While the visual presentation of movies is undeniably important, it is arguably the soundtrack which does more to convey emotions, set the tone and make a film memorable.
To celebrate and single out the significant contribution made by cinematic soundtracks, here is a look at the finest examples ever to blast out around auditoriums worldwide.
Greg Price is a man on a mission. Also known as Layabout, the vocalist and bass guitarist from South London is making music for a new generation. With co songwriter Pharaoh Black and vocalist Robyn a new genre is being created in a place steeped in the history of some of the most famous Pirates. Punk Reggae is a genre that takes the legacy of Jamaica’s rich history of trade and anarchy and unleashes it in musical form. Not trying to be anything old but with respect of the past, not trying to be something other than a new music for an ever changing world but forged in the culture of Jamaica but with a hint of South London swagger. I was lucky enough to chat to bassist and co creator of Layabout Black about this new adventure and found him to be knowledgeable, hopeful and creative. A polite savage making music to transport you to a different place. Enjoy.
Griffith Frank is an acclaimed artist, and has also distinguished himself as a composer, writing songs for the likes of Kendall K, Annie Leblanc, and Jojo Siwa among others, with his compositions being collectively streamed more than a billion times. His knack for incredible melody, and adept lyricism are evident in everything he does, and no less so than in his new single, ‘You’ll Be There’.
Although he’s left his mark all over the US, and starting his TTO (Travel Team Official) label in Denver, Colorado, Leph Louie now makes his home base in Tampa Florida. The rapper’s name is derived from his left-handedness, as well as his talent for coming out of left field – paired with a play on the name of Louis Vuitton, indicating that Leph Louie knows how to produce high quality. His new single, ‘Motivated’, is out now, along with a music video.
Joyann Parker is a great blues musician, and she uses her talent to express her own indomitable spirit, reinventing it to tell her own story. Her latest single, ‘Carry On’, is brilliantly sung by Parker, but it also serves as a showcase for her guitar playing, which is redolent of the Mississippi Delta, lyrical, fluid, and propulsive.
Jedward are always coming up with another way to spoil their fans, and they really come into their own around the holidays. The duo, who made many of our Christmases last year with their personalised cards and videos (we even got one!), are certainly keeping up the pace this upcoming Valentine’s Day.
Today sees the release of two new singles for Paul Jacks, following hot on the heels of his third solo album, ‘Black Jackal’. The dual single of ‘Foolish Pride’, and ‘Big Lie’, has Jacks teaming up with producer and mixing engineer, Alex Newport. The tracks are a part of Jacks’ singles series between albums, with his next dual release set for February 12.
Manny Monroig has been in the music business since the 90s, and you may well know him from his time with Brooklyn based boy band, Joyride, which later became known as Double Devotion. Now Manny is pursuing his solo career, and new single, ‘No Strings Attached’ – will hit you right in the feels – and make you laugh and dance as well!
People are spending a lot more time at home these days. Whether it’s because of the rolling lockdowns due to coronavirus or because businesses have been hit pretty hard in recent years. As a result, there may be more time available for hobbies and downtime. Reading is a pretty popular hobby as it can be presented in multiple mediums, genres and formats. However, aspiring readers can sometimes find it quite hard to find their way in. Especially those who have never tried before. Here are some top tips and titles that can help you find your way into reading. Some may not apply as well as others, it all depends on your personality as well as how much time you have available, but they’ll certainly help you make the leap into a new hobby.
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.