Thursday, September 21, 2017

Felix Hagan & The Family - HEY I WANT YOU

I was going to write a piece on this hours ago but then I started digging through their video catalog and I fell down a rabbit hole I didn't want to climb out of. Felix Hagan & The Family are a seven piece band from the UK that is one part Hedwig, one part vaudeville, one part Rocky Horror and equal parts amazing. They are incredibly theatric and they have a huge sound and amazing presence. Whether it's this song and video where you want to be in that glitter soaked fallout shelter or it's in the boxing ring in the "My Little Lusitania" video; these are the people that know how to have a good time and you want to be involved in every minute of it. Felix Hagan is a carnival barker, he's a performer, he's a storyteller and he's a wish granter as he creates music with his merry band of misfits that touches every part of you that needs to be touched. They have created music that deserves to be heard by the masses because it's good and it's fun and it's inventive. "Kiss the Misfits" is an incredible song about throwing off the shackles of what ails you and finding your place along the lost and the cast offs and being one with your people in a world that doesn't understand you.

But let's talk about the latest single off their forthcoming album. "HEY I WANT YOU" is a country twinged, party, rock song that comes screaming out of the gate and doesn't stop until you're in a writhing mass of sweat and heaving bosoms on the floor. It's a song that makes you want to dance and have a good time and it seems to be a recurring theme among their music. They just want to curate an experience and take you on a journey outside yourself that helps you escape the mundane and the soul crushing existence that this world can sometimes be and I, for one, am all for it. They've got a pretty impressive back catalog on their Bandcamp and it is my sincerest desire to purchase their entire library so I can become more fully immersed into the legacy and the legion that are fans of The Family. The vocals are amazing. The production is out of this world and I cannot wait to hear what the rest of this album sounds like.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Gigi Edgley - Closer

I honestly didn't know that Gigi had recorded music. Once I heard this track, I knew that it was an amazing thing that she did/does record music. Her voice is so cool and this song is one of the coolest things I've heard in a while. The video is amazingly sci-fi and fits into her already established fan base but the fact that it's a good, and I mean really good, future pop song only helps solidify her as an artist in the genre, not just an actress that wants to record an album. Visually, the video is gorgeous. Thematically, it's super cool and it fits with the electro vibe of the song seamlessly. I want to hear more from her. I want to see more videos. Hell, I want to see her perform at DragonCon next year on one of the big stages to an audience full of Gigi fans screaming her name and chanting the lyrics.

Having the opportunity to meet her in 2012 was one of my greatest fan moments and she gave me an incredible hug that meant the world. She let me share my experiences with her and we had a small moment that I cherish forever. Now, hearing her sing, I have a new appreciation for her and I think that this is going to add a lot to her repertoire as an artist and a performer.

TyC - Now or Later (f. Sonny Step)

Every so often, a song comes along that is so sultry, so sexy that it makes me stop all that I'm doing so I can just dive into the groove. Producer TyC has done that with Philadelphia based soul singer, Sonny Step in a new single called, 'Now or Later'. This song is so smooth and sexy that it's got more game than most people I see in clubs put together. It starts out slow and easy and builds into a slow burn that takes your breath and by the time the chorus hits, you are under it's spell. It takes a hold of you and spins you around and makes you all light headed and is definitely a song that can get things started. It's been since Jodeci or Johnny Gill since I've heard a song this smooth. Sonny's voice is the perfect complement to the production work laid down by TyC and if this is the quality of work they can put out together; they are a powerhouse duo that can set the scene on fire. I really, really dig this song and can't wait to hear more of what they have to offer as a team.

I don't want to talk too much about the track because I want it to speak for itself but trust me when I say that this is one of the coolest songs I've had the opportunity to write about in a long time.

Friday, September 15, 2017

JUDAS - Ceasefire

Solid pop rock doesn't come along too often and when it does, you should grab ahold of it and not let it go. London based quartet, JUDAS has released their latest single after coming off a tour of amazing headlining dates at festivals around the UK.

Cutting through the press bits and the standard blog talk bout this group, this song is really amazing. It's a fantastic commentary about dating in today's society where we all have had one too many bad experiences and how we are all so guarded in that we don't want to divulge too much of ourselves because we will invariably get hurt. We are so protected and we don't want to put ourselves out there but every now and then, we are met with someone that just wants to be let in and be part of something bigger. They want to get to know us and they want to drop all the pretense and the agendas. They come to us bearing open arms and no ill will but we are still apprehensive.

This is a beautiful musical allegory about modern experiences and it's so well put together. Musically it's got one of the catchiest beats I've heard in a very long time. Vocally, this is one of the tightest vocal productions. The way the song builds into the chorus is brilliant and it makes you want to listen to the track over and over. If this is an example of what JUDAS has to offer, I want to hear much more from them. There are so many artists they can be compared to but I feel like they have the talent to stand on their own without comparison to other artists. They are creating their own path and making music that will take them to the next level, artistically. If they are able to continue writing music that has a universal appeal and taps into experiences we've all shared, they are going to rise quickly to become one of the biggest groups in the game.

JUDAS on the Web

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lucky Thief - Equator

There's an undercurrent of violence in this track that's both sexy and the smallest bit unnerving. Like you're not sure just how rough the sex you've just consented to is going to be but you're damn sure willing and ready to find out. One of my favorite songs of all time is 'Sex Type Thing' by Stone Temple Pilots and this song and video give me the exact same rush of emotion that I had when I experienced STP for the first time. It's a combination of the plucky bass and Thief's voice and the percussion. It gives the song this tension that fills the room and it's good. Music should have this type of effect on you. You should feel something. You should let it worm it's way into you and it finds a place to live. This song does that. It makes it's home in some of the darker recesses of your mind and I don't mind it at all.

There is a power in this song. In the performance and in the fact that all parts have been sung and recorded by Lucky Thief. From the percussion to the guitars and everything in between. There is definitely something to be said about being able to do all those things and be in complete control of your creativity. It says a lot because it gives you the freedom to express yourself as you feel the need to without compromising your morals or beliefs. I think this is the beginning of amazing things for this young man and I think that he is going to continue to create music that makes you feel alive and experience those parts of ourselves that we relegate to the darker areas of life.

Lucky Thief on the Web

Sofi Tukker - Best Friend (f. NERVO, The Knocks, Alisa Ueno)

THIS! THIS! THIS! This song is some of the hottest shit I've heard in a long time. But when you look at who all is involved, it's absolutely impossible for it to not just be fire. Sofi Tukker, NERVO, The Knocks, and Alisa Ueno all together on one track makes an amazingly strong powerhouse of creativity and I know that I'm just kind of stuttering and repeating myself but I mean..... just listen to it. From the track to the vocals and the lyrical content to every single piece of this song as it's put together. The only thing I have issue with is that it's not nearly long enough. It's a 3 minute song but it should be at least that and then some. The groove that this song lays down is one of the craziest I've heard in a long time. Sofi Tukker and NERVO both have worked with Scissor Sisters in the past so you KNOW that I am all about them. The Knocks is one of the most prominent production teams in music today. I've been in love with them since I saw them on tour with Alex Clare. I can't even express properly how amazing this song is. Just listen to it and you will be wrapped up in the vibe. It's not hard to see why Apple decided to use it in the launch of the iPhone X because this song is so vibrant and dynamic.