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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tatty Bumpkin is the brainchild of Sam Petter, begun in 2014 as a more creative, holistic approach to the movement activities of children aged 0-7. The album, ‘Bendy, Giggly, Clever And Strong’ has been written by yoga teachers, educationalists, and musicians, and takes children on a story narrative to inspire creativity. The title track, ‘Bendy Giggly, Clever and Strong’ takes the four components of Tatty Bumpkin’s mission: Bendy – through yoga movements; Giggly – through creativity; Clever – through carefully crafted developmental links; and Strong – through mindfulness and relaxation.
Chris Stapleton is a five time Grammy winner, ten time CMA award and seven time ACM award winner. So to say that a new album from him is a Country music event is an understatement. In fact, such is the respect that this Kentucky born artist is held in across the board, this is quite simply a music event.