True Religion unleash an entrancing fusion of Spanish and English influences on their new single “Que Bonita”.

Today, I would like to introduce you to one of the most novel musical acts currently performing today. The duo “True Religion” consist of the virtuosic flamenco guitarist Juan Carmona and the exceptional vocalist Amy Gill. With distinctive vocals, combined with pounding beats that will fill any dancefloor, “True Religion” have crafted one of the most unique sounds of the fast-growing underground music scene.

The exhilarating single “Que Bonita” begins with the strumming of Carmona’s tender guitar strings which immediately grabs the listener’s attention. Then, the exceptional, soulful vocals of Gill kick in, which will make any listener yearn to dissect every word that emerges from Gill’s vocal chords. Gill’s voice is very reminiscent of a young Sinead O’Connor, due to her unique ability to hit the highest of octaves. The first 50 seconds of this track allows the listener to hear Gill’s isolated vocals, combined with exceptional production work, Gill’s vocals have a distinctive ‘echo’ effect, which allows Gill to have the maximum emotional effect on the listener.

“True Religion is the truth about ourselves, about how we can handle things, the emotion of being alive and feeling the others, about how we can manage difficult situations, by being kind, conscious, by practicing mindfulness and meditation, by true friendship, by trying to be better persons every day.” – True Religion

The track then takes an unexpected turn, when a house dance beat is introduced alongside Gill’s vocals, with Carmona’s distinctive guitar playing also making a much welcomed return. The music gradually grows into an irresistible electronic/dance track that will be welcomed at any nightclub in world, especially post COVID-19.

The wonderful attraction of “True Religion” is that you never know what they are going to do next. This is the case with “Que Bonita” as the track’s final two minutes contain no vocals and instead allow the listener to appreciate Carmona’s exceptional musicianship on both the guitar and piano, this is his moment to shine!

This track is a wonderful blend of flamenco and house, with influences from both England and Spain that will hopefully unite the whole continent of Europe during a period in which we arguably, the most isolated from each other. Check out “Que Bonita” if you haven’t already!

WATCH THE ‘QUE BONITA’ MUSIC VIDEO HERE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFRKHEYrjUg

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The Brazilian rock trio ‘Pentral’ hit new heights with their latest single ‘Aiming for the Sun’

Aiming for the Sun is Pentral’s latest single from their outstanding LP What Lies Ahead of Us. The track wastes no time in grabbing your attention, as the first second of this song includes a rapid, turbocharged guitar riff that is sure to blast through your walls. Aiming for the Sun also contains a thumping drum beat combined with intoxicating vocals that pierce straight into your heart.

“Aiming For The Sun” is a heavier song without leaving groove behind. It’s the second chapter of the couple’s saga, when the Amazon land-grabbers show their real face and what they are up to. Through its dark vibe and pulsating lines, this song tries to express a feeling of urgency, a claim for help, showcasing the agony of the people in the woods.” – Pentral

Passionate about the environment, Pentral’s LP is a concept album that tells the devastating tale of a disorientated family within a world of rage, greed and hatred that is destroying the amazon jungle. Pentral sees their music as a powerful way to spread universal messages of equality, anti-racism and anti-discrimination. The Brazilian trio consists of brothers Victor (Singer), Vagner Lima (Drums) and Joe Ferry (Bass Guitar). Their passion for all things rock and roll is almost as strong as their obsessive desire to create a safer and tranquil world for a new generation to be raised in.

This album is even more remarkable when taking into consideration that it was recorded during an international pandemic! Victor describes the LP’s recording process:

“The album was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic and it was a huge challenge wearing face masks almost every time. There was tension and fear among the musicians and engineers of getting infected. Besides that, the songs are not “straight”. Pentral uses a lot of uncommon and odd time signatures and harmonies, so it was pretty hard to record the final version of the tracks. Atmosphere, harmony, melody, groove and a strong message to make people think. For the band, this is what music is all about.” – Victor, Pentral

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BPSOCA release an instant dance classic in ‘Djèn Djèn’

BPSOCA have just released one of the best dance songs of 2021 that is destined to be inescapable across Bluetooth speakers this summer. BPSOCA music is a British record label that aims to bring Caribbean soul music back to the UK Charts. ‘Djèn Djèn’ has an irresistible pounding melody which is difficult to get to leave your subconscious once you’ve heard it. The track has some of the best vocal delivery that I’ve heard all year that complements the track’s narrative of the experience of the women’s perspective at a Soca Fate (Party).

The music track was fittingly produced in Trinidad, which allows the song to transcend Caribbean culture and transports the listener onto an energetic Caribbean beach.

BPSOCA Music have been heavily influenced by other Caribbean artists such as ‘Major Lazor’, ‘Machel Montano’ and ‘Bunji Garlin’. They have kickstarted the Caribbean soul revolution by releasing ‘Djèn Djèn’, and I am eagerly anticipating what other plethora of musical soliloquies they will craft to benefit music lovers.

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Michael Cooke unleashes the magnificent album ‘Midnight Call’.

The 16th of June has forever been immortalised as ‘Bloomsday’, the date on which the entirety of James Joyce’s masterpiece ‘Ulyesses’ takes place. However, there is now another reason why there is great significance associated with the 16th of June. It is the day that Michael Cooke will release his seminal album ‘Midnight Call’. Within the album’s lead single ‘Around Here’, Cooke showcases his innate ability to combine juxtaposing musical styles to create a novel and distinctive sound only he can make.

‘Around Here’ begins with a heavy, thumping, pounding drum beat which immediately demands your complete attention. Cooke then introduces a gentle acoustic guitar riff, making the listener feel as if they’re gently gliding on water.

In his youth, Cooke was initially set to become an Olympic athlete, however fate intervenient in the form of a devastating injury that hindered his chances of achieving his sporting dreams. However, Cooke would find an emotional outlet in music as he says:

“So many people let life pass them by and get caught up in group identity because they are scared of knowing themselves. I think once you start down the road of knowing yourself there’s no going back and let’s be honest it’s
pretty terrifying you see a lot of things about yourself you don’t like and it’s very hard to ignore”.
– Michael Cooke

Cooke has had an enviable music career as he has eloquently crafted music for television programmes and films available on Netflix. This album is just the start for Cooke, and I, for one, cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next.

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Juga di Prima is an empowering asset to the world of chess and music

With The Queen’s Gambit quickly becoming one of the world’s most talked about subjects, Juga di Prima is intriguing audiences everywhere with her two passions: music and chess.

Composing multiple chess-themed tracks, ‘Oh Capablanca‘ has been mentioned by chess pros and fans as ‘the best chess song ever written’. Another masterful Juga hit, ‘Tactical” is a thrilling single about inner insecurities.

“Chess is a mirror of life, a treasure of humanity” – Juga di Prima

This Chilean artist is an empowering artist bringing two completely different worlds into the same ‘genre’. Combining her life as a recording artist as well as an artistic ambassador for the world of Chess, her extraordinary ambition can be heard throughout all her tracks.

With ‘Chess Divas’ to be unveiled this month as an audio-visual tribute to women chess champions throughout history, the world is in the palm of this contemporary icon’s hand.

Amazing chess song, you will love it!”Judit Polgar, Most successful female chess player in history

“Absolutely love this song!” – Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russian Chess Champion

The Passion of chess made art. Chess needs more artists like Juga”- Leontxo Garcia, El País (Spain)

“Every chess fan must listen. Epic, moving, authentic” Anna Rudolf, Chess Commentator/Olympic Champion

“Chess has inspired many writers and painters throughout history but until now, very few songs had been written about the game. Juga has filled that gap. She has become the voice and music of chess” David
Llada Fide, International Chess Federation

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Lui Krieg shares the power of crystal sound therapy in celebration of Men’s Health week

There is no debate that current world effects have had a knock on effect on our physical and mental health. The past months have been stressful for many, full of uncertainty and insecurity giving us sleepless nights and filling us with tension.

Lui Krieg has decades of experience working with sounds crystals and creating music to ease stress and take care of people’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, he explains-

‘I have helped many clients.. by getting them to work with the right minerals and to the time to meditate.. once people connect deeper to their spiritual selves they will automatically become more health conscious.. and will interact with their environment in a different way.’

Sound therapy is said to help us feel empowered, clear and activate our energy, something the world could greatly benefit from in these testing times.

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Fergus McKay and Nothing Concrete Ruffle Some Feathers with New Track

Rather like both The Waterboys and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, both of whom Fergus McKay and Nothing Concrete most closely resemble (as the crow flies, ba-dum-tish!), the minute you start to describe them and folk; soul; blues, the quicker you begin to question your haste in defining them. Fergus and his group of disparate followers are folk and blues in the sense they play ‘real’ instruments and sing whilst telling stories but also cabaret in presentation and country in parts…not to mention the dreaded “world” phrase. I could go on.
Though the novelty of tap-dancing female horn players will only paper over cracks in the songwriting for so long but Nothing Concrete do have a unique code for life which sets them aside from many other bands. Having rejected the capitalist roar of the metropolis, they (men, women and children) have relocated from their respective countries across Europe to gather in the foothills of the Pyrenees, surviving (how!?) without television and internet and enjoying a particularly continental Good Life of self-sufficiency. The songs are themselves orphans of sorts, gathered from folk tales and conversations as they travel to their rip-roaring live shows. Old Black Crow is your a-typical blues-folk romp with equal measure of humour and disaster, all viewed from the feathered bystander’s view.

"Hey Ooo I A O" is Your New Earworm…Like it or Not!

Without question one of the most bizarre things you’ll hear this year, “Hey Ooo I A O” is the brainchild, if that’s the right word, of Patrice Pouzet aka Pat and the Pro’s (his apostrophe, not ours!), resident of one of the most stunning places in the world, Reunion Island. Whilst the white beaches of the Indian Ocean isle might more readily be associated with the indigenous Séga or Maloya styles of music, no-one appears to have told Pat, whose louche bass vocals are the basis for that now rare beast, the novelty song.
A little bit like the sound of The Doors going on holiday to Ibiza, it’s utterly preposterous stuff but not without its entertaining qualities, the main chorus needed corrective surgery to have it removed from your head. Bizarre.
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Olisha Naiker: Strangers, the new pop of pop

Olisha Naiker has debuted her new single ‘Strangers’ and wants the whole world to listen to it.
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Olisha debuts her new single after creating original classic pop songs for a generation.
Passionate about her music, Olisha has been influenced from artists such as Michael Jackson and Jay Sean.
‘Strangers’ has a cool and atmospheric video to accompany it, Olisha wants the video to be a big influence on her audience as it teaches a lesson on how to let someone go who is now a stranger.
You can listen to ‘Strangers’ below:
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‘Strangers’ has definitely made Olisha’s comeback with a BANG.
Make sure you listen and watch the video.
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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.
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