Mavis Victory Project- Don’t Go Away

Meet MAVIS VICTORY PROJECT. Formed by the Ransom brothers – singer Michael, Phil on rhythm guitar, Ollie on bass, Chris on drums and Robert Rosser on guitar and keyboard – the whole collective is self-taught.

Oozing seedy electronic loops and with echoing, swooping vocals, their sound is all dangerous street corners; distant sirens and the creeping underworld. Appropriately, their video is just as unhinged, inviting you into their world.

With influences including Arctic Monkeys and ScHoolboy Q, Mavis Victory Project is the musical equivalent of joining a cult – once you’re in, you wonder how you ever managed without.


Pablo and The Appleheads’ ‘Zaida’ is a nostalgic feeling for something you’ve never heard

What do Oasis, David Bowie, Radiohead and The Beatles all have in common? They have provided musical inspiration for Barcelona native singer-songwriter Pablo Villavecchia. Released from the new album Alessandra, ‘Zaida’ is a mixture of classic vintage sound and the band’s own to create something new that gives an oddly nostalgic feel.

Listen to ‘Zaida’ here:

Portrayed as a romantic Pablo has admitted the new album is named after his girlfriend who he has described as the love of his life. After forming Pablo and the Appleheads, Pablo spoke openly about his relationship with Alessandra saying, ‘meeting her meant the culmination of the album as well as my unsatisfied love life.’ However Pablo expresses just as much emotion for his love of music which is not surprising considering his mother was a singer/songwriter of jingles for adverts and his father played the saxophone for the famed Spanish rock band Loquillo y los Troglodites. During his childhood Pablo listened to VHS tapes of his favourite bands which lead to his more intense interest at the age of nineteen where he tried his hand at song writing and beginning to learn how to play the guitar. Two skills taught by his mother that transformed Pablo into a prolific songwriter and has provided us with music dealing with a diverse range of topics from love to politics and even drugs.

The album is a perfect mixture of old and new, the band’s name also encapsulating this as it is inspired by Rene Magritte’s ironic paining of a suited man with an apple for a head, The Son of Man. Both the image and the band’s sound inspiring the feeling of familiarity that we are used to whilst having that something different that keeps us on the edge. Pablo provides a personal look inside his own psyche with the album Alessandra being a combination of poetic, love fuelled songs such as ‘Alessandra’ and ‘Revolution II’. Whilst others are of a more creative, fun and destructive nature like ‘Zaida’.

The song ‘Zaida’ is a catchy guitar led track that belongs on anyone’s road trip mix tape. The simple tune will no doubt be playing around inside your head for days afterwards and can only be stopped by exploring more of the talented young songwriter’s album. The head bobbing tune has a stripped back feel that focuses on quirky guitar picking that makes it impossible to stay still when the single is playing. The song manifests The Beatles inspiration Pablo takes but also has links to his more modern tastes such as Elliot Smith and Death Cab for Cutie.

The new video for ‘Zaida’ is set for release August 4th.




Review by Skye W.Winwood

Hip-hop experimentalist M3staken ends trilogy with ‘Rain’

M3staken, otherwise known as M3, is an ambitious producer from South Carolina who mixes classics hip-hop beats with progressive, electronic instrumentation, and the outcome is like nothing you’ve heard before.

It’s dark, it’s brooding and full of complicated nuances that take a few listens to appreciate properly. This only goes to demonstrate the young musician’s boundary-pushing aesthetic as he aims to break down the confined walls of boxed genres with a style of music that defies them all.

‘Rain’, the final part of M3’s trilogy is by no means ‘easy-listening’, but it’s not intended to be. You can imagine it providing the perfect soundtrack for a video game or sci-fi movie, so perhaps this is where M3 will head next with his talents.

Check out ‘Rain’ here:




Upcoming musician and producer M3staken merges classical, electronic and hip-hop styles in ‘Apex’

Upcoming artist and music producer M3staken (M3) releases his new soundtrack album titled ‘Apex’. The 8-track collection of instrumental hip-hop features original productions with an experimental twist. Taking inspiration from the likes of Joey Bada$$, FKA Twigs and Jamie xx, M3’s unique style fuses classical, hip-hop and electronic styles.

Born and raised in South Carolina, M3 made ‘Apex’ as an attempt to create a unique fusion of classical, hip-hop and electronic styles. He states that “as a primarily hip-hop based artist, it was important for me to emphasise the amount of musicality there is in hip-hop, while also using a mix of classical styles and modern techniques”.

M3staken’s classical sound contrasting with the hip-hop beats comes from unique techniques such as using live classical pianos rather than samples, escaping the hip-hop cliché.

Stream ‘Apex’ here:


A Guide to Bandzit

‘What is Bandzit?’ I hear you ask – allow Music News Today to explain.

Bandzit is a new revolutionary platform looking to unite everyone involved in music whether you’re an artist, a venue or just a music lover, whilst cutting out the hassle of the middle man. The innovative portal brings industry members and the public together under the roof of one community that covers all bases from ticketing to booking gigs and filling tour slots to finding new band members.

Everything that you could possibly need to plan, create, promote and manage events is in one place, but if you’re only interested in seeing your favourite bands, then you can buy tickets too.  On top of this, Bandzit’s multi-enquiry tool allows you to go out to more people at once, whether you’re an act or a venue, saving you time and hassle in the long run.

Bandzit employs an easy to use social media style interface that anyone will be able to get to grips with. You can share content from your favourite musicians, keep up to date with the latest local venues and what events they have booked, or simply follow great bands.

Consequently, Bandzit aims to create a network where musicians, venues and agencies retain their customer and fan bases and build momentum from each event, rather than creating stand-alone events.

Bandzit’s direct approach to contacting those in the music industry cuts out those middle men like booking agents, saving you both money and time. In addition, gig-goers will be pleased to hear that booking fees for tickets will never exceed £1, something that creator, Phil Wilson, feels strongly about.

Phil is looking to reinvent the face of the music community through Bandzit’s website and app, bringing everyone together in one interlinking musical network. With objectives of less hassle, less time and less cost, Phil wants to ‘bring music to the people and the people to the music.’

Sign up here:

Marilyn Carino releases second solo album ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’ featuring R.E.M bassist

Marilyn Carino releases her second solo album ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’ featuring R.E.M bassist Mike Mills. The blend of electronic, soul and hip hop styles alongside Carino’s powerful vocals offers a completely unique sound.

Watch the music video for ‘When The Innocents Go To War’ here:

Having previously shared stages with Black Star and David Byrne, Carino has developed as a musician, using her long time practice of Nichiren Buddhism to explore themes of sex and radical self-expression. Her first album was recorded at Neil Young’s studio with Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot as the producer. Carino was also involved in the vintage electronic group Mudville who produced three critically acclaimed albums and wrote lyrics for producers Sly and Robbie. Their single ‘Wicked’ won the 2008 Independent Music Award for Best Song but she soon went solo and recently contributed vocals and lyrics to the Words Hurt indie hip hop collective’s ‘Fuck That Pretty Boy Shit’, featuing Future Island’s Samuel T. Herring.


Wiyaala, The Superstar Ghanaian Songstress Creates New Music Festival


Wiyaala, the superstar Ghanaian songstress, often compared to Angelique Kidjo and Grace Jones, has taken a brave step by creating a new annual music festival in the remote town of Wa in the Upper West Region set to take place on the 23rd of December.

Watch the stunning new video for Kandibanye (Had I Known) which was shot in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

Known as the Djimba World Music Festival, the singer aka, the “Young Lioness of Africa” says: “I grew up in the region and it is very under represented. By starting the festival, I hope to shine a light on the music and art that exists in this part of Africa.  The north has a wealth of talent which is just not getting seen or heard. The festival is one of a number of steps I’m taking to encourage our musicians to showcase their talent to the world and to attract visitors to come and experience our unique way of life”

The effervescent singer, who will release her second album next year, added she was inspired to start the festival after performing at festivals in Europe including the world famous WOMAD Arts festival. “Glastonbury started with an audience of just 1500 people and I don’t see why we can’t manage at least that number and grow in years to come”

This year, Wiyaala will headline the maiden edition festival along with the Djimba World Band. Other acts appearing include, the traditional musician Stevo Atimbre in the style of the renowned King Ayisoba from the Upper East of Ghana. Reggie artist Jah Bone, local rap acts Samson B and Ghally are amongst the names also on the bill.

The festival takes place on the 23rd December at the Community Centre, Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Tickets are GHS 10 (£2) VIP (£4).

More info:

Stream the single ‘Timbanayi’ from the album here on Soundcloud:

Watch the video for ‘Leno’ from the album here:


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