Katalina Kicks – Cold / I Want The World

There are some bands which simply kick ass, some that try and miss, but just a few who grab it first, give an over familiar squeeze, and then give it a firm boot with their sound. Katalina Kicks has persistently been in the camp of the latter over the years and definitely stake their place with their new double A-sided single. Taken from their acclaim gathering new album Vices, the twin attack of Cold / I Want The World is a mix as aggressive as it is seductive, as agitated as it is thoughtful, and across both tracks relentlessly magnetic.

Consisting of band founding original of 2010 in vocalist/guitarist Ian George with bassist Nadia Silverstone and drummer Jase Wilkinson alongside, Katalina Kicks have just come off a successful 20-date UK and European tour in support of Vices and have prepared a summer of matching busyness and attention with their new single.

Two distinctly different styles of sound and imagination, Cold swiftly and firmly steals the show with its irritable ingenuity. Featuring grime artist GT Solo, the track instantly has ears enticed with dirty riffs and punchy beats, their punky nature an instinctive arousal of our personal appetites for attitude driven dirty rock ‘n’ roll. It is a spiky mix swiftly reinforced by the militant vocal expression of George backed by the spatial sheen of Silverstone’s melodic tones. Taking a biting swipe at the British Conservative government and their austerity cuts, the song is a belligerently potent incitement in word and sound embracing a new voice in the shape of the self-penned words and vocal dexterity of South London lyricist GT Solo. Quite simply irresistible stuff, the track is punk rock raising a middle finger at the establishment with craft and a lingering rock ‘n’ roll snarl.

I Want the World is a much calmer proposal though with its own underlining bite as melodic and classic rock merge in a clean cut but still enjoyably dusty roar. The clang and melodic prowess of the guitar is courted by the moody yet infectious shuffle of the bass, Wilkinson’s beats swinging with forceful intent across their catchy union. Maybe less striking at first compared to its team mate, the song only grows to increasingly tempt and persuade with every eager listen.

The single makes for a highly eventful and resourceful doorway into the diverse sound of Katalina Kicks, a potent glimpse of their bold escapades. Whether it is their finest moment, we cannot say not having heard all their adventures but it and especially Cold is one of the best moments, song wise, to be heard this year.

July 21st sees the release of Cold/I Want the World.

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Pete RingMaster 19/07/2017

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Black Jack UK – Stand Up

It has been a journey for Jack Hawksworth AKA Black Jack UK since being born in 1990, personally and musically which has now led to a new single which has the potential to firmly thrust the British hip hop/rap artist into new spotlights.

One of four children raised by a single mother on a rough council estate in Manchester, Jack found himself going down the wrong path and heading to prison as a teenager. Already though, he had found a passion for hip hop and especially New York gangster rappers Mobb Deep which helped nurture his own newly found talent and love for writing music during his final bout of incarceration. Upon release he concentrated on this new turn in his life, and started going to the studio to record his creations with subsequent videos of the recordings soon building an eager following and media attention.

Now Stand Up is poised to stoke further awareness of Black Jack UK; the song an introduction of himself to his home city and beyond but equally, after recent tragic events, an unexpected and potent call to fellow Mancunians and souls. Featuring God Father pt 3 of Infamous Mobb which is aligned to Mobb Deep and produced by Dr.G, the song quickly offers a raw and dramatic atmosphere as keys and rhythms almost prowl the imagination around, initially God Father pt 3’s introduction and Jack’s subsequent opening of heart and vocal prowess. It is a self-announcement of a new wind in the Manchester hip hop/grime/rap landscape, but equally a source of hope and emotional arousal for those growing up in similar circumstances and a possible escape with a chorus which as suggested suits recent city and national tragedies.

The track continues to pulsate and resonate, its music minimal yet magnetic around the equally potent vocal and lyrical presence of Jack. Loaded with potential and providing a thick pleasing of ears, Stand Up is the welcome to a fresh talent we might be hearing a lot more of ahead.

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Pete RingMaster 28/06/2017

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Wanza featuring Jhay Endless – Who We Are

Who We Are is the new single from Wanza with Jhay Endless alongside; a pair who are part of Left Wing Movement, a charitable democratic music group which is based in London and founded by Justin Benjamin in 2013. The song is the next in a line of ear pleasing, attention grabbing encounters from within the project, a track with plenty for pop, rap, and R ‘n’ B fans to get a kick from.

Wanza is serial rapper vocalist John Mwanza and Jhay Endless a talented grime rapper born Jonathon Scott; a creative pair which wraps and lyrically colours the captivating hooks of Garrett Raff within their new song. It is a misty blend in some ways to the heart of the song’s creation as you sense there may be more involved but swiftly clear that Who We Are is a magnet for ears.

The melodic prowess of Wanza soon simmers and harmonically roars around keys and lively beats before things settle as Jhay’s effect lined tones add to the blossoming drama. Melodies and harmonies smoulder as grimier textures strike and jab across the landscape of the track but it is the union of the pair’s distinctive and different vocal presence which grabs ears most potently, their enterprise matched by the increasing tension and mellow sighs of the sounds.

All combined, it is a rich enticement which even for ears that do not usually find a ready home in its style and genres provides a perpetual lure which cannot be dismissed but only recommended.

Who We Are is released August 8th.

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Pete RingMaster 28/06/2017

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The Moods – Joy

A spark for body and thoughts alike, Joy is the magnetic new single from UK outfit The Moods. Creating a fusion of electro pop, hip-hop, and reggae with plenty more besides, the Manchester 9-piece write songs the body just wants to dance to, as proven again by Joy, but equally propositions unafraid to look at and challenge personal, social, and world issues with a lyrical smart just as potent as the sounds around the words. September sees the release of The Moods’ album, Missing Peace and fair to say that their new single offers plenty of reasons to think about giving it attention.

Emerging from a musical experiment in North Manchester’s Boomshack Studios in early 2014, The Moods swiftly earned eager support from fans and local radio stations as well as the praise offering attention of journalists like John Robb and Terry Christian. 2016 was a strong year for the band, its finale seeing sell-out gigs in London, Glasgow and Manchester while two of their tracks are set to feature in the soundtrack of new UK film Strangeways Here We Come starring Michelle Keegan, Elaine Cassidy, Lauren Socha, and Nina Wadia. With plenty of shows lined-up before and after that eagerly anticipated album, this year is set to be even bigger with Joy sure to be a strong spark in its success.

The track slips in on a flirtatious wave of melodies and skittish rhythms as harmonies float in the background. That harmonious enticement is soon fuelling the instantly captivating vocals, a lure matched by the gentle caress of keys and the rousing throb of the bass. Across its whole electro/reggae nurtured length, the song never truly breaks from a lively simmer yet is as infectious as any full-blooded anthem, its energetic calm allowing vocals and words to be absorbed as hips swing and feet flit across the floor.

There are songs which instinctively just do all the right things whilst bringing a fresh air and adventure to the imagination. Joy is such an encounter, and a teaser easy to hope and expect will be emulated often within The Moods’ upcoming full-length.

Joy is released June 23rd through A1M Records.

Upcoming UK Tour Dates

JUNE

24th – Bolton – Blind Tiger

29th – Sheffield – West Street live

30TH – Preston – Roper Hall

JULY

7th – London – Dublin Castle

15th – Liverpool – Zanzibar

21st-23rd- East Lothian – Audio soup Festival

AUGUST

5th-6th – Scunthorpe – Party in the pines festival

SEPTEMBER

8th – Manchester – O2 Ritz – (Album launch party)

15th -17th – Buxworth – Rec Rock festival

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Pete RingMaster 21/06/2017

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Andreas S Jensen – Trust is My Anchor

With a new album due to drop this coming September, musician/songwriter/producer Andreas S Jensen releases new single Trust is My Anchor this month, a song which alone sparks plenty of intrigue for what the upcoming Disturbed might offer.

Moving to London from his native Denmark in 1998, Jensen first started working as a session player with the band Dweeb before concentrating on writing and production and signing a publishing and management deal with Wise Buddah Music. As part of writing team The Funktuary, he co-wrote and helped put together the radio edit/remix of Armand Van Heldens club classic My My My before the team released their own well-received EP. From there he joined Dub Pistols, who he still gigs with, and released a debut solo EP in the shape of Disconnected in 2014 and over the years has worked in various ways with the likes of Kevin Lyttle, Nate James, Stefanie Heinzmann, Dido, Rizzle Kicks, Beenie Man, Nerina Pallot, and Loick Essien among numerous others.

Jensen’s own music draws on the inspirations of artists such as David Bowie, Tom Petty, Soundgarden, Elliot Smith, and The Zombies; essences you can feel more than hear within Trust is My Anchor. A fusion of melodic rock and pop balladry, the song caresses ears initially with a single guitar alongside Jensen’s emotive tones. Both entice the listener into the heart of the track and the waiting muscular roar of the chorus. It is a quickly engaging mix; the minimalistic tone of the verse a blend of melancholy and hope openly sharing the track’s plaintive cries and its sturdier crescendo a defiant response which easily arouses the spirit.

Trust is My Anchor is a firmly satisfying encounter which invites rather than demands attention but easily provides a memorable and increasingly enjoyable experience.

Trust is My Anchor is released June 23rd.

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Pete RingMaster 21/06/2017

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Escapade – Red Sky

With the attention and praise grabbing success of their debut EP, Stepping Stones, still fresh as that of its title track as lead single, British rock band Escapade have given their strong emergence a new potent boost with their new track. Second single Red Sky is a rousing slice of melodic rock bred on the mix of Brit pop and psychedelic rock which lit up its predecessors. More than that though, it is the Leicester outfit hitting a new plateau in sound and creative energy while dishing up their most potent and rousing song yet.

Emerging from the creative linking up of singer/songwriter Sam Wyatt and guitarist/songwriter Adam Bailey, Escapade stepped forward in the autumn of 2015 with the band growing from an acoustic pairing of the two with the addition of bassist Jordan Alleston and drummer Martin Wenham the following year. Their first EP and its single stirred up a wave of praise and support the way the band, including that of Kasabian’s Tom Meighan, and is sure to be matched and easy to suspect eclipsed by the reaction to Red Sky.

The single makes a low key start, sweeping in from distance with a great flirtatious bassline and angular swipes of guitars as percussion and beats dance. Wyatt’s vocals are just as enticing, his delivery lively as the sounds around him and like them carrying an instinctive catchiness which flows from song to imagination with energy and adventure. Though inspirations to the band spring from the sixties to bands such as Oasis, The Stone Roses, Nirvana, Green Day, and Black Sabbath, Red Sky soon has thoughts casting back to eighties bands like The Mighty Lemon Drops and The House Of Love during its adventurous canter; every passing second of the song seeming to draw a new twist and flavour of sound; psych and indie rock conspiring with mod and Brit pop in a web of stirring and melodically inflamed enterprise.

Listening to Red Sky, there is a realisation that as enjoyable and striking as they were, previous tracks were missing a certain spark, one Escapade has found and ignited within their new and seriously impressive single.

Red Sky is out June 2nd

Upcoming Escapade live shows:

June 10th – The Shed, Leicester

July 28th – The Music Cafe, Leicester

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Pete RingMaster 02/06/2017

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Evoluzion – Changes

It is always fun when a song sneaks up on you and lures you back to it rather than you driving that urge. Changes from Evoluzion is one of those encounters, a track which certainly left enjoyment behind the first time but kept nagging away, sharing its hooks and haunting attraction in thoughts long after to spark repetitious returns to its presence.

The rap/pop seeded single comes from Australian musician/actor Cristian Saliadarre, an artist who signed his first recording contract back in 1989 at the age of fifteen and subsequently opened for MC Hammer and released the singles Bring Me On and The Right Way, the latter produced by New Kids On The Block drummer and Mark Walhberg’s producer, Derek Antunes.  Both hit the charts and sparked keen radio and TV attention and saw Saliadarre touring and appearing on numerous television shows, the latter track also finding international success.

Moving to the US to live in 1996, Saliadarre subsequently landed in Los Angeles to pursue his acting career with many major acting credits following before turning back and concentrating on music and songwriting in 2014. Eventually returning back to Australian and basing himself out of Sydney, a meeting and linking up with composer/musician/artist Viet-Van Nyguen sparked the birth of Evoluzion and now the successor to last year’s well-received single I’m a Dreamer.

Synths instantly cast a haunting melodic sky, its shadowy atmosphere crackling with sonic lightning and rhythmic whips as a portentous wind colludes with evocative melody woven textures emerging within Changes. Saliadarre’s reflective vocals are a blend of harmony and rawer rap hues, each aligning in an alluring presence subsequently joined by the floating enticement of female tones.

It is a magnetic union of sound and voice which entices first time around and brews greater enticement over time through those imagination stroking keys and the hook of Saliadarre’s vocals, both repeating in memory with or away from the song.

Changes is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 02/06/2017

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