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

John-Marc Lucid: “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar – breathes down-to-earth authenticity

Music is a very powerful and mystical force. It speaks to people on a much deeper level than conversation. It really reaches the soul. With his new track “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, John-Marc Lucid hits us with music that indeed does reach our souls, an intriguing melody, piercing lyrics and outstanding musicianship included. The new release by the Texas based Dancehall and Reggae artist is a joint venture with Fyah Sthar, and together they breathe down-to-earth authenticity, making for an airy, buoyant listening experience. Lucid is a creative mind that doesn’t bother about drawers or labels – his music explores

Innocent Bystanders: “Attractive Nuisance” – a roller coaster of emotion and excitement

Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is made up of Steve Berenson (Drums), Steve Semeraro (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Kaimi Wenger (Keyboards, Vocals), Jessica LaFave (Saxophone), Ben Nieberg (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Kath Rogers (Vocals) and Donny Samporna (Bass guitar). Their “Attractive Nuisance” EP of original music was recorded at

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Let It Go” combines musical inspiration and travelling emotions

Meaningful lyrics, amazing songwriting, superb heart-warming yet angry sound, musical teamwork, everything is so perfect in this track. Such a gorgeous and refined melody and philosophical lyrics is worth being remembered for all of the current generation. The guitarist uses swampy resonating sound so beautifully and the drummer plays simple but tight groove, with every drum fill-in is on the sweet musical spots. The bassist backs up the music stably as the boys sing the vocals with conviction. This is one of my current desert Island #1’s in the Roger Cole & Paul Barrere catalog. Yes, the track “Let It

Markus Scott: “Live Life With No Regrets” – confidence is sky high on this project

Born in New York City, Markus Scott grew up in humble surroundings, and his family were always on the move resulting in him constantly transferring schools. He excelled at reading and writing poetry, before discovering that he could rap when he won a freestyle battle with a signed artist at a house party in Harlem. He soon learned to DJ too, and with his first check from summer youth, Markus went to a pawn shop and brought a laptop. He then brought a DAW, and microphone from Guitar Center and began researching how to mix and edit his vocals. He

Christopher Rapkin: “Focus In” – substance over style!

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Christopher Rapkin is many things, including founding member of Digital Composers Guild, and a music industry consultant. During September Rapkin released his 10 track heavy guitar album, entitled “Focus In”. Listening to Rapkin on this album it also becomes clear that he could be known as a great guitar virtuoso and a perfectionist. Christopher is the guitarist who sings and he does it quite well, in my opinion even better than Steve Vai. Also he is a good composer, all of his albums are full of songs of different styles. So he’s the man

Ziggy: “Breathe” – music for a new generation of kids

Zachary Raul Reyes aka Ziggy was born in Arcadia, California, but spent a lot of time moving around since his dad was in military service, ending up in a town in Ohio called Middletown where he spent most of my elementary and high school career. Growing up, music was his life. At 13 he received his first guitar, as a gift from his mom. He took two lessons before teaching himself how to write tabs and understanding harmony. From there Reyes ventured into listening to Hip hop and metal before discovering Dubstep, which represented a complete change of direction. Suddenly

Lynne Taylor Donovan: “Sooner or Later” – a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability

“Sooner or Later”, the new release by independent Canadian Country songstress, Lynne Taylor Donovan, is the third single from the Nashville sessions that produced her hugely successful Euro-UK #1 hit “Strong One” and the follow-up European #2 hit “Am I Dreaming”. The reigning queen of indie country music has a knack for finding a way into the hearts of her global fan base. “Sooner or Later” has a warm and deep intention, reflecting Donovan’s eloquent and versatile tidings, showcasing her country gravitas, and a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability. A careful sensory indulgence is heard in the

Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “While I Was Crossing The Bridge” – a gift to the world

Musician, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has worked with most of the leading artists in his home country of Norway, in both theatre and music, and has also presented his craft internationally. He has had his own television show in Russia, as well as a solo concert at the Moscow International Jazz Festival, and has toured the USA, Mexico, Russia, France, China, Kuwait, Scotland, and Japan. In 1990 he undertook a solo concert of his own compositions in New York, becoming the first Norwegian guitar player ever to hold a solo concert in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Jennifer Hope Releases “My December” for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington

JENNIFER HOPE LAUNCHES DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LINKIN PARK’S MUSIC FOR RELIEF CHARITY Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Hope, has released her cover version of Linkin Park’s “My December” to raise awareness, and contributions for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The track is available for download until October 27, 2017 at GoFundfMe. A one dollar donation is all that is required to receive a download code, but any additional amount is appreciated and your extended generosity can further help many in their time of need. All donations go to the charity through the

MAGAZINE GAP: “Ran For Cover” – a weighty, emotion-packed mini-epic

Music should be all like this. Not in style or sound, but in dedication, passion and craftsmanship. This is what we, as customers, should demand from record companies at all times. The question is do major record companies even exist anymore. I don’t mean in brand names and websites, I mean really exist- with functional A&R departments able to search, spot and sign potentially great artists. I don’t think so. It’s a job I know well, having worked in major A&R departments for over 25 years that have signed some of the biggest multi-platinum selling artists ever to have walked this planet. Before becoming platinum sellers, these were just ordinary artists playing small town gigs, yet it took some A&R executives only 8 bars of music to sign who would later become global superstars.

So how come a band like  MAGAZINE GAP, who have various single and EP releases, and have toured extensively, still release music independently via small record labels?  Three boys from London, dreamed, worked hard, and delivered exquisite music to us, now they should be rightfully collecting for their endeavors, not fighting to promote and distribute it, right? Wrong!

The record industry has changed, for the worse, and record companies do not exist in the real world anymore, they’re just simple supermarket brands like Walmart or Tesco. They fill the shelves with as much junk as possible so you can fill your shopping cart. Thank god MAGAZINE GAP has the balls to continue working within a vacant industry beating their own path to where they need to go.

Their brand new single, “Ran For Cover”, isn’t the typical follow-up track from the British crossover band that’s been turning out first rate material since the beginning of their musical adventure. It doesn’t feel rushed and it doesn’t sound like the trio wanted to capitalize from the same things they’ve done so brilliantly before.

But there are certain elements in their enchanting musical equation that cannot, and should not be erased – An addictive blend of rhythm and tone, supplied by drummer Brian McCook and keyboard player Alex Ho. A flowing melody, sparkling hooks and poignant story-spinning lyrics, with James Keen’s guitar and mellifluously soulful vocals riding high over hugely emotional choruses – and in fact, they are all perfectly in place on the latest single. Yet there is something different in the formula…

The first thing that hits you on this track is the concise but sweeping horn arrangements, then comes the bouncing Reggaeton rhythm and rolling basslines, but atop of this cogently energetic soundscape MAGAZINE GAP narrates a tale of melancholic nostalgia – a veteran musician and performer reflecting on his life choices.

Usually when writing, this London based trio – that has toured the UK, USA and the Far East, fairly extensively – find that weighty, emotion-packed mini-epics come to them thick and fast. “Ran For Cover” is no exception to the rule, and adds another feather in their songwriting caps.

So while staying with their sound and changing some variables, MAGAZINE GAP has evolved into something even better than they were before – if that sounds at all possible to you. “Ran For Cover” is not just a good follow-up to anything that came before it, but it’s indeed an ideal follow-up.

The band is steadily creeping its way to a variety of audiences and formats, and we’ll see that even more with this new single. “Ran For Cover” doesn’t just have the feel of a record that could dominate it’s genre, but popular music in general. Did you hear that, Mr. A&R man!

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