‘What Can Love Create?’ single out now from Nine Beats Collective; ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ album coming soon

Beautifully crafted and performed, ‘What Can Love Create?’ is the second single from a new album titled ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’; set for release on June 19th from the Nine Beats Collective.

This is a group of creatives from around the world who have been united by one goal – to create an album inspired by a group of bible passages called the Beatitudes.

With this one simple brief, the different artists have spun their own versions and perspectives outwards from this one shared inspiration. The range of results on the final release is dazzling, with ‘What Can Love Create?’ among the many highlights.

George Montague impressive on new LP – ‘Curiouser and Curiouser George’

Out now, ‘Curiouser and Curiouser George’ is the new album from very promising songwriter and multi-instrumentalist George Montague. Boasting a huge 17 songs – very refreshing in today’s climate of albums clocking in at ten or less – the album demonstrates why there’s such a buzz around this young man.

Talented in many ways, Montague is a songwriter, composer, producer and a dab hand at a whole raft of instruments. This presumably means that he is able to wear many hats while working in the studio, and is able to put his own unique stamp on the results. If that’s so, then this is a very strong showing indeed, as indicated by the excellent video above for single and album track ‘Lost’.

‘Something Better’ – fittingly titled new single from Tablefox

Hitting the ground running but treating the listener to a slow build to a big chorus, ‘Something Better’ is a new track from Tablefox – a band from New Zealand. The song is taken from their album ‘Objects’, and is a fine demonstration of why their music is high on the list for may indie music fans at the moment.

‘Chameleon’ single from Des Horsfall and Pete Townshend – out Dec 11th

The new single above is ‘Chameleon’, performed by Des Horsfall and Pete Townshend (The Who). Released on Friday (Dec 11th), the single is taken from Horsfall’s new album ‘The Bastard’s Tin’.

The entire triple album, released next year, pays tribute to Ronnie Lane, former bassist for The Small Faces. Over his career, Lane inspired many other musicians, including cult folkie Horsfall and Townshend who went on to become a household name in his own right.

‘Chameleon’, written as a love letter by Lane’s ex-wife Katy, is a fitting collaborative tribute.

‘From Me To You’ Beatles cover by Jess Thristan – single out November 27th

It’s a relatively common trope now (particularly in the run up to Christmas) to take an upbeat song by a classic band and slow it down for maximum emotional impact. That’s exactly the case for this classy take on The Beatles’ ‘From Me to You’, and thankfully this is one of the best demonstrations of that method you’ll find.

Opting for a slow build and starting with simple piano and vocal, the arrangement builds towards the end to great effect. Adding layers throughout, the song has a natural crescendo which isn’t there in the original, which in comparison stays at one level throughout. Here though, there’s an ebb and flow, thanks to the extra space the song as a whole has to breathe.

Of course, you can’t possibly say this is an improvement on the original. It’s a classic for a reason. But this is a different beast which just happens to have the same lyrics, chord and melody, and it’s all the better for it.

Emerging folk artists discovered for new Folkstock Records compilation – ‘Downtown’

It’s an exciting time in the UK right now for new folk artists, and one of the top independent labels at the forefront of the movement is the determined boutique outfit Folkstock Records.

Moving into November, Folkstock are heavily involved in the upcoming London Folk and Roots Festival. In particular, they will be hosting two Emerging Artists nights, on the first two Tuesdays of the month at The Islington.

The ‘Alt Country’ showcase on 4th November is headlined by Cambridge band Fred’s House and features Marina Florance from Norfolk, Kaity Rae from London and another Cambrige act, Ben Smith.

Kelly Oliver is headlining the . Joining her are Minnie Birch from Hemel Hempstead, Daria Kulesh from Kings Langley and Zoe Wren from London, currently studying music at Cambridge University. All the acts have impressive stories to tell and songs to sing and are worthy of a national platform.

And if that’s not enough, you can also hear all eight of these artists on a new compilation album celebrating the shows. You can hear the tracks above, and find out more about how you can get your own copy from folkstockrecords.com. You can even get a free copy if you’re going to one of the Emerging artists events.


Russell Suereth’s new album – ‘Spiritual Haven’

Ambient, chilled, meditative – these are just the first three of many that come to mind when you hear the music of Russell Suereth. A composer whose music is based on the spiritual, his new album , fittingly titled ‘Spiritual Haven’, is just what it says it is.

If you’re looking for an escape from the real world, you can’t go far wrong with this. Full of top quality tracks with great production like the one above, this is chill-out music at its most tactile.

Website: http://www.russellsuereth.com/spiritual-new-age-music

MetaQuorum – ‘North Sea Fret’ (from album ‘Midnight Sun’)

Already being championed by BBC Russia, BBC Introducing Newcastle and other local stations, MetaQuorum are a band on the up. Their unique blend of fused rock/funk/jazz shines on new single ‘North Sea Fret’, which is their first taste of debut album ‘Midnight Sun’ which is also out now.

The work of Russian Dmitry Ermakov and Dutch Koos Van Der Velde, who provide keyboard arrangements and production skills respectively, this song is an evocative demonstration of just how spellbinding music can be without the distraction of lyrics. Worthy of a place on any chill-out playlist, ‘North Sea Fret’ is a telling debut from a band who are turning heads.

Jerry Lawson album ‘Just a Mortal Man’ out now

An album seemingly four decades in the making, ‘Just a Mortal Man’ is something of a low key musical milestone. With a global career as a member of The Persuasions and Talk of the Town, Jerry Lawson had released a total of 22 albums until this past Monday, but never as a solo performer.

And now, this much loved artist has released his first album under his own name – and a great album it is too.

Warm and welcoming as a cup of tea after a winter’s day (hard to imagine in the current weather…), the album is a genuine treat. 13 tracks of such great class, full with the experience and gravitas only a lifetime on the stage can really bring.

From the bluesy opening of ‘Peace Like A River’ to the stripped back acoustic shuffle of ‘I’ll Come Running Back To You’ at the close, it simply oozes charm. If you’re looking for a comparison, think a raspier, even more relaxing Michael Kiwanuka.

New album: The Lowriders

Streaming now online (above), The Lowriders are an Essex based band whose debut album – self-titled – is extremely exciting. Their music, while containing production techniques which are identifiably modern, draws on rock and indie touches all the way through from the 1960s to the present day, setting them apart with an album which builds into a massive range of eclectic songs.

All drawn together but an earthy vocal which sounds just as gruff in falsetto as it does in bellowing chest voice, the songs sweep from huge choruses in the likes of ‘I Am Soldier’ to lighter moments such as ‘Beg & Steal’. Imagine an album that manages to envelope the power of early U2 with the subtle notes of Simon and Garfunkel and you’re close to getting it right.

The trick is to do that without jarring with the changes of pace. It’s hard to put your finger on how they’ve done it, but in the case of the Lowriders it all just knits together and sounds right somehow. Huge credit is due for that, and the next challenge will be coming up with a potential second album which can outshine this first one.