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Jody Brock’s Debut Single Premieres With Earmilk

We are excited to announce that Jody Brock’s stunning new single ‘User’ has just premiered on Earmilk.

‘User’ is the opening track from his forth coming debut EP Phoenix, set for release on March 23.  The single showcases Jody’s stunning and brooding vocals along with his captivating song writing abilities, which is a true testament to the rest of the EP.

Head to Earmilk to stream the single for yourself and be ready to be hypnotised by the songs powerful and heartfelt view of a volatile and unhealthy relationship.

Or listen here:

Inspired by classic artists like Donny Hathaway and Etta James, along with contemporaries like Jacob Banks, Kwabs and The Black Keys, the 4-track EP was written and recorded in LA, produced by Grammy award winner, mixer, engineer and producer Igloo (Ludacris), and co-written with ‘Jar of Hearts’ writer Drew Lawrence.

Armed with killer hooks, immense vocals, and mature, solid song-writing, ‘Phoenix’ is a compelling slice of modern soul, infused with elements of rock and blues. “My roots are soul based, through and through but I love to experiment with that,” says 22 year old Jody.  “I think soul music works with so many other genres. It’s exciting to play around with it.”

The 405 Premiere Jody Brock

Jody

We’re really excited to be working with the amazing Jody Brock, and his debut EP, which comes out March 23.

The 405 are exclusively streaming the title track before anyone else, have a listen here:

http://www.thefourohfive.com/news/article/listen-to-jody-brock-s-new-single-phoenix-from-his-debut-ep-405-premiere-142

Inspired by classic artists like Donny Hathaway and Etta James, along with contemporaries like Jacob Banks, Kwabs and The Black Keys, the 4-track EP was written and recorded in LA, produced by Grammy award winner, mixer, engineer and producer Igloo (Ludacris), and co-written with ‘Jar of Hearts’ writer Drew Lawrence.

Armed with killer hooks, immense vocals, and mature, solid song-writing, ‘Phoenix’ is a compelling slice of modern soul, infused with elements of rock and blues. “My roots are soul based, through and through but I love to experiment with that,” says 22 year old Jody.  “I think soul music works with so many other genres. It’s exciting to play around with it.”

The EP opens with the addictive lead single, ‘User,’ a heartfelt and frank look into a volatile and unhealthy relationship, complete with an impressive new video, which like the song itself is dark and brooding – using simple chiaroscuro lighting to great effect.  Elsewhere there’s the bluesy riffs of the electrifying former single ‘Stormy Weather’, and the timeless ‘Another Dance’ – about Jody’s relationship with his father, and co-written with Heidi Rojas (Cheryl Cole, Little Mix) and Stefan Litrownik. And finally the rocking title track ‘Phoenix,’ the EP’s most upbeat moment.

Born and raised in South West London, Jody was singing from an early age. With his musician father’s music collection to hand, he was mesmerised by the likes of David Bowie, Donny Hathaway, Etta James, James Brown and Nina Simone. “Because my dad was so involved in music it made me want to explore it even more, which is when I found my love for soul music” says Jody. “I built my foundations from the classics, but I was still just a kid so I was also influenced by albums like ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ and ‘Stripped’ by Christina Aguilera. Most of all I just related to anything that had some form of soul and honesty to it.”

With hugely supportive parents, Jody enrolled in the BRIT School where he spent four years learning about music and the industry, alongside the likes of Ella Eyre and Rizzle Kicks. After leaving in 2011, Jody embarked on a music degree, but soon realised it wasn’t for him, knowing his real passion lay in writing and recording. Shortly after leaving he met his manager, who helped hone his sound, encouraging him to write and play live as much as he could. Fast forward to 2015, and Jody has already worked with a long list of established writers and producers in LA and London, including Dre Harris (Dre & VIdal), Drew Lawrence (Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts), Rob Kleiner (Cee-Lo Green), Andy Rose (Allen Stone, Alex Boyd), John Beck (Corinne Bailey Rae) and Utters (Maverick Sabre).

With all eyes now on his debut EP, Jody hopes to follow in the footsteps of so many other BRIT school graduates and is already planning his debut album, but for now he’s keeping grounded. “I’m not in any rush. I just want to soak it all in and hopefully have a great year just doing what I love to do. Work with some more great people and just have fun with it really.”

His debut EP ‘Phoenix’ is out March 23.

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Christina Martin’s latest record ‘It’ll Be Alright’ set for a spring 2015 release

Christina_Martin_High_Res-4We’re really pleased to be working with the lovely Christina Martin again this year. Following a UK tour in 2014, she’s back this April, with a brand new album, and new UK dates! Full details below:

CHRISTINA MARTIN

‘IT’LL BE ALRIGHT’

OUT APRIL 20

Fifth album by the Halifax-based singer-songwriter marks a major artistic breakthrough.

“Martin mixes her intense and intimate character writing with her toughest and strongest music to date.  Always handy with pop melodies and arrangements, now she has more edge, and lots of blistering guitar moments to go with it.” – Bob Mersereau, CBC/Author The Top 100 Canadian Albums

Experimentation is the lifeblood of any artist. But occasionally they experience moments when everything comes into focus, and suddenly they have opened a door to a limitless creative future.

Christina Martin has reached that point on her fifth album, ‘It’ll Be Alright,’ released April 20 on her own Come Undone Records, in partnership with ToneToaster (Germany). The 10-song collection finds the Halifax-based singer-songwriter attaining what her music has always suggested, a place where the ghosts of her musical heroes freely mingle with pop-rock’s modern architects.

Born in Florida and raised in Canada’s Maritimes, Martin’s musical journey since her first release in 2002 has led to extended stays in Austin, Texas, as well as Germany, from where she has cultivated a substantial following across mainland Europe. Along the way, she has earned numerous East Coast and Music Nova Scotia Award nominations, and had songs placed in multiple television programmes.

“With this album, I am able to say a lot more with my music than I ever have before,” Martin says. “There is growth because we are all reaching for something bigger for ourselves and the audience.” Working closely with her husband Dale Murray (Cuff The Duke, The Guthries), Martin made a conscious effort not to be bound by the expectations of those who have categorized her in the past as an alt-country artist. Although she will never shed those influences, ‘It’ll Be Alright’ utilizes far more sonic textures, allowing Martin to explore the many sides of her musical personality.

The album’s brilliance is its seamless blend of the past and present. The bridge between them is Martin’s voice, an instrument both haunting and immediate, traits that could also best describe ‘It’ll Be Alrights’ lyrical content. To say the album is Martin’s most accomplished effort to date is stating the obvious; what is remarkable is how her maturity has translated into her most accessible album to date as well.

Christina will be touring the UK with her full band, this April/May:

Tuesday

28 April

London – Half Moon (TBC)

Wednesday

29 April

Milton Keynes – The Stables

Thursday

30 April

Bury – The Met

Friday

1 May

Chester – Telfords Warehouse

Saturday

2 May

Stowmarket – John Peel Centre

Available on CD, Vinyl and Digital formats April 20 2015

Plastique’s New Single Out Today – A Paper Cut From a Paper Kiss

Paper Cut

London based trio Plastique release their new single, ‘A Paper Cut From A Paper Kiss’ today. ‘A Paper Cut From a Paper Kiss’ is the second single taken from the band’s self-titled debut album, released this summer.

For all the latest news about Plastique check out their website. Or join them on Facebook.

‘A Paper Cut From A Paper Kiss’ is out now on iTunes, Amazon, Deezer and more (Spotify to follow soon); featuring two excellent remixes from Superfunk-Daddy and MAN KID!

Click below to view the video.

Yes Sir Boss @ The Jazz Cafe

Photography by Robert Stopford ©

Just down from the hive of activity that is Camden Town station, Jehan Abdel-Malak’s saxophone casts a silhouette appropriately on the window and The Jazz Café rapidly fills to its capacity; it’s a sell out for Bristol sextet Yes Sir Boss

The crowd take well to support Joe Driscoll, who reminds me of a less produced Ed Sheeran, with a wonderfully warm, raw and honest tone to his sound.  Next up we have Yes Sir Boss who kick off their set with the brilliant ‘Desperation State’, taken from their debut album of the same name. Signed to Joss Stones new label – Stone’d records, they’ve been hailed as ones to watch this year and it takes no time to realise why.

From the first note they are unbelievably tight, and while they create a much feistier sound live than on their album it’s not overwhelming, instead just reinforcing the sheer strength of their songs and ability. The heavy beat and deep bass lines engross the audience and by the time we reach the end of the first song the entire Jazz Club are moving their feet. Lead singer Matthew Sellor belts out all of the tracks with passion, complimented beautifully by bassist Josh Stoppford’s softer melodic harmonies.  As the set progresses it becomes apparent that most of the band are multi-talented, playing more than one instrument with ease. The horn section are flawless and bring some of the traditional into this contemporary ska explosion. Notable tracks in the set include ‘Desperation State’, ‘Na Na Ooh’, ‘Pretty things’, and ‘Not Guilty’. 

Matty is as brilliantly engaging live as he is on the album, the audience were onside from the first song but by the end of the encore they’ve practically brought the house down. I leave the Jazz club with no doubt that YSB are a brilliant band, hard to define by genrebut I highly recommend you check them out live if you can, just don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Written by Ally Andrews