By The Rivers – If They Don’t Know

The Leicester-based Reggae band By the Rivers have been cooking up a storm over the past few years, and I was lucky enough to jump on their wagon around two years ago. With a welcoming fanbase that just loves to spread awareness of their rhythmic beats, it still surprises me that the band haven’t been picked up by an independent label, yet the band’s name is simmering and I just know that they’re about to blow up in the underground scene!

By the Rivers bring a youthful and mainstream edge to the reggae genre, with a classic pop- melody line that is backed by ska- like keys and brass, and driven with deep reggae guitar and drum beats, that makes this ancient genre seem brand new. After listening to their self-titled debut album on constant repeat for the past year and a half, they have finally gifted us with a much anticipated new track, If They Don’t Know. The catchy melody line of this track is bound to stick in your head for days, as it has with mine, and I just can’t get enough of it!

It’s a known fact that the popularity of genres circles round every few years. It’s about time that reggae has it’s turn, and when it does, everyone is going to be listening to By the Rivers.

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Indie- Folk Autumn Playlist

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I left my house this morning and couldn’t resist taking this picture. The sun was peeking through a thick cloud of mist and there was condensation on the windows of my cold bedroom, this can only mean one thing- Autumn is here! Not only is it my favourite time of the year – there’s just something so beautiful about crisp golden leaves covering the roads – but it’s also the time that I find the weather is most atmospheric and dramatic; and it clearly calls for an autumn playlist!

I’ve been making myself seasonal playlists for as long as I can remember, and I thought you deserved to have a compilation of beautiful indie-folk songs that will just make you want to wrap up warm with a cup of tea watching the drizzle from the warmth of your room. So here is my 2015 Autumn playlist, filled with some of my new finds and some older loves.

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It features:

Dustin Tebbutt – The Breach

Bon Iver – Holocene

Ben Howard – Gracious

Thom Byles – The Great Outdoors

The Staves – Steady

Dry The River – New Ceremony

First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining

Radical Face – Welcome Home

James Vincent McMorrow – If I Had A Boat

The Mispers – Brother

The Paper Kites – Paint

The Middle East – The Darker Side

Matt Corby – Monday 

Jack Garratt – Weathered

Snowmine – Nervous

Joseph Lofthouse – The Four and Two

Have you got a favourite song that you find fits the autumn feel well? Let me know in the comments or even add it to the playlist yourself!

2015 Festival Picks

Just like any camping and music lover, I’m a self-proclaimed festival guru. Which is, of course, completely untrue. But I have attended a small handful of festivals over the summer, and I’m here to share with you some of the incredible music I’ve watched, and the underground gems that I’ve found. With Ramsbottom Festival looming ahead I thought I would reflect on the brilliant sounds that I’ve heard over the summer, before I go and forget them all and marvel at the brilliant Joseph Lofthouse, Tales of Two Counties, Delamere and Jela.

One of my favourite all-time festivals is called Barn On The Farm. The festival itself is so small that it fits just into the courtyard of Over Farm, Gloucester; but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in vibe and talent. Festival organiser, Josh, always manages to book incredible artists on the brink of stardom, such as: Gabrielle Aplin, Bastille, James Bay, Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard (and that’s only to name a few!). This year I was lucky enough to hit the right stage at the right time, seeing the likes of Jack Garratt, Sam Henshaw, The Staves, James Bay and Sunset Sons. There is such an intimate feel to the festival that you leave feeling so immersed in music and each musicians’ lives that you can’t help but feel part of their journey to becoming radio and TV regulars.

Ones to watch:

Sunset Sons

These guys have been tearing up playlists on XFM for a few weeks now, but I have to admit, at first I wasn’t completely won over by them. Having listened to them a bit prior to the festival I thought ‘they seem like fun, but not my cup of tea’, but they completely changed my mind! Mixing pop with a little bit of indie-rock influences, these guys have completely nailed the suffer look and sound, so you couldn’t get a band more perfect for the heat of summer! There’s nothing I love more than a band that changes my opinion of them for the better, and I bet they do the same for you!

Seafret 

I’ve been a huge fan of this duet for around a year now, so I was unbelievably excited to finally see them live, and they didn’t disappoint! They have already had small radio airtime, but I can definitely see that extending soon!

Martin Luke Brown

I also managed to catch his set on the BBC Introducing stage at this year’s Leeds Festival, and I just fell in love with him all over again! This singer-songwriter has such a smooth and rich tone that makes his voice so irresistible.

Leeds Festival has got to be named here for obvious reasons. It felt like we were seeing all the success stories from out Barn On The Farm favourites, watching like proud parents as a few hundred people shouted lyrics that were new to us a year ago. Here I saw some of my all-time favourite bands: Bear’s Den, Drenge, Alt-J and Mumford and Sons. But there were also some acts that I’ve never really fancied that I now love, and it’s all thanks to Leeds!

Eliza and the Bear

These anthemic guys have been featured on countless adverts. You’ll probably know at least one of their catchy songs without realising, which is what makes them so perfect and so full of potential that I can almost guarantee that they’re going to keep growing and won’t stop until they play on huge stages!

Jake Isaac

I was a little unsure when I first listened to Jake Isaac a few years ago. Your typical acoustic singer-songwriter strumming a gorgeous Taylor guitar in a forest. Though his incredible talent was as clear as day, he just wasn’t for me. Yet after seeing him on the lineup, I thought: why not? And I’m so glad I did! His fingers are still glued to his acoustic guitar, yet there is a much more upbeat quality to his new sound. Listen to ‘Long Road’ and you can definitely understand why he is now, and will continue to be, a huge crowd pleaser. I’m expecting to hear lots of exciting things from Jake Isaac’s new sound!

Have you been to any festivals or concerts this summer and discovered a new gem that you’ve completely fallen in love with? Let us know in the comment section or on our Chameleon Productions Facebook page- we’d love to hear them!

Didn’t Need Anymore Time

I have been a huge fan of Leo Stannard for some time, and my little heart was breaking when there was a lull in Stannard’s every growing momentum. Yet it seems that, a year later, my craving for new material has been answered: and with a surprising twist.

After recently signing to the esteemed Black Butter record label along with the likes of Rudimental, Lilly Allen and Everything Everything, it seems that Leo Stannard has taken a leap into forward motion. The single may be long overdue, but having spent a year recording with producer Rich Cooper, we can’t wait for what’s to come from this talented 19 year old.

In I Need Time, it seems that Stannard has dropped his trademark acoustic guitar and replaced it with a smooth piano. But it’s clear that his immense guitar skills, featured in songs such as Please Don’t, match that of his talent on the piano, as the track beings with a smooth lick of a swung melody that comes natural so the singer-songriter. There is definitely a him of a jazz inspiration on this track, proving yet again, that trends always come back around; yet there is something to the song that has an original edge, that gives a lot of promise for his new releases.

Either way, Black Butter Records have definitely hit the jackpot with Leo Stannard, and we can’t wait to hear what he has to bring next.

3 songs that will make your Thursday!

Recently there has been three particular songs that I just can’t get enough of. These three gems have been stuck on repeat on my iPod for the past few months and they just need sharing with the world! I can’t believe that more people haven’t heard these beauties, so I hope you fall in love with them just as quickly and as deeply as I did.

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Ernie

This song is first on my list for so many reasons! It’s such a beautiful cinematic song that I can’t help but picture it as the soundtrack to a bar scene in a James Bond film: A Bond woman slipping down a set of stairs in a sultry red dress and perching beside a bright-eyed Bond with a Martini in hand. There’s a subtle mixture of genres in this song that, with soulful vocals set to a reggae beat, bring such a bright sense of originality. I was just transfixed after my first listen!

Charlie Cunningham – Lights Off

This sweet acoustic number has such a raw edge to it that makes it feel so much different to others of its genre. Cunningham has a natural talent at creating catchy yet unique melodies that stick in your head like the smell of your best friend’s house. I fell completely in love with the tone of this stunning song as soon as I heard it and I can’t wait until people start to pay attention to this incredible songwriter!

Snowmine – Let Me In

This song may be an older track, having being released in 2011, yet it has a timeless quality to it that I just adore! Yes I have been listening to in almost every day for four years. Snowmine create such beautifully upbeat and atmospheric tracks that make such perfect road trip soundtracks. I can’t wait for a summer day when I’m riding along in a car filled with friends who all adore this song, with the wind in my hair and these lyrics blaring out of the open car windows. They have recently released their debut album, Dialects and it’s well worth a listen!

So there is a small insight into the three songs that circulate round my head all day every day- I hope you love them just as much as I do!

An Insight into Chameleon Productions

For my first blog post I thought I would give a brief insight into what we do at Chameleon Productions.

Chameleon Productions is a folk and acoustic music promotion company based in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, England. We have a small handful of incredible artists of which we promote and create gigs for, and we also run and produce a stage at the Ramsbottom Music Festival. You can check all of our featured artists here! We also work closely with a live acoustic YouTube music channel called the Irwell Sessions, and we’re releasing a brand new video in just a few weeks!

I did run an old blog over on the here, but I couldn’t run it like a real blog. So this is how I got here! I’m now going to run this blog as a general music blog, featuring: news from all the Chameleon artists and events, new releases that we love, new video releases and all news musical and magical.

Tomorrow I’ll release my first post about all the new music that we’re crushing on right now, so keep your eyes peeled!

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