Lake of the Lion embodies embody emotive sounds and textures

Lake of the Lion is the brand name and moniker for Luxembourg music composer and producer, Daniel Kohnen, who is steadily building up his catalog and increasing his fan-base with regular new releases. In recent years, ambient instrumental and soundtrack scores have been following a certain trend. Composers seem to have this motif of creating overblown pieces with harsh lead instruments blasting out from the blue and background strings creating suspense with their melodies. Sure it was fun for a while, but within that little span of time listeners were just begging for it to stop because composers had this

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

The Blue Danes: “Invisible and Untouchable” – a genre-defying band!

If I had to describe “Invisible and Untouchable” by The Blue Danes with one word – it would be ‘intense’. Every phrase, every note, every beat is intense and warm. The up-tempo stuff is intense; the ballads are intense, with smoldering emotions underlying every note.

You can tell with every listen that the band really got into this one. The intensity comes from squarely embedding themselves in every song. And there’s enough catchy hooks and musical variety to make this a very pleasing album.  It has everything a popular music lover will need in a great album – hooks, musicianship, meaningful lyrics, and a variety to the sound.

blue-danes-hypur-350This genre-defying band, made up of FRANK HANSEN (Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Synths, Vocals), SKIP LOWE (Drummer/Percussionist) and SHAUN COURBAT (Bass, Backing Vocals) have to be one of the most unique sounding bands of the last ten years. Combining Brit Pop, Americana, Indie-Rock, and Alt-Country to create soundscapes dripping with emotion, The Blue Danes deliver an album of 13 crossover gems.

It’s an explosion of infectious rhythms, melodies, harmonies, and string arrangements that will not allow you to remain indifferent. Frank Hansen’s creamy vocals tastefully soar on the ballads and drive the engine of the up-tempo selections with casual flair of a navigated musician. Shaun Courbat is fabulous on bass guitar and Skip Lowe simply rocks! If you want music that will bring a smile to your face and turn you into a human bobble-head doll, this is it.

It behoves me to say this but there is so much genre-locked music out there that genre-defying bands like The Blue Danes are in the minority. We have been besieged by bland and uninteresting groups, and singers whose albums lack life, spontaneity, adrenaline-driving music, and just plain good fun, for so long, that modern popular music has become a stagnant oasis.

Ok, change in style is good, and down through the years we have seen great changes in pop music, but the last 5-10 years have been so boring. So thank God we have The Blue Danes! This band makes music to be enjoyed, music to listen to, music that makes you feel alive inside. And boy, do they do it with style.

blue-danes-hypur-350bAs a group, their presentation is flawless; this is a band that works, with each member complimenting one another and providing the perfect backing for Hansen’s magnificent vocals. The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and you can find it on standouts like “Some Get Through”, “Walls Are Collapsing”, “Hurricane”, “Honeycomb”, “Wings” and “Beautiful And Sad”.

And every song on the album gets 5 stars from me – there’s not a bad track on the album, which is a lot more than can be said for many of the other pop albums I’ve listened to this year. Like powerful pain-killers, the songs on this album will not only cure all that ails you, but it also can be very addicting.

If you haven’t experienced The Blue Danes, you are missing something! Every song is deliciously moving and intoxicating. Frank Hansen’s voice is something to behold. The guitar, rhythmic drumming, and driving bass are in all the right places, and it doesn’t get any better than this! Do yourself a favor and pick this album up – once you listen there is no going back!

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