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The Music Files Top Tracks of the Year – Part 3 (no 20 -11)

We continue the countdown of our favourites tracks of 2020… Make sure you view part 1 here and part 2 here. In no particular order here is numbers 20 to 11… Number 20: Emma Kelly – Drunk Released: June 5th Selected by Orla Brady: ‘It seems only suitable to listen to this track from Emma KellyContinue reading “The Music Files Top Tracks of the Year – Part 3 (no 20 -11)”

TMF Top Tracks of the Week (9th – 15th December)

Recommendation 1: Before Stories – Born Below the Tide Taken from their latest EP, The Next Reason to Breathe, Born Below the Tide is an atmospheric anthem with addictive drums, infectious guitar riffs and dark lyrics. Before Stories, based in Aberdeen are made up of Jamie Reid and Colin Brennan who have been making quiteContinue reading “TMF Top Tracks of the Week (9th – 15th December)”

Jack Blackman and the Beautiful Wreck release alternative Christmas song in aid of Homelessness.

Newly formed indie rock n roll band, Jack Blackman and the Beautiful Wreck release the incredibly clever Grinch-like Christmas track, ‘I Wish It Was Summer (At Christmas Time)’ in order to raise money for Crisis, a national charity for the homeless. The track focuses on the longful wait for Summer 2021 with the band wishingContinue reading “Jack Blackman and the Beautiful Wreck release alternative Christmas song in aid of Homelessness.”

Single Review: John Rush – Merry Christmas

It’s finally the time of year where it’s acceptable to listen to Christmas songs and what better way to start off the festivities with Glaswegian singer songwriter, John Rush‘s latest release, Merry Christmas. This fun, catchy track will inevitably get you in the Christmas spirit with it’s soulful lyrics, magical melodies and of course weContinue reading “Single Review: John Rush – Merry Christmas”

Single Review: Glasvegas – My Body is a Glasshouse (A Thousand Stones Ago)

By Myrren Porter Upon the arrival of their tremendous fourth album, which is to be released in April 2021, Glasvegas have given us an early Christmas present with their new single ‘My Body is a Glasshouse (A Thousand Stones ago).’  First emerging onto the scene in 2008 with their debut album, which went on toContinue reading “Single Review: Glasvegas – My Body is a Glasshouse (A Thousand Stones Ago)”

Brits & Pieces release compilation album to support and promote upcoming independent bands and artists

90s music fanatic, Marc aka @britspieces on Twitter is the name behind the incredible 18 track compilation album, Brits and Pieces, a campaign to support and promote some of the biggest names within the local UK music scene. Marc started Brits and Pieces back in January 2019 in order ‘to share stories, band merchandise andcollectiblesContinue reading “Brits & Pieces release compilation album to support and promote upcoming independent bands and artists”

Single Review: Death By Piano – Nightwalk

Brooklyn based duo Death By Piano comprised of Kalen on vocals/keyboard and producer/instrumentalist Greywolf have released a trilogy of singles this year with the last single ‘Nightwalk’ being released on the 23rd of October. With contrasting vocals, eery synths and electronic beats ‘Nightwalk’ really showcases Death by Piano’s ability to do what they do bestContinue reading “Single Review: Death By Piano – Nightwalk”

Have you listened to Wolforna – In His Dreams yet?

Hypnotising melodies, a unique blend of guitar hooks and intimate vocals, Wolforna’s latest release, ‘In His Dreams’ is sure to have you mesmerised from the get-go. The intro of the track takes listeners on a daydream with it’s relaxing aura at first instance and then this incredible distorted guitar solo creeps in taking the trackContinue reading “Have you listened to Wolforna – In His Dreams yet?”

Katherine Aly releases dark art pop track Butterflies

Despite being a relative newcomer, Katherine Aly is beginning to create a genuine buzz. Collaborating in the past with scene favourites Glassmaster , Chuchoter , and Midi Paul- Aly has had an excellent track record for her first few releases. From the neoclassical ‘The Skin I’m Made Of,’ to ‘Sunny Days,’ , the dark-pop ‘Misty Me,’Continue reading “Katherine Aly releases dark art pop track Butterflies”

The Mono LPs: Hell, Save My Soul – Single Review

Huge Single Paves The Way For an Anticipated Album. Hell, Save My Soul is a welcome blast of Blues-driven rock. It’s built into a delta-blues inspired structure, it sounds like a 70s ‘Zeppelin’ record, and the overall result is a well crafted single. Recently signed to Fretsore Records, we’re excited to see ‘The Mono LPs’Continue reading “The Mono LPs: Hell, Save My Soul – Single Review”

Single Review: Chris Greig & The Merchants – Tired Eyes

By Orla Brady Despite the chaos of 2020, Chris Greig & The Merchants have released three well received singles, one of which even made it onto an episode of E4’s Made In Chelsea. They have also appeared on Spotify’s official playlist ‘We Are Glasgow’ and have also been featured on BBC Introducing. Last month, theContinue reading “Single Review: Chris Greig & The Merchants – Tired Eyes”

Top 5 Releases of the Week (1st November – 7th November)

We’re only seven days in to November and already it’s shaping up to be an incredible month for new releases. From soft melodies to bluesy rock, we can’t get over the incredible variety in talent within the UK’s music scene. Have a read below to find out our top releases this week… Recommendation 1: AsthmaticContinue reading “Top 5 Releases of the Week (1st November – 7th November)”

Single Review: Plastic Glass – ‘Going Away’

Plastic Glass, a four piece indie-rock band hailing from Sunderland realise their latest single ‘Go Away’ on the 6th of November. This heavy hitting indie tune should be on everybody’s list of new songs to listen to with an amazingly catchy energetic melody and thought provoking lyrics what’s not to love about this song?! SinceContinue reading “Single Review: Plastic Glass – ‘Going Away’”

TV Priest release their latest single ‘Decoration’ after signing deal with Sub Pop

There are few, if any, bands you will come across who have caught a break during the promotion of their debut album, yet here we are with London’s latest post-punk outfit, TV Priest who with just a matter of weeks until the release date of their inaugural record (Uppers) have penned a deal with SubContinue reading “TV Priest release their latest single ‘Decoration’ after signing deal with Sub Pop”

Single Review: FOXHAUNT – Out Of Control

Based in York, FOXHAUNT are an emerging alternative rock band who have been finding their way by releasing critically acclaimed alternative rock tracks with an edge! They have just released their new single ‘Out Of Control’ alongside an excellent music video and it’s an absolute stomper! FOXHAUNT formed in 2018 and have been taking influenceContinue reading “Single Review: FOXHAUNT – Out Of Control”

Single Review: Joshua Grant – Transparent

Hailing from just outside Edinburgh, 18 year old Joshua Grant has released his new single ‘Transparent’. The singer songwriter has went from a young grassroots artist and busker to a chart success story in a matter of months during one of the most difficult times for up and coming artists. Joshua’s previous release ‘Edinburgh’ hitContinue reading “Single Review: Joshua Grant – Transparent”

The SAY Award 2020

The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) award is one of the biggest nights in the Scottish music scene and this year for the first time ever, the ceremony will be broadcasted digitally though a YouTube premier! Join hosts Nicola Meighan and Vic Galloway for a night of celebrating this year’s top 10 shortlisted albumsContinue reading “The SAY Award 2020”

Single Review : Johnny Lloyd – Suze

By Chelsea Ness Tribes frontman, Johnny Lloyd has taken a different approach with his latest solo track, ‘Suze’ ahead of his brand new album, ‘Cheap Medication’. Suze provides a peaceful, calming sensation which inevitably leaves listeners feeling a sense of inspiration. Right from the get-go, the sweet wholesome sound of the acoustics blend together blissfullyContinue reading “Single Review : Johnny Lloyd – Suze”

Album Review: The Jaded Hearts Club – You’ve Always Been Here

Supergroup The Jaded Hearts Club have premiered their debut album this month (2nd Oct) and we at The Music Files are totally obsessed.  Forming in 2017 by Blur guitarist Jamie Davis, the group originally called ‘Dr Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club band were created and performed plentiful covers by The Beatles before expanding and covering tracksContinue reading “Album Review: The Jaded Hearts Club – You’ve Always Been Here”

Single Review: Alex Maxwell – Inaction

Dumfries-based singer-songwriter Alex Maxwell has teamed up with Idlewild’s Rod Jones for his third single Inaction, which was released this week. This indie-folk track would act as the perfect accompaniment to a walk or drive round the Scottish countryside with friends on a summer’s day. In his lyrics, Maxwell gives us some advice on howContinue reading “Single Review: Alex Maxwell – Inaction”

Single Review: Freddie Dickson – Touch Over Distance

With Britain’s lockdown easing and life returning to some kind of semblance of normality, we may not wish to remember our experience of being confined to our homes due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. However, singer-songwriter Freddie Dickson’s new track Touch Over Distance effectively allows us to place ourselves back in time to reflect uponContinue reading “Single Review: Freddie Dickson – Touch Over Distance”

Behind the Music: Take the Night – Teenage Love

by Myrren Porter Geordie synth duo Take The Night have returned with their new single ‘Teenage Love’ which premiered last month.  Showcasing the groups passion for all things synth, the consistent line throughout the track creates an airy sounding aura which is what makes Take The Night one of the most unique groups within theirContinue reading “Behind the Music: Take the Night – Teenage Love”

Single Review: The Asteroid No. 4 – Swiss Mountain Myth

By Orla Brady California-based psychedelic-rock quintet The Asteroid No.4 have released their latest single Swiss Mountain Myth in preparation for the upcoming release of their tenth studio album ‘Northern Songs’. The band have gained a dedicated fan-base and a reputation as trailblazers of modern psychedelic rock over the twenty-two years that they have been creatingContinue reading “Single Review: The Asteroid No. 4 – Swiss Mountain Myth”

Single Review: Out of the Swim – Through the Floors of a Starry Night (feat. Adam Stafford)

Falkirk/Glasgow four-piece Out of the Swim are gearing up release their upcoming collaborative EP The University of Skinflats. ‘Through the Floors of a Starry Night’ is the launch single and it will be released at the end of this month, alongside the full EP. The track is a collaboration with renowned musician Adam Stafford, andContinue reading “Single Review: Out of the Swim – Through the Floors of a Starry Night (feat. Adam Stafford)”

SINGLE REVIEW: White Novels – ‘There’s No Happiness’

By Jay Roberts ‘White Novels’ – a new project masterminded by multi-instrumentalist Jack Bestow – have released their poignant and immersive new single ‘There’s No Happiness’. This new hotly anticipated single comes after the band released their debut single ‘On The Bottle’, which attracted some rave reviews at the start of June. ‘There’s No Happiness’Continue reading “SINGLE REVIEW: White Novels – ‘There’s No Happiness’”

EP Review: The Recreation – For Tessa, With Affection, April ’76.

I have been a massive fan of The Recreation for just over a year now. On the 3rd July they released a six track EP called “For Tessa, With Affection, April ’76”. The Oldham band have quickly made a name from themselves over the past few years through touring the UK and releasing songs likeContinue reading “EP Review: The Recreation – For Tessa, With Affection, April ’76.”

Single Review: Tony Goff and The Broken Colours – Rearrange

By Ryan McConnell Bringing the funk and feel good factor is the brilliant Tony Goff and the Broken Colours with their latest single, Rearrange. The quartet – hailing from High Wycombe – offer up a joyful sounding instrumental filled with catchy guitar hooks, trumpets and a steady beat throughout which all work harmoniously in givingContinue reading “Single Review: Tony Goff and The Broken Colours – Rearrange”

EP Review: Katie O – Chamber

By Orla Brady Singer and musician Catherine O’Halloran, otherwise known by the stage name – Katie O, released her debut EP Chamber, last month. Prior to creating the Katie O persona, O’Halloran developed an impressive musical career. Her vocals have featured on the soundtrack to several Hollywood films, including the 2007 Oscar winning film ‘TheContinue reading “EP Review: Katie O – Chamber”

Single Review: Phoebe Marshall – If You Begged For Me, Would I Have Stayed?

Leeds based indie-pop artist, Phoebe Marshall, leans into her pop sensibilities in second single ‘If You For Begged Me, Would I Have Stayed?‘. ‘Don’t Tell Her’, the debut single from Phoebe Marshall, could easily feature at the start of a 2000s indie romance featuring Michael Cera on a soundtrack alongside the likes of The MoldyContinue reading “Single Review: Phoebe Marshall – If You Begged For Me, Would I Have Stayed?”

“Pebbles”: The NEW SINGLE from Scruffy Bear.

By Amanda Kilfeather. Scruffy Bear are back with another screamer of a single, “Pebbles“. Life in lockdown has proved no chance of hindering these guys’ creativity and determination – they’ve hosted livestream shows from their new Band HQ, collaborated on covers with equally-talented artists, all whilst working away behind the scenes on yet another impressiveContinue reading ““Pebbles”: The NEW SINGLE from Scruffy Bear.”

Album Review – Kevin Daniel Cahill: Dynasties

by Chelsea Ness Scottish contemporary guitarist, Kevin Daniel Cahill has truly exceeded his musical talents with his utterly gripping album, Dynasties. The creativity, skill and raw flair presented vastly throughout the eight track instrumental album. Listeners will inevitably be drawn in at the first instance. If you’ve read any of my previous articles then youContinue reading “Album Review – Kevin Daniel Cahill: Dynasties”

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