Major Love was conceived in the lamplight of London’s Bedroom Bar, in the late spring of 2015. Canadian recording artists Colleen Brown and Scenic Route To Alaska each had wrapped their first tours in Germany and the UK, promoting separate album releases. They found themselves on the same dimly lit stage in Shoreditch, 7000 kms from their home-town of Edmonton, bonding over an appreciation of vintage Harmony guitars, singalong pop/rock anthems and an affinity for the spacious, soulful recordings released on the Stax and Motown labels in the 1960’s.
Their debut album was tracked live off the floor a month later, during a summer heatwave in Edmonton’s True North Studios with Jesse Northey (Jesse and the Dandelions) on faders and keys. Contributions from multi-instrumentalist Elijah Abrams followed, with mixes and co-production by Toronto-based pedal steel guru Aaron Goldstein, along with Kenneth Meehan (Daniel Romano) and the singalong single ‘So Good’ mixed by Brooklyn’s prodigious hit-makers Gus van Go and Werner F.
Two songs from this album have already been lauded for their song-craft. ‘Motherland’ - written essentially as a love letter to Alberta - won a province wide songwriting contest in 2015 through the ATB All Albertan Songwriting Competition, to the tune of $10,000; and the powerful ballad ‘I Love All Of You’ was a finalist in the Unsigned Only International Songwriting Competition for 2017.
These songs thrive at the intersection between Brown’s resonant vocal expression and SRTA’s spirited swagger. It is music to move body and soul.
"Our new single “Tear It Down” explores the question - is there beauty in destruction? The inspiration came after a senior’s residence in Edmonton suffered two explosions in 2011. Two people died because of the explosions - a murder/suicide. It happened across the street from Colleen (our singer) and it took about 3 years until the building finally underwent renewal, during which she had the privilege of watching it being gutted, rebuilt, and furnished. She wrote the song on a sunny spring day as she contemplated the strange disparity between the tradesmen’s jobs and her work as a musician. The song comes from our self titled debut LP which we’ll be releasing early next year. We tracked the album live off the floor in Edmonton during a summer heatwave in 2015 (with a few overdubs in Toronto throughout 2016/17) and are excited to be able to share it with you all now."
Based out of Orange, California, Manifest Wallace is an American hip-hop/pop artist whose calling is to inspire the world and share the message that you can achieve absolutely anything if you believe in yourself. His new single "Volcano", off his EP 'Look Around', is a testament to that inspiration.
"Volcano" came together in early January of 2017 as I was working on my EP 'Look Around' that dropped in May," Manifest explains. "At this point in my career, I believe that I am just a moment away from blowing up (or erupting) and that is what "Volcano" represents. The first verse of the song is all about the grind and how I feel I am going to blow. The second verse and outro, however, are more like streams of consciousness and I just wanted to allow the listener to interpret it own their own and really give thought into the message I was portraying."
"As far as the creative process goes, this was the first time that I didn't write any lyrics down, which allowed for me to flow effortlessly over the instrumental and create new flows in the process. I recorded "Volcano" all in one session (about 2/3 hours) along with two other songs."
Jake Gusto has just released his latest EP "Mindgame". The instrumentals were produced by MdL (Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Sammy Adams) and Mantra (Rihanna, Future, Sean Paul). "Mindgame" is his first project release since making the move to LA last fall and much of it is written around the "mind game" of that transition.
"The concept of Mindgame is derived from the toil I experienced transitioning from the midwest to SoCal. In short, I discovered that success - both the actualization and realization - is all in our head. We often perceive success as something physical or quantitative: an award, a certificate, a million Spotify streams, etc. I think we forget that these physical items manifest from a mental origin."
A lil amuse bouche to prep your palate for Chuck N Lock's "Just Desserts", set to drop 9/5/17. This track features Hip Hop heavyweight, Skyzoo, who's recently released a tape called, Peddler's Theme. Smooth cadences riding a funky backdrop are layered with clever lines for the listener's enjoyment.
Lo Profile is a rap artist from Buffalo, New York. His sound is direct, upfront and in-your-face, with an energetic flow that reminds of the greats of the genre, including 2Pac, Nas, Biggie Smalls or 50 Cents, just to mention a few.
In his life, this artist had to overcome quite a few struggles: the harsh life in the streets, the death of close friends, family issues…however, he set out to rise above and make the most out of his opportunities with his unique approach and motivated character.
Lo Profile’s songs are a great showcase of his unique lyrical mastery, as well as his ability to turn a beat into a powerhouse of punchy grooves and catchy melodies. This skilled wordsmith and performer has a smooth and consistent flow, which sits perfectly well within the mix.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.