Johnny Rocket Man
Ruben Haze has been grabbing the attention of the blogosphere worldwide in a strategic staggering of releases. This fictional character, comprised of Dirty South and vocalist Rudy Sandapa, released “City of Dreams” last week, which was something that some listeners were already somewhat familiar of. A lot of people remembered the vocals from the smash hit from Dirty South and Alesso, but none had heard the original version.
Today we’re excited to bring you another carefully selected tune from the debut four-track EP. “Johnny Rocket Man,” is a slow building, melodic folk tune that takes on a progressive nature. After a few times listening through, it’s easy to pick up on the associations of Dirty South’s production style in the studio, in this completely different genre. With calm, drifting finger picking, we’re taken on a lazy journey through emotion-rich lyrics from Sandapa. The track continues to gain momentum with the addition of some strings that allow the song to take on a much bolder and intense sound than we were originally expecting.
We’ve come to find that this EP has a very cinematic nature, boasting tremendous depth in it’s artistry. Make sure you pick it up on iTunes this Tuesday.
If you took a quirky folk vocalist and replaced the banjos and acoustic guitars with beats and synthesizers, you’d have Cosmo Sheldrake. Shit, we spoke too soon. There’s still a banjo apparent in his debut release, “The Moss,” but you get the idea.
Upon first listen to this playful tune, we couldn’t help but think of toothy-grin inducing songs like “Little Yellow Spider” from Devendra Banhart. Something about Cosmo’s folksy, story telling vocal style just brought us to those associations. The engaging, borderline ridiculous narrative is wildly infectious, but is bolstered even mores so by the inclusion of some barbershop quartet style harmonies that made us beam ear to ear.
Coming out April 21st on paradYse/Transgressive Records, this debut single from the UK-born multi-instrumentalist has definitely caught our ear. We’ll keep an eye out, and we suggest you do too.
Never gonna Change
Comprised of An-Ten-Nae + Re|eece, future bass project Dimond Saints have come screaming out of nowhere with a sultry, bass-heavy interpretation of Broods emotion-rich tune, “Never Gonna Change.”
The ambient, down-tempo synth-pop original is dialed up with some super sexy bass hits, providing a whole new sensual soundscape. Allowing Broods’ sexy vocals to shine through, this remix is expertly crafted, leaving us wishing we had Dimond Saints on our radar a long time ago.
Betrayal (Jakwob Mix)
“I want to learn to love this feeling…”
The beginning to an unbelievably stunning and haunting song by London based artist Laura Welsh, “Betrayal” is the perfect song for Welsh because it combines her strong and powerful voice with the intense melodies of DJ Jakwob. The lyrics paint quite a picture of what Welsh is singing about: she is looking for redemption for the person who she appears to love after making some wrong choices along the way. This is a song that has a pop like feel with a dark twist, but a good dark twist. Reminding me a bit of Florence Welch, this beautiful artist is sure to capture the attention of your ears and mind.
As we close out a month long celebration of the artistry of UK based Marika Hackman, we’d like to offer up a sincere thank you for her time with us. With that being said, we have a tasty new track for you to enjoy.
Taking a slight departure from her expected sound, Marika has crafted something a little more upbeat than what we’re used to. Utilizing some deep, driving, tribal drums, we’re given a much less folk-centric sounding tune. While the tempo is something that we’re not used to coming from her, the dark and often ominous sound is definitely apparent.
“Deep Green” is due out on this youngsters upcoming EP, Deaf Heat, which will be dropping April 14th.
With an intro as chillingly beautiful as one could have hoped for, we were sold on Kairo in the first thirty seconds. While we would have been perfectly happy only enjoying the 2:00 minute intro to Sam Brookes upcoming LP, there’s a whole other world of exploration to delve into.
We’re all waiting for albums that timelessly populate our speakers for years to come. They need to have the dynamic ability to capture your heart and captivate your imagination. With absolutely stunning soundscapes providing an illustrious backdrop for Brooke’s ethereal vocals, we’re left hopelessly daydreaming, carrying away to a much more cerebral place. Varying from haunting tales, articulately told over subdued finger picking, to upbeat folk gems that induce irresistible toothy grins, this is an album that fits that aforementioned description.
While the older version of “Numb” is listed below, one can feel the immense weight it carries in sheer vocal beauty, flawlessly displaying a gorgeous tone and range from Brookes. The instrumentals are understated, featuring a splashy jazz style drum pattern and light finger picking, which allows you to intensely follow the vocals word for word. Boasting associations of Patrick Watson and James Vincent McMorrow, “Numb” will have you feeling anything but, carrying an ominous electricity with every verse.
“Frequency” offers a much more instrumentally-driven sound, combining playful melodies of strings, piano keys, and an almost new-age feel. Utilizing some vocal percussion in addition to the instrumentals, this softly sung tune is are given a unique sound, playing effortlessly with enchanting harmonies. On the other side of the spectrum, you have songs like “This is The Place” and “James” that features a much more upbeat tempo. With a big bass kick, endearing lyrics and some playful guitar work, you can instantly feel yourself throwing these playful songs on in the car during your next road trip.
As a whole, this fan-funded 10 track LP (due out March 17th) is a transcendence-rich musical journey that is sure to be a mainstay in your collection for years to come.
What do you get when you combine South-East London, the spoken word, and one bad ass girl?
One female rapper with a killer accent.
Kate Tempest ladies and gentlemen is by far one of the coolest, yes coolest, artists I have ever written about.
She started off as a rapper, toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years, and now works as a poet and playwright too. I mean, why settle for one thing when you can have it all?
And let me tell you, this girl knows how to throw down words and use them. Her recently released ‘Lonely Daze’ is a song off of her upcoming album later this summer on Big Dada and just gives you a hint of the talent behind this girl’s mouth. Her accent is strong but that doesn’t take away from the power of her voice and her clear ability to make you hear her. This is quite a different sound, a mix of beats with Kate’s talking voice to combine for an addictive movement that leaves you ensnared to her will and her conversation.
Don’t worry, Kate’s words will find you and make you listen.