There may be no surprises when it comes to what Lady Moon and the Eclipse lyrically tackles with their latest single “GLOBALWARMING”.
But what is surprising, is that Lady Moon and the Eclipse are one of only a few artists trying to get climate change-deniers to open their eyes.
Even with the heavy sentiment behind the track, Lady Moon and the Eclipse have made sure that the single is accompanied by a light and somewhat poignant pop instrumental arrangement. So, far from the track giving you an existential crisis, you’re provided with a Funk-deep mash up of Pop and Disco which sugars the jagged pill which we have to swallow with the acceptance that our planet is probably going to combust.
You can check out the latest single from Lady Moon and the Eclipse for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.
If your playlists are lacking in some organically soulful feel-good rhythms, look no further than Matt Brown’s latest single “Grasshopper”. It is perceptible from the very first verse of this single that it was never created to be serious, instead, the resonance pours from the charismatic experimentalism which hits you with every free progression of the sound as it seamlessly moves through the layers of Funk
The Florida-based artist is quickly becoming renown for his ability to blend Reggae with Funk and Rock to create a sound which hits you with a sense of nostalgia, but at the same time unravels in a completely distinctive and contemporary sound. To create such a sense of accessibility in his music truly stands as a testament of Matt Brown’s enigmatic style as an artist. Grasshopper leaves no room to question how Matt Brown keeps his fans entertained, especially when it comes to the treat I can imagine that his live performances would be.
You can check out Matt Brown’s latest single Grasshopper for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
January got you in a thick cloud of malaise? Good news, we’ve found the perfect single to get you out of the post-festive funk and into a soundscape of infectiously vibrant Jazz Funk which celebrates enjoying living in the moment instead of wasting your younger years in a state of constant longing.
“27 Years” is the latest single by Starship Mantis which comes alive through an eclectic instrumental arrangement, with the thudding acoustic basslines and unique allure of the key harmonica you get a mix somewhere in between an 80’s TV theme tune and something that Mike Patton would cook up. Which in short can be defined as one of the purest hits of high-octane energy you can get without a prescription.
You can check out the official video to Starship Mantis’ vibrantly Funk-laden single 27 Years for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.
Invite more unfiltered happiness into your lives by following Starship Mantis via Facebook and keep up to date with the news of their latest singles.
“Ritual” is the latest single to be released from the Funk Pop outfit Hot Potato Band. Their refreshingly unique approach to a soulful sound hit me before the prelude had even ran through. With such a unique instrumental arrangement, it’s hard not to become enthralled by the warmth of their tonality matched with how tight each fluid progression is. For a band who started off as a collective of street performers I can definitely anticipate big things to come for the Sydney, Australia-based artists. Their genre mash of a single incorporates the groove and rhythm of Funk with an immersive meandering bassline accompanied by brass to fully round off the Pop-style production of the track. And all that is without mentioning the smooth instantly arresting vocals.
You can listen to Hot Potato Band’s latest track for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Ever been a bar when the DJ drops ‘Play That Funky Music’?, that’s the level of momentous energy you’re treated to when you hit play on Hartley’s Encore’s latest self-titled track.
With the soulfully inspired vocals, the viscerally reverberant popping of bass and guitar and good-vibe lyrics, you’re in for a Funk-soaked treat with Hartley’s Encore. If that wasn’t enough, you also get to soak up the electric fever of the organ as it seamlessly progresses alongside the brass section. The Albany NY- based Funk & Soul powerhouse may be up and coming, yet their ability to curate a mind melting seamlessly rhythmic ensemble has definitely already arrived.
So, If you’re looking for an aural boost, you can check out Hartley’s Encore for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Putting Tom Holden’s ethereally quaint style in words almost seems blasphemous given the fact that he’s created something completely, irrefutably succinctly prodigal with his sound. His single Flesh Vessels from his latest album is just one of the tracks that left me in a state of beguilement after drinking in the up-funk sultry rhythms on offer from the cathartic yet grinding experimentalism. If you could imagine a subtler offering of the conceptual contortions of sound created by Frank Zappa you may get close to imagining Tom Holden’s Jazzy, rhythmic Alternative soundscapes which could only truly ever be contained under the label of Art Rock. The amount of progression packed into a track that already hosts such an array of complexity made Flesh Vessels one of the most enigmatic tracks I’ve checked out this year.
You can check out Tom Holden’s latest track Flesh Vessel’s as part of his 2018 10-track album ‘Chickens Drinkin’ on Spotify now, and yeah, based on the title alone you can throw out any expectation of normalcy out the window before you hit play.
Stay is Ed Charles latest Funk addled RnB Soul track with the perfect pinch of parody. I’m not sure if the parody was intended or it was just Ed Charles playful demeanour at work, but I dug it anyway. Stay is the title track from Charles’ upcoming LP which is due to be released in Spring 2018, he’s kindly left us the single to get hooked on his sound in the time being.
Through his debut single Charles’ fuses the warmth of the cacophonic instrumentals with a high-vibe vocal energy that nods slightly towards romanticism through the eyes of an RnB Lothario. The Woodstock, NY based writer and producer’s passion is palpable through every track in his back catalogue and it’s pretty refreshing to hear his playful style. The audible influences behind Ed Charles sound include the likes of The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac.
If you’re looking for a pioneeringly innovative Funk & Groove sound, you can check out Ed Charles’ debut track Stay on SoundCloud using the link below:
If you fancy listening to the drawling drone of melancholy disguised as an Experimental Funk track look no further than the new release of Loser by The Slims. The three-piece band have been around since 2017 in their hometown of Pittsburgh, they promise to sound like nothing we’ve ever heard. They’re so right.
I’m not adverse to the more lachrymose sounds out there having The Smiths and Joy Division on my regular playlists, but their latest track Loser just takes it to the next level. The lyrics seem to be a list of apathy that doesn’t really give any substance, it just conveys as morose meanders of the mind without any context which is possibly the most infuriating feat of this track.
It’s clear that the vocalist has a lyrical ability as he tunefully moans in an almost Shoegaze indie fashion over a doom impending backbeat that makes sure you’re thoroughly depressed by the time you get to the end of the 3-minute track.
I almost want to write a good review so The Slims don’t have something else to add to their list of disappointments.
Check out The Slims debut track Loser via Spotify now:
Everyone needs a song like Unfinished Business by M.R.J in the soundtracks to their lives. Euphoric, funk dabbled, electro indie pop beats finished with the quintessence of an infectiously upbeat styling, who could beat it? Not many, that’s why stumbling across the gems that make up M.R.J’s track list was a pretty special moment. The contemporary Pop scene is a minefield at best, you never know what mixed bag of overproduced atrocities is waiting for you on the other side of the play button. So I’d like to thank M.R.J in restoring my faith in the Pop scene with this uniquely refreshing style. If you’re a fan of acts such as Alex Cameron & Jack Ladder, you’re going to love M.R.J.
Yet Unfinished Business incorporates the right amount of trepidation in his tracks to make sure you feel the full immersive explosion which accompanies the synthesised chorus.
Whilst the undeniable history of Pop is implored with the styling of M.R.J’s track, it’s clear that he sets his own standard and tone when it comes to his music.
The London based Pop artist always has new tracks in the mix, however in the mean time why not pop across where you can sample his latest hit Unfinished Business?
Through the impossibly competitive music scene of Portland, Oregon emerges Salvatore Manalo with his debut track Rain.
It’s a mixed bag of genres, but when you get to the bridge, putting a label on his majestic sound quickly floats to the back of your mind as you find yourself fully attuned to his sound. With riffs more fitting in Rock tracks this R&B Funk Pop enigma allows the track to flow with sweet unpredictability.
The entire ensemble is flawless, from the vocals to the instrumentals, the lyrics to the Jazz vibes that taint the track with poignantly upbeat symphonies. I’m really not sure how Manalo remains on the underground with such an array of talent. There’s a true narrative to his emotions which he explores through his command of rhythm.
Sadly, Rain falls under the category of the type of track that you’re likely to hear whilst dining at an upmarket restaurant or wandering round the supermarket. It’s not a sound that you’d hear in trendy cocktail bars or being spoken about fondly by teenagers. Never the less, if you’re looking for a sound to dispel the winter blues look no further! (Despite what your friends may think)