Ben Kelly – Senses [Review]

Ben Kelly has returned to the music scene with his latest track, ‘Senses’, a soulful and emotive song bound to make a lasting impact. At the core of this work is Ben’s expressive vocal delivery, which adds an extra layer to the soft production. The track is characterised by its bedroom/lo-fi aesthetics, lending a sense of intimacy and rawness to the overall sound. The heavily filtered beat creates a warm and cozy atmosphere that instantly envelops the listener, while the sweet organic sounds of the guitar and bass, also heavily filtered, add a touch of organic warmth to the mix.

Lyrically, ‘Senses’ has a romantic tone, exploring the complex emotions that come with falling in love. This theme is perfectly complemented by the song’s dreamy, atmospheric sound, making for a deeply engaging listening experience.

So sit back, relax, and let Ben Kelly’s ‘Senses’ take you on a sensory journey like never before!

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Savoy Elli – Don’t Break My Heart/The One (Sped Up) [Review]

Savoy Ellis is the writer and producer of the new track Don’t Break My Heart/The One (Sped Up), which offers a love-themed song that is also perfect for dancing. The song features a smooth and cleverly manipulated vocal delivery, which creates a fantastic ambiance mixed nicely with an intriguing sequence of chords. On the production level, this remix features an increase in bpm, which distinguishes it from the original version, resulting in a unique sound that blends old-school soul with contemporary elements. This combination produces a distinct musical style that is not commonly heard in R&B/Soul music.A versatile enough work that can be enjoyed in a range of moods, from upbeat and energised to laidback and contemplative. Listen below!

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Dirty D – Chromatose [Interview]

Read our discussion with Dubl A, the composer of the album who plays the Bass and many of the instruments on the tracks.

How would you describe the musical journey of the EP?

First of all, thank you for interviewing us, much appreciated. We’re utilizing a wide range of musical soundscapes and music theory techniques, particularly the chromatic scale, in order to describe a particular moment in time. To me, each song puts you in a day or night in the life of Junk.

How does “Chromatose” differ from your previous works?

It’s even more eclectic than usual, and I was a person who already used a lot of eclecticism. It’s rooted in jazz, but it’s funky as hell, and has a lot of influence from hip hop. Not to mention, we got to add in some really aggressive punk rock (possibly metal) and even a classical section. That’s probably my favorite part of the album.

Which song of the EP represents you the most?

Chromatose. It runs the gamut in terms of my influences and I got to play 5 different instruments on it. I had a blast playing those heavy guitar parts and then had a really emotional time layering the double basses at the end. The song also has an important, personal meaning to me.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Lou Reed, The Clash, Jaco Pastorius, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Erik Satie, The Beatles, The Cure, NOFX, Matt Freeman, Notorious BIG, Jay Z

What would you change in the music industry?

I would make Junk much more well known.

What do you hope people will feel when listening to “Chromatose”?

That’s really not for me to say. Music is an interactive artform, so whatever reaction people have, that’s their reaction.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Enough trouble that there’s no way I can answer that here.

Thank you!

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Into the Outside Box – Turn It Around [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Found it tomorrow

Too new to be old and too old to be new. Tell us a few things about your creative process and the main idea behind Turn It Around.

My creative process is a mysterious thing, with the only reliable comparison feeling something like a portal opening up above my head and funneling in a bunch of energy and ideas that somehow come together on the page, sometimes instantaneously. Turn It Around culminates the transformation and glimpses of self-awareness that got me to where I am today. Change is a difficult thing to accept, even if it involves becoming the very person you’ve always wanted to be. This song became a testament to that in its own playful, haunt you from your core kind of way.

What is the “key” to unlock unseen doors?

I think the key to unlocking unseen doors starts with being honest with yourself, no matter how uncomfortable that may feel at the time. When you can look at that without running away, you prove to yourself that you’re capable of handling more, and that’s when the doors start opening in surprising and creative ways.

Favourite album of the past year?

I honestly can’t name a favorite album of the past year…that’s part of the reason why I’ve been writing a lot of music lately. Rather than complaining about not being inspired, I like to create my own inspiration and see where it takes me.

What would you change in the music industry?

I think it’s easier to answer what I wouldn’t change about the music industry, and that would be the blending of different styles that we’re seeing across the board. Latin fusion is a perfect example of that, and I’m excited to see how the industry responds to this.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

I’m usually doing one or the other, reading or listening to music, but if you like doing both at the same time, I’d go with Women Who Run With the Wolves.

What is the one habit/thing you cannot live without?

A part of me wants to say weed, but I know that doesn’t sound too responsible, so I’ll say meditation instead, which is honestly the best high, and I know it.

Thank you!

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P.E.Petrov – Ch 4 The Roadwork [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Reflective, Emotional, Pop

There is a story behind your EP Ch 4 The Roadwork. Can you please share it with us?

The overall storyline of this EP is about the character Sadboi, who is on the cover art, and his experiences within his relationships. Dbl Yllw Lines starts off with the theme that Sadboi keeps people at bay in relationships for his own safety. Bridges continues the story with what the people he is keeping distant are saying back to him to get closer. Roadkill finalizes the EP with Sadboi answering back that they are not helping but making his life worse. All of these songs are based on real experiences and conversations in my life

Which track of the EP represents you the most?

Roadkill because at first it was supposed to be lyrically about something different, but then I had a close relationship in my life where someone claimed they were helping me even though they were clearly squashing my goals and dreams. It was the first time I wrote a song while experiencing in the moment what the song was about

Favourite album of the past year?

Rina Sawayama’s Hold The Girl. I find her truly inspirational as a pop-star that popped off later in life. Also a lot of the songs on her album deal with what she learned in therapy, which i was going through when writing this EP.

What are the signs you’re dealing with a toxic person?

When they squash your dreams or goals, when they complain so much, or they only speak in passive aggressive versus just saying whats wrong

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

When i was writing these songs, I remember I told one of the producers that I want it to sound like a rainy day, like everything in the world is telling you to stop and reflect and to not go anywhere. I want the listener to just listen and even cry as you let out what has been troubling you

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

I’ve been pretty good most of my life. However, there was just one time in high school that my friends told me it was free pancake day at IHOP before 1st period. My friends were gonna skip first period to go get free pancakes and I decided to go with them. Its funny because as we left the parking lot, the principal saw us and said bring some pancakes for me. We came back to make 2nd/3rd period, but he had started calling parents already so my parents were not happy.

Thank you!

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Mick J. Clark – Soldier Boy [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

What I say dosen’t matter, ‘the public rule and decide.

What is your creative process like?

Inspuration and hard work.

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

I write about everything.

Favourite album of the past decade?

I know it’s hard to believe but I don’t have time to listen to Albums.

For which moment in your carrer you are the most proud of?

My song, ‘Me My Body And I’ was put into all the Schools in Croydon Surrey. I really hope and believe in this song helping to stop a child self harming and worse, when you loose your child that way it must be tragic beyond belief.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

That’s easy, the one book I wrote, ‘Message From A Star’. The Star is in the sky, it’s not me, but I got great reviews from Kirkus and Blue Ink, and 4/4 from book club. Published by Austin Macauley, it’s humorous with pathos !

Most Powerful Anti-War Film?

Yeah, you guessed it, ‘Don’t watch films, no time 🙂

Thank you!

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Yana Obretenova – Path of sunlight [Review]

Where do I go?
Hailing from Bulgaria, neo-soul artist Yana Obretenova delivers her latest work Path of sunlight, a well crafted RnB production with an experimental hint. The song has a tense, broken beat that blends nicely with an inspired, cheeky  synth bass line. In addition, the numerous key lines give the song a jazzy vibe. Finally, the track is laced with atmospheric vocals complemented by harmony rich back vocals too. Yana Obretenova is showing the way. Follow her!

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Phillip Hamilton – Lemon or Lime [Review]

Head to head. Lemon or Lime? 
In this exciting team up, Dallas, Texas guitarist/producer Phillip Hamilton, Jackson Mathod and Ceeow deliver their latest tune. Zingy and colourful, the track will captivate you with its well crafted, guitar centric production enriched with an abundance of professional horn lines. We are talking about some seriously skilled improvisations flaunting a delicate vocal delivery with a signature flow. Press play below and squeeze out every last bit of it. Make sure to follow our Spotify Playlist feat. Phillip Hamilton.

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Munk Duane – Myths [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Soulful Cinematic Pop

Tell us a few things about your new song Myths. What is the main idea behind it?

I’m a big believer in owning your own narrative and empowerment through reinvention, especially as an artist. So many of us become rigid over time. “This is the music I like”. “These are the clothes I wear”. “This is who I am”. Having preferences and knowing yourself is important. Having an expectation that the “self” you are today should be the same in 5 or 10 years is limiting to personal growth and robs you of experiences that shape your evolution. “Myths” is about that process of self-reinvention. “This is who I am today but tomorrow, I may experience something that moves me in a new direction”. The song is about giving yourself permission to change and not living by others expectations.

Humans come in all shapes and sizes. Why does society tend to place labels onto people and how can we overcome this?

That’s a great question. It’s in our nature to categorize as a means for relatable communication. Categories are frames-of-reference and become a descriptive short-hand. I actually don’t think there is anything wrong with that as long as the nuance of the subject you’re describing is also highlighted and allowances for growth and evolution are given. We get attached to that which we relate to and that can reduce our acceptance of any devotion or growth.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Artists that continued to push the envelope creatively and discover new approaches in their evolution inspire me to be brave and not to get too precious about any particular creative period I’m in. Prince, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown is where it all originates for me. I am a fan of so many different kinds of music but my core is Soul/R&B. My current playlist includes everyone from Sufjan Steven, Andrew Bird and Harry Styles to Childish Gambino, Vulfpeck and Tame Impala. Oh, Ben Howard and Chet Faker have also been at the top of my current listening list. I also absolutely love story tellers like Bruce Springsteen. I could listen to him speak forever. I have taken in the short podcast series “Renegades” with Bruce and Barak Obama multiple times. Listening to these two insightful and verbally thoughtful giants candidly converse unscripted about fatherhood, family, career and the effect of art on society, makes me want to be a better human.

What would you change in the music industry?

The Streaming model has devalued music as a commodity and created a generation of people that have an expectation that music should either be free or available at a cheap subscription rate. This has helped create a cost-wall for concert tickets, among other corporate greed factors. This wall is so high, most young people can’t afford to see shows anymore. The industry is a mess. It was never pretty but this latest model is unsustainable.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Go easier on yourself and let people help you. You don’t have to do it alone.

Future plans?

Promoting the official video for “Myths” which was just released last week (December . It was directed by Dom Portalla, who directed “Another Day Another Bullet” for me, which won the 2019 New England Music Award for Video of the Year, and the video for “Dangerous” in 2020. I plan to release a full length album available in 2023 called “Fearless Moral Inventory”. I will also be continuing my film composing work.

Thank you!

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