Zflipa ‘Another Bunch’ – Review

Music, News

Following his previous success with the single ‘Flavours’. A drill reimagining of Justin Timberlake’s Rock Your Body, up and coming rap star Zflipa is back with his enticing new offering ‘Another Bunch’.

The track sees Zflipa take on the power and command of a young London Pablo Escobar as he plays a drug dealer over a day of their life. With a London-setting and iconography of new-wave UK rap.

The song’s catchy instrumentation paired with Zfipa’s hard hitting bars make for a captivating listening experience. The innovative and smart way that Zflipa crafts his bars and puts his full energy into the delivery is a credit to his talent. 

The track is filled with clean and crisp production in the format of mystical and light bell melody on a deep bassline that pumps energy into the track like a heartbeat.

I for one am very excited to see where Zflipa goes next!

Be sure to check out the song below:

Davie Furey ‘History’ – Review

Alternative, Music, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Singer, songwriter Davie Furey is here with his new Celtic themed anthem ‘History’. His latest single serves as a powerful and poignant boost and stirs a sense of courage and morale in anyone listening to it.

Boasting sharp and acute lyricism and inventive instrumentals, he’s not letting anything slow him down and this latest single serves as a battlecry for this message. 

Paying homage to the classics, The Killers, Thin Lizzy, and Horseslips, Davie Furey has managed to put his own spin on ‘History while creatively channelling his inspirations. 

The track pushes a narrative concerned with confidence and positivity, an iconic anthem that would fit perfectly into a large crowd setting. Furey’s smooth, husky vocals fit perfectly within the arrangement with the opening procession and the striking guitars placed front and centre. With this Furey given ample room to play.

It’s clear Davie Furey will continue to push the boundaries and stick to the beat of his own drum. As he continues to genre-bend and blend classic influences into something great.  

‘History’ is available on all streaming platforms now!

Aria ‘The Next Life’ – Review

Experimental, Music

Composer Aria is here with latest single ‘The Next Life’ released in celebration of Earth Day. 

The single, is an accurate account of the current times and loosely bases itself on the current situation around the world with regards to environmental issues. 

Right off the bat, the track sounds mesmerizingly powerful. It has a way of drawing you in until suddenly you find yourself lost in the music. At about forty seconds in, rapper R Reed’s voice hypnotizes the listeners and whisks them into an inspiring tale.  

Although the track contains an eerie insight into the current times, anybody listening will be struggling not to be whisked away on a hazy daydream.  The newly released song offers a reality check with its sobering undertones.  

At times, it sounds as if the music and lyrics are pitted against each other. On the one hand, the music offers a sense of relaxation whereas the lyrics reiterate the important issues that Aria is so passionate about bringing awareness to.

Check out ‘The Next Life’ by Aria below.

John O’Brien releases his latest single ‘The Spiders Love Web’

Music, News, Singer-Songwriter

John O’Brien (J.O.B.E) has recently released his latest single ‘The Spider’s Love Web’ and if you haven’t already checked it out, go and do it now! It definitely makes for a compelling listening experience. 

This folk-y style song with classic rock elements is a testament to O’Briens storytelling abilities and the streaming figures speak for themselves! Having already achieved 2.5 million Spotify streams and over 500,000 YouTube views, there hasn’t been a better time for the single, which has already surpassed 71,000 Spotify streams.

Explaining the plot of his hit single John states: 

“On a hot steamy night at the dance club, he is searching for a warm nocturnal with an attractive, compliant woman. He finds her, or so he thought. She dances, her sexy well-built body pulsing to the thundering music and to the club’s gleaming flashing lights”

John O’Briens music clearly resonates with audiences on a global scale. With such large streaming figues and having previously performed in the US, Madrid, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Sidney, and the Caribbean, John O’Brien is a worldwide success story. 

The next stop for O’Brien is the UK so be sure to check out one of his shows near you and stream ‘The Spider’s Love Web’ out now! 

JULY 2022 TOUR SCHEDULE

19th – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

21st – The Bullingdon, Oxford

23rd – The Leeds Warehouse, Leeds

26th – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

28th – SUB89, Reading

31st – Camden Assembly, London

New indie star Red Shakes new single ‘Sad Teenager Song (Okay)’ out tomorrow!

Indie, Music, News

New artist in the indie scene is Red Shakes and he is the embodiment of everything that makes indie music so brilliant. His latest single ‘Sad Teenager Song (Okay)’ has all the features on a great indie track, so make sure you give it a listen.

Being inspired by indie legends such as The Kooks, Vampire Weekend and Razorlight. It’s clear that this artist is well on his way to joining his heroes in being a staple of the indie scene. With lyrics that unashamedly captures the bittersweet melancholy of British youth Red Shakes is definitely a talent to watch. 

Red Shakes has already gained quite the reputation as a performer, harnessing that guitar driven alternative sound that carried music in the 00’s.

Be sure to check out ‘Sad Teenager Song (Okay)’ tomorrow!

Noble1BOF ‘Benefits Of Freedom’ -Review

Hip Hop

A rapidly rising talent within the UK rap scene – Noble1BOF has recently revealed his latest mixtape Benefits Of Freedom, due for release on the 22/04. 

This hard-hitting and captivating mixtape is a cathartic and personal experience for Noble as he recalls his life experiences, from writing bars behind bars to becoming a role model for young people who are at risk of offending. 

What’s so special about this mixtape is the pure ambition and drive that comes through, you can tell the thought that Noble puts into each and every bar that he writes and he delivers them with such passion, that it’s inspiring to the listeners. 

A stand out track from this mixtape for me has to be ‘sometimeish’ the blend of rap, afrobeats, and drill are a combination that Noble has excelled at perfecting in this up-beat and rhythmic track. 

The lead single ‘No Games’ takes on a slightly different fuse of genres in the form of Grime and R&B but still Noble has perfected the art of seamlessly meshing these two worlds. ‘No Games’ has a strong arrangement and flows effortlessly from verse to chorus, which has a catchy hook provided by Carla. 

Be sure to check out  Benefits Of Freedom, out on the 22/04

Tony Goff & The Broken Colours ‘Mirrors’ – Review

Indie, Music, New Bands

Tony Goff & The Broken Colours is a fresh lick of paint to rock and roll as we know it. The band have developed a distinctive charm, which will no doubt play a huge part in this new single ‘Mirrors’. In many ways, this will be a coming of age record – firmly setting the tone of who they are not only through reflection, but pointing towards the future.

Latest single ‘Mirrors’ sees Tony Goff & The Broken Colours draw on inspirations from indie legends such as The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys and Sam Fender, exploring difficulties of self identification while serving a straight up indie bop. The band certainly takes that pop rock element in their stride, creating something that is comfortingly familiar, while absolutely their own.

Speaking of this latest release Tony stated: The Current album being written and the singles from it, relate to Tony Goff’s personal struggles and challenges,  but written in an uplifting way as almost to remind Tony of what he has to do.  

However, Tony Goff & The Broken Colours in this track adds a different dimension. With a sprightly melody, bustling rhythm and vibrant vocals, the tone shifts more to accepting oneself rather than dwelling in discomfort. This results in something that is not only brutally honest, but catchy and fun – a hit that is both validating and full of hope.

Check out some of Tony Goff & The Broken Colours previous bangers here. You can also catch the promising band at the following shows:

2nd April – HMV, instore show High Wycombe 1pm

5th April – Hertfordshire,  Biggleswade,  The White Swan

17th April – Stanford le Hope – 80 days restaurant 

May 6th – The Couch – Headline Show – Bracknell

18th June – Swanmore Fest

 10th Sep – Trinity Bar London

‘Maison Melody AM:PM’ – Review

Classic, Experimental, News

Composer Stephen Emmer is here with his latest offering Maison Melody AM:PM and wow are you in for a treat! The immersive audio experience is a one of a kind listening event for his audience. 

Maison Melody AM:PM is one of the world’s first immersive neo-classical concept-albums in the cutting-edge Dolby Atmos format. Listeners are transported into the world of the composer as they explore the synergy between the pieces the composer creates and the space that he inhabits. 

The inspiration for pioneering this new sound was that Emmer wanted to bring his vision of focusing on the relationship between an artist and their space and make this concept into reality. 

For the full realised vision, the composition is best experienced through headphones as Emmer has carefully thought out how each noise and instrument fits in the space creating a rich audio environment for the listeners. 
Maison Melody AM:PM is out now , be sure to check out this unique work of art by Stephen Emmer.

Wavewulf announces lead single from new album

Electronic, Experimental, Music, News, Synth

Alt- pop sensation Wavewulf  is due to release his brand new single ‘Luft’ which will feature as the lead single from his upcoming experimental new album The North and the Sea

Wavewulf is known for his avant-garde and atmospheric  compositions and this latest release is no different with the experimental  style that he creates with the help from a wide range of synths and electronic keys in the track. 

Sticking to the genre of  alt-pop which  Wavewulf  excels in, this immersive and captivating new single has an innovative sound inspired by the likes of Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk and Jean-Michel Jarre. 

Speaking of his upcoming album Wavewulf stated that: 

“The album was inspired by a recent trip to Iceland. At a time when I was feeling claustrophobic and disconnected, I found a sense of freedom in the power of the sea. Being alone, being together, being connected, being disconnected.”

Be sure to check out Wavewulf’s latest single ‘Luft’ out on the 18/03 but in the meantime check out his music below!

A Chat With: Easton Guillory

Interview, Pop, Prog, Uncategorized

Prog pop may not be the most obvious combination in the music-fusion canon but forward-thinker Easton Guillory is not putting on the brakes on his creative train. Ahead of his new EP, End of Walls, we got chatting to the man himself to find out more…

RR: What to you is the best rock album of all time and why?

Tricky one. I find myself going back and forth between a classic 70s-ish prog album like Gentle Giant’s Power and Glory, Bowies Hunky Dory or literally anything by King Crimson, and a more modern vibe like Alt-J’s first two albums or a selection of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. If I really must choose I think it would have to come down to a Radiohead album, choosing between them is like making me choose between my children (cats).

At the time of first listen I’d say the album that gripped me the most was Hail to the thief. A really great balance of tricky time signatures, everchanging modulation and general proggy vibes but delivered in a manner that is approachable by your average joe and not too scary on first glance. The range of instrumentation and general soundscape between tracks I also find interesting, almost an homage to how they have developed throughout the years since Pablo, giving hints of punk rock, electronic, heavy rock, orchestral etc. Always maintaining a very clear Radiohead sound and compositional approach.

RR: How did you first discover rock music?

I was pretty late to rock music to be honest, growing up the only music that was played in our house was traditional English or Gaelic folk music which was down to my mam, she’s a mega ‘folky.’ By the time I was a teenager and finally got my first electric guitar and started receiving lessons, my teacher introduced me to the world of classic rock like Gun’s N Roses, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin etc. Although it wasn’t until I came to Leeds to study music at University that I truly found my own musical opinion and fell in love with all things proggy and weird.

RR: How would you describe the current state of rock/alternative music?

I think every genre has its good and bad artists, and rock is no exception, however I do genuinely feel positive about the future for rock. The rise of bands such as Black Midi and Black Country New Road is extremely exciting for noise/prog rock and rock in general as I think they are really going in their own direction and bring a sense of originality, which gets harder and harder every day.

You have Richard Dawson with his last few albums, a strange mixture of folk-esque lyrics with very proggy composition and often quite purposely harsh performance giving it the very rawest of feels. The new band The Smile is also very exciting, again using typically very proggy compositional methods like crazy time signatures and sudden modulations, but with an overlying sense of punky jazz?!? I think underground scenes in cities across UK are getting more impactful so bands with your smaller ‘cult’ followings are getting more recognition in the wider community and it’s something I personally love to see.

RR: Who is your current favourite rock/alternative artist and why?

It’s gonna have to be Radiohead. They were the band that made me seriously fall in love with music and set the foundations for my musical opinion as a whole. As I mentioned earlier, the way they can disguise very proggy and general unconventional compositional techniques within user-friendly rock music is baffling. When you see your none musician friends nodding there head along to a song in 13/8 you know something has been done right. I’m almost always surprised when I actually start to analyse a Radiohead song because it always ends up being way more complicated than it sounds.

I read somewhere recently that Radiohead were defined as ‘stealth prog’ which I just absolutely loved because it explains this entirely. Radiohead are the kings of stealth prog, and that’s why they’re my favourite band.

RR: Do you see the genre evolving in any particular way at the moment? For good or for bad?

Yes like I mentioned earlier I have hope that the growth of underground scenes and smaller cult followings will bring forward these more unconventional bands/artists and more styles of music are being accepted into the mainstream media.

RR: Progressive pop is such an interesting and unique genre label, what made you want to produce music within this sphere?

At the risk of repeating myself, the whole idea of having unconventional, proggy ideas within a nice, easy sounding package is something that really appeals to me. Being my debut EP I want it to be accepted by a wider crowd but I’m also really not one for a 1, 5, 6, 4 progression if you feel me.

Personally I never listen to lyrics first in a song, I’m always drawn to the music and the lyrics come entirely second, which is parallel to how I write music 90% of the time. I wanted the music to be the main interest in my songs, however I still wanted to tell my story therefore the music needed to make way for that. This balance of trying to make the music interesting whilst not being too overwhelming for the lyrics to have actual meaning and impact, resulted in this Prog Pop blend.

RR: What was the general songwriting process on the EP? Were there any challenges to overcome?

It was a long and slow process the production of this EP. As usual, time and money was the main issue throughout the earlier stages and not to mention F*king covid and lockdowns. I worked in a restaurant as a waiter doing long hours for minimum wage while trying to find the time and money to work on this EP. It got to the point where I was pretty much ready to give up and pack it in due to how expensive it was turning out to be.

I then received the tricky news of my grandmas passing which I struggled with for a while and took some time off from music. We have a very big family with not a lot between us but when we sold our grandmas house we all got a share which finally gave me the financial boost I needed to record and produce the EP once and for all. She was always very supportive of my musical endeavours and turned out to be the sole reason I was able to take them further, even after death.

Easton’s new EP ‘End Of Walls’ drops 05/04/22!

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