The masters of vintage-pop, The Impersonators have released their new single ‘Sad Cafe’ today. A two-man project comprising of Tom Tikka and Antti Autio (lyricist), the two flawlessly imitate the depth of a full band – hence the name, The Impersonators.
A treat for the fans of R.E.M, The Go-Betweens and Matthew Sweet, offer an abundance of sonic textures and ‘vintage’ pop rock sounds in ‘Sad Cafe’ – a track that looks to be their best yet.
Having grown in the States and being previously signed to Sony/BMG with Carmen Gray, one of Finland’s biggest-ever rock bands, Tom Tikka injects Finnish elements into his sound.
From the perspective of style, The Impersonators’ goal is to nurture and cultivate the creativity, spirit and warmth that graced the pop records of yesteryears – realised through poignant lyrics, emotive music and sixties-flavoured vocal harmonies and they do this effortlessly in their latest release.
Outselling their contemporaries Earth, Wind and Fire in Canada, 40 years on Crack of Dawn show no signs of slowing down. Releasing ‘Ol’ Skool’, a silky smooth track whose refreshing soulful rhythms is a nod to their soul-funk past, the Canadian collective have returned to claim the RnB throne once more.
Being the first black band to be signed by a major label (CBS), Crack of Dawn were discovered by Otis Redding’s producer and were predicted big things by the likes of Billboard in the US.
To accuse Crack of Dawn of being a collective of experienced musicians would be putting it lightly. With members such as guitarist and producer Carl Harvey who has been the lead-guitarist with Toots & the Maytals sharing in their Grammy win in 2004, Rupert Harvey founder of Canada’s most successful reggae band Messenjah and bassist Charles Sinclair who has played with Al Green, Crack of Dawn have no shortage of experience with music royalty.
Reuniting to re-record some of their classic songs for a new generation and long-time fans, as well as new material, Crack of Dawn are back and they’ve brought the soul and funk of the 70’s with them.
Veteran of the dancehall, reggae and soundsystem scenes, Rivah Jordan returns with his new trap-influenced track Shoebox. The track is stacked with chilled beats, a consistent mellow bassline and a vibe that can be best compared to artists like Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott.
With a background that involves the whirlpool of drug dealing and the increasingly violent streets of London, Rivah Jordan brings an undeniable realness to his music, whereby he focuses on his struggle with mental health and his journey to ‘financial freedom’ – a topical context that pinpoints serious issues.
Having produced tracks with the likes of Sly and Robbie and Jack Scorpio and supporting reggae legends Wailing Souls whilst in Jamaica, on his return to the UK Rivah initially signed to pioneering British grime label, Big Dada (Roots Manuva, Kate Tempest, Wiley, Speech Debelle, Young Fathers) and received significant support from British pirate radio alongside BBC World Service and BBC 6 Music.
With these experiences, Rivah Jordan exhibits traits of both Jamaican and English vocal styles and his transition from reggae to trap illustrates his chameleon-like qualities as a music artist.
Canadian songbird and instigator of a unique folk and electro blend, Emily Jean Flack is back with her newest single release Tread Softly.
Following the release of single Another Year Gone By and precedent to her forthcoming debut EP release Throwing Shapes later this year, Tread Softly is a heartfelt song that speaks of the pain that comes with unrequited love. A real and raw ballad that is a credit to her passion for traditional Irish music, Emily’s crisp and delicate vocals alongside a blissful blend of piano and string arrangements, gives the song an undeniable radiation of purity.
Produced in Belfast by Pete Wallace and mixed by three-time Grammy Award winning producer/mixer David Bottrill, her Throwing Shapes features guest performances by true stars in the firmament of Irish folk music, whistle and flute player Brian Finnegan from the band Flook and guitarist Marty Barry.
Mixing the old with the new, Emily’s genre spanning music is fueled by mellow, electro beats whilst also maintaining pure folk melodies and lyrical depth that resonates the sentiments of artists like Birdy and Bon Iver.
Already well acquainted with the music scene having previously worked with Roll Deep, Wiley, The Game and most recently his involvement in the charity single Save Me, backed by the likes of Stormzy and Harry Kane, D-Saro is no stranger to the production of music made to be admired.
Available now on SoundCloud but to be open to purchase on all digital platforms 27th January, Conundrum is an energetic Afro beat single, telling the story of trying to escape the conundrum of every day life. Staying true to his motto ‘true stories, deep lyrics, real life, no gimmicks’, the lyrical depiction of breaking free from the urban dungeon and the 9-5 routine outlines real people going about their real lives with as yet unfulfilled aspirations and is one that resonates with a lot of us.
Although D-Saro‘s style is more consistently one that resonates with more urban grime artists, Conundrum also incorporates a more dancehall feel with his reggaeton vibes, island-style instrumentals and funky bassline, D-Saro‘s latest release is one of innovative sound.
We have a bit of a different one for you this week soundcloud fans. Have you heard of 3D mixes? Of course you haven’t, because Andy Anderson has just invented them! Imagine a musical surround-sound—stick on a pair of headphones (yes- any headphones!), whack on ‘Live for a Dream’ and witness this amazing listening experience for yourself.
Using solely mixing techniques (although he’s keeping the specifics under-wraps for now), Anderson’s tracks engulfs the listener at the centre whilst the sound circles their head. This gives the effect of the sound in motion, giving a three-dimensional sensation.
The track is also a stand-alone banger, blending euphoric melodies with thoughtful lyrics, reminiscent of the best from Chase and Status. Inspired by a poem written by his uncle, the message of ‘Live for a Dream’ is one of inspiration and striving to live your best life. Motivational stuff.
Check him out on soundcloud. Or, you know, ignore the purpose of our website (you maverick you!) and check out Andy Anderson on the links below:
As the days get shorter and the cold weather well and truly sets in, we all have to work harder to keep our spirits lifted during the humdrum of daily life. Here to give you a little boost up into those beautiful soundclouds is ‘Born 2 Be Free’, the debut single from Toby TomTom.
Toby TomTom is one of those people that we should all attempt to emulate: infectiously upbeat and positive, with a big personality and an even bigger heart.
‘Born 2 Be Free’ is a spiritual extension of Toby TomTom, a distillation of his optimism. Inspired by his hope for his youngest son (and, by extension, all children), “Born 2 Be Free” reminds us all that love conquers fear and we have the right, and most importantly, possess the fight to be free.
While most artists are influenced, rather naturally, by other musicians, Toby TomTom also draws upon the words and deeds of motivational figures such as Bruce Lee and Muhammed Ali, which further sharpens the inspirational edge to his music.
So if you’re ever feeling at all blue, this winter or otherwise, then head over to soundcloud and give ‘Born 2 Be Free’ a whirl. We guarantee you’ll be walking with a spring in your step for hours after.
As always, if you prefer to listen to your music on another platform (why are you even here?!) then check him out on the alternatives:
Ahoy there! Bringing our heads firmly back to sea-level for the time being, we want to introduce your new SoundCloud obsession: the esoteric Captain of The Lost Waves’.
Legends permeate around the misty waters concerning The Captain of The Lost Waves. Dressed head-to-toe in a Vaudevillian get-up, The Captain is certainly a sight to behold. Known primarily for his absurdly engaging live productions, including well received performances at the Glastonbury Arts and Edinburgh Fringe, The Captain is every bit as enchanting on the soundwaves.
The Captain, who lists time travelling, standing on his head and tea drinking on the planet Hixxlyvoom among his hobbies, is a celebration of the renaissance of the bard starring their very own folk opera. Through his mystical voyages he has mesmerised and captivated his audiences, seeing expressions transforming from the rigid and terrified to the joyous and amiable.
The Captain of the Lost Waves is sure to appeal to diverse audiences, despite his wholly idiodsyncratic style. Whether you are a fan of the Steampunk aesthetic or of the story-telling prowess of bands like The Decemberists, you will enjoy the whimsy of The Captain.
The first single/video from the album Synthesis will be ‘Uniforms‘ will be released on 12th November but for the time being, check out the tracks on his (you guessed it) Soundcloud!
If you don’t quite get the concept of our website, feel free to check out The Captain on other platforms! Links below:
Paul Hazel (pictured above) was dubbed the ‘Future of British Techno’ by Melody Maker. Producers from around the world would be working day and night to produce remixes of the Post-Detroit phenomenon that was Test Pattern.
What has inspired his return?
Whilst Paul was on his sabbatical, he took a turn at a job in education, where he taught Music at a University. During his tenure as a lecturer, his students would urge him onto start producing again. Without the encouragement from his students, Paul wouldn’t have had the confidence to revisit his solo project, as he realised it had never lived up to it’s billing.
What does is sound like?
Whether you’re a fan of Techno or not, you have to appreciate the amount of quality that this track emits. The leads created by the software instruments are as authentic as a 1970’s Moog synthesiser, and only enhance the track’s ability to make you want to get up and dance.
The overall mix of this track gives a classic feel with a modern twist. The twist being that the majority of 90’s techno music had a very ‘analog’ sound, which was warm and lacked clarity. Although this to some may contradict my previous comment regarding the ‘authentic’ sound, this does not hinder the track one bit. In-fact, the clarity within the mix gives a fresh take on techno, one that only reinforces Melody Maker’s comments about Paul Hazel.
Along with the single, Paul has released a remix of Test Pattern Redux but with a 2018 renovation, created by talented Croatian producer Kornelije Duras aka Ray Saul. The remix is one that could easily make the UK Top Charts, which slows the tempo down around 30 bpm to ultimately transform the techno classic into modern deep house vibe.
Both the remix and the redux of the original (let’s not try and confuse things here) are fantastic, and to have Paul back in the music industry is a breath of fresh air.
Author – @DJJAMESCANE
Paul Hazel will launch ‘Test Pattern Redux’ at Swansea International Festival Fringe on October 5.
Ready to be taken back to the 90’s? No, we haven’t figured out time travel (yet..) but Jonny Morello’s new track Why Can’t We See is a real blast from the past. With it’s melodic piano and retro breakbeats, you can feel the inner 90’s raver crawling it’s way out of you, as it begins to take control of your body. The breakbeats cannot be ignored, and are a pivotal part in making this track sound so impressive. The beat emulates that of Chase & Status, and even has reminiscences of their track Count On Me from their 2013 album Brand New Machine. Although some may call it ‘advantageous’ to compare the two, we have no doubt that Jonny has all the potential to make it as big as them.
Initially, Jonny’s inspiration to become an artist derived from his first live show experience, which was a Jay-Z concert. It was clear that from then on, Jonny was inspired to be like him, and to have the ability to change a crowds mood from track to track, which can be heard within his new single. Jonny was originally self-taught in music production, which is becoming ever more simple as years go by due to Youtube Tutorials. Soon after, he signed up for Music Courses, which opened up a world of opportunity and careers in Sound Design and Production.
There is no doubt in mind that Jonny worked day and night to complete this track. The mix is incredibly impressive, and the vocals sit perfectly on-top of the mix, which when done correctly sounds professional, so to pull this off at this stage in his career is one huge statement!
Jonny Morello’s new single can be listened to on the link below, but make sure that you’re wearing your best and most colourful tracksuit and bucket hat! But remember kids, say NO to drugs!