Monday, 9 April 2012

Past Life - Jordan Herbert

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From the same producer that brought us Hannah Faulkner's debut, (see below) Harley-Joe Arnold does it again.

This time with Jordan Herbert's debut single Past Life (which he co-wrote as well as produced)

Immediately we are greeted by a radio friendly vibe that's as fresh as tomorrows bread. Although it might not be the heaviest Hip-Hop joint it's certainly no lightweight throwaway either. Jordan throws down some fine rhymes, delivered with a likeable cheeky swagger as he paints a picture of modern angst as seen through a young mans eyes. The sincerity adds to the enjoyment. This is Hip-Pop my friends and we like it.

Musically supported by a well crafted mellow R&B groove the combination produces a sound and style that is as unmistakably British as Fish and Chips.

Jordan's debut album, 'Nothing More, Nothing Less', is due to drop on June 1 and if this track is anything to go by, a treat is in store.

One to watch.

Use Me - Jeff Grable

From the digital album "With Any Luck"
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This track is CLASS... A rock ballad matured by years of hard work and and dedication. Jeff Grable may be the best kept secret in Rock and Roll but he is living proof that the troubadour spirit is alive and well, in Morgantown, West Virginia at any rate.

An acoustic guitar saunters in, casually. It set's up a mood of peace and tranquility and you just know that you are in for a treat. Enter stage right a voice embittered by battle, bearing the scars of a thousand songs, seasoned with a mixture of whiskey and cigarettes. You know, the Rock and Roll way. This voice could sing the contents of a detergent bottle and make them sound like a hit. This time it's singing a story as old as Rock itself, a story as old as Man. Forbidden fruit... Guilty pleasures... you know what I'm talking about...

Not only has Grable got a great rock voice, he also has a great way of injecting Soul and intimacy, with tasteful use of harmonies this is a great all round vocal performance.

But it's not ALL about the vocals. Oh no... We are also dealing with a supreme guitar player. A player with taste and control. If the first chapter in the guitarist's handbook is "Touch and Feel" then be sure of one thing, this man has done his homework... After all, this is not "Guitar Playing for Dummies"

If you do nothing else today, bag yourself a copy of this gem of a track and while you're at it check out the rest of his back catalogue. You won't be sorry.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Left Right Left - Hannah Faulkner


Hailing from Northampton, Singer/Songwriter Hannah Faulkner is quickly making a name for herself, in no small part due to her being one of the hardest working young talents on the circuit. This hard work has recently rewarded her with a place in the National Finals of Open Mic Uk at London's O2.

Taken from her debut album "Ni Ni", Left Right Left is a slice of soulful, acoustic driven pop. Hannah's powerful voice has an understated sultry quality which is showcased perfectly by this song. Hannah's thoughtful lyrics about the struggles of modern life compliment the slightly sparse musical arrangement really well and, in so doing, provides more hooks than a fishermen's convention!

I look forward to seeing and hearing what Hannah does next...