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Damask – Inner City: Pop with a Punch

Damask are an innovatively underground act from Essex, UK who have recently celebrated the release of their first single Inner City. Their sound is a concoction of Pop Rock & Funk styling, which is wonderfully produced into an enigmatic universal sound. The idea behind the sound came from band members; Duncan Haslam and Takahide George combined desire to create sweet, soulful vibes with a touch of class.

Inner City boasts the unmistakable soul jingle which introduces the track before it starts to flow with infinite possibility. I adore the darker undertones to this music, it transcends the usual cheap styling of the genre to create a dulcet sound which are resonant of bands such as The Killers, Editors and Chris Cornell.

The lyrics are as catchy as the hooks in the music, put them both together and you get an infectious melody, not too dissimilar for Daft Punk’s cult hit with Get Lucky. However the lyrics have a far Deeper Indie Rock resonance behind them thanks to the monumental vocal arrangements of the lead vocalist.

Check out their debut hit on the Soundcloud link below!

https://soundcloud.com/damaskmusic/tracks

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A Soulful Blend Of Folk And Funk “Bitter Mind” Is Samuel J.Lawrence Brand New Hit

“Bitter Mind” is just one of those songs that feels good. It does not only feel good because of the passionately soulful raw vocals or the groovy bass line. It also feels good because of the way it shifts drastically but seamlessly from a slow mellow guitar driven narrative into a funky, uplifting tune with an extremely catchy chorus. Through these two very different sections Samuel J.Lawrence’s sound is presented as an authentic blend of soul, folk, rock and funk with just the right balance.

The first section of the song, featuring the natural flowing guitar lines and Samuel J’s raw vocal is already enough to show that this tune is going to be a big success. From the very first few dung notes it is clear to see that the vocal tone can express a myriad of soulful colours but the fact that this is blended in with a folk element makes it even more intriguing. The drastic change happening around one minute into the song was definitely a pleasant surprise and without a doubt this section keeps unraveling Samuel J’s passionate vocal as well as a juicy bass groove that will just make you smile. This song is definitely one of those gems which you cannot ignore. Give it a listen and you’ll know it’s true.

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Forstory Release Funky Soulful Track “Lion’s Den”

With a rich velvety vocal tone that is capable of portraying a variety of colours, a steady laid back funky groove and bass line, smooth saxophone phrases and an immersive performance quality “Lion’s Den” showcases Forstory’s ability to capture the atmosphere and essence of a live concert into one very well crafted song. Forstory’s collaboration with DTale creates an exciting combination of soulful sounds which blend extremely well with each other and indeed create one homogenous sound.

One thing that stands out is actually the use of the voice like an instrument, adding scat-like melodic phrases and unison parts with the other instruments towards the end, which gives the song its very particular character while showing that the music is created and performed by true musicians who know what they’re doing. The harmonic and melodic content are among the many interesting aspects of the song, providing great shape which brings out that vibrant “live” sensation making the music a perfect show starter as well as an exciting and immersive track to listen to on the radio. These guys know what they’re doing and they are ready to take you on a brilliantly crafted sonic adventure and experience so definitely keep an eye out for their upcoming performances and releases!

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Check Out The Bassline on T-Bow’s Release “The One”

Without funk, what’s the point? Sure, music can translate feelings that range infinitely, but let’s be honest. Swing can get you moving one way, EDM can get you moving another, but that timeless soul that is injected into every note in a funk bassline is worth that bass’s weight in gold. T-Bow brings not only the bassline funk, but a trusting vocal, plucky guitars and even some Miami-flavored extras after a certain length of the new track The One.

These keys and brass parts bring a completely different life to the party, but the beat doesn’t skip and nothing can stop the swagger of those soulful instrumental loops. This music embraces life and love and good times. T-Bow may not have a powerful delivery like some singers of old, but he has the tone set and can make you move while performing in a way that is unreservedly intimate. This helps him stand out in a way that will have you requesting The One on every dancefloor you touch, from Miami to the ends of the Earth. If you need something to help you feel good with a splash of different styles over soul, this song is The One.

-Paul Weyer

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Van Den Wolfe’s ‘My Love is Calling’ Is Seriously Funky!

Every generation gets to experience the amazing music of their youth and then gaze in horror at the strange expressions of those that come after. Everyone wants to know what comes next, but they also fear the changes that may occur. Van Den Wolfe is among those who understand the truth: music is not linear. Trends may come and go, but expression is timeless and there’s no reason to ever abandon a style that can ring infinitely through our society.

My Love is Calling is a track that may take some people back to the clubs they used to dance in. They remember their clothes, their hair, their friends and loved ones. But this isn’t a track they’ve heard before. The nostalgia for the time may be evoked, but this is a song that has every bit as much to deliver to those inexperienced in the ways of funk and disco. This song is a perfect gateway to realizing that music is for everyone and that a little soul can go a long way. Get your shoes, we’re going dancing!

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OOD Release Colorful & Eclectic Track ‘Time To Boogie’

OOD is an incredibly kaleidoscopic band who set out to release an equally colorful and eclectic release. Their recent studio effort is a stunning collection of 14 original songs titled “Understanding The World”. Their music blurs the lines between various genres and really offers a very creative perspective of many styles, including jazz, rock, funk, fusion, pop and a lot more. I love it when artists manage to combine their experimental attitude with a catchier twist, and OOD certainly belong to this category. When I first started listening to “Understanding The World”, it felt like I was almost immediately casted into a whole different world, where musical boundaries and definition did not really make sense at all – the only thing that truly mattered was fun and good vibes!

From the walls of melodic elements to the groovy rhythm section and punchy beats, these talented musicians set out to create al album that feels modern, yet absolutely timeless. The great 14 songs featured within “Understanding The World” truly offer a broad spectrum of sounds and ideas, giving listeners a great taste of the skilled musicianship of these artists.

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Soul/RnB Twins MMG Release New Single “Rockstars of the Roller Skate Rink” and Get Set to Tour Japan

Some bands refuse to get stuck into one specific category or niche. Their sound is diverse, airy and full of character, incorporating a wide variety of influences and approaches in a very organic and natural way.

This is certainly the case of MMG, a duo that seems to know no boundaries when it comes to experiment with sound and come up with cool new ideas.

The duo’s kaleidoscopic blend of R&B, jazz, funk, fusion, and soul could be traced back to a wide variety of influences, ranging from classic artists such as Otis Redding or Chit to modern-day icons such as D’Angelo or Thundercat. This eclectic musical act set out to embody the sound and vision of various ages and aesthetics, including 60s R&B and 70s Disco.

The beautiful thing is that all of these musical influences aren’t compartmentalized in the band’s music, but they coexist together, not colliding but seamlessly integrating into one another. It is not really easy to let so many ideas flow together into the mix, but half the job is done when you get to work with such talented and visionary musicians to bring the project to fruition.

“Rockstars of the Roller Skate Rink” is a refreshingly upbeat release that stands out as a vibrant party anthem, enticing listeners with infectious rhythms and memorable melodic hooks.

The duo is certainly showcasing their best shape yet on their latest single, which seems to be a bold statement and a sign that they are perfecting and consolidating their charming sonic aesthetics even further.

I love it when catchy songs also have brains and this is certainly the case with “Rockstars of the Roller Skate Rink”. This is the kind of track that you can instinctively connect with –  it has a primal groove, a catchy production, and some fun aesthetics. However, this is one of the songs that allow you to dig deeper if you really want to, discovering multiple layers of influences and ideas, coming together into one appealing package. In other words…who said that interesting music couldn’t also be “easy” and readily attractive to a mainstream audience? MMG is an intelligent pair of musicians who really succeeded in making a very unapologetically catchy song with a lot of heart and brains.

Find out more and listen to “Rockstars of the Roller Skate Rink” by MMG directly through Spotify and add it to your playlist now!.

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Doug Deluca Keeps The Fire Burning With ‘Hit Your Mark’

The history of the blues is long and beautiful, but marked by patterns of the general populace forgetting about the beloved soul that comes from people expressing the depths of their sorrows and hopes and dreams. From blues came rock and funk and soul and so much more. The torch has not only been passed, it has multiplied. Even though people aren’t clamoring for rock music as they once did, Doug Deluca keeps the fire burning with a unique blend of funk and blues-rock on his track Hit Your Mark.

Hit Your Mark isn’t just a throwback to another time, it’s a revival with modern sensibilities. The recording may not sound like Electric Lady Studios, but the effort and heart has clear influences of classic staples that made the guitar such a beloved instrument. While Deluca’s singing isn’t timid, it’s backed off with respect to the instrumentals, which take the focus in the form of a more ethereal front man. This song is like music slapping you in the face to wake you up and help you remember the feelings you love that you don’t always feel in modern times. With this vintage appeal carrying a modern tune, Doug Deluca has certainly hit his mark.

-Paul Weyer

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Corey Zaks Teams With The Nik Naks For This Fun And Quirky Track “Float Away”

A dynamic collaboration, Corey Zaks teams up with The Nik Naks for his fun and quirky first album, featuring “Float Away”. Corey Zaks and The Nik Naks make a naturally felicitous team, creating a light-hearted track which portrays a silly and friendly quality. Harbouring an indie-pop feel, they integrate a retro style funk and soul essence into the mix.

Using a combination of instrumentals, Corey Zaks creates a refreshing and gratifying sound, completely engaging his listeners. “Float Away” focuses on the highs over the lows, drawing attention to the effect Summer has on people, using this to describe a euphoric feeling. The use of string instrumentals accompanied with an idiosyncratic sounding bass demonstrates his nonchalant nature. As the tune progresses, each of the instrumentals play a part which evolves. The synthesizer plays with a futuristic sound, an enthralling addition to the melody that holds a nostalgic persona. “Float Away” opens a door into an untroubled world, presenting life in a joyous vision where the melody is as jaunty as the lyrics.

-Aly McHugh

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Hot Potato Band’s ‘Little Bird’ Will Get You Moving

I am sitting in a coffee shop with my headphones as I am writing this music review – immediately after pressing play, I noticed my head couldn’t stop moving and my feet were tapping on the wooden floor – people were looking at me a little bit, but I didn’t really care, because “Little Bird” is one of those tracks that want to make you move unapologetically. Hot Potato Band set out to create a unique sonic texture by combining great pop and R&B with funk and “Big Band” sounds. Think of what would happened if Maroon 5 where to jam with Vulfpek!

The result is a driven, eclectic and bright sound with a positive atmosphere and a really stunning groove, perfect to appeal to listeners of all walks of life.

The song has a driven and edgy feel, but it takes a step back in the bridge, toning it down a notch only to bring it back later on into the mix! It’s not easy to create catchy music without sounding trite and without compromising on the integrity of the musicianship, but Hot Potato Band certainly nailed it on this track!

 

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