Lucy Spraggan releases album number six today and it’s an album that comes from the soul. Most artists will have, at some point in their career, the record that changes everything for them. It might not be the album with the most success, or the album with the most hits but it will be that album where everything seems to come together, where the lessons learned from everything that comes previously enables something forged in real honesty, in real emotion. For me, this will be that album for Lucy; the record that becomes the touchstone for everything that will inevitably follow, the bar against which everything else will be compared.
Imelda May is surely one of our best songwriters. Having been born and raised in Dublin, she began her career at 16 performing locally. Now, on the eve of releasing her sixth studio album ‘11 Past the Hour’, she is known worldwide and critically acclaimed. She has worked with some of the world’s greatest producers and artists and when releasing the debut single from this new album was able to call upon friends Noel Gallagher and Ronnie Wood to collaborate. She really is that rare thing of being an artist’s artist.
Nottingham’s Tom Walton comes from a musical family, and grew up listening to his father’s 90s house and trance music on car journeys, as well as the grade 8 jazz piano standards his brother played. It was a short step for him to make his own music, and ‘Sonic Limbo’ is the latest album from the electronic music artist. The release, which came out on February 12, has already seen coverage by BBC Introducing.
2021 sees popular Four-time GRAMMY Award winning-brother duo for KING & COUNTRY release ‘Burn The Ships (Deluxe Edition: Remixes & Collaborations)’ to cater for fans both old and new. The original release of ‘Burn The Ships’ produced three No.1 singles and they have spent the last two years on creating collaborations that cross genres.
Based in San Antonio, Brandon Legacy is a UK hardcore dance producer, who cites as his major influences, Gammer, Darren Styles, and Fracus & Darwin. For his latest album, ‘Dimensions’, Brandon takes his inspiration from Drum and Bass, Pop, Trance, and Future Bass, while the title refers to the many different facets of the dance music genre.
Palestinian-American singer-songwriter, Aladeen Alhyahek, takes his inspiration from Michael Jackson with is upbeat debut pop album, ‘Blue Flame’. Comprising seven tracks, the album, which has also been influenced by R&B, hip hop, KPop, and JPop, sees Aladeen singing and rapping, accompanied by a dance beat.
Although still only 17 years old, singer-songwriter Mason Embers has a wise head on his shoulders. His new single, ‘Rush’, taken from his debut album out this year, is a cleverly written observation on lockdown. Although we *should* have more time on our hands due to our restricted movements, our responsibilities are still the same, and we are often working as hard – if not harder than we were before, and rushing around getting everything done.
Released on January 1, ‘Cuts and Bruises’ is the debut album from Siimon, who has honed his skills over the years fronting Coldplay tribute band, Coolplay. The album has its roots in lockdown, with Siimon using his time to write and record, as well as demos of songs written at songwriting workshops in the past.
The Mavericks, the Miami band famous for being able to cross so many boundaries between Americana, Country and Rock’n’Roll have this year added a new string to their multiple CMA and Grammy award winning bow. They have released a record entirely in Spanish. ‘En Español’ is quite simply The Mavericks in Spanish and is such a tour de force that it landed at #22 in the UK indie chart, #6 in the UK Americana chart as well as topping Billboard’s Latin Pop Album Chart. This incredible album is produced by the irrepressible lead singer Raul Malo with long time collaborator Niko Bolas, who has produced such greats as Neil Young, Prince and Sheryl Crow.
Hailing from Welywn Garden City, in Hertfordshire, England, D•SIPAUL is a musician, composer, and producer. The artist, real name Simon Paul Goold, pays homage to Depeche Mode with his new album, ‘Mode Formula’, which features guest vocalists, and dark instrumentals. ‘Mode Formula’ was released on December 11.