In an age of predictability in new music, songwriters often fail to venture into experimental territory to challenge themselves and pop-culture norms. Kayble, however, takes unconventional songwriting, lyricism and thematics to a new level, ‘Into The Nightmare’ is an adventure to say the least, a soundtrack to a nightmare emphasised through a creepy, distorted atmosphere. Put simply, ‘Into The Nightmare’ is 03:28 of hell, intentional hell.
Whilst, admittedly, ‘Into The Nightmare’ isn’t by any means a song for a dinner party and potentially more fitting in a psycho-thriller, it by no means discredits the strategic insanity of the track. Overall, ‘Into The Nightmare’ is exactly what it says on the tin and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
With more releases on the horizon, it’s set to be an exciting year for Kayble and potentially a wonderfully terrifying year for the rest of us.
Into The Nightmare is out now on all major streaming platforms, follow the link below.
Atmospheric and ethereal yet powerful and heavy might be the most precise way of describing Norwich native Ryan Soanes’ new single ‘Call My Name.’ On first listen the track lays the foundation of a love song with a prominent edge; the subtle piano introduction layered with Soanes’ chopped vocals wastes no time in throwing us straight into an intricate and heart-hitting hook.
By structuring the track with this big introductory chorus, Soanes sets the scene for a not so run-of-the-mill love song. The introspective look into a previous relationship spins the perspective into the first person experience of being powerless in justifying the main character’s past mistakes. ‘Call My Name’ is a perfect example of lyrics juxtaposed with their underlying instrumentals, adding a certain depth to the track that sets it apart from the aforementioned run of the mill love song. All in all, ‘Call My Name’ has more layers than an onion. Instrumentally, lyrically and in the track’s production.
‘Call My Name’ is out now as part of Ryan Soanes’ debut album The Journey. You can find it through the links below.
Emerging from a year filled with restrictions with plans for a new LP is an admirable trait for any artist. Steady Rollin, comprising of Benjamin Andrade on drums and backing vocals, Gerardo Pardo on bass and Fernando Poma on guitar and lead vocals, are no exception. After the success of 2017 album Love & Loss alongside a string of well received singles, the rock trio have released ‘Must I Die Alone’ as a teaser to their upcoming LP ‘Stories’, along with a beautifully animated music video created by Markantony.
Presenting the imagery for ‘Must I Die Alone’ in a visual format is incredibly fitting to encapsulate the intensity of Poma’s lyricism. In movie-like fashion, animator Markantony emphasises the dramatic storyline of a sailor battling stormy seas, periodically flashing back to the loved one left behind throughout all the chaos. In an effort to prevent spoilers, I’ll leave you to watch the video and experience the story for yourselves.
The video, paired with a track full of guitar solos fit for any stadium gig, driving bass and a piercing vocal performance, makes for an unmistakably Steady Rollin experience. The upcoming LP holds incredible promise to make 2021 an enormous year for the band.
‘Must I Die Alone’ is out now, you can find the video through the link below.
Brighton based 5-piece Kavanagh deliver nothing short of an uncompromising, raw and angsty view on the idiosyncrasies of human life in their upcoming single ‘Citizen 202’, recorded at Far Heath Studios with Angus Wallace of The Prodigy and esteemed producer Mike Bennett.
At 01:44, the unconventionally short track wastes no time in challenging the listener’s expectations. Beginning with feedbacking amps under a somber, Nirvana-esq, guitar line; then progressing into a beautifully hectic verse.
In all the methodical madness of the track, Kavanagh provide momentary bliss with a pre-chorus that allows the track to breathe and seemingly depart from the heavy guitars. Having said this, it’s not long before we’re thrown into the madness again for the last minute or so.
The more I listen to ‘Citizen 202’, the more layers reveal themselves. From the understated voices in the intro, to the call and response backing vocals in the chorus. Kavanagh deliver far more than just a rehashed 90’s alternative rock song. ‘Citizen 202’ is ambitious, explosive and quite frankly… mental. It’s exactly the kind of track you want to be throwing yourself around in a mosh-pit and for that, Kavanagh are definitely ones to watch.
‘Citizen 202’ is out on the 26th of March and also features (rather fittingly) in ‘Vegan Vampires from Zorg’ with members of The Sex Pistols and New York Dolls.
After making a name for herself in the fashion and textiles industry, Jade Moss is now looking to take the music world by storm. With her debut single ‘Hey Babe’, she talks about love in a very flippant way in the modern era, taking us on a tale of how new lovers should be careful how they treat her.
Having up-sticked from Yorkshire at the young age of 18, Jade found herself in England’s beating capital, London. Here, she garnered a huge success in her creative designs and contemporary retro looks that she’s now transitioned into her music.
With a very clear message, Jade tells us ‘the music that I write is about my experiences with love, joy, strength and the importance of self-worth’.
The single itself begins with an electro-dance beat conjuring up scenes of 90’s raves and the odd 80’s disco. However, not satisfied with being rooted in one place, her vocals quickly transport us to a different era altogether.
Situated in a contemporary jazz, swing style, Jade‘s lyrics are refreshing to hear in this modern era of mumble rap and repetitive pop songs. Her impressively strong voice is wonderful to listen to. The effortlessness in which she sings shows listeners that she’s more than your average vocalist.
The inspirations from her heroes like Etta James, Grace Jones and Lauren Hill are clear throughout. Although, I’d say there’s a touch of Lady Gaga in her vocals and a unique sense of theatrics midway through.
You can tell she oozes confidence in the quality of this song. She takes centre stage and doesn’t give it up for anyone or anything. While the music is crucial, Jade is clearly the star here.
Give ‘Hey Babe’ a listen now by going over to Jade Moss’ Spotify below!
Even with a 45 year hiatus, Raw Soul Express have still got it. Their new single, ‘Fate of the World’ combines the modern traits of the music industry and resurrects the old school sounds that they’re known for.
Their previous track, ‘The Way We Live’, was a hit in 1976. However, nearly 50 years on, their new track has much deeper insights.
Asking the biggest questions, the band touches on Black Lives Matter, Coronavirus, Global warming and the economy.
In vocalist and keys player Chris Perkins’ words: ‘if you are conscience about your surroundings, mentally, socially and economically with a deep concern for humanity and God and love for your fellow man and the environment, then Fate of the World addresses these issues in our society.It’s powerful, raw and its current. Unfortunately, it’s in real time.’
Now in their second half century, the band have got some incredible accolades. Individually, they’ve worked with the likes of KC & The Sunshine Band, Lenny Kravitz, BB King, James brown as well as Kool and the Gang!
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for all members of Raw Soul Express, as bassist Albie Manno explains:
‘In 1971 I answered an ad on a bulletin board in a music store for bass player wanted. I sat in one evening and jammed with the band.About three months later at 3 a.m, there was a knock at my door. Three band members woke me and asked if I wanted to be in the band. “You have to decide now” they said. “We have a gig at Bethune-Cookman all black college.” The bass player they had left them in a spot, so half-asleep I said yes.I believe I was the only hippie there that night. After doing the gig and losing about 20 lbs from pure fear and nerves not knowing what the hell I was doing, they decided to keep me and 50 years later here I am!’
The track itself is an awesome piece of work. It really hammers home the modern soul vibe the band were looking for. The deep tones of Rick Washington‘s vocals beautifully bounce off the equally deep tones from the other band members. The music and vocals sound like they were made for each other, working in tandem without fault for the whole song.
Speaking of lyrics and instruments, the track has an incredibly natural feel to it. Thanks to the lack of studio input, you get to hear and feel what these guys are really about. As you’ve probably worked out by now, that’s a massive tick in my book.
However, the stars of the show have got to be the bass and drums by Tommy Johnson and Harold Seay respectively. The drums help to modernise the track, injecting a bit of energy to really get it kick started from beginning to end.
Johnson holds a brilliant bass line throughout, really giving me the itch to get up and dance to this one. Whilst every single member makes this track as amazing as it is, these two deserve a special mention.
Just to make things even better, ‘Fate of the World’ is out now so give it a listen below:
Based in Brussels, the 21-year-old Anglo-Belgian singer and composer, InHibit (Noah Roovers), has burst onto the scene with his new, thought-provoking single ‘The Quest’.
The former racing driver and qualified lawyer has also brought out a chilling video to accompany his new track, giving a visceral insight into the meaning of his lyrics.
Racking up nearly 400,000 YouTube hits, it’s clear to see InHibit is one for the future. With his unconventional amalgamation of lyrics and sound, it’s clear to see there is some serious talent here.
The song was a labour of love for the artist, composing, performing and even creating his own storyboard to produce this unique track.
‘The Quest’ hits you straight away with an edgy and unique beat, showing InHibit‘s talent from the off. Quickly, he switches up his style to the alt-rock we’d been promised with a heavy guitar melody, giving the track some real depth.
The artist’s use of heartfelt and emotional lyrics help to improve upon this, giving us an insight into the mind of the singer.
Greeted by a high-octane chorus, InHibit gives us a kick up the arse to really get the juices flowing. Incorporating the electro and alt-rock influences really helps to make this stand out from any other releases I’ve listened to recently.
The guitar riffs and solos included are also immense. It takes me straight back to the 90’s rock scene with its unforgiving, harsh notes. It’s fair to say the production values on this song are incredible. Providing a nice touch, he finishes the track with the same noise he started with.
Looping back to the beginning, he brings us full circle, making it feel as though the listener has been on a journey, or, if you’ll pardon the pun, a quest (Shameless, I know).
Whilst the single shows brilliant production values, I would have to say that the singing is rather pitchy in places. However, with such promising talent I’m sure InHibit is destined for success.
Fancy checking it out for yourself? Then follow the SoundCloud link below
TV sensation Melanie Masson has treated us to her second self-released single, ‘Seasons’. Originally performed by soul band Future Island, she gives us her unique take on the classic.
The version has garnered praise from members of the original hit band, particularly from the likes of William Cashion who said it was ‘a beautiful version’.
The famous links don’t stop there though. This time round, Melanie recruited Eastenders star Simone Lahbib to help produce a truly brilliant video.
When speaking about why she decided to remake ‘Seasons’ in particular, Melanie said:
‘I loved the melody and lyrics to Seasons and really connected to it. It felt very reflective yet optimistic and that’s the mood I wanted to create for the video. It feels like we’re all in the same challenging situation right now. We all have our struggles, our ups and down but there’s always hope. It’s about hanging on to what’s important, taking strength from that and holding onto the belief that better days are coming. It’s a message to everyone to hang on in there’.
Having shot to fame on our televisions on the nation’s favourite talent show X-Factor, the singer has been forging her own success following her appearance on the programme, from recording her own tracks on EMI records to touring the world with household names like Pink and Stereophonics.
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With a lineage like that, it’s clear to see why her latest release is so impressive. Brining in a touch of modernity, the first few bars mimic the indie pop vibe we’ve come to love. The classic combo of orchestral sounds with rock guitar set a great benchmark for what’s to come.
Melanie’s voice is the epitome of modern soul; her rich, deep tones echo around your ears showing immediately the talent she is capable of. The whole song generates a relaxing vibe with its melody and use of instruments, staying true to the key characteristics of the songs origin.
However, not to be silenced, Melanie uses the incredible power in her voice to ensure she doesn’t lose any impact in the song. This is something she carries right through until the end, perfectly illustrating her talents and wide breadth of ability in the world of singing.
To give ‘Seasons’ a listen yourself, follow the link below
Having reviewed one of Jon Scott‘s tracks already, I knew I was in for a treat when this email dropped into my inbox.
Chronicling the extraordinary world we live in, ‘Freedom-A New Jerusalem’ looks to try and unite a divided world in the face of prejudice and social injustice.
Following the shockwaves that were sent around the world after the shooting of George Floyd in America, EP’s like this become even more important.
Jon explained ‘the inherent prophecy of the “wall theme” [Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall between America and Mexico] then manifested itself in the on-street killing of George Floyd.
Then amazingly, we saw the outpouring of humanity, love and oneness in the BLM demonstrations all over the world. For me, this is a vision of “a new Jerusalem”, a place where all God’s children can stand together as one humanity.’
Now, for what you’ve all come to find out, is this EP actually any good?
Well, listening to ‘Freedom’ again reminded me of just how brilliant this artist is. With an up-tempo, afrobeat vibe, it’s a winner for me from the start. Immediately, we get the sense that this is a truly unique artist. The best likeness I can give is a jovial MIchael Kiwanuka, you’ll understand when you listen to the track, I promise.
With its catchy chorus, you’re drawn in to the song, making you listen to the meaning behind the lyrics rather than just enjoying the cacophony of noise. Having said that, the skill in combining the speech elements with the instruments and lyrics is truly incredible. There are so many layers to this track that aptly fit together.
This track is incredibly well-produced and certainly sets the bar very high for the tracks to come. Next up is ‘A Beautiful Country’, a song that is worlds away from the previous tune.
This time, we’re greeted by a disco vibe. Now, I have to admit, the sudden change of genre did give me whiplash, but I love how versatile the artist is. Even though it is far different from ‘Freedom’, it’s a very impressive track yet again.
It strikes me with a feel of the 1970’s New Romantics, a disco style ABC if you will. This may sound like a throwaway comment, but it’s something he does well. Scott also has a resounding ability to take an old genre or style and modernise it to suit any beat he transposes it to. Alongside his musical talent, we see him showcase his amazing vocal range with some much higher pitch singing being adopted here.
All in all, ‘A Beautiful Country’ is a feel-good tune which explores emotion as well as different music styles. Throughout, you get the sense that he really means every word, he’s not just saying it for the sake of a track.
The third tack on the EP, ‘Water is Wet’, takes us on yet another tour of a genre. This time, Jon treats us to his ability to sing above areggae beat. Again, he expresses his ability to modernise and older style of music. Here, he takes on the form of a modern Bob Marley.
A clever technique used in this track is the simple lyrics. By keeping the content basic, the artist allows the music to breath and really come into its own. After the last two tracks, this an awesome change of pace. You enjoy the music here, rather than listening to a message. With this, the artist reminds us that this is an EP after all, not just a platform for political views.
The final track in this brilliant EP is ‘Suzy Walker’. For me, this was the most modern of the four tracks and is the stand-out from the record. By using old genres as well as new, Jon Scott spreads the message that the prejudice he speaks of is not concentrated in one era, but spans across many.
This is a great end to a great EP. While it may be simple in places, it makes you move and smile, which should be the absolute foundation to any good collection of music.
Another accolade for the artist is that this is the only time I’ve added an artists full EP to my personal playlist, well done Mr. Scott!
To enjoy it for yourself, listen to the EP using the Spotify link below
Just a quick bit of advice before we start: before you give this album a listen, make sure your volume is turned right down (unless you want to pop your eardrums that is).
On of the UK’s most exciting mental band’s are set to release a high-octane, energetic new album ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’. After what can only be described as a rollercoaster of a year, the band are using their album to show fans that metal will always be around.
Helestios convey the message that no matter what, we need to move forward positively after the write-off that has been 2020. Admittedly, that’s not what I expected from a heavy metal band, but I like it.
Hailing from all parts of Europe, the band draw upon a number of different traditions to create this truly unique album. For example, there’s Latvian throat singing by bassist Agnis Aldins in‘Sacrifice’ and ancient mythology used in ‘Black Storm’.
In their own words, the band ‘want to provoke people to think a bit deeper and realise there’s more than everyday mainstream media has to offer. There’s enough exciting stuff going on right now in various scientific fields, from uncovering very unusual facts about ancient history, to modern genetics and with our new understanding we should re-apply and re-view many things that we believe are cornerstones.‘
In the track ‘Black Storm’, this ethos is certainly noticeable. Immediately, you’re smacked in the face with a heavy guitar riff. Before you can stand back up, you get a swift right hook to the jaw from the booming drums; from the start it’s clear to see this won’t be a lullaby.
Whilst portraying the classic metal sound of bands like Metallica, Helestios bring a different vibe to the table with their unique lyrics and inspirations.
All the way through ‘Black Storm’ there is absolutely no let up. It’s got energy, pace and volume in abundance. The song carries on like this for a few minutes before we reach the end, where an amazing guitar solo brings the song to a crescendo. The quality of Stelios Aggelis on the guitar is truly something to behold; the man is clearly very talented.
Moving on, another lead track, ‘Sacrifice’, helps to cement what this band are all about. This time, the track starts off much calmer with some throat singing from Agnis, setting Helestios apart from every other metal band. The throat singing contributes to a building intensity in the track, getting you ready for the flourish of fury that’s to come.
One thing I’ve noticed is just how big a part the instruments play in this album. It’s not all about the vocals and lyrics. Especially in terms of the guitar playing, with the backbone of the whole album rooted in the impressive skills of Stelios Aggelis (lead guitar) and Ian Den Boer (drums).
In this track especially, the vocals taking a back seat creates a refreshing change. It allows you to appreciate the other aspects that have gone into making the album, without you being bombarded by everything at once.
Again, I have to give a special mention to Stelios for the guitar solo. The man has incredible talent and I’m so glad he’s given the freedom to show us what he can do.
If this sounds like a bit of you then you won’t have to wait much longer, the band’s album is due to release on December 18th.
For now, you can give them a listen on Spotify by following the link below