Montreal-based singer and songwriter ANNABEL GUTHERZ returns with a reimagined version of her latest single, ‘Retrograde (Epic Remix).’
For the remix, Annabel worked with Los Angeles-based producer Bret “Epic” Mazur to put a lively new spin on the track. While many know Epic from his role in the band Crazy Town, he is also an accomplished producer who has helped develop some of the biggest names in music (Black Eyed Peas, New Edition, BBD).
“It was so amazing and humbling getting to work with Bret ‘Epic’ Mazur on this remix,” Annabel says. “I am so grateful for his talents and for the summer spin on he put on the song.”
Extraordinary vox and melodic sensibilities combine for Ottawa-born, Toronto-based pop singer/songwriter AMIR BRANDON and his debut single, ‘champagne’.
Serving as a preview to the Toronto-based artist and multi-instrumentalist’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Lonely Club’, ‘champagne’ achingly peels away Amir’s desire to ditch the bubbly in favour of dancing alone with his broken, pained heart. His authenticity as a melancholic man of sadness comes to life on the track, giving us a one-way ticket into uncharted loneliness.
On “champagne,” Amir takes creative licence, carving his own unique place in the rhythm and blues world. Dripping with charisma and eloquence from every note, his falsetto pierces the heart, while breathless runs solidify his dedication to drawing in the listener and holding them captive.
Having gained early accolades from chart-topping Billboard singer/songwriter JoJo, Amir Brandon has performed headlining showcases at Canadian Music Week, shared the stage with Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, and amassed more than 2+ Million streams on YouTube for his stunning takes of R&B greats.
Heard across CBC, Netflix’s Cobra Kai, Disney’s PJ Masks, The Young & The Restless, Spotify’s New Music Friday, and more, he has also headlined the “We’re Funny That Way” LGTBQ Festival, Youth Day at Yonge & Dundas Square — as well as being featured as a singer/songwriter at the Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and performer, songwriter, and co-producer for ‘Rapid-Eye Movement’ at Nuit Blanche and Summerworks Festival.
Enduring years of closed doors, homophobia, and fighting for artistic integrity only fuelled Amir Brandon’s creative fire, inspiring a striking sense of vulnerability and confidence in his songwriting. After much experimentation, self-discovery, and reinvention, his music stands as a testament to his resilience in the industry.
“champagne” is available now. Lonely Club is available Summer 2021. Check out the music for the single below…
SCOOBY JONES‘ debut single, ‘How The Hell You Make A Man’ stops you in your tracks. It’s like hearing Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ or Ben Pearce’s ‘What I Might Do’, Drake’s ‘Passion Fruit’ or some other blissful earworm you just knew was an instant classic able to stand the test of time which you would be playing on repeat for years to come, with no fear of growing tired of it.
Described on the YouTube video in hashtag speak as #Ibiza #Poolside #House you quickly get the vibe we’re heading for, but this does also bare the hallmarks of a deeper, hugely intelligent artist at work. The lyricism and wit of Sleaford Mods comes to mind, and there is that dash of British punk about Scooby’s swagger, but essentially this purest of soul voices able to see with his voice what you’d only imagine Stevie Wonder sees with his inner vision is just a thing to behold, whilst his co-conspirator, producer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Jones (Kelly Rowland, Tinie Tempah, Lalah Hathaway) locks us into a heavy groove.
What’s very exciting is Scooby Jones is just a man. A very talented one, nonetheless who is currently working on a solo album which promises even more. Based in South London and perhaps a tad familiar to some having been around the music ether for the past decade popping up on funk tracks featured on 6 Music and Radio 2 due to his insane vocal abilities and lovable nice guy personality, working behind the scenes as a songwriter with artists such as Swedish House Mafia, Artful Dodger and Chaz Jankel (Ian Dury and The Blockheads) and also touring alongside the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Ice-T, Ed Sheeran and Alexander O’Neal.
A stalwart of the London live music scene since 2008 as curator/host of one of London’s most beloved ‘open mic/jam nights’, where only the best of the best would generally make their way to the stage. Scooby now divides his time between making music and directing music videos, including the video for this momentous debut single ‘How The Hell You Make A Man?’ which is out now with various remixes due for release throughout spring/summer 2021.
LADY LESHURR, LIONESS and MS. BANKS team up with Black Eyed Peas frontman WILL.I.AM for the fiery, empowering anthem ‘Pretty Little Thing’ that is set to be a soundtrack for young queens throughout the world.
Dripping with confidence, sauce and female pride, ‘Pretty Little Thing’ captures everything that it is to be an independent lady in 2019, from self-love, integrity and fashion to a fiesty go-getter attitude, and the track couldn’t be presented by three more fitting women.
With strong, bold imagery that is set off by bountiful, deep orange highlights to open the video, the whistling melody and catchy, self-vocalled hook, sit upon a deep rumbling bassline making for the snappiest of joints courtesy of WILL.I.AM and producer DJ Ammo. Colours stand as a strong message throughout the video, representing both the individuality of each emcee, and women worldwide, and their solidarity as a group, as hues of orange and pink dominate the storyline, whilst powerful lyricism and performances deliver an empowered and genuine message.
First to step up to the mic is LIONESS who wastes no time in claiming the number as an unapologetic UK offering and delivers her articulate, lyrical verse with sheer tenacity and a knock out performance to camera. Sliding in to grab the mic for verse two is ‘Snack’ barrer MS BANKS who spits her mantra to always remain unashamedly unique, followed by the Birmingham rap queen LADY LESHURR who brings her impeccable lyrical skill, genuine attitude and raw honesty to wrap up proceedings.
Framed with edits and snapshots that make the video feel like it’s straight from a fashion contact sheet, ‘Pretty Little Thing’ is the perfect collaboration of music and fashion brought together by the PrettyLittleThing fashion retailer themselves.
So here’s your chance to check out the video for ‘Pretty Little Thing’ below…