Sunday, 26 June 2016

Review: Morganway - 'No Tomorrows EP', Released July 29th 2016 - Independent

Morganway - 'No Tomorrows EP'
Release: July 29th 2016 | Label: Independent

Morganway is British, and if all the bands in the UK are of this calibre then you can be sure the export balance sheet will be soaring in positive territory now that we all have to adjust to a Brexit world.

A generous EP with 5 excellent titles, special but I was thinking spatial so much their music is euphoric, reflective and the emotions carried thru the songs are almost palpable. By certain aspects their music is reminiscent of the Jayhawks there is an Americana flavour but by any means they sound like…. Morganway, this is pretty impressive for a 1-year-old band!!!!

The quintet is excellent and forging obsessive melodies that Yves’s voice supports with gentle keyboards waves. Personally the opening track 'Ain’t It Just' is one of my favourite song of the EP but you cannot really stack rank the titles, there is no pecking order. This is not about that. This is music in its purest intent. Their songs are different and complementary. They reflect feelings, human soul interrogations and perpetual questioning - we are talking TRUE artistry here.

The biography mentioned Norfolk rural outback, Fleetwood Mac, BBC airplay a combination of various events and influences which seem fully digested. Imagine that the group starting point is miles beyond what some other average bands chase for decades - this does promise us an exciting journey!!!

Pack your bag it is time to get on our Morganway!!!

Review by Pascal Derrien

Overall: A must BUY, a MUST NOT MISS!!!
If you pick one only: Hearts of Fire
Live Test: They have a solid reputation already!!!

'No Tomorrows EP' track listing:

1. Ain't It Just
2. Hearts Of Fire
3. No Tomorrows
4. Baby, Let’s Run
5. Give Me Strength

JULIET SIMMS Rises Again with the Release of FROM THE GRAVE EP on July 15th

“The concept of this EP is essentially personal growth and strength. Like everyone, I have been through tough times and have always been resilient and rose back up,” says alt-rocker JULIET SIMMS about her new EP FROM THE GRAVE which will be independently released on July 15, 2016. “In many ways, it's a snap shot of finding myself and never giving in.”

“Resilient” is a great word to describe Juliet who has seen the ups and downs of the music industry from up close with her label teams suffering the massive layoffs of the 2000s, another label suffering from the Japanese tsunami of 2010, as well the worldwide exposure of her second place finish on NBC’s hit music competition show The Voice. But she’s managed to keep her head far above the water and bounced back each and every time. With the release of From the Grave, Juliet mined the depths of her songwriting closet and uncovered a collection of mostly previously unreleased tracks that needed to see the light of day. “I wrote these songs in the last couple years,” she explains. “During and after the recording of [2015’s] All or Nothing, a few of the songs I intended for that EP but the crowd funding campaign I ran was for a 6 song EP only. These songs are indicative of life on the other side when having some darkness in your past.”

Kicking off with the scorcher “Get Ready” (which was co-written with her friends in Boys Like Girls), From the Grave is a rollercoaster of guitar-led rock, tempered by Juliet’s distinctive, gravelly purr and growl. The southern rock flair of “Say Hello” benefits from a massive blast of adrenaline and a swagger that’s equal parts of whiskey and swank. “'Say Hello' is a very cocky song,” she laughs. “It’s a part of my personality about unapologetically being yourself. Over the past few years I’ve noticed, and much like a lot of people or public figures, social media has two sides to it - the lovers and the haters. This song is for both. It’s an anthem for the good guys and a big ol’ bird for the bad guys.”

The midtempo pop of “Tidal Wave” shows off Juliet’s command of infectious songwriting and big, booming choruses. “I wrote with [producer] Aaron Sprinkle in Nashville,” she explains. “One of my biggest influences is Sheryl Crow and, at the time, I was immersed in some of her older material. I think that's why this song has a bit of a 90s feel to it. It’s about waiting for something to wake you up and knock you back into shape. It’s a sad happy song.”

The remainder of the eight-track EP travels such roads as the heavy rock of “Trouble Finds You” (“Chaos begets chaos in the song... with order chasing not far behind”), a tender rumination on Kurt and Courtney’s daughter Frances Bean in “Frances” (“Being a huge fan of both since I was a little girl, I naturally was effected by the films Montage of Heck and Soaked in Bleach and the new things learned that it inspired me to write some poetry much like both did”), and the acoustic ballad “Phoenix” (“The metaphor of being a phoenix waiting for your demise, just so you can return again stronger, more beautiful and ready to ‘fly’ again”).

Gearing up for “more touring and perhaps a new LP”, Juliet is once again bouncing back… and the great thing about her is that each time she’s presented with an obstacle, it only makes her determination and her songwriting so much stronger. If this EP is any indication, the lyrics in the song “Phoenix” perfectly captures her trajectory: “Like a phoenix, I’m just waiting to fly.”

From The Grave will be released on July 15, 2016.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Anna of the North premieres new remix "Baby (Felix Cartal remix)"

Epic, swooning and ethereal, Oslo based act Anna of the North recently arrived with the new single, "Baby," exclusively on Noisey. Now, Vancouver native, Felix Cartal premieres his shimmering re-work of the track, streaming on Mr. Suicide Sheep.

A relentless touring schedule and tireless work ethic have led to Cartal's continued rise as one of dance music's premier producers. Never content to reproduce the same sound, his artistic evolution has resulted in a unique style defined by memorable melodies, beautiful vocals, and driving bass. 2016 has seen the release of multiple remixes by Felix, all of which have topped the Hype Machine charts, including Kiiara's "Feels" and Wafia's "Heartburn". The JUNO nominated artist has performed on the stages of Tomorrowland, EDC, Electric Zoo, and HARD, as well as clubs around the world.

Anna of the North's Baby is the highly anticipated follow up to previous releases, "The Dreamer" and "Sway," which were streamed over 30 million times, and caught the attention from tastemakers like Fader, NYLON, Pigeons and Planes, and rose to number three in the Hype Machine charts. "Sway" also garnered an official remix from certified hit makers, The Chainsmokers.

New LION BABE project "Sun Joint" out today

Free, fun, refreshing and right on time for summer: LION BABE's new project "Sun Joint" was released today, right before their US Headline tour! Fresh of the single release "Endless Summer" which charted top 3 on hype machine charts; LION BABE enlists Raury, Angel Haze, DJ Dahi & JunglePussy as the project's features.

Los Angeles Rockers BUDDERSIDE to Release New Self-Titled Album via Motörhead Music/UDR

"We've survived hell to live a life to die for, and we're just getting started." -Patrick Stone of Budderside

Doused in the (street) waters of Los Angeles, California, gritty hard rockers BUDDERSIDE are fronted by Patrick Stone, who was with the likes of Quiet Riot, Velvet Revolver and Adler's Appetite before realizing the ultimate dream of his own band and singing his own songs to the world. Enter Michael "The Stoneman" Stone on bass, Rich Sacco on drums and Johnny Santoro, (Still Standing, Rock Sugar) on guitar to form a rock-solid band of brothers with instantly unbreakable bonds.

BUDDERSIDE manager Todd Singerman of Singerman Entertainment (Motörhead) ensured the band went into Rosewood Strat Studio with producer Paul Inder Kilmister (son of Lemmy Kilmister). And the result is a searing-hot, self-titled debut album Budderside,which is due for release on July 29, 2016 via Motörhead Music/UDR. Pre-orders will be available soon, which will come in digipack, digital download and streaming formats.

Take a look at the video for BUDDERSIDE's first single "Pain" now via YouTube:

In the video, we see a gym janitor making eyes at a female boxer, who of course knocks him out. A daydream of unlikely grandeur ensues - chock full of scantily-clad vixens boxing one another and a full on BUDDERSIDE concert in the ring! But is this really a daydream? Watch the video to find out!

BUDDERSIDE vocalist Patrick Stone's drive and verve come from a need to make sense of all life's challenges - politics, sex, philosophy, rage, love, light, sound, senses - and express them all with one unifying current racing through it all - electricity, and Stone is far from encumbered by any perceived 'limitations' of a rock band more than he is empowered by the freedom to explore.

That seeker-spirit sees BUDDERSIDE go from the thick, thumping, leather-clad rock riffery of "The Envelope" to the ska-tinted mobility of "Ska-Bra" which also features Motörhead's Phil Campbell on guitar. There's the bendy, grungy intoxication of "X-Girlfriend", the big-stage orchestral grandiosity of "Can't Wrap My Head Around You" and the thicker, space-fuzzy buzz-riff of "Open Relationship"... which all serve to say that whatever sonic broadsword BUDDERSIDE want to swing, they swing with freedom and verve.

Infectious, gritty, contagious and altogether dangerous, BUDDERSIDE demand your fullest focus and most engaged attention. Stay tuned for more coming from BUDDERSIDE soon.

Budderside Track Listing:

Ska Bra (feat. Motörhead's Phil Campbell)
Clear Blue Sky
Open Relationship
My Religion
The Enevelope
Let This One Breathe
Can't Wrap My Head Around You


Patrick Stone - vocals Michael Stone - Bass Johnny Santoro - guitar Rich Sacco - drums