Some artists don’t mind existing in the shadows for the bulk of their professional lives. They don’t care about advancing the evolutionary trajectory of music, they simply just want to play whatever is trending within their scene at the moment. In no way am I trying to run these artists down as invalid or somehow completely irrelevant, but when juxtaposed beside the ingenuity and creativity of a singer/songwriter like Sarah Clanton, one has to wonder why they chose the profession they did when they’ve got to compete with talent like hers. Sarah’s star burns so bright that not even the darkest of shadows could smother its flame, and in her brand new record Here We Are, she dishes out some of her most searing songs for us to enjoy in high definition. Continue reading “Sarah Clanton releases “Here We Are” LP”
Delerium & JES “Stay” has a wonderful sort of modern pop meets 1980 synth-pop sound. Richly emotive synthesizers provide a great counterpoint for the breathy, dreamy vocals on the single. Stay has each side – instrumental and vocal – contribute mightily to the finished composition. There are narrative elements to the minor shifts and changes of the instrumentation, while the vocals are integral in providing additional depth and complexity to the musical arrangements on the single. Stay’s extended instrumental sections (most notably at 3:00) do well to provide additional gravitas to the song. Continue reading “Delerium & JES “Stay””
David Sereny’s “Spotlite” is a single that brings in a number of distinct approaches. This means that there is a lively disco beat, hints of flamenco and blues guitars, and a bit of the vitality of the R&B and gospel traditions. The dynamic of the horns, guitars, and drums is such that a narrative is weaved here as bright as any set of vocals could hope to lay down. Sereny’s arrangements are picture perfect and the song changes up enough that listeners will be on the edges of their seat from the initial note to the final lick. Continue reading “David Sereny “Spotlite””
On Sunn, Gidon Schocken is able to employ Afik Doari’s vocals to make for something that is musically very deep while having a pop side that ensures it considerable playlist placement. Sunn nods to a number of distinct genres – there are hints of 1990s electronica, industrial, R&B and modern pop all working together to make one of the most engrossing efforts we’ve heard this autumn. Schocken is able to make something wholly different from the norm while touching upon RAM-era Daft Punk, hardstyle, and Flashing Lights-era Kanye. The groove that concludes Sunn will tattoo its melodies deep into the minds and hearts of listeners.
On “Friends And The Fakers”, LowRay is able to make alternative rock attractive again. With dreamy vocals, fuzzy guitars, and on-point arrangements, the track builds upon the sound of Del Amitri and Delirious? while having LowRay forged forth with their own unique approach. Continue reading “LowRay “Friends And The Fakers””
Carillon is the first track on The Wires’ new album Diligentia Quam in Suis. The song is soft and sedate, with The Wires weaving in soulful singing with contemplative instrumentation. The band is not afraid to allow for longer instrumental interludes on the album, a decision that provides ample gravitas to the vocals when they do enter into the fray. A Man on Wire draws upon the singer-songwriter style of the 1960s while sprinkling in hints of Phil Collins and Cat Stevens. While the song needs little more than vocals and a guitar, it is so honest that it will permanently impress itself in the minds and hearts of listeners. Continue reading “The Wires – Diligentia Quam in Suis”
6 Ways is the first track on J Roy Champion’s new EP, Rome in a Day. The track is able to build upon the framework of Kendrick Lamar and Three Six Mafia. The screwed and chopped vocals on the track provide the perfect counterpoint to the sharper backing beat. Together, the two elements combine to make for something that will get heads bopping even as a dirty, sick groove is laced through the track.
Sip Ya Cup features the flow of T Brookz; the rapid-fire flow that sits on top of a synth and booming bass line makes this into one of our early favorites on Rome in a Day. The track is able to work well as a hard-hitting rap effort and a single that’s ready for the dance floor. A bit of R&B influence on the chorus is enough to keep the momentum high until the effort’s concluding moments. Medicine has a pair of features – T Brookz and Grymz – that keeps listeners continually on the edges of their seats. Spinning things a variety of ways over the course of the extended play, J Roy Champion ends things conclusively with Already. Already, shining through the inclusion of T Brookz, is a track that pulls double duty. The track is able to continue some of the sounds and trends of the previous songs on Rome in a Day, but it also showcases where J Roy Champion may ultimately go in any follow-ups that will come down the pipeline.
Top Tracks: Medicine, Sip Ya Cup
We covered Rome in a Day’s first single, Birthday , back in January. Visit J Roy Champion’s domain or Facebook profiles for additional information about the performer, samples of his discography, or to hit up for new opportunities.
Pop music, as crazy as it might seem, is the really ultimate form of rebellion in times of oppression and division. Of course there is a place for almost every kind of non-violent protest, but music is itself a universal language that knows no boundaries of linguistics, government or social separation. Music integrates all of us into the singular human race that we are, and bands like Broken Baby are what keep the fire of emotional realism alive when there’s nowhere else to turn to. In their new album, Broken Baby, the duo charm listeners with their aggressive blend of punk rock brutality and neo-psychedelic heaviness and set a new tone for the alienated state of the western world. That tone is based in love, acceptance and a never ending search for justice, and in the tradition of punk’s most iconic figures Broken Baby contribute their own unique verse to the grand drama that is life in America, or better put, life under American rule. Continue reading “Broken Baby release self-titled LP”
Kellie-Anne’s Not The Girl is a strong single. The track is built off of a blend of 1980s synth-pop and modern singer-songwriter sensabilities. Kellie-Anne’s inimitable vocals impress themselves on the rich backing instrumentation. With a bit of EDM trapping interlaced in Not The Girl, Kellie-Anne has made a track that can work equally well on pop, dance, or alt rock rotation. The clap/stomp breakdown that marks the three-minute mark of Not The Girl allows things to be reset, making for a hard-hitting conclusion to the track. We’re excited to hear more from Kellie-Anne in the future. Continue reading “Kellie-Anne – Not The Girl”
Joaquin Torres’ Desnudame is a powerful effort that draws upon the Latino musical tradition of performers like Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin. The raw passion and vocal ability of Torres on his latest single will cause anyone listening in to focus intently. Joaquin is able to pull double duty here in that he can both weave a rich and detailed narrative while adding twists and turns to the robust synths and booming bass and drums. Desnudame is a track that we’ll be singing along with throughout the rest of the autumn. Visit the video for the single below. Continue reading “Joaquin Torres – Desnudame”