Billed as a Future Star by the luminary Pete Tong and listed as One To Watch by Dancing Astronaut, Lane 8 has fulfilled all expectations and broken the scene in more places than we can count. Producer and DJ David Goldstein is now on the bill again with a brilliant new single. Nuclear Lethargy, released on his own home-brewed record label This Never Happened, ramps up the energy and settles the scores all in one go.
On deep and sensual bass, the music unveils into muffled synthesiser melody. The amplitude rises in the mix as chords and motifs enjoy a smooth ride on steady 1-2 beats that grow and intensify as each bar passes. The melody continues to punctuate the sonic sculpture with continual evolution of tone. Then, the rhythm section and undercarriage pauses as a new found energy takes over with the tune. As the velocity continues on the perfectionist loops, a break brings a brilliant rise of percussion and bass that thumps with dancing sentiment. Progressive and spectacular, Nuclear Lethargy carries an ambience and dream-state that happily accepts a flight on a rocket-ship.
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Raised in Barbados and born in Britain, London's Queen Phariah wants to celebrate the festive season with style. Influenced by people like Lauren Hill, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston, the Queen's regal sound is undoubtedly worth checking out. Bringing wind and bringing fire, Queen Phariah's voice is the sound of Christmas this year.
A muted piano begins with poignant tones that stir reminiscences and thought. Thumping drums then enter on energetic vibes as Queen Phariah glides through with expressive and uplifting verse lines. A song about realising the time of year and making everything seem magical helps rekindle the festive spirit in all of us. We're treated to choruses that are sing-a-long favourites already as soulful rhythms continue to surge with an R&B chic.
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Ireland's premiere alt-rock trio Rofi James are back after headline dates with a great single. Since performing across the land to tens of thousands of fans come rain or shine, these guys have paid their dues and then some. Now with hundreds of thousands of Spotify hits to their name and support slots filled beautifully for the likes of Ryan Sheridan, Picture This, and Wild Youth, Rofi James are soon to be the ones at the top of the bill. Electric Picnic, Riverfest, and Fever Pitch festivals have all gladly accommodated this fast-rising act, and this new single with a historical twist is no-doubt ready to be heard on their PAs next time around.
On wings of distortion and bass, the music unravels into synthesisers and drums as laid-back verse lines hit the scene. A cut marks a new energy and the drumming adapts to surge with the input. Moving lines roll with the rhythms as punchy lines hook with each bar. Effects and sound design give the band a uniquely satisfying persona that brings out a digital nuance to the rock n roll sensibility that builds the song.
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My Twisted Heart
When Hong Kong multi-disciplinarian Po Ki Ching decided to live in Ireland, he knew it was a great time to put his sound into the world. Now he's produced an EP of which this is the single. A song about being trapped in an unwanted relationship, this is an artistic metaphor for how the artist feels about his Hong Kong home. My Twisted Heart carries the same energy from his early influences in K Rock, Canton Rock, and J Rock, then blends in the more modern tastes found within hip-hop and the alternative scene. A collaboration with Outsider YP, sticking together helps everyone feel at home.
Acoustic guitar and subtle keyboard playfully dance in sunny reverb. Then, a flux of beats and vocal hit the airwaves. The guitar punches chords down as bass and snare trace the line of flow over rolling cymbals. Moving vocals swerve and duet with one another through various effects and R&B style melodies. Sleek rhythms impress as the energy rises and falls over the emotional story-line. A catchy chorus keeps coming back with memorable lines as the smoothness continues across head-moving beats.
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Not fitting in made Lilith Bee the award-winning artist she is today and with another fabulous single out, why look back? Her trademark sound makes use of the idiosyncrasies and adjustmentless attitude that defines anyone with an ounce of genuine left in them. Here is the latest number that continues the journey of writing, performing, recording, and getting lots of fans. Since she was only 11, Lilith Bee has been working hard to become the asset to music that she is today and what better way to further the avenue than with this new track and brilliant artwork.
The music opens with a plucked guitar melody that reverberates with folky charm. Synthesiser swells on strings and bass as the drumming enters on hats and snare. As Lilith Bee starts the verse, we're taken into a dramatic story that lifts and turns like a cinematic performance. Expert song writing gives way to beautiful vocals and a truly inspiring composition. With modern entanglement and a traditional soul, Lilith Bee's Poseidon fits in perfectly to my playlist.
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Shining a light on the human side of addiction and mental-health, Junkie Boy takes story-teller musician Brian Barron into the gutters and alleys where tragedy and euphoria walk hand in hand. Dedicated to the real people who stumbled into the pit-fall of drug use and couldn't get out, Junkie Boy tells the untold story to the sound of intimate acoustic guitar. Taken from his second album, the fast-rising Brian Barron takes the next step into his own musical story. His newest song is inspired by Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie, at the same time as drawing on his own personal observations and experiences of life in Ireland. The most touching aspect of the track is its universality, with addiction manifesting in many areas including social media, fame, and attention. The graphically disturbing scene on the cover not necessarily points to the truth behind the music and when I've seen people shooting up, they put the needle the other way.
The guitar brings in the melody as chord shapes are dissected into sequences of sound. Brian Barron begins, the title of the song is the first word. It sounds like a theme to a noir cartoon, made for grown-ups. We walk through the shady streets to the beat of a dream as the music describes the sorrowful tale of so many who have been cursed with the affliction leading to being a junkie. Short, sweet, and strangely innocent, the 70s feel like they've had a second wind.
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Celebrating the night of the Full Moon which falls on Friday 19th November, Parabola West sets her latest single free. Flying into the clear and starlit night, Hannah reveals an undying spirit within the compositions panned by Parabola West. This New Zealand based electronic folk artist is a magical destiny for music fans the world over, and the new song only makes us love her sound even more. Hannah has been recorded with the A note at 432 Hz instead of the traditional 440 Hz. This is because the adjusted frequency is said to harmonise with our own human fields.
The music begins with Timpani and Hurdy-gurdy that drones to the thumping drum. Parabola West begins to sing, her folk melodies immediately setting a scene. The timeless feeling of immortal song flies like browning leaves in gusty gales. Beautiful and haunting chorus notes fill the air with mystical charm as forlorn lyrics seek endlessly for the missing. Chapel reverberations and distinctive vocal clarity merge in a mild mannered tempest that flows into eternity.
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London rock band The Kut are making massive waves all over the place. Their signature female-driven grunge sound is hitting everyone's sweet spots with consistent brilliance. The group even have their own fan club on Facebook which I am sure you will want to join (link at the end folks) if you're not already a member. Fronted by the supremely talented Princess Maha, who is a dab-hand on pretty much everything you need to make an album, and made a reality by some of the nation's most energetic and proficient musicians, everyone wants to get a slice of The Kut.
The video begins with flag waving and power poses. A chord progression launches the music with a punky and uplifting groove. Drums smash the rhythm as we're given a decent dancing intro before the song begins. Princess Maha begins her verse that pretty much bounces into a chorus immediately. Clever chord progressions and rhythmic breaks frame the lyrics about being strong and independent. Animo not vulnerable, wild at heart and no mothering needed. This lady is on top of her world and is making it even higher. Animo is empowering music with a rock groove we can all move to, vocoder effects smashing chorus vibes into long-term memory, and progressive riffs that just keep motoring into our mind.
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London has always had a fantastic R&B scene with bars and clubs regularly putting on big names and grass-roots acts at every opportunity. Rising up the ranks like a sun-flower in June, Alice Comerford brings her self-written style to the airwaves. Her delicate and personal interpretations display an intuitive and humanistic ability to touch on feelings with the sound of song. Inspired by Jessie Rayes, Sinead Harnett, and many other strong leading females, Alice Comerford is proving to stand shoulder to shoulder with her heroes.
Smooth chords and finger-click rhythms break the shell and lets the syrup glide into the bowl. The rhythm gives buoyancy to Alice Comerford who sings with a soft and intimate delivery. The music spans out with bass and keyboards working magic between the vocal-lines and steady drums. Personal and vulnerable lyrics offer us trust and confidence as we learn about the human equation from the eyes of this talented singer. Sweet and dainty moves wrap like warm blankets as the emotional story builds up through verse and chorus.
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Green Your Mind
No stranger to the industry, SALLZO has been a key figure behind the scenes for many years. Owning a multi-platinum studio has seen many big names run through his fingers, and then being A&R Director for Polygram Records has really given SALLZO the ear for a great piece of music. He's even published his own book, that undoubtedly shines plenty of spotlight on his mindset. Deciding to follow his childhood dream of being an artist himself, it's now single number three that's hitting the radio and streaming sites. Taken from the forthcoming album, currently in production, Green Your Mind is another electronic-pop blast into the future of sound.
A dose of gated synthesiser rolls out with rhythmic melody, effects shift the tone this way and that before drums and bass take the lead. SALLZO begins the song, electronic effects robotise his voice as rhythmic poetry glides across the bouncy beats. Crafty melodies playfully inject their nuance in between the vocals. The chorus rises with uplifting lines and spiralling lead synthesiser that whistles and climbs as the bass continues to bop. Elements of the 80s meet the modern day as computers become the instrument of groove.
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