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.


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.


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.


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”.

Out 23 November 2015. Here it is on iTunes:





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

Music Lanterns highlights Francis Groove’s dance single Alright (Take My Hand)

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DJ-producer Francis Groove was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium. Francis Groove started out mixing vinyl on turntables, fusing rare groove and RnB with hip-hop and breakbeats.

Francis Groove_artAfter inspiration from a trip to the U.S. aged 19, which introduced him to house on the New York club scene, he moved towards electro dance music and became a regular at the celebrated club The Sound Factory.

Francis Groove regularly tours Europe while producing and writing his music. His latest musical project is called Real Life, which delivers a blend of pop sounds or, as he says, “a breeze of the real groove”.

The new single Alright (Take my Hand) is written by Francis Groove and U.K songwriter Sandra Bryan. They enlisted vocals from Tony G in Spain and they mixed the track back in Belgium. Of this moving around to record, Francis says, “this triangle way of working has given the song a special touch”.

When not on tour, Francis Groove moves between his homeland of Belgium and Hungary. His influences stem from 80’s acts such as Kraftwerk, Soulsonic Force and Nelle Hooper as well as current producer Calvin Harris.

The new single Alright (Take my Hand) was produced by Francis Groove and Tony G at Lunaman studio in Belgium.

Buy it now on iTunes:





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Music Lanterns takes shine to SOS’s video for New Chick

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Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 14.31.23Dubai Hip Hop Group S.O.S Release The Hook Driven Single and Music Video For ‘New Chick’

S.O.S (Secrecy Over Supremacy) is a collective of four unique artists based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The group was originally founded by the late, Tyler Fray who died in 2013.

Nigerian rapper Tyler Fray was educated in Dubai and his ethos was ‘working in silence and letting success talk’. SOS came together to keep Fray’s legacy and ethos alive.

The group’s four members share a passion for Hip-Hop and have a powerful respect and admiration for each other’s skills and talents which is apparent in the cohesion of their music.

Individually, the group consists of Nicholas Peter John Allison II who is known for his music as N2. Known for his versatile melodies and hard hitting lyrics, N2 is a South African rapper and co-founded S.O.S with Tyler from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Secondly, Elliot Brown, who uses the stage name Mista Brown, is a UK native from Manchester who has worked with the likes of Gyptian and has a strong track record in the genre of grime.

Performing artist and producer Nseh Ayuk is known as the artist T. Jones and comes from the Cross River in Nigeria. T. Jones is a rapper and singer of growing renown.

The songwriter who is also rapping alongside the others is Freshman, originally Brian Sitali of Lusaka in Zambia. Freshman is known for his strong lyrical abilities and delivery.

This is SOS’s new video for their single New Chic.





Music Lanterns experiences Joy! from Ollyi.on

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The new single by UK based musician and songwriter Ollyi.on is called Joy!, which celebrates this positive and hard-won emotional state.

Ollyi.on is a singer/songwriter and producer based in Farnborough, Hants in the U.K who plays the flute, saxophone, keyboards, bass, guitar, drums, violin, trumpet and harmonica.

As a multi-instrumentalist, it is not surprising that jazz has inspired his prolific songwriting to date. Ollyi.on started jamming with friends from an early age and has always been excited by music.

On living in Switzerland in 2013, Ollyi.on says “I was inspired by the breath-taking sceneries and sheer beauty of the cities which gave me fresh inspiration to write and make new music”.

Ollyi.on initially began recording with the producer Dom Tosh of Relief Studio in Switzerland. He then moved to London to collaborate with Andy Whitmore (Peter Andre, Atomic Kitten, Michele Gayle, Elton John, Boy George, Eternal) at Greystoke Studios in Ealing, London.

With songs focusing on encouragement and positivity, Ollyi.on says “I believe there is some mileage in singing these types of songs today and encouraging people to have a positive outlook to life regardless of the situation”.

Ollyi.on’s latest single is entitled Joy! and was engineered by Andy Hughes, who learned his trade under legendary producer Trevor Horn.

The single was mastered by Pete Craigie who has worked with artists including Kylie Minogue, Take That and Blue.

Joy! is remixed by world famous Hed Kandi, Ministry of Sound and Leona Lewis’ DJ, Mikey Gallagher)

Natasha Kundi – “It makes one feel cheerful and you want to dance and be happy.

See the YouTube video here:

Joy! is out available via iTunes and all other good online retailer:

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Suede release brand new album Night Thoughts and reveal the first new track, ‘Outsiders’.

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Suede release their brand new album Night Thoughts on January 22nd and today reveal the first new track, ‘Outsiders’.
The epic track is available now as an instant download for those who pre-order the album.

The album, which features a full string section, was produced by long-time Suede collaborator Ed Buller and was recorded at SARM studios in London and ICP in Brussels.
Night Thoughts, which also has an accompanying film directed by Roger Sargent, will be available as CD, CD+DVD, special edition CD/DVD hardback bookset and 180g double gatefold LP (+ download code).

Of the album, Brett Anderson said: “We wanted to make the kind of album you’re not supposed to make in 2015. The kind you listen to in order and all the way to the end. Night Thoughts is about those moments when you wake at 4am with the walls of your life caving in. It’s an album about fear and love and loss. The film we have made mirrors those themes to create an interlocking suite of songs and images about the drama of the everyday.”

The album and the film will be premiered with two shows at London’s Roundhouse on November 13 and 14 where the group will perform the album in its entirety whilst the film runs in tandem.


Music Lanterns beams onto Come Alive, new EP by Will Guest

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Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 17.23.27The new EP Only Life and single Coming Home will soon be released by UK singer-songwriter Will Guest, who was inspired by music including 70s and 80s funk, rock and acoustic songs by artists such as Damien Rice and David Gray.

Will Guest, known for the humour in his performance, is from Northamptonshire where he started composing and performing in local venues and at festivals with his best friend and musical brother, the late Rich Brayshaw.

In 2006, Will relocated to Spain to perform at the Anshebeen Irish bar as a solo artist and ended up playing across the Costa Blanca.

Incorporating humour into his set, Will delivers a melodic punch of catchy guitar driven rock pop with both a classic and contemporary feel. The songs on his latest EP Only Life reflect on his life and the ups and downs along the way.

The band currently consists of Will Guest on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals, Les Tropek on drums and percussion with Santi Costa playing bass.

All members have played since their teenage years, inspired by the classic funk and rock albums of the late 70’s and early 80’s, then later by the softer acoustic music from David Gray and Damien Rice.

Will has since played for troops in Bosnia as well as at festivals such as the Wilby Blues Festival, Northampton in The Park and Javea International Festival, as well as supporting and playing session guitar for Wilco Johnson, Norman Watt Roy and Hot Chocolate.

While performing in the Costa Blanca, Will met Santi Costa, a long-term member of well-known band Back Storm and then brought in drummer Les Tropeck, who was doing session work at the time.

The single Coming Home is an upbeat song saying: ‘We shall meet again and grab that one for the road,’ dedicated to the late Rich Brayshaw.

The new E.P was produced by Ian Clayton at Montesa Studio and will be released worldwide on Matchbox Recordings with distribution from Universal Music Operations on 28 September 2015.

Here’s Will’s video on YouTube for Coming Home:

Will’s interview and play on the Discover Music Show: