Mike Zito, ‘Life Is Hard’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Mike Zito’s “Life Is Hard” is a mirror of his enduring power in the blues scene, and it is presented with raw emotion and musical finesse. Released under Gulf Coast Records, this album is a poignant journey through life’s struggles and triumphs, masterfully crafted by a team of seasoned professionals.

A product of Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood and produced by blues virtuosos Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith, “Life Is Hard” benefits from top-notch production and a stellar lineup of musicians. Zito’s vocals and guitar work are complemented by the soulful contributions of additional guitarist Joe Bonamassa and keyboardist Reese Wynans, among others.

The album’s twelve tracks showcase Zito’s versatility as a songwriter and interpreter of the blues. From the haunting “Lonely Man” to the soul-stirring “Forever My Love,” each song resonates with authenticity and depth. Zito’s heartfelt lyrics and soulful delivery invite listeners to reflect on love, loss, and the human experience.

It will be out on February 23rd. Pre-order here.


Photo Credit: Mike Zito | Gulf Coast Records.

Kingdumb, ‘Eternally Never’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Diving into Kingdumb’s latest mixtape, “Eternally Never,” has been a treat! It is instils the pulsating heart of the nightlife scene. Also, having followed Kingdumb’s musical evolution closely over the last few years, I can honestly say he is a producer who improves with every new release.

From the moment the first beat dropped, I was hooked. “Eternally Never” is a true force, infused with Kingdumb’s signature style yet carrying a fresh, modern twist that sets it apart from his previous work. The fusion of thumping basslines, infectious melodies, and innovative production techniques creates an electrifying atmosphere that demands to be experienced on the dance floor.

You can take a listen below.


Photo Credit: Kingdumb.

Henna Uoti, ‘Poison or Remedy’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Henna Uoti brings the pop raw with new song, ‘Poison or Remedy’. It is not every day we come across a track quite like this one, and it immediately struck us with its magnetic power! Henna from Finland is in flying form in terms of vocals, and she steps it up a gear with this new arrival, which is her first sung in English. Her vocals sail through the air as the music demands attention in the background.

As the track progresses, it becomes more impactful, with a vocal narrative that hits home with poignancy. Henna speaks honestly about love, relationships, and the delicate balance between assertiveness and sensitivity.

You can take a listen below.


Photo Credit: Henna Uoti.

Marsha Swanson, ‘Near Life Experience’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Marsha Swanson has gifted us a breath-taking new progressive pop album, ‘Near Life Experience’, and we simply cannot get enough of it! Falling head over heels for Marsha with her previous singles, she has been teasing her new album for some time and now it is here, it is not one to miss!

‘Near Life Experience’ is a trip through life, it explores various avenues with compelling tales which relate immediately. Also, her vocals smash through the music with a confidence which is akin to the top players in the music scene.

You can take a listen below.


Photo Credit: Marsha Swanson.

Julia Thomsen, ‘Serenity’

Words By Joey Rochert.

‘Serenity’ by Julia Thomsen is the perfect escape this January. With calming textures and plenty of emotion, this new piece from Julia radiates stress-free vibes and it is impossible not to fall in love with the soundscape!

Arguably one of the most striking composers to grace the air in recent times, Julia Thomsen bolsters her name with this new delivery. She provides serene joy through her work, and she takes us to a place where calm belongs. Her piano work rivals some of the best players in the game right now and she proves why she is becoming a leading force in neo-classical.

You can take a listen below.


Photo Credit: Julia Thomsen.

Francesca Luker, ‘Thanks Coincidence’

Words By Sam Wetherby.

‘Thanks Coincidence’ by Francesca Luker is a hot new release which is perfect for the new year. This new EP is all about finding positives in unexpected occurrences and Francesca from Bristol hits the nail on the head with her delivery.

Featuring five tracks, all which have a mouth-watering texture, this EP is one to fall in love with immediately. Her vocals shine brightly as she stuns with her impressive vocal range. Also, her storytelling leaves room for thought as she speaks about the complexities of love, life and everything in between.

Stream below. More updates from Francesca Luker here.


Photo Credit: Francesca Luker.

Ervin Munir, ‘Broken Compass’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Ervin Munir’s latest album, “Broken Compass,” marks the pinnacle of his year in the folk scene. This album mirrors Ervin’s unwavering dedication, as he wholeheartedly pours his passion into every note and lyric. The result is a ten-track collection that glues heartwarming tales with irresistible indie-folk backdrops.

Ervin’s approach to songwriting and storytelling is distinctive, shattering conventions with tracks like ‘Fall Apart’ and ‘The Busker.’ Each song on the album possesses a unique charm, making it impossible to ignore the emotional depth and weight embedded in every piece. Listening to “Broken Compass” on a full stereo setup elevates the experience and it leaves us excited for what may come from the Norfolk singer-songwriter in 2024.

You can take a listen below.


Photo Credit: Ervin Munir.

Secret Wish, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, Secret Wish, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Voodoo Nights’, what is the meaning? 

We wanted to make a song that is a bit in the dark underworld. It is likely that the way each listener experiences this will be different. ‘Voodoo Nights’ has a seductive atmosphere that evokes the mysticism of voodoo spirits and the enigmatic world they live in. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of an enchanting and mysterious nightlife experience. Moreover, it is a journey to a realm where anything can happen.

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

Kurt has a musical taste which stems from his background as a DJ in his younger years. From that point of view, he is mainly inspired by the Dance/EDM scene such as Avicii, Eric Prydz, Faithless, Swedish House Maffia, David Guetta plus more.

Heidi started singing at a very young age, was part of a number of groups, and was also active as a singer in cover bands. It goes without saying that she also has an extensive musical history and is inspired by Lost Frequencies, Armin Van Buuren, Koven, Netsky, Alan Walker and so on.

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2023?

Anything is possible as long as you’re passionate.

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g. a certain room, or environment?

Ideas can come alive everywhere. Often, lyrics find their shape on the road. Simple things you see when you’re driving somewhere can be a source of inspiration. The musical part requires more structure in a settled environment.

What is your first memory of music?

Like all teenagers, we loved listening to music. We didn’t pay much attention to the lyrics, or what they sang. But as non-native English speakers, it encouraged us to learn English.


Photo Credit: Secret Wish.

North Ship, ‘Scent’

Words By Joey Rochert.

The indie scene never fails to astonish, and North Ship continues this trend with their latest single, ‘Scent.’ Infused with a delightful crunch and a soothing warmth, this track stands out like a radiant beacon, effortlessly claiming its place at the forefront of the game with a timeless style.

Fueled by room-filling guitar riffs, ‘Scent’ unfolds gradually, unveiling a potent vocal delivery that seems to emerge from the very fabric of the ether. The track reaches its zenith in the chorus, where an irresistible hook cements itself, adhering like glue to the robust mix that provides a weighty backdrop.

You can take a listen below.


Photo Credit: North Ship.

North Ship, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, North Ship, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Scent’, what is the meaning? 

I was a pallbearer at the funeral of one of my Guy Bailey, who was the co-founder of The Quireboys and one of my oldest friends. “Scent” is a positive message about how we can choose to remember people we lose. 

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

Gosh, that’s a tricky one. I don’t think there’s a single artist who inspires me the most but I do like music that does something new with a genre. I love Wet Leg for example, although them being from the Isle of Wight definitely contributes to that! I like French The Kid as well.

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2023?

The democratization of recording and releasing music. 

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g. a certain room, or environment?

Not really, to be honest. I try to keep within arm’s reach of a pen and paper, and I’ve always got my phone on me to record an idea.

What is your first memory of music?

I have a vague recollection of hearing “Substitute” by The Who on the radio but I could be wrong!


Photo Credit: North Ship.