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  • Writer's pictureBarney Townsend

TM Breakthrough Vol. 22

TM Breakthrough is back to serve up a mix of the hottest new music from the Townsend Music platform; from heart-warming harmonies to trailblazing trap to rip-roaring rock, all these artists are set to take on the world with the release of their debut albums and EPs.


Vona Vella - Go Outside Forever EP

For Fans Of: Trampolene, Peter Doherty

Leicestershire-born songwriters and musicians Daniel Cunningham and Izzy D. AKA Vona Vella have established a reputation for writing well-crafted songs with honest and disarming lyrics and beautiful vocals and harmonies.

The release of debut EP Go Outside Forever has opened opportunities for the duo, including UK and European tours supporting Peter Doherty, The Libertines and Tim Burgess, plus considerable BBC radio support from Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins and John Kennedy, as well as remixes from the likes of Morcheeba.

"Organic and true, this EP is a real representation of what you’ll hear at an acoustic Vona Vella show." - Vona Vella

Vona Vella will release their incredible self-titled album in July this year. Until then, pick up the limited edition vinyl version of the Go Outside Forever EP, exclusively available from this Official Store.


Adam Zindani - Black Eye Blue

For Fans Of: Stereophonics, Tom Meighan

Hugely respected by his peers, rock fans and guitar aficionados, Birmingham-born Adam Zindani has spent his adult life making music in various guises, including major label stints with Northstar and Casino. But Adam is best known, of course, for his 15-year tenure as guitarist and songwriter with Welsh rock heroes Stereophonics.

Throughout this time Adam had never stopped writing songs for himself but he’d struggled to find time to record them. Then came lockdown, which closed many doors for all of us but opened up the possibility of Adam taking things further.

"I’ve got a studio where I live here, so I thought, why don't I just put some demos down, and see how that works?” - Adam Zindani

The first track to emerge, almost instantaneously, was 'What About Love', which includes elements of Zindani’s rock background, but more from the spheres of soul, pop, singer-songwriters and more. Ahead of the release of debut album Black Eyes Blue, Adam has shared the second single from the album, 'Should Have Known Better'.

Pre-order Black Eyes Blue on Signed Red 2LP, Signed 2LP and Signed CD from Adam's Official Store.


James And The Cold Gun - James And The Cold Gun

For Fans Of: Sick Joy, Tigercub

James And The Cold Gun started life as James Joseph and James Biss from Cardiff, two guys that left their old bands to try and rediscover the fun part of making music. Big fans of 90’s alt-rock, post-punk and garage rock, the band offers "simple, energetic guitar rock!" and pride themselves on being "South Wales' Loudest."

"If you want to jump around, lose your inhibitions and feel good for 30 minutes, we’re the band for you!" - James And The Cold Gun

During the last two years, the band have been making up for time lost in lockdown, by throwing themselves into as many live dates as they can play, culminating in their first-ever US performances at SXSW in Austin, Texas this week.

Debut album James And The Cold Gun arrives on July 28, promising a collection of songs recorded in the same garage they were born in, including the incendiary 'My Silhouette'.

Pre-order the debut album from the band's Official Store on Signed Blue Splatter Vinyl, Blue/Black Vinyl and CD. All music and merchandise bundles include a Signed Lyric Sheet!


Kenzo Str8Drop - Bricks & Sticks

FFO: Bugzy Malone, Central Cee

Kenzo Str8Drop is Manchester’s hottest newcomer to break onto the UK rap scene. Having set the pace in his debut year 2022 by dropping five singles and two freestyles, Kenzo is gearing up to galvanise on the hype with the release of debut collection Bricks & Sticks.

Kenzo has been previously supported by Ellie Prohan (KISS FM UK) and Joey Clipstar (Hardest Bars and Link Up TV) and has seen early support from the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon across their respective playlists. Kenzo already has over 3 million streams across all platforms and over 7.3 million YouTube views from 2022 alone, continued with the video for 'Bestfriend', taken from Bricks & Sticks.

Bricks & Sticks is available to pre-order now on Digital Download from Kenzo Str8Drop's Official Store, alongside a new range of merchandise.


Rianne Downey - Vol. 1-3

FFO: Brooke Combe, Kyle Falconer

Scottish "Country Pop Princess" Rianne Downey grew up on the outskirts of Glasgow, a fan of Amy Winehouse, The Specials, Dolly Parton and more. Rianne's fiercely autobiographical music paints a portrait of a performer unafraid to write every wrong turn, dead end and hard-won life lesson into her songs. Real-world outings in support of artists like Liam Fray, The Lathums and The Snuts, as well as numerous major festival stages, have honed the singer-songwriter's performance skills and built a loyal fanbase. Now onto her third EP, Downey has announced the release of a 12-track compilation of all three EPs on June 9 with Run On Records.

The unassailable rise of the hard-touring and sweet-singing chanteuse continues with the release of her latest single, 'Songbird'.

Songbird is a kitchen sink lament to the struggles of modern love. It reads like a letter to someone, sealed in an envelope and found on the top deck of a bus on a rainy midweek afternoon on the outskirts of the city." - Rianne Downey

Pre-order Vol 1-3 on Signed CD from the Official Store, alongside Fuel To The Flame Vinyl and a new range of merchandise.



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