Category Archives: soul

Lapp X: Melow Sounds for Everyone and Anyone

Luke Papini, a story telling-singer, is making his way to the top with this new outlook on songwriting, that could change everything.

Based in London, Luke Papini aka Lapp X, has been honing his craft and developing as a storytelling-singer. A new way to portray emotion, feeling and thoughts. Luke has recorded a number of songs and has also got a degree in music, which he studied in Liverpool.

Luke, previous to this new venture was part of a Liverpool band named ‘Wild Rossa And The ‘88’. Which he then separated from, which he refers to as ‘doing a Zayn’ and is now attempting to go solo, while finding players and new musicians along the way. With sounds intertwined from the likes of Frank Ocean and Van Morrison, however providing 70’s disco Pop styled instrumentation.

I feel that today’s mainstream music lacks lyrical emphasisLuke explains. One of Luke’s main influences are stories, one in particular which is the main source of inspiration for his new songSunny’, is Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. He has taken elements of the novel, life lessons and emotions and written them into the song.

Be sure to check the song out!





Adonis: From Mortgage Broker to Music Bringer


Throughout the years, Adonis has been taking a sabbatical from the music industry, however, he’s back with brand new single ‘My Different Lover’.

Adonis was born in Buffalo, New York, but shortly moved to California where he found his love for music, performing in bands and writing music while in Junior high. Early influences include Motown, expanding over the years to progressing to playing Bass guitar, which he received at the age of 12.

After realising he wanted to study and produce records as well write and perform, he went on to study  music theory, electronic music, and sound recording at California State University at Northridge.

After learning and practising his skill and craft, he then went on years of touring with a number of different bands including  Alphonse Mouzon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Miracles, Finis Henderson, and Richard Pryor.

Adonis had met Earth, Wind, & Fire Guitarist Al McKay, who was working on new solo material, and had Adonis as one of the members. A demo was made, however no record deals came to fruition.

However Adonis had used this experience to push himself further, “Working with Al Mckay motivated me to fine tune my writing skills”.  Throughout the years has worked with musicians and has make appearances playing bass and doing backing vocals for the likes of Glenn Jones,  Finis Henderson and Garry Glenn. 

After this success, he then went into a career of business and professional investing. Taking 19 years away from music, Adonis honed his craft as a Mortgage Broker, Real Estate Investor and Investor Relations Manager in facilitating the sale of privately held stock for companies.

He is now ready for a return, with powerful, yet delicately enlightening ‘My Different Lover’ which is out on October 26th. 



Every now and again, life throws things at you that completely stop you dead in your tracks, and Short Sharp Scratch do exactly that with their new single ‘Shellsuit’. From the gifted mind of Jak Chantler, a man once tipped as being Kerrang magazine’s “best new unsigned artist”, Shellsuit is a wonderful, heartfelt journey through the sound of funk and soul, reminiscent of Chaka Khan and Chic but with a contemporary, developed twist.

As the ultimate combination of songwriter/producer, Jak is perceptively aware of the current trends in this contemporary age of music where there is so much choice. The new project seemingly has no limits as he aims to meet the demands of the savvy modern day listener.

More on Jak and Short Sharp Scratch here!



‘Short Sharp Scratch’ from Alt-Grunge to Post Pop!

So, Once you’ve played in a band that is alt-grunge, with a couple of funk styled riffs, where do you go!? Well it wasn’t hard for Jak Chantler to find where his passion would take him next.

Jak Chantler is the lead composer, producer and performer in ‘Short Sharp Scratch’, a funk based, soulful synth pop project that has just released their first track titled ‘Shell suit’. 

This song is an interesting yet superb entry into the local soft synth and Alt-Pop world, but Jak has stated that future releases differ and that they will feature new ideas a creative direction, “the first release is soulful synth pop taking influence from chic and Chaka Chan. However, future releases will be different”. 

Jak grew up in Folkestone, but studied in Guilford. He then formed ‘Kingskin’, who won best Unsigned Artist, awarded by Kerrang. Jak, now has been experimenting with different sounds and has this as a solo project, in which Chantler aims to create era-defying, positive tunes.




Get to know: J.J Leone

It’s easy to simply label a lot of artists as ‘singer-songwriters’, but J.J Leone takes this title to the next level, blending his talented songwriting skills with an easy listening combination of R&B and soul. We were lucky enough to have chat with him:

How did you get your initial start in music?

I was heavily influenced by my older brother’s musical ability as a kid, he was already doing tours when I was growing up but he introduced me to a lot of music and played guitar around me all the time. I looked up to him and still do, so I wanted to learn to play guitar like he could. I picked it up by ear and by watching him, then when I discovered guys like Jimi Hendrix, John Frusciante and John Mayer, they really pushed me to try different things with the instrument. Eventually I moved on to learning the drums, largely due to heavy rock and metal music I discovered, bass guitar and electronic production, which I put down to my love of Hip-Hop. I learnt everything by ear and with no tuition. I never really had a lot of confidence in my voice until I was like 18, and things grew from there!

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

I don’t really have an ‘ultimate aim’ or an ‘end goal’ in music, because I’m not creating music to tick boxes along the way or to think: ‘Once I get to this stage, I’ll be satisfied’. I write and perform music because I love it, and the way it can bring people together. ‘Making it’ has different meanings to different people. If someone sits down one day and says ‘I wanna learn how to play Little Wing on the guitar’ and then a year later they can, then they’ve made it! I’m the kind of person who is restless and never really satisfied, so I just want to make music for many years and what will come will come!

How long have you been writing your own music?

I started writing my own music around the age of 14. It was never normally for myself, or I didn’t picture that these songs will have me singing them, or anything would come from them, I just enjoyed it! The first serious music I wrote was for my band when we were 15; we took a couple of them into the studio and we got to open for Suzi Quatro, Hot Chocolate and tour Barcelona amongst other things, so I guess they went down alright! That was the first time I realised that I could possibly get somewhere with my music, so ever since then every lyric, melody and instrumental section has been written by myself!

Who are your top three influences and why?

Stevie Wonder, Prince and Cody Chesnutt. There are so many more great musicians who i really admire, but Stevie Wonder for the simple fact of how long he has been around and stayed at the top of his game. He has made maybe two songs I don’t like in his whole career. Prince because of his attitude and diversity. Not only an amazing musician, who played all the instruments on his tracks himself, but because he was always coming up with something fresh and was an artist who defied genres and boundaries. You could tell he was just in it for the music and didn’t care about critics or any of that stuff. My brother introduced me to Cody Chesnutt a few years ago. He played me his album ‘The Headphone Masterpiece’. Cody really inspires me because he recorded that entire album is his mum’s kitchen, with some really basic recording gear. It taught me that you don’t have to have this and that costing x amount of dollars or pounds to put your message out there, he had a real DIY attitude, something I’m trying to apply to my own music.

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

I suppose I would just like people to know that everything you hear on ‘With You’ is done by me. All the writing, the vocals, the instrument, the production. That and the fact that its available NOW WORLDWIDE!

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

I’m based in Norwich. The local music scene is pretty tight-knit to be honest, every band kind of knows each other. There is actually a lot of singer-songwriters based here too, and a couple of venues that put on ‘Oen Mic’ nights, so there is a really good chance to connect with other artists. Norwich is a pretty artsy place in general, which I like. I’ve played in quite a few places in Norwich, and the county of Norfolk in general, I really like ‘The Owl Sanctuary’ because they are really fair to the artists who play there, its a really chilled vibe.

Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

There was a rapper I heard a couple of months back called ‘Obongjayar’ (I hope I’m spelling that right!). His stuff is really sick and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t do some bits in 2017.

Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

You can find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with: @iamjjleone. My official website is, which has further links to my Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud etc.


Listen to J.J’s new single ‘With You’ here:

Get to know: Les Kirsh

Les Kirsh has been writing catchy soul-influenced tunes since the 60s/70s, but has suffered more than his fair share of set backs. Now he’s back with a few remastered and mixed versions of old songs, reworked for a modern audience. Know Me Better managed to get 5 minutes with the talented songwriter:


How did you get your initial start in music?

After being in quite a few bands since school, I answered an advert in the Melody Maker and met with George Young and Harry Vanda (of The Easybeats) which which led to my first record deal with Phillips.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To have my songs covered by other artists and to be known as much as a writer as I am a singer.

How long have you been writing your own music?

On and off since the 60s

Who are your top three influences and why?

My ultimate influence is Otis Redding, later followed by Rod Stewart and Lionel Richie. These are artists I feel put a lot of soul and feeling into their music and lyrics.

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

They are three completely different songs – two of which I feel tell a story and one is a fun, party song with a Four Tops Reggae feel. I enjoy writing all styles of music. 

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

Im currently living In Essex – I don’t really have a favourite – each venue always has its own special feel.

Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music

There is plenty more to come and some already out there. Feel free to check youtube where you will find some other of my songs including the original ‘Tell Me To My Face’. My newest tracks are on sound cloud too.


Listen to ‘Tell Me To My Face’ here:

Connie Constance: A New Generation of Songwriter?

The young, 21 year old R&B songstress Connie Constance is making waves in the UK music scene with her beautiful blend of poetry, punk and jazz all stemming from unique points of inspiration. Perhaps this is how the new generation of songwriters work?

Whilst she may sound nothing like The Spice Girls, Connie cites them as one of her main influences, perhaps not in terms of the music, but more due to their personalities as women: “they were totally owning being a female in the nineties, and became so influential to younger people.”

Despite this, Connie also focuses on poetry as a starting point for her songs.  She says “I had somewhere to release, and sometimes I would base the whole song off my poems. I really want to encourage kids to write down how they feel or express how they feel somehow.”

Connie even uses her mad dreams as material for writing original songs. She describes how one particular dream inspired her latest single ‘Clouds’: “At one point I was flying and when I was moving my hand I could feel the wind going through them, it was crazy. It was like ‘Woah what is going on in my mind’ so when I woke up I just put it straight down, but you don’t forget them.”