Music Mirror UK reflects on upcoming album Circadia by Thirteen Being

Thirteen Being is a collaborative project set up and run by Vincent Kane aka Vin100 bringing together his friends’ musical skills. Starting out in London 2008 as Being, Vincent brought together friends who were musicians, DJs, producers and nightclub event organisers to craft a style electronica, which flows from dance dream and they call Inner-Space-Age. The name Being was inspired during a long studio session that ended in drawing symmetrical patterns on white label records. This transformed into Thirteen Being to mark the move away from city life to the West Country in 2013, where they are currently based. Vincent grew up surrounded by psychedelic rock during and graduated into enjoying Drum and Bass, Acid-House, Techno and Jungle. In the 1990s as a teenager, Vincent loved DJing and promoting club nights. His Thirteen Being collaborators include soundscape producer Hector Hernandez with stage name Hektagon, instrumental knowledge from David Clark, technological input from Marcus Oaten and Breaks producer, DJ at Fabric, writer and arranger Mark Ford, known as Merka. Doors were opened for Vincent after meeting Ambient House pioneers The Orb in the late 1990s and their Alex Paterson has continued to be inspiration and support. This alliance led to Vincent […]

Music Mirror reflects on preview of Saika’s upcoming single Chemical Ex

Saika is a 24-year-old first generation Haitian-American female singer-songwriter, who conveys the humility of her Haitian roots with the street savvy from her childhood in Brooklyn, New York. Saika now lives in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. In 2010, Saika says she wanted to learn how to, “express myself after having all these feelings bottled up inside me,” and recorded her first single in a studio, falling in love with the process. Saika went to high school with her keyboard player Jonathan Williams who is also her manager. By watching Beyoncé and Michael Jackson she saw how live instrumentation brought songs to life and played live regularly with Jonathan at venues including Brooklyn College. With siblings called Steven and Alexis, Saika didn’t like her unusual given name until she discovered Saika means a colourful flower. Then, she says, “I just grew into it.” Saika’s latest single Chemical eX was inspired by an embarrassing moment when she saw an ex-boyfriend at a party a year after splitting up, drank too much and vomited on the dance floor. Influenced by Disney, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson and she particularly admires Beyoncé. Saika says “I aspire to be an entertainer like […]

Music Mirror UK on Manchester 7-piece band Family Ranks’ upcoming EP release

Family Ranks is a 7-piece soul, hip-hop, electronica and reggae collective creating lush expansive arrangements, deep grooves and euphoric festival anthems. To form Family Ranks in 2014, Manchester’s leading songwriters Ruby-Ann Patterson and James Gill joined session musicians in House of Lords, previously the house band for award winning live event All About Good Music, which showcases the UK’s upcoming urban talent. Through frequent live video releases and stage performances, Family Ranks has become established on the Manchester scene and is attracting the attention of promoters for major live events and venues. The Family Ranks line-up is Ruby-Ann Patterson and James Gill providing vocals with Tom Barber-Redmore on vocals and acoustic guitar, Liam Morson playing keyboard and synth, Jake Stentiford on electric guitar, Ben Whitfield on bass and Laurie Agnew on Drums. On how the band met at All About Good Music events, guitarist Jake Stentiford says: “The aim of the night was to provide a platform for soul, R&B and hip hop artists to perform a selection of their music with a live band. It ran for several years and featured a few artists who have since gone on to big things such as Daley and Shakka. Through this […]

Music Lanterns takes a shine to Robby Valentine’s latest releases

Dutch artist Robby Valentine has signed to Japanese major record label King Records and releases a double album also available on vinyl, all accompanied by a headline show at the Arts Club in Liverpool in March. Robby’s first self-titled album contained his first single Over and Over Again, a big hit in 1991. That year he received the prestigious Dutch Silver Harp award, which celebrates promising musical talent and was recently awarded to Tiësto and Ferry Corsten. Valentine writes, produces and plays all his own material. Black Rain will be the new single from Robby’s latest album Bizarro World, which is already getting extensive UK radio play in the lead up to his Liverpool concert on 12 March. To celebrate twenty-five years making music, Robby launches his latest album Bizarro World on 14th February and the Queen Album, with bonus tracks including his cover of Life on Mars by David Bowie. These are also available on vinyl. Bizarro World is an eclectic mix of pop and rock, blending influences from Queen, Muse and Adam Lambert. Valentine has enjoyed success in Japan and subsequently signed to their major record label King Records while he remains popular in his native Holland. The […]

Music Mirror introduces new EDM release Werk it Out by Myla and Dafusia

Canadian singer-songwriter, DJ and producer, Myla just released a new collaborative EP with Toronto electronic producer, Dafusia, who originates from Chennai in India. The EP entitled Werk It Out by Myla and Dafusia is now available on all digital music retail. There is a video on YouTube for the title track Werk It Out. The EP combines elements including pop and electronic fusion, nu-wave soul, trip-hop, indie pop, world, RnB and jazz. Their lyrics reflect stimulation from their life journeys and offbeat inner conceptions. In the Canadian city Toronto in 2009, Myla first broke onto the electronic music scene under her real name Mandy Ebel, produced by Srihari Sridhar – previously working as Hawri and now known as Dafusia – with their vocal dubstep single Take Your Mind. This collaboration was first known as as Hawri ‘n’ Mandy and their debut EP called Yuga One followed in 2010. Myla has won acclaim for her vocals, songwriting and creative productions and is currently based in Regina, capital city of the Canadian province Saskatchewan. Myla has performed with Canadian popstar Kiesza, who she was on the Contemporary Music and Technology program with at Selkirk College in British Columbia, Canada, where she first […]

Music Mirror UK reflects on Australia’s EDM rock duo SkullClub’s forthcoming releases

SkullClub, a recently formed duo who fuse the sounds of heavy rock and electronic music are signed to Sony Music and based in Brisbane, Australia. The duo is Matt McGuire, producer, drummer, audio engineer and manager and John Third on guitar, keyboards and electronic controllers, who together combine electronic sounds with live instruments. Matt McGuire has has toured regularly since he was 17 years old and achieved 55,000 Facebook likes and well over a hundred thousand subscribers on YouTube. Matt also played for gold record and multi-platinum selling Australian EDM act Bombs Away. Artists including Skrillex, Pendulum, SubFocus, Shockone, Madeon, ModeStep, Neon Jungle, The Amity Affliction, NERO and Alison Wonderland have recognised Matt’s drumming skills. Johnny Third’s Facebook music page has received has achieved 6,600 likes and 11,200 followers on Soundcloud where his single Young Ones has had 2 million plays, plus a million on Spotify. Johnny performed to a crowd of 12,000 at Oktoberfest in Australia and toured around world with rock band We Rob Banks. He signed to a major record label after producing music for three years. SkullClub’s latest E.P Monsters will be released by Sony Music on 25 March 2016, featuring the singles Restart Again and […]

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, […]