New Music from Yorkshire Artists Scenius, Heath Common, Dirty Freud & Max Restiano

New Music from Yorkshire Artists Scenius, Heath Common, Dirty Freud & Max Restiano main

A quartet of eclectic new releases from Yorkshire artists highlight the range of musical talent and diversity in the region.

Scenius will release their debut album, Enough Fears on 4th December. The duo, which comprises Leeds producer Steve Whitfield and French singer Fabrice Nau draw inspiration from early electronic outfits such as Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, New Order and Depeche Mode, as well as newer bands like LCD Sound System and Boards Of Canada.

Pushing to make vintage synths and drum machines sound soulful, touching and contemporary, the duo have strived to make an album that, although retro influenced, is rooted firmly in 2020.

Born in Normanton, singer-songwriter Heath Common has been ploughing a unique musical furrow across four decades. Also a published poet, Heath was recently approached by Stephen Linstead from York University, who has overseen the compiling of a modern poetry anthology entitled ‘Viral Verses’.

Heath has set to music and recorded two of his poems which feature in the book, which was released in a bid to raise funds for the NHS and maintain positivity in these unprecedented and troubled times.

Sheffield’s own unruly prince of electronica, Dirty Freud will release his new EP, ‘Love in the Backwater’ on 11 December, via Modern Sky UK.

Dirty Freud’s unique “Electrodub” sound has become something of a best-kept-secret, working behind the scenes with artists such as The Prodigy, Iggy Pop, Big Narstie and more. Blending abstract rhythms, cryptic vocals and cataclysmic beats, Freud’s new EP owes an equal debt to Dub-Step, electronica, rave, and more, while offering something entirely his own.

Recorded at Tresor and Hansa Studios of Berlin, Spirit Studios and Blueprint Studios in Manchester, and Yellow Arch Studios Sheffield, the EP is his debut release with Modern Sky UK (The Blinders, Tourists, Slow Readers Club).

Finally, also from Sheffield, Max Restaino has hugely increased his odds of a Christmas Hit record by joining forces with legendary American songwriter Phil Springer, who penned the iconic Christmas smash hit ‘Santa Baby’ – and adding to the talent pool and making up the song writing trio is former Radio 1 DJ and respected music industry luminary Mike Read. Together they have penned Max’s new single ‘Here For Christmas’.

Phil Springer had originally written Max’s new single way back in in 1948, but it didn’t have any lyrics. Although he knew it was special he stored it away and, then, 72 years later sent it to Max who fell in love with it straight away and instantly wrote the chorus and then worked with Mike Read on the rest of the lyrics. The result is a jazz-pop infused Christmas cracker of a song combining the sound of a classic golden era with Max’s modern-day interpretation which showcases his effortless, soulful, smooth vocals.


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