Introducing Carmy Love...
Carmy may be a familiar face to fans of New Street Adventure: As an original member of the band she made a major contribution to “No Hard Feelings” - NSA’s debut album on Acid Jazz - with her stunning backing vocals elevating the record to modern soul classic status.
Born and raised in North West London, Carmy had a rich musical upbringing: Her Mother and Step-Father were DJs on several underground stations including Roots, Unique and Flava Radio.
The likes of Janet Kay, Louisa Marks and Chaka Khan all featured heavily during her formative years, whilst an early grounding in Gospel singing developed her vocal style and stage craft.
Having also sung with Cool Million, Ruby Blu and House Gospel Choir it’s now time for Carmy Love to take centre-stage by teaming up with Big AC Records to release her first two solo singles.
Produced by Mitch Ayling (The Milk) and backed by a NSA-heavy line-up of musicians,‘Thinkin’ About You’ and the self-penned ‘Rebel’ offer an exciting glimpse of what’s to come from this incredible new soul artist.
Described by London’s ‘Soul Stripped Sessions’ as ‘a powerhouse and then some’, Oxfordshire’s Abi Farrell was raised on a soundtrack of female-driven pop, funk and soul.
Influences from the likes of Aretha, Carole King, Eva Cassidy and Chaka Khan may all be present in Abi’s music but each song is brought into the here and now by her effortlessly pure voice and lyrical dexterity.
In November 2019 she released her debut EP ‘The Only Way I Learn’ which has amassed nearly 50K streams to date.
Following its release, Abi was named Richer Unsigned’s ‘Artist of the Week’ - “Abi’s control and vibrato of her incredible vocal tone is truly stunning”.
At an East London jam In February 2020, a chance meeting with Nick Corbin (New Street Adventure, Lack of Afro, Laville, Big AC Records), sparked a songwriting partnership that would develop fruitfully over lockdown.
A shared love of soulful music contributed to ‘Empowered’ - Abi’s solo composition, re-produced in demo form by Nick - and the co-written ‘I Will See You Through’.
The songs attracted the attention of producer, Mitch Ayling (The Milk), who invited Abi and her band to record at Woods Lodge Studio in Essex.
Look out for the limited edition 7” vinyl featuring “Empowered” and “I Will See You Through” on Big AC Records in early 2021!
Until February 2018, Nick Corbin was the singer and main songwriter of New Street Adventure, who released two albums on the legendary Acid Jazz label: "No Hard Feelings" in 2014 and "Stubborn Sons" in 2017.
Nick was brought up with soul music constantly playing in the background, thanks to his Father's love for the genre and obsessive collecting of rare records.
Over the years the band received critical acclaim from the likes of Q Magazine (4/5 stars for album two) and The Guardian's Tim Jonze, who praised Nick as having "an innate understanding of classic soul songwriting".
Corbin returns with his debut solo album, "Sweet Escape", out NOW on Big A.C Records. The album was produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Paolo Nutini, OCS, The Twang, Robert Plant) at Magic Garden Studio in Wolverhampton.
Despite the soulful roots in Nick's music, his voice remains distinctive and unmistakeable. Q's Paul Moody referred to him as "a mod Mike Skinner", whilst comparisons to Paul Weller and, more recently, Tom Misch have frequently been made.
Expect an eclectic set of hard-hitting tunes cut with a notably British edge and catch Nick live in March, backed by Florian Bel's JMNI Collective!