Edinburgh Electronic/Alt. R&B artist Rachel Johnson has released her debut single ‘S/he’ under the moniker Kohla . A fine arts graduate Kohla was writing rock music until last year where she suffered a vocal injury and in turn listened to a lot of hip hop, alt R&B and rap while she was recovering. ‘Kohla’ is a debut of alternative R&B, influenced by Banks, FKA Twigs and James Blake among others, with ‘S/he’ being thematically about jealously, disdain and pride. The artwork was also drawn by Kohla.
‘S/he’ is a molten R&B hued number laced with tension as Kohla unfolds her carefully crafted fierce yet vulnerable sound over a gripping backdrop. Her gentle voice coos through the soft melody with her warm lower range or sweet frail and breathy falsetto creating a delicate easy on the ears seduction . The steady sticky beat is constant through the fluid haunting backing vocals and all round eerie dreamy atmosphere. It’s elegant, sassy and filled with refined class as Kohla announces herself with this steamy darkly coated track.
Singer-songwriter Adam French has released his new single ‘Wanna Be Here’. Adam French is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist from Cheshire who creates songs of depth, and honesty. Following two EP releases – the past 18 months has seen French embark on a new UK headline tour, including selling out London’s Omeara in May and playing shows with some of the most exciting talent coming out of the country – Nilüfer Yanya, Jade Bird, Jacob Banks and Freya Ridings – as well as an accelerated introduction to the festival circuit playing Reading & Leeds, The Great Escape, Latitude, Festival #6 and Reeperbahn to name a few.
‘Wanna Be Here’ is the first release from his debut album, scheduled for release in 2019. This delicate and emotive number softly matures from its raw icy verses, flowing beautifully into its catchy chorus and subtly powerful crescendo. Biting guitars create a breezy ethereal soundscape as they float and soar over the punchy gripping drum beat while French’s raspy warm vocals flood the track with tender passion. Both warm and cold this track is presented with a fluidity that seeps sweetly into the ears and soothes as backing vocals lull behind the absorbing soundscape. With a delicate interior the song swirls beneath its bitter exterior of acute guitars and intense almost cinematic soundscapes. It’s a powerful track filled with oodles of tear jerking emotion as French displays his mature organic musicianship that is destined to touch the hearts of all who listen.
Speaking on the track, French states: “‘Wanna Be Here’ is a song about the difference between happiness and comfort. As people we often mistake a comfortable habitat for love and settle for the now. It’s important to share life with somebody that makes you happy and brings out the best in you… and it’s never too late to cut loose from those who don’t.”
UK Singer/Songwriter Derek Martin has released his new alternative album ‘Dreaming Out Loud’. The 10 track album is what he describes as ‘the soundtrack to the life we are all living in’, with lyrics focusing on love, friendship, joy and nostalgia. His passion for music was ignited by his love of guitar, spurring him on to write from the comfort of his Scotland home.
Derek Martin unfolds his bright cheery and wholesome tunes through ‘Dreaming Out Loud’. These tracks stride along a golden ray of optimism and positivity as warm guitar melodies weave through punchy drums.‘Calm Before the Storm’,’Superglue’, and ‘Kindred Spirit’ douse the album in cosy,lustrous tones while ‘Life in the Minor Key’ and ‘Fleeting Mind’ add a dash of alternative gritty rock into the mix with darker tones, jagged guitars and rumble on drums. The solo’s shred their way through the tracks maintaining the snappy pace of the album as well as providing some swagger. Martin’s vocals venture from smooth and velvety to powerful and raspy, he coos through the emotional ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘While I’m Away’ which features a sublime bittersweet guitar feature and he dynamically blasts out the power chorus in ‘Dreaming Out Loud’. Each track packs in oodles of passion as the album overflows with energy and meaning from every note. Martin explores a variety of tones from vibrant, soothing and tender to swagger-inducing anthemic bangers like ‘Graffiti on the Wall’– where the chorus has you dancing around the room without a care. His most delicate and emotional track comes in the form of the soft sweet ‘Nightingale’ which brings the album to a beautiful end.
‘Dreaming Out Loud’ is one heck of a passionate display from Derek Martin. Its honest, true and down to earth which makes it extremely relatable. The warm vibrant instruments makes these glorious tracks and come to life.
Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From isaac gracie
isaac gracie has launched an extended version of his debut album. The record, ‘Isaac Gracie’, is now available to purchase with three extra tracks including his recent single ‘Show Me Love’, ‘No, Nothing At All’ and this weeks worth a listen track ‘Broken Wheel’.
‘Broken Wheel’ is filled with the heartwarming musicianship we have come to love from Isaac Gracie. It’s cosy and comforting as his powerful vocals caress the beautiful melody with a confidence and reassurance that frees the mind and soothes the soul. Its passionate lyrics complement the warm acoustic guitar and spongy beat making for an ethereal ”throw caution to the wind” sense of freedom. This track is a tightly bound gem that glistens with sun kissed delicacy while oozing tender tones. Ready for a road trip summer sing along Gracie has delivered another fresh slice of what he does remarkably well – crafted glorious wholesome tunes to wrap our delicate ears in.
London singer songwriter Matt Portland has released his new single ‘Secondary’.Portland is a solo artist who writes, produces and plays every instrument on his songs, recorded in his small home studio.The new track draws inspiration from the ballads of the late 60’s and 70’s and soundtracks from that era, attempting a modern take on the Wall of Sound.
‘Secondary’ encapsulates beautifully Portland’s wholly absorbing and carefully crafted sound. With delicate finger picked guitar and lonely guitar slide intro the track croons in with tender solitary tones and a swoony sweet 60’s melody. Building the track into a passionate ballad Portland fleshes out his lonesome Spaghetti-western sound with a steady drum thud and graceful piano element. It’s a weepy delicate number that gradually builds in emotion as more instruments are introduced to fill out the track. The guitar laments behind a rich percussive foundation while elegant strings flutter around the teary fist pump passion. Each part of the track builds upon the brooding theme as the melancholic tones flicker between a powerful tear jerking chorus. The guitar solo wails and whines with a bittersweet tone while Portland’s velvety vocals coo over this timeless wishful backdrop. It’s a well crafted track that packs one heck of an emotional punch.
Italian singer-songwriter Giorgio De Palo has released his debut single ‘Rails’. The song is the last goodbye between two soulmates waiting for a train. With this romantic cliché Giorgio represents his very own anxiety towards love linked to the passage of time. ‘Rails’ is an expression of this insecurity and the loss of control through the metaphor of farewell. Born in Rome, raised internationally and currently based in Berlin, his new single is taken off his upcoming EP ‘First Waves’, which will be released in the first months of 2019.
‘Rails’ is a sweet ditty that floods with passion and tenderness. Warm twinkling guitar embraces the soft melody with a melancholic tone as Giorgio caresses this lamentable scene with his gentle vocals. The soft beat is blended through the wistful sting on guitar while sway-able soundscapes create a cinematic gripping atmosphere.It’s emotional and elegant all while surging bittersweet tones of romance and loss through every pulse and sublime note. This easy going rich indie pop track is a sublime debut from the Italian singer songwriter. Watch the video for ‘Rails’ below
Dublin-based folk singer Jane Willow is set to release her debut EP ‘Onward Still’ on November 22nd with a full band show in The Sound House, Dublin.In recent years Jane’s played an incredible amount of gigs, performing at Vicar Street, Whelan’s, The Workman’s Club, Galway’s Roisin Dubh and Electric Picnic. In August 2017 she opened for Glen Hansard in Vicar Street. She followed this gig with a full band show in the Grand Social.She has been featured on RTE Radio 1, BBC Radio Ulster, Lyric FM and recently won the Intercollective Competition ‘Best Musician’ (2018).On her debut EP she collaborates with Dave Hingerty (drums: Kila, The Frames), Vyvienne Long (cello: Damien Rice) and regular band members Joanna Marie Burke (backing vocals), Eoin Healy (bass), Derek Copley (mandolin) and Scott Flanigan (keys).
‘Onward Still’ is a precious collection of tracks that flow on sweet luscious melodies, pristine musicianship and a purity that is mesmerising. Title track ‘Onward Still’ kicks the EP in motion filled with wholesomeness as a glistening guitar weaves its playful way between warm mandolin, vibrant drum taps and elegant string injections. Jane’s vocals on this EP are enchanting. Throughout ‘On My Mind’ she coos and beautifully expresses the vivid lyrics with an elegance and passion that stops time as the melancholic cello laments through twinkling keys and gracefully plucked guitar. Each track is meticulously crafted for a satisfying listen.From the perky earthy ‘Nobody Knows’ and buoyant joyful ‘Hannah’ to the delicate tender ‘If I Did Love You’, the EP floats upon a dreamy state of majesty and refined grandeur. There is a maturity and genuine purity about each track as the guitars, bass, drums, keys and cello blend perfectly with Jane’s vocals making each stride, flicker and note captivating and magical. ‘Comfort’ brings us to the end of the EP with warm guitar glimmers between Jane’s immaculate vocal delivery. The harmonies are lush as this track does exactly as its title suggests, it soothes the soul and gives a comforting hug to your ears.
Jane Willow has provided a warm cosy collection of tracks filled with delicacy and joy while vivid lyrics, beautiful vocals and sublime instrumentation establish her enthralling sound perfectly.
Badhands (aka Daniel Fitzpatrick) has released his debut album this week along with the video for the lead single, ‘Monday Morning’.Badhands is the musical project of Dublin songwriter and musician Dan Fitzpatrick. His recently completed debut album, entitled ‘Predictable Boy’, began as a collaboration with producer and bass player Tom Cosgrave (The Minutes), then quickly evolved in to a more expansive project with the enlistment of multi-instrumentalist Aoife Ruth, drummer Ken Mooney, and engineer Chris Barry. With a strong focus on lyrics and vocals the album explores themes such as laziness, loneliness, loss and madness. Badhands debut single ‘Waves’ was released in November 2017, and was soon followed by an impressive run of live gigs, namely a performance at the Whelan’s Ones to Watch festival, a packed headline show in The Workmans Club, and a sold out gig at Vicar Street supporting Michael McDonald.Predictable Boy marks Fitzpatrick’s first venture as a solo artist, having previously worked as a musician and songwriter for years with the likes of The Mighty Stef, The Last Tycoons, Paddy Hanna and Maud in Cahoots.
‘Monday Morning’ is a gloriously melodic number which floats upon a rich energetic backdrop of jagged guitar injections, punchy drums and an elastic rooted bass line that weaves and twirls its way into your spine making you groove and dance along. With a bitter sweet melancholic melody drizzled into your ears by Fitzpatrick’s warm raspy vocals, this track is drenched in passionate tender moments that are incredibly relatable and touching. With sombre tones perfectly contrasted against vibrant lush instrumentation, Fitzpatrick presents a wholly consuming, mature number full of gusto and honesty. His musicianship is refined, pure and brimming with opulent textures as he wavers between the darker tones of the brooding Monday monotony and the lively foot tapping energy seamlessly to create a charming little ditty that is sure to make your day better.
Badhands ‘Predictable Boy launch is at The Workman’s Club in Dublin this coming Saturday, November 17th make sure to check it out. More live dates below
November 16th – Bennigans, Derry November 17th – The Workmans Club, Dublin November 22nd – The Roisin Dubh, Galway November 24th – Broken Home, Newbridge December 7th – Pharmacia, Limerick Plus More TBA
Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Jade Bird
London-based songwriter Jade Bird has made a blinding return with her new single ‘Love Has All Been Done Before’. Fast-becoming a household name with her beautifully distinctive voice and fiercely raw pop songs that tell unforgettable life-stories, Jade Bird is firmly in ascent. Her recent single ‘Uh Huh’ took up residency on the Radio 1 B-list as Bird toured America, playing sold out shows to doting crowds everywhere she went.The 20-year-old has toured profusely across the world with her band, performed her breakthrough single ‘Lottery’ on Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and the UK’s ‘Later…With Jools Holland’ too and most recently gone into session at Maida Vale with Annie Mac for Radio 1. This month, Bird will embark her biggest ever UK & Irish headline tour – an 11-stop run taking in all the major cities including a stop-off in Dublin, where she plays Whelan’s on November 30th .
‘Love Has All Been Done Before’ is a powerful splurge of alternative pop. Brimming with fiery attitude Bird’s raspy vocals coo and belt out with demanding charm and charisma as she calls for more respect and romance in a relationship that is becoming depressingly monotonous. Swept up in a whirl of crashing drums, vibrant guitars and exhilarating soundscapes this track rushes with high voltage adrenaline while a sweet cheery melody hops along with a peppy infectiousness to remain in your head for days. The verses skip around her commanding bright vocals with an innocent cheeky bop before the chorus explodes into a mighty intense outburst. It’s an electrifying track that oozes passion and vigor with a dynamic rich instrumental backing to have you instantly hooked on Jade Birds irresistible sound.
Emilio Pinchi has released his new EP ‘Holiday’. Pinchi is a twenty-something year old living in Liverpool. With previous releases picked up by BBC 6 Music, Pinchi announced his latest EP ‘Holiday’, available digitally and on limited edition metal tin cassette, through Klee Music. Influenced by the likes of Elliot Smith and Car Seat Headrest, Pinchi offers an introspective view on life, nostalgia and consumerism in an anonymous city. His previous singles ‘High Times’ and ‘Paint By Number’ were accompanied by several live dates around Europe and the UK, including performances at Liverpool Sound City 2018, Zizkovska NOC 2018 (Prague), and support slots with the likes of Beans On Toast.
‘Holiday’ is an easygoing sweet collection of tracks to lull you into a sun sprinkled daydream. Title track ‘Holiday’ sets the mellowness in motion with twinkling guitar between a steady beat as Pinchi coo’s over a honeyed melody while buoyant keys playfully bounce around this sparkling gem. The tracks have a unique dreamy effect as they float along cheery melancholic tones with the lyrics sometimes taking a sarcastic outlook. ‘Coffee’ twangs with a sweet lamenting harmonica element while ‘This Machine’ strolls along with lush harmonies and glorious supple guitar elements. Pinchi manages to fill the tracks with bitter sweet tones as he glides along peppy backdrops of daisies and delicacy contrasting perfectly with his heart pining melodies and soft vocals. Elegant guitar strums and a steady beat keeps the tracks trudging along while the keys, harmonica and smooth melodies display the yearning and heart wrenching tones.’White Wine Water Bottle’ brings the EP to a glistening end. There is some beautiful guitar moments in this EP and this track shows this in all its radiant glory. It’s an honest track brimming with superb instrumentation as jangly keys keep the peppy tone throughout while a solid beat maintains a steady foundation for this effortlessly flowing delight.
‘Holiday’ is a charming, authentic EP that rests comfortably on the ears caressing and soothing you with meaningful melodies and subtly luscious instrumentation which envelopes the touching lyrics.
Stream ‘This Machine’ below
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