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

Yahru El Guru – A triumph in many senses of the word!

Yahru El Guru Dj (YEGDJ) born in Walnut Creek, California is a House, Tribal House, Reggae, and Dub-Stepping Dj who has shared stages and Dj booths with, The Wailers, Mad Professor, Collie Buds, DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, and Israel Vibration, to name a few. Yahru, Began his career as a professional Dj in 2006 by landing himself a residency at Martini Ranch Denver, one of Denver’s Co. busiest downtown clubs. After 5 Years of Djing in the United States and playing the top clubs, Yahru went to spin in Japan and the Philippines for 5 years and now he is back Stateside starting his “Life Is For Living” tour. His mission is to promote “Life is for Living” through art, entertainment, and information. Yahru says, “The most precious thing that has been given to you is life! Without life you cannot experience any person, place, thing, solid, liquid, nor gas; you cannot experience anger nor love. nothing! Because you wouldn’t exist.” In his quest to bring people together through music, Yahru El Guru has dropped a bunch of uplifting and spiritual mixes which are currently on Mixcloud, but will also be found on his website soon. The mixes are:

Dragon Behind The Bamboo – What an instantly soothing yet rich sound that Yahru El Guru creates through this mix. With atmospheric themes and vamps that echo easy listening yet resemble an astute Oriental rhetoric that last just under an hour, the track finds the whippoorwills of a progressive ambient sound, sending them through the chutes of the soul as we know it. A triumph in many senses of the word, Yahru El Guru has once again energized a niche with supreme creativity rather than simply paying homage to its roots. Winningly ubiquitous and genuinely enticing for disciples of chill, Dragon Behind The Bamboo is elevated from simply background music to a full-fledged conversational piece through him exploring the interpersonal interaction that the sounds find in one another.

Bada Boom Yame Japan Mix – This track does not allow the listener too much time to breathe. Swapping the transcendental festival oeuvre for a more calculated soundtrack to trip the light fantastic, “Bada Boom Yame Japan” is modern trance infused with tracks by the likes of E-Clip, Zyce, and Don Diablo, as well as the Thrillseeekers. The mix is also nicely interspersed with vocals by Jan Johnston among others. Undoubtedly, this upbeat record has nuances that will blossom upon repeat listens. Digest and repeat multiple times for full impact. The progression starts from the moment you hit play. There is great attention to fluidity from beginning to end which is indicative of a well-made mix no matter how bi-polar the tone. If you have been listening to this type of music since back in the day, I think you will see the value in this mix.

Meditation – Pure, weightless and eleganT, “Meditation” is true to its title, as Yahru El Guru comes up with a mesmerizing stunner. Constantly reinventing and discovering new, uncharted territories. Few influence underground, electronic dance music like Yahru El Guru. My friends, the days of dropping boring, monotonous progressive house tune after progressive house tune are over. Time for a new trick. Mixing breaks with deep and tech house is where it’s at. This mix will stand out ten years from now. Uncharacteristic to the genre, the melody on this mix carries as much weight as the rhythm, while each song belongs to the other. It shifts back and forth through breaks and house effortlessly. No anthems. No overdramatic prickly synths. You’re just left with a feeling of something new. It feels like music caught between night and day. This release is not for newbies. This is for the jet set, veteran clubbers looking for the next big thing.

It’s A Dubstep N Trap – This mix will have fans spinning their fingertips wanting more. This mix is arguably one of his the best. He brings the blissful medium of electronica back to the drawing board, and my oh my, did he ever drop the house on this one. Heartfelt and creative, “It’s Dub Step N Trap,” has everything. One can’t help but move to it with gladness to be alive. This is a monumental piece of work. A dark, relentless, subtly twisted bassline keeps the track moving, coupled with suitable percussion, and rising sound effects. This draws towards the breakdown, which whisks you off to another world. Then just as you get too comfortable the dream fades and you are thrust back into the thundering groove. Hirshee, Afrojack ft Chris Brown, Laidback Luke, Another Monster, UFO and more are included in the mix. Simply put, one of the best DJ mix sets you will ever hear.

There are no weaknesses in these sets and this is without question Yahru El Guru finest work yet. The mixing is quality and the music selection is diverse but excellent. With repeated listening, these sets began to grow on me, slowly, methodically and enchantingly. Yahru El Guru has unearthed some gems here and has spun them into a great mix, chock full of percussive gymnastics and hooks that just won’t leave you.

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