Dakú Lights: “Illuminate” – a consistent palette of genre-melding pop offerings

London based alternative pop band, Dakú Lights, was formed in April 2016 by the three band members who are represented by their own distinct color to match their personality, with Bhavini being red, Haiiiro as pink-orange and Panda as purple. They have a unique blend of music which incorporates Pop, Kpop, EDM and Urban influences. Currently pursuing a record deal, the band is focused on producing high quality music and building their stage presence for international audiences. Dakú Lights recently released their 5-track EP, entitled “Illuminate”. The title takes a cue from the band’s name, as Dakú means ‘dark’ in

Henry Metal: “So It Hath Begun” will grab you by the balls with a cruel squirrel grip

Henry Metal might have a fine veil of satire embracing the project, but he makes just about the best tribute to the excess of the 80’s and 90’s hard rock and metal genres ever. He has just released his 9 track album, entitled “So It Hath Begun” which contains great songs, which are very easy to bang your head and sing along with. The tracks all have a grooving and slamming feel, plus cool shredding and solos. In fact Henry Metal sounds no different to any of those legendary rock and metal bands from the golden era. You either get

Aeronaut: “Skara” – excellent progressive buildups and rhythmic backflips

Aeronaut can be described as Progressive Rock, Post-Rock, Indie, or simply Alternative Rock, but that doesn’t really matter. All I know is that this project delivers very interesting, fresh, and well-rounded music. Aeronaut has a huge dynamic range, from extremely fast and heavy with smooth, powerful vocals to very relaxing and atmospheric. The music is very melodic, clear and well-produced, the song “Skara” flows and changes to new and exciting ideas. The guitars are very lush and full sounding, during both heavier and mellow parts, while the bass and drums thump and bang in all the right places. Aeronaut is

Eric Hausmann: “Soaked” manages to tap into a very specific emotional core

Eric Hausmann is a multi-instrumentalist and film composer. He has produced music for a number of Malaysian films, in addition to scoring for a variety of New York film productions. He performs live as a guitarist with Portland’s Tres Gone, and Malaysia’s Space Gambus Experiment. He is formerly a member of The Gone Orchestra and Brainwarmer. Hausmann recently released “Soaked” a seven track recording which is described as “A cross-section of Asian dub-fused rock n’ roll with deep India influences.” But it’s probably more than that, as I’m hearing post-rock, world fusion, and ambient rock influences injected into these tracks. Eric

MOOD: “The Wave” is in the right lane!

Hip-hop has changed – there’s no debating that – but change isn’t always indicative of something bad. That being said, it’s refreshing to hear more rapping, with the exception of one or two bridges, versus the continual rap/sing mix that’s permeated mainstream as of late. You’re allowed to appreciate more than one way of creating music and while a lot of rappers have the notion that they should be singing as well, there’s a place for it all, especially if you don’t have a decent singing voice. You obviously can’t disregard one lane of Hip-hop while claiming to be a

EsZ: “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” – an audacious creative effort

On his new album, “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me”, EsZ aka Erron’s Attic comes out swinging from the first song, a great balance between classic Hip Hop and modern. As usual EsZ gets well thought out ideas through his songs in innovative ways; you definitely get the feeling he has the lyrical substance he wants to express. Although we’re in a dismal era of Rap currently, this could be one of those instant underground classics. EsZ catalog is filled with parables, fables, morals and lamentations, forms of storytelling that compress people and experiences into neat, digestible lessons.

Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths

The award winning Los Angeles band Luna 13 is forging a new genre of music they call Black Metal/Bass Music. Their brutal yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with electronics, which means no string instruments. Music maker Dr. Luna, creates a metal sound with synthesizers and by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Luna 13 who has been performing live for a few years now, opening for death metal/industrial and electronica projects alike, came into its own when Lilith Bathory joined in 2015. Since, Lilith, the band’s front woman, has been booking modeling jobs

Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Sick.Life: “Dreamers” – showcasing the diversity and talent of the roster

Sick.Life a collective of artists and an independent music label based in El Paso, Texas. A couple of months back they released their critically acclaimed album, entitled “Contagion”. Now off that album comes the single “Dreamers” produced by NZO, and featuring Josh Brown on the chorus and bridge, while the verses are handled in order of appearance, by Sonny Weston, Lavoe, C.Notes and E$ BFNE. For hip-hop fans growing up in the 21st century, the Sick.Life collective is simply a perfect match between raw lyrical muscle and dynamic production. I listened to the track last night with the intention of

Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls: “Curvy Girl” makes a strong statement

These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B record. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element that not all have. Cassie of Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls, offers cadences that move in an affable manner as she declares her sense of self-worth on her latest single release, “Curvy Girl” which tackles the theme of body positivity. She never rushes the pace. She intones in different ways to let the song build in complexity. Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors

DasMeter: “Evolution” – an uncanny knack for evoking pensive nostalgia in the present

Real-life brothers Darren (Keyboard, Drums) and Michael (Guitar, Vocals) are an American music duo project that goes by the name of DasMeter. Their debut electro-hardcore single “Mercury” was released in late May of 2015.  Now in 2017 DasMeter unleashes their brand new 13-track body of work entitled “Evolution”. Whenever you hear the words: “I choose you to be my partner in life. I promise you my unconditional love, my fullest devotion and tender care,” or “I promise to be faithful and to love, honor and cherish you all the days of our lives…”, beware, as promises like these, made by mere fallible mortals like ourselves are bound  to be broken.

Recent stats claim that over half of all marriages in the United States – a staggering 53% – end in divorce! So more than one in two marriages, where the above words are pledged, are proclaiming promises that will not be kept.

“Evolution” is born out of the failing of those pledges, as DasMeter compose the accompanying soundtrack that takes us through marriage, separation, and divorce. Up until now, the structural decisions, the subtle production touches, and the synth tones that DasMeter produce have always gone straight to the subconscious, that evokes feelings more than thoughts.

And on “Evolution”, the feeling in question seems to be a dim, wriggling, all-pervading anxiety and delusion, sprinkled with perceptible rays of hope.

They’ve made a really great soundtrack album for the moments of your day where you’re stressing about things of the heart and difficult personal-life decisions. They’ve made a great thematically uncomfortable – yet musically comforting ambiance album, one that sticks with you through all your discomforting moments.

DasMeter let you know that you are not alone in these saddening plights. Moreover, the replay-ability of this album pairs amazingly with late nights of work, road trips, a long gaze out of rain licked windows, a meditative nap…just about everything.

The uncanny knack the duo has for evoking pensive nostalgia in the present moment is readily available on this album, which will make you ponder and deliberate. The play of memory and music preoccupies most musicians, but few translate it into instrumental music as well as DasMeter do.

From the moment “twenty years” kicks in, you’ll begin to feel the narrative though the layered instrumentation.  It’s very atmospheric in places but rises to perfect IDM on upbeat back to back tracks, such as, “the wall”, “fighting for you” and “losing hope”.

There are no bad songs to be found here, even if some of them might take a while to sink in. It may not overtly hold mainstream appeal, but genre fans will absolutely adore this album. My favorites for now tend to be the melodic “on my knees”, the twisting rhythms of “I cared about you” and the brilliant synth sounds on “silver linings”.

However their aural magic is as evocative as ever on all of these tracks, and with their alchemical skills, they could well invent any necessary musical element they desire. In a music environment where most bands take great pains to be connected to their fans, DasMeter have created an environment which eludes tormented hyped-up commercial schemes for anyone interested in their music.

Why? Because the fabric of their music is creating emotional, profound scenarios that tease the mind as much as they satisfy it. The public who love this music will naturally be drawn towards it on its intrinsic merits alone, resulting in fans with a unique reverence for not only DasMeter’s music but their intelligent approach to making and diffusing it.

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