Lucy Mason - 3am

Lucy Mason – 3am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Mason - 3am

Lucy Mason – 3am

 

 

 

 

 

Following the release of the first half of her debut album, dream-pop soloist Lucy Mason is returning with ‘3am’, a remarkable new single taken from ‘Flashback Romance: Side B’.

 

‘Side A’ came out to eager audiences everywhere earlier in the year following a slew of lauded singles.

 

New cut ‘3am’ perfectly showcases Mason’s songwriting talents and sets the stage for her follow-up to recent tracks like ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘High and Dry’.

 

The entrancing and emotive vocal performances she’s both honed over her career and become known for are firing on all cylinders here as delicate keys and swelling synths build dramatically around her.

 

‘3am’, and ‘Flashback Romance’ in its entirety, was produced and engineered by Jess Ellen alongside Lucy in their home studios.

 

This very personal and DIY approach can be felt within the records intimate style but you’ll hear nothing but the highest quality of pop-sheen here.

 

Its approach gave the recording process a relaxed environment allowing her to explore the full extent of her range in a safe space.

 

The release follows a storming year which saw Lucy Mason not only achieve what many others can only dream but also overcome her own personal obstacles, plus the release of hit single ‘Hunger’ followed by her debut EP, and a performance at Buckingham Palace for HRH Prince Harry.

 

Her earnest lyrics, unique style and captivating voice have already seen her receive critical acclaim from the likes of The Independent, The Metro, Wonderland, The 405 and more.

 

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Delena - Holy Ground

Delena – Holy Ground

 

 

 

 

 

Delena - Holy Ground

Delena – Holy Ground

 

 

 

 

Born in Kiev, Delena relocated to a Switzerland school at just 12 years old and went on to London, to study at the London Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance.

 

Music was always in her veins, through her relation to Ukrainian screenwriter, film producer, and director Alexander Dovzhenko.

 

Moving to London was a new lease of life for Delena, who, inspired by the likes of Eta James, Ella Fitzgerald, and Queen to name a few, began to develop her distinctive, sassy style of pop.

 

Now the young songwriter is looking forward to a busy 2019, with her first album on the way later this year. Firstly, fans can expect a new EP in February that showcases the versatility and songwriting guile of Delena.

 

The first single from the project is the rousing, captivating piano-led single “Holy Ground”. It’s a departure from her previous, pop-leaning releases.

 

The track crescendos to an anthemic, stirring chorus complimenting Delena’s vocal exquisitely.

 

Lyrically, it’s a motivational masterclass that’s sure to inspire her new fans across the globe.

 

Holy ground is my idea that there’s a place in everyone’s heart which no one can reach except you! Where we can escape to when things become too much.  It’s a beautiful place where there’s no pain because it’s completely untouchable and safe! So the song is a kind of prayer in a way and I wanted to give it a bit of church like feel.

 

We have a great tradition of religious singing in Ukraine.  It’s a very special sound and although this doesn’t sound like that kind of singing at all it was my inspiration.

 

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Dancing On Tables - Black

Dancing On Tables – Black

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing On Tables - Black

Dancing On Tables – Black

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing On Tables are a five-piece pop-rock band from Dunfermline, a small town just outside Edinburgh.

 

Originally friends from school, Robbie, Callum, Hamish, Gregor and Reece named themselves after arriving at a show, without a band name. When asked for their name they noticed that punters were dancing on tables and decided to run with it.

 

The band rely on a youthful energy and determination, as well as their close ties since school days as the driving force for their sound.

 

The band were signed early on by US Label LV Music, who went on to release their first single “OH”, followed by the “Space Race” EP. The two releases received support from Wonderland Magazine, Clash Magazine, Shazam and Record of The Day. Spotify’s curation team have also backed the music, resulting in over 1 Million Streams on their platform.

 

Off the back of overwhelming support, the boys’ live game has gone from strength to strength. Just off the back of a UK tour support with Cassia, the band sold out a number of tour dates across the country.

 

They’ve also performed at industry melting pots The Great Escape and Live At Leeds festival, all gearing towards their own UK tour later this year.

 

Live music is an issue that’s incredibly close to the boys’ heart, coming through the grass-roots scene in Scotland, they’ve seen many venues come and go. There’s a rising concern in modern times, that community and culture in the North are being shafted in society.

 

The new single showcases the undeniable versatility of the band’s sound. It’s a track that ebbs and flows between melancholic and energetic with expert delivery. Vocally, the band have a distinctive character that anchors them to their roots. They’re undeniably, fast becoming one of the UK’s most exciting new Indie-Pop prospects for 2019.

 

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The Skints - Learning To Swim

The Skints – Learning To Swim

 

 

 

 

 

The Skints - Learning To Swim

The Skints – Learning To Swim

 

 

 

 

London four-piece, The Skints, have clawed their way up from the depths of an underground punk/ska scene to a unique fixture on a global reggae stage.

 

Drawing influences as wide as soul, pop, grime and hardcore, their original brand of “tropical punk” has seen them evolve in to one of the hardest working and most respected bands in UK music.

 

The band’s new single ‘Learning to Swim’, released 18th January via Mr Bongo globally and Easy Star in North America, fuses the tenderness of lovers rock, the catchiness of pop with the urgency of hardcore punk, to create a unique sound that promises future stardom.

 

Few British bands blend different genres of music with such freedom, fun and invention while singer Marcia Richards’ philosophical and personal lyrics strike an emotional chord.

 

“For those who have lost a loved one, it’s not unusual to find comfort in the fact that you’ve spent more of your life with them than without. After 13 years of using this small comfort to keep afloat, 2019 will be the first year that the number of years without my sister Roanna will exceed the years she was around.

 

As I became increasingly aware of this date approaching and my life raft sinking, I wrote ‘Learning to Swim’, a song that musically flips through time and space,” she says.

 

“The chorus has no words, but flips to an era of punk and pop music that my sister was deeply into. Just as my mind gets wrenched back to that precious time so often, the song does too.” She adds, “The feeling as the years go on that it becomes more difficult to picture their face, to hear their voice. The rest of your life without them stretches ahead of you like a vast sea – it’s time for Swimming Lessons.”

 

Formed while at school in 2007, The Skints hail from the Waltham Forest and Redbridge boroughs of North East London, and they cut their teeth in London’s underground punk scene before venturing out of the M25 to play their first self-booked DIY venture and embark on a heaving touring regime across the nation’s “toilet venue” circuit.

 

Debut album ‘Live, Breathe, Build, Believe’, released at the end of 2009, received late night/specialist rotation across radio including BBC Radio 1’s Punk Show, whilst 2012’s ‘Part & Parcel’, was the second full-length album by the band and further built their fan base and opened doors to heavy touring, festivals and markets outside of the UK and across Europe.

 

The follow-up album, the critically-acclaimed ‘FM’, released in 2015, reached number 5 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and number 7 on the Independent Albums Chart in the UK and saw The Skints tour relentlessly across the USA, Canada and Japan.

 

Since the band’s inception, The Skints have toured extensively across the globe, playing hundreds of shows and festivals including Summerjam (Germany), Dour Festival (Belgium), California Roots (US) and ReggaeSunSka (France).

 

In the UK, The Skints sold-out their most recent 10-date UK tour including Shepherd’s Bush Empire and have performed at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Bestival, Glastonbury and Boomtown Festival, performing to 15,000 fans.

 

In addition, the band have supported bands that include NOFX, Less Than Jake, Mariachi El Bronx, Gym Class Heroes, Protoje, You Me At Six, Sublime with Rome and Easy Star All Stars.

 

Supporters of The Skints include BBC Radio 2’s Jonathan Ross, Robert Elms on BBC Radio London, Steve Lamaq and Craig Charles on BBC Radio 6 Music and David Rodigan on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

 

Mr Bongo is a Brighton based independent record label and home to Hollie Cook, Protoje, Seu Jorge, Prince Fatty, Incredible Bongo Band, Jorge Ben and more.

 

 

 

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