Up and coming new soul singer Hagar Levy hails from Israel but spent a considerable period of her childhood in Belgium. It is perhaps this unorthodox mix of cultures and climes that has shaped her sound.
I must admit this video initially slipped under our radar due to the volumes of emails we have been receiving but with a second track being released last month (which we will hopefully get to soon) we soon paid attention.
“Highway” is an upbeat number with one hell of a riff and a soaring chorus that catches you by surprise every time, the kind of tune that seemingly forces you to stomp your feet and clap your hands. Hagar has clearly been working on her craft and it shows. The video itself is a crazy collage of sweatshop rebellion and dreamscape surroundings that add spice to the track and highlight the talented musicianship on display.
Hagar Levy‘s debut self titled album is out now in Israel and will receive a European/US release date in 2016. Keep an eye on this one, we reckon she’s got a few surprises up her sleeve.
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.
Lara Snow introduces herself to the world with “We Are Animals“, her collaboration EP with producer $aFrA. The leadoff track “I Like Snow” is a raw blast of energy coming across like a collision between Grimes and Die Antwoord with a breakdown that would make Refused proud.
The singer has been honing her skills for the past few years working on her songwriting and production skills, collaborating with other people in her scene and setting up an electric live performance with drummer and regular collaborator Jonatan Harpak.
Now that everything is in place “I Like Snow” represents just the first step in a busy few months ahead for the white haired songstress.
In addition to releasing one of our albums of 2014Israeli mob Acollective also released their brilliant video for “Breakapart“, one of the standout tracks on said album. How many of the featured records do you recognise?
Acollective are currently on tour, make sure you check out their stellar show!
It may only be the beginning of February but the mighty Lucille Crew have released a contender for video of the year. With it’s irresitible horns and memorable call and answer refrain “Big City” is a firm favourite in the 9-piece behemoth’s live set and now has a worthy video to accompany it.
Lucille Crew return to Europe for shows this summer. The much awaited debut “Lucille Crew: 9 Lives” will officially be released in early 2015.
Acollective‘s name is rather apropos considering the 7-piece’s’s dynamic line up that sees members playing instruments across the board. A lot has happened for the Israeli outfit in the 3 years since their debut ‘Onwards‘, including performances at SXSW and Glastonbury, but their latest offering ‘Pangea‘ may well represent their defining moment.
Over the space of 12 songs the band offer an array of directions without ever sounding like they are losing the plot. As such the transition from the detached and introspective opener “OTM” into the band’s legitimate stormer “Breakapart” and back to their enticingly delicate “Happiest Of Memorial Days” does not sound forced but rather refreshingly varied.With so much goodness on display within the first 3 tracks it is almost impossible to pick a standout moment but Pangea, like the continent it is named after, moves along in unision screaming for repeat listens.
Haunting vocals blend with an electronic downtempo rhythm in NETA’S single, “Silly Life”. A taste of his upcoming project, “Heroes in a Tale”, the song and its video reflect the depth of an artist at his ripest, delivering artistic, poetic and emotional maturity with a shot of irony. Pastel wallpaper is interrupted by the unmoving stare of eyes that have seen the world spin many times over. Sweet lyrics of forgiveness and freedom are contrasted by symbolism of human instinct at its rawest. “Silly Life” and its visual discussion of satiety give insight to a project that follows a hero starring in the tale of his own incredible musical life and spiritual journey.
NETA’s musical journey was sparked by one of the purest of relationships – childhood friendship. NETA grew up and later worked with musical icons Rami Fortis, and Berry Saharov. Together they toured Europe in the 80s and 90s, after which he settled in Amsterdam’s bustling music scene. Years of musical exploration soon lead to NETA’s first solo project. It was released five years ago under the pseudonym “The Alchemystique”, garnering critical appraise in addition to airtime on Israeli national TV and radio.
Several years of personal turmoil arose following his success, leading to hardship and quiet. Nevertheless, NETA chose to become the hero of his own tale, and soon he met his match. “I am usually the master of destruction. But this time, she destroyed me.” The woman who destroyed NETA is the woman responsible for his destruction and his emotional and musical rebirth. In interview, NETA has described his wife as the ultimate push, yet also the ultimate support for both his personal and artistic transformation manifested in his debut single video for “Silly Life”.
The album is a culmination of electronic elements with influence from a vast array of artists covering Bowie to Garbage, Zepplin to Jeff Beck, and Zero7 to Lana Del Rey – with everyone in between. Renowened Israeli producer Eyal Katzav has co-mixed and mastered the album, which also features brilliant drummer Boaz Wolf and phenomenal vocalist Doron Talmon.
“Heroes In A Tale” is due in November 2014, “Silly Life” is out now.
Fresh from their first ever UK tour, SKYROADSreleased their disco infused double A-side single “1,2 Steps/ Beyond The Doors” and it proves these boys and gal have a great future ahead of them.
The Tel Aviv based 5-piece channel the spirit of Nile Rodgers through the funk bass backbone of “Beyond The Doors” whilst twinkling synths give a fizzing zest to the dancy track.
“1,2 Steps” begins with yet another irresistible bassline built upon with a great sense of restless urgency before the joyous chorus rids the band of all the angst allowing for a free flowing synth line to lead the line to yet more dancy disco infused musicianship. Both tracks are now available on the band’s soundcloud.
Make sure you catch them this autumn when they’ll be bringing their disco rock vibes to Europe and the States. SKYROADS were born to play live and it won’t be long until we see them across the biggest stages and festivals.