‘Modern Soul’ from Les Kirsh

You’ll hear many people who say that soul music is dead, much like rock’n’roll, but these people are about to eat their hats as Les Kirsh is resurrecting the style after many years out of the game.

The scene is 1974: Les Kirsh has has been an emerging name in the soul scene for a while and he’s close to signing record deals and making the big time. Unfortunately, a car crash intervened and left Les’ dream hanging. He was in a coma for over a week and it took him around two years to fully recover, whilst he tried to relearn the songs he had written from before by picking up the guitar and strumming a few chords.

But recently, after a career pursued elsewhere, Les’ son stumbled across some of his old recordings, listened to them, realised they were vintage gold and consequently got his Dad back into the music game.

Les decided to pick three of his old tracks, ‘Say, ‘La La La’ and ‘Tell Me To My Face’ which he then took over to renowned producer, Andy Whitmore, who worked his magic and brought them into the modern day. Hence, Les’s self-labelled genre of ‘modern soul’.

Within the three tracks, there’s a lot of juggling with genres as Les likes to see himself as a complete songwriter, but this only shows his ability to adapt, which of course, is a good thing. There’s elements of pop, rock, even reggae, but at the end of the day, Les has always been a soul man.

Find out more on Les Kirsh here:

https://soundcloud.com/leskirsh

https://www.facebook.com/LesKirshMusic/

https://twitter.com/LesKirshMusic

 

‘Caving’ by Ciqala

‘Caving’ is the latest single from Ciqala who blends a unique combination of alternative rock stylings with dark and evocative electronic instrumentation.

Ciqala, which means, ‘little one’ in Lakota, a native American language, takes inspiration from a wide range of sources including Blur, Suede, Pulp and Depeche Mode, resulting in the amalgamation of sounds that makes up her style.

Yet music is not the only thing to inspire the ambitious, boundary pushing musician. She also takes influence from the soundtracks of cult TV shows from the 80s like Chocky and The Tripods. As a result, there is a highly cinematic nature to the music that Ciqala is making which shines through on ‘Caving’.

Find out more on Ciqala here:

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_PmXSSU1fIjx14fmbzvsdg

http://www.yfi-music.com/ciqala

The Hip-Hop Storyteller: Tony Banks

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Music Bear Tony Banks is aiming to be perceived as the ultimate hip-hop storyteller, and his latest single ‘Run!’ would suggest that he is more than on his way to achieving this.

As part of the LGBT community, Tony has fought against the typical mainstream image that hip-hop music is a hetero-dominated genre, finding his own corner of the musical world which sees him mixing a potent blend of rap, dance and house with his own genre of hip-hop. It’s music for the club, it’s music for everyday and most importantly, it’s music for today with the way that it highlights the faults in society and the oppression of black lives in America.

Many perceive the genre of hip-hop to be nothing more than fast lyrics and attitude, but Tony Banks has transformed the style into something much more with ‘Run!’, managing to tell a story beneath the pulsating beats and soul inspired vocals of collaborators, EarthTone and JwlB.

Standing out from the crowd whilst going from nothing to something, all on his own merits with the help of his outspoken and unapologetic personality – Tony personifies the American Dream. This guy is more than just an artist.

Links:

www.facebook.com/musicbeartonybanks

https://twitter.com/MusicBearTonyB

https://www.instagram.com/musicbeartonyb/

https://www.youtube.com/MusicBearTonyBanks

https://soundcloud.com/musicbeartonybanks

Music Theory’s ‘Down the Aisle’

Love songs don’t come much purer than Music Theory’s ‘Down The Aisle’. Yes, love is a typical subject that a lot of artists write about, but fewer do it with as much honesty as Egyptian artist, Music Theory.

As a youngster, Music Theory admits that he was a shy character, but as he grew up he realised that music was a therapeutic release that allowed him to become more connected with his thoughts and dreams.

Music Theory categorises his style as mainstream pop, but he often strays into the worlds of rock, R&B and dance when it comes to creating his catchy style of music.

Inspired by some of the best in the business, including Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and Usher, Music Theory has a strong musical pedigree to live up to, but he certainly does this with ‘Down The Aisle’, which you can watch the video for here:

 

Check out more on Music Theory, as well as his blog, here:

Links:

http://mtmusictheory.blogspot.co.uk/ 

https://soundcloud.com/musictheory2016

https://www.facebook.com/musictheory2016/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNHe1k5TPYkM8EHLiaDkL_w

http://www.musictheory.zone

Vispa’s ‘Cosmic Force’

We find a lot of artists these days who take inspiration from bygone eras, particularly the 80s, but Iranian artist, Vispa, has gone full hog in empowering that retro sound in his music.

As an electronic artist, synthesizers are big part of his work and as we all know, the synth was synonymous the 80s period.

‘Cosmic Force’ employs a heavy dance beat with spacey synths and choral-like drones that could have been made 30 thirty years ago. However, this isn’t to say that Vispa’s music is out dated, by any means. He has reignited the flame of this electronic style and there’s sure to be many electronic music lovers who will be pleased to hear it make a comeback.

Since there are no lyrics in ‘Cosmic Force’, there is a definite filmic nature to the track: you can truly imagine it accompanying an action film, or even as a TV theme.

At the age of 19, Vispa decided to attend a music class where he learnt his trade, working primarily with synthesizers and keyboards. As he learnt more, Vispa began experimenting with his own melodies and beats, often just playing things by ear, how he wanted them to sound.

Supposedly, ‘Cosmic Force’ was inspired by Vispa’s daydreams on space and the world beyond, which can be clearly seen when listening to the track.

Check out more on Vispa and his music here:

Links

https://www.facebook.com/Vispamusic/

https://twitter.com/Vispamusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmghhgeg1p6gBxIgyF3hFg

https://www.instagram.com/vispamusic/ 

Lisa Richards blends folk with jazz to form new album ‘A Light From The Other Side’

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A Light From The Other Side is the new album from Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Richards, who has developed her very own brand of jazz infused folk, with a few hints of blues and roots music too.

Growing up in North Queensland, Australia, was difficult for Lisa; her Mother who was formerly a concert pianist, had moved there for her Father and thus Lisa’s childhood became a turbulent time. Alcohol and substance abuse were issues from a young age, but Lisa eventually fled her troubles to the city where she would pursue a career in music.

Check out ‘Frank Sinatra’ from the album here:

Lisa’s travels and experiences have woven a rich tapestry of musical styles into her own work, resulting in the artist she is today. As a result, her eclectic, yet endearing sound has seen her compared with the likes of Norah Jones, Leonard Cohen, Amy Winehouse and even Ella Fitzgerald.

Despite this, Lisa has been gifted with a voice like no one else’s that will immediately stop you in your tracks the first time you hear it; it’s truly like nothing else.

A Light From The Other Side is out now and was produced with the help of renowned singer-songwriter/producer, Greg J. Walker.

Links:

http://www.lisarichardsmusic.com

http://www.twitter.com/mymadmusic

https://soundcloud.com/lisarichardsmusic

http://www.facebook.com/lisarichardssongs

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

Beldon Haigh’s Anti-Trump Protest Song: ‘Freedom’

Standing up to the questionable presidency of Donald Trump is Scottish singer-songwriter, Beldon Haigh.

With his song of protest, ‘Freedom’ tells you everything you need to know about the 45th president of the USA and why you should stand up and protest his leadership. You might be wondering why a Scotsman is writing an Anti-Trump protest song, but in fact, Beldon’s wife is a Honduran immigrant with family in the US who fear that they may be deported. He is also concerned about the messages that Trump has sent out so far concerning race and sex, and he doesn’t want his three children to grow up in a world where these comments are considered acceptable.

Taking influence from the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Lou Reed, Beldon has penned an easy-listening pop-rock tune that is both pleasing to listen to, as well as being informative, with a powerful agenda.

Beldon’s affinity for writing ballads and protest songs is demonstrated through his quality musicianship and clever storytelling, employing touches of humour along with substantial lyricism that always has a purpose. As well as this, Beldon favours true musicality, utilising real musicians and real instruments to create his contemporary style of melodic pop-rock.

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008