Posted in reggae, rock

The Floating Bridges – Tour Dates

They may live thousands of miles from Bob Marley’s native Jamaica, but The Floating Bridges have been inspired by the legendary reggae artist to make music, and, combining the recognisable rhythms with heavy guitar, they have made it their own. The band – who describe their reggae-infused rock as “Red Hot Chili Peppers meets Bob Marley” – have already been highlighted as one to watch, having been featured on Triple J Unearthed, the one-stop shop for finding the best new music from Down Under.

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Now, the five-piece are making their way to this side of the world. Dale, Dan, Jimmy, Johnny and Cale say they have been “touring constantly” since the band formed in 2009, and, come July, they will be continuing their travels when they arrive on this side of the world. To coincide with the UK tour, The Floating Bridges are releasing their much anticipated LP ‘Creatures of Leisure’.

The album has been borne out of the band’s jammin’ sessions, and has been inspired by “good times” they have had together living on the Sunshine Coast. Lead single ‘Dreamcatcher’ allows the listener to get in to the same groove. The track features the traditional offbeat rhythms of reggae as well as the spiritual side of roots music, combined with Jimi Hendrix-style rock-n-roll guitar, which allows for an undeniably original yet authentic sound.

The Floating Bridges are touring the UK from 17th July  – not be to missed!

Dates:

July 23rd – Secret Garden Party – Cambridgeshire

July 24th – The Farmers Arms – St. Merryn, Cornwall

July 25th – The Ohana Bar – Newquay, Cornwall

July 26th – The Beach BBQ – Bude, Cornwall

July 29th – Treyarnon Bay YHA – Constantine, Cornwall

July 31st – The Marisco – Woolacombe, Devon

Aug 2nd – Pig and Fiddle – Buttcombe, Bath

Aug 7th – Gaunts House – Dorset

Aug 8th – The Prince Albert – Stroud, Glos

Aug 13th – Mr Wolfs – Bristol

Aug 16th – Boomtown Fair, Winchester

Aug 21st – Cult Cafe – Ipswich

Links:

Website: www.thefloatingbridges.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefloatingbridges?ref=hl

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-oGa1YXNlE

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thefloatingbridges

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Posted in reggae

2Nice Unleashes the ‘Sunlight’ with Latest Track

Astoundingly versatile in his songwriting skills, London singer/songwriter, rapper and fusion artist, 2Nice is the kind of artist that only comes along every once in a while. His incredible fusion of reggae, pop, hip-hop and drum ‘n’ bass has been setting him apart for several years now, building true credibility in the underground urban scene.

Since winning the 2008 award for ’UK Unsigned Best Reggae/Dancehall Act’,  2Nice’s momentum and reputation has been growing thanks to his innate talent for bringing together and blending styles. His buzz is such that urban music royalty are sitting up and taking notice, with fans and collaborators including Congo Natty, Luciano, Tinie Tempah, Dizzie Rascal, Wiley, Mark Morrison and more.

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All the more impressive, 2Nice does all this while suffering the debilitating effects of epilepsy. Using music in his everyday battle to overcome the condition, 2Nice finds the creative process soothing – allowing him to turn his thoughts away from an illness he has found it hard to come to terms with.

And now, with new single ‘Sunlight’ release on QW-KEYMUSIC it’s set to show the world exactly how it sounds when pop, rap, reggae and EDM are drawn together, his star will continue to rise:

Gritty and raw while still having a polished sheen, ‘Sunlight’ is a single which could well see 2Nice break through from cult status to the mainstream. It’s truly impressive work from a brave and innovative artist not afraid to try new things.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/2NiceOfficial?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/2nicemusic

https://soundcloud.com/2nice-2

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Pale Green Things release new single about a bar in Las Vegas

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The stars align with Pale Green Things’ new single!

The talented artist has already seen success with past tracks and now looks set to do it all over again with the help of a Pink Flamingo.

Jack Traynor has revealed that he plans to provide audiences with a unique performance experience. The video for his latest single, Pink Flamingo being a great example of this:

Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goBZW3c0EEI

Hear it on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/palegreenthings/pinkflamingo

Jack has supported acts such as ‘The Riffles’, ‘Dave Mcpherson’, and ‘The Coral’ (at Noel Gallaghers aftershow party) and ‘Dirty Sanchez’. He has also accompanied ‘The Virginmarys’, an ever growing popular US group.

Jack’s hobbies and personal interests are heavy influencers in shaping his latest EP. Jack’s interest in geography, travel and even population densities; play a key part in the songs sound and narrative. The lyrics are also inspired by the creation of fictional characters as well as autobiographical situations.

His latest single ‘Pink Flamingo’ is one of his most beautiful songs to date. The infectious chorus is only a part of what makes this whimsical tale of life and astronomical connections so poignant. It is based around the many events that take place under the constellations; with its main focus being about sitting outside the Flamingo Casino in Vegas. The sound is an indie pop mix drawing from influences such as The Killers, Belle and Sebastian, and Idlewild.

Jack has recently been recording music in Glasgow; with a music producer by the name of John McLaughlin over the last few months. John has seen great success in the past and looks to be striking another hit if Pink flamingo is anything to go by. Also, Teenage Fan club star, Francis MacDonald was involved in their recording session too.

Visit their Homepage at: http://www.palegreenthings.com

Social Networking

www.twitter.com/palegreenband

www.facebook.com/palegreenthingsband

https://soundcloud.com/palegreenthings

Posted in Pop, reggae

Aysha Loren wants to ‘Keep It Like It Is’

 Effective pop-reggae single out now, taken from ‘Back To You’ EP due July 7th

Readying herself for her first full release after a long break from the industry, Aysha Loren has released funky reggae track ‘Keep It Like It Is’ as a teaser for upcoming EP ‘Back To You’.

The single, a rhythmic blend of pop and reggae with a slice of funk for good measure, does a great job of ramping up the excitement for the EP, showcasing Aysha’s strong vocal with effective, relatable lyrics about choosing to stay ‘just friends’ with someone rather than risk it all by starting a relationship.

You can hear a preview snippet on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/ayshaloren/keep-it-like-it-is-snippet-by

An experienced artist, Aysha Loren’s family has a successful background in the music industry which led her to a support slot for huge US group Destiny’s Child on their UK tour in her early days. More recently, Aysha has shared the stage with the talented likes of John Holt, Frankie Paul, Janet Kay and Luciano. Having taken a long break in between to start a family, she fell in love with the stage again after performing at a Whitney Houston tribute concert, the start of a journey which will culminate in the EP release on July 7th.

This experience led her to writing and performing again, re-building her reputation over the last couple of years which have seen Aysha reach the finals of the National UK Open Mic Competition as well as being named as Vibes FM Record of the Week for three weeks running.

Single ‘Keep It Like It Is’ is out now, with the ‘Back To You’ EP out on July 7th.

 

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AyshaLoren

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/ayshaloren

Posted in Acoustic, folk, Metal, Pop, reggae, rock

NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS – TEENSTAR ANNOUNCE SECOND LONDON DATE

TeenstarNational singing competition for teenagers TeenStar have announced that due to massive demand for auditions in London, they have had to add an addition London date. The additional London date will take place on Saturday 8th March at Dingwalls in Camden.

 

TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music.

 

A national singing competition for teenagers, TeenStar is a one-of-a-kind singing contest looking to find the UK’s best teen singer, duo, vocal group or rapper to be crowned the UK’s Best TeenStar! With the addition of an extra London date due to popular demand, the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is already anticipated to attract over 10,000 entrants and with auditions taking place across the UK, now is the time to enter.

 

NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS – TEENSTAR

 

TeenStar has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music. Contestants in the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar also have the chance to win prizes along the entire course of the contest, such as recording studio time with some of the country’s top producers.

 

The contest is open to all with the auditions split into three age categories. There will be the late-teens, mid-teens and then a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow, the pre-teens.

 

TeenStar takes place at some of the best venues in the UK such as the Birmingham NEC and Sheffield City Hall and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including judges who work for BBC Radio, Kiss FM and Choice FM, regional press and record labels, with the judges getting more prestigious as the singing contest progress. The Grand Final of the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is the climax of the whole contest and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the UK – with last year’s Grand Final being held at The O2 in London!

 

The competition champion will be crowned winner in front of a capacity crowd, including industry insiders, celebrity guests, national press, A&R from record labels, industry and media representatives who have the capacity to change the winner’s music career forever!

 

NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS TEENSTAR – Enter Now!

 

Whether it’s a pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is ready to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.

 

The national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is open to anyone aged 19 and under. Audition slots are available across the UK, so if you’re a teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, enter TeenStar now!

Posted in folk, reggae

Ben Okafor

Ben Okafor Ben Okafor is a unique musician who makes roots reggae music and bridges an artistic gap between Jamaican reggae, Afro-pop and UK folk. He has shared a stage with popular music giants like Cliff Richard, Van Morrison and Billy Bragg and has been touring and making new music since 1985.

Perhaps the most pertinent thing about Ben’s music is his political focus and drive for social change. He was born in Enugu in eastern Nigeria with 7 siblings and his early life was defined by the Biafran civil war which erupted when he was 12. He enlisted in the Biafran military intelligence arm known as ‘the Boys Company’ without telling his parents, but luckily missed his mission rendezvous which failed with horrendous consequences. Nevertheless Ben witnessed the fighting, terror and violence first hand and has experienced being in the line of fire.

This fraught background coloured some of his musical experiences in writing and in performance. Indeed, his music has such power in his native Nigeria that he has even been threatened not to play “Raise your Conscience” by a Nigerian military general and has had tanks at one of his gigs in Apartheid South Africa.

His music carries messages relating to these experiences and each one tells a fascinating story. It is for this reason that his music has received praise from the likes of Chris Rea, Bono and BBC Radio 2 DJ Simon Mayo and he has played at Glastonbury Festival, the Cambridge Folk Festival and the World Music Festival in Copenhagen.

Due to his political background Ben has also had the privilege to play at high profile events to influential world leaders such as Archbishop Rowan Williams and Gordon Brown at the Lambeth Conference in 2008, at the ‘Make Poverty History’ Gleneagles Summit and at a Commonwealth leader’s summit with HM the Queen and Prince Philip.

He is therefore used to gaining a great deal of attention through his music, he sees his art and art in general as a way of influencing people to do good in the world.  He currently runs a charity called ‘Amaka Beautiful Child’ (ABC) which is itself committed to ‘social and personal transformation through the arts’. It aims to use poetry, music, art, drama and dance (all interests of Ben’s) for the sake of social cohesion in order to bring communities together. Ben has been busy working on a number of projects such as the empowerment of young refugees, a campaign to make primary education free for all children globally (UN development goal for 2015), and the creation of a physical space for sociological artistic expression in his home town of Great Malvern.

Ben’s range of life experiences has provided him with some rich insight into the world around him. His albums like ‘Thing with War’ (2003) and ‘Child of Biafra’ (2007) investigate some of the effects of war and express Ben’s own experiences of conflict and violence. Whereas some of his other records such as ‘Nkiru’ (1989) and his most recent album, ‘Diverted Traffic’ (2009) delve more broadly into the human condition, self-identity, and the potential conflicts between artistic expression and a market centred music industry.

In early 2010, Ben’s youngest child was born which naturally took priority and caused him to take some time out from the industry. This didn’t stop him from continuing to write new music that will be recorded later this year for his new album.

Overall, there is no doubt that Ben Okafor is a fascinating musical talent with a rich personal history. Together these two facets of talent and wisdom make for quite a special listen.

 

http://www.benokafor.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ben-Okafor/140357829311212?ref=sgm

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnzejsHMNnkLrL7kP2lRuXg?feature=watch