Evolution is a new single from hip hop group, D.U.Nx.G. (D.U. Next Generation). This groovy and flavorful jam is awesome. With its laid back style and fresh backing music, it has the feel of a an old school, classic hip hop song. The lyrical delivery is smooth and flows artfully, without ever coming off as overly assertive of tryhard. We’re treated to talent and personality from start to finish. I highly recommend the video, with has a retro quality and could have appeared on Yo! Mtv Raps back in the day. Evolution is top quality, and I feel like a lot of other artists could learn from these guys how to craft a timeless and pristine hip hop song.
Rocky Gibraltar is a new single from Echo Messenger (the musical project of James Bracken). This peppy, synth-driven track is surreal and action packed. Though this has plenty of contemporary flair, it wouldn’t seem out of place on an 80′s film soundtrack like The Wraith or The Lost Boys. This is synth rock music at its best, featuring mesmerizing melodies, with a slightly dark edge and an engaging intensity.The guitars really amp up the vibe. In fact, this song does a nice job of keeping things dynamic by constantly changing/evolving throughout. The vocals still manage to be kind of catchy despite allowing the instrumentals to take such a prominent position in the mix. Rocky Gibraltar is just a rad song, that’s well-produced and hits all the marks.
Goodbye is a new album from artist, Molly Jenson. This impressive release manages to be both cutting edge and beautiful. The retro-futuristic synths are some of the best I’ve ever heard and render this song an instant classic. Against a relatively dark, ambient and dreamlike backdrop, Molly’s vocals shine, living up to the stellar instrumentals that frame her voice. She’s an excellent singer and just has one of those voices that seems built for avant garde, indie pop. Having said that, this album definitely has potential to have mainstream appeal, particularly with audiences that enjoy artists like Bjork, ABBA or Sinead O’Connor, though Molly has carved out her own distinctive style. Goodbye demonstrates that Molly Jenson is one of the more promising singer/songwriters of her generation.
The Greatest Show is a new album from Arienne Hearts Charlie. Scheduled for an official release of September 17, the songs on this release feature romantic themes. Blending elements of R&B with exotic guitar melodies, the music has a very intimate and personal quality to it. Heartfelt expressions are central to both the performances and the overarching tone. The vocals and guitar are conveyed with delicate sensitivity. My favorite track on the album is Solitude, which has a jazzy and almost classical lounge feel. Overall, The Greatest Show is an emotionally evocative and musically satisfying work.
Hasjasjeen is a new single from artist, hendren (real name Marty T. Zwart). Blending elements of R&B and stylishly avant garde, melancholic pop, this thought provoking track is a true indie gem. Subtle, dreamlike vocals are backed by futuristic synths, a crisp beat and groovy basslines (credited to Robert-Jan Zwart). This song is just very well-crafted and artistically precise, the extent of which can be further appreciated by watching the accompanying music video. The ambiance is slightly dark and abstract, while the pacing is peppy and energizing. Hasjasjeen is more than just a mere jam. It’s a full on, meditative and ethereal, virtual reality experience. The track is set to appear on hendren’s debut album, Hendren 1, which is being released in September of this year.
Sunset Heart is a new song from Australian acoustic guitarist and composer, Alan Gogoll (who was recently named Acoustic Guitarist of the Year by Guitar World and Guitar Player magazine). This acoustic instrumental piece appears on his latest EP, EP Wombat’s Lullaby. Written while Alan was living in France, Sunset Heart is rich with delightfully bright melodies and colorful detail. The ambiance has a nostalgic innocence to it. Musically, it’s very advanced, yet it retains a youthful spirit. The audio quality is such that listeners are treated to every delicate detail in the audio.
Artfully condense, Sunset Heart packs a plethora of sparkling notes within its brief runtime, and there’s a beat that enters into the equation as the emotive action builds. It’s worth mentioning that Alan is known for having pioneered a two-handed simultaneous artificial harmonics technique he has called “Bell Harmonics.” He brings that same creative spirit to Sunset Heart, a beautiful and authentic track.
my boo is a new single from Belgium-based artist, “Wild Other, The Sun Behind the Cloud.” Enveloped in a dreamlike ambiance, this soft and sentimental track is charmingly hypnotic. Backed by a mellow, yet peppy beat, the vocals are emotive and sincere. The lyrics have a very intimate and personal quality to them. As the title might indicate, the listener gets the sense the song is meant for someone special. There’s an almost voyeuristic element that we feel like we are listening to someone’s private diary or a reading their love letters. The emotional depth and romantic undertones are genuine. Musically the song is quite enjoyable. It’s very fluid and melodic, and the vocals are extremely soothing. my boo is a poetic and heartfelt indie pop jam.
Good Times is a new single from hip hop artist, 0.Fuxx. In addition to having one of the more memorable monikers, 0.Fuxx has a chill and laid back delivery style. He maintains a fluid lyrical flow throughout the recording, and his voice matches tonally with the ambient backing music. His performance is really smooth, and the timing is on point. The delivery just sounds very natural and down to Earth. This is a solid jam for any kind of “kickback” party or late night drive. The beat is pretty tight, so you can crank up the bass if you’re in the mood to spice up the experience. Apparently, he’s running his own record label, appropriately named @DGAFRCDS. 0.Fuxx is a rather prolific musician and has a number of other releases under his belt. I recommend you check them out.
The God Complex is an upcoming album from artist, Eli Manna and is scheduled to be released on October 15th. However, we managed to get our hands on a copy to get a little sneak peek. This album is notable for the fact that it contains 10 separate genres. I actually found it kind of fun to go through the songs and try to guess which musical style a specific track was intended to represent. Impressively, Eli is somehow able to hold together everything in an artistically cohesive way. The songs all feel like they’re connected to the same project. Nothing seems out of place on the shelf, despite the variety of flavorful jams.
Tonally, these songs all have an upbeat and jovial vibe. You really get the sense the artist(s) are enjoying every minute of the creative process. Spirituality and positivity are underlying themes in the lyrics, and if you pay attention, there’s a narrative storyline. The backing music is often groovy and delightfully melodic. It’s smooth and refined, while the beats have enough of a pulse to keep the dance party flowing. The rock-oriented tracks toward the end of the album showcase Eli Manna’s versatility as a musician. The God Complex is a groundbreaking release that will hopefully get the exposure it deserves. Mark your calendar for Oct 15, and keep your eyes peeled for this one to drop.
Torch of Rock and Roll is a new release from Vancouver-based band, The Mighty One. This is just a solid, no-nonsense hard rock album, with robust guitars, bellowing vocals and an assertive mix. The performances are clean and polished, on par with the kinds of classic metal-adjacent bands you know and love. Perhaps that’s owing to frontman Tim Steinruck’s lengthy, first hand experience in this arena. In any case, these guys have fine-tuned this sound down to an exact science, and it shows. Torch of Rock and Roll offers a plethora of tracks with great songwriting structure, memorable hooks and will leave listeners totally satisfied.