The man whose fans include Rod Stewart and rock legend Jimmy Page is nothing short of immense talent himself. Marcus Nand’s new single ‘Time and Tide Waits For No Man’ is a powerfully contemplative soft rock track that hints on elements of folk. Lyrically demanding and melodically interesting, this song has all the qualities of a great hit. Like his musical idols, Nand is an extremely talented guitar player and songwriter who manages to perfectly capture sentimentality while at the same time keeping an ongoing rock’n’roll spirit underpinned by his raspy voice. Marcus Nand is definitely a musician to look out for and really: who wouldn’t trust Rod Stewart’s judgement?


Hot on the heels of the first 3 Pit Parties, where God Damn, Heck (Baby Godzilla) and Bad Breeding all did battle with the crowd, comes the 4th pit party. One secret warehouse, four bands in the middle and no stage.

The mighty Best Friends from Sheffield are next to step into the arena. Expect chaos as they’re joined by Grimsby’s answer to Motörhead, Sewer Rats, the much hyped Weirds form Leeds and Pizza Tramp open from deepest darkest Wales.

With Pit Parties gaining momentum and fast getting a reputation as some of the most unique, energetic shows of their kind, Fluffer Records continue to shake up the UK’s underground music scene.

Photo credit: Matt Martin

Date: Friday 19th Feb
Location: Secret East London warehouse (address emailed on the day)
Tickets: https://dice.fm/fluffer-pit-party-4-19th-feb-secret-manor-house-warehouse-venue-london-tickets

www.pitparties.com
www.signaturebrew.co.uk

Not caring about what other people think about you and showing the middle finger to everyone who tries to hinder your way to success –that’s always been an aspect of great Hip Hop tracks. An expression of ultimate freedom to go your own way is definitely what Lively’s new single ‘Bad Influence’ portrays. The rapper’s powerful, in-your-face release is a pretty powerful package of determination and independence. Technical proficiency and talent have always been part of Lively’s work and he’s been able to work with some major names in the industry such as the brilliant producer Scott Storch. ‘Bad Influence’ seems to be a kick-start into a promising career!

With influences that range from Gospel to Reggae and Pop Elaine Blake’s single ‘The Back Door Man’ is a colourful and catchy new release that is ready to shake up the dance floors in the UK. With an overly positive attitude to life singer Elaine has come a long way from being a councillor in Nottingham to deciding to pick up the microphone and share the good vibes with the rest of the world. She’s now ready to take on to the stages and spread her feel-good spirit with ‘The Back Door Man’.

Bobstar’s double A-Side “Loving Last Night”/ “Blame On Me” is uniquely mellow and addictive set of songs that manages to combine the chilled out effects of Afrobeat, grime and bashment in a way that suggests a completely new genre. Bobstar’s not only a great producer but a songsmith with a talent to create a carefree environment and a relaxed mood for everyone who listens to his tunes.
Taking Afrobeat onto a new level Bobstar might well be the pioneer of what the scene’s future sounds like. While the two tracks are generally smooth and easy going Bobstar’s bashment influences are visible nonetheless, making it a diverse slice of Afro-greatness.

Links:
https://twitter.com/bobstar_hgf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvbkERw3uf4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7xXFqFFQd4

There’s no sweeter way to get into the Christmas mood than listening to Olivia Flenley’s and Max Wilson’s wonderfully arranged jazz ode to the colder season. ‘Winter’s Come’ is a delightful piece of musical nostalgia that prompts images of long walks in the snow, a cosy fireplace and the idea of young love.

The song manages to set its listeners into a carefree realm of contentment. The song’s calming qualities are especially underlined by the softness and purity of singer Olivia’s voice. ‘Winter’s Come’ is the ideal way of getting out of a stressful pre-Christmas period and into a peace of mind that makes the chilly temperatures more endurable.

Goldbringer’s debut album ’Telling The Truth’ has got it all: the drive, the buzz and the thunder! This record is a true rock revelation. Although mostly touching on the heavy guitar riffs of hardcore and metal, Goldbringer indicate a tendency to experimentalism and open-mindedness.

Making use of electronic influences and poignant vocals adds to the overall sophistication of ‘Telling The Truth’. By expanding the traditional limits of hard rock music the band has not only created a sonically demanding set of songs but a genuine piece of rock art. This is the sound of the future – and it sounds fantastic!

This is a song to turn up the volume to. ‘Vigilante’ by the Ragga Twins is the hottest tune I’ve come across in a while. It’s the epitome of spicy jungle dub mixes with an absolute mind blowing futuristic vibe that adds to an ultimate sound experience for lovers of dynamic, out-of-the-box beat mastery.

Whether you’re into jungle dub or not, ‘Vigilante’ has an addictive quality that will probably even get the most puritan musical admirers of other genres moving. It’s got drive, it’s got ecstasy and it’s all you need for great party or even an intense work out at the gym. Ragga Twins have proved once again that they’re up there with the gurus of hardcore beats such as The Prodigy. ‘Vigilante’ is captivating, it will haunt you down to the state of deep sleep –and you’ll gladly let it.

Australian singer/songwriter Rhett May’s single ‘Dreaming Drifting’ is exactly what it says on the tin – a step out of reality, away from “three year, five year, ten year plans” and into the peaceful and harmonious realms of introspection which are immune to future anxieties and present concerns.

The song’s production has been influenced by some of the most important names in 20th century music. ‘Dreaming Drifting’ incorporates mid-60s Harrison guitar experimentalism, emphasis on a heavy bass and echo-laden vocals a la Spector as made use of by Lennon in the late 70s as well as the odd futuristic space harmonies we know and love from ELO.

All in all a mellow musical voyage with a positive message that welcomes the idea of day dreaming as way to recharge your batteries – what’s not to like?

Novacaine’s EP ‘Noughts and Crosses’ is a salute to the dark side. Be it the hardcore screaming on ‘Generation’ or the clobbering guitars of ‘Kill You’ which, as the title suggests, sets an adequate scene for a bloody battlefield – Novacaine’s new release isn’t made for wimps.

It is a combination of bashing growls and aptitude, at times navigated by imposing riffs of a howling lead guitar. The singer’s vocal versatility gives each song a unique character, letting the style of the four tracks range from hardcore to death metal and grunge.

Songs like ‘Smiling’ bring out the full extent to which the band has been influenced by a variety of genres by sparking images both of Kurt Cobain in the early days of Nirvana as well as Slipknot robbing a bank.

This EP will turn every living room into a mosh pit, so make sure you put the ceramic vase your mum got you for Christmas in a save place.

The instrumental song compilation ‘Ambient Zone 2’ is a magical journey that allows its listeners to take some time off from everyday obligations and dive into the blissful realms of serenity.

One can almost feel the breeze of a new dawn with a gentle shiver on the skin that is ultimately lifted by the first rays of sunlight making their way through a misty morning in songs like ‘New Age Sunrise’. Accompanied by string arrangements and piano chords which expand both in volume and intensity on tracks like ‘Piano Monody’ the music on this album gives an almost immediate sense of elevation. It hints at a parallel world of the mind which is eagerly striving for a place of content and harmony.

As such, the record is able to contribute to balancing out troubles and worries that arise in each of our lives at certain points. It is a message of hope that impeccably fits into a modern narrative of speed and efficiency.

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