Ditz – Don’t Cry Wolf (Featuring Andy Court)

Ditz’s new single Don’t Cry Wolf is a powerful EDM track in the vein of Avicii and David Guetta. The assertive beat and smart synth-heavy arrangements will get listeners on the dance floor, while the contributions by Andy Court add a human component to the single. Together, these elements that listeners will be caught up in the unique but familiar sound crafted here by Ditz. The human and computer dynamic never has been done so well. We’re going to be blasting this through NeuFutur headquarters this winter; check out Ditz’s Facebook for more information about this performer.

Ditz – Don’t Cry Wolf (Featuring Andy Court) / https://open.spotify.com/track/2PlXWDYatd73LAdOQgqBaJ / https://www.facebook.com/Ditz-100971253886938/

Donna Zed – Morphine EP

Donna Zed is the rare example of a performer that can tell a full, deep, and detailed story over the course of an extended play (EP). Listeners will be given a very passionate and impactful performance during the release’s first single, High on Desire. Little is needed on this introductory effort than a piano and Zed’s inimitable set of vocals. Donna’s performance during the EP’s first statement is impressive. The seer vocal range will hit every high and low, while the ability of Zed to start and stop on a dime makes for an effort that continually impressive. The production of the Morphine EP allows each element to shine alone or as a cog in the machine. Continue reading “Donna Zed – Morphine EP”

Dizzy Box Nine – Electric Illusion

Open Up To Me is the first track on Dizzy Box Nine’s new album, Electric Illusion. The track is fun in that it blends together a number of distinct 1990s styles. Fans can hear hints of pop-punk (early Blink-182), a bit of jam band (Rusted Root, Dave Matthews), and even a hint of reggae before the track concludes. We’re a big fan of the very human component that comes forth during this introductory effort; the timing of the drums and the earnest vocals allow this track to draw in listeners left and right. When I Look At You builds off of the sounds of acts like OAR and The Wallflowers. There is a bit of a nod to the Britpop of the 1960s in the sunny instrumentation that plays behind the call and response crafted by the vocals. The creation of a cohesive sound during Electric Illusion keeps fans firmly planted on their seats from the first strains of Open Up To Me until the concluding notes of the album’s last song, Samantha.

Punk Rock Girl is our favorite track on Electric Illusion. The close and comfy production of this single will have fans imagining that they are at a house show or coffee show. Fans of Crimpshrine or Fifteen will love what Dizzy Box Nine does here; the chorus is so catchy that listeners will be singing along after their first listen.

The aforementioned Samantha is a wistful track. The momentum of the arrangement varies over time. Increasing and decreasing over the cut, this tempo will have listeners taken for a ride. Coming forth with an emphatic ending to their latest album, Dizzy Box Nine is able to make a fun and instrumentally interesting sounding album with their latest disc.

Top Tracks: Punk Rock Girl, Open Up To Me

Rating; 9.0/10

Dizzy Box Nine – Electric Illusion / 2017 Self Released / 12 Tracks / http://www.dizzyboxnine.com/

Kemikal Storm – Spiritual Rebirth

Kemikal Storm’s Spiritual Rebirth is a track that skillfully blends together EDM, ambient, and new age music in a fashion that will draw in a wide swath of listeners. The ability of Spiritual Rebirth to tell a story through each distinct section is unparalleled in instrumental minutes. Each disparate element in Spiritual Rebirth is bold enough to stand on its own while contributing mightily to a unique sound. Kemikal Storm makes a bold new track and carves out his enough niche. A strong effort with a production that will make it easy to garner plays on Spotify and radio. Continue reading “Kemikal Storm – Spiritual Rebirth”

The Church – Man Woman Life Death Infinity

Australia’s long running band The Church have had an envious career. Together since 1980, they’ve consistently managed to turn out one great record after the next and tour consistently without breaking up or even taking the expected decades-long hiatus like many of their contemporaries. There has been speculation over the years that singer/bassist Steve Kilbey would leave the band, but ultimately it was longtime guitarist Marty Willson-Piper who ended up leaving in 2013. Aside from that one defection, the line up has remained consistent for most of the past two-decades. Continue reading “The Church – Man Woman Life Death Infinity”

Pistoleros – Silver

The Tempe-based roots rockers Pistoleros are hardly a household name. But, damn, they sure deserve to be.

With only a handful of studio albums to their name, the five piece is celebrating a reinvigorated line up and their 25th anniversary with the stand out “Silver,” easily the best in their five-LP canon. Throughout the years, members of the Gin Blossoms and other local bands have joined and left the ranks, but the current line up including reunited brothers Mark and Lawrence Zubia and original drummer Mark Riggs is clearly destined for great things as proven across these dozen tracks. Continue reading “Pistoleros – Silver”

Finding Joseph I (DVD)

Even among musicians, Paul H.R. Hudson is certainly interesting guy. As leader of the seminal D.C. punk band Bad Brains, his primitive vocal style has influenced hundreds and just as it seemed the band was finally taking off, he left the group. He flirted with religion and switched his focus to Reggae when the world was finally coming around to his take on hardcore. Continue reading “Finding Joseph I (DVD)”

Checking in with Palm Baker

Today, we are speaking with Toronto performer Palm Baker. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Yeah, uh, I guess a bit about me – I’m a singer, songwriter, producer, & DJ working out of Toronto. I was born in Mississauga, but grew up in Brampton. No one outside of the GTA knows/cares that Brampton exists though, & if they do they just sort of roll their eyes – it’s cool though, I get it, but much love (haha).

I was always down with music. I played a bunch of instruments growing up – some better than others – but I don’t think it was until 2013 or 2014 when I built my first studio in my basement apartment in London, ON. that I started trying to at least figure something out.

I’ve since worked with artists across Canada, & the U.S., & even one set of homies out in Sweden. It got things moving for me. In January of 2017, I released my first ep Wayside (EP) & that got things rolling in Toronto. A couple show promoters got in contact with me & I got a chance to play The Mod Club, Revival Bar, & The Opera House all pretty soon out the gate. Presstown PR contacted me shortly after that, & asked to represent the work I was putting out & helped me network it to the right people. I started recording singles & producing with new sounds, & I guess two months after Wayside hit Toronto, I had already started planning my new album, Faces (EP).

Faces (EP) released in September, & went farther than I really could have hoped. The first single released from the album “L.A.” passed 22k on YouTube in just under a month & helped me land support from Skilly Mag, Rude Boy Lifestyle Mag, & Stencil Magazine. With the second release from the album, “Cocktails” I’m hoping to keep momentum going & share a bit more of a creative side with my fans. I’ve got a lot of people to thank, & a lot of people I’m still just in the process of meeting, but I have some new projects in the works & I’m stoked for whats next.

You have been deep at work on your next release. What sort of work have you put into the recording and creative processes for this release?

This time around, the projects are bigger, the videos are higher quality, & budgets for promo are going up – I’m stoked. A lot of time and emotion went into the making of the songs on this upcoming album & I’m feeling good about them. I can’t say much about it yet, but it will be my first full length (LP) CD & it’s set to release in 2018.

Two mix-tapes are currently in the works as well with a number of local artists and producers. 2018 should be a fun year.

What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)? 

I actually just got my first bit of analogue in the studio about a month ago. I’m hype! Right now it’s rigged with a Lexicon studio delay/reverb, ART tube vocal preamp, & dbx comp/gate/limiter with an American Audio circuit breaker up top to keep them all safe. I’ve been working in the box since I started producing/recording so I’ll always know my way around in the dark, but the rack mounts are definitely a new favourite.

In terms of my digital setup, I produce, mix & master in Ableton Live suite, with VST’s & plug-ins from Waves, Native Instrument, Xfer, etc. It’s a nice list, I wont lie, but it’s also about how you use it all, right?

My in-house studio mic for both Wayside & Faces has been the Rode NT2. I love the sound it has when running through the ART preamp & dbx comp – it’s nerdy (haha), one-hundred percent, but that stuff matters on an album. I mix & master my work using Yorkville 8” studio monitors, & I honestly love the sound. I know a lot of people go hard for the Rokit KRKs, but I find them notoriously bass-heavy.

When producing, I have a couple go-to gadgets. I’m low-key ride or die with the MPC drum pads – The sounds are unreal, & as a musician, I like being able to play out my ideas. Another studio favourite is the Ableton Push. It let’s me jam & throw out quick ideas & layers. Other than that, a midi keyboard & a handful of fender guitars, a handful of sample packs, & a couple Shure SM 57’s & 58’s.

Tell us a bit more about your latest video for Cocktails. I understand you’ve just released a promo video for the track.

The video for Cocktails was released as a halloween special. It was kind of inspired by “The Shining” but if Jack Nicholson was a wolf man & I was Wendy – or something like that. It was something really fun for the team to shoot & the first time I brought a good friend on set to act. We got to use some new gear & play around on set with fake blood & masks, so it was good vibes. Like “L.A.”, I edited this music video too.

For my upcoming projects I have developed my media team & have an new editor on board, Andrew Budden of Budden Media, which is cool. I think it’ll free me up to focus on creating & putting out new music & performing in the city. I like to support the local scene, & the homie can shoot, so get stoked for 2018.

Cocktails comes from the Faces EP. How do the tracks from the release combine to tell a story about Palm Baker? How is Cocktails different than L.A.?

L.A. is all about the hustle & the good life. “The livin’ ain’t bad now,” right? Cocktails is probably the polar opposite. It is when you’re tweaky, & caught up in paranoia & bad vibes. It’s drowning. That’s not to say life is about paranoia or feeling shitty, but it happens, & Faces (EP) is all about the different sides of self & others. It’s less glamorous, but it’s human to feel shit sometimes.

Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with? What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

IG: @palm.baker

I started on IG. Love it. Kinda late to that game, but I like to think fashionably so. It was a new wave of IG, & I was creating solid & consistent media content with beats I whipped together the day before. I’m glad I’m not still caught in that everyday rat race, but it was crazy & fun, & it helped get attention before anyone had any reason to pay attention (haha).

YouTube: Palm Baker T.V.

Lately it has been YouTube for me. With L.A passing 22k & Cocktails at 12k & climbing, I have already begun working with local artists, videographers, & YouTubers to bring much more & higher quality content.

To me, it’s all about the process. I like being able to share the weird hours in the studio, & all-nighters with the fans as well as the big projects.

What should listeners expect from your music in the future? How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music? How has the radio response been for your music?

I’m currently putting final touches on my next album. I’m really excited – I’m trying to act cool about it though. It happened over the summer & into Sept./Oct. I got producing, & working for other artists across a lot of genres & ended up getting carried away I guess. I had been writing over a couple months & testing new songs at shows, & bought some new gear for the studio to keep things exciting. The rest just happened.

Aside from that, I’ve got my own mix-tape with local artists that I’m producing to sponsor the scene, & (the house producer) II70 picked me up as the feature artist on his mix-tape (dropping 2018), which is hype. It’s a new sound for me to work with & the first time I’m not going to be hands on with the beats – I mean, features are kinda like that, but it’s different with a whole album. But he’s an unreal producer & really easy to work with, so we’re going h.a.m.

What does the rest of 2017 hold for your music and tour date wise?

Summer ’17 was unreal, I traveled out to Montreal to DJ & perform at MTL Uncovered, & was performing big shows in Toronto. To be honest, I took a second, & invested in my studio, brushed up on the basics & not so basics, & hibernated in the studio for a minute after that. I’ve been dying to get back out on stage, & have been DJ-ing in the city, but I’ve been spending most of my time meeting publishers & agents & trying to land the right gigs & shake the right hands, that sort of thing. My hopes set up with 2018 being a very successful year for Baker Music.

Thank you so much for your time. Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers?

Stay a while

 

https://www.facebook.com/palmbakermusic/

Sonic Cartel – S/T EP

Sonic Cartel’s new EP begins with Fires, a track that blends together punk with alternative rock with a high enough momentum to keep listeners involved in the next three tracks. Point of View blends together angular rock and emphatic drums to tattoo the song’s melody deep into the minds and hearts of fans.Consumed changes up the band’s style to adopt more of a reggae / Porno for Pyros style. It is this shift that keeps things fresh as Sonic Cartel moves into Tell Me What You Mean. Tell Me What You Mean ends the EP as strong at begins with a blending of Dogstar and Soul Asylum; Sonic Cartel hit it out of the park with each of these efforts.

Sonic Cartel – S/T EP / 2017 Self Released / 4 Tracks / https://soundcloud.com/user-767332413

I, Useless – Out of this

I, Useless’ Out of this is an interesting and unique track that ties together electronic and alternative styles into a slinky, dreamy effort. The distinct sides to the track – the more ethereal vocals and the chunky bass lines – are lashed together by an on-point percussion. The resulting automata is something that has a tremendously deep instrumentation and an impactful emotionality. Fans of Owl City and the Flobots will find something to appreciate during Out of this. We were quite pleased in I, Useless’ ability to create something refreshing and fun, fully distinct while building off of a deep music tradition.

I, Useless – Out of this / https://www.facebook.com/iuseless/