Busola Martins: “Pleasant Surprises” ft. Bukola Bekes – You can hear the passion and her intention

“He turns my life around”, with these words, Busola Martins whets our appetite as we are led with bated breath into her new release “Pleasant Surprises” ft. Bukola Bekes.  With her ingenious use of simple questions and quotable phrases, she challenges us on a mid-tempo cliff hanger to re-access our relationship with Jesus. Precisely because Gospel thrives on its spontaneity, it has often traded lyrical sophistication for its immediacy.  This is not so with this track. Saved without being sanctimonious, and heaven-aspiring while remaining down-to-earth, when it comes to conveying ministry within her music, Busola Martins handles the load with passion

Weston Simonis set to release “Yoga Pants” video on Thanksgiving

For those who’re still unfamiliar with Weston Simonis and his wide range of musical styles, this is a very special talent. A native of the Grande Ronde Valley, Weston is difficult to pin down to one or two genres. Some might say he’s all over the place. I say he has the special ability to play Blues, Rock, Funk, Metal, Punk and any progressive thinking crossover music at will. Listening to his award winning album “Moments Of Intoxication” has reminded me that there was a time when you could hear all types of artists on the same radio station. Now

Jay Felicite: “758 Stories 2” features killer hooks and irresistible melodies

When thinking of England as a musical landscape, Dancehall may not be the first genre that pops to mind for people not in the know, but it’s there, under the surface of the streets, the thump of the drum and pop of the bass reverberating into walls, and spilling out under the doorways from dub clubs and roots bars. One of the current underground stars of the UK’s indie circuit is probably Jay Felicite (pronounced; Fay-Lee-See-Tay) is a Saint Lucian born and raised singer, songwriter, sound engineer. The resilient firebrand is making a big noise with the release of his new

Cris Marshall’s music will ensure he hooks as wide an audience as possible

Cris Marshall is an American Country Music Artist raised in a musical home, the small town of Haslet, Texas. He received his first drum set from his father at the age of two and by 8 he was playing his first guitar. In his teens, and alongside his dad, Cris began performing at some of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most well-known music venues. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Cris also launched his very own home studio when he was 18, recording artists and bands all over Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. However his passion for writing and performing never subsided during this time,

Midnight Watchman: “Liquid Universe” – an extremely focused record

A guitarist and keyboard player who began as a street musician in UK before touring the US and then returning home, Andy Jones AKA Midnight Watchman, is a composer and producer of ambient music. Influenced by an extremely wide spectrum of music and musicians, that go from Vangelis to Chopin, ad Ryan Adams to Tycho, Midnight Watchman has released his 12 track instrumental album, entitled “Liquid Universe”. In the hands of a lesser artist, the varying song structures of this album would likely become tiresome, but every one of the album’s twelve tracks is a testament to the Midnight Watchman’s

Joey Britton: “Edmonton Sessions” – fluorescent, acoustic-centric ambient atmospheres

Joey Britton started his journey in music at an early age. He joined the band ISO and played lead guitar helping to launch the Torn and Tethered Album. After ISO, Joey decided to move to California to expand his skills in the music industry while writing, recording, and producing his own records.  “I try to write songs that tell stories, relate to people, so that when you listen to them – you realize you’re not alone,” says Joey Britton. Exploring is an experience not easily replicated. Associated with it is equal parts thrill, anxiety, and apprehension. Exploring a new artist

Daryl Yahudy: “Soulful Life Within” – a perfect calling card

Indeed, you could say that Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy, a former professional athlete, is a soul singer with a warm timbre and a penchant for sublime, emotional arrangements, defining what the neo-soul genre should sound like in 2017. He is a singer with a fine voice weaving a spell on songs which are full of distinctive takes on universal topics. The album “Soulful Life Within” is almost looking at how he was, how he is and how he will be in life. The warm, evocative, impeccable playing around Daryl here ensures a timeless listen. The album is overflowing with lush, lilting

John J: “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters” – strap yourself in and enjoy this vibrantly orchestrated roller coaster

I have always been eager to pick up every piece of music John J issues because of the lyrical expertise he demonstrates in every song, and the attention to the music production and features he provides. John J has just dropped a 5 track bonus EP, entitled “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters”, which comes hot on the heels of his latest release, “Pain To Power”. Like his previous recordings, each song on this EP carries a different succinct feel and hook while the flow stays swift and acrobatic. The beats, features and subject matter again excel well above average.

Chaz Hearne: “Rise of the Voluminous” – sneakily inventive and massively engaging

The very first thing I learned while listening to the album “Rise of the Voluminous” by eclectic folk artist, Chaz Hearne, is that the defining question regarding any Hearne song is which Chaz Hearne he’ll be. Will it be the introspective, contemplative Hearne of slow-burning masterpieces like “Falling For Reason” and “Hount The Jab”? Or will the party-starter behind “Fun In ‘82” poke his head out, armed with flash phrases and funky beats? Or maybe he will just activate his progressive art-rock mode, as on “Voluminous Man” and “Spicy In The Dim Halls” – catchy, complex, yet ultimately armed with a sort

The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” – perfectly cut gems!

October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I

Late Cambrian: “Sweet Cambrian High” – at the upper echelon of their craft

Late Cambrian is a Brooklyn Based, Indie Electro-Pop band. John Wlaysewski (the collective’s principle songwriter and singer) is also a producer, currently working on Tracy Bonham’s forthcoming record, “Modern Burdens”, which can be pre-ordered HERE. Are Late Cambrian the next big breakout in electronic rock or are we just jumping the gun with only 5 songs at hand? Either way, it’s pretty evident that this band are carving their own path in both music and message, steering clear of some familiar tropes that their peers in the music scene seem to use to great extent.

Simply put, Late Cambrian latest EP, “Sweet Cambrian High” works on multiple levels. If you’re looking for engaging singular tracks to fill your playlist, this recording has several songs that could keep the band on radio for a long run.

But if you’re looking for a deeper connection and a full listening experience, “Sweet Cambrian High” truly takes the listener on a journey both musically and thematically, utilizing synths, drums, guitars and at times Wlaysewski’s dreamlike, at other times more aggressive, vocal approach, to make you feel like you’ve taken every step with him. Add in Late Cambrian’s penchant for building a narrative with layers and layers of melody to fill in all the ‘bleak’ spots, and you’ve got a band you can truly dig into and get the full experience.

I say ‘bleak’ spots, because Late Cambrian sings somewhat somber lyrics, over relentlessly joyous beats. You know those confusing, gorgeously sad, bittersweet moments, in your life? Well “Sweet Cambrian High” is chock full of them.

What is most impressive (aside from the EP being constantly compelling) is how Late Cambrian tweaked their sound just enough to make it feel unique in a world of music overflowing with new bands every day. The lush and slightly progressive touches are nice flavoring agents in each song, but don’t discount how damn poppy this gets at times.

Translated, this means there is so much tasty sugar, your sweet tooth won’t be able to resist. At times it’s in the shimmering synths of “Yearbook Photo”, or the funky jangling guitars in “Girl Bag Holder”, at others it’s the smooth and bouncy rhythms of “Hot Minute”.

Most times it’s in the soaring falsetto induced choruses on “Dark Heart (Where Can We Go Now?)”. For me it’s the stunning bassline, plus the entire rhythmic package on the most impressive track on the album – “Thanks For Your Time”, which also boasts all the melody and harmony Late Cambrian can muster.

Some people are brilliant at absolutely everything they do and everything they touch seems to turn into nuggets made of gold. Enter John Wlaysewski – singer, songwriter and producer – the mastermind behind Late Cambrian. And one might say that he has pretty much a full card of talents that works wonders on this recording.

Wlaysewski and his colleagues, meld music that is a melodic amalgam which leans, sonically speaking, towards electro-pop, but is actually so much more in terms of songwriting, music arranging and production. Usually when music sounds this highly digestible, there is a plethora of quality ingredients to be found its core recipe. And that certainly is the case here.

Late Cambrian is a project of astronomical talent. Every single track on “Sweet Cambrian High” is catchy and orchestrated to perfection; the production is flawless, this band is at the upper echelon of their craft.

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