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JustMac: When’s The Last Time Music Gave You Goosebumps?

JustMac is an underground Hip Hop rap artist based in London UK with a vast repertory of skill, talent and soul.

His debut track 3rd Strike feat Eyes and Pacc has just been released, I’m almost stumped for words on how to describe the pure transcendence that the talented artist, rapper and poet has created with his lyrics that capture his disdain, pain and passion so succinctly it’s impossible not to be moved with his sound that’s been placed so carefully over angelic chords and beats.

His poetry is just as uplifting as his lyrics which are planted between lucid beats that are sure to pull at the heart strings. The progression through the track is steady, fuelled with immersive breakdowns and layering of contrasting vocals thanks to the help of the contributing artists that make this track a masterpiece of rap, melody and melancholy with a hint of conflicting aggression that gives the track soul.

JustMac doesn’t play it safe with his music which gives his debut track an exuberant roller-coaster edge through his electronic trappings. With the avoidance of studio sheen from this track it’s organic perpetual flow gives a natural and organic feel through the andante five-minute track.

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Glow by Precept Evolves As The Song Goes On

Some people enjoy a song that takes you to a time and place in your mind. If only for a few moments, you can be back in that dance hall, in that small room, on that mountainside, etc. Glow by Precept takes this idea a step further by really setting a mood and an atmosphere that grows and evolves as the song goes on. In this sense, you’re brought to both a start point and sent onward through a completely different end point. This transitory process in your mind is all thanks to the careful filtering and layering of Precept.

They say music can communicate when words fail. If this song is any evidence, the compacting of dwelling is entirely possible in an audible sense. Glow has done the brooding for you. It’s watched the sunset, contemplated the nature of the universe and stared at the void long enough for it to give a wink back for you. If these sound like hobbies of yours that are entirely too time-consuming, Precept has managed to stuff them all in less than 4 minutes. This is a beautiful song using electronic elements to make a very real and existential point.

-Paul Weyer

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Tribal Saints release radio friendly pop track “My Heart Bleeds”

There is a wonderfully simple ethic at the heart of Tribal Saints… “If it doesn’t groove, it won’t move you.” This writing and production team are dedicated to making music that falls into the pop and dance realms but which is built on beat and percussion, groove and pulse and whether they playing with rock guitars, pop synths or dance samples there is always an infectiousness at the heart of the music.

My Heart Bleeds is both radio friendly and stadium ready, equally at home blasting from the car stereo as from festival speakers and with the song featuring America’s Top Model breakout star Cory Wade, this song has all the right elements to catch the cultural zeitgeist of the moment.

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Absonetti releases modern rap track “All Of The Time”

Absonetti is the sound of modern day rap meeting slow grove R&B and a taste of West Coast glamour washing up on Southend’s sea front. This is like Tumblr as a record, the piecing together of divergent fragments to make a cohesive whole, the collecting of musical fragments to fit together in a new sonic jigsaw. The groove and is sultry and soulful but the vocal treatments cool and threaded through with studio gloss, the beats are lazy and staccato but the rap deliveries spark with energy.

It is England’s answer to the American rap dream, when faced with the sun-drenched West Coast bling or the edgy East Coast grit, the answer is simple. If you can’t join them, beat them.

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A&R Factory Present: Rudie Edwards

British Singer Rudie Edwards Unveils Music Video For “Lover Like You.” which is a great example of what is to come from this awesome artist!

Rudie’s signature sound is fueled by sexy attitude, sly sass, and a penchant for holding nothing back, evident in her latest single “Lover Like You,” which today she reveals the official music video for. Premiered with Refinery29, “Lover Like You” is about knowing what you want from a lover and not being afraid to express it or ask for it and sees the singer dancing with reckless abandon in the midst of a disco tinged glitter party.

“The mission is to wake people up…I want to make some bloody noise that doesn’t sound like all of the other bloody noise out there.” – Rudie Edwards

After moving to London, Rudie attend the renowned BRIT School, alma mater to Adele, Amy Winehouse and Imogen Heap. By 2012, she started splitting her time between Los Angeles and London, writing for CeeLo Green,Erik Hassle, Beatrice Eli, and more.

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A&R Factory Present: Wild Front

Organically formed, South Coast Band, Wild Front, aim to pair the unrestrained emotions of music with the capricious nature of life. It came as no surprise when the band formed,as the 4 had been musically working together for years.

Although 80’s rock and alternative indie is a love they all share, their primary musical influences are so different. Jack offers his love of folk and Josh studied classical music at university, whereas Mike and Joe’s musical repertoire ranges from West Coast hip hop to indie folk. It’s this exotic mix that creates their unique anddistinctive sound. Wild Front have just released their self-titled debut EP,and are in the studio constantly writing and recording new material.

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A&r Factory Present: Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles

Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles is the superb new musical endeavor of Billy Bibby, former and founding lead guitarist of Catfish and the Bottlemen. No newcomer to the British music scene, it was in 2007, at age 17, that Bibby became the elder statesman of this working class quartet formed in Llandudno, North Wales. Catfish and the Bottlemen relentlessly gigged their way across the UK, and occasionally abroad, building a fiercely loyal fan base, selling out increasingly larger venues, and ultimately securing a recording deal in 2013 that would lead to the release of a Top 10 debut album Certified Gold in the UK. And Billy Bibby and his band are ready to do it all again.

Billy Bibby’s current musical journey began in the summer of 2014 in the same, grass roots, DIY style that served him well in the past. Penning new tunes and trialling them in front of live audiences, as well as via demos posted to SoundCloud, garnered overwhelmingly positive feedback. The time was right to transition to a full band experience and, with the help of Simon Jones, bassist for The Verve, auditions were held and a new four-piece ensemble of talented musicians rapidly took shape. Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are: Billy Bibby – lead vocals / guitar, Rob Jones – lead guitar / vocals, Matt Thomas – bass / vocals, Mike Pearce – drums.

Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles released their first single, ‘Waitin’ for You’, and played their first live show in November of 2015 and it’s been nonstop ever since: a debut EP Bide Your Time, a follow-up single ‘Are You Ready?’, over 60 gigs across the UK including numerous festival appearances, radio play on Radio X, BBC Introducing, Virgin Radio, Amazing Radio, and over 100 stations in the UK and abroad. Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are out to win over new fans one by one with their energetic, tuneful, and optimistic rock.

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A&R Factory Present: Georgie

‘Company Of Thieves’ is the stunning debut single from Georgie. Hailing from Mansfield, this twenty-one year old singer-songwriter is a distinctly new and unique talent is set to take the UK music scene by storm.

‘Company of Thieves’ was produced by studio wizard Matthew E White at his Spacebomb studios in Virginia. He originally heard Georgie on a trip to the UK and instantly wanted to work with her. A few phone calls later and Georgie was on her way to Virginia and came back with four stunning tracks, with ‘Company Of Thieves’ the first to emerge.

Georgie will be touring with Jake Bugg and Blossoms on two of the biggest tours of the autumn all dates below.

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A&R Factory Present: Aaron Taylor

Earlier this year, London-based singer-songwriter Aaron Taylor quietly and somewhat mysteriously, without too much fanfare, released his debut EP Still Life. The three songs contained on the EP caught the attention of a host of music bloggers, and one song, ” Lesson Learnt “, appeared on a major TV ad for Apple Watch.

Aaron has since been working on new material, and “Be Alright” is the first song to be taken from a brand-new EP titled Better Days, due for release this autumn.

On “Be Alright” Aaron develops further the intoxicating fusion of soul, funk, gospel and R&B he revealed on his debut. He wrote the song as a statement of support, “Sometimes you need to encourage and remind yourself things will be OK” he says. “’Be Alright’ is exactly that: an encouragement to ourselves and a reminder of a simple truth that we will all be fine in time. We may need to rebel, we may need to struggle, but we’ll be good.”

The song forms part of a wider story behind the full EP – more details to be revealed in due course.

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A&R Factory Present: Silent Crowd