Is Olisha Naiker the new Dua Lipa?

It’s not every day you get an unsigned pro sounding pop star… and an unsigned pro sounding pop star from Africa, that’s even better.

Meet Olisha Naiker (who’s Taylor Swift? this is Olisha Naiker). Her new single Starangers is one hell of a catchy tune. The fragility of her voice really captures her emotion in this song despite the strong up tempo beat of the track, it feels honest and real.
Follow Olisha @olishanaicker
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OlishaNaicker/
Twitter: @olishanaicker
Instagram: @olishanaicker

World Music Collective, Kalibe, Deliver Spiritual Healing

Kalibe, who have released their second album, “Mãe da Lua” , are an ever-evolving collective comprised of musicians from across the world, playing instruments native to their country alongside those from countries many thousands of miles away. This may sound doomed to failure but there is something strangely affecting about traditional African pipes combining with tribal South American drumming and even Mongolian throat singing.

This is very much music from the heart – instruments which will seem alien to many, possessing earthy, gnarled tones which evoke the surrounding of their creation – the pipes are a reflection of the tropical birds in the trees; the percussion, the streams and breeze in the trees. The fact that many of the sounds are routed in backgrounds completely unknown to each other historically do not prevent a perfect synergy – this is music to be shared and to provide positivity to the listeners.

Although the main language featured on the tracks is Portuguese, there are dialects from around the world, with no boundaries placed on how the messages are conveyed. The effect is quite startling and not a little emotional – there is something quite moving about such ancient sounds coming together with not just one album but on individual tracks.
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Jt6cYg3W1OX7iPNrwt7MG
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWHlGNnczHrTPGC5S2Hd7CiFJLe9AG6S4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kalibemusic/
Website: https://www.kalibemusic.com/

The Sheratons Are Bringing You 'Better Days' In Debut Single

 


 
Underground Indie band, The Sheratons are set to start their rise with new single ‘Better Days’, which will please all your music loving needs.
The youthful outlook on life the Sheratons posses, will most likely convert any of us into life loving and enthusiastic music Listeners. This is all down to the work and style that each member has brought forward, making the Sheratons a dangerous but welcoming force.
the 4 members of the Sheratons come together with a positive attitude and individuality, with Finley Ryan (rhythm guitar and vocals), bringing a paisley-mod style through his doc martins and attitude to playing. While Emma Liu keeps the sharp rhythms and beats steady on the drums, with bassist James Jowett. Lead vocals come from Kane Bulleyment, who’s lead guitar playing is precise and to the point, giving the Sheratons the ultimate arsenal.


They are currently over half way through their tour, with only 2 dates left, a show at Zanzibar in Liverpool on the 21st October and the finisher being held in Leeds at the Lending room on the 18th November.
Be sure to check them out:
 
 
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-sheratons
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHE2CawiVPUs93fkpe8TNdQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSheratons
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSheratonsUK
Sheratons Website: www.the-sheratons.co.uk

Techno Prisoners – Nej!Las

https://soundcloud.com/nejlasproducing
Having become a dedicated electronic producer, nej!las has lived in 2 different countries and 8 different cities in 18 years. On top of this, she is a qualified lawyer and has founded a charity which has raised millions of dollars for needy people worldwide. All these experiences taught her how to adapt, how to be transient, and most importantly, how to be independent, original and unique.
Here, we get a clearer idea of just what makes her tick:
What attracted you to the techno/electro/house scene?
The ability (and even the requirement) to make, not only harmonic melodies and bass lines, but to additionally have percussion and drums that could, by themselves, carry a song.  Techno/electro/house pushes the envelope by requiring and allowing for creativity in all areas of a song. It requires one to constantly innovate and come up with new, original, creations and techniques applied to the production.
What is your local music scene like? How do you think you fit in?
The Detroit Techno scene is so prominent; it created its own genre. The Detroit Techno Militia shows the attitude of techno producers that reside in Detroit – independent, proud and original. Detroit allows for producers to have creativity, to not necessarily fit inside the box of what “techno” is supposed to be, but to continuously push the boundaries of the genre. Detroit Techno is innovative. The innovative and original style shines through my music.
You’ve got a huge gig lined up – what would be your dream venue?
An intimate venue where I could feed off of the audiences’ energy and they could be up close and personal to my live production. A symbiotic relationship between me and the crowd.
Tell us about how you go about creating your music, from initial idea to completion
I create two different live sets.
The first live set – the “progressive, melodic set” focuses on the harmonic elements. This set, by itself, would be categorized as “progressive” music. I spend days creating and manipulating analogs, wavetables, and filters in order to find a unique synth sound. I tend to favour an almost guitar-like synth – overdriven and raw. I then, likewise, formulate an “opposite” synth that is sweet and melodic – as if it could lead a progressive/chill-out song. This synth tends to be a string or rubber instrument. I then spend additional days writing, rewriting, and rearranging midi data and appreciations. With all the variations of synths and midi, I usually have enough sounds and tracks to form an entire arrangement. This is the next step, to formulate all the melodies into an arrangement of a harmonic song from an intro to an outro.
The second set – the “techno” set focuses solely on drums and percussion. I likewise arrange a very heavy techno arrangement from an intro to an outro. Hardware, like the Alesis SamplePad 4, is very useful to continue to create original midi data, or even audio samples, for percussion.  I want this second set to be able to stand alone as a song without bass or melodies.
In the end, I combine the two sets, which could, by themselves, be sufficient for a song, into one set that has movement and free flowing segments. I arrange the set to make it play as if I were playing it live. I even record all the modulations and envelopes from a MIDI controller (the AKAI MPC40) as if I were performing it live. This “live performance” of the song becomes the final track.
What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
To continue to innovate and bring original music into the traditional “techno” genre. I want to create a niche of original, harmonic, progressive, techno songs that play, and sound, like a live set.
Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
Songs like “Fini” play like a live set, except it allows one to listen to it anywhere. That is the style of my production – to have harmonic synths that could stand by themselves as a progressive song, but on top of the harmonies, to have percussion and drums that could also be sufficient for a song. The music is “alive”, always changing and morphing into something new and creative.

Review: Belle Chen Live-A Beautifully Unique Experience



 
Last night I attended Belle Chen’s performance at the Senate House in London, and I was truly amazed.
Before I go into all of the details that bring the talent and skill that Belle possesses to light, I have to say that this was an enjoyable and interesting event.
As part of the Bloomsbury Festival in London, Belle Chen delivered new and fresh tools to give her performance meaning and relevancy. The use of sound effects, and body movement were key to bringing the overall show together, with accompaniment from interpretive dancer Anastasia Kostner, moving with the mood of the music. 
Telling a story of Paris and a taking the audience on a journey through the city of Paris, Belle Chen captured the chaos and emotion, as well as soft, relaxed and quaint surrounding of the French city. Belle Chen’s delicate touch shined through as a beautiful addition, however, the inclusion of a loop pedal, recording rhythms played on the piano, and other accompanying tools and tricks were brand new to my eyes, giving her unique style.
During the performance there were very few times that she would actually speak, however when she did, the words she did say resonated with me deeply. My Favourite quote being “I was told that if you ever missed someone, then you should look to the moon, because the person you miss could be looking at the same moon”
With her brand new album ‘Mademoiselle’ recently coming out, this was a great event to support its release.
Overall, this was a classy, emotional and extremely well-arranged show, that had meaning and purpose.
Website: www.bellechen.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bellechenmusic
Twitter: @bellepianist
Instagram: @bellepianist
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/chenonthetube
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bellechen
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7Ihfoi68laeuxOhTJLCa4l
 
 

Feline And Strange: Aliens From Above Are Here, And They Bring The Music Of The Future



 
With the recent release of their brand new album ‘OUT’, these flamboyant musicians are taking the electro wave-cabaret scene in a whole different direction.
With a vast mix of exciting and new ideas, brought by head masterminds Feline Lang and Christoph Klemke, Feline and Strange is an eclectic and unique concept.
Spawning from the idea that aliens have come down to earth, and are trying to make a living through performing and recording, fitting the music into their strange but wonderful show.
‘OUT’, which is the most recent addition to their previous 4 albums, was inspired by the world events, and their views on the Syrian refugee crisis. “I was reading all the good news from home, and still couldn`t help harbouring dark feelings that this was too good to be true. And even before I came home, I was proven right when the first refugee homes burned, assaulted by fascists”. explained Feline.

However, this is an album that will satisfy all of you electro, classic, Depeche mode inspired needs, so be sure not to miss out.
YouTube: www.youtube.com/canteatro
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/felinelang
Facebook: www.facebook.com/felineandstrange
Twitter: https://twitter.com/felinelang
Website: www.felineandstrange.com
 

Review: JJ Leone's Single 'Reload' Is A Dark Yet Soothing Installment From The Dark Soul Singer

 


JJ Leone has released new single ‘Reload’, and its a beauty!
This relaxing, good vibe piece is a perfect listen for any time. As JJ’s past a is an eclectic mix of different styles and genres, this draws element from all of his favourite artists and people that inspire him in writing and performance.

As the beat is reminiscent of a steady paced grime rhythm, the soft jazz off beat guitar is a harmonious and diverse addition, which gives the track depth. As the bass is heavy and almost enchanting, the mix of JJ’s vocals make this a tune that you can just sink into. As for the guitar solo, elements of Prince and Hendrix bleed through, provoking peaceful melodies all the while making sure that this is a track that everyone will love.
JJ has proven once again, that he can bring the thunder, as well as the calm.
Be sure to check his music and social media out:
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/j-j-leone
Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamjjleone
Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamjjleone
YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/jjleone
Website: www.jjleone.com

The Lounge Revival Starts Here! LAPP's Sunny.


…and when we say “lounge”, we really do mean both in terms of the room in your house and relaxing horizontally. At the forefront of fashionable relaxing is LAPP, whose video to his track, Sunny, a song which is actually intrinsically linked to The Catcher in the Rye, has actually tickled our fancy purely because:
A. It’s catchy.
B. We like snooping in people’s homes.
Watch the video to “Sunny” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzsLz_54E8A

 
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/lapp_x
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNyN8MCeeJ9RQNIa6-MQSDA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LAPPx/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lapp_x
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lapp_x/

Far From Home: Julia Mascetti's Brand New EP 'In Distance, Everything Is Poetry' Greets Us With Influence From Home

 


 

For a girl who spent her time trying to bring Japan to the UK, she’s done a pretty good job of bringing the UK to Japan.
Julia Mascetti’s always had a large interest in the cultural and colourful aspects of Japanese culture.
After studying at the University of Leeds, in which she graduated, as well as assumed position of Principal Harpist in the University orchestra. Which helped Julia gain skill and detail to her playing and overall abilities.
In 2015, Julia re-located to Japan with her Japanese/British Boyfriend.  She taught English to for 6 months, before becoming a Music teacher, which then led into her freelancing. She has spent time in Japan Travelling, busking and playing live gigs and promoting the music of her homeland and heritage, which consists of Welsh Folk music and other styles and genres.


With the release of her brand new EP in set to be released on 10th November , with single ‘In Bloom’ being a beautiful and gentle introduction to Julia’s recent opus.
 
 
 
 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/juliamascetti
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliamascetti
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JuliaMascetti
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliamascetti
Website: https://tokyoharp.blog

Homerik Take Metal by the Scruff of the Neck

There are two great truisms both in the film world and the music world: horror fans and metal fans are notoriously loyal. A fan of Diamond Head from the early 80s is 99% almost certainly still a fan of their music now, even if just in a nostalgic sense. Similarly, horror fans will most likely quote their top ten films without a moment’s hesitation – there may have been the odd new entry over the years but, chances are, it’s the same list they could have given you twenty years ago, more or less.
Homerik are one of those bands you feel you could grow up with. They’ve done their homework both musically and academically, with the sounds of metal both aged and modern flowing through their limbs, and the lore of the ancients stalking through their lyrics. There’s a comfort that they, like you, actually care about what they’re doing – they aren’t just throwing songs out there for the Hell of it, there’s time and great thought in the material they have created: it matters.
Tracks like Unforgotten Kin are stridently committed – there’s no gentle introduction, you’re flung straight into the maelstrom of what sound like angry monks fighting even angrier New Yoik noiseniks. With some tribal incantations thrown in. This is Homerik’s world, where stories are told but you are invited to actually live through them. No sooner have you begun to piece together exactly what you’ve just experienced than you’re straight into An Angel of Darkness, a symphonic gallop with a soprano and a church organ and little regard for your expectations.
As the album concludes with The Legion, there’s a surprising feeling of sadness that your journey with the band has ended. If you’re any music fan worth their salt, you’ve invested at least partially what the band have put in. Homerik’s many-tentacled arms may veer slightly towards trying too hard to cram in that little extra violin sweep and histrionic voice but the sheer effort is terrific. Bravo, sirs. And madams. And monks.
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Ry0Y2JiVXjpidTHDpYVQx
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcYLfk1tEX4vli_KWUzsBQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homerikofficial/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/homerikofficial/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homerikofficial/
Website: https://www.homerik.org/