To last ten years in the fickle industry that is the music business, you earn the right to call yourself a star. To go beyond that you start heading into a different solar system. Irish duo Jedward, John and Edward Grimes, today transcend the bounds of the Milky Way as they mark 11 years since they first headed down the road to becoming household names.
We’ve had The Essential Advent Calendar for a few years now and usually when it comes to December 25 we summarise the songs we’ve featured over advent. This year is going to be different. It’s the end of the decade. When we go back to reality after the Christmas/New Year period, and work out how to remember how to write the date, it’s no longer going to be the 20-teens, we’ll have entered the 2020s. And ultimately, it’s up to us to decide whether it’s going to be a time of prosperity and positivity or not: will we have a Roaring 2020s, or will we just go along with whatever is given to us, accepting it as our lot in life, no matter how miserable it makes us feel?
With a sound reminding us of the likes of Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd, The Who, and even Jethro Tull, the psych folk/rock vibe of Birmingham Alabama artist Jaco’s song ‘Shoe’ takes us back to a time when things were a lot simpler, if in reality not too different politically. The song is from Jaco’s album, ‘You Know’, released today June 19 on Cornelius Chapel Records.
Also known as Emily Underhill, Tusks has made a real statement with her brand new single ‘Peachy Keen’. An artist and producer associated with One Little Indian Records, she has been making expansive sounds since 2014, breaking through with a sublime cover of Disclosure and Sam Smith’s iconic, ‘Latch’ that quickly racked up plays.