Under normal circumstances, The Smiling Sessions, Shapeshifter Productions’ popular participatory singing project, go into care homes and community centres for the elderly across deprived areas of London, and host sing-a-longs for the residents and members. The aim of the group is to end loneliness and social exclusion for elderly people, through encouraging them to become more active, achieve improved health, well-being, confidence, and interpersonal relationships, as well as in-house volunteering and leadership, through participation in singing their favourite songs.
On 12th June 1970 one of Britain’s finest bands, The Kinks, released a ground breaking song that would further cement their place in history, ‘Lola’. This week The Kinks and BMG launch #LolaDay to celebrate 50 years of this seminal single. Fans will be able to ‘Lolafy’ their individual photos with 10 new custom made stickers available via The Kinks’ website. Throughout the day some of the finest acts around will release their interpretations of the track via The Kinks’ channels.
Today the music industry pauses to show support and unite in solidarity for #BlackLivesMatter. It would be folly not to. This industry owes a debt of gratitude, and in fact would not exist if it were not for the people of colour who started what we today consider modern music, which was born out of the sorrow songs of those taken in slavery to work the fields in America. In time this begat distinct genres, such as Gospel, Soul, Rhythm n Blues, Jazz…and in turn, Rock and Roll, Funk, Pop, and Hip-Hop – and just about every other genre in between.
With clear influences from the likes of Scissor Sisters and Giorgio Moroder, Swedish pop quartet Dildorado have been taking the gay community by storm with their song, ‘Sailor Boy’, which was originally released in 2010. Now reimagined and released with a variety of new mixes and fresh sounds, ‘Sailor Boy’ takes on a whole new audience with its entirely fresh sound.
Right Said Fred are back and they’re ready to kick-start the summer with the release of their vibrant new EP ‘Good Times Everybody’, out 19th June 2020. Having had all their shows cancelled or postponed this year, Fred and Richard Fairbrass felt their was no better time to introduce their latest blend of tongue-in-cheek observational pop to the world and put a smile back on people’s faces.
Coming from San Francisco, Nick Andre has been producing music for the past decade and a half, and is the founder of Slept On Records. He’s just finished producing the new Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious) album, set for release later this year. We’ve written about him a few times over the past few years, and his latest track, ‘Snake Bite’, sees him joined by Zion I, Lateef The Truth Speaker, And Deuce Eclipse. ‘Snake Bite’ is out today, 29 May.
‘Gettin’ High’ is the new single from Americana and rock songwriter Tyler Boone. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, he’s now living in Los Angeles, and has signed his first record deal with Antifragile Music, the label belonging to music legend Tom Sarig, who launched the careers of Lou Reed, CAKE, and Against Me!, among others.