Saturday, 30 March 2013

New Music: GABRIELLE APLIN - English Rain (Album Sampler)

GABRIELLE APLIN releases her debut album this summer and here we get a chance to sample 'English Rain'

Following the massive success of her FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD cover 'The Power Of Love' and the top ten single 'Please Don't Say You Love Me', GABRIELLE's next single, released on May 6th will be 'Panic Cord', a live favourite which also features on the album due a week a later on May 13th.

The full track listing is as follows

1. Panic Cord
2. Keep On Walking
3. Please Don't Say You Love Me
4. How Do You Feel Today
5. Home
6. Salvation
7. Ready To Question
8. The Power Of Love
9. Alive
10. Human
11. November
12. Start of Time

Listen to 90 second clips of each of track here

Friday, 29 March 2013

New Video: LAURA MVULA - That's Alright

LAURA MVULA releases the third single from her debut album 'Sing To The Moon'

'That's Alright' is another uptempo, gospel and African inspired track in a similar vein to her previous top 40 hit 'Green Garden' and Laura is quoted as saying it's the only song of her's that her husband likes! *maybe something to do with the hook line 'Who made you the centre of the universe' ?

The video is stylish but surreal affair set in the surroundings of a stately home and sees the singer once again working a few moves.

Laura will be playing several festivals this summer and it has just been announced that she will be playing the main pyramid stage at this years Glastonbury.

For more info on Laura go to :

Twitter: @lauramvula

Thursday, 28 March 2013

New Video: LANA DEL RAY - Chelsea Hotel No. 2

Recently crown best International artist at The Brits, LANA DEL RAY has seemingly been a little quiet lately. However she took time out to record and film a video for this typically moody cover of LEONARD COHEN's 'Chelsea Hotel No. 2'

Not due for release the track was apparently just 'something for the fans'

The video was directed by Ant Shurmer/Spring69 and the song was produced by Felix Howard

See what you think below

New Video: WRETCH 32 featuring SHAKKA - Blackout + LIVE version

One of the UK's hottest rap talents is back with the first track from his forthcoming second album.

WRETCH 32 is joined by talented London vocalist SHAKKA for 'Blackout' 

The track, which is released on May 12th, has an Oriental sound and the video continues the theme.

You can also now see the duo's first ever live performance of the track for SBTV here

New Video: ROBIN THICKE - Blurred Lines

With the successful return of JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, there's been a lot of talk and comparrison to the music and sound of ROBIN THICKE. Well he is also returning to the music scene and it seems like he is the one bringing sexy back!

Not only does new video 'Blurred Lines' feature PHARRELL WILLIAMS & rapper T.I (both themselves former JT collaborators) but the clip features all three joined by an array of topless models.

The vocalist is quoted as saying "My whole point of the video was to be provocative and show a sense of humor and to not take nudity seriously as we do in America sometimes," Thicke added. "A woman's body is the most beautiful thing on the planet. The Greeks used to sculpt that stuff."  

Judge for yourself here.....

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Music News: ALEXANDRA BURKE to perform 'Lady Sings The Blues' live

It may seem like former X Factor winner ALEXANDRA BURKE has been a little quiet on the music front for the last year. However she has not only been busy working on her third album but has taken time to work on a secret project that is close to her heart.

'Lady Sings The Blues' was the 1972 biopic based on the life of legendary jazz singer BILLIE HOLIDAY. The movie starred DIANA ROSS, her first acting role, in the title role. It is this movie and it's soundtrack that has always been a favourite of ALEXANDRA's and has lead to her creating a unique live show based around it's classic music. reports that the show will be exclusively performed live at London's Royal Albert Hall from 4th - 8th of June. Tickets are available from tomorrow, 27th March via their website

As a taster of what to expect, have a listen to DIANA ROSS' version of this jazz standard 'God Bless The Child' taken from the original soundtrack

Monday, 25 March 2013

New Music: SHOLA AMA - Boyfriend

SHOLA AMA, one of the biggest names of UK R&B is back.

Best known for a string of hits in the late 90's including her cover of the RANDY CRAWFORD classic 'You Might Need Somebody', 'You're The One I Love' and the track that has become a garage anthem, the Club Asylum remix of 'Imagine'

More recently she has been working with artists such as grime artist GIGGS and DJ/Producer TODDLA T

Check out the sexy brand new track 'Boyfriend' now

New Video: KADIJA KAMARA - Groovin' (+ Free Download)

A superb slice of early summer soul from London singer/songwriter KADIJA KAMARA

Kadija brings us her take on the 1967 track "Groovin'", originally a US #1 hit for The Young Rascals and also covered by the Queen of soul ARETHA FRANKLIN the next year for her album 'Lady Soul'.

The funky new version of song ithe s accompanied by a video shot in New York late last year and the track is also available as a free download for a limited time only via

New Video: STOOSHE - Slip

Prepare to be bowled over by the new video from STOOSHE

Alex, Karis & Courtney follow up their cover of TLC's 'Waterfalls' with this band new track.

'Slip' is a heavily 60's influenced pop track with elements of classic Motown and the video has a similarly retro feel. The girls are featured performing and dancing to the single in a bowling alley (Brick Lane's All Star Lanes) in the clip directed by Bryan Barber (the man responsible for classic videos including Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya!’ and Christina Aguilera’s ‘Ain’t No Other Man’)

The single is released on May 12th ahead of their debut album which is due two week later.

'Slip' is available to pre-order here:

Sunday, 24 March 2013

New Music: EMELI SANDÉ & RICK SMITH - Here It Comes

'Here It Comes' is the first brand new music of 2013 from EMELI SANDÉ

Taken from the soundtrack of DANNY BOYLE's new psychological heist movie 'TRANCE', the track is a collaboration with UNDERWORLD's RICK SMITH, both of whom famously featured in BOYLE's epic 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

The song that starts almost accapella and builds into a huge choral epic features in one of the movie's most explosive scenes.

 'Here It Comes' is exclusive to the 'Trance' soundtrack and available in the UK on download

Thursday, 21 March 2013

New Video: MISHA B - Here's To Everything

MISHA B is back with her brand new single, 'Here's To Everything'.

Undoubtedly still one of the most unique artists to ever emerge from X Factor, the Mancunian looks to continue her run of top 20 hits, following the success of 'Home Run' & 'Do You Think Of Me'.

'Here's To Everything' was also previewed on her recent 'Knock Knock' mixtape, but the full version comes with a spectacular new video.

Built around the riff from late Motown star Teena Marie's 'Ooh la la la' (later also recreated by the Fugees on their own 'Fu gee La'), MISHA's track is a full throttled drum & bass fueled, big beat epic.

The video also doesn't hold back and sees the lady herself looking fierce as ever as she is exposed to the elements in it's two major main scenes involving a whole lot of water and fire!

Check it out here

The single is released on April 28th and can be pre-ordered on itunes

Sunday, 17 March 2013

New Music: BEYONCE - Bow Down / I Been On

BEYONCÉ is back, in no uncertain terms, and is letting everyone know about it on this new track which has just appeared on her Soundcloud.

Sounding like a scathing attack on certain other singers who may want to try and take her crown, but just who is it aimed at exactly?? 

Don't get it twisted, listen to 'Bow Down / I Been On' here

Friday, 15 March 2013

Cover: JADE ELLIS - I Need

Without doubt one of the best voice on the 2012 series of the X FACTOR, JADE ELLIS' exit from the competition was far too early.

However, she wasn't gonna let a little thing like that hold her back and has slowly been writing and producing her own material over the last few months.

As we wait patiently to hear what's to come, JADE has filmed this unique acoustic version of MAVERICK SABRE's 'I Need', the song which wowed the judges in her original audition.

Her voice and husky tone still sounds as beautiful as ever as you can hear below

Follow JADE on Twitter @jadaface101

New Music: MKS (Mutya Keisha Siobhan) - Lay Down In Swimming Pools

Mutya Keisha Siobhan, the artists formally known as Sugababes 1.0, have been reasonably quiet musically since announcing their re-union and new name of MKS but the girls have been hard at work in the studio, both in the UK and the US.

Currently working with the DEV HYNES, the man responsible for the recent SOLANGÉ KNOWLES E.P and his own work as LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION, the girls took time to put their spin on this reworked version of KENDRICK LEMAR's recent big tune 'Swimming Pools'

Renamed 'Lay Down In Swimming Pools', the three girls vocals and harmonies are very much back on point. So much so that Dev sneakily decided to post the track on his Soundcloud page and here's the result....

New Video: LEANNE MITCHELL - If I Knew Then (Live In London)

With BBC's THE VOICE set to return to our screens in the next few weeks, many have been asking what happened to last year's winner?

While many of last year's runners up have been making and releasing music, 2012 champ LEANNE MITCHELL has been relatively quiet....until now

Admittedly it's been tough to keep the huge vocals under wraps but finally we can see some of the fruits of her labour of the last year locked away in the studio.

This video for 'If I Knew Then' was filmed as live in the studio, with just piano accompaniment, and showcases THAT voice.

The track is taken from her self titled album due for release on May 27th.

You can pre-order the album now: 
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Twitter @leannemitch

New Video: GABRIELLA CILMI - Sweeter In History + Free download

The big voice of GABRIELLA CILMI is back.

Having taken a hiatus after her 2010 album 'Ten', the Aussie songstress return with new music in the form of 'Sweeter In History'. 

The song, a big time balled co-written by Gabriella and Tom Fuller, will be available as a free download from March 26th but the video has just been released.

You can also check out GABRIELLA's recent cover video of 'Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon' here

UPDATE'Sweeter In History' is now available to download FREE here

New Video: JACOB BANKS - Worthy

One of the most talked about male vocalists of the last few months has just released a new video

JACOB BANKS is part of a new breed of soulful male singer/songwriters set to take on a music world currently dominated by female artists and help redress the balance. 

Recently personally chosen by EMELI SANDÉ as main support for her UK tour, JACOB has also just sold out his debut headline London show which will take place next month.

'Worthy' is taken from his recent free EP 'The Monologue' (see links below)

New Video: :LAUREN AQUILINA - Wunderlust (Download for Comic Relief)

LAUREN AQUILINA releases an exclusive new track and video.

The song is available to download for free from today but in a gesture to COMIC RELIEF those downloading are given the option pay whatever they want for the track with all the money going to the charity.

The whole concept was conceived by Lauren herself and we think she should be applauded for it. 

You can watch the video below, shot in the middle of the night on a freezing cold ice rink *and if that isn't worth a donation, I don't know what is!

Download and donation instructions are available by going to

For more info on LAUREN AQUILINA

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

New Video: TICH - Dumb

One of our favourite new artists TICH releases the video for her official debut single. 

'Dumb' has been a part of her live set for sometime but gets a makeover in this new version.

She has spent much of the last year supporting big names like JLS, STOOSHE and (currently) OLLY MURS on tour, but took time out to make the brand new video below

Pre-order DUMB now - 

Find out and see more at

Monday, 4 March 2013

New Album: LAURA MVULA-Sing To The Moon

In the last few years the music industry has become a haven for UK female artists doing their own thing in their own way. With AMY WINEHOUSE as a role model, ADELE carried the torch on to the likes of EMELI SANDÉ who have proved that a sound that may not instantly appear mainstream can become just that.

LAURA MVULA fits nicely onto that list and has relatively quickly become one of THE names of the lips of those in the know......providing they can pronounce her name properly *it's Ma-Voo-La.

The Birmingham songstress made the higher reaches of most 'tips for 2013' polls, being narrowly beaten to the top but gaining more than a little recognition along the way. However, until now, many have yet to actually hear much of her music.

So finally her debut album is here, on the back of just two previous single, 'She' and 'Green Garden'. Both releases have gained a fair amount of airplay with little promotion (as well a few high profile fans, including a tweet from a certain Mr. Russell Crowe).

 'Sing To The Moon' seems very much an old fashioned type of album that takes you on a journey through Laura's life, inspirations and influences. Many have already compared her to one of her musical heroes, NINA SIMONE. Whilst actually sounding nothing like her, there are elements of the legendary performer' style that are echoed in her sound. (Although her self confessed love for 90's R&B girl group ETERNAL is quite as obvious)

Predominately it is the voice that gets you and reels you in every time. Most of the self penned tracks starting gently, then building into a unique wall of sound that is both captivating and hypnotic. Many cuts are relatively sparse (for example the title track or opener 'Like The Morning Dew'), with instrumentation, much of it played by solely by Laura, kept to a minimum and incorporating large sections of acapella and layered choir vocals. What also cannot be overlooked is the African influence on her sound, an authenticity even PAUL SIMON could not hope to replicate.  

Credit should also go to STEVE BROWN who co-wrote and produced the album (and who's track record with RUMER speaks for itself). His touch has clearly helped bring high quality production values to the project.

Having already seen most of the album performed live, it was interesting to see how some of these songs would transfer to their studio versions. Happily there is little difference. 'Sing To The Moon' is a captivating collection of songs instantly brighten your day.

Check out one of the album's highlights, captured live in London last year, the closing track 'Diamond'

'Sing To The Moon' is out now via RCA VICTOR

For more info on Laura go to :

Twitter: @lauramvula

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