Mar 25

LITTLE GREAT THINGS

Swedish pop-rock four-piece Little Great Things began with brothers Charlie (vocals, guitar) and Felix (drums, percussion), who have been playing together ever since they were old enough to pick up instruments. They certainly possess the bloodlines for music, as their grandfather is none other than Benny Andersson of ABBA renown. In 2013 the quartet adopted the name Little Great Things and started to write and record for their debut album. The group also hooked up with manager Jens Lundberg at Blue Lemon Management in 2013, who’s been formulating an international strategy for the group. Little Great Things’ debut single, “Set Yourself Free,” which fuses the musical DNA of Muse melded with Placebo in was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Jeff Beck, Roger Waters, Foo Fighters, Skunk Anansie), who will also be mixing the remaining tracks on the debut album. The tune recently made the Top 10 on the Swedish download chart after a February 2014 TV performance of the song before 3.5 million Swedish viewers. Having been introduced to their audience in such a grand manner, Little Great Things’ fan base is growing by the hour!

LINK: www.littlegreatthings.com

STREAM: “Set Yourself Free”

Mar 17

LIVINGSTON

Livingston were founded in London, but relocated to Berlin in 2008, where they signed to Universal Music the following year. Their debut album Sign Language charted Top 20 in the German sales charts and was subsequently deemed the iTunes Newcomer “Album of the Year.” The band’s tours sold out and their hit single “Broken” brought them numerous accolades. However, two years later, when Livingston went on to record their second album Fire To Fire with acclaimed rock producer David Bottrill (Muse, Placebo, Tool), they made a miscalculation and bowed to label demands to go in a more commercial direction. After the resulting effort misfired, the group ended up parting ways with the label, whereupon they found a little cottage, a hunter’s cabin in the woods just outside Berlin, and started writing their third album, Animal. Animal is a record from artists who are free from the pressures of success and open to their own potential.

LINK: www.livingstonmusic.co.uk

STREAM: “Chemicals”

Mar 11

JIM KROFT

The tale of Jim Kroft is an old-fashioned adventure story through the crumbling music industry. Inspired by William S. Burroughs, in his late teens he travelled from Mexico City to La Paz, studying ancient civilizations, writing freeform poetry and experimenting in the way a young man does. Getting a call from home that his mother was dying from cancer he returned to his native Scotland to nurse her. After relocating to Berlin, Jim realized that it was time to go solo in 2010. Beneath the radar of the industry in a foreign land, he quickly cut two independent records with no industry backing. The second one of these picked up heavy radio play and Jim became the first artist to break into the German national charts as a purely independent artist. Jim signed a deal with EMI Records, but little did he realize he would be the last artist to ever release a record on EMI. With Universal swallowing the label, Jim was discarded along with most other newcomers. In 2014 Jim has begun cutting a new album with Adele and Lianne La Havas producer Richard Wilkinson. Jim writes infectious alternative pop songs that connect strongly with radio and synch platforms globally and he’s got the ability to deliver an electrifying live performance. Rolling Stone proclaims "Jim Kroft is a magnificent composer who showcases his songs beautifully. Parallels can be drawn from Scottish pop-romantics to David Bowie and Nick Kershaw."

LINK: www.jimkroft.com

STREAM: “Tell Me (Where To Begin)”

Mar 4

INGRID OLAVA

In March 2008 Ingrid Olava released her debut album, Juliet’s Wishes, to both commercial and critical acclaim. It quickly reached Gold status in her native Norway and garnered three Norwegian Grammy nominations, for Best New Artist, Female Artist of the Year and Best Song. In February 2010 she followed up that success with her sophomore effort, The Guest, released on her own Daring Viola label through Universal. The album reached No.2 on the Norwegian album chart, No.1 on iTunes and Ingrid received the Best Female award at the 2011 Norwegian Grammys. She released the Please Welcome EP in November 2010 as her first international release, receiving a warm reception from European media including NME.com, Sunday Times Culture, Music Week and Drowned in Sound. For the past three years Ingrid has recorded film soundtracks and made her mark as an actress, with prominent roles in movies and TV series such as “Oslo,” “31 August” and “Lily Hammer” – but now she returns with her third album, Summer House, a diverse, eclectic effort featuring songs that are pure pop, others that are stripped-down ballads, a few with programmed beats and a lot with a great big layered synth sound.

LINK: www.ingridolava.com

STREAM: “Jackie Kennedy”