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

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Corlioni: “Destiny” has a genuinely refreshing effect!

In case you’re not down with the nomenclature being thrown around the EDM community currently, on his latest track, “Destiny”, electronic producer Corlioni, comfortably slides into the trend-setting genre called ‘Tropical house’. Though, it would be correct to say that the masked British producer is not really confined to that specific genre at all. Tropical house is a more relaxing yet uplifting form inside the EDM craze, a response to the grimy, dark sounds of the dubstep craze which has been losing steam for the last several years. Rather than deep bass growls that sound like a broken inkjet printer,

DJ DezZ: “SometimeZ” – a tour-de-force!

Fast forward a quarter of a century and the phrase ‘Deep House’ has become to mean something completely different from its first incarnation during the halcyon days of house. It’s hard to move in the overpopulated market of all things ‘deep’ these days, but in amongst the monotony of the same old EDM samples and generic preset bass lines are a number of artists that really are able to tickle your fancy. One such EDM producer that we believe has kept it deep, down and dirty so far in 2017, with the release of his single “SometimeZ”, is Charlie Desi aka DJ

Junichi Arima: “23 Summit Ave – In Your Ear” – A complex and profound work of music

Junichi Arima has an endorsement relationship with instrument manufactures Dean Markley USA

Junichi Arima is a young extraordinary bassist, composer and educator who has already made a big name for himself on the East Coast and in Japan. He is versatile musician, performing electric bass in various styles, including R&B, Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz and Gospel.He recently started to work on recording his own compositions. Junichi’s first EP or double-sided single, whichever you prefer, “23 Summit Ave / In Your Earreleased on June 17th 2014, the music being composed. Produced and performed by himself.

Junichi-Arima-400Mr. Arima has an endorsement relationship with one of the most well-known musical instrument manufactures Dean Markley USA, where he is not only one of a select few artist to endorse the brand, but he has been invited by Dean Markley for a number of collaborations.

Junichi was born in Aichi, Japan, in 1989. At thirteen years old, Junichi’s brother inspired him to play the bass guitar. Just one year later, he was playing shows and at the age of fifteen, Junichi began studying music. In fact, In recognition of his talents, the Berklee College of Music awarded Junichi the merit-based World Tour Scholarship, which enabled him to move to Boston in August 2010 and intensify his studies. Junichi graduated in Performance in May 2012. During 2013, after many deeply exhilarating musical experiences in the USA, Junichi moved back to Japan, and started to work on recording his own compositions, something he had always wanted to do.

Junichi Arima is easily one of the most adventurous artists out there now, completely unwilling to go along with people’s expectations. It’s almost as if free form acid-jazz, electronica, hip-hop and experimental music joined in, creating a new genre consisting of diverse components that have a central running theme throughout. You could call Junichi’s style any thing you like really, as long as you call it art! This inspiring and adventurous aural experience is presented tastefully, cohesively and above all artistically.

23 Summit Ave / In Your Ear is seriously a complex and profound work of music. Junichi has taken this hybrid music mix to a new ground with synthetic and organic sounds, plus a fiery bass that fit the themes perfectly. For an Ep that spans only 6 minutes, Junichi conveys all his emotions and ideas extremely well, submerging the listener with a wash-over sound that leaves ears astounded by the varying sound palette.

Junichi Arima

Junichi Arima

Both “23 Summit Aveand “In Your Earare thoughtful, beautiful, emotive, and well-produced. These are laudable efforts. Subsequent listens reveal a more nuanced approach to each song’s composition and breed longevity for one’s interest. It is certainly exciting to see where Junichi Arima will jump from here. He has demonstrated a thorough understanding of music’s core elements and is able to morph this knowledge into a new sound kaleidoscope on each of his efforts.

The melodies on his tracks are hidden beneath layers of sounds, samples and rhythms. I think that some people on first listen to Junichi might be expecting to be taken on a rapid thrill or be blown out of their chairs, but his strength lies in the fact that there is no attempt to do these things. He is deeply exploring variations of soundscapes and taking you along for the ride. Unfolding his sound colors, bar after bar until you are totally hypnotized.

23 Summit Ave / In Your Ear is what an artist that likes to use today’s readily available array of electronic tricks would sound like if they were sent back in time. The electronics are hip and trendy, but they are only a support to what Junichi Arima is trying to achieve. The entire Ep crackles with cool energy and technical ability, while the tracks have a vitality born of music largely created with physical instruments. The music is flush with vibrancy and soul. Junichi Arima hints at the past, but lives in the present while seriously pointing toward the future!

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