Naomi on target with new music – EP ‘Take Back the Power’

When an artist’s debut EP is titled ‘Take Back The Power’, the betting is good that that artist is set to make a strong impact. In the case of singer and song writer Naomi, this EP is likely to do just that.

The track above is just a small taste of her infectious pop sound, and has already got the attention of new music tastemakers at The Guardian, The Independent, BBC radio, Huffington Post and a whole lot more. Frankly, the list is too long to type out.

In addition, her music is produced by a trio of top names, who have worked with huge names including Michael Jackson, Westlife and another long list of global stars.

In short, the signs are good for Naomi and her new EP, set to make a splash on April 22nd.

New pop song from Magazine Gap – ‘What’s That About?’

If you live in London and are into the independent music scene, you may know that there is currently a dearth of strong, top quality pop bands on the circuit. Thankfully, Magazine Gap are here to fill that gap (pun intended).

 

Arguably the UK’s answer to Maroon 5, Magazine Gap delight in creating thumping pop music with a rocky edge. The latest example is single ‘What’s That About?’, a new single which leads the way before a new album later this year.

Kelly Moneymaker releases double A side single ‘Home For The Holidays’ & ‘Jingle Bells’

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and thanks to these fun new Christmas tracks from Kelly Moneymaker, that should be easy this year. A US soul songwriter with a stunning voice, Moneymaker seems genetically inclined to sing in this genre. There’s a long tradition of Christmas blues tracks, all the way back to Elvis, and Moneymaker’s ‘Home For The Holidays’ continues that tradition with great aplomb.

You can hear the full track above, and if you like what you’re hearing you can get it now on iTunes. And as if that wasn’t enough, Kelly Moneymaker has also released a new version of ‘Jingle Bells’ – available here.

The Rebel Scientist – ‘Never Stop Waiting For You’

Rebel ScientistThe Rebel Scientist is an independent songwriter who has cut his teeth in a different environment to many other songwriters in his genre. As a session guitarist, he has toured the world with huge stars and played some great venues, and has also performed on national TV and radio alongside those artists thanks to his renown within the industry.

However, his own independent songwriting is of a completely different scale. Writing under the Rebel Scientist pseudonym, you can only assume that this side project is one that allows him to chase his own creativity in between working bouts of working on other people’s songs. Whether this is 100% accurate is not altogether clear, but it’s the feeling that comes from this great 4 track pop EP.

The songs have a freedom and energy about them that suggest an artist freed from constraint. He’s taken what he’s learned from his top pop career, and twisted into this solid, well made piece of independent music. Creatively wide ranging, but also recogniseable and accessible, these four tracks show that The Rebel Scientist os more than capable of turning his guitarist hand to a different arena.

You can hear/buy the EP now on Spotify and iTunes.

‘Goddess’ single from Natalie Indya West & Sunny Andrea

A multi-talented artist with many strings to her bow, Natalie Indya West is known for being a rock singer, DJ, song writer and musician. Her new single ‘Goddess’ features the smart vocals of another artist called Sunny Andrea, and brings together the mainstream RnB pop sound with some distinct Bollywood ideas.

The result, as you can hear above, makes for a fun, layered track with a lightness to it. It’s catchy in an unusual sort of way, the Bollywood aspects preventing it from being just another cheesy pop track.

Helen Perris single – ‘Mirrors & Windows’ out now

Originally released at the end of October in her native Australia, ‘Mirrors and Windows’ is the new single from Helen Perris – out now digitally worldwide.

The song is a pop treat which is oddly life affirming in its exploration of depression and loss. Written during a bot of post natal depression, it would have been easy for Perris to have written something much darker while going through such a difficult time.

However, though the song does touch on some dark emotions, the overall feeling is one of hope thanks to the clean, bright production and the lovely use of piano and other layers.

Single/Video out now – ‘My Name in the Echo’ by C’nky Siwela – EDM

It’s a common tale among songwriters, musicians and artists that – even as they’re working to make their dreams come true – those around them will tell them it’s never going to happen. This is apparently the inspiration behind the new single from C’nky Siwela, a South African songwriter who has had his share of doubters.

Looking to share that sense of overcoming those doubters and continuing to work, the track has an upbeat feel throughout. It seems cheesy to simply say it’s a song about chasing dreams, but the fact is that is still an inspirational message.

For trying to share that, Siwela should be saluted, and it helps that the song is catchy as hell too.

Get it now on iTunes – album coming soon.

Double A side single sees return of 80s star Carmel – ‘Sad Situation’, ‘Second Wife Blues’

With her 80s hits behind her, this month saw the return of Carmel – back for the first time since the turn of the millennium – with double A side single ‘Sad Situation’ and ‘Single Wife Blues’.

Those who remember her from first time around will recall hits such as Bad Day, More More More, Sally, It’s All in the Game and more, while those new to her soulful vocal will come fresh to these new releases – the first of which is particularly pleasing with its summery vibe and catchy chorus.

Second track ‘Second Wife Blues’ is also fun, blending pop with blues via a tale which could only come from a musician experienced in life.

It remains to be seen whether the new releases from Carmel can capture anywhere close to the success of her previous ventures. But either way, it’s good to have her back.

Jess Thristan – ‘Live on Love’ EP (and video) out now

Light, entertaining and instantly catchy, this video is ‘Live on Love’ by Jess Thristan – the title track to a new EP which sees the singer-songwriter on typically fine form. With so many acoustic songwriters to choose from in the UK at the moment, it takes a lot of effort to keep standing head and shoulders above the rest, but there’s just something about Thristan that means she manages to do that.

Maybe it’s because her voice just flows out of her, making all that effort seem easy, thanks to a talent that is so obviously inherent. Thristan was clearly born to sing, and it helps that she writes songs which suit her perfectly. The track above sees her on cheeky, melodic form, but the other two tracks on the EP explore the more powerful side of a versatile vocal.

The EP, her second, is out now, and yet another step forward for an acoustic songwriter who stands out from a crowded stage. Long may it continue.