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Exclusive: Lucy Kruger records ‘A Stranger’s Chest’ live in session for Backseat Mafia

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Singer-songwriter Scott Matthews is the latest to join us for our At Home Sessions with this acoustic performance of Wait In The Car. Matthews shows off his impressive vocal range in this stripped back rendition perfectly accented by the guitar playing. The Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter released his seventh studio album New Skin back in …

-based South African musician Lucy Kruger joined us for a session to perform A Stranger’s Chest from upcoming album Transit Tapes (for women who move furniture around) due to be released 4th June. With beautiful guitar harmonies and a fantastic voice, Kruger delivers an unforgettable performance. On her new album – the follow up to …

Toronto-based musician His His (Aidan Belo) joined us to perform his latest single Winter Journal. After creating the project as an outlet following a move to his family’s hobby farm outside the city, hoping to evoke something rural and honest. Winter Journal is his second single, and to hear it in its original form, follow …

We ran into Trent Halliday so to speak in the Summer of last year, here, with his rather lovely track ‘Get Close’, a mixture of folk, English charm and just a touch of psychedelia. He went onto release an album ‘Declare’ full of such treats later in the year. Recently, he’s returned with a new …

Tell Me What To Do, Canadian singer-songwriter Jordan Klassen’s 2020 album caused something of a stir with its inclusive beauty and organic growth. It turned into a record that affected all that heard it. So we were delighted that Jordan agreed to record the closing track from the record – Golden Ladder for one of …

Following on from last years collaboration between Bob Hillman and Bowie/Rufus Wainright/Suzanne Vega guitarist/soundscape artist Gerry Leonard, aka Spooky Ghost, the pair are releasing a new video for the track Urban Wildlife, and we’re absolutely delighted to be premiering it right here on Backseat Mafia today. Of the track, Bob told us “Urban Wildlife is …

SOUTH-EAST London vaudeville blues-folk quintet Sasha & The Shades have a new EP, Grin & Bare It, lined up for release not just digitally, but on that sexiest and scarcest-used of formats, the 12″, too, and that’ll be with us next Friday; but they want you to draw close, so today here at Backseat Mafia …

WE’VE been quietly adoring the erm, quietly very adorable work which Ted Barnes, the one-time Clayhill singer, who literally did run away and join the circus after that band broke up a decade and half ago now, has been dropping over past weeks in the run-up to the release of his first album in too …

Released this coming Friday (19th March) is the new single Osaka from Bedfordshire multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Tristan Nelson, aka Three Day Monk. Recorded with Matty Moon (Lonely the Brave, False Heads) at Half-ton Studios in Cambridgeshire, UK, it’s his third single in his ‘Seasonal EP project’ the follow up to ‘I wish you were dead’ …

The Laurence Murray Project, headed (rather unsurprisingly) by Edinburgh singer songwriter Laurence Murray, have just released a new video of their single ‘Providence’, and we’re delighted to be able to premiere it right here on Backseat Mafia this morning. Mixing up Laurel Canyon folk, with a good spoonful of soul, and a touch of Real …