WHAT YA DOING by Louieze
Louieze, born in Portishead near Bristol in the UK’s South West, was a keen artist as a child and covered endless reels of wallpaper with drawings.
The musical artists that have inspired Louieze reflect her passion for visual arts as well as music such as David Bowie and Kate Bush. Today, Louieze’s stereo is never without artists from ranging from Escobar, Yann Tiersen to Talk Talk and Vangelis.
In January 2008, Louieze’s song Get Out lept into the top ten of the World Independent chart at number 9, which is voted for by listeners across the Australian Independent Radio Network ZXF Countrywide and she has reproduced the song for release next year.
Years before, the first song Louieze wrote was inspired by the great mechanical and civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose engineering masterpiece SS Great Britain is a popular attraction in Bristol.
Louieze’s first single What Ya Doing was written in her room at the top of her house while gazing at the view out of the window. Louieze says: “I was feeling a little confused, trapped by life and sensual at the same time. A real mixture”.
Music took over her self-expression palette when she joined a band aged 23 as their keyboardist and backing vocalist and soon Louieze started to envisage performing her new songwriting. After numerous live gigs with the band, Louieze set out a home studio and started to record her own songs.
With a MIDI set up as well as various instruments, Louieze taught her self to play various instruments and to produce music. The resulting songs were written from her experiences, views, emotions and imagination. Live performances are planned for when Louieze is able to arrange a fully produced live set once her album is fully finished.
Louieze has been working in a studio to record her follow-ups to What Ya Doing and she says she gets a sense of elation when a song is finished. As well as self-producing at home, Louieze is working on her first album to follow her single releases.
THE FASCINATION THINKING MACHINE by Kicklighter
Everett Young’s band Kicklighter has released a new album. As with Everett’s previous album, ‘The Ground’, the new one ‘The Fascinating Thinking Machine’ can also be best described as intelligent pop.
Pop artist Everett Young is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, producer, and professor of political science. And he’s serious about pop.
“I love Simon and Garfunkel. I love the melodic stuff from the eighties. Paul McCartney’s melodies … everybody complains about how nobody’s doing that kind of thing anymore. It seems as if creating those songs is a lost art.”
Except of course, it’s not. The art of the intelligent pop song is alive and well and living in, Florida as Young’s LP “The Ground” is currently proving across the airwaves. 10 years after its release – this album is still one of our best sellers.
Spice and the Po Boys
(Formerly – Mondo Mike and the Po Boys)
Mondo Mike and the Po Boys deliver a mix of R&B, Blues-Rock and Pop tunes that are natural and authentic as an old vinyl LP record.
Like the famous New Orleans sandwich its name references, the band blends the ingredients of diverse musicians to create a soulful blues-rock chocked with pithy lyrics that fathom the hoary questions of love and life.
Singer Brittany Wescott a.k.a. Spice, whose finely-tuned voice can turn a note inside out, brings an “an unforced emotional intensity” that is perfect for these well-crafted tunes that talk about love gone bad, personals struggles and redemption. Appropriate themes for a singer whose gospel roots constantly crack through the surface of these songs.
BODY DISCOVERY by Callel
“Young, talented revelations Callel are a four-piece with a refreshing urge to sound that bit different…Callel look to a super future.” – The Scotsman
The four members of the indie Rock – Britpop crossover band Callel grew up in the same area of Granton in Edinburgh; they went to the same school, played in the same football team, caught the same nits…but it wasn’t until years later that they got together as a band.
They soon found their feet on the live scene and supported Paolo Nutini, Rooney, Asobi Seksu, The Hip Parade, The Bluetones and The Holloways among others.
Their music has featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland, Forth One, XFM, and 6 Music.