Zero The Kidd: “Waves” – a willingness to carve out his own lane

Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to play the violin in 2nd grade and the piano in 3rd grade. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures on his track, “Waves”, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his recent praise with the utmost seriousness. Zero The

Grand Rezerva: “Nowhere Bound” pumps adrenaline into the unsuspecting listener

The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the latest single, “Nowhere Bound”. Grand Rezerva’s simmering movement around the verses facilitates a sense of building momentum through the bridge that reaches a point of release at the chorus. The band has creatively shoehorned itself into 2019’s contemporary active rock radio ballgame, with a classic

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

Jules Verne Theory: “Black Swan” – the last highlanders of alternative synth-pop

Jules Verne Theory brings together the talents and experience of Richard Slee and Arron Clague. The electronic music duo signed to Ninthwave Records, are to my mind, together with Depeche Mode, the last highlanders of synth-wave, electronic alt-pop, or whatever you care to call it.

They have a synth sound and melodies so purely authentic that it doesn’t just bring the eighties sound to my mind, it completely transports me straight back into the 80’s – body, mind and soul! With the ultra-catchy “Vienna Calling” blaring out of the speakers and a shiver running down my spine, I actually had to take stock of my senses, by looking around the room to make sure of exactly where I was.

"Black Swan" album cover

“Black Swan” album cover

Now, if by chance you’re thinking, “Oh dear, back to the eighties, how old and stale!” You’re wrong. You probably think David Guetta is the epitome of electronic music. Wrong again. Electronic music through the years has suffered the same syndrome Hip-hop music has. It has expanded, broken every sound and sampling barrier possible.There is almost nothing you cannot create with the technology at hand.

So you have a kaleidoscope of styles, genres and sub-genres and crossover hybrids that satisfies almost everyone’s favorite electronic flavor. However, Hip-hop stopped being real hip-hop by the end of the nineties. Analog infected electronic music ceased to be such, by the end of the eighties. Except for those few bands who continued, and continue to keep that vibrant analog synth sound alive. There was never a real evolution – maybe an expansion and a multiplication of what you could do with electronics, but the music itself suffered an involution, for my money.

With all due respects to the current electronic music movement – which has forged some amazing talents, no doubt – but when the latest album by Jules Verne Theory, “Black Swan”, hits my sound system at full volume, I am flabbergasted and overwhelmed. The synths whirl around the room on “Time Traveller” – the bass lines and drums dance naturally behind it all, as the deep, calm and collected lead vocal throws me into nostalgic bliss.

This is it, I was thinking, at least until mid-2017 when the new Depeche Mode album is set to release; I finally have the real thing again. “No Ghosts” thuds, thumps and bustles with electricity, maintaining my euphoric state, which totally explodes with the sing-along melody of “Vienna Calling”. I could have stopped the album right there and give it 5 stars…and maybe I should have. Because by the time “Neurotic” hit full swing, I was dancing around the room, and lost all cognition of what I was supposed to be doing – reviewing the album!

Jules Verne Theory

Jules Verne Theory

In my state of bliss, I couldn’t clearly remember all that happened afterwards, but I do recall the vocoder opening on “Blue Book”, the mesmerizing simplicity of “Tomorrowland”, the growling bass line and ethereal string pads on “Super Moon Alligator”, the banging percussion on the rhythmic “Dick Whittiington II”, the adrenaline pumping “Anonymous”, and then the beautiful and epic closer, “Requiem For A Dying Star”.

If I could, I would give Jules Verne Theory 10 stars – five for the music, production and performance, and another five for allowing me to relive that synth-wave, post punk, and new pop sound, which takes me back to my youth. “Black Swan” can easily sit alongside anything coming out of electronic music today; in fact it probably sits above most of it anyway.

This album it is not an attempt to purposely invoke nostalgic thoughts or bring back ‘old sounds’. It quite simply is the Jules Verne Theory continuing their musical evolution deep into the 21st century. This is what they do, this is what they’ve always done…and just about better than anyone else who has ever laid their hands on a synthesizer!

MORE ABOUT Jules Verne Theory:  Arron previously worked at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop as well as writing and recording in the media production industry. He has produced tracks for Mute Records (Erasure) and has previously released tracks with Ninthwave Records in the US, along with Heaven 17, where he produced the Remix of their single “I’m Going to Make You Fall in Love With Me”. Arron has also worked with Garland Cult, who went on to work with Boy George among others.

Richard, a graduate in drama, has been performing live for over 20 years. He has performed with well-known UK comedian and actor Greg Davies and enjoyed a leading role in short film ‘Harm’ produced by the Moving Picture Company. Richard was a founding member of the Shoestring Theatre Company and has been performing a diverse range of music in both the Isle of Man and UK.

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