Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Old Folks Boogie Redeux” – true to their sound!

“Ya know that you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill!”, this is the line that inspired Paul Barrere to write the original version of the “Old Folks Boogie”, which would subsequently feature on the 1977 Little Feat record “Time Loves a Hero”. The citation came from a line Paul’s dad – an actor at the time – picked up at a vaudeville theater. He would often sing it around the house, so eventually Paul got hooked turned it into a song. For some time, Paul’s partner over at Better Daze Records, Roger

Glorious: “Move” – throbs with club energy

Pop singer, Livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter, Glorious, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, who has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper, Glorious recently unveiled her single “Move”. In an increasingly crowded field of urban pop artists, you may be wondering what makes Glorious worth your time. To be sure, she boasts a lot of the qualities that her peers also bring to the table. Her song is outlined with an exquisite beat, her vocals are mesmerizing, and her persona appears spectacularly captivating. Without close

Ferentz and The Felons: “Hudson County” – an engaging and gripping performance

During his childhood, Zak Ferentz experienced both his parents suffering with drug addiction which eventually claimed the life of this mother. A life on the streets selling drugs and getting in trouble with the police, found Zak headed down his own dark path. However he soon discovered that creating music could help him heal. Furthermore it gave him a purpose in life and also a way to explore his creativity and bring it to tangible fruition. He subsequently teamed up with drummer Matt Waz, bass player Rob Dudziak and lead guitarist Rich Catalano to give birth to the band, Ferentz

TheVerce: “The Dawg Walk 6” ft. Pastor Troy – an attention-grabbing track in zero seconds!

TheVerce is an artist who knows how to make songs that echo in the brain of listeners. Songs like “The Dawg Walk”, and “Booty Tude” which were released more than 7 years ago are a delight to the ears till today.  “The Dawg Walk”, in particular, has been through a series of sequels, leading up to the brand new 2018 release, “The Dawg Walk 6 (Stadium Edition)”. Although he’s been around for a couple of years, and the industry has become even more competitive, the Atlanta rapper is an artist that can create hit sounding tracks, effortlessly. The new track

AFRO POP SINGER MR. P ROMANTICIZES ZOMBIES IN NEW VIDEO

Afro-pop singer Peter Okoye, a former member of the famous duo group P-Square, teams up with upcoming singer Simi for a new take on the Zombie concept. In the video, Peter, also known as Mr. P, describes how his new lover has turned him into a Zombie because his love for her is controlling every aspect of his life. Zombie takes its listener on an exciting mange of Afro-beats and R&B rhythms. Both artists give a good account of themselves vocally in this love song which we are sure everyone will enjoy. The song is produced by P-Classic producer Daihardbeats.

Pastobal: “Nature” is absolutely gorgeous!

The French project Pastobal, started out as a duo and has grown into a small crew committed to serving their ideals. Dedicated to rock, folk and love, the group has two EP recordings under their belt – “My Head” released in 2014, and “EP# 2” released in 2016. The following year saw the band drop their full length trilingual album, entitled “Logon Calling”. Now in December 2018. Pastobal release their brand new, English-language EP, “Nature”. This new recording does an admirable job mixing the sounds of Pastobal to create a wide-ranging kaleidoscope of folk-rock references. The best songs have an

WORLD5: “Global Experience”

WORLD5 coalesced around the idea that music can transcend distance. The five members had all played together in various bands in the U.S. and Europe. But that was then. Today, they live on three difference continents spanning 19 time zones from the U.S. to Australia.

Yet distance was no barrier to their creativity and shared sense of musical purpose. Thanks to the power of home digital recording, each member recorded his part in the comfort of his own home.

Sure, it eliminated the intimacy of playing in the same room. But it also freed them from the traditional stresses of recording. No scary red recording lights to rattle their nerves. No worrying about paying for recording studio time. No plates of unappetizing cold cuts moldering in the control room.

That didn’t mean they didn’t talk.There were weekly chats on Skype and a steady flow of email to hone the vision of each song. And the occasional midnight phone call to hammer home an important point.

Then the final tracks were shipped to Randy Miller the wunderkind producer in Houston, Texas, where he tweaked and assembled them into the songs on the album ‘Global Experience’. The next step? Hit the same stage at the same time in the same city and play the songs together!

We recently visited the World5 website for a peek and listened to snippets of their new album to be officially released on May 1st – ‘Global Experience’.

World5 play a sophisticated brand of Adult Orientated Pop/Rock, that is both nostalgic and fresh sounding.

Their musical arrangements embrace the same lusciously controlled-power concept, that made supergroup Toto a household name, with some traces of the creative Yes sound.

Flamboyant rhythms, layers of shimmering strings, acoustic pianos and stabbing horns, all driven by exquisite electric guitar hooks and beds of catchy vocal harmonies.

World5 are perhaps a little less dogmatic, rigid and maniacal than Toto or Yes in their compositions. The band and the production team have tended to keep their sound tight and powerful, but always light, effervescent and immediate. The music is never heavy on the ear.

The album contains many highlights, and standout tracks include the single release ‘You and I’, which displays a driving jingle jangle beat and some ear-catching horn arrangements. ‘All My Heart’ with it’s reverberating chorus harmonies, or ‘So Sincere’ with it’s powerful lead vocal melody and guitar hooks. The pure pop of ‘Bring Your Heart Home’, or even the funky dance rhythms of ‘Jump And Shout’. Not less impressive than the others, is the beautiful ballad, ‘A Day For Lovers’ as well as ‘Living(Give Me A Reason)’.

World5 have packed ‘Global Experience’ with tons musical goodies. The arrangements, though never heavy on the ear, are always rich and luscious, while the rhythms, melodies and hooks have a positive and uplifting effect on the listener, in true world-music style.

Like the music they play, the World5 website is choc-a-bloc with info, music, picture galleries, press news and video.

The webpages are easy to surf with all band information and contact pages at hand.

They also have a shopping page where you can find links to purchase World5 music, as well as links to share info and follow the band on all major social networks. They even have a Japanese translation of their homepage.

On the World5 website you won’t find fancy graphics, flash intros or confusing color schemes.

The layout is straight and simple. Top of the page tabs, a dark background and plain white fonts.

They have put the emphasis of color, fantasy and sound, exactly where it belongs, in the music they produce.

And that is precisely what we have appreciated most about World5.

Very little hype and loads of good music.

On the album…and on their official website.

A truly ‘Global Experience’!

VISIT THE WORLD5 WEBSITE HERE

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