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All Female Rock Outfit ‘The Nyx’ Drop Punchy Debut Self-Titled EP

As the disparate strands of The Nyx’s sound collide and blend, mix and match, you realise that away from the lazy labelling and journo driven love of scenes and pigeonholing, it’s all just rock and roll. It always has been and as this ferocious London girl-gang fire off salvos of underground rock swagger, punk attitude, garage rock rawness and grunge intensity you can envisage the nods of approval from everyone from Joan Jet to Courtney Love to…well, even Grace Slick.

It’s fierce, sure but is full of melody, it is snarling and confrontational but in a way that comes naturally. And if Fire Breathing Lady is the track that entices you across the threshold, the remaining songs which make up their recent E.P. don’t disappoint either. Hideaway shimmers and grunts in equal measure, Myself rocks and broods and Home is wonderfully melodic and nothing short of anthemic.

The secret to the continuation and success of guitar bands isn’t going to be found in musicians hell bent on fusing their respective genres into strange new progressive hybrids or who seek to push boundaries that probably only exist in their minds. Salvation lies with bands like The Nyx, bands who aren’t looking to reinvent the wheel but are more interested in taking it out for a spin, enjoying the ride and leaving the street peppered with some hard to remove tire marks along the way.

The Nyx are no strangers to the live music scene and are set to perform on 29th June at Black Heart in Camden, followed by more unannounced dates throughout the remainder of the year. More information about the band and their upcoming live dates can be found on their social media pages.

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A&R Factory Present: Naïka

Naïka is a singer/songwriter born in Miami, Florida, who developed an interest in music from an early age while living and traveling internationally with her family.

Naika was born from a Haitian mother and Malagasy father, and growing up with the influence of European, African and Caribbean cultures has shaped her both musically and individually, and continues to define her artistic perspective and outlook. Her music reflects a blend of pop, soul with a World Music influence.

Naïka currently majors in Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she is pursuing her creative aspirations full time. Within her first year as a student, she was selected to tour with GRAMMY-winning artist Michael Bolton, and participate on NBC’s The Voice. Her songwriting ability also earned her a second place prize in the BMI John Lennon Foundation Scholarship in 2015.

As her academic chapter is coming to an end, Naïka’s music is beginning to flourish. After the release of her debut single “Call Me Marilyn”, the artists’ next pop banger “Ride” is scheduled to hit streaming platforms on May 6th.

Naïka continues to develop her vocal and songwriting expertise with an exemplary work ethic, that will stand her in good stead throughout her journey as an artist, wherein perseverance, dedication and hard work are essential.

https://www.naikamusic.com/

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A&R Factory Present: Jade Naraine

Jade Naraine is 21 year old Pop artist from Toronto, ON. After her single; Cause I Can’t Take Missing You secured a spot in the 2015 top 100 on media base in the USA, she released a pop/country single called; You Decided to Stay. Country music stations began comparing her to old Taylor Swift. Jade is now back in the Pop genre to stay, with her latest radio single; “Princess.”

Princess is a song based on a true story, about a young girl who’s life spirals out of control to a point where she can hardly breathe. Within herself, she finds the strength to fight the pain, as she holds onto the same dream she had as a little girl, and tries one more time. The song was written to inspire and encourage anyone who is facing any obstacle, whether it be; bullying, physical, mental or emotional abuse, emotional trauma, mental illness/depression, PTSD, girls feeling taken advantage of, especially in today’s unhealthy world, where it’s heartbreaking to hear all of the stories… where the media teaches women and men, that women are to be put low, hurt, pain… anything and everything, to never give up, stay strong and get back up because things will get better once you become wiser and realize that all that matters in life are the good things.

Jade says “I think it’s an easy song for everyone to relate to in some way. I really hope it will reach a lot of people’s ears and remind them to stay strong and keep shining, and to protect and stay true to yourself. I also want to inspire kindness, warmth and compassion towards others. It’s really what I stand for. I wish to tell my fans, I’ve been there too and that things will get better, that I am sure of!”

https://www.facebook.com/pg/jadenaraineonline

 

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A&R Factory Present: Sugar Joiko

Sugar Joiko is a strong, soulful musician. Her powerful range and soothing vocal talents make her a unique and fresh addition in the world of current and future music. With unprecedented confidence and the right attitude, Sugar Joiko continues to turn heads in the realm of Electronic and Pop culture.

She has been affiliated with record labels JetSet Music Group, Clipper’s Sounds, and Vous Records. She has collaborated with several artists in EDM such as Dean Mason, Ron Reeser, Made Monster, DJ Storm, Loreno Mayer, and more. Her first EP Album entitled, “DJ Save My Life” released on March 3, 2015.

Her latest album, “Motionless” released October 18th, 2016. Now available on iTunes, and more. http://apple.co/2etujvT

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A&R Factory Present: Janessa Evrist

The independent singer songwriter community is a very difficult one to break out of. Even though the genre has its roots in the early 1970s, it’s found a massive resurgence in the last several years amongst younger performers combining it with other styles. One of the most recent artists trying to break out of that scene is Janessa Evrist, a Los Angeles-based songwriter who sings, plays piano, and pens her own work. Her debut EP ‘Fall Apart’ is due out this year, and the eponymous single is available now. Let’s delve into it!

Evrist’s ‘Fall Apart’ is a very melancholy piece of music, chronicling her transition from feeling like a broken “work in progress” to no longer caring to bother to “pick up the pieces” of herself. Though that may sound particularly abysmal, there’s a bizarre sense of individual triumph in ‘Fall Apart,’ as if Evrist’s decision to fall apart is a decision to embrace herself the way she is. Everybody is broken in some way. Thus, having broken parts of yourself is part of the human experience. ‘Fall Apart’ recognizes that.

Musically, Evrist’s performance is especially excellent. She has a beautiful voice and her soft croons are scored perfectly by her piano performance and some sparse, but stunning percussion. The song has an ethereal, dreamy quality to it, especially at moments like the section around 2:00 when tiny echoes of Evrist’s vocals cascade about the backdrop.

The music video for ‘Fall Apart’ is surprisingly good, too, and it captures the surreal nature of the song very well. The cinematography of the video is notably intriguing, and Evrist moves through a variety of lighting set-ups from well lit bedrooms to dark forests lit with greens and blues evocative of ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream.’

‘Fall Apart’ does cut through the noise of the singer songwriter scene, and it does so triumphantly with a fantastic production and accompanying music video. It’s well written and performed, and it’s also indicative of Evrist’s debut EP being a collection of music worth putting on your calendar for later this year.

https://www.facebook.com/JanessaEvristMusic/

Words By Brett David Stewart
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A&R Factory Present: Viviola

Often the beauty of the independent music scene is just how remarkably eclectic and bizarre it has a tendency to be. Last week, a rising duo who calls themselves Viviola released a new single, ‘Flesh,’ that perfectly embodies that side of the indie music community. Self-described as “epic, ecclesiastical, erotic, electro,” Viviola’s music is certainly quite unique unto itself. Is ‘Flesh’ a single worth picking up? Let’s find out.

Viviola definitely hasn’t boxed themselves into a specific corner with their music style. It has pop influence, yes, but it’s heavily layered in electronic influence. Consisting of Viktoria Schöffl and Mario Wienerroither, the duo lives and breathes through Schöffl’s lead vocals. Her soft musings are the undeniable centerpiece of ‘Flesh,’ and her delicate, vulnerable delivery makes the song particularly special.

The lyricism of ‘Flesh’ does border into the erotic, as Schöffl croons about bodies becoming “matching blocks” when they connect. It’s tasteful, though, and there’s an artistry to the intimate lyricism at play here. Similarly, the duo’s stunningly shot music video complements the poignancy of the single even further. The video for ‘Flesh’ is one of the best music videos in the indie scene thus far this year; it’s very well shot and edited.

As Viviola reaches the peak of intensity on ‘Flesh,’ the listener is met with a masterful soundscape of sweeping synthesizers and heart-pounding electronic beats. ‘Flesh’ is a wonderfully produced track, certainly worth taking notice of amidst a sea of indie electro-pop artists with far more sketchy and poorly executed compositions.

Every element of ‘Flesh’ also feels meticulously organized, from Schöffl’s vocals that slowly grow in intensity to the occasional, anthemic choral harmonies the accent her in the middle of the track at the two minute mark. The music video clearly has some depth, too, seemingly showcasing Schöffl being cleansed both literally and metaphorically, naked in the shower.

There’s a lot of pop music with electronic stylings in the indie scene. It’s one of the most popular subgenres. Viviola have done something very difficult with their new single, though. They’ve created an entry in that part of the scene that actually feels fresh and different. That’s an accomplishment worth lauding.

Words By Brett David Stewart

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A&R Factory Present: Hanne Mjøen

2016 marked the beginning of Hanne’s career as an artist and songwriter. Dedicating all her time to doing music, she released her debut single “Perfect Noise”, which shortly after got picked up by Norwegian radio channel NRK P3, where it rotated on their radio show Urørt, who focuses on showcasing emerging talents nationally.

Hanne Mjøen has already headlined local concert venues in Oslo, such as Mono and Dattera til Hagen, as well as supporting Swedish singer León at Parkteatret.

Hanne’s new single U combines a unique and fresh pop-sound, with strong melodies and distinct choruses, in the same style as fellow Scandinavian artists Tove Lo and Aurora, she co-wrote & produced the track and is one to watch this year! Her sound, branding and image are infectious.

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A&R Factory Present: Joy Downer

Joy Downer is the new project from Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer, a married duo out of  Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by duality; themes of light and dark, man and woman, mind and matter collide to set the backdrop of the sound.

Their danceable debut single, “Caught In Your Spell,” is a jangle pop love song  that opens with a shimmery, dreamwave synth and is anchored by buoyant drums and groovy rhythms. All the while Bishop’s saccharine voice sings a story of obsessive intentions ending with triumphant blasts of trumpet.  

“Have you ever met someone that made you dance the fine line of being a stalker and letting that person know you’re interested?,” says Bishop about ‘Caught In Your Spell.’

The song is off their debut EP, Radio Dreamer, which was recorded and produced by Rob Kolar (of He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister and KOLARS) at his home studio in Echo Park.

Website – http://joydowner.com

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

Twitter – https://twitter.com/joyydowner

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/joydowner

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A&R Factory Present: Brooke Candy

Emerging rapper / singer Brooke Candy releases Living Out Loud featuring seven time Grammy nominee Sia today at all digital providers. The track was produced by Jesse Shatkin (Sia’s Chandelier, Kelly Clarkson) and written by Geoffrey Early (Ziggy Marley, Beyoncé, David Guetta), Priscilla “Priscilla Renea” Hamilton (Rihanna, Fifth Harmony), Sia and Greg Kurstin (Adele, P!nk, Beck).

Living Out Loud is the first official single from Brooke’s upcoming debut album Daddy Issues which is set for release in Spring 2017.

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A&R Factory Present: Lauran Hibberd

Lauran Hibberd who draws influence from artists such as Laura Marling and Lucy Rose strikes a poetic balance between Pop and Folk by combining her ethereal vocal with a simple, delicate guitar style. Her most recently released single ‘I Don’t Like It When You Smile‘, is already attracting attention with air play on Radio X’s Communion Presents, BBC Introducing and was recently selected for a play on Radio 1 as part of the Huw Stephens show.

She achieved great success with her debut single ‘The House I Built When I Was Small’ which was instantly picked up for airplay by Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 Music, Shell Zenner and Kathryn Tickle on ‘Amazing Radio’ and more recently Maz Tappuni on Radio X as well as ‘Best of British Unsigned’. The single can also be heard on the in-store playlists of both Harrods and Costa and was chosen by Newton Faulkner to feature on the June playlist for ‘Richer Unsigned’.

Lauran has captivated audiences with her live performances at several great festivals this year including Isle of Wight Festival, Y-Not Festival and the main stage of Bestival. With more new music already recorded and ready for release 2017 is looking to be another fantastic year for Lauran.

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