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MONKS OF MELLONWAH
The Australian alternative rock quartet Monks Of Mellonwah consist of Vikram Kaushik (vocals/guitar), Joe de la Hoyde (lead guitar), John de la Hoyde (bass) and Joshua Baissari (drums). Their musical influences draw on a variety of artists from the past and the present, including the soundscape prowess of Pink Floyd, the free-natured blues of Led Zeppelin, and the blazing modern sound of Muse, creating a masterful yet unique sound, really honing in on those big, powerful moments every listener longs to hear. Monks Of Mellonwah have been compared to the likes of The Black Keys, Band of Skulls and Incubus and have had their music featured on MTV's The Real World: St. Thomas (U.S.) and RTL Channel Show (Germany). The band has also received positive feedback and coverage from multiple music blogs, magazines and other media outlets such as Big Takeover Magazine, CMJ, Noise 11, MTV and more. They will showcase at an Australian music showcase event in Singapore this week.LINK: www.monksofmellonwah.com
STREAM: "Ghost Stories"
FALLING OFF MAPS
Falling Off Maps is a five-piece outfit from Nottingham, UK consisting of Dave Wright (vocals/guitar), Dane Prewett (bass/electronics), Joe Watts (guitar), Tom Harrison (piano) and Jay Wright (drums) and have been compared to the likes of Radiohead, Alt-J, Bon Iver and Arcade Fire. Their album title and band moniker were in place before a single note had been written or recorded. Falling Off Maps were a thematic concept in mind first--then came the music. Their brilliance sits in the intimate spaces created in their minimalist music dramas – it’s there in the things they have chosen to leave out as much as what is committed to a recording. The end result: a well of emotions. A widescreen, cinematic work. A thing of beauty. The album A Seaside Town In Winter featuring the single “The Redeemer” is a place you will want to re-visit time and time again.LINK: www.fallingoffmaps.co.uk
STREAM: "The Redeemer"
The Fluxx, five fresh-faced boys from Oslo, Norway made up of lead singer Daniel Stähler, guitarist Stephan Gracia Slaaen, Bassist Iver Paulsberg , keyboardist Jan Kristoffersen and a Drummer Lars Andre Hagensen, were never daunted by hard work or accused of a lack of perseverance. The guys have known each other since their schooldays and have been performing together from an early age. These deep roots have grown into a fiery passion to succeed, fueled by a sense of camaraderie amongst the quintet that’s blossomed due to the fact that the individual members are always there for each other. They’ve done this through relentless gigging in their native Oslo and support slots with multi-platinum Eurovision artist Alexander Rybak, and expanded their profile through performances in the UK. The Fluxx have garnered early airplay support with their songs “Take You Back” and “She Cries” on a variety of global radio outlets. The Trey Sheppard (Zero Hour)-produced and Steve Fitzmaurice (Depeche Mode, Olly Murs, U2)-mixed single, “Kids On The Radio,” is a refreshing pop tune that proves their talent is a force to be reckoned with. The Fluxx are one of the best guitar-pop live acts from Scandinavia and have HUGE global potential. The band will be showcasing at MUSEXPO on Monday May 6 at 10pm at S.I.R. Studios.LINK: www.facebook.com/thefluxxofficial
STREAM: "Kids On The Radio"
Spending her early childhood traveling around with her parents who were in the film industry, Kita Klane needed some company as she traveled in a different city every few months. She found comfort in the music of Billie Holiday, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan and Peggy Lee. After five years in Los Angeles, Kita returned to her traveling roots and spent time soaking up the culture and energy of cities such as New York and Paris. Realizing it was time to take the life experiences and put them into songs, Kita returned home to LA where she rekindled a friendship with childhood friend, Frankie IV, who became her writing partner. One night after performing a packed house at The Roxy, the two met Jeff Greenberg, long-time LA promoter, manager and owner of the world famous Village Studios. He invited them to the studio and offered to help them record their music. Greenberg introduced them to DJ/tastemaker Nic Harcourt (now host of the weekly morning show on 88.5FM KCSN Los Angeles) who has helped launch the careers of Coldplay, Norah Jones, Sigur Ros and David Gray in the US. Impressed with their talent, Harcourt decided to head into the studio as a first time producer. “There was a raw passion and energy about the music, but perhaps more importantly Kita, I knew she was a great singer, It was about arranging the songs in a way that allowed her voice the space to really sing,” said Harcourt. The debut EP In Love With The Enemy, a four song release, includes the early buzz track “The Enemy” (produced by Harcourt) and three new tracks such as “Running Circles,” which delivers a hypnotic peek into Kita’s unique brand of indie, soul, jazz and cabaret. Kita is currently available for worldwide signing, booking, publishing, and licensing.LINK: www.facebook.com/kitakmusic
STREAM: "Running Circles"
FOU DE TOI
Erik Hääger (vocals/guitar), Johan Malmberg (guitar) and Daniel Karlsson (bass guitar) together are Fou De Toi. Formed just two short years ago by Hääger after returning to Sweden from touring in the states with Carolina Liar, he felt the need for something new and fresh, musically. The Göteborg and Stockholm trio create indie pop music on the same level that the Scandinavians have perfected. Their melodies are addictive and simply brilliant. In 2011, they released their debut EP The Impossible Thrill and landed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell. After impressing fans with their 2012 tune “Pick Up The Phone,” Fou De Toi returned with another gem in “Heartless.” The band has picked up strong global radio support via the syndicated Passport Approved radio program which reaches millions of new music fans worldwide and the band is already seeing a growing fanbase and good early digital sales from those radio markets, as well as more increased online activity.LINK: www.foudetoi.se
Equipped with multiple instruments, a loop station, pedals, a capacity to sing and a beat-box, “one-man-band” Jeremy Loops creates textured tracks that transform convention and align the fresh with the familiar. His performances center around crowd participation and collaborations with other skilled musicians, most frequently the lyricist Motheo Moleko, as well as Jamie Faull on the sax, which brings a completely unique and positive sound to new school world folk music. Jeremy has been hugely successful of late, playing on the main stage at Oppikoppi, one of the biggest festivals south of the equator, to a crowd of 22,000 people. A&R Worldwide saw Jeremy Loops in South Africa last year courtesy of Sheer Music’s Damon Forbes and noted that Jeremy Loops has the global potential like Mumford & Sons, Gotye and fellow South African Dave Matthews. Jeremy’s first ever show outside of South Africa will be at MUSEXPO LA this year and flocks of agents, publishers, labels and music supervisors are sure to swarm all over this hidden musical gem. The critics have been quick to take notice too: Mahala online, South Africa’s arbiter of cool, said about Jeremy Loops, “Then, out of nowhere this hipster kid with a feather in his hat came out and blew the (expletive) roof off the place. By far the standout act of the festival, Jeremy Loops brought something fresh to the table. Very cool loops layered over each other, a good grasp of a range of instruments, loads of energy, loads of funk. The crowd went completely nuts.”LINK: www.facebook.com/jeremyloops
A small town girl with big city dreams is an enduring artistic cliché that’s been around for centuries. But for singer/songwriter Jodee Seiders, who comes from the rural environs of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, it’s not so much a cliché as a mission statement. Utilizing everything, from traditional hymns and vintage records, to playful harmonies and made-up material, making music quickly became a passion for Jodee. She now resides in an artistic community of fellow singer/songwriters and performs regularly in both Los Angeles and Manhattan. Stylistically, she’s drawn comparisons to such talents as Dido, Sia, Lissie and Norah Jones and recently teamed with guitarist Rafael Moreira, bassist Ben White, drummer Randy Cooke and keyboardist Cheche Alara for an album of cover songs emulating past efforts such as Tori Amos’ Strange Little Girls and Cat Power’s The Covers Album. The first single off the Uncovered album is Jodee’s take on Sheryl Crow’s 1995 tune, “Perfect Lie,” a perfect showcase for Jodee’s smoky tones and impassioned vocal abilities.LINK: www.facebook.com/jodeeseidersmusic
STREAM: "Perfect Lie"
The Helsinki, Finland quartet Sunrise Avenue consists of Samu Haber (vocals, guitar), Raul Ruutu (bass, backing vocals), Sami Osala (drums) and Riku Rajamaa (guitar, backing vocals). Known for their catchy and melodic songs as well as their live performances, they’ve sold over 1.5 million singles and over 800,000 albums to date. Their single “Hollywood Hills” has sold over 500,000 copies alone, was the most played song in Sweden and reached No.1 on the Airplay Chart in both Germany and Austria. The single has been certified Platinum in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland as well as being certified gold in Finland and Austria. Their amazing live show was shown in 14 movie theaters in Germany and Austria last year and they've performed more than a thousand shows in 20 European countries and Japan. They’ve also performed at several major sports events including the sold out Champions League final viewing party at Munich Olympic stadium before Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea last May and the Track and Field World Championship opening ceremony in Berlin in 2009. The band is currently on the Big Band Theory tour with upcoming dates in Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Austria and more.LINK: www.sunriseave.com
STREAM: "Hollywood Hills"
Proudly original and ever defiant, Gala has always been the kind of woman to forge her own path. In exchange for a photo of a European DJ she recorded her first demo. In no time, with no formal training, no industry connections, but huge amounts of attitude and determination, Gala became a dance floor icon. Mailed overseas on a cassette tape, her single “Freed from Desire” became an international pop classic. In 1997 Gala was nominated for the “Best Dance Act” at the Mobo Awards in the UK, up against Prodigy, Chemical Brothers and Orbital and was awarded “Best Foreign Artist of the Year” at the Midem music conference in Cannes, France. Her album Come into My Life was released in 1998 with four singles charting in the Top 20 across Europe, selling a combined six million records worldwide. She was awarded a Gold record in the UK, and earned Platinum and Diamond records in Belgium and France where she performed in venues such as Bercy Stadium in Paris and appeared on TV shows such as “Top of the Pops” in the UK alongside Janet Jackson, Oasis and Paul Weller. In 2005 she released the song “Faraway” (EMI) in France and Greece, where it reached No.1 on iTunes and No.6 in CD sales. The song has been covered by the Greek singer Tamta (winner of the Greek “Idol” TV show) and has been featured on a TV ad campaign in the states. Invited to do a headlining performance at “Dance in the Summer” in Beirut in alongside Taio Cruz, T-Pain and Dev, Gala presented a new song. The organizer of the event, Radio Mix FM, the official No.1 radio outlet in the Middle East, believed from the first listen that Gala’s new single “Lose Yourself In Me” was a hit and started playing it on high rotation. In just a few weeks Gala’s new single reached No.2 in the Top 10 Radio’s play list. Gala also has built quite the following on social media too, with over two million views on YouTube and 15,000 “likes” on her Facebook page. Sample “Lose Yourself In Me” and find out more about Gala at http://www.galasound.com. Gala is currently available for signing and publishing for her new material in most territories worldwide. To listen to “Lose Yourself In Me,” click HERE.LINK: www.galasound.com
STREAM: "Loose Yourself"
Brisbane’s Cub Scouts had a rollercoaster ride in 2012, starting the year with their infectious ditty “Evie” taking over the airwaves, landing in high rotation on Triple J, solidifying their reputation in Australia and bookending the year with “Told You So” eclipsing that success and becoming a buzz single on U.S. radio. In between, the quintet toured nationally with the likes of Ball Park Music, Pluto Jonze and Loon Lake and won the Queensland Music Awards Song of the Year for their second single “Do You Hear.” This year has so far seen the band going from strength to strength with interest building extremely fast overseas. The band are scheduled to make a special appearance in Los Angeles early May and have also been selected to perform at seminal UK festival The Great Escape in May, with their new UK team already working the band and adding more European dates daily and global interest spiraling at a rate of knots as a result. In short, Cub Scouts are one of the hottest bands to emerge in 2013 and A&R and publisher interest is reaching fever pitch across Australia, the US and Europe. Preview “Told You So” taken from the Cub Scouts' debut EP of the same name.LINK: www.facebook.com/CubScoutsMusic
STREAM: "Told You So"
BIRDS OF TOKYO
Perth, Australia’s Birds Of Tokyo who have been a regular favorite of ours for a number of years and have returned with their first new music in quite some time. Over the course of their first two studio albums, 2007’s Day One and 2008’s Universes, Birds Of Tokyo carved out a niche for guitar driven anthems. Lots of touring around Australia gradually turned them into Triple J favorites and indie chart toppers. With their eponymous third release in 2010, things shifted up another gear. They won the ARIA Award for “Best Rock Album” and the APRA Award for “Best Rock Song.” They enjoyed genuine hit singles with “Plans” and “Wild At Heart” and earned multiplatinum certifications. With the addition of two new members, Glenn Sarangapany on keys and Ian Berney on bass, they consciously reinvented their approach to songwriting with a new Sydney studio space, plus time spent together in a remote French farmhouse helping to blaze new trails for the group. And if that wasn’t enough, they then went to Los Angeles to record with both a new producer, Dave Cooley (Silversun Pickups) and a new mixer, Tony Hoffer (M83, Beck, The Kooks). Birds Of Tokyo recently released “Lanterns,” an early taste of the upcoming album, March Fires, which is scheduled for release next month. The band played MUSEXPO a few years ago and garnered quite a bit of label interest and they are currently in serious talks with a number of US majors and independents. The band is currently available for signing, licensing and booking in various markets worldwide.LINK: www.birdsoftokyo.com
LIFE DOWN HERE
Life Down Here began when then 16-year-old guitarist Michelle Blanchard dropped out of high school to pursue music and quickly gained notoriety for her playing. Soon after, she met bass player and songwriter Eli Shkurkin at a local rock show and they began to write songs together under the moniker “Lights Don’t Shine Down Here.” Jeff Dennis (guitar) and Nick Adams (drums) heard a demo tape and joined the band in 2011. After playing only a few shows in Las Vegas and Los Angeles the group was discovered by super producer Jay Baumgardner (Evanescence, Papa Roach, Drowning Pool). Jay signed them to his label, NRG Artists, with the shortened name ‘Life Down Here’ and the quartet wrote songs with Marcos Curiel (P.O.D) and Jason Evigan (After Midnight Project). Their 11-track debut album, The Beginning, was released and received global radio airplay from the tune "All That You Are." The band has reached over 1 million views on YouTube, has over 80,000 fans on its social media and draws an average of 500 fans to each of its shows in Southern California; they also supported Paramore as a special request by the band last summer. Life Down Here has also performed at a variety of Pride events in Los Angeles, Nashville, San Francisco and Palm Springs and are currently on an extensive US high school tour.LINK: www.lifedownhereband.com
STREAM: "Seven Letters"
A true family affair, siblings and band members George, Amy and Emma Sheppard started performing together at a young age. Joining forces with songwriter/guitarist Jay Bovino, guitarist Michael Butler and drummer Jared Tredly, the sextet is simply known as Sheppard. The Brisbane, Queensland (Australia) pop outfit has had quite the busy last year, which included a world tour performing in South Africa, the UK, the US, India and their native Australia. They released their five-song, self-titled EP with the lead track, “Let Me Down Easy,” that received a lot of international attention by way of blogs, television appearances and radio outlets. The melodic tune may have been born in Australia but contains cool alternative pop music with the potential to cross over to a variety of formats. The track was one of the most requested songs at influential commercial Alternative KNRK “94/7 FM” Portland by the end of 2012, which saw the band play a sold-out 1400 capacity show in Portland. The single has also been successful with college radio, even charting on the CMJ Top 200. Continuing the momentum built from the lead single, another track from the EP that has been getting some attention as of late is the charming, melody-driven “Pebble Road.” The band has been in talks with a number of labels and publishers internationally and is currently available for signing, licensing, publishing, sync and booking; they are managed in partnership with legendary promoter Michael Chugg.LINK: www.wearesheppard.com
STREAM: "Pebble Road"
Dido is no stranger to the music scene. She has a close history with A&R Worldwide as her first ever radio plays in the world for her demo tracks back in 1995 were by A&R Worldwide founder Sat Bisla on his import radio show (two years prior to her signing with Arista Records in the US), which he received from Cheeky Records Co-Founder Mel Medalie (the label that originally supported and signed Dido). Her first two albums No Angel and Life For Rent are among the best-selling albums in UK Chart history and are both Top 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s in the UK. After making her recording debut with Faithless, she released her debut single “Here With Me” in 1998. The hits continued with “Thank You,” which was sampled for the Eminem smash hit “Stan,” “White Flag” and “Sand In My Shoes” to name a few. She has been featured on songs with Santana, Annie Lennox and was a part of the Band Aid 20 ensemble in 2004. Dido has sold over 38 million albums worldwide and is ready to return with a new album, Girl Who Got Away, next month. Dido's fourth studio release has been rumored to feature production from Dido’s brother, Rollo Armstrong, in addition to Sister Bliss, A.R. Rhaman, Jon Brion and Brian Eno. The first offering was the collaborative track “Let Us Move On” with Compton, CA rapper Kendrick Lamar in late 2012, which gave a glimpse of the new material. She has since released the next single, “No Freedom.” Written by Dido and Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Rick Nowels (Robyn, Ellie Goulding, Marina and the Diamonds), the track was produced by Rollo along with Dido and Nowels. The song mirrors the sound of “Thank You” and “White Flag” and has already seen early support from Triple A and Alternative radio.LINK: www.didomusic.com
STREAM: "No Freedom"
This 26-year-old beauty is one of the hottest up and coming newcomers of this era. With a strong passion for R&B and mature and well-focused sound, Christina Alfred is hoping to capture both industry and fans alike. Christina was influenced by artists such as Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Luther Vandross. At the age of 11, she began to embrace her love affair of music by singing in the church choir and recording in music studios. By the age of 13, she took her new found love to another level and began performing in local talent shows and theatre productions. She was the winner of the WFXE Columbus, GA “Foxie 105” talent show multiple times, and was also the entertainment for several community events including the "Women's Empowerment Conference" with guest speaker Tina Knowles. Her theatrical experience includes “Shalavy,” “Dreamgirls,” “Dr. Scrooge,” “Coretta Scott the Other Side of the Dream,” “I've Got the Music in Me 1 & 3,” and “The Legendary Lady (Lena Horne) Tribute.” She has showcased her vocal talents and abilities by opening up for artists such as The O'Jay’s, The S.O.S Band, Mint Condition, B2K and Ginuwine. This all around artist has also done background vocals for Case, Joe, and Calvin Richardson. Recently, Christina became the winner of the “Sing Your Way to 100K” competition in Atmore, AL sponsored by the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel. A force to be reckoned with, Christina has released her debut single “Beautiful Blue,” which would appeal to the fans of Adele, Kelly Clarkson and Sara Bareilles.LINK: www.christinaalfred.com
STREAM: "Beautiful Blue"
Moto Boy aka Oskar Humlebo is a Swedish musician who creates lush, romantic pop songs. With emotive pop and impressive operatic vocals, the result is hair-raising music that evokes feelings parallel to that of a Jeff Buckley song or a David Lynch movie. His music appeals to the fans of Radiohead, Muse, Depeche Mode, Hurts and The Temper Trap. Last summer he toured with The Cardigans as the guitarist and composed the soundtrack to Lubiewo-Kärleksön, the adaptation of Michal Witkowksi’s great novel of the same name. Not only did Moto Boy create the soundtrack but he also acted in the play. His music has received positive reviews from NME, Pop Justice and Cool Hunting, while Zero Magazine states the music is a “10/10.” If you’re searching for a musical journey, let Moto Boy take you there with his new 2013 mix of the cinematic and effervescent “The Heart Is A Rebel.” The original version of this epic and radio friendly track has already won over Swedish audiences and is set to have a global reach as more people are getting turned on to the new mix of this song. Moto Boy is currently working on his third studio album. Listen to other tracks and find out more information, tour dates and more on Moto Boy at http://motoboy.se. Available for signing, licensing, synch and booking opportunities, contact Gisela Sotomayor at ninteeen95 artist management email@example.com.LINK: www.motoboy.se
STREAM: "The Heart Is A Rebel"
The Maneken is an electronic rock artist from the Ukraine. When he first arrived on the music scene in 2008, DJs from Ukrainian radio stations dubbed him the “Ukrainian Jamiroquai.” Today, his compositions are a wonderful combination of modern dance music and pop rock culture heritage from the past decade which includes hints of Air, Coldplay, Keane, The XX and Empire of the Sun. The Maneken has traveled the world and performed in Moscow, Russia, Lithuania, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and many other destinations. In 2009 his debut album, First Look, was released by the French label Somekind Records and was distributed throughout the Virgin Megastores, available in European countries and Japan. The Maneken’s music videos have been showcased on music channels in Europe and the Middle East, including Music Box Italy, MTV Baltic, MTV Arabia, Mad TV in Greece, Sola TV in Spain, QTOM in Germany and World Chart Express on MTV European. Last year The Maneken released the single “Safe Connection,” which was a song devoted to the AIDS epidemic in Ukraine. The track was so popular that it became the official anthem for the project of the same name that was implemented by the Elena Punchuk ANTI AIDS Foundation. A new track called “Stop!” featuring Open Kids is a conscience record that speaks for the future. After some of the tragic events that have happened in the world as of late, this song is a breath of fresh air and really makes the listener think. The Maneken is available for booking and licensing outside of the Ukraine and is currently in negotiations with companies from Germany and the U.S. for an upcoming album release due in the spring. Contact Igor Tarnapolsky for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.LINK: www.themaneken.com
Formed by frontman Liam O'Donnell in London just two short years ago, Various Cruelties is an alternative indie soul incarnation. The four-piece outfit fuses classic British guitar pop with Stax grooves to create a form of shabby Motown pop. Their self-titled debut album has been made available through their own label, Almanac Recordings, which is climbing the iTunes Alternative charts and currently in the top 50 whilst climbing to No. 77 in the Billboard New Artist Chart. The album was recorded by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Goldfrapp, Foster The People) and the track “If It Wasn't For You” is currently used in the holiday TV commercial for the diamond jeweler, Zales, which will be utilized for Christmas and Valentine’s Day, where previous artists Alabama Shakes and Black Keys were used. Various Cruelties have supported Kasabian, The Vaccines and Grouplove and have appeared on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland alongside Lou Reed, Metallica and Aaron Neville. Their cover of Ian Brown’s “F.E.A.R.” is currently being used as the trailer for the a HBO series “Banshee” and they are in negotiation for other U.S. sync opportunities whilst considering U.S. label options. They are available for worldwide licensing, publishing futures and U.S. booking. The band is managed by Jon Chapman (email@example.com), a veteran in the business who A&R’d for Island and Virgin working with Stereophonics, Placebo and scouting Daft Punk for Zomba Publishing. Reach out to Jon for more information.LINK: www.variouscruelties.com
STREAM: "If It Wasn't For You"
Five fresh-faced boys from Oslo, Norway made up of lead singer Daniel, guitarist Stephan, bassist Iver, keyboardist Jan and drummer Lars, were never daunted by hard work or accused of a lack of perseverance. The Fluxx has concentrated all its attention on drawing notice not only in their native land but also globally. They’ve done this through relentless gigging in their native Oslo and support slots with multi-platinum Eurovision artist Alexander Rybak, and have expanded their profile through multiple performances in the UK. The Fluxx have garnered early airplay support with their songs “Take You Back” and “She Cries” on a variety of global radio stations. The Tre Sheppard (Zero Hour) produced and Steve Fitzmaurice (Depeche Mode, Olly Murs, U2) mixed single “Kids On The Radio” is a refreshing alternative/pop tune that has strong global radio and synch potential. The band is highly respected for its amazing live performance ability; comparable to the more pop-inspired boy bands The Wanted and One Direction. The Fluxx have the potential to be the strongest musical exports from Norway since A-Ha, Royksopp and Stargate.LINK: www.facebook.com/thefluxxofficial
STREAM: "Kids On The Radio"
Echotape was formed in mid-2010 by a quintet of like-minded individuals from the music scene in a small, off-the-map town in the South of England. In the spring of 2011, one of their early demos found its way into the hands of Killing Joke bassist and legendary producer Youth (Dido, The Verve, Futureheads and one-half of The Fireman along with Paul McCartney). On their third meeting, Youth declared that he wanted to record Echotape’s debut album--with no label or media yet aware of the act's existence, Youth asked the five-piece to decamp to his studio in the hills outside Grenada, Spain. Echotape’s first commercial release was a four-song EP entitled Sky Above Quarley Hill. Their songs “Unstable,” Riding For A Fall” and “Came Into My Blood” all earned global airplay in the UK, U.S., Germany, South Africa and Japan, helping to build their international fan base. Echotape just wrapped up UK support tour dates with one of Russia's most successful bands, Mumiy Troll and will continue to gig throughout the rest of this year. Their latest single, “Far From Heaven,” was mixed by GRAMMY-Award winner Simon Gogerly (U2, No Doubt, Massive Attack) and will be a great fit at radio and for sync options.LINK: www.echotape.co.uk
STREAM: "Far From Heaven"
Mexico City, Mexico singer/songwriter Daniel Sobrino always had a love for music since childhood. At the age of 19, he picked up the piano as his principal instrument and began crafting his own songs. That journey took him on the best ride of his life by discovering new colors and sounds with his instrument of choice. His musical influences range from the legendary Sir Elton John to current standouts such as John Legend, Adele, Regina Spektor and Michael Bublé. At the end of 2011, Sobrino performed alongside Justin Bieber and Drake for the “A Time To Love” event with Stevie Wonder at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. He’s currently in the studio working on his own material and recently released his first official offering, “Losing It.” The timeless track already has U.S. specialty radio interested and earned some early comparisons to Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson and Gnarls Barkley. The song was recorded with Platinum selling producer/writer Fingazz and A&R’d by A&R Worldwide’s Monte Malone.LINK: www.danielsobrino.com
STREAM: "Losing It"
Formed just over five years ago by Jesse and Kay Nambiar, the Dutch group Valerius has been getting great feedback from both radio stations and TV shows in the Netherlands with their latest single, “I Cannot Put Us Back Together.” The band had major success in 2009 and 2010 with their major breakthrough hit, “She Doesn't Know.” Their debut self-titled album entered the Top 3 charts in various countries including Indonesia, where the band had a No.1 chat position for several weeks and played various sold out shows, the first for any Dutch act. Having done a variety of tours and support shows throughout the world, Valerius entered their studio last year to write their next album. Adding a keyboard player turned out to be the key to their new sound, with electronic synths and beats throughout the album, without leaving their signature funky guitar sound. Their new album, Marilyn White, is due for release in early 2013.LINK: www.wearevalerius.com
STREAM: "I Cannot Put Us Back Together"
In 2007 lead singer and songwriter Jesse-James Cameron formed Makeshift Innocence, a four-piece that also includes Tammy Amstutz on bass guitar, Brad Simons on lead guitar and Fred Brenton on drums. Cameron lived and went to school in Negril, Jamaica, where he fell in love with the tones and feel of reggae--music that now infuses the Canadian group’s rock, reggae, pop and roots sounds, with key influences ranging from Bob Marley to Sublime. Known as one of Western Canada’s best live acts, they were chosen to showcase at several industry conferences, including Canadian Music Week, COCA (Canadian Organization Campus Activities), MUSEXPO Los Angeles and the Worldwide Radio Summit. Although Makeshift Innocence was built around a live show, they remain one of the few Alberta-based acts that can expect to receive major commercial radio airplay. Independently, they have already received radio play at Canadian CHR and Hot AC stations as well as numerous stations in the states, Germany, South Africa, UK and Japan.LINK: www.iriemi.com
STREAM: "All You Need Is Love"
Growing up in a small town in the Netherlands, Thomas Azier focused most of his free time on making music because, frankly, there wasn't too much else to do. What started out as a childhood hobby, translated into a full-time career for Azier. Like many young musicians today, he began producing songs on his computer. At the age of 19, he left the Netherlands and moved to Berlin on an ambitious whim. After four years of tirelessly honing his sound, he emerged with his debut EP, Hylas 001, released on his own label, Hylas Records/BMG Rights Management. Bridging the analog and digital worlds with symphonic precision, Azier’s music is an anthem for the present, pulling from the past and looking to the future. He is set to release the Hylas 002 EP on October 22nd. The new EP continues to deliver beautiful soundscapes that Thomas has been known to create, especially with the epic and haunting gem, “Angelene.”LINK: www.thomasazier.com
Queensland is a state of Australia that is known for their outdoor lifestyle with world-class beaches, rain forests, national parks and waterways. Queensland is also a hotbed for musicians as it’s responsible for the likes of Dead Letter Circus, Hungry Kids of Hungary, The Boat People and many others. Hoping to join that list is four-piece Brit pop outfit, Oceanics. Their love for similar music brought them together in 2005 and they've been able to turn many into bonafide fans. With Elliot (guitar, vocals), Jackson (guitar, vocals), Andy (drums) and Matt (bass, vocals), the Oceanics have been gigging relentlessly in Australia, increasing their fan base one show at a time. They have performed at Big Sound, Caloundra Music Festival and played in front of 27,000 in the audience at a Gold Coast Titan’s (Rugby) semi-final. Their latest offering from their Bright People EP is the upbeat and infectious single, “The City,” which is already getting support from Triple J. The Oceanics are currently touring Australia with The Salvadors with upcoming stops in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.LINK: oceanicsmusic.tumblr.com
STREAM: "The City"
Nashville, TN may be best known as a Country music mecca, but there is another movement that is coming from the south and it's the return of rock & roll. Leading that movement is The Kicks, a four-piece eclectic, indie rock outfit that bring massive melodies, epic guitar riffs, irresistible rhythms and lyrics that do it all without the hipster tag. The band grew up on heavy doses of Queen, The Beatles, The Byrds and Foo Fighters which can be heard in their music. Formed after meeting in college four years ago, The Kicks ended up being one of the most talked about non-Country bands in Nashville. They’ve supported John Mayer and Los Lonely Boys, showcased at Austin City Limits and performed on the Van’s Warped Tour. Their song, “Good Morning,” was used in a national television ad campaign for Lowe’s, which was heard by millions and other tunes were used in TV shows such as “The Vampire Diaries”and “Pretty Little Liars.” Their new album, Tonight Changes Everything, with the guidance of Grammy Award winning producers Mitch Dane and Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings of Leon), was released last week and features the infectious track “Hawk Eyes,”.LINK: www.thekicksrock.com
STREAM: "Hawk Eyes"
THE TOXIC AVENGER
French DJ, songwriter and producer Simon Delacroix has been creating music for the last five years under the stage name, The Toxic Avenger, as an ode to the cult horror film of the same name. Like many DJ’s today, The Toxic Avenger would create his own music, but also work on remixes for other artists. Some of the most notable remixes to date include re-workings of songs by Blur, Dragonette, Ladytron, Roger Sanchez, Benny Benassi and Kings of Leon. His debut album, Angst (Roy Music), was released in 2011 as Rolling Stone dubbed him an “Artist To Watch.” Returning with new music, The Toxic Avenger has unveiled “To The Sun,” featuring Tulip, which boasts elements of Daft Punk, MGMT and Broken Bells. The single is from the forthcoming album Romance & Cigarettes, scheduled to be released February 2013.LINK: www.facebook.com/TheToxicAvengertheband
STREAM: "To The Sun Feat. Tulip"
The Kumpnee is a five-piece hip hop, soul and funk band that originated in New Zealand but now calls Sydney, Australia home. Their sound has been described as an unpredictable blend of urban funk, soulful harmony and hip hop, combining electronic synth, live instruments and a raw feel to split genres and form a new sound. They have often been compared to OutKast, Gnarles Barkley and The Black Eyed Peas. The Kumpnee is comprised of co-founder Josh Gage (vocals, keys, turntables), co-founder Ronnie Lavendar (vocals, keys, guitar), Stevie Taylor (drums), Huia Ratapu (bass) and Gino Hawkins (bass, guitar, vocals) and describe their music as “hip hop your grandma can listen to.” With over 30 years combined on stage experience, The Kumpnee brings their confidence to the stage with high-energy performances at all their live performances. They’ve performed at large festivals including the Ngati Awa Festival 2011, Ngati Awa Te Toki 2010 Festival, NZ Hip Hop Summit, Bring it On, Roc The Blok and The Burbs along with club gigs like On the Real and Stars of Night & One Community as well as playing venues such as The Basement, Sydney, The Annandale Hotel and the Factory Floor. Their album, The Kumpnee Ball, has been released in Australia and features the track, “2 Bux,” which is starting to gain attention at a handful of U.S. radio stations thanks to the recommendation of NZ On Air.LINK:www.thekumpnee.com
STREAM: "2 Bux"
Formed originally as a duo, London, England’s Honey Ryder released their debut album, Rising Up in 2009. A rock record with folk influences, Rising Up received widespread critical acclaim and led to the band supporting Will Young on a 19-date theatre tour and Michael Bolton in UK arenas. Produced by Golddust (Natasha Bedingfield) the 10-track album included the singles “Numb,” “Fly Away” and “Choices.” Rising Up spawned two Top 40 UK singles and saw the band flown to Austin, Texas for a performance at SXSW and the south of France for an industry showcase at Midem. Now as a trio comprised of Lindsay O’Mahony on lead vocals, Matthew Bishop on guitar and Jason Huxley on guitar, Honey Ryder sent their demo of “You Can’t Say That” to Paul Worley, the man who signed and produced The Dixie Chicks and Lady Antebellum. That led to the band flying to Nashville, writing for Lady Antebellum and teaming up with the who's who of Nashville writers. Among Honey Ryder’s collaborators were Tom Douglas (Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride), Blair Daly (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill) and Rivers Rutherford, who has written U.S. No. 1’s for Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. The finished product is the album, Marley's Chains. A pop record with its feet in folk and country that sounds both classic and contemporary and fits to the current trend for a return to real music.STREAM: "You Can't Say That"
London’s Strangers are fronted by lead singer David Maddox-Jones, joined with producer Glen Nicholls (The Prodigy, Snow Patrol, Depeche Mode, Future Funk Squad), drummer Ralfe Hacking and Piers Sherwood-Roberts on synths, who create a dark style of pop music. They’ve toured with Niki & The Dove, released three EPs, received radio support from BBC Radio 1, XFM and the globally syndicated import show “Passport Approved,” all within the last year. The next step for the band is releasing their EP, Safe/Pain, on August 31st. The lead single off the EP, also titled, “Safe/Pain,” has been described as a contemporary 80s synth pop sound. Speaking of 80s, there have been rumors that Strangers also have a remake of the worldwide smash “Shout” by Tears For Fears on the upcoming EP. What has been confirmed is that “Safe/Pain” also has official remixes by Youan, Black Light Odyssey and Rednek.STREAM: "Safe/Pain"
Versives is Alan Matthews and Kevin J. Power, a two-piece electronic pop outfit from Cork, Ireland that have drawn musical comparisons to New Order and the Pet Shop Boys. After carefully crafting their sound over a series of EPs with producer Ciarán O’ Shea (ex-Cyclefly), Versives’ first single “Kicking Up a Brand New Storm” was picked up by BBC Radio in the UK and led to a deal with Leeds-based independent label TAKEA!MF!RE, who are digitally releasing the band’s music in Britain. In Ireland, Versives were featured on TV3’s The Apprentice (“Backstage Pass” Best Unsigned Bands Compilation CD) and have appeared on the playlists of RTE 2FM, Today FM, Phantom FM in addition to stations in Cork (96FM, Red FM), Limerick (Live 95), Waterford (WLR, Beat FM) and Galway, featured on as well as touring nationwide with an intense, sharp live show. Their latest single, “Two Enemies,” takes the big beats down a notch or two from their first single, with a fragile, Mark Linkous-style vocal easing the electronics along before gently peaking with some sumptuous keys.STREAM: "Two Enemies"
Scarlette Fever enjoyed a phenomenal 2011 in the UK. Her debut single, “Crash & Burn,” sailed straight onto Radio 2’s B–list in January, reached No.2 on the Billboard Breakout Club Chart and won praise across the media. Since then, her profile has steadily risen, alongside the further radio playlists (including another Radio 2 B–List for recent single “Elated”) and national press acclaim everywhere from big–selling tabloids like the Daily Mirror to the influential Popjustice website. She toured with Girls Aloud, performed with Robbie Williams, served as support on a 20–date tour with ’80s legends Mike & The Mechanics and also played an autumn tour with Caro Emerald and Roachford. Now, on April 1, 2012, Scarlette unleashes the Great Expectations EP, which introduces a new, rawer sound. Lead track “Hour of Sunshine,” co–written with and produced by Julian Emery (Lissie), is featured in two versions: the first remixed by Cenzo Townshend (Snow Patrol), complemented by a second, addictive new live mix produced by Steve Lironi (Bon Jovi). After premiering on NME.com, Scarlette’s brand new video for “Hour of Sunshine,” produced by Dani Jacobs (Moby, Phil Collins, Texas), received over 200,000 views on YouTube…in a single week!STREAM: "Praying For Change (Just Another Day)"
THE BLUE VAN
Growing up in the northern region of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula, there aren’t a lot of distractions. So, one quickly tends to entertain themselves. That was the rationale of the four members of The Blue Van, who in sixth grade began jamming in the basement of a fortunately hard–of–hearing grandmother. After adopting the name The Blue Van (Danish slang for the ambulance that transports patients to mental institutions), they relocated to Copenhagen and self–financed their first EP, A Session with The Blue Van, and backed it up with an acclaimed performance at the Roskilde Festival. They recorded their debut full–length, The Art of Rolling, in Hamburg, opting to record live in the studio, only adding in vocals later, in order to capitalize on the band’s live strengths. The album landed them an American deal with TVT Records and the group started splitting time between Denmark and the Bed/Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn while recording their second album, Dear Independence. Now with the indie Iceberg Music Group, The Blue Van returned to Hamburg to record their third album, Man Up, which spawned the hit song “Silly Boy.” They’ve been all over the international airwaves with “There Goes My Love,” which was utilized in Apple’s TV campaign for the iPad. Their fourth album, Love Shot, was released two years ago, where Allmusic.com gave it 3.5 stars.
With the current wave of successful female artists across the globe, it’s quite evident that a talent such as Nova Delai is sure to follow the successful footsteps of European artists such as Adele (England), Caro Emerald (Holland) and Birdy (signed to Warner Music, UK), all of whom blend infectious vintage sounds with modern day pop music nuances. Nova Delai signed with Sony Sweden worldwide earlier this year thanks to the early development and support of her manager Bello and A&R Worldwide in Los Angeles. Nova Delai (real name Michelle Zarati) is a Swedish recording artist, musician and writer. She was raised by a single mother in the southern Sweden area of Skane in Malmö. At age six, Nova Delai began to play classical music on the piano and started getting interested in playing guitar at the same age. She later attended Rytmus Music School in Sweden and is currently working on recording her debut album. She returns with the upbeat, “Should I,” which is produced by John-Alexis. The single will be available on Spotify and iTunes July 30th in Sweden.
Cape Town’s Captain Stu is one part ska, one part funk, a mix of punk and soul with a lot of African flavor. This eclectic, urban mix of music started in 2002 when the band originally formed. Since their start, they’ve delivered three studio releases: The Untold Tales (2005), The Adventures of Captain Stu (2009) and their latest EP, Free Music. Produced by the legendary Neal Snyman (David Bowie, Crowded House, Rollo), the five song EP is the perfect summer soundtrack and goes for an excellent price--absolutely free and available to fans on their website. Their music has been compared to the likes of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish and Rancid which can be heard with the lead track, “The Day.” The band has already generated radio support on national network 5FM as well as many local stations.
LOLA KING & THE KICKSTARTS
Lola King & the Kickstarts is a brand spanking new band from London that’s built around the excellent songwriting partnership between former Kyoshi frontwoman Lola King and her brother/studio owner Dan. Formed only recently after they recruited the hottest rhythm section they could find in BBC Philharmonic bassist, Christ Curtis and young virtuoso drummer Shaun Lee. The band have wasted no time and already caused quite a stir winning themselves a slot at Radio One’s biggest event of 2012, Hackney Weekend, alongside the likes of Florence + the Machine and Rhianna. Since that appearance at Hackney Weekend two weeks ago, the band have since won prime slots at a string of prestigious festivals across the country and the buzz on this band is fast turning from a ripple to a wave. Their music has been compared to the sounds of Lily Allen, Florence + The Machine and No Doubt as Lola King’s lyrical influences draw from Bob Dylan and Lauryn Hill to contemporary Rap. Her unique, rhythmic phrasing combined with her jazz/pop melodies and noticeably British accent sit beautifully on top of the guitar-based, raw-indie sound of the Kickstarts. The UK-based music zine, Noise Addiction reviewed the band and stated “...They are downright lovable even to the skeptics as singer Lola raps and sings her way through three energetic, foot tapping, get up-and-dance tunes.
The South London based quartet, Fractures, offer soaring and mighty rock that will immediately grab the attention of any die-hard Weezer fan. Composed of members Freddie Murray, Matt Gwyer, Sam Cook and Gaz Southwell, their unique sound has caught the attention of BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as well as Xfm’s John Kennedy, who had the band in for a live studio interview and performance. Their debut single “Ride” was produced by Dave Eringa (Manics, Idlewild) and is a dangerously hypnotic melody that displays an attitude and aggression that allures the young to rebel and the old to reminisce. NME listed Fractures as “Ones To Watch 2012'”and stated (Fractures are) “...The kind of indie band that has become all but extinct in recent years. Imagine Kasabian but without the massive egos.” Their schedule includes performances at multiple UK festivals that started at Brighton’s The Great Escape in May and shows no sign of ending anytime soon with recent news that they will be opening for the band Razorlight.
KIDS ON BRIDGES
Kids On Bridges (K.O.B.) is the brainchild of Christian Bragg, who has made it his vocation to produce dirty filthy electro-pop music. The band’s eclectic sound of rock on a synth-pop trip has drawn comparison with The Killers, Daft Punk, Phoenix and Depeche Mode. The singles and forthcoming album feature production by The Chemical Brothers collaborator Steve Dub, and K.O.B’s radio-ready and melody-heavy sound pays homage to the big beat pioneers. Xfm UK Music Director Mike Walsh is a fan of the music as he was quoted saying, “Kids On Bridges are not shy of the BIG chorus and their debut album is full of tunes that will satisfy fans of sophisticated electro-pop as much as lovers of a lad-rock sing-a-long.” Kid On Bridges recently supported electronic legends O.M.D at the reopening of Eric’s in Liverpool and were guests at the legendary Tipitina’s in New Orleans after being heard on WOZ (the radio station in the HBO show “Treme”). Their track “Y Don't U” was featured in the UK Television show, “The INbetweeners” and they’ve been hard at work remixing the likes of 2012 Grammy winner Ledisi, Lenny Kravitz, UK buzz act The Chevin and Australia’s All Mankind. Besides focusing on their upcoming album, This Is Widescreen, Kids On Bridges just wrapped up remixes for INXS’ “Calling All Nations.” The mix refreshes the 1988 vocals of Michael Hutchence and gives it a 2012 feel, without alienating the true INXS sound. Fans will be very happy with both the original remix and the Dance Radio Edit remix.
Alban Nwapa grew up listening to the pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti and the originator of funk music, James Brown. At age 23, he began studying dentistry. In order to be able to finance his college studies, Nwapa started making his own music. During this time he worked as a DJ in the well-known Stockholm club Alphabet Street. He began to build a name for himself while he would sing over the records he was playing. Alban finished his schooling and even opened up his own dentistry practice, but kept the DJ gig as a lucrative sideline. In 1990, he met Denniz Pop (Ace of Base, Britney Spears, NSYNC) and together with Rap Queen Leila K, Alban made his first record called "Hello Africa." Taking the stage name of Dr Alban, an ode to his dental studies, his debut album sold nearly 1 million copies worldwide. In 1992 his second album, One Love, was released and contained the global smash "It's My Life." His third album, Look Who's Talking, was also a success and by 1994 he sold over five million albums and six million singles worldwide. Dr. Alban has made a return to music in 2012 with the single, "Freedom." His latest track fits very well with today's musical landscape and picks up where his "This Time I'm Free" and "Mr DJ" songs left off. Dr Alban is available for the world, outside of Scandinavia, South Africa and Israel.
“Follow Your Dreams.” The familiar saying tattooed onto ANJA’s right arm tells the unlikely story of her life. Growing up in the Norwegian countryside, the Scandinavian-born songstress was raised far from the pulse of mainstream pop culture. And in a village that didn’t see singing as a proper job, even farther from the likelihood of ever becoming a part of it. Now, with her first two singles “Dance All Nite” and “Baby Don’t Stop Now” featured on the over 8 million copies sold of game maker Ubisoft’s Just Dance 3, she’s turning her dreams into a reality. ANJA traveled a long road prior to landing a contract with Ubisoft Music. She graduated from Liverpool’s prestigious Paul McCartney School, juggled gigs like London Fashion Week and the MTV European Music Awards with singing on a cruise ship, and covered Michael Jackson’s Los Angeles funeral for a Norwegian music magazine. Before Ubisoft discovered ANJA’s demo, she had saved up money and followed her dreams to Los Angeles. Before long, she found herself homeless, living in hostels and motels between tireless auditioning. Just a year later, she would see her name among artists like Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Beyoncé on Just Dance 3, part of a franchise that has sold over 28 million copies worldwide. In April of 2012, ANJA released her debut music video for “Dance All Nite.” She is currently working with Ubisoft Music and Circle Road Records to record her first album in Montreal. It will be released in the fall of 2012.
FRIENDS OF EMMET
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, but now based in Los Angeles, Friends Of Emmet (F.O.E.) is a fantastic five-piece (vocalist Mark Leddy, guitarist Brian Lynam, bassist Keith Geraghty, keyboardist Tim Boland and drummer Gary Sullivan) whose influences include everyone from U2 and The Fray to Kings of Leon and Thin Lizzy. They also have a social conscience. Their first single, “Coming Apart,” was based on the story of Kevin Hines, who at the age of 19 attempted to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge but became one of the few to survive the 245-foot plunge into the icy water below--and is now an advocate for several suicide prevention organizations. After becoming aware of Hines through the acclaimed HBO documentary The Bridge, F.O.E. were inspired to write “Coming Apart.” In addition to “Coming Apart” getting national exposure on television and radio, Friends Of Emmet were also tapped with a Hollywood Music in Media Award nomination for the single’s video. The track also reached No. 1 on the Indie Charts last year, tracking the best indie/unsigned artists. F.O.E. has since had their songs placed in a variety of movies and Television shows including the independent film, The Saving and MTV's latest season of “Jersey Shore.” Their latest single, "13th Floor" is the lead single from the album State of Mind. The track has already started to receive airplay at Specialty Shows and include spins in the U.S., Germany, South Africa, UK and more.
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Konshens is well on route to becoming a musical powerhouse. It’s been a while since Jamaica has delivered a globally appealing artist and Konshen’s certainly has the ability to resonate to a worldwide audience. Internationally recognized for his contribution to the reggae–dancehall genre, he is now winning hearts among the casual gaming audience with his latest single, “Jamaica Dance.” The song is featured in the 8–million selling blockbuster Just Dance 3 video game from Ubisoft. “Jamaican Dance” is produced by Ubisoft and Circle Road Records and is currently available on iTunes. Early response from some radio minds and other media influencers is that Konshen’s delivers a sound that could be as globally–appealing as the multi–Platinum selling sound of the Caribbean’s Baha Men!STREAM: "Jamaican Dance"
The Chevin (pronounced “The Shev-In”) are four young men from Otley, West Yorkshire, consisting of Coyle Girelli (vocals), Mat Steel (guitar), Jon Langford (bass) and Mal Taylor (drums). Fans of the West Yorkshire tourist board are already sure to know that The Chevin is also the name of the hill that surrounds the band’s hometown…and home is very much where the heart is for The Chevin. Girelli, Steel and Langford started playing music together at school in Otley, while the group’s lineup was ultimately completed when they later enlisted the services of drummer Taylor, another old school friend. Now they are called The Chevin--and they are about to shake the alt-rock world to its floundering foundations. The Champion EP, released on Halloween 2011 through Fierce Panda, is The Chevin’s first-ever release. The featured title track is insanely epic, manically widescreen, heroically uplifting and destined to soundtrack Goal Of The Month montages, “X Factor” breakdowns and all manner of valedictory celebrations for years to come. The Chevin recently performed at the Worldwide Radio Summit and MUSEXPO Los Angeles and were one of the most talked about bands of the week. Their upcoming diary is filled with a support slot with Franz Ferdinand and later this year, they'll be touring with MUSE. One of the standout tracks from the debut Borderland, which is forthcoming on Fierce Panda/SO Recordings is the title track. This is a band that you'll be hearing a lot from in the near future.STREAM: "Borderland"
KIDFORCE is the brainchild of Rhett Raha, who started performing in a hard rock band at age 14, began writing and recording by 15 and played his first gig at the same age, where he won a “Battle of the Bands” at B.B. King’s at Universal CityWalk, in Los Angeles. When he was 19 years-old he dropped out of school to pursue music as a career with his band Kid Force; they were offered recording deals but declined them. They recorded an EP on the sly that garnered a thousand downloads over eight months and began gigging with acts such as Far East Movement, Shwayze, The Knux and Trouble Andrew, who approached them to remix his song “Chase Money,” which made it on Fuel TV's Elektro Circus snowboarding commercial in 2010. A chance meeting in Hollywood with Euro-pop band The Black Pony led to a swift collaboration with guitarist Eugene Flitner. The resulting song, “Crush,” made the band’s album and was a hit on their “Crush Tour 2011.” By the summer of 2011 the other members had left Kid Force, so Rhett appropriated the name KIDFORCE for himself. Now as a solo artist, he completed his debut release, Doom Box EP, with Fingazz (Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani) behind the boards and is starting to receive attention with the lead single, “Brunettes (Do It Better).” KIDFORCE has also been keeping busy in the studio working on remixes for other artists, which have been kept under wraps but will be revealed soon. He recently signed a label deal with the newly launched Slice Me Nice label and will be doing a number of upcoming shows in LA. KIDFORCE is available for licensing booking and synch representation.STREAM: "Brunettes (Do It Better)"
Australian quintet Alibrandi mixes infectious melodies with hard-hitting riffs to create their own brand of alternative indie-rock. Their debut EP, The Emergency, received national airplay in Australia with the lead single, “Even Lions May Fall,” featured in high-rotation spots on such taste-making independent stations as Melbourne’s Triple RRR. The EP and single were produced by Shane Graham and mastered in Seattle by Troy Glessner (Death Cab For Cutie, Anderlin, Underoath). This debut is chock full of tight rock anthems reminiscent of Manchester Orchestra and Bloc Party with hints of Sparta. Last year also included an east coast Australian tour, with 2011 being bookended by packed local shows; now, 2012 brings the next step in this Australian act’s career. Alibrandi has been selected for the FUSE Festival, one of Australia’s most respected music industry showcases. They’ll also perform on the national Rock the Schools Tour, a commercial high school tour encompassing each state of Australia that will witness Alibrandi perform at ten schools to over 5000 young adults between the ages of 13-17. Additional information, tour dates and music can be found at http://www.myspace.com/alibrandionline. Alibrandi will perform their first N. American music industry showcase at the Worldwide Radio Summit on Saturday April 28th at 9.30PM at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood (for guest list information, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).STREAM: "Even Lions May Fall"
Formed a little over two years ago in Dublin is five-piece pop-rock outfit, Keywest. The brainchild of childhood friends Andrew Kavanagh and Andrew Glover joined another duo consisting of Sam Marder and James Lock to form the band, making it complete with drummer Harry Sullivan. Although only together as a five piece just under a year, the band have made numerous appearances on national TV and radio as well as appearances at high profile gigs such as Oxegen, one of Europe’s biggest music festivals Galway Arts Festival and International Arthurs Day, as well as supporting slots for The Black Eyed Peas, Paolo Nutini, Blondie, Mel C along the way. The band’s debut album, The Message, released in February. The band, starting from humbling beginnings playing on the streets of Ireland, quickly caught the eye of Grammy nominated Mark Needham (The Killers, Neon Trees, The Sounds) who took the band under his wing have also attracted support from production heavyweights, Dan Frampton (Dido, The Script, Ronan Keating) and Steve Marcussen (Rolling Stones, Keane, Kelly Clarkson) who respectively mixed and mastered the album. With a diverse selection of influences ranging from legends Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, to more contemporary bands like, U2, Snow Patrol and The Killers, Keywest have been building up a dedicated and committed fan base from all over the world. Keywest have recently signed a global publishing deal with peermusic in the U.S. and are currently available for signing, licensing and booking in multiple territories.STREAM: "In The Fight For Love"
The UK’s Push & Run label, known for their love of unexpected music ranging from Hip Hop to Electro, has three artists, including the brand new single "Pressure" by U.T.R.B Cardiff's U.T.R.B, which stands for Until The Ribbon Breaks, is a mysterious band that can’t be pigeonholed into any one genre, a la Gnarls Barkley. The brains behind U.T.R.B is Pete Lawrie, who until now, has been writing songs under his birth name and producer extraordinaire Rollo Armstrong (Faithless, Dido, One Eskimo) who sent A&R Worldwide these new recordings. The song contains elements of various styles including R&B, Soul, Electro and influences with some early adapters comparing it to The Weeknd. The song is slowly finding its way onto specialty radio in the U.S. including our very own Passport Approved syndicated radio program and has also been getting spins from KCRW’s Anthony Valadez in Los Angeles. If this song is any indication of what U.T.R.B has to offer, then Push & Pull have much success in their near-future. The release is currently a free download at http://www.utrb.co.uk.
KIDS ON BRIDGES
Kids On Bridges (K.O.B.) is the brainchild of Christian Bragg, who has made it his vocation to produce dirty, filthy electro-pop music. The band’s eclectic sound of rock on a synth-pop trip has drawn comparison with The Killers, Daft Punk, Phoenix and Depeche Mode. The singles and forthcoming album will feature production by Chemical Brothers collaborator Steve Dub, and K.O.B’s radio-ready and melody-heavy sound pays homage to the big beat pioneers. Kid On Bridges recently supported electronic legends O.M.D at the reopening of Eric’s in Liverpool and were recent guests at the legendary Tipitina’s in New Orleans after being heard on WOZ (the radio station in the HBO show “Treme”). They have remixed recent Grammy winner Ledisi’s next single “Pieces of Me” and are currently working on remixes for Lenny Kravitz. K.O.B’s latest single, “This Rock,” is a guitar laced track fused with a thumping bass-line with the spirit of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” (originally inspired by Killing Joke’s track “’80s” and an infectious chorus). K.O.B. is available for sub-publishing (U.S. and World), licensing (U.S. and Europe), synch opportunities, Booking Agent and DJ sets and remixes. The outfit is a favorite of Xfm London and Xfm Manchester, England Music Director Mike Walsh. Kids on Bridges will showcase in Los Angeles next month at the Worldwide Radio Summit www.worldwideradiosummit.com.STREAM: "This Rock"
Australian quintet Alibrandi mixes infectious melodies with hard–hitting riffs to create their own brand of alternative indie–rock. Their debut EP, The Emergency, received national airplay in Australia with the lead single, “Even Lions May Fall,” featured in high–rotation spots on such taste–making independent stations as Melbourne’s Triple RRR. The EP and single were produced by Shane Graham and mastered in Seattle by Troy Glessner (Death Cab For Cutie, Anderlin, Underoath). This debut is chock full of tight rock anthems reminiscent of Manchester Orchestra and Bloc Party with hints of Sparta. Last year also included an east coast Australian tour, with 2011 being bookended by packed local shows; now, 2012 brings the next step in this Australian act’s career. Already in 2012, Alibrandi has been selected for FUSE Festival, one of Australia’s most respected music industry showcases. They’ll also perform on the national Rock the Schools Tour, a commercial high school tour encompassing each state of Australia that will witness Alibrandi perform at ten schools to over 5000 young adults between the ages of 13–17. “Even Lions May Fall” was just serviced to U.S. Specialty Radio and has already been played on played on XTRA San Diego (91X), KFMA Tucson, WEND Charlotte and RIFF2 Detroit. Alibrandi is currently available for publishing, licensing, booking and synch opportunities.STREAM: "Even Lions May Fall"
Scarlette Fever enjoyed a phenomenal 2011 in the UK. Her debut single, “Crash & Burn,” sailed straight onto Radio 2’s B–list in January, reached No.2 on the Billboard Breakout Club Chart and won praise across the media. Since then, her profile has steadily risen, alongside the further radio playlists (including another Radio 2 B–List for recent single “Elated”) and national press acclaim everywhere from big–selling tabloids like the Daily Mirror to the influential Popjustice website. She toured with Girls Aloud, performed with Robbie Williams, served as support on a 20–date tour with ’80s legends Mike & The Mechanics and also played an autumn tour with Caro Emerald and Roachford. Now, on April 1, 2012, Scarlette unleashes the Great Expectations EP, which introduces a new, rawer sound. Lead track “Hour of Sunshine,” co–written with and produced by Julian Emery (Lissie), is featured in two versions: the first remixed by Cenzo Townshend (Snow Patrol), complemented by a second, addictive new live mix produced by Steve Lironi (Bon Jovi). After premiering on NME.com, Scarlette’s brand new video for “Hour of Sunshine,” produced by Dani Jacobs (Moby, Phil Collins, Texas), received over 200,000 views on YouTube…in a single week!STREAM: "Crash and Burn"
Originated in 1996 by DJ Slow, JA–Jazz and James Spectrum, Pepe Deluxe was formed in Helsinki, Finland. Their music is an experiment of hip–hop, big beat, break–beat and down–tempo. Five years after the trio was formed, DJ Slow departed to pursue a solo career. JA–Jazz also left in 2008, when Paul Malmstrom became an official member leaving the band performing as a duo. Pepe Deluxe has done a variety of remixes for artists, including Tom Jones, Eminem, The Cardigans and more. They’ve released four albums through Catskills Records, including their latest, Queen of the Wave, which was released at the end of January which can be best described as an esoteric pop opera–based on the legendary books on Atlantis. Feedback from the press has been very positive, including reviews from CLASH, MOJO, Mixmag, Artrocker and more.STREAM: "A Night And A Day"
Sweden has consistently given the world some of the biggest names in the music business to date. Success stories include ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base, Europe, The Cardigans, Robyn, Peaches, Teddybears, The Sounds, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Miike Snow and a host of many others. Proving there isn’t a shortage of talent in the country is the latest musical export, Roshambo. The indie–pop trio formed in the summer of 2009 and is comprised of Daniel Nilsson (guitar/vox), Niclas Berglund (drums) and Mathias Nilsson (bass/vox); they released their debut in September. Their influences range from The Black Keys to Kings of Leon and can be heard throughout their new album, Stress Me, but they shine with their own mode of expression and infuse an energy that the Swedes are known for. The second single from the album, “Cigarette Lemonade,” best represents their style; rock mixed with a hint of the ‘60s influence that works very well the entire two and a half minute track.STREAM: "Cigarette Lemonade"
As a new artist, Kid Hudson already boasts an impressive musical career that includes national and international radio broadcasts, national television appearances, hundreds of live performances, significant social media attention and a strong and loyal fan base. His affinity with music began early, performing live with his older brothers on stage where he demonstrated an uncanny ability to hold a drum beat at the tender age of two. As Kid continued his passion for music, he experimented with a variety of genres including glam–metal, while playing guitar with the band Renegade and back to being a stand–up drummer for the punk rock outfit Runaway Boys, with his brothers Dizzy and Dee. Runaway Boys became an instant cult hit on the punk scene and cracked the charts with their pulsating single, “Fallen Down” before the band suffered the tragic loss of Dee in late 2007 to cancer. Disillusioned by the passing of his brother, Kid withdrew himself from music for a couple of years. Ironically, however, it would be music that would ultimately re–ignite Kid and provide him with the medium to express his hopes, fears and creativity. The band Dreams of Leaving represented a new chapter in Kid’s musical life. The band released their Everytime EP with instant local success, touring nationally and generating plenty of interest in the band’s hijinks through their documented webisodes posted regularly on YouTube. Kid worked tirelessly back in the studio and released his debut solo single “Told You So” Ft. Marcus in July, 2011. The track skyrocketed in sales on iTunes, selling over 3,000 copies, in just 48 hours. The single was picked up by Byron Cooke and Australia's hit music stations such as Fox FM (Melbourne), 2 Day FM (Sydney), B105 FM (Brisbane), 929 FM (Perth), SA FM (Adelaide) and NX FM (Newcastle).STREAM: "Clouded"
Fresh from an impressive live show at Eurosonic and early global radio support on the influential syndicated radio show Passport Approved – Thomas Azier delivers a stunning sound – fans of Depeche Mode and Hurts will be impressed! Azier grew up in a small town in the Netherlands, where he focused most of his free time on making music because, frankly, there wasn't too much else to do. At the age of 19, he left the Netherlands and moved to Berlin, Germany on an ambitious whim. He was mesmerized by the city and immediately inspired by the pulse and atmosphere. During this time, he started to perfect his electro-pop sound. After four years of tirelessly honing his music, he emerged with his debut EP, Hylas 001, released on his own label, Hylas Records/BMG Rights Management. Bridging the analog and digital worlds with symphonic precision, Azier's music is an anthem for the present, pulling from the past and looking to the future and a perfect example from the EP is the epic and haunting “Red Eyes.” Thomas is available for booking and licensing in various territories – contact email@example.com for more information.STREAM: "Red Eyes"
Midnight Youth, a quintet formed in 2006, had their first two singles achieve Top 40 airplay on New Zealand radio and TV and the group was deemed one of the top unsigned bands on MySpace in 2008. Their self–funded efforts were more than enough to get them noticed, with Warners NZ/Australia signing Midnight Youth in September 2008 and subsequently releasing “The Letter,” which became the No.1 most played song on New Zealand radio and remained in the Top 10 most played for more than 15 weeks. Their next single release, “All on Our Own,” upped the ante, spending 11 weeks as the most played song on New Zealand radio. The debut album The Brave Don’t Run was released in spring 2009 and bowed at No.1 on the iTunes album chart and No. 2 on the New Zealand album chart and reached Platinum status. Midnight Youth closed out 2009 by being nominated for eight New Zealand Music Awards, bringing home the hardware for Best Rock Act, Best Group and Best Engineered Recording. The band spent much of 2011 on the road playing alongside Birds of Tokyo, Opshop, Brooke Fraser, Jimmy Barnes and even supported Crowded House at the opening of the Rugby World Cup waterfront stadium. Midnight Youth also unleashed their sophomore album, World Comes Calling, which debuted at No. 4 on the national RIANZ chart, No. 1 on iTunes and is quickly approaching Gold status. Their latest release, “Who Said You’re Free,” was recently named the No.1 Rock track in New Zealand and has drawn comparisons to Jet and U2.STREAM: "Who Said You're Free"
Give a couple of part time farmhands some guitars and synths, and they’ll make sweet, sweet sophisticated pop; sometimes things really are that simple. Alfred Hall is the band that has managed to find the perfect pop formula on their first attempt; something other bands spend years trying to figure out. What this duo, consisting of Hans Thomas Kiær and Bjørn Tveit, has to offer is pure star spangled pop heaven. “So Bright” has been a hit on Norwegian radio and big favorite on the int’l syndicated radio program Passport Approved, and the debut album is on its way. The band has been working with the production company that originally developed pre-signing Ting Tings and Ida Maria. After the band’s second gig ever, the rave reviews started coming in, and the band quickly became Norway’s “The band to watch” in 2012. After their gig supporting Wolf Gang in Oslo, Scandinavian music mag GAFFA's Øyvind Rones stated “... The most refreshing performance I have seen and heard from a Norwegian band in ages... Such beautiful pop music is hard to come by."STREAM: "So Bright"
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Formed in mid-2010 in a small town south of England, five men in their early twenty's came together with a passion for creating music. As they began writing together about their life experiences and convictions, they teamed up with a series of left-field producers to record their first demos. Some of their early recording found their way to the original bass player from UK’s post-punk band Killing Joke, legendary producer Martin "Youth" Glover. Aside from Killing Joke, Youth is best known for his production efforts with Missy Higgins, Dido, The Verve, Beth Orton, James, Crowded House and many others. Youth was impressed with what he heard in the demos and could see the potential in Echotape. He called them in for a writing session and after just a few short meetings, decided he wanted to record the band's debut album based on his believe in the band the creativity that they had formed. The result will be heard in March next year with the release of Sky Above Quarley Hill, along with an extensive tour across the UK and dates in the U.S. and Europe. One of the early fan favorites from the release is “Riding For A Fall,” which appeals to the fans of Smashing Pumpkins, Arcade Fire and The Stone Roses, can be heard HERE.STREAM: "Riding For A Fall"
Twenty-One year old Elena Tonra hails from North London and started to make noise with her six-minute single, “Love.” Under the moniker Daughter, the support grew naturally, even slowly at first. But that changed as her music began climbing the Most Popular Song Chart on The Hype Machine music blog. Within a month, her music was at No.3 and she was featured on The Independent, noting her “beautifully-sung, literary folk” and her “ethereal melancholy” as they tipped her as One To Watch. After releasing her debut EP, His Young Heart, she was soon being supported by BBC 6 and invited to perform sessions for Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music and Rob Da Bank on BBC Radio 1. Word began to spread about the EP and in August, iTunes (U.S.) offered Daughter the weeklong free Spotlight Feature for the tune “Landfill,” resulting in over 150,000 free downloads of the track, which triggered the full EP itself to climb the upper reaches of the iTunes singer/songwriter charts on both sides of the Atlantic. One of the tracks that have stood out from the EP is “Youth.” This track showcases the innocence of Daughter’s vocal ability and appeals to both radio programmers and synch supervisors.STREAM: "Youth"
Danish chanteuse Aura Dione is truly a citizen of the world as the first seven years of her life were spent sailing the high seas on her parents’ boat! Originally born in New York City but raised in the rocky Danish island of Bornholm, trapped in the waters between southern Sweden, Germany and the Baltic countries. Aura writes all her own music and lyrics, with influences ranging from Dolly Parton and Tracy Chapman to Antony & the Johnsons and Jeff Buckley. At 26 years of age, she’s already drawn comparisons to Feist, Shania Twain and Gwen Stefani, all while tackling darker subject matter than the average pop singer. “I write about subjects like incest, suicide, prostitution, homosexuality, and what it must be like to have a dick,” she reveals. “But also simple love songs and poems--I want to bring it all, no censorship. I’ll camouflage it in simple pop melodies and hope that it will reach the masses. I write with humor and irony and with a wish to make a positive difference with my music and my voice, my life, while I’m here.” The critics seem to appreciate this approach: Berlingske, the Danish equivalent of the Herald Tribune, raved, “One of the best Danish debuts ever... already the world star she deserves to be.” Universal Music released her sophomore effort, Before the Dinosaurs, with the lead single, “Geronimo,” in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. The song reached No. 1 in both Denmark and Germany; making her the first Danish artist to debut at No, 1 in Germany.STREAM: "Geronimo"
South Africa’s Shadowclub is comprised of Jacques Moolman (vox/guitar), Louis Roux (bass) and Isaac Klawanksy (drums). Their debut album, Guns & Money, is an appealing mix of blues, punk, soul and old fashioned rock and roll, completed in just nine days. Their sound was born from the members playing eclectic styles and musical influences; Shadowclub's music hints at rock legends from the 60s and 70s, but its frontman Moolman’s vocals that makes this group truly a unique act. Their live show is a ferocious, untainted and uninhibited rock and roll experience. The trio’s debut was produced by Matthew Fink and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Jane’s Addiction at Magic Garden Studios). Shadowclub’s desire to make stripped down songs stems partly from the bands they were listening to when they formed at the end of 2007. “We were big White Stripes fans,” says drummer drummer Klawansky. “We liked Kings Of Leon who, back then, were still quite tough and bluesy and a bit underground. Wolfmother had just come out and we adored The Black Keys. Throw in the old blues that Jacques grew up with – Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Leadbelly, Blind Lemon Jefferson – and that combination became the basis of our sound.” Shadowclub is currently touring South Africa now until the end of 2011 with gigs in Johannesburg, Cape Town and more. They are currently available for signing, licensing, publishing and booking (ex-South Africa).STREAM: "Good Morning Killer"
BLONDE ON BLONDE
Blonde On Blonde are an established Australian five-piece consisting of friends drawn together by a love of music, Jack Daniels and the burning desire to quit their day jobs. After uploading demos onto their MySpace page and garnering worldwide attention for their debut track “Oh My Oh My,” they decided to temporarily withdraw from the debauchery of the Brisbane Valley, save their money and make a record. Ably assisted by Brisbane legend Dave Atkins (Resin Dogs, Wolfmother), the group entered the studio to record their debut EP. Many months of mixing and mastering later, Blonde on Blonde unleashed the eagerly anticipated EP, Tease, upon the world. The Tease EP received rave reviews from street press and online blogs including whothehell.net, and Time Off magazine, beating out other artists such as Weezer and Jay-Z to take out the “Single of the week” spot. The EP was added to high rotation on local Brisbane radio station 4ZZZ, and reached the number one spot in the Top 20 charts, two weeks in a row. Momentum continued to build for the band as they played alongside Wolfmother, Sugar Army, The Art, and an east coast tour with Dead Letter Circus. The band also graced the cover of “Brisbane News” labeled as one of the cities “next big things.” Their latest material, in the form of the No Lust EP, was produced by Aidan Nemeth of Wolfmother and shines with the single, “Oh My Oh My.STREAM: "Oh My Oh My"
THE DOMINO STATE
The Domino State is a five-member ensemble from London, which developed from the romantic indie-wave Band At the Lake. Lead singer Matt Forder and the two guitarists Jim Machin and Tim Buckland formed the band, and added a new rhythm section by integrating the bass player Will Padley as well as drummer Richard Simic in their music project. The Domino State has created an epic and effect loaded sound that has a lot in common with the energy of the post-punk of the British Shoegaze scene but also a whole lot of pop potential. Additionally, the dynamic intensity of their live shows brought them a support slot for Coldplay in the O2 arena London before an audience of 20,000 in addition to gigs with M83,Longview and The Boxer Rebellion. The Domino State has also extended its reach to Germany, where they won over audiences in Berlin and Hamburg. They've also performed at major UK festivals, namely Glastonbury, Beautiful Days and Summer Sunday Weekender. Musically, they've had success with their single releases, getting support from UK and Germany radio outlets such as BBC, Xfm, NME, Kerrang!, FluxFM, RBB, Radio Fritz, You FM, Delta, NDR and stations in the U.S., Peru, Italy and more. The first single “Firefly,” had been released on iTunes UK, as well in Germany, and the promotion work for this single has aroused first interests at the media. The band is currently available for licensing, publishing, signing and booking in various markets.STREAM: "We Must Not Shut Ourselves Away"
Russia’s capital might not be the ideal place to discover a rising hip-hop star but truth is stranger than fiction. The dynamic, twenty-something Dzham is determined to become Moscow’s first international hip-hop success story. He’s off to a good start, having released four full-length albums in his homeland along with a bevy of videos featured on MTV Russia, all the while collaborating with the most famous Russian DJs and artists--all without being signed to any music label. However, Dzham isn’t one to give up without a fight. After moving to Moscow from his birthplace of Smolensk as a child, he noticed both the good and bad sides of the Russian way of life: dark suburbs and luxury clubs, family problems and a pervasive criminal atmosphere in his town. All that influenced him to become a rap artist; his self-written lyrics are based on the things that surround him every day.
As with most musical undertakings, Redcoats started in a suburban living room four years ago. Rhys and Andrew, who went to grade and high school together, were joined by vocalist Emilio. They gradually worked their way from the living room into the thriving live scene around Melbourne. In 2009, Neil moved from the country town of Bendigo and landed in the middle of this jamming trio. Redcoat’s new musical direction soon started to take shape. A few months later, Redcoats worked with Rob Long at Birdland Studios to record their first collection of songs. The following year, the quartet made the decision to drop everything and focus solely on their band. After deciding the best place to create music was tucked away in isolation, Redcoats headed off on a series of writing trips in Victoria (AUS). Following some great gig experiences including Bass In The Grass (Darwin), Redcoats returned to Birdland Studios in July 2010 with some new tunes under their belt.With growing industry awareness, Redcoats were invited to showcase at International Music Conference One Movement MUSEXPO Asia Pacific in Perth in October 2010. Later that month they signed with their Management company, Blue Max Music. This year Redcoats returned to Birdland Studios to begin mixing their debut EP with Lindsay Gravina. In March, Redcoats released their debut single, “Dreamshaker,” which was added to the Triple J (AUS) playlist. The week after the release of their debut single, Redcoats headed out to tour nationally with legend rockers Stone Temple Pilots. In June, Redcoats signed with Island Records/Universal and released their debut EP the following month.STREAM: "Dreamshaker"
Philippines born artist, Ryan Sy, originally started performing at local cafes and bars in Edinburgh, Scotland before moving to Atlanta for college. From Atlanta he migrated west to Los Angeles to further his career as a performer and songwriter. His music is inspired by his life experiences; stories consisting of relationships, battling his own addictions and the gaps between social and economic classes. His style is an appealing blend of folk, pop, soul and country. Sy wears his personality on his sleeve and lets his emotions out in every song he sings. Sy recently completed a three-song release titled, The EP, which features the soulful and inspirational track, “Danny.” Another track from the EP, “California Dreamcatcher,” could easily be heard in a scene from any movie or TV program. Last but not least, is the haunting, “Symbiote,” which channels Sy’s inner-spirit and best showcases his writing ability. Since the EP's release, Sy has received airplay on www.indie1031.com, “The Current” KCMP (Minneapolis / Saint Paul, MN), KNRK (Portland, OR), WEQX (Albany, NY/Manchester, VT), WCNR (Charlottesville, VA), WXPN Philadelphia and Moheak Radio (www.moheak.com), as well as internationally in Germany on the tastemaker station FluxFM.STREAM: "Danny"
Hailing from Vienna, Austria, Thomas King was born to be a performer. He took up the drums at age four, then soon after expanding to piano. He first took to the professional stage as a child actor, starring in many stage plays and on television. At 16, he discovered his voice and subsequently joined a cover band, where he adopted the vivacious stage presence he brings to every live performance. Constrained by the lack of options in his native Austria, Thomas decided to take the plunge and relocate to the land of limitless opportunities: Los Angeles. He formed a band, and started performing at clubs on the Sunset Strip, in Hollywood and in Beverly Hills. In order to further hone his vocal chops, he called upon noted voice coach Ron Anderson, who has previously worked with such luminaries as Lenny Kravitz, Usher and Alicia Keys. Thomas recorded his first EP, High on Life, with producer Justin Jagoda in 2010 and was named one of the “Hot 100 Unsigned Artists” by Music Connection magazine. He just finished recording his second EP with Grammy-nominated, Juno Award-winning producer Brandon Friesen (Finger Eleven, Sum 41, Stone Sour) and engineer Bryan Carlstrom (Billy Idol, Alice in Chains, The Offspring) in Los Angeles. Some of King’s role models who are known for their enigmatic stage presence are Michael Jackson and Prince (mixed in with the theatrics of David Bowie). However, when it comes to songwriting and vocal styling, he draws influence from both Robbie Williams and Billy Idol.STREAM: "It Starts Tonight"
FRIENDS OF EMMET
Dublin, Ireland's Friends of Emmet is comprised of Mark Leddy (vocals), Brian Lynam (Guitar), Keith Geraghty (Bass), Paul Dempsey (Keyboards) and Gary Sullivan (Drums). Similar to Ireland natives U2, known for their support for charities and organizations, Friends of Emmet are also championing a cause close to their hearts, Suicide Prevention. After hearing about the Kevin Hines story from HBO’s “The Bridge,” Friends of Emmet found themselves inspired by the turn of events and wrote "Coming Apart" in his honor. For those not familiar with the story, Kevin Hines attempted to take his own life at the age of 19 and survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Hines is one of the few people to ever survive the 245-foot plunge and is now an advocate for several suicide prevention organizations. The video for “Coming Apart” was filmed in Los Angeles and features Kevin Hines, who was honored to be involved. The video will be featured on CBS next month as part of a Suicide Prevention segment featuring Hines and “S.A.V.E.” (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). The single was just released in both the U.S. and Canada, with proceeds going to Suicide Prevention/S.A.V.E. & Collateral Damages. Friends of Emmet are musically inspired by U2, Kings of Leon and The Fray and plan to release their new album, State of Mind, in the beginning of next year. Until then, the band continues to tour to coincide the release.STREAM: "Coming Apart"
For Frank and Charles Torrealba the answer was crystal clear. After spending their lives on the move and witnessing the ability of music to make people feel good, the brothers formed Crystal Kid, along with drummer Dustin Corkran. Ever since then, they’ve been content to let their audiences do the moving for them; that was seven years ago. Although influenced by musical juggernauts such as U2, The Killers and Oasis, it’s still that personal experience that drives the vibrant, up-tempo rhythms that define Crystal Kid. Rhythms that the Canadian music scene is beginning to take notice of and have given Calgary's Crystal Kid the opportunity to play with great artists like Three Days Grace, Seether, My Darkest Days, as well as performances at Calgary’s Sled Island Music Festival, Boonstock 2011 and Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Crystal Kid recently won a $25,000 performance grant at Calgary’s AMP 90.3 FM Rock Star Finale for a second year in a row (2010 and 2011). Winning that grant represented the end of one chapter of their story, and the beginning of another. Next on the agenda was the recording of The End of the Beginning, the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled EP. This debut album can be described as a rush of energy, love, and rebellion. Produced by Rick Mizzoni, Daron Schofield and Crystal Kid, the first single, “Come Dance,” has made it to stations stateside including WBTZ Burlington, WTFX Louisville, RIFF2 Detroit as well as online platforms such as Y! Music Station, LastFM, Slacker, AOL Radio and Indie1031.com.STREAM: "Come Dance"
Renowned for being invigorating entertainers, Autozamm has been part of the backbone and forefront of rock music in New Zealand for the past six years. Formed by Mike Carpinter (guitar/vox) and Nick Major (lead vox/guitar) in Wellington in 2003, Autozamm relocated to Auckland and recruited the current rhythm section of Richard Orr (drums), Ollie Gordon (bass) and Stephen Small (keyboards). In addition to exhaustive touring of New Zealand, Autozamm has had the opportunity to support distinguished international acts such as the Black Crowes, INXS and Silverchair. Appearances at events such as the Big Day Out, Homegrown and Southern Amp have cemented the quintet as powerful large-stage festival performers, underpinned by a string of radio and music TV hits. Autozamm’s third and latest release, 5th Degree, offers an electrifying growth of finesse and bravura. Produced by Krish Sharma, (Serj Tankian, System Of A Down, The Rolling Stones, The Cult, Amos Lee, Counting Crows), the album was the No.1 iTunes Rock record in New Zealand. The song “Breathe” was used by TVNZ as the backing track for all of the TV promos in August and has reached Top 10 on the iTunes Rock Charts (NZ). “Breathe” is starting to grab the attention of tastemaker stations here in the US, with early plays at KNRK Portland, KCMP Minneapolis, WBTZ Burlington and WEQX Albany.STREAM: "Breathe"
Evolver One is one of South Africa’s premium rock acts, having completed 20 national tours, performed over 500 shows and played just about every one of South Africa’s major music festivals and events, from charity gigs to audiences of 27,000. The group has shared the stage with many international greats such as 3 Doors Down, Staind, Hoobastank, Snow Patrol and Oasis. Evolver One’s debut album, Get Up (2006), produced a number of hit singles and music videos with songs such as “Get Up,” “Closer to You” and “Keep on Moving” doing especially well. In 2008 the four-piece released their second album What’s The Story? and the songs “Go All The Way,” “Pretty Thing” and “Why We Lonely” did well on the SA charts. The recently released self-titled album became a conversation piece in the South African music industry with the success of the single “Criminal.” The track reached No.1 on 94.5 Kfm/Highveld’s Homebrew and many songs from the album appeared in the South African movie soundtrack to The Race-ist. The members of Evolver One have come together internally to take their philosophy of “One” to the world through their music and actions. The group’s sound has been compared to the mass-appeal sounds of The Killers, Depeche Mode and Maroon 5.STREAM: "Criminal"
The Trip is an Australian trio which is best known for their amazing live performances and quirky personalities. The members include Wes Roy (drums/vox), Chad Kendrick (guitar/vox) and Marco Yellin (guitar/vox), who have recently started to bring the game of frisbee back to the forefront of people’s minds. Their video for “On The First Time” shows fantastic frisbee skills that will make you want to try yourself. The video has been so popular that it has been played on Australian video outlets such as Rage, Channel V and Music Max. The Trip won the Rock Artist of the Year award at MusicOz 2010 and their single was fifth most added to commercial radio in Australia. “On The First Time” can be found on the EP - Volume 1 release, through MGM distribution. The EP contains two additional songs, “Still Water” and “Sweet Surrender,” plus the Dead Sexy Remix Paris and Beat Live Project Remix versions of “On The First Time.”STREAM: "On The First Time"
Kidda is a Brighton, England-based electro and video producer signed to Skint Records, home of Fatboy Slim. His first album, Going Up, was released in 2008 and he also has a handful of single releases dating back to 2004. The first single off the album, “Smile,” was used as the theme song for the BBC sports show “Ski Sunday,” while the tune “Under The Sun” was used in a Bacardi worldwide TV advertising campaign. Remixes for the song by British producer Herve resulted in the it being supported by the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Kissy Sellout and licensed to a number of compilations including Ministry of Sound’s The Annual 2009 among others. Pulling double duty as a video producer and animator, Kidda also worked with the Lo-Fidelity Allstars and X-Press 2 as well as doing animation for the stage shows for Rihanna and Kanye West. Kidda is focused on music now, putting the finishing touches on the next album, Hotel Radio. One selection from the release is laid-back 80s-infused number “The Whistler,” which delivers an infectious electronic-pop melody which is already emanating across the US radio tastemaker airwaves.STREAM: "The Whistler"
When your band's name is Goodluck, one would initially think they are from Las Vegas or have had a streak of good luck to get to where they are. Ironically, neither is the case with Capetown, South Africa’s Goodluck--a trio of music lovers who are lighting up the night skies with their jazz-infused beats. They have been described as a mix of serious talent; plenty of soul and an overload of passion and their goal is to take over the dance floors of the world. With a sound that blends electro beats with the distinctive sounds of sax, drums and keyboard, their music just makes you feel great. Influences like Morcheeba and Faithless can be heard as they bring forth their live instrumentation in their electronic dance-styled music. A dash of jazzy keyboards and funky sax adds just the right amount of spice to this hot combo. Formed in 2008, they have already taken their sound to the dance floors of St. Ives, FTV, Taboo and Club INC, have jammed alongside Paul Oakenfold, DJ Fresh, Just Jinjer and toured as the opening act for South Africa's Goldfish. Last month they toured in Holland and the UK as US fans eagerly hope for their arrival stateside.STREAM: "Taking It Easy"
Teddybears formed almost two decades ago in Sweden and are still putting out quality music today. After releasing five albums of their own music, including successful collaborations with Caesars, Kleerup and Robyn, they return with their sixth studio album, Devil's Music. Originally distributed overseas last year, a revamped version is set to be released July 5 in the United States. One of the songs that’s been altered for the US version is “Get Mama A House,” which now features Atlanta rapper B.o.B, best known for his hits “Nothin’ On You” and “Airplanes.” The track continues to showcase the Teddybears’ unique and distinct style of production, mixing pop, rock, electro and hip-hop, reminiscent of the grooves of “Cobrastyle” and “Jerk It Out.” Many Swedes are familiar with the track for some time now since the original song was used as part of the advertising campaign for a Swedish real estate company two years ago. Devil's Music will also feature collaborations with Cee-Lo Green, The B-52's, Robyn, Eve and The Flaming Lips. Devil’s Music is sure to score huge syncs worldwide and substantial radio airplay.STREAM: "Get Mama A House"
Liam Bailey, who was featured over a year ago in the A&R Worldwide newsletter, is a singer-songwriter born in Nottinghamshire, England. He is an accomplished soul musician with references spanning musical legends such as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding through to contemporary influences like Oasis and Lauryn Hill. Liam has worked with hip-hop producer Salaam Remi, renowned for his work with Nas, Amy Winehouse and The Roots drummer ?uestlove. Early in his career, Bailey has already shared the stage with fellow-UK artists and Critics' Choice BRIT Award winners Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. In November he supported Chase & Status on their UK tour, where he also provided vocals on their hit single, “Blind Faith.” The single was released in January and was a successful introduction to his work as it debuted at No.5 in the UK. Now focused on releasing his debut album, Out of the Shadows, Bailey has released a promotional single for “You Better Love Me” and the video has quickly reached over 100,000 views. Another track that has recently surfaced, “Heartbeat,” is starting to gain momentum from Internet bloggers, appearing on various podcasts and radio playlists on both sides of the Atlantic. Bailey was signed and A&R’d by Polydor’s Nick Shymansky (Amy Winehouse, La Roux, Jamie Woon). Leading up to the album release (tentatively scheduled for September), Bailey will be performing at a variety of summer festivals, including Glastonbury, the Wireless Festival, Lounge on The Farm, the Big Chill Festival, Bestival and more.STREAM: "Heartbeat"
Emma Panas and Duncan McDougall are an alternative/electronica duo from London known to their fans as Paper Crows. A&R Worldwide received their demo single last summer from UK plugger Sean Denny and it impressed us right away. The duo first met at college and instantly connected through music. Emma is the lead vocalist, while Duncan produces the music and the result is a mixed batch of pop, alternative and indie rock. The duo released their first single last year, “Stand Alone,” which helped them raise their profile in the UK and giarnered them a little airplay on BBC Radio 1 via Nick Grimshaw and features in various blogs. Other songs have been added to their websites since their debut and they recently signed a deal with the production team Future Cut, best known for their production, mixing and co-writing of “Smile” by Lily Allen. Future Cut is composed of drum ’n’ bass producers Darren Lewis and Tunde Babalota who have also worked with Shakira, Professor Green, Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Nash, Dizzee Rascal and a host of many others. They are collectively putting together material for the Paper Crows’ debut album, which will be released on the newly re-launched independent dance label FFRR via Warner Music UK.STREAM: "Folie A Duex"
The Maneken is an outstanding artist working in one of the most trendy music directions--electronic rock. Using musical styles as an outfit for creation of his ideas, he made several unique collections which have found their fans not only in former CIS countries, but also in Europe and United States. When The Maneken first burst on the scene just three short years ago, DJs from Ukrainian radio stations called him the “Ukrainian Jamiroquai.” Today his compositions are a wonderful combination of modern dance music and the broad pop-rock cultural heritage of the last decades, ranging from Air, Coldplay and Keane to The XX and Empire of the Sun. The Maneken's debut album, First Look, was released in 2009 by French label Somekind Records--and thanks to Virgin Megastore distribution, the record was sold in leading European countries and Japan. When Yevgeniy Filatov, lead singer of The Maneken, met up with German songwriter and movie director Charley Stadler, a turning point was made. The two built a friendship that resulted in Stadler writing most of the lyrics for The Maneken's second album, Soulmate Sublime, which was released last month. The four-piece recently performed at a packed SIR Studios in Hollywood as part of MUSEXPO Los Angeles and has drummed up interest from labels and music supervisors as a result.STREAM: "Hope"
Hailing from Denmark is the indie outfit known as Moi Caprice. The band formed back in 1993 was previously known as Concrete Puppet Frog, and rose to fame four years later as the first unsigned act to top the Danish alternative music charts in 1997, despite the fact that they never released a studio album. Although young in age, the four-piece lead by frontman Michael Møller, are already veterans in the Danish music scene. In the last seven years, they have released four acclaimed studio albums and are one of the most productive and beloved acts in their homeland. They consistently please their fans as well as the critics, while increasing their fan base year after year. Moi Capice recently released a singles collection, All We Fear Is Love, which displays their romantic indie-pop, which is clever, sophisticated and ambitious, but also catchy and addictive. The release is a double album, which also contains the bonus record, The Past Is A Foreign Country, with alternative versions of some of their earlier songs--a perfect collection for fans both new and old.STREAM: "My Girl You Blush"
MAN WITHOUT COUNTRY
Their name carries an instant intrigue. The band themselves, a Cardiff, Wales-based trio all in their early twenties, have said that it derives from “a sense of not belonging.” Since forming in 2007, and evolving into a wildly different beast--glacial guitar ripples spliced with electronic ambience and synth-pop pulse, yet with the ability to morph into a capital-A Anthem when you least expect it--in the last two years or so, they’ve turned that sense to their advantage. Man Without Country name-checks some of the standard-bearers for this kind of stately, FX-heavy swirl: Radiohead, The National, Sigur Ros, M83. The band were recent winners of the BBC Radio 1 Introducing Int’l which debuted last week in Los Angeles and has seen the band garnering early support on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, KNRK Portland, MotorFM Germany and many others. Man Without Country’s 10-song debut album Foe was produced entirely in the band’s bedroom. Man Without Country is currently available for signing, licensing and publishing. They are managed by the same management team that’s represented Moby, Robyn and others in the UK/Europe.STREAM: "Closet Addicts Annonymous"
Queensland is a state of Australia that is known for the outdoor lifestyle with world-class beaches, rain forests, national parks and waterways. Queensland is also a hotbed for musicians and is responsible for the likes of Dead Letter Circus, Hungry Kids of Hungary, The Boat People and many others. Hoping to join that list is the talented four-piece outfit Oceanics. Their love for similar music brought them together in 2005 and they've been able to turn many into bona fide fans. With Elliot (guitar, vocals), Jackson (guitar, vocals), Andy (drums) and Matt (bass, vocals), Oceanics has been gigging relentlessly in Australia, increasing their fan base one show at a time. They have performed at Big Sound, Caloundra Music Festival and played in front of 27,000 in the audience at a Gold Coast Titan’s rugby semi-final. The Queensland quartet are getting ready to release their debut EP this year after working with Govinda Doyle (Lady of The Sunshine, The Fumes) and their latest single is “Funs Over.” Sample the song here and if you'd like additional information on the available opportunities, contact manager Dan Ceh at firstname.lastname@example.org.STREAM: "Funs Over"
Melding vintage rock & roll with soulful funk, the Southern California quintet known as Capra has utilized an arsenal of swaggering rock tunes and funkadelic grooves to quickly build a name for themselves on the fiercely competitive Los Angeles club scene. Recently signed to Hollywood Records, the group is enjoying some early success even without a completed album in the marketplace. Capra has already secured three key synch opportunities, including the worldwide Expedia advertisement for their single “Low Day,” which was heard by over 106 million people when it was aired numerous times during last year’s Super Bowl. The tune has also made its way on to the Guitar Hero 5 video game and as one of the theme songs for the movie Sky Runners, which stars Capra lead singer Kelly Blatz (who also played the title role in the Disney XD series “Aaron Stone” and is currently in TBS's “Glory Daze”). Capra recently completed work on their forthcoming debut album for Hollywood Records with Matt Harris, A&R Director for the Burbank, CA-based label, which is due out this summer. The album is produced by Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Sheryl Crow, Faith No More). The first single from the album is “If I Was...” which is a perfect fit for multi-format radio worldwide today that includes addicting hooks and a catchy chorus. Capra is confirmed to perform at the Worldwide Radio Summit Saturday, April 30 at 10pm in Hollywood. For available opportunities, contact manager Andrew Recke at email@example.com.STREAM: "If I Was... (Michael Jackson)"
The Maneken is an outstanding artist working in one of the most trendy music directions – electronic rock. Using musical styles as an outfit for creation, he made several unique collections which have found their fans not only in former CIS countries, but also in Europe and the United States. When he first showed up in 2008, DJs from Ukrainian radio stations called him “The Ukrainian Jamiroquai.” Today his compositions are a wonderful combination of modern dance music and the broad pop-rock cultural heritage of the last decades from Air, Coldplay and Keane to The XX and Empire of the Sun. The debut album First Look (2009) was released by French label Somekind Records and thanks to Virgin Megastore distribution, it was sold in leading European countries and Japan. The Maneken’s music videos are being rotated on European music channels and in the Middle East: Music Box Italy, MTV Baltic, MTV Arabia, Mad TV (Greece), Sola TV (Spain), QTOM (Germany) and thrice were in World Chart Express on MTV European. The turning point of The Maneken’s career was meeting German songwriter and movie director Charley Stadler, known for his Dead Fish movie with Gary Oldman playing the main character. As a result Charley wrote most of the lyrics for The Maneken’s second album Soulmate Sublime. The album is scheduled to be released next month and one of the first offerings from the sophomore effort can be heard in “Hope.” That song, paired up with another called “Shine,” was recently sent to radio stations in the US with hopes to expand their audience leading into their confirmed performance at MUSEXPO Los Angeles on Monday, May 2nd at 8.00PM at S.I.R. Studios in Hollywood. The Maneken is available for signing, licensing, publishing and booking in multiple territories. Contact Marko Markovic at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.MP3: "Hope"
Melbourne’s Redcoats is a four-piece ensemble that exudes a big desert rock sound fused with vintage blues and ethereal vocals. The group consists of Emilio Mercuri (vocals), Rhys Kelly (bass), Andrew Braidner (drums) and Neil Wilkinson (guitars), who received high praise and early support from their home country. They just released their debut single, “DreamShaker,” and have a busy March calendar filled with five gigs supporting the Stone Temple Pilots. The track was recorded by Rob Long and mixed by Lindsay Gravina at Birdland Studios, which is the first official single from the forthcoming EP that has already been added to Triple J radio (Australia). The tune was secured last year to launch the new Australian “Iron Man” series on Australia’s leading Sport channel, One HD, and has just been added to iTunes Australia. The song delivers the mesmerizing guitar melodies of Led Zeppelin blended with the modern rock nuances of Wolfmother but melded with Redcoats’ own unique rock personality. The band is currently available for signing, licensing, booking and publishing in multiple territories worldwide.MP3: "Dreamshaker"
Singer/songwriter Anita Maj has a distinct edge to her music--it’s feisty, with elements of rock and soul. An accomplished songwriter since her early teen years, she was initially inspired by the likes of legends Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix and fearless female front-women like PJ Harvey and Debbie Harry, as well as modern artists including Kings of Leon, The Killers and 30 Seconds to Mars. Her as yet to-be-released debut album was produced by Dan Swift (Snow Patrol, Biffy Clyro and Kasabian) along with Junk Scientist, who is known for his work with The Rakes and Larrikin Love. Anita recently rocked many venues in LA, including The Viper Room on the infamous Sunset Strip and other gigs in New York City, Philadelphia and London. Her first EP release, The Masquerade, has garnered nearly 250 spins at US tastemaker and Alternative radio including plays on KTCV Tri Cities, WCNR Charlottesville, WWUH Hartford and WEDJ Buffalo. Now Anita is set to release her second EP, Out of Control, and continue to gig the US and UK.MP3: "Out of Control"
In the 21st century, it’s nearly impossible for bands to go under the radar with the available technologies and various web outlets. With that being said, it’s very impressive that Strangers from North London has done just that--stayed undetected on the interweb. What has been confirmed is that the band is recording an album and studio wizard Glen Nicholls (remixer of Prodigy, UNKLE, White Lies, Mylo and Yaz) is heading up production. Strangers seem to be very mysterious to date, as you can see on their official website, http://strangersofficial.com, which is limited to the logo and a teaser track that sounds similar to what you would hear in a movie score. If you check their Facebook page, there is a picture of what looks to be nine tracks listed as an album. One of those tracks, “In Chaos,” can be sampled here. This dark pop track is epic, to say the least; the way the song builds and leads to a magnificent chorus that is mesmerizing. Strangers are currently looking for publishing and label opportunities. with all inquiries going through email@example.com.STREAM: "In Chaos"
ZEBRA & GIRAFFE
Zebra and Giraffe recently released The Inside, their second full-length album, featuring their current single, "The End Of The Road." Their 2008 debut Collected Memories garnered local and international acclaim and saw them win a 2009 South African Music Award (SAMA) for Best Rock Album, while also being nominated for three SAMAs in the categories Best Newcomer, Best Album Packaging and MTN Record of the Year for "The Knife." They also received a great deal of love from the press, with FHM (in a five-star review) hailing their "Atmospheric, sophisticated electro-pop… in the vein of New Order and the Killers," while Cosmopolitan praised their "dark stuff, wrapped in sweet melodies."
But complacency is for bands with less ambition and bloody-minded dedication to their craft. Z&G have used the momentum built up over the last couple of years to propel them into the studio with tunes and enthusiasm to spare. Greg Carlin (vocals/guitar), Alan Shenton (guitar), Andrew Maskell (bass), Darren Leader (drums) and new member Michael Wright (keyboards) recorded the majority of the album at RBF Studios in Johannesburg; it was produced by the acclaimed Darryl Torr, who also produced Collected Memories. The album was mixed by the renowned Cenzo Townshend, who has worked with U2, Snow Patrol, Kaiser Chiefs, Babyshambles and Florence and the Machine. Zebra & Giraffe are currently available for recordings, publishing, and booking for the world excluding South Africa. For opportunity inquiries, please contact Karl AndersonFREE MP3: "The End Of The Road"
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Understanding where One Night Only is with their second album cannot be done without referencing how far they’ve come since the first. Two years ago, when they emerged into the spotlight with the Started a Fire debut, the Helmsley five-piece had everything in front of them. They were very young--singer George Craig was just 17--chasing the kind of dreams of pop stardom most young men fantasize about but never realize. But then it actually happened: “Just for Tonight” and Started a Fire both crashed into the Top 10 and One Night Only were stars. Since those heady days of breaking through, they have had a taste of the kind of lives and lifestyles pop stardom is meant to be all about. George has become the face of Burberry, almost as regularly glimpsed in fashion shoots and magazines as walking the streets of the band’s leafy North Yorkshire village hometown. One Night Only has played on the top of a skyscraper in New York, opened shops in Beirut and been around the world, and yet they’ve haven’t changed from the kind of down-to-earth, unfussy Yorkshire lads who laugh about it all with their old mates in the local pub. The band has enjoyed strong sales in the UK as well as multiple chart positions and is poised to be one of England’s breakthrough international guitar bands for 2011. They will be performing their very first West Coast show in the US at MUSEXPO Los Angeles in early May of this year.MP3: "Can You Feel It"
All Mankind have gained a loyal following across the USA, UK, and Australia, having performed over 500 times in the last three years to more than 100,000 fans. The band's live success has led to independent album sales in the thousands, as well as award nominations for songwriting and performance in both Australia and America. In 2008, All Mankind went into the studio with noted ARIA-winning producer David Nicholas (Elton John, Sting), and Peter Mayes (PNAU, Empire of the Sun). The resulting EP earned its way onto the airwaves of such diverse outlets as Indie 103.1FM Los Angeles, WRXP New York, MotorFM Germany, KNRK-FM Portland and ABC Radio Australia, while also garnering interest from Mike Walsh, Music Director of the famed Xfm (UK). Songs from the band's follow-up EP (mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Brandon Friesen) continued to have a strong radio reaction, and made their way into a number of prime time U.S. television shows. "Open Your Eyes" was featured as the theme song in the TV advertisement for ABC's Emmy Award-winning "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution." In addition, their tune "Hollywood Tonight" has been heard regularly on MTV's "The Hills." Now this quartet, currently based in Sydney but always on the go, has just finished recording their eagerly anticipated, epic full-length album with Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight, The Kooks & Mercury Prize-nominated act, Foals) at The Motor Museum studios in Liverpool, England. The album was also mixed by Crossey and mastered by Robin Schmidt (Razorlight, VV Brown, Tommy Sparks, Go:Audio) at 24_96 Mastering in Germany. The new single, "Break The Spell" is the first taste from their forthcoming album Simple Desire. The song has generated movement online with reviews and mentions from Arjan Writes, Record of the Day, Crazed Hits, ReverbNation and Yahoo! Launchcast. "Break The Spell" is also appealing to radio programmers worldwide, with plays in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Greece, Germany, Indonesia, Peru and more.FREE MP3: "Break The Spell"
The Spires were born at a mental asylum on the outskirts of Sheffield, where lead singer Matt Smith worked as a caretaker. Inspired by his surroundings, Smith put all his energy into riotous, lung-bursting performances that soon established The Spires as a must-see live outfit in Sheffield. With a batch of scratchy home demos and an insane live show, Smith and his band mates Matt Dacey and Matt Pike caught the attention of Embrace lead singer Danny McNamara, who featured them on his BBC1 show. The Spires have opened for Delphic, had festival appearances and a gig with INXS on their resume. Teaming up with producers The Animal Farm and Intruder Records in late 2010 produced three cracking singles, the first of which, “Fireworks,” is a multi-layered carnival of colors, an adrenaline-filled anthem that blurs the boundaries between the dance and indie scenes. The track is already getting support on influential radio tastemaker outlets such as BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music UK as well as the syndicated Passport Approved import show.MP3: "Fireworks"
STARS GO DIM
Complete with incredible songs, passion and hard work Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Stars Go Dim has been able to reach the masses around the globe. In late 2009, SGD independently released their debut album, Love Gone Mad, which is available as a free download www.starsgodim.com/free. This release resulted in abundant press, both national and international. The music has been licensed as well, becoming familiar to audiences of film, TV, radio, airlines, movie theatres, retail stores, gyms, restaurants and other businesses across the globe. Stars Go Dim was picked as the Subway Fresh Artist contest winner that also had involvement with Ourstage and Clear Channel. The band gained Clear Channel support nationwide and won the opportunity to open for the Goo Goo Dolls in San Francisco and write a song with Evan Bogart (Britney Spears, Beyonce, Rihanna). SGD have gone on to support many others, including Justin Bieber, Billy Joel, Elton John and more. The Midwest trio just released a captivating new single called “Like I Mean It,” which has already saw support from Alternative KMYZ Tulsa and Classic Hits KTGX Tulsa.MP3: "Get Over It"
Liverpool has always been known as the city that gave us The Beatles in the 1960s, Echo & The Bunnymen in the ’80s as well as many other great acts including Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Farm, etc. Soon the city may be known for another talent, Luke Fenlon. This young and very gifted individual has already began to make an impression on the industry as he has headlined the Liverpool Soundcity Festival along with the Wombats in 2008, played the Red Bull stage at the 2009 Camden Crawl and performed on the rooftop of the London West Hollywood Hotel on Sunset Blvd. during MUSEXPO 2010. Fenlon also won the Yamaha Songwriter Competition with NME’s Chris Martin as a judge. Fenlon is currently writing and recording new material with hopes to have something for his fans soon. His latest song, “Summer,” sounds like an epic summer anthem that pays a 2011 musical homage to Beck – delivering a strong radio and synch-friendly sound.MP3: "Summer"
Operator Please is a young mixed-gender quintet from Queensland, Australia that is building a buzz well beyond their tender years. Formed by vocalist/guitarist Amandah Wilkinson in order to enter a band competition--“I picked people at random who I knew played an instrument, and they just said ‘yes’”--Operator Please not only won the competition, but shortly thereafter self-released an EP and performed some showcases in New York City, after which they were quickly snapped up by Virgin/EMI for Australia and New Zealand and the independent Brille label for the UK. In 2008, they played the infamous Big Day Out Tour, with a trip to Europe and the UK, where BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe had deemed their song, “Get What You Want,” as the “Hottest Record in the World”. In 2009, Operator Please spent most of their time putting together their second album, titled Gloves, which was released at the end of April last year in Australia and the end of May in the UK. The new record has more of an electronic feel than Yes Yes Vindictive, their 2007 debut and was influenced by music from the 1980s. One of the standout tracks from the album is “Jealous,” which was written by lead singer Wilkinson and drummer Tim Commandeur.MP3: "Jealous"
British India emerged from the fertile underbelly of Melbourne’s independent music scene to take Australia by storm in July 2007 with their acclaimed debut album, Guillotine. Performing their arm-raising, air-punching anthems at venues and festivals across the country, British India developed a hard-earned reputation for their explosive live shows and relentless touring and was rewarded with the AIR Award for Best New Independent Artist. In July 2008 they released their second album, Thieves, which demonstrated the group’s growth, in both popularity and as songwriters. Thieves debuted at No.5 in the ARIA Top 10 and earned British India their first ARIA Award nomination. British India is one of Australia’s hardest-working bands, having played over 300 headline shows and every major festival Australia has to offer and has sold 65,000 albums independently. Their third album, Avalanche, released in June 2010, produced their second Top 10 debut in 18 months and features one of the band’s most popular tracks, “Vanilla.” Released exclusively to Triple J, the song gave the boys their third entry into the Triple J Hottest 100. “Vanilla” has already started to get stateside radio support from tastemakers KNRK Portland, WAQX Syracuse and WBSX Wilkes Barre. In addition, the band is currently being courted by a number of labels.MP3: "Vanilla"
RoySeven isa six-piece outfit from Dublin, Ireland consisting of Paul Walsh (vocals), Paul O’Hara (keyboards), Sam Garland (guitar), Eamonn Barrett (guitar), Darragh Oglesby (drums) and Bernard O’Neill (bass). Their influences range from The Doors, Muse and Led Zeppelin to Jeff Buckley, Keane and The Beatles. Coming together via mutual friends, they formed in 2003 and released their debut album on Universal, The Art of Insincerity, three years later. The album was critically acclaimed and reached No.17 on the Irish Album Chart, producing four singles. During the tour for the album, RoySeven shared stages with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, The Fratellis and more throughout Ireland and Germany. On Feb. 1, 2007, the group was awarded the “Hope for 2007” honor at the 7th annual Meteor Music Awards, which is Ireland’s equivalent to the Brits and the Canadian Juno awards. Five years after their debut, the sextet is getting ready to release their sophomore effort, You Say, We Say through Roadrunner in February of next year. RoySeven has just released two singles from the album, “Killer” and “We Should Be Lovers.”MP3: "We Should Be Lovers"
Electro-pop producer/songwriter Vincent Frank aka Frankmusik always wanted to create unique music and put his own twist on pop culture. Originally known for his beat-boxing around his hometown of Croydon, England, Frank started out under the stage name Mr. Mouth, later changing it to Frankmusik. He decided to put things in motion in 2007 with retro synths, Commodore 64 samples, spicy lyrics and raging drum riffs, leading him to a deal with Island/Universal in December of that same year. First enjoying success creating remixes for the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Lady Gaga, Alphabeat, Mika and CSS, he also started to tour, having the privilege to secure the opening slot for Sam Sparro during his O2 Wireless Festival Tour 2008. In early 2009, he continued to tour and this time was the support act for Keane on their Perfect Symmetry tour in the UK; he also opened for the Pet Shop Boys in June of that same year in Manchester and London. His debut album, Complete Me, reached No.13 in the UK with the breakout singles “Better Off As Two,” “Confusion Girl” and “3 Little Words.” Since his debut, Frank has been busy producing material for other artists, such as Tinchy Stryder, Catch 22, Ellie Goulding and even teamed up with Joe Jonas for his next solo album. Frank recently recorded with the Far East Movement, who recently had a U.S. No.1 hit with “Like A G6,” on the track “Fighting For Air,” which can be found on their album, Free Wired. Frank has been recording new material of his own for the last year and a half and the first taste from his sophomore album, Follow The Leader, is a track he wrote with Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree Records, President of A&R, Pop & Rock, Interscope Records & President of International Operations for Interscope Geffen A&M, titled “The Fear Inside.” The song has a larger-than-life chorus, outstanding production and helps Frankmusik take another step towards superstardom.MP3: "Fear Inside"
ZEBRA & GIRAFFE
Zebra & Giraffe is an alternative rock outfit from South Africa. The cleverly named act began as the 12-lettered pseudonym of Johannesburg music genius Greg Carlin, but has now evolved into a five-piece live band that has toured across South Africa. Since its release in May 2008, debut album Collected Memories has produced six hit singles – including “Oxymoron,” which reached No.1 on College Radio, Top 5 on 5FM and No.1 on MK in South Africa. The band played at the 2008 Coke Zero Festival, a music festival that took place in Johannesburg and Cape Town with headliners Snow Patrol, Oasis and Panic at the Disco. In 2009 they supported The Killers on the South African leg of their tour in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The group was also nominated for four SA Music Awards (SAMAs) in the categories “Best Newcomer,” “Best Rock,” “Best Album Packaging” and “MTN Record of the Year” for “The Knife.” Collected Memories took home the award for “Best Rock Album.” Their sophomore album, The Inside, was recently released in South Africa with three different versions of the album released on the same date. The album is produced by the talented Cenzo Townshend (U2, Snow Patrol, The Kaiser Chiefs). “The End of the Road” is one of the standout songs on the album and has received positive feedback from radio programmers in a variety of territories.MP3: "End Of The Road"
Formed in 1999, Auckland’s Steriogram first achieved success in 2004 when their release of their Schmack! album, featuring the song “Walkie Talkie Man.” The song was used for the Apple iPod commercials as well as featured in the movies Agent Cody Banks 2, Kicking & Screaming, Robots and Man of the House. That song also was featured in the EA Sports’ MVP Baseball 2004 and MLB 2005 video games and even appeared in the ABC television show, Alias. After a handful of singles and another album, the five-piece released their third studio album, Taping The Radio in late September on iTunes and made available in New Zealand stores on November 2nd. One thing that the band is best known for, is their creativity in their videos and once again don’t disappoint with their latest clip for “Moving On.” The track is sure to please Alternative and Specialty radio programmers and the video is a must-see, which shows the sporty personalities each member possesses. You may view the music video here www.myspace.com/steriogram and order the music here http://steriogram.bandcamp.com.MP3: "Moving On"
Though the five members of Dresden, Germany-based band Polarkreis 18 are each only 25 years of age, they have a wealth of experience that belies their youthful stature, having played together for a decade since first forming the group whilst still schoolboys of 13. They’ve utilized that time well, honing a singular sound that combines driving drums, melodic guitars, electronic elements and an otherworldly male voice, courtesy of vocalist/guitarist Felix. (The lads apparently disdain the use of surnames, with the rest of the band including drummer Christian, guitarist Phil, bassist Uwe and keyboardist/sampler Bernd). The released their eponymous debut through Germany’s Motor Music in February 2007 and quickly won over a slew of fans, thanks to soundscapes that have drawn comparisons to such luminaries as Sigur Ros, Radiohead and Snow Patrol. The group went on a pan-European tour in support of the release, playing shows not only all across their native Germany but also in France, Holland and the UK. Their sophomore effort, The Colour of Snow, spawned the single “Allein, Allein (Alone Alone),” which reached No.1 on the German Media Control Top 100 Singles chart from October 31, 2008 – December 4, 2008. Polarkreis 18 are getting ready to release their third album, Frei, which is scheduled to be released in Germany on November 26, 2010.MP3: "Unendliche Sinfonie"
Suddyn is an exciting new three-piece comprised of two brothers from Montauk, NY and an Irishman. While that may sound like the start of a joke, Suddyn is deadly serious: one of the hottest rock acts in Ireland, the trio has already racked up three Top 30 singles on the Irish charts as an indie act and performed over 200 show-stopping gigs around the world. In addition, they’ve also received more than 150 plays on US radio from their debut EP, Dark Lights, from new music-supporting stations as WFNX Boston, Q101 Chicago and KUPD Phoenix. Influenced by the likes of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, U2, Muse and Remy Zero, Suddyn’s piano-driven anthems have rapidly attracted attention: Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers described their sound as “epic,” while influential UK music magazine NME listed Suddyn as one of “20 Breaking Bands to Watch,” stating, “Think Killers meets Foos (Foo Fighters)…definitely worthy of the hype.” Suddyn is currently gearing up for the release of their new offering Before the City, which was produced by Grammy Award-winner David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes, Sublime) and mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (Muse, Fall Out Boy). This new collection from the hard-working, talented trio should help further spread the word about Suddyn beyond the bounds of the UK. The trio will be performing at the legendary House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood on November 3 and at the 10th Annual International Pop Overthrow Festival in NYC on November 11.MP3: "Brighter Star"
The Jezabels are a four-piece group from Sydney, Australia. They formed after meeting at the University of Sydney and their music has been difficult to label as it mixes multiple genres such as indie pop, indie rock, rock and disco pop. Hayley Mary (vocals) and Heather Shannon (piano/keyboards) first began playing together in Byron Bay before moving to Sydney to attend school, where they met Nik Kaloper (drums) and Sam Lockwood (rhythm guitar) and formed the band. They have already released three EPs since their 2007 inception. They have received a substantial amount of airplay, including FBi Radio and Triple J in Australia. Their live show is reminiscent of a blending of Kate Bush on a soundclash with The Cranberries and Björk. The quartet has played a number of festivals around the country including Big Day Out, Pyramid Rock, Festival of the Sun, Playground Weekender, Come Together, Peats Ridge Festival and Soundwave. They also supported Tegan & Sara, Bluejuice, Sparkadia, Casette Kids and more on the road. Their latest EP, Dark Storm, was released in October and contains five brilliant tracks including the single “A Little Piece.” The Jezabels are currently available for signing, licensing and publishing.MP3: "A Little Piece"
Melodics are a five-piece live revivalist hip-hop act, with synth-heavy rock grooves and new wave rap flavors. Think David Bowie meets Kanye West or Joy Division meets Santigold, but without the eye-patch, ego, depression and gold leggings. Their influences range from Gary Numan to Elliott Smith, from De La Soul to Gnarles Barkley and from Outkast to The Bangles. Following up the release of their debut album, 4D, last year, The Melodics return with Paint Me Gold. Bringing together a creative, energetic and original mix of electro-rock and indie hip-hop, the new offering see’s the Melbourne bunch team up with renowned producers Jan Skubiszewski (Jackson Jackson, Phrase), Russell Fawcus (Temper Trap, The Kooks) and Forrester Savell (Karnivool, The Butterfly Effect). The result – imagine if INXS replaced Michael Hutchence with Busta Rhymes instead of Rockstar INXS’s JD Fortune. The Melodics consider 4D a best-of record; even though they didn’t release any of the records they took the songs from, but feel it’s the best of the batch for their fans.MP3: "Afterlife"
Hailing from Nottingham, emerging UK talent Liam Bailey is one of the most soulful artists to be compared to the old time greats. Sonically, he’ll take you back to the old-fashioned days and helps prove that true talent still exists in this producer-driven musical landscape of 2010. Polydor Records was victorious in the bidding war to sign Bailey, the same label that his heroes Jimi Hendrix and Ian Brown were signed to. Bailey was signed by the young and talented A&R executive Nick Shymansky, who originally signed LaRoux and Amy Winehouse. Before Bailey performed solo, he was part of the hip-hop outfit First Blood, where he collaborated with Nottingham rapper Peter Piper. Growing up on his mother’s musical LP collection, as well as a healthy dose of The Beatles and Oasis, Bailey constructed a musical style that can be described as a great mix of rock and soul. Bailey is no stranger to performing live, either; as a matter of fact, that’s how he’s earned most of his fan base, on the road. He has performed at T in The Park (UK) and supported Ellie Goulding, Chase & Status and Graffiti 6.MP3: "You Better Leave Me"
Pippa Marias is a London-based quartet that mixes electro with indie-pop. The outfit consists of Bernhard, Robert, Figaro and Tobias, all of whom have roots in the Scandinavian market. Their music represents a touch of the past, present and future as their first EP was recorded with producer Paul Tipler (Idelwild, The Charlatans, Placebo). Gill Mills from Best of MySpace has included them in her recent podcasts and describes their music by saying “Pippa Marias sounds like Zdar/Cassius/Phoenix style, French dance pop, but with more of an edge. Then you realize it’s because they’re Swedish, and as we all know, the Swedes OWN good dance-inflected pop music”MP3: "Shut Your Mouth"
The Pierce sisters were born two years apart in Birmingham, Alabama. They traveled frequently and received home-schooling from their self-described hippie parents. Their father played the guitar in various bands, while their mother was a painter. Exposed to music and arts at an early age, the Pierce sisters grew up listening to Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel. While attending Auburn University, a close friend sent a tape to a record company in Nashville. This eventually resulted in their debut self-titled album in 2000. Unfortunately for the sisters, the record got lost and shuffled between other artists and major releases. Five years later, their sophomore effort, Light of the Moon, was released through Universal. The album was produced by Brian Sperber (3 Doors Down, Everclear, Blues Traveler) and featured 11 tracks the sisters either wrote or co-wrote. Just two short years later, their third album, Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge, was released and this time produced by Roger Greenawalt (Ben Kweller). The album opened some doors for the girls as they performed two songs on the CW television show “Gossip Girl” and their song “Secret” appeared in a promo for the Showtime series “Dexter.” The duo also appeared in The All-American Rejects’ latest album, on the track “Another Heart Calls.” The Pierces are returning to the spotlight with the new single “Love You More” and plan on releasing an EP of the same name at the end of October on Polydor in the UK. They’ve picked up representation with veteran manager Peter Leak (Lissie).MP3: "Love You More"
Churchill began as singer/songwriter Tim Bruns and musician friend Michael Morter teaming up with a passion to create relevant music rooted in acoustic instruments, redemptive lyrics and refreshingly good melodies. This five piece indie-folk outfit was fully formed after the addition of cello, piano, bass and drums, fleshing out the already listenable guitar-mandolin duo. Since their debut performance in May of last year, Churchill has been gaining momentum and turning heads in Denver and the surrounding regions. With compelling and emotive lead vocals, a noticeable creative energy on stage, powerful harmonies and satisfyingly distinct instrumentation the band has won praise from fans and critics alike. “With a powerful drum/bass foundation underneath them, Churchill adds acoustic guitar, keyboard, mandolin and cello to create a sound with elements of rock, folk, alternative and ‘new-grass,’ in a combination you have likely never heard, but will not likely forget once you do,” states Jeff McQuilkin, The Examiner. By December 2009, the band placed third in KTCL Denver’s Hometown for the Holidays radio contest as voted by Colorado listeners. A universally appealing sound, continued radio play and sold-out shows are fueling immense success for the Denver act locally and beyond. The band recently performed at Nelarusky: a pre-Lollapalooza event benefiting Special Olympics of Chicago last month. They have also caught the ears of tastemaker radio, with their single “I Still Remember” getting support from such stations as KNRK Portland, KBCO Denver, WBTZ Burlington, WEQX Albany and more.MP3: "I Still Remember"
THE BLUE VAN
Growing up in the northern region of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula, there aren’t a lot of distractions. So, one quickly tends to entertain themselves. That was the rationale of the four members of The Blue Van, who in sixth grade began jamming in the basement of a fortunately hard-of-hearing grandmother. After adopting the name The Blue Van (Danish slang for the ambulance that transports patients to mental institutions), they relocated to Copenhagen and self-financed their first EP, A Session with The Blue Van, and backed it up with an acclaimed performance at the Roskilde Festival. They recorded their debut full-length, The Art of Rolling, in Hamburg, opting to record live in the studio, only adding in vocals later, in order to capitalize on the band’s live strengths. The album landed them an American deal with TVT Records and the group started splitting time between Denmark and the Bed/Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn while recording their second album, Dear Independence. Now with indie Iceberg Records, The Blue Van returned to Hamburg to record their third album, Man Up, which spawned a hit last year with the song “Silly Boy.” To start 2010, they were all over the international airwaves with “There Goes My Love,” which was utilized in Apple’s TV campaign for the iPad. The Danish act has returned to radio with their new single, “Love Shot,” the same title as their new 2011 album. The track was already the “Single of the Week” on national Danish radio DR P3 in May and three months later is still in high rotation on the station.MP3: "Love Shot"
New UK pop/urban female artist Miya-B, born in Morocco and raised in the south of England, has just completed her debut solo album, Past and Present. This beautiful 22-year-old has spent the past year writing and recording an honest and intense biographical account of her life, which has been surrounded by drama, tragedy and regret--but also inspiration. Originally in pop duo Boo2 with her sister, Amelle Berrabah, who is now in the chart topping band The Sugababes, Miya-B is very much in the driving seat of her own career now. Her focus on pop melodies mixed with meaningful lyrics matches perfectly with today’s pop climate. Having teamed up with UK producer and Ivor Novello Award-winning writer Pete Kirtley in late 2009 after working together on the Boo2 project, Pete decided to drop all other priorities and concentrate purely on this album. “I’m a big fan of pop music but what interested me most about Miya-B was her depth. We both wanted her album to be pop but doing a non-generic club record really interested me and was a breath of fresh air. For a young artist she’s been through a lot and she’s not scared to write about it. We tried blending really intense stories from her life and framing it with a pop sound, which totally worked. On the surface it’s a very accessible contemporary pop record, but if you scratch beneath the surface and listen to the subject matter you’ll see a real ‘from the heart’ adaptation of events that have affected her life. But it’s also a fun record too.” Miya-B is one of the most dynamic energetic new female artists to come out of the UK in recent years--the new Neneh Cherry for a new generation; raw, honest and real.MP3: "Facebook"
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Ruby Frost sounds like pop music short-circuiting on an ’80s drum machine. From her sequins to her heart-quenching tunes, Frost is a talent who’s been influenced by the likes of Björk and Kate Bush and has been compared to the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and La Roux. The petite singer, born Jane de Jong, had always written poetry, short stories and lyrics since her early teens. Now 23, armed with a guitar and a knack for programming her own beats, she uses songs as her way to express her take on the world. As she’s explained, “writing is where I untangle the mess in my mind.” A childhood in the gospel music scene gave Frost the opportunity to travel the world, sparking a nomadic itch that today only touring can cure. Renowned producer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Mumford & Sons) agrees. He’s signed on to produce Frost’s debut album and the pair have already worked together on recordings of “Hazy,” “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Young.” Frost released an acoustic EP, How Long, in 2007 and has gigged around New Zealand with various artists, including Dear Time's Waste, Glass Owls, Black Jagger, Ghost Wave, Lisa Crawley and Lydia Cole. In the last year, she’s ditched her day job, worked with the likes of songwriter Phil Buckle (John Farnham), producer Paul Mac (Silverchair) and Evermore’s Dann Hume, and spent hours scouring op shops for inspiration and stitching costumes for her shows. When she’s not producing or touring, Frost can be seen as the Music Reporter on TV2’s The Erin Simpson Show in Australia, interviewing bands. Just last year, she won the MTV 42Unheard Competition, signing her to Universal Music in New Zealand, paving a very bright future for this young talent.MP3: "Moonlight"
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
Formed in 2005, London’s own Scouting For Girls consists of Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Peter Ellard. The band based their name off of the Scouting for Boys handbook written in 1908 stating the principles of scouting and giving instructions to younger men on good citizenship. In 2007 Scouting For Girls signed with Epic (UK) President Nick Raphael and released their first EP, It’s Not About You. The first single, “She’s So Lovely,” spent six weeks in the Top 10 UK charts as well as the UK Download Charts and is the highest charting limited edition EP in chart history. The debut album from Scouting For Girls has sold over 850,000 copies and reached No. 1 for two weeks in the UK. The band started writing their next album and before it was recorded, it was trashed and started over again from scratch. Roy Stride stated, “I just wanted to write the perfect pop song. We are perfectionists!” Well the hard work has paid off and Scouting For Girls just finished recording their second album, Everybody Wants to Be on TV. The lead single, “This Ain’t A Love Song” quickly became a No. 1 hit in the UK and has crossed over to the US with early support from Indie 103.com, KNRK Portland, WEQX Manchester VT & Albany NY, WCNR Charlottesville and Sirius Satellite Radio’s Hits-1 station, which has logged over 500 spins to date. The same track has also become a Top 20 hit in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Europe.MP3: "This Aint A Love Song"
A passionate and captivating musician, Ronit has developed a devoted following around Australia that grows with each performance: audiences are drawn to her strong vocals and emotive, honest lyricism, while being floored by her fiery guitar playing. Her compelling blend of musical influences sets Ronit apart from her Australian female singer/songwriter contemporaries. Ronit is accompanied by a six-piece band, which features some of Melbourne’s finest musicians, who perfectly complement and embellish Ronit’s catchy songwriting. Her music has been used in a successful short film, The Wake, directed by Gemma Lee. It screened at Palm Springs Short Fest in June 2009 to critical acclaim and was recently chosen for the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Ronit released her debut EP Heavy through MGM in June 2009 and played a series of solo shows in LA and New York. She also recently secured worldwide management after her performance at MUSEXPO Europe in London last month as well as strong publisher and label interest after showcasing at MUSXPO Europe. She’ll soon head back to New York to co-write songs with a number of US-based writers.MP3: "Hearts Don't Bend"
THE DUKE & THE KING
The Duke & The King is a soul-folk-glam ensemble from the Catskill Mountains of New York founded, produced, and created by Simone Felice (The Duke) and former George Clinton collaborator Robert Burke (The King), featuring the sensational Simi Stone and Reverend Loveday--and like any traveling theatre troupe there’s bound to be a growing cast of bewitching characters. Named for the traveling Shakespeare hustlers in ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ this curious band of rebels/rabble have found an unexpected home together, a floating raft adrift on a river of chance, an itinerant church of harmony and sin where its okay to French kiss your cousin and all strays are welcome to come out of the cold and sing along to these songs of love, loss, pathos, and hope. In just a short time since the release of their debut album The Duke & The King have garnered a barrage of international acclaim, earning comparisons to some of pop history’s most hallowed acts, from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to Smokey Robinson, Fleetwood Mac, Sly & the Family Stone, Simon & Garfunkel and newcomers Mumford & Sons. The quartet released their debut Nothing Gold Can Stay last August, receiving rave reviews and helping them build a fan base in both the US and the UK. After extensive touring and continued recording, they are ready to return to the spotlight with a new album, Long Live The Duke & The King on September 27. The first taste of the sophomore effort is “Shaky,” an organic blend of sleek keyboards, drums and beautiful vocals.MP3: "Shaky"
A&R Worldwide has been a big fan of Denmark’s Mads Langer for many years and assisted him and Copenhagen Records with development a few years back. He also garnered rave reviews from the global music industry after showcasing at MUSEXPO in West Hollywood. Two weeks ago Mads secured a worldwide deal with Sony Music Entertainment and he’s finally on the verge of global success thanks to his relentless efforts. Mads was signed to respected Scandinavian indie Copenhagen Records, for which he released his debut album, Attention Please, and 2009’s eponymous follow-up. Langer has already been receiving raves for his commanding stage presence, multi-instrumental ability and keen songwriting sense. BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Davies referred to Langer as “a chilled-out version of Radiohead and Muse,” while Martin Ashplant of www.inthenews.co.uk states, “There is every chance this young man can go much farther than Scandinavia. Soulful and wistful with Muse-like vocals that can tug, Langer…has a chance to take the world by storm.” The first single from Attention Please, “Breaking News,” was immediately given “Hit of the Week” status at influential Danish radio station P3 while also receiving a bevy of American airplay on such tastemaker outlets as the late KDLD “Indie 103.1” Los Angeles, as well as WKQX “Q101” Chicago, KTCL Denver and KATT Oklahoma City, among others. A fan-favorite track that always receives praise at his live shows is the cover of the 1997 hit by Olive, “You’re Not Alone.” The way that Langer reconstructs the song is reminiscent of the original; but this version births new life and gives it a completely different twist, which would be perfect for any radio outlet today. With a voice that at once evokes Jeff Buckley, Thom Yorke and something unique, Langer is a bright new artist who creates songs that are alternately raw and intimately elegant.MP3: "You're Not Alone"
Montée is a progressive pop band from Oslo, Norway founded in 2006 by Anders Tjore, Erlend Mokkelbost and Maya Vik. The quartet made their musical mark for the very first time outside of Norway with their stunning debut performance at The Borderline club in London, England last week during MUSEXPO Europe. Having worked with the Waterfall camp (best known for their initial production development with acts such as Ting Tings and Ida Maria), it was easy to see why Montée would be such a crowd-pleaser. With musical backgrounds varying from orchestral pop to hardcore punk and alternative rock, Montée drew a flashback to a retro-new wave twist with a modern musical feel. After a series of popular concerts in Norway and Sweden, the group began recording their debut album, Isle of Now, in 2007. Recorded in their rehearsal space in Oslo, with only a few borrowed microphones, it proved that good ideas are more important than expensive equipment. On its release in early 2009, the album received great feedback from both press and the public and Montée was subsequently awarded the Norwegian Grammy for Best Pop Group for their efforts. With the addition of drummer Marius Simonsen and keyboardist Haakon-Marius Pettersen to the lineup, they are now a live entity with a dedicated following. Montée proved last week that their live shows are a mix of their focused songs and spur of the moment jamming--an unusual, entertaining and energetic experience!MP3: "Isle Of Now"
The Shoos are a four piece from Dublin, Ireland and the most unlikely set of musicians to be thrown together in any room. They consist of a sportswear designer, a suit, an insomniac and a grown up, which sounds more like a reality TV show than a music outfit ready to take on the world. Last September they released their debut single, “Yeah,” which received a lot of national and regional airplay in Ireland, such as FM104’s “Strawberry Pick of the Week,” Spin 103.8, 98FM, 2FM and Newstalk 106FM. At the start of 2010 they were invited to New York to showcase the music from their forthcoming album. The lads were initially skeptical about venturing stateside, but these fears quickly evaporated when they first took to the stage in the East Village. By the end of the trip they had not only gained a fan base in a New York minute, but were asked to join OneRepublic on their tour of Ireland. The Shoos continued to move forward by releasing the single “Distance” last month, picking up a lot of support from previous radio champions, resulting in a rare invitation to perform on the Pat Kenny Radio Show for an audience of over 425,000 listeners. Even though the single was released independently, that didn’t stop it from reaching the top of the charts in Ireland. To help matters, the video features Joane King of “The Tudors” and “Casualty & Shameless” fame and is directed by Simon Eustace with cinematography by Sundance Film Festival winner Michael Lavelle. The Shoos have July 14 circled on their calendars as they are opening for Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighers at The Academy in Dublin.MP3: "Distance"
In a parallel universe, on a dying alien planet, the four members of the band Rubylux decided to escape and preserve their cultural and musical traditions by travelling to the rest of the known universe...and beyond. Armed with only their instruments, the quartet was ceremoniously inserted into the launch unit…and unceremoniously thrown out in Brighton, England, whereupon a travelling psychedelic producer called James Sanger (Dido, Keane) offered them shelter for six months in his wonderful studio, where they could prepare for world domination. The music was spread worldwide on “Heroes,” “Neighbors,” Channel 5 and other advertisements across the globe. They now have a song in the running for a major synch with a new movie (Chalet Girl) currently in production and starring Bill Nighy. The album was mixed by Ash Howes and mastered by Dick Beetham at 360 Mastering...the rest, as they say, is history. Or at least it will be at some time in the future. The album, Fake Control, is scheduled to be released June 6 and features the smash “The Boy Could Fly” and is available for international licensing and signing.MP3: "The Boy Could Fly"
PINT SHOT RIOT
Pint Shot Riot are rapidly building a name for themselves that is starting to extend beyond the bounds of their hometown of Coventry, England. Melding the jagged rhythms and cutting lyrics of The Clash, the blue-collar rock attitude of Oasis and the melodious, harmonic sound of the Kinks, Pint Shot Riot’s songs favor hope over despair and so appealed to audiences that, six months after the current lineup formed, they were playing on the Glastonbury Introduces stage at the famed festival of that name and were praised by BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens as “one of the best new bands in the UK” that year. They’ve since shared stages with the likes of We Are Scientists, Dirty Pretty Things, The View, Athlete and fellow Coventry natives The Enemy. The band’s first single, the ominously titled “Punches Kicks Trenches Swords,” earned significant airplay throughout the UK. During a segment of BBC DJ Steve Lamacq’s “Music Roundtable” show, members of the Kaiser Chiefs described “Punches…” as “an awesome track, different to what’s going on--we would love to see them live and hear it louder!” In 2009, PSR’s full, yet unfinished, release leaked online, titled The Album with standout tracks “Come Back To Me” and “Not Thinking Straight,” which were released as singles jointly the same day in October. Their momentum continued as their songs were used in a variety of EA Games’ top sellers, including FIFA 10, Need For Speed: Nitro, Fight Night 4 and Sims 3. Their songs were also featured on Soccer AM, the British Saturday-morning football show, which is predominantly based around the Premier League and has a very large audience. “Nothing from You” is the next single, scheduled to be released at the end of May. The Album in its finished form will someday legally see the light of day, but as of now there isn’t a definitive release date.MP3: "Nothing from You” (Redanka remix edit)"
Thirteen Senses is a four-piece from Penzance, Cornwall (UK) which formed in 2001 and is the only Cornish band to have a Top 20 single to date. In the early stages of their career they were originally called Soul Magician, releasing an EP titled Inside A Healing Mind. In 2003, they released an independent demo album which was a preview to their major label debut on Mercury Records, The Invitation. Their official debut reached No.14 in the UK Album Chart and spawned three singles, including “Into The Fire,” which broke the group into the UK Top 20 and was used in such TV shows as Rescue Me, Grey’s Anatomy, The 4400, Tru Calling, ER, WWE SummerSlam and more. In 2005 they toured throughout the UK and Europe and played such elite festivals as Glastonbury, T in the Park and the V Festival. After releasing their second album, Contact, in 2007, Thirteen Senses announced that they were already working on their third album. Between 2008 and 2009 they released samples and demos before releasing the name of the work as Crystal Sounds, which was finally released independently in March. “The Answer” is just a glimpse of the nine-song album, which shows how the group has grown with their songwriting. This song is a truly a treat for music supervisors and radio programmers worldwide.
German born Christian Linke (known as Linke) was raised on a healthy dose of Buddy Holly, Chubby Checker and Simon and Garfunkel thanks to his parents. Growing up, his influences morphed into the modern rock scene and any other genre that featured a guitar. At the tender age of six he picked up his first guitar but didn’t really start taking it seriously until he was 15. “I never took a lesson; I just started practicing a few hours every day. I used to put on a CD and try to play along. Later on I started playing the bass guitar and soon realized that both instruments had their sex appeal. The most deciding part was that the ladies love the deep warm tones [laughs].” When Linke is on stage, he’s comfortable with his beloved Tobias Classic five-string bass and a Yorkville Bass Amp that gives out unbelievable energy and beautiful tones.
Skybombers are a quartet from Australia, filled with youth, energy and good old rock n roll. Their first release, the Sirens EPin 2007, consisted of five tracks, including the single “It Goes Off.” The song was licensed by EA Games and added into rotation on the influential tastemaker radio station KDLD Indie 103.1 Los Angeles, where it was played over several hundred times. The guys then released their debut album, Take Me to Town, in May of 2008, which was recorded in LA with producer Rick Parker, best known for his work with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Von Bondies and Dandy Warhols. Skybombers took to the road to promote the album and even landed an opening spot for the Foo Fighters. The lads are currently putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album and have returned with “Love Me like You Used to Do.” This glimpse into their latest work showcases their Beatles influence, as they return with a powerful tune that should find its way to radio in no time.
Graffiti6 is the project name for the duo of TommyD and British singer-songwriter Jamie Scott. Scott also goes under the name J.S. Baylin and has released music with his band, Jamie Scott and the Town, even appearing in the movie Step Up, where he performed a song as a solo artist and it was included on the soundtrack. TommyD is an established writer, producer, DJ and arranger who’s worked with everyone from Jay-Z and Kanye West to Kylie Minogue and Janet Jackson. He also produced Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy,” the international smash that topped the charts in 20 countries. Graffiti6 has been described as “Psychedelic Northern Soul” and has already started to see success with the single “Stare into the Sun.” This feel-good song has become the duo’s trademark. Last summer it was used by The Sun newspaper advertising campaign, where James Murdoch himself insisted on using the audio--the first time the paper ever worked with an unsigned band. This exposure encouraged the pair to buckle down in the studio and focus on finishing new tracks. The result of the hard work can be found on their first EP, Stone in My Heart, which is a simple introduction to the sound and look of the band. “It’s four tracks that will give people an idea of what we’re about,” exclaims Scott.
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
Formed in 2005, London’s own Scouting For Girls consists of Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Peter Ellard. The band based their name off of the Scouting for Boys handbook written in 1908 stating the principles of scouting and giving instructions to younger men on good citizenship. In 2007 Scouting For Girls signed with Epic UK President Nick Raphael and released their first EP, It’s Not About You. The first single, “She’s So Lovely,” spent six weeks in the Top 10 of the UK charts as well as the UK Download charts and is the highest charting limited edition EP in chart history. The debut album from Scouting For Girls has sold over 850,000 copies and reached No.1 for two weeks in the UK. In addition, the band has garnered over 1,200 plays on US commercial Alternative radio with no US label support, based purely on artistic merit. The band started writing their next album but before it was recorded, it was trashed and started over again from scratch. Roy Stride stated, “I just wanted to write the perfect pop song. We are perfectionists!” Well, the hard work has paid off and Scouting For Girls just finished recording their second album, Everybody Wants to Be on TV, which was produced by Andy Green, who’s known for his work with Keane, KT Tunstall and Scouting For Girls’ Triple Platinum debut album. The first single, “This Ain’t A Love Song,” was recently released and is already being embraced by press and radio programmers.
Lazee was born in 1985 in Malmo, Sweden. At the age of 13, his mother decided that she wasn’t providing the best environment for her son, so she sent him to London to “become something.” After hearing The Notorious B.I.G., Lazee was motivated to create his own music and moved back to Sweden with the ambition of finishing his first hip-hop album. During his return, Lazee passionately spent most of his time in the studio recording. While distributing his mixtapes, Lazee was introduced to producer Ishi and both of them created a new sound, “house meets hip-hop and rock.” Lazee moved to Stockholm at the end of summer 2007 and started to collaborate with Ishi and House DJ Sebastian Ingrosso. At the first session they created the single, “Rock Away,” which was an instant success and even grabbed the attention of Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), who requested to do a remix with Lazee. For the next collaboration, Lazee teamed up with Jacob Widen of the Swedish band Neverstore for “Hold On.” The song is reminiscent to the Jay-Z & Linkin Park collaborations, with radio appeal and great crossover potential. The video was shot in Hong Kong and was a smash hit all across Sweden, Germany and in Europe. The song is finally ready to be unleashed to the US with Ultra Records distributing the record. In the meantime, Lazee continues to stay busy in Sweden with the success of his latest track, “Calling Out.” This collaboration continues where “Hold On” left off and has already been No.1 on iTunes Sweden. He’s also collaborated with S. African duo Locknville on their hit single, “Sun in My Pocket.” The song features Swedish rock band Apollo Drive, which is also currently making a name for themselves in the US with their hit “Papercut” getting support from radio, including Sirius/XM.
Appearances can be deceiving, but sometimes appearances can reveal a story. Hargo is a man with an array of pasts, countless possible futures, but one destination. Hargo was born an only child in Eugene, Oregon in 1985. He grew up in a very musical family, with most of his early memories set to a soundtrack of his father playing Bowie, Tom Petty and Beatles songs on his guitar. His mother also sang and played the violin, harmonium and some guitar. Hargo first picked up a guitar at age seven and one year later wrote his first song. His second song, entitled “Giving,” was a simple message of humanity and cherishing both our differences and similarities. It struck a chord and the song became the theme song of the 1999 South African Peace Conference. At 13 he performed an original song for the first time. His teacher and mentor, Yogi Bhajan, heard it and was very pleased, asking him to perform it again later than night at his class: “In front of the whole crowd he told me to start making up a new song, out loud, on the spot. After being a bit shocked, I started playing my guitar and making up lyrics and melody in a stream-of-consciousness manner, which evolved into a very interesting song. After a few minutes my teacher told me that I should write songs in this way, that it’s better to be direct with people and not dilute the message of a song with too much symbolism and hyperbole.” A very young Hargo released a few albums of music recorded on a simple Yamaha AW4416, bought in India during his sophomore year of high school. While in India he underwent a discipline that involved wrestling lions. Hargo is preparing to release The Faint Glow EP in the spring, with the first single being the very powerful “Soul Survivor,” which is already being played on KNRK Portland, WEQX Albany and MotorFM Geramny.
Locnville consists of twin brothers Andrew and Brian Chaplin, who are related to the late Charlie Chaplin. Although they were born in America, the Chaplins father is South African and they have lived there for the majority of their lives. The duo started generating a buzz internationally back in January when their music reached the hands of numerous executives in Cannes, France (including ours). Since then, Sun In My Pocket has sold almost 13,000 copies in South Africa alone and is expected to go Gold (20,000 copies sold) by the end of April. The duo’s previous work with South African producer Gabi Le Roux and a band called III saw them releasing an album on MXIT, a social messaging platform, which went on to achieve Double Platinum download sales status and made them the first group in South African music history to release an album in this format. “Sun in My Pocket” has been named Song of The Year and Jam of The Summer by their fans. The twins’ South African label Just Music has already been offered a number of licensing deals worldwide.
Canadian-born Sketch Williams combines classical, soulful sounds with hip-hop beats, delivering consistent hooks with a lyrical story-telling flow. His first album, Moonlit Tunnel, was released in 2006 and was a successful debut in Canada, receiving praise from the press. His sophomore effort, City In the Clouds, released last year contained the Canadian hit “Girl With A Pretty Name,” which received radio support and helped increase his fan base, crossing over to parts of the US. In his early twenties, Sketch has already accomplished many things to be proud of: he was accepted at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, his music was featured in the movie Hybrid for the Syfy Channel and he even had a brief acting career with his role in Falcon Beach, the Canadian television teen drama, similar in style to The O.C. He believes in the importance of putting out a performance and sound that are enjoyable to a wide range of audiences, which is demonstrated through his versatility. Sketch has recently returned to the studio full-time and is now putting the finishing touches on a brand-new EP. The first offering from the release is “Wendy’s Song.” This eerie song shows the vulnerability of Sketch and musically could be compared to OneRepublic’s “Apologize.
ZEBRA & GIRAFFE
Zebra & Giraffe is an alternative rock band from South Africa. The cleverly named act began as the 12-lettered pseudonym of Johannesburg music genius Greg Carlin, but has now evolved into a five-piece live band that has toured across South Africa. Since its release in May 2008, the debut album, Collected Memories, has produced six hit singles – including “Oxymoron,” which reached No. 1 on College Radio, Top 5 on 5FM and No. 1 on MK in South Africa. The band played at the 2008 Coke Zero Festival, a music festival that took place in Johannesburg and Cape Town with headliners Snow Patrol, Oasis and Panic at the Disco. In 2009 they supported The Killers on the South African leg of their tour in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The band was also nominated for four SA Music Awards (SAMAs) in the categories “Best Newcomer,” “Best Rock,” “Best Album Packaging” and “MTN Record of the Year” for “The Knife.” Collected Memories took home the award for “Best Rock Album.
The ultra-talented French duo Monarchy first caught A&R Worldwide’s attention last October when the band’s manager “G” contacted us with their haunting, atmospheric and song-driven electronic anthems. Monarchy has since inspired tastemakers worldwide, with support from BBC Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw, the syndicated int’l music show Passport Approved, MotorFM Germany, Popjustice, NME, The Times and many others. Monarchy’s latest recordings take the French electronic revolution to new heights with the very song-driven aspects of their album worth of material, including the unforgettable “Black, The Colour of My Heart,” which is sure to be snapped up by music supervisors and ad agencies looking to combine evocative, suave electronic melodies and haunting lyrics with their next visual media campaign. The song is one of many brilliantly crafted numbers that are sure to make Monarchy’s debut album one of the most anticipated of 2010. Monarchy is currently available for signing, licensing and booking in multiple territories worldwide.
Ellie Goulding is the latest sensation hailing from England. Born in Hereford, approximately 16 miles from Wales, this 23-year-old singer-songwriter is signed to Polydor Records and already has a smash with her debut single, “Under the Sheets.” Goulding attended the University of Kent to study drama and while there was exposed to electronic music for the first time. After a few e-mails back and forth with Frankmusik via MySpace, the two began to work on her craft, resulting in her leaving school and moving to West London. When it was time to release her first song it was under the independent label Neon Gold Records instead of Polydor, so that she wouldn’t be under too much pressure to succeed. The song premiered on BBC Radio 1 on September 30--the same month she was signed, and the single reacted positively and received heavy airplay. In October Goulding supported Little Boots on tour and even performed a couple of songs on Later… with Jools Holland (UK). Her debut album, Lights, is scheduled for a March 1 release and includes the new single, “Starry Eyed.” It was primarily produced by Starsmith, who has also worked with Katy Perry, Passion Pit and Lady Gaga. Ellie is managed by Crown Music in London, England (Jessie J, Sugababes).
An acoustic-based singer/songwriter in the tradition of Paul Simon, Nick Drake, Tom Waits, Ron Sexsmith and Jack Johnson, Sydney, Australia’s Leroy Lee has steadily been building both a buzz and momentum Down Under. He’s been an “Unearthed” selection at Triple J Radio, Australia’s national Alternative station, where he won a contest to support a former “Unearthed” artist who’s since moved on to bigger and better things: singer/songwriter Missy Higgins, who made Australia’s best-selling albums of 2005 and 2007 and personally chose Lee to open the NSW dates on her tour, stating, “The laid-back vocals show tasteful restraint and the instrumentation--especially the rhythm section--is rich and interesting. [I] like the change of feel into the chorus, too, it feels Elliott Smith-inspired…I really like your stuff and look forward to hearing more!” Missy should soon get her wish realized: Leroy was recently in the studio with producer Melvin Tree, working on his first full-length album after releasing a well-received EP in spring 2007. In March 2008 his song, “Drawing Smoke,” was chosen as iTunes Australia’s “Single of the Week,” and that same month Leroy toured the country opening for fellow Australian artist Lior. Leroy recently released his debut album that he has been crafting for a couple of years now on his own label, Paper Sleeve Music, which is distributed by MGM. The first single, “Mountain Song” has already received support from Triple J and a variety of tastemaker radio stations in Australia, the UK and the US.
Isaac’s Aircraft is a four-piece indie Rock band from the university town of Cambridge, UK. Originally started as a trio in 2006 consisting of Zak Thomas (vocals, rhythm guitar), Martin Seidel (keys) and James Lane (drums, percussion), the threesome wrote and recorded songs which were released on their first EP in 2007, Holding Up The Line. Shortly after the release, the band welcomed Calum Fall (lead guitar), adding a new dimension to their sound. During this period they started to acquire a large following in Cambridge through extensive live performances. The following year Isaac’s Aircaft was signed to Crash Records, which released their first single, “Friends and Foes.” The song reached the Top 30 of the UK Indie Singles chart and provided them with their biggest success to date. Written by Zak, the song ponders what could have happened if things had taken a turn for the worse and what it felt like to be back from traveling for an extended period of time. Now Isaac’s Aircraft is looking forward to releasing a new EP in early 2010, which they have already recorded with producer Paul Tipler (Placebo, Idlewild and the Charlatans). The latest track, “Head to the Feet,” along with “Friends and Foes” have both started to receive airplay support from US stations including KNRK Portland, KTCL Denver, KUPD Phoenix, WEND Charlotte, WRZX Indianapolis and more.
The beautiful 23-year-old songstress Gin Wigmore from Auckland, New Zealand has been quite busy as of late. In 2008 her Extended Play EP had tastemaker radio buzzing about every track, claiming that she is the next artist of our time. She has been performing everywhere from Australia to America and in her spare time even made a fan out of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who was quoted saying, “This blonde from New Zealand reminds us of a few of our favorite artists - like Skybox, Joel Plaskett Emergency and Macy Gray.” First discovered when she was just 17 years old and won the International Songwriting Competition, Gin has a voice that you will never forget. Her delivery has been described by a critic as “whiskey and dry” and her self-penned songs provide a refreshing new look on life as a 20-something and yet relate across the generations. Her sound has drawn comparisons to Feist and Fiona Apple while vocally there are similarities to Macy Gray and Blondie. She recently released her debut album, Holy Smoke, produced by Mike Elizondo (Nelly Furtado, Regina Spektor, Eminem) and recorded with The Cardinals--the very same Cardinals from Ryan Adams & The Cardinals. Recorded in Hollywood’s famed Capitol studios, the album debuted at No.1 in New Zealand. Gin was signed to Universal New Zealand by President Adam Holt and Mike Taylor, General Manager/Head of A&R for Island Records Australia; she recently signed a US deal with Sylvia Rhone, President Motown Universal.
Shapeshifter has been described as a musical phenomenon for their ground-breaking live shows and unique blend of heavy soul and drum & bass. They released their debut LP Realtime in 2001, with highlights including a collaboration with sublime vocalist Ladi6 on the track “Move With Me.” Realtime was deemed Best Electronic Release at the 2002 NZ music award, while the tune “Tapestry” became the No.1 most played track on the Alternative Radio Airplay charts for 2001. Shapeshifter’s second release Riddim Wise LP gained Gold sales status and features some of New Zealand’s top soul vocalists, Joe Dukie (Fat Freddy’s Drop) and Ladi6. The album spent many weeks at the top spot on the independent album sales charts and they won ”Best Electronic Video” for “Long White Cloud” at the 2005 Juice TV Music Awards. Their third studio album, Soulstice, was released in August 2006 and entered the NZ national charts at No.4 and spent over two months in the New Zealand Top 20 while also reaching No.1 on the independent charts. In 2006 they earned three nods at the New Zealand bnet music awards for Best Live Act, Song of the Year for “Bring Change” and Album of the Year for Soulstice. Soulstice obtained Gold sales status in New Zealand in three weeks and has since achieved Platinum sales. They headlined the Hothouse Stage at the 2007 Big Day Out Australian tour and were handpicked by Tool to support them in Melbourne to a sold out audience of 15,000. In 2007 they were a headline act at Australia’s prestigious nationwide Parklife Festival. Shapeshifter has spent the past year in the lab creating their long awaited studio album The System is a Vampire. This 11-track album is sure to please any lifelong Shapeshifter fan and bound to pick up new supporters of NZ’s premier electronic act along the way.
Salmonella Dub is a Dub/Drum n Bass/Reggae/Roots outfit from Kaikoura, New Zealand. They were formed in 1992 by Andrew Penman (guitar, keyboards), David Deakins (vocals, drums) and Mark Tyler (bass) with Peter Woods (trumpet, trombone). They’ve toured extensively in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Ireland. Though their long-time frontman, Tiki Taane, split from the band and started his solo career in 2007, the band continued to move forward and released an EP, Freak Local, on Virgin Records in June. The EP is a selection of mixes previewing their seventh album, Freak Controller, scheduled for release this month. The EP features vocal contributions from the amazing Tuhoe diva Whirimako Black and MC Madness. Freak Local is an anthem to New Zealand’s individuals who refuse to conform; every village, town and city has them and, as Andrew Penman from the band will attest, they can often be found at the bar after the band has left the stage. Salmonella Dub are known for their live shows as most performances are often accompanied with live video, provided by Tim Budgen of WarpTV. The group hopes to tour through the end of 2009 and during most of 2010 to promote the upcoming album throughout New Zealand. Plans to bring in the New Year have already been established as they’ll join Ladi 6, Cornerstone Roots, DLT and many others for a New Year’s Eve show at the Matakana Mountain Music Festival (New Zealand).
LE CORPES MINCE DE FRANÇOISE
Hailing from Helsinki, Finland are Le Corps Mince de Françoise, known as LCMDF for short. The meaning behind the name is French for “The Skinny Body of Francoise,” which they thought was funny enough to be the band’s name. The trio consists of sisters Emma and Mia Kemppainen and Malin Nyqvist. The outfit formed two years ago and immediately started to gig live around their hometown, where fans like to compare them as Robyn with a little bit of Lily Allen and CSS. Their energetic and highly stylized live performances quickly became a Finnish sensation and they are currently taking their musical styles to Europe and the rest of the world. Thanks to support from social networking websites Facebook, MySpace and YouTube, LCMDF quickly earned their share of internet fame. Their upbeat electro pop was picked up and posted on a number of blogs, which for a day earned them the top spot on Hype Machine, even higher than Kanye West--which is a remarkable feat in itself. The girls first had success with the single “Bitch of the Bitches” (featured here earlier this year) and are back with their latest, “Something Golden.” The latest electro track is a synth-blazing alternative pop gem that is addicting, spellbinding and will be released as part of the Maison Kitsune 8 compilation in Finland. LCMDF is currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, Love & Nature, which is scheduled to be released in December 2009.
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