Izzy’s New Music Emporium – Week 54: 06/07/2022 – Play List

Back in May Alex Uhlmann released ‘Only For a Minute’.

Alex Uhlmann has left his mark across Europe; gold and platinum records in Italy, music awards in the UK, and important recognitions for his restaurant in Berlin. He deejays occasionally for AC Milan and is currently the musical director of ‘The Voice’.

After living in London, Paris, Berlin and Milan, he can confidently claim to have seen and experienced quite a lot. Throughout his European journey, he has not only developed his skills, but has also left footprints with his music.

Alex has established himself as a songwriter, singer, producer and DJ and – since 2021 – as a solo artist. In May, ‘Only For A Minute’ is from his début album ‘Home. The album is due for release in the Autumn. Alex will also play some festivals and shows this Summer.

Alex has a website and is on Spotify, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

 

On June 23rd Claudia Balla released ‘In My Head’.

Based in Switzerland, Claudia Balla is a singer-songwriter who has established her name as an exciting talent. Claudia entered onto the scene in 2013 with her début album ‘Enough’. Her second album, ‘Fire’ followed in 2016 featuring her statement single ‘Perfect’.

With her new album ‘Alice’, Claudia invites us into her own version of Wonderland; a sombre and sometimes lonely dystopia, but portrayed in a delicate, hopeful, and relatable manner. Gravitating back sonically to her previous work, Claudia also stretches her song writing further, both melodically and lyrically.

‘In My Head’, the latest single, is an upbeat track about a breakup. At the same time, it reflects on the fact that we decide over what thoughts – and demons – we let into our heads and lives. The video for the song references the iconic tea party scene from Alice in Wonderland.

Claudia has a website, at claudiaballa.com, and is on AppleMusic, Facebook, Spotify, Twitter and YouTube.

 

North Ship released ‘Plastic House’ on June 23rd.

North Ship is for everyone looking for an atmospheric, immersive new sound. It features a unique blend of programmed electronics, real guitars and live drums. The band is Copenhagen-based singer, guitarist and songwriter Tom Golzen, and drummer Francis Nørgaard Jensen.

Tom has been pro, semi-pro and then enthusiastic amateur for 110 years. Francis is a hugely respected veteran of the Copenhagen rock and jazz scene. He is the ‘go to’ drummer for those in the know about his awesome talents. Both musicians dive deep into all sorts of genres for inspiration but their approach to song writing is straightforward: make it sound simple, keep it rootsy, try to experiment.

North Ship have a website, at north-ship.dk, with all their social media and down-load links.

 

The Greeners released ‘Take me Home’ on 23rd June.

The Greeners are a London based trio (and sometimes more), who use multiple acoustic instruments and intricate vocal harmonies to create their innovative sound. Their roots are in folk/pop/ bluegrass, featuring evocative lyrics, ear-worm riffs, lush strings and soaring melodies.

The Greeners can both inspire a room to wait with bated breath for the next note and to jump to their feet and dance ‘til dawn. In 2017 they released their self-titled album, ‘The Greeners’, and received immediate praise and recognition. Two singles, ‘Old Street’ and ‘Crowd’ were released in 2020 to acclaim, as well as their lock-down EP ‘Away’.

Their new single ‘Take Me Home’ builds towards the release of their second album in September 2022. It will feature a collaboration with former world champion beatboxer Bellatrix, more female-led vocals, and a string section at the core of their sound.

The Greeners have a website, at thegreeners.org, and are on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

 

On June 24th Lolo Zouaï released ‘Blur’.

Fresh off the recent release of her previous single ‘Give Me a Kiss’ and the ‘Future Nostalgia’, North American Tour, Lolo Zouaï dives further into her new era with new single ‘Blur’. On this new track, the pop princess effortlessly paints the breezy picture of breaking the rules on a blurry night out, creating a fun loving montage of hazy memories.

Speaking about the new single, Lolo says, “’Blur’ brings me back to the feeling of summer in New York – dreamy, intoxicating, and a little reckless.

This Summer, Lolo will performe at Les Ardentes Festival in Belgium (July 10) and Les Vieilles Charrues Festival in France (July 17) with other dates to be announced.

Lolo is on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Spotify, AppleMusic and YouTube.

 

Also on June 24th, Prana Songbird released ‘I’ve Chosen You to Love’.

Having toured with her tribute show, In The Company Of DIVAS, and played lead actress in the feature film ‘Love Song & Power’, Prana Songbird now releases her new single ‘I’ve Chosen You To Love’.

Produced by Thomas Marolda, ‘I’ve Chosen You To Love’ is now available through all major distribution companies.

Further information on Prana Songbird can be found on her website pranasongbird.com and on Facebook or Instagram.

 

On June 27th, Pierre De Frebourg released ‘Mon Général’.

Pierre says, “Beautiful sunny day in Paris. I had a mission for my friend Hugues, forced to reduced mobility. It was a question of transporting him to the place of his appointment for a consultation in a clinic on the 16th arrondissement from Avenue Gambetta… No choice but to do it by car. An incredible and stressful obstacle course like millions of Ile-de-France residents do every day in an ugly and dirty Paris with an incomprehensible traffic plan… An obstacle course between erratic concrete blocks, tasteful plastic ‘yellow idiots’, ‘respectful users of the highway code’ on scooters and bicycles that spring up in all directions, the forced ‘zig-zags’ between bus lanes…

Wacky idea: I imagined Charles de Gaulle in his presidential DS being driven by his chauffeur through this orchestrated ‘bazaar of the town hall’. Getting out of the car he would surely have exclaimed: “Paris outraged, Paris broken, Paris martyred”… Back in my home studio, it inspired me. ‘Mon Général’ is an echo of the now famous hashtag #SaccageParis.

Pierre has a website, at pdefrebourg.com, and is on Spotify, Instagram and Facebook.

 

The Too Late released ‘Psychological Warfare’ on June 29th.

‘Psychological Warfare’ narrates the story of heartbreak; a constant mental battle during relationships when you fear that you are not good enough for someone, waiting for the inevitable moment for your lover to leave. When the dust settles, and the realisation kicks in that you will never be with that person you loved dearly, you can find peace in the good times you had and that these moments won’t be forgotten. The song strikes a chord with old and young listeners alike; whether it’s your first love or remorse for a family member that is no longer with you. The Too Late convey this message perfectly with a stripped back, ballad production brought together with subtle hints of electronic elements which help drive the song.

Glaswegians, Connor Magennis and Ryan Clark join forces to make the talented indie/pop duo, The Too Late. Both band members complement each other to bring a strong and instantly recognisable vocal delivery to some beautiful, fresh and relatable lyrics, which is encased with vibrant melodic guitar riffs.

‘Psychological Warfare’ is the band’s 4th release and serves as the 2nd release from their upcoming EP. (We heard ‘One Hit Love’ in Week 50, June 8th 2022.) With the EP due for release in July, the duo are looking to make their mark this summer. The EP is shaping up to highlight different sounds and directions the band can take their music. This genre spanning duo cater for many tastes opening their audience reach.

The Too Late are on Spotify, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook

 

Aidan Bishop has recently released ‘Birth of the Royal’.

Aidan Bishop is a 22 year old singer/songwriter from Weston-Super-Mare in the UK. He makes all of his music by himself, from his bedroom. Since 2020, he has released two EP’s, ‘The Inquisition Into A Spotless Mind’ & ‘Fast Food Love’ as well as a full length album called ‘The Epitome of Emotional Instability’.

Aidan says, “I’m currently working on another full length album while experimenting with my sound and this song is one of those tracks which will one day end up on the album.

Aidan is on Soundcloud.

 

On June 29th Momma released ‘Motorbike’.

Brooklyn-based band Momma – led by singers/guitarists Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten – have released their latest anthemic earworm ’Motorbike’. It is the final single ahead of July 1st release of their highly anticipated new album ‘Household Name’. We’ve previously heard ‘Rockstar’ (Week 43, April 2022) and ‘Medicine’ (Week 30, January 2022) which are also on this album.

On ‘Motorbike’ Momma is accompanied by an Emma Penrose. Zack Shorrosh directed the video, which mirrors the song’s themes of romantic fantasy.

Allegra explains, “I wrote this song about a boy I had a crush on who really wanted nothing to do with me. The song is basically just fantasy – even though it’s about a real person, it’s also about how we can make up elaborate ideas of who other people are in our heads, and get so caught up in these fake scenarios that they kind of end up feeling real. I wanted the song to feel like you’re escaping something, because my daydreams about this boy and his motorcycle were definitely an escape from my life at the time.

Momma are on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.

 

On 30th June, 5 Weeks released ‘Believe It’.

Hailing from Brighton, pop / R&B duo 5 Weeks take a detour from their pop / rambunctious bass début, ‘Can’t Have It’, with their second single, ‘Believe It’. It is out now across all the usual music platforms.

While ‘Can’t Have It’ questions the undesirable actions of a lover, the new single is a reflection of when a woman gets all googled-eyed when she has finally found the one. All over feathery layers of 90s-inspired soulful jazz.

5 Weeks  is a serendipitous musical relationship based on a mutual respect for reggae, hip-hop and rare groove. It consists of singer Alexandria and Darren Outbreak. ‘Believe It’ will form part of 5 Weeks’ début EP, ‘5 Weeks 4EHVA’ which is coming out in August. The pair are planning an album launch party in their hometown of Brighton on 3rd September.

5 weeks are on Instagram and have a website with all their down-load links.

 

 


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