Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:34:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dan Oz: “Cave Drops” – The production is minimal but jaw-dropping http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dan-oz-cave-drops-production-minimal-jaw-dropping http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dan-oz-cave-drops-production-minimal-jaw-dropping#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:34:05 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29187 Let me set a scene: The sun is shining, the reasonably warm air is crisp and refreshing, the cruel winds are nowhere to be found. You put your headphones in and start walking towards the beachfront with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, rejuvenated by the rare taste of enjoyable […]

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Let me set a scene: The sun is shining, the reasonably warm air is crisp and refreshing, the cruel winds are nowhere to be found. You put your headphones in and start walking towards the beachfront with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, rejuvenated by the rare taste of enjoyable weather and a feeling of freedom. Now, what song should be the soundtrack to your unexpectedly pleasant walk? Maybe something jaunty to fit your upbeat mood. Well shake up the soundtrack to your sunny walk with “Cave Drops” by Dan Oz.

Dan Oz, who started piano lessons at the age of 8, is an Australian DJ, producer, keyboardist and finger drummer who grew up on the Gold Coast and is now living in Sydney. Dan Oz produces and plays live on keyboard a variety of electronic dance music from trance to house to dubstep and much more.

“Cave Drops” is jubilant, and you will be too as it sweeps you up with its funky-disco bass opening and transforms your walk into a bright, lively, and  deep tropical house experience. Don’t blame me if you catch yourself bouncing along the beachfront with a dopey smile on your face– blame Dan Oz.

I know I keep coming back to this beach thing, but to paint a clearer picture for you, Dan Oz’s music is full of airy, upbeat twinkling synth sounds and thumping groovy basslines that make you want to throw on a backpack and hike along the beach while making your way down highway one, with the sun rising cinematically in the background.

His music is packed with those positive sunny vibes mixed with the after hour sounds of deep house. “Cave Drops” could be in perfect sync with dramatic cryo cannons and Technicolor lasers if it wants to. The production is minimal but jaw-dropping, literally. It’s the classic clichéd case of ‘less is more’.

The track is instrumentally driven with some adlib vocal samples just to add some earthy textures to the proceedings. Production wise the song is excellent, and it should be since it’s hardly difficult to muck up a house track. The beat is wholesome and deep, the sounds pretty crisp and the song has clearly been mastered competently.

The synths possess life and individuality with sparkling timbres and tones. And though the beat is obviously predictable, each progression is inspired. Dan Oz takes his music in a slightly different direction than the usual beaten track, and still is able to deliver a strong musical effort for the masses.

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IJK: “Dancing Shadows” is aimed to shakes things up! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ijk-dancing-shadows-aimed-shakes-things http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ijk-dancing-shadows-aimed-shakes-things#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:28:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29183 “Dancing Shadows” is the latest single by Dubai based rock artist, IJK (Imad Jack Karam). The track released on June 12th 2017 was produced in London and is supported by a video clip available for viewing on YouTube. IJK is a one-man army in the musical field. His style is very retro ’70s, mixed with ’80s guitar […]

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“Dancing Shadows” is the latest single by Dubai based rock artist, IJK (Imad Jack Karam). The track released on June 12th 2017 was produced in London and is supported by a video clip available for viewing on YouTube. IJK is a one-man army in the musical field. His style is very retro ’70s, mixed with ’80s guitar riffs, and edgy modern electronic, his songs are highly polished, perfectly produced tracks that defy age or genre.

There is something to be said for IJK’s mix of styles, smooth vocals, and refusal to make bland, generic, contemporary music. His tracks are like a bag of pick and mix: full of variety, sweet to taste, and will make listeners remember the golden age of radio rock with fondness. On top of it, “Dancing Shadows” is both radio and club friendly and will make people want to dance. The guitar riffs will please the Rock fans, while the Pop fans will love IJK’s distinctive voice.

Rock is making a much due comeback to mainstream. Although, many may consider IJK alternative rock, “Dancing Shadows” is fun, entertaining and most of all a rocking pop sensible track! From the outset, it is clear that IJK aimed to shakes things up on this recording, which bursts with an incandescent vitality.

From the very first bar a Middle Eastern artist soon finds himself slipping on what sounds like his most comfortable shoes following a catchy and memorable stroll down this soundtrack’s pop-rock avenue.

Recorded and Produced by Peter Larsen at Peter Larsen Studio London, UK, “Dancing Shadows” needs no introduction, with its immediate riff, thumping bass, and chorus hook. It is an emotional, raw, yet polished and genuine piece of music, and a fine example of the musical talent to be found in the Middle Eastern region, often obscure to us.

The lyrics of the song emphasize the importance of putting worries aside and dancing with life, and IJK makes it all believable and work, with a retrofitted groove that could easily be mistaken for an early INXS styled hit – if only for the crunchy guitar riffs that add perfect power pop aggression to the track.  If you want to hear the depth of IJK‘s musical inspiration, this should be your next purchase

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Nicki Kris: “Captain America” – more than just patriotism http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/nicki-kris-captain-america-just-patriotism http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/nicki-kris-captain-america-just-patriotism#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:11:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29178 Based in Raleigh, North Carolina Nicki Kris is a singer-songwriter based who has had her songs have been featured in award-winning movies, TV shows, and on radio stations worldwide, and she has also been on the official ballot for the Grammy Awards for the past four years, since her debut album release, “I Come Alive”, […]

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Based in Raleigh, North Carolina Nicki Kris is a singer-songwriter based who has had her songs have been featured in award-winning movies, TV shows, and on radio stations worldwide, and she has also been on the official ballot for the Grammy Awards for the past four years, since her debut album release, “I Come Alive”, in 2013. The active voting member of The Recording Academy is currently working on multiple projects, and has released her brand new 2017 single, “Captain America”, which she describes as a patriotic song asking each of us to find our inner superhero, capable of kindness, courage, tolerance or anything else it takes to make a positive difference in American lives today. “Patriotism is the love of one’s country and the willingness to sacrifice for it,” says Nicki, continuing, “Captain America is the true Patriotic – Super Solider. I am Captain America… are you?”

Without the need of getting too wordy or descriptive, let me put it this way: Nicki Kris has turned out her most musically mature and emotionally moving effort to date. With the release of Captain America, Nicki continues to enchant her most loyal fans, as well as make plenty of new ones along the way.

There’s a swaying magic to hearing Nicki sing “Created to stand the test of time / A solider who could get behind enemy lines / He believes that peace will find a way / Where is Captain America to save today” in an uplifting canter which is quite honestly, both inspiring and heart-warming.

I think everyone can relate to the caring lyrics in this song, which are as essential as the air we breathe, if we’re to live a dignified lifestyle. Well produced “Captain America” is really a back-to-basics, mid-tempo pop anthem that has a lilting melody with a hook-filled chorus that’s a pleasure to hear.

That’s the thing about Nicki’s songs at this point in her career; she has a propensity for weaving charming melodies that stick in your brain along with the honest lyrical webs which become tangled within your heart and won’t let go.

The musicianship excels once again, as it has on all of Nicki Kris’ releases thus far, and the production manages to capture both the subtle huskiness and the smooth suppleness of Nicki’s voice, as she uses these extremes to serve expressive ends.

An excellent recording process allowed for sharp, crisp music and crystal clear vocals. Making the track a stunning showcase for the singer’s unique voice and powerful songwriting which has a true sense of herself – something that has always been found in all her music.

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Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine June 2017 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-june-2017 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-june-2017#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:26:16 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29175 The June 2017 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – Boy Eats Girl, Dezzyano, Lyrics Of Two, J-Luck, Steady Work, Fr33-Dom, Shutterwax, Reverse Mechanic, The Blue Phoenix, Karma Butler, Grant Maloy Smith, Black Malachite, Recklous, Figure 8, SaFe, DAV!D&CLARA, Danny Baxley, Bigfoot Barefoot, Pool Moon Elephant, Toni Castells  – Jamsphere […]

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The June 2017 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – Boy Eats Girl, Dezzyano, Lyrics Of Two, J-Luck, Steady Work, Fr33-Dom, Shutterwax, Reverse Mechanic, The Blue Phoenix, Karma Butler, Grant Maloy Smith, Black Malachite, Recklous, Figure 8, SaFe, DAV!D&CLARA, Danny Baxley, Bigfoot Barefoot, Pool Moon Elephant, Toni Castells  –

Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all genres. Every month we choose the cream of the crop for our magazine, ready for digital download or to be delivered as a physical printed copy right to your door. Copies are also distributed to industry professionals and music’s top tastemakers, as we continue our quest to make indie irresistible!

Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine June 2017

By Rick Jamm in JAMSPHERE Indie Music Magazine

48 pages, published 6/27/2017

The June 2017 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – Boy Eats Girl, Dezzyano, Lyrics Of Two, J-Luck, Steady Work, Fr33-Dom, Shutterwax, Reverse Mechanic, The Blue Phoenix, Karma Butler, Grant Maloy Smith, Black Malachite, Recklous, Figure 8, SaFe, DAV!D&CLARA, Danny Baxley, Bigfoot Barefoot, Pool Moon Elephant, Toni Castells -Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent…

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BARNLIFE MUSIC GROUP Presents TIGGY – “AIR TO THE STREETS” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/barnlife-music-group-presents-tiggy-air-streets http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/barnlife-music-group-presents-tiggy-air-streets#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:06:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29172 BARNLIFE MUSIC GROUP’s recording artist TIGGY presents his debut project titled “AIR TO THE STREETS”. The artist currently resides in Bennettsville SC. This project displays versatility with a mix of smooth laid-back tracks and mid to up tempo aggressive tracks. Touching on current situations and expressing different emotions through the production created by himself and […]

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BARNLIFE MUSIC GROUP’s recording artist TIGGY presents his debut project titled “AIR TO THE STREETS”. The artist currently resides in Bennettsville SC. This project displays versatility with a mix of smooth laid-back tracks and mid to up tempo aggressive tracks. Touching on current situations and expressing different emotions through the production created by himself and KG4HUNNID from Bennettsville SC. AIR TO THE STREETS brings that breathe of fresh air. It is a new sound that any level of music fan can listen and dance too. With the release of this project TIGGY hopes to give listeners a better understanding of himself and his unique sound.

Links:

Download Air To The Streets: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_Gy5GHaEjkHUEVBUVF5bHVndTA/view?usp=sharing

Facebook: www.facebook.com/barnlife_tiggy

Purchase Air To The Streets: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1246016694?ls=1&app=itunes

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/yaboytiggy

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkjmMba1rcZviurekZ56EeVQguFJqbUHz

Spinrilla Link: https://www.spinrilla.com/songs/1216876-tiggy-story-time

Instagram: www.instagram.com/barnlife_tiggy

Email: booktiggy@gmail.com

Twitter: @blmgtiggy   | Snapchat: @BLMGtiggy   | Cell: (843)-862-9082

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Owl Company: “Horizon” – pounding rhythms and roaring vocals http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/owl-company-horizon-pounding-rhythms-roaring-vocals http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/owl-company-horizon-pounding-rhythms-roaring-vocals#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:12:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29155 Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their […]

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Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The release of the album will be followed by tours of the USA and Europe, introducing Felipe Ruiz (Guitars), Enrico Minelli (Vocals), Fabio Yamamoto (Bass) and Thiago Biasoli (Drums) to the world’s hard rock sanctuaries.

Once every year two, I pick up an album that is so good it dominates my music preference for weeks or even months on end because it’s so captivating, and nearly every song is a gem. “Horizon” is one of those albums.

Right from the beginning, you know this album is going make you want to wreck your neck. Opening with the blistering track “Celebrate and Kneel” which comes just after the intro, and then just not stopping until track 4, where they blindside you with the Blues infested “Riddles”.

In between, the first three tracks are masterpieces of the hard-rock genre, especially the steady pounding rhythm and roaring vocal on “Ain’t Time For This”. This album is laced with monstrous compositions creating the perfect brooding atmosphere to match the emotional content of the lyrics.

 This emerges brilliantly on “Black n’ Blue” and “Bullet Proof Innocence”, where again Enrico Minelli forges his blow torch vocals. But these tracks also provide the backdrop for drummer Thiago Biasoli to carve out blistering rhythms and rolls.

There is no possible way that Minelli can be accused of being a one-dimensional or even two-dimensional rock singer, as “Caged Emotions” takes into the 3rd dimension. This is probably his best performance on the entire album.

Adding more rasp and grit to his singing, while incorporating throat-lacerating roars, he stays true to form with an emotionally-charged, breathtaking performance from start to finish. Owl Company has tapped into its full potential on “Horizon”, and it really shows when the album is heard in order, from beginning to end.

And just in case you didn’t pay attention before, grab a load of Felipe Ruiz’s guitar riffs and solo, as well as Fabio Yamamoto’s basslines on “Underdog”. Both are at the top of their game here, but they make just as much of an impression on “Deathrow”.

Owl Company is capable of moving through face-melting anthems, into intensely groovy rock levels which burst in and out from melodic to chaotic inflammation. It’s pure and rough rock n’ roll, with well written lyrics that express inner thoughts and rebellion, to which the band adds soaring, catchy choruses together with the crunching riffs and grinding rhythms all deftly laid down.

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Franki Love: “OTIAS” – the tones and moods swirl and shift ominously on the record http://jamsphere.com/reviews/franki-love-otias-tones-moods-swirl-shift-ominously-record http://jamsphere.com/reviews/franki-love-otias-tones-moods-swirl-shift-ominously-record#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:23:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29148 Released on February  1st 2017, by Franki Love, the album title “OTIAS”, is actually the singer-songwriter’s mother’s maiden name spelled backwards. The 10 track album includes 3 songs produced by Grammy award winning David Kershenbaum, 5 songs produced by Jeremy Dawson (Shiny Toy Guns) and 2 songs produced by Franki Love herself. Franki, who was mentored by music producer Phil Ramone, […]

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Released on February  1st 2017, by Franki Love, the album title “OTIAS”, is actually the singer-songwriter’s mother’s maiden name spelled backwards. The 10 track album includes 3 songs produced by Grammy award winning David Kershenbaum, 5 songs produced by Jeremy Dawson (Shiny Toy Guns) and 2 songs produced by Franki Love herself. Franki, who was mentored by music producer Phil Ramone, who encouraged her to start writing the album after her mom passed away, described the album as: “It’s my Mom having cancer, then being cancer free then having cancer again . . .then my Mom dying in my arms….my mentor Phil Ramone encouraging me to write at the piano after my Mom passing away……Phil dying….me spending difficult days and nights at the piano…. Writing, writing, writing. . . crying…”

No one familiar with the forceful emotional perspective driving the lyrical content of Franki Love’s album should be surprised by the suggestive tunes that populate the recording. Typical instrumentation and arrangements universally associated with the most elemental of musical genres are smartly layered by the production of each song, who sand some of the heavier layers off.

Though only to bring into focus the propulsive swell over which Franki’s lyrics confront the listener in a seductive growl, plaintive wail, or exquisite roar. Her nuanced, sensitive vocal performance characterizing her creations are transformed alternately into a vehicle through which flows some things sad and some things hopeful.

Listeners will flocked to this recording due to the well-orchestrated, fluidly percussive pull of track s such “Walking Wounded” and “Crazy Night”, while songs like “First Degree” and “Dreams” possess their own level of elegance.

Elsewhere though it’s the tracks that sound possessed and animated by the primal tones of Franki Love’s exploding heart, and sustained piano chords, that ultimately will captivate listeners forever. These defining and distinguishing gems abound throughout the album and include “Notes”, “Truth”, “Hearts”, and “One Light”.

“OTIAS” is moody, morose, and sophisticated, emotionally raw, and thematically consistent. A classically trained pianist, who began playing the instrument at the age of 4, Franki Love’s lyrics are incredibly articulate, fresh and poetic, as the tones and moods swirl and shift ominously on the record.

The intravenous emotion of every song is always ornamented and tempered by her lovely voice or piano. She’s in control, but feels every little thing in her world, when the essence of pain, love, and hope finally stop grinding against each other and meld into one single emotion.

The warm production creates a session-like feel, as if Franki is locked away inside some tapestry-draped hideaway only accessible to outsiders through direct auditory input. “OTIAS” comes across as product of necessity, both creative and physical.

It is appealing; in fact, it’s downright gorgeous in its own bittersweet way, a musical vivisection in which Franki Love’s turns her personal world inside out to examine wounds both gaping and calcified. And mainly to caress and heal them wherever she can.

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Firstdub – a music platform Buy and Sell Music Online http://jamsphere.com/news/firstdub-music-platform-buy-sell-music-online http://jamsphere.com/news/firstdub-music-platform-buy-sell-music-online#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:23:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29141 Firstdub is a music platform for producers, musicians and vocalists to upload, promote and sell their beats, instrumentals and songs, either direct from Firstdub website or anywhere online with their music store. For film-makers, games developers, songwriters and the public, Firstdub offers a large and diverse library of copyrighted and royalty free music, uploaded by […]

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Firstdub is a music platform for producers, musicians and vocalists to upload, promote and sell their beats, instrumentals and songs, either direct from Firstdub website or anywhere online with their music store.

For film-makers, games developers, songwriters and the public, Firstdub offers a large and diverse library of copyrighted and royalty free music, uploaded by known and up and coming artist of all music genres and from across the world.

For artists it is free to upload music to Firstdub and they keep all their copyrights, set the sale price to their music and get paid instantly on every sale. Artists also receive production credits and earn an additional income from publishing royalties when their music is used on radio, television, video games, apps or in any broadcast and production.

Firstdub offers a great opportunity for producers, musicians and vocalists to expand their audience, share their music store online and generate an income from their musical endeavors.

For Music Buyers, Firstdub offers ‘Music for all Media’.

To learn more, visit Firstdub.com

The website also has a detailed FAQ page which is immensely useful.

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The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” grab your attention and holds it there! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/valium-amazing-breakdowns-grab-attention-holds http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/valium-amazing-breakdowns-grab-attention-holds#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:43:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29136 The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one […]

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The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some other current band cover any song on this album and make it sound as good as the original. There are too many elements that need to be covered.

Marco Sabino sings in a way that can be angry, alluring, and awe inspiring all at once – this singular blend is evident on “I Hate You” – while still containing biting force and personal introspection as he does on “Ballad Of The Gypsy”.

Many of these songs can go from sounding as melodic, spacey and godly as a psychedelic rock anthem – cases in point “Dare Love” and “Soul Sister” – to as raw and raucous as any rock n’ roll or hardcore punk song you have ever laid your ears upon – pay particular attention to “Communication” and “Emily Davies” in this sense. These songs are actually all self-contained stories which guide the listener on parallel journeys through the album.

Each song, never remains set in any one boundary, constantly taking chances by doing different things. That’s why they grab your attention and hold it there. The above affirmations are particularly true of “Like Wonder” and “The Cinematic Spectacle”. At the same time The Valium is pretty excellent at manufacturing melodies that accurately compliment the lyrics and beats. All have bite to them, making it extremely difficult for someone to lose attention.

“Amazing Breakdowns” nurtures a beautiful breed of melody and rhythm, while The Valium is quintessentially a postmodern alternative group, one that delights in walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection.

They are able to accomplish this via five fundamental pieces of musical weaponry – Marco Sabino (Vocals), Luigi Sabino (Guitar /Backing Vocals), Luca Maresca (Guitar /Backing Vocals), Mariano Lepore (Bass /Backing Vocals) and Dado Maresca (Drums).

Two years in the making, and counting three mixes in different parts of the world – If you are into indie rock, alternative rock, punk rock, or just about any genre that contains the four-letter word, R-O-C-K,  “Amazing Breakdowns” is a must own album .

MORE ABOUT: The Valium is a five piece rock n’ roll band from Salerno, Italy. Since their debut with Warner Chappell in 2010, the band has been recognized as the starter of New Beat, an offbeat merger of power pop, garage punk and Italian 60’s rock vibes. The Valium have toured all around Italy for years and have captured attention through songs like ‘L’Infedele‘, ‘Lucienne‘, and ‘Io Sono un Punk‘, which gathered massive success being aired on radio and TV shows. In  2015, the need of being understood by a wider audience, persuaded the band to release music in English, hence their latest album, ‘AMAZING BREAKDOWNS’, out on  XXXV (Giorgio Ciccarelli, Baba Sissoko, Nicodemo, Garbo & Luca Urbani)  and anticipated  by the first single ‘I Hate You’. The VALIUM is currently set to tour Europe.

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Newborn: “Honey Trap” – an Indie-Pop flavor marked by distinct vocals http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/newborn-honey-trap-indie-pop-flavor-marked-distinct-vocals http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/newborn-honey-trap-indie-pop-flavor-marked-distinct-vocals#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:18:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29129 The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their […]

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The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date.

The result is a cohesive, Indie-Pop flavor marked by James’s distinct voice and melodic composition. Unified by their singular vision, the band creates a sound that is a both familiar and nostalgic nod to the mainstream radio charts. The song is as much a resounding nod towards female empowerment, as it is a wake-up call to the workings of the music industry and its hype machine.

“Honey Trap” is an understated and charming production of acoustic driven indie rock, pop riffs cresting a summery melody and shimmering streaks of reverb. It even includes a just-about-danceable dash of rhythm with a glammy hook in the chorus.

The way Allen James sings throughout—the break in his voice, the curve in his lower register to the ache at the top—is just as interesting as what he’s singing about.  The song is also an excellent example of how one tastefully adorns a clean-cut mid-tempo pop-rock song with studio wizardry without plasticizing its emotions or chilling any of its warmth.

The track has a catchy, elegant melody almost reminiscent of a variety show act, as it plays out the storyline. The guitar and drums also go to interesting places during the song. The chances the band took here with this molten smooth sound are obviously aimed at creating opportunities for interesting, unexpected moments in the foreseeable future.

The soothing, warm melody, or the band’s clever narrative – the combination is something of a perfect alchemy – the apex of the track’s desire seems to want to stretch Newborn’s sound further mainstream than anything they’ve ever gone before. The most appealing thing about “Honey Trap” at the first instant is Newborn’s ability to create such a remarkably pure melody…very pure, indeed as pure as anything the Beatles have done.

All things said, Newborn have cleverly crafted various eras of music into a short, three-minute song, without sounding like a rip-off of other band. They have merged idiosyncratic creative spark, with cool, connected, song-craft.

Of course any change of direction by any band will always challenge their fan-base who will inevitably have contrasting opinions about any evolution regardless of the direction taken. I suspect that once Newborn hit the high-end of the charts, that any potential debate will be over!

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Dr Days Junction: “EP” – a consistent purveyor of solid, groove-ready soul-funk http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dr-days-junction-ep-consistent-purveyor-solid-groove-ready-soul-funk http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dr-days-junction-ep-consistent-purveyor-solid-groove-ready-soul-funk#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:06:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29124 Dr Days Junction is a 5 piece Bristol-based band named after an abandoned railway station. Currently working on a full album set to be recorded during the winter of 2017, the band fuses Funk, Soul, Disco and Hip Hop into their unique template. Fairly new to the industry as a unit, Dr Days Junction has […]

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Dr Days Junction is a 5 piece Bristol-based band named after an abandoned railway station. Currently working on a full album set to be recorded during the winter of 2017, the band fuses Funk, Soul, Disco and Hip Hop into their unique template. Fairly new to the industry as a unit, Dr Days Junction has already performed on the main stages of large UK festivals, The Bristol Music Show on BCFM Radio, and some other famous venues. In anticipation of their upcoming album, fans can stream and download the band’s latest 7 track recording simply called “EP”.

One may ask how a band who plays real instruments still manages to survive, in a world dominated by computer generated sounds. For an answer, you need look no further than this funky ensemble, a band that has plenty of gas in its tank, and who are producing uncompromising music for its fan base.

The UK-based ensemble of collective are groove masters to be sure. But it is the band’s special brand of soul and funk that resonates under the guidance of Michael Piper (Saxophone), Andrzej Posmyk (Guitar), Dean Stone (Bass), Limun Lau (Vocals) and Tom Newport (Drums). Their funk frosted beats are emphatically stamped on this recording and are relevant in today’s urban market.

Limun Lau’s creamy vocals ooze a sweet aroma on “Shadows” with its swooping sax and precision bass. The warm tones of Posmyk’s guitar wraps around “Hush,” a song that beckons back to seventies.  Lau pours her heart out on “Rise Again,” another mid-tempo knee-deep-in-funk jam, anchored by Tom’s exquisitely tasteful drumming and Posmyk’s jangly guitar-strumming.

“Leap” is the strongest demonstration of interwoven guitar and bass patterns in an almost Ska rhythm, where one instrument will allow the other to perform their nuances before coming together as a formidable force.

All throughout the virtuoso guitar and bass playing joins magically, creating a vibrant blend of musicianship, while Michael Piper’s saxophone adds a touch of tranquility within these songs.

“EP” for the most part is a recording which Dr Days Junction can be proud of. In amongst the sterling work of its musicians, the structure of the songs and the ability to create some of the finest soul and funk currently around, Dr Days Junction have proved that they are one of the more relevant real live bands on the scene.

Impervious to the ups and downs that often dog other live acts, Dr Days Junction is a consistent purveyor of solid, groove-ready soul-funk, and more. “EP” never needs to go searching for a feel-good groove and rhythms, because the members of Dr Days Junction are naturals at creating them.

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Gloom Influx: “First LP” – a synthwave album that harnesses and refines the usual tropes of the genre http://jamsphere.com/reviews/gloom-influx-first-lp-synthwave-album-harnesses-refines-usual-tropes-genre http://jamsphere.com/reviews/gloom-influx-first-lp-synthwave-album-harnesses-refines-usual-tropes-genre#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:21:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29119 Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space […]

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Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave or someone who likes metal and is looking for a different take on the genre, you’ll probably be glad you did.

Gloom Influx actually manages to overcome my inherent aversion to retro-synthesizer generated tonalities with the album “First LP”. Inspired by a passion for ‘80s sci-fi action movies and metal music, Gloom Influx latest recording takes all of the successful elements of this genre and amps up the intensity.

From start to finish, this album excels at immersing the listener into the world of Luc Leclerc.  The album opens with “Entropy,” a fast-paced and melodic introduction that nails part of the tone of the record and builds to a fascinating climax.  “Transient” showcases the ominous atmosphere of Gloom Influx’s world, looping the listener into a nostalgic within a vast world or growling synths and pumping basslines.

The album artwork

The album artwork

The next track, “Afterimage” is a brilliant interpretation of what the rave culture might sound like in 2045 with a driving disco beat from 1985. “Obsidiane” is easily one of the album’s standout tracks, calling to mind artists like Depeche Mode and Purity Ring with its chilling synth melody.

It is one of those easily relatable moments on the record that ultimately also serves as one of Gloom Influx most endearing compositions…along with the bonecrushing “Checkpoint” of course. “Anodizer” and “Aeons” thrust the listener on an intense roller-coaster thrill-ride through “First LP”.

The album stunner, for me, is the closer “Metropolis” a steady sonic chase that features some creative synth layering, arpeggios and drum machine rhythms that thrusting the listener on a sonic journey as the tension builds and expands with ever increasing sounds shifting in and out of the soundscape.

Whether you buy into this genre or not, Gloom Influx’s music accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do in spades. It captures the listener in the clutches of Luc Leclerc’s fictional world. It succeeds as a well-produced, synthwave album that not only harnesses but also refines the usual tropes of the genre.

And above all it’s a joy to listen to, especially for fans of retro ‘80s sci-fi films, metal music, and video games. As a composer, Luc Leclerc has an immaculate attention to detail in the layering of his songs and it truly seats him well above his peers in the synthwave genre.

“First LP” sounds like the culmination of all of Gloom Influx’s sonic achievements, a soundtrack to a time when movies and videogames had a whole different significance in relation to today’s internet and social network-driven age.

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Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – there’s no denying the passion in creation! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jigsaw-man-no-home-theres-no-denying-passion-creation http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jigsaw-man-no-home-theres-no-denying-passion-creation#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:35:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29115 The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong […]

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The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a child, Faulkner – a full-time musician – is a regular on the East Midlands gig circuit. The self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones marks a chance to explore different playing and recording techniques as well as new directions for his sound.

Unfashionable as it may seem, there are still plenty of people interested in shit-kicking stoner rock songs that sound as good in an arena as they do on a bar jukebox, and Jigsaw Man has all the ability to scratch that particular itch on the opening track “Gathering Dust”. However it quickly becomes apparent that Faulkner’s songwriting exists in a space between two poles.

There are unearthly heavy head-shaking influences that come all the way from the likes of Zeppelin to QOTSA on one side, and mind-twisting cool-guy creatives like Beck on the other. Part of Jigsaw Man’s charm comes from a refusal to ever fully commit to either, and he tends towards both on this EP.

“Out West” cuts hard toward the latter end of the spectrum. But it’s “1000 Apologies” that intrigues me most. “Took all the time to realize why, we all left a place fallen from grace,” Faulkner sings in the first line, and those words are probably enough to conjure the mindset we’re working in here.

The real surprise though, comes from the final track, “My Dungarees”, which sounds like some southern-fried, barnyard rock n’ roll stomper. It’s a completely different kettle of fish compared to the other song – hell it doesn’t even sound like Faulkner singing – and depending on your personal tastes you will either love or hate it.

As explained by the artist himself ‘No Home’ is an intensely personal record. I just can’t figure out how his Dungarees fit into that equation! Well actually it does, but not as comfortably as the musical scenario of tracks like “Gathering Dust” or “1000 Apologies”, which to my mind, represents Jigsaw Man’s inherent talents so much better.

All throughout the recording, Jigsaw Man’s tasty guitar work and vocals definitely add something special to each track. Though the mood can turn a bit melancholy at times, there’s no denying the passion in creation put toward this EP by Steven Faulkner.

‘No Home’ comes off as a timeless piece of music that would retain relevance in any era, as Jigsaw Man never ties himself to any one pole within his musical spectrum. The debut EP “No Home” by Jigsaw Man is released on July 7th via Spotify & iTunes!

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DJ DezZ: “SometimeZ” – Playful and sophisticated http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dj-dezz-sometimez-playful-sophisticated http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dj-dezz-sometimez-playful-sophisticated#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:31:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29110 Fast forward a quarter of a century and the phrase ‘Deep House’ has become to mean something completely different from its first incarnation during the halcyon days of house. It’s hard to move in the overpopulated market of all things ‘deep’ these days, but in amongst the monotony of the same old EDM samples and […]

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Fast forward a quarter of a century and the phrase ‘Deep House’ has become to mean something completely different from its first incarnation during the halcyon days of house. It’s hard to move in the overpopulated market of all things ‘deep’ these days, but in amongst the monotony of the same old EDM samples and generic preset bass lines are a number of artists that really are able to tickle your fancy. One such EDM producer that we believe has kept it deep, down and dirty so far in 2017, with the release of his single “SometimeZ”, is Charlie Desi aka DJ DezZ, a DJ/Producer from Boston, who loves EDM and has a dreams to headline major festivals like EDC and Ultra.  He is currently preparing his upcoming album from where the new single was lifted.

As a producer DJ DezZ really shines. Others wish that their records sounded like his: all tension, beats and space. He makes other underground house producers scurry back to the studio with their tails between their legs to re-assess their technique and skills.

DJ DezZ latest single “SometimeZ”, is another clear example of how a good producer can endlessly modify a simple template in ever more creative ways. Set around a modulating bass line and a synth sound, the track is a tour-de-force of perfectly programmed percussion and sound effects. Playful and sophisticated, but never taking its eye off the dancefloor with a banging rhythm, it is records like this that make the crowds cry out for more.

DJ DezZ twists enough nobs to make something familiar different enough for you to look at in a different way and like in a whole new way. It’s amazing. As far as those who may want to complain about this being music for the masses? Of course it is. This is business.

If you were putting your heart into making a track or album, wouldn’t you want to have as many people listen to it as possible? Please. Plain and simple, this song is a true anthem. If you have problems with the slightly repetitious nature of certain kinds of house music, “SometimeZ” is more about modulation and intensity than repetition. Sex can be repetitive, too, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun, right?

More than many would-be producers around, DJ DezZ gives the impression that he is a master at taking what might seem like a limited format and turning it into something majestic and powerful.

The beauty of DJ DezZ is he goes for that and at the same time challenges the listener in ways we’ve never thought of being challenged…through music. He has a very distinct style and seems to enjoy using various elements for musical effect. DJ DezZ makes music for the masses so the masses can think…and dance their feet off! I like that.

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Toni Castells: 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal? – a spectacular integration of classical music and electronic elements http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/toni-castells-2045-year-man-becomes-immortal-spectacular-integration-classical-music-electronic-elements http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/toni-castells-2045-year-man-becomes-immortal-spectacular-integration-classical-music-electronic-elements#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:48:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29106 Toni Castells is a Hispano-British composer currently based in London. A lecturer at Imperial College London and the London College of Music, his sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes. Castells latest musical endeavor is entitled ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ which explores […]

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Toni Castells is a Hispano-British composer currently based in London. A lecturer at Imperial College London and the London College of Music, his sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes. Castells latest musical endeavor is entitled ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ which explores the prediction by computer engineer and futurologist Ray Kurzweil that the year 2045 will see the start of a new era in which human and artificial intelligence will merge, man will cease to age and so acquire the potential to live indefinitely. In the original interview with Kurzweil published in Time Magazine, Lev Grossman writes: “To see creativity, the exclusive domain of humans, usurped by a computer built by a 17-year-old is to watch a line blur that cannot be unblurred, the line between organic intelligence and artificial intelligence.”

That ‘blurring line’ is exactly what Toni Castells brings to the 16 pieces of music forged across this recording – whether it is in the blending of electronic and organic instrumentation and samples. So what we’re presented with here is a spectacular integration of classical music, electronic elements and operatic singing, as Castells truly blurs the lines of artistic expression via the musical idiom. The composer chose to explore new ground and this was ultimately a great decision, as he has created a masterpiece in musical transformation that is just as original as it is beautiful.

Toni Castells

Toni Castells

No doubt classic music or opera purists may stick up their noses, more out of technological ignorance than out of artistic disappointment. It’s often difficult to appreciate something you do not understand, or fear to fully comprehend. Many genres of popular music have long ago been infused and even dominated by the advent of electronic elements and techniques – forced to totally resign themselves in the name of progress, like so many other things in life. Nothing stays the same forever. It was only a question of time before a composer of Toni Castells talent and courage took the challenge towards the conservative classical oeuvre.

Surprisingly, though they do exist, you will find less hard-hitting percussive phrases than you’d expect here, and when the music does exceed past the level of ‘mezzo forte’, it is extremely powerful and will invigorate your mind and soul. But the effect is almost always achieved via melodic instrumentation or dominating vocal performances, and hardly ever reliant on rhythm or percussion.

The emotion is very compelling, with pieces such as “Gold” and “The Mission” being particularly inspiring, and others such as “Nile Lilies” and “Love Overcomes All Things” almost pulling you to reach out and embrace those you love.

This listening order should be taken seriously, as the evolving textures and moods created are essential to the story development.  Yet every composition has so much intrinsic potential, that it can be listened to singularly and will almost always leave you breathless on each listen. Toni Castells is a near-genius, as he interweaves science, fiction, and human drama across a backdrop that juxtaposes electronic and organic musical elements, embracing a theory that holds as much a promise as it does a threat for mankind’s future.

A musical tale that is awe-inspiring in both its performance and artistic intent. Toni Castells handles Ray Kurzweil’s mind-bending prospect beautifully. There is enough here to keep just about anyone entertained and reflective. Strap in and hang on, because it’s a fantastic musical journey. It’s a passionate score that evokes mystical emotion.

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POOL MOON ELEPHANT: “FLUKY ISLAND” – creative energy and blissful sonic happiness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pool-moon-elephant-fluky-island-creative-energy-blissful-sonic-happiness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pool-moon-elephant-fluky-island-creative-energy-blissful-sonic-happiness#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:30:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29101 Released June 21 via the Symphonic Distribution label, “FLUKY ISLAND” is the brand new 5-track EP from electronic duo POOL MOON ELEPHANT. A storming journey through various rhythmic styles, combining the duo’s skills to create imaginative feel-good moments, the EP spearheads a new wave of indie dance electro-inspired tracks while embracing the love for warm synths, sparkling […]

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Released June 21 via the Symphonic Distribution label, “FLUKY ISLAND” is the brand new 5-track EP from electronic duo POOL MOON ELEPHANT. A storming journey through various rhythmic styles, combining the duo’s skills to create imaginative feel-good moments, the EP spearheads a new wave of indie dance electro-inspired tracks while embracing the love for warm synths, sparkling heights, gentle electric textures and deep drums. POOL MOON ELEPHANT is the moniker under which the Swiss electronic music duo composed of Riccardo Studer and Ivan Nurchis, undertake their creative journey through the electronic world of music and animation. Both have double-decade experiences in audio-visuals, and working for film and TV productions.

There is no doubt that with their recent string of releases, POOL MOON ELEPHANT is branching out as the winds of dance music change direction. This isn’t a place of noise and found sounds, this new EP is a place of understated, creative energy and blissful sonic happiness.

Right from the opening house track, “Ajendrez Club”, gentle washes of sound builds through the tracks and high pitched notes are picked out over undulating basslines; this is deep and melodic, built for big rooms and beach-front bars.

Gradually things get a touch chunkier, with tracks like “Island’s Eye” featuring thumping, rolling basslines and competing percussion lurking just below the surface. The electro house tune that follows – “Innercosmic Safari” carries along in the same vein, hitting a pumping bass and drum groove and sticking to it.

 There’s a classic house hi-hat and snare ticking away at the top of the register, pulling your arms and shoulders up to dance with it, while your feet and hips feel compelled to follow the low-slung bass right down to the floor.

A few tracks develop an edge, a minor-key tension, as they circle around themselves, but there is no rawness here. Every tune is as smooth as the mixing, no room for raucous brutality or acid techno-style hectic-ness. If you let yourself go with it, these tunes are good enough to draw you in and up to their euphoric state. It’s a sound that transports you to dance-floors full of smiles rather than the usual screw faces and that is not a bad thing.

POOL MOON ELEPHANT spin expansive, thinking people’s electronic music, as on the downtempo “Intemporal”. But there’s plenty of rhythm and melody to satisfy casual club-goers as well. There’s a hint of trance on “Egofriendly”, and POOL MOON ELEPHANT handles it all deftly, never pandering.

There’s nary a dud among this collection of tracks, but the sweeping nu-disco number, “Island’s Eye” might be the highlight of a very strong set. The overall vibe of the “FLUKY ISLAND” EP is rhythmic and elegantly chill, yes. But has POOL MOON ELEPHANT gone soft? Hardly! Their sound has just become sweeter on the ear.

Simply put, hype fades and substance endures. POOL MOON ELEPHANT are equally skilled at arranging and layering downtempo pieces as well as mixing club cuts. These consistently savory sonic collages are at once deeply personal and yet quite forward thinking with warm, lush textures brushing up against emotive, melodic house and trance – truly something to behold.

POOL MOON ELEPHANT’s relentless appetite for new music injected this set with new sounds and with them, a profound sense of vitality and constant evolution.  Their sonic diversity and range ensures that each performance on “FLUKY ISLAND” is a unique, lightning-in-a-bottle listening experience.

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The Hooplas releases “Midas Touch” from their “American Junk EP” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hooplas-releases-midas-touch-american-junk-ep http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hooplas-releases-midas-touch-american-junk-ep#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:26:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29096 The Hooplas are a modern progressive rock group from Ocean City, MD. Twin brothers Adam (Vocals/Guitar) and Ben Martin (Bass/Vocal) started the band. While their musical influences might not be identical, they share the love of making music. Musicians Cody Bush (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Lovechile (Drummer) and Seth Paul (Synth) round out the band’s roster and form the […]

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The Hooplas are a modern progressive rock group from Ocean City, MD. Twin brothers Adam (Vocals/Guitar) and Ben Martin (Bass/Vocal) started the band. While their musical influences might not be identical, they share the love of making music. Musicians Cody Bush (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Lovechile (Drummer) and Seth Paul (Synth) round out the band’s roster and form the unique, fresh sound that defines The Hooplas. From their “American Junk EP” comes the band’s latest single “Midas Touch”.The musicianship on this single is impeccable.

Flawless guitar riffs changeup like Adam’s voice, from wall-shaking, twin guitar rhythm crunch, to the divine solos straight from the depths of heavy metal and punk influences. This, in addition to turntable driven choruses, and time-signature switch ups.

Any question marks over whether this band has unrivaled fury are smashed right out of the park on “Midas Touch”. The blasts are furious and the riffs are bludgeoning, but they’re always controlled and harmonic.

And while Adam shows his vocal prowess with a powerful melodic lyric delivery, the band’s collective musical snarl makes for a riotous amalgamation of aggression. Whilst the band forges a wall of sound, the harmonious tone of their music shines through.

The Hooplas’ ability to play on so many differing emotions is one of their defining features. Pure rock zest and engaging euphoria are at either end of their musical spectrum and they deliver a blend of both with expertise.

This is my first listen to The Hooplas, and “Midas Touch” sounds like a statement of intent from a band that circumnavigates single genre comparison. The best thing about this is that it doesn’t feel forced or fake; this is a band that is in cathartic mode, dispelling any skeptics.

The Hooplas carry enough clout to satisfy the mainstream whilst keeping pure rock heads happy. The Ocean City collective are masters of their craft and they show that there is plenty of unaddressed talent left in the tank.

This track holds its own in a pretty watered down market and deserves your full attention. What sets The Hooplas apart is what each member brings to the band. On the surface they are your usual heavy guitar, bass, and drum band. But, the deeper you go sonically into their music the more you start to hear the little performance nuances that really fill out their sound.

It is amazing to hear the dual guitars playing as rhythmically tight as they do, and the amount of melody the band is able to squeeze into their songs without sounding cheap and cheesy. The question is: “What’s not to love about The Hooplas?” They simply make great music.

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Bigfoot Barefoot has a serious pulse behind their songs! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bigfoot-barefoot-serious-pulse-behind-songs http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bigfoot-barefoot-serious-pulse-behind-songs#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:21:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29091 Jacksonville, Florida collective Bigfoot Barefoot delivers a blend of Rock, Reggae, and Funk. They have been influenced by acts from Lynard Skynard to Sublime and have created their own genre which they classify as Trader Joes Rock. The band, made up of Frank Zeno (Vocals, Guitar), Justin Hites (Bass) and Ken Bevill ( Percussion, Drums) has […]

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Jacksonville, Florida collective Bigfoot Barefoot delivers a blend of Rock, Reggae, and Funk. They have been influenced by acts from Lynard Skynard to Sublime and have created their own genre which they classify as Trader Joes Rock. The band, made up of Frank Zeno (Vocals, Guitar), Justin Hites (Bass) and Ken Bevill ( Percussion, Drums) has already opened for Slightly Stoopid, Bad Brains, The Supervillians, Passafire, The Hip Abbduction, and Alien Ant Farm to name a few. Besides the aforementioned genre description’s it’s difficult to pin-point their sound, which I think is often the trademark of really good bands, even though a lot of labels do sometimes come to mind.

There’s a sort of surf rock sensibility, but it’s a lot more complex than that music usually is. One thing sure is that there is a serious pulse behind their songs, but it’s never antagonistic or forced. The band has a trippy, easy-going funky feel on their self-titled album, but it never feels cheap or chewy.

Lyrically, the songs are pretty profound and tend to be as inscrutable as any verses you might find in any Sublime album. Regardless if the sound is upbeat or down, there’s always an energy driving it that really hooks the ear, making almost every song seem like a contrast of itself – Bigfoot Barefoot are like the sweet and sour chicken of the music world.

Anyway, the point is, it’s an infectious and slippery album. It plays with the mind and heart while refusing to sit still long enough to be pigeonholed. Considering that nowadays cookie-cutter music is pretty much everywhere ad nauseam, it’s a treat to find something so indecipherably beautiful still out there to be enjoyed.

Today, it’s rare to stumble across an album that works on so many levels: musically, lyrically, and overall as an album. Bigfoot Barefoot bring so many sounds to the table that a single would be a redundant vehicle for them. Their tracks shine with so much creative ideas that are woven in pretty much any musical genre one can fit into an album release.

How else would you get such diverse songs as the soulful and funky “Hey Hey” on the same album as the reggae influenced “Badfish”, or the crunchy, upbeat and overdriven “Operator” garnished with a fiery guitar solo and all. Intoxicating, fluid, and haunting, these guys have truly invented their own musical genre, s claimed.

Every time I listen to “Don’t Forget Your Shoes”, I’m reminded of the true power that music possesses. There is no limit to creative expression; only what the imagination can conjure. When an artist channels his or her innermost passions, they craft an aural expression of individuality for the world to behold.

In a time where trends seem to dominate everything, it’s refreshing to hear a band that just does whatever the fuck it wants to. And that’s pretty much what happens here. It’s rare to encounter an album this stylistically eclectic yet so true to the artists’ sense of self.

You can really tell that Bigfoot Barefoot decided to pursue their own curiosity on instead of the neatly laid out path that logically follows trends. Bigfoot Barefoot is not focused on meeting or even exceeding your expectations on this album, they’re vying for intrinsically-sparked creativity and the inventiveness that follows suit. And that is probably more than you were expecting anyway!

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SKY Family: “Celtic Revival” – unbridled pride in their faith and musical heritage http://jamsphere.com/reviews/sky-family-celtic-revival-unbridled-pride-faith-musical-heritage http://jamsphere.com/reviews/sky-family-celtic-revival-unbridled-pride-faith-musical-heritage#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:19:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29086 SKY Family has perfected the integration of traditional Celtic music with Pop/Rock. Their album “Celtic Revival” is the kind of recording that you can use the Repeat function on your media player and not get burnt out. While the notion of a Celtic pop/rock band is not exactly original, it definitely is unique in today’s […]

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SKY Family has perfected the integration of traditional Celtic music with Pop/Rock. Their album “Celtic Revival” is the kind of recording that you can use the Repeat function on your media player and not get burnt out. While the notion of a Celtic pop/rock band is not exactly original, it definitely is unique in today’s stereotyped panorama. They achieve the rare feat of fitting comfortably into the mainstream without sounding anything like the rest of the artists and bands that dominate the airwaves of commercial pop/rock radio. Their sonic template marries strong Celtic influences, the singer’s achingly beautiful and distinct vocals which successfully blend innocence with sensuality and spirituality, and a commercial sensitivity that will made a bulk of this album’s songs incredibly accessible to the masses.

Tom, Seth, Joel, Gabe, Miriam and Daniel, better known as SKY Family are actually more than a band; they are also messengers of God. So expect worship lyrics and strong spiritual themes. If you’re a Christian, then you’ll be in your element with this band’s music.  But if you’re not, that’s not a problem either; the only important thing is that you’re able to appreciate great music – in the form of fantastic lead vocals, sumptuous an intricate harmonies, lush organic instrumentation and wonderful melodies by the bucket load.

SKY Family are a band whose attributes include a unique interpersonal chemistry, an unbridled pride in their faith and musical heritage that is showcased by the conscious choice of instruments featured on their songs, a commitment to their artistry and musical competence, the blinding gorgeousness factor of the voices supplied by Tom and Miriam, and their undeniable restraint towards the temptation of becoming mainstream fodder.

The percussion, guitar, keyboards and fiddle combination is heartwarming on this release, where their charm is rooted in the seeming simplicity of their music, with graceful rhythms and beautiful melodies, which combine to create a soothing tandem of lullaby harmonics and classical, ethereal tones injected with pop-rock sensibilities. All throughout the 14 track album SKY Family never lose their vision; a sound truly rooted in the tones of their spirituality, leaking melodies and overflowing with positive energy.

Opening with a striking instrumental intro on “Psalm 150” – the tone is immediately set as one of uplifting, easy vibrancy. The fiddle is the most notable instrument, and a signature sound of the band’s endearing formula, both in tone and methodology.

The track serves as a perfect introductory piece, the wistful strains of folkloric whimsy married with the more modern intonations of the electric guitar, piano and percussive instruments. The harmonies on the chorus on this particular track are heartfelt and produced with a clarity that is both rousing and subdued. This magical and endearing formula is repeated in various does throughout the recording, to make almost every track a standout.

Undeniably beautiful in melody and with a superb vocal performance, the overall content and feel of “In His Hand” is filled with wallowing emotionality that feels almost like an assault on your heartstrings. Contrast this with the previous track “Nothing Separates”, which is a staggeringly good example of powerful rhythm and melody in almost perfect balance, and “Who Is Like Him” which feels truly as though it is generously compensating with its whimsical yearning.

Despite the album being very easy on the ears, there are certainly occasions when the band do switch the formula somewhat and develop their sound into one of much louder energy. But this is never at the expense of melody or listenability. For example the instrumental “Life On A Hedge” especially allows for a different side of SKY Family’s style to let itself be known.

The band’s vision is transmitted through every track of this album, and the intended meaning finds its way to the listener flawlessly. An entertaining, enlightening, and altogether lovable release, its singularities and qualities nothing more or less than a testament to the faith and endeavor involved in crafting it.

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