Sunday, 17 December 2017

Catchy riffs and beautifully harmonized vocals make this melody something magical

Thirty musicians including a choir and the jazz saxophonist Olivier Temime melt the genres and the styles to deliver 10 tracks and a unique experience.
The album is now available on AmazonDeezerItunesQobuz and Spotify but also as a CD on Bandcamp 

Clint was also kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to answer a few questions for us.

How did you get into music in the first place?

I fell for it when I was a teenager and watched the Freddie Mercury Tribute: There was everybody on stage this night, from Metallica to Robert Plant, David Bowie and obviously Queen. It opened a lot of doors and gave me the urge to make music myself. I never stopped since then.

Who were your musical influences?

Queen, as I said, changed a lot of things. Along with bands like U2, David Bowie or The Police, they all showed me it was possible to ‘think broad’ and change style from song to song. They are still a huge influence to this day, as are Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Archive or Led Zeppelin. I need to be blown away by the human factor and all these artists pushing their boundaries made a tremendous effect on me.

What tunes are currently on repeat on your Mp3 Player?

The last Foo Fighters album, the ‘Raw Sessions’ of the album released for the 40th anniversary of News Of The World by Queen, Crime Of The Century by Supertramp, some Frank Sinatra, The Soul Cages by Sting, the first album of Sons Of Apollo, Depeche Mode...

What’s your life outside of music?

I’m always playing, writing and thinking about new concepts. I’m also a journalist, reviewing exhibitions, plays and everything in between.

If you could collaborate with any singer who would it be?

I’d love to meet and work with Bono, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl, Skin, Bj√∂rk, Sting, Dave Gahan... All the ones with big personalities!

What’s your favourite genre of music?

I guess it can be labeled as ‘rock’ but I listen to all types of music, as I don’t use tags to name it: It just has to move me, whether it’s metal, jazz, flamenco, electro or anything else. So let’s just say I can switch from Metallica to Vicente Amigo or The Prodigy and have the same pleasure. 

What’s next for you musically and are there plans for a UK Tour?

I’m already working on the third album, that should be a concept one. Unless I have another crazy idea before it goes out! As for a UK tour, I’d love to. It would be a wonderful challenge to come out there and try to win the audience, as all my influences are English.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I’m able to do a lot of things but I am self-taught. So from time to time I will go back and forth between faith and despair. But in the end I respect and favor the audience, all I do on stage and in the studio is carefully done according to that.

Where do you draw inspiration for your song lyrics?

It depends of the mood but I like to think they all are short stories. I can be the main character or create it entirely, but I always need the songs to tell something. At the same time, I try to stay vague enough for the listener to create his own pictures and really own the songs.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Making everybody laugh, all the time, and at all cost! I’m a bit schizophrenic: Clint Slate’s music is quite serious, and I do it seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously at all. Half clown, half depressed songwriter. Like the rest of us, I guess!

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Glory is a funky little tune with smooth beats, catchy guitar riffs and soulful vocals aplenty

Chloe Bodur is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from North West London. Fusing elements of neo-soul, jazz and pop, Bodur has been gracing audiences with her distinctive style. Embodying emotional rawness and unapologetic lyricism, Bodur delivers an authentic sound of reflection and contemplation which has been resonating with listeners all over the UK. 

Raised in a mixed heritage family, whilst immersed in vibrant London, Bodur credits her multi-cultural upbringing for her array of musical influences. 

Idolising the likes of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, as well as gaining inspiration from artist's such as Quincey Jones, D’angelo and Frank Ocean, it is to no wonder that Bodur’s music effortlessly draws listeners into her own unique world and modern fusion. 

Bodur made the move from London to Brighton, where she continued to study music at university and ultimately met her band members. After playing her very first gig, Bodur was picked up by QM Records for the release her of debut single “Glory” and has since been mastering her polished and dynamic sound. 

“Glory” thematically focuses on vulnerability and the underlying sense of loneliness. Bodur reveals, “It was originally written as a poem about youth trying to find love in themselves and in others and how one correlates with the other”. 

As a self-confessed romantic, Bodur conveys her heartfelt introspection through sultry harmonies, which ride atop a hybrid of ambient neo-soul, smooth jazz arrangements and soulful melodies.

Sonically, “Glory” opens with funk-fuelled guitar riffs, slowly transitioning into Bodur’s smokey vocals. With a distinct coolness to her timbre, complex, syncopated drum grooves and hypnotic jazz melodies, Bodur and her band have succeeded in composing a song which is at the fore-front of it’s genre. 

Produced by UK Top 10 charting producer JD.Reid (Mabel, Katy B, Sinead Harnett, D Double E) and mastered at the famed Abbey Road Studios by Alex Gordon (The Kooks, Raye, Sigrid, Circa Waves), the single has already received the stamp of approval from industry professionals. 

Bodur prides herself on the empowerment of young women, hoping to inspire teens from mixed heritage backgrounds and continues to use her music to support female expression and liberation.

Deemed the most promising new act and already selling out live shows, Chloe Bodur is ready for the next step of her musical endeavour with the highly anticipated release “Glory” having hit digital shelves on November 26th. 

Chloe was also kind enough to take time out of her hectic schedule to answer a few questions for us.

How did you get into music in the first place?

I was brought up around a lot of great music. There are videos of me singing along to Anita Baker and Jocelyn Brown when I was about 7 years old. There were always a lot of guitars in the house and I used to read a lot and write poems and stories so songwriting just kind of happened very naturally. 

Who were your musical influences?

I grew up around soul, hip hop and disco courtesy of my Mum and old school crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra from my dad. I think you can hear the influence of those styles in my music quite clearly. 

What tunes are currently on repeat on your Mp3 Player?

Nai Palm’s album Needle Paw, the whole of Flower Boy by Tyler The Creator and a lot of Rex Orange County and King Krule. 

What’s your life outside of music?

Going to uni and working towards getting my degree, although I study music so I guess I don’t have much of a life outside of music. 

If you could collaborate with any singer who would it be?

There are so many. I’d love to collaborate with Lianne La Havas though. She just seems like the loveliest woman and she’s one of my biggest inspirations. If Lianne La Havas gave me a hug and said she liked my music I’d probably (definitely) cry. 

What’s your favourite genre of music?

I like a lot of different genres of music but I guess hip hop is my go-to. 

What’s next for you musically and are there plans for a UK Tour?

Record and release some more music to release early next year and do a headline show in my hometown (London). I’d love to do a UK tour at some point though, yeah. 

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Strengths: I’m organised and driven and as nice to everyone as I can be

Weaknesses: I put a lot of pressure on myself and am hyper-sensitive to criticism. I’m also not as great at playing guitar or keys as I could be. 

Where do you draw inspiration for your song lyrics?

Overheard conversations, words from books or lines in films and other songs, my own life and the thoughts ticking over in my head. Everywhere really. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Channel 4’s First Dates and the chicken and mushroom pot noodle. 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Uneven features 4 amazing tracks which treat us to catchy instrumental melodies and wonderful vocals

Sarah Fortsch is a 18 year old Singer/Songwriter from Detroit, Michigan and her first public performance was at the age of 10 at Tim Horton's Coffee Shop, where she would cover songs by Elvis.

Her award-winning EP Uneven was unveiled to the world on August 4th 2017. The featured song on the EP is How Things Stack Up and it earned her an Akademia Music Award for Best Pop Song.
Uneven features 4 wonderful tracks including a live version of her award winning track.

Piano Bench begins by showcasing Sarah's vocals then brings catchy pop beats into the mix and the smooth guitar riffs are simply sublime.

Love For A Day has more of a mellow feel to it but this also treats us to the beauty of Sarah's voice alongside a slower tempo and a stripped back melody.

How Things Stack Up is a catchy number thanks to the instrumental hooks and the outstanding vocal performance from Miss Fortsch and the live version is just as captivating.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Lake Lady has gone for a more upbeat and modern feel with her latest song Mr Fantasy

Mr Fantasy sees Lake Lady's music head in a new direction as we are treated to more of a upbeat and modern feel thanks to the instrumental arrangement and the vocals have a sultry feel to them.

The song draws inspiration from Lake Lady's earlier song writing, which was influenced by the likes of Massive Attack, Portishead and Sneaker Pimps.

She wrote and recorded her vocals and then her co-producer Oshro composed the dynamic beat and various mixes were sent back and forth until the music was a fusion of 50 Shades of Grey and James Bond for sexiness and David Lynch meets Charlie Brooker for moodiness.

Lake Lady grew up in the theater, choir, orchestra and band. After having a hard time with the move she and her mom made from Minnesota to California when she was 15, she started writing songs and recording them acapella style on her Tascam 4-track, harmonies included.

Before long she was toplining as a teen for Trip Hop and Drum & Bass producers she met at clubs in Los Angeles, CA and an R&B producer she met after graduating early from Orange County High School of the Arts.

During that time, she taught herself to compose music on guitar and keys and has since released several albums, solo and collaborative, toured the US, performed internationally, and been featured in Ukulele Magazine, SF Weekly and on NPR's Facebook page. Her songs have been played on radio stations in the UK, Australia, USA, and Sweden.

Over the years, she picked up ukulele, realized she loves producing, and has lent her voice to many other artist's recordings and live shows.

When not making music, Lake Lady is often working on other creative ideas through her company, Unabashed Productions, and dreaming of her next adventure.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Save Me is pure unadulterated rock blues with killer instrumental hooks

Save Me is pure unadulterated rock blues with killer instrumental hooks, mind blowing guitar riffs and a powerful and flawless vocal performance so crank this corker of a track up and rock out like there's no tomorrow.

Rock / Blues Artist Shane Henry has an impressive list of accomplishments to his name as he has opened for legendary artists such as BB King and Etta James plus his music has featured on NBC, CBS and the Discovery Channel.

His new album is produced in part by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer and Santana) and Justin Glasco (The Lone Bellow).

Light In The Dark (due for release on April 28) is the seventh independent release from a music career that spans fifteen years, this is an outstanding accomplishment for a musical journey that began in a small town in Oklahoma thanks to being exposed to music from the likes of The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix and later on Tom Petty and BB King; all these experiences helped develop and stimulate Shane's interest in music.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Be Right Here For You ticks all the right boxes with Maggie's beautiful vocal stylings 

Be Right Here For You ticks all the right boxes with Maggie's beautiful vocal stylings, catchy and entertaining hooks and a instrumental arrangement that radiates like the sun.

Maggie McClure is an acclaimed singer/songwriter from Oklahoma that now resides in Los Angeles, she has opened for the likes of Sara Barailles, Alicia Witt and Walk Off The Earth plus her music has being placed on MTV and CBS.

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Lighthouse is a wonderful piano melody which blends seamlessly with Blaylock's vocals, that give life to beautiful and heart felt lyrics

Lighthouse is a wonderful piano melody which blends seamlessly with Blaylock's vocals, that give life to beautiful and heart felt lyrics; after wrapping my ears around this outstanding song it's easy to see why this artist is so revered.

Blaylock has spent the last two years collaborating with some of the world's greatest songwriters from all corners of the globe including London, Stockholm and Nashville 
and he has stockpiled the very best songs for his solo project.

His music has featured in TV Commercials and also has received airplay on commercial radio and one outstanding achievement is being comissioned by Archbishop Desmond 
Tutu to write a song celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela.

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