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Lucille Ghatti’s EP ‘High Grade’ Gets a High Grade

Just when we told you about Lucille Ghatti’s dreamy single, “North Hollywood,” her EP High Grade lands in our inbox.

Naturally, the 11-track EP displays the young songstress’ thoughts on love, passion and politics. However, her “Trillwave” brand of R&B– highlighting musical influences from 50’s Jazz, 90’s Neo-Soul and “summertime trap”(bouncy, bass-heavy)– is what makes this album an A+.

Ear Treat

Analogue Monsta (TOKiMONSTA x Suzi Analogue) Finally Brings the ‘Boom’ EP to the Masses

Two years ago, Suzi Analogue and TOKiMONSTA combined their talents in singing, songwriting and beatmaking to form Analogue Monsta. The duo teased fans with multifarious bangers such as “Time To” and “NXT MSG“, and now they have finally released their bass-heavy collaborative effort, Boom. Giving  listeners hints of hip-hop, psych rock, r&b, and electronic, yet it seems as if they are forming a sub-genre all their own. 

Boom is available for free download at Scionav.com/AnalogueMonsta





Ear Treat

Rochelle Jordan Is ‘Losing’ Herself in Latest Single {Audio}

Summer ’12 is about to get a little bit hotter with Rochelle Jordan’s EP P R E S S U R E out in the atmosphere. Before you think that I am over-exaggerating just take a listen to the first single, “Losing.” The KLSHproduced track allows the listener to go inside of the head of a forlorn woman who constantly attempts to convince her lover that he is fighting an internal battle.

Meet 'n' Greet

Meet ‘n’ Greet Q&A: Lauren Housley –The R&B Soultress of Manchester

We had the pleasure of getting to know another promising musician for this round of Meet ‘n’ Greet, the lovely Lauren Housley. The singer/songwriter who hails from Yorkshire, England is dubbed as the “new dominant force” in Manchester’s live music circuit. After listening to her recently released EP, One Step Closer, we found out why. Here is a little teaser:

Her vocals carries the tones of retro-classic soul with the spirit of sultry blues.

Lauren took some time out to share what led to her becoming one of Manchester’s most sought-after musicians,  and what she plans to bring to the music scene worldwide.

The Pearl Mic:  You are highly admired in Manchester’s live music scene, but some of us here in the United States are new to your music. Share with our readers what you plan to bring to the music scene.

Lauren Housley: I love writing good, honest songs that I think people can really relate to. Performing live is also a big part of my life, and I always like to put on the best show possible. I would love to bring my live shows to the states…if you would have me.

TPM:  When did you realize that you wanted to dedicate your life to singing and songwriting?

LH: I have always had a passion for singing and songwriting, but when I was younger I faced a huge battle with confidence, which meant that these skills were confined to my bedroom. Thanks to the encouragement of my co-writer, at the age of 18, I was able to overcome these issues and move on with my career. I haven’t looked back since!

TPM:  The snippet that we’ve heard of your album, One Step Closer, sounds really good. It is one of those albums that will sound magnificent live, and what’s amazing is that you recorded the album in 3 days. How did you do it? Can you say that your live singing experience made the recording process flow easily?

LH: The concept for the EP came just under a year ago and we started writing pretty much immediately. The songs were selected around December last year and we were in the studio by the last week of January 2012. The rhythm section was recorded live to tape, then everything else you hear was recorded afterwards. I would definitely say my experience of live singing helped the process, as I wanted the vocals to have a real live feel anyway so it was just a case of capturing the moment.

TPM:  What do you hope your fans will take away with them after listening to One Step Closer?

LH: I really hope that people who listen to the EP get an idea for who I am as a singer and songwriter. The recordings are a “what you hear is what you get” kind of vibe, no overdubbing, no autotune…..just the songs, my voice and the wonderful musicians that made this record possible.

TPM:  The Pearl Mic motto is to “Be Bold, Beautiful and Brilliant. Give us your perspective on what it takes to be a bold, beautiful and brilliant woman.

LH: I would say being confident is key to all three. Believing in all you do and not being afraid to be yourself.

TPM:  Are there upcoming projects or cool hobbies you’d like to share with our readers?

LH: I love to shop for vintage clothing items, and then reinvent them into something that will work in my live show…..

A lot of my time is spent working on new material with my co-writer Thomas Dibb, with the intention of recording a full length Album…..Stay tuned.

We love new talent, and we are excited to see her career blossom. We think Los Angeles will love her just as much Manchester.

You can catch Lauren on these parts of web:

Website: LaurenHousley.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/LaurenHousleyMusic

Twitter: @laurenhousley

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out One Step Closer on iTunes:  Bit.ly/LAtHBx

Music Break

Stacy Barthe Sprinkles A Likkle Reggae Flavor in “Like It Is” {Video}

Stacy Barthe, the gifted songwriter behind the hits of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Britney Spears, knows how to create break-up songs that sound so good; danceable even. Her current single “Like It Is” from In the Inbetween EP, an ode to a steamy relationship that lost its fizzle, is not just another boring love song, and the visual matches the premise. Set on a beautiful island as Stacy portrays a carefree woman over the break-up, she joyrides on a speedboat, frolics in the sun, and smiles all while a photo of her and her lover (which is singer/songwriter Luke James) slowly burns.

In The Inbetween is now on iTunes.

Music Break

Karina Pasian is Very Refreshing in “It’s Whatever” Video

If only I was this carefree and insightful when I was 20. My focus was on getting used to my new-found independence i.e. getting familiar with alcoholic beverages, clubbing and, oh yeah, boys, boys, boys! Anyways, Karina Pasian teams up with High Five Collective for her latest video, “It’s Whatever”, sharing her wishes and wants for herself and the world “because sometimes life gets way too hard.” The Grammy Nominated singer-songwriter and pianist’s EP, Trips to Venus, is now on iTunes.