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Genre: Indie, Singer-Songwriter

Singer/Songwriter Alexander releases his chilled and joyful debut single from forthcoming project of the same name – Room To Grow.

For more info on Alexander visit:
http://www.lastfrontier.co/alexander/

Purchase ‘Room To Grow’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/room-to-grow-single/id906158682
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/room-to-grow-single/id906158682

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Genre: Indie, Folk, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter

Unable to attend his friends’ wedding, folk singer Tom McConnell (featured on our free Summer Mixtape (Vol.2)) sings a sweet tune full of good wishes to his friends on their big day.

For more info on Tom McConnell visit:
http://tmcconnellmusic.com/

Purchase ‘The Wedding Song’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/handiwork-ep/id885222495
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/handiwork-ep/id885222495

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Genre: Worship, Indie,

Part of the Last Frontier musical conglomerate, worship artist Bethany Engelhardt releases her debut single Stretch Out.

Purchase ‘Stretch Out’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/stretch-out-single/id906158412
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stretch-out-single/id906158412

For more info on Bethany Engelhardt visit:
http://www.lastfrontier.co/explorers/

Lyrics:
In the darkness, You stretched out
In the darkness, You stretched out Your mercy hand

God Your mercy flowed out
Through Your veins

Purity and love were burning in Your blood
When You leapt out of this world into the deep
Through all hell’s blazing guns
You showed the world your love
Rescuing the lost
You rescued me

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Dear Listener,

It’s been a busy year! Our audience has increased hugely – the YouTube channel now has over 12,000 Subscribers and total video views currently stands at 1.5 million! Amongst the growth though with some help from friends and family I’ve been in touch with more artists to bring you another free summer mixtape and here it is.

It’s not as long as last years, at just 11 tracks but I’d rather deliver a shorter mixtape of top quality music than fill it with anything I could get permission for!

Like last years mixtape I hope you are introduced to new artists through this compilation. I’ve come to know some of these artists really well whilst putting this together and by speaking to them throughout the year and I can honestly say there are some great people featured on this album who truly worship Christ with everything that they have to give. So, check out the poster that’s included and get in touch with the artists’ through Facebook and Twitter etc. and tell them how much you appreciate their music, knowing these guys most of them will probably even find the time to reply to you! (Then go download the rest of their work!)

Be encouraged by their music, share it with friends not just because you secretly hope they’ll become Christians through it but because it’s simply a collection of great music! Enjoy the diverse mix of genres, the different ways that people praise God and the different stories people have to tell.

My prayer this year is for this mixtape to spread further than before, to reach Christians throughout the world who need encouraging, Christians who wish there was great music for a great God, Christians who need a new song to sing and soundtrack to dance to.

A huge thanks to all the artists involved, for supporting the blog and the work I do and wanting to be part of this small but influential mixtape.

And finally thanks to you the listener for the continued support to both the blog and the artists we feature, whether it’s simply by liking a link on Facebook, sharing the blog with friends or donating money so that we can give more copies of the mixtape away. Thank you for making this possible.


In Christ,
Stephen Bradley,
TheGoodChristianMusicBlog.com

rivers robots all things newHaving started as a solo project by Manchester native Jonathan Ogden (lead vocals and keyboard), Rivers & Robots has since gained three more members, David Hailes (guitar and ukelele), Nathan Stirling (bass, guitar and percussion) and Kelani Koyejo (drums) as of 2012 and are now releasing their first album as a four-piece group.

With a firm foundation of two strong solo albums – The Great Light (2011) and Take Everything (2012) – the expectations were high with their latest release All Things New and I can confidently say that they have met all of them and even exceeded these expectations in many places. When I first heard Rivers & Robots two years ago, what drew me to Jonathan’s music was the originality in the style and specifically the way he structured his songs. Regardless of what the rest of the worship scene was doing he always produced what he felt God had put on his heart and it always paid off. Pleasantly, with this album that remains just as true, and as a group they haven’t bowed to the pressure of writing simple songs that churches can sing all around the world but sing their own song, in their own style and it sits in stark contrast to the sound of contemporary worship music.

Starting as they mean to go on, the album opens with the chilled anthem ‘We Have Overcome’, beginning with just claps and acoustic guitar it screams organic indie worship without ever feeling forced or copied. Although it doesn’t give much description, the best adjective seems to be that it simple sounds very British – influences of bands such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Coldplay and Bloc Party reach you much quicker than any Christian music influence does and it’s incredibly refreshing!

Jumping in to the upbeat ‘Perfect Love’ followed by the charming ‘White As Snow’, it’s clear that one of Rivers & Robots values is quality, thoughtful lyrical content which firmly sticks to a specific theme.With each track they uniquely hold on to their indie roots whilst fully embracing the heart of worship music. Comparing the album to their past work, the production has also stepped up a notch, they may not be professionals but the quality of their music could stand alongside any major worship group and still shine.

On the topic of production the particular stand out track is the electronic/sample based ‘Fall Down’. Luscious ambient vibes are littered with interesting sounds like guitar harmonics to create a unique interlude from the rest of the album which works beautifully. Another album highlight is the song ‘You Hear Me’, a chilled acoustic track about prayer and how even though God knows our thoughts before we bring them to Him, He still wants us to come and speak to Him. Also, in a similar vein is ‘Keep My Fire Burning’ a gentle, intimate piece of worship that wouldn’t be out of place if sung beside a campfire. It’s in the songs like this as well as ‘Light Will Dawn’, and ‘Voice That Stills The Raging Sea’ where Rivers & Robots are really at their best. Although there are moments in the album where the tempo is upped, on the more upbeat tracks the climax can sometimes fall slightly flat, the songs may build and build but it never fully feels like it reaches where it’s heading. It’s not a huge criticism as the album works well as a calm, chilled, folky worship record but the change of pace would work nicely if the upbeat tracks delivered a little more.


Overall, this album really sets the bar high, and as a band they have produced a brilliant record. All Things New is coherent in style and the input and musicianship of the the new band members really comes through in many beautiful and subtle moments of the album (such as the slide guitar on the final track) and they haven’t made the usual mistake of favouring a pop influenced overproduced sound. Already leading worship at a few events and playing more and more live shows these guys are sure to have bigger things in store and if they continue to stay true to their organic, indie, British sound they’ll definitely be turning heads as they go – this truly is must have music.

 

Purchase All Things New from Bandcamp:
http://riversrobots.bandcamp.com/album/all-things-new

For more info on Rivers & Robots visit:
http://riversandrobots.com/

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Genre: Worship, Electronica, Indie, PsychRock

The indie group Isla Vista Worship released their debut self titled album earlier this month. Here’s the brilliant ‘Dancing On The Moon’ from this awesome worship group.

Purchase ‘Dancing On The Moon’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/isla-vista-worship/id888109238
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/isla-vista-worship/id888109238

For more info on Isla Vista Worship visit:
http://www.islavistaworship.com/

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Genre: Indie, Pop, Worship, Electronica

Love the cheeky 80s vibe on this tune, it’s like Phil Collins meets worship music. These guys make great indie pop/worship music, be sure to check out their other stuff.

Lyrics:
You have a sewn in our souls a longing deep inside To remind of a need only You can satisfy
I won’t waste another day
On trivial vices

Every breath is a chance
To sing of Your worth
Now I finally understand
The reason I’m on the earth
To receive and reflect the full image of our King We carry on Your name as our deepest of callings I won’t waste another day

On trivial vices
I give up my whole life to say Nothing else matters
Selfish motives haunted choices We cry out with broken voices Precious Jesus our great purpose You’re the center of existence

Photography by Fré Sonneveld:
http://www.chasin-pigeons.com/

Purchase ‘Every Breath Is A Chance’ on iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/in-three-persons/id530274763
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-three-persons/id530274763

For more info on Lovelite visit:
http://www.lovelitemusic.com/

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Genre: Experimental, Indie, Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Experimental/Indie artist WASHA releases his second single Eyes. Brilliantly layering indie infused guitars to build a powerful wall of sound sweetened by his light vocals.

Download ‘Eyes’ from NoiseTrade:
http://noisetrade.com/washa/the-bright

For more info on WASHA visit:
https://www.facebook.com/washamusic

Photography by Kristian Karlsson:
http://krillekarlsson.tumblr.com/

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Genre: Worship, Singer/Songwriter, Indie,

Judah Lee, lead singer of the band Judah & The Lion now releases a solo worship EP, this track Build My Home is the opening track. Make sure you check out the rest!

Download this track for free on NoiseTrade:
http://noisetrade.com/judahlee/harp-arrows

Purchase Harps & Arrows EP on iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/harp-arrows-ep/id868535409
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/harp-arrows-ep/id868535409

For more info on Judah Lee visit:
https://twitter.com/JudahLee

Photography by Paul Harrer:
http://www.paulharrer.at/

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Genre: Indie, Rock, Experimental, Singer/Songwriter

Explained in WASHA’s own words:
“2013 was the hardest year I have ever faced, and it was almost over before any of the seeds God had planted could come to fruition. All my life I lived cloaked in an overwhelming sense of darkness. That was the norm for me. It was natural, everyday life. I thought it was something I had to adjust to and deal with as I become older. It wasn’t until I realized for myself that I didn’t have to live that way that I was able to understand. It took a personal realization from the Lord for everything to connect. That there was a light that could pierce every dark. And it was the maturity of that realization that enabled me to become set free of the bondage the enemy had on me. It was like waking up from a long dream; being uncovered after living blanketed for so long. I thoroughly believe that DEPRESSION is not a natural element of nature, but a perversion of God’s gift of love. I was at a crossroads: fall victim to the enemy’s will for my life, or overcome my lifelong struggle and claim victory over my life through the Lord. Without God’s love, I would not be alive today. We don’t have to live in darkness, because He has already overcome. And so I live as a portrait of what Christ has done in my life. this is my testimony. This is my life. This is Child.”

Lyrics:
Fell through the cracks
burnt there and back

Dark built from lungs
fate overcome

I was a child in my skin,
there is a man somewhere within.

Light floods the dark
fill, grateful heart

Yearn, thirst for love
death, overcome

I was a child in my skin,
there is man somewhere within.

Download ‘Child’ from NoiseTrade:
http://www.noisetrade.com/washa/child-single

For more info on WASHA visit:
https://www.facebook.com/washamusic

Photography by Dominik Martin:
http://dominikmartin.co/

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