Single Review: “Never Again” – Samica

Chill out track of the day “Never Again” @samicamusic This is a beautiful acoustic number from @samicamusic her vocals are delicate. The finger picking style on the guitar fits perfectly around her vocals and the vocal harmonies around the word “you” really floored me the way it soars and drops effortlessly. There’s a nice electric …

Blog interview: Mattanja Joy Bradley

Hello Mattanja how are you? I am doing well. Very busy at the moment moving house. Congratulations on the release of “Desire” how does it feel? It feels great to have come to the point of releasing it into the world. It has been a challenge to be honest. What’s your favourite track from it? I …

Single Review: “The Power That Is Woman” – Ida Kudo

  This song is so strong.. vocals, lyrically, musically, it is so well put together and it’s not afraid to challenge what is going on in the world… What do I mean about the lyrics?  Well the opening line is: “You got blood on your hands, There’s blood in my pants, what’s the difference? My …

Album Review: “Desire” – Mattanja Joy Bradley

  I don’t usually review albums at full length, when it’s already out in the world. But I chose to review this for many reasons, the main one being the premise.  Desire, is inspired by a year-long adventure through the states in a beat-up 40-year-old RV she transformed into a tiny house with an on-board …

Single Review: “Borderlines” – Cara Hammond

This track starts off with a beautiful piano part, heavy on the left hand to compensate for the bass part, then Cara’s voice comes in – she brings a real soulful touch to this and it becomes more evident with the drums that come in. The drums are well crafted, giving a little stutter when …

Single Review: “In The Future” – Rory Ryan

This song reminds me very much of a psychedelic track… there’s something almost Pink Floyd..  The lyrics are full of questions:  “Do you ever let your guard down? Let someone come into your life?  Do you fall asleep easier? Or are you restless at night?”  It’s like your inner voice interrogating you at 3am in …

Album Review: “Northern Flame” – Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat. Words: Sammy Stein.

Northern Flame by Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat comprises Emma Johnson on tenor saxophone, Fergus Vickers on electric guitar, Richard Jones on piano, Angus Milne on double bass, and Steve Hanley on drums. This collective is fast achieving recognition as one of the most innovative and diverse collectives around. I discovered Johnson …

Single Review: “Shelf-Life” Marie Keane

Let there be horns! This comes in high and fast, Marie’s new single just comes in full whack! The drummer brings out the brushes, and leads the song through with stops and starts. The organ that comes in calls to mind country blues. Marie brings that soul, singing about someone living that single life but …