Chand K Nova’s new album ‘The Wrath Of Chand’

Chand K Nova is a multi instrumental artist from London, England. He picked up a guitar at an early age and has been rocking it ever since. His debut release was the EP ‘The Solar Bliss‘ back in June. Now on August 24th he just released his new album ‘The Wrath Of Chand’.

The new album features 12 new tracks that showcase Chand’s darker side with a lot heavier guitar shredding featured throughout. Not only are there catchy, heavy riffs on this album, but also some intense and lengthy guitar solos! I’m personally a huge fan of the long shredding guitar solo so it’s always nice to see that featured in new music. Once again all of the instruments on the album are played by Chand K Nova, showing off his wide array of talents. He’s been very busy lately releasing a ton of music, and we can’t wait to hear what’s next.

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Grammy Nominated Pianist and Composer Peter Kater’s new album ‘Love’

With ten GRAMMY® nominations and more than sixty albums to his name, Peter Kater is arguably one of the most prolific and popular contemporary pianists on the planet today. He recently released Love, his first solo piano album in more than ten years, a collection of seven composed pieces and six improvisations that share the common theme of love and its many wonders and emotions.

In the extensive liner notes, Kater explains the basis or inspiration of each piece, giving a deeper and more personal insight into the music. He explores the many facets of love, not just the more common musical themes of romance and infatuation. He also encompasses hurt, loss and healing as well as the love of self – a much more mature approach that translates beautifully into Peter’s unique and distinctive musical language. The new work has been called “eloquent and moving” and “one of his best albums ever.”

Peter shares insights on his musical gift, saying, “I have been playing the piano since I was 6 years old. There are very few things that are more natural to me than making music. In playing the piano I am able to express what is deep in my heart and soul, where words fall short and seem colorless in comparison. I am fortunate to have a recording studio in my home. Almost every time I sit at the piano to play, I press the record button just in case something “special” comes through. These improvisations and compositions were recorded over the last three years, in “the heat” of the moment. These are musical portraits of my heart, ripe with emotions, joy, complexities, excitement, pain and revelations of the various manifestations and landscapes of LOVE.”

Having recently relocated to Los Angeles from Hawaii, the multi-platinum selling artist began working on another type of composition near and dear to his heart, the soundtrack to “Heart of the World,” a much-anticipated, three-hour PBS program focusing on the stunning National Parks of Colorado. This is gratifying work for Peter, who among his many awards and honors, has received the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zone Music Reporter. To date, the tireless composer and producer has scored over 100 television and film productions – including the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and eleven On & Off-Broadway dramatic plays – and performed all over the world for his devoted fans as wells as presidents, dignitaries and spiritual leaders, in fine venues including the United Nations and Carnegie Hall.

This year, Kater is submitting his LOVE recording to the GRAMMY Awards’ Best Contemporary Instrumental category. In a sense, he is returning to his roots, as his early success was not in New Age music, but in Contemporary. His first solo piano album, Spirit, was release in 1983. Following that, five of Kater’s releases charted in the Top 10 National Contemporary Airplay charts including his National #2 album, GATEWAY.

Kater says, “Love is a hybrid recording combining my classical roots and jazz improvisational instincts. I’m excited that the new Contemporary Instrumental category now exists, because I feel it’s the best place for this new recording that truly crosses genres.”

Love is Peter Kater’s third project of 2015, released by Mysterium Music.

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Them and Us ‘Sleep Talk’

I’ve been keeping a close eyeball on them, since our Wednesday Q&A late last year! Yes, it’s been awhile, yes, hair colour changed, but they are back with this unique blend of music I fell in love with!

‘Sleep Talk‘ is the first single of their highly anticipated ‘Chapter I: So It Begins…‘ EP and hot dayum, is this gonna be a feast for your ears!

Ami’s angelic set of pipes makes you believe this is gonna be a soothing track, but just wait till that phat beat drops! Like I said, it’s that blend that makes Them & Us, unique!

(Now, how about that beer Ami? ;) )

Check in with Them & Us on:
Twitter: @ItsThemAndUs
Instagram: @Them_And_Us
iTunes: EP ‘Chapter I: So It Begins…’ (Pre-Order)
This was presented by The Dutch Guy

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The Lightness of Being Set to Make Their Move with Latest Release

‘Movements’ EP is due to be released on September 7th.

The Lightness of Being aren’t your average rock band – guitarist Sam has played in a salsa group, while drummer Sergio is also a minimal DJ. It’s not only their musical backgrounds that are diverse; singer Gabriel is originally from Singapore, Sam has lived in Japan and the US and Sergio is from Poland.

The band came together after Gabriel and Sergio struck up a chance conversation – and despite coming from all walks of life they soon began rehearsing and playing shows in London.

The debut EP “Directions” got heads banging last year, and the amp has been turned up even higher for their three-track release ‘Movements’.

The foursome have used as inspiration their “everyday struggles and fears”, as heard in the dark opening track ‘Disappearing Act’, while the distorted vocals and heavy guitar bring the genres of rock, metal and grunge together in ‘Unknown’ and ‘Cat’s Eyes’. If you’re a fan of Queens of the Stone Age or Sonic Youth, you will want to give The Lightness of Being a listen.

The Lightness of Being have already been backed by big names in the music industry – they have worked with The Breeders’ engineer Nick Trepka, played with up-and-coming blues rock band Graveltones, and have headlined venues around London. And with the release of ‘Movements’ they’re bound to turn even more heads in 2015.

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Rachel Ann Crowned TeenStar Singing Competition Winner

The national singing competition TeenStar has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious Future Music competition winners, Rachel Ann from Bournemouth, Dorset has been crowned the champion of the national TeenStar competition at The NEC in Birmingham!

Singing Competition Winner

Rachel Ann was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd and a prestigious music industry judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday night. Her unique performance of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” won over the competition industry judges making her the overall winner of TeenStar. She will now be offered a recording and development deal including a £5,000 advance to spend on the development of her music.

The national singing competition is brought to you by Future Music – the company behind the discovery of artists such as such as Luke Friend and Karen Hardy both of which have had chart success this year, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music.

Music industry judges at the National Singing Competition Grand Final

After impressing the judging panel at the auditions, Rachel Ann battled against more than 9,000 acts who entered for TeenStar this year across the UK. She went on to perform in the TeenStar live showcases, battling through both Regional and Area Final heats to make it to the national Grand Final.

The judging panel for the Grand Final included record label representatives from Universal, as well representatives from music management companies, recording studios, professional musicians, national press representatives and the examination board, Rock School.

Rachel Ann has now won a comprehensive consultation package with Future Music, an extensive winner’s publicity package, and an amazing £5,000 advance to spend on the development of her music. On winning the prizes Rachel said, “I’m literally speechless, overjoyed with happiness. Thank you to everyone for all the support!”

Chris Grayston, Head Judge and Director of Future Music has said, “Rachel Ann has been a stand out act throughout the TeenStar competition. Her unique vocal range and emotive performances make her a clear winner!” Check out more information about the TeenStar Champion on the website here.

Future Music is also about to start singing auditions for Open Mic UK, find more information and enter music competition Open Mic UK now. Also check out the Future Music Songwriting Contest, which is specifically for songwriters of any age and genre.

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