Booker Brooks - 'Sober'

Brooks' captivating and distinctive opening sets the stage for a mesmerising journey, as his velvety voice washes over you, coaxing forth a tranquil tide of feelings. The electric guitars gleam and sparkle in perfect harmony with the acoustic guitars, as they weave their way through a tightly controlled rhythm. The composition and arrangement of the track are strikingly melodious, with a vibrant and invigorating energy that rejuvenates the senses and imbues everything with refreshing clarity. In a seamless fusion of electronic elements and live instruments, this piece achieves a remarkable variety and robustness, lending a distinctive flavour and enhancing the overall ambience.

The song's ever-changing musical performance offers a treasure trove of uncharted renditions, featuring mellifluous and euphonious vocal harmonies, accompanied by perfectly synchronised instrumentation. A masterful use of reverbs and delays, coupled with the addition of background vocals, infuses Brooks' voice with a captivating depth and richness, highlighting his remarkable talent. As it slowly builds to a crescendo, this potent and emotive mix evokes a sense of melancholy, driven by introspective lyrics that are beautifully crafted, set to a soulful and heartfelt melody that perfectly captures the mood.

Get ready to feel some serious emotions because Booker Brooks' latest single "Sober" is an absolute powerhouse of a song. It's all about letting go of a relationship that's been holding you back and using sobriety as a way to show yourself some love and respect. Brooks' lyrics are raw and honest, and they really hit home.

In fact, Brooks himself has gone through his fair share of toxic relationships, and he knows firsthand how important it is to let go and move on. "Being aware of the effects of a toxic relationship in my life has been an important mechanism for growth. This meant reframing and managing my relationship with my thought patterns, food, alcohol, people, and exercise," he says.

But don't worry, it's not all heavy stuff. The song itself is a real banger, and it's clear that Brooks has put his heart and soul into it. He produced and mixed the track himself. So if you're looking for a song that's both powerful and catchy, "Sober" is definitely one to add to your playlist.

Released on March 24th, 2023, 'Sober' by Booker Brooks is available to stream right now on Spotify and other streaming platforms. Listen to the track here -

About Booker Brooks:

Booker Brooks' music is like a delicious cocktail of sounds - it's a mix of different genres that you know and love, but also has a fresh twist to it. He's got a real knack for taking inspiration from musicians who push the boundaries of what's expected, like Bon Iver, Phoebe Bridgers and Ben Howard. But at the same time, he keeps things nice and simple, which makes for some seriously catchy tunes.

Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Booker's upcoming album "One Way Ticket" was inspired by his travels. He spent a couple of years living in Melbourne and then decided to hit the high seas and play music on a cruise ship. And let's just say, that experience really stirred up some creative juices. In fact, he wrote and recorded a whole EP called "Time Can't Wait" while onboard the ship, and even released a single called "Round The World" that he wrote during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Booker Brooks - 'Sober'

After all that, he got to work on his debut album, and released his first single "Childs Mind" in December 2022. It's clear that Booker's passion for music and travel have combined in a really unique way, and we can't wait to see where his adventures take him next!

Scot Sier - 'Space And Other Things'

With a passion for social justice and a deep concern for the state of our world, Scot Sier has crafted an LP that is more than just music - it's a call to action. Each song has been carefully written and produced to deliver universal messages that address critical issues such as free speech, human rights, rising inequality, racism, and climate change. The album's overarching goal is to inspire meaningful change and promote unity through shared values. Through 'Space And Other Things,' Scot Sier invites listeners to join him on a journey towards a more enlightened world, one where we come together to address the challenges facing humanity. Get ready to be inspired, uplifted, and energized as you embark on this musical adventure.

Opening with 'Colonizer', the vintage space theme plays through the Moog electronic synthesizer and transforms the tune into an astonishing collaboration of instrumental music with the smoothness of Scot's familiar voice. It is composed and performed so well that the smooth melodies and lyrics strongly puts one in a state of wonder and worry at the same time as its deep metaphorical commentary begins. Let go of yourself in a masterful synchronisation of resounding guitars, drums, percussion, strings, brass and even flutes, as this track brings a hypnotic musical wave revealing its core narrative.

Uncovering a few aspects of this song, one understands its deep and thought-provoking side that touches upon the current state of our world. It explores the notion of human connection and our desire to find purpose in a society that is largely defined by consumerism and the pursuit of power. The song incorporates a blend of powerful beats and intriguing sounds that transport the listener into the unknown realms of space. It raises questions about who will represent our species as we venture into uncharted territories and whether the wealthiest individuals will lead the way. Overall, 'Colonizer' is a profound and insightful song that is sure to leave a lasting impression on listeners. It is a genre-bending journey that combines stunning soundscapes with profound lyrics.

Up next is a song entitled 'LGBTQ'. It is an empowering anthem that celebrates and embraces the unique diversity of individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It could inspire listeners to stand up for LGBTQ+ rights and promote acceptance and inclusion while combating discrimination and bigotry. The possible impact of this song is endless with its boomy funky exciting style and upbeat that promotes love. Delicious basslines and guitars drive the energy under Scot's catchy vocals. A crispy and tight beat takes control alongside an abstract tune making the whole composition interesting and memorable.

This album is a proficient example of how music can convey emotional value and depth on the subject matter. The richness of the music and its various elements work together to create an immersive experience for the listener. The album successfully captures the essence of individual topics through its use of instrumentation, melody, and lyrics, highlighting the emotional nuances and complexities of the theme. Overall, the album is a testament to the force of music to evoke emotions and evoke thought on important issues.

We have previously talked about 'Newspaper Man' in Melodymine magazine. It's an impressive track that pays tribute to the dedicated work of a beloved newspaperman. The song reminisces on the challenges that long-time newspaper vendors face as they struggle to keep up with modern press technologies. From its mighty guitar to the beat-chasing rhythm, the music captures the urgency and tension of this struggle. The driving drumbeat creates a sense of momentum, while the warm bass tones round out the instrumentation, giving each instrument room to shine. Through its nostalgic and reverent tone, the song honours the dedication of newspaper vendors and celebrates the era when print media dominated the industry.

'Refugee' is a standout track that captivates the listener with its impressive and engrossing mix of key changes. The guitar takes centre stage in this powerful song, driving the melody forward with force and intensity. The spacious strings back Scot's effective vocals and a transition where we hear instruments like sitar and tabla mixed with electronic and acoustic drums. 
Through its lyrics, the track provides a glimpse into the painful journey of refugees and the immense challenges they face. The song's themes of empathy and solidarity, human rights, social justice, cultural identity, diversity, and home and belonging are all included, making it a powerful tool for raising awareness and inspiring action on behalf of those who have been forced to flee their homes. It's an open call to break the chains and bring a change that encourages listeners to join together in a collective effort to bring about positive change, particularly in the context of the refugee crisis.

'7 Generations' welcomes refreshing trumpets to an already huge band of musicians who are veterans of their skills, showcasing them through sensational performances. It is a striking, unequalled musical arrangement that establishes its own identity through thoughtful melodic rendition. Listening closely to the song reveals the concept of the '7 generations' by a respected leader of the Oglala Lakota tribe known as the Chief Crazy Horse. It refers to a belief that the actions of one generation have an impact on the next seven generations to come. In this context, Chief Crazy Horse's prophecy was that the Oglala Lakota people would experience seven generations of suffering and hardship before they would achieve spiritual unity and prosperity. The song exquisitely emphasises the teaching and perseverance of the Oglala Lakota people in the face of this prophecy, as well as driving inspiration to elaborate its lyrical expression from their eventual triumph in achieving unity and peace. Overall, the song is a tribute to Chief Crazy Horse and the values of spiritual unity and perseverance that he embodied. A tribute to the prophecy of spiritual unification. 

At this point in the album, Scot Sier has definitely nailed the mindful creation of a distinctive music style. Nothing feels like it's been heard before, at least not in such an artistic form. Truly original! And there's more to come...

'Venus' is a free-hand drawing on the large canvas that this album already has provided, shooting high-pitched notes, glittering within chord progressions. It is a wild ride with thought-provoking words that captures the essence of the human experience in the modern world. The song tends to point towards a vivid picture of a society that often feels hollow and superficial with its poetic and evocative lyricism. Firing up the strong punchy drums and shooting into the skies with the amplified guitar, this track brings out more impact mixed with some spicy electronic sounds, and, of course, Scot's quality vocals. On the other hand, the song has emotions that are particularly poignant, representing the emptiness and shallowness of modern culture, living in a society that worships materialism and consumerism, leaving many feeling lost and adrift. 

After an immense gush of complex musical embroidery, we get some outstanding vocal resonance with a leading saxophone. The opening line of 'The Actor', "I am just a man who lost his way", sets the tone for the song, conveying a sense of vulnerability and uncertainty. An actor or performer feels most alive when they are on stage. However, even in their art, they are fighting an internal battle, expressed lyrically in the song as the 'curtain hides the darkness of his fight'. The song is a narration, a speech highlighting the struggle to articulate complex emotions and the fleeting nature of time while also finding solace in the experiences and words of others, and the actor is constantly chasing their dreams.

'Memory In Time' is a deeply personal and introspective song that echoes the profound impact of a life lived. This song is a dedication to the artist's parents which adds a layer of emotional resonance, underscoring the idea that our lives are inextricably linked to those of the people we love. A calming ambience with reflective vocals. The song also evokes a sense of wonder and awe at the grandeur of the universe, juxtaposed against the relatively brief span of human life.

In conclusion, Scot Sier's highly anticipated album, 'Space And Other Things,' is more than just music - it's a keen and honest observation of humanity. 

Definitely listen to 'Space And Other Things', released on 25th April 2023 worldwide.

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About Scot Sier:

Scot Sier - 'Space And Other Things'

The truth is out there - it just depends on where you look for it. If you are searching for the answers to some serious questions about the world we live in today, then look no further than “Space And Other Things”, the forthcoming album by the talented and spiritual Scot Sier.

Freedom of speech, human rights issues, and equality for all are the underlying themes prominent throughout his 2nd full-length, 8-song LP, “Space and Other Things”. The guitarist and singer-songwriter give us the meaning behind his new album by saying, “The goal of the new album is to showcase songs that serve a higher purpose fueled by my concerns over free speech, human rights abuse, rising inequality, and climate change.” Sier further explains, “I wrote and produced each song to deliver universal messages that I hope will bring people together to create a more enlightened world through meaningful change.”

Scot Sier - 'Newspaper Man'

Scot Sier's latest release addresses a unique subject: the changing newspaper industry and the dedication and concern of those within it. The song encourages us to consider the challenges faced by those who have sold newspapers on the corner for decades, and who may struggle to adapt to the modern press.

Musically, the song is astonishing with its broad guitar riffs and licks, covering every corner of your headroom with a blanket of electrifying melodies stacked upon each other. The pacing rhythm builds up urgency and tension through the powerful sound of the drums. The warmth of the bass adds saturation underneath the semi-clean tone of the guitars. The theme is beautifully decorated with well-balanced instrumentation that provides space for each instrument to shine.

Consistent energy opens the gates to a blend of an exquisite guitar solo, captivating gentle background vocals and again, the impressive sliding bass. The rock/alternative genre is known for its raw, emotional sound, and this song has an emphatic and evocative flow that complements the lyrics. It effectively conveys the feeling that resonates with people, not just covering the concerned state of the changing media landscape but also with its remarkably tuneful, euphonious, and sonorous mix.

Scot's voice has an enchanting resonance, a tonal range with a strong emphasis on loudness that puts life into this song. The natural and communicative style of singing works best for such a heartfelt narrative. Combining all the elements of the song, it becomes a tribute to the newspaper men and their commitment to the job, as well as a commentary on the changing nature of the industry. The song musically and lyrically captures a sense of nostalgia for a time when print media was more prominent.

Definitely listen to 'Newspaper Man' by Scot Sier on Spotify.

About Scot Sier:

"The truth is out there - it just depends on where you look for it. If you are searching for the answers to some serious questions about the world we live in today, then look no further than “Space And Other Things”, the forthcoming album by the talented and spiritual Scot Sier."

Scot Sier - 'Newspaper Man'

"Freedom of speech, human rights issues, and equality for all are the underlying themes prominent throughout his 2nd full-length, 8-song LP, “Space and Other Things”. The guitarist and singer-songwriter give us the meaning behind his new album by saying, “The goal of the new album is to showcase songs that serve a higher purpose fueled by my concerns over free speech, human rights abuse, rising inequality, and climate change.” Sier further explains, “I wrote and produced each song to deliver universal messages that I hope will bring people together to create a more enlightened world through meaningful change.”"

Pretty Killer - 'Blood Sugar'

This song explores the dark and dangerous side of human desire. It delves into the harsh and often destructive feeling of lust and how people use unhealthy relationships to avoid facing their real sentimental problems. The electronic music covering the pop aspect is aligned perfectly with the punk element, complementing the song's message by providing an upbeat and energetic sound that matches the severe and sometimes chaotic emotions that the lyrics describe.

The buildups climbing towards the major drop through verses and chorus create a huge impact, flowing through your headroom. The driving guitar riffs and fast-paced drum beats help to convey the raw intensity of lust and desperation in context to the lyrics.

The melody has a distinctive sound that helps to explore deep unrestrained themes that hit home. The lyrics are upfront about the risks of using harmful connections as a way to avoid dealing with emotional issues, making it a meaningful contribution to those who've felt intense craving and emotional detachment in their lives.

The rhythmic variations are engaging and the punchy tone mixed with balanced, melodic frequencies covers the colourful spectrum of emotive musical elements of warm bass and crunchy highs. The music even has a surprise up its sleeve with its sudden switch of the beat connecting to the climax keeping the composition unique. 

Speaking of the vocals, they literally paint a picture of being consumed by passion, giving depth to this cautionary tale of addiction and a bond that's hard to let go of. The title itself is an excellent metaphor for such a thoughtful song.

Definitely listen to 'Blood Sugar' single from the album 'Blood Sugar' by Preety Killer on Spotify.

In Pretty Killer's words - "This song is about lust. About using toxic relationships as a substitute for facing the real problems one experiences. It's about the detachment of real emotions and feeding the ego self despite the risk of self-harm."

About Pretty Killer:

"Hailing from Worcester, Massachusetts, Pretty Killer could be described as nu-punk, electro-pop, or some blend of pop, hip-hop, grunge, and punk. Either way, they are tapping into a new sound for a fresh start different from the typical “Warped Tour” band yet in the same vein. Jason Pascucci (vocals/guitar), Andrew Quinn (guitar/bass), and Jacob Blondin (drums/production) started the band in 2021 breaking out from a former band which they all were members of and would eventually bring on long-time friends Cody Buteau (guitar) and Jared Brunelle (synth) with the intention of evolving into a new sound.

This evolved sound, one that steps away from classic “pop punk” and into a scene that is still being defined. After signing with the label, We Are Triumphant and writing their debut single “Blossom” featuring Sleeping With Sirens frontman, Kellin Quinn and label mate, Monty Xon, the band quickly gained traction and has been staying with the momentum ever since.

Pretty Killer - 'Blood Sugar'

Taking influence from a wide array of artists such as Nirvana, Blink-182, Mac Miller and Linkin Park. Pretty Killer sees the death of genres on the horizon and heads straight towards it, letting go of the rigid, outdated idea that bands must stay in their genre lane and carving a new path."

Olivier Olier - 'D​é​parts'

Get ready to be transported to a world of serene beauty with this awesome instrumental album! It's a mesmerizing blend of classical elegance and modern minimalism, featuring some stunning piano and strings quartet compositions. You'll love the neo-classical approach taken with each track, where the piano and strings delicately intertwine to create an ethereal and captivating atmosphere. The masterful use of space and restraint allows each note to shine with clarity, while the dynamic interplay between the instruments weaves together to form a rich and intricate sonic tapestry. This album is pure art that's timeless and will leave you captivated and enchanted for years to come.

Starting with a 'Ensemble', a gentle touch on piano keys brings out a beautiful sound, bending thorough time, accompanied by strings. The complexity of this melodic rendition changing flow with a range of emotions is something you can experience in this track. The sentimental personality of this composition can be visualised through beautiful artistry.

The music of this album speaks a transcendental language, communicating with the listeners with its expressive feelings.

'Quinte Flush', a title that can be considered as a metaphor to describe its musical composition or performance that is characterized by a smooth, flowing sequence of notes or chords that are all of the same tonal quality or mood. The professionalism and classiness of this track takes your breath away with its delicately fading in and out pieces, blending together, establishing a strong theme for this album.

The evolution every track goes through is very thoughtful and crafted with variable levels of depth, creating lively characteristics.

'Porcelaine' is an evocative and poetic title that could suggest a delicate and fragile beauty, much like a piece of porcelain. The power of diversion through various scales and chord progressions requires musical intelligence which Olivier Olier passionately puts in here along with other tracks. Covering a range of pitches and arrangements, the use of piano and strings in this composition further enhances sophistication and refinement.

'Là ou ailleurs' is track submerged in a sense of movement or travel between different musical ideas or themes, a sense of choice or possibility, portrayed by a certain flexibility or adaptability in the composition. Until now we already have realised Olivier Olier's talent of showing the beautiful colours of this genre through a piano proving its versatility that covers a wide range of emotions and moods. Apart from this, strings have provided a rich and complex texture to the overall sound in this track. It has energy of exploration or discovery, as if the composition is taking the listener on a journey through different musical landscapes or ideas.

Different from previous tracks, 'Envie de violences' introduces a consistent rhythm. A track that literally means 'Desire for violence' delivering a feeling of tension, conflict, or aggression through its composition. The driving force of this track holds a pacing drum beat performed by Matt Brown, on top of which the harmonic foundation exists that supports and enhances the overall sound. This composition is allowing the listener to experience and process difficult or rough emotions. It suggests the feeling of an urge for violence, but struggling to control. Again, a very interesting thought to showcase through music. The layer of piano blended not just by Olivier but also by Mina Jackson adds more musical brilliance to this track.
To extend our appreciation, Jessica Townsend and Tom McCluskey have done a fantastic job on this album accompanying on the strings. Together, their music is a true work of art, a perfectly balanced and enchanting atmosphere that will surely captivate the audience.

'La ronde', an instrumental piece structured in a circular form, with recurring themes or motifs that are developed and transformed throughout the piece. The lush harmonic performance gives you an intense feeling of movement, continuity, and interconnection, which could be reflected in its musical structure, flow and dynamics. The production on these tracks is outstanding, perfecting the quality of acoustics and capturing the intricate details of all instruments.

'Minmaj' has a fascinating combination of minor and major tonalities. It's mind blowing how well its done without a single distracting note. Such a musical mode is extremely challenging to execute. The coordination is done so well that it clearly reflects in the music giving a contrast of emotions, tension and release. Such an artwork is also open to interpretation giving literners the opportunity to apply their imagination alongside the artist's thought process.

Continuing to the next track we have 'Une prière', a prayer. This is an instrumental that invokes contemplation, solemnity, and reverence. It can also be represented as a musical expression of devotion, supplication, or meditation. It is a reflective and emotional piece, having a broader perspective on its musical composition. Short but sweet, it is heart-touching and mellifluous in nature.

A journey though 'Bonded trains', holds a deep connection with impassioned motion through its tune and rhythm. The abstractness of this track lies in its buildup from the beginning until the rhythmic flow is suddenly dropped, to be followed again by pizzicato. Metaphorically it can suggest the connection between individuals building up to a strong relationship, conveying emotions such as trust, cooperation, and unity.

'Un chemin' brings the end of 'D​é​parts', we get an interesting performance on English horn by Angela Schleihauf, signalling a path, a way or departure. The use of piano and strings in combination with the English horn creates a range of emotions from melancholy to uplifting. The English horn's lower, mellow tones may evoke a sense of nostalgia or reflection, sounds heavenly! The motion expressed through piano still holds on, with strings covering the spacious background filling the headroom. It may represent the feeling of overcoming obstacles or challenges along the way, leading to an epiphany of self-discovery. It may inspire feelings of hope, determination, and resilience, or evoke memories of a specific journey or path taken in the past.

Definitely listen to 'D​é​parts' by Olivier Olier on Bandcamp.

Composer: Olivier Olier
Arranged by: Olivier Olier & Jessica Townsend
Piano: Olivier Olivier
Violins: Jessica Townsend
Cello: Tom McCluskey

Drums on 'Envie de violences': Matt Brown
Additional piano on 'Envie de violences': Mina Jackson
English horn on 'Un chemin': Angela Schleihauf

Mixing: Matt Brown
Mastering: Pete Maher (Topfloor Productions Ltd)

Olivier Olier - 'D​é​parts'

About Olivier Olier:

"Minimalist pianist, composer of imaginary film soundtracks, distant observer of Erik Satie or Philip Glass, Olivier offers you new beginnings for your inner journeys."

In Olivier's words - "I am a french self taught guitarist who played in various indie pop bands. During the lockdown I decided to learn the piano. Few years later, ten compositions of piano & strings quartet are ready to be heard."

APE - 'Anti-Matter'

'Anti-Matter' is the latest album by the eclectic band, APE. It features twelve songs that showcase their diverse musical style. With a fusion of psychedelic, space rock, punk and metal genres, APE's new album is a thrilling journey through the vast expanse of sound. Each track on the album takes the listener on a unique and immersive sonic adventure, blending heavy guitar riffs, mesmerizing rhythms, and hypnotic vocals. From the trippy and otherworldly vibe of "Cosmic Dust" to the sheer fierce and raw vibrancy of this album, 'Anti-Matter' is a bold and experimental masterpiece that pushes the boundaries of music. APE has created a work of art that will leave a lasting impression on any music enthusiast who dares to take a plunge into the sonic universe.

The album begins with the title track 'Anti-Matter'. This song sheds light on the reality of the current situation with the environment. A haunting feeling of annihilation comes to mind followed by an apocalyptic narrative.

Heavily distorted guitars cover the space, and drums merge with the thickness of the bass giving that nostalgic tone that metal and rock heads are familiar with. The intro builds up to an emotive chord progression that gives a blazing energy of unrestrained expressive temperament. This musical tone continues throughout the album.

'Alien Fascination' brings us a cool guitar riff and a fast-paced exuberance. The lyrical depth is closely related to the philosophy of various experiences a mind is capable of. You will find this aspect across the album in the form of subtle metaphors. Here, this track is well-wrapped in compression, shimmering cymbals and hi-hats and longtail delayed echos. This track is a dream shredder filled with surreal infatuations. The rhythm is crazy consistent, lacking absolutely nothing, creating one hell of an adventurous and crazy ride.

'Fact of the Matter' is another speedy headbanger that hits like a lightning bolt striking with a ground-shattering impact. This hard-hitting track is rough and tough, pouring melodic variation in your ears. An endless boost of vitality through vocals matches equally with the unified power of the instrumental.

Continuing towards 'Out of Sight' we get some resounding elevated lead guitars, captivating and influencing the theme strongly. Smashing through the beat, the bass touches the core of your soul along with the fatal distortion of guitars that captures the essence of this song. It's massive and weighty, hammering your eardrums with its assertive force. High-note vocals are flawless and possess the strength of a storm. This track is one of the wildest performances in this album so far!

The subtle inclusion of guitar leaks and riffs combined with solos in between alongside rhythmic and scale variations makes these songs engaging and more interesting to listen to.

'Feeling the Pressure' is spot on! It holds the pacing of the previous track while entirely changing the feel. The title of this track speaks for itself and the musical manifestation of the theme expresses it even more. With different chord progressions, this track stands out with its dramatic significance and pauses. Repetition turns to addiction while listening to this fleshy and dense rendition from an amazing band.

What's so special about all these songs is that every single instrument including vocals is composed very thoughtfully and carefully, showcasing the talent of each. 'Wargames' is another such track that carries the mastery of the bass. The bassline is so beautiful and melodically immersive that in this track it takes the spotlight. Sustaining sounds that elaborate the lyrical importance while thoroughly keeping you high at all times with smooth production is a stroke of genius.

The honourable mentions are 'Space Cowboys' and 'Something to Say' which highlight the punk rock side of this album. An aggressive snare akin to a machine gun hits like a bullet.

'Prelude' brings back the grungy beat-crushing personality with intriguing rhythmic interpretations making the way for 'Song That Should Not Be'. At this point, you are in freefall with this song as its catchy hook gets stuck in your head. Besides this track, 'Open University' resumes musical storytelling. To wrap up, we are given 'Ronnie's Rayguns', we must understand that the band has included studio and live versions in this album which is actually great as it gives listeners an insight into their passion and dedication towards their music. This album is an unstoppable journey through a mixture of genres.

Definitely listen to 'Anti-Matter' by APE on Bandcamp.

About APE:

"Band formed during covid lockdown out of boredom and ended with 14 original tracks. Roll on 2 years and, we played 2 festivals and have one lined up in the UK in August (Sol Fest)Also had our track Fact of the Matter played on National Radio."

APE - 'Anti-Matter'

Radio Drive - 'Cast out Your Light'

As the soothing melodic piano begins, the context of the title of the song starts to sink in. The simplicity and delightfulness of the chords carry each word composed with positivity. The song continues to connect rhythm and tune through strumming guitar gradually building up to a huge burst of energy, bringing a variety of sounds merging into each other. The music touches the skies as it fuses the large harmonic vocals of Kevin Gullickson across the horizon.

Drums enter the flow with powerful kick and snare adding to the impactful beat while soft and gentle layers of strings slowly blend with the evolving composition. From here onwards, Kevin's voice does the magic of taking the song to its emotional heights. The expansive chorus also gets a touch of distortion through electric guitar, completing the pop and rock fusion.

We get to hear the unique vocal rendition of Kevin's artistic form of conveying the meaning and depth of lyricism. Also at this point, where everything is playing together, perfectly synchronised, the connection between each musical element becomes a medium to deliver emotion to the listener. The massive transformation at the end makes you appreciate the creativity and thoughtfulness that went into making this marvellous, bright and colourful song.

Definitely listen to 'Cast out Your Light' by Radio Drive on Spotify.

About Radio Drive:

"Radio Drive is an Alternative Pop Rock band featuring Kevin Gullickson. As the engine behind Radio Drive, Kevin has won international awards and nominations for his music. His songs have been aired on radio around the world alongside major artists and have topped indie charts and received rave reviews. He has been featured on webzines, podcasts and radio shows."

Radio Drive - 'Cast out Your Light'

"Kevin’s music has been used on shows airing on NBC channels, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Comedy Central, Fox Channels, History Channel, Spike TV and Discovery Channel in the USA and TV programs around the world."

vhsgus - 'Voice Messages'

Creating a sense of escape from a fast-paced world, this cosy and contemplating instrumental by vhsgus brings modern Lo-Fi with a 'laid-back' vibe. The track dissolves into your mind, pouring its simple yet thoughtful composition gently. The atmosphere that it creates around your headroom has warmth, character, and beauty in imperfections, essential for such a emotive genre. This piece of art gives a feeling of nostalgia, introspection, and coziness.

Wavy piano and indie electric guitar are welcoming, further leading to a mellow ambience of wide open layers including downtempo beats, jazzy accents, and smooth, trip-hop influenced elements. The bass hits right where is feels perfect while long sustaining pads at the beginning lands you on floating clouds. The taste of that sweet analog flavour filled with nostalgia also lives here, balanced alongside the clarity of production.

The true meaning behind this instrumental effectively capturers the emotional experience of receiving a  message from a friend or loved one who is far away. The track is intended to have a metaphor for expressing heartfelt tribute to the power of recorded memories, and the deep emotional connection they can evoke in the form of - 'Voice Messages'!

Definitely listen to 'Voice Messages' by vhsgus on Spotify.

About vhsgus:

"vhsgus is an American singer-songwriter and producer going through a metamorphosis. What initially started out as a Lo-fi project has evolved into a collaboration among artists and friends. In 2023, vhsgus launched his video podcast Chillhop Talks where he interviews other chillhop artists, lo-fi musicians, and producers on how they started and grew as artists within the chillhop community. On February 3rd, 2023, vhsgus released "Voice Messages" a lo-fi chill beat that conveys the feeling of receiving a voice message from a long-distance friend or lover."

vhsgus - 'Voice Messages'

Chad George - 'Queen of Hearts'

For every broken heart, Chad George has given them a voice in the form of a melodic melancholic song. The lyricism expresses feelings of change, disconnection, and disappointment in a relationship. Chad George with his trademark vocals and overall resounding composition brings us a painful realisation of struggling to recognise the person he used to know.

You can sense a feeling of being troubled, that the person he loves has changed and left him with a broken heart. The relationship is portrayed as deteriorating over time and Chad is coming to terms with its eventual outcome. The struggle to let go of the emotions he feels can be clearly heard in this song.

The pitch bend in the spacious sample used for the melody adds a gloomy atmosphere, emphasising emotions through Chad's vocals. The production has a hefty beat and ambient reverbs with warm echos that spread across the headroom. The tale of the 'Queen of Hearts' is a reminder that a broken heart is at an expense of loving with all one's might.

Definitely listen to 'Queen of Hearts' by Chad George on Spotify.

About Chad George:

"A visionary artist with an inimitable style, Chad George is out to redefine what a modern musician is capable of. Fusing globally influenced sounds with innovative digital art, he is quickly building up an impressive discography and establishing himself as one of the most vital new voices of his generation. Chad was born in Bellingham, WA.

He had led a nomadic childhood, growing up between Jamaica, Canada, and the US. He spent this time period immersed in music, falling in love with reggae, hip-hop, and pop, and developing the genre-blending style that would later define his career. Chad would later enroll in college, first to study unmanned aircrafts, and later to pursue a business degree. Music, however, was never far from his mind. The year 2020 gave him an opportunity to finally pursue his passion. He began to devote himself wholly to his music, emerging with the debut single ‘DIAMOND DIME’ in 2021.

With its dark melodic trap style, it served as a perfect introduction to an exceptionally promising artist. Since then, he has been steadily building momentum, revealing new sides of his artistry with every release. Chad’s music is expansive, influenced by space, time, and the cosmos. He has spent years perfecting his sound, resulting in a distinctive style of art that will resonate deeply with listeners around the world. With a steady stream of new content expected for this year and beyond, Chad is poised to make a lasting impact on the music industry."