Next2Shine http://next2shine.com A&R Music Blog for Unsigned Raw & Unique Talent Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:36:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Music Video: The Suffers - Gwan http://next2shine.com/music-video-suffers-gwan http://next2shine.com/music-video-suffers-gwan#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:36:54 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=58573 The multiple award winning Houston 'all star rocksteady/soul band' The Suffers, their unique amalgam of 'classic soul, rocksteady, r&b, funk' crowned by the powerhouse vocals of Kam Franklin, have been busy since we featured their music video 'Giver' back in January. Having played the 1836 Fest in Houston, and also having had a packed schedule […]
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The multiple award winning Houston 'all star rocksteady/soul band' The Suffers, their unique amalgam of 'classic soul, rocksteady, r&b, funk' crowned by the powerhouse vocals of Kam Franklin, have been busy since we featured their music video 'Giver' back in January. Having played the 1836 Fest in Houston, and also having had a packed schedule for their visit to this year's SXSW that included performing at the ADD52 showcase in front of Russell Simmons, they have just had the video for their afrobeat-inspired track 'Gwan' premiered by pastemagazine.com, with an irresistibly energetic get-down groove and the track's buoyant horns driving Franklin's urgently passionate vocals.

 

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Watch List: Ray Jones - Change It Up http://next2shine.com/watch-list-ray-jones-change http://next2shine.com/watch-list-ray-jones-change#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:32:41 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=58570 The throwback retro soul vibe of U.K. singer/songwriter Ray Jones caught our attention last year, the vintage soul, doo-wop and girl group harmonies of her debut EP showcasing the distinctive, richly soulful tone of her voice that took her EP into the top-ten on the iTunes soul chart. Making a name for herself on the […]
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The throwback retro soul vibe of U.K. singer/songwriter Ray Jones caught our attention last year, the vintage soul, doo-wop and girl group harmonies of her debut EP showcasing the distinctive, richly soulful tone of her voice that took her EP into the top-ten on the iTunes soul chart. Making a name for herself on the London live music circuit in the last couple of years, including having had a residency at the legendary Ronnie Scott's, the new year has seen her perform at Pixie Lott's Ellaguru event as well as at both the Showcase Live and google+ sponsored Be Discovered showcases as she continues to work on new material, and she recently stopped by the Music-News.com 'The Garage Door' series to give a stripped back live performance of her song 'Change It Up'.

 

 

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Music Video: Mapei - Don't Wait http://next2shine.com/music-video-mapei-dont-wait http://next2shine.com/music-video-mapei-dont-wait#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:18:10 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=58317 American recording artist by the name of Mapei is emerging within the music industry. Mapei’s soulful vocals, with the aesthetic baile drums will draw one’s attention almost instantly. Mapei was born in Rhode Island but raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Taking influences from the country she grew up in, she linked up with music producer Magnus […]
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American recording artist by the name of Mapei is emerging within the music industry. Mapei’s soulful vocals, with the aesthetic baile drums will draw one’s attention almost instantly. Mapei was born in Rhode Island but raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Taking influences from the country she grew up in, she linked up with music producer Magnus Lidehall to create “a minimalistic hip-hop beat [to] sing over”, which developed into her recent single “Don’t Wait”.

“Don’t Wait” is about friends, and lovers and not waiting until the last minute to say what you want to say to that special person.

Mapei originally hit the music scene as an underground rapper with her first EP album in 2009 called “The Cocoa Butter Diaries”. After dabbling with rap, Mapei is now exploiting the other spectrum of her talent -- singing. In a recent interview with the artist, when asked what direction she wanted to go into she states: “Rapping is something I need to do, and singing is something I want to do. So, I want to do more of that”.

Apart from doing her own music, Mapei has written a song for the popular Disney show, “Shake it up”. Combining pop music with a Swedish feel to her single, “Don’t Wait” will make listeners crave another listen.

To exhilarate the craving, Mapei has teamed up with Chance The Rapper, Benny Blanco, Kingdom, and Giraffrage on remixes of “Don’t Wait”. In the Kingdom’s Remix, you can hear Mapei’s vocals more freely. Due to the fact that structural layers, within the original, do not confine Mapei’s vocals. The remix gives you a fresh, rhythmic background with Mapei’s echoing vocals.

All the across the Internet world Mapei has been said to favor the following artists M.I.A, Solange, and Imogen Heap.

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Watch List Select: Sam Smith, Hijacked, The Boom Cat, Estere http://next2shine.com/watch-list-select-sam-smith-hijacked-the-boom-cat-estere http://next2shine.com/watch-list-select-sam-smith-hijacked-the-boom-cat-estere#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:20:31 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=57261 At TheNext2Shine we are passionate about discovering new artists to share with our readers, and we are always looking and listening out for emerging artists that bring their own authenticity, originality and talent to the music scene. Here in our 'Watch List Select' feature we provide for your listening pleasure a selection of artists that […]
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At TheNext2Shine we are passionate about discovering new artists to share with our readers, and we are always looking and listening out for emerging artists that bring their own authenticity, originality and talent to the music scene. Here in our 'Watch List Select' feature we provide for your listening pleasure a selection of artists that have caught our attention with their own unique musical offerings.

 

 

Having made showstopping performances in the U.S. recently on both Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as appearing at Coachella, and having had to add extra shows to his upcoming 'In The Lonely Hour' tour of his homeland, U.K. star Sam Smith stopped by Vevo Lift U.K. to give an exclusive acoustic performance of his song 'Make It To Me', accompanied on piano by Disclosure's Howard Lawrence, the tender beauty of his exceptional voice expressing his hope and desire to find that someone special.

 

 

 

French producer Clement Bazin, who teaches at the Conservatoire de Paris and has released two EP's of his own, 'Inner Voices' and 'Night Things', teamed up in 2013 with singer and lyricist Jésabel to create the duo Hijacked, describing their music as 'electro/acoustic explorations to the warm harmonies of soul', as they mix 'voice, keyboard, machines, acoustic sounds and more', and earlier this year they released their debut EP 'Oggit', with the mellow keys, hushed bassline and drip-and-bubble leitmotif of 'Forever' infused with latterly appearing synth accents and gentle harmonies as the jazzy allure of Jésabel's sultry vocals offer uplifting sage advice about believing in the redemptive power of dreams.

 

 

 

A three-piece fusion band that incorporates and infuses aspects of hip-hop, jazz, reggae and funk into their music, New Zealand's The Boom Cat, made up of singer Keshia Paulse, guitarist Karlos Tunks and bassist Isaac Etimani, draw inspiration from the likes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Hendrix, The Roots, Janelle Monae and Esperanza Spalding. Performing both locally and internationally as they put in the groundwork to hone their skills and musical aesthetic, the band have been in the process of putting the fruits of that labor into their own unique musical amalgam of catchy melodies and funky grooves on their smoothly soulful and reggae-tinged upcoming debut EP, the track 'Day In And Day Out' a can't-get-you-off-my-mind vignette over a sultry strut and meditative, head-nodding groove.

 

 

 

New Zealand's Estere charmed us last year along with her trusty MPC sidekick, 'Lola', her creative and enigmatic beat making allied with the sweet beauty of her voice, and in the time since she has kept a busy schedule that has included festival performances both at home and in Australia as well as welcoming the release of the Brockaflowersaurus-Rex album, a nine-piece Wellington-based band that she is a part of, and collaborating with rapper Oddisee as part of the Red Bull Music Prodigy project. Having opened for both Erykah Badu and Morcheeba in New Zealand this month, Estere also recently released an idosyncratic debut music video for the whistle-motif-and-low-end wobble of 'I Spy''s bouncy saunter that sees her offering a subtly incisive social commentary.

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Music Video: Nakhane Toure - Fog http://next2shine.com/music-video-nakhane-toure-fog http://next2shine.com/music-video-nakhane-toure-fog#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:10:52 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=57257 South African singer Nakhane Toure's video for 'Fog', nominated for the Design Indaba/Most Beautiful Object In South Africa 2014 award, is confrontingly direct, the stark black-and-white imagery of the video's single shot seeing Toure clean away a white, viscous material that swathes his head as he grapples with overcoming an inheritance of haunted memories, a […]
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South African singer Nakhane Toure's video for 'Fog', nominated for the Design Indaba/Most Beautiful Object In South Africa 2014 award, is confrontingly direct, the stark black-and-white imagery of the video's single shot seeing Toure clean away a white, viscous material that swathes his head as he grapples with overcoming an inheritance of haunted memories, a gentle guitar and muted percussion building through to a crescendo of swelling harmonies and fuzzy riffs, Toure closing out the song by unleashing a raw, primal howl with his stunning voice.

 

 

Born in South Africa's Eastern Cape, and now resident in Johannesburg, Toure grew up singing in choirs and playing in school bands and orchestras, and was inspired to both learn the guitar and take the art of songwriting seriously at the age of nineteen after being awed by the Radiohead album 'In Rainbows'. With an eclectic range of influences, he describes his music as having 'bearings in folk and funk...if you were to take Morrissey, Bjork and Ali Farka Toure, and mix them in a pot, with some other stuff, moods, that's what it would be', saying he finds inspiration in authors, musicians and 'my life...everything that I see'.

 

 

Signed to the Just Music label in South Africa, he last year released his debut album 'Brave Confusion', the acclaim for which led to his making the cover of Rolling Stone South Africa and included praise from NME and Red Bull Bulletin, with further recognition for his outstanding talent coming in the new year as he was nominated for four awards at the South African Music Awards, including 'Album Of The Year' and 'Male Artist Of The Year'.

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James Bay wants to you to 'Let It Go' http://next2shine.com/james-bay-wants-to-you-to-let-it-go http://next2shine.com/james-bay-wants-to-you-to-let-it-go#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:10:39 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=57248 James Bay has a soul twice his age, although he is only 23 years old, he’s emotional profoundness within his music will allow fans to experience life in his eyes. He grew up listening to Bob Dylan, Jon Mitchell, and James Taylor. Drawing inspirations from these artists, he instilled a distinctive style from each artist […]
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James Bay has a soul twice his age, although he is only 23 years old, he’s emotional profoundness within his music will allow fans to experience life in his eyes. He grew up listening to Bob Dylan, Jon Mitchell, and James Taylor. Drawing inspirations from these artists, he instilled a distinctive style from each artist and incorporated it into his own music.

James Bay is a singer/song writer from Hitchin, UK. His newly released single “Let It Go” has been receiving attention all over the Internet. “Let It Go” is about learning when a relationship is no longer in existence between two individuals, and also accepting when it’s time to part ways.

Bay got his start through performing at open mics, over a year ago, and has stayed consistent with his dream to this day. In a recent interview with the artist, when asked about his big break which involved how he got signed to Universal Republic he stated that: “There were some important people with record labels who were coming to the open mics. Universal came down and check it out.” Following his record deal, Bay worked with his band and released his first EP album titled “The Dark of The Morning” in 2013..

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Jessica Ashley Teams Up With Epic Records For Her Debut Album http://next2shine.com/jessica-ashley-teams-up-with-epic-records-for-her-debut-album http://next2shine.com/jessica-ashley-teams-up-with-epic-records-for-her-debut-album#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:22:23 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=57223 21-year-old New York singer/songwriter Jessica Ashley, with her classically beautiful voice and accomplished skills on piano, has been an emerging artist that we have been following for several years now, including featuring her on our 'Discovery Mixtape' series, and Nocturne Media Group have just announced that they have partnered with the Sony Music label led […]
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21-year-old New York singer/songwriter Jessica Ashley, with her classically beautiful voice and accomplished skills on piano, has been an emerging artist that we have been following for several years now, including featuring her on our 'Discovery Mixtape' series, and Nocturne Media Group have just announced that they have partnered with the Sony Music label led by L.A. Reid, Epic Records, to produce and distribute Ashley's upcoming debut album.

Having honed her musical skills at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU, Ashley began to attract attention with the covers that she posted on YouTube, garnering millions of views, and her songwriting skills saw her make an initial foray into the professional music scene as a 17-year-old when she sold her original song, 'Limbo', to multi-platinum Interscope Records artist Jo-Jo. Going on to work with the likes of Sean Garrett (Beyonce, Nicki Minaj), Willie Baker (Pink, Brandy) and Alan 'Nglish (Ce Lo, Taio Cruz), Ashley released her 'Prelude' EP in 2012. In the last year, Nocturne Media Group and Ashley partnered with hit-makers Eman Kirakou (Celine Dion, Hot Chelle Rae), Evan 'Kid' Bogart (Beyonce, Rihanna, Britney Spears) and their Cre8tive Co. publishing company to help guide her career, and she has also in recent times both co-written and featured on the MKTO's 'No More Second Chances' as well as co-writing the #1 Twitter-trending song, 'Cool', for French star Maude.

 

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Music Video: Joel Baker - Every Vessel, Every Vein http://next2shine.com/music-video-joel-baker-every-vessel-every-vein http://next2shine.com/music-video-joel-baker-every-vessel-every-vein#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:27:28 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=57244 2013 was a breakthrough year for U.K singer/songwriter Joel Baker, with the Nottingham-bred, and currently London-based artist garnering the attention of both the BBC 1's Zane Lowe and BBC 1Xtra's DJ Target in the process of going on to release his critically acclaimed 'Long Sleeves' EP, with Baker also making appearances at both the Reading […]
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2013 was a breakthrough year for U.K singer/songwriter Joel Baker, with the Nottingham-bred, and currently London-based artist garnering the attention of both the BBC 1's Zane Lowe and BBC 1Xtra's DJ Target in the process of going on to release his critically acclaimed 'Long Sleeves' EP, with Baker also making appearances at both the Reading and Leeds music festivals. Currently in the process of working on a new EP, he follows up the recent release of his new song 'Every Vessel, Every Vein' with fresh visuals for the track, Baker strolling along an overcast, windswept beach as a guitar and strings, book-ended by cooing vocalizations and a euphoric chorus, accompany the naturally warm, husky texture of his voice as he sings of an all consuming love.

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M&O Soothe The Soul With 'Almost Us' http://next2shine.com/mo-soothe-the-soul-with-almost-us http://next2shine.com/mo-soothe-the-soul-with-almost-us#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:56:31 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=57237 The infectiously catchy song 'Tiny Soldiers' guided us last year to Chicago duo Milo & Otis, comprising of singer Jamila Woods (Milo) and producer Owen Hill (Otis), and we have watched in the past year as their brand of introspectively dreamy 'adventure soul' caught on in the blogosphere and beyond. This past March saw them […]
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The infectiously catchy song 'Tiny Soldiers' guided us last year to Chicago duo Milo & Otis, comprising of singer Jamila Woods (Milo) and producer Owen Hill (Otis), and we have watched in the past year as their brand of introspectively dreamy 'adventure soul' caught on in the blogosphere and beyond. This past March saw them perform at SXSW, and, under the now abbreviated moniker 'M&O', they recently released their latest album, 'Almost Us', a collection of eight songs that sees M&O embrace a creatively eclectic sensibility, incorporating and re-imagining pop, R&B, soul and electronic influences into a soothingly mellow musical confection that possesses a unique and diverse aural signature of their own.

 

 

The antithesis of that which is formulaic, M&O embrace and push creative boundaries - the generally spare, minimalist downtempo production, muted percussion and layered vocals provided by Otis sets the stage for Milo's gently beautiful voice and distinctive phrasing to express an unashamed sensitivity and willing vulnerability as she offers introspectively heartfelt observations about the complex, uncomfortable and hard to decipher currents that stir the human heart; a gentle regret infuses Milo's voice as she sings of being haunted by a missing love over the subdued percussion, gently swelling trumpet and wistful synth of 'House'; the catchy synth motif, tight snare and bass murmur of the more uptempo 'It Was The Song' has Milo confessing it was the music that had stirred her emotions rather than her suitor; the warm bassline and synth inflections of 'Blue' are bathed in dreamy layers of harmonies that accompany Milo as she yearns for the chance to offer comfort to someone special; against the backdrop of a sepulchral incantation and ethereal haze, the subtle distortion of Milo's elegiac vocal sings with a ghostly poignance on 'Neighbor'.

 

 

Both sonically soothingly and contemplatively thought-provoking , the 'adventure soul' of M&O's 'Almost Us' is a refreshingly absorbing aural experience that seamlessly dissolves the boundaries between genres while simultaneously broadening the musical horizons of the listener, and that is the kind of 'adventure' that we are happy to embark upon any time when M&O are leading the way.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kwabs Seeks The Clarity To Do 'Something Right'... http://next2shine.com/kwabs-seeks-the-clarity-to-do-something-right http://next2shine.com/kwabs-seeks-the-clarity-to-do-something-right#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:59:00 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=57232 Following the release last month of his BBC 1Xtra premiered track 'Pray For Love' from his upcoming 'Pray For Love' EP, and in the wake of a sold out show at London's Village Underground, U.K. singer Kwabs further proves why he has been tipped by BBC 1Xtra, MTV and The Huffington Post as one to […]
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Following the release last month of his BBC 1Xtra premiered track 'Pray For Love' from his upcoming 'Pray For Love' EP, and in the wake of a sold out show at London's Village Underground, U.K. singer Kwabs further proves why he has been tipped by BBC 1Xtra, MTV and The Huffington Post as one to watch in 2014 with the release another song from the EP, the SOHN produced 'Something Right', the booming resonance of his deep, rich vocal tone as commanding as always as struggles with a confusing inner turmoil that speaks of the push-and-pull of conflicting emotions in his quest for self-realization, Kwabs hoping to 'do something right' over an insistently pounding drum, pulsing bass and punctuated synth motif.

 

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