Singer-Songwriters Vidal & Curma on ‘Another Plane’

Currently splitting time between their Northern Italian hometown of Padova and the UK’s capital, songwriters Vidal & Curma are a duo making a name for themselves on the London circuit. Playing in some of the most prestigious independent music venues in the city, their reputation has already won them a residency at the revered Proud Camden, where they were invited for repeat showings by popular demand thanks to the innate energy and sense of fun in their songs.

Their music boasts a loose, anarchic freshness without compromising on quality, giving an acoustic twist on the indie likes of The Libertines, The Strokes, Mac Demarco, and Velvet Underground to name a few. But perhaps their closest comparison is less well known – both Vidal and Curma are huge fans of Django Reinhardt, a gypsy guitarist  from Belgium who was active from the 30s to the 50s. Reinhardt single-handedly invented the gypsy-jazz genre, and both band members consider him the best guitarist of all time.

His brilliance has clearly rubbed off, and the new three track EP ‘Another Plane’ is a real, offbeat, acoustic treat.

See Vidal & Curma in action with this live Tradiio session:

Specialising in writing songs about everyday problems faced by many, song themes vary from the difficulty of maintaining relationships nowadays, where everyone travels and moves a lot (‘Another Plane’), to everyday situations that can lead to deep contemplation (‘Tonight’). The final track, ‘Never Say Again’, is about the unpredictability of meeting someone special in a massive city like London.

With each track boasting different elements which make them special individually, the combination of all three tracks makes for a very consistent release. And it’s all tied together with an acoustic irreverence that really sets them apart from other, more pretentious, peers. It’s an approach that clearly works, with the band already getting the attention of Universal Music Group A&R Manager Fausto Donato. A sign of things to come.

This is the first release on Tradiio Recordings, a new record label set up to release the best performing artists on Tradiio, a music discovery app for iOS, Android and Web.

Vidal & Curma’s ‘Another Plane’ EP is due for release on August 10th.

Tradiio is available here:

Web – http://tradiio.com

iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tradiio-discover-new-music/id882599955?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tradiio&hl=en_GB

Connect with Tradiio on social media:

https://facebook.com/tradiio

https://twitter.com/tradiio

Vidal & Curma Links: 

https://facebook.com/VidalCurma

https://twitter.com/vidalcurma

http://tradiio.com/vidal-curma-1

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Irish Singer/Songwriter Carl Finlay Set To Release New Single Followed by Debut Album

Irish Carl Finlay is set to release a brand new single ‘Message to the Dreamer’ on March 16th, followed by his highly anticipated debut album ‘Follow the Moon’ on March 30th.

His unique sound is an eclectic mix of folk, with splashes of rock and reggae, giving him a unique, fresh vibe.

The news of his new releases comes hot on the heels of the success of his previous single ‘So Hard to be Happy’, which received a fantastic response and airplay on BBC Radio 6. Finlay’s lyrics convey raw emotion and enlightenment, he studies the ideologies of mankind through his musical storytelling. His recent single ‘Mercury’ is a beautiful song about a lost love that truly touches the heart.

Listen to upbeat ‘Message to the Dreamer’ here: https://soundcloud.com/carl-finlay/carl-finlay-message-to-the-dreamer

Adam Protz Releases Intangible EP – ‘Movements’

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Pensive four-track EP epitomises meditation and relaxation 

Hailing from St Albans after a period of studying in Sheffield, Adam Protz has had several years to perfect his craft of composing. Using delicate piano melodies and intricate instrumentals, Adam Protz has created his beautiful EP ‘Movements’, consisting of four alluring and exquisite tracks. In the past, Adam has written music for films, animated shorts, a dance show, an educational DVD and even a brewery documentary!

Watch his latest video for ‘Movements’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS41YT2sxZ8

Protz has been writing music since the tender age of fifteen and began his journey into music writing heavy rock songs with soft orchestral bridge sections as a contrast, this developed into a desire to write for Hollywood movies. However, after listening to minimalistic meditative piano music, written by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Adam soon discovered that he was much more suited to creating emotive music in which he could incorporate his own personality and spirituality.

The lack of lyrics in the music leaves it up to the listener to interpret the piece as they wish. It provokes an emotional reaction and is also incredibly relaxing. The ‘Movements’ EP is proof that lyrics aren’t a necessity to provoke powerful sentimental thoughts.

Protz aims to inspire relaxation and offers the perfect setting for escaping to through his music. A firm believer that the world is over-obsessed with Smart-phones and social networks, Protz encourages listeners, from all walks of life, to return to the roots and escape with him into his musical world of beautiful, elegant minimalism.

‘Movements’ is due for release on the 30th November.

http://www.adamprotz.com/

www.youtube.com/adamprotzmusic

www.facebook.com/adamprotzmusic

www.soundcloud.com/adam-protz

Twitter – @AdmProtz

‘Modern Life’ The Sensational New Album From Si Cranstoun

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How better to introduce Si Cranstoun other than with this killer line: Bobby Brooks Wilson (son of Jackie) once said about Cranstoun;   “sounding so much like my father it scares me”. Does that say it all?

Cranstoun’s carer hails from humble beginnings after spending years performing on the streets, his album is the product of good ole hard work!

‘Modern Life’ is the new album from Cranstoun and is available now. Get your copy here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Life-Si-Cranstoun/dp/B00MJBLV5Q/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=ur2&tag=rhinocouk-21

Cranstoun’s music offers an uplifting blend of northern soul, Motown and vintage pop. That is a classy throwback to the classic sound of the early sixties. His look in check, he’s got it all going on when it comes to delivering

You might have seen Cranstoun’s face about recently as he has been making waves across the scene. Catch him in action in his ‘Dance For Evermore’ video here:

 

Keep up with Si here:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SiCranstoun

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SiCranstounOfficial?fref=ts

‘CRYING DAYS’ ARE OVER WITH RELEASE OF NEW NYIKA SINGLE

New Single Released 17th January, 2014

NyikaNyika is a soul funk singer songwriter with Bulgarian and Zimbabwean roots. She has a sound which is reminiscent of other soul acts, such as Omar (both artists having studied at WAC). Being a self managed and published artist, Nyika is indie in the truest sense of the word. In addition, this staunchly independent artist also runs her own record label Too Hip Records. This independence allows Nyika to release music that is unfiltered, personal and direct. This personal approach is reflected in new single ‘Crying Days’, which focuses on her childhood.

Nyika is not complacent and continues to grow as an artist. She has already released two albums which have allowed her to work with some of the same collaborators as George Michael, Dusty Springfield and Kylie Minogue. All of the knowledge she has gained from her previous collaborations have helped to shape ‘Crying Days’.

Having performed at London Gay Pride and being labeled as ‘One to watch’ by Tony Blackburn (BBC Radio), momentum is really building for Nyika. Listening to ‘Crying Days’, it’s clear to see why. The track is a triumphant statement about overcoming past strife and how this ultimately strengthens us.  This is all made clear in the chorus, which proudly states ‘My crying days are over’.

This uplifting message is backed by thudding drums, giving the song a real energy and forward propulsion. This energy permeates the entire song and makes for an exciting listen. This backing is built on by soulful piano chords and funk guitar. If you’ve not listened to Nyika before, ‘Crying Days’ is a great introduction to her indie soul funk style.

‘Crying Days’ will be available for purchase from January 17th.

 

Links:

www.facebook.com/NyikaMusic

www.facebook.com/TooHipRecords

www.soundcloud.com/too-hip-records

British folk singer-songwriter Tom Copson currently on tour with huge US band Hayseed Dixie

Brit troubadour hand picked to open for legendary folk rockers

Tom CopsonCambridgeshire based singer-songwriter Tom Copson, having recently released debut album ‘Woven’, is currently on tour with legendary US alt-folkies Hayseed Dixie.

Hand picked by the band to open for them on their 21 date UK tour that stretches throughout November, the British folk artist is said to be ‘thrilled’ at the prospect of joining the notoriously riotous group as they hit the road this winter.

Hayseed Dixie, who began life playing roots based covers of their heroes AC/DC, have picked up quite a reputation for their live show and their touring, both off stage and on. Their decades spanning career has seen them play around the world to millions of rabid fans.

Copson, who’s picked up his fair share of acclaim for his thoughtful lyrics, excellent live show and stunning vocal range, is looking forward to the experience of his first major tour support. His album, a mix of full, folk-pop anthems and pared back acoustic melodies, is available now and well worth uncovering.

You can hear ‘Woven’ here: http://tomcopson.bandcamp.com/album/wovenWoven

In the meantime, you can find tour dates near you at http://tomcopson.com/?p=gigs

 

 

If this artist was a biscuit, he’d be: A Caramel Digestive

The gorgeous Phoebe Reynolds…

This lovely young lady turned up in our inbox recently. What a mature sound from such a young artist! With a look that’s very Lana Del Ray, Phoebe’s sound is almost like a fresh, cleaner Taylor Swift. Touching lyrics, and great vocals; expect big things from the young, Cornwall based singer-songwriter.