“Ketamer01B (simm’ a MAFIA)” by Italian DJ/Producer Doc Ketamer

“Ketamer01B (simm’ a MAFIA)” is a track off the 2019 EP “Ketamer” by Italian DJ/Producer Doc Ketamer. Today’s EDM scene is at the height of its commercial success. Everybody wants to be a DJ or Producer now, and pop music, more or less, equals Electronic music. On his latest single, Doc Ketamer, who has been in the game for two decades gives us his authentic European flavored electro-jam blend. The track is victorious and uplifting, as the music pumps into your bloodstream. Doc Ketamer brings us back to what we all loved about electro. He seems to have given us

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Pat Rossi is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer and producer. He is also the founder and front-man of the popular Canadian Rock band The Falling. Rossi, whose acclaimed songwriting skills led him to perform with Bon Jovi after winning the XM/Serious Satellite Radio Songwriting Competition, has now set his sights on being a solo artist. The artist who has worked with, and performed alongside names such as, 3 Doors Down, Gilby Clark of Guns N Roses, Jonas and The Massive Attraction, among others, brings to the table his latest single, “Let you Go”, via the RedJam Records indie label. The

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Omar Bowing – “Paradox” – is simply breathtaking in its composition and emotive power

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MORISH RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE “BETTER THAN ME”

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K Swayz – “1st Born” – riding a seemingly unstoppable and forever-cresting wave

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Manu Francois known for his rapid fire flow, superb singing, solid writing, sharp as hell production, and iconic rasta hairdo has been one of the more slept on powers in the musical community in recent years, always bubbling underneath the surface of the mainstream on the various audio and video platforms, as well as live sets around the world. Manu’s past work on projects like “Release” (2018) and “Check It” (2017), are just begging to be uncovered. Thankfully, his latest singles from 2019 have been more than just good enough to get noticed; they’ve brought an excellent mix of creativity, self-awareness, and super dope production. Every

Ozaka Bondage – “Tiny Giants” is a colorful, richly textured arrangement

Ozaka Bondage is an energizing indie-electro-pop band from Frankfurt on Main that will motivate you to climb that mountain, ask that girl out, or start that revolution you always wanted. They is nothing short of a bombastic bunch of talented musicians who smoke on their instruments like no one’s business. The accompanying video clip proves it with nothing hidden from view. The groove is infectious, the musicianship is on fire, and the audio mix sparkles.  “Tiny Giants” hits all the right buttons for me. Peaks and valleys in all the right places – even in the solos. Everything builds

Dark Rouge Park is light years ahead of the current competition!

The synthpop combo of Dark Rouge Park formed in 2012, but the individual band members have been on stage for over 20 years. Thomas Sathmari (Drummer, Keyboardist, Percussionist, Songwriter, Synths), whose first work, called Space Project, was released in the early 90’s, has also been an integral part of other groups as a songwriter, producer and keyboardist. Janos Karsky (Keyboardist, Pianist, Songwriter, Synths), started his musician career as a Club DJ in various places, followed by a 2 year Radio DJ era. Front lady and singer Edina Simon (Vocalist, Backup Vocalist, Songwriter), has worked with a lots of popular European and Hungarian bands as background vocalist, including a well-known Eurodance group, called Groovehouse, and a Pink Floyd tribute band, called ‘Keep Floyding’.

dark-rouge-park-350Truly their latest track, “Parallel Life”, accomplishes the melancholy and melody, under a bouncing beat, that most synth bands strive for but cannot quite reach. The strength of this stand-alone track becomes evident after only a few bars and shows how this trio can simultaneously build a rolling soundscape that can hold its own in any pop singles charts, as well as be profoundly thought provoking.

Quite literally, Dark Rouge Park are masters of melding slamming synth beats, layers of luscious sound, beautiful vocals, rich and vivid storytelling, and plenty of harmony, into tracks that defy convention. Mysterious, indefinable genius fills their music. They are architects of auditory landscapes that are haunting, beautiful, sometimes danceable, funky, fun, intense, both pop and anti-pop, but always worth the price of admission.

dark-rouge-park-logoCompositionally, I think Dark Rouge Park has a lot going for them – interesting and complex chord progressions, but in a pop vein which are easily grasped by listeners of any level of music appreciation. While Edina’s vocals are superb, the music between vocal parts is some of the best, too.

If you could blend the dark, somber and moody instrumentals of Depeche Mode with the soaring, melodic and contagious tunes of Roxette, you would be close to the general feel Dark Rouge Park achieves on their recordings. Their sound is mature, grounded and the benefit of their individual experiences bolsters the caliber of their recordings.

dark-rouge-park-collageThe diverse narratives of their songs have been sculpted with precision and a delicate, but powerful touch. The best examples can be found in the towering “Hotel In L.A.” and the epic and atmospheric, “The Lyrics Always Says The Same”. But they can even move more left-field and into darker territory when they want, as is evidenced on the ominous pieces, “Nightmare” and “Loneliness”.

Lead vocalist Edina Simon deserves much of the credit for the successful outcome of these recordings. A lot of similar bands have female vocals that are thin and whimsical, but Edina has a fuller sound, better range and an uncanny skill at building layers of drama and emotion through tone changes. She can casually get away with quite dark lyrics at times and still have the music sound very danceable and light given her sweet clear tone.

Musically, Dark Rouge Park is light years ahead of the current competition. They take a sound and style that was initiated in the 80s and twist it into something extremely palatable for the 21st Century. Theirs is a masterfully produced collection of superb synth songs that reaffirms what an art it truly is to make gorgeous, meaningful electronica.

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