New Single and Debut Album on the Way From Carl Finlay

Carl Finlay, a talented singer-songwriter from Ireland, is set to release another new single ‘Message to the Dreamer’ out March 16th and his debut album ‘Follow the Moon’ out March 30th.

These new additions follow the great success of his previous single ‘So Hard to be Happy’ which received airplay on BBC Radio 6.

Telling a story with his music, Finlay’s tracks convey powerful emotions and positivity through his unique style of alt folk with influences from rock and reggae.

The album is packed with a mixture of upbeat vibes and sombre tones, and with input from Rupert Cobb (The Killers, Music, Massive Attack) it is set to be just as popular as his previous work.

The new single ‘Message to the Dreamer’ is an upbeat track that divulges a positive word to the wise. You can listen to the single here: https://soundcloud.com/carl-finlay/carl-finlay-message-to-the-dreamer

Eban Brown From ‘The Stylistics’ Announces 2015 UK Tour and Opening Night Charity Event

Eban Brown, best known as the lead vocalist of ‘The Stylistics’ has announced he will be touring the UK for one month from 6th March to 6th April, as well as performing at an Opening Night Charity Event for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The star has even written and produced a new single for the one night only charity event, the track is called “Eyes of a Child”, and was produced in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Brown will perform the single at each of his concerts as he embarks on his tour.

“It is with great honour that I announce my 2015 UK Tour as a solo artist. I have written and produced a song entitled “Eyes of a Child” for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Families need the assistance and great care that GOSH can provide, and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to such a worthwhile cause. As a parent myself, the thought of your child being ill is unbearable but through the help of others, we can all be making a contribution to help in some small way! All proceeds from “Eyes of a Child” will benefit the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital, with 100% of profits going to the UK’s only academic biomedical research centre specialising in paediatrics.“- Eban Brown

TOUR DATES

6TH MARCH 2015, THE BROADWAY THEATRE, BARKING, ESSEX

8TH MARCH 2015, LOMAX, LIVERPOOL

13TH MARCH 2015, THE HARLINGTON, FLEET, HAMPSHIRE

14TH MARCH 2015, BAKEWELL TOWN HALL, DERBY

17TH MARCH 2015, THE GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM

18TH MARCH 2015, BIERKELLER  THEATRE, BRISTOL

27TH MARCH 2015, THE HUB THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON

28TH MARCH 2015, PLYMOUTH GUILDHALL, PLYMOUTH

4TH APRIL 2015, GLEMSFORD SOCIAL CLUB, SUDBURY, SUFFOLK

6TH APRIL 2015, TOWNGATE THEATRE, BASILDON, ESSEX

Soulful pop on the way from Olay Fay; new single ‘Forest’ out 9th March

Olay Fay is An African born Irish singer -songwriter with the chances of a big future. With a soulful vocal inspired by the Motown legends his Mum used to play him, and pop sensibilities likened to Tracy Chapman, Olay Fay has a compelling mix of styles and ideas at his disposal.

Upcoming single ‘Forest’ is a delicate look at the idea of not knowing where to turn when things go wrong, and typifies Fay’s sensitive approach to lyric writing mixed with a well-produced pop backing:

Having grown up in Lagos, Olay Fay moved to Ireland at 15, before coming to London more recently to pursue music.

He takes lyrical inspiration from an unusual upbringing, moving from place to place and being the youngest of a huge family despite been the only Child between his Parents – he has an incredible 15 siblings, many of whom he only met at his father’s funeral. His are not tales you hear from your run of the mill acoustic bleeding heart…

It’s this background that makes for a host of colourful stories and inspirations – plenty of lyrical material for this excellent new singer songwriter to hone and shape into his new music.

‘Forest’ is released on 9th March

Links:

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChbmw5iMwzmCy6kYFKt6a6Q

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/olay-fay

Brand New Album From The Machismo’s Is A Rise From The Ashes

The Machismo’s originally formed in 1995 by Sam Marsh after cult 90’s grunge band Jacob’s Mouse split up. Jacob’s Mouse had risen to prominence in 1990 supporting the likes of Nirvana before they broke big, and were recently chosen to represent  the letter ‘J’  in a documentary on DJ John Peels enormous record collection.

At the time The Machismo’s were voted in the NME as one of the ‘band’s to watch’ that year, and were given an NME single of the week for ‘ My Narghile’, which was also playlisted on BBC Radio 1. The future looked bright…

However, as is often the case outside influences led to a lengthy break from the industry. But now The Machismo’s are back in business ‘putting the punk back into indie’ whilst conforming to a Taoist lifestyle of peace, love, veganism, qi gong and yoga! It makes for a stark and compelling contrast, with elements of Ty Seagall, Connan Mockasin, Alt-J as well as spikier, punchier moments akin to Royal Blood or Thee Oh Sees.

The new album, subtly titled ‘Britpop Fucked My Wife’ after the bands perceived ‘kick in the teeth’ by Britpop’s lad culture in the mid 90’s, has roots stretching back 18 years, before drugs and depression put a halt to one of Indie’s most promising trio’s. But now, reinvigorated and refreshed, The Machismo’s are back to their best with a planned future tour and more new music than ever before. There is an immediacy to their brand of rock that simply just isn’t out there anymore, and it deserves to be celebrated.

For proof, here is the powerfully pounding single ‘My Narghile’ (which is a Greek hash pipe- not something the band wishes to encourage the use of anymore!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN4jgoSEl4c&feature=youtu.be

More experienced this time round, The Machismo’s are determined to make their way forward with their unique brand of in your face experimental indie pop, coupled with mellower songs of peace and positivity. The name itself is something of an ironic reaction to the masculinity inherent in the music business, and indeed the world, and the band want to challenge this kind of behaviour in the laudable belief that it is time women should take control of everything, to make the world a better place.

A true one-off in a music industry of copycats, The Machismo’s have overcome many personal battles and demons to return to the stage stronger and better than ever.

Single ‘My Narghile’ will be out Feb 23rd as a digital download, with album following March 3rd on 12″ vinyl and download, on Machismo’s Records.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/TheMachismos

http://sturmunddrangrecordings.bandcamp.com/

Are You Ready to get ‘Down With It’ for Scarlet Baxter’s Latest Single?

Soulful starlet set to release sassy new single March 23rd

For those of you suffering from a serious case of the winter blues and in need of a little summer soul in your life, look no further than the latest single from up-and-coming starlet, Scarlet Baxter.

With an ever growing fan-base, Scarlet is hotly tipped to vividly break on to the national music scene this year, and deemed as “one to watch for 2015” by Kat Orman (BBC Oxford), Scarlet showcases all the potential signs of becoming Britain’s next pop princess.

Sound-wise, think nostalgic, 90’s R&B, with a soulful, current twist. With the help of her incredibly talented guitarist Dominic Ireland, Scarlet and her co-writers, John McLaughlin, Judd Mahoney & Natalie DeLucia, have derived an entire catalogue of original material in only a year. Hot on the heels from her previous releases ‘Backsliding’ and ‘Stuck’- from which she received critical acclaim as being “the next woman of pop” – Cigarette Sounds.

Scarlet’s latest single ‘Down With It’ is a sassy, chimerical track – ridiculously catchy, guaranteed to be a hit on everyone’s summer playlist, and destined for the dance floor – you can check it out here! https://soundcloud.com/scarletbaxter/down-with-it

She’s a fierce, determined individual with killer vocals and plenty of charisma, and you can expect big things and huge tracks from her in 2015!

‘Down With It’ is due for release on 23rd March, you check out the remix for the track here: https://soundcloud.com/scarletbaxter/down-with-it-remix

 Links:

Scarlet Baxter Online:

WEB: www.ScarletBaxter.co.uk

TWITTER – @scarletbaxter

FACEBOOK –  www.facebook.com/scarletbaxtermusic

INSTAGRAM – scarletbaxter

http://www.vevo.com/watch/scarlet-baxter/backsliding/GBLFP0306904

For more information, contact Vicky@quitegreat.co.uk or call 01223 844 440

Brand new ShadowIcon EP is more than ‘Smoke & Mirrors’

Innovative double CD release features a 2nd CD of instrumental versions out March 16th

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Born and raised in Slovenia, ShadowIcon are a six piece melodic metal band with a heavy impact and a compelling lead female vocalist. Taking elements from metal and thrash, but marrying them to a tuneful vocal and a great appreciation for a stylish groove, the  band serve up a potent blend of heaviness on new EP ‘Smoke and Mirrors’.

Their previous album ‘Empire in Ruins’ picked up excellent reviews around Europe and the US, now they’re back with a brand new EP totalling six epic songs, plus instrumental/karaoke versions so fans can sing along at home.

For a taste of what ShadowIcon are all about, check out their moody video for EP track ‘If I Was the One’ which is out on March 9th.

Mixed and mastered by Charlie Bauerfeind and Thomas Geiger (Helloween, Blind Guardian) the EP was released on December 15th. Designed to build on the new, melodic metal sound of the debut album, the songs are a fusion of different tastes and styles from the band’s three songwriters, all blending into great cocktail of pounding drums, searing guitars and piercing vocals.

With over 50,000 fans already on Facebook, this is a band who have already come a long way. And, judging by this EP, there’s nothing that can stop them any time soon.

The ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ EP is out March 16th.

Links:

www.shadowicon.com

www.facebook.com/shadowicon

Noel and the Pandas Release New Single ‘Wondering Love’

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An eclectic Indie rock band from Italy, Noel and the Pandas are exciting group add a variety of ideas to their rock roots. Their debut album ‘In the Art of Doom’ sees them on sparkling form, and the latest single is no exception. With great electronic touches and even a jazz feel thanks to a beautifully lonely sounding trumpet melody, the song’s gradual build then transforms it into a thumping anthem for the close, making it one of the very best on an excellent album.

You can hear the song, ‘Wondering Love’, here:

Produced by guitarist Nicola Rosti, the debut album marked them out as the hottest new alternative rock sound to emerge from Italy, and that’s a reputation that is only likely to grow with singles like this.

The lyrics, written by band founder Noel, are a typically wistful reflection on his own history. His is a story of riches to rags, and after a promising career as a banker was ended overnight, he has picked himself back up from a life of destitution using nothing but his music and the experiences he has to write about. The power of music to move and transform those who make and hear it is often underestimated, but Noel is living proof that – with enough talent and determination – it’s possible to come back from the brink.

‘Wondering Love’ is released on March 2nd.

Links

https://soundcloud.com/noelandpandas_official

www.noelandthepandas.com

www.facebook.com/Noel.Music.official

www.youtube.com/user/noelmusicofficial

Gavin Chappell-Bates releases debut EP ‘Black Holes’

There is much more than meets the eye with Cambridge based singer-songwriter Gavin Chappell-Bates. He is a philosophy graduate with a long standing love for music; this is reflected within the soulful and thoughtful songs he writes – challenging capitalism and confronting man’s inhumanity to man as well as discussing different themes of spirituality.

After performing for years in a band, Gavin has decided to embark on a solo career, performing songs that he has written himself. He has already built up a following around the local Cambridge music scene, performing at the likes of Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Rock Festival and Strawberry Fair. With fans of Gavin including David Eringa (Manic Street Preachers) who has given him some valuable advice with his music, also independent online music magazine ‘Get To The Front’ has raved about one of his tracks saying:

“I can hear this being a solid Radio One / Kerrang summer tune!”

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0WkB6OBafM

However, it hasn’t been the easiest of journeys for Gavin. He has overcome years of severe depression and anxiety during his youth, only to be saved by his passion for music during those dark days. He is a vocal supporter of mental health awareness campaigns and he set up a music-based community group called ‘Soundwaves’ last year for this very reason.

The truly inspiring artist has been perfecting debut EP ‘Black Holes’ since he was a teenager; as he has matured, so has his music and style. Get ready for grunge and indie rock vibes with big guitars and epic sounds throughout the new EP, which is due for release on 23rd February 2015.

Make sure you take a look at the truly outstanding video!

Website: www.gavinchappellbates.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/gavinbatesmusic

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GChappellBates

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GavinChappellBates

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gavinchappell-bates

New artist UNIQUE ready to unleash debut EP ‘YunG Love’ & lead single ‘Love Me’

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A New York based hip hop artist with a contemporary sound reminiscent of Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and Mac Miller, UNIQUE is a young musician and rapper who is ready to make an impact in the UK with his new single and three track EP.

The EP, is a strong introduction to the vocal and writing talents of the young artist, gives you a very good idea of why this music is already winning the respect of the likes of 50 Cent and Raheem Devaughn in UNIQUE’s native USA.

The lead single from the EP is ‘Love Me’, which you can hear here:

https://soundcloud.com/uniquepyb/unique-feat-cocoa-sarai-love

A self-taught musician who plays drums and guitar as well as writing and rapping, UNIQUE is marking himself out from the rest of the pack with his youthful exuberance and an obvious love for what he is doing. He recently took part in a US college tour and won fans along the way with his relatable lyrics of young love, youth culture and more. UNIQUE’s talents don’t end with his musical skills. The maverick is also a talented dancer, performing as part the Battle Fest dance league.

His captivating live shows continue to turn heads, while an ear for comedy and a nice line in celeb impressions give him an extra dimension as a performer too. This multi-talented approach stands him in good stead for an assault on the UK music industry – this is one artist who is truly charismatic and, well, unique.

Online:

http://Soundcloud.com/UniquePYB

https://www.facebook.com/prettyboiiunique

Twitter @UniqueDaArtist

Instagram: @UniqueTheArtist

Songwriter Big Lenny B ready to release single ‘In a Minute’

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Track taken from upcoming album ‘…& Friends’, both released Feb 2015

A bass playing singer songwriter from the South East UK, Big Lenny B is a 20 year veteran of the industry in both original bands and as a session musician. His session career has seen him sharing stages with many top acts such as Feeder, Razorlight, The Feeling, Noah and the Whale, as well as supporting the likes of Foxes and Scouting for Girls.

These experiences have given him a great inside look into the workings of the music industry, and he’s now gearing up for his first solo release in 2015, along with a live show in which he plans to ‘show the youngsters how it’s done’. It all starts with the excellent debut single ‘In A Minute’ which is due for release on February 16th.

Written about that first moment of mutual attraction you feel when spotting someone for the first time as they smile back, it’s a brilliantly uplifting single – rhythmically dynamic and high in energy, it sums up Big Lenny B’s love for song writing perfectly:

https://soundcloud.com/biglennyb/in-a-minute

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikTWv1cRTTQ

The single is taken from the album ‘…& Friends’ out  February 23rd –was produced by Martin Smith and Mastered by Jon Astley, and there are obvious influences from the classic likes of Roger Waters, The Who, Elbow, Genesis, Pink Floyd, plus a few contemporary touches for good measure. His unusual production approach saw him bring in layers and lines from many remote contributors, splicing them all together to create the full tracks as they appear on the album.

The method gave rise to the album title, and this layering of different musicians, sometimes with multiple players on each instrument, makes for a unique sound.

Lyrically, the album is an observational one, taking cues from the everyday life and experiences of Big Lenny B. It makes for a collection of uniquely personal insights and thoughts from a musician who has enjoyed a varied life both on stage and off.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/biglennyb

http://www.facebook.com/biglennyb

http://www.twitter.com/biglennyb