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.
Having travelled the world to find inspiration for his music and lyrics, Luke Potter is a deceptively grown up singer-songwriter for a man of his age. Specialising in songs which are widely relatable, his latest single is the excellent ‘Something More’.
It’s available now on iTunes, alongside various other of his singles, albums and EPs which have got the attention of music fans in both the UK and the US. And, with a modern pop style of singer-songwriting, he’s likely to keep picking up more and more.
It’s been a big couple of years for young UK song writer Ellie Jane. This talented young lady reached the final of Open Mic UK, a huge national independent talent competition, in 2015 and also saw a collaboration with drum’n’bass duo Mind Vortex featured on Radio 1. These things don’t happen by accident, and are a marker for just how promising Ellie Jane’s musical career could be.
Her latest effort, six song EP ‘Clocks’, sees her working solo. As demonstrated by the lead track above, her sound is built on the foundations of accessible pop. However, her love for urban, hip hop and drum’n’bass is also evident on the EP, setting her apart from many of her peers.
Max Restaino is a hugely talented multi-instrumentalist who already has an impressive musical CV behind him thanks to years working as a session musician. Having worked with the likes of Gary Barlow, Donny Osmond, Geri Halliwell and more, the time has now come for this young man to take centre stage with new album ‘The Time it Takes’.
Out now, the album is a high quality collection of upbeat pop like single ‘No’ above, and is a great reflection of his pop genre style as well as his smart lyrical dexterity. If you like what you hear, you can keep yourself informed at Max’s website and all the usual social platforms.
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.
Clocking in at a healthy 14 songs, ‘Clockface’ is the critically acclaimed debut album by Wiltshere trio The Kite Collectors. Principally written by vocalist and guitarist Robby Allen, the album is a concept album full of sharp tales and wit, driven by the rock genre.
Taken from the album for promotional purposes, ‘Wonder’ is a track that stands ably on its own two feet. From the assured acoustic blues opening, there’s a feeling that this is a song that knows where it’s going. And as the fuller sound kicks in and the song rolls towards it’s short, sharp climax, that feeling doesn’t dissipate.
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Voodoo Dancer – a group of musicians based in the bustling musical heart of New York – are a difficult band to pin down in terms of genre. iTunes has them down as jazz, their Facebook page calls them rock, and their press release describes them as pop and soul. On top of all that, their new single – a remix of their track ‘Forever Girl’ – is a straightforward dance track.
Perhaps this blend of genre and influences speaks to the musical melting pot on offer from the various members of the collective at hand, with each member of Voodoo Dancer bringing their own spin to the party. Or maybe it speaks to a band still trying to find themselves and unsure of how to classify their sound.
Either way, the new single, and the remix, are both good fun and well worth a listen. And perhaps the rockier, jazzier side will be more in focus with later releases.
It’s strange that the lasting impression left by Rachel Johnson’s new single is so different from the one you initially start with. As the song ends, you’re left with a rhythmic, epic chorus ringing in your ears. However, press play again and you’re reminded that everything starts very differently – with subtle melodies and simple instrumentation.
It’s remarkable that the song moves from one to the other without lurching clumsily, instead building in an organic way towards its huge finale. ‘Safe Island’ is out today on iTunes, and proves that Rachel Johnson certainly has a way about her.
19 years old but already getting herself heard in the music industry, Naomi is a new pop song writing force to be reckoned with. ‘Take Back the Power’ is her new video, taken from her new EP of the same name out April 22nd. And for those with a love of great pop music, this is one to get your ears around.
In fact, it might be well worth getting on board with Naomi now, because it may not be long before she’s much more widely known. National newspapers are already touting her as a possible star, and BBC radio aren’t far behind on the hype train. If you want to be able to say you were the first of your friends to hear her, then now’s the perfect time to bookmark http://www.naomimusic.co.uk/
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.