Aug 28

HONEY RYDER

Formed originally as a duo, London, England’s Honey Ryder released their debut album, Rising Up in 2009. A rock record with folk influences, Rising Up received widespread critical acclaim and led to the band supporting Will Young on a 19-date theatre tour and Michael Bolton in UK arenas. Produced by Golddust (Natasha Bedingfield) the 10-track album included the singles “Numb,” “Fly Away” and “Choices.” Rising Up spawned two Top 40 UK singles and saw the band flown to Austin, Texas for a performance at SXSW and the south of France for an industry showcase at Midem. Now as a trio comprised of Lindsay O’Mahony on lead vocals, Matthew Bishop on guitar and Jason Huxley on guitar, Honey Ryder sent their demo of “You Can’t Say That” to Paul Worley, the man who signed and produced The Dixie Chicks and Lady Antebellum. That led to the band flying to Nashville, writing for Lady Antebellum and teaming up with the who’s who of Nashville writers. Among Honey Ryder’s collaborators were Tom Douglas (Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride), Blair Daly (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill) and Rivers Rutherford, who has written U.S. No. 1’s for Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. The finished product is the album, Marley’s Chains. A pop record with its feet in folk and country that sounds both classic and contemporary and fits to the current trend for a return to real music.

STREAM: “You Can’t Say That”

LINK: www.honeyryder.com

Aug 21

STRANGERS

London’s Strangers are fronted by lead singer David Maddox-Jones, joined with producer Glen Nicholls (The Prodigy, Snow Patrol, Depeche Mode, Future Funk Squad), drummer Ralfe Hacking and Piers Sherwood-Roberts on synths, who create a dark style of pop music. They’ve toured with Niki & The Dove, released three EPs, received radio support from BBC Radio 1, XFM and the globally syndicated import show “Passport Approved,” all within the last year. The next step for the band is releasing their EP, Safe/Pain, on August 31st. The lead single off the EP, also titled, “Safe/Pain,” has been described as a contemporary 80s synth pop sound. Speaking of 80s, there have been rumors that Strangers also have a remake of the worldwide smash “Shout” by Tears For Fears on the upcoming EP. What has been confirmed is that “Safe/Pain” also has official remixes by Youan, Black Light Odyssey and Rednek.

STREAM: “Safe/Pain”

LINK: www.strangers.co.uk

Aug 14

VERSIVES

Versives is Alan Matthews and Kevin J. Power, a two-piece electronic pop outfit from Cork, Ireland that have drawn musical comparisons to New Order and the Pet Shop Boys. After carefully crafting their sound over a series of EPs with producer CiarĂ¡n O’ Shea (ex-Cyclefly), Versives’ first single “Kicking Up a Brand New Storm” was picked up by BBC Radio in the UK and led to a deal with Leeds-based independent label TAKEA!MF!RE, who are digitally releasing the band’s music in Britain. In Ireland, Versives were featured on TV3’s The Apprentice (“Backstage Pass” Best Unsigned Bands Compilation CD) and have appeared on the playlists of RTE 2FM, Today FM, Phantom FM in addition to stations in Cork (96FM, Red FM), Limerick (Live 95), Waterford (WLR, Beat FM) and Galway, featured on as well as touring nationwide with an intense, sharp live show. Their latest single, “Two Enemies,” takes the big beats down a notch or two from their first single, with a fragile, Mark Linkous-style vocal easing the electronics along before gently peaking with some sumptuous keys.

STREAM: “Two Enemies”

LINK: www.facebook.com/Versives

Aug 7

SCARLETTE FEVER

Scarlette Fever enjoyed a phenomenal 2011 in the UK. Her debut single, “Crash &
Burn,” sailed straight onto Radio 2’s B–list in January, reached No.2 on
the Billboard Breakout Club Chart and won praise across the media. Since
then, her profile has steadily risen, alongside the further radio
playlists (including another Radio 2 B–List for recent single “Elated”)
and national press acclaim everywhere from big–selling tabloids like the
Daily Mirror to the influential Popjustice website. She toured with Girls
Aloud
, performed with Robbie Williams, served as support on a 20–date tour
with ’80s legends Mike & The Mechanics and also played an autumn tour
with Caro Emerald and Roachford. Now, on April 1, 2012, Scarlette
unleashes the Great Expectations EP, which introduces a new, rawer sound.
Lead track “Hour of Sunshine,” co–written with and produced by Julian
Emery
(Lissie), is featured in two versions: the first remixed by Cenzo
Townshend
(Snow Patrol), complemented by a second, addictive new live mix
produced by Steve Lironi (Bon Jovi). After premiering on NME.com,
Scarlette’s brand new video for “Hour of Sunshine,” produced by Dani
Jacobs
(Moby, Phil Collins, Texas), received over 200,000 views on
YouTube…in a single week!

STREAM: “Praying For Change (Just Another Day)”

LINK: www.scarlettefever.co.uk

Aug 6

THE BLUE VAN

Growing up in the northern region of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula, there aren’t a lot of distractions. So, one quickly tends to entertain themselves. That was the rationale of the four members of The Blue Van, who in sixth grade began jamming in the basement of a fortunately hard–of–hearing grandmother. After adopting the name The Blue Van (Danish slang for the ambulance that transports patients to mental institutions), they relocated to Copenhagen and self–financed their first EP, A Session with The Blue Van, and backed it up with an acclaimed performance at the Roskilde Festival. They recorded their debut full–length, The Art of Rolling, in Hamburg, opting to record live in the studio, only adding in vocals later, in order to capitalize on the band’s live strengths. The album landed them an American deal with TVT Records and the group started splitting time between Denmark and the Bed/Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn while recording their second album, Dear Independence. Now with the indie Iceberg Music Group, The Blue Van returned to Hamburg to record their third album, Man Up, which spawned the hit song “Silly Boy.” They’ve been all over the international airwaves with “There Goes My Love,” which was utilized in Apple’s TV campaign for the iPad. Their fourth album, Love Shot, was released two years ago, where Allmusic.com gave it 3.5 stars.

STREAM: “Would You Change Your Life?”

LINK: www.wouldyouchangeyourlife.com