Luke Potter – ‘Something More’ single

Chilled and subtle in all the right ways, ‘Something More’ is the thoughtful new single from highly thought-of UK songwriter Luke Potter. Now in his early 20s, this is a man with huge potential who has already worked with a host of top producers.

The single is also set to be included on a brand new album, coming next year, and you can whet the appetite for that by purchasing your very own copy on iTunes.

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’.

New single – ‘Safe Island’ – Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson is a young songwriter from Edinburgh whose new single ‘Safe Island’ is out now. And it’s quite a track.

Following on the heels of well received recent single ‘Pieces of Me’, ‘Safe Island’ is arguably an even stronger track. It’s out now on iTunes, and should be sought out if you’re a fan of new artists with real potential.

Naomi (the artist formerly known as Caleidra) returns with new EP

Thoughtful and mature at the same time as boasting a hugely infectious melody or two, ‘Rivers Run’ is the latest track from UK singer-songwriter Naomi.

The track is a strong precursor to ‘Take Back the Power’, an EP which comes out on April 22nd, and is yet another example of why the UK press and top UK producers are falling over each other to get on board with this talented youngster.

Seemingly wise beyond her years, Naomi is arguably one of the most exciting independent prospects on the UK music scene – a reputation which can only grow thanks to this top quality release.

Head over to http://www.naomimusic.co.uk/

‘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.

Simple but complex – new acoustic EP from Calming River

Pared back and simple at the same time as being impressively complex and intricate, the music of Calming River walks a fine balance. Built around the foundation of some excellent finger picked acoustic guitar, his songs are infused with style and feeling from the get go – and that’s without even mentioning the relatable and very real lyrics.

New EP ‘The Ones We Left Behind’ shares many tropes with the work of Damien Rice – particularly a dark atmosphere which is rescued from becoming maudlin through sheer talent. Yes, the subject matter isn’t the happiest, but that doesn’t matter because all you can hear is the marriage of acoustic guitar and vocal. That pairing is a timeless one, passed down through the ages, and this EP is a timely reminder of why.

http://www.calmingrivermusic.com/

EP: ‘In Pursuit of Happiness’ – Flaming June

With a light, musical touch and beautifully cambered melodies, Flaming June have for a long time now been releasing music which will tickle folk fancies. And although they have reintroduced a fuller band sound for new EP ‘In Pursuit of Happiness’, the addition of new layers has done little to dampen those qualities.

IF anything, the new layers have added extra texture to Flaming June’s melodic tapestry. Previous EPs, more focussed on acoustic sounds, have been lovely explorations of female empowerment or lack thereof in the modern world. ‘In Pursuit of Happiness’ keeps these themes, but has more freedom to play with the structures and ideas thanks to the wider range of instruments involved.

The song above is a great example – clever song writing, full of great ideas and complimented by the ebb and flow of the full band sound. For more, the website is here.

‘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.

Rachel Ann Crowned TeenStar Singing Competition Winner

The national singing competition TeenStar has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious Future Music competition winners, Rachel Ann from Bournemouth, Dorset has been crowned the champion of the national TeenStar competition at The NEC in Birmingham!

Singing Competition Winner

 

Rachel Ann was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd and a prestigious music industry judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday night. Her unique performance of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” won over the competition industry judges making her the overall winner of TeenStar. She will now be offered a recording and development deal including a £5,000 advance to spend on the development of her music.

The national singing competition is brought to you by Future Music – the company behind the discovery of artists such as such as Luke Friend and Karen Hardy both of which have had chart success this year, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music.

Music industry judges at the National Singing Competition Grand Final

 

After impressing the judging panel at the auditions, Rachel Ann battled against more than 9,000 acts who entered for TeenStar this year across the UK. She went on to perform in the TeenStar live showcases, battling through both Regional and Area Final heats to make it to the national Grand Final.

 

The judging panel for the Grand Final included record label representatives from Universal, as well representatives from music management companies, recording studios, professional musicians, national press representatives and the examination board, Rock School.

 

Rachel Ann has now won a comprehensive consultation package with Future Music, an extensive winner’s publicity package, and an amazing £5,000 advance to spend on the development of her music. On winning the prizes Rachel said, “I’m literally speechless, overjoyed with happiness. Thank you to everyone for all the support!”

 

Chris Grayston, Head Judge and Director of Future Music has said, “Rachel Ann has been a stand out act throughout the TeenStar competition. Her unique vocal range and emotive performances make her a clear winner!” Check out more information about the TeenStar Champion on the website here.

Future Music is also about to start singing auditions for Open Mic UK, find more information and enter music competition Open Mic UK now. Also check out the Future Music Songwriting Contest, which is specifically for songwriters of any age and genre.

Jess Thristan – ‘Live on Love’, new EP and video

Light on its feet and with a lovely sense of fun, this is the latest video from excellent UK songwriter Jess Thristan. ‘Live on Love’ is the title track from her new EP, which was released on Monday.

Having always loved a touch of acoustic country, Jess Thristan has fully embraced it with this particular track, giving it a beautiful, lilting style that really helps it stick out. It very much suits the weather around the UK at the moment too – a perfect summer song to match those blue skies.

Combining the upbeat with the laid back is a difficult trick to pull off, but this lovely magician has continued a hot run of form by doing just that.