Iskwe has always gravitated towards darker, deep-cut, bottom-heavy sounds, it’s what resonates with her creativity - politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip hop breakbeats. This is captured fully on her new single Soldier . The single comes from her new album The Fight Within, out October 13 2017.
"It's impossible to know what shape our planet will be in several generations down the road. What I do know is that we need to do better. Soldier is for all the protectors of our land, our water and our future generations. While my music is undoubtedly a source of deep, personal strength for me, it is also a form of protest––protest against the continued hardships of the North American Indigenous community, protest against flippant legislature failing to protect our lands and waterways, and protest against fallout women face when speaking out on issues within the music industry. I speak my mind about my culture and gender. I’ve never been timid or shy about addressing those sorts of topics in my music because that’s not my spirit - I was raised to be loud about the things I believe in! I intend to honor my heritage and stand steadfast in my viewpoints while creating music that rings true to myself as an artist."
"TRE is a music composer and producer from India. He has a very chilled vibe to his tracks with some fresh new sounds to his electronic music work. The music created by TRE has a great composition value with his chilled melody tunes and sweet Bongo work. This perfectly gives a great summer vibe to his tunes. He recently remixed an official track with Texas Pop/Rock band "January May" for the track "The Road". He is definitely on his way to create more new sounds with his electronic project TRE."
"Cruel" comes from a place of honestly trying to listen and hear other people’s experience of the world - particularly those whose voices are often silenced and shut down. those voices we need to be listening to and raising up right now.
“Cruel” was produced by Kindness (Robyn, Solange, Blood Orange) along with the rest of Adrian Underhill's debut album which is set for release later this year. The 10 songs on ‘CU Again’ are the culmination of many years of sonic exploration. Having grown up in Vancouver before moving to Montreal and then Toronto, spending time in rock bands and making lo-fi recordings on his own, before moving towards a 70s songwriter vibe infused with a more modern production style & sound.
"On ‘Cruel’, I was lucky to have Damon Riddick (DāM-FunK) on drums, Keith Eaddy on bass and Blue May on guitar with those perfectly placed guitar licks. I love how the live drums and bass sit over top of the samples and drum machine giving the track a unique rhythmic backdrop that keeps pushing you forwards."
“Seventeen, Baby” hooks from the get-go, with late-night brass and a smoothly paced rhythm section establishing the feel. The vocals begin with a subdued presence, though escalate as the track progresses, going as far to compare to Jeff Buckley’s emotional presence at points.
The “seventeen, baby” pause – followed by the smattering of brass – is an excellent mid-point placement, guiding into a final minute that’s beautifully capped off by a vocal turn into smooth R&B, for a fleeting moment.
"Seventeen, Baby" started out as purely electronic track made by Richard, the guitar player. "We liked it very much and started experimenting with it, playing it together live and it slowly formed to its current form," the band explains. "There were, however, empty parts in the beginning and in the middle and we immediately felt that trumpet would do magic there. Fortunately, we have a friend who is a trumpet player and he played a beautiful trumpet link in the parts we wanted and even in other parts of the song to enhance the emotion. It is the only track that has a guest musician in it from the album."
"We´re kinda like black sheep on the scene, a four-piece: a natural shredder, a drummer, a singer, and a misanthrope. Our history began sometime in the fall of 2010. Since then, we´ve played any genre that the critics and fans could come up with. We come from a relatively small town of Prešov, in a relatively small country of Slovakia, so we´re relatively humble but somewhere deep inside, everyone of us wants to sell out and buy a roadster. Our mutual goal is to be idolized sometime in the future, just like motivation speakers or cat videos."
Belau is a fresh Hungarian downtempo music project. Their first music video won the Hungarian Music Video Festival and it has more than 400.000 views. Their first song was used by HBO in its new series and in a commercial (played in 33 countries). Their first LP was released around November which contains 12 downtempo tracks. The debut album won the Hungarian Grammy Awards in the best electronic music album category. One of their track of the new remix EP was airplayed on BBC Radio 1. In one and half year Belau had 70 concertrs in 10 countries around Europe. They played at the biggest festivals in the region, also at least 3 showcase festival in this year.
1. YOU AND I ft. SZÉCSI BÖBE (CHRIS.SU REMIX) 04:35
2.YOU AND I ft. SZÉCSI BÖBE (SUBSETS REMIX) 03:45
3.WICKED ft. ANTONIA VAI (PAPERDEER REMIX) 03:30
4.SOMEBODY TOLD ME SO ft. DALLOS BOGI (HIMALIA REMIX) 03:12
5.DOWN BY THE SEA ft. HERRER SÁRA (DAMIEN REMIX) 03:48
6.DOWN BY THE SEA ft. HERRER SÁRA (RUSTY REMIX) 04:46
7.BOAT PARTY ft. BÖBE SZÉCSI (SUPERSTEREO REMIX) 03:52
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.