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Blues Single | Bushwick Blooze Band: Waiting (Independent / 20 October 2020)

Blues Single Bushwick Blooze Band: Waiting (Independent / 20 October 2020) Stream It From Your Fave Service Waiting is the latest in a string of singles released by Bushwick Blooze Band. The Brooklyn-based blues trio have been performing and recording the blues around the NYC area since 2018. Their first album "Cryin' for the L Train" was released in January 2019, and included covers of famous songs composed by their greatest influencers such as Little Richard, The Allman Brothers Band, Freddie King, and Eddie Vinson.  Bushwick Blooze Band is finishing up the production of their second album "Yes Dear" and unlike the previous cover record, this new album will be their first original contribution to the genres they love. Waiting is an upbeat blues track with a party kind of veneer over solid musicianship. What begins with a classic blues feel transforms into an extended psychadelic flavoured trip. Inventive guitar licks almost make you forget about the virtuosity
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Folk Rock | Eric H. F. Law: Better Angels (Grace Margin Music / 1 October 2020)

Folk Rock Eric H. F. Law: Better Angels (Grace Margin Music / 1 October 2020) Stream It On Spotify Or Buy It From His Website From electrical engineer to a priest of the Episcopal Church and the founding of the Kaleidoscope Institute for Diverse and Sustainable Communities, author of 12 books, music was always present in Eric H.F. Law's life. For the last five years, it's become a bigger and bigger part of the picture, and he was inspired to write after the 2016 U.S. election and its divisive results. He calls his new release, Better Angels, "the spiritual soundtrack for a fear-filled uncertain world".  Musically, the songs range through a number of genres. Don't Be Afraid is RnB infused pop with a strong groove. The one quibble I have is that the vocals sound a little too separated from the music - no point in having all that lovely musical texture if we can't hear it. Law's voice lends itself to the drama of the lyrics in a mix of eclectic pop that remi

Alt Rock | Paul Maged: Culture War (Independent / 3 November 2020)

Alt Rock Paul Maged: Culture War (Independent / 3 November 2020) Stream It On Spotify "This is my most personal collection of music, both politically and emotionally," says New York City-based alt rocker Paul Maged. Released on November 3 - election day in the US - it's clear the personal is political in this collection of driven alt rock songs.  Cult 45 and Lose Your Privilege are two more tracks where Maged puts his beliefs on his sleeve.  "Nobody writes protest songs anymore. Major artists used to write protest songs. Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan. You just don't see that anymore because all popular artists today are so neatly packaged to appeal to the masses and no one wants to ruffle any feathers. I may not be a big artist but I have to speak my truth and I know I'm not alone in how I feel."  As a songwriter, he explores various rock and pop idioms, from the straight ahead rock sprinkled with ambient sounds in Culture War, the title track, t

Electronic Ambient | Vipid: Memories (Independent / 2 October 2020)

Electronic Ambient Vipid: Memories (Independent / 2 October 2020) Buy It On Bandcamp Burbank, CA based musician and graphic artist Jared Simmons is the one-man behind Vipid, an ambient electronic band you may not have heard of - but who's had over 250,000 streams across Spotify and Apple Music after participating in the record-breaking #iVoted Festival 2020.  Vipid plays with tones and melodies, with some tracks on the release very short, and none much over the 4-minute mark. Bell-like tones resonate through Home, the first track. In Night Train, they're set to a danceable rhythm, with interesting harmonic and melodic changes. In Internity, the vibe turns hypnotic. Vista is a highlight of the release - all moody and dramatic as it introduces a rhythm that stutters and builds to a tense peak. In Dawn, the mood is trippy and spacey. Fracture is another standout track, one that builds a groove that turns round and round on itself. As a composer, Vipid is nicely variable and never

Electropop | David Thompson: The Wall (Independent / 24 September 2020)

Electropop David Thompson: The Wall (Independent / 24 September 2020) Stream it on Spotify or Bandcamp The Wall is the second solo release from electropop composer and musician David Thompson. The music is infused with the flavour of classic 90s pop, but with a thoroughly modern gloss and technical superiority.  He takes a multi-layered approach to composition. According to the media notes: The titular "wall" cribs a melody from Gershwin ūüôĄ and a keyboard part from the theme of Cheers, and builds its chorus around the final organ cadence of Herbert Howells' Anglican anthem "Like as the Hart." Thompson has a nice flair for incorporating electronic sounds seamlessly into a track. The songs are full of changes that keep them interesting. this goon is atmospheric and moody, with a dark kind of groove.  obsession is a standout track, with an irresistible kinetic energy that should fill the dance floor. Packed with earworm hooks, the EP has a lot of replay value. Per

Experimental Solo Guitar | Dan Pitt: Monochrome (Independent / September 4 2020)

Experimental Solo Guitar Dan Pitt: Monochrome (Independent / September 4 2020) Buy it on Bandcamp Toronto guitarist and composer Dan Pitt explores new ground in Monochrome, a recent release. The compositions for solo guitar each take a different approach. Pitt's musical imagination is inventive. Ghosts is contemplative, criss-crossing the line between jazz and classical music, and in and out of tonality. It has an interestingly eerie effect. The piece contrasts with Attraction and its buzzy, erratic energy that bursts into spurts of lightening quick notes. He returns to a more conventional contemporary jazz idiom in The Sorrow - but one that ends with an intriguing twist on the form. Long Lake is a classic acoustic guitar track, folky and melodic. Ditto is a standout, a distinctly contemporary exploration of contrapuntal melodies that at times sounds like a murmur of voices. Which Way Is Up is another highlight of the release with its elegant approach to minimalism. Electronic effe

Blaise La Bamba & Kotakoli November 7th 2020 Online - PWYC

 From a media release: Batuki Music Society and Alliance Francaise Toronto present A virtual concert featuring Blaise La Bamba & Kotakoli November 7th 2020 at 8:00 PM Enjoy the concert from home! K inshasa’s vibrant nightlife has long been world-famous. It is home to the subculture known informally as the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People (SAPEUR), which has spread its influence through artists such as Papa Wemba. Blaise La Bamba is part of this scene. He has worked with some of the top names of Congolese music, in particular General Defao. I n 2018, Blaise La Bamba founded Kotakoli , an all-star collective of musicians that perform an energetic mix of Congolese rumba and soukous . In the company of Kotakoli, this veteran musician brings Congolese popular music back to the forefront, with spellbinding dances. The Details Date: Saturday November 7th, 2021  Blaise La Bamba and Kotakoli Virtual Concert Time: 8:00 PM Tickets: Pay what you can This concert is offered to you