Posted in Jazz

Mercury Gearing Up To Release ‘Sea Speak’

album-artwork“Mercury always engage. Energetic grooves mixed with warmth and lyricism – a perfect combination”

– Gwilym Simcock

Mercury are set to release a new album, Sea Speak on 7th October.

 

Formed out of a bunch of music students from RNCN, Mercury performed their first gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival back in 2012. Here they were discovered by a group of organisers at the legendary Kings Place in London, who were so impressed by the group’s sound that they invited them to play at King’s Place itself, propelling the band into a new level of recognition.

Check out ‘Sea Speak’ teaser below:

Mercury has since gone on to be nominated for awards such as the Whittingham Jazz Award in 2013, their lead member Tom Thorp making it to the grand finals of the Taichung International Sax Competition. Developing their sound to incorporate elements of electronica, psychadelia, classical and indie, they have been slowly reshaping jazz for a 21st Century audience, and now have a brand new album in the pipeline titled Sea Speak.

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Posted in Jazz, Pop

Be taken to a place far away with Goldsands new single ‘ A Place Far Away’

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‘A Place Far Away’ is out September 30th

Their latest single ‘A Place Far Away’ tells the story of a faded film star’s unlikely bond with a neglected young woman after crossing paths in Tokyo, drawing inspiration from cult classic movie Lost in Translation.

 Self-produced in a converted apartment in Birmingham, the track was later mastered by Geoff Pesche at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Goldsands’ genre-defying sound is most comparable to groups like Radiohead, The Beatles and Coldplay, and is the result of the band members’ eclectic musical backgrounds. Liam’s rock background provides a driving groove, Tom brings a jazz flare, Ramsey takes his cue from the experimental sounds of the 60’s, James gives suitable guitar ambience and Matt is a sucker for a pop hook

Two of the bands members Matt and Tom Rhodes are brothers, adding to the group’s tight sense of synergy.

 The group are also embarking on a tour:

Tour Dates:

Thursday 29th September – Zigfrid’s Underbelly, London

Saturday 1st October – Actress and Bishop, Birmingham

Tuesday 4th October – The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool

Wednesday 5th October – Star and Garter, Manchester

Thursday 6th October – Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh

Friday 7th October – 360 Club, Leeds

Saturday 8th October – Chameleon Arts Café, Nottingham

Wednesday 2nd November – LS6, Leeds

Friday 11th November – 02 Academy 2 Islington, London

Friday 9th December – The Workshop, London

Friday 16th December – O2 Academy 3, Birmingham

Posted in Acoustic, blues, Jazz, Uncategorized

Guitar, drums and bass trio in Neil C Young’s new track

Featuring perfect blends of bass, drums and jazzy guitar melodies, Young has created a real crowd pleasing track. Young’s effortless style draws on fusion players such as John Scofield but also more contemporary bands like Troika. This interesting mix has meant that Jamie Cullum has reccomended him as gig of the week on several occasions.

Young has remained witty and down to earth despite the hype surrounding his music. He is also calm with regards to the possible confusion surrounding his name which he shares one of the most famous songwriters of the last 50 years.

His success has been world wide, which has allowed him to play gigs globally from the UK to South America.

Now focusing on his UK fan base  Young has many upcoming gigs in support of his new material:

 

Wednesday 20th July- The Blue Piano, Birmingham

Saturday 30thJuly – Cloudspotting Festival, Gisburn

Thursday 11th August – Matt and Phreds, Manchester

Friday 26th August – The Venue, Colne (Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival)

Friday 23rd September – Priory Hall, Lancaster

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Neil-C-Young-Trio/173575565995294

Twitter: https://twitter.com/neilcyoung

Website: http://www.neilcyoungtrio.co.uk/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/charlyneil/noo-one

Posted in Jazz, rock, Soul

Yo New Single ‘Shake It’ ready for release

New indie single with a hint of soul set to hit on June 15th

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Currently living in New Orleans – the birthplace of soul and jazz – Yo are a rock band not afraid to make a statement. After travelling the globe and making homes in various corners of the USA and Europe, the music and songwriting draws upon a wealth of inspirations and tales from the road. This latest single has been taken from the album this is the fun loving, punk laced track ‘Shake It’ – with amazing punchy bass-lines, quasi-spoken vocals and a funky beat.

You can hear the track here:

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The single is taken from the album ‘Vagrancy’, an LP which demonstrates perfectly the versatile nature of Yo’s song writing. Songs such as ‘Shake It’ are seemingly built for the high energy of live performance, but other tracks on the album suit different environments. Whether chilling out at a festival, going for it on a club dance floor, jumping around at a live gig or relaxing in a local pub, there will be a song on this album which fits perfectly to every situation.

Altogether, it makes for a great hit, sewn together by the originality of vocalist Andre’s delivery.

Single ‘Shake It’ will be available from June 15th.

Links:

https://twitter.com/itmustbeyo

https://www.youtube.com/YoMusic

http://instagram.com/itmustbeyo/

https://www.facebook.com/itmustbeyo

Posted in Jazz

Toyface new album -‘Follow the Rules of the Trainwreck’

Having been described by a fellow artist as ‘like Laura Marling crossed with Billie Holiday’, Bristol based duo Tamsyn and James, aka Toyface, are a mouth watering proposition for music fans. With a varied collection of 11 songs making up their debut album, the pair have blended an eclectic range of influences that has resulted in an album with strong jazz and cinematic leanings; both playful and plaintive.

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The pair’s songwriting process is varied: sometimes involving Tamsyn writing lyrics alongside her own simple structures on guitar; but often times working from a cappellas, which James then lays piano chords underneath. This is clearly a combination that works well and has yielded a crop of songs which are relatable to anybody who has ever found themselves working hard to find a place in the world – a situation most, if not all of us, know well.

In Tamsyn’s own words, the album ‘charts a process of experiencing, coping with, and the eventual resolution of, existential angst that I went through in my early 20s’; by way of heartbreak, physical insecurity and complex family ties’. And it’s from this well of shared stories where Toyface’s main strength lies – their ability to write with searing honesty about the common human experience, and lay those tales out across an intense, shifting musical backdrop.

For an example check out the lead album track ‘Flight’:

The album is set to be exclusively launched in the duo’s home town of Bristol on April 24th, with the album to follow shortly after. The release marks the culmination of a journey that started with a chance meeting on the way back from the Secret Garden Party festival a number of years ago.

Trying to find a way back to Bristol at the end of the festival, Tamsyn managed to find her way onto a truck with a group of revellers heading in that direction. Not long into the journey, an incident on the road left the group stranded for 28 hours waiting for the journey to continue, during which time the group bonded.

The only two people from the group headed to Bristol were Tamsyn and James, whose chance meeting has led to a sibling-like closeness, the formation of Toyface and the debut album ‘Follow the Rules of the Trainwreck’.

With a new festival season on the horizon, there will be plenty more chances to see Toyface in the very near future, starting with that album launch gig on April 24th.

Links:

Www.soundcloud.com/toyface

https://www.facebook.com/toyfacemusic?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/toyfacemusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/toyfaceTV

http://toyface.bandcamp.com/

Posted in Jazz

Caught in the Street, by Warner Music Group

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A Cambridge Busker releases new single after catching the attention of Warner Music Group.

Having found love from his art form and huge success on the independent music scene; perforating at venues such as Rivolli Rooms and the Twinwood Festival. Si is now looking to emphasise on his past experience performing live to passers by on the street, by partnering with the Warner Music Record label.

Some of the more recent events were appearing on Terry Wogans Show during a live session and featuring the Radio 2’s Playlist.

His vintage sound has seen him rise to the pseudonym, ‘King of all things vintage’ and has brought him a great deal of success on the street of Cambridge so far.  The latest single is called ‘Caught in the Moonlight’ and has a sweet and smooth sound. His lyrics roll off the tongue and give you that summer festival feeling. Clap your hands and enjoy this brilliant summer song!

Tell us what you think of Caught in the Moonlight in the Comments. Also if you get a chance share this video with your friends and family, to brighten up their summer holidays.