Noble1BOF ‘Benefits Of Freedom’ -Review

Hip Hop

A rapidly rising talent within the UK rap scene – Noble1BOF has recently revealed his latest mixtape Benefits Of Freedom, due for release on the 22/04. 

This hard-hitting and captivating mixtape is a cathartic and personal experience for Noble as he recalls his life experiences, from writing bars behind bars to becoming a role model for young people who are at risk of offending. 

What’s so special about this mixtape is the pure ambition and drive that comes through, you can tell the thought that Noble puts into each and every bar that he writes and he delivers them with such passion, that it’s inspiring to the listeners. 

A stand out track from this mixtape for me has to be ‘sometimeish’ the blend of rap, afrobeats, and drill are a combination that Noble has excelled at perfecting in this up-beat and rhythmic track. 

The lead single ‘No Games’ takes on a slightly different fuse of genres in the form of Grime and R&B but still Noble has perfected the art of seamlessly meshing these two worlds. ‘No Games’ has a strong arrangement and flows effortlessly from verse to chorus, which has a catchy hook provided by Carla. 

Be sure to check out  Benefits Of Freedom, out on the 22/04

Tony Goff & The Broken Colours ‘Mirrors’ – Review

Indie, Music, New Bands

Tony Goff & The Broken Colours is a fresh lick of paint to rock and roll as we know it. The band have developed a distinctive charm, which will no doubt play a huge part in this new single ‘Mirrors’. In many ways, this will be a coming of age record – firmly setting the tone of who they are not only through reflection, but pointing towards the future.

Latest single ‘Mirrors’ sees Tony Goff & The Broken Colours draw on inspirations from indie legends such as The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys and Sam Fender, exploring difficulties of self identification while serving a straight up indie bop. The band certainly takes that pop rock element in their stride, creating something that is comfortingly familiar, while absolutely their own.

Speaking of this latest release Tony stated: The Current album being written and the singles from it, relate to Tony Goff’s personal struggles and challenges,  but written in an uplifting way as almost to remind Tony of what he has to do.  

However, Tony Goff & The Broken Colours in this track adds a different dimension. With a sprightly melody, bustling rhythm and vibrant vocals, the tone shifts more to accepting oneself rather than dwelling in discomfort. This results in something that is not only brutally honest, but catchy and fun – a hit that is both validating and full of hope.

Check out some of Tony Goff & The Broken Colours previous bangers here. You can also catch the promising band at the following shows:

2nd April – HMV, instore show High Wycombe 1pm

5th April – Hertfordshire,  Biggleswade,  The White Swan

17th April – Stanford le Hope – 80 days restaurant 

May 6th – The Couch – Headline Show – Bracknell

18th June – Swanmore Fest

 10th Sep – Trinity Bar London

Deep Purple return with ‘InFinite’

Rock, Uncategorized

Deep Purple are back, packing as much punch as ever with their latest album ‘InFinite’.

Track listing:

Time for Bedlam
Hip Boots
All I Got Is You
One Night in Vegas
Get Me Outta Here
The Surprising
Johnny’s Band
On Top of the World
Birds of Prey
Roadhouse Blues – (The Doors Cover)

This record has been one of the most highly anticipated this year, as Deep Purple have kept fans waiting 4 years since 2013’s Now What?!. Although the band have been rocking since 1968, this new album does not show any signs of wear and tear! With a very familiar sound, and InFinite amounts of progressive rock energy, this album is definitely up there with Purple’s classics!

The band have enlisted Bob Ezrin for the record’s production. He has worked with names such as Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd throughout his career. It is therefore no surprise that InFinite has such a wholesome, and pure sound so typical of Deep Purple albums.

Back in March, we heard one of the album’s singles ‘All I Got Is You’. It provided fans with something to be excited about, with Ian Gillan’s storytelling lyrics and a head-banging riff that is typical of Deep Purple. Expectations were certainly met, as what was released on Friday is a record full of everything rock n roll!

We are certainly not eased into this album in any way. After a robotic-effect vocal intro, the band roars to life like a machine urging to run again after being idle since the last record. Soon enough, we are greeted with the well known sound of Deep Purple, fuelled by keyboard heavy riffs provided by Don Airey. The instrumental section in ‘Time For Bedlam’ reminds us of the band’s early days, as it instantly adds itself to the list of the band’s progressive rock classics.

“You can bury me up to my knees in shit”- Ian Gillan clearly has not lost any lyrical attitude over his 50 year career with Deep Purple. He fires energy at us right from the start, especially through this edgy opening line to ‘Hip Boots’. Additionally, Steve Morse showcases his exceptional talent through original blues solos, plucked straight from the days of Ritchie Blackmore.

To add to fans’ excitement: in support of this new record, the band have announced that they will begin a tour on the 13th May. With a line up that has not changed for the last five albums, the ‘Long Goodbye Tour’ will most likely be a huge event that tickets will not last long for.

Throughout the entirety of this album, we are gifted with riffs full of guitar and keys, punchy drums and lyrics that show the Deep Purple frontman to be performing at his best. After listening to the record, if you learn one thing: let it be that Ian Gillan does not “give a fucking damn”!

InFinite was released on the 7th April 2017 via EarMusic.


James Handler

Pavilions are releasing new album in August!


pavilions group

Album, The Futures Mine to Make, to follow August 11th

Alternative rock group, Pavilions, have release debut single ‘Futures’ off their new album The Futures Mine to Make. The band, hailing from The Wirral, has taken their local area by storm with their post-hardcore sound influenced by musicians such as Don Broco, Sleeping with Sirens and Emarosa.

‘Futures’ begins with a lingering, flawlessly crafted vocal and guitar riff, exploding into an exciting upbeat rock track – a sound the band have become known for and accentuates their musical talent. The single sums up the whole vibe and direction of the album namely that it is about making the most of your time on this planet and the realisation that the past will always stay the same but you have the ability to shape the future you want.

Check out the video for the track here:

Pavilions’ have certainly found their musical direction with new album The Futures Mine to Make, seeing exciting collaborations with the likes of producer, Dan Lancaster (Don Broco, JLS, Rita Ora, Little Mix) and track features from Johnny Craig and Violet front man, Charlie Bass.

Their career highlights include a support slot with Jonny Craig and playing to an almost sold out crowd supporting Fearless Vampire Killers and the o2 academy in Liverpool. They have also played a whole host of hometown shows supporting the likes of Deaf Havana, Alkaline Trio and Lower than Atlantis.

With such charisma and dedicated support, the potential this band has is colossal and 2014 is looking like it could be their breakthrough year.

Tezz Roberts – Vocals
Ryan ‘Coop’ Cooper – Guitar/Vocals
Tel Earthey – Drums
Matty Daley – Bass
Alexander Headen – Guitar


No need to worry – These Raven Skies



After signing an international distribution deal and getting signed to Blackstream Records, These Raven Skies created their own record label which will see the release of their debut self-titled album out August 1st.

First release, ‘No Need to Worry’, is an infectious rock track, filled with intricate guitar riffs and powerful, anthemic vocals. This track is inspired by a real-life experience where the band were involved in a bar fight to defend two female fans from some aggressive male regulars. In typical rock ‘n’ roll style, chairs were thrown, knives were brandished but fortunately the band triumphed!

You can hear the track here:

Formerly known as Dreams of Reason, These Raven Skies changed their name to mark a change in musical direction and maturity. This was encouraged by The Tea Party’s front man, Jeff Martin, who took the band’s demos and applied his own creative flare, adding eclectic world music elements and arrangements to develop an intriguing classic rock flavour. Not afraid to write a record with no restraints and consideration for convention, These Raven Skies took influences from the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Tea Party, Led Zeppelin, and Soundgarden.

Having supported established bands such as Korn, Billy Talent, Flux Pavillion and Buckcherry, it is no surprise they are getting recognition for their wealth of talent and energetic live performances. These successes have seen them headline major hometown venues such as The Republik! as well as playing local Canadian festivals.

After experiencing various personal tragedies, the band channelled their emotions and passion into their music allowing them to create a great rock album which is perfect for any rock ‘n’ roll fan.

These Raven Skies
Chris Perkins – vocals
Alex Whitcome – guitar
Shand Munro – drums
Trevor Landmark – bass