Billy Mick set to release all new electro-pop single ‘Leveling Up’!

Emily Lindsell

Billy Mick is preparing for the release of the title-track single from his upcoming album Leveling Up!

The track, which Billy describes as synth-pop with a modern 80’s twist, showcases his slightly edgier and rockier vocals alongside a high-energy beat – something that isn’t common within usual electro-pop. ‘Leveling Up’ has a strong tempo and uplifting beat which, when paired with Billy’s distinct vocals, results in an impossibly catchy track that’ll leave you with the urge to dance every minute of the day!

The lyrics themselves talk of how things will always get better and there will always be something for you to strive towards in life – there will always be a way for you to level up and go even higher. The track radiates positivity both through its sound and its lyrics, sending an empowering message out to society that no matter what you’re going through, things will level up and improve, and you won’t be in this position forever. That message is important, especially in today’s day and age as the majority of the world is currently suffering through the pandemic, so people need to hear the inspiring message that ‘Leveling Up’ delivers – we won’t be in this situation forever, and sometime in the near future we will be leveling up into a more positive environment!

‘Leveling Up’ will be hitting streaming platforms on April 30th, so be sure to keep an eye out if you’re looking for an addictive track that’ll raise your mood and leave you wanting more, more, more! In the meantime if you’re looking for a taster of what’s to come, check out Billy’s track ‘The Tourist’, which tells a tale of a time where he felt like an alien within his own home after experiencing the time of his life in a completely different country. ‘The Tourist’, another track with an air of positivity, talks of how Billy felt true acceptance somewhere so far away from home – somewhere he discovered whilst being a tourist himself!

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Jade Moss mixes it up with new Dance Remixes of ‘Hey Babe’

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Following on from the great success of her recent track Hey Babe, which was broadcast on multiple radio stations across the UK (including on BBC and Jazz FM), Jade Moss is preparing to release two brand new remixes of the track!

The genre-bending tune, which was released in January 2021, has all the aspects to perfectly satisfy a music lover’s taste. Jade focuses her music with a message of self love and positivity, with her lyrics reflecting her values of self-worth. Hey Babe highlights how she feels about the different themes (self-worth in particular) as she tells a story of a partner who objectifies her and doesn’t treat her with the respect she deserves. The morals of the song are greatly beneficial to today’s society, as we enter a time where women aren’t always respected and treated equally. Hey Babe delivers the perfect message that young women across the world need to hear right now – don’t let anyone else define your worth and undermine you.

The two remixes bring an all new twist to the track’s usual Jazz-pop sound, adding an extra layer of excitement to an already addictive track. Jade’s vocals compliment the new sounds well; with a voice so unique it’s refreshing to hear the different versions of the track, as both Tazeko and Steff Garner’s remixes bend the song in their own unique way. Listening through each track it almost feels as though you’re listening to a new song every time, something which you’ll be grateful for after learning Jade’s discography only consists of two singles at this moment in time (with further releases nearing in the future).

You can listen to the remixes for yourself on the 23rd of April, but for now enjoy the original just the way it is here.

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Winchester 7 & The Runners release new single ‘When the World Stops Spinning’

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Winchester 7 & The Runners have recently released new single When The World Stops Spinning from recent EP Argos Holiday. The EP features seven tracks from Win, alongside a cover of Bowie’s track Modern Love and a Stuart Epp’s remix.

The tracks each hold their own individuality, however they all have one common factor – the ukulele. The electric ukulele features heavily on each tune, alongside the presence of drums played by Jack Kane and bass played by Phil Voorhees, who help show a cool new twist on track instrumentals. The ukulele offers a unique sound, and displays how much Win likes to work outside of the box – something that’s also demonstrated by his orchestration of his one-man band.

The fact that Winchester 7 & The Runners is actually run by one person is extremely impressive, considering that the production and overall sound of his music has the gusto of a band of 7. In fact, it’s theorised that Jack Kane and Phil Voorhees are simply Win in disguise – although nothing’s been confirmed just yet!

Win takes inspiration from musical legend Paul McCartney, who also became a one-man-band for his first three albums. His creativity, mixed with his passion for music and appreciation of different musical approaches, has all contributed to the creation of a powerful psychedelic rock EP that, as I commented earlier, will leave you unable to believe it’s all put together by one man!

When the World Keeps Spinning will resonate with you from the sheer level of talent showcased, with one man covering everything from the vocals to every last instrumental used in production. The results will blow you away!

You can listen to the new single here.

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InHibit releases all new EP ‘Blinded’

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After much anticipation and hard work, InHibit has finally released his debut EP Blinded!

‘Shame On Humans’, which has already achieved great success with its official music video, has accumulated over half a million views in less than two weeks. It paints the perfect picture for the rest of the EPs style; InHibit states that each of his songs have a big piece of him in them lyrically and sonically. He talks of how he puts his thoughts and his mind into his music, which is something that is portrayed clearly throughout his tracks that have an aura of real rawness and honesty.

InHibit’s compositions follow an unconventional path, with the artist mixing his inspirations from a young age with his current personal intricate style. His music takes on an alternative rock venture, featuring a heavy presence of guitars and a prominent display of drums. This, paired with his intense vocals, creates the perfect alt-rock masterpiece, with his influences playing a part in bending his style into something so unique. Industry mainstays such as Foo Fighters can be picked up on occasionally throughout the EP, showing how in touch he can be with his inspirations, channeling them in a way to make his sound his own – something that is hard to come by.

The theme of the EP is simply InHibit’s own views and values, portrayed through his music in a way that can spark thought-provoking conversation amongst his audience. He challenges the norm and how the world is viewed with his own ideas and thoughts, aiming to cause some minor controversy with his lyrics and statements. This is a huge part of how InHibit shows his personality through the music he creates, with other ways being his previously mentioned unique style and individual sound. Showcasing personality and real emotions is the perfect product of realness, and that’s exactly what Blinded is: a real depiction of Inhibit.

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Pentral release mesmerising new music video for ‘All My Wounds’

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Following on from their recent success of single ‘Silent Trees’, which was highly praised from both Prog and New Noise, Pentral have unleashed their newest track All My Wounds.

The music video, released Friday, March 26th, is set as a live performance – something not many of us have had the chance to experience recently. The video transports you back to the bliss of life pre-covid, where we could attend gigs and witness the magic of live music whenever we pleased.

Seeing the trio up on stage, illuminated by the lights and delivering a performance with such intensity that you can’t look away, it almost feels as though you’re in the venue with them experiencing the show firsthand. It brings a sense of nostalgia, making you crave for the day we can finally get back to watching good, live music unfold before our eyes.

The track itself is the perfect one to accompany that nostalgia, as its lyrics and general sound embody such a positive message. The powerful bass, guitar and drums, paired with it’s empowering lyrics, makes it the ideal song to scream along to at your first live gig post-coronavirus. The album that the song originates from was completely recorded and produced throughout the pandemic, so Pentral are just as eager as us for them to get on stage and sing their beliefs to the world, which is hopefully something that can occur within the near future!

‘All My Wounds’, which is track 2 from their upcoming album, is one of many songs produced by the band that incorporates sounds and styles from their cultural background into their release. Pentral are driven on expressing their values through their music whilst also staying true to themselves and their culture, talking on important topics such as racism and discrimination through their lyrics. The band consistently stand up for what they believe in and are keen to make change in the world through the power of their music and the influence it can bring.

You can watch the new music video for All My Wounds here.

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Kavanagh release guitar-heavy single ‘Citizen 202’

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Kavanagh, a 5 piece alternative rock band from Brighton, are set to release their upcoming single on March 26th 2021.

Although the track is only 2 minutes long, it tells you everything you need to know about the band and their style. Citizen 202 is an intense 2 minutes of fast-paced, guitar-heavy music, that expresses what it’s like to take a step back and consider our minor insignificancy compared to the vastness of the universe around us. The lyrics touch upon what it’s like to let yourself be part of the bigger picture rather than just part of humanity and our world, and how each of us are simply just specs within a huge creation!

“Citizen 202 is about escaping the idiosyncrasies of humanity and being a member of the universe instead, simply a part of creation. more than a human” – Kavanagh.

Citizen 202 is set to feature in an out-of-this-world themed movie, Vegan Vampires from Zorg (which also features members of The Sex Pistols and New York Dolls). The sound and meaning of the song slot right in to the plot of the movie, with both appearing to be very futuristic and unique, to say the least.

The single is the start of a new era for Kavanagh as they’re preparing to take on a new adventure with their music, going along with influences of 90’s alternative rock. They started this adventure off on the right foot, having the support of esteemed producer Mike Bennett, who worked with them on producing this track. The band are expected to release plenty more music this year that will pathe the way for their future sounds and releases, showing exactly what Kavanagh have to offer!

You can hear their exhilarating track for yourself on March 26th!

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UK Metal Merger release ‘In Soltitude’ in support of Live Music

Emily Lindsell

A collection of some of the most recognised and appreciated rock and metal stars within the industry are coming together in support of live music – releasing a single that will aid those affected by the loss of work within live music due to COVID-19.

This project, which was created and progressed through the multiple lock-downs over the last year, will raise funds to help out those in need who have been negatively impacted from the shutdown of live music. From sound engineers to venue staff, the list of individuals and job roles supported by this project is practically endless, as the live show industry is one of those worst affected by the pandemic. ‘In Soltitude’ will take us one step closer to maintaining the survival of the live event industry, which is essential for all lovers of music, no matter what your favourite artist or genre is.

‘In Soltitude’, which was cut down from 300 hours of footage to just 12 and a half minutes, is a powerful track that holds all the emotion that has stemmed from the pandemic, putting everyone’s frustration and vulnerability into one track designed to keep a dying industry alive.

UK Metal Merger are asking for anyone who is able to donate to contribute to the project, in order to keep live music stable and running. The loss of the live music industry would be a catastrophic loss of talent, skill and knowledge, and would leave so many without a sector of work. ‘In Soltitude’ can help to make the change we need and offer vital support to keep as many people as possible in work.

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der Mist drop long awaited electro-rock debut album

Glasgow-based der Mist joined forces through a local charity that was founded to to help out young musicians, and are now set to take on the electro-rock scene. With their multi-instrumental talents, the duo have pieced together a debut album that has the sound and atmosphere of a band with many more, showcasing powerful choruses and impressive instrumentals.

Their first lead single of the album ‘It’s Alright’, which was released January 15th, touches upon topics that can be related to the pandemic, as it brings the positive theme of “everything will be okay in the end” – which is just the type of thing we need to get us through the current lockdown! Craig, 1/2 of der Mist, says his favourite part of the creative process was “trying to channel his inner 80’s child”; he goes on to say they were aiming for something new and fresh, yet with that nostalgic feeling, which is definitely something that was achieved with the 12 track album.

der Mist brings us the 80’s inspired electro-rock album that we’ve been missing over the last few decades, picking up on old school inspirations whilst making a sound that is so distinct to themselves and their own style.

Throughout the creation of their album, they released regular content detailing their experiences and the musical processes behind them piecing the album together, being completely transparent about their style of music and the type of people they are – which is something seen as rare within the industry. If you’re looking for good music with strong personality behind it, der Mist are the two-piece for you.

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Barry Noakes masters multiple genres in upcoming album ‘A New Dawn’

Glasgow-based Barry Noakes has drawn together his multi-instrumental and multi-genre skills to piece together his new and upcoming part-folk, part-country, part-indie album, set to release on the first day of May!

Starting at a young age, Barry’s passion for music shone through as he began to develop his skills with a range of different instruments, beginning with the viola, violin, and piano, whilst also working on readying his vocals for a career in music. He soon came to learn that the guitar was also an instrument he had interest in, which changed his university choices completely as he chose to forgo classical music college, and instead began his higher education on an audio tech course in Salford.

He took a complete change in career paths once he graduated and pursued a career in London as a software engineer. However, this hadn’t stopped him on his adventure in the music industry as throughout his university experience he featured in several indie bands, one of which – Sugarfix – he released 2 EP’s with. He also began to further advance his skills with other instruments, as he learnt how to play the fiddle and incorporated that sound into his music making. This lead to some of his songs taking on more of a folk-sound, which can be heard on several tracks through the album!

Similar to many of us, Barry became productive with his passions throughout lockdown earlier this year and brought his multi-instrumental talents together to compose A New Dawn. The album features Barry playing all of his own instruments whilst also taking on the vocals, something that is rare in today’s age of current music. A New Dawn offers the perfect combination of indie, folk and country, whilst showcasing Barry’s advance range of musical skills, as he plays the piano, double bass, mandolin, fiddle and viola on his tracks.

You can hear that perfect combination of, in Barry’s own words, “Part-folk, part-indie, part-country, all heart” on the 1st of May, but for now be sure to follow Barry Noakes for further news and updates!

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Jordan Dean in-tune with his influences in upcoming EP ‘Local’

Ohio-based Jordan Dean is set to release his upcoming indie-pop EP Local on March 12th, featuring lead tracks ‘Local’ and ‘Drunk’. Despite being born and raised in Cleveland, Jordan’s new tunes touch upon his primarily British influences, whilst they also master a sound that is so naturally Jordan Dean.

Local offers 5 songs that each have a slightly different premise, with each one honing back to Jordan’s musical inspirations. The eponymous track ‘Local’ and ‘Drunk’ show a resemblance to the likes of Jamie T, Arctic Monkeys, Viola Beach and The Kooks, embodying sounds that feel real and raw. Local is readily available for listeners looking to find new and upcoming indie artists that are breaking out into the music world in 2021!

Jordan has worked tirelessly over his EP, teaming up with his producer to piece together music that will draw in crowds at festivals and fill out venues:

I told my producer that I wanted to sound like a four-piece band that packed a 300-person venue and I feel like we accomplished that on the Local EP. We said it in the studio that this EP feels like a 30-minute set that you would see in a small venue, packed with people who really want to be there.”

This is definitely something I can agree with after listening through the 5 tracks, Jordan has created the type of music that would make you stop in your tracks at Leeds Festival and leave you eager to hear out the rest of his set.

While Local is more up-beat and excitable, Jordan has a range of different tempos throughout his EP, one of those being in ‘What I’m Feeling’, which is much slower than his previously released songs. ‘What I’m Feeling’ is the type of song you listen to while staring out the window, losing yourself in the lyrics and relating them to your own personal situations. This is another talent of Jordan’s, having written all of his songs himself to such a high standard.

He wrote these songs at an age as young as 18, which is impressive when he produces lyrics which resonate within you and bring you back to another time of your life, a time with less responsibility and worries.

Jordan has recently teased another song from Local – ‘Rabbit Hole’, which you can listen to here!

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