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

‘Grand Delusion’ by Matt Boroff

Grand Delusion is the latest record from alt-rock musician Matt Boroff, who has embarked as a solo artist after having been involved with previous band, Matt Boroff and the Mirrors, and his high school band who even shared a stage with Nirvana.

The new album is one that challenges listeners with its complex, yet well-crafted songwriting and its pertinent content matter. Greed, humanity, war-mongering and love’s role in the world are just a few of the topics covered by Matt on the record and at a time like this, perhaps music is an ideal medium for addressing these issues.

With Boroff’s distinct baritone layered above a pulsating grooves, screaming guitars and flickering organ notes, the alternative sound challenges musical genres. The emotive lyrics paint a bleak picture of a world where self-deception has reached critical mass.

Recorded at 11AD studios, the album features producer and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes, former Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons and vocalist Mark Lanegan.

Matt will be performing a headline show in London at the Old Blue Last February 6th.

You can watch the video for ‘What A Shame’ here:

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1643784115922632/

https://soundcloud.com/mattboroff

https://www.facebook.com/mattboroff

https://twitter.com/mattboroff

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGzpDREeZBQzg1wBsS1HwNw

http://www.mattboroff.com/

https://www.instagram.com/mboroff/

‘Call Me The Moon’ From Mark L. Oakes

Call Me The Moon is the latest project and album from the experienced and talented musician, Mark L. Oakes.

The Belgian singer-songwriter has compiled a collection of beautiful ballads and easy listening folk rock tunes that are sure to please any ears.

One might compare Mark’s sound to a modern version of Neil Young with a bit more piano instead of guitar, but Oakes is by no means a tribute artist. He has developed a melodically driven style of folk music with strong subtext and a truly emotive sound. Mark also notes artists such as Tom Petty, Tucker Zimmerman and Ryan Adams as some of his primary influences and this is clear when listening to his expertly-crafted songs.

‘Shredded Jeans’ is a highlight from Call Me The Moon and the name of the track seems perfectly apt when you consider that Oakes labelled the record as the ideal soundtrack for a ‘karmic road trip’.

Mainly tracked at Mark’s home studio in the heart of the Ardennes, the record has been finalised with the help of Londoner cellist, Ben Trigg, and mastered by Grammy award winner Gavin Lurssen in Los Angeles. Travelling between Europe and the United States with a bag full of projects, Mark sees Call Me The Moon as a silver thread out of a vague existential maze.

Find out more on Mark L. Oakes here:

https://soundcloud.com/mark-l-oakes

https://www.facebook.com/oakesmusic

https://twitter.com/markloakesmusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8pq-OE8Cknqw4FwMdfhMLA

www.oakesmusic.com

 

 

Rosie O’Sullivan Returns

Talented songstress, Rosie O’Sullivan, who you may remember from Britain’s Got Talent 2013, has returned with an EP of soul inspired tracks that exhibit her new direction in music.

Since then, Rosie has been perfecting her craft as a singer-songwriter, developing her style and proving to the judges of BGT that she certainly should have been in the final.

When it comes to inspiration for her music, whilst Rosie has rejuvenated her love for soul and motown on the new EP, she looks to her experiences and relationships from the past few years to form the context behind her songs. In addition, the track ‘No One’ interestingly takes influence from her parents and their story of love that Rosie knows so well.

Having performed at events such as Birmingham Pride, Big Festival and the Brummie awards, Rosie is clearly at the next level with her music and it looks like her new EP will take her even further, now that she has found her niche.

When Rosie was just 11, she was already proficient at playing piano and saxophone and these evidently helped her become the musician she is today. As she was growing up, she began performing with The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in the 2011 and 2012 BBC Proms and then gained a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree at the London College of Music.

https://www.facebook.com/rosieosullivanmusic

https://twitter.com/rosieosullivan

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAh8bWfq9q0o2n4L5gnIiCw

http://www.rosieosullivan.co.ukwww.instagram.com/rosieosullivan