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

Isaac Diskin’s music is robust and hits to the core!

Isaac Diskin is an 18 year old multi-instrumentalist from Cincinnati Ohio who writes and producers all his own music. Each selection on Diskin’s self-titled debut album is steeped in a kind of 1970s mystique – this atmosphere is all encompassing from start to finish. The record does the time warp and brushes against your ear with a nostalgic bliss. Some songs are downright raw and lazy and won’t be pushed or forced to a faster pace or conclusion, which is absolutely brilliant, considering the modern day muck, racing to climb up the music charts.

Isaac Diskin is entirely comfortable in this effort which was entirely done in his bedroom. Confidence reigns supreme in his vocals and the instrumentation, and you can tell Diskin’s creatively in control. It’s a worthy effort, it’s groovy, but one which which you may not love to death on the first listen. However it will eventually, and almost certainly, set your heart on fire after multiple listens.

The album grew on me slowly because there is no sense of urgency in any of these selections. Each musical moment pauses, examines itself and reflects. Even in its most energetic or intense moments, there is a sense of ‘cool’ pervading the pieces. It’s the kind of soundtrack you play when you want to get lost in your own mind…and that of the narrator. Much like the legendary seventies albums did.

Right from the start, this album will slowly grab the listener and suck him or her into each of its musical stories. The production and recording quality courtesy of Isaac Diskin is robust and hits to the core with plenty of organic sounds like jangling acoustic guitars, and real drums, played on several tracks by Owen Berg.

Sometimes these instruments, along with the keyboards, are in your face, but incredibly warm and rich, reminding me of the well recorded classic rock records, from the 60’s & 70’s, all the while capturing a totally modern American Rock singer/songwriter.

I love the keyboards tastefully flowing through so many tracks, especially on “Nothing Seems The Same” and “Interlude Pt.1”, as well as Diskins’ guitar playing rips on “Number Four” and “Interlude Pt.2”, or both on “Silent Room”. There is an incredible depth to the songs here, with so many of Isaac Diskin influences coming to the fore.

This is really good stuff and although I can’t quite put my finger on one single thing that more than anything else attracts me to it – I liked the guitar playing, the keyboards, and the percussion, just as much as I enjoyed the melodies and the vocals. One thing is certain, Diskin certainly has a unique way of creating his own musical pallet.

His multifaceted musical style really shines in this album and doesn’t seem to range too far out in any one direction. To sum it up in 5 words: “A great way to start!” To stretch it out a bit, I’d just say that it’s really refreshing to find a young artist who thinks about conveying something real through his lyrics and music, rather than just finding neat, rhyming hooks that can be Auto-tuned to make the playlist. I had never even heard of this guy until three days ago, so I’ve probably said too much already!

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