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Artist: Stef Taylor – Track: Rusty
Rusty was the first song I had written in a while and I was nervous. I’d always written music but had taken a hiatus due to terrible excuses. The first lockdown gave me a bit of time to re-evaluate what I wanted to do in-terms of goals and ambitions. I decided I wanted to write music again and I must admit I wrote some stinkers. However, instead of giving up I kept the faith and kept telling myself that I hadn’t “lost it” but in fact I was just rusty.. and as long as I persisted, the songs would come. The first one I wrote that I was happy with was Rusty.. and it basically tells the story of the process I just outlined. Ironically, writing Rusty helped me to work off the rust and open the door to what was a very enjoyable writing process.
FAKY Releases New Music Video for “HappyEverAfter”
“‘HappyEverAfter’ is about finding happiness after a heartbreak. When I shared my feelings with Lil’ Fang about what happened to me, I wanted to make sure that she knew that even if I got hurt and even if I went through a hard time, the only thing I want for that person is happiness. I didn’t get my “happy ever after” but I know the others did and that fills my heart. This song is not a sad song, It’s just a song about moving forward.” – Taki, member of FAKY
Vokonis will release their fourth studio album “Odyssey” in spring 2021. More dynamically diverse than ever, the 6 new tracks feature guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on Keyboard. Odyssey is Vokonis’ first true prog-record. A record for the new decade.
‘Pleasure’, the theme tune for anime series ‘Fruits Basket: The Final’
‘Pleasure’, the opening theme tune to the hit anime series ‘Fruit Basket: The Final’, was WARPs UP’s first ballad, a song based on the concept that “we all have the power to shape our future, even when destiny seems to be against us”.
Now, a new version of ‘Pleasure’ sung by Chinese WARPs UP member LANGYI in his native tongue has been released.
Artist: Malik Polo – Track: Changes
Malik Polo is an Egyptian/Irish rapper, producer and label owner based in South East London. After the success of his 2019 debut “Jomo”, Polo toured his native Middle East for a few months before linking up with Ibn Itaka in London circa March 2020. The fruit of their collaboration, titled Echo Chambers and slated for release in June 2020, reflects on a world of contradictions manifested in an era of online disinformation and physical isolation.
Artist: Cocomofo – Track: Rain
Cocomofo’s debut single “Rain”, arrives on April 30th, 2021, via New York’s Abu Recordings. After a lush, piano-driven opening soundscape, the song opens up into a psychedelic blues soundtrack exploring the melancholic force of rain and its ability to wash away all that lives and breathes. Despite its acoustic bass and percussive sections harkening to compositional trademarks of old, Rain tackles modern themes of our time – identity, crisis, and the idea of rebirth. Recorded as a one-take session in New York in late 2019 and performed at their weekly residency at Nublu pre-pandemic, Cocomofo’s Rain serves as a timely reminder that New York city’s live music scene is still very much alive and well, waiting to be reborn.
Jungle, is a collection of 5 songs each unique in their approach to the subject of depression, anxiety and substance addiction, but cohesive in their theme. Songs like “Dull My Brain” and “Watery Grave” bring charisma and energy to the fore as they tackle addiction. Whereas tracks like “Jungle” and “I Will Move On”, are dark and gritty but hopeful in their lyrics and melody as it delves into the topic of anxiety and depression.
Jungle,when listened to front to back, is a linear story. The tracks on the EP plants the listener firmly in the shoes of a person struggling for conquest of their own mind; their life has become a duality of love and hate. Song by song, the listener learns the story of a person battling self and substance, constantly shifting in their resolve to overcome their depressive and anxious mind.
Canadian R&B Artist JENNA Nation releases new single “Roses”
JENNA Nation is a Canadian R&B/Pop singer and songwriter who is quickly gaining momentum on the international music scene. Considered by many as an outstanding vocalist with a charismatic stage presence, JENNA Nation has already hit some significant milestones in her career and has worked with some of the best in the industry including Grammy winning and nominated Boi-1da, Tommy Brown, Victoria Monet, Roy Woods, Roger Ryan, Kinetics & One Love and The Elev3n. Her album “You Don’t Know” received numerous accolades including being named Canada’s Best R&B Album of 2017, #9 overall (Music Canada Magazine), and one of the 10 Best Records of the Year (Village Voice Magazine).
Witches Town releases “Scream In The Silence” video inspired by night terror
Brazilian WITCHES TOWN was formed in 2018 by Bruno Baldessari, having as influences some of the metal legends like JUDAS PRIEST, RUNNING WILD and DEATH. For this journey of playing a death metal inspired heavy metal he recruited guitarist Vinicius Henrique, bassist Wellington Conte and drummer Rafael Rau.
IMMORTALIZER – new single “I’m Gone”…+Official video
He has influences from Heavy Metal and Rock pioneers like Motorhead, Judas Priest, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Dio, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Primal Fear, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Van Halen, Thin Lizzy. Etc, but he has always tried his best to create new and exciting music. When he started writing material for IMMORTALIZER he wanted to create something original but that still had a vintage feel to it. His aim is not to copy what’s already been done but rather to contribute something fresh and entertaining.
With a focus on hypnotic, yet funked-out rhythms, Lucky Jesus take principles of the tried-and-tested tech house formula and collides them with their signature brand of spaced-out sounds and forward moving rhythms.
It’s through this perfectly blended cocktail of sounds and ethos that they have managed to win over the support of hundreds of DJ’s worldwide including well known names as Marco Carola, Joseph Capriati, Cristian Varela, Paco Osuna, Luigi Madonna, and others.
Welsh newcomers ‘BOI’ announce debut album and share new video
New Welsh outfit ‘BOI’ have announced their highly anticipated debut album entitled ‘Coron O Chwinc’ which will be released on the 25th June via new Welsh label Recordiau Crwn. The first single from the album will be ‘Cael Chdi Nol’ and will be released on the 30th of April.
‘BOI’ create a big, melodic, unapologetically drum and guitar driven sound, with lyrics and melodies that explore the big issues of our times and the human state. These 10 songs off “Coron O Chwinc” were recorded in various spaces around Wales, and were then mixed in the capable hands of Dafydd Ieuan (Super Furry Animals)
NOCTIFERIA Premiere Third Single + Lyric Video ‘Tanz mit Laibach’, Feat. Black Metal icon Attila Csihar!
Ljubljana’s underground legends NOCTIFERIA have released their third single ‘Tanz mit Laibach’, Feat. Black Metal icon Attila Csihar of THE TRUE MAYHEM. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album Reforma (tribute to Laibach), set to be released on May 28th on Blood Blast Distribution / Nika Records!!
The single and lyric video was originally premiered via Metal Shock Finland last Friday. Watch the official lyric video for ‘Tanz mit Laibach’, here:
All-Female Trio WOMEN IN SONG Reflect Losing Loved Ones to Alzheimer’s In “But I Knew Her When” Single
All-female Blind River, ON-based singer/songwriter trio Women in Song reflect on the hopes and dreams of their parents who have suffered from, and eventually and sadly succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease in this, their new single, “But I Knew Her When” — available now.