‘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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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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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. 

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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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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’.

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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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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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Zoe Scott Announces #DanceTheWaveofLove Campaign!

Her album, ‘Shades of Love’ – 12 classics reimagined to a Bossa Nova beat – was just the tonic we were crying out for when Zoe Scott dropped it earlier in the year. Produced by ten-time Grammy, two-time Emmy-winning Moogie Canazio, it hit all the right notes. 

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Allegra Lands Rollacoaster Cover And Releases ‘Do What I Want’

Looking resplendent – and cozy as hell – in silver-chic Juicy Couture, your next favourite pop star has landed the cover of Rollacoaster’s Autumn/Winter 2020/21 issue. Because of course she has. 

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Ziggy Alberts Shines With ‘heartbeat’, Announces Upcoming Album, ‘searching for freedom’

Ziggy Alberts has shared his new single ‘heartbeat’, which is taken from his upcoming album ‘searching for freedom.’ 

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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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