Manchester’s own electro-pop band, China Lane, has released the colourful and energetic music video to their second single ‘In Motion’. The song follows huge coverage of the groups debut single ‘Marco Polo’, which was published during 2016. ‘Marco Polo’ received recognition from BBC Radio 6, BBC Introducing as well as streaming services including Spotify, who featured the single on influential playlists. With over 125,000 streams on Spotify alone, China Lane’s debut shows the outstanding potential this young band has in their hands, with an already substantially growing audience. Check it out:
Ones to Watch
After years of toil in the studio and on the live circuit, Australian-born London locals Siboney & Andy have finally released their debut EP. ‘Secret’ is the perfect bite-sized introduction to this duo who have earned their stripes as veterans of the live scene and are now aiming to truly make their mark as recording artists. Both handle song-writing duties while Siboney takes the lead on vocals and Andy helms the production and instrumentals; an approach that works well.
Each song brings an entirely new flavour to the equation, creating within the space of only 4 tracks a surprisingly compatible blend of genres. The underlying (or perhaps overlying) theme is well-crafted, good-for-your-ears pop music. But it’s a pop comprised of everything from indie, electronica and at times even a touch of folk, just for good measure.
Standout track ‘See Me Through The Night’ is a great example of their ability to come together to write a genuinely beautiful song. It serves as a great opener and really gives Siboney the opportunity to show her chops as a singer.
Their first single ‘Secret’ sees them sharing vocal duties, using the opportunity to delve into deeper, more emotive territory. As they both sing of betrayal and a forbidden love, piercing guitars both acoustic and electric give it a distinct edge. It stands in stark opposition to the following track ‘Mexico’ which immediately switches mood and brings the fun. Built around a breezy instrumental, this track was made for carefree days of sunshine and road trips.
Their first recorded outing as a duo brings a lot to the table, but it’s the marriage of their crisp, unfaltering production and Siboney’s standout vocal performances that really make this an essential release and a stellar debut effort. Watch this space!
(Article originally published 10.05.2016. Updated 16.08.2016)
Kojey Radical’s words have meaning. Residing in East London and paving the way for his unique career in the already thriving UK Rap Scene, his sincere work speaks volumes about how he got to where he is now.
Arriving at the Speaking Sound studio with band and manager at his side, it’s clear that quality is high on the list of priorities for Kojey and his band. After an hour of soundcheck he’s ready to perform for TEAfilms Live Sessions with as much raw talent and commitment that you hear in his published tracks.
Kojey’s music speaks for itself. Find the videos of his session below:
Article by Matt Goodwill
Ten past four at the Speaking Sound studio in North London and singer songwriter Sophia Gripari is warmly welcomed by the TEAfilms Live Sessions team. Strumming the chords to Justin Biebers Sorry during rehearsal like she’s being playing the song her whole life, Sophia’s experience and comfort being in front of the camera shines through despite her younger age compared to most artists with her level of musical aptitude. Her dedication to the craft is apparent in the videos published. Check them out:
Article by Matt Goodwill
In addition to being the highlight of my summer, Osheaga music festival is one of the biggest and best music festivals in Canada. Based in Montreal, the three day festival attracts crowds of up to 40,000 people per day. While many are there for the biggest names in music, including this year’s line-up of Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure and more, there are many up and coming artists that are worth getting excited about.
MusicDash has rounded up a few of the best and newest artists to keep your eye on. So pack your bags, buy your wristbands, and prepare to dance!
1) The Wombats
The Wombats are English indie favourites, but are less well-known across the pond in Canada. However with three albums to their name and an infectious indie rock sound, they are enough to please any crowd. Their latest record Glitterbug was released in 2015, and with catchy tracks including “Your Body is a Weapon” and “The English Summer” are rock & roll at it’s finest grunginess.
2) July Talk
Canadian favourites July Talk are Juno award winning rockstars who have toured with Weezer and Tegan & Sara. With their edgy, punky sound, and unique vocals, one can easily say they are a truly distinct band with a sound all their own. Their stunning debut album was released back in 2012, yet still feels fresh and new in 2016.
3) The Strumbellas
The Strumbellas are another Canadian group that has a very special sound. A blend of pop, indie and alt-folk makes for a wide array of upbeat songs. They have a sonic fingerprint that closely resembles the likes of bands such as The Lumineers (who will also be playing Osheaga) as well as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (who played last summer.)
4) The Struts
The Struts are sleek, edgy rock straight out of the 80s. They are the band that could be the next biggest rock and roll group, with an earth shattering sound that is well beyond their young years. There is passion and heart behind every note and lyric, and they march to the beat of their own drum unabashedly staying true to who they are. If you want to see a band that apologizes for nothing and owns it, then this is the act for you.
5) Coleman Hell
Another Canadian who is easing his way into the spotlight, Coleman Hell is making a name for himself by securing gigs including opening for popular Ohio duo Twenty One Pilots. Although his smash single “Two Heads” is easily his best known track, his other songs also bring together memorable fusions of indie pop and folktronica.
6) Frightened Rabbit
Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit has been around since 2003 and has six albums to their name. With a beautiful melancholy sound, the band effortlessly makes any song sweet and pure. Crowds will be swaying along to the calming melodies of summer bliss.
Article by Natalie Harmsen
2015 was a great year for music. “Uptown Funk” was number 1 for 14 straight weeks, and we said “Hello” to Adele after almost a 5 year hiatus. But who’s going to dominate the music scene in 2016? Here are my top picks for ones to watch in 2016.
Those who have watched Troye Sivan grow since his early YouTube days will be proud to know that he’s finally starting to gain the recognition that he deserves. The week of December 26th, Sivan’s new album Blue Neighbourhood charted at #7. Sivan will be touring all over the US through March of 2016. He’s already won some pretty big awards in the past, like a Teen Choice Award with his YouTube BFF Tyler Oakley. He’s been endorsed by Taylor Swift and John Green and, with his album gaining traction, I’m sure that Troye will do big things in 2016.
Hailing from Canada, 19 year old Alessia Cara is signed to Def Jam Records (the same record company that brought you Kanye West and Justin Bieber). Her relatable song “Here” was an internet sensation and MTV called it “a song for everyone who secretly hates parties.” Rolling Stone even voted it one of the best songs of 2015. She’s supported by both the queen (Taylor Swift) AND the king (Jimmy Fallon). Not only was Alessia’s album Know-it-All a hit, but her very first single “Here” reached #10 in the United States. With 2015 being her first year signed to a label, I know that each year after this will be even better for Alessia.
Mr. B and the Tribal Hoose
Picture: Acacia Evans, Big City Thoughts
Mr. B always puts on a great show, and this year’s performances were no exception. Every show provides something different and fun for the audience to hold onto. The unique combo of rap music with a horns section makes you want to let loose, and their stage presence as a band is undeniable. Mr. B has his own rap app, which is going to change the way that the world looks at freestyling. Before he was 20, he’d toured with Bone Thugs n Harmony and was featured on the Today Show for his Wendy’s rap video, which has since racked up over 1 million views on YouTube. In the fall, he was one of seven selected to participate in a songwriting bootcamp, where him and the other students wrote and recorded songs to be considered for placement in television advertisements. Although every year seems like a big year for Mr. B, I have a feeling that 2016 is going to be the biggest one yet.
JoJo made her comeback this year, and I’ve been waiting for it. Since signing with her new label, Atlantic Records, Jo’s been one busy girl — performing at SXSW, concert dates, and new music galore. Days ago, she released her second EP in the past few months titled #LoveJo2. With all these new songs and JoJo’s way of not letting the man get her down, we’re sure to see (and hear) a lot more of her in the coming months. JoJo never disappoints, so I’m sure that she’ll continue to come back swinging.
Photo: Acacia Evans, Big City Thoughts
You might have heard of Cimorelli already. They have 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube and have won and been nominated for Teen Choice Awards and have performed their song “Made in America” on Good Morning America. Since relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, the sisters are ready for a new chapter — including even more original songs in 2016! Their fans (the CimFam) are as faithful as ever and are always more than ready for whatever the girls are bringing to the table next. After their mixtape Hearts on Fire, both myself and the fans are excited for new music in 2016. Let’s just call 2016 “The Year of Cimorelli.”
Maren Morris is winning over country-loving hearts everywhere and it’s not a surprise. This year alone, she’s been top 10 on iTunes and has opened for CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton. Her song “My Church” is about the out-of-this-world feeling of driving around and listening to music and driving around. It’s been gaining support by outlets such as Bose, Vevo, and Spotify, who she performed live sessions for. With the world getting increasingly more excited about her music, I’m sure that we’ll see Maren Morris at the CMAs next year.
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Article by Kaitlyn Midgett
Confronting, abrasive, crude, alarming; all words that spring to mind upon first listening to this sharp piece of electronica. Brimming with attitude and possessing a ruthless no holds barred approach, this track is either one to have you running scared or craving more. Tight, purposeful production and startlingly provocative lyrical content form the basis of this furious track, putting the sound somewhere in the middle of Die Antwoord and Peaches. The first single to be released by Dusty Wax (the pseudonymous art project of Italian native Angelica Barbareschi), the tune is an ambitious dive into the world of electronic rap/rave, driven by themes of all things taboo. This is our first taste of Dusty Wax and she uses the opportunity to let her intentions be very clear; given the opportunity, she will take 2016 for her own so watch out.
For fans of the freaky.
Check out the song on Soundcloud below:
Let’s let 2015 be the birth of Borns.
The instant I heard 10,000 Emerald Pools by Borns aka singer-songwriter Garret Borns, I knew it was a hit. In fact, since receiving a shoutout from Taylor Swift, I’m surprised he isn’t bigger.
But I’m not worried. I know his time will come.
Now he has released his newest single, “Fool” an upbeat disco-electronica song.
There is a certain magic quality to this track, and the fact that Borns used to be a magician only proves what I already know: his haunting electronic track is sheer enchantment. It’s the kind of song I didn’t have to finish listening to the first time around to know I liked it.
In an interview with Beat Magazine, Borns explained his artist name: “I think the O with the stoke looks like a zero and I like that because it goes along with the concept of ‘borns’ and re-birth and zero as a number of no resistance. That’s something as an artist you always have to battle with, that sense of resistance.”
Borns is revving up for the release of his debut album “Dopamine” which is due out October 16th.
Article By Natalie Harmsen
There’s a new London sound from indie quartet Pure Youth. Having already released Jaws-esque electro rock single ‘New November’, newer single ‘I’m Not Yours’ bares resemblance to early Wombats with softer vocals that partner a swinging ‘oh-oh-oh’ chorus that play down otherwise energetic guitars. Pure Youth’s charm seems to come from their ability to write slow build melodies that are as powerful as they are calming, while building upon influences that are clear without distracting from their own unique style. This broad range of influences is shown in ‘Wasted Days’ and ‘I Just Wanted You To Know’ which see the band adapt to an ever so slightly grungier take on their melodic guitars and conversational lyrical delivery, whose vocals tie any loose ends together.
Pure Youth play Camden Barfly on the 28th of October and The Garage, London on the 3rd of December. Check out their bandcamp and souncloud for other tour dates, and have a listen to ‘I’m Not Yours’ here.
Article by Amy Eskenazi