London's Nicky Rubin has travelled to many places and picked up many musical skills along the way. Having spent a lot of time in the developing world (where we have some of our most loyal readers), Nicky Rubin has acquired a strong set of morals and messages that impassion his songs. When presented with an old guitar that undoubtedly had many players in its lifetime, the man and machine became more than the sum of its parts. Now with a global following and radio play all over the place, Displaced is projecting Nicky Rubin into the clouds.
The music starts with choral voices creating harmonies. Nicky Rubin begins to sing, his voice feels like it belongs to the same tree as Pink Floyd. Similar roots perhaps? Piano and synth merge in a delicate melody as gorgeous poetic lines drift in sweeping melancholic phrases. A song for those who have lost their home and can't go back, it reminds us that in our cosy lives of supermarkets and soap-opera there are those who need our hearts more than ever. We can't fix the world, but if our heart tells us something in it is wrong, the brain can be asked to fix that.
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T Jae Cole
Alternative Fruit features the second single from Omnivi3e's T Jae Cole in review today. Having been a backing singer for several big-name pop stars including Sam Smith, Tom Jones, Ellie Goulding, and Ed Sheeran, TJ Cole is more than ready to front his own sound. This next single has been produced by legends Andy Whitmore and David Whitmore, known for working with Atomic Kitten, Peter Andre, and many others. What's stopping this guy from reaching the headlines?
Panic Button begins with a snap of the drums and a grizzly guitar riff that roars like a V8. The rhythm is fast, the chords are frantic, and the vocals begin to describe living with anxiety. Being on the edge of panic is something I know a lot about having been exposed to more than my fair share of fear. Those of us who say it's all in the mind and we attract our own reality have never been in unresolvable abusive situations. It can happen to any of us, at any age. Remembering the count to three and the self-soothing language can be a tall order when our adrenalin is soaring. We're not machines though and we can choose to overcome any biological urge if we want to.
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No Way Back
Having learned piano and violin while growing up in Hong Kong, Amaya moved to London where she studied romantic 19th century music. She now writes her own music, making use of her intellectual understanding and an artistic flare which modernises the form. No Way Back is her latest number, it's being heard all over the world on the radio, and is about the new age of connectivity we all live in.
The song comes with an amazing video which features Amaya wandering through empty woodland. With a face-paint that strikes as tribal, the music opens with a sombre vocal melody. Strings and drums merge with chords and synthesiser as the progression builds for a chorus. The rhythm is amplified and intensified as the vocals surge with extra power. As the composition flows from tide to tide, various features and textures are revealed and swept aside in the flux of emotion.
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Let's take a trip to Italy today so we can listen to PULL, a great three-piece rock band with an international following. Their music has been featured on radio stations all over the world, including America, Canada, and the UK. Since building a home fan-base and establishing links all over the planet, Alternative Fruit is more than willing to feature this entertaining act.
The music starts with a sleek drumbeat and a chiming picked melody on guitar. The chords waver down into diminished scales which lend a minor key. Melodic vocal lines cut through in a top layer that adds the finishing touch. Progressive composition brings a keyboard to elevate the chorus lines. A blues guitar licks along the fretboard as new lines waft over in the breezy chords. A sombre and heart-felt song, somewhere along the lines of Phil Collins and Bon Jovi's chill out zone, we're fed story lines and cinematic music to the snap of a punchy beat.
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It's time to visit Superfecta from London today as they prepare to release a brand new EP. Their hit song Mannequin has been given a fresh dose of charm with a brand new acoustic version. The band wants to remind us how we know them, and why we love their sound. Their music has been played on several radio stations around the world already, which has helped increase their following to numbers beyond their local field.
With an easy-going drum-beat the music begins with a blues bounce that bobs along on guitar. A shimmering sound strikes an ambience through the progression as lyrics begin to holler. Rock delivery and punchy quick-fire lines decorate the casual and folky music with fireworks. A violin adds yet more melody in a catchy and upbeat layer of composition. A completely new take on the track from the original, it's clear that this band have a diverse capacity to make music. I can't wait to hear the new songs!
We are in Nashville, Tennessee, for today's new music in review. Rock duo The Criticals are walking in the footsteps of bands like Jane's Addiction, The Stone Roses, and The Doors. Their mission is to be all about the energy and that's what they've achieved with great press already rolling in. Only formed in 2018, their fresh sound and inspiring image is just what we need.
It begins with a snappy drum-beat. Slicing snare and kick bounce us along as a guitar begins to strum a melodic chord. Lyrics begin, poetic lyrics with quick melodic syllables riff along with the rock'n'roll rhythm. A bass with a crunching distortion adds a new layer of tune that rumbles in a thumping underlay. The dynamic and fast-progressing structure builds up with varying degrees of energy and sensation, each time leading us into a seriously catchy chorus.
T Jae Cole
This fantastic vocalist has worked with Tom Jones, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and Ellie Goulding. Now with his own sound and an eye-striking image to go with it, T Jae Cole has put his reliable talent to use for himself. Working with the 14 top-ten hits so far Omnivi3e production team, plus sharing the same producer as Terence Trent D'Arby and Peter Andre will no doubt propel this bright star into the constellations.
The music starts with a great folk melody and bouncy guitars. Classic strings twang and resonate on the rhythm as T Jae Cole begins to sing. His colourful, Spanish delivery gives rise to all kinds of dancing moves and exotic sensations. The song hits us like a party tune, one that gets the blood pumping with great grooves and catchy chorus lines that never cease. This short and snappy track will sound great in the club or on the radio.
Let's Do It Again
Alternative Fruit is over the moon to be asked to comment once more on the direct descendent of retro music star Bobby Womack. Nephew Binky has made a name for himself already, regardless of his super-star family tree. Having played guitar for icons such as Chaka Khan and Bonnie Rait, produced records by Snoop Dogg and TUPAC, Binky Womack is now taking centre stage with his own sound.
With funky chords on a clean guitar and a neat passage of bass drum, the music opens. Synths add a harmonising layer in a wash of luminous flow. Let's do it again opens on female vocals with a foundation of male voice lower in the mix. Lush blues and rhythm spill out in doses of percussive poetry. Amazing fills on the guitar add a dynamic element which sloshes and ripples in the vibrating bass. Male vocals take briefly over, and duo with the lady to create a multi-directional tone. A sunny, laid-back, and easy going tune pours in graceful and generous bars.
We're treated to another gem from the hit-music cauldron Omnivi3e. Clara Hurtado now lives in England, she brings with her a Spanish heritage and style to spice up our normality. Since appearing on The Voice and receiving coaching from Will.i.am, Clara Hurtado has been gifted with a team of show-business professionals who recognise her unique abilities. Produced by Andy Whitmore, this record sits alongside singles by Peter Andre and Atomic Kitten.
The music begins with a percussive melody. Bells and drums combine to make an uplifting sway into the first verse. Clara Hurtado begins to sing. Her voice climbs up into the framework of the song and begins gymnastic routines. Hook-lined vocal passages lead through progressive rhythms and dancing sensations. An easily recognisable selection of instruments gives the music an edge that compliments Clara's voice exquisitely.
Mental-health awareness advocate and award-winning singing talent Anthony Rubery releases his brand new EP. Antisocial is a collection of five amazingly written and recorded tracks that showcase the vocalist's talent and range. Writing his own songs, Anthony Rubery takes inspiration from stars like Ed Sheeran as well as hip-hop production vibes he's picked up along the way. The new single is taken from the record. Overdue is perhaps a word many of us can feel and relate to. Let's see what this song is all about.
A strummed steel-string acoustic portrays a thoughtful groove as Anthony's voice flies out of crevices in the tone. An evocative and melancholy voice saunters along the chords as dreamy emotions fall like globules of rain. Strings find a niche within the composition, they boost the minor key with a touch of cinematica. Slow progression with upbeat elements with the lyrics lend us a song that feels like a love song to circumstance. It culminates with a burst of sunny electric guitar that swings in with a hammer-blow of sound. The chorus repeats and we are lifted into the spirit of the song even further.
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