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Rhyan Douglas: CIRCLES (EP)

Rhyan Douglas is on his way to becoming every tastemakers’ stand out pick, as he continues to beautifully blur the lines of R&B, folk and soul – which he demonstrates again in new single “Spin The Block” . This single is the third from his upcoming EP, CIRCLES, due out March 15th.

Susan Santos: Snakebite (Single)

Based in Madrid, Susan Santos is a passionate, self-taught left-hand guitarist. She writes her own songs that reflect her signature blend of rhythm and textures. She is a creative force in the guitar world, and a truly unique artist in her own right. The gifted Spanish guitarist and singer-songwriter has spent years performing in famous establishments and venues, and numerous festivals throughout Europe, Mexico, and America.

My Black Country: The Story Of Alice Randall (Album)

The LP is a collection of Randall’s most beloved songs as interpreted by some of the strongest Black female voices in modern country, roots and folk music including Rhiannon Giddens, Saaneah, Valerie June, Miko Marks, LeylaMcCalla, Rissi Palmer, Allison Russell, Sistastrings, Adia Victoria, Sunny War, and Alice’s daughter Caroline Randall Williams.

Tolü Makay: Mind & Body (Single)

Moving from Nigeria to Ireland at the age of five, Tolü found solace in music as a young girl navigating life in a new country. Music was a way for her to make sense of her emotions, discover her identity, and connect with a wider community. She began singing in church at the age of 8, which led her to enter and subsequently win a national gospel singing competition as a teen.

Skinny Lister: Shanty Punk (Album)

London-based independent powerhouse punk/rock label Xtra Mile Recordings recently issued Shanty Punk, a glorious, riotous mix of chest-thumping anthems, shanty sing-a-longs and folk/punk classics from Skinny Lister that demand to be played live. Written and recorded by the band, mixed by Patrick Phillips and Daniel Heptinstall, and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright, Shanty Punk is a concept album that is a pure distillation of what makes the long-standing band tick, and perhaps a collection of songs that leans further into the band’s folk roots more than they’ve ventured in some years.

Tim Isberg: Prairie Fire (Album)

Prairie Fire is a masterpiece in storytelling through song, Tim Isberg is an extremely talented and compelling songwriter, and what is equally impressive is that the CD is accompanied by robust liner notes and a booklet with background historical context to the songs, giving a unique insight.

Hollow Coves: Nothing To Lose (Album)

With their first album in five years just around the corner, Hollow Coves, are today teasing one of its most blissful offerings “See You Soon”.


With over a billion streams to their name and soaring, the Brisbane indie/folk duo’s second album, ‘Nothing To Lose’, couldn’t be more anticipated upon its release.

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