The Frisbys’ release second EP The Cause on Dantobaccus Records

The Frisbys’ beautiful EP The Cause is out now via Dantobaccus Records
The Frisbys’ beautiful EP The Cause is out now via Dantobaccus Records

The Frisbys’ beautiful second EP The Cause is out now via Dantobaccus Records.

The six-piece have gone from strength to strength since the release of their debut EP Philosolve two years ago, evolving their sound along the way and, as the band have grown, so has their music. The Cause reflects this perfectly with its collection of stunning stand-out tracks that will resonate with you for days.

The Frisbys have also released two videos for their double A-side single Born and Raised / Give in to the Dark

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The Frisbys describe Give in to the Dark as a hopeful song about supporting a loved one through dark times and Born and Raised as “light hearted and upbeat…almost a countrified version of ‘No Scrubs’ by TLC”. The other tracks on the EP carry a similar theme and are filled with utterly stunning harmonies and musicianship throughout. If you’re looking for something to warm you up this Winter then this EP will definitely do the trick.

Helen and Nicola have been singing and playing music together since they were old enough to speak. Having performed as a duo for many years honing their incredible vocal harmonies, it took a boredom call from a broken-legged Marc Robinson (piano, guitar) to convince them to start a full band. The three were joined by Sam Keer (acoustic/electric/slide guitar), and later, Will Cattermole (bass) and Tom Finigan (drums). They have been producing haunting and emotive music ever since.

John Edwards’ A-Z of earliest guilty musical pleasures: A is for The Alessi Brothers

This month Buzzin Music is proud to publish Tonota 80′s John EdwardsA-Z of earliest guilty musical pleasures

My name is John Edwards and I live in London. I am obsessed with 2 things; laughter and music. If I don’t get my fix of both each day, I’d sooner shuffle of this planet.

Music, be it good or bad can stir emotions and it’s weird how songs can stick in your head from childhood. As you get older, you might feel a bit embarrassed about some of the songs you love but they are also part of what you are.

I decided to indulge myself and perhaps treat my friends at the same time by posting an A-Z of my earliest guilty musical pleasures. One song per day with a brief explanation about each song and why I chose it. These are the songs I got hooked on between the ages of 6 and 20.

A is for The Alessi Brothers

My 5 older brothers and 2 sisters played do much music in the house I would hear anything from James Last, Mantovani to Elvis and Abba. The radio was always on and so I found myself falling in love with some weird songs including this one. It was the sugary sweet harmonies that hooked me.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4oOQ85o3Is

Win a copy of the forthcoming Ambient Zone 2 CD

Ambient Zone 2 - Just Music Cafe Vol.5
Ambient Zone 2 - Just Music Cafe Vol.5

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and love to everything” Plato

Everyone needs a little chill in their lives and in time to soundtrack a Balearic Winter Ambient Zone 2, the fifth album in The Just Music Cafe Compilation series, will be released on 20th January, 2016.

Alongside contributions from the likes Jon Hopkins, Marconi Union and Dan Arborise, the album features nine brand new tracks created exclusively for the label in response to a beautiful series of carefully selected photo images. Each artist prdoduced music to the atmosphere of the photo, each translating the feelings evoked in them by the image into an exquisite and fascinating piece of musical ambience.

Ambient Zone 2 – Just Music Cafe Vol.5 Tracklisting:

1.    Digitonal – Sentinel
2.    Afterhere – On Wings
3.    Chris Coco – New Age Sunrise
4.    Jon Hopkins – Autumn Hill
5.    Sam Thomas – Seeing Or Agreeing
6.    Loner – My Kingdom, Your Sunset
7.    Echaskech – Caeleste
8.    Xspance – The Last Sunrise
9.    Opdot – Piano Monody
10.    Marconi Union – Transient
11.    Laki Mera – Talk To Me
12.    Dan Arborise – Paths

PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

To win a copy of Ambient Zone 2 – Just Music Cafe Vol.5 simply answer the question below

Which artist is often cited as pioneering ambient music?

a) Brian Eno
b) Brian Ono
c) Yoko Ono

Submit your entries to comps@buzzinmedia.co.uk with the subject line: ‘Ambient 2 Comp’ (other subject lines will not be entered) with your full name, address & contact number.

This competition ends on 14th December 2015.

The editor will randomly choose 5 winners from the correct answers. The editor’s choice is final.

Charlotte Church: from angel to activist

Charlotte Church was catapulted into the spotlight in her childhood, her dazzling vocals earning her millions of records sales worldwide. Additionally, Church has performed in front of many prestigious and high profile figures, including Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth II and Bill Clinton. Charlotte Church is available for booking through London based MN2S agency.

Charlotte Church was born in Llandaff in Cardiff, Wales, into a Roman Catholic family. Church rose to public prominence in 1997 with a rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Pie Jesu’ that she performed over the phone on the breakfast television show, This Morning. This exposure was built upon when she appeared on the ITV Big, Big Talent Show in 1997. Almost overnight, Church had turned into a singing sensation. Inducted into the entertainment industry, Church was soon performing concerts at locations such as the Cardiff Arms Park, and the Royal Albert Hall. Church performed on the international stage when she was given the honour of opening for Dame Shirley Bassey in Antwerp.

However, Church’s astronomical start did not preclude her from getting a formal education. In 1998, she received a vocal scholarship to Howell’s School Llandaff in Cardiff and achieved the balancing act of school and performing her passion with on the road tutors – finishing her education at the age of 16. Trained as a classical singer, Church sang in a multitude of languages: in addition to her native English and Welsh she also performed pieces in Latin, Italian and French. Her first album, released in 1998 at only 12 years old, was titled Voice of an Angel, and was a selection of popular operatic arias, sacred songs and hymns and other traditional pieces. The album was a huge success and sold extensively worldwide, making Church the youngest ever artist to reach the No. 1 spot on the British classical crossover charts.

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A year later Church released her eponymous second album that included a range of songs from a similar genre. The use of her uplifting song Just Wave Hello was used in a major commercial campaign for the Fort Motor Company and earned Church a slew of new fans. The following year saw Church deviate from her more operatic and religious song choices when she released an album of Christmas carols, Dream a Dream. Her next album, Enchantment, saw her venture into more pop influences, also dabbling with swing and Broadway classics. In 2002, she embarked on the Royal Christmas tour, appearing alongside singing legend Dame Julie Andrews and her fellow Sound of Music performer Christopher Plummer.

The next phase of Church’s career saw her pursuing a sound that was based more in pop than opera and classical. The result was her first pop album, Tissues and Issues, which spawned two UK Top 10 singles. Church embarked on a small tour, selling out the venues in both London and Cardiff. Following these performances, Church had a career hiatus in 2009, but was soon releasing a new album, Back to Scratch, in 2010. Her most recent music has shown not only her versatility but also her daring, a series of alternative rock EP’s, ONE, TWO, THREE and the 2014, FOUR.

Church is also known for her political activism and support for humanitarian causes. In 2007, she became a patron the UK charity, The Topsy Foundation, a group focusing on the support and medical care of those in rural South African communities infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Church was also heavily involved in the Leveson Inquiry, providing testimonials, and has been vocal in her support of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, Greenpeace movements against Shell’s activity in the Arctic and the Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for leadership of the Labour party.

If you interested in booking the extremely talented Charlotte Church for a performance, appearance or brand endorsement, please contact music booking agency, MN2S.

Latin Music

Latin American music is in all truth an unsatisfactory term. A blanket term for music that comes from 22 countries in Latin America means the ‘genre’ definition is confused and confusing, incorporating sub genres of music such as salsa and tango, all defined by their spicy rhythmic character. Music of a range of styles like these can be booked from Centre Stage, jazz, latin, blues, soul bands and more for corporate and private events.

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The distinctive Spanish flavour to Latin American music comes from as far back as when the first European settlers arrived in the Americas; Spanish and Portuguese travellers, bringing with them the strong musical element of their cultural heritage making music just as important a part of life as it is in South America. Elements of African music can also be found in the melting pot of musical development at the time, given the rich settlers from Europe brought with them African slaves from West Africa, their spiritual and gospel music also incorporating rhythmic elements of Latin American music to form the very beginnings of jazz.

Latin jazz, is also a confused term, loosely meaning any jazz that incorporates the defining rhythmic elements of Latin American music, but is generally considered to point to a trend in the 60s and 70s, when jazz in general began to be influenced by other genres. Latin jazz is typically played with a straight ‘feel’ as opposed to bebop music as made famous by players like Charlie Parker.

Music has long been an important part of Latin American culture just as it is in Spanish culture. The upbeat nature of the music, and powerful rhythms, make it very danceable, going hand in hand with typically friendly and party centric Latino culture. Its cultural significance means it has long been a culturally uniting factor, especially in Latino communities who find themselves a minority in the society in which they live.

Latin, soul and funk music has long been coveted by record collectors and DJs over the world, DJs like Joey Negro and Kon digging deep into crates far and wide to find rare soul, disco and Latin records, and the likes of Red Gregg, Jeremy Underground and Floating Points slip dazzling rare vinyl grooves into sets on a regular basis.

The Nuyorican Soul project by DJs Louie Vega and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez, created Latin influenced music in, including players such as Tito Puente, Roy Ayers and the Salsoul Orchestra. This orchestra was the backing band for the record label, Salsoul Records, but also released much music successfully under its own name, which has gone on to be sampled in various hip hop tunes, such as 50 Cent’s ‘Candy Shop’ and Eric B & Rakim’s ‘Paid in Full’.

Reflecting the wide variety of genres covered by the term ‘Latin American’ music, Centre Stage has just as wide a variety of acts to book for weddings, bar mitzvahs and more. Perhaps booking jazz and soul bands like the Latin Band Singapore or The Burrito Beato Band would be a good bet, or head on over to our musicians page to book bands and entertainment for your next coporate or private event. Get in touch with Centre Stage with any questions or to book any of the groups on 0800 179 9424 or info@centrestage-agency.com.