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

Blue Soul Ten: “The Beautiful Warrior” – a large palette of beautiful sounds

For Blue Soul Ten’s Claye Greene, texture and mood are his specialties. His flowing, soulful, always compelling sound portraits are like a door to another world. He continues along these sonic journeys with his new release “The Beautiful Warrior”, a fresh collection of Jazz, Lounge and Soul gems from the artist. This album is simply wonderful. Like Blue Soul Ten’s other previously released, and magnificent works of art, each masterpiece here demonstrates his production skills, musicianship, as well as his melodic, rhythmic, and compositional imagination. I thought “The Fearless Warrior” would be a tough act for Claye to follow. I was delightfully proven wrong with “The Beautiful Warrior”. You will undoubtedly resonate someplace on the scale of emotions with each track of the 11 tracks here. This album is much more than a vessel for technical masturbation – it is a singularly stirring emotional statement dedicated to life, debasing any possible suggested air of aloofness.

If you know Blue Soul Ten, you know the rule is that you can expect great music every time this project puts an album out; “The Beautiful Warrior” is no exception to the rule. This is a stellar effort as always, with top-notch vocals, instrumentation, groove, arrangement, writing, and feel.

The cover artwork of The Beautiful Warrior

Quite often, one aspect of a Blue Soul Ten album stands out from the overall excellence: the bass work. It’s just jaw-dropping tight throughout most of the album. You really can’t help but move to that bass groove. Complete tightness and very memorable lines throughout.

And though the vocalists take often take center stage, the instrumental showcases are of the highest quality, as well. “The Beautiful Warrior” again highlights the reliable ensemble of singers and musicians that has kept the wheels turning impressively for over three albums now.

Claye Greene, the Blue Soul Ten project leader, has been behind the scenes of the music industry for over 20 years. Getting his start as a radio DJ, Claye started producing records shortly after graduating from college, composing and co-writing for several independent acts.

After a long hiatus due to business commitments around the globe, In 2004 Claye launched Greenehouse Music, and returned to producing and composing music. In 2014 Claye began composing music for a self-produced release as Blue Soul Ten, and a year later dropped the project’s debut album titled “The Unspoken Warrior”.

Gathering collaborations with vocalists and instrumentalists from around the world has been Blue Soul Ten’s modus operandi and it assures a large palette of beautiful sounds to enter the album’s atmosphere.

While he continues to raise us to our feet with his downright insatiable instrumental grooves on chillout tracks like “The Beautiful Warrior” and “Drifting”, Blue Soul Ten also elevates our consciousness with his poignant visions and dreams on the superlative female- driven vocal interpretations on “Here I Am” and “Silly Me”.

Blue Soul Ten project leader Claye Greene

At a time when Autotune, loops and sampling dominate the airwaves, Blue Soul Ten reminds us of the sheer beauty of the human soul, its voice and instrumental virtuosity. And this is an absolutely, unequivocally and inextricably awesome set in that respect.

It is so much more than just a pleasurable and groovable listen, displaying stoic consistency in structure and finesse that’s merited in both composition and performance. By the time Blue Soul Ten hits the luxurious airiness of the heavenly “Try”, the whole project has already transcended into aural paradise.

The magnificent light and shade of “The Beautiful Warrior” is exemplified by the breathtaking “Rain Fall” which, underpinned by a haunting vocal and slow-burning world beat, is enriched by evocative keyboards and strings. If you like the cool kick-back jazzy downtempo style then you will love “Blue Theme III”, which is both intellectually stimulating as well as inspiring. There is also a hidden track to be found on the album, entitled “Free Myself” (The Greene House Remix), but you can discover that one for yourself!

The smartest thing about Blue Soul Ten is that he does not look to compete with his peers, he sets the bar high for himself in order to ensure his own latest release surpasses his last. Hence everything you would expect from Blue Soul Ten is here. The beats, the vocals, the lush keyboards, the resonant bass and that ever-present mood of dreamily lying in the grass staring up at the clouds as they roll by.

Music exists on a plane and platform always in its rawest and most pure form where it isn’t being motivated by outside influences, and that’s where Blue Soul Ten reaches to find the inspiration for these tracks. He delves deftly into the ingenuity of gorgeous melody and harmonic lines layered gently over distinct but subtle beats, and an overall hazy feel of nostalgia in the making.

Blue Soul Ten is an extremely impressive master of the groove. That is something where he is at the top of his profession. So for the legions of uninitiated Blue Soul Ten listeners, in search of the good groove, “The Beautiful Warrior” is a perfect way to kick-off the early part of 2018.

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