Monday, 3 August 2020

Celebrated music producer obylx releases edgy song


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Oliver Johnson widely known as music genius obylx has taken us on his journey in isolation in the past few months of quarantine, expressing how this period has impacted his mental well being for the worst.

 As promised on the first day of each new month, obylx has delivered with his edgy and fearless single ‘Through The Night’ via Guise Records. Usually inspired by the likes of Bowie and Phillip Glass, obylx swaps the old with the more modern work of Glass Animals, Jungle and 20syl.


Previously featured on BSMNT Club with his single ‘Invincible’, they commented on the artist’s music overall, “Oliver Johnson (obylx)  is known for his cynical or slightly melancholic subject matter in his music.”

This time around, obylx leads with quirky charm and an upbeat attitude reminiscent of a Glass Animals hit. ‘Through The Night’ leaves us guessing what obylx has in store for us with his new diary entry.

The producer reveals the empowering message behind the single, “ ‘Through The Night’, “Escaping from a situation you find yourself in after realizing it isn’t actually good for you. Then to embrace the unknown and simply surrender yourself to the night”




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Singer Eivør shares surreal new music video for song, ‘Sleep On It’




Faroese electronica artist Eivør has released the video to accompany her new single, 'Sleep On It'. Directed by Einar Egils and shot on location in Iceland, the video also features actor Tómas Lemarquis (Blade Runner 2049, X-Men: Apocalypse). 'Sleep On It' is lifted from Copenhagen-based Eivør's forthcoming new album, “Segl” (due September 18, 2020) the follow-up to her widely-praised 2017 release “Slør”. Featuring a guest appearance from Ásgeir and co-production from Lana Del Rey collaborator Daniel Heath, “Segl” will be accompanied by an extensive 34 date international tour from Eivør, including 4 UK dates kicking off at London's Union Chapel on October 22, 2020.

Einar Egils' striking new video tracks the propulsive, elemental electronica of 'Sleep On It' to an apocalyptic scenario in a remote corner of the earth. Speaking about the ideas which played into the creation of the video, he explains; "The world has been ending for years, and here we find those who are left on our planet. They have been stuck in this loop of a party for as long as they can remember and are desperate for a solution. They will sacrifice Eivør, and by doing so they fall into their inevitable sleep, forever."

Speaking about the interplay between the video & the new track - which she wrote following a bad bout of insomnia - Eivør observes; "The video portrays a desperate and isolated situation. Sleep On It' is a song about making choices - it's like a late night flow of consciousness. Sometimes making a wrong choice might be the only way to eventually make the right one. This is the first song I wrote for my new album, and it was written during a sleepless night 3 years ago in my apartment in Copenhagen. Most of all this song portrays hope to me. Regardless of one's past, or "old habits", it's never too late to change".

Eivør hails from the remote Scandinavian archipelago of The Faroe Islands, where she grew up in a tiny village with a population of just 453. The release of “Slør” saw Eivør make her debut in the UK with the anglophile version of an album previously recorded entirely in Faroese, following a painstaking period of translation & re-recording. Whilst 'Slør' - which also triggered Eivør's debut on Later.....With Jools Holland - was her commercial British debut, in Nordic territories Eivør Pálsdóttir is a veteran artist of over 16 years standing.

Immersing herself in music from 13, Eivør fronted a trip-hop band after discovering seminal albums by Massive Attack and Portishead. Gigs soon followed, held afloat in rowing boats, in the pitch-black darkness of a huge cave on the island of Hestur. At 16 Eivør quit school, moving alone to Reykjavik to release her debut album and pursue classical singing training. She has since won the Icelandic Music Prize, twice - the first non-Icelandic artist to do so. The approval of contemporaries including John Grant and Ásgeir, a move from Iceland to Copenhagen, and numerous sync spots across TV and film are all testament to the crossover appeal of her music. Eivør also collaborated on the soundtrack for Metal Gear Solid and performed to a global audience of 50 million at the launch of God Of War.

2020 UK Tour Dates

22 October LONDON Union Chapel
23 October MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
25 October GLASGOW St Luke's


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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Funk musician Sola Rosa shares forward-thinking music video




New Zealand artist Andrew Spraggon, crafting under the moniker Sola Rosa, teases more new music with for ‘For The Mighty Dollar’, featuring regular collaborator and former The Streets singer Kevin Mark Trail. The track is the second single from the forthcoming album, ‘Chasing The Sun’, due for release on 25th September.

The socially-conscious track is the follow up to the recently released single, ‘Searching For Love’ feat. Kiko Bun, which saw support at radio from the UK home of soulful music Mi Soul, with Indie London featuring the single in their ‘Singles of The Week’. Topically timeless, ‘For The Mighty Dollar’ challenges the endless struggle between commerce and the common good.

Long-time Sola Rosa collaborator Kevin Mark Trail gives a poignant message about the track; “money has been placed as the most important thing in the world and the divide between the rich and poor is still very wide. Many governments and corporations are still corrupt. Inequality, sexism, racism and injustice continue to reign. The aim of the song is to get people to think about the life we are living. The Covid-19 pandemic has given us time to question our values and direction, personally and globally, but what do we want? Who are we? What do we need? Where is the love? Could we be living better with each other and the planet as a whole?”

Reminiscent of the iconic funk and soul classics, ‘For The Mighty Dollar’ features solid beats, lush strings, bold horns and powerhouse backing vocals wrapped around a soulful lead. Long term Basement Jaxx collaborator and one of the UK’s top soul singers, Sharlene Hector delivers the BV’s, while Sola Rosa’s live band featuring Peter Leupolu, Michal Martyniuk, Dixon Nacey, Matt Short, Julien Dyne and Spraggon himself build the foundations of the track. The final addition of Mike Booth, Andrew Hall and Hadyn Godfrey on horns and strings from the Black Quartet complete the track.

The compelling short film accompanying the track - directed and edited by Elliot O’Connell/Askew One and shot by Gareth Moon - documents the environmental and societal impact of the COVID 19 lockdown on Sola Rosa hometown of Auckland City in New Zealand. Inviting the viewer to question whether the opportunity to reconnect to a slower pace of life is something that should be preserved, or whether their comfort lies in a return to the normality of a commerce-driven life. Talking about the visuals, the director explains; “the scope of what could be created for this video evolved as we progressed through the various levels of lockdown. It’s a really significant time in the world right now, and so much has happened in the last 10 weeks. The theme of the song is particularly poignant, particularly in this moment. Ultimately all our systems are so interdependent and tightly bound to capitalism and I wanted to bring that sense of increasing anxiety into play - leaving the viewer to ask themselves, is this really what we want?”

Sola Rosa’s history is littered with Number 1 releases, awards and critical acclaim in his home country of New Zealand, with accolades spanning over a decade. Highlights include a #1 album on iTunes and the IMZN Music Charts, multiple bNet and VNZMA nominations and awards for Best Electronica Album, Best Independent Release, Best Producer and Best Dance/Electronic Album.




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Pop-soul singer Becky Bowe dedicates song to her soulmate



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Previously featured on renowned Youtube channels (Sofar Sounds & Ont' Sofa) and ranking at number 9 on the UK iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, Becky Bowe is making her name known around the UK. The songstress’s latest offering is her song ‘Cosmic Heart’ which was recorded via Two Bridge Recordings. ‘Cosmic Heart’ will feature on her upcoming album of the same title.

Speaking on the single, Becky Bowe shares the personal reason behind the song development: “This song is really personal to me. I wrote it when I was 18 years old when I first started going out with my now fiancé. I was so used to writing the stereotypical break up song which always worked a treat however this time round I was feeling feelings that I didn’t know how to put on paper. I then started writing a song about him and about how amazing he is as a person and that’s where the song came to life. This song is just about an out of this world love that you find or have with someone.”

Bowe provides dramatic effect with her new offering ‘Cosmic Heart’, from the soaring choir to the strong conviction in Bowe’s vocal delivery.



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Tuesday, 14 July 2020

EDM producers Sonny Fedora & Dom Dolla share future club hit





Following a string of huge sold out shows together, Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla now team up for new single ‘Moving Blind’ via Sweat It Out / Solotoko.

Having teamed up for their first roadblock US tour in 2019, the start of 2020 saw Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla back on the road by popular demand selling out over 10,000 tickets across The Shrine in LA, Mission Ballroom, Denver and The Midway, San Francisco.

Working on Moving Blind from an NYC studio amidst a busy touring schedule, the duo have already road tested this certified dance anthem, receiving incredible reactions along the way. Ahead of the rescheduled remaining co-headline East Coast dates in November, Moving Blind is set to satisfy the cravings of fans around the globe who eagerly await the chance to catch the duo in the flesh once more.

The accolades between the two are endless, with Sonny dominating both club and crossover realms with his critically acclaimed RISE LP last year, multiple Beatport no.1s and his recent single One Night alongside MK that amassed over 22 million streams whilst landing BBC Radio 1 daytime playlisting.

This new single also follows Dom’s remix for One Night adding further recognition to its release. Meanwhile, Dom’s recent originals  Take It and San Frandisco have amassed over 60 million streams combined, landing Beatport no.1 spots, earning him BBC Radio 1 Pete Tong’s future star and additional plays from R1, Triple J, Beats 1 and more.

With new tour dates in the pipeline, Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla’s Moving Blind is set to continue the pair’s glowing partnership until clubland unveils its doors once more. Combining their undeniable skill, Moving Blind weaves husky vocal hooks with elastic synth leads and bumping basslines, making for a hypnotic house groover destined to be heard in its natural club setting and intimate home dancefloors alike.




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