After releasing their first single back in 2016, VEiiLA returns with, as dark as the title suggests, their brand new EP “Dive”. The track list includes 5 absolutely new records and a fresh reworked version of RDMV STR. About a year off since the previous release wasn’t spent in vain: besides studio work, VEiiLA played a handful of shows, sharing the stage with such acts like The Neighborhood, Sian Evans of Kosheen, Alex Clare, Above & Beyond and ATB, and released a number of videos, bringing their live sound to the new dimension.
“We are heroes. We are savages.” With the new EP VEiiLA rediscovers their so-called music for introverts in the new, darker and more intimate shape. Songs like Dive and Never Come Back are soaking with sadness yet remaining charged with energy. On the other hand Mantra, a hypnotic techno anthem, being the most “cheerful” in the album, as well as RDMV STR, bring darkness to the realm of rebel and a dead certain desire to make it their own way. The album’s title “Dive” reflects a state of solitude and edginess of a character behind those songs: whether your whole life is like cliff diving or you need to dive into the darkest depths of your soul to find yourself, these sounds will be with you.
Belau is one of the most promising chillwave newcomers: their first song, Island of Promise was chosen to the top hits of 2015 at Deezer Hungary and appears in HBO’s series, Aranyélet. In one and half years they had more than 100 live performances in 14 countries. The debut Belau full-length album, The Odyssey was released in 2016 featuring several outstanding guest vocalists, and won the Hungarian Grammy in best electronic music album category. After their long EU tour they are ready to release their brand new video.
“Take You to The Sea” – claims about their compositions. Belau originally started as a solo project, later it become a duo. In the world of Belau a constant buoyant mood and a sense of optimism meets innovative electronic beats. This genre of elegant and clean beats capturing the feeling of summer has been dubbed as sundowntempo.
Their first song, Island of Promise was chosen to the top hits of 2015 at Deezer Hungary, and the biggest Hungarian new portals. Now it counts nearly 500.000 views, appears in HBO’s series, Aranyélet, and also featuring in international commercials for Pepsi (33 countries). In one and half years they had more than 100 live performances in 14 countries across Europe, they played the biggest festivals of the region, like Eurosonic, Sziget, Reeperbahn, Untold.
The debut full-length album of the band, The Odyssey has been finally released in November 2016 with 12 new songs featuring several guest vocalists from the Hungarian underground scene. One of them is the greatest honor so far: winning the Hungarian Grammy’s, the Fonogram-awards for the best electronic album of the year. One of their song is also airplayed by BBC Radio 1. The long term goals of the ever-growing project include the creation of multiple concept LPs, each capturing the vibe of a different geographical region around the world.
The new Belau song, called Redefine brings back to us the summer vibes with a bit of Caribbean mood. One of the most interesting chillwave newcomers second album hopefully will be released around 2018 October, until they will continue their European tour.
Danijel Zambo is a self-taught musician and began playing guitar and piano at the age of 14. After having played in a few bands, he released his first solo album "All my demons" in 2008. A wonderful debut between electronica and classical music. More critically acclaimed albums have followed and he is working as a freelance musician these days composing music for new media projects etc. "THE WORLD IS TOO LOUD, is a compilation of instrumentals I haven't released before because they simply didn't fit any album. Now I felt the time is right to release them and some of the tracks date back to more than ten years ago. Dreamy and evocative guitar ambience - a soundtrack for this age of turmoil."
Mostacho Xprmnt was founded by Costa Rican drummer and composer Andres Marin in Brooklyn, New York. The NeoSoul/Fusion band is formed by Leala Cyr on vocals, Luis D'Elias on guitar, Dave Lowenthal on bass and Hayely Lam on keys.
It started as an outlet to create music without limitations as far as genres or styles, therefore the experimental component. It consolidated in 2013 with Eitan Akman, Haruka Yabuno and Najwa Mahiaddin. As they worked with Malayan singer Najwa Mahiaddin the group took a stronger R&B and Soul direction, while maintaining elements of rock, jazz, funk and latin music. Some of their main influences include Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, Frank Zappa and Hiatus Kaiyote.
In 2015, korean singer Song Yi Jeon took over the lead vocals and in 2016 they released their first single “Que Mae Mas Raro” with Dave Lowenthal on bass, Luis D’Elias on guitar and Miguel Gallardo on keys. They have performed at Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, The Shrine, ShapeShifter Lab, Williamsburg Music Center and more venues in New York as well as in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
In 2017 singer Leala Cyr and pianist Hayley Lam join the band. In November they released an eclectic EP of remixes by 28 Lines, Matt Sokol and Copper Tony. They are currently working on post-production of the second single “Clap With Me”
Mostacho Xprmnt partnered with producers 28 Lines, Matt Sokol and Copper Tony to create the first EP of remixes of their Fusion/NeoSoul music. It was released under Music Dribble Entertainment. The result is 3 radically different songs with sounds that push genre boundaries in the same way that the band does, but bringing it into the electronic realm.
The original song "Que Mae Mas Raro" is an atonal composition and an ode to weirdness. It was performed by Song Yi Jeon on vocals, Luis D'Elias on guitar, Dave Lowenthal on bass, Miguel Gallardo on keys and Andres Marin on drums.
“The river that everything drags is known as violent, but nobody calls violent the margins that arrest her.”
This quote from Bertolt Brecht is the best way to portray FLEUVE, the devastating new album of belgian outfit THOT. After a decade of challenging its music across several albums, EPs, videos, alternative versions, remixes and european tours, the gang lead by Grégoire Fray is going to bring a breath of fresh air in the industrial-rock and post-rock genres. Produced by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna) and engineered in live circumstances, FLEUVE features 9 songs built around a powerful drums/bass/guitar trio, on which passionate vocals, heavy synths, clarinet laments and bulgarian choirs melt together perfectly. Thereby, FLEUVE is a luminous ode to the european continent and its cultural history, to nature’s immuable inspiration, to women and transcendance.
ICAUNA - 02:36 info ODRA - 03:36 VLTAVA - 04:01 RHONE - 05:53 RHEIN - 07:32 DUNA - 07:44 VOLGA - 03:37 info SAMARA - 04:44 BOSPHORE - 13:10 info NOW'S THE ONLY TIME I KNOW (Fever Ray Cover - Bonus track) - 04:03
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.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.