Discovering new music – Lux Lisbon

Lux Lisbon

http://luxlisbon.com/

Lux Lisbon Memento Mori
2014

This is one of many bands I have discovered courtesy of Tom Robinson’s Listening Post which is a very useful feature of his Fresh on the Net website where each week members of the general public and music lovers alike are able to listen and review a number of tracks posted by aspiring independent bands, singers and musicians.

Lux Lisbon are no ordinary band, they are certainly original, fresh and quirky, but above all they combine these elements with impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to write and produce the most epic and artistically-rich songs, often accompanied by equally epic and artistically rich videos.

But don’t take my word for it, watch and enjoy this video of their classic Demons You Show

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Demons you show is taken from their 2013 debut EP Get Some Scars, which is available for FREE download even now! Their latest offering is the macabre-sounding Memento Mori, which is in fact an upbeat song.  Here is lead man Stu telling us all about it:

Memento Mori is Latin for ‘remember you will die’. The song is a real party, a fiesta, a death fiesta! I’m sure many of you will already be familiar with the phrase (or the Muriel Spark novel) but it really stuck a chord with me at an exhibition all about the iconography of death – “Death: A Self Portrait” at Kings Cross this time last year. I’d never heard it before, but we’ve made sure that the music the opposite of that and it’s full of life, ‘Get Some Scars’ esque harmonies, percussion and Elliot Phelps’ trumpet.

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With shows selling out and frequent plays and live appearances on BBC Introducing, Lux Lisbon are on a direct trajectory to legendary status.  Catch them live at a gig near you before they sell out!

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Discovering new music – JAMsharp#

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http://www.jamsharp.com/

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Photo: Annelie Rosencrantz

I became aware of JAMsharp through fellow independent music lover Peter Kent, who posted some photos on Facebook of their recent gig at Hoxton’s Underbelly.

A trio of classically-trained musicians, song writers and performers with an original and highly infectious style.  Taking full advantage of their musical training, they use piano, accordion, guitar and cajon to great effect, pulling it all together with some haunting and totally delicious harmonies.

Based in London, the girls formed in 2012 and since then have been touring the gig circuit and gaining new fans and admirers. Their brand new debut EP Pink Skies, is a collection of six tracks, some original, some covers combining their vocal prowess with large doses of imaginative and original instrumentation.

Pink Skies is a piano-led ballad which soon turns into a delicious cacophony of masterful harmonies.  To assign a genre or musical style to this song would be impossible as it combines elements of traditional folk with gospel and a touch of soul.

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Can’t Hold Us opens with the sounds of a sombre accordion.  It soon becomes apparent this is a very clever cover of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ epic song when the angelic chorus turns into the familiar hook of this monster hit with a bit of high-speed rap thrown in for good measure.

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Charmless is a gentle guitar-led ballad adorned with the band’s signature accordion and those magnificent vocals and harmonies.

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With the ever-increasing influx of new independent artists and new songs, JAMsharp# offer a unique style, and originality which will take them to the next level and the success they so richly deserve.

Download Pink Skies right now from all good download sites, and make sure you go and support them at a gig near you!

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Photo: Annelie Rosencrantz

 

 

Discovering new music – Billy Vincent

Billy Vincent

http://www.billyvincent.co.uk

Billy VincentI’m not exactly sure how I discovered this highly original band, all I know is that I followed an Internet link and it led me to the Soundcloud page of Irresponsible Recordings where my ears first experienced the epic St Catherine’s Oratory, and I have to confess I haven’t been quite the same since!

Taken from their excellent EP Once on the Grand Union, this track has it all in abundance: charisma, energy, foot-stomping goodness and above all originality.  As soon as you press play you are greeted by a violin ensemble which soon transforms into a fiddle-fest  straight out of an epic western with a back beat of drums mimicking the canter of a stallion as it turns into a full gallop.  The trumpet that follows and the anthemic chorus are led by some magnificent and full-of-emotion vocals.  This song tells a story, and this story really comes alive when you watch the video which accompanies the song.

 

Once on the Grand Union EP

 

Discovering new music – Harriet

A huge welcome to our new followers, listeners and readers.  Today is the 1st September 2014 and a perfect opportunity to start a series of daily posts shining the spotlight on some of the outstanding independent emerging musicians which I ‘discover’ on a daily basis.

The music industry is going through unprecedented change and as more and more platforms continue to emerge broadening the choice of ways to consume music, more and more artists are able to produce high quality music often from their own bedrooms, and the choice of music has become as vast as the ways to access it.  This has created something of a paradise for music lovers, especially lovers of new independent music, and at the same time a massive challenge for artists to get noticed amongst all the ‘noise’.

Through these posts as well as the Under The Radar Live Sessions which I produce and present on Internet Radio, I hope to help some of these artists reach new audiences and in turn grow their fan bases.  The artists featured have been hand-picked by me, I do not welcome unsolicited CDs or approaches from artists, instead I purposefully go out and look for new artists using a variety of sources and platforms.  I do not look for specific genres or styles, but I am strongly attracted to original, quirky, unusual songs.

I hope you enjoy these posts and of course the featured artists.  I would very much welcome any thoughts, comments and feedback and if you discover a new artist you enjoy and decide to purchase their music or attend one of their gigs, it would be a tremendous honour if you let them know you found them through these posts.

Onto our first featured artist!

Harriet

http://www.harrietsmusic.com/

HarrietI first ‘discovered’ Harriet through a new platform called Richer Unsigned which is the brainchild of Julian Richer, the founder of Britain’s largest and most successful independent HiFi retailers.  Her song ‘Afterglow’ is one of those songs which made the hairs at the back of my neck stand on end as soon as the first few bars and Harriet’s sultry voice gently caressed my ear drums.

Harriet is a young singer song-writer based in London.  Her distinctive voice and her song-writing caught the attention of producer Steve Anderson, who has worked with a host of well established global artists and was originally one half of the famous remix/production team Brothers in Rhythm.  Steve has managed to capture the essence of Harriet’s voice, personality and songs and taken her to the same high level as some of the world-class superstar artists he has worked with.

Afterglow is a collaboration between Steve and Harriet which is taken from Harriet’s debut EP ‘What’s Mine Is Yours‘ featuring three original songs which have been expertly produced by Steve and beautifully sung by Harriet.

Although Harriet’s voice and style are reminiscent of the great late Karen Carpenter, she manages to remain fresh, relevant and original without sounding like an imitator, which is only possible to achieve by being natural, and natural she certainly is.

Expect to hear a lot more about this supremely talented vocalist and song writer, but for now, enjoy these songs and support Harriet by downloading her EP.

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What’s Mine is Yours – Harriet

Aimée – Codes EP Review

Codes EP by Aimée

Aimée website

For recodes_smlgular followers of Under The Radar Live Sessions the name Aimée will be familiar as the very first artist I ever interviewed back in October 2008 when she was merely 13 years old.  In those days Aimee used to perform extensively at open-mic evenings around Hampshire and Surrey accompanied by her trusty guitars ‘Jeremy’ and ‘Jemima’.   Her songs were always catchy and expertly written, sung with the passion and conviction of someone much older and experienced than her.Beach

Since then, she has been joined by two of her younger siblings, sister Freya on violin and backing vocals, and brother Ross on cajon. Her sound has developed into her very own brand of acoustic folk with elements of americana, and delicious harmony-laden pop.

Codes is her latest EP, a collection of four tracks, each giving a clear insight into the versatility and sheer creative genius of these three young artists.

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Echoes of Celtic chants greet you with Aimee’s opening verses, who is soon joined by Freya on harmonies.  The guitar arrangements together with the violin and the beat of the cajon provide a magnificent accompaniment to their vocals.

Bound

A beautiful melodic song, oozing sensitivity, hope, and a certain melancholy with a seriously infectious angelic chorus.

Apricot Cake

A dramatic violin instantly transports you across Europe and to some bazaar in north Africa.  This can easily be described as a masterpiece and quite possibly one of the strongest examples of the magnificent artistic creativity of these siblings.

Happy Ending

I guess this is Aimée’s very clever interpretation of a rap song, injecting a large dose of urban sound into her song.  Classy, sweet, and as ever, driven by a strong melody and magnificent violin and expert percussion.

To summarise, this EP is testament to a very special artist who continues to push the boundaries.  Aimée has not exactly found ‘her sound’ but rather she has created her own genre and continues to develop as a singer song-writer and performer of the highest calibre.

You can buy Codes via Aimée’s website, click image below:

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Here is Aimée with Freya and Ross performing at the recent Abbotsbury Festival:

Gitta De Ridder

Come Find Her

http://www.gittaderidder.com

 

This week we have the pleasure of welcoming Dutch songstress currently living in the UK Gitta De Ridder. Eloquent, warm and with a distinctive and rather infectious voice, Gitta left us under no illusions about her musicianship and her undeniable gift for writing heartfelt, melodic and memorable songs.

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Here Gitta de Ridder sings a very nice acoustic version of ‘A Thousand Fireflies’

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Latest Sessions

Goldie Reed

Introducing Goldie Reed, singer-songwriter from Biggin Hill. We’ve been looking forward to welcoming this talented songstress to our studios for some time now, and her session left us with enamoured with her voice, her charm and natural stage presence. Goldie is signed to small independent label Big I Am music and is in the process of finishing her second album.

www.goldiereed.com

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