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.

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Website http://modiwo.com

 

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Tony Banks: ‘Run!’

For those of you who love a little hip-hop mixed with a little house music- we’ve got the track for you!

New York inhabitant Tony Banks has dropped his club-banger ‘Run!’ which employs a powerful, steady beat in combination with his trademark rap stylings and witty lyrics.

Tony describes his style as ‘Move ya feet, feel good’ music and you can certainly imagine it going down well in the club.

Having grown up during the golden age of hip-hop and being inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot and Andre 3000, Tony is an artist who is pushing boundaries with his music, creating a whole new genre for himself which he seems to have mastered.

Find out more on Tony here:

Links:

www.facebook.com/musicbeartonybanks

https://twitter.com/MusicBearTonyB

https://www.instagram.com/musicbeartonyb/

https://www.youtube.com/MusicBearTonyBanks

https://soundcloud.com/musicbeartonybanks

 

The power of instrumental music

When you hear someone mention ‘instrumental music’, you often think of classical, where the actual instruments are doing the speaking. Although this may have some negative connotations for some naive modern listeners, this is exactly the agenda that ambient rock band, The Outside Illusion, are pushing forward.

Releasing their new instrumental album, Silent Communication, on the 20th May, the band aim to speak to a wider audience of listeners with their emotive rock stylings.

Lead guitarist, Denis Salgado, believes that his guitar can speak just as much as any singer can with words, and this is the aesthetic that drives their music. Denis’ expert fret-work wails and screams, just like any voice might. After all, the voice is an instrument too.

Consequently, The Outside Illusion create an accessible brand of guitar led music, that isn’t just for the guitarists out there; Silent Communication is a highly listenable album, embellished with an electro-ambient edge, meaning that this is moving and emotion-fuelled music for the masses, not the few.

Check out the video for the single ‘Silent Communication’ here:

 

Links:

www.facebook.com/theoutsideillusion

www.youtube.com/theoutsideillusion

www.instagram.com/denis_outside_illusion

www.theoutsideillusion.com

 

M3staken is back again with ‘Rain’

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Returning with his third album in the space of less than a year, experimental hip-hop artist M3staken (M3) has dropped the final piece of his ‘trilogy’, Rain.

Listen to Rain here: https://m3ssi.bandcamp.com/releases

Having dabbled with a combination of classical piano and electronic instrumentation on his first record, Apex, M3 has honed his brand of jarring, dark and complex music that borrows many of its beats from the world of hip-hop.

Despite this, it’s a difficult task describing exactly what M3 is doing and this is what places him in a different league to other artists. He’s a natural born boundary pusher and we clearly haven’t seen the end of his exhaustive ideas quite yet. Who knows what he might be combining with his hip-hop roots next?

M3 commented that Rain is ‘loosely connected to my two previous works and it is primarily a collection of my personal favourite songs’.

Check out more on M3staken here:

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/m3staken

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJtRw31YnOdiDgsNhyhKyQ

https://m3ssi.bandcamp.com/releases

 

Marilyn Carino’s New Album: ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’

Leaves, Sadness, Science is the second album from electronic artist Marilyn Carino, after releasing her debut Little Genius in 2011. The new album picks up where Marilyn left off, pioneering a bold electronic sound with influences from hip-hop and soul too.

It might seem like an odd combination of genres, but nobody gets anywhere without experimentation and Marilyn combines these sounds in a way that pushes the boundaries of what we can expect from a piece of music.

Carino’s singing has been called, “powerful to the point of bringing you to tears” (Straight No Chaser) and “smoldering” (The New Yorker); her music, “enchanting – a testament to the healing powers of rhythm” (Nylon). The Brooklyn native wrote, recorded, mixed and performed all of ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’ – a collection of head-spacey tracks formed from layered, Moog-y synths and complex beats. Her long time practice of Nichiren Buddhism is the force that forms her songs into gripping, graphic internal monologues that explore themes of sex and radical self-expression.

Carino recorded her first album at Neil Young’s studio with Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot producing. She then flew to London on a one-way ticket and stayed for a year working as an engineer in reggae recording studios. Upon returning to the U.S. she co-founded the vintage electronic group Mudville, producing three critically acclaimed albums and wrote lyrics for the great producers Sly and Robbie (Grace Jones, Simply Red). Mudville’s song ‘Wicked’ won the 2008 Independent Music Award for Best Song. She recorded and produced her first solo album ‘Little Genius’ in 2011, and recently contributed vocals and lyrics to the Words Hurt indie hip-hop collective’s ‘Fuck That Pretty Boy Shit’, featuring Samuel T. Herring, vocalist of Future Islands.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/marilyncarinomusic

https://www.twitter.com/marilyncarino

https://www.youtube.com/marilyncarino

http://www.marilyncarino.com

Everything Under’s ‘Where Have The Kids Gone At Night’

Electro-rock group Everything Under (EU) present their dark perspectives through the poetic lyrics and brooding sounds of  their new single ‘Team’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Where Have the Kids Gone at Night’.

Aiming to make the genre of electro-rock more appealing to a wider audience, EU have developed their industrial sound, blending 80s pop synth and 90s alternative grunge to form a combination like no other.

In 1998,  Mark J. Heidecke, the frontman of the band, unfortunately lost his sister in a car accident. After contemplating her loss for a long time, Heidecke decided to attend Ex’pression College for Digital Arts where he studied sound design, music theory and the practice of performance.

Using the techniques that he had learnt, Heidecke developed his own unique sound but his father’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease meant he had to move back home. However, once he had relocated, Mark found Grammy Award winning producer/sound engineer Jeff Lane and drummer Kevin T. Jones, who soon became part of Everything Under.

Where Have The Kids Gone At Night is set for release April 13th 2017.

Find out more on EU here:

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

https://www.instagram.com/everythingundereu/

Female fronted electronic pop group Kid Cupid release fiesty single ‘Broken Down’

Female fronted electronic pop group Kid Cupid explore internal conflicts with their latest single ‘Broken Down’. Fusing soul, electronic and indie rock to form an infectious style like no other, Kid Cupid capture the atmosphere and attitudes of society, using their music as thought provoking social commentaries.

Their unique outlook on life is represented in the feisty single ‘Broken Down’, about someone fighting back and making a change for the better. The hauntingly slow build to a defiant crescendo takes the listener on a journey of discovery.

The quartet draw comparisons to London Grammar and Chrvches but Kid Cupid focus on backing vocals that compliment lead vocalist Laura Shaw’s strong voice, making them have a unique edge.

Listen to ‘Broken Down’ here:

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/kidcupidmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/wearekidcupid/

Missed the Bowie train?

David Bowie has been instrumental to many through out all areas of their lives. However, not everyone caught the man in time. Fortunately he lives on through his music and you can still have a listen and discover a new side of bowie you connect with.

Roughly Recommended’s suggestion is “Lodger”.

The album shows how Bowie absorbs whatever culture he’s around and brings them to life through sounds and lyrics. You can stream the entire album on Youtube here:

The album, released in 1979, is part of the infamous Berlin Trilogy and a severely underrated release from Mr Jones.  Boys Keep Swinging was a hit for Bowie from the album at the time but in the modern age his song Heroes from that album has become well known thanks to the film The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

Listen here:

REVIEW:BIG ZERO have a message for you from their synth-punk world!

And it originated in the past.

BIG ZERO’s track ‘Tear It Up and Start Again’ is an attitude filled punchy guitar/synth song that conjures the electronic magic of the 80’s but still feels like a new sound using their modern take on the world.

The ZERO’s clearly take a lot of inspiration from the era as the video for the track uses the legendary cult film ‘The Breakfast Club’ originally released in 1985, as their set up.

Watch it here: https://youtu.be/gVdg4PI-IyU

‘Tear It Up and Start Again’ comes from the bands EP ‘Mainstream Propaganda’ which, as you can tell, dips into BIG ZERO’s take on our society of dictated media as well as thoughts about the future of our relationship with technology.

BIG ZERO’s view is, “every day humans get closer to technological singularity, and we strongly believe that when that day comes, we will be judged on our ethical treatment and moral judgement when it came to how we developed robotic technology.” The guys certainly aren’t completely stuck in the 80s then…

“Mainstream Propaganda” is due for release May 20th 2016

Pre – order on iTunes now

Catch BIG ZERO live:

May 21st – Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading,

May 27th – The Deaf Institute (playing with Bis), Manchester

June 10th – Sub89 (playing with Bis), Reading

 

Links:

www.twitter.com/bigzeromusic 

www.youtube.com/bigzeromusic 

www.facebook.com/bigzeromusic 

www.instagram.com/bigzeromusic 

www.soundcloud.com/bigzeromusic

 

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