Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

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

SKY Family: “Celtic Revival” – the perfect integration of traditional Celtic music with Pop/Rock

SKY Family has perfected the integration of traditional Celtic music with Pop/Rock. Their album “Celtic Revival” is the kind of recording that you can use the Repeat function on your media player and not get burnt out. While the notion of a Celtic pop/rock band is not exactly original, it definitely is unique in today’s stereotyped panorama. They achieve the rare feat of fitting comfortably into the mainstream without sounding anything like the rest of the artists and bands that dominate the airwaves of commercial pop/rock radio. Their sonic template marries strong Celtic influences, the singer’s achingly beautiful and distinct vocals which successfully blend innocence with sensuality and spirituality, and a commercial sensitivity that will made a bulk of this album’s songs incredibly accessible to the masses.

Tom, Seth, Joel, Gabe, Miriam and Daniel, better known as SKY Family are actually more than a band; they are also messengers of God. So expect worship lyrics and strong spiritual themes. If you’re a Christian, then you’ll be in your element with this band’s music.  But if you’re not, that’s not a problem either; the only important thing is that you’re able to appreciate great music – in the form of fantastic lead vocals, sumptuous an intricate harmonies, lush organic instrumentation and wonderful melodies by the bucket load.

SKY Family are a band whose attributes include a unique interpersonal chemistry, an unbridled pride in their faith and musical heritage that is showcased by the conscious choice of instruments featured on their songs, a commitment to their artistry and musical competence, the blinding gorgeousness factor of the voices supplied by Tom and Miriam, and their undeniable restraint towards the temptation of becoming mainstream fodder.

The percussion, guitar, keyboards and fiddle combination is heartwarming on this release, where their charm is rooted in the seeming simplicity of their music, with graceful rhythms and beautiful melodies, which combine to create a soothing tandem of lullaby harmonics and classical, ethereal tones injected with pop-rock sensibilities. All throughout the 14 track album SKY Family never lose their vision; a sound truly rooted in the tones of their spirituality, leaking melodies and overflowing with positive energy.

Opening with a striking instrumental intro on “Psalm 150” – the tone is immediately set as one of uplifting, easy vibrancy. The fiddle is the most notable instrument, and a signature sound of the band’s endearing formula, both in tone and methodology.

The track serves as a perfect introductory piece, the wistful strains of folkloric whimsy married with the more modern intonations of the electric guitar, piano and percussive instruments. The harmonies on the chorus on this particular track are heartfelt and produced with a clarity that is both rousing and subdued. This magical and endearing formula is repeated in various does throughout the recording, to make almost every track a standout.

Undeniably beautiful in melody and with a superb vocal performance, the overall content and feel of “In His Hand” is filled with wallowing emotionality that feels almost like an assault on your heartstrings. Contrast this with the previous track “Nothing Separates”, which is a staggeringly good example of powerful rhythm and melody in almost perfect balance, and “Who Is Like Him” which feels truly as though it is generously compensating with its whimsical yearning.

Despite the album being very easy on the ears, there are certainly occasions when the band do switch the formula somewhat and develop their sound into one of much louder energy. But this is never at the expense of melody or listenability. For example the instrumental “Life On A Hedge” especially allows for a different side of SKY Family’s style to let itself be known.

The band’s vision is transmitted through every track of this album, and the intended meaning finds its way to the listener flawlessly. An entertaining, enlightening, and altogether lovable release, its singularities and qualities nothing more or less than a testament to the faith and endeavor involved in crafting it.

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