The Music Mag: Unsigned UK Music News, Reviews & Promotion
Formed in Northampton 2010, The Moons is the creation of singer, guitarist and songwriter, Andy Crofts. With two critically acclaimed albums to date, ‘Life On Earth’ (2010) and ‘Fables of History’ (2012), which was produced by The Moons and Stay Kybert, The Moons are purveyors of the great British pop song.
The latest single is their second release from their new album their new album ‘Mindwaves’. Their previous album entitled ‘Fables of history’ received good reviews and coverage, including an 8/10 review on NME – where reviewer Hamish MacBain wrote “the quality – of the harmonies, the instrumentation and most importantly the songs – is high, and remains so throughout.” And it’s only gotten better!
The new single ‘Body Snatchers’ takes influence from White Stripes, with it’s kaleidoscopic beat, crunchy riffs and powerful drumming. You can watch the new video below:
L0m is a 21 year old producer out of Montreal. He makes music as a hobby and doesn’t really let any single genre define his sound.
His most recent songs can be streamed from his Soundcloud page below:
Cup 0f Love:
L0m fuses beats, piano, synth and loops to help create his unique style. The vocals on A&R (Angels and Robots) are provided by Janis, and really adds to the melody and helps the track flow.
Shid Latta is an up and coming hip hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. He is bringing a new element of realness to today’s music he says.
His new single ‘Bet That’, produced by Sibling Jointz, is the first track from his next album ‘Love and Other Drugs’. Keeping the lyrics real by mixing emotion and experiences, Shid Latta invites us in to his life through his music. If you’re anything like us you’ll listen to ‘Bet That’ over and over again.
Shid Latta incorporates his life into all his music and is working on changing the rap and hiphop industry for the better. He believes in being true to himself, and making music that reflects that. He feels that he is one of the most real and most genuine artists to ever create music of any kind. Shid Latta or ShidLatta666 isn’t some random combination of words that sound cool. It’s actually his name (Rashid Latta).
“The money, the drugs, the sex, and the people and situations involved, and all that makes me, me. All my music is based on my life and true to my heart…”
He felt that since he is making music that is so true to himself and who he is, shouldn’t his rap name be his own? No other words better reflect who he is, or are worthy of being associated so deeply with his career. His whole life in conveyed in the music. All the situations he’s been put in and had to go through, to the things that he experiences everyday are reflected. “My mindset and my life and everything in it, good or bad.”
Combine the sounds of Outkast, Biggie, UGK, JayZ, Eminem, JayZ, add a bit of rock and pop, and you have a sound close to Shid’s. As a child, he was immersed in all different types of music. From Queen, to Metallica and Nirvana. Music was part of his life. There are many musicians and singers in his life that have played a large part in influencing him to be the musician he is today.
Shid has been around rap his whole life. The first rap he ever wrote was only when he was 6 years old. That’s talent right there. How many people honestly write lyrical music when they are that young? Shid hasn’t been rapping his whole life. He got into it abruptly when he realized that all the music that was new and popular was basically boring shit to him. It had no message, and he felt they were lying about who they were in those songs, and the way they portrayed themselves. He decided he could do better. And so the grind began to be the realist and most genuine artist in the business.
Unlike many up and comers today, Shid’s main concern isn’t to be famous or to win a Grammy. He says his main goal is to be able to in a few years say that he is making a living do what he truly loves. And if that isn’t the case, he wants to be able to look back on his life and be truly happy with what he’s done and how he pursued his dreams. Isn’t that what we all really want in life? To look back at our years and be proud of how we spent them? But hey, fame and a Grammy award never hurt anyone either.
The realist in the business.
We’d like to introduce to you today to a band by the name of AudioMonkeys, hailing from Chicago, USA. The four members who make up the newly formed rock band are Jason Draves (Guitars, Drums, Vocals, Production), Randy Raatz (Guitars, Vocals), Jared Woods (Vocals) & Ron Hilger (Bass, Vocals).
The band released their debut track on iTunes in May 2014, by the title of ‘Hope She’ll Be Happier’. The well produced, catchy rock number can also be listened to below:
Kick ass track right? Well without further delay let’s meet the band:
Guitarist of AudioMonkeys by day, Producer by night. Taught by his mentor and bandmate Randy Raatz he picked up a guitat at 11 and was unstoppable by 12! Graduating from M.I.W. in 2007 he found his 2nd love on the “Other Side Of The Glass” in recording and mixing.
Guitar playing at its very best, Raatz floats between rock, jazz and fusion with a talent, passion and taste that is immediately captivating. Currently playing in ” Audio Monkeys”, “The 7th Year” & “Psych Ward Psynphony”.
Jared started singing at the age of 7 in his church youth choir & Quickly acquired a passion for music. His journey in music led him to move to Los Angeles to further pursue his music ambitions. The experience gained while in L.A he brought back to Chicago and has since joined AudioMonkeys as a “RockSoul” performer with hopes to make his mark in the industry.
Ron’s groove orientated, big bottom style of bass playing comes from a wealth of experience. Skilled in multiple styles ranging from traditional jazz to today’s power pop music and everything in between, Ron adds depth and subtle nuances to the bass section of AudioMonkeys.
The Rockin45s might be considered a little bit different to your usual classic rock cover band. Featuring marathon sets of high energy renditions of party material spanning the entire history of rock and roll, they also feed in a few current pop hits. Whilst keeping true to the original song, their high energy covers should appeal to audiences of all ages.
Their new single ‘Welcome to the Summer of 2014′ is out now and can be listened to here.
The Rockin45s have been filling dance floors for the past 11 years, having evolved from a rock-a-billy band called The Houndogs in October of 2001, by a group of middle aged guys who were high school chums. Current front man Mike Scarione and guitarist Matt Nappo were the founding members, although Matt was the band’s drummer at the start. Bassist Bill Capozzi joined in the Summer of 2002, when the band started gigging regularly under the name CA3, (The Carlos Allende’ Trio).
In June of 2003, the band played it’s first gig on the Freeport Nautical Mile at venue called Water Lilly’s. That night the band never took a break and ended up playing 5 1/2 hours. The energy that came from the non-stop set resulted in the club owners asking for an exclusive long-term commitment from the band. From that night on the band played the Nautical Mile and average of 2-3 times every week and built a loyal fan base in the area
The Rockin45s have gone through a lot of changes over the years, but as a result have matured and refined their show to become one of the most unique acts in entertainment in the world.
Drummer Mike Barone (joined in late July of 2004) and Bassist Bill Capozzi spoke of the 45′s records they had as a kid and the selection of songs the band played. Some of the tunes such as “I Saw Her standing There”, by the Beatles I still have up in the closet in my blue carrying case as part of my 45 collection. In the green carrying case I have the original 45 “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. With this conversation the name “Rockin45′s” stuck.
Follow Rockin45′s on their website.
Sampahh is a clear example of a fairy tale of a young optimistic boy from Africa who, like everybody else, experiences tribulations on his way to triumph. He believes his job is to reconnect as many souls as he comes in contact with to our first purpose. This he tries to do with his music. Music is medicine for the soul.
Sampahh’s influences range from the wonderful Stevie Wonder to Osibisa, Carla bruni, John Legend and The Beatles and the diverse range of artists shines through in his music – making him much more than just an average hip-hop artist. Sampahh mixes beautiful melodies with crazy hooks and catchy lyrics, he’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
Listen to ‘Take a Chance’ below, which features Young Dapper (Capstone/Black Avenue Muzik):
Callifornia based producer UNDOCUMENT has released his second album ‘Pleasures’, stating that he wanted to make music that people pay attention to:
“With my second album, I really wanted to break out of the mindset of ‘background music’ and do it a little more traditionally this time. I just wanted to put all these new songs front and center.”
The electronic / hip-hop producer has moved away from the ambience found in his debut release ‘Lovers, Dreamers & Non-Believers’ and followed up with an 18 track record which is decidedly more powerful, making it hard not to take notice.
Pleasures is blissfully brilliant. If you only download one electronic hip-hop album this year then look no further.
What really sets this new release apart is how undocument has expanded his instrumental roots by involving multi-talented vocalist MaQui Sainz on breakout track “This Lullaby”. Additionally, tracks such as the brooding “Melancholian” or the dysfunctional faux R&B track “Slumberous” all expand the sonic palette for the Long Beach, Ca. based producer, where a subtle recurring piano melody, a spacious driving beat, or even a detuned choir sample combine to make the album an emotional and accessible listen.
In addition to finishing up the album, undocument is also working on a brand new music video for “This Lullaby” as well as performing a number of upcoming shows designed to promote Pleasures in the next few weeks.
Jamie Coon has released her new album ‘Day after Day’. Her music features a soul-pop style with timeless quality brought together by well crafted, melodic songs performed with passion and personality. Based in Oklahoma, USA, Jamie’s heartfelt deliveries ranges from the anthemic to the angelic, supported well by her backing band.
Day After Day is not just the title of her new album, but also the theme. When asked about her songs Jamie explained: “my songs are really just about things most of us go through in our journey through life.”
Each of the ten songs on the album has its own distinct flavor and Jamie and her band easily slide from arena rock thunder to laid back funk to a back porch lullaby.
“It’s all the stuff I grew up listening to, from Otis Redding to Aretha Franklin, Elton John & the Beatles” says Jamie.
The result is an album that takes you on an emotional & musical ride- sometimes joyful, sometimes bittersweet, but always hopeful.
The first record ‘Everything So Far’ was made with “chewing gum & rubber bands” Jamie jokingly suggested “but it turned out pretty well, and it got me out there in front of people”.
And it did – Jamie performed gigs at Smithsonian & Kennedy Center in support of the album and won awards at both the Orange County Music Awards and the Native eMusic Awards.
Songs from the album were also heavily featured in several films including the Cannes-screened Deceit with Joe Pantoliano & the indie-comedy Long-Term Relationship plus the TV series Ghost Whisperer with Jennifer Love Hewitt… not bad for chewing gum & rubber bands!
As well as working on her album, Jamie also wrote the theme song to ‘I am Nancy’, which was a documentary about Heather Langenkamps’ role as Nancy in the Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise. As a big horror fan, Jamie loved the challenge of creating a slightly different tone and style. “That was part of what was fun- it was totally different from what I usually do. Id love to do more horror movie related music on the side.”
FLORALS are a trio based out of Los Angeles that uses elements of post-rock and field recordings to get their own take on dreamy electronic music. Comprised of Guitarist: Joey, Vocalist: Stephanie, and Producer: Ryan, the trio just released their debut EP “l a t e r a g e” in April and are looking to start recording their debut album this June.
Fusing post rock and field recordings results in a unique and atmospheric sound. You can stream or download their EP for free on their soundcloud page.
The Lucky are an explosive, post-punk dirty garage rock band from Kansas City in the good ol’ US’of’A. Explosive Camilla Camille leads the line alongside Iason Mac Ai, creating dirty riffs, with a literary edge and a beat you can dance to.
Camille and Iason first became friends sharing coffee and guitar riffs in the summer of 2011. During the colaboration new songs were weaved and old ones were threaded back together. Sharing the vocal duties between them, they added drummer, after drummer, until Dustim Molt joined in 2013 along with bassist Calandra Rene.
Camille is sometimes sweet, like Kathleen Hannah, and other times primal, like Donita Sparks. Iason is reminiscent of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, while his guitar solos weave a haunting melody of divine frosting.
Drawing on musical influences throughout the history of rock-n-roll as well as literary idols such as Lord Byron and Emily Dickinson, The Lucky forges a powerful post-punk-riot fusion that begs to be turned up a little louder.
‘Swimming Invisible’ features 13 tracks, recorded at Massive Sound Studio by Paul Malinowski. Questioned on the album the band said “Swimming Invisible is a journey through hope, pain and redemption.” The tracks, which alternate between female and male lead vocals, contain a diverse lyrical range; from sizzling sass to explosive emotions, the songs never fail to pack a punch.
Dirty, filthy & beautiful!
‘Sex Dream’ is a sensual exploration of fantasies played out when sleep comes and is riddled with flirty, sexual lyrics, without becoming smutty. The song is based on “Story of the Eye” by Georges Bataille and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black – not what you’d necessarily expect and it adds a few extra layers to a catchy melody.
‘Gay Night for the Straight Kids’ is one of the more humourous tracks on the album and refers to when Camille saw Turbonegro and witnessed a bunch of straight guys making out with each other. It blurs the line between friendship and relationship in a witty and fantastical way.
The album is full of interesting stories, references to lyrical prose and some kick ass grunge rock. Not to mention there are some amazing solos shredded to full power on this album, well supported by the often over-looked drumming, which brings it all together.