‘World Peace Expression’, The latest single from singer-songwriter Souli Roots, who’s appearance on 2013’s X-Factor has cemented a place for Souli to work her way up.
Souli’s positive spirit and can-do attitude is more than a great tool to help her gain success, with her aim to not only enter the charts, but to dominate over everyone else, and to make her new track the Christmas #1 of 2017.
“I will die trying to achieve my dream as an Ambassador of world peace through my music,
I will never give up
I won’t give up” Explains Souli.
After the recent release of Drum and bass song ‘This is the place’ in 2016, she is ready for more than her impressive 19k views on YouTube. And to get there, Souli has had to blend together a diverse mix of musical inspirations and styles, ranging from sounds reminiscent of African instrumentation, to Bob Marley inspired melodies, Souli is pulling out all the stops to help bring peace through her words and music.
A mass mix of different artists are uniting for charity, with a mother of 2 spearheading this monumental campaign.
Charlene Mulhern, a mother of 2 has a mission, to bring happiness to all, and with her attitude, its more than possible. Charlene has a son, Jaden, and a daughter, Taya. Jaden has an incurable progressive brain disorder, and Taya has PTSD, autism and Asperger’s.
With these circumstances, Charlene has decided to make it known, that there is help, and that even though some journeys are hard, there is support available.
In an attempt to get this message as far as possible, Charlene’s never give up attitude has attracted attention from artists that range from jungle to Dance to Drum and Bass. Artists include General Levy, Ragga Twins, Tippa Irie, Cowboy Ranger and Navigator, with production from Potential Bad Boy.
She has managed to get these artists and more to record two songs focusing on the positivity that life can bring and the strength within. The titles of both of these tracks are ‘Celebrate life’ and ‘Think Positive’, which are sure to get you in a upbeat and joyful mood. “These songs will be a spiritual tribute to my children, incorporating a message that is dedicated to anybody who inspires, gives strength and makes you smile” explains Charlene.
As a guy who’s spent most of his music life listening to Green Day, Metallica and other punk and metal bands, I wouldn’t have expected to have seen a brand new, completely unique and overall harmonious performance by Pianist Belle Chen.
On the 18th of October, I went to go see Belle Chen, a Pianist who was playing her brand new album ‘Mademoiselle’ live, at the Senate House in London. This event was part of the Bloomsbury festival, which welcomes a wide range of different acts and performance pieces. I was immediately intrigued by Belle Chen’s eclectic mix in the description. Drawing from Classical, Electro as well as aspects of Jazz, this was an appealing and exciting collaboration of genres.
Ranging from, beautiful, delicate and emotional piano playing, to heavy, darkened and thought provoking sounds and sights(with the help of an interpretive dancer).
The night started with a small composition as an opener, to which Belle would talk about the night ahead later on after the piece was finished. She explained that she would take us as the audience on a journey, to which there were 3 parts. Throughout, there would be the use of instruments and tools such as a loop pedal and sound art which diversified the overall show giving it more colour and vibrancy.
There was one piece that was mesmerising to witness, which was Claude Debussy’s ‘Claire De Lune’, a famous composition which is associated with Moonlight, and after listening to that, walking out to a crisp London night was the perfect environment for the music that would define the evening.
Lawrence Preston has returned to top form with his funk-soul roots, with brand new track ‘Something For You’.
Lawrence Preston has always been a formidable player in the funk-soul scene, with original hit ‘Driving Me Away’, which was actually one of the first songs he wrote in the early 90’s. As well as this, his previous album release, ‘And Now, Lawrence Preston’, which was released in 1997.
Lawrence first began his musical journey at an early age, where he would watch and take part of his parents gospel group ‘The Sensational Travelers’, he would then at the age of 5 years old, he would be hired to front another family group, known as the ‘Fantastic Four’.
Throughout his professional career, he has managed to gain strengths and talents in a number of varied areas, becoming a bass player for many touring bands and artists such as Dorothy Morrison. While he had honed his craft throughout the years, he soon found himself motivated to write and record his own original material, which led to him gaining skills in being a producer, writer and performer.
Now with the release of new track, Lawrence is ready to take on the world, and restore a little bit of funk back into your day.
With an eclectic style, the boys in Mosaic are drawing from their youth to write songs for today.
Drawing from inspirations including ‘Bloc Party’, ‘Walk the Moon’ and ‘Arctic Monkeys’, these group of talented musicians also have remnants to the ‘Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ in groove and prowess that defines their overall charisma and charm.
Based in Guilford, these guys have been touring and playing live, with a back catalogue of originals and a mass love for all music styles and artists. Their previous releases include EP ‘For You’, which includes tracks such as “Back To Earth”, “Take Me Away” and single “Rio”.
Drawing heavy emotion, ideas, dreams and spirit from their University days, Mosaic have managed to capture the feeling of extreme and exciting partying with their music and ultimate overview on life.
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Singer-songwriter. I’ll be honest, it’s not my favourite term. It immediately brings to mind a white man set on an uncomfortable chair with a brown guitar signing in a high voice. And yet, the great titans of the story-telling field – Tom Waits; Leonard Cohen; Bob Dylan; Nick Cave et all, are anything but beige. They are, however, white blokes. An alternative would be nice.
As you asked nicely, here’s an alternative who genuinely is exciting and worthy of your time. Julia Mascetti is a harpist. Are harps the new weapon of the musical bard and bardess? They’re an impressive beast for sure, always appearing as if the player is attempting to tame it like Hercules grappling with the Nemean lion. Julia even has a collection of harps, depending on the theatre of tuneful war on which she is operating. Small purple harp? Perfect for appearing on stage with metal bands. No, really.
In Bloom, the lead track from a forthcoming EP, is the product not only of Julia’s imagination but also her environment. Having moved from the UK to Tokyo, she has become a fervent blogger and object of quite some attention in her newly adopted home. Her Japanese audiences have taken her particularly sweet (and disarming) English vocals and her golden spider webs of plucked strings very much to their hearts, language not proving to be a barrier in her dark fairytales. Indeed, for the listening public in the UK, it’s the strangeness of the Japanese culture and use of local instrumentation, not to mention the aching longing of distance and loneliness, which subtly creeps into your brain and takes up residence. Sparce, yet densely packed, Julia’s music is a Godsend, a ray of light which takes an age-old musical form and adds utterly unique components and takes them to genuinely new places. You can keep your singer songwriters: we’re keeping this one.
From deep Yorkshire, this group of musicians are proving to everyone that being young is the best.
With the release of brand new track ‘Better Days’, the band are also on tour at the moment with a remaining 4 dates left in the tour, including October 7th at The Exchange, Bradford, 14th – Indie Week, Manchester, 21st – The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool and finally a show at the Lending Room in Leeds on November 18th.
This a joyful, yet serious song about the idea that life isn’t as fun the older you get. For many of us this is a sad truth, but with this song, you can reminisce, get motivated to go places you’ve never been or do things you’ve never done, or if you want you can just dance to it.
It possesses all the features you’d want in a good rock indie track. Its melodic, varied and satisfies the ear, with a hooky chorus that will be stuck in your head all day.
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