Astro Tan is a three-piece out of Portland, Oregon, who hail from opposing corners of the continent; they call rural Pennsylvania, urban Seattle, and remote Alaska their homes, respectively. Perhaps their trans-continental allows for what is a genre-bending songbook that places foot in no strict stylistic camp. Primary songwriting responsibilities oscillate between Charles Tern and Sam Wegman (bass and guitars) and an exacting drummer in Jed Overly (also a songwriter). Astro Tan is freshly attune to their creative ambitions, ostensibly due to a mélange of classic and contemporary influences. 'Soma', the freshman effort from the group, demonstrated a keen affinity for lush R&B, soft-jazz and psychedelia. Their latest, just-released album, 'Canary', brings this to the next level with moody orchestral additions.
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.
Safe to say Becoming Phill is the only southern African electro/funk/boogie producer in the game right now. He won a Namibian Music Award a few years back for some hiphop records then went straight into this kind of sound, and here’s the album – Electrum. It’s a mix of electro, funk & r&b that is doing very well on the dancefloors in Namibia right now. It features vocals from Namibian singers Shishani and Dantago, and guitar from Christian Polloni, who has worked with Papa Wemba and Youssou N’Dour.
Jovana Golubovic is a 27-year-old singer-songwriter from Vancouver BC. She started singing and playing piano at age 12, picking up guitar two years later, and began writing songs seriously around age 20, when she started learning about recording and making demos right away.In addition to her solo work,she is currently involved in another project called Les Chaussettes, where she sings, plays guitar, and writes the songs.They’ve been active since 2013 and their sound is in the vein of ’60s rock. They had two 7inch records put out by a UK label called Punk Fox Records, with tracks having been played on BBC Radio 6. In June they released their full-length album called ‘Who Will Read Your Mind’.Jovana has been working on her solo project with producer Felix Fung. “You and I/How Can I Make You Love Me” is her second solo release; the first was a single called “Where I’m Going” which she put out in March 2016. Felix also plays in Les Chaussettes and records the band’s material. Jovana is influenced by Simon and Garfunkel, The Shangri-Las, Dusty Springfield, Billie Holiday, and the popular music from childhood, like Mariah Carey and No Doubt and Chopin. Balkan folklore influences appears in her songs sometimes, as she is from ex-Yugoslavia (born in Belgrade).
Even though the independent rock scene is quite inundated with new acts, there’s always a welcome place for an outfit that changes the formula enough to be consistently interesting and worth taking notice of. The New York-based alternative rock group Voices from Deep Below attempts to do just that, fusing together a variety of styles into a surprisingly coherent sound. Their new record, “I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear”, is a five song album that navigates alt-rock, experimental, and borderline metal and progressive influences all at the same time.