‘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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Essential Advent Calendar: December 1 – Drew Seely ‘Stowin’ Away (In Santa’s Sleigh)’

We find it hard to say this – but welcome to December! Any other year we’d ask, “where has this year gone?” but quite frankly, we’re glad to be seeing the back of it – and hopefully next year will bring some brighter days.

BST Hyde Park Announce Duran Duran In Their Only London Show For 2021

BST Hyde Park are proud to announce that Duran Duran will be performing next year, in their only London show for 2021. It’s also Duran Duran’s first London show for six years. The band will be on stage Sunday 11 July, where they’ll be joined by Nile Rodgers and Chic, Grace Jones, and more acts to be announced.

KT Releases New Single, ‘Love Ain’t Enough’

R&B singer KT takes inspiration from past hurts with her uplifting new single, ‘Love Ain’t Enough’, which she co-wrote with Dan DSM Music. Dan also produced the track.

Faith Louise Releases Latest Single, ‘Blaaa’

Out today November 30, Essex based singer Faith Louise has released her new single, ‘Blaaa’. The track is about getting over her first love, and Faith Louise shows a maturity beyond her 15 years.

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”.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

Rising Star Katie Kittermaster Releases ‘ Every Breath You Take’ And Answers A Few Questions For Essentially Pop

Katie Kittermaster is a singer songwriter from Kent who has recently been making real waves. This year would have been a very busy one with live dates a plenty in her own right and as a supporting act for some substantiated names in the industry. She toured with a recent interviewee of mine, Lucy Spraggan, and is about to release her new single, a cover of the classic ‘Every Breath You Take’. I was lucky enough to be able to ask her a few questions about what she’s been up to, the single and the sumptuous backdrop of the video to accompany it. Katie’s version of the song comes from a different place to the original and works beautifully. 

Clerel Unveils New Double Single ‘My Anthem’ and ‘Talkin’ Bout Love’

One the 27th of November, singer-songwriter Clerel released his double single “My Anthem” and “Talkin’ Bout Love.” Both of which are available to stream on all major streaming platforms now!

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

KODALINE Share The Festive Official Music Video For New Single ‘This Music Be Christmas’

After the storming success of their recently released studio album ‘One Day At A Time’, which has now been streamed more than 84 million times and seen them garner another 10 million monthly Spotify listeners, Kodaline have now unveiled the official video for their festive offering ‘This Must Be Christmas’.

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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