Sabatta – Middle Of The Night


Creating a fiercely flavoursome breed of rock ‘n’ roll described as grunge soul, British band Sabatta follow up the release towards the end of last year of their well-received album Middle Of The Night with a new single in the fiery shape of its title-track. The track is a feverish mix of styles and flavours epitomising the band’s broad sound and a tenacious energy which ignites their live presence and its parent release.

Led by singer/songwriter guitarist Yinka Oyewole, the London based Sabatta has toured across the UK and Europe as well as the US over the years, sharing stages with the likes of Peter Doherty, Slaves to Gravity, Saul Williams, Zoe Kravitz, and Janelle Monae along the way. Numerous festivals has embraced the band’s crowd inciting live show too, whilst later albums like Emperor’s MOTN_SINGLE_COVER _RingMasterReviewNew Clothes and Sabatta have especially drawn acclaim and attention. With Oyewole exploring solo material as well as making appearances in films, TV, and music videos with the likes of Kevin Bacon, Ashley Waters, and James Arthur since 2011, the quiet Sabatta bounced back into ears in fine style with Middle Of The Night in 2015, its title track now poised to spark 2016 off in the same way last year ended for the band.

A guitar jangle and rhythmic roll breaks the silence first, its repeated rally sparking a strolling groove spreading sultry tendrils as the quickly engaging vocals of Oyewole join the brewing party. It is a growing energy which bursts into a fuzzy blaze stocked with soaring harmonies and rousing funk ‘n’ roll revelry. The track relaxes back into that initial catchy canter again, all the while building its energies and tenacity to spring up again, a repeating cycle which has anticipating glowing with each round as eagerly as the band’s own to burst into boisterous action.

Weaving a tapestry of dirty grunge and emotive soul, flirtatious funk and fiery classic rock, to name some of its textures, Middle Of The Night is a spirit raising feel good stomp which might not be re-inventing the rock wheel but certainly provides a whole new colour to its invigorating roll.

Middle Of The Night is released April 8th @

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The Rogue Network – Milk and Honey/Lowland City


Having heard a buzz was brewing around the UK band, healthy intrigue went with a look at a pair of tracks being released this month by The Rogue Network. The band’s debut EP, which was released last year, sparked plenty of the attention beginning to crowd around the trio, and with the pairing making up their latest single being taken from it, reasons why are easy to hear.

The band’s sound is a tenacious blend of alternative rock with rich blues and soul attributes. It also has an infectiousness to it which adds to the magnetism of rousing riffs, bold rhythms, and compelling grooves. Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Gerallt Williams, bassist Jameson Bell, and drummer Danny Hughes, the band’s inspirations lie in the blues/soul sounds of the seventies but equally it relishes the adventure of modern rock ‘n’ roll. An electronic essence only adds to the inventive and genre varied weave they conjure; a tapestry which now enticingly shines in the band’s new offering.

Milk and Honey opens on a sonic shimmer which is quickly aligned to a bulbous throb of a bassline and a catchy guitar jangle. As vocals join in, a rock pop essence emerges to infest ears and hips; it colluding with lively hooks and a resonating collusion of bass and keys. There is something familiar to the song yet nothing particularly definable as it strolls along with a garage rock meets blues ‘n’ roll swagger amidst a contagious melodic and harmonic smile.

In contrast, Lowland City has a scuzzier air and voracity to its sound and character though it too reveals a virulence which soon has body and spirit fully engaged. William’s vocals continue to entice and incite, leading the anthemic essence of the song whilst the bluesy liquor flowing through his grooves takes care of the imagination as the addictive rhythmic prowess of Bell and Hughes has the listener bouncing.

Both tracks leave thoughts and appetite loaded with satisfaction and finding a hunger for more, which a dip into the EP they originally came from feeds courtesy of the sultrily toned emotive balladry of Again and the fuzzy delta blues tango of A Killer’s Song.

Milk and Honey and Lowland City already stand as favourites and are sure to whip up fresh attention and eager ears with their recent unveiling whilst the band work on and record a new clutch of songs. 2016 is looking like being another potent year for The Rogue Network.

Milk and Honey/Lowland City is out now.

Pete RingMaster 17/03/2016

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The Veldt – The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape EP

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The Veldt is one of those projects which really does offer something a little different and for a fair while now. It is no different in regard to new encounter, The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape EP either. Consisting of five immersive tracks bred in the band’s fusion of indie, dream-gaze, soul, and immersive ambiences, the release simply grabs the imagination in a creative adventure pretty much unlike any other.

Formed by North Carolina hailing twins, Daniel and Danny Chavis, The Veldt has had success capturing ears and attention since the eighties with their individual atmospheric sound. Already performing as children and taking inspirations across the likes of gospel, Motown, and Pink Floyd into their personal pleasures and thoughts, the pair emerged then as The Veldt, a name taken from a Ray Bradbury story. To simplify the following years, the duo has worked with the likes of Robin Guthrie, A.R. Kane, Mos Def, and Lady Miss Kier and shared stages with artists such as My Bloody Valentine, The Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Oasis, Living Colour, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and TV on the Radio as well as released a host of acclaimed offerings. A name change to Apollo Heights occurred around the mid-nineties followed by a permanent link up with bassist Hayato Nakao in 1999; that a move which brought a new dynamic to the band’s sound. Eventually a return to the name of The Veldt ensued and its re-emergence is now marked by the release of The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur, it the forerunner to new album Resurrection Hymns to be released later this year via SonaBLAST! Records.

With its title borrowed from an E.E. Cummings poem, the EP opens with new single Sanctified. Emerging on a gentle but sonically misty air soon welcoming the bass throb of Nakao, the song quickly blossoms into a warm yet atmospherically muggy embrace. It is an evocative hug of ears and the impressive vocal expression and prowess of Daniel, in turn a fiery but controlled trespass of the imagination built on an array of melancholic textures, transfixing melodic drones, and sonic layers shaped by the imaginative suggestiveness of Danny’s guitar. With additional vocals from Marie Cochrane to accentuate the emotive harmonies, the track is an inescapably engaging proposal to start things off.

The Veldt - The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur (cover)_RingMasterReviewIn a Quiet Room follows and quickly provides a less intensive and crowded proposition but one still as rich with emotional flames amidst guitar and keys shared drama. The vocals alone ensure attention is a given but add the thick tapestry of sound and trance seeded imagination, and the song as EP almost traps the listener in soulful beauty.

Both Token and One Day Out of Life take ears and thoughts on sultry flights through distortion lined sonically soupy climates; the first swaying and floating with ethereal elegance around more tenebrific rhythms. Its successor is a slower fall into provocative seas of sound becoming a senses smothering and engaging immersion around hypnotic rhythms. What grips the imagination most though, is the theatre of shadows which prowls alongside or courts the radiance of these and all songs; a shade perpetually reflecting and accentuating matching hues within their lyrical and emotional depths.

The EP is closed by the classically soulful and slightly familiar yet rigorously fresh And It’s You. It also has single written all over it; hooks and melodies as tantalising as the vocal and atmospheric shimmer which soaks the song as bolder rhythms pulsate with evocative temptation.

It is a fine end to a compelling release; an encounter which offers fresh intrigue and new enterprise with every listen. As suggested at the start, The Veldt creates music which stands alone; the evidence being The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape EP.

The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape EP is released March 18th via Skully Records @

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Rooster Cole – Bird Don’t Sing EP

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Bird Don’t Sing is the second EP from UK band Rooster Cole and confirmation, if we needed it, that the man behind it all is one of Britain’s finest atmospheric and emotive song-smiths and vocalists. It offers four diverse and intensely provocative songs which just grab ears and imagination, transporting them into the heart of a sound described as ‘Bluesman Mariachi Soul’, a term which really does sum up the mouth-watering experience on offer.

Rooster Cole is the solo project of Black Black Hills frontman Mark S. Aaron, a band which itself was an acclaim garnering and feverishly devoured proposition which still has many hoping and waiting on a hint of a return. Last year saw Aaron unveil a couple of songs which swiftly whipped up keen attention, including ours, but it was debut single More Than You at the beginning of the year which nudged real focus on The Brighton based singer-songwriter’s emerging presence. That poke became a rich wake-up call as the single revealed itself to be the lead song from the similarly named first EP from Aaron. The April released More Than You EP, was a creative web of intrigue and dark adventure with a general climate as sultry and romantically dangerous as the mix of impressive and individual songs within it. Now five months on, another quartet of spicy encounters have arrived within the new EP to whisk the listener off into flirtatious shadows and emotionally haunting landscapes, and it is easy to suspect, even greater attention and rewards.

cover_RingMaster Review     The release opens with the instantly warm and lively Head Over Heels, and a dazzle of crystal melodies against the darker tempting of bass and guitar. Almost as quickly, the distinctive tones of Aaron cup ears with rich expression shaped by mariachi honed theatre. It is a magnetic sound and presence the man has; a cross between a melancholic Elvis and a mournful Roy Orbison yet with an instinctive swing and smile that simultaneously tempers and accentuates the shadows at the soul of the words and music. The song continues to bloom as guitar strings cast a weave of variety and enterprise matched by the vocals with bewitching effect. Delicious elements of unpredictable discord also come out to play whilst electronic beats, with a dulled sharpness, knock on the door of the song trying to get in. Theirs is a strange resonating touch which just works and though they would not be missed if not there such the potency of the track, they add a little more drama to contemplate.

The title track of Bird Don’t Sing follows, pulsating beats and tender melodies the first touch, the inviting voice of Aaron the second. In moments it has ears and thoughts firmly engaged, electronic tweets sparsely reverberating within the sombre but again welcoming ambience of the song. Like a fusion of The Walker Brothers and Nick Cave, the track seduces with a noir charm and elegance spiked by scuzzy eruptions which smother the senses in brief and quickly passing, but almost smoggy crescendos. It is a creative collision between textures, even if in swift moments, which unleashes the sorrow of the song in gentle persuasion and devouring intensity, again a blend which just works around the dark tale and heavy enticing voice of Aaron.

If the second song is awash with melancholy, O Darkness Come For Me right after is drenched in it, and similarly simply captivates. There is a fifties hue aligned to gothic sadness which drips from every pore of the song whilst wistful keys and a solemn piano melody court each other’s emotive beauty. It is absorbing stuff and with the ever sullen and enthralling voice of Aaron casting the narrative’s sorrow, also quite irresistible.

In saying that, it still gets outshone by final song and rousing stomp, Waiting Place. The track was one of the two songs first revealed by Aaron before the first single, and a glorious bewitchment which slowly washed over ears as its piano led walk embraced discord kissed melodies and sombre yet emotionally incendiary textures and vocals, it was too. Between its first appearance and now though, it seems like Aaron has fed it Viagra as it has returned as a far more boisterous and refreshed encounter, bouncing with the sultriness of a temptress and romping with the tenacious canter of a stallion. The track still lies under a red skied climate of suggestiveness over a dustily emotive landscape, but like a bold Ranchero baring his soul with troubadour revelry it now infests ears with a funky, discord lined and noir folk adventure in word and sound. The track is superb, managing to go from being something truly special to revealing a whole new character and intent which is still nothing less than magnificent. Simply it is dark rock ‘n’ roll at its most resourceful and invigorating.

Fair to say the final song steals the show, but from first maudlin note to its lingering last, the Bird Don’t Sing EP is majestic. If Rooster Cole has still not reached your personal playlists yet…you really are missing out.

The Bird Don’t Sing EP is available from September 18th via the Rooster Cole Bandcamp.

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Richie Campbell – In The 876

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With the release of third album In the 876, Richie Campbell shows exactly why he is revered in his homeland of Portugal and becoming one of the most greedily devoured propositions in global reggae. Also infusing rich essences of soul and Latin flirtation into an array of individually distinctive songs, Campbell and album has the body bouncing and ears smiling.

Already drenched in acclaim and rabid attention which has seen the album hit the top of the Portuguese iTunes Charts within 2 hours of its European release in May, In The 876 now gets its UK unveiling with anticipated similar reactions going its way. Recorded between Kingston and Lisbon, and with a title referring to the telephone area code of Jamaica, In The 876 features numerous guests and is the next potent step in the seemingly unstoppable rise of Campbell and his creative stature. The Lisbon hailing singer/songwriter began concentrating on a solo career from 2010 having played in bands over the previous six years. Debut album My Path came out as a free download and subsequently amassed over 250,000 downloads which in turn led to Campbell playing a sold-out show at Lisbon’s Campo Pequeno Bullring. Second album Focused was just as well-received and successful, gaining a nomination in the Portuguese Golden Globes of 2013 and seeing its lead track, That’s How We Roll, awarded Song of the Year at the National Radio Awards.

Now is the turn of In The 876 to arouse thicker spotlights and awareness, in the UK and around the globe, and it gets off to a mighty bang, after its intro like title track, with I Feel Amazing. One of the singles from the album which has already earned potent radio play, the song is pure reggae flirtation. Its rhythms swagger with infectious beats aligned to bass spawned hips whilst guitars and vocals swing with virulent contagion and melodic seducing. From the off, the warmth of sunny skies around optimism rich emotions swim through ears and into the psyche, the whole song quickly an irresistible incitement to dance and smile. Though three and a half minutes long it is seemingly over in a flash, leaving exhausted but over flowing enjoyment behind to be whipped up again a by another single from the album in Best Friend.

cover_RingMaster ReviewThe second song has a mellower gait but is no less insistently catchy and melodically glowing, vocally and musically. Again keys and guitar incite a vibrant canter which has the body swaying incessantly whilst, as in its predecessor, a familiar but refreshing character only adds to its seriously persuasive climate. Vocally Campbell allows his naturally harmonic tones to entangle a more expected reggae seeded delivery resulting in something, as the music, instantly friendly and recognisable yet individual in character to most others.

The impressive start continues with Feels Like which features the wonderful gruff growl of Agent Sasco (also known as Assassin). The song is sublime temptation, its flow and melodies smooth over a canvas just rippling with character and diversity. There is a touch of New Town Kings and UB40 to the encounter and an instinctive romance between ska keys and ears. It is glorious and as it has body dancing and voice crooning, the lead thought is that this surely is a done deal as the next single.

The broader flavouring of the magnetic 25 to Life comes next, its emotive shuffle employing richer rock textures to a soul/reggae blending whilst Man Don’t Cry slips into a smouldering embrace graced with sultry backing vocals around another infectious rhythmic collusion of bass and beats. At times across the album Richie Campbell casts a sound which has familiar seeds in a musically hard to pin down landscape, and here that quality is at its most captivating best, with the song vocally and musically almost kaleidoscopic.

That’s Not Mine sees Jesse Royal guesting in its intimate yet wide social statement which has ears as absorbed by its lyrical jaunt as its aural jabbing and melodic tantalising. Thoughts of The Skints emerge as the song shows, like so many, glimpses and clearer twists of invention and imagination in all aspects before leaving full enjoyment in its wake which Get Over You uses to take ears and limbs into its own flirtatious dance. With the siren-esque beauty of Toian’s voice joining the scintillating escapade, the track boils like the surface of an aural heat wave, its relentless shimmer sizzling and pulsating surface unstoppable.

Both Give It All Away and Knock Me Out provide reasons for the imagination and body to rejoice, though neither can spark the same lusty responses as the tracks before them with personal tastes. The first is one of those songs which have the listener unconsciously lost in movement whilst its successor, which includes the guest appearance of Sara Tavares, is an embrace of soul and Latin elegance. Each fully engages but as suggested lack the same spark as the earlier adventures, something to a lesser extent which applies to the tenaciously lively and colourful Rise From We Fall and its reggae/rock pop samba.

In The 876 is concluded by firstly the excellent Standing Firm, a more formula reggae romp but given plenty of the Campbell Latin spice and vocal soul to fascinate and excite before Better than Today brings it all to a soulful close with provocative keys, emotive vocals and harmonies, and a melancholic jazz lined air. In many ways the song does not quite fit the rest of the album, or shouldn’t but it only provides a powerful end whilst revealing more of the impressive depth within Campbell’s writing and invention.

Exciting us most in its first half but only offering a thickly enjoyable time from start to finish, In The 876 shows exactly why the reggae world is excited over Richie Campbell. It is the UK’s time to explore and get involved with his riveting sound and songs now, and no doubt to get excited too.

In The 876 is released in the UK on August 28th via Chet Records.

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Stone Foundation – A Life Unlimited

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With the soulful heart of The Bureau, the brass revelry of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and hues seemingly hailing from decades of soul, funk, and jazz temptation, the new Stone Foundation album is a tonic for anyone’s day. A Life Unlimited is full-on captivation from start to finish but what sets it and the band apart is a tone and uniqueness which bonds all essences into something you just cannot hear anywhere else. It is mix which has lit up three previous acclaimed releases and now caught fire in the band’s latest provocative shuffle of sound.

Formed by vocalist/guitarist Neil Jones and bassist Neil Sheasby, Stone Foundation was not a project rushed into realisation and the public ear but one honed and pieced together as the right people were discovered and enlisted to make the eight-piece the potent temptation they have proved to be across their releases and a live presence which has seen the band ignite small and lively sweaty venues, support The Specials on a UK tour after being spotted at such a show by drummer John Bradbury, and be invited to Japan as a part of a “visit Britain” campaign by the British embassy. Their records have been just as potent in luring and breeding the band’s reputation on the soul/jazz funk scene and indeed charts, previous album To Find the Spirit their most successful and inciting release to date, well until A Life Unlimited. The band has hit a new plateau with their new ten track romance of the imagination, and a brand of sound which even has more aggressive tastes for the main enthralled.

cover_RingMaster Review     The album opens with new single Beverley, a coaxing of ears by guitar, welcoming beats, and the Ian Arnold cast Hammond bred seducing by which the band’s sound is partly renowned for. In no time the song flows like a warm breeze on the senses, the beats of drummer Phillip K. Ford and percussionist Rob Newton gently but richly magnetic as a brass embrace from Gareth John, Gary Rollins, and Adam Stevens offers fire and mesmerism. The sultry funk air of the track is just as bewitching and though other songs excite personal tastes with more pungent energy and adventure, it is the perfect lead into band and album.

The slow and reflective hug of Pushing Your Love comes next, its soulfully transfixing croon a melancholic smile of harmonies and keys whilst Something In The Light right after, has hips swaying and feet eager to shuffle around the dance-floor with its relaxed but eventful stroll. Once again keys and horns collude in a masterful kiss on ears and imagination as guitar and rhythms simultaneously spin their own invitation. As all tracks, many styles converge into one fascinating proposition, soul, jazz, and folkish enterprise uniting here under an invigorating noir hued sky.

The seventies honed swing of The Turnaround keeps the album burning brightly, even if it does not quite have the spark of its predecessors. In saying that, a great mix of vocals with Jones joined at times by female company and a bubbly texture throughout, ensures it has body and emotions well on board before the humid smoulder of the excellent Speak your Piece and the crystalline moonlit air of The Night Teller add their alluring strolls to the album’s canvas. The first, like a few others, seems to get feistier and more resourceful with every passing minute whilst its successor provides a slice of creative intimacy which only has seduction on its mind from voice to brass flaming, melodic lures to flirtatious rhythms.

Learning The Hard Way is an instant favourite with its Bobby Womack meets By The Rivers meets Fine Young Cannibals festival of enterprise but still soon outshone by the thrilling These Life Stories whose rhythmic bait alone has ears and appetite hooked. In their individual ways, both songs are inflamed by the soothing yet anthemic flame of brass and the latter by an additional dark bassline which reeks seduction. Keys and guitar only add to the webs of tempting, traps the distinctive tones of Jones further colour with expression and emotion.

The album’s title track saunters in next with its eighties northern soul air and cosmopolitan flavours to continue the new plateau the album has hit over the past couple of songs, before the melancholically enchanting instrumental Old Partners, New Dances brings A Love Uprising to an evocative close.

Stone Foundation has produced an album to romance to, reminisce and reflect with, and even chase shadows away through. A Life Unlimited also has the adventure and bite for those with the want of a more pronounced snarl in their music to get off on. Acclaim is already soaking this proposal and really it is no surprise.

A Life Unlimited is available now via The Turning Point Recording Organisation / Republic Of Music digitally and on CD/vinyl.

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The Winachi Tribe – Time For Love

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Fancy giving feet and hips a healthy work out? Then take Time For Love, the new single from The Winachi Tribe, out for a ride. Consisting of two electro funk bred shuffles as soulful as they are blessed with a varied weave of additional flavours, the band’s debut release is the perfect incitement for those with the need to dance in their heart.

The Warrington / Leeds based funk driven collective emerged earlier this year out of Northern D.Funk collective China White, entangling inspirations from the likes of Sly & The Family Stone, Happy Mondays, Black Grape, Primal Scream, Massive Attack, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Ian Brown into their own diverse and fresh sounds. As young a band as it is, experiences across its members are deep, collaborations and tours with a range of artists from Alabama 3 and Keith Allen to The Furious Five included on the overall CV whilst percussionist Inder Goldfinger alone has been a member of Ian Brown’s band for thirteen years. With a line-up completed by vocalist Liam Croker, guitarist Jamie Mcgregor, bassist Richie Rich, keyboardist Antony Egerton, and drummer Sam Tushingham, The Winachi Tribe have hit the ground running with their first release, unleashing a soulfully infectious party at the same time.

Time For Love opens with inviting beats and a guitar jangle reminiscent of Talking Heads; The Tom Tom Club further coming to mind as percussion and vocals breathe their lively enticing into the expanding swing and flirtation of the song. A dark and pulsating bassline only adds to the draw whilst developing guitar enterprise and the ever captivating rhythms make a puppeteer to feet and body movement. The song saunters along with eighties/nineties funk revelry, the flames of horn provided by Tim Hutton alongside warm harmonies and the enticing lead vocals of Croker, further lighting up the song’s bustling scenery. With everything combined, Time For Love is a magnetism of nostalgia and originality. Manna for those with a passion of funk ‘n’ soul and pleasing temptation for those maybe less inclined to swing a hip or two.

Second song Plant The Seed, instantly offers a darker atmosphere and tone, but again with a virulence which only spreads the catchiness oozing from its second breath. Vocally Croker is soon mixing up his delivery too, enticing raps and mellow smouldering escaping his throat to match the similarly lively and varied sounds hugging his every word. As with its predecessor, a hint of Heaven 17 and additionally here Rip Rig & Panic plays with thoughts, especially around the great and thick temptation of female vocals. Emerging for personal tastes our favourite of the equally fine pair, the track reveals more of the depth and imagination within The Winachi Tribe songwriting and sound.

Completed by the Love Maze 4DD remix of Time For Love, the single is a masterful persuasion for ears and body, and an introduction to take even those of us generally lacking the keenest appetite for its style of music on a highly satisfying and eager adventure.

Time For Love is available via A1M Records from July 20th

Upcoming Live Dates:

18th July – Single launch at Water Rats, London with Alabama 3 DJ set and support from Italian Band La Strange

27th August – Vinyl launch, The Ruby Lounge

29th August – Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, opening for Primal Scream & The Flaming Lips

5th September – Manchester Met Uni, ‘The Second Coming’ with Aziz Ibrahim, The Clone Roses, Cressa (DJ Set)

7th November – Shiiine On Weekender, Minehead Arena, Somerset with Happy Mondays, Stereo MCs, 808 State

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