‘Carnival Of The Animals’ – The Kanneh-Masons Breathe New Life Into Saint-Saëns’ Zoological Classic With Help From Michael Morpurgo And Olivia Colman

I have to admit something – I’d never heard of The Kanneh-Masons before being given the opportunity to review this album, released via Decca. But I *had* heard, and heard OF ‘Carnival Of The Animals’. And I’d heard of Michael Morpurgo, and Olivia Colman.

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Renee Soul Releases Latest Single, ‘Incredible’

Set for release December 4, Renee Soul’s debut single, is ‘Incredible’ in more than just name alone. The jazz/soul single was recorded at London’s Metropolis Studios, and was born out of Renee’s desire to share “the important message of women knowing self love and worth”.

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Jane N’ The Jungle – ‘Lucky 7’

Arizona alternative rock group Jane N’ The Jungle have been a fixture on Essentially Pop since June 2017. They always bring a distinctive sound with them, borne of the diversely different musical backgrounds of childhood friends, Jordan White and Brian Dellis.

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Chad Rico – ‘New Level/Night in Barcelona’

Chad Rico, from Richmond California, is not all he first appears to be. Entrepreneur, financial analyst, clothing manufacturer/designer, filmmaker – he’s been all of these, and a maths college professor as well. Now add hip hop artist to the the list! His debut 7 track EP, ‘Myth’, was released in 2018 to much acclaim, from which comes his single ‘New Level’.

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Jdot Breezy – ‘All In’

‘All In’, by Jdot Breezy, is an upbeat hip-hop track that works just as well listening to at home as it would in a club. Jdot Breezy has only been on the scene for a short time, but he’s already made a name for himself with his smooth sound, unmatchable timing and speed, and sick beats.

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Milquetoast And Company – ‘Hummingbirds’

Denver folk-rock band Milquetoast and Company bring flights of fancy not just to their latest single, ‘Hummingbirds’, but also to the accompanying animated music video. The clip sees the band join forces with animator and visual artist Brendan Huza, winner of Genero TV’s “Director of the Year” award.

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ADIV – ‘Blue Gene’

ADIV’s single, ‘Blue Gene’, starts out with the beautiful sensitivity of a summer breeze, but a closer listen reveals the pain, regret, and above all, the hopes – sometimes desperate – of a citizen of the world, whose aim is to pour everything that he’s got into his music.

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Michael Ghould – ‘Girls & Boys’ 

Cleveland’s Michael Ghould takes the Blur classic, ‘Girls & Boys’ and ramps it up to 11 with a party sound like no other, along with a largely green-screen enabled music video, filled with bright colours and neon lights. The track comes as the first single from his ‘Private Disco’ EP, which is set to see the year out with its release on December 31.

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Lucky Harmon – ‘Party Life’

This year pop/dance singer Lucky Harmon strode into the world with October’s release of ‘Luckysworld 2020 Tha LP’, an album filled with propulsive beats and decorated flows, tasteful lyricism and fearless self-expression.

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Stacy Gabel – ‘High Heeled Shoes’

We spoke about Stacy Gabel last month, the artist who has stepped in front of the camera, after previously working as a promo producer and writer at Nickelodeon; now she returns with a new single, ‘High Heeled Shoes’, with a video just as fun-filled as the previous release, ‘Stir Crazy’.

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Camilla Covington – ‘White Kia’

Sacramento native Camilla Covington has given us the ultimate road trip song in her new single, ‘White Kia’. The calming and relaxing track is perfect for those days when you want to just get into your car and go for a nice long drive to escape all the madness.

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Harrisen Larner-Main Releases Debut EP ‘Come Along’

A former contestant on The Voice, Harrisen Larner-Main is set to release his superb 5 track EP, ‘Come Along’, on November 28.

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Six Quick Questions With Dublin Band Wild Youth

Wild Youth are, in their own words, “one of the hottest Irish bands to emerge in recent times” and they’ve certainly established themselves as a name in their homeland, and are making great strides across the globe, with a view to world domination. Their most recent single, ‘Through The Phone’, was released earlier this month, and comes with a pastel-coloured music video, where they get creative with paint on an 80s era rotary phone.

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Transient Park Releases Latest Single, ‘Equilibrium’, ft. JT Roach

Released on November 20, ‘Equilibrium’ is the latest single from Transient Park, a collective of songwriters and producers. The new track features the exquisite vocals of Los Angeles based singer JT  Roach, who was asked to sing on the track by Transient Park, who say they were “mesmerised in a goosebump moment” on hearing his vocals.

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Electronic Artist KRISTRÚN Releases Debut Single, ‘UNRAVEL’

Although originally from Iceland, electronic artist KRISTRÚN is now based in Liverpool, England, where she’s released her new noir electronic pop single, ‘UNRAVEL’. 

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EMERGER Release Music Video For ‘State of Mind’

Alt/Dreampop duo EMERGER have released the music video for their new single, ‘State Of Mind’. The pair, comprising Emma de Goede and Gerry Matthee, both studied music at the University Of Cape Town, South Africa, and after graduation concentrated on writing material which would become their debut self-produced mini-album, ‘Bloom’. The new release is the first since that album, and marks a musical turning point for EMERGER.

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Kinga K Releases Latest Album, ‘I Won’t Wait’

Kinga K’s new album, ‘I Won’t Wait’, takes its inspiration from her journey of moving from her homeland of Poland, to the UK. Emotive and powerful, the artist fuses elements of pop, electronica, and alternative genres in her music, while sharing her life experiences. 

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Got A Difficult Person To Buy For? Jedward Have The Christmas Present For You!

Somehow it’s already November, and if you’re like me, you’ve left it late to organise your Christmas presents. It’s been a hard year, and even if you can get out to the shops to buy gifts, the general vibe of 2020 has been one of not feeling up to it, motivated, or having the energy to think of what to get.

Thankfully, Jedward have it all under control! The acknowledged saviours of 2020 with their life affirming tweets, positive music, and random good vibes DMs, have come up with not just one, but TWO fantastic ways to spread the Christmas joy this year, at two different price points, so you can choose how much you want to spend (or if you’re like me, you’ve bought both for yourself!).

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The Stencil Pencils Release ‘It’s Christmas!’

In just over a week it’s going to be December in this crazy year we’ve been having, and Christmas is racing towards us at headlong speed! But never fear, The Stencil Pencils, with their second release, ‘It’s Christmas!’ are set to cheer up both us and everyone else in their strong effort to take the Festive Number 1 chart position.

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Kira Rizavi Releases Video For Debut Single, ‘Breathe Down’

New York artist Kira Rizavi brings soaring vocals along with warmth and positivity in her debut single, ‘Breathe Down’. The young singer-songwriter, who has been favourably compared to Diana Ross, and Rihanna, has already performed at Madison Square Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, and The Bitter End.

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