Sinka release new single Skies

Alt-rock band SINKA release their new single Skies on 19th March, the second track from upcoming EP Take Me To The Skies which is released on April 16th. The Watford-based trio comprises Shaun Sewell-Sears (vocals and guitar), Matt Smith (bass) and Jack Wright (drums). They released the first single ‘Messiah’  back in February. Having self-produced their…

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Busty and the Bass: new space grooves

Busty and the Bass met during their first week as students in the jazz programme at Montreal’s McGill University back in 2011. I first heard the octet when they released their 2020 album called Eddie, accompanied by the distinctively warm, raspy vocals of Macy Gray. And now there’s a new release – an ‘intergalactic’ EP, The ET Suite via Arts…

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Review: Gwyl 2021 festival

The future looks promising for live festivals, but for now we are still in the land of the virtual. Gwyl 2021 earlier this month used this mode to its full advantage. The event was put together by four Welsh festivals, Focus Wales, Festival of Voice, Aberystwyth Festival of Comedy and Other Voices. Collectively, they created…

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Alex Maas plus The Weather Station livestreams

It was a thrill to discover these two artists fairly recently and their last albums released recently are haunting, intelligent and thoughtful works that I find I keep returning to. Both Alex Maas and The Weather Station have announced livestream performances coming up this month. Alex Maas is a long-time member of Texan neo-psych band…

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Gwyl 2021 – eight days of music and arts

Exciting and innovative new Welsh festival Gŵyl 2021 stretches over eight days and from the 8th to 12th March, the programme offers some exclusive and unique events. Presented by music-industry festival Focus Wales, this is a unique opportunity to listen to live panel sessions followed by live showcase performances. And on Thursday, Focus Wales 360°…

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Gwyl 2021 festival – ready to watch this weekend

There’s a feeling of spring in the air and festivals both online and live are tantalisingly looming on the horizon. The following week is good place to begin, with a brand new event to go out online. Called Gŵyl 2021, it showcases contributions from four Welsh festivals: Focus Wales, Festival of Voice, Aberystwyth Comedy Festival…

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Tomaga: Intimate Immensity remix by Floating Points

The final, outstanding release of the London based experimental duo Tomaga will be unveiled on 26th March. Tomaga – Tom Relleen and Valentina Magaletti – worked together since 2013. This work titled Intimate Immensity was finished just before Tom’s passing in August 2020 and distils two years of new creative enhancement. The tracks which have…

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Interview: Anna Demetriou – from movies to music

Anna Demetriou is an established actress who starred in the film Viking Destiny. Alongside her acting career she has been writing her own songs and now, with the help of producer Tom E Morrison, is launching her singing career. What prompted your move into music? Was this a dream you’ve been harbouring for a while?…

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Todmorden’s Golden Lion launches label

The Calder Valley, West Yorkshire is a veritable hotbed of talented new artists. So when a well-loved venue runs into financial difficulties, local bands rally to help. Working Men’s Club and W H Lung have contributed exclusive tracks to help the Golden Lion in Todmorden. Yes, The Golden Lion has set up its own label…

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Bad Thoughts Compilation: new single from Sara Wolff

From the mountains of Norway to Toxteth, Liverpool is not the usual path trodden by artists but it certainly indicates someone carving an individual path. Fledgling Liverbird Sara Wolff had initially uprooted in order to study before adopting the city as her home. The alt-folk singer uses her definitively quirky and singular eye to home…

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