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Hashtag Music

Week commencing 11th Aug 2014

Single of the Week: OUT 14th Aug

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Last years most blogged artist Disclosure aided the success of both Aluna George and British Critics Award winner Sam Smith. However when it came to Sinead Harnett’s track Boiling, things didn’t quite take the same path.Now that the first official solo release has been given the green light; we hope she starts receiving the justice she rightly deserves!  With a beautiful and somewhat comforting tone, Sinead’s vocals on No Other Way featuring Snakehips is like a refreshing sorbet you yearn for on a summer’s afternoon. Simplicity is key here. Whilst the song doesn’t dangle the hook in your face, the melody subtly draws you in as you find yourself humming along to the beat.

 

Album of the Week: OUT 11th Aug 

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FKA Twigs made the first ever Hashtag Music appearance back in June 2013 and she’s back featuring her highly anticipated debut album LP1. Struggling to find the right words to describe this intricate beauty, FKA Twigs is notorious for all things weird it’s no wonder her name that has been on everyone’s lips from the get go!

Given her stage name due to her brittle bones and flexibility as a dancer, you only have to look at her puppet moves during Jessie J’s 2011 Price Tag video to see how apt her name is.  Backing dancer skills aside, this lady’s creativity is so advanced that half the time you will be left rummaging for a way into her mind.  Now dipping her toes into life as a singer, her layers of genius unfold during this 10 track masterpiece making Twigs fascinating debut one certainly worthy of its hype.

 

Video of the Week: OUT NOW 

Aged only 19, British singer/songwriter Laurel already has her own record label Next Time Records, scored a deal with Turn First Artists on the strength of a demo, a modelling contract with leading agency Next Models and has graced the pages of Vogue, Grazia, Hunger, Q Magazine and more. Undoubtedly a lady in full control of her musical direction, Laurel reveals another captivating video. This time filmed by the channel crossing and the white cliffs of Dover.

 

Shells is the third release to be taken from her debut EP ‘To The Hills’ and whilst it wasn’t my favourite upon release, its definitely a grower.  Dressed in a white trench coat and matching summer dress, Laurel’s cute girl next door look is one to be admired. Often compared to the mysterious ways of Lana Del Rey and the haunting vocals of Florence and the Machine, whilst you may think these comments are a little far-fetched she is worthy of such praise.

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Rising Star Company Magazine Event

Rising Star Company Music Party

Queen of Hoxton, London Wed 25th June 

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Being a regular Company magazine reader, when I noticed the advertisement for the coolest Rising Stars music event party starring Laurel and Rainy Milo, I instantly purchased a ticket! A haven for emerging talent, Company teamed up with Rimmel London to bring music and fashion together in one space. On arrival, Queen of Hoxton had transformed into a beauty den where getting pampered was high on the agenda.  If free mini manicures, henna tattoos and a blow dry wasn’t enough, you could also head up to the rooftop for a few pina coladas and a lovely BBQ.

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Wondering if this all will cost the earth? Well with three complimentary drink vouchers and food included in the £20 ticket price this seemed like the perfect girls night out. The music started around 7.30pm but with the crowd reluctant to leave the gorgeous sunshine, hosts had to usher people to the basement where the aspiring artists were preparing to take the stage. First up was Company’s very own bedroom popstar Joeyy (yes with two yys!) Mintyy.

Beautiful sunkissed skin, brunette locks and dressed in pretty black laced shorts and tee, Joeyy stood out in the crowd before knowing she was actually tonight’s extra guest. Performing tracks from first EP ‘Gone with the Sun’ released in 2013, against her newer EP shows how different Joeyy’s soundscape has changed in just one year. While her soft airy tone suited her recent poppy promotional track B.A.D, her darker material seems where she felt most comfortable.  Rising star number one down, and I agree with Company Magazine, Joeyy with two yy’s is very much a little gem.

Quickly onto the next rising act, Turn First Artist’s very own singer/songwriter Laurel was next to take the stage. Unfortunately the crowd was dis-interested at the start which lead to Laurel telling the crowd if they were here to breathe in the music they should come a little closer. When done so, she silenced them as they stood in awe of her stunning new track Shells. Winning over a crowd is exactly the gift you need as a new artist in order to build on success and gain more fans. Her haunting dark pop is at the bread and butter of all her songs, but what gives this lady the added sprinkles is her innocence to releasing her vocals has the power to stun a crowd.

Lastly but no means forgettable was the headliner Rainy Milo, who’s last year’s slot was given to Nina Nesbitt.  A voice so distinctive and mature above Rainy’s 18 years, this South East London girl really deserves opportunities like this and more. Combining Jazz, hip hop and peaceful raw vibes, Milo is an artist who is relatable, likeable and truly irresistible. Milo’s debut album This Thing is Ours should definitely become part of your music collection if it isn’t already, and watch this space for more Milo Magic to unfold.

Overall, the all female line up was very enjoyable and I look forward to finding out what other rising stars are recommended in the future. Thank you once again to  Company Magazine, Rimmel London the artists and of course for all the wonderful goodies given to us when leaving!

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Hashtag Music

Week Commencing 7th April 2014

Single of the Week OUT 7th Apr  

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Already featured on #HashtagMusic  for her intriguing To The Hills music video inspired by American writer and poet Raymond Carver, Laurel is set to release her debut EP under her very own label, Next Time Records.   Youthful and full of mystery, Laurel will draw you in and have you running to the hills with her.  Written entirely by herself this beautifully crafted EP will certainly set her up for a promising future.

NEW DISCOVERY: ALLIE X

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Are you struggling to find new music ? … Well, with album releases being thin on the ground this week, I’ve decided to put a new artist on your radar.

Canadian girl Allie X propelled into the scene with her repetitive yet dazzling pop song Catch.  Receiving recognition from Katy Perry shortly after premiering on her soundcloud,  she called this song her Spring time Jam. Listen here:

https://soundcloud.com/alliexandra/catch-2

Keeping momentum high, Neon Gold Records made Allie X’s second track Prime available for free download.  Complete with psychedelic undertones this song will have you feeling hypnotised and loving life.

https://soundcloud.com/alliexandra/prime

Video of the Week: OUT NOW 

Bang on trend with a fashion forward dance video, Rita Ora promises to never let you down!

Two years since hitting the scene with ORA, Rita returns with her brand new single I Will Never Let You Down produced by no other than her boyfriend Calvin Harris. This perfect duo is something we have been longing for since the couple first started dating, and as expected it screams SUMMER ANTHEM. This uplifting love song premiered on Capital FM on 31st March as is available to download in the UK on 11thMay.

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HashtagMusic

Week Commencing 24th March

Single  of the Week: OUT MAR 24th 

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Granted searching for music by Sons and Lovers is not easy – given it also has the same name as a high profile novel –  here’s hoping this post gets noticed in the mix!  Sons and Lovers, (a.k.a 4 piece band members Josh Gimber, Tim Hillier-Brook, Daniel Conti and lead vocalist Tom Lillywhite) are about to release their follow up single to Ghosts, called Lover.

Although video-less, this beautiful ballad builds into the euphoric chorus which will have you chanting “I don’t wanna be lonely.”  Recently part of the Satellite Tour spanning the deepest depths of the UK, Sons and Lovers have also announced their own headline UK tour in May.

Album of the Week: OUT 24th Mar 

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Shakira releases her eponymous 10th album this week, and with the lead single being a sexually charged feature with the one and only Rihanna, this album is something you “Can’t remember to forget”.

Back to flying solo, Shakira’s vocals soar on Empire reminding us all that even without a global superstar like Rihanna in the mix, Shakira can produce the ultimate anthem.  Empowering yet tender, Shakira is clearing in the driving seat of her work, giving others the chance to shine as she collaborates with Canadian Reggae Band Magic, and fellow Voice coach and country star Blake Shelton moments to shine on the album.

The raspy Columbian vocals and the unforgettable ‘she wolf’ power she embodies, Shakira is back in the spotlight!

Video of the Week: OUT NOW 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDMPfMP5JVA

The wheels are in motion as London’s Last Sweetheart, Laurel, gears up for her first official EP release on 7th April. If that isn’t exciting enough… she will also be releasing it under her very own label, Next Time Records.

Last month Laurel dropped a sublime Patsy Cline cover of Crazy which can be found here:

https://soundcloud.com/classiclaurel/laurel-crazy-patsy-cline-cover

Premiering on Clash Magazine, and featured on the homepage of Myspace, Laurel releases some of her own material, To the Hills accompanied by a rather intriguing video.  A haunting pop gem filled with enchanting orchestral pop, Laurel sits pretty between the moody darkness of Lana Del Rey and the delicate and so wonderful mindset of Florence and the Machine.

At one with nature, this video is set on the lawn of an older gentleman’s house whereby Laurel and her fella set up home with a few yard sale items.  The old mans wife has died, and when Laurel wears the wedding dress, she reminds him of the wife and they dance. Inspired by American writer and poet Raymond Carver’s short story ‘Why Don’t You Dance With Me’ this is an interesting concept and one that certainly has been well executed.

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Leon Else

Leon Else

The WaterRats, 20th Feb 2014

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Exactly a week ago, Leon Else opened for Bobby Whirlwind and Boy Names at The Water Rats in London’s Kings Cross. Tucked just behind London’s Scala where fellow Turn First Artist Dan Croll is due to perform next month, the intimate back room of this venue seemed the perfect spot for upcoming talent.
Known for his all-black get up, this tall, dark, handsome singer has recently scored himself a modelling contract with Next Models alongside best friend Laurel. Completing his stage look this time with an Al Capone Thriller hat, Leon had the Michael Jacko vibes flowing. Adding to his stage presence, it was the hot, sweaty, body thrusting which warmed up a lifeless crowd.
Aired on BBC Radio 1, Protocol was the obvious opener, but its the catchy hook  “Leave your heart at home” that warns the crowd that they could quite easily fall in love with his heart-tugging vocals if they aren’t careful. A solid and confident performer, he continued to spread the love with an up-lifting track It’s Us Against the World. Fandom in its early stages, it was cheers from his bestie who was the first to rally up some cheers as she yelled ‘I love you.’ As the title suggests, this fitting track could easily become their theme song as both young stars are set to conquer the music world at the same time.
Whilst individually each track had a great delivery, being unprepared by the order left this set a little dis-jointed. Showcasing vulnerability, strength and love, Leon’s range of songs in his 30 minute set will have you falling in love. But remember, there’s no need to let him know.
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Leon will be headlining Koko’s Club NME night on 7th March. Although it’s a bit of a late stage time of 1am, this will be the biggest show of his career to date and not to be missed.
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Laurel

Laurel

Barfly Camden, 9th Jan 2014

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Kick starting the Turn First gig calendar for 2014 is 19 year old Singer/Songwriter Laurel. In 2013 Laurel started paving her way on soundcloud, reaching a staggering 100,000 views  with dark pop tune Blue Blood!

The event organised by the Killing Moon blog took place at Camden’s Barfly, a venue who has seen some sheer talent over the years including 2011 Brit’s winner Jessie J and one of Britain’s finest bands Coldplay.

Opening up the show was 2008 X factor contestant Laura White, Fickle Friends and Honours band! Humble and excited to be playing her first headline show Laurel rewarded the crowd with an exclusive new track To the Hills alongside some of her other known tracks The Desert, Firebreather and Mankind.

She explained that she had been recording parts for her debut release and that To the Hills would have a string accompaniment to it. Although they weren’t present for this performance its clear Laurel has found a winning formula. Enriched with dark memorising tones with a dash of raspyness if you are looking from someone to draw the bridge from Lana Del Ray and Ellie Goulding we have our lady.

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Laurel may have nicknamed herself the last sweetheart but this is only the start for this mystic gem!

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Hashtag Music

Week Commencing Monday 23rd Dec

Single of the week OUT NOW

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If you love Jason Derulo’s voice and the sound of trumpets this is perfect for you.

Although lyrically this song isn’t at its best it will capture you with its cleverly crafted trumpet symphonies that get into your head on first listen. Trumpets is the 4th single from his No1 album Tattoos but nothing beats the lead single Talk Dirty feat 2 chainz.

Album of the week OUT NOW

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Dropped in both the US and UK this week album of the week is Ingleworld by Skeme, who is under the same label as Kendrick Lemar. The album features hip hop guests Nipsey Hussle, K Roosevelt, Dom Kennedy, Wale and the only female to the cut Miss Iggy Azalea.

Taking a sense of pride in where he is from Ingleworld is a 15 track album about real life on the West Coast of California. Lyrically Skeme calls himself the ‘duke’ of rap and claims he isn’t here to outshine his competitors such as Rap God Eminem but nevertheless he’s one to watch. Skeme’s videos are already in motion with Wale’s collaboration snippet already filmed in NYC but if it’s Iggy Azalea’s feature you are after you will need to check back early 2014.

Video of the week: OUT NOW

A whopping 17 epic videos from Beyoncé surprised the nation last week made it impossible to pick a favourite!

Instead this week’s video of the week is from 19 year old London Lass Laurel. Fire Breather dropped last month as a free download and it has been on our minds ever since. This dark pop song is about the young love of her destructive partner. Loved-up bliss doesn’t last for long as Laurel’s partner gets mixed up in the wrong crowd.

Leaving her with more bad luck than just a tarot card, will this tattooed beau make it safe for them to stay or will they have to up sticks and leave their trailer park home for good?

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Dan Croll

Dan Croll

Dingwalls Camden, 27th Nov 2013

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It was a Turn First Management Takeover in Dingwalls, Camden last night as Laurel opened up for headliner Dan Croll.  Unaware of a second support act, FYFE sandwiched these two artists with an overtly lavish vocal range with all the trimmings.  Undeniably FYFE can belt out a track – the delivery was not one of solace.

19 year old Laurel has been crafting her music slowly following hype around her Demo Blue Blood reaching 100,000 plays on Soundcloud. Nicknamed London’s last sweetheart her voice reflects just that as she gave a delicate set showcasing her new free download Fire Breather and the B-side The Desert. A cross between a happier Lana Del Ray and a less raspy Diana Vickers, Laurel has an endearing nature with a sense of mystery that will leave you wanting more. Until then Fire Breather will be on repeat.

First time seeing an artist is always an exciting cherry-pop experience but with the crowd cheering for Croll’s arrival it seemed most of the crowd already had cherries popped!

Dan’s head-bopping toe-tapping delights had everyone in the room fully engaged from start to finish. Performances included the infectious tambourine tune In/Out along with tracks from his debut EP From Nowhere. Under-estimating this folksy-pop singer was a mistake as Croll’s kooky beats and humble personality had the room in awe; so much so that when Dan dedicated Compliment Your Soul to a female in the crowd her partner followed with a proposal. (She said yes!)

Big news continued when someone yelled “When’s your album?” keen to spill the news he replied “10th March.” Looking like a date plucked from the air it wasn’t until the later this was confirmed.

Ending the set on his latest single Home seemed like the obvious choice but there was a surprise encore. He announced that Sweet Disarray, the track he was about to sing, would be the title of his debut album out March 10th.  After this spectacular sell-out event, a marriage proposal and album news the name Dan Croll will be popping up a lot more in 2014.

Anyone who is still blissfully unware of Dan Croll’s music I urge you to head over to his Youtube or Soundcloud now and starts popping those cherries!!

https://soundcloud.com/dancrollmusic

http://www.youtube.com/user/DanCrollVEVO?feature=watch

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