Cover Art of Toby Tom Tom’s new single “Love-o-Lution”
There have been many anthemic tracks that have utilized the revolutionary mantra over decades from the like of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Prince, Rage Against The Machine, Tupac, The Who, Nirvana, Sex Pistols, and many others of a similar caliber. Each song and artist over those years have had insatiable influences on many passionate music fans and events that impacted the revolutionary complex with its massive followings and compelling message.
With recording artist Toby Tom Tom, we conjure a similar construct that once delved into those concepts – except with love as the centerpiece instead of anger in the desire for societal change by force; which is brave and a positive concept to behold considering the current political climate that has been sweeping the nation this year. Toby‘s electronically infused sound is very effective, well structured and includes female feature artist Mac Mittens that brings out a hip hop edge throughout the song’s duration that is multifaceted and attention-grabbing. Toby himself puts a modern bliss throughout the track that is wholesome and brings a major presence to the song that really gets you to hone in on his craft, lyrical components and overall message with his largely composed musicianship factors. This song overall is effective, utilizes state of the art production value and really adds many flavors to keep the listener interested. “Love-o-Lution” is a modern anthem that really explores many angles of Toby Tom Tom‘s talent and will easily convert you into an instant fan.
This type of song will also get you to really delve deep into Toby‘s catalogue as well as pay attention to his future releases. His eclectic sound is very versatile and serves up a perfect balance and composure between touching on equal parts originality and familiarity. It’s a signature sound that really draws you in and you’ll be loving this artist in no time. “Love-o-Lution” will be dropping in mid-September and will be available on several digital music streaming platforms. Keep your eyes (and ears) open!
If there’s one thing that can be said for sure about Thraeyce‘s newest record, it’s that the album name does absolute justice. This exceptionally multifaceted, versatile and electronically infused 7-track juggernaut is a futuristic album that enriches each listener with a hypnotic listening experience full of twists, turns, and atmospheric textures.
“Multifaceted” utilizes several eclectic genre blends that tastefully include touches of Pop, Alternative, and all kinds of electro-goodness; conjuring a signature sound that is wholesome, detailed and captivatingly catchy to contagious levels. “Run” is a more-than-solid opener that could be reminiscent of a more modernized Annie Lenox while still keeping the originality out in the forefront. “Let There Be Love” has an insatiably catchy chorus that really jumps at you and dynamically showcases Thraeyce‘s musicianship factors from many angles. The production value is very technical and encapsulates an ambiance that concentrates diligently on balance and composure, giving the listener a sense of nostalgia from earlier electronic influences, but still touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; bringing together a collective of songs that is freshly innovative in its approach, but also sustains an identifiability that provides a trademark vibe.
The banger on this record is definitely “F**k It Up,” a song that has a buildup of intensity heard rarely in today’s EDM spectrum. It has a video game pacing and Kill Bill kind of package that still manages to provide beautifully textured melodies underlying the track. The relentlessly smashing beat and gang vocals will have you chanting along with this song any day of the week, and the multi layering in all the right places is a component that truly makes this track a real gem. It’s a furiously quick fix that satisfies in full and really comes out swinging once it really gets going. You won’t walk away unhappy after blasting this one in your Sony Xplodes.
“Study” is hypnotic and beautifully crafted in a way that combines vocal melodies and effective synth progressions. It puts a finely tuned mood and unwavering lyrical passion all in one place that comes together in an aura that can really create a visceral listening experience. Meanwhile “Renegade” and “Here For You” are more upbeat and melodically focused throughout more of the instrumental measures both songs articulate. They’re comforting songs that close out this record with enticement to delve deeper into Thraeyce‘s career both past and present, but definitely looking into her future releases as well. Overall, “Multifaceted” really raises the bar when it comes to electronic music mixes and all the production components that are required to compose, create, manifest and innovate with tastefully clever ideas that resonate with fans of the genre. In whole, Thraeyce successfully achieves that feat and so much more with every track this record offers. “Multifaceted” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll thank us later for recommending it.
Very few artists can truly tackle the creativity and precision like recording artist David Cummins with his album/LP ‘Reflections.’ Reminiscent of a more energetic Pink Floyd vibe, this tightly knit 11-track juggernaut is magnificently versatile with a signature sound that has innovative multi-layers, but still remains consistent with its structures and dynamic use of several instruments to articulate its artistic merit. And that’s why doing a deep dive into David‘s album is not only interesting, but rewarding as well.
If this is the first time giving David Cummins a listen, then you’re in for quite a ride. Each track has a unique presence of balance and composure that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving the listener nostalgic callbacks to previous Progressive Rock eras, but at the same time, offering up something fresh and new that stands out on its own and really grasps its own flavorful textures. With impressively dynamic use of synths and keys throughout each song, along with solidly smooth crunchy guitar leads to parallel the atmospheric rhythm section, David Cummins voice is presented in a way that’s effective, clean and magically ambient with the additional harmonies throughout every vocal melody choice that is utilized. His mid-range vocals are perfect for this album’s vibes and really showcase his integrated use of harmonies and transitions, but it’s something you really need to hear to believe. It’s an intense ride into atmosphere and melodic soundscapes, and truly gives you a soothing listening experience with several elements to take in as the album’s duration plays out.
One track that really stands out is the more upbeat “Caterpillar Eyes,” which features Calum Robertson (who performs on several tracks on this record). This groovy and synth-driven track is doused with beautiful dual guitar work, multifaceted use of piano/keys and poetic lyrics that really adds to the song’s overall atmosphere. The futuristic production value and intelligently crafted transitions make “Caterpillar Eyes” one of the most notable on this album, and is truly thought provoking upon the first listen. Overall, ‘Reflections’ is an album that will definitely be analyzed by musicians and producers in the years to come, and beloved by those who get ahold of this record. It’s honestly unlike anything you’ll hear in today’s era of contemporary artists and really raises the bar for other artists truly trying to capture a masterpiece of atmosphere and versatility like David Cummins craft in ‘Reflections.’ The album is currently available on Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms. We can’t recommend this one highly enough.
Norwegian dance-pop sensation K-Syran invites you to liberate yourself from lockdown lethargy with the release of her uplifting new single, “Search for the Hero.” An exuberant, dance-infused reimagining of the 1994 M People track, K-Syran’s rendition of “Search for the Hero” serves as a rallying cry to celebrate the extraordinary strength, kindness and resilience of everyday heroes. With Covid-19 making studio time an impossibility, the song – and its accompanying video – was recorded at K-Syran’s home in Switzerland. K-Syran said:
“Recently, we’ve all had to search for that little hero within ourselves. To see over 100 people participating in the video for this song – each from their own homes across the world – is a beautiful testament to idea. I hope it spreads a little joy and encourages everyone to keep moving forwards to the better times that lie ahead.”
Offering a glimmer of hope amongst the cancellation of music festivals, Eurovision and hundreds of Pride events, on Saturday, June 20th, 2020, a preview of “Search for the Hero” was livestreamed as part of Virtual Pride: a 7-hour online party featuring dozens of artists and DJs.
Dan Thomas, who produced and remixed the song, said:
“Around the world people have to search for their inner hero, to collectively overcome a global pandemic. We will come out the other end of this stronger and more connected than ever before – we will each become our own heroes.”
K-Syran’s new single “Search for the Hero” is out now on Intimacy Records, and is available on all streaming platforms.
Cover Art of Juan Carlos Martinez’ album “Acorralado”
Not many artists can capture a signature sound quite like veteran Spanish multi-instrumentalist/composer, singer and producer, Juan Carlos Martinez. Integrating an explosive and wholesome style that combines many key elements of Blues, Ska, POP, Rock and textures of Soul, Juan Carlos Martinez comes out swinging with his ten-track juggernaut ‘Acorralado’ and proves that his versatility is untouchable.
Composed diligently with multi-layers of tastefully blended synths, keys and a brilliant horn section, ‘Acorralado’ is a rollercoaster ride of anthemic tunes that all stand out on their own. It’s a rare gem where you don’t ever feel the need to skip over any tracks and really entices you to notice the attentiveness to detail. The sirens go off in opening title track ”Acorralado” with an excellent buildup into an upbeat rhythm section that drives the song forward and showcases what’s to come for the rest of the album. Juan Carlos Martinez‘ well crafted vocals are complimented with on-point harmonies and vocal melody choices that are effective, clean and dynamically projected.
This album’s versatility and diversity is endless, but you can tell it’s coming from the same artist. “Que Sentimiento” is a very progressive song with haunting keyboard parts and intricate guitar textures that really puts an atmospheric twist to the record in very innovative ways. While “Nada Es Mejor” is more funky, witty and upbeat throughout each distinguished measure. Each track of this album showcases a different angle of Juan Carlos Martinez‘ artistic merit and he really takes each approach up to its highest potential. This is a record that literally has something for everyone on it, and the musicianship factors and production value completely speaks for itself with its top-of-the-line quality. This is an album you’ll be bragging about to your friends, and definitely a record for musicians to analyze and adore.