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Jealous Of The Birds

Jealous of the Birds, aka Northern Ireland’s Naomi Hamilton, is a songwriter, poet and a force to be reckoned with.

Her 2016 debut album, Parma Violets, was met with critical acclaim. By 2018, Naomi and manager / long time collaborator, Declan Legge, were flying to NYC to sign a record deal with Canvasback Music / Atlantic Records.

Naomi’s unique style spans indie-folk, grunge and post-punk. Her tracks have graced TV soundtracks including hit BBC/HULU series ‘Normal People’, ‘Shameless’ (USA) and more.

The winter of 2020 saw the release of her fierce second album, Peninsula, which you can stream below. A third album is in the works this year, due for release in 2022 – watch this space!

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Mike Lindup –
Time To Let Go

Mike Lindup is a founder member, keyboard player, songwriter & vocalist in Level 42, the hugely successful platinum selling 80s pop group. 

Time To Let Go is the first single from Mike’s upcoming album Changes 2, 30yrs on from his debut solo album, Changes, in 1990. The track has received airplay from Gilles Peterson on BBC 6Music, Jazz Radio (Berlin), The Face Radio (Brooklyn), Worldwide FM, Soho Radio & Acid Jazz’s Totally Wired Radio.

The lyrics were originally penned pre-Covid, inspired by the fast pace of life Mike was observing around him. Throughout the development and recording process, the theme became even more poignant on the realisation that even through lockdowns and social isolation our minds can still find endless ways to be preoccupied. Mike found himself with an increasing appreciation for the healing power of nature during this time; the ability just to be, breathe and listen to the wind in the trees and birdsong. These sonic elements feature in the track. 

The track was co-written and produced by Toni Economides and Mike Patto (Da Lata, Róisín Murphy, Reel People, Moodymann).

Changes 2 is due for release in late 2021.

Pre-save the new single, out Friday 11th June: https://ffm.to/time-to-let-go 

 

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Moxie – Is Ainm Dom

Presenting the latest single from Alt Folk band, MOXIE. ‘Is Ainm Dom‘ creatively combines both Irish and Arabic lyrics, whilst the music fuses traditional Irish style with a driving African percussive rhythms.

The track will feature on their upcoming album The Dawn of Motion, produced by Jake Birch (Carly Rae Jepsen, Theo Katzman), due for release this summer. Watch the stunning music video above, as premiered by HOT PRESS.

MOXIE‘s sound is a charismatic blend of varied influences, emblematic of the multicultural society we live in. Vocalist & songwriter Julia grew up in the historical city of Carthage, Tunisia, where she learnt the Arabic language and immersed herself in the Tunisian oriental culture. Julia and bandmate Darren wanted to pay homage to each other’s cultures; the weaving of both languages (Gaeilge & Arabic) instantly felt natural due to some of their phonetic similarities. 

The song relates to the meaning of home and the importance of the journey of life that guides us through sunshine & storms. Esmi Hayat’ – ‘Saol Is Ainm Dommeaning Life is my name’.

‘Is Ainm Dom’ was added to RTÉ Radio 1’s playlist and has received global support. We can’t wait to bring you Moxie’s new album!

Stream/buy the track here.

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Eric Bibb –
Whole World’s Got The Blues

Eric Bibb, Grammy nominated guitarist and bluesman, has just released his aptly titled new single “Whole World’s Got The Blues”.

The title of ‘Whole World’s Got The Blues’ refers not only to the current global pandemic challenging us all, but also to the fact that music-lovers around the world love the blues!” comments Bibb.

“Recorded in New York City with ace producer Glen Scott, this track features legendary drummer Steve Jordan, world-renowned bass player Tommy Sims and the phenomenal Eric Gales on lead guitar. We can’t wait for you to hear it!” 

Eric’s accomplishments include a celebrated career spanning five decades, recording with folk and blues royalty, two Grammy nominations and multiple Blues Foundation awards to name but a few.

When I think about my musical journey so far, I’m mostly grateful and amazed at where and who I am today. I also realize how many musical dreams of mine have come true. Listening to my earliest recordings I’m immediately aware of how my voice and guitar playing have evolved. I keep getting closer to the goal, even though the goalposts seem to continually move.” Eric remarked recently.

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Blair Dunlop –
Trails: Queensland

We are all sorely missing live music. Thankfully, Blair Dunlop’s latest instalment Trails: Queensland transports you straight into the crowd of his 2020 Australian festival shows. Live music has never sounded so good – thank you, Blair!

The album was recorded at The Festival of Small Halls and Woodford Festival in Queensland, Australia. It also includes field recordings and interviews from the trip.

Stream / buy the album here

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Moxie – Where I Roam

Moxie are an alternative folk band from the West of Ireland, emerging from traditional Irish music roots.

Moxie’s music seamlessly blends Irish traditional music with different genres; their style represents a unique and colourful illustration of the multicultural society we live in today.

Their career has so far seen  highlights including performing at the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam in 2016, composing and performing the soundtrack of Prodijig, the revolution and performing their original music in the National Concert Hall with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Moxie are back in 2021 with a new lead singer/songwriter, Julia Spanu, and a brand new album due for release this Summer.

The new record will display an innovative soundscape where world music has never been so well associated to Irish music – we can’t wait!

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Erire – All Night Long

What do Simon Cowell, William Orbit, The Shapeshifters and CamelPhat have in common? They are amongst the slew of DJs, artists and record labels, that have worked with London based club diva and singer/songwriter maven, Erire

SGO goes back a ways with Erire, all the way back to the 1990s dance trio 3 Man Island, Rozalla and the longest nights of Rave.

Erire’s new single ‘All Night Long’ was co-written and produced by Tim Cox (one half of the Rozalla ‘Everybody’s Free’ writing and production team) – the single is out on all platforms Friday 7th May!