BBC Sound Poll long-list and Brits Critics’ Choice finalist Izzy Bizu has released stunning single ‘Mad Behaviour’. First revealed during a breathtaking performance on Later..with Jools Holland last year, which Holland described as ‘wonderful’, the track is an overwhelmingly personal song for Izzy.
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Being voted the ‘#1 Freshest Faces for 2016’ by the Evening Standard, and tipped as ‘One To Watch’ in the Guardian, Independent, The Times, Daily Mail, The Sun, Grazia, and Noisey, the 21-year-old South London born singer and songwriter is quickly proving herself as one of the most exciting breakthrough British artists of 2016. The anthemic White Tiger has now garnered over 4.4M Spotify streams and 800k video plays, with Izzy playing three sold out London headline shows and receiving a 4 star Guardian live review. This is certainly Izzy’s year as she is set to release her highly anticipated debut album ‘A Moment of Madness’ in June.
Born to an Ethiopian mother and English father, Izzy’s rich cultural tapestry has informed her soulful indie soundscape. Growing up on a diet of Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse and Marvin Gaye, Izzy’s delicate acoustica threads those nostalgic funk-and-soul elements with a genuine indie spirit.
Becca B is kick-starting a promising career with her smooth R’n’B release ‘“Ready and Waiting” featuring rapper MceBisi.
Having honed her skills over the years by supporting acts such as Gareth Gates at Party In The Park and Stacey Solomon at The Ashfield Show, the exuberant singer from Nottinghamshire is now ready to embark upon a rosy future in the music industry with a repertoire of suave and laid-back pop beats.
Her new single “Ready and Waiting” is a sophisticated R’n’B track that, underpinned by a flawless production and additional rap interlude by the brilliant MceBisi, has got some definite hit potential. She says: “This song is also about new steps. It is about the flirtatious engagements between two new people wanting something more form each other.”
Becca B is not fussed about hiding behind an alter-ego. She believes in the principle of ‘What you see is what you get’ and wants the world to know what she is about. She feels that her music gives her a chance to be truly authentic. After having experimented with different styles in the past she has now found her sound and explains: “I feel R’n’B gives me a more intimate platform to put across my feelings, fantasies and loves of life.” With this approach her musical end-product draws upon inspiration from artists such as Pink, Jason Derulo and Rihanna.
During her time as a singer Becca has come across some important life lessons when it gets to making it in the music business. Having missed out on the chance to sign with a major label in the past due to the discouragement of her mentor at the time, she has started to learn more and more about how the industry works and taken on a warrior-like spirit in terms of her ambitions. Determination and eagerness are not only part of her musical career – Becca is also a football player for the local women’s team.
Her potential for fame doesn’t prevent the singer from staying close to her fan base. Being active on social media allows her to build a direct connection to her followers as a way to keep them updated and interested in her latest work.
The single “Ready and Waiting” is out on 12th February 2016.
Once Upon a Dead Man, are a new indie electronic band; the sound of three well known brothers and an old friend making a foray into new territory together.
It’s an excursion that’s been some time in the planning; brothers Edd, Charlie and Will Simpson had long talked about collaborating, but their respective careers (in Brigade, Busted, Fightstar, More Dangerous Animal and Union Sound Set) meant it was a few years before the project came to fruition.
Along with long-time friend and collaborator Simon Britcliffe, the Simpson brothers will release 'Concepts and Phenomena' on 1st April 2016. The EP is a deft blend of beautifully constructed vocal harmonies and washes of electronica. The band consciously stepped outside the traditional label structure to record the EP in their own time, with no predetermined musical direction, no defined roles within the band, and no commercial objective.
Converging on Suffolk's Old Jet studios with co-producer Jesse Quin, each member found themselves using more sequencing and synths than ever before during a series of relaxed sessions. The resulting recordings are the perfect product of a group of musicians who’ve known each other for decades, balancing bouncing beats and glacial soundscapes with plenty of fraternal warmth.
Once Upon a Dead Man are Inspired by artists such as Jimmy LaValle and Mark Kozelek, The National, American Analog Set and the Postal Service, amongst many others.
After having been able to gain experience singing with Stevie Wonder’s musical director and bass player, Nate Watts, and doing backing vocals for Coree Richards of Damage, lead singer Grace has now started her own musical project with friends Talullah and Lorena. With the help of producers Steve Snead and Mat Condon, who has previously played keyboard in Katie Melua’s band, the newcomers comprise remarkable vocal skills with the spirit of rebellious girl power. Their funky debut single ‘If Your Heart Is There’ is a melodic bubble gum explosion that creates the kind of buzz that makes you get out of bed in the morning. The track features rapper XYM who is known for having played alongside Colin Farrell in the film London Boulevard.
The London based group combines their music with a world view that sees women stepping out of a narrowly defined image which reduces them to merely being pretty, as Grace puts it: “Sometimes people like to see a woman with balls. The masculine side of women is not so often portrayed in the media. Annie Lennox, Kate Bush, Madonna have done it. It makes pop art more interesting.”
Grace started singing at the age of seven. She used to be in a girl gang in high school and kept skipping classes to make videos as part of a production company she created with two of her friends in which they “used to run around screaming creating Blair Witch Project type scream flicks.” She says: “They used to call us the Kill Twins.”
The Truebelles are a band, an art collective and a feminist statement about the differences between men and women when it comes to communication – which, ideally, they’d like to overcome with their work. Difficulties of communication between the two sexes has been part of the story of how ‘If Your Heart Is There’ and the entire project, in fact, has come to life. The narrative of their song writing is specifically pro-female and committed to the idea of presenting women as fun and exciting.
When Grace first moved to London and met producer Steve she initially refused to work with him because she “thought he was a weirdo”. It took another two years to get her in the studio to record the track. Having been able to overcome their very own communication problems, The Truebelles are now ready to revive modern feminist pop with their debut single taken from the upcoming album ‘Truebelles Coming’.
The single ‘If Your Heart Is There’ is out on 12th February 2016.
UK dance collective, LuvBug are back and ready to drop a fresh tune on the UK charts. New single, “Best Is Yet To Come” is available to pre-order from Feb 5th and will be released April 15th via Polydor Records.
LuvBug – a DJ-producer-dance act, led by Marvin Humes – follows up a successful 2015 which saw LuvBug have two Top 20 singles in the UK Charts, “Resonance” ft. Talay Riley and “Revive (Say Something)” ft. Mark Asari and was co-written with MNEK.
On top of this LuvBug have had a string of high-profile remixes to its name ranging from David Zowie ‘House Every Weekend’, MNEK and Zara Larsson ‘Never Forget You’, Karen Harding ‘Say Something’ and more recently Fleur East’s ‘Sax’.
Inspired by the sounds coming out of the European-dancefloors, “Best Is Yet To Come”, is a song that feels current, fresh and big. “It's a record that hits you immediately, says Marvin, “the vocal, the subject, the lyric, the beat, everything. It's infectious and it's a record that can be received universally."
LuvBug have been building up a loyal fanbase and a solid-live plot over the past year and half, including a DJ residency at the iconic Pacha & Café Mambo in Ibiza, DJing with Diplo and David Guetta in Las Vegas, plus UK festivals including Wireless and the dance stage at V Festival.
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