Wednesday, 30 December 2015

A musical countdown to 2016


As 2015 draws to a close its the perfect time to countdown to some cool musicians I've had the pleasure of meeting/connecting with over the last few years - starting with Meresha​ and a live performance of her fab song New Revolution


Introducing the impressive vocal skills of talented Australian Songstress Xamaria


Here's to one of my favourite vocalists Moria Or​ and MARBL​, her voice will blow you away.



Introducing the beautiful vocals of New York Singer/Songwriter Jess King​ 



Presenting the sensual sounds of FiFi Rong 


Introducing the unique vocals of Folk Music Sensation Joanna Weston 


Introducing the rocktastic sounds of Goldbirds​, who hail from London.


Presenting Texan Rocker Jessie Frye​ 


This musical nugget is from the Highlands of Scotland courtesy of Holly Drummond​ 


Introducing a talented musician/lyricist that I had the pleasure of finally seeing live for the first time this year - Lauren Aquilina​ 



Introducing the sweet vocals of Bristol Singer/Songwriter Natalie Holmes​ 



This is footage from my favourite Greekita Héllena performing live



Here's to one of the most powerful vocalists I know, Scarlett Lee​



Presenting the talented folk musicians that are Pandora's Diary​ 



Introducing Nick Festari​ , a musician whose recently made the transition from Dance to Pop Music https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCohKX92lpEIV5GWC2nvfIaw/videos

I present Melissa de Blok​ , an incredibly talented singer/songwriter https://melissadeblok.bandcamp.com/ - I hope next year i'll get the opportunity to see her live.


It's time to rock with a trio from Surrey, The Big Bads​ 




Here is the penultimate post which features one of my favourite Singer/Songwriter/Musicians Charlene Soraia​ 




This is the first part of the ultimate post which features two awesome live performances I had a hand in organising - https://www.mixcloud.com/sarahkmichel/pa/ featuring Portrait

Concluding my musical countdown to 2016 , with the second part of the ultimate post which features two awesome live performances I had a hand in organising featuring Pandora's diary




Here's a bonus treat of Portrait performing live at The Sawmill 





Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Friday, 27 November 2015

Get ready to Tremble as Portrait is coming to London

OBs Music UK and Pandora's Diary are proud to announce a unique and memorable day of music on Wednesday, 09/12/15.

A radio show and a live event with Portrait at the Sawmill - 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dinner-and-gig-ft-portrait-and-pandorasdiary-tickets-19725363092




As well as being a singer/songwriter, Portrait is a classically trained pianist who loves to incorporate other forms of art into her live performances and also likes to experiment with cutting edge music technology so we promise you'll be in store for a multi sensory experience.

On the evening of the 9th, we would like to invite you to The Sawmill in Shoreditch for a unique and memorable music event in this the brand new intimate pop up.

On the line up will be Portrait and opening for her will be sultry folk duo Pandora's Diary - www.pandorasdiary.com

6.30 - 8.30 a shared meal (please RSVP below) including a special taste and music experiment with Portrait

8.30 - welcome drink for everyone 
9.00 - Pandorasdiary 
9.45 - Portrait 

Basically there are two ticket options:

MUSIC ONLY
Music only with welcome drink - £10.00 or £15.00 for 2 (only advance bookings) 
£10.00 on the door

DINNER ONLY
Indian buffet dinner, gig, sensory experience and welcome drink
- £20.00 per person or £35 for 2 people (only advance)

(We will cancel dinner option if less then 15 people don't RSVP by 1st of December) 

To RSVP - paypal to pandorasdiary@gmail.com or via Eventbrite link, but this will be more expensive for both of us.

Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Fifi Rong entertains once again with her sensual voice and unique brand of electro pop




Beijing-born and London-based artist and producer Fifi Rong returns with another dose of her sometimes dark and sultry, sometimes light and beautiful, always unique and eccentric brand of deliciously addictive songwriting in the form of her new EP, ‘Violently Silently’, set to drop on 4th December.

Fifi uses the title, ‘Violently Silently’, to describe her genre-bending sound, which she explains is “subtly vulnerable and introverted, yet extremely emotionally powerful and brutal”. 

The release is Fifi’s most deliberate expression yet of her trademark hybrid sound, taking the listener on a journey into her remarkable soundworld. 

The EP forms a cohesive body of work, showcasing her artistic prowess and the depth of thought which goes into her composition, with each song relating to the others. In her own words, “the same set of sound elements were sampled, crafted and re-sampled to demonstrate a set of songs that people would conventionally consider to cross several genres”. 

The first track, ‘Intro’, is a premix of the second, ‘Once’, which includes a sampled preview of both ‘Slow Poison’ and ‘Since When’ (tracks 3 and 4). The EP is then rounded off by ‘Outro’, which itself is a remix of the penultimate track.

Over the last couple of years, Fifi has flourished as a songwriter and a producer, collaborating with Phaeleh, Skepta, Tricky and Boris Blank/Yello, as well as film maker Paris Seawell, culminating in writing, recording, and producing the ‘Violently Silently’ EP herself, before being mixed by Lee Slater, who has previously worked with the likes of Roots Manuva, Roll Deep and M.I.A.

Having already established herself internationally as a stand-out live performer, with headline shows throughout the UK, Europe, and China/Hong Kong, Fifi has been going from strength to strength, picking up radio support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1 Xtra and BBC 6Music. 

The EP represents the continued refinement of Fifi’s distinctive style, which has been praised by the likes of Fortitude, Clash, Fader and The 405, and was described by Through The Wire as ‘jaw dropping downtempo electronic music’.

Her live prowess will be showcased with a special EP launch at The Garage in Highbury on 24th November, promising an electric evening that will aptly display the pure emotional intimacy, mesmerizing vocals and nuanced flair of her Chinese heritage that fans have come to expect. 

‘Violently Silently’ is a release which both delivers and challenges, going one step further in refining Fifi’s distinctive sonic vision and creative palette, and transporting listeners into her very own universe.


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fifirongmusic




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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Lest We Forget The Veteran




Sarantos's latest musical offering is just in time for Remembrance / Veterans' Day and honours 
the fallen heroes that gave their lives to guarantee our freedom.

The Veteran delivers poignant lyrics alongside entertaining instrumentals as Sarantos commemorates this day and as always a proportion of the money raised from the sale of his music goes to a charity and this time 33% of sales will go the Wounded Warriors Home.

Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Kill Off Killy is the first single taken from President T's upcoming album Stranger Returns.



After unveiling the audio for Kill Off Killy, the highly anticipated President T visual is finally here! 

Kill Off Killy is the first single taken from President T's upcoming album Stranger Returns.
Throughout the track President T demonstrates his fierce wordplay and signature flow showcasing effortlessly why he is the President of the grime scene, and also so well respected by his fellow artists and MC's.

President T says, “Kill Off Killy is setting a direction for grime music to follow. I selected a JME production to make sure it had the key Meridian elements”.

The track is available for pre-order now on iTunes and is surely going to get all of the fans excited for the release of his debut album.


Saturday, 31 October 2015

Another classic, head bopping track from Jordan Sefton, who raps majestically along to the beat




After the first instalment of God JS (I)Jordan Sefton unveils the second part of the partnership which was premiered by Complex.

Once again he allows you to think of sitting in a blues bar while he raps over the wizardry melodies that are embedded within the beat.

Another classic, head bopping track from Jordan Sefton, who raps majestically along to the beat and brings a whole new flavour of sound and production to your ears.

God JS (ii) is released via Damm Records and is now available to order via iTunes. 

Alex Hill

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Jordan Sefton doesn't hold back and delivers bars that shudder with realness and honesty



Taking some time away from the music scene, Jordan Sefton is back with the first instalment of music titled, God JS (i).

The wavey old school beat accompanies Jordan Sefton who doesn't hold back and delivers bars that shudder with realness and honesty. 

Not one to follow the trend Jordan Sefton has a rap style that you can kick back to but also has a strong bite to the lyrical content he delivers and is evident once again in God JS (i).

This is the first single to be released via Damm Records from his new material and will be available to order on iTunes at the end of the month.

Under The Rock is a fusion of some of D.Pierre favourite genres

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D.Pierre is back with a brand new video for his latest track, Under The Rock.

Under The Rock is a fusion of some of D.Pierre favourite genres and was inspired by his personal accomplishments highlighting his successes "I have ticked off a few items on my bucket list."

The video directed by Dale Brodie and shot by Hakeem Boakye and is full of party vibes and shots from Notting Hill Carnival.

Under The Rock is out now on iTunes.  

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Desire’ is the uplifting and dreamy single from Junction 13 that is set to burn up the radio waves


A collective of creative musical minds. Junction 13 are currently taking over the scene with their mixes and remixes. 'Desire’ is the uplifting and dreamy single from Junction 13 that is set to burn up the radio waves.

Currently linking up with Left field R'N'B singer SHRLT‘Desire’ is a merging of various genres to create something that’s instantly memorable, and captures summer time London perfectly.

Supported by the likes of DJ Cameo, Toddla T, Tough love, and Mark Radford, the group are currently working with names like Zed Bias and Angel, the talented production team are tipped for big things this year.


Taya Sophie unveils the follow up to her original mix for F**ked up


Taya Sophie follows up her original mix for F**ked Up with a remix that features none other than rapper, Scrufizzer.

The powerful and eerily sounding beat allows both artists to express their musical talents for you to embrace.

With a second EP on the way there is plenty more in store from Taya Sophie.

Listen to the track below;



Saturday, 10 October 2015

Sarantos treats us to funky beats and smooth guitar chords



Sarantos's latest musical offering is entitled You (just) don't have It, this time Sarantos has gone for a Pop / EDM Feel for his song and as always proceeds go to a charity, so its this month's charity is Girl Effect

The theme of this song is about Dating or more specifically physical attraction vs personality and/or intellect, musically Sarantos treats us to funky beats and smooth guitar chords.

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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Promises is a upbeat number with beautiful vocals, catchy pop beats and heartfelt lyrics



Nina is a 18 year old vocalist from Newport, South Wales and this talented individual juggles her singing with her A-Levels and in the 6 months since she started pursuing her musical dreams she has made impressive progress.

Nina's interested in singing began at the age of 10 where she received singing lessons from Charlotte Church's singing teacher Louise Ryan and this led to her getting hand picked to appear in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Wales Millennium Centre alongside household names such as H from Steps and Aled Jones.

Her other musical accomplishments including reaching the final of 'The UK Open Mic' contest a few years back and claiming the Runner Up spot in 'The Star Of Stage' contest 2013, where she got to meet Connie Fisher. 

This talented artist's debut single Never Let You Go (written by award winning songwriters Darren Parry and Dan and Laura Curtis) was well received and this propelled Nina to put her on spin on Prince's classic song Purple Rain, this was well received both on Youtube and also on the Radio.

Purple Rain was immediately proceeded with the release of Never Let You Go, which was remixed by EDM specialist producer do Adventurer - these guys have already worked with the likes of Pendulum and Pixie Lott, so for them to work their magic on Nina's song was inspirational.

Nina next plans to release Promises, which once again has been written and produced by Darren Parry.

Promises is a upbeat number with beautiful vocals, catchy pop beats and heartfelt lyrics, Nina's vocals are truly out of this world.


Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Friday, 2 October 2015

Vote for Nick Festari to be a Global Rockstar


Global Rockstar is the world's largest online music contest and one of our artists - Nick Festari has entered, he has the chance to win a cash prize of 25.000 US $ plus musical equipment worth 15.000 US $.

Voting is now live so hop over to the link, register and then get voting.- https://www.globalrockstar.com/artists/nick-festari and a big thanks in advance.

Every contest participant must sell something particular so if a fan purchases one thing gives 10 votes to his favorite artist. 

Nick is offering the following

5 songs from his debut EP “This is me… Slower and faster” - featuring Nick as he was composing each song of the album, so you will hear him singing some melody lines whilst playing piano or strumming guitar… or just different instrumentals with his voice whilst searching for a satisfying melody."

- the original work in progress demo track of I WANNA MAKE ME FLY.

- The A CAPPELLA autotuned version of YOU WANNA MAKE ME FLY

- The background vocals of YOU WANNA MAKE ME FLY

- The YEAH! choir of YOU WANNA MAKE ME FLY

- The Don’t Slam The Radio (2013 voice/piano original version) with the original cover art.


Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Tall People Have No Feelings treats us to energetic rock beats and captivating instrumental hooks




The Vanilla Milkshakes are a Punk / Rock band from Denver, Colorado.

They recently finished recording their follow up album Tall People Have No Feelings with the assistance of Calvin Johnson (of K Records and Beat Happening).

The album was mixed by Calvin's assistant engineer Pual Krogh (of Oh Blue Minium) and mastered by Jack Endino (of Nirvana's Bleach).

Despite the title and tone of the lyrics Amazing Misery has a catchy vibe to it.

The Block song delivers quirky lyrics and upbeat instrumentals.

Deez Boots entertains us with captivating instrumental hooks.

Good Intentions Will Kill Us serves up tempo percussion whilst waxing lyrical about current affairs.

If You Think About It is chock full of energetic rock beats which slightly overshadow the vocals.

Kitty Likes Coffee is a quirky number thanks to its lyrics, which are delivered at the speed of light.

Popular goes in hard with the instrumentals but the vocal levels don't cater for this.

Sara Tea is full to the brim with heavy bass and percussion beats plus we're treated to catchy lyrics.

Sorry Desi has a rock and roll flavour to it, with its fast paced instrumental arrangement.

The Pessismist starts off cheerful but the mood instantly shifts into something that's dark and depressing.

We Sound Shitty So Spin Will Like Us is a okayish tune, its lyrics seem to be of a parodying nature.

Yr Scene treats us to catchy instrumentals especially in terms of percussion.

You're The Starbucks Of People concludes the album with The Vanilla Milkshakes trademark Rock And Roll arrangement.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thevanillamilkshakes?ref=ts&fref=ts
Twitter - http://twitter.com/punkymilkshakes
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/thevanillamilkshakes/videos



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Saturday, 26 September 2015

Runaway serves up a smooth sound both vocally and also with its melody



Young Kato are a six piece band and Runaway is the second single from their debut album - Don't Wait Till Tomorrow.

They have already been championed by Fearne Cotton, Zane Lowe, XFM, Channel 4's Sundy Brunch, Made In Chelsea and also SBTV - plus they have toured with You Me At Six, Rixton and 5 Seconds Of Summer as they expand on their loyal fanbase.

Runaway serves up a smooth sound both vocally and also with its melody and in addition to that the lyrics pack a punch and the visuals reflect this.

Website - http://www.youngkato.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/weareyoungkato
Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/YOUNGKATO

Post By - Boulent Mustafa

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Breathe is a catchy number thanks to the upbeat melody, powerful lyrics and energetic vocals.



Youth Club recently unveiled Breathe, which is a catchy number thanks to the upbeat melody, powerful lyrics and energetic vocals.

Website - http://www.weareyouthclub.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/weareyouthclub
Twitter - http://twitter.com/weareyouthclub
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/weareyouthclub
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/weareyouthclub

Post By - Boulent Mustafa