AuthorHalina Rifai

Bossy Love: You Hitting Home

I remember the day that Synergy Concert’s Grainne Braithwaite brought Bossy Love to my attention. Her excitement was palpable and when I look back now, I know it was a massive turning point in terms of how I regarded new music in Scotland. I was part of women’s collective TYCI and thanks to Braithwaite’s introduction…

Scotland’s Music Convention: Wide Days

Since its birth in 2010, Wide Days has grown into a superb ambassador to showcase Scotland’s music industry and its musical talent. Born To Be Wide was founded by journalist, Olaf Furniss in 2004, and Wide Days was born later in the country’s capital city. 2018 is looking like its strongest year ever and this…

Eyebawl: ‘Prom Queen’

Wilmington, Delaware’s Eyebawl are set to release their debut record, Gutterbawl via Crafted Sounds in May this year and lead single, ‘Prom Queen’ is an indication of the rock catharsis to be expected. The chorus is packed with vitriolic blasts and Erin Silva’s lusty, gut-busting vocal delivery is the icing on their righteous alt-rock cake. There’s an…

Penguin: ‘Get Me Out’

Newcastle, alt-rock outfit Penguin have gained notable praise already for their previous sonorous releases. ‘Get Me Out’, is the latest single which continues to cement them as ones to start investing your time into. The polyphonic vocal overlaps, the melodic earworms and a crescendo that will punch you square between the eyes are all delivered with grace…

Julian Bell: ‘Red Love’

Julian Bell delivers a fascinating soundscape with his latest release, ‘Red Love’. Taken from his forthcoming project, A Rough Draft which is released later this year, the single’s plush, pulsating bass and seductive vocal make you want to jump straight into Bell’s seraphic sonic ocean. This is a tender, otherworldly and unforgettable.

HQFU: For Inhumanity

My first experience of meeting and hearing Sarah J Stanley‘s earlier music was some years ago in her native Aberdeen. She and her now wife had been a vital part of the music community and whilst her style back then was more folk-based, it was instantly recognisable that she had natural talent exuding from her…

The Solareye Podcast

This week Halina Rifai sits down with Dave Hook aka Solareye to discuss his forthcoming album, All These People Are Me, he selects 6 songs that have had an impact on his life and explains why. Please listen and enjoy and remember to check out the artists in more depth. You can listen/stream on Acast (below) or subscribe to iTunes. The…

DANCEHALL: ‘Droners’

One of the beautiful things about music blogging is that you get to cover an abundance of music, that’s a given. There’s a tendency to also try and cover as many new artists as possible without necessarily using your support to help develop an audience around them. London-based alt-punk trio DANCEHALL are a band that…

J Colleran: ‘bERA’

With his highly anticipated debut album Gardenia released in June of this year, J Colleran may be familiar to several of you as his previous guise, MMOTHS. The gifted neo-classical composer adds a faultless amount of digital disparity to his organic score and the result is something provoking and enveloping. He creates a perfect positioning between elation and solitude, melody…

Tuska: ‘God Knows Why’

London duo, Tuska left a lasting impression with their previous release, ‘Suck On My Mind’ and their follow-up continues to cement their notable psychedelic flair. ‘God Knows Why‘, provides Richard Sturges’ vocal a superbly judged soundscape. This is a fascinating and evocative dip into a psychoactive ocean and one that leaves you feeling as if you are…