Monday, 16 July 2018

Eargasm Feat-Tom Craven & The Chapter

Word Up!  it's only taken them 9 yrs, but holy moly some things are worth waiting for.  While Tom Craven has recorded & put out music as a solo artist over the past decade, The E.P  "Take Courage" out on 30th July is the first offering from Tom Craven & The Chapter under the band banner, but I believe it's been to their advantage because the growth, the maturity, lyrically, vocally & musically has been well & truly nailed, Chapter and verse some might say? With a perfect blend of Folk Rock, acoustic, "Take Courage" is like listening to the soundtrack of a West End Rock/Tragedy yet to be written. 
Kicking off the E.P & also debut Single "Parisian (Trial by Fire)" dramatic yet melodic, the leading man takes to the mic. 
"The kiss of  life, the kiss of death, they'll save this kiss for you, A pinch of salt, the word regret & it echoes through & through"                     
                                            
Tom is, without doubt a storyteller, the teller of tales, Shakespeares Romeo, Guerilla, defender of Love, taking us all on a journey.

While each track sets a different scene, the transition is effortless as though it has a golden thread of musical mastery running through its core. 
There's often a duff track....or two, on an E.P or album but it's not the case with "Take Courage" and every track is worthy of a mention.  With "Scene From An Ending"  the acoustic intro really allows us to hear  Tom at his vocal best, & even when the drums &  guitar ramp up he maintains a vocal vulnerability, my favourite track for sure.  A few seconds into  Lock Stock  ( & two smoking Angels ) and from a music perspective I'm thinking of one of the UK's most successful 80's bands, Simple Minds. 

It may well be a debut E.P from this outfit but The Chapter are far from  Virgin musicians, tight, accomplished and ready to go thanks to : Miles X Dawson on lead guitar, Joshua Saunders-Bass & backing vocals & James Harrison on Drums. Mathew Parisi added his lead guitar solos to Anthem & also engineered the E.P.  As well as lead vocals Tom also plays acoustic guitar. 
And like a smile that hides a heartache "Under postcard skies" has a rhythmic summer  vibe  while lyrics of reflection take a stroll underneath " I've made my mistakes, fallen for the wrong girl but I grow older, I grow wiser"

Lastly  "Anthem" with sing-along chorus "Wherever I end up I will sing my way there, wherever I belong will give me my song. Wherever this life will lead me will make up this tune to my Anthem"
Tom certainly has grown older and wiser and with The Chapter finally found his musical home, let's just hope it won't be another 9yrs before the next offering.  "Take Courage" Is available to Pre Order over at Bandcamp  you can also check out the website where you'll also find all social media links to follow and show your support. 
                                      
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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

EARGASM Feat- Minnie Birch

Where to start with the talent that is Minnie Birch? Plentiful as a Blackberry bush, she's a first-class female that puts the fact & fable into Folk.

About to self-release an AA-side single John BarleyCorn/ Emeralds on the 13th July to draw attention to her second full-length album Tethered released at the end of 2017 .......
Is there no stopping this Hertfordshire lass? 
Minnie has a  distinct sound, so even before her vocals enter the track "Emeralds" at 17 seconds you know whose music you're listening to. She said it was written post Brexit referendum & coupled with a personal situation left her feeling at a loss with the world  & thinking "We're not in Kansas anymore" a line from the Wizard Of Oz where Dorothy realises nothing is what it seems. In fact, there is many a lyrical nod to the Film, amongst them: " With a Lions Mane & a Scarecrow Pride".  Minnie also created part of the percussion with her tap shows that are Ruby Red, which as she said was "Rather Fitting".  

The film references are also rather apt  coming from a lady that  could well be  described as a modern-day Dorothy,  she has the ability to see the world and those around her with a childs vivid imagination & curious eyes, exudes kindness and compassion especially towards those that are different and is brave enough to stand up to injustice, and with that said there is no separating Minnie and her music.... they are one. 

The track John BarleyCorn is an old traditional Folk song that  local creative Mark  Crane Commissioned her to  rework for his film based on Leslie Tates memoirs "Heavens Rage" 
with guest vocalist Cian Davis of Molly & the Beekeepers, it had traces of the same dark haunting vibe of Kylie Minogue/Nick Drake  "Where the wild roses grow"  I say traces because Birch & Davis vocals blend so superbly and the quality of the track produced by Lauren Deakin Davies means this is on a totally different level of class. I can't tell you the number of times I've played this track since receiving it, there's something very special about it. 
          

"I just felt the track needed another haunting vocal because the moment in the film, itself-for-me is all about the many demons of alcoholism and the different lives, the protagonists lives , the different sides of himself he feels he can or can't show to people, so it made sense for there to be another vocal" said Minnie.

This gem of a lady also finds time between her busy schedule to work with prisoners, helping to develop their musical skills and also record stories to send back home to their children, but humans aren't the only ones to benefit from Minnies big heart, she's been bringing up an orphaned duckling, which has entailed a helluva lot of work and a helluva lot of  poop but determination is something this lady has in bucket loads, and bucket loads of radio play is  what  I'm predicting for  this John BarleyCorn/ Emeralds AA release, available for Pre Order on BandCamp  


In the meantime, you can  check out Minnie on her website   where you'll find all her social media links & be able to follow her & show support. 

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

EARGASM Feat-Surburban Dirts

A Film I haven't seen yet is the simplest way to describe the new album "I Want Blood" by Suburban Dirts, but it's anything but simple.  Some of you may recall that back in December I reviewed the bands single Eli and spoke about my surprise at them coming from right here in Hertfordshire? 

Performing on the American/roots scene are John Wheatley- Lead vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica, Chris Varley-Bass, David Austin-Drums, Vocals, David Moyes-Guitar, Jay Seymour-Keyboards & Joolz Addison-Violin. As I opened up the thoughtfully wrapped rustic packaging that dropped through the letterbox, I  smiled, realising it was just some of the words I'd use to sum up the band. 




There has without doubt been a shed load of thought gone into the making of this album, and there's a lot to say about it.........The wrapped CD slipped out of a folded card, a story in itself, but as an eager beaver I placed it to one side to read later, I wanted to hear their musical offerings.


It's certainly not what I expected from their third album,  my inner head chimp was throwing out Concept album? Film Soundtrack? although individual songs, they flow effortlessly from one to another, each creating an atmosphere and the emotions of some deep dark love story, As the album journeyed along, so my thoughts automatically pictured the next scene, I'm watching a film play out before me that hasn't even been written yet?  

There are plenty of stand out songs, from the intro "The Harpe Brothers Theme"  to a heartfelt track four  "To Dance With You Again"  but it's impossible to review them separately, This album is a body, a torso with its limbs branching out, and I can't bring myself to focus on just one part when it's very much a whole.
In the bands own words   "I Want Blood" tells the story of  brothers Micajah  "Big" Harpe & Wiley "Little" Harpe, American war mercenaries, highwaymen, river pirates, rapists,  thieves who are generally accepted to be Americas first serial killers."  The opening lyrics " We cut them open, carve out their guts and fill their innards with stones" immediately gives listeners a window into the mindsets of these psychotic men......or were they psychotic? 
Having listened to the album I'm now very much invested in this story, and there's a part of me that thinks that they may well have been Sane but just devoid of all emotion due to something that happened in their childhood?  The album and accompanying story left me wanting to grab my jacket and head off to the nearest cinema, Dagnamit!  Can someone please hurry up & turn this into a film? in "I Want Blood" the Suburban Dirts have the perfect soundtrack waiting right here. Released 1st June 2018.
You can keep up with the band by following them on  FACEBOOK  TWITTER  YOUTUBE   INSTAGRAM

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Friday, 16 February 2018

EARGASM Feat-Zoë Wren

As someone who hears, analyses and can appreciate every element of a track in minute detail from lyrics, cowbells, brightening effects to an accidently recorded studio trump, I've always considered myself the queen geek/nerd of music..........But cue Folk-Inspired Singer/Songwriter  Zoë Wren who Is on another level, we're talking the chocolate hobnob of nerdiness here but it's fascinating for one so young, as is her new Six track E.P  Gold & Smoke out for official release on 3rd March.

First to the music, as someone who is a bit wary when it comes to that medieval folk vibe, I breathed a sigh of relief, not a Nonny-Nonny-No in earshot.  In fact, there's a significant continuity throughout the E.P that flows like a gentle stream in the form of Zoës vocals, beautiful is a thought that surfaces rather a lot, along with  pure. 
There were also some lovely lyrics, so simple and poetic it took me back to courting days.  In Gold & Smoke, she sings "Gold & Smoke are my romance tonight, I'll lie in the arms of victory's might"   And In "If I Had A Voice"  one of those clever lines most Songwriters wished they'd written, "I've been written out of my own song" ?  
As well as nerdiness, add wild imagination to the compliments, For Zoë has an in-depth story and explanation for each track that belies her years, which leaves you wondering if she's walked this earth before?

In the track "Lady Mary"  there is such maturity to her vocal and storytelling delivery, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a middle-aged pro.

In the last five years she's been busy honing her craft and really making an impressive impact on the music scene. Which has included being the youngest person to play the main stage at the  2013 Folkstock festival, at just 16 & went on to record her First E.P Pandoras box, also with Folkstock. She's been played on  BBC2 radio on the Whispering Bob Harris show, been reviewed in the Sunday Times Culture Magazine by Clive Davis and was chosen by Ralph McTell to open for him at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in 2017
You know you're in for a treat when somethings been recorded/produced by the multi-talented Lauren Deakin Davies. 
Gold & Smoke has six beautiful tracks and  Gold is just how Zoë Wrens future is looking after this. 

you can follow her  via: Website  Facebook   Twitter   And don't forget 3rd March The E.P is released on Folkstock Records 

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

EARGASM Feat-Amy & The Calamities

I was introduced to Amy & The Calamities via the jam-packed talent that I recently reviewed on  Spiritual Live No.2 Album. Amy had a track on it "Now That I Know This". She is also releasing her own 6 track E.P this week titled:  "The Suspects"  I'd assumed Amy & The Calamities were a band?  If I'd checked out Youtube first I would've had my answer? DOH!.....it was time to find out more.

She is, in fact, Amy Wawn a solo singer/songwriter/ musician hailing from Zimbabwe, the added  "Calamities" came about after a jokey conversation with her best friend who coined the phrase after an open mic night in Cape Town, about the comedic mishaps on stage. It's also about the coming together of friends and spontaneous performances that give way to mistakes, As Amy believes, all part of being human, and part of learning and growing.  
Now that's sorted it was time for me to check out the E.P. and first track Bless, straight away I'm immersed in a bluesy folk vibe and my foot starts tapping. A  sucker for strings I fall in love with the sound of a violin that teases as it dances around Amys impressive vocals & guitar skills. Turns out to be recently nominated Instrumentalist of the year 2018 session musician Georgina Leach, and if you know class, you can hear why? 


It's an intimate album, the kind you want to listen to alone, I am, and as I fall back onto the bed, arms behind my head for second track Dream, a song that takes you on a journey.....I go, with my foot still tapping.

While the anchoring rhythm continues into Track three  " No Advice" our minds are taken above it, riding on the waves of that violin once again.

I swear at the start of track four  I was mentally singing "Woke up this morning"  Blues fans will know exactly what I mean? It had such a familiar rhythm and yet it has Amys originality stamped all over it both vocally and musically.   
Having lost my own brother & sister, track five, "Brother" was a tough listen, but it was a lyrical celebration of siblinghood and had the hallmarks of a beautiful storyteller and songwriter.

Last track "Now That I Know this" ends with the same superb quality as the EP began.
Amy is as exciting to listen to as she is to watch, she oozes a natural talent that commands attention. The only Calamity would be not catching "The Suspects" E.P when it drops this Friday 9th February.  You can Pre-Order on ITunes   listen on Spotify    checkout her Website   and show support by following on social media: FacebookTwitter,   

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

EARGASM Feat- Spiritual Records Live No.2

Scrolling through Twitter when up popped an interesting black & white photo that caught my eye with the text Spiritual Records Live No 2. 
I contacted the guys to find out what they were about and what they were up to?  Turns out Spiritual Records based in Camden London was set up in 2015 so that they could release some of the artists that regularly perform live at their Spiritual Bar.

Hundreds of artists and bands have passed through these doors from general singer/songwriters to blues and folk. The credible  2017 X-factor finalist & Frenchman Kevin Davey White is also a regular and appeared on Spirituals first album. 

After a couple of individual artist releases, this month saw the release of Spirituals Second 10 track compilation album, it was time for the audio fest test?  As the vocals began   "To Hell With Love" by Tommy Hare  I was hit right there...you know?  There! where a really good track hits you?  For those old enough, think 40 Malborough?  think Joe Cocker? with just guitar and vocals it makes such an impact and a great way to start things off. Next up was Amy and the Calamities "Now that I know this"  Amy has one of those gorgeous vibratoes and lilts to her voice and once again the guitar playing is superb. 


As track three begins Ferris and Sylvester  "Vices" the measure of the album & its quality hits home, outstanding acoustic performances from equally outstanding artists, Ferris's vocals could easily be mistaken for Norwegian songstress Ann Brun, beautifully haunting. 

What! no dud yet?  Let's face it there's usually a couple on a compilation right?  Well, it wasn't going to be track four, with hints of a lone Arctic Monkey William Poyer sings "Weight In Gold" like a true storyteller.

I wouldn't normally review all 10 tracks, but in this case, it would be a sin not to, so buckle up as I talk you through the rest of this talented bunch. 





Burnz was up next, a band and sometime's a solo act I was fortunate enough to see  play at the Flag in Watford as part of a Papermouth event a couple of years ago, and this track "Weather" is a reminder of his vocal ability & the reason he stood out that evening & why I've been a fan ever since.





Track 6 "Artifact"  Sam Ryder And it's hard to believe this is a live album, another breathtaking performance & a track Ed Sheeran could've written.












We're back to vibratoes and lilts with "Come My Way" by Simeon a short track at only 2.27 but she packs a vocal punch with a track you won't be forgetting in a hurry. 








The emotion of the album changes  as Josh Heppinstall steps up to the mic and announces his track "Lizzie" is for a friend that he thought had died in the Paris attacks. Everything falls silent in my house and I imagine it was the same in the Spiritual bar on the night of the recording so that we can all take in the lyrics?

"Feel My Soul" sings Danny Toeman on track number 9, no worries there, I'm feeling it, so much so that I check out his website, there's no doubting this is a true soul man in every sense of the word, he looked nothing like I'd expected but had me smiling from ear to ear with his old school look and sound.

Last up is "Smoke" by Nick Edward Harris   which includes the cries of a harmonica, and as I'm sat tapping my foot and nodding my head at another solid, sound performance, I can't help feeling disappointed that we're at the end already.

If you're in to the acoustic singer/songwriter vibe you'll be having this on replay, it's an exciting gem of an album extremely well produced, and now that I've been musically spiritualised I'm off to listen to their Spiritual  Records Live No.1 album which i'm sure you'll be doing to.  You can also show your support by following the individual artists listed above, all live linked for ease, and to check out Spiritual Records & their Spiritual Bar forthcoming gigs head to  their Website  Facebook   Twitter  & to listen to their back catalogue: Spotify & to purchase Apple music
       
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Friday, 5 January 2018

EARGASM Feat-Great Reckoning

I was looking to kick the new year off with some balls, when as if by magic along came "Great Reckoning"  a fairly new 4 piece hailing from  Tyldesley in Greater Manchester consisting of Lewis Tooby -Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Laiton Price-Bass/Vocals,  Andrew Pendlebury-Lead Guitar, Jordan Lawley White-Drums.  
I always think there's a pre-assumption when bands/artists come from this neck of the woods, it's like when a singer says they're from Wales and no matter your age you automatically think Tom Jones and expectations are high?  As for  "Great Reckoning"?  Manchester can add another corker to the list, they certainly don't disappoint.   
Drawing their influence from bands such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters & Royal Blood the band wouldn't sound or look out of place sharing the stage with any of their superiors and are equally known for their energetic live performances. 

In 2016 the band released their first single "House Of Cards"  and this was followed by their first 5 track  E.P  "Owls Eye" in February 2017.

It was 6.45am when I gave it a listen "Do you hide the scraps of paper? Do you hide them under your bed?  Do you do it twice maybe three times over?" sings Lewis with equal gusto & energy as the rest of the bands' musicianship.  The opening track was enough to blast away any morning cobwebs, with its solid catchy riff who needs coffee when you can wake up to this?  Another exciting Riff on track 2  and the E.P's title track "Owls Eye"  musically gave me distant memories of a very early Blondie, think  "Detroit 442" era, or maybe that's just me?  other tracks:  Back To Reality, Mary & House Of Cards leave no mistaking the boys mean business.
Looking at 2018, With some notable  hometown gigs under their belt, radio play &  positive reviews, the band are planning to keep writing and recording, release some music videos and grow their fan base with gigs throughout the UK & by my reckoning they're only going to get greater, defo one to watch and catch live if you can. 
Owl's Eye E.P  is available to purchase on Apple Music You can also show your support & find out what the lads are up to by following their social media pages  Facebook  Twitter , SoundCloud  Instagram.
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Monday, 18 December 2017

EARGASM Feat-Surburban Dirts

So 95% of music that drops through my inbox doesn't get any further....and then there's Suburban Dirts. I'm not usually one for long intros unless it's relevant and at over 1 minute long I would've usually switched off & been half way through a Choca Mocha and  my second malted milk biscuit,  but apart from being a sucker for the sound of a violin, there was something special about the track  Eli taken from their third album "I want Blood" due for release April 2018 that held my audio attention.

The lead vocal of John Wheatley  immediately had me thinking Kelly Jones Stereophonics, not a bad start, I wanted to know more.  Turns out the band come from right here in Hertfordshire, Hoddeson to be precise and have been performing on the American/roots scene since 2011 as a 4 piece but have now expanded to six: John Wheatley- Lead vocal, accoustic guitar, harmonica, Chris Varley-Bass, David Austin-Drums,Vocals, David Moyes-Guitar, Jay Seymour-Keyboards & Joolz Addison-Violin, an extremely talented bunch who have a knack for storytelling both vocally and musically.
Eli is a track that quickly grows on you, it exudes a quality and warmth with lyrics I'm sure we can all relate to.
"And you never know what you've got coming, you can plan ahead, you know nothing, it's a miracle that you're here at all, now isn't that something?" If this is just a taster of what's to come, April can't come soon enough. I decided to do some digging into the bands back catalogue and was surprised to come across a track called "All Of This" from their 2013 album "A Tiny Little Island In The Big Bad Sea" Now apart from being a great track I can't help thinking that James Bay has totally ripped this number off with " Hold Back The River" Or is it just coincidence? ....I'll leave that up to you?
But once again it just goes to show the standard of the bands talent & material.
Another track to excite me and grab me by the nethers was "Lost In Transcription " with its Dylanesque vibe you'd be forgiven for thinking it was from the late 60's early 70's.
I'm muchly looking forward to reviewing the new album in the new year, but in the meantime you can check out the band and all their material for yourself and support them by following on Facebook Twitter YouTube & Spotify which I highly recommend.

Til Next Time, Stay Blessed
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

EARGASM Feat-Peter Ransome



With a backlog of artists and bands to check out for review, I halted the Eargasm Column for a short while as I felt I couldn't continue until I'd paid tribute to a very dear friend and  talented local music artist Peter Ransome from St albans who sadly passed away unexpectedly at Watford General after a routine Op back in May, and to be honest it's still hard to believe his gone.


                     
I was first introduced to Peter in a business capacity at a venue in Hatfield way back as an 18ish yr old teenager, he was sat at a table, glass of  Courvoisier in one hand, cigarette in the other, and with his temporary big bushy beard & tanned weathered skin, lines branching out like roads of  journeys traveled he reminded me of a Jewish vagabond, something that still caused raucous laughter many years later. 
 He was neither of course , but like me there was always that idealistic dream of  just heading off  "Somewhere" with nothing but a guitar strapped to the back. Despite being at different stages of the age spectrum we shared a passion for music & quickly struck up a friendship that was to last decades. Its not everyday you stumble across another kindred spirit & we also discovered we'd chosen the same departure song "Music" by John Miles, of which I was reminded at his funeral as the  opening bars played. 

At the time of meeting, Peter had a Recording studio and production company "Manana Music" that was run from Warren house, a farmhouse on Lord Brocketts Estate ., Ever the generous host he had an open door policy. Friends would come eat, drink, write, play music, leave, stay, it was homely, made even more so by his lovable farting  hairy companion Mr Brown.


Never one to boast, i'm sure he'd done a zillion things I never even got to hear of, but what I do know is, he was an extremely talented man who wrote the most  beautiful songs & had worked with the likes of Mike Berry & Maurice Gibb to name a few. Although he had his 15 minutes back in the day with Bob Saker as Ransome Head  & with his brilliant self titled album on York Records in 72   I believe he never  received the recognition  that he truly deserved. Maybe  it was because he was rubbish at self promotion? He had no trouble in  helping to promote his friends talents but always seemed unsure of  his own. 
And like many of us creatives, he also had a dark often self destructive side that only a few witnessed, but never one to be self piteous, to most he would mask it with humour.  It was only made worse when due to Lord Brockets incarceration and the upkeep of the land, much of it was sold off and so the lease on the farrn-house wasn't renewed & sadly all those  Peter had  helped over the years were nowhere to be seen and he found himself living in a pokey room hardly big enough to swing a cat,  I offered him to come stay at ours until he got on his feet but another loyal friend had also offered and so he went to stay with them.  But he felt thoroughly let down and it hurt him badly and I don't think he ever fully recovered from that or got back into music in the same way. 


However In 2013 Peter released a CD " I Came Back" remixes and updated versions of many of his wonderful songs throughout the years and with a donation from each sale going to "Help For Heroes" . 

As well as his musical achievements I've no doubt Peter will be remembered for his sense of humour , there are many stories, not all printable. I remember one particular day we'd taken a break from recording and decided to pop over to France for lunch...as you do. 
Sitting opposite each other  chatting on the Ferry, an older gentleman sitting next to Peter turned to him, and  assuming we were a couple said " You lucky man, where did you find her?" I was just about to correct his assumptions, when without hesitation and with straight face Peter replied " Exchange and Mart, I found her in Exchange and Mart,  I traded two Camels for her but to be perfectly honest I think I've been short changed" 

The look of horror on the poor mans face, he slowly shuffled to the end of the seat, got up and left, it was only then Peter burst into laughter as did I. 

Not one to catch up with modern technology  he never got around to making his music available for digital download, and my one wish is for that to happen as a lasting memory so that it can continue to be discovered, it's deserving of it.
He introduced me to good brandy & Jim Croce & I introduced him to  the sounds of Tracy Chapman, good Rap/Hiphop & silly names, his being Og  as in ol' git, and he is certainly one ol' git I'm going to miss. Without a doubt, Music was indeed his first and last love, and I hope you enjoy some of his songs uploaded here?

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

EARGASM Feat- April Blue

So my inbox pinged the other day, it was Ian Morcher from local Hertfordshire band April Blue just letting me know they were releasing  a new single on 31st August. I've followed AB's career after hearing them  on a local radio show presented by Nia Visser some years back, but it suddenly dawned on me I'd not given them an Eargasm Feature yet ......Sacre bleu! This needed rectifying. 
So who are April Blue & what have they been up too?  Well they describe themselves as a rock band with an RnB heart, (right) Ozz LP - vocal & guitar , Ian Morcher - Vocals, Bass & MPC, Sarah Payne-Keyboards & Saxaphone & while there's no permanent drummer, it's Casey Cronyn (pictured) & Andy Robinson that are stepping up for the studio and live stuff, although on the new single the drums have been programmed & played on MPC .

Then I found out the new release is going to be a cover of Gary Numans Cars.....Oh Oh ?  

"Cars by April Blue is a spacious, deep R&B version with soulful vocals, brand new lyrics and musical arrangement, to update and pay homage to one of the worlds best loved pop songs. It's a reworking of Gary Newmans classic, just in time to celebrate his brand new Pledge Music funded album "Savage" also out this year"

Having read that, I was a tad apprehensive to hit the play button in case it was more Car crash than Cruise?  

But ...(Breathes a sigh of relief) turns out it's a Formula one track that I'm sure Mr Numan will be mightily impressed by & one of the best covers of a song I've heard in a very long time, so awesomely different it doesn't even sound like a cover, it sounds like April Blue at their best. Although it's not available to view publicly yet, they've very kindly given me  permission to post it here, so you lot can get to see  & hear it right now 😮😎. You can show your appreciation by subscribing to their YouTube Channel where you'll be able to check out all their old stuff and new of course.  
The track's full of surprises with plenty of hooks vocally & musically and just when you think it can't get any better, Mr MC Morcher steps from behind the MPC and takes over from Ozz's distinctive dulcet tones with a spit credible enough to get him a speeding ticket, and don't be thinking band mate Sarah is just a cog in the wheel, as an accomplished musician she brings equal talent and a balance that suits the bands dynamics. 
Always  thinking outside the box, they've been  promoting the single in the same way they recorded their video, by touring across the UK in their car with their PA fixed to the back & spontaneously entertaining audiences.With an impressive catalogue of songs and awards to match, April Blue mean business.

The band have their own website APRIL BLUE  You can also follow them on Facebook    Twitter   Instagram
AND.....you can get in contact with them  by clicking  Here

All their releases are available to purchase via Itunes, spotify & as CD's from their store page & don't forget new Single  "Cars"  out on the 31st. There's no doubting April Blue are going places, so buckle up and enjoy the ride. 
                         
                             Til Next Time, Stay Blessed
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

EARGASM Feat-Alex Francis

There's not much that gets my nether regions rumbling  these days.....erm? .... a well made cappuccino, a large slice of cheesecake,....and now I've just added the soulful rasping vocals of Alex Francis to the list, what a voice!

Before reading his bio i'd just assumed he was from the states, the quality and production of his new EP  "These Words" from vocal to musicianship screamed stateside, but while he has been touring the US and been working with production team Truth & Soul, the duo responsible for the classic sound of  Amy Winehouse & Adele, he originally hails from Hitchin in Hertfordshire..... What?  I always think its a travesty when we have great talent like Alex not getting the  attention they deserve here in the UK, the same thing I ranted about when Craig David  first came on the scene, tell me I'm wrong? 
But hopefully that's about to change?  there's definitely an old soul residing in Alex, and as I sat listening to the EP a  gazillion names soared across my cerebrum  ( For those more used to pictures? front of brain) from Jim Croce, Al green, Robin Thicke  to Curtis Stigers. Any of the 5 tracks could be singles which just highlights the standard of his songwriting ability, but first track "The Last Time" is the chosen one, an uptempo catchy acoustic which is a great opener. The video for it is a montage of his year so far, from performances at the Isle Of White Festival  & Live At Leeds, to scenes from his tour of the US & supporting Melanie C across the UK & Europe. 

Second track "Somewhere In a Memory" drops down to a a really intimate sexy soulful spill of the heart where you find yourself caught up as if part of the story. 

Third track  "Borderline"  takes you further into that intimate space and by the forth track  I'm feeling well and truly warm and fuzzy. "Make Believe"  is a hit in every sense of the word . 

His  clear distinguished vocals make it so easy to want to sing along, and  track five  "Won't Get You Nowhere" will have you doing just that , my only disappointment? at 2.55 the track was too short. I didn't want the EP to end, Alex just has one of those vocals that you could listen to all night.

you can  catch him Live tonight 1st August  at Camden Assembly, August 2oth at the Smoked and Uncut Festival Bath,  Goatsfest Festival Codicote & August 26th Chase Park Festival Whickham. The EP is available now on Spotify    &  ITunes   
& you can follow him on  Facebook  Twitter  &  Instagram  .  One thing's for certain you won't be hearing the name Alex Francis for  "The Last Time".   

                                 Til Next Time, Stay Blessed
                                        Back Before Elvis  x