Singer/songwriter Jen Charlton has led a nomadic life calling NewYork, London, Toronto and Tel Aviv her home at various stages of her career and this cross contamination of cultures has seemingly seeped into her music.
Her latest single is deceptively upbeat with a deeper/darker layer lurking below. Even though it was released earlier this year it seems like a great track for summer
“Blame It On My Family”, produced by Yves Galula, showcases an artist who is comfortable in her own skin delivering a pop burst that you will want to return to again.
Judging by the increase of emails in our inbox quote-unquote guitar music is making some sort of a comeback in 2015 spearheaded by the comebacks from the likes of Refused and Faith No More as well as a slew of young bands who have stepped up to take their mantle.
One such band sitting in the wings waiting to shine is Coma7 who are gearing up to release their debut EP ‘Hunger‘. In their 5 year’s existance the band has seen more than it’s fair share of ups and downs including the shocking murder of their former guitarist Eran. Faced with such adversity most artists would crumble but somehow the Israeli 5-piece has found a way to channel their anger and frustrations into their music. The result is a calculated burst of energy seasoned with emotion.
The release is preceded by the excellent DIY stop-motion video for the track ‘No More War‘, a formidable behemoth that sets out the band’s agenda from the get go. The track is the sonic equivalent of someone smashing your door down and proceeding to improve and decorate your entire home, exploding through the headphones like there is no tomorrow before firmly implanting it’s melody in your mind.
Make no mistake, this is not the kind of music you are likely to hear on mainstream radio but scratch beyond the surface and you will find plenty of melodies to go around and an unmistakable groove to nod your head to. Furthermore, the lyrical theme offers a refreshingly honest window into how the band feels.
Fans of the aformentioned Refused as well as Rage Against The Machine will appreciate the blend of aggressivness and passion displayed on ‘No More War‘ and it’s partner track ‘Yeti‘.
Coma7 will release their ‘Hunger‘ EP in September 2015 and plan to tour in 2015/2016
When this blog started several years ago Refused had already been defunct for over 10 years. In those early days I kept a list of bands I wanted to feature on these pages but there was no way I would have imagined I would get to write about the seminal Swedish legends.
17 years on from famously proclaiming “Refused is fucking dead” and subsequently earning a cult-like following Refused are fucking back. With this infamous breakup in mind eyebrows will be naturally raised at the motivation for this unexpected reunion but arguably in 2015 we need this is the band we need more than ever. The world has changed a lot, and not necessarily for the better, and who better to call out all the bullshit.
The album shows the guys still have it offering familiar breakbeats, sharp riffs and DennisLyxzén‘s inimitable vocal delivery. Perhaps the pace isn’t as intense as in the past, after all these guys are no longer the 4 teenagers that came together in the 90s. Still ‘Freedom‘ manages to bring you back to that era while still sounding relevant today.
Refused are on tour this summer with Faith No More.
Los Angeles based artists vōx returns with “Put The Poison In Me“, a track that sees her stripped down to just her haunting vocals and a piano accompanyment. Previous releases incorporated a melancholical electronic element but on this latest outing she shows she is equally comfortable when the light shines directly on her.
The track is part of a limited edition Vinyl EP released by Turntable Kitchen. Check out her previous output and put that name vōx on your ones to watch list for 2015/2016.
After making waves with his output to date acclaimed Spanish arist, DJ, producer and composer Ed is Dead, AKA Edu Ostos, introduces his genre bending debut album ‘Change‘. The lead single “Praise“,feat. Odille, can best be described as eclectic and we mean that in a good way.
Edu himself describes his sound as “Queens of the Stone Age, Maceo Plex, The XX and Queen, getting drunk and making music” and it’s this refusal to play by the rulebook of any single genre that makes ‘Change‘ such an enjoyable experience. Featuring a selection of top collaborators this is one release you don’t want to miss.
After music press (quite rightly) went a touch giddy for their debut album ‘Take It Personal’ back in 2012, Philco Fiction toured Europe and China before settling back in Norway to record their new album. After signing to quality indie label ‘Killing Moon’ in the UK (Fickle Friends, Racing Glaciers, Malpas) we are happy to share the first track with you, right now.
‘Bodies’ features Philco Fiction’s signature atmospheric all-engulfing sound – as we often expect from the Scandies these days – but it’s also the affecting delicacy of this tune that hits home. Singer Turid Alida’s haunting voice combined with intricate electronic arrangements leaves a pure fingerprint on our sullied souls.
“It’s ten past Saturday. Call my name – make me stay. I got time if you need to waste it with me. Don’t let my body walk away.”
As-yet-untitled album details to be announced later in the year. Bodies is out now.
Ronny W recently released his brand new video for the single “Never Gone” to coincide with Memorial Day in the United States. This date wasn’t selected at random considering the track’s lyrics were co-written with the Semper Fi Sisters, a charity helping veterans find their feet.
Ronny himself is a veteran of the IDF where, as a tank commander in Lebanon in 2006, he was severely injured and left paralysed from the waist down. Such a tragic outcome would have broken most men but Ronny is not most men. Instead he immersed himself into his music even appearing on the Israeli version of X-Factor. This perservarance saw him relocate to Los Angeles in the past year to focus his attention fully on his music career.
On “Never Gone” he collaborated with longtime friend Ido Sagir who provided the accentuations with his fine Oud playing. It is this willingness to combine modern rock and pop elements with middleeastern influences that makes Ronny‘s music standout in his new town.
One thing is sure, this won’t be the last you hear from Ronny W.
Kosha Dillz recently unleashed his winning Haim sampling remix of the track “Been Down“. It comes with a suitably laidback video shot in Amsterdam and is well worth a spin.
Kosha is throwing his own official OY VEY! SXSW party on Wednesday 18th featuring acts from all over the world including scheduled performances from the likes of Gangsta Boo and Murs. If you are in Austin this week be sure to attend