BBC Sound of 2016- the short list

Happy new year to all. It’s that time of year again. The shortlist and the winner has been announced for the BBC Sound of 2016.

This is one of those awards that the winner is pretty much guaranteed to have a good year. After all, BBC Sound of 2015 winner was Years and Years who have gone on to have a pretty successful 2015. I must admit I have even grown to like them, although my favourite for that year was and is still James Bay.

So, without further ado let’s start…

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BBC Sound of 2015

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A very late happy new year to you all. Firstly a MASSIVE apology that there has been such a delay since the last post, I have had a lot going on. But, more importantly I am back and 2015 is going to be much better for this blog.

As is tradition my first post of the new year is a review of BBC Sound of 2015 top 5. Last year’s winner, Sam Smith, as predicted has become quite the sensation and I am happy to see that my favourite, George Ezra has had his fair share of success in 2014.  If you want to see my review of last year’s BBC Sound click here.

So without further ado here is 2015’s top 5 of up and coming music, enjoy!

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Takedown Festival, March 15th 2014 @ Southampton University

01ed019aa15b08682886277a51312b8c11317356c3Before I go any further, I will admit, I am not the biggest rock fan. As you may be able to tell from my blog, the main genres I enjoy listening to are acoustic, pop and indie. But, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy listening to rock music sometimes.So, takedown for me was not only a music festival but a further insight into the world of rock and metal, and wow was it music overload but for all the right reasons.

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Adam Geraghty

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I heard about this artist through an email I received. The first thing that struck me was that he is Irish. I have quite deep Irish roots through my father so I love hearing about new Irish singers and I love being able to promote them and this one certainly is no exception.

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Scarlett Parade

I must admit when I saw the name of this band in my inbox I thought this may just be another indie band of which there are hundreds out there these days. I am very happy to say I was completely and utterly wrong!!!

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Christina Novelli

Move over Craig David we have another artist that hails from our area and she seems set to take England by storm.

Southampton born, Christina Novelli has a very distinct voice and has a sound that definitely fits the present musical styles. If you think of the power and attitude of Hayley Williams from Paramore and Pink and you are on your way to getting an idea of what this singer/songwriter sounds like.

But, its not only her voice she has got going for her, she is also very good looking, which is partly from her French-Italian background from her father, Jean Christophe Novelli  (yes, I do mean the Jean Christophe Novelli, the famous cook) and her English mother.

At the age of 23 she has already played at many of the famous venues in London, where she is now based and has already had an EP released entitled; “The Lost without you EP” which was released last July on Itunes.

On top of all this she also has a very unique talent. She can play a right handed guitar upside down (she is left handed), dont believe us?   watch the video of Christina performing The Break up song on the guitar….

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You can hear more of her music on her youtube channel or to find out more  about Christina Novelli check out her myspace page here

One of Christina’s songs, Turn off the lights is currently being featured on The Park as part of our rising talent feature where a local artist/band is played every other hour. So, if you are in the area tune into 96.9fm or alternatively go to The Park website and click on the listen live.

Don’t forget, for your fill of new and undiscovered music tune into my show, Undiscovered with Liz Leake every Thursday from 8-10pm and Saturdays 6-8pm.

Velo

Any followers of this blog may have remembered one of my first posts was of a band called Palladium. Since then, the band has split to pursue individual projects. But, recently I have managed to track down their ex lead singer, Pete Cochrane, who along with Sie Medway-Smith has set up a new band called Velo. This band exudes uniqueness, with an electric feel to their music. They have a few songs posted on Myspace which you can listen to here. I reccomend Perfect Twisted world which has an electronic, 80s, uplifting feel to it, and for those fans of Palladium I would definitely reccomend White Nights which has an air of Peter’s previous band. These guys are set for big things with their brilliant lyrics and catchy melodies, these are songs which could easily exceed former projects

Although not on tour at present, they are in rehearsals for their debut performance at one of London’s biggest club nights in February.  If this was not enough for the London lads they have recently completed a remix for Ellie Goulding, another rising star who came out top in BBC sound of 2010. Surely, with these starter markers for their career they can only excel, only time will tell! In the meantime, watch this space!!!

The Pirate Ship Quintet

This band is quite different from all the others I have reviewed, they are from London, Bristol and Bournemouth. Their sound is very unique.In the song, “I kina spiser de hund” the tone varies and thorughout the song, which is purely instrumental with the exception to one scream, the song goes from hard rock sound to a classical intrumental sound. This continues to swap and change thoughout this song and gives the song an air of unease and imbalance.

As well as this, the album art for their E.P is jus as unique and surreal, which you can purchase through their myspace, which you can view by clicking  here

Page 44

Ok, so this is another band which is close to my main favourite genre, indie pop. But, the discopvery of thi band was not on purpose, they added me a while back and I thought I would looking into the bands that have randomly added me in the past.

Page 44′ sound is a mixture of pop, rock and indie. They have a few gigs lined up for June/July time and I reccommend you check them out.

 

Have a look at their Myspace here 

 

 

Interview with Black Bart

I caught up with Rob Joy, lead guitarist from Black Bart to ask a few questions about the band to find out more about who they are and what they are about.

how did you come up with the name Black Bart?

Black Bart (the name) was devised by one current and one former member of the band. He/It is several things. Most notably, in our case, a highwayman, Charles Boles, who decided to give up business in England and head out to America to rob stage coaches, leaving poetry at the scene of most of his crimes.

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