Yorkshire-born Rupert Stroud writes strong-hearted, beat-driven acoustic rock and is back in the studio with producer Will Jackson (The Kaiser Chiefs, Embrace, The Cribs) recording his third album. His new single “Way Back Home” is out on September 15th, and we caught up with Rupert to find out more about his influences, touring habits and thoughts about 2014 so far.
London rock band Starling want to bring a new shape to the musical landscape. Dan, Craig, Sol and Vanessa blend catchy rock riffs with the grandeur of an orchestral sound, and have been touring extensively across the UK to build up a strong fan base. Their debut single “Dream Again” is releaed on Monday, September 8th and we caught up with charismatic frontman Daniel James to find out more about the band’s dynamic.
American country singer-songwriter Jessica Clemmons has teamed up with a band, bringing you Jess and the Bandits. Their new single ‘My Name is Trouble’ is out on September 15th, and we caught up with Jess to answer a few questions about her life in music so far and forthcoming plans.
Juno and Spark are Peppermint Heaven, an LA-based, 80s-influenced synth-pop duo. They’ve been in the studio following the release of latest single “Plenty Of Time”, the follow up to their Delicious EP last year, and we caught up with them to find out more about how they got together and their next steps.
London songwriter and performer Maria Evangelou is an enticing dip back into ’60s history. Her Motown, soul and jazz influences link her to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dionne Bromfield and Duffy. She is very comfortable slipping on these classic styles like costumes and morphing into them with a rich, quivering voice and a straight to the point retro production. We caught up with Maria ahead of the release of new single “Mr Right” available September 8th.
Finnish trance duo Super8 & Tab, aka Janne Mikael Mansnerus and Miika Juhani Eloranta, continue to push the classic trance sound forward signed to Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats label. This summer they play London’s South West Four dance music festival on Clapham Common, taking place on Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th. We caught up with Janne to find out more about their 2014 so far and what to expect when they play SW4.
Classically-trained singer-songwriter Nina Schofield produces epic and soulful piano-pop that earned her a nomination for Best Female Vocal at The Hollywood Music in Media Awards following the release of her debut album Drifting in 2011. Now, fresh from a UK tour and with new single “Over It Under It”, she’s ready to cement her rising star credentials.
Named after the bustling city in the centre of the Sahel desert, Sarh is the collaborative project between turntablist DJ Pone (Svinkels, Birdy Nam Nam, Triptik, now signed to Ed Banger Records) and Stuck In the Sound’s vocalist José Reis Fontao. Their electro pop music blends Pone’s dark soundscapes with Fontao’s soothing lyrics, creating a haunting sound. We caught up with vocalist José Reis Fontao to find out more about how Sarh came about.
Colourful pop songstress Shirin is all about the glam. She’s worked with Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins, has sung for Clive Davis and used her residency at the Hard Rock Café in Macau, China to develop her unique sound. Following the release of debut EP ‘Good Girls Always Surrender’, she’s heading off on a three-month tour of Asia and aims to show it isn’t just naughty girls who can have fun. We spoke to Shirin about musical influences, touring and an ambition to work with a famous Hollywood double-act.
Effie, described as a female Frank Ocean, has just got back from a tour supporting Ghetts. She’s unafraid of brutal honesty or of opening old wounds to explore lyrically through her songs, and her new EP “Conquer” is headed up by the single ‘Addicted’ – a love letter to her former boyfriend expressing her need for the relationship. We found out more about how she pours her heart and soul into her music.
Alex Adams is building on his success at the start of the year that included featuring and co-writing Toyboy & Robins’ “Better Places” then getting a live performance on Mistajam’s Radio 1 show. His drum & bass infused track “Rubies” is released on Monday, June 9th as part of a new EP with his soulful vocal delivery creating a potential dance-pop cross-over hit. We spoke to Alex about how he got involved in making music.
Jimmy Hunter, Will Irvine, Gareth Thompson and Chris Clark are Hunter & the Bear, championed in Music Week as one of their unsigned bands of 2013 and tipped by Radio 2 as ‘One To Watch’ for 2014. They blend folk, rock and country with a signature sound of vocal harmonies and soaring guitars.
The late Whitney Houston’s half-sister Alexis is looking forward to the release of new EP Light on July 7th following the airing of lead single ‘Light’ in May. We caught up with her to find out a little more about how music has always been a big part of her life and what she’s been listening to this year.
Newcastle trio ICENI (pronounced “eye-seen-ee”), are a female trio who run almost entirely on good vibrations, keyboard riffs and cups of tea. Lindsay (bass/vocals), Liz (piano/vocals) and Lady Caroline Mary (drums/vocals) released their first self-titled EP in July 2013 and have been working on an album for release this year.
We caught up with Lindsay ahead of the release of new single “Drive” in June to learn more about how they write their music and what personality traits make the band sound like someone you’d want to go on holiday with.
There are new voodoo sci-fi blues coming from Vienna Ditto, a mysterious duo who look to the past to find their inspiration. Bonded by a love of dirty Chicago blues, dark psychedelia and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, their spiky throwback pop is at its rawest on “Feeling Good”, out in June. We caught up with Vienna Ditto to learn more about them – told in their own, quirky way.
Artpop Glasgow band A Band Called Quinn are Louise Quinn (songwriting & vocals) and Bal Cooke (production & drums) supported by Robert Henderson (trumpet & keys) and Steve Westwater (bass). They’re about to embark on a tour of their live multimedia show Biding Time (remix) in May. Described as a caustic tale of fame and failure via the experience of women in the music industry, it was devised with Grid Iron’s Artistic Director Ben Harrison in response to Pippa Bailey’s Biding Time project. Live, it’s performed as a melding of David Lynch and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We caught up with Louise to find out more.
Following last year’s debut album, ColliderScope on NightCabin Records, the band have been in the studio working on a more stripped-back, raw sound, melding together their trademark delicate vocal and harp melodies with glitchy electronics, off-kilter percussion and distorted guitar. We spoke to Chris Bangs (cello, production) and Kat Arney (harp) about Talk in Colour’s development and plans for 2014.
RAMS’ Pocket Radio’s debut album Béton – French for concrete – has been years in the writing, performing and growing. First single “Love is a Bitter Thing” has long been celebrated as the jewel in RAMS’ live set, and sits as a reflective pause in the album itself. Available to download now, the single is accompanied by new versions recorded by Alana Henderson and electronic artist Ryan Vail, as well as an official music video and live version with SOAK. We caught up with multi-instrumentalist Peter McCauley about his alias.
LA born singer/songwriter Juliette Commagere has shared the stage with Grammy-Award nominated Linda Perry, Air, The Bird and The Bee’s Greg Kurstin and Nick Lowe. She has a voice as soft as silk, and is set to release single “Big Star” on November 24th. It’s taken from her minimalistic third album Human. We caught up with her and found Joni Mitchell inspired her to enter the music industry with gigs for her friends.
Since starting in April of this year, Space Jump Salute has begun to make a name for himself with upbeat and original music. He’s already had support from artists such as MJ Cole, B.Traits and Claude Von Stroke, and with a debt EP on the horizon, see him live at London’s Cue Love on November 8th. We found out more how Felix Baumgartner and Sum 41 inspired him.
Last year Frank Hamilton’s #OneSongAWeek project led to the singer writing, recording and releasing one song a week, and he’s followed up the achievement in 2013 by recording an EP aboard the London Eye in one singular rotation. He has a unique take on lyrics with honest charm and catchy song writing which will be heard across a 17-date UK tour he started in Newcastle on September 20th. We asked him about his influences as he enters the final week of his tour.
The Czech Republic’s Charlie Straight were formed in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2012 that they made a breakthrough into the public eye. Buoyed by a second album produced by the London-based Guy Fixsen (Laika, My Bloody Valentine), they played their first three gigs in the UK during the Olympics and went on to support Red Hot Chili Peppers in Prague. We spoke to singer Albert Cerny about the band’s origins and ambitions ahead of the release of new single “Coco” on Monday, September 16th.
The self-released, self-guided and self-confident trio Hunter & The Bear are Jimmy, Will and Josh. They’re all about organic and rootsy emotion powered by a pounding, acoustic feel and period cobbler. The London-based trio is finishing up their latest EP and preparing themselves for the release of debut single “Forest On The Hill” on Monday, September 30th. We spoke to them about how the band came together ahead of their first release.
Swedish sister duo Caviare Days, fronted by Lina and Maja Westin, are 60s-inspired psychedelic rock’n’roll, fully pronounced on new single “Who Deprived You Of Your Smile?”. The Vox Continental organ and guitar solos take you on a mystical sonic journey inspired by the legends of the genre. We found out more about their influences and what makes them unique.
Dr Meaker started their journey in 2004 as a Bristol based sound system comprising of electronic and acoustic musicians. The band soon built up a strong following and quickly gained the attention of the BBC resulting in a play of their popular track “Rubber Gloves” on Rob da Bank’s BBC Radio 1 show. They toured the French Alps in March, played on the Sonic stage at Glastonbury in June and are set to release a second album soon. Ahead of an appearance at Village Underground in London on October 4th, we caught up with Clive Meaker to learn more about the band.