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Punk bands shoot for the Moon

IN spite of a “reshuffle” within their ranks, city funk outfit Grey Cooper Love Party will turn in two sets for a special show tomorrow night.

The band, which has an originals package and a James Brown revue up its sleeve, plays O2 Academy2 when it is taken over (from 11pm, after Soundclash) for the Funk For Life charity event in aid of Cancer Research.

Behind the night is Darren Moon who was motivated after losing three close members of his family to cancer in recent years, including his wife.

In association with Sheffield Funk Collective, as well as GCLP there will be a stack of DJs playing Motown to hip-hop until 4.30am. Soulfunkel supply live music to the pre-event bash at Penelope’s from 7pm.

Angel wings it into virtual life

FOUR years of work come to fruition on Monday when Sheffield RnB artist MJay releases his first official single.

Angel is out via iTunes through FuturizeUK and apparently embraces all aspects of the sound the young hopeful has been honing over the years.

A bouncy and upbeat pop track, it boasts a hip-hop beat and MJay’s “heart-on-sleeve lyrics”, influenced by a heavy diet of American RnB singers, such as J. Holiday and Trey Songz.

The track has secured play on BBC radio and in local clubs and tees up MJay’s debut album Blessed To Be A Blessing amid further single releases and videos.

Wolf Gang are off roaming

THEY were Dancing With The Devil on the last single and Wolf Gang will be out with The King And All Of His Men as their third single ahead on the debut album on June 13.

More importantly, perhaps, it brings the much-tipped outfit to Sheffield next Thursday for a date with the University’s Fusion.

Produced by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips), the album showcases a ferocious pop manifesto with an abundance of suave panache and punchy beats.

Wolf Gang was created and is fronted by singer/songwriter Max McElligott, who is in danger of standing out from the pack.

It Reilly is John’s new single

THERE’S a hint of deja vu about the way things are panning out for John Reilly.

Ahead of his new single Building Avalon emerging on Monday the Sheffield musician has been playlisted in Canada, much the same way he was with early days Boy On A Dolphin.

The second solo offering from Reilly follows 18 months writing with Vancouver-based pianist Lewis Nitikman.

His début solo album Zebulon follows on August 1.