Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Old Folks Boogie Redeux” – true to their sound!

“Ya know that you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill!”, this is the line that inspired Paul Barrere to write the original version of the “Old Folks Boogie”, which would subsequently feature on the 1977 Little Feat record “Time Loves a Hero”. The citation came from a line Paul’s dad – an actor at the time – picked up at a vaudeville theater. He would often sing it around the house, so eventually Paul got hooked turned it into a song. For some time, Paul’s partner over at Better Daze Records, Roger

Glorious: “Move” – throbs with club energy

Pop singer, Livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter, Glorious, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, who has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper, Glorious recently unveiled her single “Move”. In an increasingly crowded field of urban pop artists, you may be wondering what makes Glorious worth your time. To be sure, she boasts a lot of the qualities that her peers also bring to the table. Her song is outlined with an exquisite beat, her vocals are mesmerizing, and her persona appears spectacularly captivating. Without close

Matty Marz: “dandy” – the heart and soul of a natural-born song-smith

Wildly colorful, Matty Marz is an artist who is not afraid to reveal his feelings and put them on display. His flamboyancy is a selling point, but it comes alongside a knack for ear-worms and choruses that stem from a series of bittersweet emotions. It’s clear from listening to his 10 track album “dandy” that Marz is focusing on the groundwork of his songwriting: hooks, choruses, and melodies. Things like the phrasing on the chorus lyric to “dirtbag”, and the ascending-descending melodic vocal lines on the infectious slow burner “stay”, show Matty Marz’s immense pop aptitude, which is evident on all of his tracks. Aside from his utter refusal of creative restraint and habit of imprinting our minds with his lyrically direct messages, the album reveals, from track to track, the heart and soul of a natural-born song-smith.

The double punch of “wilting rose monologue” and “I got a crush on you” comes quickly, the former sliding into a syncopated and hypnotic stomp and the kind of memorable chorus that even haters will find impossible to ignore, while the latter alternates between trippy whispering verses and an explicit chorus that highlights Marz’s spiraling vocal tones and falsetto.

Best of all, they keep the grandiosity to a minimum, instead relying on their effortless melodies and coming out the better for it. “slow motion” is one of the best songs on the album – it is a deeply emotional track that showcases Marz’s vulnerable vocals.

The creativity, artistry, and uniqueness of each song bring out the versatility of Matty Marz. Nothing sounds alike, especially “we the people (interlude)” and “voices in my head”. The former upbeat and banging, infused with vibrant electronics.

The latter, expanding that electronics into various moods, from intimate to downright outspoken. “pretty boy” is in its own way quite meaningful on so many levels from lyrics to musicality. It is quite playful yet packs a powerful punch in making you push that replay button over and over again.

There is this perfect moment on “sober” that makes me feel so blissful I close my eyes and smile, carried away on the kind of twisted innocence that takes me back to a more decadent time in my life. It is when Marz sings the line: “You’re no fun when you’re sober, so pack up and run.”

If this were the only track on the album that was wonderful, Matty Marz would still be an extremely interesting musical figure. But so much on here is really, really good, personifying modern pop music in ways that seem to escape most other artists right now.

Matty Marz’s music tends to have storytelling aspect to it and that’s what makes it captivating and easier to listen to. Exploring a more introspective and careful style is interesting for him and does provide the dulcet reward. Marz can do no wrong for my musical taste – his songs, his voice, and the arrangements are all spot-on. This is infectious music you almost can’t help but fall in love with. It’s aesthetically attractive and his vocals are fantastic.

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