Based in Bristol Ngaio is an artist with a very specific set of musicianship skills. She is not only capable of writing her own songs but she can also perform and mix them herself in a very immersive and compelling manner for the listener. Her latest track “See Them” features a luscious blend of neo-soul melodies and vocal fluctuations with a steady hip-hop beat which together create a smooth texture that is reminiscent of several great artists like Jill Scott and Erykah Badu who were indeed an inspiration in the making of this track.
“See Them” is just one of those tracks that anyone ill enjoy listening too. it is gentle and smooth with enough vocal ad-libs and rhythmic variations to keep the listener interested throughout. Apart from this, what is most striking about the song is the vocal delivery itself. Blending in a soulful mixture of tone colours with influences in jazz, soul and r&B, Ngaio manages to create a very unique sound that is one of a kind. Apart from this, the song also presents a catchy chorus that is fun and singable with a hint of pop melodic phrases in the mix as well. Overall Ngaio is showing everyone that she is not only capable of conceptualising her own sound but also of creating it from scratch! Give “See Them” a listen!
-Sarah Marie Bugeja
JenJen is a singer, songwriter, producer and DJ with a truly unique sense of musical aesthetic. Fusing elements of world music with broken electronic beats, etherial mesmerising vocal melodies and haunting soundscapes, JenJen’s music is nothing like you’ve ever heard before. Her latest track “Start Over,” taken from her upcoming album Crystal Ocean is in fact a representation of all these elements and even more.
Starting off with low tones that gradually evolved into warped sounds, fragments of beats and spoken phrases, “Start Over” immediately has the ability to transport the listener on a journey. The entry of the middle eastern inspired vocal melody is perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of this song. Sliding between microtones and creating a luscious ambient soundscape together with the other elements of world music this song establishes a raw and natural earthy sound. With an underlying sense of abstract expression the sound remains mysterious and intriguing throughout. “Start Over” is truly a song that is one of a kind and only an exciting hint of what’s in the album which will be released on December 21st. This is definitely something to look forward to!
-Sarah Marie Bugeja
The Rupees are an Electronic Rock band from Bristol their music has already been showcased on BBC Introducing and Sky Sports 1’s Soccer AM and the self-titled EP is due for release June 28th 2016.
Having played festivals including Glastonbury, Nozstock, the main stage of Lemonfest and Reading Festival as well as supporting bands such as Blossoms and The Growlers and selling out Bristol headline shows, all whilst unsigned, shows they are making all the right noises in all the right places.
Lead singer Ryan Tucker goes on to say, the meaning behind The Rupees music is simple ‘We’re making music that will motivate to make you move, sing, and lose yourself in, escape the 9-5, escape everything for a while and be somewhere better’.
This is a good start for the band and i look forward to hearing more fully produced tracks.