J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

SCARLETT PARADE: The Debut Album

Scarlett Parade is a London-based duo hailing from the Isle of Man, the tiny island located in the Irish Sea between Liverpool and Belfast. Formed in early 2011, members Adam Jones and Geoffrey Tinkler, both 24, have a strong songwriting partnership that is designed to showcase their strengths, not only as songwriters, but multi-instrumentalists also.

Friends for many years, Adam and Geoff were classmates throughout high school and performed in various bands throughout this time. In the years following high school, Geoff attended university studying music whilst Adam toured in the blues-rock band Back Door Slam, playing all over North America as headliners, as well as opening for Kid Rock, Gov’t Mule, George Thorogood and Lynyrd Skynyrd among many others.

Adam Jones & Geoffrey Tinkler make up London based rock duo SCARLETT PARADE. Photo (c) Phil Kneen

From the second you hear the opening piano bars of the track “I Don’t Need Your Love,” you know that this debut Scarlett Parade album is going to be something totally different. And when the song breaks into it’s full throated soulful cry, you know you are not wrong, by a long way.

Not often enough does an album really draw you in nowadays. This one is truly a grandiose statement combining the traditionally emotional celtic vocal sounds, made world-famous by the likes of  U2, Simple Minds, The Proclaimers and The Waterboys, with the profound rock foundation of Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Pearl Jam. All Played out, mainly using piano driven riffs and hooks, solely led by the haunting voice of Geoffrey Tinkler. Unique, to say the least.

The lyrics are intelligent, the vocals expressive, and the sound original, often stripped to the bare essentials and never overproduced. Letting the music breathe comfortably.

Songs like “March Of The Fallen” strongly demonstrate Scarlett Parade’s deepest love and passion for the art they produce and the messages they transmit. What comes across first and foremost throughout the music, is the honest emotion and atmosphere, ever-present in their interpretations. The sound is organic and almost tangible, overtly because the live-sounding mix on the album seems to place the listener in the same room as the band performing live.

“The Time Ain’t Coming Around” showcases the duo’s ability to work their way around groovy timeworn rhythms and piano hooks, without ever loosing that modernistic, state-of-the-art roots appeal. This is partly due to Geoffrey Tinkler’s passionate, but easy off-the-cuff singing, while he and Adam Jones just let the grooves flow and grow in a rather understated way, rather than explicitly driving it’s tempo to the limit.

“Billie” prepares to warm-up the rock engines with some earnest electric six-string riffs, leading Scarlett Parade into the album’s outright rock opus, “Black As The Sun.”  The track has strong psychedelic overtones and sounds as if it could easily have come off classic, late 60’s albums by Cream or The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Once again, on this closing track, this unusual rock duo manage to engrave a personal contemporary feel to the song, maintaining their appealing, state-of-the-art, roots sound.

Our advice is to get this debut album by Scarlett Parade, relax on a sofa or on an isolated beach somewhere in the world and listen, it will feed your soul and warm your spirit.

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