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

Trazmo: “Moving On” – a unique, smooth take on the genre

Twenty-nine year-old Trazmo is an up-an-coming French artist. Specializing in electronic genres, the producer has been making music for 10 years now. His latest offering is the Tropical House track, “Moving On”, out via the Music Revolution label. Trazmo is a horse of a different color when it comes to Tropical House music. The way he incorporates the vocals and lead synth in his pieces is absolutely brilliant. He combines the progressive melodies of Tropical House with a soulful sound that melds perfectly; creating a blend that is both soothing, and euphoric. Trazmo’s drum patterns are extremely good, and overall his music just sounds really well composed. With a strong rhythm and a catchy melody, the vocals are added in to give the late night summer vibe that you won’t hear on the main stage of a large outdoor festival, but rather in NYC night clubs or on the intimate sets at your local auditorium.

And that’s what sets Trazmo apart from his contemporaries and peers. His brand of Tropical House on “Moving On”, is a lot more snug and warm than the regular anthemic motifs doing the rounds. Usually, electronic dance always has a habit of throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at the listener.

This happens with the volume turned up to 11 and an explosive electronic riff usually substituting for the refrain. But then you have exceptions such as “Moving On”. The track is a unique, smooth take on a genre usually filled with loud noises. “Moving On’s” marquee of catchy riffs, vibrant and spacious atmosphere and incredible vocal talent will be a crowd-pleaser.

Trazmo delivers a warm and relaxing experience that will have you feeling like you’re floating towards heaven. There’s never an array of different electronic melodies and effects flying around at once. There aren’t any loud drums or earth-shaking bass to be found.

There is only the attractive craftsmanship of Trazmo and his ability to create a soulful song out of the same verse-buildup-drop structure of the traditional EDM track. He accomplishes this electronic music production by regressing to a melody and its surrounding harmonizing chords.

“Moving On” succeeds in the form of well-crafted, calm and collected electronic music that keeps to the form of the traditional EDM song structure, while avoiding the precarious clichés. Throughout its length, the delivers a relaxing experience through a lush style of production that creates a space of elation and composure in the otherwise noisy world of electronic music. Another strength of “Moving On” obviously stems from the amazing female vocal talent featured on the track.

In many ways, Trazmo gives electronic music artists tasked with navigating the post-EDM landscape a roadmap of sorts. It gracefully pays respect to the influences at its foundation while simultaneously refusing to adhere to its restrictive boundaries, incorporating instrumentation and a style with such taste that the track sounds like the logical next step in the creative journey of a navigated creator.

Once again, whether it’s the delicate chords in the verses which intertwine with the rhythm, or the bouncy keyboard stabs underneath the smooth vocals in the chorus, Trazmo’s talents as an electronic producer shines here. Add this to vocals – which has the ability to be both soft and soulful – and you have a successful track which certainly sets the tone for future releases from the artist.

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