Can Veganism Save Your Love Life & the Planet this Valentine’s?

Antiquated Valentine’s traditions see a major impact on our environment. A bouquet of flowers may be synonymous with romance, but a single Kenyan rose has a carbon footprint of 2.407 Kg CO2, equaling up to 6 miles in a car (Source). And the steak dinner you’re enjoying? A single steak has a carbon footprint of 6.268 Kg CO2, equaling up to 20 miles in a car (Source).

UK’s First Carbon Negative Restaurant Challenges All to a Vegan Valentine’s

As concern for the environment reaches an all-time high, why not show some love to our planet this Valentine’s? The UK’s first carbon negative restaurant & bar Stem & Glory invites the public to challenge outdated approaches to the most romantic day of the year…

COP26’s Hero of Net Zero, Stem & Glory, unleash a plant-based-carbon-free menu that presents a plethora of alternative aphrodisiacs – from king oyster mushrooms to passion fruit, from butternut squash to strawberries.

Fruit and Veg Diet Proven to Boost Romance

Don’t fret! No romance is spared when it comes to a vegan Valentine’s, in fact, studies show a non-meat diet sees people appear more attractive, have a more pleasant body odour and a better post-date performance…

And beyond the scientific benefits, indulging in a plant-based meal is steeped in romantic symbolism! Dating back to many ancient cultures, hopeless romantics were known to gift their romantic interest with fruit & veg to signify their love and desire. Strawberries especially! Displaying the traditional deep reds of romance, strawberries are said to have stemmed from Aphrodite’s heart-shaped tears. The fruit is loaded with vital vitamin C; crucial for the production of sex hormones and libido increasing chemical neurotransmitters!

Head to a Vegan/Plant-Based Restaurant this Valentine’s

So with a vegan Valentine’s guaranteed to excite and delight our significant other, as well as massively reduce our carbon footprint – let’s give it a go! If you’re fortunate enough to live nearby to Stem & Glory’s Cambridge and London sites, even better!

The National SME’s ‘Best Enterprising’ Business Award Winner and founder of Stem & Glory, Louise Palmer Masterton, ensures each ingredient found on the restaurant’s Valentine’s dinner table, “are on the high side of nutritionally effective in romance and sex drive.”

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SBM News: Y’all, It’s Time to See Dolly Parton in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Dolly Parton remains the most iconic and multitalented artist of all time. It’s no wonder Parton is one of this year’s nominated performers for an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We’re surprised she isn’t in there already!

It’s true that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been notoriously unwelcoming to country singers over the years. But with Parton operating since the sixties, having success in every decade since – as a country singer, pop performer, film star, songwriter and entrepreneur, to name a few – it’s fair to say Parton has had a long-lasting impression on a generation of performers including well-known Rock & Rollers!

If there’s anything we do know about Parton – it’s not to underestimate her girlish giggle! Parton’s entrance into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would be a glorious triumph for all that she represents! An advocate of loud-and-proud feminism, taking ownership of sexuality and using it for her own agency in a time where it was considered taboo; as well as key ally to the LGBTQ+ community that has inspired thousands of drag queens to embrace their femininity!

Streaming on Prime Video on March 7th, country fans can rejoice as Dolly Parton has confirmed she’ll be hosting the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. The awards are to take place just three days after Parton’s latest album release Run, Rose, Run on March 4th.

Original Source: Billboard

SBM News: Tunetables – The Perfect Solution To Music Storage

Those of us of a certain age, or of certain musical inclinations, will immediately recognise the punk/post-punk classic, “Into The Valley.” It’s one of those songs which certainly seem to define that era. The track made it to the UK’s Top Of The Pops show for legendary band, The Skids. What am I leading up to here? Well, you’ve probably heard me bang on before about Tunetables – a great new product for storing your CDs, vinyls tapes. The concept is a great one – Tunetables fashion hand-crafted table/display units copied from the class instrument flight-case design. They look great, and are a wonderful way to show off your collection.

There’s a good story behind Tunetables, as told by Rob Chappelhow, head honcho and inventor, whose personal revelation came during a visit to the Joe Strummer Archive exhibition in Covent Garden. In Rob’s own words: “set out under an acrylic plinth was Strummer’s personal tape cassette collection…his musical heritage and inspiration perfectly showcased. It was totally spellbinding. I soon started to conceptualise how I could create my own version of this…a personal time capsule of life-affirming music. I wanted something that could be inherently useful, something that I would see and use every day, and that would be a talking point for like-minded music enthusiasts.”

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Four Crooks have released indie rock EP ‘Black Magic’

Lockdown has certainly been a busy time for Four Crooks. The West-Midlands-based foursome gathered in a remote farmhouse to produce their EP which is now available to listen to below:

This indie band take inspiration from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Catfish & The Bottlemen and The Black Keys. Their sound is gritty and raw but simultaneously presents their musical skill.

Consisting of Dave Morris (vocals/guitar), Eamonn Russell (guitar), Toby Barnett (bass) and Dan Quinton-Jones (drums), the band is made up of working-class music fanatics with a similar vision about how music should be played.

Their songs speak of substance abuse, relationships, and anxiety with a sense of realness that it’s hard to detach from. We look forward to hearing more from this emerging talent…

Follow their socials below for more updates:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fourcrooks 

Twitter: twitter.com/fourcrooksband 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fourcrooks/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/fourcrooks 

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Jon Scott’s new EP ‘Freedom- A New Jerusalem’ speaks against prejudice and spreads positivity

Jon Scott is not only a renowned singer, but a multi-instrumentalist. In his brand new EP, he tells the story of a world reunited to combat racism and social injustice.

Listeners are invited to stand up against prejudice and corrupt politics, embracing the good in everyone. It’s a powerful message.

‘Freedom- A New Jerusalem’ also tackles the effects of the coronavirus and the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement. Jon Scott utilises his anger to target the political players in an unjust society.

Watch the video for ‘Freedom’ below:

The music has elements of soul, jazz and Afro-pop, all skilfully delivered by Jon, who also writes the lyrics himself. This EP is brave to take on such social issues, and Jon is unfazed by the political controversy he stirs up in the public sphere. This makes it all the more powerful.

Follow his socials below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jscottmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JonScottMusic_

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonscott1611/

Website: https://www.jonscottmusic.org/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jonscottmusic 

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I Am Tru Starr releases album ‘Viva’ as a hymn to Black Lives Matter

I Am Tru Starr is an artist that epitomises musical expression. The tracks on this latest release truly portray his feelings and, for that reason, listeners can find it easy to relate to the emotional lyrics.

The album gives classic soul and hip-hop vibes while also allowing I Am Tru Starr to add his own twist to the music. Having spent five years in a federal prison, his experience with the subject of the lyrics gives a sense of realism. Especially in track ‘Something’s Gotta Change’, which brims with emotion and personal experience.

I Am Tru Starr is originally from Rochester, New York and he’s living in Las Vegas now. As a young black man, he’s seen first-hand the best and the worst elements of society and portrays this through his music. We can see this through the lyrics of ‘Something’s Gotta Change’:

This society is sedated and I wanna do my part in waking ‘em up. It’s about time real music got the light it deserves. No politics. No label tricks. No big city backing. My family explained to me when I was young that Emmett Till (whose lynching was a major influence on the emergence of Black Rights in 50s and 60s America) was a distant cousin, and what he went through has always helped to fuel the passion in my music”

I Am Tru Starr boldly displays true honesty, highlighting societies problems with real potency. This album is not to be missed…

Follow his socials for more updates:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IamTruStarr

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/IamTruStarr/

Website: https://iamtrustarr.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/IamTruStarr

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4uY17u6sR13GQqRtYnilHn

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/IamTruStarr

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Franki Pineapple goes full throttle with explicit punk single ‘F*ck it Man’

Once a screenwriter, novelist and journalist, now thriving as a singer-songwriter, Franki is certainly a unique taste.

Described as a force of nature, she’s thrown everything into this latest track – even bouncing back after Apple Inc recently sued her for her appropriation of a fruit.

Refusing to compromise, Franki won the fight and continued to use the pineapple logo which producer and partner Nararaji Tribino suggested epitomised her character – spikey on the outside, sweet inside.

The resulting track is defying and crazy; it’s an outburst of punk anger. With the word ‘f***’ used over 30 times, make sure you prepare yourself before delving into the world of fierce fire that is Franki Pineapple.

For updates on her latest, follow the links below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frankipineapplemusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrankiPineapple 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frankipineapple/

Website: www.frankipineapple.com

Odillia links up with Snoop Dogg for new single ‘Break it Down’

Listen below to the invigorating new tune from hip-hop pair Odillia and Snoop Dogg. It provides a funk and R&B stylised track, coming soon after Odillia’s latest major hit ‘End of the World’ with Lil Keed, which currently sits at 2.2 million views.

Despite her youth, Odillia excels in her performance dedication and writes all her own songs – including this one!

The song demonstrates the fragility of relationships, with one partner seeming to need clarification of where things stand.

It’s clear that this talented artist won’t be held down by the limitations of one music genre, but Odillia admits to being a hip hop artist at heart.

After leaving home at 16 to pursue her music, it’s inspiring to young musicians worldwide that she has succeeded in not only making her debut, but teaming up with legends like Snoop Dogg himself.

Follow her below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/odilliahh/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/odillia/sets/ep-odillia/s-2tSOnVQHiaA

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3VNAuq8DCfvmhXNIYhrSEj?si=hRJ6t7McQfu2eFMLTcuUyw

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwYuqIl1_5AHyE_N6BdbffQ/videos

Kiey’s new single ‘Piccadilly’ envisions the heart of London

Electro-pop creator Kiey is multitalented; an artist whose instrumentation, production, and mastering are completed solely by himself.

New track ‘Piccadilly’ is so perfectly London-centric that it shocks many to know that the man behind it lives thousands of miles away in Vietnam.

The communist rule there does not make an easy environment for the production of exotic new tracks such as this.

His single ‘Piccadilly’ is rich in textures of electro and melancholic depth; it’s clear the artist yearns for the excitement of the dark streets of London

An accompanying video accentuates the creepy nostalgia, released just in time for Halloween.

The influence of Kiey’s musical heroes (Lana Del Rey, Sia and Troye Sivan) are evident in the bouncy tracks.

With a new album on the horizon for early 2021, this certainly won’t be the last we hear from an artist so passionately, talented in haunting beat creation.

Check out Kiey’s socials below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kieymusician

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kieymusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiey_nature/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ryanvia/tracks

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MeMe Detroit releases powerful rock single ‘Mean Rock n Roller’

Not only is MeMe Detriot’s sound a riveting mix of indie, grunge, rock and blues, they’re led by a woman who is undeniably independent (she has over 200 gigs under her belt) and fiercely willing to be herself. What’s not to love?

Despite having such an array of genre specifics, MeMe Detriot’s rock knowledge is classic and stringent. She is self-described as ‘Uplifting Angst’.

The band is made up of multi-skilled MeMe on vocals, guitars, bass and synth with Kallum McEwen on drums. This pair’s live shows are said to be delightfully immersive and energising.

Fans had the opportunity to feature in MeMe Detroit’s new video for ‘Mean Rock n Roller’. The duo describe it as suitably riotous and supplied with much-needed fresh grimy rock. Check it out below.

Links to MeMe Detriots socials are below:

http://facebook.com/memedetroitofficial

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http://instagram.com/memedetroit

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