Genre: Oriental infused Electronic Pop (World Fusion)
A Little Deeper is a departure from previous singles, with its haunting piano, dark lyrics and offbeat rhythm. This is the third release from Makala Cheung's upcoming album Moon, and is an unexpected twist from the Bristol (UK)
Singer/Songwriter/Producer, who is also one of the city's "Happiness Champions".
The half-Chinese Bristol Woman Magazine cover girl's credits include radio play on BBC1Xtra and BBC Introducing in The West, as well as numerous local stations across the globe.
Makala Cheung is a Singer, Songwriter and Producer from Knowle West, Bristol, UK. Known for fusing musical genomes, Makala blends pop and Chinese tones, with an injection of multiple genres from R&B and Soul to Dubstep, Breaks & Bass.
Following a few years in an Urban/Pop duo and going on to feature on local Hip-Hop and Grime tracks, in 2012 Makala began her solo artist endeavor, since releasing 3 EPs and album River. Released for Chinese New Year 2014, River featured in Bristol Live Magazine's ‘albums of the month' and tracks featured on stations from BBC 1Xtra and BBC Introducing in the West to Ujima FM and BCFM. Makala Cheung's second album ‘Moon' is due for release in late 2015.
Makala's influences include Banks, FKA Twigs, M.I.A, and Aaliyah, to name a few. Makala is a Bristol Woman Magazine cover girl (launch edition) and one of Bristol's first Happiness Champions. Performances include Shambala, Dot to Dot, Redfest, Brisfest, St Paul's Carnival, Keynsham Festival and Bristol Harbourside Festival.
"Singer-Songwriter Makala Cheung flies the flag for both Bristol and China with pride, as she combines both traditional and electronic sounds to create some quite distinctive pop…. Makala always makes sure her unique attitude shines through." Loki Lillistone, Editor, Bristol Live Magazine
"Something special is happening here…If it's raw talent or something different you're after, let me assure you are in the right place!" DWF Media.
So here we go with another band press release and the challenge to say something new about four musicians who want to save the world with a tune, is on.
In the deep end we dive to introduce a crew from the heartlands of Sussex in the UK called Rebel Flag, a force that digs deep into the roots of soul and rock music and mixes it with some true 21st century swagger.
If the current crop of cloned out rock bands and pop factor coveter belt puppets has got you reaching for a new Spotify playlist, then you might want add these boys to it.
A new EP out this summer proves that there is still music being made that has the quality as was laid down in stone in the golden age of popular music.
With an industry that has been kicked and mauled to near extinction over the past 15 years, you may ask yourself why musicians even bother to try and break new music.
Faced with a task of playing hostile venues for little or no money, sales from releases looking unsustainable and companies taking huge cuts from the streaming royalties, it’s never looked so hard for new music to find a rock to stand on.
So with that question in mind who do the Rebel Flag think they are trying to keep the flame burning for original music and killer live shows, maybe because they are all completely mad or maybe because they believe in the connection the music and like-people can bring to the party?
Leading the troops is Irish born singer songwriter and producer Dar.Ra.
His credits go back to the 90's with hits under the disguises of Taste of Paradise, Bliss and an Australian band called Ultra Love Machine, and remixes of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Tears 4 Fears and Savage Garden.
Growing up listening to bands like the Specials, Paul Weller and classic soul and rock from the 60's and 70's is the lifeblood that goes into Dar.Ra and his songwriting.
His live experience has seen him tour around the world solo and with bands over the past 15 years, so much so he has written a book called Road Tales all about the adventures of a musician on the road, which is out this summer to coincide with the debut EP release.
The power punch of the up and coming comes in the form of Aiden a drummer who has all the attitude of Keith Moon, with added virtue of being able to play any kind of vibe at the drop of a hat.
Inventiveness and creativity flows effortlessly for a player under the age of 20 years old, which can only be attributed to his parents having impeccable musical taste and his uncle being the late great John Martyn.
Bring on the new breed. Added to this wild brand is a rising young player from Venezuela Chrissy D, a true bass head, with a capacity to hold a groove from here to eternity. His latin passion and addiction to making music that touches the soul, brings a white heat to the rhythm section.
In a few short months they have swaggered around the South Coast of England reminding people that music still means something in the toxic corporate world of a dying music industry.
And what of the music?
The music is a hybrid of rock mixed with some soul a touch of reggae and a slice of attitude laid on top to give it that fine mix that British bands do so well.
So as your mind suggests we've heard it all before and your ears retreat to your comfort zone, let me tell you that this is something to keep close to your heart.
In doing that one small task, we keep an door open to that tribal power that first hit the dance-floors back in the 50's when Rock n Roll was born.
Ask not what Rock n Roll can do for you but what you can do for Rock n Roll!
Rebel Flags new EP Angels + Demons is out on Kusha Deep Records July 4th
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