Album Review: “The Things In The Past”- Ikumi Koyama. Words: Sammy Stein

The Things In The Past  Ikumi Koyama Ikumi Koyama is a Japanese pianist and singer from Yokahama, Japan. This debut recording introduces Koyama to a wider audience. Koyama began learning piano aged just two and later studied jazz piano at Shobi University, enrolling as an exchange student at New York City College for a semester, …

Album Review: “Motherland Journey” Blue Lab Beats. Words: Del Osei-Owusu

Blue Lab Beats – Motherland Journey Sky Reflections  The first track on this opens with with an instrumental, you could just imagine this as a concert entry music… The way that this starts off is uplifting, and I love it. I love the the synth chords start out, and I really need to find out …

Single Review: “Shade Of Green” – Lizzie Esau

Lizzie Esau returns with a song that explores her using spoken word at the beginning of the track… There are so many things I like about this song it sounds like everyone’s walking into a rehearsal or live stage and then sitting down to get this song going..  Lizzie’s talent for writing a catchy melody …

Single Review: “POUR” – Alice Offley

Alice Offley just hit me in the gut with her bass, walked away laughing and left me doing the something stinks in the room face. This is high praise. Not many people get that award. Very rare.  This song oozes funk, mixed with dance elements – synth bass to reinforce the live bass, four on …

Single Review: “Somewhere In Between” – Feds

This has such a smooth jazz feel to it.. the groove is trippy, and that’s the thing I like about it, Feds, comes in with a total buttery vocal and I like it, she’s having fun on this and I appreciate that… “Let’s take this day by day, don’t wanna say the words that I’ve …

Blog interview: Gitika Partington, 3 Bucket Jones

  Congratulations on the release of “Catch My Breath”, how does it feel?  It is lovely, as the success of finishing it is the best! I find releases a bit like Christmases as a child.  The build-up is tantalising, then the actual day can be a bit of a let-down. I am easily disappointed and …