When the Darkness Comes
It’s always difficult to pull ourselves out of bed come Monday morning, especially if we just came off an epic weekend. Well, we found ourselves in that situation this morning, but it wasn’t as difficult to jump up and get on our computers. You can probably guess why, but if not, we’ll fill you in. It’s because of “When the Darkness Comes.”
Following up on the successful release of “Satellite,” neo-soul singer/songwriter JP Cooper once again displays his musical dexterity, providing listeners with a delightful taste of his sparkling talent. Set to uplifting tempo of soaring piano chords, short bursts of brass, interspersed guitar strums, and haunting gospel-style hums, “When the Darkness Comes” surges with truly radiant songwriting ingenuity.
The impassioned lyrics remind of us of other timeless pieces, glowing with the undeniable energy of Cooper’s embracing tone, range, and cadence. In a slight state of awe, we’re left saying, “2015 should be one hell of a year for this Manchester-based talent.”
And it will. “When the Darkness Comes” drops in January on an EP that boasts the same name, and we’re pretty damn sure it’s going to make some waves. Make sure to pre-order your copy by clicking here.
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Drama (Gladiator Remix) ** FREE DOWNLOAD **
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Get Up (Original)
We’ve had the pleasure of living in the same city as Heart & Soul Radio since their inception, which has given us an inside track on how storied of a career they’ve built. From touring on multiple Warped Tours, to opening for some of the biggest names in punk music, these cats have done and seen more than most acts can dream of.
Before the internet streaming or blogs were even a thing, these three were hustling back when hustling was much harder. With that in mind, we wanted to ask them a few questions about how they’ve pulled it all together and kept it going through the years.
TMN: Hey Guys! Thank you for taking a minute to answer a few questions for us. Let’s kick things off by talking about Thieves. What can people expect from this album?
Brian: People can expect a real rock album when they listen to “Thieves.” Real guitars, real drumming, real bass and real singing make up this album. There are mistakes in the album, so you know it’s not all gridded out and faked like too many albums today. The main point is, you will hear a rock album made by humans instead of computers.
Schuyler: It is also the story of our lives collectively throughout the last 4 years. Some happy, some sad, but mostly just stories of things we’ve encountered personally and through others. We’ve grown a lot as people and musicians in this release. Some may even say our sound has matured.
Some of us used to be married before this, others got married. We are happy to announce that Brian just got engaged, she is rad.
TMN: “True Romance” was one of our favorites on the album, featuring solid harmonies and an engaging pop structure. How did you approach this song in particular?
Heart & Soul Radio
True Romance (You Be Rosanna Arquette, Ill Be That One Guy)
Our hands our numb. Our noses are red and chapped. Our feet are immediately rejected by our significant others in bed. Our ears are surprisingly warm though, and we have indie chanteur Lyon Hart to thank for that.
Riding in on a heatwave with his debut single, “The Sign,” this newcomer has teamed up with seasoned production vet Mickey Valen (Noosa, AYER, EVVY) on today’s premiere. This 80′s inspired synth pop tune is incandescent, buzzing and popping in all the best ways. Harnessing light, tropical synths and a ear-caressing bassline, “The Sign” is truly a sign of good things to come. One listen through those glorious vocals will have you shedding layers in approval, even if it does seem like we’re in the middle of an arctic tundra at the moment.
This tune follows up an original with Elephante, “Shake the Earth,” which garnered tremendous success from the blogosphere and Spotify alike. Post-debut, you can expect to see this cat on the upcoming Noosa album, as well as on a few tracks with some of EDM’s best.
We can picture it now. Our car slowly caresses the curves of the PCH on the California coastline as we drive slower than usual, making damn sure we drink it all in. The radio has one song playing in this daydream, and it’s “Rose” from Brooklyn-based surf rock outfit Coastgaard.
Recently named by L Magazine as one of the eight bands you need to hear, these cats are dialed in to a delightful indie rock sound which features 60′s rhythms, hazy guitar chords, and glowing lo-fi vocals. “Rose” embodies the aforementioned description, providing us with a more than memorable serving of an audible vacation. The word “infectious” is often overused in music blogging, but it’s hard to stray away from it while listening to this smite-inducing joyride.
When asked about the tune, front man Matt Miller had this to say:
It’s about getting swept up in the routines of life without even realizing it’s happening again and again and again.
Maybe those daydreams of the Cali coastline will help break the monotony mentioned above. If they do, make sure to send Coastgaard a shout out on twitter. Even better so, if you’re in the area, catch them live at Glasslands in Brooklyn
Wildest Promise feat. Valair
It’s easy to understand why we have some of the gifts we’ve been blessed with. All we need to do is take a peek into our family lineage to see what some of our ancestors excelled in before we easily understand how these things came to be. Valair is no different, following in the footsteps of one of his uncles who has been a part of an established accapella vocal group for years.
With influences and a heritage-based talent pool as mentioned before, it’s not hard to see how this 19 year old Belgium-born vocalist has had a heavy interest in music through the years. From the early days playing trumpet, to joining a choir at six, this youngster has had the music bug bothering him for quite some time.
Teamed up with the newly founded producer, songwriter and sketch artist Schulkid, these two have crafted quite the whimsical journey, rife with classical strings, horns, and a funky bassline. Instantly creating a charismatic musical connection, “Wildest Promise” shows a breadth in creativity between these two, showcasing the antithesis of pop-structured which ultimately provides the listener with something quirky and unique.
A few listens through, and we’ll sure you’ll agree that Valair’s soulful vocals and the delightful orchestral and tribally infused electro pop production from Schulkid leave us asking one thing – when can we hear more?
DJ Fresh Feat. Ella Eyre
Gravity (DJ Marky Remix)
Drum and bass is alive and well in Sao Paolo, and DJ Marky has his fingerprints all over it. The famed beatsmithing gaucho recently corralled an official remix for DJ Fresh’s monster tune “Gravity,” which features the glorious vocals of MOBO and Brit Award winner miss Ella Eyre.
Delightfully delivering a delicate jungle-inspired remix of an already stellar tune, Marky is bringing the masses a light and vibrant take. With a cascading blend of fast-paced maracas, a classic piano melody, and expert vocal sampling, “Gravity” floats along our cerebellum, making us smile and dance all across the office.
We’re pretty sure you’ll fall into suit, so just make sure you wait until everyone is out at lunch before you press play.
Remember – always check to make sure you’re laced up before boogying. You don’t want your co-workers to come back to an awful mess.