Confounding expectations, Modiwo have emerged from the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains to become one of the country’s breakout musical success stories, whilst also giving their time to support charity projects around the world. Initially forming in order to provide entertainment for local orphanages and retirement projects, demand for the band’s music grew to such a scale that they agreed to become a band in their own right.
Joining together musical forces from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Hungary, their unique anthemic dream-pop sound is embellished in their live shows with alpine horns, didgeridoos, and shakuhachi solos. Their latest track, “Never Give Up”, is an achingly blissful pillow of sunshine which brings to mind all the dreamiest elements of The Beloved.
Watch the video to Never Give Up here:
Their work for charities has also seen them charge entry fees to their gigs in donations of fruit instead of cash – all the proceeds going to local orphanages.
Promo for the charity event Fruit Fusion: https://youtu.be/U5R6-mFEqH4
Making a quality pop song in this day and age can seem like an impossible task, but emerging Egyptian artist, Music Theory, seems to have cracked the code for it and here’s the secret: keep it simple.
Music Theory thrives on classic instrumentation and song-structuring which he couples with simple, but heartfelt lyricism. So often these days, we see artists trying to do too much to stand out from the crowd, but sometimes it’s worth just going back to the basics and original tried-and-tested recipe as you know that it works!
Through this well considered song writing process, the talented songwriter tackles issues as diverse as love, hope, despair, loneliness and inner conflicts. And evidently, ‘Down The Aisle’ is about as quintessentially love song as it gets. Well worth a listen!
‘Freedom’ is the new anti-Trump protest song written by Scottish singer-songwriter, Beldon Haigh.
Whilst you might be wondering why a Scotsman is passionate enough to write a song against the new President of the United States, he actually has a justified cause. Beldon’s wife is a Honduran immigrant whose family in the US are fearing for their lives and the threat of deportation under Trump’s reign. On top of this, Beldon is the father of three children and he feels that Trump’s views are not what we should setting as an example to the younger generations.
Consequently, after the idea for the song came to him in a dream, Beldon penned his song and began to get it tracked at his home studio in Falkirk, before voyaging off to New York to record the piano and strings and finally having the track mastered in LA.
Beldon’s music is all about voicing the sentiments of thousands, if not millions and he does this through a potent combination of clever, often witty, songwriting and clean, uncomplicated musicianship that allows the true meaning of the song to take centre stage.
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Whilst disco might seem like a genre of the past, back in the 70s when people were still wearing flared trousers, Anna Chiara and Felicia Singson of Tsunami Section are resurrecting a touch of the style in their brand of catchy pop music.
‘Keep My Spinning Wheel’, their new single, fuses an infectious pop-hook with a foot-tapping beat that you’ll find it hard to not move to. Consequently, the track is the perfect dance-floor anthem, whether you’re looking back to you disco days or you’re a regular frequenter of the club.
However, ‘Keep My Spinning Wheel’ is not just a great track for the ears, there’s subtext behind it too. Exploring the idea of karma in a positive sense, the track, written by Oliver Fell-Holden, looks at how no matter what life throws at you, there is always another chance.
The duo have a strong musical pedigree too, having performed at over 100 venues in the past, whilst Anna has even recorded an album with famed London producer, David Ezra.
Urban artist KADI is releasing her empowering new single ‘Turn U On’, after having worked with Moorish Delta 7, Baby J and supporting Omar. Her new track pushes forward a powerful message all through an R&B, hip-hop and pop tinted lens.
Lauren Hill’s style and talents are just one inspiration for KADI who is looking to empower women by showing them that they don’t need to adhere to the stereotypical conventions of the media. KADI believes that the music industry portrays an image where “having a big ass or showing your breasts gets you attention” but this is not a healthy image in KADI’s view.
‘Turn U On’ comes from a time when KADI was living in New York and a producer of hers told her to conform to this idea. She refused, and the outcome has been ‘Turn U On’.
Elani is the musical vehicle of Mali based musicians Wambui Ngugi, Brian Chweya and Maureen Kunga.
Having met whilst competing against each other at a music festival in Mali, the trio found that they shared a lot in common and had an inspiring affinity for creating music.
Having already released their debut album Barua ya Dunia, further work from the group has been highly anticipated and now they are back with their infectiously catchy single, ‘Kookoo’.
With a get-up-and-dance afropop style, Elani are a great discovery for those who like their fusion music. The trio appear to work seamlessly together, their vocals blending pleasingly between one another.
Elani have collaborated and worked alongside major artists such as Jose Chameleone and Sauti Sol and have even featured on the Pakistani music television series Coke studio.
The intriguing singer-songwriter, Homesick Mick, has released his latest single ‘Prisoner to the Past’, from his debut EP Black Hole Friday.
With some quality songwriting and meaningful lyricism, Homesick Mick has honed his folk-pop-rock style which is most evident in his festive release, ‘Prisoner to the Past’. The video for the track also features The Beatles greats, Paul and John, not the real ones, obviously, but they’re pretty good lookalikes! With the pertinent lyrics of the track, the evocative songwriting talents of John Lennon himself are not far away from Mick’s latest effort.
Homesick Mick has also been involved in a social media campaign against the Sir Philip Green, whose corrupt behaviour in extorting the former employees of BHS has been deplored by many, including members of parliament. Mick’s campaign went full throttle when he took to the streets of London outside Green’s flagship Topshop store where he protested on behalf of the BHS employees, accompanied by his guitar.
The well travelled singer has found himself performing across the UK at festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Wychwood Festival and his upcoming album, The Mysterious Abduction and Return of Homesick Mick, is set for release in January 2017.