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Ward Thomas – Cartwheels (2016)*

Ward Thomas have been all over the radio waves recently, as the sisters’ country-pop fused release Cartwheels has been highly-anticipated. Their debut From Where We Stand won Album of The Year at the British Country Music Awards and if Cartwheels is anything to go by, then they certainly deserve all their success.
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Featured Artist – Echo Black

These rockers haven’t been around for long (just over a year) but they are on the rise, with their music video for new single ‘Perfect’ featuring The Word Alive’s vocalist Telle Smith. Getting a genre heavyweight to feature on their single is so special and a great addition to the song and video. It’s like the early Noughties, brought into the 21st Century.
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Joseph – I’m Alone, No You’re Not (2016)

Sister trio Joseph have left their small town in Oregon behind to pursue music. Naming their band after their grandfather Jo, they didn’t realise that they sung together so well until a few years ago. That formula proved to work as they’ve already been named one of Spotify’s Spotlight artists and are touring the US this fall with James Bay, and Europe with Michael Kiwanuka (whose album I reviewed – read here).
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Factory Floor – 25 25

Legendary record label DFA produce a plethora of artists including recently revived LCD Soundsystem. Among the artists in their roster are Factory Floor, an electronic techno duo from North London. Their debut self-titled album was critically acclaimed among those within the genre and charts, with it reaching number 18 on the UK dance charts. 25 25 is their second release, with three years of experimenting being built into it. (more…)

Interview With Fuzz Ibrahim

Success for Australian artist Fuzz Ibrahim hasn’t been easy, but his hard-work has definitely paid off. His single ‘With The Lights On’ ft. Lil Pap soared up the UK’s Commercial Top 30 chart to #10, surpassing the likes of Maroon 5 and Ellie Goulding. Here’s an interview with him, discussing new music, delving into new projects and his charity work.
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Featured Artist – Malin Pappas

Instrumental music isn’t really covered too much, but Malin Pappas might just change that. At 23 years old, the Texas composer and producer has the world captivated at his piano skills, especially in his newest 3 track EP Knoons Volume 2 where he mixes both jazzy feel-good piano with spacy meditative pieces.
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Featured Artist – The Strips

Starting in 2013 and performing in basements, Minneapolis rock band The Strips released their aptly-named Welcome To Our Basement where their sound was first heard outside of these shows. They have definitely been on the rise over the last 3 or so years – and for good reason, you’ll have to take a listen to see what I’m talking about.
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