According to their website, Magazine Gap have played gigs all around the world – “the UK (including headline performances in 13 major cities) and over to Ireland, crisscrossed the United States (from New York to Chicago, New Orleans to Los Angeles) and around the Far East (Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong), plus delivered an acclaimed concert at the world’s most eclectic music festival – Montreux – in front of a discerning audience of 2,000 people”.
That’s a lot of venues, a lot of audiences and a lot of ears on their music. And it’s hard to imagine that many of those weren’t captured by their popular funk stylings. It’s a genre driven by easily picked up bass and drum grooves, which gives their music real energy. The new single, ‘Calling Card’ is the latest example of this, and you can find out all about their new EP of the same name on the Magazine Gap website.
A talented songwriter who is deserving of the growing exposure his music is getting, Dale McKay is a Sheffield based pop artist with a twist. Showcasing his upbeat, acoustic side as well as his fine vocal and great production, his online streaming release of ‘Make You Happy’ does exactly what such releases should do – whet the appetite for the releases to follow.
In this case, the track is here to promote a new EP titled ‘Here and Now’. A four track release which includes the song above, it arrives from online stores from September 16th and has all the hallmarks of a very strong independent release. This is pop music minus the incessant ‘beats’ and without a whiff of cheese – all of which makes it a worthy EP release to get excited about.
‘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.
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