Like many of us, Sophie Griffiths enjoyed singing to herself in the bathroom when she was growing up. Unlike most of us, Sophie's voice was top-notch. When an attentive music teacher noticed her talent, Sophie was given a key role in a school performance. This sealed the deal for her, and a career in performance and song was not only on the cards, it was also a logical choice. Taking her talent to the streets of her home in Essex quickly found attention from a Love Island star, who showed off Sophie to her Instagram following. Since then, Sophie Griffiths' fan-base has grown exponentially, and her talent has been the driving force.
A joyous piano melody spells an easy going tune, then Sophie Griffiths adds an element of soul with her lyrics. Beautiful imagery about emotional connection and communication of feelings asks us if we can show the same level of warmth. Battling with the thought of non-shared feelings and the implications of that, it reminds us that people don't think or feel like we do no matter how much we think we are right. What's right for one person is not necessarily the same for another, and the song Numb puts this across in a romantic yet mature manner. It is sad, and it's moving, however there's a happy energy to it that just seems to radiate from Sophie Griffiths' personality.
Listen to the song Numb by Sophie Griffiths on YouTube
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Make That Move (Feat. Ruby Shay)
An Australian citizen and originally from Nigeria, Ray Ramon has been busy winning awards for his Michael Jackson inspired dance music. By mixing down the lean from the 80s dance scene with a spicy dose of modern clarity, Ray Ramon has engineered an energetic and accessible niche for himself in very little time. It's amazing to think that Ray Ramon has won major awards in categories such as Gospel, Christian Music Production, R&B, and Indie Music! Does his talent reach any further? Does anybody's? We can only assume it will with this re-release of Make That Move, a single that's already done well at home.
It begins with a cymbal ride that breaks open the music like a well wrapped present. Funky chords roll in on open top wheels of quick stepping groove. Ray Ramon starts singing, he invites us to go dancing. He wants us to go ahead and have a good time! Ruby Shay adds her tones to the mix, she brings her own verse lines that compliment Ray Ramon as he shifts his composition to ever more catchy lines. Repeating chorus words and a progression of pressure that keeps the energy rising makes this an instant dance-floor hit. It's fun, upbeat, and easy on the ear.
Find out more about Ray Ramon online
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Feels Like Home
Arizona based Jim Pipkin returns to Alternative Fruit with his fresh Amerciana sound. This time he brings with him Feels Like Home, a song released recently and enjoying lots of radio play around the world. His first taste of the stage was in 1974 with the Union Grove Fiddlers Convention. That must have been a great evening, full of folk sounds and lively banter. Imagine no smartphones to record the performances, no cameras waving in the air, perhaps one or two journalists had an old fashioned lightbulb affair at the time? Since then, Jim Pipkin has written music and performed with many big names in the pop and folk scene. Recently, he played the 34th Annual Tucson Folk Festival which would have been a brilliant occasion.
The song begins with a steel guitar melody. Chords are plucked in jumpy phrases, the progression builds a smooth and shifting landscape of tone. Jim Pipkin begins to sing, his homely American accent combines with the flowing guitar to tell a moving story about travel and the school of life. Drawing the scene for us, various angles of life in the world where we find people of all kinds. Jim Pipkin tips his hat to all of it, and shows us that he cares, then reminds us that his one true love is where he is from.
Get in touch with Jim Pipkin on Facebook
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Damn It All
London based folk-rocker John Dartnell takes to the stage once more with a brand new single. Damn It All is a song taken from the forthcoming new album, expected later this year. Having toured the UK and the USA on the back of several albums already, John Dartnell has an established fan-base of good taste around the globe. With a new song like Damn It All, it only makes sense that this crowd of Dartnell darlings will grow in number. Writing and singing his way into the music halls of city after city, this trooper of talent just keeps going.
Opening on a cool bluesy country guitar lick, the rhythm backs up a slinky steel string melody. The music fades to let him sing, John Dartnell starts the story of one time when he was with you. The fond memories take us on the same journey he had one time, such a journey that made a lasting impression on his spirit. An acoustic guitar strums a chord progression with picked notes to emphasise certain phrases. The chorus breaks in and reminds us of heartache, when we can't be with the person who made us feel so happy. Is it just for the moment, or is it for the rest of time? I think it's not quite certain, and that's maybe the hardest bit of all. This is one of the most moving songs I've heard in a while.
Find more about John Dartnell on his website
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Tears Of Happiness
Close To You
Bedford based and electronically wired, Tears Of Happiness were named after the feeling people get when listening to their music. This duo of musical maestros have been honing their skills and perfecting the live event to the point where a popular sports brand have endorsed their new song. Close To You wraps up the whole sandwich and gives their sound a brand new fortification in the realms of musicality. Like a star in the pavement, this track is bound to stick around. Comprised of Me'da and LCamz, this sonic collaboration just keeps rising.
It starts with a trance inspired rhythmic melody. Lyrics curl over the rocks like gusts of ocean breeze. A sunny feeling shines from the sound. Uplifting and harmonious, this electro-pop song catches the ear straight away. Drums build and crash in as the music shimmers down for a brief moment. The song breaks in once more, chorus lines about wanting to feel close to someone help us find the words to explain our emotions. This fusion between dance music and a love song touches base on both levels, making it doubly as effective.
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This Is Us
East London singer-songwriter Oliver New reports back for duty after an amazing adventure. Performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival followed by 31 dates around the big smoke back home, where he visited all the open mic nights going, leads up to this brand new single. This Is Us makes use of all the energy gathered so far on his journey, finding his wings and leaping around the country brought with it many angles and feelings. Having worked hard to raise money for the charity Beam, which works to empower homeless people with opportunity and knowledge, it's clear Oliver New cares a lot about people and making them feel part of the whole. Naturally, his shows reflect this and with his easy going and audience friendly attitude, he always goes down well.
With a plucked chord guitar structure, Oliver New begins the music with a catchy rhythmic tune. His voice sprinkles the notes with great clarity. He leaps like a gazelle from pitch to tone with expert positioning, the drums kick in and synthesiser melody compliments the guitar. Wistful and questioning lyrics wonder what if and how come, acceptance of the one's own path and choices plus the actions of others which affected you comes with time. Understanding the non-personal nature of the universe involves people too. It does feel like a sad song, however it could be perceived differently.
Listen to This Is Us by Oliver New on Soundcloud
Visit Oliver New on Facebook
A Million Years
Psychedelic funky reggae warriors Thomas and Devaki had been playing music together since their teens. Enjoying a flash music career that rubbed shoulders with icons such as Jon Anderson from Yes, and Jon and Vangelis, plus Buffy St. Marie including many others, these professional class musicians rock n rolled with the best of them. Life has many twists and turns, and indeed it did for this pair. Settling down to have a family became a priority for both of them so the music became a fond memory. That was just for a time though, and once they had done their duty it was only right to blow the dust off the guitars. Teaming up with bass player Alex Barrett, the guys now known as Stunflower release their brand new sound and single.
It starts on a classic guitar wail. Bottle-necked notes flow like a twinkling river and vocals lap the shores. Fragile melody spills over in tangents and splashy harmonics, organs and guitar build up and roll down in plentiful gushes of sound. It points at a deep sadness, a sense of eternal woe built up over the course of many millennia. A dreamy melancholy of the soul extends like a hologram into the realms of infinite sorrow, it's a moving and sombre number that also has a sense of hope. Maybe the sad times are all but over? Is this a moment of change in life, where the dreams of brokenness come to an end? It's a beautiful song, full of human feeling and musical moments of clarity.
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Don't Leave Me Without Your Love
From Act Your Age
Since she was eleven, Maisie Bourke has been producing her own songs. Writing, recording, and mixing herself into a music career from an early age has helped her achieve a remarkable talent. Her new EP wants to explore the art of growing up and finding our feet in the world. Called Act Your Age, it perhaps asks us to look at ourselves with less than rose tinted glasses. What is maturity anyway? Is it simply about how we learn to cope with the world? And what if the world we grow up in changes when we're older somehow and what we have learned doesn't help but hinder? It's a complicated paradox when we grow up, it feels that we are all children inside with our own methods of dealing with being who we are. Don't Leave Me Without Your Love is one song from this EP. Featured as a single, you'll be able to catch it on the Deuce Radio Show.
It starts with a subtle organ tone, calmly breathing in a silent room. Maisie begins to sing, her fantastic voice trickles over the icy-cube notes and as a thick liquor, she begins to fill the glass. Then, when a vital point is reached, the flow swells to capture us with the chorus. High energy projection in the voice matches a push in the composition to bring the feelings to a new peak. Rhythm builds and throws in a catchy dance-step we can all get in the groove with. Repeating lines and fairy-tale lyrics about love and life spin a tale of imploring desire to stay close.
Listen to Don't Let Me Leave Without Your Love on Spotify
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From EP of same title
While at school, Chiara's teachers never gave her a second thought for a musical education. While feeding her academic subjects and appealing to her intellect, something underneath was brewing. Chiara didn't need school to learn a skill, and because it's what she knew she wanted to do, there was only herself in the way. Spending fifteen long years developing her craft, then later enrolling at musical college in Boston, USA, this flourishing London based singer-songwriter is ready to show what she's made of. It's fair to say that it was a mistake to not offer this composer and performer more arts at school.
With an RnB influenced introduction, a synthesiser and mellow rhythm opens the number. A silky melody on delicious vocals laps over the bars like thick milk. Chiara Oldano brings up the heat as the words progress, evoking a self-confidence and inner optimism about our own role in life. We each have our own space to stand in, we have to own it for ourselves. Excellent projection of notes that dance and leap from perfectly posed scales knit the song together in a tightly woven and expertly written composition.
You can get involved with Chiara Oldano on Facebook
Get hold of the song on iTunes
and Amazon UK
Out 22nd March
Emerging from heart-break is something we are all familiar with. When the bonds of love are broken, the hurt can be deep and painful. Tobias has managed to focus this energy from his own life to establish a song-writing streak resulting in many quality songs. Since falling out of love with his boyfriend a year ago, Tobias found that in music his heart lives on. Providing quality piano skills as well as alluring vocals, the mix of pop, electro, and cinematic styles combine to create his unique sound. Mixed by the untouchable Tommy Cuz, this Essex lad is ready and raring to go with his new track. Named after his favourite flower, the song is said to represent the fragility of beauty and life.
It starts on a delicate piano melody. Sparkling notes like raindrops patter over the bars. Chords fall into place, bolstering up the sound. There's a sadness and a dreamy story in the words, as melody builds and evolves emotions pour from the music. Descriptive lyrics tell of the sorrow and change involved with the story. Then, a new line of hope is drawn in the sand. New feelings of moving on knit themselves into the song. Helping to move on and bringing a human sense to the psycho-drama of love with music, Tobias has produced a marvellous composition. I am sure many people will love this, it's a sensual and emotive number that pulls on our most forgiving nature.
Look out for Gardenia by Tobias from the 22nd.
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