Experimental Classical-Hip-Hop From M3staken

Exciting artist and producer, M3staken, otherwise known as M3 is releasing his super-experimental soundtrack album that blends elements of classical piano and electronic music with his primary genre of hip-hop.

Taking inspiration from huge acts such as Joey Bada$$, FKA Twigs and Jamie XX, it’s clear that M3’s style is one that is hard to pin down. However, this is not a bad thing; blending genres, experimenting with music and seeing what happens is an admirable trait within the musicianship of the ambitious M3staken.

The 8-track album entitled Apex works as an attempt to create a unique fusion of classical, hip-hop and electronic styles. He states that “as a primarily hip-hop based artist, it was important for me to emphasise the amount of musicality there is in hip-hop, while also using a mix of classical styles and modern techniques”.

M3staken’s classical sound contrasting with the hip-hop beats comes from unique techniques such as using live classical pianos rather than samples, thus escaping the hip-hop cliché.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/m3staken

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

https://m3ssi.bandcamp.com/releases

‘Runaw’y’ by Pimlican

Collaborative solo artist Pimlican blends R&B, dance and pop to form ‘Runaw’y’, his latest single released via his own label, Belgrave Road Records. Strong song writing prowess combines with infectious hooks and complex beats, and it is this that has got Pimlican featured on Tom Robinson’s Radio 6 show, BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Leeds.

 

The inspiration for Pimlican came from spending many nights in Pimlico, waiting for appointments with people involved in the music industry.

There is also a unique ethos behind the group that sets them apart from the rest: the idea of the collective is to deliver unique live performances and therefore, anyone can get involved in Pimlican as long as they help evolve the live show and bring something new to the table.

After releasing the single ‘B’ck 4 More/P’lya’ in late May, Pimlican are set to release the addictive dance pop track ‘Runaw’y’ this January.

Links:

http://www.belgraveroadrecords.com/

https://pimlican.bandcamp.com/

https://twitter.com/belgraveroadrec

https://www.facebook.com/belgraveroadrecords

https://soundcloud.com/pimlican-97234536

Track Review: ‘The Night’ by Screams On Sunday

“Music is global and Screams On Sunday are proving that Spain deserves to be taken seriously in the rock music scene.” – FTD Music

Decent rock bands are few and far between these days and it might come as a surprise to you the latest innovation in the genre is coming from Spain, but don’t be hasty to dismiss it – there’s plenty to shout about with ‘The Night’ by Screams on Sunday.

Having formed the band over the internet, the group are now inseparable and have been working hard, releasing their debut EP Call Reality A Lie in 2014. Now, they are back with their latest hard-hitting single, ‘The Night’, which picks up where the band left off with driving guitar rhythms and crashing drum beats.

The track begins with a fuzzy bass and guitar line that introduces the song’s hook before being brashly interrupted by a wall of distortion that paves the way for the rest of ‘The Night’.

Despite this, Screams On Sunday have some unique vocals at the front of their sound powered by Patty Noa who gives the band a real edge. Her voice evokes both sweetness as well as attitude through its wide ranging tonal capabilities, gifting Screams On Sunday with their own unique sound.

Having been compared to the likes of All Time Low, A Day To Remember and even No Doubt, it is clear that the band have a strong inspirational pedigree behind their image and brand of music.

Whilst rock may have evolved through many guises over recent years, almost to the point where there is nothing that we can really determine as just ‘rock’ music, it’s refreshing to see a band like Screams On Sunday throwing everything at creating hard, powerful and yet honest rock tunes that take us back to days of old. Definitely get your ears wrapped round this one!

Find out more on Screams On Sunday here:

Links:

www.screamsonsunday.com

https://soundcloud.com/screams-on-sunday

https://www.facebook.com/screamsonsunday

https://twitter.com/ScreamsOnSunday

https://www.instagram.com/screamsonsunday/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHPFoUGbOqe2yLcqqt2VJ_g

 

 

 

Mark L. Oakes’ New Album is a ‘Karmic Road Trip’

Mark L. Oakes is a supremely talented singer-songwriter hailing from Belgium, yet he adopts a classic Americana-folk sound which he is particularly adept at creating.

Mark has been involved in a number of musical projects, on his own and with others, and now he is back with his latest album, Call Me The Moon, which he describes as the ‘ideal soundtrack for a karmic road trip’.

These words become increasingly clear upon listening to Mark’s work which has a definite hint of Neil Young to it, although he also cites other inspirations such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tucker Zimmerman and Ryan Adams. Despite these similarities and comparisons, Mark is certainly not a copy artist; his music has a depth of soul and heartfelt honesty to it that is hard to find in any music these days.

Also, within Oakes’ signature sound, there is a range of emotions depicted across the album. While singles such as ‘Shredded Jeans’ and ‘Friend From Above (Sleepless Spouse)’ are tinged with soft melancholy, tunes like ‘Aloof Again’ and ‘None Of These Roads’ will lead you straight to a risky, bitter ground.

Mainly tracked at Mark’s home studio in the heart of the Ardennes, the record has been finalised with the help of Londoner cellist, Ben Trigg, and mastered by Grammy award winner Gavin Lurssen in Los Angeles.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/mark-l-oakes

https://www.facebook.com/oakesmusic

https://twitter.com/markloakesmusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8pq-OE8Cknqw4FwMdfhMLA

http://www.oakesmusic.com

 

‘Kookoo’ by Elani

Elani is the musical vehicle of Mali based musicians Wambui Ngugi, Brian Chweya and Maureen Kunga.

Having met whilst competing against each other at a music festival in Mali, the trio found that they shared a lot in common and had an inspiring affinity for creating music.

Having already released their debut album Barua ya Dunia, further work from the group has been highly anticipated and now they are back with their infectiously catchy single, ‘Kookoo’.

With a get-up-and-dance afropop style, Elani are a great discovery for those who like their fusion music. The trio appear to work seamlessly together, their vocals blending pleasingly between one another.

Elani have collaborated and worked alongside major artists such as Jose Chameleone and Sauti Sol and have even featured on the Pakistani music television series Coke studio.

Links:

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

https://twitter.com/elanimuziki

https://www.instagram.com/elanimuziki/

https://www.facebook.com/elanimuziki/