Friday, 5 January 2018

EARGASM Feat-Great Reckoning

I was looking to kick the new year off with some balls, when as if by magic along came "Great Reckoning"  a fairly new 4 piece hailing from  Tyldesley in Greater Manchester consisting of:  Lewis Tooby -Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Laiton Price-Bass/Vocals,  Andrew Pendlebury-Lead Guitar, Jordan Lawley White-Drums.  
I always think there's a pre-assumption when  bands/artists come from this neck of the woods, it's like when a singer says they're from Wales and no matter your age you automatically think Tom Jones and expectations are high?  As for  "Great Reckoning" ?  Manchester can add another corker to the list, they certainly don't disappoint.   
Drawing their influence from bands such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters & Royal Blood the band wouldn't sound or look out of place sharing the stage  with any of their superiors, and are equally known for their  energetic live performances. 

In 2016 the band released their first single "House Of Cards"  and this was followed by their first 5 track  E.P  "Owls Eye" in February 2017 .

It was 6.45am when I gave it a listen "Do you hide the scraps of paper? Do you hide them under your bed?  Do you do it twice maybe three times over?" sings Lewis with equal gusto & energy as the rest of the bands musicianship.  The opening track was enough to blast  away any morning cobwebs, with it's solid catchy riff who needs coffee when you can wake up to this?  Another exciting Riff on track 2  and the E.P's title track "Owls Eye"  musically gave me distant memories  of a very early Blondie, think  "Detroit 442" era, or maybe that's just me?  other tracks:  Back To Reality, Mary & House Of Cards  leave no mistaking the boys mean business.
Looking at 2018, With some notable  home town gigs under their belt, radio play &  positive reviews, the band are planning to keep writing and recording, release some music videos and grow their fan base with gigs throughout the UK & by my reckoning they're only going to get greater, defo one to watch and catch live if you can. 
Owl's Eye E.P  is available to purchase on Apple Music You can also show your support & find out what the lads are up to by following their social media pages  Facebook  Twitter , SoundCloud  Instagram.
                                        Til Next Time, Stay Blessed
                                                 Back Before Elvis


Monday, 18 December 2017

EARGASM Feat-Surburban Dirts

So 95% of music that drops through my inbox doesn't get any further....and then there's Suburban Dirts. I'm not usually one for long intros unless it's relevant and at over 1 minute long I would've usually switched off & been half way through a Choca Mocha and  my second malted milk biscuit,  but apart from being a sucker for the sound of a violin, there was something special about the track  Eli taken from their third album "I want Blood" due for release April 2018 that held my audio attention.

The lead vocal of John Wheatley  immediately had me thinking Kelly Jones Stereophonics, not a bad start, I wanted to know more.  Turns out the band come from right here in Hertfordshire, Hoddeson to be precise and have been performing on the American/roots scene since 2011 as a 4 piece but have now expanded to six: John Wheatley- Lead vocal, accoustic guitar, harmonica, Chris Varley-Bass, David Austin-Drums,Vocals, David Moyes-Guitar, Jay Seymour-Keyboards & Joolz Addison-Violin, an extremely talented bunch who have a knack for storytelling both vocally and musically.
Eli is a track that quickly grows on you, it exudes a quality and warmth with lyrics I'm sure we can all relate to.
"And you never know what you've got coming, you can plan ahead, you know nothing, it's a miracle that you're here at all, now isn't that something?" If this is just a taster of what's to come, April can't come soon enough. I decided to do some digging into the bands back catalogue and was surprised to come across a track called "All Of This" from their 2013 album "A Tiny Little Island In The Big Bad Sea" Now apart from being a great track I can't help thinking that James Bay has totally ripped this number off with " Hold Back The River" Or is it just coincidence? ....I'll leave that up to you?
But once again it just goes to show the standard of the bands talent & material.
Another track to excite me and grab me by the nethers was "Lost In Transcription " with its Dylanesque vibe you'd be forgiven for thinking it was from the late 60's early 70's.
I'm muchly looking forward to reviewing the new album in the new year, but in the meantime you can check out the band and all their material for yourself and support them by following on Facebook Twitter YouTube & Spotify which I highly recommend.

Til Next Time, Stay Blessed
Back Before Elvis.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

EARGASM Feat-Peter Ransome

With a backlog of artists and bands to check out for review, I halted the Eargasm Column for a short while as I felt I couldn't continue until I'd paid tribute to a very dear friend and  talented local music artist Peter Ransome from St albans who sadly passed away unexpectedly at Watford General after a routine Op back in May, and to be honest it's still hard to believe his gone.

I was first introduced to Peter in a business capacity at a venue in Hatfield way back as an 18ish yr old teenager, he was sat at a table, glass of  Courvoisier in one hand, cigarette in the other, and with his temporary big bushy beard & tanned weathered skin, lines branching out like roads of  journeys traveled he reminded me of a Jewish vagabond, something that still caused raucous laughter many years later. 
 He was neither of course , but like me there was always that idealistic dream of  just heading off  "Somewhere" with nothing but a guitar strapped to the back. Despite being at different stages of the age spectrum we shared a passion for music & quickly struck up a friendship that was to last decades. Its not everyday you stumble across another kindred spirit & we also discovered we'd chosen the same departure song "Music" by John Miles, of which I was reminded at his funeral as the  opening bars played. 

At the time of meeting, Peter had a Recording studio and production company "Manana Music" that was run from Warren house, a farmhouse on Lord Brocketts Estate ., Ever the generous host he had an open door policy. Friends would come eat, drink, write, play music, leave, stay, it was homely, made even more so by his lovable farting  hairy companion Mr Brown.

Never one to boast, i'm sure he'd done a zillion things I never even got to hear of, but what I do know is, he was an extremely talented man who wrote the most  beautiful songs & had worked with the likes of Mike Berry & Maurice Gibb to name a few. Although he had his 15 minutes back in the day with Bob Saker as Ransome Head  & with his brilliant self titled album on York Records in 72   I believe he never  received the recognition  that he truly deserved. Maybe  it was because he was rubbish at self promotion? He had no trouble in  helping to promote his friends talents but always seemed unsure of  his own. 
And like many of us creatives, he also had a dark often self destructive side that only a few witnessed, but never one to be self piteous, to most he would mask it with humour.  It was only made worse when due to Lord Brockets incarceration and the upkeep of the land, much of it was sold off and so the lease on the farrn-house wasn't renewed & sadly all those  Peter had  helped over the years were nowhere to be seen and he found himself living in a pokey room hardly big enough to swing a cat,  I offered him to come stay at ours until he got on his feet but another loyal friend had also offered and so he went to stay with them.  But he felt thoroughly let down and it hurt him badly and I don't think he ever fully recovered from that or got back into music in the same way. 

However In 2013 Peter released a CD " I Came Back" remixes and updated versions of many of his wonderful songs throughout the years and with a donation from each sale going to "Help For Heroes" . 

As well as his musical achievements I've no doubt Peter will be remembered for his sense of humour , there are many stories, not all printable. I remember one particular day we'd taken a break from recording and decided to pop over to France for you do. 
Sitting opposite each other  chatting on the Ferry, an older gentleman sitting next to Peter turned to him, and  assuming we were a couple said " You lucky man, where did you find her?" I was just about to correct his assumptions, when without hesitation and with straight face Peter replied " Exchange and Mart, I found her in Exchange and Mart,  I traded two Camels for her but to be perfectly honest I think I've been short changed" 

The look of horror on the poor mans face, he slowly shuffled to the end of the seat, got up and left, it was only then Peter burst into laughter as did I. 

Not one to catch up with modern technology  he never got around to making his music available for digital download, and my one wish is for that to happen as a lasting memory so that it can continue to be discovered, it's deserving of it.
He introduced me to good brandy & Jim Croce & I introduced him to  the sounds of Tracy Chapman, good Rap/Hiphop & silly names, his being Og  as in ol' git, and he is certainly one ol' git I'm going to miss. Without a doubt, Music was indeed his first and last love, and I hope you enjoy some of his songs uploaded here?

                                                                Til Next Time, Stay Blessed
                                                   Back Before Elvis X 


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

EARGASM Feat- April Blue

So my inbox pinged the other day, it was Ian Morcher from local Hertfordshire band April Blue just letting me know they were releasing  a new single on 31st August. I've followed AB's career after hearing them  on a local radio show presented by Nia Visser some years back, but it suddenly dawned on me I'd not given them an Eargasm Feature yet ......Sacre bleu! This needed rectifying. 
So who are April Blue & what have they been up too?  Well they describe themselves as a rock band with an RnB heart, (right) Ozz LP - vocal & guitar , Ian Morcher - Vocals, Bass & MPC, Sarah Payne-Keyboards & Saxaphone & while there's no permanent drummer, it's Casey Cronyn (pictured) & Andy Robinson that are stepping up for the studio and live stuff, although on the new single the drums have been programmed & played on MPC .

Then I found out the new release is going to be a cover of Gary Numans Cars.....Oh Oh ?  

"Cars by April Blue is a spacious, deep R&B version with soulful vocals, brand new lyrics and musical arrangement, to update and pay homage to one of the worlds best loved pop songs. It's a reworking of Gary Newmans classic, just in time to celebrate his brand new Pledge Music funded album "Savage" also out this year"

Having read that, I was a tad apprehensive to hit the play button in case it was more Car crash than Cruise?  

But ...(Breathes a sigh of relief) turns out it's a Formula one track that I'm sure Mr Numan will be mightily impressed by & one of the best covers of a song I've heard in a very long time, so awesomely different it doesn't even sound like a cover, it sounds like April Blue at their best. Although it's not available to view publicly yet, they've very kindly given me  permission to post it here, so you lot can get to see  & hear it right now 😮😎. You can show your appreciation by subscribing to their YouTube Channel where you'll be able to check out all their old stuff and new of course.  
The track's full of surprises with plenty of hooks vocally & musically and just when you think it can't get any better, Mr MC Morcher steps from behind the MPC and takes over from Ozz's distinctive dulcet tones with a spit credible enough to get him a speeding ticket, and don't be thinking band mate Sarah is just a cog in the wheel, as an accomplished musician she brings equal talent and a balance that suits the bands dynamics. 
Always  thinking outside the box, they've been  promoting the single in the same way they recorded their video, by touring across the UK in their car with their PA fixed to the back & spontaneously entertaining audiences.With an impressive catalogue of songs and awards to match, April Blue mean business.

The band have their own website APRIL BLUE  You can also follow them on Facebook    Twitter   Instagram can get in contact with them  by clicking  Here

All their releases are available to purchase via Itunes, spotify & as CD's from their store page & don't forget new Single  "Cars"  out on the 31st. There's no doubting April Blue are going places, so buckle up and enjoy the ride. 
                             Til Next Time, Stay Blessed
                                    Back Before Elvis x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

EARGASM Feat-Alex Francis

There's not much that gets my nether regions rumbling  these days.....erm? .... a well made cappuccino, a large slice of cheesecake,....and now I've just added the soulful rasping vocals of Alex Francis to the list, what a voice!

Before reading his bio i'd just assumed he was from the states, the quality and production of his new EP  "These Words" from vocal to musicianship screamed stateside, but while he has been touring the US and been working with production team Truth & Soul, the duo responsible for the classic sound of  Amy Winehouse & Adele, he originally hails from Hitchin in Hertfordshire..... What?  I always think its a travesty when we have great talent like Alex not getting the  attention they deserve here in the UK, the same thing I ranted about when Craig David  first came on the scene, tell me I'm wrong? 
But hopefully that's about to change?  there's definitely an old soul residing in Alex, and as I sat listening to the EP a  gazillion names soared across my cerebrum  ( For those more used to pictures? front of brain) from Jim Croce, Al green, Robin Thicke  to Curtis Stigers. Any of the 5 tracks could be singles which just highlights the standard of his songwriting ability, but first track "The Last Time" is the chosen one, an uptempo catchy acoustic which is a great opener. The video for it is a montage of his year so far, from performances at the Isle Of White Festival  & Live At Leeds, to scenes from his tour of the US & supporting Melanie C across the UK & Europe. 

Second track "Somewhere In a Memory" drops down to a a really intimate sexy soulful spill of the heart where you find yourself caught up as if part of the story. 

Third track  "Borderline"  takes you further into that intimate space and by the forth track  I'm feeling well and truly warm and fuzzy. "Make Believe"  is a hit in every sense of the word . 

His  clear distinguished vocals make it so easy to want to sing along, and  track five  "Won't Get You Nowhere" will have you doing just that , my only disappointment? at 2.55 the track was too short. I didn't want the EP to end, Alex just has one of those vocals that you could listen to all night.

you can  catch him Live tonight 1st August  at Camden Assembly, August 2oth at the Smoked and Uncut Festival Bath,  Goatsfest Festival Codicote & August 26th Chase Park Festival Whickham. The EP is available now on Spotify    &  ITunes   
& you can follow him on  Facebook  Twitter  &  Instagram  .  One thing's for certain you won't be hearing the name Alex Francis for  "The Last Time".   

                                 Til Next Time, Stay Blessed
                                        Back Before Elvis  x                         

Saturday, 22 July 2017

EARGASM-Feat Roxanne de Bastion

Rarely have I come across a record company independent or otherwise that has shown such consistency in the quality of artists that they promote..... step up and take a much deserved bow Director of Folkstock  Arts Foundation Helen Meissener . I've just had the pleasure of listening to Roxanne de Bastion who is about to  release a double A side single on the 28th July taken from her self released Album Heirlooms & Hearsay.

Before a musical note had left the laptop speakers I was already intrigued by her promo photos & an Audrey Hepburn vibe, they spoke of mystery and stories to be told and I was eager to hear them.
First up, Heart of stone that begins "I woke up feeling old" ....yup! I was sold, a lyrically beautiful song that I'm sure many will relate to?  She describes it as a song  about "overcoming or repentance, to wash your hands clean and start anew, to let go of those dark thoughts and memories that weigh us down"  
There's a childlike truth about  Bastions  vocals & video that make me believe that she has lived what she is sharing with us & I'm  reluctant to move on & leave the track behind, but knowing I could come back to it made it easier to hit play on the next track. 

And so "The Painter" Begins, a track co written with  friend Thom Morecroft ,and it's ambiance  paints a picture of bare feet and daisy chain headdresses as I'm transported to a 60's psychedelia festival , the track floats along with yet more clever lyrics and a harmonium played by Roxanne herself  that belonged to  80's Electronic pop star Howard Jones although she says she didn't realize it at the time. 

The soon to be released double A single had left me wanting more, so I went in search of the album only to find an array of similarly stunning tracks, like the hauntingly "Thicker skin" intensified by the ebb of a beautifully played cello. So who is Roxanne de Bastion? 

Born in Berlin she started writing and performing at the age of 15 and soon after leaving school armed with a guitar and one way ticket she headed for London and hasn't looked back since, as an opening act for  artists  such as Martha Wainwright ( Daughter of Louden Wainwright) & Ricky Ross (Lead singer with Deacon Blue) in the USA  &  performing across Europe in her own right she's been one busy woman and there's no doubting its about to get a whole lot busier with the new release. 

She has already been chosen as UK support act for USA artist Lambchop with ten dates from 8th to the 18th August & she'll also be  performing to the crowds at Cambridge Folk Festival on Saturday 29th July at 2.30.
One to catch live for sure and exciting times ahead. Don't forget to download the single on the 28th July & Follow her on Twitter @Roxannemusic , Facebook & check out her website

                                             Til next time, Stay Blessed
                                                   Back Before Elvis x                                   

Friday, 9 June 2017

EARGASM Feat-The Org

As someone who was around at the birth of Rap & Hip-Hop, like a limb I have a deep attachment & affection for it, and while I'm excited to review all genres, Rap & Hip-Hop will always be home..........Cue The Org, Short for  "The Organisation"  & also  "Only Rep God "  aka Shawn "B Down" Chapman  & Clinton "360" Smith.  

having been a fan of these guys  for a number of years, I contacted them the other day just by chance to ask if they had anything coming up?  and as if by dream timing it turned out they were releasing their single "Assemble" at the end of this week...did I want to hear it?   And so Christmas dropped early via my inbox with the arrival of an MP3 file . 

Produced by  Mark "The 45 King"  James, the same music master behind Eminem "Stan" & Jay z "Hard Knock Life"  I was smiling like a Cheshire cat from the get go, from the beat to the lyrical flow, by it's evident old school vibe.

"Assemble" is everything that's good about the genre  & what's often missing in today's disposable  predictable, sexual, violent offerings. But don't take my word for it ....

 If that wasn't enough you also get   "Wim (Livin Right)"  so musically smooth it slides underneath from start to finish with another concrete lyrical performance  on its surface, produced by Grand Daddy IU whose worked with the likes of Tupac, Krs One & Roxanne Shanti, You just know The Org mean business.

Living In New Jersey, B down & 360  both met  during the 90's at the studio while working on separate projects, but it soon became apparent they shared the same music vision, to reach souls, inspire generations and bring something different to the Global table and thus The Org was formed and their music and their message just keep on soaring.  
The Single is available on Itunes from Monday 12th June & is the first single from their Album dropping in August. 

As well as their evident talent, B Down & 360 are two of the nicest guys in the business, badass music with a message doesn't have to be uncomfortable or negative, so if you have that stereotypical image of the genre?  then think again.  Go download the Single &  show them your love & support.  You can also follow their journey via  Instagram , Twitter & Facebook          

                                Til next time, Stay Blessed
                                      Back Before Elvis X

Thursday, 1 June 2017

EARGASM-Feat Toni Sidgwick Lions E.P

On the 10th of June Toni Sidgwick will be releasing  Lions in her home town of  Barnard Castle, Teesdale, County Durham, but have no fear, the sound of roaring is likely to be coming from the crowd at the launch party of her debut E.P.

"Lions"  begins with the single "Carry My Heart" which I recently reviewed and is still one of my fave tracks on this 5 Track E.P.   There's no doubting Toni has one of those unique voices, whether it sits in front of a whole kit and caboodle of instruments or at the side of somebody sitting on a desk popping bubble wrap there's going to be no mistaking its her vocal,  and as the twanging guitar intro of second track  "Only One Way" kicks in, it's also evident that it has  producer Lauren Deacon Davis's stamp smacked right the way through the E.P, far from being a bad thing, Lauren's forte is showcasing her clients talent in all its raw, honest and earthy glory without the use of auto-tune or overload of effects that often saturate many tracks today. Welcome to real music.
With Third track "Dance" I felt my shoulders drop with a tad of disappointment at the seemingly moon & june style lyrics but the song reprieved itself with the introduction of a harmonica, there is also a beautiful section in the middle where instruments drop to a minimum leaving Toni out there on her own vulnerable but still ballsy best and by the end of the track I was won over. 

Fourth track "Lions" is a worthy stand out track that grows and changes as it moves along keeping the listener wondering what's coming next, and as it marches towards the end it almost has an anthem type vibe.

The final track "Be Anything" begins with that gorgeous vocal and i'm already sold, & like track four it weaves in and out with musical surprises so you never quite know what treat your ears are going to be dealt.

So overall, is the E.P worth a purchase? too damn right, its a fine debut from an equally fine artist and one she should be proud of. Try and catch her live if you can & where you'll also be able to purchase a physical copy of the E.P . Digital download will be available  on ITunes, Spotify and  other, be sure to follow her journey : Website,  Facebook  & Twitter  

                                        Til Next Time,  Stay Blessed
                                            Back Before Elvis X                                    

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

EARGASM Feat- Toni Sidgwick

I don't necessarily write music reviews every day, week or month, it's only if I stumble across something worthy or my inbox pops with a track that smacks of special......New Single, Carry My Heart by Indie/folk/pop Singer/Songwriter Toni Sidgwick   is one of those tracks. Fancy a  teaser?...oh okay then......

The swimming guitar intro immediately paints a picture of intimacy in a large space, like a candle in a cathedral.  This was swiftly followed by a vocal  that had my brain juggling between Ane Bruns Live In Scandanavia Album and Tracy Chapman, neither an effort to listen to. They are the type of artists whose albums you want to play all the way through.....and then play again, and Toni sits comfortably but freshly alongside.
Originally from the Shetland Islands and now residing in County Durham  she's been honing her craft and supporting solid acts such as Newton Faulkner, Chris Helme, Mark Morriss & Maz O'Connor, not bad for someone that only started playing guitar while studying in Edinburgh and busking on the Royal Mile?

Up until now Toni's been more of a live artist, gigging in bars and venues all over the country and listing some of her influences as Bruce Springsteen, Ben Howard and London Grammar to name just a few,   but that's all about to change .....
She has teamed up with Uber Super Hertfordshire Producer Lauren Deakin Davies  and the results are stunning. Releasing her debut E.P "Lions" this summer,  If  "Carry My Heart" is an indicator, Life's about to get a whole lot busier for this lass. The Single is available  Friday 21st April in all digital forms.  If your in Tynemouth this Sunday you can catch her preforming at the Surf Cafe. To show support and follow her journey on social media you can catch her on sites such as Facebook  Twitter & many more, all listed on her  website,  

Saturday, 15 April 2017

EARGASM -Musical Hide N Seek?

As someone who's keen to discover/support new bands/artists with a view to reviewing, I have to say I'm often driven nuts by the way so many  showcase themselves badly to the point that I decided to write this little piece in the hope that some of you might take note, making my job a whole lot easier and hopefully helping you too?  

We're all busy people and live in a society where you can pretty much get anything in an instant, so with that in mind, why should anyone run around after you trying to find where you've hidden your music?                

The first faux pas is making someone  jump through hoops to hear even a snippet of your music when they've never heard of you or your band before. I'll give you an example of what I'm constantly coming across. 

I'll get a Twitter add from a band/artist and I'll click on their link and head on over to their page to hear what they sound like?......Er..where's the music? There's nothing pinned to the top of the page as there should be,  Single?  E.P?  Album? Video? something, even if its a snippet of a couple of tracks to wet the taste buds. This is simple enough to do by using  Soundcloud, Youtube, bandcamp etc and instantly show on your page without people having to leave Twitter. 

I start scrolling down the page going through the feed hoping to find something...anything  that might give me a clue as to what you sound like. As a fellow musician (Even if I use that term loosely) I have a bit of compassion because we all have to start somewhere and we all make mistakes, and after a zillion years of making music I'm still learning, you never stop. 

So as frustrating as it is, my musician head will still have a bit of compassion and will still jump through the odd hoop in the hope of finding what you're supposed to be showcasing, but take note, very few if any would or will. In the main, if someone comes to your page and can't instantly hear what you sound like, they'll be off. 
Then I'll spot your website in Twitter bio, and click through WOO HOO! on, where's the music? ....there's Pictures, About, News, Forthcoming gigs......Music? Sadly No, to do that i have to click on yet more links  to Spotify, Itunes etc by which point I give up the will to live, close the page and go find someone who is actually serious about showcasing their Music.

Twitter has long been the best platform for business and networking in all fields, and I believe it's only going to get bigger and better. With  "Buy" buttons  being trialed in the States that will eventually be  rolled out in the UK too, it won't be long before Twitter followers will be able to purchase your Music and Merchandise with a click of a button........but only if they can find it.  Unless your Drake, Beyonce or Ed Sheeran or any other well known artist/band nobody has got time to be playing games and  run around trying to find where you've hidden it. 

Adopt the mindset that nobody knows you......Why would they stop on your page longer than 3secs?  Grab them from the off, make it as quick and as easy as possible for them to hear what you're about .....always good when it comes to record companies, magazines, newspapers, radio stations etc . Whether it's Twitter, Facebook or any other platform,  don't hide the most important thing...your music.           
                                            Stay Blessed
                                       Back Before Elvis x

Thursday, 6 April 2017

EARGASM Feat-Post Collide

It's hard to describe the genre of Sheffield Duo  Post Collide Aka: Just Seppy & Bethany Holland . Their sound has a mix of flavours, Rnb, Soul, Chillout, Hiphop etc. They've been extremely busy with not one but two scorching new singles "Cool Down"   Available now on Itunes , Google Play . 

Plus another "Hard Way" available  Itunes , Google Play which has just made BBC 1Xtra Track of the week. 

There's  certainly no stopping this duo. A BBC 1Xtra regular, they've also supported Damage on tour and are set to support Leah Mcfall on her Manchester and Brighton dates this year. Impressively managing the bands interests themselves while juggling work and Uni this pair are proving that hard work really does pay off  Post Collide are hip, hot and happening with an exciting future ahead of them for sure.    
Their track M.T.A.D (Make That A Double) from 2015 continues to be a fave on the club scene: 

And while there's been a million covers of Drakes  "One Dance" this Free Download from the duo has to be one of my faves, Just Seppy spits like a pro......while also being a darn fine singer,  & grabbing you from the off, Beths vocals are like diving head first into a lemon cheesecake, Fresh and dreamy. 

As a thank you to all their supporters, they are putting on a Free show alongside some of their talented Sheffield friends and this will also be a chance to get an exclusive first listen of their E.P  "Until It Ends" dropping at the end of April. This is one Collision you'll want to experience. 

Friday, 31 March 2017


I've long argued that the music industry is in need of a kick up the jacksy as it's still predominantly run by neanderthals sat in their offices farting and scratching their balls, and that's why awesome female producers such as Lauren Deakin Davies don't get the attention and platform that they deserve despite an impressive work back catalogue, but hopefully that's about to change? 

DIDI aka Lauren is taking centre stage as an artist in her own right, with her stonking debut single "Sorry" .
........Now,  I'm a woman that likes to be seduced from the moment an intro kicks in and DIDI didn't disappoint. As the twanging guitar cranked up, like a vortex I was sucked straight back to the days  (Late 70's early 80's) when you'd put on a 45 , think Early Blondie,  Siouxsie and the Banshees, Undertones etc?  I was smiling from ear to ear at it's rawness and authenticity, she could've well been playing in my living room and if she had i would've  been  jumping up and down on the sofa throwing my limbs around recapturing my youth probably a good job for sofa sake she wasn't? 

There was a soft vulnerability about her vocal that was unexpected, but it gelled with the track beautifully and moved my mindset into the 90's and bands like Garbage, Elastica etc. Make no mistake this 21yr old from Hertfordshire is here to kick ass and if anyone can shake up the industry then DIDI can & that's nothing to be sorry for. 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

EARGASM Feat-Tidelands

If you love music and you're on Twitter then make sure to follow @limey59music he is a great supporter of Unsigned music and i've discovered some fab stuff via him and was excited by this weeks discovery of  Tidelands & their album "Old Mill Park".  The duo from San Francisco California are made up of Songwriter Gabriel Montanta Leis who just happens to play the Flugelhorn among other instruments? 
( Yes, I had to google it too)  & Mie araki on drum & keyboards. 
As a Simpsons fan, I was first reeled in by the title of track "Dog named Bart"  swiftly followed by  the intro  (It's always a good sign when an intro grabs you by the nether regions)  and then in crept a violin and we haven't even got to the first verse, brilliant.  "Four strings and a wooden box" opens with the most beautiful orchestral arrangement by Minna Choi and performed by  Magik Magik Orchestra,  and there's a pattern developing here, these guys sure as hell know how to create an intro that like a magic spell hypnotizes from the off. Six worthy tracks in all & three other released albums to choose from.Their love for attention and unique creativity reminds me of Badly Drawn Boy. But enough chat, time to check them out for yourself: