Edinburgh artist Rachel Johnson with new single ‘Safe Island’

Out now on iTunes, this stellar new track is the latest release from promising young artist Rachel Johnson. Based in the creative hotbed that is Edinburgh, Johnson is a young pretender but with a startlingly grown up sound. ‘Safe Island’ opens small, but builds into a swaying epic – a worth addition to Johnson’s canon.

If you happen to be in the Edinburgh area in the coming weeks, you could do worse than seek out one of Johnson’s live performances too. You can find out more at

New singles from Kelly Moneymaker – ‘Home For The Holidays’ & ‘Jingle Bells’

As you may have guessed from the names of the songs, the two new singles from Kelly Moneymaker have a distinctly festive flavour to them.

For the uninitiated, Kelly Moneymaker is a soul artist from the US with a monster of a voice, and it’s put to good use in her two new singles. First is ‘Home For The Holidays’ – and original song penned by Moneymaker and a timely reminder of what the Christmas season is really about (ie. family and memories, as opposed to opening presents and getting new stuff).

Second, the evergreen ‘Jingle Bells’ gets a jazzy makeover.

Both songs are great fun, a little extra Christmas treat for 2015. Enjoy.

Maxi Jazz (Faithless) returns with new band and new single

Having found huge, worldwide acclaim as part of dance music powerhouse Faithless, multi-talented performer Maxi Jazz is back with a new band and a new sound.

The band, The E-Type Boys, explore a different side to Maxi’s musical personality. Inspired by the funk, soul, reggae and jazz genres, this is a darker sound in many ways, utterly compelling throughout. Knowing Maxi Jazz’s background in full on dance only makes it all the more intriguing.

There’s more new music coming in the New Year, but in the meantime Maxi Jazz and the E Type Boys have offered up a little taste of what’s to come with the track above, ‘Bitter Love’.

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Kelly Moneymaker ramps up the soul with ‘Stone’ LP

It’s always intriguing when an artist is labelled as ‘the new this’ or ‘the next that’ – particularly when the artists they’re been compared to are all time greats in their genre. So it was with some trepidation that I clicked PLAY on the latest album from Kelly Moneymaker – ‘the next Aretha Franklin/Tina Turner/Bonnie Rait’.

Incredibly though, those concerns were unfounded. Kelly Moneymaker truly does have a powerhouse voice, one which she lends to thirteen stellar soul and gospel tracks for new album ‘Stone’.

Granted, there’s no replacing the greats mentioned above – nobody can match them. But the fact that this release boasts tracks which you can fully imagine being included on those artists’ classic albums is a compliment in itself.

Baron Goodlove and the Dreadful Noise release belting lyric video

If you only introduce yourself to one grimy, dirty blues groove indie track this week (better yet this month), make it this one. The new track from Baron Goodlove and his band, ‘Orpheus’, is just the appetiser for an upcoming EP. And if this is the starter, you can sign me up for the main course.

Watch the lyric video above, and take in the thick atmosphere of it. Read along with the words as Goodlove’s low register vocal slides easily over them, slinking through the verses until the chorus breaks through.

It’s different, it’s fun, and most of all, it’s damn good. Don’t let anything get in the way of picking up the album once it’s out – and if that’s not enough you can pick up ‘Orpheus’ free here:

Jerry Lawson – ‘Just A Mortal Man’ (new album)

Having started singing at the age of just 5 in his church choir, it was always obvious that Jerry Lawson had the potential to make a living from singing. In many cases, potential isn’t enough, and talented people don’t get the breaks or work hard enough if they do. In Lawson’s case however, he turned that potential into a career spanning decades, singing alongside some of the greatest in history.

Incredibly though, having made his name as part of vocal groups such as The Persuasions, this is his first ever solo LP. At age 71, Jerry Lawson is stepping out on his own fro the first time, and proving he still has a few new tricks up his sleeve.

His voice remains soulful and note perfect, imbuing each song with genuine depth of feeling. A great indicator as to the tone of the album can be found at the beginning of the track ‘Wine’, where he introduces the song and pays tribute to its writer as the first strains of music break out. It evokes the image of a dark piano bar, late nights, whisky and warmth. A debut album to be very proud of.