Pool Moon Elephant: “Island’s Eye” – the elder statesmen of modern dance music

In the last 6 or 7 years electronic dance music has turned into an even bigger monster. Avicii dominated Spotify, David Guetta headlined festivals, and Calvin Harris is one of the world’s highest-paid performers. It means that festival line-ups, the charts, and some would even argue Ibiza, are oversaturated with the stuff. But the Swiss electronic duo who go by the name of Pool Moon Elephant prove they can also hold their own relevance in a very busy genre. Riccardo Studer and Ivan Nurchis, this time around, use intriguing collaborations to remix their single “Island’s Eye” which has been released in 3

M.C. ZackAttack: “Rap Or Die!” – on his daily grind!

Zachery Duncan, or rather M.C. ZackAttack , has been influenced by new age lyrical poets who speak their mind through music since 2010. Soon he’ll be releasing his newest mixtape “Mind Over Madness”. M.C. ZackAttack  has recently dropped his single, “Rap Or Die!” Let me start off by saying this track isn’t for everyone, you either love it or hate it, I would say it’s a hit and miss for certain people.  We all know that the quality of hip-hop has gone downhill, with a lot of artists either going for shock value with vulgar lyrics or relying heavily on glossy production

MoEoStAr: “Algorythmic Intelligence” – You’ll find a sense of comfort in the quaintness

Norwegian Independent producer Mattias Gillis Winge Rudh better known as MoEoStAr, played the clarinet and saxophone in various bands while growing up. He started producing in the 1990s, but gave it up while pursuing an engineering degree. For a period in his life, he was simply an active music listener, until he discovered the new production software via a smartphone app. In 2016 he started the “less than a $1000 Album” project, where he aims to produce and release a full album on a $1000 budget. In the meantime MoEoStAr has dropped the single, “Algorythmic Intelligence”. Notwithstanding its modern technological

J.Dot & KD: “To Whom It May Concern” – Low on frills and rich with introspection!

I noticed that J.Dot makes his best music when he’s rapping about being a responsible man, or when he’s creating something with substance and meaning, as opposed to trying to make contemporary radio hits or battle rhymes (although he is an excellent wordsmith).  This is mostly what happens on his 4 track EP, “To Whom It May Concern”, that narrates the evolution of relationships in its various forms. To put it all in perspective, this sounds like a powerful and mature work. Something tells me J.Dot experienced things that impacted him over the past years and this album is bred

Jack Soundfield: “Shine” – You can dig deep or soar to the shore

By profession Jack Soundfield is an engineer who has travelled around the world. He has lived in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Besides uncovering the secrets of the globe Jack has a passion for music and experimenting with instruments and sounds.  “Before publishing a song, it is mine alone,” says Soundfield. “After publishing it, anyone can listen to it and decide whether to identify with it, or love it, or both.” Jack, who has been composing music since 2009, recently released his debut album, entitled “Shine”. “I have to admit,” explained Soundfield, “that my girlfriend – a solfège teacher of the

G.H. Hat: “Piano Jam 2 (Ode To Kygo)” – an authentic human expression

Modern acceptance, or lack there of, in electronic music hardly comes as a surprise. Just look back through the history of music and how the 17th century technology spread. Musicians no longer had to master a particular bow technique on the violin or cello in order to play the perfect note – They just had to press a key. Can you imagine the horror of the purists at the time? They probably all thought that the piano was destroying the soul of the music. What it did though was simplify things. It reduced what was really essential and human. People

JaVez: “When I Was Uptown” has the power to captivate audiences

JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to one day be a successful CEO of a record label and iconic recording artist. JaVez is the true definition of an artist, he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. The lyrics alone prove that. Add in some fantastic production and the

HR Live At CBGB’s 1984 – an essential part of alternative music and punk culture

HR is most well known as the lead singer of revolutionary reggae punk rock band Bad Brains. In their day Bad Brains could have been easily mentioned in the same breath as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols or The Clash, such was their greatness. Yet the band has evolved many times in its long history, playing across many genres of music including jazz, hardcore punk, alternative rock and reggae. HR has been making music since 1976 with Bad Brains, and along the way until today, he has been acclaimed for his reckless punk screaming just as much as he has

Callum Crighton: “The Rose” – a strong ear-catching melody

Even while everything I know about my musical taste should violently reject the cheese-camp synth pop and adorable mainstream swoon songs of the 80’s, I’ve enjoyed that music ever since I was first tricked into listening to the smooth, velvety crooning of the Brit pop chart invasion during that period. I can’t really explain why I loved that music so much, I guess for the same reason people eat cheesecake: It’s loaded with sugar, almost unbearably sweet, and probably isn’t the healthiest for you, but goddamn if it doesn’t make you feel so good inside when you eat it up.

Virgil Blue: “Pain Of Loss” – gorgeous washes of sound

Virgil Blue has released his debut EP entitled “Pain Of Loss”. Inspired and influenced by Prince and Sade, Virgil, a multi-instrumentalist who started out making music at the age of six, when he picked up the saxophone, produced much of the music that can be heard on this EP. Virgil who recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to LA has put together 6 smooth trance-like tracks that that flaunts ambient, RnB and trip-hop flavors. If you’re looking for something atmospheric and hypnotizing, then this recording may be of serious interest to you. Fragile, tender and soulful, Virgil Blue’s voice will

Seldom: “Black Mirror” – calculated with meticulous attention to detail, chord progressions and lyrical content

After performing with internationally acclaimed acts likes Buckcherry, Flyleaf, Puddle Of Mudd, Lacuna Coil, POD, Drowning Pool or Saving Abel, as well as successfully funding the production of a debut studio release via Kickstarter, Seldom released “Damaged”, their first full-length album, in 2014 and performed extensively on a regional basis in support of the release. Mitch Atkinson – vocals, Matt Hernandez – guitar, Sergio Martinez – guitar, Carlos Hidalgo – bass and Bryan Murillo – drums, are already back with a brand new EP, “Black Mirror”; focused on the increasingly symbiotic relationship between society and technology.

Seldom

Seldom

This Ep is phenomenal. I don’t know why I was surprised, Seldom has never disappointed. Once again, their sound is calculated with meticulous attention to detail, chord progressions, lyrical content, and a passionate singing style, and heavy overall. While being much more radio friendly they still maintain a truth and vitality that is lacking in much of today’s rock music. With 5 songs that blow you away whenever you hear them, this album breaks through new boundaries.

Black Mirror” is easily my favorite of the Seldom releases so far. I really liked “Damaged”, but this is what I hoped for from Seldom, though I didn’t expect it so quickly. The musicianship, the lyrics, the passion with which the songs are sung….it’s all here. And, the more I listen to it, the more I like it. While using a familiar song structure ensures Seldom’s accessibility, the true strength lies in vocalist Mitch Atkinson. A powerful vocalist and relatable lyrics are sure ways to win over an audience, but only up to a point.

From the title track and opener “Black Mirror” the sound is as subtle as a slap and then a fist to the face. The production is crystal clear, the levels perfectly mixed (that means an extremely audible bass), the guitars are an even balance of melodic and heavy, and the vocals emotional and strong. And the purity of the sound carries through the entire Ep. Balancing rockers with a ballad  (well sort of), the Ep is sure to appeal to just about any modern rock fan. It’s sonically adventurous, yet it’s comfortable and executed with precision.

The album CD

The album CD

The vocal and instrumental range is absolutely stunning on “The Grudge”. Lyrically not over complicated, but immensely immersive, this track shifts Seldom from great to awesome! The tight guitar lines, awesome melodic metal riffs, and interesting musical arrangements of this song all add up to one brilliant package in my view. Just when you think these guys are an all-out aggressive band, along comes the brilliant piece of art called “Digital Echoes”. It starts out with very soothing guitar played over an even paced drum beat. Then it picks up with some great guitars, while still maintaining that emotional atmosphere. The choruses change the whole mood before all hell breaks loose.

On “Masquerade” and “Marionette”, Seldom combine elements in rock and metal music to create an assault of razor sharp riffs within a massive wall of sound. The guitarists, bass and drums are the main players on these tracks. They demonstrate their skills to perfection. What the members of Seldom have crafted here is an incredibly melodic, powerful and technically impressive album; one that just fills you with energy.

In Seldom, we finally have a young band with an absolutely insane amount of talent that still can appeal to the masses. There are heavier bands. There are softer bands. It doesn’t matter who they sound like or which subgenre they belong in. Just listen to the album. It’s damn good!

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