Lake of the Lion embodies embody emotive sounds and textures

Lake of the Lion is the brand name and moniker for Luxembourg music composer and producer, Daniel Kohnen, who is steadily building up his catalog and increasing his fan-base with regular new releases. In recent years, ambient instrumental and soundtrack scores have been following a certain trend. Composers seem to have this motif of creating overblown pieces with harsh lead instruments blasting out from the blue and background strings creating suspense with their melodies. Sure it was fun for a while, but within that little span of time listeners were just begging for it to stop because composers had this

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Blank Page: “Yin” – charms, seduces and then totally mesmerizes!

The rise of electronic dance music has changed the industry: Massive festivals headlined by megastar DJs have become crucial to the bottom line, and big-name producers have remade Vegas residencies with eye-popping paydays at exclusive clubs. In amidst of all these transitions, sensitive creatives like Greg Newman, rise with their overarching musical traits: lush, yet minimal beat-induced instrumental beds, that often muse on the ideas of experiencing exquisite mental relaxation and transmuting weary body parts into vaporizing astral material as light as the midnight air itself.

His instrumentals are at once smoldering, synth-accented destinations that tantalizingly showcase his ability to create both mood music and dance rhythms in the same instant. Greg Newman’s music is equally at home on your bedroom headphones as it is comfortable with EDM’s streamers, lasers, and giant crowds.

And the proof is to be found in the deep house track, “Yin” taken from the Yin & Yang EP under his moniker Blank Page. I think it helps solidify what Newman is truly about from a musical standpoint.

Greg Newman’s monikers Blank Page and Newman & Me will surely be on the rise if continues to pump out thoughtful, well-arranged and brilliantly produced music like “Yin”. Next level electronic music, regardless of all the preconceived ideas, is not as simple to make as it seems.

There are a whole lot of clichés to circumnavigate if you don’t want to end up sounding like every other DJ at your local shopping mall on a Saturday afternoon matinee set.  For me, only two words separate a serious music producer from a startup fame-seeker – “exuberance” and “restraint”.

How a producer balances the weight of those words in his compositions is what set’s him above the simple four-to-the-floor pack. And  Greg Newman mixes with a precise digital scale at hand!

With all the technology at hand, it’s an easy task to load up a thumping beat and infuse it with as many astonishing effects and samples as you can. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with that if you like your music to hit you like a hammer on the head.

But if like me, you choose to be charmed, seduced and then totally mesmerized by sound, DJ/Producers like Greg Newman have to be your choice, and right now “Yin” has to be your goto track!

MORE ABOUT: Greg Newman is an Electronic Music Producer & DJ from London, England. After his debut release “Autumn” reached No.3 in the Trackitdown charts, and his follow up EP gained support from BBC Introducing, Greg is starting to gain recognition for his work under both of his production names – Blank Page and Newman & Me. Influenced in the earlier days by the house scene in Sweden, and more recently by the exploding scene in the UK, Greg looks up to the likes of Steve Angello, Axwell, Sebastien Ingrosso, Mark Knight, Third Party, Tim Mason, Dusky & Bontan to name a few. His DJ style reflects the variety of music that he loves to produce – whether pumping out Progressive House as Blank Page or deeper vibes under the alias of Newman & Me, expect to be taken on a journey from start to finish.

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