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BINU – Ziggurat: Mozart Couldn’t Write A Better Symphony

The fresh new sound comes from three ridiculously talented instrumental musicians from Austin, Texas. These unsigned artists bring together a delectable mix of instrumental soul & jazz through their arrangement of keyboards, bass and drums. They don’t care to be placed within the confines of a genre, instead they expand their music across every orifice of music until they found their blissful sound which lingers most prominently around the Contemporary Jazz arena. They created more than just lounge music, with a sound that you can forget you’re listening to, BINU offers a touch of dramatism within the sound to make it compelling as any orchestral cacophony.

With Ziggurat, between the three artists, they constructed a mind-blowing piece of music that shines a light in the disparity of contemporary music with one of the most symphonic sounds I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. As the music strips away toward the end of the duration of the track, you’re left revelling on an empyreal high, and the silence that concludes the track is deafening.

Check out their latest tracks on the Bandcamp link below, now available for both streaming and download:


Creative Force Tiana Major9 Set to Release New Single ‘Levee’

Tiana Major9 is a driven and dedicated artist with a passion for exciting crossover music that blurs the lines between genres as diverse as blues, jazz, and soul, among others.

Recently, Tiana wrapped up a brand new single release titled “Levee.” The track beings with a stunning, mellow combination of piano chords and vocals. The first thing that stands out is the singer’s incredible vocal performance. Tiana has some great dynamics, as she can seamlessly swing from low to high, from soft to quiet in order to create an exciting and direct sonic feature. The song feels very introspective in the beginning, but it actually comes to life with a burst of energy, with a nice rhythm section that complements Tiana’s vocals really well. I am particularly in awe of the production of this track. The song sounds remarkably modern, yet warm and relatable, almost like listening to one of those amazing jazz records that people still love for their organic vibes.



House of Bethel – The New Boss: Keeping Jazz in The Family

The House of Bethel is the latest venture of three brothers from South Carolina who have been heavily influenced by their fathers music to pick up their own instruments and make stunning sounds of their own. The angelically archaic sound stems from their exponential mastery of the drums, trumpet and piano. Between them they create an altogether alluring Jazz lounge sound.

Their style is percussion soaked and simply symphonically indulgent and heavily influenced by Snarky Puppy, Ben Tankard, Robert Glasper and Chris Botti all of which are masters when it comes to creating an ultimately modern jazz infusion.

The New Boss is an instrumentalist peace, but there’s no need for lyrics to distract you from the enigmatic sound that these three musicians create. I could quite happily listen to an entire album of their work and immerse myself further into the transient melodies, quiescent breakdowns and slick styling.

If you like your music to fade away the pressures and monotony of daily life, check out the stunning official music video where you can see their deft skills in action.


Ryan Sutherland Sets A Brilliant Trap

Ryan Sutherland seems to have the ability to take familiar building blocks, folk, rock, jazz and blues and use them to build interesting new musical creations which are at once familiar yet totally unique. The Trap has a very folk feel to it, one that is a mercurial blend of the contemporary and the timeless, but there is something in the delivery which also nods to the jazz fraternity whilst winking to the rock brigade, is soaked in blues emotions and yet brims with enough melody and accessibility to even keep fans of more commercial endeavours happy.

Taken from last years The Rats In The Walls, it is a brilliant calling card for Sutherland’s ability to work across a wide range of genres but create a sound that is not only quintessentially his but remains cohesive across a full album of music. Nothing much is new under the sun, it is all about using what already exists and just fashioning it to your own musical vision, something that this New York troubadour does so seemingly effortlessly.


Rig Veda – Hymn In The Cut – Thrilling Sonic Experimentation With A Kaleidoscopic Feel

Rig Veda is a talented artist with a forward-thinking approach to electronic music. His sound is lush, atmospheric and dense, focusing on creating stunning melodic patterns and sophisticated rhythmic layers. Rig Veda’s recent release is an EP titled “Hymn In The Cut”. The project actually features five original compositions, which highlight the artist’s diverse approach, stretching out towards different creative direction. The sound of these tracks make me think of artists as diverse as Flying Lotus or Jon Hopkins, just to mention a few.

The mellow, haunting atmospheres of these songs certainly make for a fully immersive listening experience, taking the audience through a sonic journey, where many unexpected elements collide tastefully and beautifully. From swirly synth arpeggios to pad drones and cool drum samples, the songs on “Hymn In The Cut” are all about creating deep and far-reaching sonic ambiance to get lost in! The stunning cover artwork of the EP is an example of classy, tasteful visual minimalism,and it certainly fits well within this particular musical context.


Bayou Releases Experimental Ambient Track “Dream”

Bayou is a purveyor of experimental electronic music with a lush, textural twist. “Dream”, as the title might very well imply, really has a very cool otherworldly feel that makes me think of genres such as shoegaze or post-rock, albeit with a more electronic-centric production. The music makes me think of forward-thinking performers such as Flying Lotus or John Hopkins, also very well-known for their textures and intelligent production ideas.

The guitar tones are heavily inspired by funk and jazz, creating a bit of a “fusion” feel and adding a lot of groove to the track. This makes for a very interesting contrast between the introspective background textures, and the more up-front melodies!



Bob DiGiacomo Blends Jazz & Rock With ‘I Dare You’

The genres of jazz and rock have had an often difficult relationship over the years, rock fans seeing the blending of the two as an unnecessary complicating of their preferred music and jazz fans seeing the move into the rock format as a dumbing down of the intricacies and scope of their musical world. Well, thank the Gods of Music for artists such as Bob DiGiacomo! Whilst understanding the needs and nuances of both sides of the argument, he deftly blends the potency and muscle of rock with the introspection and sonic intricacy of jazz.

But more than that he blends in a soulfulness, groove and accessibility which proves that music is always more than the sum of its parts, the result is music which is both big…and clever! If anyone is the heir to the sadly vacant throne of the golden age of Steely Dan, it could very well be Bob DiGiacomo.


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.


Check Out The Brass Section On This Latest Release By 45th St Brass

45th St Brass is an eclectic music ensemble with a passion for making music that feels extremely sophisticated and avant-garde, yet very catchy and appealing.

Their recent release, Sea In The Sky, is a perfect example of their creative vision. The song embodies elements from genres as diverse as jazz, funk, fusion and even pop, going for a broad and appealing tone. The brass sections are incredibly eclectic, going from funky grooves to lush and atmospheric textures, which blends seamlessly with the stunning atmospheres.

Musically, this project makes me think of artists as diverse as Bjork, Kimbra or Tori Amos, but with stronger jazz influences. I really enjoy the broad-ranging tone of this track and the tasteful arrangement, which truly helps the song come to life in a stunning way.


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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