Dan Oz: “Cave Drops” – twinkling synth sounds and thumping groovy basslines

Let me set a scene: The sun is shining, the reasonably warm air is crisp and refreshing, the cruel winds are nowhere to be found. You put your headphones in and start walking towards the beachfront with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, rejuvenated by the rare taste of enjoyable weather and a feeling of freedom. Now, what song should be the soundtrack to your unexpectedly pleasant walk? Maybe something jaunty to fit your upbeat mood. Well shake up the soundtrack to your sunny walk with “Cave Drops” by Dan Oz. Dan Oz, who started

IJK: “Dancing Shadows” – a rocking pop sensible track!

“Dancing Shadows” is the latest single by Dubai based rock artist, IJK (Imad Jack Karam). The track released on June 12th 2017 was produced in London and is supported by a video clip available for viewing on YouTube. IJK is a one-man army in the musical field. His style is very retro ’70s, mixed with ’80s guitar riffs, and edgy modern electronic, his songs are highly polished, perfectly produced tracks that defy age or genre. There is something to be said for IJK’s mix of styles, smooth vocals, and refusal to make bland, generic, contemporary music. His tracks are like a bag of pick

Nicki Kris: “Captain America” – lyrics as essential as the air we breathe

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina Nicki Kris is a singer-songwriter based who has had her songs have been featured in award-winning movies, TV shows, and on radio stations worldwide, and she has also been on the official ballot for the Grammy Awards for the past four years, since her debut album release, “I Come Alive”, in 2013. The active voting member of The Recording Academy is currently working on multiple projects, and has released her brand new 2017 single, “Captain America”, which she describes as a patriotic song asking each of us to find our inner superhero, capable of kindness,

Richy: “#RichySeason” – seething tone seals the beats together!

Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice in beats that separates him from the herd, and forms part of that specific trait that runs across this entire album – he will do anything to keep you interested – from the beats to the rapping. Richy has a very good vocal range for an

Mr. Flames: “Local Kingpin – EP” – mastering the role he’s developed for himself

Scartobe Galantae Flames aka Mr. Flames is of African American, Cuban, and Italian descent. Originally from the east side of Cleveland, Mr. Flames currently live in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up was rough for Mr. Flames due to being a part of the typical struggle for an African American family, so he went to the streets in search for money. As time progressed through his hustling days, Mr. Flames moved up in reputation as the local kingpin. He then decided to pick up the microphone and give rapping a shot. After losing both parents, he came up with the name ‘Scartobe

Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

COLIN TYLER: “Live From Studio A” Ready For Release

Colin Tyler is a Chicago based singer-songwriter. Just like his music, his philosophy is uniformly unique. Colin only records live in a single take and he does not edit the tracks in post production. He also films all of his major releases. He believes that the performance is equally important to music as auditory expression. Furthermore, human imperfections should be celebrated and not concealed.

Colin Tyler’s new upcoming release set for the 28th of June – “Live from Studio A”, is a multimedia release that visually captures the performance of a live studio recording. It was recorded 100% live in a single take to analog tape. There is no post production editing. What you hear and see is exactly how it was performed in the moment it was recorded.

Live recording with artists and instruments all in the same room, at exactly the same time, has become somewhat of a rare and very noble art through the years. Only a handful of musicians still make use of this practice today.

The evolution in the way music is produced has drastically changed recording concepts. On the one hand it has had positive effects, allowing musicians of all levels to put together songs and albums in their bedrooms, without the necessity for expensive equipment, recording and production services or in some cases, even the need for real musicians to accompany them.

On the other, it has allowed just about anybody, without even understanding the absolute basics of music. nor knowing how to play an instrument, how to construct a melody, the importance of harmony, chords, keys and scales within a musical arrangement etc, to produce and publish music.

In fact to be a singer today, you don’t even need to sing properly! There’s already a computer software that will make that happen for.

All steps of music production today can be computer controlled and automated, and in most cases are. A quick run, down the radio charts will have you discover a horde of anonymous hits produced this way. Each one resembling the other. Well if we’re all using Autotune presets, the same audio loops and wav samples, it becomes very difficult to sound different, innovative or creative.

Revolutionary Chicago based singer-songwriter, COLIN TYLER.

Then along comes Colin Tyler, a simple thoroughbred musician. An artist who knows how to sing and play an instrument rather decently. He writes a plain straight melody and a couple of harmony lines, then gathers his band of players and singers into one room. The engineer does a countdown and hits record on an old analogue tape recorder, while the band deliver the song from start to finish.

The difference in the end result is immense. I daresay abyssal. The old story of digital versus analogue is an absolute no contest, in my book, when you’re dealing with real instruments played by real musicians.

The dynamics of analogue reaches spaces in the sound spectrum digital hasn’t even discovered yet. Colin Tyler’s “Live from Studio A” song tracks play testimony to this. The warmth, depth and vibrancy of every instrument and voice is enhanced and amplified to stimulate your aural sensations into a subtle, yet mesmerizing sound orgasm.

The same effect has been achieved with the visual media presented in the videos of the songs. The color tones are warm and pastel-like. The images are clean and uncluttered without superfluous zooms, jitters and special effects. Everything is concentrated on the musicians and the music.

Considering that I spent 20 years of my life working in analogue recording studios, on either side of the desk and the fact that I still firmly believe the only way to listen to recorded music should be on vinyl, it becomes clear that I rate Colin Tyler as an unsung hero amongst his contemporaries.

His choice of going with analogue and recording everything in one take, is a courageous attempt, in an era of computer produced music, to restore an art form back to it’s rightful owners – the true musical artists.

Too frequently today we refer to are all singers and music performers as artists. Artists are persons having superior skills or abilities, or who are capable of producing superior work in their field of choice. Mastering Autotune or Protools, makes you a computer software artist not a musical artist.

Colin Tyler is a true musical artist, but over and above the purist choices in devolving his music, it should also be noted that Colin creates profound and endearing songs that will captivate and hypnotize your senses.

His sound, lyrics and arrangements are solid, simple, pure and engaging.

Or as the famous expression claims. Colin Tyler’s music is “Art for art’s sake.”

A Modern day masterpiece.

Bring it on!

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