“With You is the perfect musical mix of dance, synthpop and indie sheen. Its bubbly rhythm-driving guitar riff feels lifted from “Songs from the Big Chair” or “Purple Rain”, bouncing with the same excitement that Michael Jackson’s guitarists brought to their hits in the 1980s” – Mitch Mosk (CEO Atwood Magazine)
Hailing from different locations across the north coast of America, The Northcoast’s three members come from New York, New Jersey and Seattle. They are the perfect example of how distance is no barrier to making music and with the aid of technology they have been emailing projects to each other and making music for over 10 years.
“With You” is their latest sparkly single, produced by Tom Lord-Alge, and is the perfect accompaniment to a long road trip or lazing on the grass on a summer’s day.
Watch/Listen to “With You” here:
Each member of the group has played at least three instruments since childhood and this, combined with their multi-cultural backgrounds, has given the group a plethora of musical influences and experience. Combining the pumping beats of Michael Jackson and bass lines of Passion Pit and Chvrches, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Northcoast have realised their childhood dream of both making and performing music. Having made an impact on the stages of Vans Warped Tour and played alongside big names such as Gia Farrell, their future is already looking bright!
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music …I get most joy in life out of music.” –Albert Einstein
The words of Albert Einstein have influenced many across the globe and across decades but it is rare to have him as a musical influence. This is how the musical innovator Stan Gemes sets out his vision for the debut album ‘Call Of Ancient Love’, with a musical thoroughness that would make Einstein proud combining studious efforts relating to cultures as diverse as Hindu, English and Russian.
Stream live fest version of ‘Call of the Ancient Love’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzDMuM-AhHw
The album is truly inspirational from astonishingly intricate packaging to the way it has been crafted which has entailed travelling to over 60 countries of the World for inspiration, from the golden beaches of San Francisco to the serenity of virgin Russian plains, during which he collected more than 600 CDs. Within the musical landscape of this album, you may well come across influences from Asian flutes to New York’s Broadway shows, the beauty and intensity of African ethnic drums right through to Hispanic beats and ancient Indian choirs, a truly infectious musical cocktail.
Call of The Ancient Love was inspired by a life changing experience involving a mesmerising spiritual performance carried out by an Indian tribe, the power of which he felt ‘arose that night and made each and every single observer at this event embrace emotionally the musical traditions of their own country.’ The impact of that night made him develop a deep love of Indian cultural manuscripts and traditions , then ultimately create the album with the only title he felt fitted, that being , ‘Call of Ancient Love’.
This album is not just meant to be experienced on a music level it is also supposed to help in some ways to de-stress and untangle the worries of the listener. He simply wants those who get into his music to be hypnotized by its natural rhythm, taking the listener to a spiritual level, ‘breathing in the joy of music and breathing out the peace of the music.’ It is a case of wanting everyone who hears the album to feel they are creating their own movie in their own mind – an uplifting and moving musical experience.
Call of Ancient Love is set for release July 18th
Influenced by the golden era of hip hop, UK producer / rapper Zero Dinero comes through with this electrifying new EP The Time Has Come demonstrating some energetic flows, tight rhymes and some very impressive instrumentals.
Guest appearances include Kool Keith (aka Dr Octagon) and Blackalicous’s Gift of Gab, as well as famous scratch DJ, Sir BEANS OBE. The artwork and video meanwhile comes courtesy of Graham Dews (aka PARIS), the artist behind Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto cover. An impressive coup for this Swindon debutant.
Watch the video for ‘Crowd Levitator’ below:
Stream the track ‘Be and Make’ from the EP below:
A multi-talented musician, Zero Dinero (who’s given name is Nilkesh Mehta) handles all his own production. As well as rapping alongside hip hop legends he also plays guitar, sitar, tablas (Indian percussion), harmonium (Indian Keyboard), and has experience as a hip-hop/ funk/ reggae DJ starting out aged only 14.
Embracing his Indian roots, Zero weaves elements of Eastern philosophy into his lyricism. Some of the themes include meditation, Yoga and reading philosophy – which are uniquely presented for the first time in a Hip hop context.
The rapper’s life has been one of many challenges. Between 1999 and 2000 he travelled the world teaching English to UNICEF kids and learning Spanish fluently, something that has helped him to have such a clear outlook on life. Following a degree in International relations and Law he found himself in a corporate environment, which never sat well with him. He also recently had a serious health scare battling early Testicular Cancer.
Having overcome all this, Zero Dinero is now ready to fully pursue his true calling and has devoted himself to the career in hip hop that he always wanted. Due to his Indian background, his parents thought he should keep music strictly as a ‘hobby’ when he was younger, rather than pursue it as a ‘profession’. The Time Has Come sees him finally overcoming obstacles and following his passions.
With such endorsements from Hip hop royalty; Zero Dinero’s unique eastern influenced debut release will truly add a new dimension to both the UK and global Hip Hop scenes.
The Time Has Come is out May 21st
The rapper started writing music 10 years ago, his debut album ‘When Idols Become Rivals’ dropping a couple years back, receiving much praise from fans.
With a new LP in the works, J plans to slowly drip-feed us a new track each month, ‘Wreckless’ being the first taster. It comes accompanied by some vibrant action-packed visuals.
Check the video out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJkYnP8iU4g
Stream on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/j-keys-official
J has previously worked with artists such as K Koke and Little Mix vocalist Megan Cotton. He also has experience as an actor and has appeared in Eastenders, The Bill and a number of short films.
On top of music, J Keys is also heavily involved with personal training and kickboxing: ‘If I’m not at the studio, I’m at the gym!’
The single ‘Wreckless’ is out May 25th
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/JKeysOFFICIAL/
‘This band has undeniable chemistry!’ – IndieBerlin
‘Kakkmaddafakka can get the muddy dance floors of the European festival circuit pumping – but they can prop you up against a tree to lounge in the midsummer sun, too.’
The song is a feelgood blend of groovy bass, bouncy pianos and breezy reverb-soaked vocals. You can feel the warm rays of the sun on your face whilst listening to it.
Listen to the single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N50ugwIegBk
The band hail from the beautiful city of Bergen, where they have grown from a small local group to an internationally recognised act. Their Facebook band page currently has over 150, 000 likes.
Having toured all over the world, KMF regularly play to 5000 fans at their own club shows across the continent and have appeared at and headlined stages at renowned festivals such as Melt! Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Arenal Sound in Spain and Hurricane Festival. With support constantly coming their way, they seem destined to continue onwards and upwards and are not likely to stop until their out the stratosphere.
The group proclaim themselves to be ‘sauna extremists’, having gone so far as to perform naked in a sauna once on Norwegian national news!
Amongst sauna-extremism, the band’s other hobbies include football, gaming and Djing (two of the members Axel and Pål run a popular club concept ‘Klubben’ and a hip hop night in Bergen – proof of a band with eclectic musical tastes).
On May 31st the band will be playing an exclusive UK show at the prestige O2 Academy Islington.
‘Young You’ is out May 13th and is set to appear on the group’s upcoming self-titled album KMF set for release June 3rd.
Their unique style is a blend of beatboxing, distorted guitars and positive lyrics that inspire social change.
‘No Go!’ is their latest single, criticising the ignorance of society that leads to violence, which will be released on June 3rd. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1vcLDxj3kM&feature=youtu.be
Loopexx have already released previous single – emphatic pop/rock tune ‘Here We Are, There We Go’– carrying motivating lyrical themes and all profit going to charity.
Both from very different backgrounds, Pipo comes from an r&b background whilst Eric’s background is primarily in rock.
The pair’s altruistic outlook is a reflection of the difficulties they have both had to face in life and having to overcome them.
Whilst living in Austria, Pipo has battled with racism for his Filipino roots. He is the lucky survivor of 2013 cyclone, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. Pipo has family in the Philippines who he regularly visits.
Eric meanwhile was forced to abandon a promising career as a professional footballer after an injury in 1991, unable to walk for an entire year.
Loopexx’s quirky musical concoction of rock and hip hop and their world-encompassing message of unity and philanthropy make them an inspirational and exciting new group in this generations bustling musical landscape.
As with previous tracks, all profits gained from this single go to charity.
You can watch the superb video here:
Kuerty Uyop is a product of Motown and soul. Having grown up listening to no nonsense black funk such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Prince, it is evident the dynamic duo bring all the aspects of funk and soul to the table with their up and coming, hard hitting release ‘The Syndrome of Peter Pan.’
Hailing from Italy and Scotland, Kuerty Uyop is a collaborative project between a former Scottish priest and Italian karateka. This being said, they have both the power of prayer and martial arts behind them so watch out. If this wasn’t enough backing, many notable Italian DJs such as Piotta, Cor Veleno, Flaminio Maphia and Sottotono have gotten behind the music making for a strong start to a what will be a massive release.
Combining an interesting mix of European house, techno and elements of classic singwriting, Kuerty Uyop are confident that this original blend of established genres will propel them international stardom.
‘The Syndrome of Peter Pan’ is out November 20th.
Elle Bee is set to release her album in early 2016 and single ‘So’ on October 19th
Recently flown out to California by Kiss the Girl to feature on their album, Elle recorded two songs which were later featured on hit US TV shows 90210 and Charmed whilst also appearing on MTV. The song also was used on ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ featuring Jennifer Aniston and Will Ferrell’s DVD boxset.
Elle is now moving on to solo ventures having recently written and recorded a pop album entitled ‘Ugly Beautiful’ produced by big names James Ruddick and Paul Johnston at Rhythm Studios.
Watch ‘So’ here:
The influence of Dale Griffin and Mott the Hoople has had a profound effect on Elle and in some ways has shaped her latest offering. His presence, support and encouragement was instrumental in her success and it is evident a significant amount of talent has been passed on to his protégé.
Having already made a name for himself in his native country, Dupes is now focusing on bringing his own, catchy brand of pop to UK shores. Stylishly produced and slickly written, it’s little wonder that tracks such as lead single ‘Guilty’ have caught on in the Caribbean.