Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

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

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

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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

Hollywood Drunks Christmas: This Album Will Knock You Off Your Feet!

The selection of songs is good, the arrangements are wonderful. Your favorite artist adds his unmistakable touch. You love Christmas music and have hundreds of CDs by a wide variety of artists. But do you ever ask yourself why you continue to buy more? Answer: “I love the individual voices and arrangements.” But the songs are the same…every year! And so are the “individual voices and arrangements!” It just your favorite artist adding another bell and whistle to a rehashed arrangement.

Well this time around you may be right. It looks like the “individual voices and arrangements” thing is going to stick for the first time. And no thanks to Susan Boyle, Kelly Clarkson, Barbra Streisand (yes, again!), Martina MacBride, Neil Diamond, Il Volo, Johnny Mathis, Mary J Blige, The Piano Guys…and the list for the 2013 Christmas music releases is endless, and I could go on forever. So I’ll just give you the news straight off, about whose made the Xmas album with the best and most original “individual voices and arrangements”. It’s the Hollywood Drunks! Yes, them!

I know that you already knew! But I just wanted to confirm the news, that Galen Shostac (Keys), Sebastian Sheehan (Drums and Percussion), Mark Drews (Bass), Lloyd Stuart Casson (Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Keys) and Eric Winzenried (Vox), together better known as Hollywood Drunks, have done it. They have released the album Hollywood Drunks Christmas. The album was produced by Lloyd Stuart Casson, Eric Winzenried, and Jason Roberts, except “Winter Wonderland” which was produced by
Sebastian Sheehan, Eric Winzenried, and Lloyd Stuar Casson.

I hate Christmas music so much, I find it tough just spelling out the song titles, never mind listening to the tunes. However my job dictates that I have to do both, rather explicitly. So I press play, lo and behold (ho ho ho!), the first track that jumps up at me, of the available eleven, is “Looks Like Christmas”. Well it certainly doesn’t sound like it. This is more like Iggy Pop & The Stooges with a little more groove.

I must have the albums mixed up, I’m thinking, so I hit track two. The title leaves no doubt. It’s the classic, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. No…it’s UB40 slipping some sweet melodies and harmonies into their well-known reggae rhythms. Wow! By the third track, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, I’m funking, slipping and sliding across the lounge floor, with the stereo at peak volume. Bear in mind that I’ve never ever gotten past track two of any Christmas album to date!

The reviewer Spokesman Speaks said, “This might be the best Christmas cd release of the past decade…” I beg to differ; I think Spokesman Speaks is totally wrong. With all due respect, and modestly speaking Hollywood Drunks Christmas might be the best Christmas cd release ever…period!

Out of the window go the melancholic and melodramatic, mistletoe musical arrangements and so too does the sugar coated fruitcake voices that are normally delivering this genre. In come the Hollywood Drunks with their urban, pop, rock, reggae, and alternative sounds. And boy do they rock, from “The First Noel” through to “Carol Of The Bells” and everything else before it!

Over and above the hype folks, Hollywood Drunks Christmas does, indeed, capture a very nice range of styles and sounds, to just take away enough of that ‘over-sweetened’ taste normally associated with Christmas music. Leaving you light-hearted and totally refreshed.

The album is definitely not something I was expecting to hear when I first pressed play. All of the songs have a contemporary pop-rock-reggae feel to them, mixed with the traditional lyrics and tunes that most people are familiar with. I found these new arrangements to be refreshing and unique, and is now probably the only way I’ll be able to appreciate Christmas songs from here on out.

Here is the tracklist, if you’re aching to see the album contents:

1. Looks Like Christmas

2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

3. Do You Hear What I Hear

4. We Need a Little Christmas

5. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

6. Winter Wonderland

7. Let It Snow

8. We Three Kings of Orient Are

9. Here Comes Santa Claus

10. The First Noel

11. Carol of the Bells

If you’re after something that’s reflecting Prayer/Praise music or traditional hymns found in a church setting, this is definitely not for you. But if you’re after a combination of time-honored Christmas songs mixed with contemporary styles in an eclectic and original way, then this will knock you off your feet.

It’s a question of ‘old-school’ and ‘new-school’. The Hollywood Drunks have just introduced us to ‘new-school’ Christmas songs. Now you can really have yourself a merry little Christmas!

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