Sohodolls team up with Period Poverty to help refugees!

Millennials might know them from Gossip Girl, Gen Z from TikTok but, wherever you’ve heard, Sohodolls has a tune for each occasion and their new single, Period, is shining a light on the Period Poverty campaign for which they are raising money by offering it as a download on Bandcamp only.

Having been around in the mid-2000s electropop scene along with CSS, New Young Pony Club, Ladytron and the likes, toured all over from LA to Moscow to South Korea and opened for legendary artists such as Daft Punk and Calvin Harris, Sohodolls recently resurfaced when their 2009 hit Bang Bang Bang Bang went viral on TikTok through the Raised by Karen challenge [nov 2020 – feb 2021].

The trend migrated to streaming services adding the band to dozens of Viral Charts such as USA and UK and even led Madonna to hashtag Sohodolls on Instagram stories as she shared a video of her daughter Estere performing a dance routine to the sound of the viral hit. On Spotify alone, the song was streamed an extra 10 million times since it took off this second time around.

The sudden resurgence of the name saw hundreds of fans old and new come out of the woodwork asking for new music with the more hardcore members of the club even naming old never-released demos. 
From this batch of old tapes came Period, a fun bop Maya von Doll, lead singer and SD founder, wrote aiming to normalise period talk. 

From the moment Maya decided to release it, it was a given she was going to try to harness the theme to raise awareness to the Period Poverty campaign which provides non-toxic, biodegradable sanitary products to women in need whether in refugee camps, schools in deprived areas, homeless women as well as supplying food banks.

The campaign is currently working to raise £100k to supply 12,000 women in refugee camps with sanitary products for 6 months.

You can download Period from until 22 March for £1 or more and all proceeds will be donated to the campaign.

Download “Period” from Bandcamp

“My song ‘Period’ is a rebellion against the stigma attached to girls having their periods. There is nothing taboo about bleeding between your legs for days on end! In fact, it’s what allowed us all to be conceived so everyone should be grateful

So it’s very sad to know that girls in the UK/the world are missing school every month simply because they can’t afford sanitary products.  I hope that by singing or talking about our periods we empower girls and women everywhere to express their sanitary needs and assert their right to manage menstruation.” – Maya Hawie

Sohodolls’ “Stripper” soundtracking Blair Waldorf

Christian Reindl x Lloren feat. Lucie Paradis – Home

Last year we introduced our artists Christian Reindl and Lloren and they started working on some trailerised covers and remixes for us to pitch for sync in film & TV.

Being the ridiculously prolific talented people they are and getting along fabulously, they started working on some originals as well…a few months ago they released the first of those called Until Our Dying Day which has all the epic elements that make it so perfectly dramatic and cinematic and Lloren’s vocals are outstanding!

This coming Friday 11 December, however, they release their new collab, Home, and it’s SO SO SO beautiful I sincerely hope it lands on Spotify’s “Most Beautiful Songs in the World” playlists.

It’s a stunning piano ballad composed by Christian featuring Lloren’s always flawless vocals with the addition of Lucie Paradis on violin perfectly encapsulating Lloren’s trademark poignant and melancholic lyrics.

You can pre-save it here so it helps all artists move the ever-mysterious DSP algorithm and hopefully get on various playlists. Don’t forget to add it to yours as well!

If you want a sneak preview of the video, head over to Lloren’s Instagram.

Mixtape | 1Q18

Well, as March comes to an end, so does the first quarter of 2018, also known as Q1, so I thought I’d do a bit of a recap of what’s come out so far in the music world.

Obviously I don’t know all the songs that were released in the past 3 months sooooo…if you feel very strongly about a tune that didn’t make the cut but really should’ve, drop me a line on the comments below. Love to listen to new stuff!!

I guess this is also a bit of an alternative to New Music Friday – does that playlist sound like it’s all the same to you as well?! Dance/pop, female vocals, maybe a rapper (that trend seems to be fading out…), y’a know! I’m more of a Release Radar kinda gal. For example, today they let me know Garbage has a new song out!

Ok, ok, to be fair, the latest Pearl Jam made it to New Music, but anyway.

Obviously Lissie tops the list because she’s Lissie and it really blows my mind why she doesn’t have a bigger following…on that note, can I just brag that I met her last week, saw her play a couple of gigs and yes, she’s still every bit as amazing as always. That voice!! Bloody hell!!

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I have to say, I almost forgot to include Brian Fallon to this. Really not a big fan of his new album but a couple of tracks were pretty good. Live, however, everything sounds awesome! He’s a really great entertainer, comedian, musician and threw in a bit of Gaslight, a bit of Horrible Crowes, even a U2 cover!

Other bands I’d like to highlight are: the latest London buzz makers, Ferris & Sylvester – these two live are incredible!!!, Gang of Youths who’s an amazing band from Oz currently touring the US before heading back to our shores (The Forum, London 12 May), Nathaniel Rateliff’s new album is pretty solid, Dream Wife’s debut is mandatory listening, Leon Bridges latest…George Glew and Martin Luke Brown are also pretty new in the scene. I heard them both first through work and fuck, again, what a voice they each have! Myles Green’s first ever single, “Catching Fire”, out on TwoSides/Sony, is a very good start to his career – and I’m not saying it just because one of my writers worked on that track! =)

Finally, surf dude Ben Harper has a new bluesy rock album with Charlie Musselwhite and the pair plays London this coming Saturday 7 April. We Are Scientists’ have a new single out ahead of their April release and 4 May London gig!

Not a bad start to the year, eh?!

Music Subscriptions Passed 100 Million In December. Has The World Changed?

Happy New Year, guys!

Music Industry Blog

In streaming’s earlier years, when doubts prevailed across the artist, songwriter and label communities, one of the arguments put forward by enthusiasts was that when streaming reached scale everything would make sense. When asked what ‘scale’ meant, the common reply was ‘100 million subscribers’. In December, the streaming market finally hit and passed that milestone, notching up 100.4 million subscribers by the stroke of midnight on the 31st December. It was an impressive end to an impressive year for streaming, but does it mark a change in the music industry, a fundamental change in the way in which streaming works for the music industry’s numerous stakeholders?

Streaming Has Piqued Investors’ Interest

The streaming market was always going to hit the 100 million subscriber mark sometime around now, but by closing out the year with the milestone it was ahead of schedule. This was not however entirely surprising as the…

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Band spotlight: The Tragically Hip

hip_crest_stickerI was going to share a little bit about The Tragically Hip on the website’s Facebook page (*shameless begging* given a thumbs up yet, btw?) the other day when they announced their farewell tour but then I thought they deserved a bit more.

I’ll never forget my brother describing them to me as “the Canadian Pearl Jam“. No, it’s not the same kind of music but the same kind of following, the same kind of respect and admiration of their respective fans. They’re basically a Canadian rock institution!

I remember they played the last “Canada Day” that London hosted two or three years ago…for free!! I didn’t find out until too late though. Never quite recovered from that one…

hipAnyway, as I mentioned above, a couple of weeks ago the band, who’s been together since 1984, announced their last tour but for a much sadder reason than a relatively simple break-up: lead singer Gordie Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

If that wasn’t sad enough, considering the band’s popularity and the nature of the tour, it’s no wonder tickets were nearly impossible to be purchased but, even worse, scalpers didn’t make it any easier taking advantage of the situation to put their robots in place and snatch most tickets in order to sell them in the secondary market for a premium price which they know they’ll be able to charge.

Considering we, music fans, get extremely frustrated with this happening on a regular basis, imagine when you know it’s the last chance you get to see your favourite band!
Naturally, the situation sparked major outrage across Canada. So much, in fact, that Toronto councillor Josh Colle wants to give scalpers a giant middle finger by throwing a FREE Hip gig.

“I just thought with all the obvious demand out there, and the frustration on the ticket side …It would just be a really fantastic opportunity to let everyone thank, celebrate the Tragically Hip and what they’ve meant to the city and to Canada and to all our music lives.” – Josh Colle for The Toronto Star

Colle is currently using the many music contacts he made throughout the years to try to make this magic happen and I STRONGLY hope he pulls it off!

You can listen to more of The Hip on Spotify:

If you like: R.E.M, 90s alt rock

Seriously one of the most anticipated releases finally announced!

Disclaimer: I’m Latin. I do feel very passionately about things that I truly love and sometimes it comes across as slightly obsessive to my European peers. 😂 Oh well!

The reason I’m sharing this information is that I’m possibly about to go very nuts over the latest album release announced. In my defence, I’ve been waiting for this one in particular for over TWO YEARS.

It was on Wednesday 05 Mar 2014 that I was really excitedly waiting to see dear Nina Persson at the Scala. I was just chilling, minding my own business celebrating my 10th anniversary of the first time I left home to leave abroad when the support act came on stage…that was it. Norma Jean Martine began and it was all, well, uphill! from there.

At the time I really liked her but normal, the way I like a billion artists. But then I checked her out online, again, like I usually do with the artists I like, and I got hooked. I’ve long lost count of how many times I watched her videos on YouTube and EVERY. SINGLE. TIME I ask myself “why on earth isn’t she releasing these songs so I can actually have them on my daily playlists?!”

Well, guess I (and you. You’ll all love it! She’s amazing!) won’t have to wait that much longer…this is part of the email I got today:


I was so excited that I forgot to watch the video and check the release date: 09 Sept 16 (aaahhh another 5 months!! But ok, at least now we know it’s happening).


And the video. Seriously, the video. I haven’t been excited about one in forever but reading about it gave me all the feels…I’ll share NJM’s words as she can obviously explain it better than anyone else:


And, obvs, the video:

This song was actually released a while ago with a different video but this one really is just beautiful! So personal, so sweet. And I’m not entirely sure as I hadn’t heard the studio version of “No Gold” in a while but sounds like it’s been slightly reworked…sounds cooler, more interesting (even though the original was already a great song!).

Apart from the fact that we still need to wait a few months for the album to be released, one of my favourite NJM songs is not in the track list…but all good, everything is fine, we’ll just have to hope she’ll release a bootleg/acoustic version of it to keep us going (because one album will not be enough!)

[this track, btw]

Hopefully she’ll announce the London gig soon and, better yet, I’ll be able to go!! It’s been too long…about 3 months =)

[NJM at The Lexington, London 16 Feb 2016]

You can find Norma Jean Martine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Rolling Stone Music Now

It was only last year that I got into podcasts, mainly due to those who usually share my taste in entertainment recommending I listen to Serial, which I got totally hooked on, and my brother’s house chore hack: he always listens to podcasts while doing the dishes. You see, with music, you can let your mind wander, but with podcasts, you really have to focus. So much that you don’t notice the chores you’re doing!

After Serial, I looked up top 10 lists of “best podcasts” (which is how I found my Tuesday lunchtime laughter, Another Round, coming on another post) and started browsing my podcast app for music + music business ones (although I had already heard of a really great one too, SynchStories, from Synchtank).

I came across the Rolling Stone podcast, Music Now, a few months ago and it hasn’t disappointed me. It launched in January this year and is hosted by the mag’s Executive Editor, Nathan Brackett.

It usually starts out with Nathan + a couple of magazine staff talking about what they’ve been listening to in the office and there’s always at least one great song amongst it, although they’re usually all good. And I love how they analyse the songs and often have the story behind it.

The podcast always talks about the very latest releases and music news and features interviews with special guests, often other writers with current articles on the Rolling Stone website. In fact, more often than not, they’ll offer really entertaining/interesting stories about bands and artists featured in the magazine. Not to mention the jokes!

I love how it sounds like they’re just around a bar table having a beer and chatting about music and the insights they give into the artists’ lives, how that influenced their music and love hearing about music that’s not out yet to the public but they’ve obviously heard already – perks of the job!

They definitely made me listen to music more focused like I used to as a teenager scribbling song lyrics all over my notebooks instead of paying attention to class and taking notes.

Rolling Stone Music Now is out on Monday evenings (GMT) and it’s the perfect companion to your Tuesday morning commute!

You can find it on their website here and on iTunes here.

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Internation subway jam

This past week, after one of the four days of Frankfurt’s music fair, Musikmesse, magic happened.

As I was browsing Facebook this Saturday morning, I came across a video of two girls playing music on a train that looked incredibly familiar and the caption said something about the guy who joined them…and so he did 2 minutes in.

You know what? Let’s get to the point! If you haven’t stumbled upon this, congrats! – you have a really great life offscreen!

While the Facebook version of this video had about 4 million views in the morning, by the end of the day it had reached 19m+! Not to mention the gazillion articles popping up all across Europe!

Mystery was solved: lady on guitar + vocals is Hamburg native, Anna Guder, a.k.a Kiddo Kat, on cajon we’ve got Londoner, Heidi Joubert and the surprise appearance is Maltese Ozzy Lino.

This MADE MY LIFE! Ok ok, my weekend…there wasn’t a person who crossed my path who wasn’t forced to hear about it and watch the video. But better yet, there wasn’t one who didn’t get as excited as yours truly!

It’s moments like this that I live for! A couple of years ago I was coming back from an incredible Pearl Jam pjmkconcert in a packed train from Milton Keynes to London and these two dudes started chatting to me about the gig and asking if I liked it and all…they began asking me what my favourite bands were and, for each one, they sang a song (and really well!). It got to a point that the whole carriage joined in and sang along (minus voice-less me) and, at the end, as a joke (but not really), I said “Backstreet Boys“. Yep. They sang that too. With all of their hearts. Spjmk2adly, both my camera and phone batteries had long died…(for a good cause!).