Pool Moon Elephant: “Island’s Eye” – the elder statesmen of modern dance music

In the last 6 or 7 years electronic dance music has turned into an even bigger monster. Avicii dominated Spotify, David Guetta headlined festivals, and Calvin Harris is one of the world’s highest-paid performers. It means that festival line-ups, the charts, and some would even argue Ibiza, are oversaturated with the stuff. But the Swiss electronic duo who go by the name of Pool Moon Elephant prove they can also hold their own relevance in a very busy genre. Riccardo Studer and Ivan Nurchis, this time around, use intriguing collaborations to remix their single “Island’s Eye” which has been released in 3

M.C. ZackAttack: “Rap Or Die!” – on his daily grind!

Zachery Duncan, or rather M.C. ZackAttack , has been influenced by new age lyrical poets who speak their mind through music since 2010. Soon he’ll be releasing his newest mixtape “Mind Over Madness”. M.C. ZackAttack  has recently dropped his single, “Rap Or Die!” Let me start off by saying this track isn’t for everyone, you either love it or hate it, I would say it’s a hit and miss for certain people.  We all know that the quality of hip-hop has gone downhill, with a lot of artists either going for shock value with vulgar lyrics or relying heavily on glossy production

MoEoStAr: “Algorythmic Intelligence” – You’ll find a sense of comfort in the quaintness

Norwegian Independent producer Mattias Gillis Winge Rudh better known as MoEoStAr, played the clarinet and saxophone in various bands while growing up. He started producing in the 1990s, but gave it up while pursuing an engineering degree. For a period in his life, he was simply an active music listener, until he discovered the new production software via a smartphone app. In 2016 he started the “less than a $1000 Album” project, where he aims to produce and release a full album on a $1000 budget. In the meantime MoEoStAr has dropped the single, “Algorythmic Intelligence”. Notwithstanding its modern technological

J.Dot & KD: “To Whom It May Concern” – Low on frills and rich with introspection!

I noticed that J.Dot makes his best music when he’s rapping about being a responsible man, or when he’s creating something with substance and meaning, as opposed to trying to make contemporary radio hits or battle rhymes (although he is an excellent wordsmith).  This is mostly what happens on his 4 track EP, “To Whom It May Concern”, that narrates the evolution of relationships in its various forms. To put it all in perspective, this sounds like a powerful and mature work. Something tells me J.Dot experienced things that impacted him over the past years and this album is bred

Jack Soundfield: “Shine” – You can dig deep or soar to the shore

By profession Jack Soundfield is an engineer who has travelled around the world. He has lived in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Besides uncovering the secrets of the globe Jack has a passion for music and experimenting with instruments and sounds.  “Before publishing a song, it is mine alone,” says Soundfield. “After publishing it, anyone can listen to it and decide whether to identify with it, or love it, or both.” Jack, who has been composing music since 2009, recently released his debut album, entitled “Shine”. “I have to admit,” explained Soundfield, “that my girlfriend – a solfège teacher of the

G.H. Hat: “Piano Jam 2 (Ode To Kygo)” – an authentic human expression

Modern acceptance, or lack there of, in electronic music hardly comes as a surprise. Just look back through the history of music and how the 17th century technology spread. Musicians no longer had to master a particular bow technique on the violin or cello in order to play the perfect note – They just had to press a key. Can you imagine the horror of the purists at the time? They probably all thought that the piano was destroying the soul of the music. What it did though was simplify things. It reduced what was really essential and human. People

JaVez: “When I Was Uptown” has the power to captivate audiences

JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to one day be a successful CEO of a record label and iconic recording artist. JaVez is the true definition of an artist, he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. The lyrics alone prove that. Add in some fantastic production and the

HR Live At CBGB’s 1984 – an essential part of alternative music and punk culture

HR is most well known as the lead singer of revolutionary reggae punk rock band Bad Brains. In their day Bad Brains could have been easily mentioned in the same breath as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols or The Clash, such was their greatness. Yet the band has evolved many times in its long history, playing across many genres of music including jazz, hardcore punk, alternative rock and reggae. HR has been making music since 1976 with Bad Brains, and along the way until today, he has been acclaimed for his reckless punk screaming just as much as he has

Callum Crighton: “The Rose” – a strong ear-catching melody

Even while everything I know about my musical taste should violently reject the cheese-camp synth pop and adorable mainstream swoon songs of the 80’s, I’ve enjoyed that music ever since I was first tricked into listening to the smooth, velvety crooning of the Brit pop chart invasion during that period. I can’t really explain why I loved that music so much, I guess for the same reason people eat cheesecake: It’s loaded with sugar, almost unbearably sweet, and probably isn’t the healthiest for you, but goddamn if it doesn’t make you feel so good inside when you eat it up.

Virgil Blue: “Pain Of Loss” – gorgeous washes of sound

Virgil Blue has released his debut EP entitled “Pain Of Loss”. Inspired and influenced by Prince and Sade, Virgil, a multi-instrumentalist who started out making music at the age of six, when he picked up the saxophone, produced much of the music that can be heard on this EP. Virgil who recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to LA has put together 6 smooth trance-like tracks that that flaunts ambient, RnB and trip-hop flavors. If you’re looking for something atmospheric and hypnotizing, then this recording may be of serious interest to you. Fragile, tender and soulful, Virgil Blue’s voice will

Sober Season: “You Fool” will captivate legions of ardent followers

Sober Season was created in Barcelona, Spain by two childhood friends – José Valle and Max Mir. They jokingly started to play metal to create a project for their Spanish class, but after realizing metal wasn’t their genre, they kept creating songs until they found out folk-rock was more of their thing. While watching a Talent Show they met Olivia de Rezende and invited her to join the band, thus completing the Sober Season lineup – José Valle (Lead Singer, Lead Guitar, and composer), Max Mir (Drummer, pianist, and co-composer) and Olivia de Rezende (Backup Singer).

Sober Season, who has already been on radio stations, performed some live concerts, and taken part in festivals have released their debut EP, entitled “You Fool”. It contains 3 songs taken from personal experiences dealing with the darker side of life, which touch on themes of depression, breakup and loss. Cerebral and observant, Sober Season emerge polarizing from the outset.

Their mellow and deep acoustic sound will captivate legions of ardent followers, and capture the hearts those who like whip-smart lyrics and have a keen ear for inventive, but gentle melodic structures. They will no doubt gain a certain critical and commercial capital that will allow them to blossom artistically at an organic level.

The band’s knack for universal connectedness, replete with personal lyrics will help them come to terms with a broad audience without cheaply pandering via immediately digestible song cuts. Throughout “You Fool”, songwriters José Valle and Max Mir delve into intimate subject matter with a tender pathos. On the opening title track, they focus on depression and suicidal tendencies, producing a collection of reflexive verses.

The number achieves a deep emotional wallop, knocking the wind from your sails as a picked guitar and thumping bass line ushers in an affecting lament on the ephemeral nature of existence, deftly avoiding being ham-fisted on a lightning-bolt-charged theme. The track also features an intensely soulful electric guitar solo.

“Paper Tears” rolls in on ingrained ambivalence and a mantra-like bassline with a decidedly rhythmic acoustic strum that swells under the powerful vocal swirls care of José and Olivia, setting a delicious template for their style, and the topic of compassion for someone who has suffered a breakup.

“Grey Day” cuts to the marrow of just how significant music can be when well-versed in pop’s rich lyrical and emotional vocabulary. The song which talks about losing someone – in this specific case, a mother – is never maudlin or slushy. In fact the beat is up-tempo and brightly arranged, leaving the song’s more somber tones to the lyrical content.

Clearly Sober Season are forging a distinct path across these songs, defining their alluring acoustic sound. Whether “You Fool” will be a great critical triumph or a commercially rewarding recording is something what will be discovered in time.

But maybe a decade from now, listeners will be discussing this EP in rarified breath as the start of something big for Sober Season. For now, it’s an engaging recording that gets better with each listen, a present-day anomaly. It’s the sound of a band unafraid of being different and taking chances, succeeding more often than not.

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