Review: The Emotional Hip Hop Instrumentals 2010-2013

Beat alchemist, producer and artist Jay Flames is back with a ten track project in which he breaks into his vault of what seems to be a never ending reservoir of brilliant instrumentals. Here he presents a 10 track opus where he treats us with with different genres, from the ultra smooth “Jack Daniels” to the soulful “Keys Of Snow”. You can hear all these…

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Interview: Nuuxs

Hello Nuuxs how are you?I’m very well thank you! In positive spirits. You are a singer/songwriter, how did it all begin for you? I began singing as a young girl, in school plays - my first role was as Blousey Brown from Bugsy Malone in Year 6. I then started writing little songs and poems using the keyboard my mother saved up for. After that we…

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Interview: Celestial North

You are originally from Scotland, how did it all begin for you?I'm from Edinburgh yes, but moved to Manchester years ago and started a band with my friends, which was great fun but ended up in Brighton with my husband, who is also a musician. We moved up to the Lake District to feel a little bit more connected to nature, ideally I'd like a…

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Interview: Chinwe

Hello Chinwe how are you?  I’m good thanks, you? I’m very well, thank you very much for asking!You are a singer songwriter and producer from London; how did it all begin for you? Music was always around when I was kid. My mum played piano and really wanted me to learn an instrument. I started violin when I was like 5 – I hated it!…

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Interview: Iwan Gronow

Del: It’s been a year since we last spoke, how are you? IG: I’m good thanks, trying to keep busy. It really has been a tough year for everyone, I hope you’re doing good Del. Del: I’m very well thank you for asking! Congratulations on the release of the EP, how does it feel?IG: It feels good. I’ve been releasing singles, so it will be ace…

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Interview: Ian Roland and The Subtown Set

You are a singer songwriter, how did it all begin for you? I started playing guitar in my earlier teens. It became a passion and a few years later I ended up as a “go-for” at Park Gate Recording Studios in Catsfield. There I met producer and arranger, Tim Cross (Mike Oldfield, The Adverts, TV Smith, Dana Gillespie, Doll-By-Doll, The Skids, Hall & Oates) and…

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Interview: Lofthouse

Taking influence from bands such as the Foo Fighters and Lower Than Atlantis, Lofthouse are an alternative rock band based In London. With all four members meeting at university, the band is made up of people reaching from Scotland all the way to London. Described by Live Circuit UK as “gut-wrenchingly honest”, their music comes straight from the soul and has also been played on…

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Interview: Platronic

On first listen Pride by Platronic has all the great elements of a song you’d hear straight out of the 1980s. Big drums, synths and even a plinky plinky piano bit for the pre-chorus. The vocals are atmospheric and fly at you from all directions, and they are sampled so that it’s weaved in and out of the main track. Being a big 80s fan…

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Interview: Emma & Jolie

"I don’t need a man to sing my praises, hand me a mic tell me where the stage is”.  This is the standout line for me in an era where songs about people making a stand is needed. This song is the ultimate in girl power from country crossover duo Emma & Jolie: the harmonies are tight, the instrumentation is spot-on, with a banjo and…

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Interview: Bad Money

Birmingham-based duo Bad Money have released their single Ashes, a gorgeous slice of pop, with a bassline that’s really understated in the intro, but then you’ve got a nice guitar riff that comes in… One of my favourite things about this track is that it’s catchy. If I was to remix it myself (not a hint!) I’d have so much fun with the stems of…

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