Love Conquers Fear For Toby Tomtom, Who Reminds Us All We’re ‘Born 2 Be Free’

Toby Tomtom is an artist who exists purely to inspire others to reach their potential in life. It’s a little known fact that he was the man who took a young, unsigned Alicia Keys under his wing – teaching her the skills to sing in studio and also wrote and produced her first demo played on New York radio NYC Hot 97. Before even that, Toby had won an accolade now shared by John Legend – an ASCAP Abe Olman Award, which is given top top-tier up and coming songwriters. Since then, he has apprenticed and wrote/produced with Kenni Hairston (notably famed for working with Lauper and Cameo and writing “Running Back to You” for Vanessa Williams).

Presumably channelling some inner Miles Davis, who he lists as one of his major influences, Toby is an avid trumpeter. Having attended a college scholarship learning jazz and classical disciplines he is currently passing on the knowledge to his 8-year old son, which has re-ignited the passion for his first love – music. Having had a longstanding partnership with his brother on R&B/ Hip-hop writing and production, their eventual split encouraged an expansion of his musical creativity and diversity.

Born 2 Be Free‘ was a track inspired by his youngest son, that encapsulates an uplifting message – in his own words:

“It’s my hope for every child in the world. Dance if you want, pray if you want, love who you want! No shackles… gotta fight to be free!”

With a hands on approach in terms of composition and production, Toby showcases an array of talent on vocals, trumpet, piano, bass, guitar and drums, which correlates into something bridging the dance/EDM spectrum during recording, but equally transposes into intimate guitar and vocal sessions when performed live. Toby has stated the importance of his acoustic guitar as part of his songwriting process, so perhaps ‘Toby Unplugged’ is a potential could be a concept soon to be realised. In the mean time, in the tradition of Stevie Wonder and Calvin Harris this one-man wall of sound is ready for his songs to touch the world.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoEa4tg_ez-BEeTvKKGcz0w

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TobyTomTom21/

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Website: www.tobytomtom.com

 

Deplicant Navigates Electro’s Darkest Regions with Staggering Dual Debut Release

From his own humble beginnings of performing in small clubs across Europe, initial attempts for Danny Agoston – working under the name Deplicant, to rise beyond the success of his peers had already stifled his own blueprint of an easily definable Electro/ Progressive House sound, and he soon found himself forced into a change in artistic direction.

DeplicatorUnder his own orchestration, the overall atmosphere of his debut tracks entitled ‘14/40’ and ‘Epoch’ work to sustain a spine curling ambience of an empowering but unavoidable threat – a false comfort in alien surroundings. The sound derives from rhythmic swell and repetition, churning forward in the kind of cold, hypnotic gaze of something ‘more than human’.

Drawing from a design of dystopian alienation, the thinly veiled mask of influences conjured from the cyberpunk movement, like those depicted in Blade Runner, is laid bare – with visuals sustained in the imagination of the listener, projecting them into the far-flung depths of Deplicant’s musical universe.

The prominent focus of his musical exploration dissects an ambiguity between the role of the electronic and organic in the contemporary world we live in. Rationalising his primary musical influences – including the likes of Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre, Deplicant stays faithful to minimal studio equipment – namely a MacBook pro, an Akai MPK25 keyboard, studio monitors and Sennheiser HD25 Headphones, to create a layered atmosphere that sustains a natural progression.

Deplicant’s debut is stellar stuff in all senses of the word, moving through dance, electro, soundtracks and video games to brand new horizons.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/deplicant 

Woolfman and JSTEW Cook Up a Casserole of Beats!

Urban nightlife has always heralded a heartfelt sanctuary for escapism and positivity. Such is the message from new transatlantic collaboration: Woolfman and JStew who urge all to shed their burdens and ‘Listen to the Beat’.

Woolfman and JSTEW

Woolfman and JStew

The Woolfman has been lurking in the shadows of the music scene for quite some time now. Not only had he turned down an offer to join The Cure during their early days, he was also advisor to Simply Red around the time of their release of ‘Fairground’ – the group’s only Number One. From a heritage of 90’s music and industry experience, Woolfman claims his creative insight for crafting tunes has come to him ‘’in dreams’’. Perhaps he never expected in the wildest of them where and how the roots of this genuine international collaboration would stem from.

The heritage from his intercontinental counterpart may lack the grandeur, but nothing in potential, and may prove to be the missing link in turning these dreams into reality. The pair bizarrely met on a trip to Eastern Europe and US Gospel singer JStew, who is also a pastor at his local church back in San Francisco, draws inspiration from heroic titans such as Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye arriving with a vision to make wonderfully vibrant and exciting music.

‘Listen to the Beat’ is a stomper of a dance track and is nothing short of vibrant. The project itself is one that seeks to progress as a mainstream brand evolving from a club base as a collaboration between producer and artist. Add in Steve Simpson at Concrete Promotions who played the vanilla version to ‘Mr E’ and come back with 2 special remixes of the track.

From this collaboration comes a mission to inject new life into what they perceive as a colourless tapestry of music today. JStew’s personal angle is one of gospel in his heart saying: “I believe my grounding in this vibrant style of music gives shape to my current style. I sing from my heart…” Through this comes transcendence through music, born from dreams. Distinguishably, Woolfman – one of the founding members of Gang of Four, was kicked out of the band for ‘’meditating in soundcheck’’.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/76d8bQ9hZTMwBShacmutif

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHhJYMCKyeMvKryfg1xqgmg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/W.Recordings/

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Website: https://www.wrecordings.co.uk

This is what A Flock of Seagulls song ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’ sounds like as seven different genres

Everyone’s favourite 80’s new wave band, A Flock of Seagulls, are making a comeback!
For the first time since 1984, all four original members of the band appear on-record together for brand new album ‘Ascension’. To celebrate their return, we’re re-living the best covers of the band’s smash hit ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’. What’s clear from the variety of versions is that there’s not a corner of the music industry A Flock of Seagulls haven’t touch with their calling card hit. From stripped-back piano renditions, to pop-punk covers, and a rap homage, there’s a little something for everyone below.

Tori Amos

This renowned songstress covered the hit on her Original Sinsuality/Summer Of Sin tour in Denver, during Piano Bar Time, after confessing she had ‘gotten into this weird 80’s thing’. Despite worrying aloud that her cover might not be up to scratch, she later released the version along with the rest of the show in the 3rd CD of The Original Bootlegs. This video is a live audio recording from her show at Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO on 19 April 2005.

Buy Tori Amos – The Original Bootlegs here.

Bowling For Soup

The pop punk heroes put their stamp on the single for the 2003 reissue of Drunk Enough to Dance and their Punk Rock 101 single. Both the original and the punk cover are the theme song of the American DiC dubbed version of Saint Seiya, also known as Knights of the Zodiac. The cover is also featured in the film National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year.

Buy Bowling For Soup – Drunk Enough to Dance here.

Hidden in Plain View

This New Jersey five-piece gave I Ran (So Far Away) the post-hardcore treatment for covers compilation album Punk Goes 80’s under Fearless Records. It’s not miles away from the Bowling For Soup cover, but if you’re looking for a little more grit and a little less bounce, this is the cover for you.

Buy Punk Goes 80’s here.

Darude & Blake Lewis (Gareth Emery remix)

Well, you never have to wonder what it would sound like to cross a platinum-selling Finnish DJ, an American Idol finalist, and a trance legend with 80’s new wave. Darude and Blake Lewis covered the tune in 2008, before Gareth Emery got his hands on it, turning it into this floor-filling banger.

Nickleback

The titans of rock aired their no-frills, high-octane version during several dates of their Dark Horse tour in 2010, with guitarist Ryan Peake on lead vocal duties.

Lonely Island

The comedy duo contributed this unbeatable cover for an SNL skit entitled ‘Iran So Far’. Andy Samberg serenades Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadeinejad (Fred Armisen) with a song about their undeniable love, while Maroon 5’s Adam Levine lends his vocals for the ‘I Ran’ chorus. If you’re not sold on that information alone, know that there’s also a cameo by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Slim Thug

You’ve heard the pop punk covers, the stripped down piano versions, and the comedy takes, now it’s time to hear the rap version. American spitter Slim Thug adds a taste of the streets with his cover ‘I Run’. The track, which was featured on his 2009 album Boss of All Bosses, interpolates through his bars.

Grab a copy of Wishing: The Very Best and remind yourself of A Flock of Seagulls biggest and best.

Taking Song Writing To New Heights, Nele Needs A Holiday Releases ‘We’ll See’

 

 

 

 

 

With 2018 shaping up to be an exciting and unique year for music, one artist who’s name alone will have you craving for more, is for sure to be breaking through into the mainstream, introducing….Nele Needs a Holiday. 

As a song-writer, i understand what is needed to develop ideas into melodies, chords and other aspects that come together to create the whole song, and after listening to the brand new Nele Needs a Holiday track ‘We’ll See’ it is evident that Nele has manged to explore sights and sounds yet to be discovered.

Its a beautifully constructed song, with elements of modern pop from Lilly Allen, as well as hints of acts such as Paloma Faith, this culmination is a guaranteed hit with any music lovers.

 

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/neleneedsaholiday

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1BCRY2szkW4oM4aOFSRDLQ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NNAHoliday

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/NeleNeedsAHoliday

Twitter: @NNAHoliday

Instagram: neleneedsaholiday

Website: www.neleneedsaholiday.com

Hunter, The Voice Of Brand New Liberation Single ‘So Gay’

This track sticks up a middle finger to oppressors, making it a much loved installment from Hunter, who has us all wondering, whats next?

Yes, the song ‘So Gay’ is a fantastically honest and refreshing idea that states you must accept people for who they are. The song tells the story of the narrator(Hunter)who is declaring that he is gay to another man or men, and there’s nothing that anyone can do about it. The song is not just for this particular subject, but could be a deceleration of anything, proving that there is power in pride.

With backing from well-respected producer Niraj Chag, and an array of fans ready to take a stand, ‘So Gay’ is surely bound to be making its way to your sound system any day now.

So be sure to check him out:

Website: http://www.hunterthevoice.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hunter-Hunter-126407388048990/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HunterTheVoice

Instagram: hunter.the.voice

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3eJ-jIzxaZ2ahFwDiva9dA?view_as=subscriber

 

Who Is Roman Zayats And Why Is He So ‘Cold’?

 

 

Roman Zayats, a name that will soon be ringing through the crowds and fans of deep house and dance music. But where does he hail from?, what does he create? and why does he do what he does?…..All questions will be answered.

Born in Russia, St Petersburg to be specific, Romans family would not then know that their son would be creating great songs for fans around the world. At an early age Roman showed interest in music, and since he started writing music at age 15, to now, he has written over 300 songs.

 

However, after working with many great names such as Andrey Samsonov (Mute Records, who worked with Nick Cave, Marc Almond) and Matt Foster in the UK (known for his work with Prodigy, Jamiroquai and Gorillaz), Romans new single ‘Cold’ is venturing into brand new territory, and we glad to hear it.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/romanzayats_official

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_bvM6qe5zrBy3EosF4yowg

Facebook: facebook.com/roman.zayats.80

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RomanZajats

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roman_zayats_80/

Website: https://romanzayats.com/

Journey through the cosmos with Modiwo

Hailing from four corners of the globe, Modiwo’s colourful dreamscape Cosmic Bus is a joyous journey through the emotions that will leave you full of wonder and warmth.

Their latest track, “Cosmic Bus”, is a gradually-building anthemic slab of euphoric pop, perfectly twinned with an animated video which highlights the band’s infectiously happy outlook.

Watch the brilliant animated video to their new single, Cosmic Bus here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHlmXCN4k8w&feature=youtu.be

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.

Keep up with Modiwo here!

https://www.facebook.com/modiwomusic/

https://www.instagram.com/modiwomusic/

http://modiwo.com

 

Bimbi Phillips aims for home run with single ‘Lamba’

Bimbi Phillips is leading an unusual double life: One as an IT business consultant, helping out clients in London on a daily basis, and one as a sensational afrobeat artist, producing EDM, Dancehall, house and soca inspired tracks like a wiz. This man isn’t restricted to a box however, and explores other genres through his African-Fiji instrumentation and classic afrobeat vocals.

Bimbi roars into the scene with his energetic single “Lamba”, which is a heavily beat focused track, as he lays down cool vocals and an effective bass line. He manages to be unique in an over-saturated musical world, with his battle of passion underlined in his lyrics. Bimbi has a simple objective of entertaining and amazing, and has fought hard to be where he is today. Inspired by legends like Fela Kuti, P-Square and Wayne Wonder, his content is sure worth checking out.

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/BimbiPhilipsOfficial/

https://twitter.com/bimbiphilips

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoIK2alPLZaugM1Uo3-1Hgg

https://instagram.com/bimbiphilips

www.bimbiphilips.com

Track Review: ‘Talk’ by Gulf

The duo of Femi Fadero & Mark Jones; have cemented their sound with their latest project Gulf and the new track ‘Talk’.

The first taste of what is to come from their upcoming E.P. The Liverpudlian duo have been playing music together for around six years under different aliases but have finally settled with Gulf.

Upon first listen it is a beautiful composition with a mixture of modern dream pop and classic disco and upbeat dance elements. That screams originality and could be the start of a unique turn for the Indie world.

The track is introduced by jangly guitars akin to Mac Demarco, with the slacker-pop texture of a simple yet effective guitar riff layered with effects, in an almost jarring yet fitting way.

The vocals then coming in with a soulful yet haunting melody line, where contemporary meets classic, the 1980’s dance (and even new-wave!) influence is definitely apparent in the vocals; particularly in the verse.

Each cadence of the chorus features a specific point where the guitar becomes even more jarring, alongside the haunting vocals, this features a dissonant yet consistent and authentic sound, a bittersweet tone, almost giving a sense of breaking apart and chaos before mellowing out into the verse.

The pre-chorus and the chorus is where the listener is brought back to the present and we have that indie-pop familiarity. The repetitive nature of the chorus is strongly structured with an eclectic range of influences, it maintains the dance-like rhythm whilst achieving the sing-a-long attributes of pop.

This track is a testament to taking an already established genre and where it can go, pushing the boundaries furthermore. With the dance accessibility to pop music, it opens doors to a formulaic genre to be evermore original. Not only will fans of indie-pop enjoy this track, but fans of alternative rock genres and even psychedelia will also enjoy this tune.

‘Talk’ is out 28th of July, for now you can keep up with Gulf on their social network pages;

https://en-gb.facebook.com/gulfmusicuk/

https://twitter.com/gulfmusicuk