Posts byJames Wilson

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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Leonard Sumner is ‘Standing in the Light’

Since the release of his debut album Rez Poetry, Leonard Sumner has been developing a reputation for his honest poetic style of storytelling. He uses his words to share observations on life which cover family, cultural history, the state of the world and other topics. To help express his lyrics, he uses a mixture of sounds that blend
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Ferris and Sylvester are ‘Made in Streatham’

2017 was a huge year for the duo Ferris and Sylvester, including the release of their debut EP, The Yellow Line.   Their EP and supporting tours caught a lot of people’s attention with their own blend of folk, blues, country and Americana. Songs such as “Save Yourself” and “Berlin” resulted in them receiving high praise
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Cold Years Release New EP ‘Northern Blue’

Since forming in 2014, Cold Years have gone from strength to strength.   They’ve developed a great reputation for their blend of punk, Americana, and rock, which has been compared to the likes of Gaslight Anthem. With all members — Ross Gordon (vocals/guitar), Finlay Urquhart (guitar), Louis Craighead (bass) and Fraser Allan (drums) — coming
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Amy and the Calamities Release ‘The Suspects’

If you’ve been lucky enough to see Amy and The Calamities perform live, then you will understand the talent that this songstress possesses. The solo artist Amy Wawn added the name The Calamities after an open mic night included some comedic mishaps and a few other interesting moments.   “You cannot plan the mistakes or
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PawnShop Kings Ask You to ‘Give Love’

The PawnShop Kings are back with their new EP Give Love, Vol 2. As soon as you press play, “Fare Thee Well” instantly introduces us to stunning vocals by the brothers Scott and Joel Owen. This song has a country-folk feel that would not be out of place on the soundtrack of O Brother, Where
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Michael Baker is Going Live

Nowadays it is difficult to escape a sound that features a singer-songwriter and their acoustic guitar, the world of music seems to be flooded with them. It can take time to wade through them all to find the real gems but when you do, it is worth it. One person who stands tall amongst them
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IBG Contributor James Wilson’s Top 5 Albums of 2017

Music from independent and unsigned artists is going from strength to strength nowadays. The world seems to be shifting. Major labels are no longer required. This means more freedom during the songwriting process which results in something that is more original. It also means that there are some stunning gems to be found. I’d like
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Leogun Return with Their New EP ‘Human’

It feels like a long time coming, but Leogun are back! London’s very own rockers have just unleashed their new EP, Human. After their impressive releases By the Reins and Majick Potion, they had set the bar high for themselves. But Tommy Smith (guitars, vocals), Tom Williams (bass) and Adam Lewis (drums) were up for
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The Dunwells Want You to ‘Colour My Mind’

Since the release of their debut album Blind Sighted Faith in 2013, The Dunwells have been a relentless music machine. They have gained a reputation as a hard-working band which have continued to grow over the years. It has seen them perform extensively across the UK and US to great reviews. Not only have they
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Idlewar Take You on a Rock Rite of Passage

Rite is the latest offering from the band Idlewar and, like its predecessors Dig In Ep and their debut album Impulse, it takes no prisoners. Bringing their own blend of hard rock with blues and grunge, James Blake (vocals, bass), Peter Pagonis (drums) and Rick Graham (guitar) continue to show that they are not messing about.
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No Half Measures from Miccoli

The musicians journey isn’t always a smooth one, something which the alternative indie pop band Miccoli can confirm. During the last four years, twin brothers Adriano (vocals, acoustic/electric guitar) and Alex (piano, vocals, acoustic guitar) along with their sister Francesca (vocals, piano, harmonica) have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. It has seen
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The Band of Rascals are Back and Kicking Up a Storm

2014 saw the Band of Rascals unleash their music onto the world with their debut self-titled release. With it, they showed that their style of foot-stompin’ blues rock was here and we needed to pay attention. It is filled with so many amazing tracks with “The Key” and “Held in Thought (Not by You)” getting most
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Emma Stevens is Returning to Her Roots

When it comes to music, there is nothing better than pressing play and hearing something which makes you smile. If you are looking for something to have this effect then look no further as the talented Emma Stevens is here. Since 2012 she has been busy sharing a sound which has a sunnier outlook. This
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Welcome to the Seven Sounds of Taped Live

What happens when you take old school blues and blend it with a modern day grunge rock vibe? You get the band Taped Live. This Glasgow duo comprising of Leo (guitar/vocals) and Sal (drums) have been working hard making a name for themselves for their authentic music, which can now be heard throughout their debut
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