Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blacktop Daisy - Fire in the Hole

Brooklyn based indie dance-rock group, Blacktop Daisy comes out swinging with a funk and a groove that you didn't know you needed in 2017 until you needed it. With a production that gives me Giorgio Moroder meets Nile Rogers, this group is everything I need. Chance Encounter is their fourth EP release and it's packed full of amazing tracks. Even though you only get five tracks, you get an fantastic representation of what modern disco sounds like. These songs should be played opposite Sylvester and or The Bee Gees. They don't have the super up tempo vibe of an Amii Stewart or an Alicia Bridges but they've got well rounded funk and groove that's woven through every moment of the EP. The vocals are bananas. I would be remiss if I didn't say that if in listening to the tracks off the EP, I wasn't reminded a tiny bit by some of the vocals giving me some Jay Kay of Jamiroquai. I don't think that's a bad thing in the least bit. I think in the modern era of music, there aren't a whole lot of mainstream artists that can pull off that emotive feel that Jay Kay injects into his music and I'm getting the same here.

I feel like these guys came out of nowhere and I'm damn glad they did. "Fire in the Hole" is this bass heavy funk groove that just gets into your blood and eases everything out. I don't want to make cliché comparisons to being at Studio 54 or anything like that but I will say that what this track gives me is hope for a much funkier resurgence of music across the board. I don' think they're just playing some nostalgia game, I think this group is dyed in the wool, funk soldiers in the army of Disco. They love what they're doing. They're giving us synth and bass and brass and vocals that are built on such depth and have a layered harmony to them that pulls it all together. The rhythm section pulls you forward and leads the way and the song immediately hits it's stride. It's so funky and just makes you listen to it over and over.

Blacktop Daisy on the Web

iTunes: Super Deluxe EP
Amazon: Blacktop Daisy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlacktopDaisy
Instagram: @blacktopdaisy
Twitter: @blacktopdaisy
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/blacktopdaisy

Cheffery - Speherical

Dream Pop is a genre that I adore. It's ethereal and it's space-like and it's just got this vibe to it that makes me close my eyes and drift away. Artists like M83, Fuse, Tame Impala, and City Rain all have that psychedelic feel to them that elevates the genre to new levels. A relative newcomer to the genre, Sydney based, Cheffery has released his debut single and if this is the quality music he's going to be releasing into the world; he's got an incredible career ahead of him. The song has this crunchy bass line that just plucks along and sets the mood for the song and the vocals! The vocals!!! So freaking dreamy. I feel like I should be in a Dario Argento film but before the scary stuff happens or a Dino De Laurentis film with Flash Gordon or Barbarella. The song is so colorful and vibrant. It's a solid example of what Dream Pop should sound like. I can't hear any missteps in his production. It's a quality track. There's not much out there about Cheffery but I'm hoping to get to know them as an artist even more in the coming weeks.

Alessandra Grace - Something So Good

 Something So Good  --> Listen Here
"Why can’t I breathe
When I am with you
Don’t wanna let go
Of something so good"

There are few dance acts that catch me off guard and make me go, "Damn, that's a helluva song". Alessandra Grace has done that with the latest single off her forthcoming EP, "I Do It For Love". "Something So Good" is a powerful dance anthem that actually has a bit of bite to it. The lyrics are strong and they are only made more powerful by Alessandra's vocals. There's a difference between an artist that is a fantastic studio artist versus an artist that doesn't require a ton of clean up in post production and you can hear it in the vocals. The song speaks to me about relationships and love and how there are times when you just get wrapped up in all that is good and amazing about a person. You don't know how to properly express yourself and you know that if you don't hold on tight enough that it could all be taken away in a moment's notice. I think there's something special about that and it's the feeling that we all strive and want in our lives.

Alessandra is an Italian based singer/songwriter and this song was the track was selected for Vodafone Italia’s #ConnectingWithPride campaign for LGBT rights and is looking to extend to Vodafone’s global campaign. This is a huge honor as Vodafone is a HUGE organization and it means that there are a ton of people that will now have access to her music that may have not had access to it previously. The track has a tremendous amount of European market appeal and it's making strides here in the States as well and there's no surprise when you've got a voice as strong as Alessandra's.

Alessandra on the Web

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thealessandragrace
Instagram: @thealessandragrace

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tom Kiesche - I (Who Have Nothing)

There are few artists that pour themselves in their work like Tom Kiesche. I think reckless abandon is an appropriate description for the way he attacks anything he sings. These songs aren't just words he's delivering over a music track, they are him. They are parts of his soul being laid bare with a power and an intensity that few people can match. You can honestly hear every single ounce of passion he throws into his music. You can hear the lifetime of experiences he's had that have lead him to this very moment in which he delivers a performance that is nothing less than ovation worthy. I had to turn the volume down a couple of times during this recording because of how he was belting the words. You feel them. They echo in you. They touch every part of you and you are left with all that emotion that he's so freely given. This man is an entertainer. He has so much creativity coming out of him that he has to express it any way he can. Acting, writing, singing. He is the total package of creative types. And I am glad to say that on some level, I can call him an acquaintance. He's a damn fine individual and you should check out his projects and support the hell out of him.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Secret Lynx - Bones

There's something kind of lo-fi about this song and the video, specifically the video. I wish I knew more about the lo-fi movement so that I could actually make the determination that this is or is not an actual entry into that category but I digress... Secret Lynx is a band from San Diego and has been making a name for themselves around the area. This reminds me a lot of the psychedelica of the late 70s/early 80s. The Blue Oyster Cult or The Alan Parsons Project type of band. It works because it's a damn good song.

From the slow, easy progression of the song and Ronnie Dudek's vocals - this is a solid example of good indie rock. It's just wraps you up and holds you in warm blanket of sound. It's nostalgic but it's current and it's on point with where music is right now. It's got enough of that old school vibe to make it reminiscent of something you remember from a different time in your life but it's still new and innovative.

I could easily see them on tour with a band like Portugal. The Man or Deerhunter and they would be welcomed with open arms by the fan base. I want to know more about these guys. They've got a four track EP out and this is the second single from it. Ronnie's voice is magic. It has an amazing emotive quality to it and it's hearty enough to stand up to the instrumentation of the tracks. I think that it's easy to get caught up in the magic that they're creating. This is solid work and I hope they get a ton of recognition for the work they're putting in. You can get the EP from iTunes or Amazon

Secret Lynx on the Web

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/secretlynx/
Instagram: @secret_lynx
Twitter: @secret_lynx
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCONL0MGkCnpzAxrwixVsL-g

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jaded - In the Morning

This song is kind of ridiculous in the most amazing way. It's a song about being hangry but it's done in such a fantastic way that you don't even care. The vocals are so solid for a club track. It gives you enough to dance to in the club and the lyrics get embedded in your brain because they're simple enough that they will sound amazing in a club. And to top it off, this song was used on this week's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" as the music piece of an amazing jazz routine choreographed by Brian Friedman. This song has been burning up the charts in the UK and with the use of it in an American television show, I have faith that it's going to gain some traction in the US.

Nari, Jordan and Teo met there from Iran, Italy and London respectively. With their previous release grabbing tastemaker acclaim from the like of Clash Magazine, Idolator and Dancing Astronaut, their newest offering continues to be the right kind of representation for London’s scene and a celebration of proper city values; multi-ethnicity and female equality.