‘Extra-dimensional Sorcerer’ Lailien is a 21st Century Musical Enigma

Toronto based Lailien describes himself as the ‘anti-matter twin and alter-ego’ of poet Brad Shubat, whose debut album ‘Ensoular‘ is set to smash any preconceived notions of how pop music should be contrived from a pre-defined formula. As a classically trained pianist and university graduate (at one point on the path to become a Professor of Literature), predictably this record unveils a mature talent for careful, poetic and intelligent song-writing, although you might be forgiven for misinterpreting your own expectations on your first listen.

“Lailien exists as a fictional character within a mythic cosmology at play: An extra-dimensional sorcerer, conqueror of Vishnu’s body-suit, rational empiricist, fool, gender fluid prince of darkness… and yet another iteration of the Gnostic Christ resurrected.”

From a belief that “the best musical artists [utilise] profound, erudite, mind-expanding lyricism“, ‘Ensoular’ is less of a genre-crossing, and more of a genre-creating experience – with no single track taking the lead on the how the rest of the album sounds. It’s perhaps unsurprising that this debut LP was written in part during an intense period of experimentation with psychedelics, which had resulted in an intense period of clinically diagnosed psychosis during periods of the creative process.

“What happens when you love yourself or someone else unconditionally, with all your heart and soul, but you know that suffering will disrupt said love? Exploring the complex interrelationship between life and death, the song and video features principles of eternal reoccurrence, anti-matter spacetime, a multidimensional daemon and mystical psychopomps.”

The accompanying video for the track ‘Blue Love’ is every bit as imaginative as his music. Having been conceptualised by Lailien himself, the video was shot by Mina A Solomon and directed by Zafir Ahmed of NRWFilms and stars lead actress and former Miss Universe Canada delegate Chealse Sophia Howell.

“a symphony of thick and warped textures… subtle beats and infectious melancholic vocals.” Line of Best Fit

Though discovering a love for experimental electronic, pop, rock and jazz sounds derives the main fuel for his creative imagination, Lailien is perhaps best described as a ‘cultural-omnivore’. At the same time as citing a diverse range of musical influences from Animal Collective to Lana Del Ray, academic influences such as gender theorist Judith Butler and modernist writer Virginia Woolf, even video game influences such as Legend of Zelda and Super Mario had samples which made it into the final edit.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3gi4c8BpfRl5ZTg6iTZhTl?si=uHDlmGnXTji9MTO_TRavew

Website: https://www.officiallailien.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/THEREALLAILIEN

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brad.lailien.shubat

IOTAPHI Go Behind the Scenes on Nominated Music Video ‘Kids of Chaos’

Electro-noir duo IOTAPHI have shared a Behind the Scenes clip for their music video ‘Kids of Chaos’. The Italy-via-Greece outfit have brought their dark-hued, cinematic soundscapes to life with a visual that sees athletes from Greece’s Down Syndrome Association throwing shapes in a derelict-looking gymnasium, shrouded in fog.

In the behind-the-scenes video, director Gregory Rentis says that the video was one of his most challenging projects. Speaking of the concept behind the visual, he says: “The initial point was to recreate sort of a Big Bang,” he explains, “all the girls are like stars or planets; they would disperse into our space and they sort of got together to create this planetary system which was basically a dance.”

Watch the full Behind the Scenes video below:

 

Follow IOTAPHI:

Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI_Soundcloud

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7aoZqb2BsVc6Ez6MppdGwD?si=aKBE0IsdQQqhSzBis58S9w

YouTube: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI_YouTube

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

Instagram: http://bit.ly/IOTAPHI_Instagram

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IOTAPHIofficial

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/

“The Revolution Will Be Live!” – Malik & The O.G.’s come to Cambridge.

The revolution will not be televised… but it will be at Cambridge Jazz Festival this upcoming weekend as Malik & the O.G.’s prepare a run of events at the festival celebrating the work of Gil Scott-Heron.

The upcoming appearance at Cambridge Jazz Festival include multiple seminars, talks and performance by Malik Al Nasir, showcasing why Gil Scott-Heron is still relevant to artists  as well as social politics today.

Gil Scott-Herons most notable work comes in the form of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, a spoken word track released in 1971 – it’s free form style and spoken-word, poetic approach to lyricism within music is an example of breaking down the wall between music and art, the song is not only musically but literarily insightful.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” holds lyrical significance even by today’s musical standards, whilst contemporary lyricism is more explicit and straight forward. The message it gave was a public one and that if there was going to be a revolution within 1970s America is not going to be televised; it was going to stare you in the face and it was going to be real.

“The Revolution will be not be re-run, the revolution will be live.” Are the final words of the iconic track that Gil Scott-Heron is most notable for – it’s a message that still holds strong within the current socio-political climate within America.

Malik Al Nasir who was Gil Scott-Heron’s protégé is currently following in his footsteps, delivering a message that is direct, insightful as well as artistic.

Malik Al Nasir is a Guyanese activist, poet and filmmaker from Liverpool, following in his mentors footsteps; Malik’s work Malik discusses how colonialism and slavery destroys identity, he also establishes the significance of genealogy, anthropology and DNA as an insight into “who we actually are” as well celebrating our inherited roots and cultural identity without anyone else dictating otherwise – using his Guyanese roots as an example of claiming his heritage and being self-aware of one’s cultural inheritance.

“My own journey back to Guyana to re-connect with my South American roots, was actually both a quest for lost family ties and a search for historical truth. Discovering I had an indigenous Amerindian grandmother, further complicated an already convoluted sense of self and the discovery of my Scottish aristocratic slave-owner ancestry, will offer the basis of a paradigm shift in how we view Transatlantic slavery – as it was practiced in Demerera South America.”

Malik will also explore the significance of the “Black Arts Movement” in America and how he contributes to that via Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets – with his role as an activist in breaking down colonialism and its control over identity.

Malik will be running an “Artist as Activists seminar” at the University of Cambridge, Centre of Latin American studies at 5pm on the 17th of November. “The Revolution Will Be Live!” will take place on the 18th of November at 8:30pm, Cambridge Wine Merchants. Finally Classic Album Sundays event; a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron will be running two events on the 19th of November at 2pm, Hidden Rooms, and 8pm Arts Picture house.

Links to tickets for these events can be found here;

https://www.cambridgejazzfestival.info/malik-the-o-g-s – “The Revolution Will Be Live!” tickets.

http://skiddle.com/e/13023561 – “Classic Album Sundays” @ Hidden Rooms

Free – “Artists as Activists”

You can keep up to date with the events at Malik’s social network links found below;

https://www.facebook.com/Malik-The-OGs-171722166201820/

https://twitter.com/MalikAndTheOGs?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

http://malikandtheogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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

 

The sakura are ‘In Bloom’ with Julia Mascetti’s new E.P.

From the U.K to Japan; harpist and vocalist Julia Mascetti has given a hint of what’s to be expected from her upcoming E.P. In Distance, Everything Is Poetry.

The track ‘In Bloom’ gives us a taste of what’s in store in Julia’s upcoming E.P. in the form of a dark, fantastical soundscape.

‘In Bloom’ presents us with the essence of mythical storytelling, what can be described as celtic-folk roots all the way to the soundtrack to a fantasy epic; ‘In Bloom’ sets a dynamic and paints a musical picture that inspires thoughts of mythology and legend.

Julia’s siren-like vocals over a haunting and melancholic harp creates a depressing yet captivating scenario; it’s dreary tones creates suspense in such a minimalist way, yet alongside embellishments from what sounds like bells and a stringed instruments it still retains it’s melodic qualities.

The song is essentially part melodic and part concept, with the timbre of the instrumentation it manages to balance these two sections perfectly, without alienating the listener. The change of arpeggios to sustained notes in each section add for diverse textures in the song.

‘In Bloom’ tells a dreary and melancholic story, the mixture of instruments elevate the texture and song stays true to itself throughout, I feel that some of these instruments could be more apparent in the mix (what sounds like a tsugaru shamisen, could be a bit louder) but overall, the diverse instrumentation compliments the song.

The E.P. In Distance, Everything Is Poetry is out on the 11th of November, you can keep up with Julia’s social networks at the links below;

https://www.youtube.com/juliamascetti

https://www.facebook.com/juliamascetti

https://twitter.com/JuliaMascetti

https://www.instagram.com/juliamascetti

https://tokyoharp.blog