Two music legends, Lenny Fontana and D-Train, have joined forces to create a classic New York dance-floor hit with crisp beats and infectious melodies wrapped around a vocal that could only ever be recognised as the power-tones of James himself.

Check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/karmicpowerrecords/lenny-fontana-feat-d-train-when-you-feel-what-love-has-original-mix

Brooklyn singer James ‘D-Train’ Williams is famous for eighties electrofunk hits such as ‘You’re the One for Me’ and ‘Keep On’ and has toured with an extensive list of renowned musicians including Shania Twain, Steve Winwood, Sheila E, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Jay Z, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Austin and Earth Wind And Fire. Meanwhile, International Dj and Dance Music Producer Lenny Fontana is known primarily for forging the hit 1999 single ‘What You Need’ with Duane Harden as part of the duo Powerhouse and "Chocolate Sensation". Fontana has worked alongside artists from Norma Jean from Chic, Crystal Waters and Byron Stingly from Ten City and runs his own record label Karmic Power Records.

D-Train now lives in Brooklyn and regularly practices martial arts, yoga and meditation; whilst Lenny Fontana is busy running his own label (under which this track is produced), as well as being an avid collector of toy trains. Both have scored number one hits and appeared on Top of the Pops.

‘When You Feel What Love Has’ has already achieved over 111k plays on Soundcloud and is set to be a dancefloor hit this summer. Five mixes and a music video are in production.

The single is out now having dropped April 3rd.

Links:
www.lennyfontana.com
https://www.facebook.com/lennyfontana/
https://soundcloud.com/karmicpowerrecords

When You Feel What Love Does
Up-and-coming Italian singer and songwriter, 1ofUs delivers his debut EP, CIRCLES, a stunning electropop record themed around his life’s journey.

Having attempted to pursue a career in music over two decades ago (he was signed to Warner at one point), the artist was forced to abandon his dreams after his project due to ‘reasons not pertaining to the music, regrettably, in the end, never eventuated’.

Pouring his creative energy into a career in Architecture, he opened his own studio in Frankfurt, Germany where he spent the next three years. He then moved back to Northern Italy where he continued to work for the next 20 years projecting buildings and vast urban areas across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Listen to 'Home' here: https://soundcloud.com/user-584708832

This long overdue EP sees the artist finally returning to music, reflecting on his experience with a newfound wisdom.

‘This is the origin of the EP title, CIRCLES,’ he explains. ‘Everything in life comes back somehow, like a circle.’

No longer young, CIRCLES nonetheless feels surprisingly fresh in sound, sporting some very flashy and modern electronic instrumentation courtesy of producers Andy Whitmore and Matt Knight. Born on the border between Italy and Slovenia, his music also contains a touch of Italian/Balkan influence. The album was recorded and produced in London. Lead single ‘Home’ takes inspiration from the November 2015 Paris bombings, reflecting on the need for home as a place of peace for oneself and for others. It is a topical and highly relatable song that proves Francesco’s musical relevance and his talents as a lyricist. As he further explains: ‘the song touches on the difficulties of being free, of loving, of being together, and the fact that this hardship must not stop the journey towards our soul.’

A music video is in the works scheduled to be finished by mid-April.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/1ofUsUk/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
https://twitter.com/1ofUs_Music

1ofUs
A London four piece on the rise ready for March 12th album launch

Album teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad9NFL9NEHQ
Album teaser full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQt6hR6e--c

When a new band are being compared to the finest in British indie over the last two decades, then you should already know that they will be a force to be reckoned with. Lazlo Device are a four piece from London who have already been likened to Elbow, Arcade Fire, Alt J, Blur, Tool, Joy Division, Radiohead and more. With their very own brand of hypnotic, ethereal indie-rock, they are quickly picking up momentum and new fans in equal measure.

Having already supported the likes of 10cc and Finley Quaye in huge UK shows, Lazlo Device are now ready to make their mark. It all started with two previously released EPs, which quickly established their subtle, infectious sound. Now, following the ‘Looking Glass’ single release (see the video below), their ‘Duelism’ album is set to take them to new heights.

‘Looking Glass’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_WqIeYOQRA

The album launch on March 12th at the Barfly, London will be the final culmination of what the band describe as “4 years of hard bloody work”. That hard work has resulted in a well-rounded blend of melodic guitar, distinctive vocals and superb production which makes up the ‘Duelism’ album.

On first listen, it’s immediately clear that this album comes from a confident band sure in their footing. From the very first melodic guitar tones of opening track ‘Gunslinger’, this is dripping with swagger and style. And once those drums kick in, a motor is underway that doesn’t stop until the final chords of the excellently twisted ‘Raining Sun’, complete with electronica overtones. In a way, these bookends typify the variety on offer from Lazlo Device – from straight up rock to 80s tinged synth sounds.
In between tracks like ‘Uncertain Beginnings’ show a lighter side thanks to the classical style piano section overlaid with that superb distinct vocal. Then later there’s ‘Momo’, which is almost surf rock in its laid back nature. These are just a few examples from an album chock full of creativity, ideas and quality.

It’s an LP that’s made to turn heads, and with the likes of Dominic Howard (Muse) and Howard Donald (Take That) already among their fans, the scene is set for the album to make a real impact. If further proof is needed, they have also garnered the attention of pop legend Neneh Cherry, who recently attended one of their gigs. Their music is also about to be featured on a forthcoming BBC documentary about the Black Panthers.

It’s all set up to be a huge year for Lazlo Device, and it all starts with the ‘Duelism’ album.

Links:
http://www.thelazlodevice.com/videos.html
https://soundcloud.com/the-lazlo-device
https://twitter.com/thelazlodevice
https://www.facebook.com/thelazlodevice/


Portsmouth rockers Free From Gravity are about to release their wonderfully positive message of overcoming life struggles in a melodically addictive new song called “The Long Road”.

Blending in perfectly elements of classic rock from the 60s and 70s with the more chilled out 90s interpretations a la Bluetones the song has already become quite a sensation in the online community. Music blog Go Hard Magazine has described the lyrics as “emotional, compassionate and inspirational” while music website JamSphere reads: “I don’t know if Vince Barnes has studied music, but he is clearly evolving from a songwriter into a true composer, and the result is extremely satisfying.”

Listen here: https://youtu.be/8jpiyLJqR8A

“The Lond Road” was inspired by Vince’s mum’s battle with cancer which she bravely overcame. As a reminder of the hardships life can put on people, it is ultimately a confirmation of positivity and optimism, encouraging anyone who is in recovery to stay strong. Many of the band’s fans can relate to the lyrics and singer Vince remembers a sober alcoholic coming up to him once after gig, telling him how much the song means to him.

Free From Gravity are no strangers to great live performance, having played in front of up to 4000 people in the past and getting a couple of hundred Spanish fans singing along to their songs at a gig abroad. Apart from the success they have accomplished with their own concerts, the four-piece, consisting of Vince Barnes, TJ Jackson, Jason Gray and Lewis Trickett, has supported bands such as the Pat McManus Band or Mark Morris of Bluetones and worked with people such as Andy Mitchel of The Yardbirds.

The band, whose name was inspired by a WonderBra advert which said “Free Yourself From Gravity”, is showing resemblance to some of the major players in 20th century music ranging from The Eagles to The Who. Next to being excellent songwriters, instrumentalists and performers Free From Gravity are a group that adopted an approach to getting their music heard which is driven by passion and a go-getting spirit. “We perform guerrilla gigs where we pitch up and play at a venue or on the street. We are handing out flyers as we play”, explains Vince who is a professional when it comes to DIY and self-promotion.

With a combination of this kind of work ethic and a dedication to good songs the lads are on a steady and way up!

Live Dates: April 6th at The Bedford Tavern in Balham, London July 2nd - Hoefest in Waterlooville (near Portsmouth)

LINKS:
https://soundcloud.com/freefromgravityband
https://www.facebook.com/freefromgravitymusic/

https://soundcloud.com/rachelmyall/two-sides-of-me-1

With the release of her first solo EP ‘Science’, singer-songwriter Rachel Myall has managed to transform emotionally challenging past encounters into a sound that takes inspiration from some of the biggest folk and blues legends.

Lyrically, Rachel Myall impresses with emotional storytelling à la Dolly Parton and the melancholic romanticism of songwriters like Tim Buckley, while her sublime vocal maturity reminds of singers such as Laura Marling. Her new single ‘Two Sides of Me’ is an emotional portrayal of the inner struggles and strains that relationships can cause. Taken from the upcoming EP ‘Science’, Rachel’s vocal perfection and lyrical sharpness form a beautiful sonic experience that the singer herself likes to describe as melancholic folk blues.

“I have taught myself how to write songs over the years“, she says, “it starts with me writing the lyrics and working out the melody/rhythm/structure. Usually a line or two goes round my head for ages then the rest comes together pretty quickly after that. I then build up the music in my head. I can hear the instruments that I want, the harmonies, the riffs. I work with other musicians to bring the song to life, singing the parts and explaining what I want, working together to tease out what I’m looking for. So it can be quite a long creative process, piecing songs together bit by bit, but a very interesting and collaborative one.”

The Single ‘Two Sides of Me’ is out on 26th February and the EP ‘Science’ is out on 18th March 2016.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/rachelmyallmusic/?ref=hl
http://www.rachelmyall.com/
https://rachelmyall.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/rachelmyall
https://www.instagram.com/rachelmyallmusic/
https://twitter.com/rmyallmusic
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLoRSmEsd6lORxWaOlHWbcg




Magnificent counter-tenor Iestyn Morris, nominated as ‘Best male in an opera production’ in the 2016 Wales Theatre Awards, is about to release more English song; Roger Quilter’s mystically romantic “By a Fountainside”.

Described as “a gifted ‘all-rounder’” by Digital Journal, the musician and actor is one of the brightest stars shining in the contemporary world of classical music. “By a Fountainside” is taken from his upcoming EP release in which he recorded a collection of 19th and 20th century settings of Jacobean texts.

2016 is marking Iestyn’s 10 year anniversary as a professional opera singer which has led him to start recording some of the songs that were part of his journey throughout the last decade. His latest single release is an introduction to a romantic world of nostalgia, taking on a Jacobean text by Ben Johnson. He explains: “Listening again to live recordings of concerts I’ve performed over the years, I feel that many of these songs deserve a proper studio recording.”

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/quitegreatpr/by-a-fountainside

Having had extensive experience on the world’s opera stages, one of his latest successes was his role as Peter Pan in the eponymous opera at the Royal Opera House in London last year. His extraordinary interpretation earned many praises in the media such as The Birmingham Post writing:”A new counter-tenor role on this scale is something rather special; Morris was both physically and vocally agile, with a charisma that, at crucial moments, held the whole theatre rapt.”

Winner of awards such as the Tracey Chadwell Award for contemporary song or the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, the counter-tenor has performed in various high profile venues around the world. Born and raised in London, Iestyn has had an unusual start to his career having studied Mechanical Engineering at University before going on to study early music and then opera at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In his spare time he is creative in a somewhat different aspect; as a self-taught upholsterer, he is currently refurbishing a late French chaise long.

The Single “By a Fountainside” is out on 1st April 2016.
The EP “Iestyn Morris” is out on 15th April 2016

Links:
www.twitter.com/iestyncounter
https://www.facebook.com/Iestyn-Morris-1561738167419807/timeline/?ref=br_rs
http://iestynmorris.com/

“Raving Wild has all the seriousness of good indie folk music but is very pop-alt relevant!”
-Jamsphere-

Raving Wild is set to release contemplative indie EP ‘Kolmanskop’, a cathartic project that deals with life lessons learned from past mistakes.

Having appeared on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 show and BBC Introducing Three Counties amongst others, Raving Wild is one of the most intriguing and riveting singer songwriters on the indie scene at the moment. Signed to Coffee Jingle Records, the musician has earned praises from media platforms such as The National Student declaring that Raving Wild aka. Graham Iddon is “crafting a sound that is delicate yet powerful, embedding subtle instrumental intricacies within hook-heavy ballads.” Other people who complimented his music include Liz Mitchell of Boney M.

With a touch of Jeff Buckley and City and Colour, the EP and eponymous single ‘Kolmanskop’ is an ode to an abandoned mining town in the Namib desert which Raving Wild used as a symbol for the EP’s concept “Lessons learned in the desert”, an inspiration that derived from a soul searching mission in which the artist wanted to understand how he could learn from past mistakes and understand the world around him better. The lead single, ‘At The Crossroads’, sets the perfect mood for the life journey that the singer describes in the record.

Check out ‘At The Crossroads’ here: https://www.reverbnation.com/ravingwild/song/25219893-at-the-crossroads?0

Having lived in a miner’s town himself during his early childhood years (albeit not in the desert but in the North East of England), Raving Wild has managed to mix concept with personal experience. To make the recording process as authentic and ‘desert-like’ as possible, the singer dehydrated himself 24 hours prior to the making of ‘Kolmanskop’. He also explains: “This is, to my knowledge, the only track in the world where a pickaxe makes part of the percussion.”

Raving Wild has recently had the opportunity of playing at the film set of the latest Star Wars movie at the prestigious Pinewood Studios in London as well as in front of a couple of thousand people at Parklife Festival in Aylesbury last year. Apart from being a talented songwriter and lyricist, Raving Wild’s interests range from attempting to break the record in the land speed of an office chair or eating a tin of hot dogs in the fastest time possible. He’s managed eight in 16 seconds which means he did not break the record.

We might not read about Raving Wild in the Guinness Book of Records, but it is more than likely that he will gain growing attention for his music in the world’s entertainment sections.

The EP Kolmanskop is out on 28th March 2016

Pre-order ‘Kolmanskop’ here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kolmanskop-ep/id1082191006

Links:
www.twitter.com/ravingwild
www.soundcloud.com/ravingwild
www.ravingwild.co.uk
www.facebook.com/ravingwild


The Truebelles are ready to shake up the pop scene with plenty of soulful energy while aspiring to remodel the traditional image of femininity in today’s world of media and music.

After having been able to gain experience singing with Stevie Wonder’s musical director and bass player, Nate Watts, and doing backing vocals for Coree Richards of Damage, lead singer Grace has now started her own musical project with friends Talullah and Lorena. With the help of producers Steve Snead and Mat Condon, who has previously played keyboard in Katie Melua’s band, the newcomers comprise remarkable vocal skills with the spirit of rebellious girl power. Their funky debut single ‘If Your Heart Is There’ is a melodic bubble gum explosion that creates the kind of buzz that makes you get out of bed in the morning. The track features rapper XYM who is known for having played alongside Colin Farrell in the film London Boulevard.

Click here to listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBLqQWamFMg

The London based group combines their music with a world view that sees women stepping out of a narrowly defined image which reduces them to merely being pretty, as Grace puts it: “Sometimes people like to see a woman with balls. The masculine side of women is not so often portrayed in the media. Annie Lennox, Kate Bush, Madonna have done it. It makes pop art more interesting.” Grace started singing at the age of seven. She used to be in a girl gang in high school and kept skipping classes to make videos as part of a production company she created with two of her friends in which they “used to run around screaming creating Blair Witch Project type scream flicks.” She says: “They used to call us the Kill Twins.”

The Truebelles are a band, an art collective and a feminist statement about the differences between men and women when it comes to communication – which, ideally, they’d like to overcome with their work. Difficulties of communication between the two sexes has been part of the story of how ‘If Your Heart Is There’ and the entire project, in fact, has come to life. The narrative of their song writing is specifically pro-female and committed to the idea of presenting women as fun and exciting. When Grace first moved to London and met producer Steve she initially refused to work with him because she “thought he was a weirdo”. It took another two years to get her in the studio to record the track.

Having been able to overcome their very own communication problems, The Truebelles are now ready to revive modern feminist pop with their debut single taken from the upcoming album ‘Truebelles Coming’.

The single ‘If Your Heart Is There’ is out on 12th February 2016.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/The-Truebelles-920344594701415/
https://twitter.com/ttruebelles
http://thetruebelles.com/


The Lazlo Device is the new voice of indie. With a dreamy mix of melodic guitars and contemplative vocals the London based band manages to transport the qualities of 80s shoegazing into a 21st century narrative. The four-piece counts music professionals like Dominic Howard (Muse) and Howard Donald (Take That) among their fans and recently had pop legend Neneh Cherry attend one of their gigs. After what they describe as “four years of hard bloody work” the band has reached a level of proficiency that is made for big stages as can be heard in their upcoming single ‘Looking Glass’ from the album Duelism.

Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_WqIeYOQRA

The band has taken inspiration from the likes of Muse, Radiohead, Joy Divison or Arcade Fire and has proved to be equally as a capable to beautifully balance out the darker tones in their songs with a gradually building up sense of elation. Apart from demonstrating musical excellence members Dan Murdoch, Ross Saunders, Leo Fenn and Mark Litobarski are all active in a wide range of artistic spheres stretching from painting to film making and radio work. Ross works as a studio manager at Radio 1 and Dan has been a successful filmmaker for the BBC over the last few years.

Being formed out of the remains of noteworthy bands such as Goldroom, DP Wives or Turbowolf the lads combine years of experience with a well developed sound and a massive portion of diligence. The diversity of their style is primarily a product of various musical backgrounds. All four members are songwriters in their own right and having been influenced by a broad range of different genres has contributed greatly to the uniqueness of their songs.

The Lazlo Device has been played on various radio stations in the past, they have been on the bill at numerous festivals and have launched two EPs so far. Their music is also about to be featured on a forthcoming BBC documentary about the Black Panthers. With an electrifying album and a single coming up it’s only a question of time before the Lazlo Device are headlining arenas.

The single ‘Looking Glass’ will be out on 4th March 2016.

Links:
http://www.thelazlodevice.com/videos.html
https://soundcloud.com/the-lazlo-device
https://twitter.com/thelazlodevice
https://www.facebook.com/thelazlodevice/


In terms of the promotion of peace through art Loopexx are pretty much the John and Yoko of the 21st century. The Austrian musicians Eric K. and Pipo AKA James Philip Platzer have created a unique project melting their separate musical pasts consisting of beatboxing and rock music into a beautiful message of respect, love and tolerance. As true supporters of social change the duo puts their beliefs into practice by donating their entire profit to charity. Eric and Pipo’s motto is that “making music is a gift that can inspire other creatives. If we can use that gift to do something good then we have achieved our goal.” In their aim to spread the positive vibes around the globe they are now releasing their first single ‘Here We Are, There We Go’, an emphatic pop/rock tune they dedicated to refugees.

Click here to have a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtWbtqMQCL8

The idea to help those in need has started with the Eric setting up his own multi-media company called Performers in 2014 which is a talent showcase platform supporting young artists worldwide. After a little jam with his colleague James the two realised that, although from two completely different musical backgrounds, they could create a musical magnetism that could be put to good use. The name has derived from the idea to loop the sound effects of beatbox, vocals and guitar sounds. Their musical style is very much a mix of different genres. While Pipo comes more from an R’n’B background Eric has previously worked as a rock musician. The outcome is a multifaceted pop assortment which is galvanized by Pipo’s beatbox prowess. Honing his skill as a human drum machine has mainly resulted out of necessity since he wasn’t able to afford the real drum set he wanted when he was younger. Since the two have had extensive experience as musicians for years they manage to create an idiosyncratic sound which is based on technical proficiency.

Both Eric and Pipo have been struck with life experiences that had a great impact on their determination to bring happiness to people. Having been a professional football player from 1978 to 1991 Eric’s life underwent a sudden change after he had an accident that wouldn’t allow him to walk for an entire year. During that period he decided that the only medicine he needed to get better was music. His healing process began by helping out other people, first as a motivational coach and then finally through his art.

Being half Filipino Pipo has had to deal with racism throughout most of his life. Not understanding why some people judge by the colour of someone’s skin he chose to turn the pain he experienced into something positive and started putting his energy into working for Austrian social services, helping out young people who struggle with addiction. During a year abroad in the Philippines he encountered various natural catastrophes. One of them was Typhoon Haiyan, which has been recorded as one of the deadliest cyclones in history. After this event nearly caused him to die he found a new appreciation for life and the will to work for the greater good has become stronger than ever.

While charity is certainly always needed Loopexx couldn’t have appeared on the scene at a more relevant time. With political dissatisfaction all around us this band is setting an example of hope and reminds us that good music can do so much more than just please our ears.

The single ‘Here Were Are, There You Go’ will be out on 4th March 2016.

LINKS:
http://perform-ers.com/channel/loopexx
https://www.facebook.com/Loopexx-871420476241194/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/loopexx1
https://www.instagram.com/loopexx/


Festival season is far from over in November – Ilfracombe Rocks Festival in Devon is a must for every classic rock’n’roll fan who loves to dwell in nostalgia as well as discover what’s new in the magnificent world of rock these days.

After having been a massive success in 2015 the tickets for 2016 are already on sale at an extraordinary price of only £30 for the whole weekend and a very affordable £9 per head a night for accommodation –don’t miss out and grab yours now!

Having grown over the years, Ilfracombe Rocks will accommodate up to 1500 music lovers this November. The three-day event is held from 4th-6th November 2016. Brought to life by iconic radio presenter DJ John Forster, known for hosting the number one unsigned rock music show on the net called ‘Dr. John’s Unsigned Rock Surgery’ on Rockbandom Radio, this event is a true gem for admirers of handmade sonic bliss. Located in John Fowler’s Holiday Park in Devon the annual celebration of gritty guitars and amplified solos is a perfect way to spend a rock’n’roll weekend not only for hardcore bikers in leather jackets, but for the whole family!

This year’s headliners are some of the most excellent tribute bands in the scene. Thunderstruck, The ZZtops and Higher on Maiden will be bringing back the days of rock revolution. While there’s certainly a whiff of nostalgia in the air, the festival is also host to some of Europe’s finest new unsigned rock bands. This is a brilliant way to get to listen to potential stars on the rise and the stadium fillers of tomorrow!

Dr. John’s motto is simple – the DJ wants to promote good quality music and says: “the unsigned scene is possibly the most under-listened aspect of rock music. In many cases it is far superior to the mainstream and more honest. Many of them don’t get anywhere near the airplay and exposure they deserve.” That is why he decided to extend his work at the radio and give emerging artists an additional platform to get heard.

- TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM 1st FEBRUARY 2016-

To get your ticket for the whole weekend just go to http://www.drjohnsunsignedrocksurgery.co.uk/the-surgery-live-2016/ !

To include accommodation please pay additionally:

One 4-bed-room per night: £36 for one person (£9 per head if four people share, £12 per head if three people share, £18 per head for two people)

Accomodation for the whole Weekend: £72 for one person per room(£18 per head if four people share, £24 per head if three people share, £36 for two people)

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/ilfracomberocksa2016/?fref=ts

www.facebook.com/DrJohnsUnsignedRockSurgery/

http://www.drjohnsunsignedrocksurgery.co.uk/

http://www.drjohnsunsignedrocksurgery.co.uk/the-surgery-live-2016/

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