REVIEW: MONTE MADER – ‘SKYDIVE’ EP 84

Monte Mader and music have a deeply personal connection and, having experienced several extremely difficult times in her life quite recently, including a break-up and the loss of her father, Mader has gone on to use the outlet as a way of expressing her deepest thoughts and emotions.

Nowhere are these thoughts and emotions more prevalent than on her new EP Skydive, which opens with the almost acoustic sounding “Four Senses”, the slow-burning instrumentation allowing Mader’s impressive vocal to shine.

“Lie To Me” kicks things up a notch with a toe-tapping rhythm and a somewhat Latin flair, before things are injected with a rather country vibe on “Little More Love”, a track which vibrates with a message of female empowerment – it’s certainly a highlight of the collection, destined to be sung at full voice by the crowds at Mader’s future performances.

Unfortunately, “Risky” doesn’t quite match up to the standard presented by “LML”, and although it’s certainly far from a bad track, it could find itself being overlooked as fans put “LML” on repeat. “Selfish Girl”, written after Mader found out her ex-fiance was seeing several other women behind her back, is her way of hitting back at him. Anyone who has endured a difficult or broken relationship will undoubtedly relate to this song and it may yet become an anthem for those women who refuse to be broken by the men who’ve hurt them.

Closer and title track “Skydive” slows things right down once more, with a simple guitar playing in the background, and again pays homage to the strength we all have within us. A subdued, but at the same time, immensely powerful reminder of what we are all capable of, even when things get tough, together with how we only have one life so should live it to the full, the lyrics including: “Skydive, I’m gonna fly across the sky, Skydive, the world it’s all mine tonight” and “I could aim and I could miss, but I can’t live with ‘what if?'” were stuck in this reviewers’ head long after the track had finished.

For more information on Monte, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. Skydive is released on May 19th and she plays a release show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York on the 24th. Tickets can be purchased here. Header photo credit: Chuy Gutierrez.

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RAG N BONE MAN CONFIRMED FOR 2018 BRIT AWARDS 13

We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 25

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.