Music Lanterns takes a shine to Handz in the Air by Priest J and DJ Lantan

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Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 15.35.49Priest J is a producer, mixer and sound engineer currently based in North West London. He has teamed up with DJ Lantan for a new single called Handz In The Air.

Priest J was the former owner of Stoneroom Recording Studio in Shepherds Bush, London, working with great artists including Wycliffe Jean, Todd Terry, Leftfield, Arthur Baker, Shola Ama, Martin Degville, Basement Jaxx, Rihanna, Alexandra O’Neil, Lee Ryan, Carter Twins, Patrick McMahon, Glen Goldsmith, Ollie J, Stunt Masters, Esteem, Max Romeo, Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Pritam, Jaidev Kumar,Sumeet Tappoo, Lomac, Beverly Knight, Kinane, Rozallla, Ariel, T-Power, Rita Campbell, Debbie Malone, Joe Smooth and many more.

Priest J has also worked in television production with companies including Evian Water, British Airways, Door (Gaby Logan), Tibet Foundation, Star Plus, Zee TV, Sony BVU, Elephant Atta, Royal Sweets and Top-Up Foods.

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Mark Smith aka DJ Lantan grew up in Jamaica and is now based in London.

DJ Lantan started his career performing freestyle and counteraction rap at open mic competitions, which he says were raw and fiercely fought for prize money.

His growing reputation attracted DJs who took him to cut his first record at Jaro studio alongside Ninja Ford and Predator.

DJ Lantan has worked with many producers including Keith Wint, on Wint’s Maccabees label, Dennis Brown and John Holt, Calvin Francis at Milestone Productions, 2Bad Productions, Smokeshop Productionz, JBmixx, Stone Room Productions, Rebel Sonix, Skorpion Productions,Tropical Bass, Interstellar Troublemaker, the legendary Stevie V, known for his single Dirty Cash (Money Talks). Artists he has collaborated with include Vybz kartel, Nitty Kutchie, Wayne Marshall, Anthony Que, Troublesome, Mc Li,Barry, Micron,Tenza, Rebekka Gayle, Cherry, Ms T Rey, Danielle, Twila J, Gee Morris, Helen Rogers and Liana Wall.

Since 2000, DJ Lantan has released tracks on vinyl including My Life and Take It Off, produced by the legendary Stevie V. His debut album The Furnace, released on Hotta Flames Records, led to him touring on both side of the Atlantic, Europe and Japan.

With favourite artists such as Bob Marley & Shabba Ranks, Lantan found inspiration by hanging out in recording studios in Kingston Jamaica such as King Jammy’s Studio and at Sugar Minott’s Youthman Sound Promotions, who formed the first dancehall crew and featured the Nottinghill Carnival.

ACM Records released various albums including Truly Magical and Fusion by DJ Lantan and Jbmixx after they met and formed Black/Smith Productionz in 2007. Previously, when he lived in Helsinki, JBmixx had formed the band 3rd Nation with Charles Salter and Kari Kaivola and was signed to Mercury Records and he has also worked with Anastasia and Lionel Richie.

As well as his record sales, DJ Lantan featured on a UK TV talent show hosted by Fearne Cotton and judged by Jamie Cullum, Sharleen Spiteri and Dizzee Rascal called Must Be The Music. DJ Lantan’s song Facebook Love, performed at Hackney Empire, wowed the crowd and earned him Internet notoriety.

Priest J and DJ Lantan’s latest single “Handz In The Air” will be released on 27 July by Matchbox Recordings with distribution from Universal Music Operations.

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Music Lanterns beams onto Emy Perez with new releases

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Emy Perez is a Venezuelan singer/songwriter known for her crazy looks and quirky pop songs.

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 16.43.10At a young age Emy lost herself in music and pursued that dream in the USA. In her native Venezuela, she supported headliners and went onto to sign to an American record label. This led to her performing alongside such great artists as Shakira, Eros Ramazotti and Earth, Wind & Fire.

In North and South American, Emy toured live, wrote songs for other artists and worked with well-known producers Shane Stoner and Steve Morales, who produced Enrique Iglesias, Christina Aguliera, Ricki Martin and Celine Dion among others. Shane Stoner says, “Emy is an amazing songwriter. She knows how to capture the essence of a feeling into words.”

Emy produced an album with Ricardo Eddy Martinez, who provided horn arrangements for Miami Sound Machine, and platinum winning producer, Keith Morrison. Unfortunately this album was never released and Emy moved to Europe to study music at Conservatorium Alkmaar in the Netherlands. There she gathered all her strength and planned a comeback with a bang.

Now in the Netherlands, Emy rediscovered herself by writing and performing music live. She celebrates life and tells her story on her latest EP recording, which will be released in September 2015.

Emy’s songs bring a mix of many influences including Latin, pop, funk and jazz. The songs are best described as eclectic indie pop but definitely happy festival music that makes you want to move.

The single On The Down Low will be released on 27 July 2015 with distribution from Universal Music Operations and the EP will come out in September 2015.

The songs are produced and co-written by Jasper Zuidervaart, Ferry Lagendijk and Emy Perez.

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Christina Milian is thrilled by how her daughter and boyfriend Lil Wayne ‘recognise each other

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Christina Milian is thrilled by how her daughter and boyfriend Lil Wayne ‘recognise each other’.

The 33-year-old Turned Up star shares five-year-old little girl Violet with her songwriter ex-husband The-Dream.

And although she and 32-year-old rapper Lil Wayne have only been dating for a year now, Christina is happy about the relationship he is developing with Violet.

“They know and recognise each other — he’s very much a part of my life and Violet is very much a part of my relationship,” she explained to Us Weekly magazine.

“She is very close to her dad, so Violet has her dad in her life, she has us in her life, so in time [they’ll develop a closer bond]. It’ll take some time.’

Christina has her hands full this summer, as she is recording a new EP and orchestrating the launch of her We Are Pop Culture clothing store.

Even though she is constantly busy with professional projects, the AM to PM singer still manages to find a little bit of downtime.

She prefers to enjoy leisure activities with loved ones.

“I’m pretty busy right now but I have to live in the moment and go on vacation later,” Christina detailed, noting she loves hanging out with Lil Wayne and Violet simultaneously. “Our time together is like a vacation no matter what.”

Christina’s little girl is busy this summer too, even though school is out.

And the songstress marvels at how active Violet’s life is.

“What is she not doing?” Christina wondered. “She’s learning how to swim and is full of character. She just surprises me every day.”

Music Lanterns highlights Savannah’s new EP and single

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Artwork coverSavannah are an emerging Britrock band from Telford, Shropshire, who quickly established a strong local following and are now releasing their first EP.

The Savannah line-up is Liam Ball on vocals, Jason Lewis playing guitar, Tom Jones on bass and drummer, Harry Neat.

‘Rockin the gaff’ is Savannah’s game since they formed in 2013 and played venues including 02 Academy in Birmingham, The Shed in Leicester and The Robin 2 in Bilston. Savannah have also played various festivals including Farmer Phil’s and Oakfest and supported bands such as The Troggs, Bad Manners, Big Country and members of The Jam.

In two years the band have created a wealth of original material with just a few of these songs featuring on their self-titled Savannah EP. The Savannah EP was produced by Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden Studios, Wolverhampton.

Previously, Savannah released their first official single “Move” at the Town Hall in Telford. The music video for Move features the band recreating a top of the pops feel by using vintage 80’s cameras and hiring a bus for their fans.

Savannah are reviving the spirit of rock and roll by taking one pub, venue or festival at a time.

The “Savannah E.P” is out on Hartfield Records and features the new singles “ Back Street Robber” and “Live your life”.

Their upcoming tour dates include:

10th July, The Sallopian, Shewsbury

14th August: Farmer Phil’s Festival, Rattlinghope

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Music Lanterns highlights new EP and single by Coracle

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Coracle is a project by Leeds based producer and professional pianist and keyboard player Jonathan Doherty. He has written and performed for various original bands and played for tribute acts and theatre shows across the UK. He is currently playing summer festivals with folk / hip-hop band The Demon Barbers. He is also a composer and has recently completed his first feature length soundtrack for Australian thriller Vital Signs. Coracle is Doherty’s first solo project.

“Come Alive” is the debut EP from Coracle. This 5 track E.P is Coracle’s first official release and follow up to his first song also called ‘Come Alive, which became a Record of the Week on Amazing Radio and won a competition to be on the Summertime Compilation by Paris label So French Records.

Come Alive was supported by Tom Robinson on BBC6 and playlisted by various Radio stations including Mixx FM in Charleroi, Belgium. Subsequently, Coracle’s track Everything to Live For was given an exclusive first play during an interview with BBC Radio Lancashire’s Glen Hunt.

Another track “Running” also received similar blog attention and radio support and was released on So French Records’ Wintertime Compilation earlier this year. The EP includes also includes a new and unreleased song called Sun’s Coming.

Come Alive is an EP of summer-inspired escapist soundscapes, down-tempo house beats and quirky electronica. It is as much of an escape from reality as a depiction of real life and is semi-autobiographical in lyrical content. The EP is inspired by Coracle’s travel adventures such as his time spent as a student in the French Caribbean, as well as his recent work as a musician in Leeds’ vibrant music scene. The music is therefore optimistic in outlook but combined with a nostalgic and restless quality.

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 12.36.41Coracle composes all the music and lyrics and collaborates with as many of his musician friends as possible in the recording process. Guest vocalists include Emma Lucy, Jen Armstrong, Rachel Cook and Matthew Addison, all from the Leeds area, and various live instrumentalists, including Tom Regan, who plays saxophone and flute on White Sand.

Other musicians on the project include Emma Lucy, who is a singer songwriter from Leeds, who has spent much of her recent life working internationally as a singer and entertainer, particularly in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She is currently taking part in an Artist Development programme and her debut E.P. is due for release later this year.

Jen Armstrong is a vocalist, pianist and violinist who has toured with artists such as Billy Ocean, The Vaccines and Jools Holland. She is originally from Yorkshire, UK, but is now working in L.A. She won Rock The House in 2012 and has also been nominated for a Hollywood in Music and Media Award. Jen has over 300,000 hits on Youtube, has cuts on a recent Scandinavian platinum-selling, which charted at number 1, and she is endorsed by Nord Keyboards.

Rachel Cook is a singer songwriter from the North of England and a founder member of Scarlett Street – an all-female barbershop quarter who have supported artists including Ruby Turner, Mark Knopfler and the Sugababes. She was once described by BBC6’s Tom Robinson as ‘a Northern Lily Allen meets Ella’ and is due to release an E.P. with her solo project Ruby Lane later this year.

Matthew Addison is a vocalist from Beverley in the North of England. With a background in musical theatre, Matthew formed Hull Indie Rock band The Johnsons in 2005, and since their split has been focusing on tribute and function band work as well as solo writing projects.

“Come Alive” is out on 27 July 2015 on Matchbox Recordings with distribution from Universal Music Operations.

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Johnny Marr to play live at rockawaybeach hot from music lanterns pop gossip

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Rockaway Beach, a brand new eclectic music festival, has confirmed the first wave of acts appearing at the three-day indoor event.
These include former Smiths man Johnny Marr, space rock icons Spiritualized, Liverpool legends Echo & The Bunnymen and a Mercury Prize winning band to be confirmed shortly.
The Fall and The Monochrome Set are among the many legendary rockers appearing at the hotly anticipated festival, while stellar new talent will come in the form of GhostPoet, Public Service Broadcasting and James Holden (Live).
Rockaway Beach is set to become a destination festival for those who truly love new music, and want to discover the legendary musicians of the future.
Taking place from 9-12 October at Butlin’s Bognor Regis, the event will give festival- lovers the chance to feed their love of music outside of the summer festival season and allow them to forget the usual mud and tents. Each set will take place in fantastic indoor venues that boast exceptional sound quality and the resort will give guests the best possible festival experience with great accommodation and food and drink choices close to the music.
‘Of course, many festival-goers are buying tickets because of the legends playing. Johnny Marr is a god-like genius in every sense of the word, a true icon of independent music. Echo & The Bunnymen and The Fall are two of our greatest legends of post-punk. But what’s special about all of these stars is that they are still creating, still being absolutely brilliant, and playing music. Rockaway Beach will be an intimate festival, allowing audience and artist to get close and share their love of music.’
Other acts confirmed so far include Pinkshinyultrablast, Whyte Horses, Cult of Dom Keller, The Telescopes, Lola Colt, St Deluxe, Matinee, The Band of Holy Joy, Skinny Girl Diet and Miaoux Miaoux.
Early bird tickets are on sale now for a limited period only and include accommodation and access to all live music venues. Snap them up so in years to come, you’ll be able to tell your friends that you were there for the first one!
visit www.bigweekends.com/rockawaybeach

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Music Lanterns shines light on Mauritius’ sibling duo Alchemia with new releases

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Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 11.22.08A brother and sister from Mauritius formed a band called Alchemia in 2014 and they are Summer on lead vocals and her younger brother Yahska on vocals, synths, Djembe, drums and guitar.

Alchemia took their name from alchemy, the science of aiming to achieve perfection. Alchemy was a practice by occult scientists to transmute base metals into noble metals such as gold or silver and develop an elixir of life to give longevity. In this spirit, Alchemia want to create a perfect blend of vibes and sounds to be elixir to listeners’ ears.

Their influences and inspirations come from French acoustic trance band Hilight Tribe, Swedish reggae band Kultiration, Grammy nominee Anoushka Shankar and British Indian musician Susheela Raman.

The album “Mandala” features guest musicians Yantra on guitar, Yatsa on guitar and vocals, Tyaga playing synth, Dholak, shaker, Mantra on Tabla, Djembe and vocals and Raaga providing synths, guitar and vocals.

Alchemia have recently featured in magazines including Le Matinal, Kozé, Air Mauritius’ inflight magazine Islander, UK Music Times and Lifestyle magazine.

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 11.24.25Alchemia have been on Radio One (Mauritius), Music FM, Radio Plus, Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation’s Music FM “Culture Box” and on MBC TV such as their “Morning Show” plus more airplay and TV appearances.

The single “Warrior of Light” was remixed by world famous DJ Mikey Gallagher of Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi.

Their euphoric and dreamy debut album Mandala was produced by S. & J. Székely and engineered by Thierry Maillard at studio 1Vibe Records in Mauritius and will be released on 29 June 2015 on Székely Records.

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