‘Move Yo Body’ to Discrete’s new summer single

When creating your summer time playlist, ‘Move Yo Body’ needs to be on there somewhere between ‘Summertime’ and ‘Good Life.’ Backed by So Sharp Productions, rapper, singer and producer Discrete has come out with his entry for the summer anthem. ‘Move Yo Body’ is a track for taking in the rays on the beach, rolling a window down during long drives and a must play to keep a chill mood for any BBQ.

Listen to ‘Move Yo Body’ here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/qFrxd_VzDLo

With several mix tapes and one full length album (Birds Eye View) already under his belt, ‘Move Yo Body’ comes from Discrete’s most recent album, Let Me Remind You. Drawing influence from other artists such as Mac Dre, Keyshia Cole, E-40 and G-Eazy, Discrete is a multitalented hip hop artist raised in the Bay Area of Northern California and aspires for nothing short of greatness. Musically, Discrete and can be compared to the likes of Sage the Gemini (who features on Let Me Remind You on ‘Try This’) but can be likened to either Kanye West or Drake when it comes to his lyrics. Beginning as a young, shy kid who passed time skateboarding, Discrete has grown into an all round confident artist who knows what he wants and plans to stop at nothing until he gets it. Discrete’s music draws on personal inspiration as well as that of other artists with songs on Let Me Remind You recounting real life stories that have been shaped to become a form of art. Let Me Remind You is completely Discrete’s project with the guy writing, recording and mixing the entire thing himself.

The only thing discrete about Discrete is how his infections music is so easy to listen to that you’ve had the same song on repeat for hours before you’ve even realised it. Something that can be listened to over and over again, ‘Move Yo Body’ is a laid-back track on its way to becoming a summer hit.

Links:

Website: https://sosharpproductions.com/artists
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlwaysDiscrete
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/qFrxd_VzDLo
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/alwaysdiscrete/tracks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/always_discrete/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

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Celebrating the music of Brazil with Ricardo Bacelar’s Sebastiana

No celebration is complete without music and Ricardo Bacelar has used this to his advantage to create a fifteen-track album entitled Sebastiana bursting with culture and pride. Being Ricardo’s third album, the artist wanted to create something that would transcend musical styles and go beyond trends and fashion. With Sebastiana, Ricardo has recorded something that is more than just jazz music but captures the collective brilliance of the Latin American world. Taking the old and the new, Sebastiana is an evocative, inspiring and timeless album that employs unique Latin American rhythms, instruments and vocals.

Beginning the musical experience in a subdued celebratory style is ‘A Volta da Asa Branca,’ a track combining a fusion of Latin American instruments and fully beginning the immersion of Sebastiana. With many of the tracks on the album, the world around you begins to fall away until all that is left is the music and the emotions it creates. Pulling you in further is ‘Suco Verde’ that employs a more jazz heavy sound by bringing bass instruments to the foreground before giving you a little electric tease. Sebastiana puts mood and emotion before anything else, selecting the perfect rhythm and pace before commerciality. Songs like ‘River of Emotions’ and ‘Parts of Me’ are artistically and beautifully composed piano pieces that leave you aching and wishing they were longer than 40 seconds. However, Sebastiana does not only succeed is brining a tear to the eye and a rhythm to the body but also manages to be effortlessly seductive with tracks like ‘Somewhere in the Hills’ and ‘Nothing Will Be as It Was.’ ‘Somewhere in the Hills’ has a soothing sensuality provided by smooth jazz and soft vocals that provide the perfect song to wind down to after a long day. Lead track ‘Nothing Will Be as It Was’ stands out from the album through it’s more melancholy sound and lyrics, a song of reflection and wondering what the future will bring. The swirling sound and continuous beat move the song forward without ever becoming too much, a perfect balance of vocals and instruments that fades out softly.

Watch the music video for ‘Nothing Will Be as It Was’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSnmWyNqYGs

Musicians from all over the Latin American world have contributed to Sebastiana, leaving their own unique cultural stamp on each track to create something personal but also to be shared. The album delivers lushly-layered tracks with a variety of different instruments that combine to create an education into different rhythms like vallenato, sangueo, bomba and timba. Sebastiana was recorded in Miami, Florida, with producer Cesar Lemos and has been released with a deluxe LP and CD packages that feature a booklet depicting images of studio sessions and artwork used as inspiration such as the distinctive artwork of Emiliano Di Cavalcanti. Ricardo Bacelar has truly created something outstanding that captures the music of Brazil in all its glory.

Links:

Website: http://bit.ly/RicardoBacelar-Sebastiana-en
Facebook: https://facebook.com/ricbacelar
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ricbacelar/videos
Spotify: http://bit.ly/Sebastiana-Spotify
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ricardo_bacelar

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Screamin’ Whisper are more than just ‘Filth’

With a band name like Screamin’ Whisper and an album name like Filth, you may be thinking these three young lads from Dublin and Edinburgh are cable of producing nothing but ear damaging noise. Well, I’m here to tell you that you wouldn’t be more wrong! Screamin’ Whisper have taken the elements of classic English rock, such as The Arctic Monkeys, and striped them down to the beauty at their core.

The three-piece indie-rock band began in Dublin with singer, songwriter and lead guitarist Brian Hughes and his twin brother (bassist) Martin (but he’ll also answer to Basser McRib) before moving to Edinburgh in 2013 where the duo became a trio by recruiting drummer Zak Watt. From the completion of their three-piece band, Screamin’ Whisper have worked relentlessly to be the name on everyone’s lips, being cited as one of the most consistent bands on the live circuit and quickly ramping up a fairly sized fanbase. Screamin’ Whisper are not about half measures, putting everything into their music and live performances, making sure to give one hell of an energetic show to fans willing to support them. The professionalism and energy the band embody is admirable and translates into the music that can be found on their debut album, Filth.

Whilst their band and album name may conjure images of The Sex Pistols, the music of Filth is closer to that of The Libertines with tracks like ‘Foolish Me’ showcasing Screamin’ Whispers ability to pull off acoustic art through such a simple sound. Brian’s vocals hold a maturity that takes the lyrics of each song and transforms them into something that intrigues and captivates. The high notes of ‘Foolish Me’ portrays how Brian understands his vocals and is able to use them accordingly to fit the mood of the song. Other songs like ‘Angels Don’t Watch Broken Homes’ amp up the rock with a sound that is more expected from the indie scene, introducing enthusiastic harmonic playing that takes the song to the next level and sets Screamin’ Whisper apart from your typical indie-rock bands. Lead track and the name sake of the album, ‘Filth’ combines the sounds of ‘Foolish Me’ and ‘Angels Don’t Watch Broken Homes’ to deliver a soft rock song that belongs on a movie soundtrack.

Watch the music video for ‘Filth’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar4gzLHrbhY&feature=youtu.be&a

Screamin’ Whisper’s music comes across as effortless and is reflected in how the band work harmoniously together, understanding their strengths and weaknesses to build up the former and leave the latter behind. The melodic narratives of their songs and devotion to their music are gaining more and more fans eager to hear a band who can manage to embody the same experience of listening to them live into record form.

Links:

Website: www.screaminwhisper.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/screaminwhisper/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScreaminWhisper
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/screaminwhisper
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/screamin-whisper
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6rQdWHpY1DFUwryo9Fiwzl
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keepscreamin/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Satellite Ravens are taking the Rohde less travelled by with soaring new album, The Equinox

‘If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself’ is the exact mentality multi-instrumentalist and creator of Satellite Ravens, Carson Rohde, has applied to debut album, The Equinox. Birthed in Arizona but finding their wings in California, Satellite Ravens are a new twist on the one-man band by combining the sound of the past and present to create something never heard before. The Equinox is a melding of genres from jazz to funk, from 80s rock to 90s underground psych – an album to be explored through each layer of magnificence.

Apart from the unusual combination of sounds that causes the album to stand out from what’s currently in the charts, The Equinox puts Carson’s booming bass guitar skills at the forefront creating a chill/lost in space like vibe. Layered in weird and wonderful modified synths and sounds, The Equinox is a new world of colourful characters and vast landscapes of uncharted territory with each track claiming more and more of this territory as its own. Lead track, ‘Changes,’ is a psychedelic funk fusion introducing you to the unique sound of Satellite Ravens that spends five minutes taking you on a journey you might find yourself not wanting to come back from. The mood alterations throughout ‘Changes’ are notable but subtle, giving you classic hippy vibes mixed with intoxicating electric guitar solos before leaving you stranded with an abrupt end that has you desperately searching for more.

Watch the music video for ‘Changes’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj8YEUKgcKA

But fear not for The Equinox will not leave you lost for long before delivering you to the robotic rock ‘Suffocated,’ a song that doesn’t begin how you think it will end and just keeps you guessing for what is to come next from the album. ‘Suffocated’ contains drawn out vocals and nothing short of awesome guitar playing that softens out towards the fade out end to put you in the mood for the chilled funk of ‘AfterThoughts.’ The shortest of the tracks on The Equinox, ‘Encircled’ is a pseudo-mystical song that walks you through a dream in the same way Fleetwood Mac would if they teamed up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Whilst every track on The Equinox has a hypnotising rhythm that is guaranteed to have you hooked, ‘Equinox Ashes’ is a space rock track that fades in and out of beauty whilst continuously managing to be captivating.

The Equinox is by no means an album that will appeal to everyone, but it has a charm and allure built into each track that will appeal to those open to musical experimentation and creation. The array of different styles and intriguing lyrics are playful but also speak of some serious musical talent akin to bands like the Flaming Lips. The Equinox is in orbit now and I encourage you to give it a listen before things completely blow up.

Links:

Website: https://satelliteravens.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/satellite.ravens/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/satelliteravens
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuJAay056LCLnCks9ua9Duw?view_as=subscriber
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/satellite_ravens
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4DWM8jTdcf2wyyWt3a7SzV
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/satellite.ravens/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Adam 888 takes us on a journey of cosmic spirituality with ‘Chakra 123’

Sometimes artists find music, other times the music seeks out the artists. In the case of Adam 888, music called out and took an unrelenting grip until the two became fused in a comic trap through which blissful sound would be made. Based in Sweden, Adam saw his career excel as a professional skier until eight years later when he realised music could provide a more suited platform. Through this platform Adam has created music he describes as ‘shamanistic soul’, a combination of his spiritual beliefs and melancholia. Using his music to learn more about himself and the universe beyond, Adam has released his single, ‘Chakra 123’, a deep exploration mixed with hip hop beats and vibrations.

Listen to ‘Charka 123’ here: https://soundcloud.com/adam_888/chakra_123

After recently signing with Warner Music, Adam has begun building a substantial fan base in America and invites anyone who are fans of his music to join him on this celestial journey. However, Adam is not starting a cult in which to tell people what they should believe but is instead sharing his own personal experience and encouraging others to do the same. With people connecting so deeply with music anyway, it makes sense to explore these themes of spirituality and leaves little surprise to the success in doing so with tracks such as ‘Chakra 123.’ The song is referencing the energy believed to travel through our first three charkas that filter incoming and outgoing energy. The idea is to connect with these chakras to better understand yourself, something Adam has expertly expressed in his music. ‘Chakra 123’ combines wisdom, positive vibes and a damn good sound for something you can either dance or meditate to. Even though it’s a genre of music I myself don’t usually listen to there is something captivating about ‘Chakra 123’ and leaves me thoroughly intrigued for the future of Adam’s music.

Propelled forward by a genuine love for the music he is creating and an unwavering connection to his beliefs as a pipeline of inspiration, Adam 888’s breakthrough journey has the potential to explore depths other artists can only dream of.

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adam8888888/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD93Jno39TVcdsYA756eF3w/featured
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/adam_888
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3yFlU2rloPxu64a2R3AugL?si=wTh9sg1OTyWwVFQjF4jsJA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/falclorian/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

IOTAPHI’s electro-noir art project, Kloudland, is threatening to take the world apart

Taking fashion style tips from Sia and music style tips from Nils Frahm, electronic duo IOTAPHI are putting the world and all its values under a musical microscope with their debut EP, Kloudland. From the depths of Ibiza’s valley and with roots in Athens, the duo has arisen on a pilgrimage of cinematic landscapes, disturbing hypnotic rhythm and ethereal vocals to bring us back to the beauty inside ourselves. IOTAPHI believe ‘we are driven away from the truth and towards superficiality’ and promise with their music ‘there will be change’ to this through making society ‘re-evaluate its core values.’ Standing apart from current contemporary music, the sound of IOTAPHI is set in another time, taking inspiration from the myth of Persephone and creating this inbetween worlds state where their music exists. By exploring both the dark and the light, the duo has combined both to aid them in their mission to bring change and inspire growth.

The heady mixture that is Kloudland is captured in lead track ‘Kids of Chaos,’ a song embracing the intricacies of the human soul. The track begins with a simple beat, something that might be expected from the electronic genre before transforming into something haunting and transcending the barrier between music and emotion. ‘Kids of Chaos’ melds together traditional instruments such as the santur with a modern mix to create a beautiful blend you will become lost in. The song is accompanied by a positively striking music video that puts a heavy focus on self-expression through its abstract style. The entire video takes place in what appears to be a derelict gymnasium where dancers elegantly interweave through thick fog in a state of bliss, giving an insight into the world IOTAPHI plan to create with their music. The video leaves no doubt that the duo are so much more than musicians but artists using their music to create something sublime and thought provoking.

Watch the music video for ‘Kids of Chaos’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7AwStEMwrk

The music video has been rightfully nominated in the Berlin Music Video awards and already attracted the likes of Daniel Heath (Lana Del Rey) who produced the track ‘Hypertopos’ on IOTAPHI’s EP. Kloudland is set to be released on May 18th and could prove to be the beauty that finally kills the beast.

Links:

Facebook: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI_Facebook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IOTAPHIofficial 
YouTube: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI_YouTube
Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI_Soundcloud
Spotify: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI
Instagram: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI_Instagram

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

 

Brand building and ambition burning in ‘Fire’ by Quadri

With great music can come a great brand and that’s exactly what urban pop artist Quadri is aiming for with his new single ‘Fire.’ Influenced by grime musicians and producers like Wiley and Timbaland, Quadri is using his music to make a scorching mark in both the music and clothing industry.

Listen to ‘Fire’ here: https://soundcloud.com/quadri_artist/fire

‘Fire’ has an almost regal elegance to it that you might not expect, showing how Quadri has his sights set high and will stop at nothing until he gets there. The single deals with a prominent point in the music artist’s life when he decided he was going to stop letting life and people keep him back, creating something for the people who mattered and prove those who don’t wrong. This is reflected in the repeating backing vocals of ‘you don’t want to play with fire’ either as a warning to rivals or reminiscent of how people have tried to keep Quadri down in the past. Either way, he is not someone to be messed with or taken for a joke. The classical instruments combined with a demanding beat and rich lyrics give Quadri the title of Grime King among the many others he is creating for himself. Some of those titles are embedded into the lyrics, such as Qh referring to the clothing brand he is developing. Quadri has grand plans in the form of building his clothing brand, wanting it to be something that can stand on its own. He’s already successfully managed to establish his own recording studio from scratch in his home town of Bexley, leaving no doubt about the high levels of ambition and dedication the man embodies. The significant symbolism of ‘Fire’ was not decided on a whim but as a representation of how Quadri is reinventing himself like a Phoenix rising from the ashes and creating something completely new in the form of Qh.

Proving to be a talented music artist and head strong businessman, Quadri has enough drive to conquer the world twice over.

Links:

Website: www.qhmusic.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Quadri.Artist/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/quadri_artist/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/quadri_artist
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quadri.artist/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Wisdom and youth combine in Saint Mars’ bully battling single ‘Somewhere Somebody’

No two lives are the same with experiences shaping us as the individuals we will grow up to be. No two pains are the same but the empathy we embody allows us to form a connection with fellow beings through similar experiences. Whilst each experience is specific to us as individuals, at some point in our lives we have all encountered the serious issue of bullying. Whether it be through first hand experience, witnessing or even partaking, bullying is a universal pain we can all understand. One 13-year-old boy is bravely sharing his story alongside Massive Attack guitarist, Angelo Bruschini, in Saint Mars upcoming single ‘Somewhere Somebody.’

Saint Mars have already seen success last year with their critically acclaimed EP, Ocean Blues, and are now working on their forthcoming concept album with ‘Somebody Somewhere’ being our first look. ‘Somebody Somewhere’ is a powerful song of spine chilling proportions in its haunting innocence and honesty. The message of the song is simple but has been layered in a deep, resonating sound of keyboard, drums, guitar and painfully vulnerable lyrics. The single tells the tale of a young protagonist laying out the unrealistic expectations the world has of him and the punishment he receives for not achieving them but staying strong in the face of ridicule. The combination of the hard drums and soft keyboard interspersed with electric guitar marry the real-life struggle of keeping hope during the seemingly darkest of times. Saint Mars have gone above and beyond with ‘Somebody Somewhere’ by not only creating something inspiring concerning something so important but by giving the song the authenticity that makes it so chilling through the vocals of 13-year-old Tryzdin Grubbs.

Handpicked by Marc Darcange, the man in charge of Saint Mars, Tryzdin found himself in the stratosphere of fame at the age of 11 through a Youtube video of him covering Adele’s ‘Hello’. A beautifully challenging song to even attempt no matter pull off, the video has gained 3.4 million views so far and lead to Tryzdin’s involvement on ‘Somebody Somewhere.’ The aim of Saint Mars’ concept album is authenticity so including a young voice on the first single was a step towards this but Tryzdin has been able to draw from his own personal experience with bullying and lay down those raw and innocent vocals that will have everyone in tears once the song has been released on April 28th.

Alongside Tryzdin are keyboardist/singer Marc Darcange; guitarist/bassist, Angelo Bruschini (Mars Attacks) and bassist/keyboardist/singer, Jason X. ‘Somebody Somewhere’ will be available from April 28th alongside a narrative based music video giving visuals to the story being told. A song about self-love and acceptance told through yearning vocals and an admirable maturity, ‘Somebody Somewhere’ is both a brilliant and beautiful song.

Links:

Website: https://www.saintmars.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAINT.MARS.OFFICIAL/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarcDarcange?edit=true
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJDziNXZFtNpmd_BIZ1z_EA
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/saint_mars
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saint.mars/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Travel Playlist

Travelling; it’s got to be done because nobody wants to stay at Point A forever. With the Easter Break over, people all over are returning home from holidays abroad or back from home towns to their lives at school/university/work. As great as the time away can be, the long hours of travelling can sometimes be unbearable even at the mere thought and take away precious time that could be used more productively. After my own Easter Break away I was unable to post on this blog as regularly as I usually do so have decided to make a return with a post about the very thing that hindered me. No matter where you will be off to next, here are some songs to fill those long hours and hopefully give you some enjoyment along the way!

Ray Charles ‘Hit the Road, Jack’

Willie Nelson ‘On the Road Again’ 

Tom Cochrane ‘Life is a Highway’ 

Bon Jovi ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ 

Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ 

Queen ‘I Want To Break Free’ 

Fall Out Boy ’20 Doller Nose Bleed’ 

Fall Out Boy ‘Death Valley’ 

Panic! At the Disco ‘Mad as Rabbits’

Panic! At the Disco ‘Pas De Chavel’ 

Staind ‘So Far Away’ 

Metallic ‘The Unforgiven’ 

Shinedown ‘I’ll Follow You’ 

Stone Cherry ‘Blame It on the Boom Boom’ 

30 Seconds to Mars ‘Walk on Water’

Green Day ‘Holiday’ 

Bowling For Soup ‘1985’

Dommin ‘Dyin’ on the Radio’ 

Dommin ‘There You Are’ 

Five Finger Death Punch ‘Never Enough’ 

Fiver Finger Death Punch ‘M.I.N.E (End This Way)’

Guns ‘N’ Roses ‘Sweet Child of Mine’

My Chemical Romance ‘Bulletproof Heart’

My Chemical Romance ‘Summertime’

The Young Veins ‘Young Veins (Die Tonight)’ 

Audioslave ‘I Am the Highway’ 

Audioslave ‘Getaway Car’ 

Audioslave ‘Gasoline’ 

Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Can’t Stop’

Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Californication’ 

Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘By the Way’ 

Counting Crows ‘Accidently in Love’

Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars ‘Billionaire’

AD/DC ‘Highway to Hell’ 

Deep Blue Something ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’

 

By Skye W. Winwood

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