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ALISTAIR THE OPTIMIST NO ONE Tomorrow Never Knows
No One is an epic track taken from the album Alistair The Optimist.The album tell stories about personal loss, hardship and struggle as well as hope, love and survival – in many ways the themes could be interpreted to represent Alistair's own journey as he lives with motor neurone disease. Written and recorded at Cross Leaze Studios, the album has a mainly live and acoustic sound that reflects the rural and folk influences of the area in which it was created. Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Kathryn Calder, provides guest vocals on a number of the tracks.
From Kevin Pearce’s forthcoming Circular Haze EP (out April 16) this title track sees Pearce endeavour to explain the conflict in the cycle of all things. Lyrical comparisons to the likes of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen on this song are backed up by the track’s strength and depth in its journey to a positive climax that offers some light in the dark. A purity rarely found, Circular Haze by Kevin Pearce is certainly one for the memory banks.
THE BEAUTIFUL LOSERS THE GHOST OF CALIFORNIA Unsigned
The Beautiful Losers are a five-piece outfit who channel the West Coast harmony-fuelled rock and alt-country of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Ryan Adams mixed with quintessentially British folk/acoustic artists such as John Martyn and Nick Drake. The Ghost of California is a song from the band’s current album Two Fields And Home, which is available on both iTunes and Spotify. This year will see them perform a large number of gigs in and around London. Visit their website for details of dates and venues.
Blending soul, rock, dubstep and drum & bass, Six60’s music is dynamic, versatile and unexpected. Extended singer/songwriter jams incorporate dubstep sections as bridges, hard-rocking guitar duels with robust synthetics and thunderous low-end bass over vibrant percussive rhythms, and in both voice and instrumentation infectious melody consistently shines through.They’re a band with songs that make just as much sense when listened to with headphones as they do in concert. Having sold out three Garage shows in May, the demand for tickets was so great the band have upgraded one night to The Forum.
JULES REASON RUNNING AROUND THE WORLD Palm 55 Music
“Think of a new world, think of a newborn child as a colour you’ve never seen, think of a new life, in the first light of a new day… A brand new dream”. Running Around The World is a song of hope for a new world at a time when nations come together to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics. Written and produced by Jules Reason it features Luke Potter on vocals. The song is available for advertisers, sync, programmers and record companies who may be looking for the song that encapsulates this special time.
IKES is the UK’s latest talented lyricist who has been entertaining hip-hop fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Hailing from the edges of Hackney, IKES began his career in music as a hobby aged 14 as a Garage MC, and he has since honed his craft with the release of two mixtapes and various performances all over London. The rapper’s latest project, The Intermission:Last Call, has been supported by the likes of BBC 1Xtra, MTV, BET and SB.TV, who also included IKES’ Warm Up session in its Google Chrome TV advert.