Shoilee Banerjee – Green

Green is a new single from 22-year old published novelist, musician and aspiring doctor, Shoilee Banerjee. Backed by a hypnotic, colorful and highly danceable beat, Shoilee’s emotive vocals take center stage. Her opening line, “I’m out of sad songs” is the listener’s first clue that they’re in for an energetic and driven performance. Consistent with the title, the color green serves as a recurring motif throughout the song (“emeralds on my chain, the color you turn when you see him with me,” etc). Green can of course symbolize jealousy/envy, but it also represents other things like money, the beginning of something new and fresh, naivete, innocence and so on.

Ultimately, this track seems to be about moving on from a past relationship and all of the emotions that entails. The lyrical narrative is very well-crafted, as Shoilee’s writing and storytelling ability reveals itself. The listener can really visualize the situation and the characters. Shoilee’s a fine singer. Her expressive voice connects just right with the hooks, really bringing out the climactic points of the songs. Green also features some creative electronic interludes that I wasn’t expecting and which enhance the experience.

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Joe’s Groove Huddle – Believe Me

Believe Me is a new single from German-based rock project, Joe’s Groove Huddle. The project was born out of the pandemic lockdowns, as musicians found themselves having to adapt to the inability to perform live. (Many DJs I know struggled with nearly the same dilemma). Bass-player Jochen “Joe” Kinzig decided to write songs and record them through long distance correspondence with other musicians such as Eric Castiglia (vocals), Benedikt Staud (guitars), Christian Fier (drums).

You’d never suspect that it was recorded over distance by listening to Believe Me though, because the sound is tight and organic. Seriously, these guys sound like they’ve been touring together for twenty years. The music is a hard hitting blend of Rock’n’roll, funk and metal. It’s pure action from start to finish. The vocals are charismatic and the guitars have a nice crunchy tone. There is indeed a “groovy” retro 70s-80s quality to the music, which somehow adds to the authentic feel.

One could easily enjoy this jam on the level of it being a solid, high energy rock’n’roll song. However, it actually has a little more intellectual depth and meaning. There’s a political subtext relating to the influence of lobbyists, and how we’re living in time when the critical decisions we face will greatly impact our future. Essentially, the song’s message is that people should resist the temptation to accept simple answers and instead seek out more complex and substantive solutions.

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Fluid Dynamic and Pepper Gomez – SuperFreakMe

SuperFreakMe is a new single from Fluid Dynamic (Scottish DJ Ross Valentine) and Pepper Gomez (Owner of the label Wake Up! Music). This delightful Nu House track features a crisp, highly danceable and crystal clear mix. The beat has a fresh, retro-futuristic bounce to it. I was instantly impressed with the audio quality on this recording, which is brimming with sonic detail. Melodic and expressive vocals add an emotive, human element to the song, allowing it to ascend from the strictly mechanical realm.

SuperFreakMe is sleek, high energy and professional. Pepper Gomez considers this release to be something of a follow-up track to Electric Baile, an 80’s dance hit she sang on that remains popular to this day. There’s a lot of skill here. These artists both appear to have plenty of releases and experience under their belts, and it shows.

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