Antonio Domingos, the Pianist Fighting Back

Antonio Domingos, lost everything. From having European orchestras inviting him to perform with them as a soloist; a new pad in a European capital on offer, to having it all crash down around him. His childhood dream was suddenly so far away. But he wasn’t going to accept that. Domingos is today recognised by Guinness Book of World Records for having achieved the most piano key hits in one minute (on one key).

Antiono’s world breaking performance can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLgtqDkapQU

After a history of corruption, jealousy, and nepotism. He realised he can overcome it. He had something that could beat ‘every single pianist in the world’ at something that can be measured and recorded. Speed and endurance in piano playing. He fought to prove that he is not a pianist that can be forgotten. He has his own style and his own place in the world of music and he will continue to fight for his right to perfom.

Advertisements

Nej!Las have supplied us with the much welcomed assurance that house music is making a comeback. Their heavy techno sound demonstrated in their two-track EP, with Washout and Fini, becomes entrancing, the more you listen the more you get sucked into the futuristic, cyber world they create. These are exactly the tracks clubs need to get everyone moving.

 

The artist and producer spent time in Detroit and Chicago, taking some obvious and making it their own. Some of the influences include: Flying Lotus; Boards of Canada, Thomas Bangalter, John Carpenter and tomandandy. All combined to make a techno beat that keeps you on your toes, taking you with the ebbing flow of the music

 

Even beyond the music, Nej!Las isn’t your everyday artist, founding her own charity which has already delivered $2.5 million aid across devastated areas of the Middle East, as well as creating her music in eight different cities across two countries. She goes above and beyond what would be expected of her. But what would you expect from this mysterious yet thrilling electro genius?

https://soundcloud.com/nejlasproducing
https://www.facebook.com/NejlasProducing/
https://twitter.com/nejlasProducing
https://www.instagram.com/nejlasproducing/
http://nejlas.com
https://www.reverbnation.com/nejlas

Neethusha: The New Ballad Queen?

Neethusha, a singer-songwriter from Kerala, South India is making waves with her new single ‘Why Did I Lose You’ and it’s getting pretty difficult to hold back the tears. For years Neethusha fought against her conservative surroundings to pursue a career in her life long passion of music and thank the heavens she did!

Neethusa learnt her craft singing in the band Stereogrind in her hometown on Kerala, and was featured on Kappa TV. Furthermore, she also performed at the Facebook India Show and Femina Style Diva in 2015, garnering her a lot of solid experience and exposure and proving to the world she really is willing to work hard to get what she wants.

With essence of Coldplay and Savage Garden, ‘Why Did I Lose You’ is a real tear jerker of a ballad about heartbreak and self reconciliation. Beautiful acoustic guitar gently opens the track, building subtly layer by layer into a emotive, smooth as butter arrangement with string parts and piano lines weaving in and out of eachother. Her vocal delivery is flawless as well, reminiscent of greats like Shania Twain and Celine Dion and performed with an honesty and vulnerability that is seldom heard these days in a world of overproduced, plastic pop. Neethusa is definitely one to watch and her captivating, culturally diverse sound should most definitely stand the test of time!

Show your support for Neethusha here…

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/neethushavc

https://www.youtube.com/user/neethushavc

https://www.facebook.com/neethusha

https://twitter.com/neethushavc

https://www.instagram.com/vcneethusha

 

A Welcome Short Sharp Scratch from Jak Chantler

 

If you can expect quality new music from anyone today, Jak Chantler is certainly someone you can trust. Cutting his teeth in the alt-grunge band ‘Kingskin’ and tipped as Kerrang’s “best new unsigned band”, Chantler is changing his musical direction and the change is more than welcome.

His new single ‘Shell Suit’, crafted by him and producer George Shilling is a joyous dance through a world of sunlight and soul that calls on the old school funk vibes of Chic and Chaka Khan. The groove and feel of the song is undeniable and the lyrics talk of love and life in a nuanced and poetic manner that will tug at the heartstrings of any human being that knows what it is to dive head first into love.

As the ultimate combination of songwriter/producer, Jak is perceptively aware of the current trends in this contemporary age of music where there is so much choice. The new project seemingly has no limits as he aims to meet the demands of the savvy modern day listener.

More on Jak and Short Sharp Scratch here!

Links

https://twitter.com/Short_Scratch

https://www.facebook.com/shortsharpscratchmusic/

https://soundcloud.com/user-700614968/sets/shell-suit-release/s-3Fii1

 

Roger Rudenstein Vs The World

As a musical style, opera has never stinted on sex, murder and shady goings-on, despite the stern image it forever seems to be struggling to shake off. The prolific American composer, Roger Rudenstein is certainly playing his part in re-inventing opera as a provocative art-form, whilst keen to uphold the European musical stylings in which it is soaked.

Roger has certainly not held back with his take on international politics. His expansive “Nightmare of Reason” work (named, no doubt, after the Goya painting) covers post-9/11 America under George W. Bush, and uses a technique which appears throughout much of his recent work – utilising words used by the subject verbatim – in this case, Bush’s 2005 State of the Union address.

Bringing us up to date is Roger’s take on the current resident at the White House: titled the “Rise and Fall of Ronald P. Glumpf”, the multi-part opera follows the journey of Glumpf (best to keep the lawyers out of it) from his campaign to become president to the imminent second instalment, due to appear online any day now. Also approaching completion is a trio for viola, piano and clarinet, though while you’re waiting for those, we recommend you investigate his operatic interpretation of the surprisingly bawdy literary classic, Ulysses by James Joyce. In keeping with his reportage style, Joyce’s actual text is used.

https://www.rogerrudensteinmusic.com/glumpf

Dial 999, It’s Five-O-Five!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escaping the clutches of their idyllic Eastern Italy seaside heaven to embrace the murky world of international rock, Five-O-Five have the dangerous swagger of The Libertines and the effortless cool of The Arctic Monkeys, perfectly showcased in Where They Bring Sophie, from their album, unhelpfully titled @Y&!

With a healthy dosh of garage indie-rock with dashes of electro and pop, their new track kicks off with an instantly potent guitar riff, which is quickly joined by a pulsating drum beat and fuzzy vocals which complete the fast-paced, in your face sound.

Watch the video for ‘Where They Bring Sophie’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfD8KpzoVag

Or Listen on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/fiveofiveband/where-they-bring-sophie

Consisting of Piero (guitar/lead vocals), Andrea (drums), Riccardo (bass) and Alessandro (keyboards), the group of friends may be young, but their talent without a doubt belies their years, proving how Italy and the rest of Europe still has a role to play in the world of rock-centric music.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/fiveofiveband/
https://www.instagram.com/fiveofiveband/?hl=it
https://open.spotify.com/album/7jTLw59MnOckO3OwrO52MA
https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/where-they-bring-sophie/id1255474696?i=1255475083

 

 

 

Modiwo’s Uplifting Dream Pop from Darkest Transylvania

Confounding expectations, Modiwo have emerged from the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains to become one of the country’s breakout musical success stories, whilst also giving their time to support charity projects around the world. Initially forming in order to provide entertainment for local orphanages and retirement projects, demand for the band’s music grew to such a scale that they agreed to become a band in their own right.

Joining together musical forces from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Hungary, their unique anthemic dream-pop sound is embellished in their live shows with alpine horns, didgeridoos, and shakuhachi solos. Their latest track, “Never Give Up”, is an achingly blissful pillow of sunshine which brings to mind all the dreamiest elements of The Beloved.

Watch the video to Never Give Up here:

As well as conquering their homeland with their music, they are currently involved with a charity called Fruit Fusion, where audiences attending their gigs will pay with fruit rather than money, the proceeds then being donated to local orphanages, in conjunction with The Bureau of Children’s’ Rights Protection. An average show can deliver up to 700kg of fruit to those most deserving. Modiwo carry this healthy living ethos through to their own lifestyles and into their music, promoting yoga and meditation as well as using their music as a form of relaxation therapy.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/modiwomusic/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/modiwomusic/
Website http://modiwo.com

 

Mihail Doman’s ‘Arythmology’

 

Two years in the making, Mihail Doman’s first full-length release is an epic realisation of his view of the human condition, as told through his music, which manages to be both minimalist and thought-provokingly complex. Arhythmology is a story of rebirth and new beginnings.

Born and raised in Romania, Mihail has created Arhythmology as a fully-immersive experience, one to be heard, ideally, as a whole entity rather than to be dipped in and out of. Segmented into nine phases, each numbered in roman numerals, in the style of one of his heroes, Jean-Michel Jarre, it shares the legendary French composer’s journeys through sweeping musical landscapes – to use Mihail’s own description, “a soundtrack without a film”.

Listen to lead track Arhythmology VI below:

https://mihaildoman.bandcamp.com/track/arhythmology-vi

Multi-instrumentalist Mihail has created nine textured suites to allow the listener to construct their own visuals, without an overbearing narrative or structure influencing the experience. Using electronic and orchestral elements to broadly encapsulate rebirth, humanity and discovery, there is also a video to support the track Arthythmology VI, intended by the composer to be a modern pro-feminist film with influences from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus – classical themes which transcend time and reflect the modern age we live in.

Watch the film here: https://youtu.be/rtnZGFgjt9g

Mihail cites his musical influences as coming from the worlds of traditional classical (Beethoven) modern classical (Ludovico Einaudi; Ólafur Arnalds), as well as composers who famously use music alongside film, in particular Vangelis and Hans Zimmer.

Links:

SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/mihaildoman
Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLqDaz4DiSXVd6TTInSG7XQ
Facebook https://facebook.com/mihaildoman
Twitter https://twitter.com/mihaildoman
Instagram https://instagram.com/mihaildoman
Website https://mihaildoman.com/

Pallab Sarker returns with ‘Not Gonna Fall In Love With You’

Having found success with debut record, ‘Morning in Brixton’, which found underground success across US college radio networks. It earned him a record deal in the States and now the British-Bengali singer-songwriter Pallab Sarker is back with his endearing follow up single ‘Not Gonna Fall In Love With You’.

However, for a long time Pallab led a rather contrasting ‘double life’; he was a press adviser to Minister’s by day, including Lord Digby during the last Labour administration and a musician by night.

On one occasion he merged his two worlds together as he performed a gig in the atrium of the home office in the name of Children in Need, raising thousands of pounds in the process.

After Pallab’s parents fled from the Bangladesh war of independence in the 70s and raised him in Peterborough, Pallab relocated to London during his early twenties at the peak of the brit-pop explosion.

The lively scene that took the music world by storm inspired the budding songwriter who quickly formed a band, ICON, who gigged incessantly across the capital and its lively circuit. Although Pallab is now based in Walthamstow, he has spent a lot of time immersed in the vibrant arts scene of South London, which inspired the single ‘Morning In Brixton’, also taken from his upcoming album, Grey Day.

Since his band days, Pallab has developed his sound as a solo artist and he can now be considered a genuine songbird, whose arresting voice and touching melodies ooze with emotional value, speaking straight to the hearts of his listeners. Within Sarker’s work is a humanizing touch, most clearly exhibited through his kind, clever lyricism and its sonic journey instigating abilities, which can be found on ‘Not Gonna Fall In Love With You’.

Not only this, but Pallab feels strongly about the lack of British Asians being showcased in the indie genre. He points out that British Asians have played a huge role in the development of garage and R&B, but there is little mainstream representation when it comes to the indie singer-songwriter scene: Sarker could well be the poster boy who kicks off a new era for British Asians in this genre.

 

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/pallabsarkermusic/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

https://twitter.com/Pallabsmusic

https://soundcloud.com/user-135003185

https://play.spotify.com/album/3bZN8CTCZWu6U6fabqnHpR?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvQM0GOGAT-GYjJvVwVXQQ

https://pallabsarker.com/about

 

 

 

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑