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Natalie Kocab & Michaela Polakova have moved me…

Natalie Kocab & Michaela Polakova are new to me, but god have they made an impression. Not only does their latest release have the Ex-Verve guitarist Nick McCabe lending his talents to the pair but its a dark, etherial masterpiece. Move Nick Cave Natalie and Michaela are taking over!

The new album ‘Ellis Island’ really stands out as not just a great album but as a work of art. Ever tracks stand apart from the last moving though Cocteau Twins to The National, the pairs sound hits on al the right notes taking influence from some greats.

‘Ellis Island’ is out now on Warner Music, Listen below:

Follow Natalie Kocab & Michaela Polakova:

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Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nataliekocabmichaelapolakova


Ornella Q&A


1. How did you get your initial start in music?

  • I was given an acoustic guitar when I was 6y/o & I tried to put on a concert in front of my first grade class. However I just bashed on the strings.
  • By the end of primary School (Year 6) I had formed a band with my bothers and we played at the farewell dance. (My uncle lent us the amps, so we were very loud).
  • Later in life, my brothers & I performed a lot around the East Coast of Australia, from Sydney, down to Melbourne all the way up to Brisbane and back again every summer.

2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

  • We are not greedy, we would like to be finically secure and continue to perform Live to appreciative audiences.
  • I think it would be great to start a ‘Scene’ that could help foster new bands/talent and give them some real alternative paths to a career in music other than ‘Idol’ or ‘The Voice’.

3. How long have you been writing your own music?

  • I wrote my first serious song way back in 1989. I was very young. By the end of High-School I knew my way around a riff or two and a 4 chord song.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

  • Led Zeppelin:  as a guitarist/song writer. I love the riffs & the way they ‘borrowed’ from their major influences whilst bringing something new to the table.
  • The Baby Animals:  Well crafted catchy rock/pop with a foxy front women.
  • Queens Of The Stone Age:  in particular the Album ‘Songs For The Deaf’, that album displays some extraordinary Rock’n’Roll and dark disturbing Pop. All three of those groups have influenced me heavily. Currently Philip Sayce’s  album ‘Influence’  is really ‘doing it’ for me. However every time I switch on the radio I am influenced in some way either for good or for bad.

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

  • Our E.p, will be released on Saturday 4th of July. The Launch party will be on a boat on the River Seine in Paris @ ‘La Dame De Canton’.
  • We are super pleased with this recording. We called in some favours from some very special people. The E.P was recorded in Paris byFrançois Ageorges, mixed in Perth, Australia by the amazing Eddie Parise  and is currently being mastered in the U.S by the greatPatrick Klem  mastering master.

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

  • I am from Sydney Australia, the other 3 in the band are from France. We all live in Paris & love to play to a sweaty semi-drunk crowd at ‘Le Bus Palladium’ in Paris. French audiences are rather receptive to good pumping live music and there is a good ‘Rock’ scene here in Paris France.

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

Two groups come to mind off the bat.

‘Lloyd Project’  

‘The Airplane’.

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

  • You can follow ‘ORNELLA’ via all main the social media links listed below and check out the single “Set Me Free” on the ‘Soundcloud’ link below as well.




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2Nice Q&A


How did you get your initial start in music?

  • 2Nice singer/rapper from London I started my musical career at the tender age of 12. Working at local recording studios and was schooled by my Father, As well as UK Reggae legends.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

  • My ultimate aim would be to set up my own 2NICE peforming arts academy, helping out the unfourtunate youth all over the UK.

How long have you been writing your own music?

  • I’ve been writing my own songs for over 20 years now.

Who are your top three influences and why?

  • My top three influences are my “Rastafari”way of life, My Father Alvin Blair (R.I.P) and My 13 year old Daughter Asha Blair.

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

  • wrote the song “Sunlight” to act as a daily booster to bring up your self esteem and be an uplifter. I hate seeing others sad!.

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

  • I’m based in South London, One of my favourite venues has to be Brixton 02 Acamdemy.

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

  • Another artist I can say to look out for right now is UK Rapper Jay Chambers, Such a brilliant positive message!.

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

2Nice Unleashes the ‘Sunlight’ with Latest Track

Astoundingly versatile in his songwriting skills, London singer/songwriter, rapper and fusion artist, 2Nice is the kind of artist that only comes along every once in a while. His incredible fusion of reggae, pop, hip-hop and drum ‘n’ bass has been setting him apart for several years now, building true credibility in the underground urban scene.


Since winning the 2008 award for ’UK Unsigned Best Reggae/Dancehall Act’,  2Nice’s momentum and reputation has been growing thanks to his innate talent for bringing together and blending styles. His buzz is such that urban music royalty are sitting up and taking notice, with fans and collaborators including Congo Natty, Luciano, Tinie Tempah, Dizzie Rascal, Wiley, Mark Morrison and more.

And now, with new single ‘Sunlight’ release on QW-KEYMUSIC it’s set to show the world exactly how it sounds when pop, rap, reggae and EDM are drawn together, his star will continue to rise:

Gritty and raw while still having a polished sheen, ‘Sunlight’ is a single which could well see 2Nice break through from cult status to the mainstream. It’s truly impressive work from a brave and innovative artist not afraid to try new things.

With his genuinely unique blend of genres, ‘Sunlight’ is just the first assault 2Nice is readying for the mainstream UK music industry this year. Hold on to your hats for 2015.





Berenice Scott Q&A

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How did you get your initial start in music?

  • I come from a musical background, my parents are artists and I played piano and sang from a very young age. I was lucky to be surrounded by music and musical instruments growing up. 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

  • I just enjoy it when people are affected by a song or piece of music; to be the soundtrack to a moment – no matter how big or small – in someones life is a wonderful thing.

How long have you been writing your own music?

  • I started writing songs at 16, but started writing classical pieces on piano at 11.

Who are your top three influences and why?

  • Impossible to say three, but as an idea I would say my parents (from their own music, to the wide scope of music played at home from Prince and P-Funk to the Latin flavours of The Gypsy Kings and Paco de Lucia), certain producers – Patrick Leonard, Bill Bottrell, Quincy Jones to name a few – as I have always been interested in the production as well as the song, and a host of writers and composers encompassing Rickie Lee Jones, Rod Temperton, Debussey to name a few.

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

  • Give it a whirl, you never know what you might find!

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

  • London. The scene is vast, exciting and open to anyone who can cart their keyboard/guitar across town on the tube.. I have a range of trolleys for such purposes! I will always have a soft spot for the Halfmoon in Putney.

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

  • If you head down to Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho on any given day, you’ll be sure to have a lively evening filled with great music and food. I did my album launch at this cool, intimate venue. 

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

LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES to make UK live show debut in May 2015 / Set to release brand new single ‘Sweet Disorder’ and b-side ‘Stars’ on July 24th

Following last year’s breakthrough, Sub Pop debut ‘Dereconstructed’, LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES can now finally announce their very first set of UK shows, as well as a brand new single ‘Sweet Disorder’, set for release on July 24th.

Listen to the new single here  

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Full set of UK dates are: May 06 – Broadcast, Glasgow, United Kingdom May 07 – The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom May 08 – Puzzle Hall, Halifax, United Kingdom – FREE SHOW May 09 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester, United Kingdom May 10th Rough Trade Nottingham, free in-store, 5PM  May 11 – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – FREE SHOW May 12 – The Louisiana, Bristol, United Kingdom May 13 – London Oslo, London, United Kingdom May 15 – The Great Escape, Brighton, United Kingdom

From LEE on finally making it to the UK: ‘I think it’s safe to say that, since we were kids, we’ve all wanted to play shows in the U.K. The British bands that have informed our music are innumerable, and being able to play in the towns that shaped so many of those bands is exciting. Typically, when we’re on tour at home, I like to play DJ, and put on indigenous jams: Dead Boys in Cleveland; J.J. Cale in Oklahoma; Rites of Spring in D.C. Personally, I can’t wait to drive around blaring Teenage Fanclub and PAWS in Scotland, Joy Division and Buzzcocks and Oasis in the North, and the Jam and the Stones and Fat White Family in London. We are all, needless to say, stoked about the castles, as well.’

“Sweet Disorder!” was produced by Tim Kerr, cut by Jeremy Ferguson, mixed by Lee and Jeremy — all at Battletapes in Nashville, TN, with b-side “Stars” being recorded by Lee on Lee’s phone in Atlanta, GA. Shined up by Jeremy at Battletapes.

From LEE on the new single: ‘The song “Sweet Disorder!” is about disrupting systems that have proven to fall short of, if not completely undermine, their purported missions (e.g., criminal justice, mental health, the church, language) for the sake of realigning them with those missions. The song developed out of months spent revisiting the Objectivist poets, binging on early Clash albums, and observing the Atlanta actions surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other unarmed people of color. The song is the first completed work in a group of songs, tentatively titled Juvenile Detention, aimed at investigating questions of socialization, youth, identity, law, privilege, religion, culture, place, causality and memory.’

AND the b-sde ‘Stars’: ‘The song “Stars” was originally performed by the Birmingham band Primitons, and was released on their self-titled, Mitch Easter-produced 1982 masterpiece EP. The song is a result of the powerful songwriting team of non-performing lyricist Stephanie Truelove Wright and singer/tunesmith Mats Roden — an original pillar of our city’s punk/independent scene, a pioneering openly gay hometown musician, a gentle, self-deprecating soul, and a brilliant songwriter and bandleader who managed to craft melodies out of whimsy and nostalgia, sweetness and fire, sophistication and trash in such a way that could only have taken shape on the Southside of Birmingham. Mats passed away in 2014, and this record is dedicated to his memory and to his songs.’

Yo Will Make You ‘Shake It’ With New Single!

Post-punk indie single set to hit on June 15th


Currently living in New Orleans – the birthplace of soul and jazz – Yo are a rock band not afraid to go against the grain. After travelling the globe and making homes in various corners of the USA and Europe, the music and songwriting draws upon a wealth of inspirations and tales from the road.

The latest single taken from the album will be the hard hitting, punk laced track ‘Shake It’ – dripping in punchy bass-lines, quasi-spoken vocals and a distinctly trippy sensibility.

You can hear the track here:

Watch the video here:

‘Shake It’ as a track represents just one of the many facets and styles that make Yo such an interesting band. Each track is specifically influenced by the place, time and events of its conception, so pinning down a genre is something of a challenge.

The single is taken from the album ‘Vagrancy’, an LP which shows perfectly the versatile nature of Yo’s songwriting. Songs such as ‘Shake It’ are seemingly built for the high energy of live performance, but other tracks on the album suit different environments. Whether relaxing out at a festival, going for it on a club dancefloor, jumping around at a live gig or relaxing in a local pub, there will be a song on this album which fits perfectly to every situation.

Altogether, it makes for a heady cocktail which is tough to pigeonhole, sewn together by the originality of vocalist Andre’s delivery.

Single ‘Shake It’ will be available from June 15th.