English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has just recently shared her newest single “Free Yourself.” The track offers a taste of what’s to come from her forthcoming fifth studio album. The song was co-written and produced by Coffee Clarence Jr and Stuart Price.
The Blinders are the band to restore your faith in rock. They boast firebrand political righteousness, noir melodicism and a fierce cultural intelligence that finds them referencing everything from Wilde to Shakespeare, from 1984 to 2001.
Cue 2018’s debut ‘Columbia’, a torrent of dark rock wildfire, named after the utopia which Charles Manson promised his Family but describing a modern day 1984 dystopia of oppression and rebellion, with Johnny Dream their Winston Smith.
Despite its bleak outlook, though, the record brims with pure rock rejuvenation, launching the new decade of rock with a righteous roar, knowing its time has come.
Yes, it’s true: One of the many Jamaican singles the early Bob Marley and The Wailers released was a cover of the 60s novelty bubble-gum hit “Sugar Sugar,” by the fictional band The Archies. The sheer unlikelihood makes it hilarious, but The Wailers actually make a pretty great groove out of it.
If there is one thing Leon of Athens seeks in his songs, it is to create a musical landscape to accompany you in good times. The Greek American singer finds this by embracing the folkier sounds of indie pop, although his latest single, Mad Into You, features some of his most electronic sounds to date. His latest LP, Xenos, has been critically acclaimed, with a thumbs up from the likes of The Guardian, NME, Q and The New York Times.
Mark Foster was a jingle writer. He wrote commercially for brands like Honey Bunches of Oats and Verizon. But Foster had bigger dreams for himself, and he knew that he had a lot to tell the world. So, he enlisted drummer Mark Pontius and friend/bassist Cubbie Fink to help him bring his songs to life. Together as Foster & The People, which evolved into Foster the People, the musicians released their debut song “Pumped Up Kicks” on September 14, 2010.
If the future is female, then it has already started. Diana De Brito is the epitome of a new generation of female artists – young, talented and self-confident. In her music, this daughter of an Angolan musician combines timeless soul and jazz in the tradition of Nat King Cole and Erykah Badu with modern trap and R’n’B. She calls it Urban Jazz, some would say it is Neo Soul – it’s all true, because IAMDDB is anything but one-dimensional.
Royal Republic are many things. Sweden’s foremost masters of addictive rock’n’roll. Trained musicians with a killer instinct for a great hook. Voracious music nerds with appetites that span pop, garage rock, heavy metal, americana, hip-hop and just about everything in between. Cheerful hedonists who’ll drink you under the table after shows and nail perfect four-part vocal harmonies on stage every night. The world’s most eclectic rock band? Quite possibly. Royal Republic have cultivated an ‘anything goes’ spirit that flies in the face of genre labels. No boundaries, no limitations. They’ll give you sugared up disco one minute, and tear your face off with a bludgeoning thrash assault the next.