New alternative rock group Lasso Moon are set to release their love song ‘Kimota Codeine’. Taking influence from Pixies, Sonic Youth and Nick Cave, Lasso Moon has a minimalistic sound to create more honesty in their music. The single is being released alongside a homemade video that took inspiration from Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Down By Law’, which was filmed in black and white with one static shot.

Watch the music video for ‘Kimota Codeine’ here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_IaB6VNPqw

The minimalistic modern guitar sound mixes genres of hard rock, grunge and punk to form a raw honest style like no other. Lasso Moon aim to say something with their music and with ‘Kimota Codeine’ the track explores the theme of transformation, particularly in reference to codeine and how it numbs the stress of modern life. The theme is mirrored in the music video, which shows front man Bobby Westhead searching for a distraction, conveying that no one gives time to art anymore due to the constant diversion of the internet.

Check out more from Lasso Moon here:

https://soundcloud.com/lassomoon

https://www.facebook.com/lassomoon

https://www.instagram.com/lassomoon

https://twitter.com/LassoMoonMusic



The business of restoring pianos is a fine art that few people have the skills to do, but the Leverett family are pioneers of the industry who are able to bring old pianos back to their original standard, or even better.


Established by Colin, Derrick and Paul Leverett, Piano Restorations Ltd. possess the abilities to rebuild pianos almost from scratch and are renowned worldwide as the definitive experts in the field. The business is now extending itself into piano sales, offering both new and restored instruments, the latter of which will be at the company's 'better than new' condition and available at a fraction of the price.


For example, whilst a brand new Steinway piano can cost you anywhere from £80,000 upwards, Leverett Pianos will be selling their restored versions from around £36,000, a great deal considering the quality. However, one should not be led down the path of thinking that the Leverett family's restored pianos are substandard, as this is not the case. Their work at least matches the quality of the original and all pianos are wrapped in beautiful vintage casing, just for that extra touch.


The company is not new to the business either. With over 160 years of combined experience, the Leverett family have built a prestigious name for themselves within the industry, restoring pianos for the likes of Artur Pizarro, comedian, Bill Bailey, Ted Baker (the fashion designer) and even Stephen Fry who noted: "I was overwhelmed with the quality of craftsmanship, these artisans transformed a rather worn out and soulless instrument back into a beautiful heart warming piano: now all they have to do is restore my ability to play…”.


One should also not be fooled into thinking that Piano Restorations Ltd. is all about making the instrument 'look good' again; it is so much more. The company provide the full package, focusing on the small details as well as the fundamentals such as tone and craftsmanship. Achieving the company's high standards is a tough task, often taking around 240 hours to fully restore a piano, but it is a labour of love for the Leverett family whose passion for what they do is undoubtedly evident in their final products.


Also, piano lovers no longer have to actually own a piano to benefit from the company's services as Leverett pianos will be outsourcing worn out instruments that they can restore to their former glory. All of this craftsmanship takes place in Piano Restorations' state of the art, 5000 square foot workshop where they even produce traditional, bespoke soundboards that are essential for achieving that pure sound quality.


Piano Restorations have recently created an insider's video into their world, exhibiting the history and and quality craftsmanship at the heart of the company. The video shows the process of rebuilding an exquisite Bluthner Jubilee from the day it arrives to the fully rebuilt piano. It also features concert pianist Joseph Fleetwood who composed the music to the video, 'Moon Light over the River Tay'.


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


Find out more on Piano Restorations Ltd. here:


http://www.pianorestorations.co.uk/


www.leverettpianos.co.uk


https://www.facebook.com/Piano-Restorations-Ltd-149719248390033/


https://twitter.com/ukpiano



Illinois based band, Everything Under, are bringing back the seemingly lost genre of electro-rock with their dark, industrial sounding tunes.


Having already cemented themselves on the scene the anthemic 'Team', the band are now releasing the equally strong 'Happy Matters'. Following much the same style as their first single, the new track picks up where the band left off utilising a unique blend of space-like synths and haunting vocals, along with unusual sound effects and a hypnotising beat that create a potent combination.


Through their distinctive brand of music, the band themselves have noted that their objective is to 'expose the truth of reality to all living creatures through a medium called music while implementing feeling through vibration' and supposedly, the music is inspired by a musing cat “Plya” and a queen “Lucky”. If that's not intriguing enough for you to give them a listen, then I'm not sure what is.


Alongside Mark’s sound engineering techniques, he also taught himself how to play guitar and keyboard, with which he authored 34 new EU tracks that were mastered by world renowned Bernie Grundman.


You can watch the psychedelic video for 'Happy Matters' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uds0uHvykQM


Links:


https://www.youtube.com/user/EverythingUnderEU


https://twitter.com/EU_MusicTweets


https://www.instagram.com/everythingundereu/



Dance-pop singer, Ginny Vee, is bursting onto the scene with her get-up-and-dance anthem 'Give Me Dynamite'.


The Italian born singer had her talents scouted by LA producer, Christian Walden, who introduced to Mind The Floor Records. The upbeat single was arranged by Steve Manovski (co-producer and co-writer of Sigala’s hit single ‘Give Me Your Love’). It was recently taken to the Amsterdam Dance Event where it was immediately snapped up by Disco:Wax (Sony).


With a Euro-house vibe, 'Give Me Dynamite' is the kind of track that is sure to be a hit in the clubs due to its catchy chorus and infectious beat.


However, it hasn't always been straightforward for Ginny. Her parents often encouraged her to find a job with more security but Vee has always been drawn to performance and the arts. After a stint at law school, Ginny attended a creative arts school, worked as a model and even pursued an acting career in LA.


Despite this promising career pathway, Ginny always knew that singing was her passion and so she formed the cover group, Belle Ma Belle, where he has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the Italian music industry. After a few years, she made the break from the group and headed in her own direction which so far, is paying off, as can be seen from 'Give Me Dynamite'.


The track is out 16th December but you can listen to the teaser here:


http://www.ginnyvee.com/


Links:


https://www.facebook.com/ginnyveeofficial/


https://soundcloud.com/ginnyvee


https://twitter.com/GinnyVeeMusic


https://www.youtube.com/user/ginnyveeofficial


https://www.instagram.com/ginnyveemusic

2016 has been a challenging year to say the least. With a mass of natural disasters, celebrity deaths and controversial political decisions – the national feeling has been somewhat negative. But how has this affected our music choices?

Sunfly Karaoke, the market leaders in Karaoke technology, have released a unique report of the most popular Karaoke tracks of 2016. The report has been compiled from comprehensive analysis of downloads and streaming data from www.sunflykaraoke.com. The results, much like 2016, have been a little emotional.

With slow, emotional songs aplenty it appears that Saturday nights this year have been spent releasing our anxieties – pouring our hearts out over a microphone. Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’ has stolen the top-spot and the list also features equally-melancholy chart-toppers such as Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’, Calum Scott’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ and John Legend’s ‘All of Me’.

Showing things aren’t all doom and gloom, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ takes a respectable place at number 10. The likes of Justin Bieber, Little Mix and Elle King also inject a party vibe, revealing that at least some Brits still enjoy having a boogie and a sing-song. James Arthur’s comeback is now complete as he came in with the 7th most popular song - ‘Say You Won't Let Go’.

2016 was of course a very sad year due to the great musicians we lost. Sunfly’s report has also revealed that the popularity of David Bowie, Prince, Pete Burns, Merle Haggard and Bobby Vee has been reflected by an upsurge in the singing of their music. David Bowie karaoke tracks have seen a phenomenal upsurge of 800% and Prince sales are up 586%. Amy Winehouse’s version of ‘Valerie’ also remains very popular.

Top Karaoke Tracks 2016

1. Adele – When We Were Young

2. Justin Bieber – Love Yourself

3. Lukas Graham – 7 Years

4. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own

5. Justin Bieber – Sorry

6. Shawn Mendes – Stitches

7. James Arthur – Say You Won't Let Go

8. Sia – Cheap Thrills

9. James Bay – Let It Go

10. Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

11. Little Mix – Black Magic

12. John Legend – All Of Me

13. Elle King – Ex's & Oh's

14. Charlie Puth – One Call Away

15. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

The team at Sunfly have also predicted what the top Karaoke tracks sung on New Years’ Eve will be:

1. Auld Lang Syne

2. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers

3. Celebration by Kool & The Gang

4. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

5. Happy by Pharrell Williams

6. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

7. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson Feat: Bruno Mars

8. Get Lucky Daft Punk Feat: Pharrell Williams

9. Jump Around by House Of Pain

10. Hey Ya by Outkast

Dan Maidstone from www.sunflykaraoke.co.uk explains:

“Though there are a number of classics that people associate with being the ‘top karaoke tracks’, trends actually vary enormously year on year especially due to the changing demographics and tech that karaoke is enjoyed by. The days of ‘My Way’ or ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ topping the polls are long over.

With the launch of Sunfly’s sunflykaraoke.us USA download website, our browser-based streaming service and the Karaoke2U mobile app, 2016 has been really exciting for us, and it’s been enlightening to see the different ways that people are engaging with Karaoke technology.

Karaoke is a great activity for the Winter party season, and so we have recently introduced the Sunfly Satellite Touchscreen Laptop Karaoke System, which is hired out for parties and arrives with a portable PA, a couple of wireless mics and gives users access to the entire 16000+ Sunfly Karaoke HD range. It’s already been hired by Louis Vuitton for their office Christmas party!”

Sunfly are the market leaders in Karaoke technology – famed for offering the highest spec MP3+G Karaoke Downloads, instrumental songs and backing tracks for 25 years. All songs are produced 'in the style of' and recorded in the same key and tempo as the original artist – by a dedicated team of professional musicians and producers. They have a back catalogue of more than 16,000 Karaoke songs in all genres suitable for any occasion.



A group of world renowned musicians have come together to form the ultimate tribute the legend of Burt Bacharach. 'We All Love Burt Bacharach' is a collection of thirteen classics by the great songwriter in a mixture of styles, ranging from jazz to swing.


The album is the brainchild of Giampaolo Pasquile and Michele Garruti who took inspiration from the likes of Chet Baker, Michael Bublé and Norah Jones when piecing together the album.


Whilst there is an overall 'smooth jazz' feel to the album, there are hints of pop, funk and folk in there too that aim to look at Burt's beautiful songs from a new perspective. Included within the thirteen songs are five expertly crafted instrumentals such as 'Close To You' and 'What The World Needs Now Is Love'.


Famous European jazz pianist Massimo Colombo lent his talents to the creation of the album along with other notable musicians such as Peter Erskine (ex drummer of Weather Report), one of the most appreciated double bass players in the world, Darek 'Oles' Oleszkiewicz, Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets), Michael Stever, the new ‘White Cat’ and Kathleen Grace, a refined folksinger from the West Coast.


You can watch the teaser for the album here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUmKd1Z7YYk


Links:

https://www.facebook.com/weallloveburtbacharach/



After having been approached by major producers at Abbey Road studios, Norwegian songstress Line Mari is releasing her stunning debut album, 21 Days, on 16th December.


Line Mari creates indie infused alt-pop with a distinct edge, best exhibited on her stand out singles, 'Crush' and 'Haters'. Both tracks feature on the new album and were mastered by studio engineer Christian Wright who has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the pop and rock industry including Ed Sheeran, Keane, Eliza Doolittle and Blur.


However, it was talented producer Rob Cass who spied Line's talent and invited her over to Abbey Road Studios where she began working on her debut album, with the help of cutting edge producer Pearse MacIntyre.


Bursting with fresh young vibes ’21 Days’ demonstrates Line Mari’s powerful and wide ranging vocals whilst still maintaining a hint of rock.


Even the album cover has a special quirk, as the first editions have a small amount of gold pressed into the logo and the reverse side features a beautiful painting of Line's custom shop Gibson guitar.


You can listen to the new album here:

https://play.spotify.com/album/01mELWzkBZHvF2d9KfC3dm
Links:


www.linemari.com


https://soundcloud.com/line-mari


https://twitter.com/linemarimusic


https://www.facebook.com/linemarimusic



Unique doo-wop-come-punk-poet duo, The Senti-Mentals, have released something a little different for this year's batch of new Christmas songs.


'You Show Me Yours At Xmas' is a quirky and slightly kinky take on the Christmas song that strays from the typical conventions of a festive singalong.


With an infectiously catchy chorus and a hilarious video to match, The Senti-Mentals are on to a winner for the festive period.


The band is the brainchild of John Dobinson and Paul Eccentric who have joined forces to create a sound unheard of in this day and age. The song channels the style of 50s rock'n'roll and doo-wop style music whilst taking inspiration from Christmas greats like Wizzard and Slade.


The duo explain that the song is about 'that one guy from accounts who assumes that every lady in the office wants to go home with him but he couldn’t be further from the truth'- a theme that fits perfectly with the Christmas party scene. The humorous track mixed by Pete Hammond was originally about the ridiculousness of the ‘chatting up’ process but soon became the perfect Christmas party classic.


Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ku_-Q01xd8&feature=youtu.be


Links:

http://www.senti-mentals.co.uk

http://pauleccentric.co.uk/the-senti-mentals/

https://twitter.com/theantipoet

https://www.facebook.com/AntipoetThe

Underwater artist Christy Lee Rogers collaborates with fellow artist and musician Ryan Murphy to form the alternative rock duo Bayonesse. The artists both found that the medium of music was a more 'powerful and intense' art form to express their emotions and thoughts but they haven't left their art behind. Their debut single 'Angel Touching Down' has been released alongside an underwater music video directed and filmed by Rogers herself, starring Bayonesse themselves.

The dark and avant grande underwater music video for their debut single 'Angel Touching Down' was edited by award winning filmmaker Ray Izad-Mehr who gives life to the darkness hidden in the emotive lyrics. The raw footage is completely unaltered and un-coloured and just stylised with state of the art editing techniques.

With influences ranging from Muse to Imagine Dragons, Bayonesse form an entirely unique and unsual sound.
Stream ‘Angel Touching Down’ here: [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/293225317" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]



Brighton-based singer-songwriter, Homesick Mick, is on the up having released his debut EP, 'Black Hole Friday' and there is an album to follow in the new year.


The mysterious Homesick Mick is not only a musician of intrigue, but he is also a social activist, tackling the big issues on behalf of the little guys; a sort of superhero-musician, if you will.


In conjunction with the release of his EP, Homesick Mick has been battling the pertinent topic plaguing the news of billionaire tycoon, Sir Philip Green, and the BHS pensions. The former owner of the high street clothing chain has been accused of extorting the employees of the store after selling the business for a measly £1 and making off with the money that should have gone to their pensions.


The story has received a lot of attention from the media and Homesick Mick has fought for what he believed was right by starting a social media campaign to raise awareness of Green's deceitful behaviour and also making a petition to urge him to pay back the pensions.


Homesick Mick's campaign culminated on 25th November when he took to the streets of London to protest outside Topshop, another of Philip Green's stores. The protest was a success drawing the attention of the media who came down to cover the story, and Mick hopes this will have drawn the attention of the billionaire.


Fighting the man aside, Homesick Mick's debut release gives us a taste of what to expect from his upcoming album, 'The Mysterious Abduction & Return of Homesick Mick'. His style blends hints of jazz, acoustic folk and even rock, forming a unique combination that sets Homesick Mick apart from the crowd.


'Black Hole Friday' includes the infectiously catchy 'La Troc' that will have you humming for hours, as well as the festive themed 'Prisoner to the Past'.


The EP is out now, having been released in unison with the start of the Black Friday sales, whilst 'The Mysterious Abduction & Return of Homesick Mick' will be available from 13th January 2017. Watch this space.


Links:

https://twitter.com/PhilFreeFriday

https://www.facebook.com/HomesickMick/?fref=ts

https://open.spotify.com/album/4gDzxsdaggebYdvPOOFq2f

http://homesickmick.com/


Tuffet Bunnies is the moniker by which singer-songwriter, Clem Darling otherwise goes.

With a folk-rock-pop vibe, Darling writes endearing love songs for his girlfriend, Scarlett, hence the name of the EP. All four songs on the EP relate to the often difficult to describe feelings involved when being in love.

Darling's simple, yet emotive lyrics were always loved by his biggest fan, his grandmother. The Holocaust survivor unfortunately passed away recently, but Darling continues to write his music in the same manner that pleased his Grandma.

Tuffet Bunnies has been compared to the likes of Beck and Paul Simon, but he has developed his own unique style, describing the songs on the EP as though 'they’ve been written by a bunch of gypsies that popped out of the back of a caravan'.

'Everything' is a highlight of the EP with a jovial, upbeat vibe to it, accompanied by a quintessentially folky violin lead.

Darling is looking to reinvent a genre which seems to have disappeared in recent years and 'Love Songs For Scarlett' certainly does that.

Links
https://www.instagram.com/tuffetbunnies/
https://soundcloud.com/tuffetbunnies
https://mobile.twitter.com/tuffetbunnies

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