Jul 24

NOVA DELAI

With the current wave of successful female artists across the globe, it’s quite evident that a talent such as Nova Delai is sure to follow the successful footsteps of European artists such as Adele (England), Caro Emerald (Holland) and Birdy (signed to Warner Music, UK), all of whom blend infectious vintage sounds with modern day pop music nuances. Nova Delai signed with Sony Sweden worldwide earlier this year thanks to the early development and support of her manager Bello and A&R Worldwide in Los Angeles.

Nova Delai (real name Michelle Zarati) is a Swedish recording artist, musician and writer. She was raised by a single mother in the southern Sweden area of Skane in Malmö. At age six, Nova Delai began to play classical music on the piano and started getting interested in playing guitar at the same age. She later attended Rytmus Music School in Sweden and is currently working on recording her debut album. She returns with the upbeat, “Should I,” which is produced by John-Alexis. The single will be available on Spotify and iTunes July 30th in Sweden.

STREAM: “Should I”

LINK: www.facebook.com/NovaDelai

Jul 16

CAPTAIN STU

Cape Town’s Captain Stu is one part ska, one part funk, a mix of punk and soul with a lot of African flavor. This eclectic, urban mix of music started in 2002 when the band originally formed. Since their start, they’ve delivered three studio releases: The Untold Tales (2005), The Adventures of Captain Stu (2009) and their latest EP, Free Music. Produced by the legendary Neal Snyman (David Bowie, Crowded House, Rollo), the five song EP is the perfect summer soundtrack and goes for an excellent price–absolutely free and available to fans on their website. Their music has been compared to the likes of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish and Rancid which can be heard with the lead track, “The Day.” The band has already generated radio support on national network 5FM as well as many local stations.

STREAM: “The Day”

LINK: www.captainstu.co.za

Jul 9

LOLA KING & THE KICKSTARTS

Lola King & the Kickstarts is a brand spanking new band from London that’s built around the excellent songwriting partnership between former Kyoshi frontwoman Lola King and her brother/studio owner Dan. Formed only recently after they recruited the hottest rhythm section they could find in BBC Philharmonic bassist, Christ Curtis and young virtuoso drummer Shaun Lee.

The band have wasted no time and already caused quite a stir winning themselves a slot at Radio One’s biggest event of 2012, Hackney Weekend, alongside the likes of Florence + the Machine and Rhianna. Since that appearance at Hackney Weekend two weeks ago, the band have since won prime slots at a string of prestigious festivals across the country and the buzz on this band is fast turning from a ripple to a wave. Their music has been compared to the sounds of Lily Allen, Florence + The Machine and No Doubt as Lola King’s lyrical influences draw from Bob Dylan and Lauryn Hill to contemporary Rap. Her unique, rhythmic phrasing combined with her jazz/pop melodies and noticeably British accent sit beautifully on top of the guitar-based, raw-indie sound of the Kickstarts. The UK-based music zine, Noise Addiction reviewed the band and stated “…They are downright lovable even to the skeptics as singer Lola raps and sings her way through three energetic, foot tapping, get up-and-dance tunes.

STREAM:“Bang!”

LINK: www.facebook.com/lolakingandthekickstarts

Jul 2

FRACTURES

The South London based quartet, Fractures, offer soaring and mighty rock that will immediately grab the attention of any die-hard Weezer fan. Composed of members Freddie Murray, Matt Gwyer, Sam Cook and Gaz Southwell, their unique sound has caught the attention of BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as well as Xfm’s John Kennedy, who had the band in for a live studio interview and performance. Their debut single “Ride” was produced by Dave Eringa (Manics, Idlewild) and is a dangerously hypnotic melody that displays an attitude and aggression that allures the young to rebel and the old to reminisce. NME listed Fractures as “Ones To Watch 2012’”and stated (Fractures are) “…The kind of indie band that has become all but extinct in recent years. Imagine Kasabian but without the massive egos.” Their schedule includes performances at multiple UK festivals that started at Brighton’s The Great Escape in May and shows no sign of ending anytime soon with recent news that they will be opening for the band Razorlight.

STREAM:“Ride”

LINK: fracturesband.com