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Leo Salom – Shades Of Faith

From the opening elements of Leo Salom's Shades Of Faith, there is a comforting warmth to the minimalism that runs through the three tracks on offer. 'Much Better' begins with a synth wash which takes its time to unfold and gradually reveal a weightiness that is then found in the pulsing beat that kicks in. In true minimalist fashion, the beat…

Sober Season – You Fool EP

Sober Season's You Fool EP offers three glorious tracks which weave in and out of various influences. From the opening title track's first few seconds, 'You Fool' has an autumnal warmth to the tone of the guitar that embraces the listener and draws you in. It's quite clear from the start that while these three tracks aren't going to last forever, the…

2G’z – Freestyle/Hello

It's probably fair to say that most would be filled with a sense of apprehension when faced with a fresh rap using Adele's ubiquitous 'Hello'. Granted, hip-hop artists have been making use of existing material as a backdrop for their own rhymes for years, and let's take a moment to remember the remarkable use of Dido's 'Thank You' on 'Stan',…

Demien Sixx – Cthulhu Beckons!

'Cthulhu Beckons!' is the kind of track that will be sure to get your weekend started. With its wild wails and deep waves of synthy house beats, it grabs the attention from the start and refuses to let go until the very end. By the song's mid point, the listener is assaulted with a barrage of insistent blares which create…

Twenty Two B – Karma Is A Bitch

Twenty Two B bursts into life with new track 'Karma Is A Bitch'. It's funk, Jim, but not as we know it. Make no mistake, the guitars are packed with attitude, growling and screaming their catchy riffs, while that deep kick drum thunders beneath it all to keep everything locked in place. There are moments where the track's tone seems…

Tom Greer – Say It

Music and memories, two partners who can never be separated. Whatever we listen to, there will be those times when moments from the near or distant past will come back to us. The tone that runs through Tom Greer's 'Say It' conjures up all kinds of memories associated with classic jazz sounds, creating a smoky atmosphere akin to the work…

Daphne Willis – Freaks Like Me

Daphne Willis has returned with her latest, Freaks Like Me. Hailing from Chigago and now operating out of Nashville, Willis' own unique sound takes a classic R&B shape and remoulds it for her own purposes. Opening with title track 'Freaks Like Me', there is a laid back, woozy feel which also carries with it the suggestion that despite the apparently relaxed attitude,…

Race To Neptune – Oh Contraire

From the opening notes of 'Wanderlilly', Race To Neptune's Oh Contraire immediately brings up memories of classic, washed out shoegaze. The swirling, slacker guitar tones offer a gentle nod to Sonic Youth, which gradually build as the track progresses to create a wall of sound that wraps the listener in a warm comforting embrace. It's the evocative chorus on the guitars…

Kyrre Bjørdal Sæther – Lost In Love

Music, as we know, has an incredible power to transport us to new and wonderful places. Just as the way in which a certain smell can bring back memories long forgotten, so often certain sounds and tones do the same thing. Admittedly, this is subjective. We all come from different places, have all been shaped by different experiences, and as…

Doc Jazz feat. Toy Matthews – It Takes Love

With his own particular brand of smooth R&B with a splash of soul, Doc Jazz teams up with Toy Matthews to bring us 'It Takes Love'. Laid back with an effortless cool, it's a track that welcomes you into its warm embrace and offers the opportunity to stop for a while and be gently serenaded. Just like that feeling you…