as Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall.

For fans who really want to get to know Berenice Scott, check out her YouTube channel for an informal video series called ‘The Breakfast Club Sessions’, in which acoustic sessions are captured raw and without the pomp and pressure of the spotlight.

‘Walls Cave In’ will be available on May 25th, followed by album ‘Polarity’ which will be available on June 8th.

Links:

http://www.berenicescott.com

www.soundcloud.com/berenicescott

www.facebook.com/berenicescott

www.twitter.com/berenicescott

Expansive minimalism from debut Slows Down EP

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Self-titled release is due to land on Feb 11th

Based in London and influenced by a heady cocktail of Swans, Spiritualized, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Radiohead,  60s pop, Middle Eastern classical music and more, Slows Down is the musical pseudonym of multi-talented solo artist Alexander Hawthorne.

A proficient self-taught multi-instrumentalist, he writes music which defies easy categorisation – exploding with multi-cultural ideas and independent in every sense. His debut EP, self-titled, will be available from February 11th, and you can hear an early taster here with ‘The Way Down Leering’:

https://soundcloud.com/slowsdown/the-way-down-leering

Written during spells in India and hitchhiking across the US, the EP is full of heavy themes presented with depth and a full on sound. All the many parts are played by Hawthorne himself, self-recorded and produced into one cohesive unit. But in spite of the broad instrumental strokes, the ideas are simple – minimalist even. It makes for a varied and versatile collection of tracks.

The EP is just the beginning of a longer project, in which Slows Down will continue to experiment in unique and creative ways. A full album will follow the EP, and he intends to bring together a group to perform live next year to perform these tracks in full, live for the first time. Thus far, due to Slows Down’s self-contained methodology, his music has lived in the studio and in recorded form. In spite of those limitations, the music is already getting a lot of positive feedback from previous single releases:

“I’ve grown to appreciate simplicity in music almost above all else. This is why, I think, I’ve fallen quite so hard for Slows Down.” – Matthew Healy, GoldFlakedPaint

“Taking advantage of the no compromise necessary freedom that only a true solo recording allows, as well as the opportunity to really sculpt the sound of these tracks with numerous overdubs and extremely careful manipulation, Hawthorne has created an extremely well defined world here” – Nathan Ford, The Active Listener

“A melancholic hypnosis of painstaking beauty. The track weeps from start to finish and manages to conjure some next level, swirling soundscapes. This is all from just one man, lets not forget that…” Phill Walker, One For The People

The EP will be available in vinyl and download forms from February 11th, and you can also look out for a free download of ‘Silent Night’ to be made available on Christmas Day.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/slowsdown

https://slowsdown.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/slowsdown

Mama Moonshine ready for haunting new single ‘Sisters’

New track available from January 30th 2015

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A London based four piece with a love of all things soul, Mama Moonshine are a band tailor made for swaying between funk jams and blues rhythms. This is a group who take in all kinds of influences – from the dusky likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha, to the funk rock stylings of the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – each member has their own unique sound, when moulded together creates a distinct and elevated tone.

Their brand new single ‘Sisters’ is out on January 30th, a heartfelt song about the loss and gain of true friendship. Hauntingly soulful and with smartly lyrics that unspool with a gentle power, the track is a solid example of this band’s class:

Mama Moonshine are clearly a band assured in their own sound, both in the studio and on the stage. Having sold out both The Camden Enterprise and Proud Galleries (Camden Town) they also played to a rapt crowd at the Audiofarm festival 2014, Brunswick in Brighton and Portobello Road, Notting Hill to name a few. Add to that recent radio appearances and a guest slot for vocalist Ruth with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Band for charity last year, and this band is on the rise in the London Music Scene.

Don’t just take our word for it. There has been interest from cult hit-makers Tune-Yards and Little Dragon, who had some words of encouragement after hearing their new material:

“Had a listen to your music. You have a great voice! Keep writing songs 🙂 and have a blast in the studio!! Lots of luv Yukimi”

‘Sisters’ will be available from online stockists and more from January 30th.

Links:

www.mamamoonshine.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mamamoonshinemusic

Twitter: @mama_moonshine

Instagram: @mama_moonshine_ruth

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mama-moonshine

River Child invites us under the ‘Lone City Lights’

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Single taken from upcoming  debut EP ‘Start Over Again’

A thoughtful singer songwriter based in North London, River Child is the creator of original indie-folk tunes with a soulful edge.

An ex-busker who got so much good feedback from his pavement performances he decided to take to the studio, with second single ‘Lone City Lights’ coming next.

Brilliant in its simplicity, the track marries a vocal reminiscent of Dylan with an upbeat shuffle rhythm which belies the darker lyrics, as well as mixing acoustic and jangling electric guitar to great effect. You can hear the song here:

Looking to build on his burgeoning reputation with this single, River Child is working hard on the London scene to keep turning heads – and with top quality, accessible music like this it shouldn’t be long until more and more eyes are on him.

Produced by Ian Wallman, this is music easy on the ear but written from the heart – a soulful reminder of how affecting a simple chord/melody combination can be.

‘Lone City Lights’ is out on January 19th

Find River Child online:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/riverchildmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/child_river

Instagram: riverchildpics

Masked Musicians, Freddie Fiction Release Debut Single ‘I Don’t Dream’

Mysterious London/LA singer hits the UK with new band and video

New band Freddie Fiction hit the UK with debut single ‘I Don’t Dream’. Fronted by a very successful artist, he is currently keeping his identity under wraps, or should I say mask?

The dark, soulful acoustic number is a melancholic ‘anti-love song’ with the sound of a mournful Jose Gonzales. You can see the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24yFHZcGfq4

Soon to be followed by the satirical tracks ‘Pistol Pete’ and ‘Big Corporation’ – songs stacked full of wit and strong social messages – ‘I Don’t Dream’ serves as a gentle but shadowy introduction.

The band might remain very much a mystery at the moment, but fans of their music will have the chance to find out more by participating in an exciting treasure hunt to reveal the man behind the mask and the identities of the rest of the members. Some fantastic prizes are also available, so stay tuned!

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/FreddieFiction

https://twitter.com/FreddieFiction

https://soundcloud.com/Freddie-Fiction/i-dont-dream-by-Freddie