Outrageous is a brand new, exciting single from NAKD. The song also features a collaboration with Kooly Bros and No Choice Ricco, who helped take the track to the very next level.
This single clocks in at slightly over the 3 minute-mark, packing a wild punch and a lot of sexy, heated grooves. This song blurs the lines between deep house, trance and hip-hop, going for a truly eclectic and unique production approach. I love the multi-dimensional sound of this production, which remains catchy and appealing, while taking listeners through some really unexpected pathways. The lyrical flow is smooth and direct, echoing artists such as Pitbull. The production aesthetics are modern and vibrant, with massive doses of low end and a crisp, silky top end to smooth things out. This is a perfect club banger, but it is also a great rhythm-driven track that showcases the lyrical talented of some really high level performers throughout the song.
The matching music video, currently available via Youtube, is a perfect way to describe the song visually.
“Strange Feelings” is a new and exciting single release from singer and songwriter Jack Hodges. The song immediately stands out for its lush, driven and direct textures. The snare sound in particular, is absolutely massive, as if it was echoing from deep down the bottom of a cave. I love the dark, haunting vibes of this track and Jack does a really great job at keeping up with the melodies and textures of this track with his laid-back and on-point vocal performance.
On this track, Jack reminds me of talented artists such as Frank Ocean or D’Angelo, combining unique textures with some stunning sonic ideas. The production value of this single is definitely worth mentioning. The track is absolutely world-class and the mix is balanced and masterfully executed.
Be courageous. Be honest. Be compassionate. Be Talented. Most importantly be yourself. This has to be Miles Blue Spruce’s mantra, his passion for music exudes in every aspect of his journey. In another era; he would have been an endearing but soulful – rock front man at least twenty years his senior. Lucky for us, he wasn’t and we can enjoy the powerhouse singer, amazing showman, and incredible musician who’s also a pretty amazing audio engineer.
I recently had the pleasure of listening to an original piece entitled, “Flame,” in the musical realm Miles may have succeeded where others have failed, in authenticity. “Flame,” is a beautifully written contemporary rock that brings to mind passion, love and unrelenting passion. The song opens with some exceptional guitar riffs, dynamic tones, and it even utilizes some classic rock chords, patterns, and traditional tempos. The exceptional vocal melodies provide accessible and dynamic tones as it builds at full length in intensity and energy. There’s a slight stream of consciousness in the lyrical delivery which only enhances the classic feel.
Miles’ voice, although light and crisp provides such an intense trance that seems to seamlessly pull you in with just the right amount of riffs and adlibs. Production and arrangement wise this song although similar in quality is slightly above what you may be used to with indie artist. It’s crisp, very clear, there’s no oversaturation of reverb, there’s no unnecessary enhancements to the vocal patterns only pure artistry. The song keeps a basic arrangement through several distinct sections with only some fine adjustments to the bass line and slight additions of a few blues infused chords joining the ever-present classic guitar. This piece has been perfectly molded into a well-orchestrated symphony of diversity. Its classic, it’s modern, it’s soulful, it’s harmonious, it’s authentic, it art, in short, its music. Although the piece is classified as; “rock,” the rich vocal presence coupled with the dulcet driven guitar easily provides this song with a mass crossover appeal.
“Flame,” incorporates elements of alternative rock, blues, and even a slight hint of country while remaining rooted deeply in originality. If this song is at all a hint of what’s to come from Miles Blue Spruce, then I expect to hear quality music for years to come.
When you have your roots in two of the coolest cities on the planet, namely Berlin and San Francisco, it follows that something musically interesting is on the cards, just by virtue of having soaked up a certain creative vibe which hangs in the air of such cities. Golden Heart is a wonderful mix of slick 80’s pop and a modern hazy indie sound which seems to channel those past musical glories.
It is built on a wave of beautiful understatement and elegant strings, funky beats and gorgeously ethereal vocals which seem often to be happy just to punctuate the music rather than dominate it. If music ever summed up the places it inhabits then White Night are the perfect example, the classical grandeur of the old world meeting the exploratory nature of the new, the tight, electro-pop of the German musical story meeting the looser spirit of the American west coast. But this isn’t music which in anyway sounds retro because of its influences, if anything it is more forward thinking than any of its contemporaries and that is the perfect evolution for pop music.
Bad Saint is a solo project by Tess Freedel based in Seattle. What is so fascinating about this is that she composes all the parts of the song and has fellow musicians join her for performances and “Hanging on the Telephone,” is no exception. This girl knows what she wants and she not only shows this in the way she composes her music but also in her very straight forward, fresh lyrics. With a strong pop rock vibe and an element of punk rock thrown into the mix, this song is one of those that you will find yourself singing randomly throughout the day.
With a cool edgy vocal tone, crunchy guitar sounds and underlying synth sounds sustaining the foundation, all performed by Tess Freedel herself, “Hanging on the Telephone” is basically an explosion of vibrant sonorities brought together in a fascinating way. The vocal tone also gives the song its character and attitude and it is evident that all instrumental and vocal parts are performed with conviction and very confidently, proving that this girl is definitely ready to take over the music scene with her sparky and creative ideas and a very unique and clear artistic vision!
While many alternative rock fans are disappointed at how crowded radio stations have become with indie pop, hip hop and other genres, it’s nice to see that music always finds a way to get through, even in ways you may not expect. Kelvin Frazier, Ph.D. has a knack for production that sits nicely between pop and hip hop, but his song Marked and Scarred has undeniably present influences from alternative rock. It’s not a stretch to picture this artist in a studio listening to the likes of three days grace or finger eleven for inspiration, while using different tools of the trade from standard rock instrumentation. This hybrid style is what makes the song excel.
With effected vocal samples and string instruments layering in call and response verses and powerful choruses, there’s always enough going on in the mix to keep things from being called minimalist, but the beat holds onto the grounding of electronic music in a way that highlights the absence the absence of guitars. If this song were played with a more traditional approach, it wouldn’t be as potently different. Other than the sounds, Frazier manages to pull off a multi-faceted performance that’s intense without being grandiose and dynamic without feeling overdramatic. If you are looking for a gateway from one style to understanding another, this is the artist to help you bridge that gap.
Hailing from Perth, Australia, Ah Trees set out to create an interesting blend of new wave and indie-pop, with psychedelic overtones. They learned lessons from their fellow Aussies, Tame Impala, but also from timeless acts such as INXS (another legendary band from the land down under), The Police or Tears For Fears.
Ah Trees set out to offer their own special twist on such influences, transposing the aesthetics of new wave music into the modern indie-rock format with excellent result. Do It All Wrong also features a collaboration with Moody Beach, bringing a distinctive twist to the track.
The track is the first single taken from their upcoming sophomore release! Find out more here
Duality feels like the sort of song that people say, “they don’t make them like that anymore.” Not that it feels retro or stylistically outdated, it is just something in its make up, its integrity, its perfect generic splicing which marks it out as a sound apart from the main pack of the modern musical race. There is an inherent soulfulness and rhythmic groove, it is driven when it needs to make a point, soothing when it wants to seduce. It also works in, if not the dark corners of pop, then certainly amongst the shadowed and exploratory fringes.
And pop it is, but as far from the usual chart fare as you are likely to find. Yet when you hold up the pop yardstick to Duality it ticks all the right boxes. Accessible, clever, memorable, dynamic, emotive (bordering on brooding) and showing more of the rock and blues roots, to which all modern pop owes its living, than most cares to expose. Maybe this isn’t a reflection of what pop used to be but a template for its possible future. The fact that Lily Oakes has a scant on-line presence normally only reserved for winners of The Voice, only adds to the mystery.
The Disappointment Choir is a duo with some very original and intriguing ideas, mixing pop with indie and a hint of an 80s feel, making their music very difficult to categorise or label, which is exactly what makes their sound so authentic and distinguishable from the rest. They have something new to offer and they can definitely think outside the box. With their combination of synth and electric piano sounds with guitar and a steady groove, The Disappointment Choir explore and deliver a sound which is not only unique but which also effectively portrays their synergy as a duo with one artistic vision.
Taking the spotlight above the electronic pop texture are some strikingly singable melodies which all lead to the catchiest of choruses, clearly delivering the meaning behind the song title, “ A Quid’s Worth Of Free Advise.” This song is in fact taken from their second self-produced album “Vows” which has just been released and is showing everyone that Katy and Rob are on to something and working hard to lead music into a new and fresh direction which not only features a blend of past and present sounds but also some well crafted lyrics blended in with an authentically unique pop sound.
And Icelandic pop act based in Liverpool and revelling in ambient psychedelia and soulful, chilled R&B. As back stories go that is a pretty intriguing one and consequently the music that they make is also an enticing property. Walking in Circles just drips with old school integrity, harking back to a time when Philly Soul turned on to acid and began an all together different musical trip but it is also the sound of Prince’s more balladic moments and sits easily beside current artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae.
The music is at once weightless and captivating, seeming to exist in a slightly less tangible place but still having more than enough substance to beguile and intoxicate the listener. It is heartfelt and dripping with longing and emotion yet, in keeping with its old-school integrity, never lowers itself to play the obvious cards or go for the quick pay off. Whereas many artists today are happy to plunder the past, the 60’s in particular to build a new take on the eras defining sounds, Walking In Circles feels like the decade never actually ended.