Vispa’s ‘Cosmic Force’

We find a lot of artists these days who take inspiration from bygone eras, particularly the 80s, but Iranian artist, Vispa, has gone full hog in empowering that retro sound in his music.

As an electronic artist, synthesizers are big part of his work and as we all know, the synth was synonymous the 80s period.

‘Cosmic Force’ employs a heavy dance beat with spacey synths and choral-like drones that could have been made 30 thirty years ago. However, this isn’t to say that Vispa’s music is out dated, by any means. He has reignited the flame of this electronic style and there’s sure to be many electronic music lovers who will be pleased to hear it make a comeback.

Since there are no lyrics in ‘Cosmic Force’, there is a definite filmic nature to the track: you can truly imagine it accompanying an action film, or even as a TV theme.

At the age of 19, Vispa decided to attend a music class where he learnt his trade, working primarily with synthesizers and keyboards. As he learnt more, Vispa began experimenting with his own melodies and beats, often just playing things by ear, how he wanted them to sound.

Supposedly, ‘Cosmic Force’ was inspired by Vispa’s daydreams on space and the world beyond, which can be clearly seen when listening to the track.

Check out more on Vispa and his music here:

Links

https://www.facebook.com/Vispamusic/

https://twitter.com/Vispamusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmghhgeg1p6gBxIgyF3hFg

https://www.instagram.com/vispamusic/ 

Lisa Richards blends folk with jazz to form new album ‘A Light From The Other Side’

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A Light From The Other Side is the new album from Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Richards, who has developed her very own brand of jazz infused folk, with a few hints of blues and roots music too.

Growing up in North Queensland, Australia, was difficult for Lisa; her Mother who was formerly a concert pianist, had moved there for her Father and thus Lisa’s childhood became a turbulent time. Alcohol and substance abuse were issues from a young age, but Lisa eventually fled her troubles to the city where she would pursue a career in music.

Check out ‘Frank Sinatra’ from the album here:

Lisa’s travels and experiences have woven a rich tapestry of musical styles into her own work, resulting in the artist she is today. As a result, her eclectic, yet endearing sound has seen her compared with the likes of Norah Jones, Leonard Cohen, Amy Winehouse and even Ella Fitzgerald.

Despite this, Lisa has been gifted with a voice like no one else’s that will immediately stop you in your tracks the first time you hear it; it’s truly like nothing else.

A Light From The Other Side is out now and was produced with the help of renowned singer-songwriter/producer, Greg J. Walker.

Links:

http://www.lisarichardsmusic.com

http://www.twitter.com/mymadmusic

https://soundcloud.com/lisarichardsmusic

http://www.facebook.com/lisarichardssongs

https://www.youtube.com/user/lisamrichards

Beldon Haigh’s Anti-Trump Protest Song: ‘Freedom’

Standing up to the questionable presidency of Donald Trump is Scottish singer-songwriter, Beldon Haigh.

With his song of protest, ‘Freedom’ tells you everything you need to know about the 45th president of the USA and why you should stand up and protest his leadership. You might be wondering why a Scotsman is writing an Anti-Trump protest song, but in fact, Beldon’s wife is a Honduran immigrant with family in the US who fear that they may be deported. He is also concerned about the messages that Trump has sent out so far concerning race and sex, and he doesn’t want his three children to grow up in a world where these comments are considered acceptable.

Taking influence from the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Lou Reed, Beldon has penned an easy-listening pop-rock tune that is both pleasing to listen to, as well as being informative, with a powerful agenda.

Beldon’s affinity for writing ballads and protest songs is demonstrated through his quality musicianship and clever storytelling, employing touches of humour along with substantial lyricism that always has a purpose. As well as this, Beldon favours true musicality, utilising real musicians and real instruments to create his contemporary style of melodic pop-rock.

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

M3staken’s experimental concept album ‘Apex’

Upcoming artist and music producer M3staken (M3) releases his new soundtrack album titled ‘Apex’. The 8-track collection of instrumental hip-hop features original productions with an experimental twist.

Born and raised in South Carolina, M3 made ‘Apex’ as an attempt to create a unique fusion of classical, hip-hop and electronic styles. It’s an ambitious piece of work for a young producer but he states that “as a primarily hip-hop based artist, it was important for me to emphasise the amount of musicality there is in hip-hop, while also using a mix of classical styles and modern techniques”.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Joey Bada$$, FKA Twigs and Jamie xx, M3’s unique style fuses classical, hip-hop and electronic styles.

M3staken’s classical sound contrasting with the hip-hop beats comes from unique techniques such as using live classical pianos rather than samples, escaping the hip-hop cliché. Consequently, there is an authenticity to his music that sets M3 apart from the crowd.

Definitely worth a listen for those ambitious listeners out there who enjoy something that pushes the boundaries!

 

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/m3staken

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJtRw31YnOdiDgsNhyhKyQ

https://m3ssi.bandcamp.com/releases

‘Turn U On’ by KADI

‘Turn U On’ by KADI is not just a catchy hip-hop-rap track that you’ll be coming back to for more, but it is also employs a message behind the lyrics and this is rare in the urban genre.

We all know the stereotypical topics that many rappers explore: drink, drugs, crime and sex – but KADI is looking to take the genre that she loves away from this.

Having realised that the urban industry portrays a very skewed image of women where ‘having a big ass or showing your breasts gets you attention’, KADI felt something had to be done and she is using her music to combat this.

‘Turn U On’ is a song of female empowerment, demonstrating that women don’t have to be sexual to get far, exemplified in KADI’s hook line: ‘I bet I turn you on with my clothes on’. More poignant and intelligent lyricism follows, showing that KADI is not just another urban artist to be lost in the crowd.

Music should have a message and the one that KADI is pushing forward is doing good for both hip-hop music as well as young females all over the world.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/KADIofficia1

https://twitter.com/Kadiofficial1?lang=en

https://instagram.com/Kadi_official1

Track Review: ‘Storytellers’ by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla

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‘Storytellers’, originally written in 1977, but never released, is now out as a build up single to the reissue of Gaodhal’s Vision, by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla, which is available from 28th April 2017.

The fusion album may be celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the sounds that lie within it are timeless. This song acts as a crucial example of the band’s indo-celtic flair, with the soft sounds of the violin caressing the notes; the melody feeling almost like a precursor to smooth soul classics such as George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’.

What is wonderful about this piece of music is that it takes you on a journey of feeling, allowing the listener to be swept along, with the highs and low of its varying paces and tones, into different realms of emotion.

There are so many musical elements to ‘Storytellers’ that it feels ahead of its time, for example the electric guitars that slide in midway through the track are still being echoed today through funk numbers like Daft Punk’s 2013 hit ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’.

Limerick-born Joe has said he plans to use his tools as a musician to combat the commercialism that currently surrounds St Patrick’s Day, and with skillful music such as his, I believe he’s going the right way about it.

 

Listen to ‘Storytellers’ here on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/storytellers-feat-rory-gallagher-single/id1212148858 

Follow the band’s Facebook page and Twitter account:

https://www.facebook.com/shkaylaband/

https://twitter.com/shkayla

Plus, don’t miss out on their 40th anniversary concert either: http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/from-egypt-to-eire-40th-anniversary-of-gaodhals-vision

Grace Mitchell

Corinna Jane Is Back With ‘Echoes Of My Mind’

Talented singer-songwriter Corinna Jane is cementing herself in the pop music scene with the second release from her upcoming EP Hard In Love. ‘Echoes of My Mind’ picks up where Corinna left off with ‘Three Faces Of You’ in terms of musical quality, but she takes on a slightly different ballad-esque sound with the new single.

‘Echoes Of My Mind’ is a highly introspective track from Corinna, looking back to a difficult break up for the inspiration of the song. It addresses the sort of recurring flashbacks in your mind of past experiences that you can’t seem to get rid of, evoking a strong sense of longing, but pain too.

Corinna has never been afraid of being herself, crafting her own unique brand of piano driven alternative rock. The keen actress, model and radio presenter has a quirky style and personality, which has led to her receiving airplay on the likes of BBC Radio 6, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing and making the top 5 solo artists at the Rock The House Competition.

Having supported Black Beard’s Tea Party, Marina Celeste from Nouvelle Vague, Leddra Chapman and been a guest vocalist/co-writer with German DJ Mark-Oh, it’s clear Corinna is ready to take the music industry by storm.

Watch the video of Corinna performing ‘Echoes Of My Mind’ here!

Links:

www.soundcloud.com/corinnajane

https://www.facebook.com/corinnajanemusic/

https://twitter.com/Corinna_Jane

https://www.youtube.com/user/Corinnajane