Browsing Tag

Birmingham

Feelings Taking Over: Birmingham’s Olly Powell knows that they have potential for lots of French kisses in ‘Paris’

Featuring a song so funky you might need to dust off those sunglasses to slide them on your beaming face real slow, Olly Powell is at his stunning best with a new track all about wondering if she will join him for the weekend in ‘Paris‘.

Olly Powell is a Birmingham, UK-based indie music producer, multi-instrumentalist and RnB/soul and hip-hop artist who loves to always be evolving into the best version of himself possible each day.

Learning to play the guitar from an early age, he grew up on Rock and Blues giants Santana, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix which lead to Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Mayer. In his early twenties, his musical direction changed when he was introduced to D’Angelo and Erykah Badu.” ~ Olly Powell

Olly Powell displays his colossal capabilities yet again on the groovy love track ‘Paris‘, as he electroplates the speakers and lets us know that he is ready for a real commitment, as he wants her to know that he is for real. Showcasing his thunderous vocal ability with a bass bin-busting background – this is such a pleasurable listen that takes you away from the dull world – and into a kiss-filled one instead.

Paris‘ from Birmingham, UK-based indie music producer, multi-instrumentalist and RnB/soul and hip-hop solo artist Olly Powell, is such a vibrant track that is made with a cheeky grin on his face. He wants his future lover to be with him in this romantic city, so that they may see the sights and perhaps hold hands whilst trying out some French kissing too. What is more romantic than that anyway?

Hear this lovely new single on Spotify and see more of his travels via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Heart Is Aching: Irish family band Us4 drop debut single ‘Tears Of A Clown’

Reflecting a luminescent light onto our unhappy and frightened faces, Us4 have us grasping for the tissues nearby on their much-awaited première single called ‘Tears Of A Clown‘.

Us4 is a DIY Irish pop-rock band that was created by four siblings who are from busy Birmingham, UK. They are a tight-knit group that bring us striking harmonies, to truly gaze right into as we hunt for that new path of self-worth.

Emanating from a rich musical background, Us4 is the triumphant culmination of a childhood of exposure to a vast and eclectic blend of music. A strong Irish heritage is evident in their unique and vibrant sound, as they seamlessly marry the driving rhythms of stadium rock acts with the beautiful melodic spirit of traditional Irish folk music.” ~ Us4

There is a mysterious edge about such well-sung vocals that has your rain-trodden frame shaking with intrigue, on a background soundtrack that takes you to a new place in your gushing capillaries. The ambience is crammed with a contemplative stream of wonder, as you take yourself away from what has been bringing you down in the past.

Tears Of A Clown‘ from the talented and self-produced four-piece Irish family band Us4, is a scintillating single from a truly distinct act who are only getting started. This is the narrative about feeling so downcast and needing to find the energy after an emotional moment to lift yourself up, so that you may return with that vitality that made you extraordinary before.

Finding your glowing light in this harsh world filled with evil potholes – which are ready to easily take you under if you don’t have your thick skin ready for action – is the only way to really be that person who you want to be in life.

Check out this stunning new effort on Spotify and see more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That Peaceful Place: Martin Packwood is rather special with Jazz-inspired debut single ‘Daydreamer’

With his highly anticipated full album set for release in 2022, Martin Packwood soothes all our worries away with one of the most peaceful instrumental-only songs you will hear all year with ‘Daydreamer‘.

Martin Packwood is a solo recording Jazz guitarist and a retired software engineer, who was most active while playing extensively back in the 70’s and 80’s in Birmingham, UK.

You feel like he is playing above the clouds as he is floating around with a massive grin on his face, jamming his trusty guitar because he loves it. There is so much to respect about an artist who has made a comeback after working on his business, who plays with a sterling blend of excellence which is such a blessing to witness.

Daydreamer‘ from the skilled software engineer and Jazz guitarist Martin Packwood, is a lovely piece of music from a highly experienced musician. After reconnecting the much-missed love for his true passion again recently, you feel this raw emotion inside his experienced fingers which absolutely transforms this wonderful single. There is much to hold onto here, as this ravishing riff is just so perfectly constructed with much love attached.

Sometimes you just need to lather in peaceful ambiance, to break away from all of the distracting noise of this pollution-filled world.

Hear this delightful debut on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Tune into Wave of Sheep’s punch-drunk-hardcore-punk single, TV Static

If your playlists are falling short of angsty punch-drunk-hardcore-punk, tune into TV Static, the latest single released by the Birmingham-based fourpiece, Wave of Sheep.

Their scuzzy track is 2:11-minutes of full-frontal aggression that channels the same anger that has eaten us away at us in isolation, but when it is spiralling out of frenetic tracks like TV Static, it’s a unifying cathartic experience that affirms that your anger is a sign of sanity rather than the flipside.

With nods to 70s punk in the production and hints of snarling post-punk to the vocals, you can’t help getting swept up in the track that attacks modern problems with vintage style.

TV Static is now available to stream along with the rest of Wave of Sheep’s EP, Lights Gone Out, via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

I Know What That’s Worth: Alabama act Salvo have us enraptured on ‘The Most Evil Person on The Face of the Earth’

Formally known as the electric punk act named ‘Pain‘, Salvo did life for a while and have come back to warm our hearts again with their exciting new track named ‘The Most Evil Person on The Face of the Earth‘.

Salvo are a Birmingham, Alabama-based indie rock band. They make that classic sounding music that is a pleasure to your ears and has a musical theater-type energy attached to leave you so captivated.

Many of the band members of Salvo used to be in Pain, who released four albums and toured heavily in the ’90’s, earning a nationwide fan-base that remains gleefully loyal. Pain produced videos, recorded for Cartoon Network, had their songs included in television soundtracks, and worked relentlessly as one of the most unique pop-punk bands to come out of the post-grunge era. After a much-needed hiatus, most of Pain has returned as Salvo.” ~ Salvo

This is the story about being a highly mean person who has no good vibes for the world after being let down before, which is matched with an abundance of sensational soundscapes which has you feeling you are in a different world, that lifts the roof off your day. The have so much buoyant charm on this fast paced single, which will surely leave you breathless at times.

The Most Evil Person on The Face of the Earth‘ from the vibrant Birmingham, Alabama-based indie rock band Salvo, is a thoroughly riveting performance that has you feeling like they are so hungry to return to their glory days. You sense their high octane levels which contains a punchy attitude, that steams through your speakers and gives you a toasty high five. This is such an entertaining track, which takes you to another level of delight.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Birmingham’s most raucous indie punk rock luminaries Mild Headache have dropped their latest single, ‘Near Me.

Any fans of sticky-sweet vocal hooks and chaotic indie rock instrumentals will want to delve right into the latest release from the Birmingham-based raucous luminaries Mild Headache.

‘Near Me’ is a rhythmically fierce white-knuckle ride through ensnaring alt-indie elements, softened by the playful earworm potential of the anthem which is far reminiscent of the tones you’d hear from across the pond.

The last thing we needed was another indie-pop-rock assimilating act; Mild Headache put the unoriginal to shame. They have exactly what it takes to ascend in the ranks with Cabbage, SHAME, Gender Roles and Hot Milk and hit the same heights. If you get a chance to see them live, take it.

Near Me is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Its Just The Beginning: Tamworth musician Martin Reynolds urges us to never give up on ‘The Sky Ain’t The Limit’

Taken off his terrific new ten-track album named ‘Where There’s Hope‘, Martin Reynolds has us looking up above with a hopeful glance on ‘The Sky Ain’t The Limit‘.

Martin Reynolds is a Tamworth, United Kingdom-based indie folk/blues singer-songwriter, and acclaimed drummer. He fuses that inspiring music that has ready to get stuck in, as you reach for those dreams and never give up no matter what.

Usually found behind the skins for the grunge blues rockers, You Dirty Blue. Martin Reynolds has stepped out from behind the kit to put out his first ever solo record.” – Martin Reynolds

After impressing highly on the debut ‘Strange Days Indeed‘ from March 2021, we find Martin in top form yet again with a sterling effort that is packed full of authentic soul, with his excellently-written lyrics impressing highly.

‘The albums birth took place after the country went into lockdown, Knowing this was on the cards, he borrowed his band mate (Leon James) 24 track mixer and started demoing songs at home. As soon as the first set of restrictions were lifted he headed to his sanctuary (the now defunct Silky Studios) where he began laying tracks down.” – Martin Reynolds

With an inviting voice that has you feeling like you could watch him singing all day long, he has you feeling so calm and relaxed again after the windy storms that are slowly passing. This is so much to like here and the soundscape takes you to a better island – far from the madness and only with positive energy wrapped over your face – like a cold cloth soaked onto your simmering skin after a hot summers day.

The Sky Ain’t The Limit‘ from the tremendous Tamworth, England-based indie singer-songwriter Martin Reynolds, is a wonderfully self-motivating single that has you closing your eyes in belief. You know you need to up your game and never give in, as your goals are waiting for you if you are willing to really go for it and dig in deep. Only the strongest shall survive in this temptation-filled world.

Hear this new track on Spotify and follow his story via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Don’t Take Me For Granted: Thoven Bey and Kallie Skys plant the seeds of growth on ‘Water Me’

Featuring a lathering of tender care and vital self-awareness to teach others, Thoven Bey and Kallie Skys rain down the truth with the peaceful story about how to treat a flourishing woman properly on ‘Water Me‘.

Birmingham, Alabama-based Thoven Bey (composer and producer) and Kallie Skys (singer, songwriter and rapper) are a promising new music project. They show us into their vividly expressive world, with a wonderful new track that is packed pull of enlightening excitement to feed our hungry ears.

She sings with such introspection and guides us through this terrific track with glorious lyrics which shows so much class. The teachings are clear and make complete sense, as the growth of a relationship is so important and much-needed. The production here is so crisp and flows naturally into this song to make things so natural and fresh, with a story you can’t help but admire greatly.

Water Me‘ from Birmingham, Alabama-based music duo Thoven Bey and Kallie Skys, turns up the sprinkler on a beat that washes away the grime and brings in a song that shows true beauty. This is all about understanding how to show love when there is so much fake energy floating around with false narratives, instead of a significant shift to teaching and growing each other. The world will be a better place if we can show the youngsters how it should be done.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more via Thoven’s IG and Kallie’s IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Now I Know What To Avoid: Alabama rapper LF Nosha unleashes bass-filled new single ‘Fill That Void’ (feat. LF Sabe)

Released off Krispy Kam, LF Nosha takes us to the back parking lot by the closed Sheriffs office to show us that he knows what the next step is on ‘Fill That Void(feat. LF Sabe).

LF Nosha is a confident hip-hop artist from Birmingham, Alabama, who makes that classic southern trap music which is full of exciting beats and clever lyrics, that you will have your head nodding in approval.

This is the story about having the strength inside to avoid the bottle when things spin out of control, as you grab it away from them and assist where you can to lead the way to a better and more constructive decision. When you are hurt its easy to take the path to drown those tears, but you know that actually causes way more harm than good.

Fill That Void(feat. LF Sabe) from Alabama hip-hop artist LF Nosha, is that street-hop flow that has you with the loyal boys and having fun, with stories of the past that could of turn out bad, but ultimately didn’t. Growing stronger is the only thing you can do in the crazy world, that wants to fail as you do the complete opposite.

Check out the visuals on YouTube and follow the socials on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Only for the real: Birmingham singer Pavit Sanghera doesn’t want that ‘Fake Love’ on superb new single

Telling it how she truly feels, Pavit Sanghera sings so beautifully about what her heart really wants on ‘Fake Love‘.

Pavit Sanghera is a honey-tipped voiced soulfully real indie r&b/soul/Indian classically trained singer-songwriter from Birmingham in England. She sings marvelously with that inspiring honest feel, her captivating vocals rise above the tempting fake doors around you, as she affectionately leads you into the authentic energy that adds value to your mind long-term, whilst masterfully shutting out all of the unnecessary noise that just distracts you from where you need to be in your life.

She adds in her glorious Punjabi singing to blend such a tasty treat together for us to consume hungrily, as we think about those times we were with the wrong person for us completely, as we let our bodies decide, rather than our hearts. Her truthful story is sung with a loving touch, experiences interwoven into her caring nature, as she is a strong woman who is teaching us the right ways through her lovely music.

Fake Love‘ from the wonderful Birmingham, UK singer Pavit Sanghera, is that true story about how love gets cloudy sometimes between what your body feels is right and what your heart truly desires. Feeding your heart leads your soul into being full as ultimately, you want to be fulfilled in life where it counts.

Stream this sensational new single on Spotify, YouTube and see her honest stories on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen