REVIEW: JESSICA DOMINGO – ‘MOONPLAY’ EP 18

Jessica Domingo is a Seattle-based alternative R&B/pop artist who in the past few months in particular has seen her following across social media platforms rocket exponentially, and she’s currently riding high on a wave of success thanks to her latest EP, Moonplay.

Starting things off with the rather subdued “Sleep” – with its stripped back instrumentation – might not have been Domingo’s best idea but the track does showcase her smooth and soulful vocal which alone makes the song worthy of repeat listens.

“No Good” follows along a similar path, meaning the two songs at times sound almost like copies of one another, but “F.N.S.” picks things up somewhat and gets the collection on a much more stable path (metaphorically speaking at least).  “Electrical Desire” meanwhile has a slow-burn of a toe-tapping rhythm and once again it’s Domingo’s vocal that makes the track shine.

The ballad “Echoes” is undoubtedly the stand-out number on the EP and addresses first-hand the many difficulties that can come from and with long-distance relationships. It’s a raw and honest account of a hard time in Domingo’s own life and she should be duly credited for being brave enough to write about the experience and share it with the world.

Closing number “Wonderland” could have easily been missed off the collection and it’s inclusion means the EP ends on a rather demure note. The vocal is breathy, almost lost at times under the instrumentation, and while it might work as a track to unwind to after a difficult day, ultimately, it’s the weakest song on the collection and makes for a somewhat disappointing end to the latest piece of work from a talented artist.

For more information on Jessica Domingo, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook, follow her on Twitter or check out her YouTube channel. Moonplay is available now.

 

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MOBO AWARDS 2017: NOMINATIONS REVEALED 6

The 2017 MOBO Awards nominations are here – so start voting!

The list for the show, going down Wednesday, November 29 in Leeds, is led by South London MC Stormzy, who picked up a whopping five nominations for Best Male, Best Grime Act, Best Album for Gang Signs & Prayer, Best Song and Best Video for “Big For Your Boots”. Following Stormzy, J Hus follows with 4 nominations.

Skepta, Jorja Smith, Giggs, Loyle Carner, Stefflon Don, Sampha and more also earned nominations. Check out the complete list below and start to vote now.

BEST MALE ACT
Bugzy Malone
Chip
Dave
Giggs
J Hus
Maleek Berry
Mostack
Sampha
Skepta
Stormzy

BEST FEMALE ACT
Emeli Sandé
Jessie Ware
Jorja Smith
Lady Leshurr
Little Simz
Mabel
Nadia Rose
NAO
Ray BLK
Stefflon Don

BEST ALBUM
J Hus – Common Sense
Nines – One Foot Out
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
Wretch 32 – Growing Over Life

BEST NEWCOMER
Dave
Jorja Smith
Kojo Funds
Lotto Boyzz
Loyle Carner
Mabel
Mist
Not3s
Stefflon Don
Yxng Bane

BEST SONG
J Hus “Did You See” (Produced by JAE5)
Kojo Funds Feat. Abra Cadabra “Dun Talkin’” (Produced by GA)
Not3s “Addison Lee” (Produced by Malv On The Track)
Stormzy “Big For Your Boots” (Produced by Sir Spyro & Fraser T Smith)
Yungen Feat. Yxng Bane “Bestie) (Produced by ADP)

BEST VIDEO
Bossman Birdie “Walk The Walk” (Directed by Luke Davies)
J Hus “Spirit” (Directed by Hugo Jenkins)
Loyle Carner “The Isle Of Arran” (Directed by Georgia Hudson)
Mist “Hot Property” (Directed by Oliver Jennings)
Stormzy “Big For Your Boots” (Directed by Daps)

BEST HIP HOP ACT
Giggs
Little Simz
Loyle Carner
Nines
Stefflon Don
Wretch 32

BEST GRIME ACT
AJ Tracey
Chip
P Money
Skepta
Stormzy
Wiley

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT Supported by Mi-Soul
Craig David
Jorja Smith
NAO
Ray BLK
Sampha

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Drake
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
Migos
Solange Knowles
SZA
Travis Scott
Wizkid

BEST AFRICAN ACT
Davido
Eugy
Juls
Maleek Berry
Mr Eazi
Sarkodie
Tekno
Tiwa Savage
Wande Coal
Wizkid

BEST REGGAE ACT
Aidonia
Alkaline
Chronixx
Damian Marley
Popcaan

BEST JAZZ ACT Supported by Jazz FM
Cleveland Watkiss
Daymé Arocena
Moses Boyd
Mr Jukes
Terrace Martin

BEST GOSPEL ACT Supported by Premier Gospel
Lurine Cato
Mali Music
S.O
Triple O
Volney Morgan & New-Ye

PREMIERE: CHUCK MCDERMOTT PRESENTS “THE GIRL FROM ST. LUCY” 29

A staple of the music industry for more than four decades, Chuck McDermott, a Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, has toured internationally with the icon that was and will always be John Stewart and has been delighting fans through fantastic live shows with his band Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw since the 1970’s.

McDermott’s new album Gin & Rosewater, which features a cover of the Johnny Cash classic “I Walk The Line”, is one of his strongest collections to date and ThisIsThelatest are thrilled to premiere the video for its latest release, the track titled “The Girl From St. Lucy.”

Asked about the background to the video, McDermott says:

“The church is Old Ship Church in Hingham, MA. It’s the oldest house of worship in continuous use in the United States, built in 1861. It is also where Anne and I met! Both of us separately discovered the church after moving to Hingham and both eventually served time as religious education teachers there (motivated in part to get our own kids to attend the program!). So not only is it a pretty stunning example of 17th century architecture, it has a lot of personal significance for me too.”

The clip also has many family connections to Chuck within it, adding a lovely sense of sentimentality to the piece – his mom features heavily through the inclusion of family photos and his fiancé Anne is the woman sat in the Church with him.

Check out “The Girl From St. Lucy” below and for more information on Chuck McDermott, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. Gin & Rosewater is available now. Header photo credit: Kelly Davidson.