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William Kalfelz – Alien Invasion

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Alien Invasion is a new electronika album from artist, William Kalfelz (aka Wusik.) The sound proves to be quite sophisticated, blending avant garde and futuristic elements. Polished compositions give the music a cinematic quality, and the chronological narrative arc makes this release function as a kind of science fiction film soundtrack. In fact, someone saw this album somewhere they might assume it actually is a soundtrack to a real movie.

The tracks feature a lot of instrumental variety and structural creativity. This isn’t just techno or synthwave. Part 04 – Come to Us is one of the most striking songs. It incorporates noise, analog-like artifacts and cultivates a rather haunting ambiance. Part 16 – Slow Drive Avenue combines industrial/mechanical sounds with a majestic synth beat, juxtaposing an electrifying energy with the coldness of advanced machinery. Alien Invasion is a comprehensive and highly professional album that tells a tale. If you allow yourself the privilege of getting lost in these recordings, they will activate your imagination, and you can vividly picture the story unfold while you’re dancing.

For more info:

https://www.kalfelz.com/

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The Guest Survivors – I’m So Proud Of You

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I’m So Proud Of You is the debut single from a new band called The Great Survivors. Blending elements of alternative rock and metal, the track makes a solid first impression. A robust guitar backing provides the song’s foundational framework while angsty, dynamic vocals maintain the listeners’ attention. The singer’s voice is expressive and through its various sounds functions as its own kind of additional instrument. I’m So Proud Of You is actually fairly unique and refreshing for contemporary music. Its organic tone and somewhat anti-social attitude gives it an almost 90′s indie feel. I imagine this would be a good band to see live. The lyrics are performed creatively, with an entertaining level of energy, and the no-nonsense guitars rock from start to finish.

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Doojzie – Puff Puff Pass

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Puff Puff Pass is a new single and music video from indie artist, Doojzie. This guy knows the formula on how to write and perform a good pop song. The guitar-driven beat has an organic, almost folkish feel and really sets the tone for Doojzie’s sentimental and sincere vocal delivery. The title phrase “Puff Puff Pass” also features as an incredibly catchy chorus and hook. This is not because of the words, but the creatively melodic way in which Doojzie conveys them. Cultivating an atmosphere of community and celebration (evident both in the lyrics and the video) Doojzie once again demonstrates his commitment to channeling musical energy in a positive direction. This video is really a work of professionalism, and Doojzie proves himself to be a serious musician.

For more info:

https://doojzie.com/

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Flamingo Cartel and DJ Taro – Red Jordans (feat. papa hooke)

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Red Jordans is a new single from Flamingo Cartel and DJ Taro. This suave jam also features the talents of artist, Papa Hooke. Delivered with coy sensuality, the lyrics are catchy and repetitive in a way that makes the song instantly memorable, the first time you hear it. As the title implies, the iconic pair of classic shoes are the centerpiece of the track. With choice lines like “my Jordans are red as your lips,” you can’t really go wrong.

The vocal style juxtaposes nicely with the 80′s style synth-backing. The music really does have a nice “superball” bounce to it, with the vibe falling somewhere between a retro aerobics workout cassette tape or Miami Vice nightclub vibe. The aesthetic is accurately constructed making it very easy for listeners to recognize and appreciate the vision the artists had for this. Fun, relatable and well-made, Red Jordans is fresh in the best sense of the word.

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Shaun Johnson + Big Band Experience – Made For Her

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Made For Her is a brand new album from Shaun Johnson + Big Band Experience. This release is pretty slick to say the least. The music has a classic feel, blending a sophisticated old school lounge or “big band” sound with contemporary sensibilities. Regardless of what kind of music one is into, this is the sort of album that anyone would immediately recognize as superb. Well-choreographed instrumentals provide a worthy backdrop for Shaun Johnson’s skillfully delivered vocal harmonies. What a great voice. If I didn’t know any better, I would have assumed Made For Her was released on a major label. Yes, it’s that good. This is exquisite mood music that’s accessible, down to Earth and contains an enjoyability factor that’s off the charts. The songs from this album should be playing in every department store this fall.

For more info:

http://www.shaunjohnsonmusic.com
https://www.instagram.com/shaunjohnsonmusic/

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Damon Mitchell – Blurry

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Slated for an official release date of Oct 22, 2021 Blurry is a new single from artist, Damon Mitchell. It’s set to appear on the album, Like You’re In A Dream. Despite the song’s title, Blurry features colorful, bright, and crystal clear mix. With its vibrant melodies and excellent production quality, this jam is a represents a sonic jubilee. Damon Mitchell’s performance is polished and pristine. As a musician he’s obviously competent on a technical level, but he also manages to bring a bit of personality to his vocal delivery. He has his own style that blends young professionalism with an appreciation for soulful, classic rock’n’roll.

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https://thedamonmitchellmu.wixsite.com/website
https://www.instagram.com/thedamonmitchell/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3KARSo9IDGv3SyqrPffPPK?si=wdcbOzlxQ0i0H969xPDMTw&dl_branch=1

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Doug Cash – When Mona Lisa Cries

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When Mona Lisa Cries is one of several tracks from Sacramento-based artist, Doug Cash. Blending elements of pop, soul and country, he gives a performance that’s brimming with passion. Backed by groovy and robust guitar melodies, Doug’s expressive vocals represent an emotional tour de force. He really belts out the lyrics and has the voice to pull it off.

Musically, the song is dynamic, featuring an impressive amount of complexity even within a rather minimalist mix. Like this artist’s other jams, When Mona Lisa Cries has authentic energy and humanist vitality. A singer/songwriter, producer, arranger and musician, Doug is also president of Pryor 2 What ? Records & Music Publishing (ASCAP).
For more info:

https://www.reverbnation.com/officialdougcash

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Radio Drive – Before The Day Is Through

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Before The Day Is Through is a new album from Radio Drive, an alternative pop rock band fronted by Kevin Gullickson. The songs on this release truly shine as high octane guitars combine with stellar vocals in a mix that’s sonically satisfying. The production quality is really something else. There’s just so much richness there. While the guitars drive the action and set the tone, Kevin Gullickson proves himself to be an excellent singer, much better than one has typically come to expect in this genre. Before The Day Is Through is brimming with dynamic melodies and emotionally powerful lyrics. Professional musicianship is evident on every track. Though this music is incredibly polished and precise, it retains its soulful spirit, thanks to some genuinely organic performances.

For more info:

Website: http://www.radiodrive.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/radiodrive
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/radiodrivemusic

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ET Boys – Something Love

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Something Love is a new single from ET Boys, a musical duo comprised of Latino brothers, Tacboy and Sharkeyes. They have a distinctive musical style, which they describe as “Nu Pop” or “Nu Pop Melodic Rap.” Their latest single blends retro-futuristic, synth-driven melodies with colorful vocal harmonies and sentimental lyrics. The music has an enchanting and somewhat tropical vibe.

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Despite its modest pacing, the track revels in its electric energy, and the mix is full, bright and peppy. Ultimately, this is a romantic jam with pop sensibilities and an innovative structure. The synths are excellent, and choice lyrics like “I don’t need no bros and I down want no slimes” are surprisingly catchy. Something Love is a solid song, with ingredients that should appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

For more info:

https://www.facebook.com/WakeUpMusicGrp/

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Isabel And The Whispers – (Self Titled Album)

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Isabel And The Whispers is a self-titled album from the band fronted by singer/songwriter, Isabel Marcheselli, with bandmates Alec Menge (drums) Octavio Padron (guitars) and Soils Minor (bass). Isabel was born in New York, but her parents were South American immigrants (her father actually worked as an engineer for NASA). It’s also worth mentioning that the songs on this release were all written by Isabel.

You get the idea right away with the opening track, Josefina. Colorfully dynamic melodies and sentimental, poetic lyrics drive the action against a loungy, piano-driven backdrop. The music has a very innocent and timeless feel. It reminds me a bit of Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66. The pacing is mellow, but the performances are as powerful as ever. Emotion lives in these songs. Isabel demonstrates terrific range as a vocalist, and her voice works well with the quaint, rhythmically atmospheric backing music to bring about a pure and delightfully haunting ambiance. The band is currently working on a new album, Isabel and The Whispers 2 – WANDER, which is slated to be released next year.

For more info:

https://linktr.ee/isabelmarcheselli

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