Music Mirror reflects on Lisa Hugo’s forthcoming Christmas song

Australian jazz pop musician, Lisa Hugo, who is now a resident of the United Arab Emirates, has released a song for the season called “My Christmas Day”. Singing about love and inner discovery, Lisa pens upbeat tunes with a big voice spanning 3 octaves. She is also an accomplished pianist, actress and dancer. Born into a musical family Lisa started with piano lessons aged 6 and sang her first solo in front of 400 hundred people two years later in her hometown Melbourne, Australia. Lisa has been a regular guest singer with the Royal Australian Airforce and Army Bands and the Brussels Concert Band. She has shared the stage with many top Australian performers and been a regular performer on the television show “Good Morning Australia”. At the Dubai International Jazz Festival 2009 Lisa performed as an international act with her Belgian band alongside James Blunt, John Legend, Incognito, Peter Cincotti and Liz Wright. Studying at the Australian College of Entertainers launched Lisa into television, theatre and film as well as musical performances at the best hotels around. In 1994 she toured as the headline act on P&O cruise Line out of Australia. A year later she recorded her first […]

Music Mirror enthused by pop duo Cold Sugar’s One More Thing

Cold Sugar are a pop-duo based near Cardiff in Penarth, South Wales who formed in the autumn of 2015. The duo is Mark Henwood on keyboards, guitars and vocals with Luisa Davey on vocals. Mark and Luisa recently met on stage in a local production of Hot Mikado, which is a gospel and blues version of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic. Mark wanted to form a band with a mixture of modern pop sensibilities, 80s pizazz and a gospel feel, which became possible when he met Luisa and Cold Sugar was born. During the chorus rehearsals for Hot Mikado, Mark was struck by the gospel and blues backing vocals sung in classical alto and soprano parts and realised that this was the sound he was missing for his music. The debut single from Cold Sugar is called One More Thing and the band describes it as “a bittersweet song. On first listen it sounds like a pop song with a slightly ‘emosh’ (emotional or serious) build up to an upbeat chorus. The song is in fact about dumping someone because you realise it’s all a disaster. The story of the song really takes place in the pre-choruses, e.g. ‘Look at […]

Music Mirror reflects on latest hip hop single and video In Love With Life by Vocaliz

An artist, poet, musician and international soul-traveller called Vocaliz releases his latest single In Love With Life. Born in Cameroon and based in Brooklyn, New York, Vocaliz uses Hip Hop to deliver his message about finding positives and revealing hidden truths. Vocaliz has been song-writing since his early teens and says: “My voice is the only instrument that I have been using since I started writing songs,” therefore his name comes from the word ‘vocal’. Vocaliz is solo but collaborates with many different artists such as Ghanain producer Afana, with whom he released an album called The Painful Healing in 2009. The album’s lead single Under The Sun received substantial airplay in Cyprus. Vocaliz began his performance career in Cyprus, working his way from underground clubs to beach festivals. He then worked with multi-platinum producer Rheji Burrell who has produced P.Diddy, Heavy D, Krs-One and Total among others. The pursuit of happiness is the inspiration for Vocaliz’s music as he believes this is how humans can learn to experience joy in life. He says: “The older we get the more we realize that we want something that will make us fulfill every single day and make us feel at the […]

Noel Gallagher has taken another swipe at Harry Styles say Music Mirror UK !

Noel Gallagher has taken another swipe at Harry Styles, slamming the star for having “nothing to say for himself”.The former Oasis rocker isn’t afraid to voice his opinions and in 2013 he slammed Harry’s band One Direction for making “f**king dreadful” music. Now he’s laid into the curly-haired lothario once more, claiming the 21-year-old doesn’t deserve his stardom.“I’ll tell you what’s wrong. Fame’s wasted on these c**ts today,” Noel grumbled to Britain’s Esquire magazine. “Harry Styles has got nothing to say for himself – nothing. ‘You alright, mate?’ ‘Uhhh.’ That’s it. The gig will never die because you can’t download it. You can’t download spirit.”Noel also took aim at the group’s former member Zayn Malik, previously commenting on his departure from the boy band in March (15) and calling him a “f**king idiot”. The tattooed singer left the band to focus on being a “normal 22-year-old”, but has already been in the studio working on solo music.“And, so, for the likes of me who persevered from an early age to play the f**king guitar and write songs and practise and practise and practise, I’ll be fine,” Noel added. “God help f**king Zayn Malik.” The musician’s interview wasn’t all negative though, […]

Music Mirror previews Mileage 51’s debut album

Dubai based Mileage 51 play blues-rock that nods to its American and British roots. Their first album Stone Unturned celebrates the classic retro sounds underpinning today’s music scene. On lead vocals and guitar is Lorne Riley Jr. Lorne is from Chapleau in Ontario in north Canada. As a student at Carleton University, Lorne played in the Blue Cotton Seals Band, where he connected with Jim Robinson, Solle Svan and Roy Bolwede and formed Dubai-based expat quartet called Stereotypes. In order to become Mileage 51, they took on new lead guitarist Doug Bernie, also on lead and backing vocals. Originally from Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, Doug Bernie studied the Royal Conservatory curriculum on piano and moved to guitar in his early teens, as well as playing covers locally with his father on drums. Doug’s career was established in Toronto by 2002. He formed the trio Electric inspired by the vibe and energy of his heroes including Hendrix and Clapton. Electric became Toronto based blues-rock Devolver until Doug moved to Dubai and met Lorne in 2014 and joined Mileage 51. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Roy Bolwede provides drums, keyboard, guitar and bass. Roy started playing aged 3 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and by age […]

Music Mirror reflects on Francis Groove’s “Alright (Take My Hand)”

DJ-producer Francis Groove was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium. Francis Groove started out mixing vinyl on turntables, fusing rare groove and RnB with hip-hop and breakbeats. After inspiration from a trip to the U.S. aged 19, which introduced him to house on the New York club scene, he moved towards electro dance music and became a regular at the celebrated club The Sound Factory. Francis Groove regularly tours Europe while producing and writing his music. His latest musical project is called Real Life, which delivers a blend of pop sounds or, as he says, “a breeze of the real groove”. The new single Alright (Take my Hand) is written by Francis Groove and U.K songwriter Sandra Bryan. They enlisted vocals from Tony G in Spain and they mixed the track back in Belgium. Of this moving around to record, Francis says, “this triangle way of working has given the song a special touch”. When not on tour, Francis Groove moves between his homeland of Belgium and Hungary. His influences stem from 80’s acts such as Kraftwerk, Soulsonic Force and Nelle Hooper as well as current producer Calvin Harris. The new single Alright (Take my Hand) was produced by Francis […]

Music Mirror reflects on New Chick video by S.O.S

Dubai Hip Hop Group S.O.S Release The Hook Driven Single and Music Video For ‘New Chick’ S.O.S (Secrecy Over Supremacy) is a collective of four unique artists based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The group was originally founded by the late, Tyler Fray who died in 2013. Nigerian rapper Tyler Fray was educated in Dubai and his ethos was ‘working in silence and letting success talk’. SOS came together to keep Fray’s legacy and ethos alive. The group’s four members share a passion for Hip-Hop and have a powerful respect and admiration for each other’s skills and talents which is apparent in the cohesion of their music. Individually, the group consists of Nicholas Peter John Allison II who is known for his music as N2. Known for his versatile melodies and hard hitting lyrics, N2 is a South African rapper and co-founded S.O.S with Tyler from Johannesburg, South Africa. Secondly, Elliot Brown, who uses the stage name Mista Brown, is a UK native from Manchester who has worked with the likes of Gyptian and has a strong track record in the genre of grime. Performing artist and producer Nseh Ayuk is known as the artist T. Jones and […]

Music Mirror reflects on latest single Joy! by Ollyi.on

The new single by UK based musician and songwriter Ollyi.on is called Joy!, which celebrates this positive and hard-won emotional state. Ollyi.on is a singer/songwriter and producer based in Farnborough, Hants in the U.K who plays the flute, saxophone, keyboards, bass, guitar, drums, violin, trumpet and harmonica. As a multi-instrumentalist, it is not surprising that jazz has inspired his prolific songwriting to date. Ollyi.on started jamming with friends from an early age and has always been excited by music. On living in Switzerland in 2013, Ollyi.on says “I was inspired by the breath-taking sceneries and sheer beauty of the cities which gave me fresh inspiration to write and make new music”. Ollyi.on initially began recording with the producer Dom Tosh of Relief Studio in Switzerland. He then moved to London to collaborate with Andy Whitmore (Peter Andre, Atomic Kitten, Michele Gayle, Elton John, Boy George, Eternal) at Greystoke Studios in Ealing, London. With songs focusing on encouragement and positivity, Ollyi.on says “I believe there is some mileage in singing these types of songs today and encouraging people to have a positive outlook to life regardless of the situation”. Ollyi.on’s latest single is entitled Joy! and was engineered by Andy Hughes, […]

Singer Jewel has revealed she fell in love with actor Sean Penn

Singer Jewel has revealed she fell in love with actor Sean Penn when he was temporarily separated from his now ex-wife Robin Wright. The Foolish Games hitmaker recently released a new memoir entitled Never Broken – Songs Are Only Half the Story. And in the book Jewel detailed an unlikely relationship she struck up with the Oscar-winner, which began when she was just starting out in Hollywood on the heels of her 1995 debut album Pieces of You. “He had seen me on Conan [O’Brien’s late night talk show] and was working on a movie he’d written called The Crossing Guard,’ she recalled on how they initially crossed paths. ‘He wanted me to compose a song for it. I told him I would and he said he would meet me anywhere to screen the movie, I could name the day. I gave him my cell number and figured I would never hear from him again.” Also in 1995, Sean had separated from his then-girlfriend Robin Wright, who he officially divorced in 2010 after 14 years of marriage. Jewel went on to explain in her book that she wrote a song called Emily for his movie and after the tune was […]

Will Guest’s latest EP and single previewed by Music Mirror UK

The new EP Only Life and single Coming Home will soon be released by UK singer-songwriter Will Guest, who was inspired by music including 70s and 80s funk, rock and acoustic songs by artists such as Damien Rice and David Gray. Will Guest, known for the humour in his performance, is from Northamptonshire where he started composing and performing in local venues and at festivals with his best friend and musical brother, the late Rich Brayshaw. In 2006, Will relocated to Spain to perform at the Anshebeen Irish bar as a solo artist and ended up playing across the Costa Blanca. Incorporating humour into his set, Will delivers a melodic punch of catchy guitar driven rock pop with both a classic and contemporary feel. The songs on his latest EP Only Life reflect on his life and the ups and downs along the way. The band currently consists of Will Guest on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals, Les Tropek on drums and percussion with Santi Costa playing bass. All members have played since their teenage years, inspired by the classic funk and rock albums of the late 70’s and early 80’s, then later by the softer acoustic music from […]

Music Mirror UK celebrates upcoming single and album by Kes C

Kes was born in South Africa during Apartheid and then her parents decided to flee the country and raise the family in rural England, having experienced many life-threatening situations. Subsequently, after the London bombings in 2005, Kes moved to Norwich and played the local scene in her family band Fuzzballs, solo gigs as Kes C, in cover bands and as a wedding singer. Kes C now lives in Shropshire. Growing up surrounded by a musical family, Kes listened to blues and soul and wrote her first song on guitar aged 12. She sung in school choirs and landed lead parts in musicals, then moved to London aged 18 to pursue her musical career. To develop her diversity and interpretation of songs, Kes experimented with musical styles such as soul, funk, heavy rock, dance and trip hop. Singing first in a rock and 90s college band called Genius in her early 20s and went on to tour with Misnomer, a trip-hop band with some radio success, who headlined Astoria and other London venues. Kes records songs for Molan Publishing, who approached her in 2014 during a recording session at the Beehouse Recording Studio in Mid-Wales. As a keen live performer, Kes […]

Alexandra Burke + special guests live at the Jazz Cafe

Join Alexandra Burke + special guests live at the Jazz Cafe on the 18th & 19th September. Tickets on sale for £22.50 (+ booking fee) from ticketmaster.co.uk or Jazz Cafe Box Office Doors open at 7pm.‘I’m not super human, I’m just Alexandra from North London.’ ‘ Alexandra Burke‘Just Alexandra’ indeed. Singing since the age of 5 and performing live by the time she was 9 years old, vocal powerhouse Alexandra Burke ‘ who has sold more than four million records worldwide ‘ has a signature soulful sound that was crafted throughout a childhood filled with music.Melissa Cecelia Ewen Bell, Burke’s mother, known to many as the ‘last leading lady’ of hit group Soul II Soul, took her to perform every weekend wherever they could find a live band.The British star’s amazing voice and vocal range developed quickly, capturing the heart of legendary recording artist Stevie Wonder, who wanted to sign her to Motown at age 12. From that point forward, offers for a record deal kept coming in yet education remained the top priority. It wasn’t until age 16 that Burke first auditioned for UK’s ‘The X Factor,’ but as fate would have Alexandra was not chosen to compete. Turning […]

XFM re-launches as Radio X Men ?

After growing whispers about Chris Moyles‘s return to radio, the secret is out. The DJ will front the reinvention of XFM into Radio X – “the first truly male-focused, fully national music and entertainment brand for 25-44 year olds”.Moyles will be joined by a core line-up of Vernon Kay, Johnny Vaughan and Ricky Wilson. But does Radio X spell good or bad news for radio? Ahead of its launch on September 21, two writers argue for and against XFM’s new incarnation. of the ’90s in one fell swoop – Lisa WrightIt’s an oft-noted fact that scenes happen in 20-year cycles, but logic dictates that some element of filtering should occur between them. The influence of Blur, The Stone Roses and many others from the ’90s premier league can be seen resonating in the likes of Peace, Superfood and Childhood currently, but we’ve tactfully sidelined Menswe@r and Salad.Chokers and plaid are de rigeur once again, but the re-emergence of the shell suit is hopefully a thing we’ll never have to suffer. Why then, is Radio X – formerly known as actually-pretty-decent radio station Xfm – deciding to resurrect everything that’s boorish and regressive about ’90s media culture? Radio X is aiming […]

Music Mirror UK reflects on new dance single by Mikejab

Michael Benjamin is a British Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician and producer, known for his music as Mikejab, who has released a new dance single ‘I As A Man’. To date Mikejab has worked across a wide variety of musical genres with many different artists. Michael started out as the lead singer in youth group, The Black Berets and then returned to concentrate on his school education. As a sound engineer, Mikejab has mixed and mastered many popular dance tracks in both Europe and Nigeria. Mikejab is known in the dance music community as the creator of a new music genre called AfroDance incorporating dance music and African percussive and rhythmic sounds. Mikejab has established a strong Internet presence via video, sound and radio online media, social media and his own website and these have won him followers across the world as an indie artist. The new dance single I As a Man is out now on ZX Records and was recorded at XZ studios in Reading, UK.      

Music Mirror reflects on Wish I Were There by Wave Dweller

Wave Dweller, or Mark Newton based in Earlswood in Surrey, has just released a studio album ‘Wish I Were There’ with a single release ‘Summer’s Day’, now available on iTunes. Nostalgic Wave Dweller’s music is created using a pair of Technics turntables, MIDI keyboard, audio creation platforms and mixing software. The nostalgic nature of the music conveys deep thinking. Mark started creating electronic music aged 15 in 1998. He says: “I would use programs like Dance eJay and Music Maker to create house and hip hop loops. At this time I would record under my own name, and produced music for myself to listen to, and to impress family and friends.” Sound Waves Music became Mark’s passion, and from 2006 he started producing work as Wave Dweller, which stems from ‘cave dweller’ as someone who dwells in sound waves rather than caves. As a teenager, Mark became enchanted and intrigued by his main influences including: The Avalanches, DJ Premier, J Dilla, Fatboy Slim, Mr Scruff and Lemon Jelly. Mark says this is because, “they can take a long forgotten melody, sprinkle it with jazz and soul, and add a punchy beat to transform it into something new for the modern […]

Adele new album unleashed !

Adele’s new album is reportedly set for a November release.The 27-year-old singer’s last record was the worldwide smash 21, which hit shelves in 2011. And as fans have been waiting eagerly for her new music, it has now been claimed by Billboard that the highly-anticipated release will be coming in November.In May 2014, Adele began teasing fans about her upcoming music, revealing that the record entitled 25 would be published later that year. However, her label XL Recordings later revealed the tentative release date had been scrapped.Adele has been working with a host of musical geniuses on the album, still believed to be called 25. Max Martin and Canadian singer-and-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. have both written tracks for the record, while OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder is also believed to have some involvement in Adele’s new sound.Back in July, Ed Sheeran opened up about the anticipation surrounding the record, admitting he has heard nothing but good things from his peers. ‘I haven’t heard [Adele’s album], but everyone I know whove worked on it is just like, ‘Dude. that record!’ Apparently, it’s really good,’ he told UK radio station Capital FM.Adele has taken an extended break from her career after giving birth to […]

Robert O’ Connor looks at TAYLOR SWIFT, STREAMING AND SINGERS ON MINIMUM WAGE

The lives of those in the entertainment industry have become significantly more transparent in the past ten years, none more than pop stars, who regularly document their every move on Twitter and even show us what they’ve had for breakfast via Instagram. Their relationships with others, which previously played out in gossip magazines and tabloids, have become more visible – and in real time. Sure, in the ‘90s we had bust-ups between boybands and bitchy remarks between Britney and Christina, but never before have we been able to see behind the showbiz curtain so much as we can today – as evidenced by Zayn Malik’s outburst towards Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift, this week. In the latest of the 22-year-old’s Twitter attacks, the former 1D singer posted a meme that, pretty much, spelled out his thoughts about Taylor Swift’s assumed greed, for refusing to allow her music to be made available on Spotify. The music streaming app charges users just $9.99 per month and in return gives – or rather lends them – a catalogue of music they can stream on their phones, tablets and laptops. It has revolutionised the music industry and, as demonstrated by Ms Swift, has made […]

Music Mirror reflects on Handz In the Air by Priest J and DJ Lantan

Priest J is a producer, mixer and sound engineer currently based in North West London. He has teamed up with DJ Lantan for a new single called Handz In The Air. Priest J was the former owner of Stoneroom Recording Studio in Shepherds Bush, London, working with great artists including Wycliffe Jean, Todd Terry, Leftfield, Arthur Baker, Shola Ama, Martin Degville, Basement Jaxx, Rihanna, Alexandra O’Neil, Lee Ryan, Carter Twins, Patrick McMahon, Glen Goldsmith, Ollie J, Stunt Masters, Esteem, Max Romeo, Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Pritam, Jaidev Kumar,Sumeet Tappoo, Lomac, Beverly Knight, Kinane, Rozallla, Ariel, T-Power, Rita Campbell, Debbie Malone, Joe Smooth and many more. Priest J has also worked in television production with companies including Evian Water, British Airways, Door (Gaby Logan), Tibet Foundation, Star Plus, Zee TV, Sony BVU, Elephant Atta, Royal Sweets and Top-Up Foods. Vevo Mark Smith aka DJ Lantan grew up in Jamaica and is now based in London. DJ Lantan started his career performing freestyle and counteraction rap at open mic competitions, which he says were raw and fiercely fought for prize money. His growing reputation attracted DJs who took him to cut his first record at Jaro studio alongside Ninja Ford and Predator. DJ […]

Music Mirror reflects on new releases from Emy Perez

Emy Perez is a Venezuelan singer/songwriter known for her crazy looks and quirky pop songs. At a young age Emy lost herself in music and pursued that dream in the USA. In her native Venezuela, she supported headliners and went onto to sign to an American record label. This led to her performing alongside such great artists as Shakira, Eros Ramazotti and Earth, Wind & Fire. In North and South American, Emy toured live, wrote songs for other artists and worked with well-known producers Shane Stoner and Steve Morales, who produced Enrique Iglesias, Christina Aguliera, Ricki Martin and Celine Dion among others. Shane Stoner says, “Emy is an amazing songwriter. She knows how to capture the essence of a feeling into words.” Emy produced an album with Ricardo Eddy Martinez, who provided horn arrangements for Miami Sound Machine, and platinum winning producer, Keith Morrison. Unfortunately this album was never released and Emy moved to Europe to study music at Conservatorium Alkmaar in the Netherlands. There she gathered all her strength and planned a comeback with a bang. Now in the Netherlands, Emy rediscovered herself by writing and performing music live. She celebrates life and tells her story on her latest […]

Hot producer and artist Priest J to appear on Big Centre TV to 2.3m viewers

Priest J is a hot producer, remixer and engineer currently based in North West London. He has teamed up with DJ Lantan for the fantastic new single “Handz in the air”. Priest J was the former owner of Stoneroom Recording studio in Shepherds Bush, London working with some of the biggest artists in the world including Justice, Wycliffe Jean, Shola Ama, Martin Degville, Basement Jaxx, Rihanna, Alexandra O’Neil, Lee Ryan, Lomac, Beverly Knight, Jaidev Kumar and more. Priest J has also worked in Television with companies like Evian Water, British Airways, Door (Gaby Logan), Tibet Foundation, Star Plus, Zee TV, Sony BVU, Elephant Atta, Royal Sweets and Top-Up Foods. The amazing brand new single from Priest J is called “ Handz in the air” and will be released on 29 June 2015 with distribution from Universal Music Operations. Check out the video: https://youtu.be/7VulR9Ex8Mo Priest J will be appearing live on Cuppa TV on the 6th July 2015 hosted by Monica Price on Big Centre TV. Big Centre TV is the local TV channel for Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Solihull and The Black Country. It broadcasts on Freeview channel 8 in the UK. Ofcom-licensed in 2014, it launched in February 2015. It […]