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

Kris Woodbird: “Monsters of Heart” – a purveyor of persuasive folk!

Kris Woodbird aka Krister Svensson was born in the south of Sweden. He played and was a part of the punk, new wave and art music scene in Lund before moving to Stockholm. He went on to play drums in various indie bands before getting into vocals and songwriting in a band called Wan Light, which he formed with Magnus Karnock, releasing three albums and two EPs. In 2016 Kris Woodbird began his journey with the release of the single “Alien & River”. This led to the album “Monsters of Heart” recorded in Kris’ apartment by producer Håkan Folkesson from Ambitus Production.

I fell in love with this album at first listen. It’s rare to hear an album in its entirety and genuinely enjoy every track, but each of these songs take your mind and your heart on a wistful ride through our collective experiences of life, love and getting to know ourselves in good and bad times.

You can tell Kris Woodbird took great care with “Monsters of Heart”. He’s an everyday guy with the not-so-everyday ability to translate life into lyrics in a meaningful way. His easygoing nature when it comes to love, life and self-discovery are unmatched right now, in my opinion.

Add in his simple guitar accompaniment, and every song becomes a rich story you will want to hear again and again. There is also a nice flow to the album.

There’s a mile-long list of musicians who’ve used rock and roll to try and transmit there messages and moods, and although it might be something of a stretch to call Kris Woodbird a rocker — maybe ‘purveyor of persuasive folk’ works better — his new album, fits right into that rich tradition.

The songs are tasteful, delicate, and ineffably gentle, never sounding anything other than sincere. The end result is an inestimably worthy collection, one rife with hushed melodies and airy arrangements. Woodbird’s playing squarely in his wheelhouse here, and if its confines can occasionally be asphyxiating, it’s hard not to respect an album that evokes a mood so carefully and confidently.

Although lofty praise might reek of hyperbole, there’s no denying the comforting appeal of Kris Woodbird’s sensitive songwriting, which feels like the musical equivalent of a cozy old sweater.

Some of his work, could easily earn comparisons to tortured Irish troubadour Damien Rice, while his kinder, gentler melodies and warm vocals are more akin to Samuel Beam of Iron & Wine, which he wraps in cozy sound acoustic guitar beds designed to lilt and lull rather than challenge the listener.

The opening title track “Monsters of Heart” catapults listeners into Woodbird’s sublime songwriting abilities and his tranquil voice is tantalizing. With a great mix of intensity and passion, it starts the collection in the best way possible. From there on out what stands out the most is his lyrical genius and how every song paints a beautiful picture in the listener’s mind.

In songs such as “The Worst Man In The World”, “The Woman In Me” and “Hand To Hand Time”, it is difficult to fault the seemingly effortless work he produces. As an artist, Kris Woodbird is certainly gifted in telling a story and you definitely get that with these pieces.

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