Sundara Karma release three tracks on a new SoundCloud account

In an email to fans, a statement read: “This is probably the craziest time in our lives to be writing to you and we hope that everyone is keeping well. “Stay safe, sanitised and most importantly, sane during these uncertain times and we can’t wait to see all of you on the other side of the hill.” Sundara Karma also revealed they had plans for new music this month but the global pandemic halted all work for the foreseeable future. Alex Pearson 22/05/2020 If you haven’t noticed Sundara Karma have dropped three new unheard tracks on SoundCloud then where have you been hiding?! ‘Vision Sick’ has a powerful rhythmic drive… Read More

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PREMIERE: Sarpa Salpa share fan made video for ‘Forwards Backwards’

As Modern Age Music so eloquently put ‘Forwards Backwards’ is a “nailed-on summer favourite” and it’s hard to argue when the band have a knack for creating catchy, funk-filled pop with lush 80s inspired synths. On the video expect “pumping party music” and an “inspirational build up” as fans and the band themselves perform some moves in the shower, in bedrooms and just about anywhere at home. Sarpa Salpa will be heading to Southampton for the first time alongside Neverman and Bought It For The Bottle. So they went to their passionate fans for help to create their music video instead. Alex Pearson 21/05/2020 Northampton indie rock gems Sarpa Salpa… Read More

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ICM Recommends: Seven music podcasts you need in your life

Everybody knows that Steve has a great ear for new music and what would you know, he’s at it again producing the goods. Alex Pearson 19/05/2020 Podcasts have definitely become more popular during the lockdown as our brains suffer from boredom syndrome and there are millions our there to get engrossed in. Listen to Steve on the BBC website here: Lamacq’s Roundtable As seen on Mock the Week, Taskmaster and 8 out of 10 Cats; he’s a well-known comedian on the circuit and now has a podcast called Perfect Sounds. James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds British comedian James Acaster used to be a musician himself under numerous names in the Northamptonshire… Read More

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Artist tips: How to create an EPK that stands above the rest

Secondly, you don’t have to get a professional to take them. Yes, you will certainly get better quality but if you don’t have the budget, getting friends or family to take a high-quality photo with a digital camera or phone will do the job. Whilst sitting at home, people in their millions are listening to music and searching for new platforms to discover new music so there’s no better time to create an EPK. Every blog we know will needs a landscape photo for their featured image, if you only have portrait or square ones then it’s very likely it will be cropped to fit so whatever is in the… Read More

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CloseUp Festival adds three big names and moves date to autumn

Alex Pearson 20/04/2020 London’s CloseUp Festival has announced three new artists to its line up and has pushed it back till September. The London-based live promotions company hosts its annual festival at Colours in Hoxton, London in mid-May but due to the Coronavirus, that has been moved to September 11-12th. New to the bill include Sad Boys Club, The New Coast and SPQR in addition to Sophie and the Giants (Friday Headline), Diskopunk, Only Sun, VALERAS, Corella, PATAWAWA, and more to be announced. NEW :: CloseUp Festival 2020 now takes place this SEPTEMBER (11th & 12th) at @ColoursHoxton, w/ @JagerUK. @sadboysclb, @TheNewCoast & @SPQR_songs are added alongside @SandTGofficial, @DiskopunkSwe, @Corellamnc,… Read More

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Patawawa share ‘Forget About It’ with sales going to Corona Virus Relief Fund

New offering ‘Forget About It’ follows on in this vein, as Patawawa a technicolour sonic landscape with cascading vocals and encompassing synths with has a tropical twist to it. Armed with a contemporary concoction of the sparkling synths and glittered guitar riffs Patawawa are charismatic and cathartic in equal measure. The track is slowly creeping up the iTunes charts at 75 and all downloads will be helping stop this virus. Alex Pearson 14/04/2020 Hailing from the quiet sleepy Derbyshire town of Matlock, Patawawa have released single ‘Forget About It’ in aid of The Corona Virus Relief Fund. ‘Forget About it’ is a hedonistic escape, it’s optimism and positivity has never… Read More

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The Assist release single ‘Life’ to raise money for NHS Charities Together

Ben Faulkner’s funk-ridden and intricate percussion drives the choruses. The Walsall band – Mikey and Ryan Stanton, Jorge Poole, Ben Faulkner, Luke Jones – wrote the song about their honest expressions of the 21st century frustrations we face. “Plenty of people have echoed our thoughts and we are proud of the positivity we have managed to spread.” ICM has donated £20 to NHS Charities Together, if you would like to donate, please visit their Just Giving page here. ‘Life’ has raised over £800 (at the time of writing) on their Just Giving page which will go towards helping the NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking… Read More

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Lewis Capaldi in action at O2 Apollo Manchester

Performing tracks from his debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ alongside his band made up of close pals Andy Black, Aiden Halliday, Aidan Beattie and Freddy Sheed Capaldi took you on an emotional journey from start to end with a mixture of slower heartbreak ballads such as ‘Forever’ and ‘Headspace’ to his more upbeat tracks like ‘Maybe’ and ‘Hollywood’. It’s really quite a special sight to behold. Despite him being a young, male artist the crowd was not just young girls, it was a real mixture of groups of friends both male and female, couples, families, even gig-goers on their who didn’t want to miss out on the… Read More

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ICM Recommends: SEVEN indie acts you wish you’d seen at SXSW Festival

A huge musical journey awaits them and you will not want to miss out on it. Alex Pearson 24/03/2020 Finding out that one of the best festivals on the plant was cancelled, a devastating blow is certainly an understatement but for SXSW Festival it was a decision probably no one wanted to make as COVID-19 grips the world. As soon as you catch their tune, you will find yourself deeply immersed and vibing along to their songs because that’s Reality Club for you. Having just released their debut album ‘It’s All There But You’re Dreaming’ the band featured on ICM’s Ones To Watch 2020 series after gaining a huge cult… Read More

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ICM recommends: SEVEN alternative acts you wish you’d seen at SXSW Festival

Born and bread in Dallas, Sara King is so cinematic and nostalgic her music gently ensnares you, wrapping itself around you before you even fully realize what is happening. PEACH TREE RASCALS Deep in the Bay Area of LA, five-piece Peach Tree Rascal are completely unbounded by genre as they combine alt rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop and R&B influences. From uploading covers on YouTube in 2013, her own brand of R&B and alt pop is soft and dreamy and it’s catching on like wildfire – it all started with her first single ‘Dreamz’ in 2018; reaching more than 1.4 million streams on Spotify alone. Their anthemic pop and indie infectiousness… Read More

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Manchester’s new all-dayer Fair Play Festival primed to be a hub of discovery

Ben Wallers of Country Teasers performs under his solo moniker The Rebel, which relays a satirical spin on the political narrative that many artists follow, by acting as the perpetrators – marking them as a mockery. Joining him are International Teachers Of Pop who, like a skilled academic, can never be accused of lacking enthusiasm in their craft. Infectious pop tracks accompany bedroom-esque dance routines to create a wonderous maximalist soundscape from former members of The Eccentronic Research Council and The Moonlandingz. He then resurfaced with the critically acclaimed solo album ‘Inji’ in 2015, under the LA Priest moniker before repeating his vanishing trick. Hosted at St Philip’s Church on… Read More

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