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

They Made Monsters: “Reverse the Curse” explores a variety of emotions

Steve Lock is from Swansea in Wales (UK). He has been creating music since 2007 and has been impacting the alternative indie scene with his project They Made Monsters. Merging a blend of Hip-hop, Electronic and Alternative Rock flavors, Steve has finally put together his debut album, entitled “Reverse the Curse”. It contains eight tracks that were born out of Steve’s struggles and pains – his addictive demons, the suffering of abuse and loss, and the fact of turning towards faith to overcome his personal hardships, which eventually brought him to this point. Steve’s talent as a performer is to be commended – besides his singing he has a blistering rap flow; he is an incredible storyteller, with narratives that can be both deeply personal and spiritual, and oftentimes plain entertaining.

On this debut album, Steve Lock aka They Made Monsters shows his hunger to gain respect. His songs are full of the confidence and swagger of a man on a mission who will not be stopped. He is comfortable talking about his struggles in life, and still has an uplifting message of hope for humanity brought about through his faith.

They Made Monsters bursts out of the gates here with an unstoppable power and there isn’t a single weak track in the bunch. If you consider yourself even a passing fan of underground hip hop and alternative rock and electronica you must add this album to your library immediately. Simply put, it is essential. He explores a variety of emotions on several tracks and does so effectively on the opening track.

Driven by a dominant piano, “But for the Thirst” is an exploration through the darker side of sound and is at times disturbing, as They Made Monsters layers the track with low register raps and soaring choruses. Steve compliments the rhythm and energy of the music perfectly, as he paints a clear picture of his personal experiences.

Up next is the drum and bass rhythm of “Jungle Love” (feat. Sharon O’Brien). She sings: “I won’t wait no / I have to have you / I love you ooh.” He replies: “Why don’t you just let me go now / why don’t you just let me / you won’t let me go.” Works this one out for yourself. There’s something going on here.

They Made Monsters dive right into socio-political commentary on the intense alternative rock sound of “Stir Things” (Radio Version). “They drop the bombs / tell us what’s wrong / string us along / but this time they’ve gone too far,” sings Steve. Rarely do you hear such a mix of emotional candidness, artistic vision, skill, and awareness.

There is a genuine strength to every word, as he flexes his songwriting skills, painting visions of the world that his window looks out to. The words: “Trying to find that place / that doesn’t know you well / it’s like trying to hide your face / in places where you dwell,” brings us right into the visceral blend of “Penitence”, which moves through moments of darkness and light within a pummeling alternating soundscape. This could possibly be the best track on the album.

They Made Monsters is vivid and his delivery is solid on “Time To Breathe” (feat. Sharon O’Brien) which blends an insistent beat with melodic vocals and Steve’s articulate rhymes. “You’re Precious”, sees Steve immerse himself in an alternative synthesizer fest that shuffles between tempos, moods and tones.

“Divine Interventions” balances on the border between darkwave and Motown soul in an arena-ready track with strong anthemic and spiritual tendencies. As usual, Steve incorporates a lot of start-stop tempo changes into the track to keep his listeners challenged. Finally the album close with a more fleshed out version of “Stir Things” (Don’t Turn Off The Light Version), which has the catchiest keyboard hooks on the entire recording.

They Made Monsters put together some fantastic production here and seriously deserves love for the amount of commitment and energy he put into making an album this well thought out and impacting, and with this much sonic variety. The release date for “Reverse the Curse” is  set for the 7th December 2018.

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