…and when we say “lounge”, we really do mean both in terms of the room in your house and relaxing horizontally. At the forefront of fashionable relaxing is LAPP, whose video to his track, Sunny, a song which is actually intrinsically linked to The Catcher in the Rye, has actually tickled our fancy purely because:
A. It’s catchy.
B. We like snooping in people’s homes.
Watch the video to “Sunny” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzsLz_54E8A
If you’re looking to experience something new in September and October, Feline & Strange and friends have exactly what it is you’re looking for. Featuring live music and spectacular light shows, the Steam Punk Records Roadshow Tour is hitting venues around the UK and it really is something that can’t be missed. A spectacle of the weird, the wonderful and everything in between, there’s something new for everyone here.
The love child of Mad Max style visions of the future and Victorian fashion and culture, the steam punk movement has been gaining traction over the last few years and is one of the most interesting social movements to appear in the last few years. Let your curiosity get the better of you and indulge in the wonder that is steam punk, even if for just one night!
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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.
Blending genres to explore a range of moods, jazz trained group M’GOO release concept track ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘. The track follows the story of a couple that are due to be wed but after visiting a fortune teller and being surprised by the outcome, their relationship is destroyed.
Like all of M’GOO’s music, ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘ is influenced by a true story. The narrative was created by Glen Washington from Snap Judgement and composer and vocalist Mike Meiguh used this story to begin his writing process.
M’GOO’s writing process is entirely unique, creating their alternative tunes. Meiguh uses the inspirational story, poem or philosophical material to help him score the music, leaving him with just a basic structure. Then the rest of the band collaborate to re-form the song from a fresh perspective, bringing in elements of jazz, pop and rock. This forms a sound like no other, giving the music that extra edge.
Listen to ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘ here:
A group of famous and talented have come together to create the ultimate Burt Bacharach tribute album. Featuring 13 Burt Bacharach hits, ‘We All Love Bacharach’ is a blend of jazz, swing and funk to form a refined, elegant compilation.
The album has been produced by Giampaolo Pasquile and Michele Garruti for PLAY (Milan) and Oracle Records ltd (London). The producers took inspiration from acts such as Chet Baker, Michael Bublé and Norah Jones, which has formed the smooth jazz sound but with strong clever hints of pop, funk and folk. Within the 13 tracks are 5 instrumentals that depict the several nuances and moods of the classic Bacharach sound.
The variety present in ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’ makes it an album for all occasions; easy listening on a Sunday afternoon, relaxing on the commute home or even at a dinner party (guests are sure to recognise Burt’s classic tracks and the instrumentals provide the perfect elegant soundtrack to your evening).
Die-hard Bacharach fans will not be disappointed with the quality of the recordings nor the repute of the artists on the record. Featuring the likes of Massimo Colombo, Peter Erskine (ex-drummer of Weather Report), Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), Michael Stever and Kathleen Grace (West coast folk singer).
Highlights include the new upbeat version of ‘Walk On By’ which has a real head-nodding groove to it, and also the smooth-jazz influenced instrumental of ‘Close To You’ (made famous by The Carpenters).
Overall, the album is essential listening for Bacharach fans helping you to rediscover why you fell in love with his music in the first place, whereas those unfamiliar with the great songwriter may just be surprised as to how many of his songs you actually know anyway.
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Lenny Bunn, otherwise known as ‘Lenny’ is back with an expertly crafted cover of ‘Blueberry Hill’.
‘Blueberry Hill’ was the favourite song of Lenny’s adopted father, Lyddon Thompson. Being Jamaican, Thompson opened Lenny’s eyes to another way of life and thinking, inspiring his music journey
The loss of Thompson made Lenny want to create his own version of the classic track whereby each instrument is recorded in different studios around the world. Collated at Lenny’s studio, mixed with the help of Martin Smith and mastered by Jon Astley, the single according to Lenny is “more beautiful than ever imagined”.
The track features talented soul-singer, Melissa James, as well as Ibo from the Jamaican reggae band, Third World.
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Daisy Hicks returns with a jazz inspired pop seasonal single ‘Christmas Without You’, which will soon be followed by ‘French Cafe’ in early 2017. The new material has elements of jazz and pop with Hicks’ crystal clear vocals soaring above the music.
Being the daughter of legendary jazz drummer Tony Hicks and related to the international recording artist Chris Rea, it’s no surprise Hicks followed a musical path. After being classically trained and taking a jazzy style, Hicks decided to deviated from her musical roots and by the age of 19 was signed by Concept Music, whereby she released her debut album ‘Mistress’.
Hicks has also collaborated with major names such as Aron Friedman, Jeff Franzel and Malcom Maddock. However she didn’t stop there and has now had her track ‘So Much More Than Love’ featured on US hit TV series Pretty Little Liars.
Daisy’s latest work takes a more laid back jazzy style and has been carefully crafted to give Hicks her own unique sound. The seasonal single is not only an infectious track but 10% of digital sales will be donated to BBC’s Children In Need.