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The second artist album from Christian Burns – Love Songs from Suburbia!

And when you consider the primary drivers behind ‘Love Songs’, that’s quite remarkable. While the temptation might be there, don’t look at ‘Love Song’s track titles (twelve in total) anticipating a chapter-like overview of Christian’s inspirations. In their place sit vibes of wistfulness and quiet acceptance. It’s an album with nothing to prove other than art-of-lyric, authenticity of voice and depth-of-meaning always wins through.’Love Songs From Suburbia’s available to stream or purchase from June 04 (blackhole.lnk.to/lovesongs). The feet move, the ears prick, but your focus rarely traffics from Christian’s absorbing-to-mesmerizing songs, refrains and harmonies. Less ‘what’s happened’ and more ‘what’s to come’, all bound up in – that word again – “hope”. Adding extra impetus to the international situation was the recent demise of his long-term relationship. So leaving behind house, studio, car and everything else non-suitcase-sized, he landed back in his native Greater Manchester.Writing his second artist album (the long deferred follow up to 2013’s ‘Simple Modern Answers’) couldn’t have been further from the plan, simply as there wasn’t one. Now if this sounds unduly upbeat given our times, bear-with – the context will become much clearer. Setting up a makeshift studio in a vacant building in the middle of a field on his sibling’s property he began to write… and out came ‘Love Songs From Suburbia’.Emotion – it probably goes without saying – is baked into the album. One was global (no prizes) and the second, about as personal as they come. As the mind translates them, a journey takes place and ‘Love Songs’ figurations become clear. Poker-faced, from ‘Tigers’ or ‘Honor’ at the frontend to ‘The Hands That Matter’ or ‘Everywhere’ at the back, there’s not one title that allows conclusions. For the first time in decades, long-time LA resident Christian suddenly and unexpectedly felt far from home. “Hope”, says Christian Burns – “if there’s one word that sums this album up, that’d be it”. Without a permanent base in the county, a returning Christian took refuge under his sister’s roof. Follow us on socials It’s within the album’s verses and choruses that Christian’s meanings lie, some just below the surface, others core deep. First listens to Christian’s second album will likely leave the impression that it’s musical elements are there solely as a passive bit-part players. Notable though, only by their complete absence, are tones of gloom, pessimism or reproach. The story of ‘Love Songs From Suburbia’ (for there clearly is one) begins in Los Angeles in April of 2020. This album was spurred by not one, but two sizeable occurrences. Within a matter of days, creatively – and by his own admission unexpectedly – something began to stir. Don’t get too comfy there though – in 48hrs, it’s going to be eight time zones away. With a real sense of the way the West Coast winds were blowing, last April he hopped a flight back to the familial north of England. A testament to their stunning tact though, over time those elements begin to pop more to the fore, and with them the realization of just what kind of extraordinary balancing act ‘Love Songs’ is pulling off.A wistful, blissful, sun-on-your-face-styled feel – ‘Café del Mar with beats’ perhaps – it carries its tone innately first track through last.

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Tom Junior releases the deep and vibrant ‘Music Takes Me’, out on Simma Black !

Buy / Stream link: https://fanlink.to/SIMBLK262 

Follow us on socials Tom Junior is a House Music Producer, DJ & Groove Soul Records label boss based in the Midlands. Proving why he has been hailed as ‘one to watch’, with ‘Music Takes Me’, Tom Junior combines the hypnotic pulsating beats with a sultry female vocal (“I can feel it all over my body and the music takes me”) to produce an addictive cut which was inspired Tom Junior reading an interview with Armand Van Helden in which the celebrated house producer was talking about his greatest remixes and “that 90’s sound” – deep, bass driven and with lots of groove. He has played at Ministry of Sound London and The Egg, taking his talent to the White Isle with Ibiza Rocks, Liquid and other residencies around The Midlands. Tom’ Juniors solo releases have enjoyed several Beatport Top 20s and support from some of the biggest DJs in the world, including Todd Terry, Jamie Jones, and Sam Divine, who played Tom Junior’s previous single ‘All The Blues’ heavily on her KISS FM show and on the Defected Festival live stream. His roots are grounded in growing up listening to Soul, Funk & Disco and later, the mid 90’s US Garage House sound, all of which you can hear in his productions.
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