Music Lanterns enjoys Werk It Out release by Canadian collaboration Myla and Dafusia

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Canadian singer-songwriter, DJ and producer, Myla just released a new collaborative EP with Toronto electronic producer, Dafusia, who originates from Chennai in India. The EP entitled Werk It Out by Myla and Dafusia is now available on all digital music retail. There is a video on YouTube for the title track Werk It Out.

The EP combines elements including pop and electronic fusion, nu-wave soul, trip-hop, indie pop, world, RnB and jazz. Their lyrics reflect stimulation from their life journeys and offbeat inner conceptions.

In the Canadian city Toronto in 2009, Myla first broke onto the electronic music scene under her real name Mandy Ebel, produced by Srihari Sridhar – previously working as Hawri and now known as Dafusia – with their vocal dubstep single Take Your Mind. This collaboration was first known as as Hawri ‘n’ Mandy and their debut EP called Yuga One followed in 2010.

Myla has won acclaim for her vocals, songwriting and creative productions and is currently based in Regina, capital city of the Canadian province Saskatchewan.

Myla has performed with Canadian popstar Kiesza, who she was on the Contemporary Music and Technology program with at Selkirk College in British Columbia, Canada, where she first met Dafusia. Myla completed diplomas in Vocal Performance and Music Production and Engineering. Srihari Sridhar graduated with a Triple Diploma in Piano Performance, Composition, and Music Production.

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 15.23.10With a passion for diverse musical genres and world travel, Myla was drawn to Dafusia’s middle-eastern roots conveyed in his keyboard playing and production skills. Towards the beginning of their collaboration the pair went on a trip around India where they studied Indian music and culture and recorded with local musicians.

In 2009, Myla was recognized as one of eleven graduates in Canada to receive CTV Global’s first Fred Sherratt Award co-ordinated by the directors of the JUNO Awards, supported by Much Music, Toronto’s CHUM FM Radio and the Hard Rock Cafe.

Myla was awarded for her solo songwriting in the Mike Pinder’s Songwars in 2010, as well as receiving an honorable mention in Billboard’s International Songwriting Competition. In 2012, Dafusia and Myla were nominated for Best Electronic Act in the Toronto Independent Music Awards.

As well as completing three tours of the Canadian club circuit, Myla has performed at festivals in Canada including World Electronic Music Festival in Northern Ontario, Connect Music Festival, electronic music festival Phantasm and the Regina International Film Festival.

Myla has worked recently with Canadian artist, DJ and electronic music producer Sara Simms on a dance house track to support graphic novel The Future Prophecy, also produced by Dafusia. While continuing to collaborate with Dafusia, Myla is set to release electronic tracks with Matt The Alien and Stickbubbly and finishing her folk soul rock fusion solo album during 2016.

Myla and Dafusia release their EP and title track single Werk It Out on Truespin Records.

“Anyone following Toronto’s bustling Electronic music scene will want to keep a close eye on Myla and Dafusia!”

Michael Hurley, Former Sr. Project Coordinator, Juno Awards, Manager MusiCounts

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Music Lanterns beams on rock EDM duo SkullClub with forthcoming releases

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Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 14.34.31SkullClub, a recently formed duo who fuse the sounds of heavy rock and electronic music are signed to Sony Music and based in Brisbane, Australia.

The duo is Matt McGuire, producer, drummer, audio engineer and manager and John Third on guitar, keyboards and electronic controllers, who together combine electronic sounds with live instruments.

Matt McGuire has has toured regularly since he was 17 years old and achieved 55,000 Facebook likes and well over a hundred thousand subscribers on YouTube.

Matt also played for gold record and multi-platinum selling Australian EDM act Bombs Away. Artists including Skrillex, Pendulum, SubFocus, Shockone, Madeon, ModeStep, Neon Jungle, The Amity Affliction, NERO and Alison Wonderland have recognised Matt’s drumming skills.

Johnny Third’s Facebook music page has received has achieved 6,600 likes and 11,200 followers on Soundcloud where his single Young Ones has had 2 million plays, plus a million on Spotify.

Johnny performed to a crowd of 12,000 at Oktoberfest in Australia and toured around world with rock band We Rob Banks. He signed to a major record label after producing music for three years.

SkullClub’s latest E.P Monsters will be released by Sony Music on 25 March 2016, featuring the singles Restart Again and Monsters. Radio play in the UK started in January 2016.

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Music Lanterns lit up by Lisa Hugo’s single My Christmas Day

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My Christmas Day Cover ArtAustralian jazz pop musician, Lisa Hugo, who is now a resident of the United Arab Emirates, has released a song for the season called “My Christmas Day”.

Singing about love and inner discovery, Lisa pens upbeat tunes with a big voice spanning 3 octaves. She is also an accomplished pianist, actress and dancer.

Born into a musical family Lisa started with piano lessons aged 6 and sang her first solo in front of 400 hundred people two years later in her hometown Melbourne, Australia.

Lisa has been a regular guest singer with the Royal Australian Airforce and Army Bands and the Brussels Concert Band. She has shared the stage with many top Australian performers and been a regular performer on the television show “Good Morning Australia”. At the Dubai International Jazz Festival 2009 Lisa performed as an international act with her Belgian band alongside James Blunt, John Legend, Incognito, Peter Cincotti and Liz Wright.

Studying at the Australian College of Entertainers launched Lisa into television, theatre and film as well as musical performances at the best hotels around. In 1994 she toured as the headline act on P&O cruise Line out of Australia. A year later she recorded her first solo album titled, Don’t Let Go, encompassing many of her original songs.

Lisa then took her act to the 5-star hotels in European cities and Istanbul, Turkey before settling in Hamburg, Germany where she recorded her second album, Natural, and performed both solo and with her band Urban Pop Ensemble. In 2004, Lisa moved to Belgium where she taught voice and gigged with a new band called Lushlive.

Lisa Hugo’s most recent complete album is called It’s Time, which blends elements of jazz and pop. The album was recorded in Belgium in 2009 and received top reviews around the world and a Grindie award. Accompanying Lisa on vocals and piano are Janos Bruneel on bass, drums by Pieter Vandergooten and Dirk van der Linden on guitar and Hammond organ.

Lisa continues to write between coaching voice under her company name Lisa Hugo Fze, booking via http://www.vocalcoaching.org/ in Dubai, where she is now based, as well as playing live locally and across Europe.

Lisa’s single “My Christmas Day” is out now in 2015 with worldwide distribution via Universal Music Operations.

You can preview the song via her new video for “My Christmas Day”

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Music Lanterns highlights Cold Sugar’s new pop single One More Thing

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Cold Sugar are a pop-duo based near Cardiff in Penarth, South Wales who formed in the autumn of 2015. The duo is Mark Henwood on keyboards, guitars and vocals with Luisa Davey on vocals.

Mark and Luisa recently met on stage in a local production of Hot Mikado, which is a gospel and blues version of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic.

Mark wanted to form a band with a mixture of modern pop sensibilities, 80s pizazz and a gospel feel, which became possible when he met Luisa and Cold Sugar was born.

During the chorus rehearsals for Hot Mikado, Mark was struck by the gospel and blues backing vocals sung in classical alto and soprano parts and realised that this was the sound he was missing for his music.

One More Thing - Cold Sugar coverThe debut single from Cold Sugar is called One More Thing and the band describes it as “a bittersweet song. On first listen it sounds like a pop song with a slightly ‘emosh’ (emotional or serious) build up to an upbeat chorus. The song is in fact about dumping someone because you realise it’s all a disaster. The story of the song really takes place in the pre-choruses, e.g. ‘Look at you dressed like birthdays in a bow, look at us dressed like people who don’t go together’ is that sudden realisation that you’re with someone and not suited to each other”.

Cold Sugar’s influences range from modern pop to 80’s including Max Martin, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Peter Svensson, Carly Rae Jenson, Duke Dumont, Cole Porter, Cathy Dennis, Sia Furler and Baccara.

Mark Henwood says. “there was a lot of great 80’s music which influences our sound, especially Arthur Baker and John Robbie’s work with New Order; Subculture and State Of The Nation, but the songs themselves in the 80s were often a bit empty or amateurish when held up against today’s slick, knowing pop”.

Cold Sugar’s latest single One More Thing was produced by Mark Henwood at Groove Place studios in Penarth, Wales and has just been released.

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Music Lanterns Shines Light on Vocaliz’s Hip Hop Single “In Love With Life”

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An artist, poet, musician and international soul-traveller called Vocaliz releases his latest single In Love With Life. Born in Cameroon and based in Brooklyn, New York, Vocaliz uses Hip Hop to deliver his message about finding positives and revealing hidden truths.

In Love With Life Vocaliz artworkVocaliz has been song-writing since his early teens and says: “My voice is the only instrument that I have been using since I started writing songs,” therefore his name comes from the word ‘vocal’.

Vocaliz is solo but collaborates with many different artists such as Ghanain producer Afana, with whom he released an album called The Painful Healing in 2009. The album’s lead single Under The Sun received substantial airplay in Cyprus.

Vocaliz began his performance career in Cyprus, working his way from underground clubs to beach festivals. He then worked with multi-platinum producer Rheji Burrell who has produced P.Diddy, Heavy D, Krs-One and Total among others.

The pursuit of happiness is the inspiration for Vocaliz’s music as he believes this is how humans can learn to experience joy in life. He says: “The older we get the more we realize that we want something that will make us fulfill every single day and make us feel at the right place in this crazy world. The joy I feel when I finish writing a song is an amazing feeling or when you perform in front of people and after the show they tell you how much they enjoyed your songs and your performance”.

Vocaliz moves effortlessly from intense rap to smooth reggae soul as, he says, “the voice is the first instrument. That’s the main weapon.”

Vocaliz’s influences include The Roots, Fugees, Outkast, Nas and Common, the soul and r ‘n’ b of the 90s, including such masters as D’Angelo, Q-Tip and goings on in the world around him.

He says: “I believe that every single instrumental comes with the lyrics incorporated in it, you just have to find a way to emotionally connect with it and find the topic or theme that perfectly goes with it”.

Vocaliz has released a new single and video for In Love With Life, a song about gratitude, happiness and still having fun even when things are going wrong. The single is released worldwide.

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Music Lanterns highlights the Mileage 51 debut album Stone Unturned

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Dubai based Mileage 51 play blues-rock that nods to its American and British roots. Their first album Stone Unturned celebrates the classic retro sounds underpinning today’s music scene.

Mileage 51 Stone Unturned copyOn lead vocals and guitar is Lorne Riley Jr. Lorne is from Chapleau in Ontario in north Canada.

As a student at Carleton University, Lorne played in the Blue Cotton Seals Band, where he connected with Jim Robinson, Solle Svan and Roy Bolwede and formed Dubai-based expat quartet called Stereotypes.

In order to become Mileage 51, they took on new lead guitarist Doug Bernie, also on lead and backing vocals.

Originally from Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, Doug Bernie studied the Royal Conservatory curriculum on piano and moved to guitar in his early teens, as well as playing covers locally with his father on drums.

Doug’s career was established in Toronto by 2002. He formed the trio Electric inspired by the vibe and energy of his heroes including Hendrix and Clapton.

Electric became Toronto based blues-rock Devolver until Doug moved to Dubai and met Lorne in 2014 and joined Mileage 51.

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Roy Bolwede provides drums, keyboard, guitar and bass.

Roy started playing aged 3 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and by age 6 was in his own blues-rock band called Necromancers. The neighbourhood friend who played drums has since been in Motorhead for 15 years.

Roy produced local bands around Gothenburg and later started experimenting with Europe’s new electronic sounds. Inevitably, Roy was soon to turn his attention internationally.

After a break from music, Roy moved to Dubai, where he was inspired to collaborate with local musicians and recently produced Stone Unturned with Mileage 51.

Also with links to Sweden joining the others in Dubai is Solle Svan, who provides backing vocals and bass.

Solle has played bass since the late 1950s and graduated through the 60s with west coast jazz while still at school in Sweden.

Solle’s rock career started with The Four Freddies, while still knocking around with other genres including folk and ‘60s revivalist sounds, playing in Swedish.

Mileage 51’s debut album is Stone Unturned, featuring singles Retro Man and Lawman, produced by Roy Bolwede at Dune Tone Studio in Dubai

“Stone Unturned” will be released on 26 November 2015 with worldwide distribution from Universal Music Operations.

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Music Lanterns previews Elliot Porter’s EP Keep Going

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Elliot Porter artworkElliot Porter is a singer songwriter based in Cambridge in the U.K who has just released a new EP.

Inspired by songwriters including Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Neil Young, Elliot Porter self-produces, blending emotive and powerful chord arrangements with catchy tunes and strong vocals.

Elliot’s debut E.P Sleeping Under The Stars, November 2012, includes the track ‘She Only Goes’ which immediately went to number one spot on Cambridge 105FM’s unsigned chart where it held top position for 13 weeks. Elliot reached the area finals of the Open Mic UK Competition.

Established

Elliot’s band The Missing Pieces established themselves in London and the South East following a headline spot at Stortfest and an appearance at Brownstock, which earned them a residency in Portobello Road’s Acklam Market. In July 2013 they released their debut single ‘Joanna’, which also topped the Cambridge 105FM chart and got airplay on indie shows from Cambridge to LA.

Another single followed called Down The River as Elliot started work on his solo E.P Keep Going, recorded and produced with Dave Gerard at Watchmen studios.

Keep Going contains songs which are more earthy and reflective than previous work and has already had many positive press reviews.

Awards

Elliot was nominated for Best Male Solo Artist at The Cambridge NMG Awards and appeared on their charity Christmas single, which received Radio airplay from BBC Introducing.

The Keep Going E.P includes a title track single and a duet with folk artist Melody Causton and backing vocals from former Bombay Bicycle Club singer Amber Wilson.

Performing on the EP alongside Elliot Porter on vocals, guitar and piano, are: Jack Daubney on bass, Tom Dulieu on drums except track one which was Stacy Plant, Dave Gerard on banjo, bass and guitars, Amber Wilson sings backing vocals, Rachel Lanskey performs strings and Keep it To Yourself was co-written by Melody Causton who also provides vocals.

Toured

Elliot toured the UK this summer, returning home to another NMG Award nomination. His E.P Keep Going will be released on Matchbox Recordings with distribution from Universal Music Operations on 23 November 2015.

What the press say about Elliot Porter:

Ian Markx, songwriter and journalist – “The EP has the flavours of Ray Lamontagne, Paolo Nutini and Mumford & Sons. The mix of bass, acoustic guitar, piano and percussion gives the songs an organic demeanour and authentic edge. The songs are classy folk pop at its finest”.

Chris Grayston, Future Music: – “Elliot is a creative songwriter with a powerful vocal to drive through any song”.

London FM – “Elliot Porter’s music is beautiful with lovely Lennon and Damien Rice-esque melodies that stay with you and touch the soul”.

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Video for a previous release “Over Again”

Some Live Dates

11th November – The Cambio Lounge, Bishop’s Stortford

21st November – The Portland Arms, Cambridge

18th December – The Sebright Arms, London