Posts byJames Wilson

MICCOLI BEGIN A NEW CHAPTER WITH THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ‘ARRHYTHMIA’

Over the last few years, the Miccoli siblings Adriano (vocals, acoustic/electric guitar), Alessio (piano, vocals, acoustic guitar) and Francesca (vocals, piano, harmonica) have been working hard on their music. It has seen them release their EP Half and receive awards for their videos for the tracks “Idle Strangers” and “Ledge”. 2018 saw them busy in
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SPOTLIGHT ON THE LYRICAL

While writing my Top 5 releases of 2018 feature, there was a late entry by the artist known as The Lyrical. His album Remember the Roots is a refreshing listen which includes so many genres that range from acoustic, roots, hip-hop, beatboxing, reggae and so much more. You can feel that this was assembled with
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CUECLICHE TELLS US TO ‘LOOK AT THE PICTURES’

Back in 2017, Cuecliche released their debut EP One Last Chance. It was a fun slice of pop-punk that had captivating energy pulsing throughout. Even though it was a little rough around the edges, it showcased a band full of potential. Its title track and “Crazy Little Princess” highlighted their talents. Since then, Terry Rytz
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IT’S STORY TIME WITH LES GRUFF AND THE BILLY GOAT

If you are looking for music that blends blues, rock n’ roll, and bluegrass with a modern twist, then Les Gruff and the Billy Goat is the band for you. Their journey began with the founding members Billy Croghan (vocals/guitars) and Tony Compton (vocals/guitar/keys/harmonica) releasing their debut album A Cup of Coffee, an Apple, and
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NICK ARNESON RETURNS TO ‘RIDE WITH YOU’

Portland songwriter Nick Arneson has had a busy year with the creation and release of his EP MidLifeCrisis. This highly impressive collection of songs showcases an artist whose significant asset is his way with words. He has an honest and fearless songwriting style which have a lot of personal elements included.   Each track from
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VOLK ARE NO ‘AVERAGE AMERICAN BAND’

The world seems to be going through a trend of 2 piece bands. Of the sea of musicians that fit this mould, Chris Lowe (TX, vox and guitar) and Eleot Reich (CA, vox and drums), aka VOLK, have something about them which makes them stand out.   Their 2015 release Boutique Western Swing Composition saw them
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IDLEWAR ARE BACK WITH ‘FRACTURED’

2017 saw Idlewar unleash the album Rite onto the world. It received nothing but praise for their no-nonsense style of rock that takes no prisoners. So when they announced that they were working on a follow-up, the expectation was high. James Blake (vocals, bass), Peter Pagonis (drums) and Rick Graham (guitar) have returned with their
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Alexia Chambi Welcomes You to ‘Bolivia’

The great thing about live music, especially open mic nights, is coming across new up and coming talent. The music by Alexia Chambi was one of these discoveries. This London based Danish-Cypriot singer/songwriter is quickly developing a reputation for music that fuses soul, jazz and R&B with an acoustic sound. She has been creating music
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TASHA ROBERTSON TELLS US ‘THE DUST WILL SETTLE’

Tasha Robertson has recently released her impressive EP Sweet Hearts. It showcased an artist who uses her gentle acoustic folk sound to share tales about love, loss, hope and acceptance. What makes this collection of songs stand out? It is her stunning vocal presence. It has a unique tone which is beautiful to listen to but
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‘FACE TO FACE’ WITH THE RAINBREAKERS

The Rainbreakers have returned with their highly anticipated debut album Face to Face. The last few years have seen the band take their music to a whole new level. With the new addition of Charlie Richards on lead guitar, Ben Edwards (vocals, guitar), Pete Adam (bass), and Sam Edwards (drums) bring their own blend of
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‘MY WORLD NOW’ SEES THE RETURN OF 7KINGZ

What happens when you bring together a group of individuals who written-for, collaborated and produced for the music giants such as Kanye West, Dr Dre, Method Man, Usher, and Rihanna? You get the hip hop engine known as 7kingZ!   So, who are they? Their bio says “if today’s hip-hop landscape was depicted on an ancient
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‘ODYSSEY’ SEES THE RETURN OF CITY OF SOUND

Last year saw Indie Band Guru shine a spotlight onto the talents of the indie rock band City of Sound. The feature Welcome to The City of Sound highlighted how they have been causing a storm with their big atmospheric sound and impressive lyrical depth. Their debut EP The Apartment Diaries showed that these were a
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THE BRETON SOUND UNLEASH THEIR NEW SELF TITLED EP

The Breton Sound are back! Jonathan Pretus (vocals/guitar), Stephen Turner (lead guitar), John Bourgeois (drums), and Joe Bourgeois (bass) have their sights set on proving that rock is alive and well. They had a simple goal when creating their new self-titled release, saying: ”We wanted to make a straight-up rock record. It’s the sound of
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PHILIP MARINO IS ‘CHASING GHOSTS’

Philip Marino has returned with his brand new album Chasing Ghosts. He has assembled another collection of stories with the help of Louisa Charrington (Percussion & backing vocals), Thom Aston (Guitar) and, Charlie Charlton (Bass). He has also recruited the talents of Jack Gordon (Drums), Mary Felgate (Violin), David Phillips (Pedal steel) and, Adam Bowers
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The ‘Sunny Disposition’ of Blake Anthony Robson

2017 saw the release of Blake Anthony Robson’s stunning solo album The Monster’s Sleeping. It showcased a musician who blended blues and Americana with a dark undertone. “Crates and Lead” highlights the talent that he possesses, in which you can hear his influences Johnny Cash and Jack White.   While on the road to promote
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Scott Lloyd is ‘Looking Out to Sea’

Since the release of his debut EP Long Live You in 2013, Scott Lloyd has developed a reputation for his storytelling quality within his music. Legends such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, and Bruce Springsteen have inspired his work.   He has self-released five more EPs since his debut. Of them all,
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WHO ARE THE WOLVES OF CHERNOBYL?

When a band like The Wolves of Chernobyl describes their music as “Post Apocalyptic Folk/Weirdgrass,” it makes you curious about how it might sound. This is the creation of Tyler Nafe (vocals), Jon Seals (banjo), Michael Hauser (guitar, vocals), Ben Jobe (bass), Sean Fung-a-fat (drums), Victoria Olivares (vocals) and Dan Williams (mandolin, horns, accordion). These
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IN THE CARDS RELEASE ‘EYES BEYOND REFLECTION’

Over the last few years, the rock quartet In The Cards have been busy honing their songwriting craft and sound. This has led them to the creation of their new EP, Eyes Beyond Reflection. Amy Colclough (lead vocals), Danny Jones (guitar & vocals), Nathan Petherick (bass), Conor Chambers (drums) have used this time wisely to
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Soham De Wants Us to be ‘Brave’

Soham De is highly talented singer-songwriter who has been flying under the radar for a while now, but not for much longer. His new track “Brave” is a stunning release that will be grabbing a lot of people’s attention and deservingly so.   De has been quietly developing a name for himself for his mesmerising
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