Modular People‘s latest signing, Movement, have released their debut single on the label and it should come as no surprise that it’s simply stunning. Between the deep vocals, minimalist synths, and steel drums, it’s hard to pin down what elements I’m most attached to.
Feel Real will be out May 24th in Australia or May 28th in the US. If you live in Australia and want to catch them on tour, allow me to recommend the following shows alongside Flight Facilities:
Thu 23 May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Sat 25 May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sun 26 May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
From the get-go, you can tell that Hurt is going to be a brilliant track. Then, at 0:40, singer Gabrielle Cooke (better known as Ursa Minor) lays down a luscious vocal track and something magical happens – it just elevates this track to a whole other level. Hurt is Sunday-approved and out via Invader Records on May 27th.
Gambia’s first and only self-composing Reggae Band announced the release of their newest single ‘Never give it up’ from the debut album ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’. It is, what the members call, a ‘Roots-Pop-Reggae’ track sung by the band’s female vocalist Nina Beste. Having aired on Radio Stations across the country, the band has now produced a video clip, shot by their production company ‘Roots Bongo N’Dabli Productions’. The track is meant to inspire, as well as give hope to the listeners, bringing across a message of positive thinking, dedicating oneself to ones dream in life, and to ‘Never give it up’ no matter the struggles and difficulties faced by everyday life.
About The Roots Bongo Band
The Gambian based band was initially formed in 2001 by the two male vocalists JoeHero and Afang Maakangbaa. The band started of as an acoustic set of three members, performing mostly at bars and hotels in the touristic areas of Gambia. After collaborating with Nina Beste in June 2009, the band was newly formed and introduced Nina as their new female vocalist.
About the debut album ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’
The debut album ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ was recorded in London, UK in late 2011. After completion the band decided to launch it in their home country of the Gambia, where it has since been promoted by the band through local Radio and TV stations.
The album consists of 10 ‘World-Beat’ tracks and two remixes. The European-African vibes and influences give the band and the album a unique sound and strong identity.
The Roots Bongo Band is currently on the Kombo Tour of 2013 that takes them to several towns and districts around the costal area of The Gambia.
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The sound of Northern California’s hip-hop group, the Digital Martyrs, is both newfangled and distinguishable, which had always left a breathless impression on fans at attendance. Their objective in the industry mirrors the intent of hip-hop acts of yesteryear, to provoke and to stimulate. From the antagonistic but affirmative undertones in the lyrics, to the soulful and gritty instrumentals behind them, the Digital Martyrs have stayed successfully relevant despite there obvious movement away from pop-ish, shiny-swag-filled, bubble gum raps. Their efforts are to diverse the hip-hop brand in their sound fusions with old American funk and soul, Brazilian Jazz, and, at times, reggae, and utilizing the rhyme schemes which is only over-shadowed by its abrupt, political nuance. It is the hip-hop that is “all honest,” and “against the grain.” – KUMSFM Geek Thug Radio’s DJ and Live Manikins’ MC, Justin Rubio aka Mr. Lingo. With the anticipation of their new self-entitled album, the soundscape they have created will sure to deliver consistent work to their growing following.
The Digital Martyrs distinct sound stems from a lifetime of musical influence, owning residual characteristics of artists they look to for inspiration, ranging from Immortal Technique to Brother Ali, Mos Def, to Sage Francis.
Some of Digital Martyrs’ co-collaborators include Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Styles P of D-Block, Bambu, Power Struggle, Rocky Rivera, Kiwi, Task1ne (Sacramento), Mad Flows, Live Manikins, Mikial, After Hijrah, 580, Century, Mahtie Bush, Fatgums, Otayo Dubb, Beatrock Music, Associated Fresh, The Understudies and Balance.
Ioani is an Athens-based producer that delivers a mainstream sound on any House-type track, from minimal / progressive, to more funky stuff. His songs are praised for their artistic quality, contemporary production and emotional impact.
“How it feels to me” is a Ioani’s third EDM tune, and part of an on-going album project that will feature talented singers from all over the world, as well as, traditional Greek instruments.