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I was recently on panels for the Guinness Amplify workshops around the country in Galway, Belfast, Dublin and Cork along with some people who have found themselves working in the music industry from people in labels, festivals, managers, radio, publishing, digital strategy and more. The workshops were set up so that musicians could ask the… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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villaincrew

Some old school rap vibes are in full effect on ‘We Out To Get The Money’, the new track from Los Angeles rap crew Villain Park. It was produced by Smoke Dawg. The track is a free download, and will be on the rising crew’s upcoming release Same Ol Shit. Ones to watch. Villain Park… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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vallisalps

Thanks to the popularity of acts like London Grammar, there’s been a succession of suavepop R&B acts that have deliberately or otherwise, followed a similar imprint: yearning, rich vocal tones; warm minimal electronic R&B backing and on-point production techniques. Think of The Hics, Mansionair, Aquilo, Klo, George Maple, Wet and Halos to name but a… Read more »

Posted on January 13th, 2015

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ohw

One of the bands I’m most excited about at the moment are this duo from London. Their M.O. so far is simple. One track a month, posted on Soundcloud for 12 months. They’ve proved they can do strong simple melodious trip-hop music, girl-boy chemistry and direct pop. For ‘All We Do’, their fourth track in… Read more »

Posted on December 1st, 2014

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lapsley

It’s always heartening and encouraging to see a nascent artist go from the bedroom to the studio to a live setting especially when it’s an artist like Lapsley, who while she had great tunes in ‘Station’, ‘Painter’ and ‘Falling Short’, was still only 17 and had yet to show she had the mettle to take… Read more »

Posted on November 26th, 2014

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Director Steven Spielberg might be pretty well known internationally but he doesn’t have the international life background of Speelburg, a new musician who is American/Belgian who grew up in France and is now living in Brighton. As well as is own track ‘Aubrey’ and his recent collab with Bondax ‘Something Good’, Noah Sacré rapped on… Read more »

Posted on November 20th, 2014

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panther

LA duo Made In Heights, producer Sabzi and vocalist Kelsey Bulkin have had a couple of fine tracks this year. Their latest ‘Panther’ is a confident step up into a more defined R&B soul mood with Bulkin sharing her desire for a partner while cello provides some mournful tones. The song is on Spotify . Made In Heights… Read more »

Posted on November 19th, 2014

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Kate Stewart is a young producer and singer who’s caught my attention recently thanks to the track ‘Close Enough’. A singer who puts across an expressive personality in her vocals, she’s had a couple of decent tracks online produced by Karma Kid along with collab with TCTS and Oliver Heldens’ on his high-streaming ‘Last All… Read more »

Posted on November 6th, 2014

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