The latest release from singer/songwriter-Americana act Django Mack, 100 Page Tattoo, continues the band’s creative progress while consolidating their past achievements. Few outfits working today in this style can claim the depth and entertainment value of the six songs included with this new EP release. Continue reading “Django Mack – 100 Page Tattoo”
Otis Silver’s got a hell of a voice. On his new single, “Catch Me If You Can”, Silver is able to immediately place himself alongside performers like Jeremih and R. Kelly. We were absolutely stunned with how well the backing beat accentuates Otis’ vocals. Kidocean’s production is the glue that ties everything together, making for a single that could easily garner airplay on R&B, rap, or crossover stations. The intricate, tight-knit flow of Silver here is head and shoulders above anything else we’ve heard so far this December; we hope to hear more from him in the months and years to come. Continue reading “Otis Silver “Catch Me If You Can””
Liquid Mind has crafted an engrossing release in XII: Peace. At The Center is Love opens up with confident synths that elicit imagines of a warm, inviting glade. The 6-plus minute run time of this introduction provides Liquid Mind the time to gradually move into a more richly emotive sound. There is a narrative that is weaved throughout the entirety of Peace that continues through to Communication and Person to Person. Person to Person is able to shine based on the gradual building up of the composition; each shift that Liquid Mind takes here is predicated quite well through a preceding composition that lays a solid foundation for what is to follow. Continue reading “Liquid Mind XII: Peace”
Alex Stanilla creates a unique sound during his latest release, the 4-track EP WEN. Lehehiah builds off of the synth-pop of the mid eighties, with hints of Depeche Mode and Yaz influences present. Taking hints from industrial and gothic genres, this first song is a tremendous introduction to the performer. Continue reading “Alex Stanilla – WEN”
Elena Andujar begins her new album Flamenco in Time with Fever. The track builds upon the dance of the 1980s and the R&B of the 1990s, establishing Andujar as an unique and exciting performer. The emphatic vocal / instrumental dynamic that leads listeners into the two-minute mark keeps the momentum high as more introspective and world music-styled approach. There are just so many things that are occurring at any one moment during Flamenco in Time that listeners will need to put the album on multiple times to hear everything that is going on. Fever is an energetic track that calls back to the mid-1980s style of the Miami Sound Machine, with lush synths and furious brass pushing Andujar to an entirely new plateau with this single. Continue reading “Elena Andujar – Flamenco in Time”
Never Too Late is a solid rock track from Canada’s Garrett. The track is able to link together the heavier styles of mid-1990s Ozzy Osbourne with the more introspective hair rock of acts like Enuff Z’nuff. The vocal harmonies, thoughtful guitar work, and splashy drums unite to make a catchy track. Continue reading “Garrett – “Never Too Late””
King in the Belly’s latest single Magic Town is a funky sort of 1970s-infused rock music that draws upon the blues rock of The Rolling Stones with the vocal charisma of Frank Zappa. Emphatic guitar lines and ropy bass lines unite to create a robust, lush backdrop for the lyrics. Continue reading “King in the Belly – Magic Town”
Matt LeGrand’s soulful cover of the Stevie Wonder classic What Christmas Means To Me further showcases Matt’s ability as a performer. The robust piano and bass line that plays at the bottom of the track further increases the replay value of LeGrand’s latest, while the inclusion of additional voices at points during What Christmas Means To Me provides a robustness to the composition that ensures that it will stay fresh throughout the rest of the holiday season. A truly upbeat track that will have fans singing along to the LeGrand version a lot longer than its run time. Continue reading “Matt LeGrand – What Christmas Means To Me”
Passion is a supremely confident track, ensuring that AWOLNATION can come forth with a considerably different approach from their last few singles. There are hints of The Killers and the same frenetic energy crafted in the late-nineties by acts like The Offspring. The falsetto of the vocals make for a nice counterpoint to the crunchy, intense tempo achieved by the drums and guitars. Together, these elements combine to make for a hard-edges yet ultimately catchy effort that will tattoo its melodies deep into the minds and hearts of listenes. AWOLNATION are back in a strong fashion with Passion.
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DYK creates a retro-sounding rock track with their latest single “The Procrastinator”. This single links together mid-eighties Genesis, Velvet Revolver, and Saliva into a funky, intense, and ultimately taut sound. The charismatic vocals will draw fans in while the slinkiness of the bass lines and additional synths provide a reason for fans to stay. The Procrastinator is surprisingly deep; listeners will continue to find new twists and turns each time that they play the song.