Meet Darcy Louch

A cardboard cut out shaped into a square, sat on the dining room table surrounded by chairs. A friend or a few come over, or it’s a family night either way it’s all eyes on the prize. We are both united but divided, as the dice rolls and the timer ticket’s anyones win.But it’s also a task a mystery solved together, a property shared. In Darcy’s song Love game the game is over for the female protagonist has already won.

Darcy Louch

Swiping right, swiping left, she is in control of who she lets into her life, she enjoys the contest but refuses to be a conquest. With the card’s on the table it’s anyones bet just as long as the Queen doesn’t demand off with his head.

The dramatic dynamics that Darcy explores in Love game may resonate with those of us who have been in relationships in which our partner is gambling with our emotions, how many bets will they place before tears fall from our face and we pack up our things and leave this place?. The power and immaturity that comes with mind games is wittily explored in this romantic tale of fiction in which no voice can be trusted.Her female powerhouse influences are definitely imbued throughout this song, with echoes of Amy Winehouse and Etta James this piece is a striking performance from Louch.

Louch put this compelling piece together using only Acrobat and Garage band, a completely different formula to the production of her other song worst enemy which was professionally produced in a studio.

Worst enemy

Worst enemy explores the battle of cognitive dissonance, this sinister shallow of self doubt rising through you spine and slowly swallowing your soul as you work your hardest to reach your goals. You know you’re capable but you are worried you’ll fail, you’ll fall just as you reach to get it all. What if the person you’ve worked hard to be isn’t the best person you could be? What do you do when yourself becomes too much for you to handle? All of your energy goes into defeating this ficitious villainous version of a version yourself you have created.

Darcy Louch

Louch uses this song to expose her self inflicted wounds, despite the support of her friends and family she is her worst enemy. Her jazz infused vocals and upbeat backing track could fool you into thinking this was a positive song, which is usually the front we give to people when we are struggling but the lyrics are self explanatory that sometimes being who you are is a constant battle, we may be enough for others but just not for ourselves an dit is about finding faith in our ability and allowing ourselves to be proud of them.

As well as being in her third year of teaching at a special needs secondary school in Barnet she is working hard to release an EP in October which will feature three new tracks- check out my podcast episode with her for exclusives!

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Che Lingo

From open mic nights to being signed by Idris Elba, Che’s most recent success sees him covers Radio GaGa for Roger Taylor.

Che Lingo

South London based rapper gained momentum up the mountain of the music industry after the success of his 2018 EP ,Charisma in which he explores themes of vulnerability, fragile masculinity and the impact of misrepresentation, using his talent to explore the fluid nature of black culture. The seven song story incorporates elements of jazz, hip-hop and 90s soul.

Same energy, featured in this EP, was also used on Netflix’s Top Boy. The use of the song in the crime series, written by Ronan Bennet, lead Che to be discovered and signed by Idris Elba’s record label 7wallace..

Before this well deserved recognition ,his skills were enriched by experiences at youth clubs. These spaces allowed him to expand his understanding of music and the freedom to create without the fear of being scrutinised or navigated to a dead end. His appreciation for eclectic sounds allowed him to cultivate his own distinctive voice with the reassuring edge that echoes others before, making Che’s music a distinctive blend of familiar favourites as well as his own voice.

This is most boldly felt in his single My block which explores injustice toward black people.Lingo describes it as being “about making what you have work for you and being proud of where you’re from, even when you think that might work against you for where you want to be. It’s about walking through adversity with faith and believing you are deserved.”

Although this platform is hosted to support rising musicians and review talent it is also important to publish the failings of our so called justice system. This song was orignialy written for Che’s friend Julian Cole, a sports science student and semi-professional footballer who was left paralysed and brain damaged after being arrested outside a nightclub in Bedford in 2013.Instead of being rushed to hospital Cole was taken to a police station. Officers only relaised he was unresponsive whilst in the back of the van losing crucial time before an ambulance was called.

It was only fitting then that the song became an unintentional anthem for Black Lives matters protests in 2020. These movements, this re-education, this support for black lives and black identity is still very much necessary.

Despite making up just 3% of the British population black people make up 8% of those killed in police custody. The most recent was Chris Kaba who was shot by a yet to be named  specialist firearms officer. Kaba ,who was expecting a daughter, was a rapper in drill group 67.It is important that talent is recognised and raised regardless of race, age, gender or class and that violence toward one another is ended.

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MTV original

Che’s most recent success saw him covering Radio Gaga for Roger Taylor in Abbey Road studios. Challenged with the task of recreating one of the most iconic queen songs in just a day most musicians may be petrubed by the pressure but che flourished. Taking inspiration from the pain of losing his Grandma Monica he sang about how he guided her through his youth.

Che’s intellect, experiences of love and loss make for really powerful wordplay giving radio Gaga a new type of magic for the younger generation to befriend in their teenage nights.

Lingo said he was in awe of Taylor, who had written the original Radio Gaga.Taylor seemed to share the same admiration for Lingo, describing him as a fascinating artist who is deeply committed.

With all this and his song Eyes on the prize featuring in Fifa 2022 his instagram bio will no longer need to tell people how to pronounce his name (It’s Shay) for he will just be known.

The Queen

Thursday the 8th of September the world was brought to a standstill as the sad news of her majesty passing was announced. With over 70 years of services and patron to 600 charities The Queen has certainly left a lasting impact on all facets of society, even the music industry.

Not only did she have two honorary degrees in Music; a Bachelor of Music (BMus) from the University of London and a Doctor of Music (DMus) from the University of Wales she also learned how to play piano at the age of 11- readers may remember the elaborate grand gold piano featuring in her 2018 annual address to the Nation.

Her reported favourite pieces of music are listed below.

  • Oklahoma! by Howard Keel
  • Anything You Can Do (Annie Get Your Gun) by Dolores Gray and Bill Johnson
  • Sing by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring the Military Wives
  • Cheek to Cheek by Fred Astaire
  • The White Cliffs Of Dover by Vera Lynn
  • Leaning on a Lamp-post by George Formby
  • Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven (hymn)
  • The Lord is My Shepherd (hymn)
  • Lester Lanin Medley
  • Regimental March Milanollo

She is known to have regularly awarded musicians with certain accolades giving out OBE to Kylie Minogues, Annie Lennox and Victoria Beckham. As well as granting knighthoods to Paul McCartney, Elton John and Mick Jagger who ,according to her cousin Elizabeth, she could have rivalled the moves off as “She was a fantastic dancer with great rhythm.”

Her love for music is evidence by her support for keeping music venues alive and open most, notably the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank which she opened in March 1967 is named for her.

She also challenged tradition when in 2014 she appointed Judith Weir, to be the master of the Queen’s music- a position which since 1625 has been held by a man. In 2007 Weir had been awarded the Queen’s medal for music, an accolade introduced by the monarch in 2005.

It was a medal to be presented annually to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation. The introduction of this award also saw a new Music Committee, established to award eligible musicians.The first recipient of The Queen’s Music Medal was conductor Sir Charles Mackerras.

This passion for music is very human, this drive to show support and praise for those that pursue their talent and find their way, demonstrates how similar she was to us. Whatever your standing is, it is undeniably a sad and sombre time in Britain and Worldwide and my thoughts are with her family, my faith with his majesty King Charles.