Sneakers is a soul-filled collaborative community of musicians and artists from the streets of Auckland, New Zealand. The community is lead by Nick Raven and Chris Dent, who have been writing and recording in living rooms, basements and bedrooms since 2014. As the crew expanded the music took on new shapes. Sean Patterson, Matt Bizzle, Hannah Rolfe, and Dean Rodrigues make up a rich palette of sonic and visual wonder to draw from. Chris and Nick work closely together, with Nick taking a producer's approach and Chris using a hands-on singer/songwriter approach.
The result is a set of slick, emotive and groovy tunes. The project's debut single "Come Around Sundown" was released on October 4th, 2017.
"Come Around Sundown" started off as a funky acoustic number, but after we jammed with the live band it found a new life with disco beats, psychedelic organs, slick guitar and soulful sax," Chris explains. The entire song was recorded in Chris’s inner city Auckland lounge using borrowed gear and an abundance of time. Two years on the band set up at Depot Sound Studios in Auckland with Morgan Allen to sculpt the mix. The song was then sent to Sage Audio in Nashville, where it was mastered by Steve Corrao.
Hill's new album, Give It a Rest, is scheduled for release in 2018. The the title track was picked up for exclusive rotation on KCRW in Los Angeles almost immediately following its completion, where she was invited to make her American debut in the fall of 2015. She has since been signed to an American EDM Label (Ultra Music) as a topline writer, and completed a large body of work. The new video/single for her song ‘On Camera’ was directed by Caitlin Cronenberg.
"Working with Caitlin felt effortless. The creative approach was fluid and allowed for deviation from the original treatment, which made the whole process feel more authentic and fulfilling. Analog stop-motion - especially with Caitlin's eye for absolutely stunning still frames - is the perfect "subtle nod" to the lyric. The song is about bdsm, essentially. From the perspective of the submissive - it's about power being willfully surrendered. It was written over a trap beat but with all the experimental soul elements as an overlay."
Jovana Golubovic is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist in Vancouver Canada. She largely produces her own music along with producer Felix Fung of Little Red Sounds. She recently released her third single, the disco-influenced, harp-sweetened "Don't Make Me Miss You" online with an accompanying music video.
Maya Killtron's new single, “Bad Decisions” is a review of some of her best romances and worst choices in the field of love. It’s honest but light, real but unapologetic, and always dancy. This new track was inspired by her influences but is something new and dynamic that can only register as authentic Maya Killtron."
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.