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June marks the beginning of Pride month and althou..

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June marks the beginning of Pride month and although we strive to platform LGBTQ+ artists all year round, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some of our favourite tracks that you should be listening to.

First up we have indie-folk legend SOAK who began her music journey at just 14 with her breakthrough track ‘Sea Creatures’. She’s already impressed fans across the globe, winning the prestigious Choice Music Award and becoming one of Mercury Prize’s youngest ever nominees. Some of our favourite tracks include: I Was Blue, Technicolour Too, Life Trainee and Everybody Loves You.

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Small Talks (aka Cayley Spivey) began writing songs in her bedroom fuelled by a keen interest in the inner workings of music, before beginning to book gigs at her local coffee shop. Since then, she has released her debut album, toured the country and performed at the likes of the Vans Warped Tour and Bled Fest. She strives to provide a live show that provides fans with a place to be themselves regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age or race. Some of our favourite tracks include: Honeydew, Oceans and Better for It.

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Kera and the Lesbians have quickly built a reputation as one of the best live bands in LA with their unique sound that front woman Kera Armendariz describes as ‘bipolar folk’. Their name was originally created as an inside joke as most of Kera’s bandmates were male, but now she enjoys that it plays with people’s expectations and is a deceleration of her own identity as a queer woman. Some of our favourite tracks include: November, One Minute Please and Gypsy Song.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KERA-165650760469/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelesbians

Cavetown (aka Robin Skinner) began posting original songs and covers on YouTube at just 14 years old and has quickly become a fan favourite due to his honest lyrics and barrier-free relationship with his fans. He has now sold out shows across the globe and self released his first full-length debut ‘Lemon Boy’, where the title track reached 16M streams on Spotify. He has also recently released his 2020 album ‘Sleepyhead’. Some of our favourite tracks include: Sweet Tooth, This Is Home and Lemon Boy.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cavetown/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cavetown

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lemon.socks/

Donna Missal is set to release her new album ‘Lighter’ on July 10th and seeks a place where she can share her rawest emotions and realest stories, having chased stories since she was too young to read them. Having experienced the pain of the uncomfortable and emotional experiences that she now writes about, her unique sense of vulnerability makes her a one-of-a-kind artist. Some of our favourite tracks include: Girl, Let You Let Me Down and Hurt By You.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donnamissalmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/donnamissal

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donnamissal/

Boy Blue (aka David Timm) makes his music from his dorm room. Featuring rich vocals, soft acoustics and meaningful lyrics, Boy Blue is an extremely underrated talent and a must add for your chill out playlist. Some of our favourite tracks include Back to the Night, Blue and Where’d Ya Go?

Saturn 17 is the brainchild of 18 year old Nika Fazeli who produces, writes the the lyrics and plays the instruments for all of their tracks. Her vision is to utilise a range of vocalists to platform her ideal sound and she is currently working on their new album which is due to be released in autumn 2020. Some of our favourite tracks include closure, could this be love? and right now.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/saturn17music

Queen of Electro-pop Sofya Wang is a singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from LA who prides herself as an active, vocal member of the LGBTQ+ community. Her unique vocals and catchy beats bring a refreshing twist to pop and her tracks cover a range of styles meaning that she has something for everyone. Some of our favourite tracks include: Great Big Show, Boys Aside and Need Ya.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SOFYAWANGMUSIC

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sofya_wang

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No1 Showcase: The Art Of David Hicks

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David Hicks is a photographer who is just as interested in the behind-the-scenes stories as he is in the stories themselves. A true photojournalist, Hicks aims to capture every aspect of waking life.

Whether that be everyday activities on the streets of Cuba to the passionate and dynamic tango culture in Buenos Aries, Hicks will be there to experience it and share it. He says of his tango collection: “The Tango, a now-popular dance between a man and a woman, started in its current form in the mid-1800s, after a massive migration to Argentina, mostly by men. Because men outnumbered women by quite some number, the only way for a man to get close to a woman was via a brothel or by dance. The men practiced together, as you’d have to be a great dancer to get a woman’s attention. So, this very sexual dance you see now was born out of the reality for men in those old days. Nowadays, you see it performed often, usually on the street corners of Buenos Aires, with live musicians or a pre-recorded soundtrack, and they do it for the tips!”

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No1 News: The Mad Game Embark On Their Latest Rage Against The Machine

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It can always be a struggle when you music possesses such a crucial and pertinent message and yet you’re blocked by the damning limitations of ‘going under the radar’ – electronic animated anarchists ‘The Mad Game’ know this all too well.

The band’s debut EP, ‘Player One’, is a righteous middle finger to what they describe as ‘The Mad Game’ – the absurdities in society that have been integrated as the status quo – after tangling with governments, security services and local mafia. Their message of outrage and vitriol is a potent one found across the EPs five tracks – a mere morsel of their true potential – and is certainly enough to make listeners pay attention.

The trio’s soundscape is an eclectic one: the righteous indignation of the best punk music married beautifully to the jarring and skittish landscapes of the best electronica. The lead track, ‘Game Over ‘, in particular makes a phenomenal first impression to the animated anarchists with members Sonu, Karla and Sonya giving their respective inputs to this chilling three-pronged attack. What these newcomers nail best is their sincerity.

It’s hard to take such a venomous assault from someone you don’t genuinely believe has lived through the horrors that they detail – The Mad Game give off no such illusion. What you hear is authentic and those unaware of the band’s craft will soon learn to such things. It makes for a truly gripping and inspiring experience.

This is not a project that anyone should overlook regardless of their tastes; thoughtful, well crafted and genuine music. Not something 2021 receives in surplus.

Follow The Mad Game below: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MadGameOfficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madgameofficial/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25Aqc6ubzXLDlNUw6qYV35 Bandcamp: https://madgameofficial.bandcamp.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUhBz3vBndOL6fV__qTn-qQ

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No1 Finds: Tunetables – A Stylish Solution To Music Storage

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“The Tunetables idea was borne,” says Rob Chappelhow, the man behind a range of ingenious new storage solutions, “out of a personal desire to have my music collection around me once again.”

That’s something all of us record-collector’s can empathise with. Now, I’ve banged on before about how, for many of us, digital streaming doesn’t cut it. Streaming services are great, but for a large number of us hard-core music fans, we want something we can hold in our sweaty hands, right? But, once you have all those lovely records, where do you put them?

Flat-pack shelving is fine, but it’s hardly inspiring. That’s where the Tunetables range comes into its own. More words from Rob Chappelhow, who explains that the idea came to him during a visit to  the Joe Strummer Archive exhibition in the basement of Fred Perry’s flagship store in Covent Garden – “Set out under an acrylic plinth was Strummer’s personal tape cassette collection…his musical heritage and inspiration perfectly showcased.”

It was totally spellbinding. I soon started to conceptualise how I could create my own version of this…a personal time capsule of life-affirming music. I wanted something that could be inherently useful, something that I would see and use every day, and that would be a talking point for like-minded music enthusiasts.”

And lo! Tunetables was born… What Chappelhow has done is to take brand new music-equipment flight-cases (the type we are well-used to seeing lugged around by roadies and musicians) and turn them into hand-crafted storage solutions for your CDs, tapes and vinyl. It’s a wonderful idea and, most importantly, they look great. As mentioned, each case is built by hand, and can be personalised with your own initials (or whatever you fancy). Storage ranges from 100 – 500 for CDs, 30 – 60 for tapes, and 75 for vinyl. That’s not a bad amount at all. I can see a lot of people going for this, from pro and semi-pro musicians to plain music-lovers such as myself. This is modern design with an old-school aesthetic. Check them out for yourself!

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