Single Review: “Coward” – Kar Stanton

Nice little drum fill to begin this! The pulsing synth bass is a real earworm.  I love it. But then it’s joined by a conventional bass which makes me think this is not a bass line as such, but an analogue synth that’s been put through an arpeggiator to give it that feel. Whatever it …

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 …

Blog interview: Modeste

Congratulations on the release of “Queen” how does it feel?    Thank you, yeah, honestly it feels good to be able to show another aspect of my writing. “Queen” has a much more romantic feel than my previous releases. What’s the story behind the song?    The story is actually based on a fictional scenario. …

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 …

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 …

Album Review: “A Sense Of Unease” – Kiffie

Kiffie has released his new album. These are my words on it. The End Kiffie opens this up with a track that fades up with a synth pad that kind of modulates, lots of chorused synthesis in this. In this slice of the pie there’s also a very low arpeggio that you don’t notice on …

Album Review: “Delta Breakdown” The Heavy North.

Grumble grumble… Liverpool…. grumble grumble… Talent from drinking the water of the river mersey. Grumble… Annoyingly good songs.  Grumble.  Oh hey!  So…. My boys from Liverpool The Heavy North dropped their new album. And guess what?  It’s bloody brilliant.  This for me takes over from where their debut album left off, it’s bluesy as hell, …