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:

Music Lanterns shines light on Kes C’s forthcoming Love is Blind

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Kes was born in South Africa during Apartheid and then her parents decided to flee the country and raise the family in rural England, having experienced many life-threatening situations.

Subsequently, after the London bombings in 2005, Kes moved to Norwich and played the local scene in her family band Fuzzballs, solo gigs as Kes C, in cover bands and as a wedding singer. Kes C now lives in Shropshire.

Growing up surrounded by a musical family, Kes listened to blues and soul and wrote her first song on guitar aged 12. She sung in school choirs and landed lead parts in musicals, then moved to London aged 18 to pursue her musical career.

To develop her diversity and interpretation of songs, Kes experimented with musical styles such as soul, funk, heavy rock, dance and trip hop.

Singing first in a rock and 90s college band called Genius in her early 20s and went on to tour with Misnomer, a trip-hop band with some radio success, who headlined Astoria and other London venues.

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 13.29.00Kes records songs for Molan Publishing, who approached her in 2014 during a recording session at the Beehouse Recording Studio in Mid-Wales.

As a keen live performer, Kes currently features in Hookstick, an original electrofunk band based on the Welsh border in Shropshire, whose music can be found on digital music site

Kes C’s solo EP Love is Blind was written by Jan Mosiewicz, recorded at the Beehouse recording Studio and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Love is Blind was produced by Philip Lane, a former owner of Horizon Studios in Coventry the home of Two Tone.

Lane has worked with artists including Neville Staples, Linval Golding of The Specials and Fun Boy Three and various members of Selector, forming his reputation as a producer in diverse musical genres.

Kes is signed to Molan Publishing Ltd.

The EP, Love is Blind will be released on 28 September 2015 with distribution from Universal Music Operations and comes with a bonus club remix from Mikey Gallagher.

Here is her interview on the Discover New Music radio show:

Love is Blind will be available for purchase on digital record retail from 28 September 2015.

Maverick Sabre set to unleash his stunning new album say Music Lanterns !

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Maverick Sabre is set to unleash his stunning new album Innerstanding on October 30th on Virgin EMI.

The last 2 years has seen Mav hard at work, collaborating with artists such as Joey Bada$$, Gorgon City, Idris Elba and Stephen McGregor (son of reggae legend Freddie). The result is a collection of tracks that show Mav developing his sound into something much more powerful.

New single ‘Come Fly Away’ is perhaps his strongest single yet. Lyrically, it follows on from ‘I Need’ (Mav’s signature hit taken from his platinum selling debut Lonely Are The Brave) but with a more confident edge that effortlessly shoots from the hip. It is available to download now.

Other highlights from the record include ‘We Don’t Wanna Be’ with 19 year old Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$, ‘Breathe’, a slow soulful track accompanied by delicate vocals and intricate rhymes and ‘Walk Into The Sun’, a gospel-tinged, sun-soaked slice of funk and soul that radiates good-time vibes.

‘I’m in a much more secure place than I was when I made my debut,’ he says. ‘Back then, I was still finding my feet. Innerstanding sums me up now. The title refers to me finally understanding myself. I’m a different person, not a negative person, hopefully a higher person.’
Innerstanding Standard tracklisting

1. Hold On
2. Come Fly Away
3. Breathe
4. Give It Up
5. Why (feat Chronixx)
6. Don’t Forget
7. So Free
8. Mother
9. Walk Into The Sun
10. Falling Again
11. We Don’t Wanna Be (feat Joey Bada$$)
12. Give Me Love
13. Lay Your Head

Innerstanding Deluxe tracklisting

1. Hold On
2. Come Fly Away
3. Breathe
4. Give It Up
5. Why (feat Chronixx)
6. Don’t Forget
7. So Free
8. Mother
9. Walk Into The Sun
10. Falling Again
11. We Don’t Wanna Be (feat Joey Bada$$)
12. Give Me Love
13. Lay Your Head
14. Half Empty
15. Soul Circuit – Rolling With Me (I Got Love) (ft Maverick Sabre)
16. Gorgon City ‘ Hard On Me (feat. Maverick Sabre)
17. Idris Elba ‘ You Give Me Love (feat. Maverick Sabre)
18. Idris Elba ‘ Home (feat. Maverick Sabre)


Music Lanterns shines light on Mikejab’s latest dance single

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Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 17.02.28Michael Benjamin is a British Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician and producer, known for his music as Mikejab, who has released a new dance single ‘I As A Man’.

To date Mikejab has worked across a wide variety of musical genres with many different artists.

Michael started out as the lead singer in youth group, The Black Berets and then returned to concentrate on his school education.

As a sound engineer, Mikejab has mixed and mastered many popular dance tracks in both Europe and Nigeria.

Mikejab is known in the dance music community as the creator of a new music genre called AfroDance incorporating dance music and African percussive and rhythmic sounds.

Mikejab has established a strong Internet presence via video, sound and radio online media, social media and his own website and these have won him followers across the world as an indie artist.

The new dance single I As a Man is out now on ZX Records and was recorded at XZ studios in Reading, UK.







Music Lanterns highlights latest releases from Wave Dweller

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WaveDweller_WIWTWave Dweller, or Mark Newton based in Earlswood in Surrey, has just released a studio album ‘Wish I Were There’ with a single release ‘Summer’s Day’, now available on iTunes.


Wave Dweller’s music is created using a pair of Technics turntables, MIDI keyboard, audio creation platforms and mixing software. The nostalgic nature of the music conveys deep thinking.

Mark started creating electronic music aged 15 in 1998. He says: “I would use programs like Dance eJay and Music Maker to create house and hip hop loops. At this time I would record under my own name, and produced music for myself to listen to, and to impress family and friends.”

Sound Waves

Music became Mark’s passion, and from 2006 he started producing work as Wave Dweller, which stems from ‘cave dweller’ as someone who dwells in sound waves rather than caves.

As a teenager, Mark became enchanted and intrigued by his main influences including: The Avalanches, DJ Premier, J Dilla, Fatboy Slim, Mr Scruff and Lemon Jelly. Mark says this is because, “they can take a long forgotten melody, sprinkle it with jazz and soul, and add a punchy beat to transform it into something new for the modern era”.


Mark to want to know how electronic music worked and therefore made the progression from inspired listener to producer.

In 2008 a Wave Dweller hip hop instrumental was featured on Suspect Packages Radio, the UK’s largest distributors of hip hop music.
This was followed by his first release in 2009, when UK based Lakeland Records included Wave Dweller’s ‘Work Play Relay’ on their ‘Chapter Promo CD 04’ compilation.

‘Switchcraft’ was Wave Dweller’s independent debut album release in 2012, and this was advertised in DJ Magazine.

Now Wave Dweller releases album “Wish I Were There” with debut single “Summer’s Day” on his own record label.

Click below to buy on iTunes:

Preview on YouTube and Soundcloud:

Wave Dweller – Wish I Were There
Produced by: Wave Dweller
Mastered by: Medway Studios
Record label: Wave Dweller Music
Release date: 24/08/2015