Everybody's Somebody's Angel
When Romania's rising star Daria Stefan brought a whole new meaning to the girl band, by forming her own at the age of six, it only took three years before she stepped up into the solo world. Perhaps there was a clear difference in ambition or musical ability, or maybe she just wanted to be the star of the show, it seems to have been the right move. Now aged fourteen and with many gigs, TV appearances, and global radio play behind her, Daria Stefan releases Everybody's Somebody's Angel. The song was written by Whitney Houston's songwriter (signed memorabilia), Jud Friedman, as well as the skillful Frankie J and Alan Rich. With three profoundly practiced music gurus behind the track and the young, fresh faced, and hyper-talented Daria Stefan performing, we know we'll be seeing more of this artist.
Starting with piano chords and with a slightly minor key, a vocal melody layers over. Crystal clear and beautifully composed, a slow and powerful rhythm adds a punchy energy to the progressive singing. As the verses tell stories of good times and moments of deep feeling, the chorus splashes in with catchy and uplifting lines. Strings behind the piano bring out meaningful harmonies that compliment Daria to the button. Everybody's Somebody's Angel is an expertly performed work of art.
Listen to Everybody's Somebody's Angel by Daria Stefan on YouTube
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Michael Mills Band
Dream A Dream
From Eponymous Album
With a tight-knit well rehearsed sound, this band of California rockers are making huge steps on the global blues rock scene. Massive amounts of radio play plus a sharp reputation for a professional and consistent sound, even when at the end of a long tour, have all helped Michael Mills and his band to establish a following who love them. Along with Jesse, Michael fronts the band and writes the music. The rest of the guys do a marvellous job of shoring up the masonry. Together, they have made a brilliant and fresh sounding album that resonates with fans of Jimmy Vaughn and Johnnie Winter.
It's got a bouncy feel straight away, a blues guitar throws down catchy melodies while a drum-kit and bass keep everything together. Michael starts to sing and his tones are on the button with each line fitting snugly in the composition. Rhythm and rhyme merge in the lyrics bringing the music up into the air while the skilful guitars jostle for space with expertly designed licks. Catchy melodies, upbeat rhythms, and a sunshine feel that warms it all up makes the whole experience an enjoyable one.
Listen to the album on the Michael Mills Band website.
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Since the age of eleven, this strong and confident London based female singer has been entertaining people with her powerful singing voice. She enters the music scene of 2019 with a number called Cheap. There are many types of cheap, some good, some not so good. Both have their selling points, punk and practicality can go hand in hand after-all. Luckily this song is not cheap at all, as it's been recorded at the premium Charthouse Studios in London. That's where Pixie Lott and Sam Smith (Follow the links for collectable signed memorabilia) went to make their groundbreaking sounds. Maisie Bourke is also no stranger to Alternative Fruit, having featured in the summer with her single Don't Let Him.
It opens with a beautiful piano melody. Solemn chords delicately splash over well placed scales in runs and volleys which manage Maisie's delivery exquisitely. Sombre and heart-felt tones sing about the reality of finding that we've become something people want to imitate. Seeing cheaper versions of yourself can mean that we only have eyes for ourselves, or it can mean we've become a beacon for others to aspire to. It all depends on if we deserve to be luminary. With a voice like Maisie's, and an understanding of the social contract found in music like this, it's clear this young talent has played the right hand.
Listen to Cheap by Maisie Bourke on YouTube.
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Having made the top ten in Sierra Leone, this all singing all rapping London Urban artist has become well known on the local scene as well. Since quitting the day job as a school teacher, Tony As went on to making amazing music written by himself. Why not? When you've got a skill to entertain people with and spread a message. Tony As sings about parenthood and the responsibilities of adult life mixed in with street-wise commentaries and dramatisations.
With a swagger in the beat, the music begins with a smooth and funky bass driven rhythm. Tony As begins with his vocal lines, accented poetry in spoken word sections breaks into melody over the inflections while a casual guitar strums easy going chord sections over the top of the drums. Tropical sensations with laid back intentions spell a story about a woman who wants him, and he's debating with his better self about the benefits of the situation. It's a fun and enjoyable song that reaches out to the consensus.
Check the video She Want by Tony As on Youtube
From V For Victory
Since her breakthrough debut in 2012, Romy Conzen has become well established in the Belgian rock scene. Already dubbed the best thing to come out of Belgium for a long time, now she's ready to bring out the stage show once again with this splendid new album. V For Victory has been nominated for several awards already, including Best Rock Female Singer, which must feel great to be in the running for. To help us get to know what Romy is all about, we're treated to a sample of the album in the form of Aiaio, a three minute romper through everything we need to know.
It starts with a wave of oceanic cymbal which crumbles down to let a truly funky bassline shine out of the cracks in the pavement. Chilli Peppers style grooves with a thudding rhythm found among the likes of Green Day, (follow the links for eBay swag) mixed with sassy vocals from an energetic young head-turner can only mean good things. During the middle-eight, a synthesiser begins to churn out a juicy fill which smooths everything out into a dancing frenzy which lasts until another burst of chorus frames the delicious tempo.
Catch Aiaio by Romy Conzen on Youtube
Your Love Is All I Know
Since getting a tape deck and karaoke machine at the age of five, Donna DeFazio has been recording her own songs then performing them in front of audiences. Now as an adult and with many years of timeless rehearsal behind her, this emotive and passionate songwriter brings us her own brand of music. Inspired by some of the biggest female icons in the business, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston all made it into the mixing pot when Donna DeFazio followed her talents.
The song strikes a chord straight away as a beautiful piano melody casts its percussive string spell. A voice that slices through any notion of uncertainty catches the perfect position on each passing note. Donna projects the words as if she were singing for a Disney film, a truly moving and captivating storyline of lyrics give sing-a-long stars the world over a brand new piece to perform.
Donna DeFazio is on Twitter and Instagram, where she administers the Global Songwriters' Network.
Listen to Your Love Is All I Know by Donna DeFazio on Soundcloud.
Keep Sayin' I'm Crazy
From Standing In The Corridor
Funky popadelic Carl' O brings us a unique mix of influences from his musical base in Paris. Having already composed music which found its way into film and soundtrack under the name of Carlton RARA, this subtle re-invention allows him to bring us more of his quality albeit with a different coat on. By tackling intellectual subject matter such as human relationships and societal changes to the sound of accessible and easy going music, Carl' O delves deep into the grey matter under the steam of enjoyment and pleasure.
The track begins with a hip-hop inspired beat with crackles and drums combining to make way for a smooth bass-line. Disco style vocals reminiscent of the Bee Gees that carry a staccato rhythmic melody drape themselves over the laid-back and gentle groove which digs down and settles nicely in the ears. Keyboards, bass, and drum all make a cosy combination that gives Carl' O a podium for his emotional and poetic style. yet another independent musician with ample quality that deserves to be heard.
Listen to Keep Sayin' I'm Crazy on YouTube
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Christmas Joy (Feat. Jess Mist)
It's December so we can officially kick off the Christmas spirit on Alternative Fruit. No stranger to the radio, and with skills bringing him to the same stage as DJ Carl Cox, Gmack is beginning to get the attention he deserves. This prolific entertainer once released two albums 8 hours from each other. Our Glasgow based singer-songwriter has everything it takes to make it into the top leagues, and has already shown us that he's capable of delivering when it matters most.
It begins with a classic peel of Christmas bells. Guitar chords strumming a major tune slice through the cold wind to bring us a sunny and warming voice. Jess Mist delicately spells out for us all the good things about this time of year. Wishing us all a merry Christmas and reminding us to share love and be happy, we can only look to the future and give thanks that we work to make it better.
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Since the more than warm reception of Another Man earlier this autumn, Freya Alley has decided to raise another flag to join the splendid colours already flying. This time she's chosen to take a more experimental and artistic outlook on her music, asking some philosophical questions while exploring not only the truth but more of her trademark great composition skills. Who are we underneath it all? Once we stop pretending or listening to what others think about us, is there anything left? What is the nature of the self, and what does the self mean to another person? Either an analogy for an intimate relationship or a postulation of important life affirming questions, Black Hole makes use of the mind and the sound of good music to bring us more of what Freya Alley does best. The video shows us Freya performing her music with fabulous camera angles and lighting effects which truly iconise the artist. A catchy melody with a beat that takes you by the collar makes sure this track gets the attention it deserves.
You can watch Black Hole by Freya Alley on YouTube
It wasn't that long ago when Alternative Fruit featured Shiraz with her song Done The Dirty. Since releasing the track, this young and talented British-Israeli clearly has a bright musical future. With a voice like that, what's stopping her? Now it's time to bring her back into the spotlight as she brings us Simmer Down. This new number works on that same hip-hop easy going sound which we have learned to associate with her voice. The cover art is awesome, the intricate yet simply iconic imagery tells us that we can expect a similar thread in the sound. It was chosen by means of a fan write-in on Twitter, which I took part in of course.
The song opens with an easy-going rhythm composed with a plucked string melody and a non-invasive yet hook laden drumming. It's got pace, and there's energy in the bars however the mood is set on calm and the lyrics invite us to relax. Catchy chorus lines keep coming back to reassure us that we're hearing the song right, and this quality singer has got us covered. The song is not yet out, but keep an eye on her Spotify profile for up and coming titles.
You can also listen to Shiraz on Soundcloud.
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