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 […]

Jessie J prolonged illness

Jessie J recently let fans know that she would be taking a few days off from updating her social media accounts as she recovered from an undisclosed surgery. But according to a recent Instagram post, it looks like her hiatus may last a little longer than first expected. According to the caption she wrote beneath a photo on Instagram, she’s not doing great post-surgery. She wrote, “I am not ok… I am in a lot of pain. But I’m working on it with the doctors. We all have our moments and one of mine is now.” She followed that photo up with another post from earlier today (June 29), where she wrote beneath a video, “Little update for those asking. Just had a second surgery, so I won’t be posting as much still. I’m not any better but everyday working towards it. I love and trust the people around me enough to face my fears of operations even if I need a little push sometimes.” She reiterated that she would not disclose the nature of the surgery, saying, “As I said before I don’t want to and won’t be talking about what’s wrong and what’s happened. It’s personal.” Jessie apologized […]

The Rolling Stones have released a live version of the ‘Sticky Fingers’

The Rolling Stones have released a live version of the ‘Sticky Fingers’ album recorded just weeks ago in Los Angeles and without notice to fans.On May 20 The Stones played the smallest show of the current tour at LA’s 1200 capacity Fonda Theatre, a warm-up show at the start of the 2015 Zipcode tour, where they performed the entire ‘Sticky Fingers’ album for the first time ever.Two of those songs ‘Sister Morphine’ and ‘You Gotta Move’ had no been played live by The Stones since in a long time. ‘Sister Morphine’ since 1998 and ‘You Gotta Move’ since 1976.The Sticky Fingers Live album features only the songs from the classic 1971 album performed that night and not the six other tracks the band performed.The sequence was the album starting at track two ‘Sway’ with the original opening track ‘Brown Sugar’ moved to the end.Sticky Fingers Live May 20 2015 at The FondaSway (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Dead Flowers (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Wild Horses (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Sister Morphine (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)You Gotta Move (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Bitch (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)I Got The Blues (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)Moonlight Mile (from Sticky Fingers, […]