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When I get a craving for new ear candy, I head straight to the places I find it most – Twitter and Facebook. But these days, lots of new songs pop up unannounced in my email, just begging to be listened to.

This week I decided to feature six bright and bold new singles by solo artists and bands alike that have fallen in to my lap. Get comfortable, sit back and enjoy this assorted mix of ear candy. I’m keeping this short and sweet, and I guarantee there is something for everybody:

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Lewis Armitage “Seas and Shores” (Wakefield, England)

There is genuine heartfelt emotion in Lewis’ voice making this simple tune quite brilliant.

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His deft finger play plucks a simple melody on the guitar filled in with some supporting, but not overwhelming, drums and bass.

“Seas and Shores” is a delicate, honest, haunting song written from the heart of a gentle soul.

I can’t wait to see what Lewis comes out with next as he continues to hone his skills as a solo artist.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/seas-and-shores-single/id1148735959?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

For more on Lewis, find him on Twitter at @LewisAJMusic, onhttps://www.facebook.com/Lewis-Armitage-Music-1533334946899673/?fref=ts

 

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Edgar Duke – “Fear in a Bottle” (Leeds, England)

So many great indie bands are coming out of Leeds these days, it’s just unreal.

I’ve been listening to Edgar Duke for a while and the band has always impressed me with its stellar musicianship. The resurgence of rock and roll is in very skilled hands here.

Featuring Tom O’Reilly on vocals and guitar, James Raymond on drums and Luke Strange on bass, “Fear in a Bottle” hits all of their trademarks – it is funky and trippy, has subtle tempo changes and a sweet thumping bass.

A new Edgar Duke song is always a good jam – get this one in your ears and rock out!

 

You can find Edgar Duke on Twitter at @edgardukeband, on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/edgardukemusic, and on Soundcloud athttps://soundcloud.com/edgar-duke.

 

 

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Joe Symes and the Loving Kind – “All The Things We Said” (Liverpool, England)

When a band calls Liverpool home, there are certain expectations that a listener looks to be met – from the sound, to the harmonies to the skilled musicianship – Joe Symes and the Loving Kind have it all covered.

Joe’s smooth vocals float over the music in “All The Things We Said,” a song that sticks easily in your head and has hooks in all the right places.  You just can’t go wrong. Ably supporting him are Colin White on percussion and backing vocals and Stefan Bujak on bass.

A hallmark of Symes’ style is not to over-complicate a song and it shows with “All The Things We Said.” Symes has more great tunes up his sleeve and a full album coming out soon.

 

 

You can find Joe Symes and the The Loving Kind on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/joesymesandthelovingkindUK, on Twitter at @JoeSymesandTLK, and on the web at http://joesymesandthelovingkind.co.uk/

 

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Twister – “Trees” (Durham, England)

Twister reminds me of old school rockers – the Poison/Motley Crue-style ones – who pack power in their musical punch via intricate guitar work and fill their songs with soaring harmonies and great choruses.

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“Trees” is bursting with crunchy guitars and rollicking power guitar chords. It’s not quite metal, but it is good solid hard rock with pop tendencies.

Vocalist Stevie Stoker, guitarist Jake Grimes and drummer Joe Major are experts at their craft. (Bassist Matthew Whitaker just left the band).

This is the rough-and-tumble kind of excitement new music should offer – the kind that starts right with the opening notes and doesn’t let up.

Twister will be releasing a full album, “Designed State of Mind,” on October 10. “Trees” is the perfect opening single — it brings a warm introduction to this exciting band.

 

 

 

Get the single here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/trees-single/id1141976110

You can find Twister on YouTube athttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc9FMSMYV6UcS-9p7rmCcdw, on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/TwisterUK, and Twitter at @wearetwister

 

 

 

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Winter Heart – “Daydreamer” (Athy, Ireland)

There’s something honest and gentle — but not too much so, about “Daydreamer,” the debut single from Irish band Winter Heart.

The band exudes dynamic energy as the guitars build and crescendo throughout, crafting walls of complex sounds.

“Daydreamer” has a hard edge and is a very majestic start for the band.  Choir harmonies and wistful vocals make it a powerful and exciting song.

There is a lot of talent shining through Winter Heart — and this song just scratches the surface of showing what is possible.

 

 

You can find Winter Heart on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/winterheartire/?fref=ts and on Twitter at @winterheartire

 

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The Begbies – “It’s Just the Way” (Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland)

… And now for something completely different … a bit of Ska to get you moving from The Begbies. Once the saxes kick in you know there’s a party under way. The reggae beat takes over and the fun kicks in.

It’s the perfect blend of tempo changes and the lively melody of “It’s Just The Way” that will set your toes tapping. This is a band that knows how to have fun.

Why have I not heard of them until now? I’d have been listening to them a long time ago if I had.

And there’s the band’s name too, which may or may not refer to a certain character from a certain classic film …

 

 

You can find The Begbies on YouTube athttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCybKjqPDcLZirb2x8iNnJcQ, on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/TheBegbies and on Twitter at @TheBegbies.

Rebecca Singer




 

 

 

Jimmy Barnes

10,000 miles I’d traveled to watch this working class man smash the world class QPAC venue in Brisbane,with a blistering performance that had the audience on their feet (albeit abit belatedly)dancing to the Soul and Blues delight dished out by the Glasweigan born Australian legend Jimmy Barnes on Sunday 21st August
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Jimmy took us through a time capsule of Soul and Blues standards during 2 hrs of music,chat,anecdotes and duets that left the QPAC audience heading home or into town all wanting for more.
Cries for many hits from his back catalogue were requested by an adoring crowd, though quite understandably omitted from the playlist as this was his Soul Searchin song set to coincide with his most recent album release
Jimmy was joined on stage by a trio of backing singers Juanita Tippins,Gary Pinto and Jade MacRae who all took turns to join him. Guitar solos alongside Piano Keys aligned with full band backing meant Jimmy had the winning formula from the get go,from the very first note to the last song about freedom dedicated to all us young dudes.
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I loved the way Jimmy took us through some wonderful stories of his youth his discovery of song and how he and some pals would crash the gates of the Adelaide venue where he cut his teeth and was was introduced to many artists who clearly left their mark on his soul.
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The penultimate song Many Rivers Too Cross left me thinking of home all those 10,000 miles away and that one day I’ll return to Brisbane’s fine City to be reunited with this Soulful
working class hero.
Gabbie Cabbie

 

 

 


 


 

 

Cow

The mere mention of Paul Weller makes my ears prick up. Being a fan since the 70’s I’ve been well aware of his collaborations and guest appearances. I first came across Cow when I noticed Paul had guested on their track Shelter, however it wasn’t until I come across Hit Me Inside over the Internet that I really got hooked on this magnificent group. Cow consists of two people pretty much that being Mark and Maxine Boxall and 3 is their 3rd Album.

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This is an album I find i just cant put down! I don’t like putting music into genres, there are two types really you either like it or you don’t however I’ve created an extra one I love it.

3 is engineered by Charles Rees at Paul’s Black Barn studio in Ripley Surrey and features Paul Weller Andy Lewis Steve Pilgrim Kenny Carroll Tom Heel Kev Wallbank and a collaboration with Steve Ellis on UP whom they met in a clothes and record shop in Brighton during the Summer of 2013.

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The album starts with the upbeat and tuneful “Shelter” and ends with “You Bring on The Sound”. Sandwiched in between are 10 further belting tracks Inc my favourite “Hit me Inside,”  “loving Breakdown” and on “Somewhere New” Mark takes over lead vocals from Maxine.

This album is not only one of my 5 picks of 2015 it easily stands up to anything in my entire collection. “I’ve Got Mine” if you haven’t got yours why not. I guess there is an irony in the track Earth, as to me the whole album is out of this world and I’m already looking forward to the fourth encounter of the Cow kind.

 

The Gabbie Cabbie