Re-discovering Paolo Nutini

Over the past few months, this blog has published posts discovering new artists. Musicians that are either new to the industry or those who have become lost among the fresh faces of today. Each artist has brought a new perspective to the way I listen to music. However sometimes, when on the search for another enlightening musical experience, it’s important to remember those artists who helped begin the journey. For me, Paolo Nutini is one of those artists, becoming one of the first musicians I listened to outside of the alternative genre. His music infuses a sense of nostalgia within me that stretches beyond his musical talent but I know he is an artist others will thoroughly enjoy. To anyone who has never even heard of him, prepare your ears for a swirling audio mosaic of pop rock, soul and folk music all fused into one.

Born of parents from both Scottish and Italian descent, Nutini was destined to follow his father into their family fish and chip shop business. A place where his musical talent would have wasted away amiss the wafting smells of salt and vinegar. Fortunately, Nutini had an extremely supportive grandfather by the name of Giovanni “Jackie” Nutini who knew of his grandson’s talent before even he really did. With this encouragement pushing him forward, Nutini left school to work as a roadie for Scottish band Speedway. He then went on to have experience working in Glasgow’s Park Lane Studio where he was able to pick up valuable knowledge of the music industry. With this gained combination of experience both in the studio and on the road it was only a matter of time before Nutini released his first album.

After being signed up for his first live show in 2003, Nutini was discovered by business partners Brendan Moon and Mike Bawden – the latter still Nutini’s manager today. Shortly after his 18th birthday, Nutini created his first demo and was signed to Atlantic Records. Now with a music label behind him, he was able to release his first single, ‘These Streets’, as a free download in 2006. A song about a man and his guitar and the turbulent journey both have been on. The song was Nutini’s first appearance on the professional music scene and a beautiful introduction to his unique voice and music style.

Listen to ‘These Streets’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea3f5R3K96o

From here he continued to release chart topping music until his first album, also named These Streets, in 2006. Nutini worked alongside Ken Nelson on the creation of the album, a producer known for his work with Coldplay. Nutini’s first album had inspirations from his own personal experiences with unsuccessful relationships and offered a glimpse into the artist’s life. These Streets only opened the gates of opportunity further for Nutini as he began playing sell out concerts throughout the UK and supported The Rolling Stones in Vienna.

With the success his debut album brought him, Nutini was able to release Sunny Side Up – the album he is arguably most attributed to and the album where I discovered the Scottish singer/songwriter. Sunny Side Up was released in 2009 and proved to be an instant hit, skyrocketing all the way to number one in the UK charts. The album saw Nutini branching out and exploring himself more as a musician as the album is notably different in sound to These Streets. Although it received a mixed critical response, the success of the album is undeniable with a range of sweeping ballad’s and jaunty tunes to keep you elated in any mood. The album consists of cute coming-of-age songs like ‘Growing Up Beside You’ and always-look-on-the-bright-side pieces like ‘Simple Things.’ However the album also has swinging, jazz inspired songs like ‘Pencil Full Of Lead’ that is hilariously accompanied with a music video containing a dancing animated Nutini.

Watch the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-xd3NuWQI0

The sound of These Streets still remains, however, in songs like ‘Candy.’ A folk rock track that comes across as being about fighting with a lover only to realise you were in the wrong. Containing heart tugging lyrics like ‘I’ll be there waiting for you’ repeated almost endlessly and made harrowing by Nutini’s soulful voice. The song has been said to draw personal experience from Nutini’s own life much like the music of These Streets.

Listen to ‘Candy’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3xYXGMRRYk

Another album was released in 2013 (Caustic Love) where Nutini brought more R&B elements into his music. Lead track ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up) receiving high praise and being likened back to the 70s heyday of soul. Even becoming iTunes Best Album in 2014 and further showcasing Nutini’s talent and how he cannot be pigeonholed into one genre.

Nutini is still active as a musician today and after listening to Sunny Side Up on repeat for the past few days I hope to hear more of his music soon. Whilst Nutini’s other two albums are infused with musical and lyrical beauty, Sunny Side Up will always be a personal favourite and I hope this post encourages more people to discover the joy of it.

Links:

Website: http://www.paolonutini.com/splash/1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaoloNutini/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/paolonutini?lang=en

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/paolonutini

 

By Skye W. Winwood

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Halloween Playlist 2017

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like a funky and freaky Halloween playlist on this old Hallows Eve? To kick off the Halloween festivities as October comes to a close here are ten songs to start off your playlist for the perfect spooky night.

The Citizens Of Halloween Town – ‘This Is Halloween’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpvdAJYvofI

Beginning the playlist with a classic that it would be a crime not to include. ‘This Is Halloween’ is possibly the ultimate Halloween anthem celebrating everything scary and weird in a joyous chorus of monstrous voices. This quirky song was written and composed by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, directed by Henry Sellick and released in 1993. Setting loose the weird and wonderful creatures inside Tim Burton’s mind to celebrate their loveable monstrosity to the tune of Danny Elfman’s musical genius. Change it up a bit by listening to Marilyn Mason’s awesome and even creepier cover or maybe that is just me trying to put the song on the playlist twice…

Donavon – ‘Season Of The Witch’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZLNQ_BriSc

A darkly sensual tune that will have you breaking out the cauldron and assembling the voodoo dolls, ‘Season Of The Witch’ is the only way to truly honour the spooky season. Released in 1966 and written by Donovan and Shawn Phillips, the track is a perfect example of psychedelic rock. Infused with warping tones and continuous haunting guitar, the song has been covered multiple times by the likes of Julie Driscoll and Brain Auger and the Trinity, Terry Reid and alternative rock band Luna. Leaving a plentiful harvest to choose from.

Panic! At The Disco – ‘It’s Almost Halloween’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iTFnNU3AYg

Back in 2008 Panic! At The Disco celebrated their love of Halloween by releasing the single ‘It’s Almost Halloween’ alongside a questionable but none the less hilarious music video. The Beatles-esque track is a head bobbing tune that will most likely be quite helpful when your head is swimming for those apples. A completely fun infused song with the underlying story of a Halloween one night stand, ‘It’s Almost Halloween’ takes you through the common rituals of Halloween and makes sure you get out the other end, even if you are a little worse for wear. Plus, the guys manage to create a simple but memorable dance you can spend the night doing with your friends!

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – ‘I Put A Spell On You’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwXai-sgM-s

Partying hard for Halloween even in 1956, Jay Hawkins released ‘I Put A Spell On You’ and we have all remained under his magical influence ever since. Ranked #313 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, the rock blues tune has cast a spell over listeners and artists alike. Leading to more covers than can be counted but here are just a few: Annie Lennox, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bonnie Tyler and Nina Simone. The rough vocals of the original are enough to put anyone in a spooky mood and ready for some serious Samhain celebration.

Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA

Not even a song exclusively for Halloween, ‘Thriller’ is possibly one of the most famous songs in the world with over 400,000,000 views on Youtube and a choreography all its own. The release of ‘Thriller’ in 1982 solidified Michael Jackson’s career as the King of Pop and immortalized him in his iconic red outfit. One I can guarantee you will see replicas of this Halloween, as is always the case every year. Creating a classic horror story with both music video and lyrics, ‘Thriller’ embodies everything old school about Halloween and cannot be ignored when creating a Halloween playlist. Time to brush off the old dance moves because ‘it’s thriller!’

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – ‘Time Warp’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-lF106Dgk8

It truly is astounding that ‘Time Warp’ is not part of more people’s everyday playlists, no matter Halloween! Coming into creation in 1975 with the release of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, ‘Time Warp’ has everything you could ask for from a Halloween song. A cheesy 80s sound filled to the brim the nostalgia and an easy to follow dance you can’t help but preform when the lyrics demand. You’ll be doing the ‘Time Warp’ again and again, enough that maybe you won’t need the rest of this playlist…

Bobby Pickett – ‘Monster Mash’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tHyRQOdqf0

Rivalling ‘This Is Halloween’ for the title of Halloween Anthem, Bobby Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash’ is another classic spooky, kooky song combining all the monsters who thrive during October. A pliant, pleasant song celebrating the original beings of our childhood nightmares. Embodying everything that made music in the 60s, ‘Monster Mash’ is a milkshake melody with dark undertones.

Ray Parker Jr. – ‘Ghostbusters’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe93CLbHjxQ

Much like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 80s classic Ghostbusters would not be the same without its wicked soundtrack. A soundtrack containing the iconic ‘Ghostbusters’ theme tune recognisable from the first few tumbling notes before exploding into the song we could all sing in our sleep. Another one for fun and pure enjoyment, ‘Ghostbusters’ has been covered by the likes of Fall Out Boy and still remains one of the most loved songs of all time.

Avenged Sevenfold – ‘Nightmare’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bGzWyHbu0

Taking a deep delve into darker territory, ‘Nightmare’ is a twisted tune guaranteed to liven up any Halloween party even if most of the residents resemble the dead. A tune of epic proportions and Avenged Sevenfold’s most famous song, it’s a Halloween song that wasn’t even written with Halloween in mind. Exploring the fragile state of the human mind, ‘Nightmare’ will drag you down to a depth of musical enjoyment you didn’t even knew existed as you party your night away. A beautiful combination of hard and soft rock that leaves an eerie edge and creates the perfect atmosphere.

Rihanna – ‘Disturbia’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1mU6h4Xdxc

Halloween is celebrated in different ways all over the world so it only makes sense for different genres of music to celebrate it as well. The last thing people would have expected from R&B princess Rihanna in 2007 was a down right disturbing song, rightfully named. But what wasn’t surprising was how the artist was able to take a genre of music she was not familiar with and combine it with one she is an expert in to create ‘Disturbia.’ A continuously thumping beat throughout the song echoes that of a heartbeat and this song will have yours racing faster and faster. The high pitch in vocals Rihanna uses combined with the dark and sometimes uncomfortable lyrics are enough to make ‘Disturbia’ a Halloween playlist must.

So, there are just a few songs to start off your Halloween playlist but if you’re still dying for more here are some you can explore on your own. Just remember to keep the lights turned on…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – ‘Sweet Transvestite’

Duran, Duran – ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’

Lady Gaga – ‘Teeth’ and ‘Monster’

Florence and the Machine – ‘Seven Devils’

Panic! At The Disco – ‘Nearly Witches’

Five Finger Death Punch – ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

Iron Maiden – ‘The Number Of The Beast’

Evanescence – ‘Bring Me To Life’

Fleetwood Mac – ‘Black Magic Woman’

Eminem ft. Rihanna – ‘The Monster’

Stevie Wonder – ‘Superstitious’

Rockwell – ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’

Frank Sinatra – ‘Witchcraft’

Love Spit Love – ‘How Soon Is Now?’

David Bowie – ‘Scary Monsters’

Radiohead – ‘Creep’

The Cranberries – ‘Zombie’

Meatloaf – ‘Bat Out Of Hell’

Alice Cooper – ‘Poison’

Marilyn Mason – ‘Tainted Love’

 

Happy Halloween!

By Skye W.Winwood

Lawrence Preston has ‘Something For You’

Music has gone through transformations for both the better and the worst but as musical technology advances, artists seem to be forgetting that creating music is something more than a quick profit. Hiding behind auto-tune and getting lost in pigeon-hole conventions music is slowly becoming a hypodermic needle some consumers are willingly injecting because they know no different. Lawrence Preston is a welcome break from this mass production and stands as a reminder that there are genuine artists still out there. Creating soul music with real heart, the singer/songwriter has returned with his new single ‘Something For You.’

Watch the music video here: https://www.vevo.com/watch/lawrence-preston/something-for-you/TIVEV1725150

Emerging initially in the 90s, Lawrence recorded his first full length album in 1997 that contained the glowing wealth of experience he already had as a musician. Born into a musical family in San Francisco Lawrence was destined for musical greatness before he could even learn to speak, no matter sing! His parents formed a gospel group (The Sensational Travelers) at the local church where his grandfather was a pastor and it is undeniable this connection made it into Lawrence’s incredible voice. By the age of five he was a part of another family gospel group that was known locally as The Gospel Jackson Five but had the official name of Fantastic Four and was only the beginning of Lawrence’s lifelong commitment to music. This unwavering commitment turned Lawrence not only into a singer but also multi-instrumentalist as he is able to play the trombone and guitar but shows his true talent with the bass.

By age nineteen, Lawrence already had a horde of musical talent and personal experience under his belt but just needed to catch one influential eye to showcase this. He caught that eye in the form of Freddie Stone who is the founder of Sly & The Family Stone who recommended him to Dorothy Morrison. Morrison recognised Lawrence’s bass talent and had him play for a significant amount of time in her gospel band in the 1980s. This professional experience lead to Lawrence’s album in the 90s and now he’s back with his new single ‘Something For You.’

‘Something For You’ is a soul infused track that perfectly marries Lawrence’s smooth vocals and his magnetic bass playing. From the first note the song draws you in and maintains a low burning rhythm of ultra-smooth funk that brings to mind the likes of Marcus Miller, Rustee Allen and Stanley Clarke. Lawrence’s velvet vocals make you feel as if he is singing directly to you and is almost a blessing beating upon your eardrum. Available now, ‘Something For You’ is exactly what it promises to be.

Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@law_preston

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.preston.37

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

Crack of Dawn are stealing the spotlight with their new single

When two experienced musicians come together to create a piece of music, expectations are high and the delivery is normally beyond people’s expectations. Yet this occurrence can happen once in a blue moon so Crack of Dawn could be classed as a musical miracle with the musicians they have in their ranks.

The band features guitarist and producer Carly Harvey who has been the lead guitarist for Toots & the Maytals since their Live at Hammersmith album in 1980. Even sharing the group’s 2004 Grammy win and joining them on a world support tour with bands like the Rolling Stones and Santana. Next is sax player Rupert Harvey who is the founder of Canada’s most successful reggae band (Messenjah). Trevor Daley who has played with the reggae group Third World is also on board, along with trumpeter Alexis Baro, keyboardist Bela Hayman, drummer Carl Otway, bassist Charles Sinclair and to finish the jam packed act off is Michael Dunston with his undeniably smooth soulful voice. The combining of these talented musicians with their abundance of musical experience creates something more powerful than a mere band. The group almost becoming a movement of sheer power that will both physically and emotionally move you with their music.

After being discovered by Otis Redding’s producer, Crack of Dawn were the first black band to be signed to a major label and have by passed their contemporaries Earth, Wind and Fire. Despite being predicted for great things and being one of Canada’s greatest musical success stories for nearly 40 years, the band have remained quiet for some time until the explosion of their new single ‘Spotlight.’ A five minute, hypnotic track of expressing both a romance in the form of a heartfelt love song and the band’s love for their fans and all the support they have and continue to receive. The music almost breezes through your mind on smooth tranquil tones with rhythmic bursts of musical light that will make it impossible to stay still whilst the song is playing.

Back in their own spotlight Crack of Dawn have stolen the show beyond their musicals pasts and created something that just solidifies their places as professional musicians. The single is set to be released on November 19th of this year and promises to be only the beginning of Crack of Dawn’s return.

Links:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoNzxEP5sJc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrackofDawnBand/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crackofdawnofficial/?hl=en

Website: https://www.crackofdawn.ca/ 

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

Ten seconds is all Anthony Vincent needs to win you over to his music

In this day and age music stars are being created across all kinds of platforms. Signing a record deal to gain fame is a thing of the past with multimedia sharing websites such as Youtube. Anthony Vincent, better known as Ten Second Songs by his Youtube channel, has fully taken advantage of the opportunities the internet offers by creating something to showcase both his talent and musical genius. Anthony takes popular songs and preforms them in ten second snippets in 20+ different styles.

Listen to Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ in 20 different styles here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jus7S5vBJyU

Beginning his channel back in 2014 Anthony blew up the internet with his unique take on ‘Dark Horse’ currently his most popular video at over twenty-one million views! The cover includes twenty different styles by twenty different artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Pavarotti to Panthera and Slipknot. Anthony manages to perfectly capture the unique sound of each artist so that they are recognisable even without the subtitles crediting who they are. As his channel has grown Anthony also manages to imitate mannerisms and stage personas of certain artists such as Marilyn Manson in his ‘Pokémon in 20 Styles of the Late 90s’ video. Branching out even further to include styles of Mongolian throat singing and Mozart in ‘System of a Down Chop Suey in 20 Styles Cover’ and ‘Twenty-One Pilots Heathens in 21 Styles Cover.’

Despite being able to imitate a plethora of genres and styles Anthony’s personal talent lies in the heavy rock genre, giving him the multi instrumental talent and powerful voice to seamlessly transform between styles. It’s obvious Anthony takes great pride in his work, the editing of his videos as precise and well thought out as the music itself. Anthony takes the idea of a one-man-band to a level of professionalism that astounds as he also includes videos of himself playing the instruments of each video.

Not only does Anthony provide a bounty of entertainment but he uses the popularity he has gained to interact with his fans. Holding votes for certain songs to be solely preformed in one style or voting for which song he will cover next. As well as his affinity for music Anthony comes across as a genuine guy who appreciates all the support people have given him over the years. His Youtube channel currently stands at over two million subscribers and I encourage anyone with a love of music to follow him as he continues to provide humorous, talented entertainment with a genre or style for just about anyone.

As well as covers of other artists’ songs Anthony has his own band, Set The Charge, who deserve just as much support and will be covered in a separate blog post in the future!

Popular Videos:

Linkin Park ‘In The End’ 20 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urzWY6sqVGw

Jason Derulo ‘Talk Dirty’ 20 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhTaNHYWRZ4

Adele ‘Hello’ 25 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgMAAzzQz7s

Pokémon Theme in 20 Styles the late 90s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioE3oKQ6WbU

System of a Down ‘Chop Suey’ 20 Styles Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwZA4fcetI

 

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TenSecondSongs

https://twitter.com/TenSecondSongs

https://www.facebook.com/tensecondsongs

 

Review By Skye W.Winwood

‘A Light From The Other Side’ by Lisa Richards

Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Richards released her new album, A Light From The Other Side, on 17th April – a record that looks introspectively into Lisa’s life and experiences.

Normally when you listen to new music, you can instantly place it into a genre-defining box, but this simply isn’t the case with Lisa Richards. It’s not unusual for an artist to straddle a couple of styles but Lisa’s music takes on a number of influences from all over the musical world including, folk, blues and jazz, plus elements from many more. Lisa admits this saying: ‘My music is difficult to pigeonhole stylistically, my voice is hard to pin down, it demands attention and yet it is unruly. My songs don’t quite fit anywhere’ yet this is the beauty of what Lisa is doing.

Personally, if you’re listening to an artist that you can’t even begin to categorise, you know that they must be good as they are pushing boundaries and defying the conventions in music that have already been laid down.

The talented singer-songwriter was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia, where her mother, who had previously worked as a concert pianist, had moved to for Lisa’s father. Her childhood was unstable to say the least, which eventually led to her flying the nest in search of a career in music in the city.

Track Listing: A Light From The Other Side

  1. Frank Sinatra
  2. Water Needs To Fall
  3. Milk and Honey
  4. Mr. Happiness
  5. You Got The Power
  6. Summer Afternoon
  7. Walking Woman
  8. Weather
  9. Where My Heart Used To Be
  10. What Lying Does
  11. Friends Out Of Strangers

 

Links:

http://www.lisarichardsmusic.com

http://www.twitter.com/mymadmusic

https://soundcloud.com/lisarichardsmusic

http://www.facebook.com/lisarichardssongs

https://www.youtube.com/user/lisamrichards

M’GOO blend genres, exploring a range of moods in single ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘

Jazz trained band M’GOO blend various genres to access a range of moods in their latest single ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘. Like all their songs, the single is inspired by a true story. It was inspired by Glen Washington’s story from Snap Judgement. The poetic nature of the track combined with an infectious melody leaves you wanting more.

Vocalist and composer Mike Meighu has a unique composing method whereby he finds inspiring stories, poetry and philosophical material, which he then uses to score the music. The rest of the band then re-write the music from a fresh perspective, creating an improvisational live style. This alongside strong elements of jazz, rock and pop forms a unique style that appeals to a large audience.

Listen to ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”’ here:

 

The single is taken from M’GOO’s upcoming concept album ‘LOVE AND ALL THAT _ _ _ _’ due to be released with discussion podcasts and video art. With this single release the group have created a mood board exploring the track.

View the mood board here:

http://www.mgoomusic.com/Didntwanttohearyousay/

 

 

 

 

Erskine, Olse and Colombo collaborate to form Burt Bacharach tribute album ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’

Some of the most talented musicians of all time have come together to form a Burt Bacharach tribute album ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’. Peter Erskine (ex drummer of Weather Report), Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets) and one of the greatest jazz pianist Massimo Colombo have collaborated to form an entirely unique tribute band. The trio have created a mixed genre album with the help of folk singer Kathleen Grace, bassist Michael Stever and Darek Oleszkiewicz, AKA ‘Oles’.

Producers Giampaolo Pasquile and Michele Garruti took inspiration from Michael Buble, Chet Baker and Norah Jones, which has given to album a jazzy sound with strong elements of pop and funk.

Watch the album teaser here:

 

Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/weallloveburtbacharach/

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