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

Toni Castells: 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal? – The emotion is very compelling

Toni Castells is a Hispano-British composer currently based in London. A lecturer at Imperial College London and the London College of Music, his sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes. Castells latest musical endeavor is entitled ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ which explores the prediction by computer engineer and futurologist Ray Kurzweil that the year 2045 will see the start of a new era in which human and artificial intelligence will merge, man will cease to age and so acquire the potential to live indefinitely. In the original interview with Kurzweil

Des Brennan: “We Were Friends” EP – relevant music without overtly bowing to the current rap themes

I’ll start with the production. It’s excellent. Sounds like something Dilla would have produced today. Deeply layered, soulful beats flavored with jazzy interludes – Seneca B produced all 7 songs on the “We Were Friends” EP, by Des Brennan. Usually when one producer creates the majority of tracks on an album, one of two things happen, the results are repetitively lackluster or satisfactorily cohesive.

des-brennan-coverThis Ep belongs decidedly to the second category. In a day and age of rappers who grunt, talk about money and women or say one word over and over again…sometimes even Autotuned, it’s nice to hear a upcoming emcee spit a complete EP with dope lyrics over hot music.

Des Brennan has done what few of his contemporaries have been able to do and that is to make relevant music without overtly bowing to the current rap themes. And that’s a considerable feat, considering Des has been releasing music for just on a year now, though he has been exercising his craft for about 5 years. Des, who comes from Pearl River, New York – which is about 30 minutes north of New York City- started taking his music seriously after graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh in May 2015.

Des Brennan shows off a controlled and restrained yet enrapturing lyrical form with insight and lucid storytelling on the “We Were Friends” EP, where he explores the most essential of live and loves’ themes, including family and friendship issues.

Like any master storyteller, Des describes every scene in vivid detail, emphasizing in the movement between the EP’s top and bottom portions that in life and love, the work and pain come first and the benefits and relief afterward, if success has been achieved. And sometimes, no matter how much work and pain you put in, success cannot be achieved, for one reason or another.

des-brennan-350Introspective and profound, Des rarely dates his music by using the pulsar slang of the day. Instead, his verses and choruses are more aligned towards smart afflicting prose. Many times, concepts and subject matter in underground hip-hop get cycled around, that is not the case for this recording, as Des Brennan brings a lot of new perceptions and insight to topics that are as old as life itself.

That’s because in personal relationships everyone has their own private perspectives, except most do not explore or elaborate on them verbally, as Des has done here, connecting his thoughts with those of his listeners.

Listen up to standout tracks such as “Shook”, “Clipped”, “River”, “I Should Say”, “Survive” and “Friends”. You’ll pick more hard hitting one-liners on this EP than you will hear in a month listening to mainstream radio.

Des is not only smart lyrically but he can cut deep with one single phrase – “I see you’ve got some new bruises, from the same old people, but you choose this,” taken from “Friends”, or “These relationships are feeling forced, so when I end them I don’t feel remorse,” extracted from “Clipped”. The truth is artists like Des Brennan are still making amazing hip hop it just isn’t on the radio.

I came across Des Brennan by accident – never heard of him or his music before, but I immediately loved the beats and his lyrical flow. Des’ lyrics paint a perfect picture in my mind, and will do the same for you as it unfolds layers and layers of depth. The message is clear in the “We Were Friends” EP. Des Brennan knows what he is doing!

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