Pure unadulterated feelgood dancefloor soul funk from Jodie Abacus’ debut album. Since the track dropped it has been my go to track when I have needed to kick start my day or get an energy boost. Those hand claps, synths and woooos on the chorus can’t not get your feet moving and your head bopping. I do love the female bvs on this too. Much like the female vocal on JT’s “Rock your body” it gives the track another layer complimenting the male lead perfectly.

Having followed and supported Jodies career for a number of years it is so good and inspirational to see him release the debut album and perform on the bigger stages his music and charisma have always deserved. He has stayed true to his sound and is still working with a number of the musicians that have been around him from day. The signing of a deal hasn’t seen him veer away from what made him.

Salute to you Jodie for finding the success you always knew would come your way. Lovers of all things soul, funk, Neptunes and Prince get involved if you haven’t already.

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I loved everything about Nao’s first album. The sophomore album has defeated many a great artist over the years… thankfully not this one.

She once again has released an album that feels like it is completely on her own terms not trying to adhere to any kind of industry standard other than quality songwriting and vocals.

On the first album i loved the bright upbeat numbers but on this one its the balads and dark ones that have me hitting repeat on the regs. “Make it Out Alive” and “Orbit” are insane with singalong hooks filled with the emotion of the song. But the title track “Saturn” is the one.

Its so good hearing Kwabs’ deep tones on a record again. Opening the song he sets you up for the epicnessess that is to come. Those first lyrics are just magical. Nao comes in and the two deliver this perfect lovers duet. Like the other songs mentioned the hook has you singing along and (me anyway) belting it out in the car. I love that its piano led and the lazy beat keeps the tune ticking over leaving the focus on the vocals.

Amazing song, amazing artist and my favourite album of the year. Quality.

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For me this album came out of nowhere. I picked up on a lot of people talking about it and couldn’t deny it’s exceptional quality once getting into it . A mesh of hip hop and soul similar to the Dilla and Platinum Pied Pipers sounds of 05 and 06 with a distinctly British northern Grit making it all the more authentic and real.

As a body of work it’s hard to find fault with it but this one track really did stand out for me and moved me. I guess because I can relate to it and had so many memories myself of sitting in the back of Dad’s car and listening to music it took me back to that happy place and to those feelings of love, cassette tapes and musical education. I guess that’s what really makes music stand out when you can really relate to the message and it’s feeling. this song not only makes me think about my father and those memories but also my role as a Dad and the education I am giving my children every time we drive.

Thank you Children of Zeus for this song and also a landmark album that will go down in the history of UK hip hop as one of the greatest.

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last week ago Midas released his latest album “All inside your head” a polished slice of quite simply good music. I say that because I don’t think you can put it into anyone music genre other than good music just like this my favourite cut off the album “Get On Up”. A trck that definitely has Soul at the core of its essence but their are plenty of sprinklings of country, blues and gospel in this one. The instrumentation is immense and does make you wanna get up and get going. But thats the other great thing about the track. The Get Up he is referring to is a call for all to get up and make what you want to happen in life HAPPEN. Fine words for someone who has done exactly that. Brilliant vocals great songwriter check this album out here.

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Charlene delivers a solid slice of quality Soul and RnB with her debut album “Good Day”. You can hear the 90s and 00s influence throughout all the tracks. It’s the kinda album you put on after long day at work and you are looking to relax. There is an overriding feel of niceness, a glow if you will that you get from every track with a very polished production sound. There are some great decision choices with the instrumentation from the soft flutes on the “Intoxicated” to the live horns on “Central Line” to the jumpin bass line on “First Date” that also add to that feel.

Favourite and standout track easily for me is “My Yesterday”. When i saw her live a couple weeks ago at We Play Music Live the tune had me bopping my head differently and i was really happy to hear the recorded version was just as strong. Killer groove and Charlene’s vocal line is full of character and conviction and i love the effects all over the BVs that add to the dark undertone of the tune. Wicked.

Overall this is a solid polished debut from Charlene with songs that are easy on the ear and most can relate to. There is room for growth and i’m sure judging from the quality displayed here and Charlene’s character she’s only gonna get better.

The album is available to buy and stream on Bandcamp below now.

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For a minute let’s forget about Kanye, and J Cole dropping new albums. Let’s even forget about the Jay Z new album bombshell that the UK woke up to on Monday Morning. Let’s look at something that is prehaps a little more relevant to us. Monday saw the release of the sophomore album from much acclaimed DJ and Producer Eric Lau. Its been a good 5 years since Eric released his first album “New Territories”. Since then he’s performed DJ sets around the world, made new fans & friends, produced for artists and possibly most importantly he has grown. This album shows just that his growth. His formula of Hip hop beats alongside soulful warm melodic chords and vocals is still intact, but its been enhanced, taking his music to another level.
Longtime collaborators Tawiah and Rahel are on board for the bulk of the vocal work but there’s also appearances from Oddisee and Fatima. For me though Rahel steals show. There is something heavenly about her tones that combines so beautifully with Mr Lau’s production.
The progression shown here is immense and I feel he has proven himself as a heavyweight producer and beatmaker in his genre that everyone should be taking note of both sides of the atlantic. A soundtrack to perfection… Prehaps you decide you can stream the album on Okay Player here or you can take my word for it and get downloading album here

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Friday night longtime MIR favourite Hayley Cassidy dropped her first new material for a couple of years. The Stripped album has been a long time coming and it was certainly worth the wait. Hayley delivers the kind of RnB that music lovers have been screaming for. Production is ridiculous with some wonderful vocal arrangements. Hayley as always is sounding amazing her runs and vocal character always help her to stand out as one of the best around and give it a distinct British London feel. Standout tracks would be 360, the classic Far Away and the title track Stripped. Awesome quality its free so get downloading NOW!

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Last month the good people at Lyrix Organix launched their first compilation EP. Its features a vast range of different artists who have performed at their events over the last couple of years and acts as good taster as to what to expect from one of their events. The album is filled with lots of caribbean and African rhythms as well as some more soulful numbers and a couple of spoken word gems. Highlights would of course be G.R.E.E.d.S and The Remedies “We Are” and Dean Atta’s “Revolution” whilst the standout tracks for me would have to be Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s “Sometimes” and Ayah Marar’s “Dandelion Tea”. This is not available on download just physical CD it is however just £5 and a solid investment with all proceeds going to various charities. There is something for everyone here and as i said some real gems have a listen below and follow the links to purchase!

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Whilst the sun was shining and the air smelt positive in the heart of Shoreditch, KM Scribbles managed to catch up with the lovely Kersha Bailey a few days before her highly anticipated album launch, over some sweet tasting juice.  See the exclusive interview below :)

So Ms Kersha let’s get straight into it! Let’s cover some background ;) How long have you been singing? Did you know this was what you always wanted to do?

 Funnily enough I did want to be a Fashion Designer at one point but I realised that wasn’t really my passion. My mum is a singer and singing is in my family so when I started singing it just felt right. I actually did some acting for about 5 years but that was not my passion either. I have been singing from the age of 5 and that is where my heart belongs.  

 Your guitar skills are very impressive and I know you taught yourself how to play right? How long did it take you to teach yourself?

Thank you, I do teach myself yeah. I have been playing the guitar for 5 years but I did lose motivation for a while and lost patience of teaching myself so I have been consistent with playing and learning for 2 years. I am still learning though, I would probably say I am a bit better than a basic player but I want to increase my skills with reading music especially. How I actually started playing the guitar was whilst I was at a friend’s house. Her guitar was just sitting next to her radiator and I picked it up and started humming. I teach myself by humming a melody and writing it down really fast and then trying to find it on the guitar. I also had a few guitar lessons from Michael Kiwanuka & N Dubz’s guitarist Martin Anderson.  I used to play keys and the drums but I didn’t really feel a connection to them.

 I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peak of your album and I love thelyrics in your songs. Are they all written from your personal experience? Where do you get your inspiration from?

The majority of the album is from my personal experiences and my journey so far or I sometimes createstories which I think stems from the acting that I did. The song “Ain’t gonna waste my time,”

..{Interupption} Yes is that the first track? I love that song! Sorry continue lol…

 Aww thank you, the song is about a guy I was with; my first boyfriend. I was a virgin, as I am now and it’s like he couldn’t wait! He was a typical bad boy and I thought I could change him and help him but I realised that really was not the case. He cheated on me and it really hurt. I even put down my guitar for a little while and I did not realise that I had fallen away from my music. It’s crazy how when something like that happens you don’t actually realise how much it affects you and your everyday living. So yeah that is the story behind that song. The track ‘Beyond the Stars’ which is the album title is about when I was younger and wasn’t really confident. I would  sometimes do things that would go against what I believed in. A few years in I slowly started to gain confidence and accepted who I am….I’m still a working progress but i know I’m loved :)  Other inspiration I get is from people around me and things that may have happened to them but mainly my own experiences.

Wow, yea trust me it’s a hard lesson learning you can’t change someone! Do you have a favourite spot you like to go and write songs? What’s the craziest thing you have written a song about?

 Not really, I write songs ANYWHERE! The song ‘Minotaur and Me,’ may be confusing to people when they hear it as they may not understand what it is about. It is actually based on a bad dream I had which made me wake up in a cold sweat. In the dream the Minotaur was chasing me and there was a voice telling me to run. The dream seemed crazy at the time but I wrote a song about it and it was only years later that I realised the true meaning of the dream and the song. The Minotaur represented the male figures in my life who weren’t there, one of which being my dad who is non-existent and when I did come into contact with him it wasn’t anything positive. Also the guy I spoke about earlier – both of them are male figures that didn’t bring any positivity to my life. They appear all nice in the beginning but then you realise it’s not really what it seemed.

Wow it’s funny how life can work out sometimes. In your own words how would you describe your style?

Ah, I’ve asked my band they don’t even know, lol. My manager says I don’t need to confine myself to a genre or box; my music is just my music. For me I would say I am a mixture of genres with mainly Jazz and parts of Indie and Acoustic Soul. But I mean what section would that be placed under in HMV? LOL

What do you think about the UK music scene at the moment?

I think it’s heathly – we’re getting some recognition and I think it’s great. Whilst the focus is somewhat out here now I think it’s the time for the deserving artists and musicians to make their platform. We all know there are a lot of great artists in the US but I think it UK’s time now.

 How would you describe your journey as a solo artist so far?

It has been eventful and very interesting. When I was exposed to venues with the buzz around me I didn’t have the right people by my side to keep me grounded and to help me. I had people approach me who made a lot of false promises which obviously never worked out. I then lost my buzz slightly because when nothing is heard from you people automatically think you aren’t doing anything and I didn’t want people to forget about me. That was my low point. Also being unsigned is a struggle especially financially as you have to fund everything independently yourself. My album is going to be digitally released and I will be saving money from the guest list from my launch to hopefully print hard copies. This industry can be really stressful but I have had some high points too. Beverley Knight invited me to one of her gig rehearsals which was a really nice night – it was good to get an inside feel of what the industry is like and to learn from someone already in it. I got to just chill with her as well and buss’ joke which is always nice. I also had my tracks played in L.A and I headlined at Ronnie Scott’s and recorded a track with Labrinth – good times.

So the launch is fast approaching! Tell me about that – how is the preparation going?

It’s been a crazy one and because I am unsigned and not working I don’t have all the financial backing to support me and get the venue I really wanted to. Luckily enough though DJ Supa Fine offered to help me out with securing a venue and that’s how I managed to get The Hideaway. I will be honest and say it is not the ideal venue I had hoped for but I am really grateful. I am just stressing about trying to change the décor to put my Kersha Bailey twist on it and make it feel more homely. I would love to have some carpet, big lamp shades and cupcakes present at my launch. The decor the venue has at the moment includes skulls on the wall which definitely isn’t me but I am working with it. I am excited about the launch and nervous at the same time. I did not expect to see the amount of numbers that I have seen on the list to attend but for that I am so grateful, excited and nervous!

If you was not singing what would you be doing?

I would either be teaching music/singing or teaching how to play the guitar. I also like the idea of developing artists too with their singing voices as well as song writing.

Okay to finish up, describe what music is to you in one sentence.

Oh, it’s not just one thing for me. Music is a form of release no matter how you feel whether it’s happy or sad you can relate to it. It allows you to be yourself – you can be whacky, crazy sometimes strange. You can just be you and not be judged.

KM Scribbles

Kersha Bailey’s debut album ‘Beyond The Stars’ will be released on iTunes on Friday 30th March 2012.

The album launch will be held on Thursday 29th March 2012 down at The Hideaway, 114 Junction Road, London N19 5BL from 8pm!


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Today Dean Atta release his debut album The Missing Piece and it’s everything you’d expect from the man if you knew him and everything you’d expect from looking at the cover… upfront, honest and well the bare naked truth. From start to finish Dean tells stories of experience from his own life and what he has witnessed throughout. There are sad hardhiting pieces like ‘Key to the City’, tales of love and heartbreak in ‘Tunnel Vision’ and ‘Goodbye’ alongside tales of family and his roots on ‘Mother Tongue’

My favourite would probably be ‘Ascension’. It’s a lovely sample but probably the piece that resonates with me the most. Trying to live up to your potential and rise above the disappointments of life.

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There’s something in there for everyone which is always the mark of a good body of work. And it’s not just for the spoken word heads it’s something music lovers can enjoy too. Click on the link below and give it a listen and download for free!!!

Dean Atta Missing Piece

Good work Mr Atta!

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