Tom A. Smith has released his new single ‘Dragonfly’ on 21st January.
On 25th February Tom A. Smith will release his impending EP. ‘Dragonfly’ is the title track on that EP.
Speaking about his début EP Tom says, “I’m so excited for people to hear the EP. They started as demo’s in my bedroom during lock-down and to hear them sound so massive now is unbelievable. What I love is that each song is so different, but you know it’s me from the first word.”
17-year-old Tom is from Sunderland and will be touring throughout the year:
16th Apr – Stockton, Stockton Calling Festival
28th May – Warrington, Neighbourhood Weekender
4th June – Birmingham, Sonic Wave Festival
18th June – Czech Rep, Rock For People Festival
The Mayhaps released ‘Otherside’ on 21st January.
Plymouth indie-rock band The Mayhaps’ new single’ ‘Otherside’, is out now on all streaming platforms. The track is taken from their recently released début EP ‘Lost and Found’.
Formed in 2021, The Mayhaps create a guitar-driven rock sound which is combined with artful pop feel. The Mayhaps consist of singer Harry Keane, guitarist Jack Rawlings, bassist Charlie Smith and drummer Matt Walmsley
Speaking of their music, the band say, “’Otherside’ was the final song written for the ‘Lost and Found’ EP. We all instantly knew it should be the feature single of the EP. The rock/pop vibe connected with us all and was the track we could all picture driving to whilst it’s being played on the radio. Our personal experiences as young adults inspired the EP, which is why it focuses a lot on the current social climate. It discusses issues which we feel all youth are going through and can relate to. We want people to be able to live their lives freely without being ruled by the pressures of modern society with regards to social media and image influences.”
The Red Ant Band have released ‘You’ve Been a Long Time Away’ on 21st January.
The Red Ant Band are from East of England. They were established in 2014, writing original music with a mix of blues and rock influences.
On 21st January, Allexa Bash released ‘Universe’.
Ukrainian born, Dubai-based singer songwriter Allexa Bash shares her intense new electronic pop track ‘Universe’. Inspired by spiritual growth, Allexa felt moved by the world’s beauty, its life paths and the challenges that come with it. Taking cues from vocal powerhouses like Adele and Sia, Allexa’s tone full of conviction pairs well with powerful lyrics on her latest offering.
Talking about the track Allexa says, “Connect with your inner guide, and your universe will always keep you safe and show you the right path.”
Harry Stone has recently released his new single, ‘Daydreaming’.
‘Daydreaming’ is the hotly-tipped newcomer’s latest preview of a début EP to follow soon. The EP also includes Kenny Beats collaboration ‘Love Gone Cold’ plus intimate first track, ‘Loaded’.
Atmospheric, soulful but full of movement, ‘Daydreaming’ is about the challenge to connect and ultimately how not to lose yourself around someone new.
Harry says ‘Daydreaming’ is ultimately “a song about personal space. I’m more emotional than I’d like to admit, which didn’t help me get a read on a situation where I could have protected my energy a little better. When I hear the track it reminds me how you never actually know you’re dreaming until you snap out of it.”
All Harry’s download and social links can be accessed via linktr.ee/harrystone.
Eric Bolton has released his new single, ‘Hello, Angels’, on 28th January.
Following the success of his début solo release ‘Genesis (Let There Be Love)’ which I played in August (Week 9), we heard ‘The Home Light’ in September (week 16). Now Canadian rock singer and songwriter Eric Bolton returns with his brand new single ‘Hello, Angels’ which came out on all streaming platforms on January 28th.
The single tackles the stark contrast between the initial anger that Eric felt towards his religious upbringing, to the celebration of life and freedom of self that he has now. Merging the two emotions, Eric has created a track that shows the constant duality of life, showing that the journey of life may have pain but that pain makes the feeling of joy that much sweeter.
Talking about the track Eric says: “I hope this track leaves a sense of excitement about life and about building a future for yourself where you thrive. There is still the reality of perhaps a negative or painful past, but it shouldn’t be the place where we stay, and the more we step into what’s right for us the more the road becomes clearer and even magnetic.”
The Magic Epic released the double A-side ‘More Than Just Pretty’ and ‘Brother Sister’ on 25th January. We’re going to hear ‘Brother Sister’.
Toby ‘The Magic Epic’ Juan, grew up in suburban South London and moved to the coast after falling in love with Brighton where he began writing his own music in 2013. He worked as a hod carrier and then became a full time busker. Many years of busking has allowed The Magic Epic to perfect his craft and overcome his performance anxiety.
Talking about ‘Brother Sister’ Toby says, “This song is about growing up with my big sister after my mother left, my dad wasn’t around and didn’t know how to deal with us, so we were left to our own devices and got into trouble quite a lot. My sister and I both had to negotiate growing up ourselves and we supported each other with life. It’s a happy song about looking back at everything that went on in those wonder years of growing up.”
On 27th January glaive released his new EP, ‘Old Dog, New Tricks’. The focus track is ‘Walking Around with no Hands’.
glaive is a vocalist, songwriter and producer from the mountains of North Carolina. He began making music at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, releasing his first song in April 2020. Supported by a steady stream of new music he has quickly earned acclaim and a devoted following. ‘Old Dogs, New Tricks’ is the deluxe version of glaive’s much-lauded 2021 EP ‘all dogs go to heaven’. glavie made the focus track, ‘walking around with no hands’, Travis Barker and Whethan. Furthermore, glaive’s first ever headline tour of North America kicks off next week, with dates including Los Angeles and New York.
On 28th January The Hourglass Effect released ‘But Anyways’.
North Carolinian rock band The Hourglass Effect country rock single ‘But Anyways’, is out now on all streaming platforms. ‘But Anyways’ is the first track off of their self-titled début album. The album was written during a negativity-escaping jam session during the peak of the COVID pandemic. Released in 2021, the album is a colourful riot of soulful rock n roll.
Talking about the track the band says, “There’s no place like home, whether it’s a place or a person. Truly, home is where the heart is.”
On 28th January DJ Walter released his début single, ‘Don’t Let Me Go’.
DJ Walter is a DJ, producer and, since 2010, a speaker. Currently his main job is producing Megamixes, and content for radio stations. After more than a decade and after the recent international Megamixes, he wants to keep growing in music; this time as an author / producer, which is why he’s released his début single.
DJ Walter says, “My song “Don’t let me go” is a dance song, where its harmony is within the current edm, and its vocal part places it within the more friendly pop genre, it is an interesting balance between Dance, and commercial Pop in a 4/4 rhythm at 125 bmp with a vocal part that gives even more consistency to the proposal.”
The Real Thing are releasing their first album in over forty years – ‘A Brand New Day’. It includes the double A-side single ‘Hang on Never Let Go’ and ‘Children of the Ghetto’. Here’s ‘Hang on Never Let Go’.
Best known for their legendary hits ‘You to Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’ The Real Thing remain one of Britain’s most successful groups of all-time. Pioneers in soul, funk and dance music, the two original members – Chris Amoo and Dave Smith – are now celebrating over 45 years in the music industry. Still gigging across the world, the band’s success and longevity is unprecedented in British entertainment history.
The new album and singles, which are released on the groups own label Choice Records, will be distributed under a new deal with One Media iP, the leading digital rights acquirer, distributor and publisher. This will ensure ‘A Brand New Day’ and all the singles from the album are made available in over 600 digital stores globally, including Apple Music, You Tube, Amazon and Spotify.
The Real Thing are touring throughout the year, and will be at the Golden Hind, in Ipswich on 30th July.
The show is available on MixCloud.
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