‘No Life On Mars’ by Feline and Strange

If you like your music full of different genres all mixed up in a blender, then look no further than German duo Feline and Strange who combine elements of the operatic with dark alternative electronica and cabaret stylings – arguably, there’s a bit of rock in there too.

Such is the eclectic style of the pair who are evident boundary pushers when it comes to creating music- you can watch the video for ‘No Life On Mars’ here, but Feline and Strange are also releasing a new video for ‘City By The Sea’ on 7th July!

Links:

www.youtube.com/canteatro

https://soundcloud.com/felinelang

www.facebook.com/felineandstrange

https://twitter.com/felinelang

www.felineandstrange.com

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Introducing: Electro-pop duo TONICA

Manchester is arguably the UK’s most notable city when it comes to associating places with music, but it’s best known for classic acts like Oasis, The Happy Mondays, The Smiths, The Stone Roses… the list goes on.

However, electro-pop isn’t quite as widely represented when you think of Manchester, but new duo TONICA are trying to change that. Perhaps it’s time for Manchester to expand their horizons…

Encapsulating a hook-driven, synth-infused sound full of pulsating beats, TONICA’s music is catchy, but without adhering to the typical all-out pop image. Instead, the duo have coined the term ‘neon-noir’ as a way of describing their overall outlook and style when it comes to music.

According to TONICA: ‘The mood and aesthetic of 80s/modern neon-noir cinema has definitely inspired what we do. Films like Blade & Drive have this shadowy, mysterious, sinister feeling to them – we feel like our music captures that sense of drama & suspense too. We love the use of neon glamour & rich colours mixed with industrial gloom within NN cinema, especially in film posters.’

It’s always interesting to see artists inspired by things outside the world of music and this is what sets them apart from the rest of the electro-pop crowd.

Lovers of The Weeknd will find some of what they like in the pair’s debut single ‘Save Yourself’, which is out August 11th, but fans of M83 and Polica will also not be disappointed with what they hear.

You can’t get your ears wrapped around ‘Save Yourself’ just yet, but in the meantime, check out more on TONICA here:

https://www.facebook.com/tonicaofficialband/

https://www.instagram.com/tonicamusic/

https://www.youtube.com/c/Tonicaofficial

https://soundcloud.com/tonicabandofficial

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‘Land of Hope’ by Beldon Haigh

Check out the latest track from protest singer-songwriter, Beldon Haigh, who has returned with ‘Land of Hope’; a song about the world’s current refugee crisis.

With a moving and touching video featuring footage from across the globe relating to the crisis, this is the kind of video that’ll have people getting themselves involved in making a difference, and this is exactly what Beldon aims to do.

All proceeds from the track will be donated to IndiGo volutneers who are helping in the effort providing services to the aid agencies in direct contact with the refugee crisis.

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

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Bimbi Philips returns with ‘Lamba’

Afrobeat can seem like a saturated market at times, in need of something a little bit different, and that’s exactly what we’re getting from Bimbi Philips’ new material that takes the classic genre and blends it with elements of EDM, dancehall and house.

‘Lamba’ is Bimbi’s latest track and it doesn’t disappoint on first listen. Bimbi’s smooth and seductive vocals steal the show, but that’s not mentioning the infectious beat that has you tapping your foot from the off and the intermittent guitar line that flickers in and out, adding new sonic texture to Bimbi’s individual afrobeat style.

What’s more is that Bimbi aims to be the ultimate performer for his fans, giving them live experiences they’ll never forget. One way in which he does this is by having his backing dancers alongside him, inspired by afrobeat legend Fela Kuti’s ‘Kalakuta Queens’, who you’ll see in the masterfully crafted video.

As well as Fela Kuti, Bimbi is influenced by the likes of R&B duo, P-Square, Wayne Wonder and Major Lazer.

 

Check out more on Bimbi here:

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/BimbiPhilipsOfficial/

https://twitter.com/bimbiphilips

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoIK2alPLZaugM1Uo3-1Hgg

https://instagram.com/bimbiphilips

www.bimbiphilips.com

https://play.spotify.com/artist/2kubPsCTvYnlbrxcDZhTd7?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lamba-single/id1144474956

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoIK2alPLZaugM1Uo3-1Hgg

 

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Track Review: ‘Down the Aisle’ by Music Theory

Egyptian pop artist, Music Theory, has just dropped his infectious new love song, ‘Down the Aisle’ and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Opening with a beautifully delicate guitar line, this makes way for a sensual bass line that perfectly accompanies the pure vocals on Music Theory’s track. There’s no fancy frills or over-complicated structuring here; this is simple, yet effective pop music, suitable for all audiences.

Love songs can end up being a little corny at times, but in the case of ‘Down The Aisle’ they simply exude an honesty that could only be displayed by true feelings, transformed into the medium of music.

Culminating in a face-melting guitar solo, it’s without a doubt an emotional track that is made even more so by the tear-jerking video which you can check out above!

Find out more on Music Theory here:

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/musictheory2016

https://www.facebook.com/musictheory2016/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNHe1k5TPYkM8EHLiaDkL_w

http://www.musictheory.zone

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Shannon K returns with new album ‘Perpetual’

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Indian teen-pop sensation, Shannon K, has returned with the release of her album, Perpetual, which digs a little deeper into the world of human emotion.

Being the daughter of legendary Bollywood singer, Kumar Sanu, music was in Shannon’s blood and now she is forging a career for herself with her brand of highly listenable, contemporary pop that is sure to appeal to the masses.

Since her Father was often away on tour, displaying his skills to the world whilst Shannon was growing up, she found that she missed him dearly and this formed an emotional connection that seems to have permeated its way into her new introspective and highly emotional songs.

You can listen to Perpetual here on Spotify:

Shannon herself has travelled too, moving to London at the age of 6, but then voyaging on to America where she sought to spread her music to a wider audience. Modern popular music has without a doubt taken its influence on Shannon who looks up to the likes of Justin Bieber, Adele, Bruno Mars and Whitney Houston when writing her music. One of the new tracks, ‘Pretty Eyes’ is actually written about Justin Bieber himself! However, credit should be given where it is due and some should go to Shannon’s younger sister, Annabel, who has assisted her in the songwriting process.

Found out more on Shannon K here:

Links:

https://m.facebook.com/Shannonksinger/

https://www.instagram.com/k_shann0n/

https://twitter.com/singershannonk

http://shannonkmusic.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJghKzUZVmqJGyDPkYatt_Q

 

 

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Track Review: ‘She’s Got You’ by Chey

A 90s-esque love ballad, Chey’s distinctive vocal tells the story of heartbreak.

Chey possesses a dynamic voice, flawless vocal control and stunning vocal projection. The musical accompaniment is atmospheric and the song is not overly complex; correspondent to the songs message, although I feel the large amount of reverb in the instrumental breaks do not align with the tone of the piece. However, this track encompasses a relatable motif and a raw emotional storyline which gives it the potential to become an admired song.

Chey, she may have him, but you’ve definitely got us.

She’s Got You is set for official release on April 21st 2017, Available on iTunes, Spotify and Tidal.

You can find Chey at the following links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs2yaqe39nSTxS4927ahXxA

https://cheymusic.com/

https://soundcloud.com/officialchey

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCheyMusic/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

https://twitter.com/OfficialChey1

https://www.instagram.com/officialcheymusic/?hl=en

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