music review

Featured Artist: Wep One & Timmo


Now available on Hello.L.A., a France based art label created by Bertrand Blanchard, Turn From the Grave by Wep One & Timmo, is an complex and interesting album which combines electronic, Hip Hop, and Metal into an explosive buffet of sound. The seven song collection is a co-production between U.S. based electronic musician and rapper, Wep One, and Timmo, a Japan based electronic musician and producer.  The two collaborated over the internet and have not met in person, although you wouldn’t guess that by listening to Turn From the Grave.

The album  begins with “Compound 47” a gritty mix of Wep’s vocals, static synths, and phased guitars, with minimal to sparse drums underlying the melee. Wep one’s lyrical mastery harkens to the most hardened of hip hop artists laced with a growl of wolf like mastery. The electronic samples and synths add an ethereal and alien soundscape with a futuristic quality. This could be hip hop circa 2062, sent back through a time portal. The second track “Turn From the Grave” starts with a robotic pulse sweeping the listener along into an interstellar starship dance party with robot DJ’s and Captain Wep leading the rabble rousers with his command of vocal form. “Imprint” the third song continues the galactic dance party and was co-produced along with Timmo and Wep by KaeoFLUX . The rest of the album continues along these lines and never ceases to be an interesting integration of sonic fortitude.

This is for hip-hop fans and electronic music fans alike, and even those who are tired of the same old thing. This album is certainly breaking new ground in electronic music and hip hop. Ready for something new? You’ve found it. You’re welcome.


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S.e Elliott & That Awful Rhythm

that awful rhythm

-Angel Russell

Demons are inside of all, dancing on our hearts to an awful rhythm. That Awful Rhythm is what S.e Elliott captures with his melancholic music full of thwarted dreams and tested resolve. Tragedy is writ on the bones of this music. His voice is haunted by a thousand hurts and mournfully howls against its weight. The beat of the drums echo longing for a happier outcome which never seems to come, so beat on they must. And so the tracks go on, a macabre collection of stories captured through song. This music is not for the faint of heart. It weeps with longing. It pours passionate colors of red and deep purple through the veins of its woeful guitar and bass. Share in Elliot’s heavy heart as you listen and rejoice as you have found a kindred broken soul. You are not alone in your angst any longer.

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Fiona Hare: Keep Me Wild

“How do you live without love?” Fiona Hare asks that question in her new album “Keep Me Wild.” Her music is honest folk with a slightly swing/Americana style, and a sparseness that makes you feel as if she’s in the room playing her sad songs just for you. Her instrumentation is guitar, piano, drums, organ, and synths. Her vocals are soft and slow like honey. They are emotive and deep and her melodies stay in your head for days. Some of the songs such as Black Dog, have a guttural raw feel, both tragic and beautiful at the same time.  Her piano and drums seems to come in at just the right time to help build the track into a powerhouse of emotion and drive. You’ll want to listen “Keep Me Wild” all over again after you hear it once. You can get her record on Bandcamp for $10. Have a listen below:

Alex Engstrom: All Over Again


Alexander Engström is from Sweden creates house music under the name “Alex Engstrom”. She has not released any music for the last two years as she has been furiously working away on her new album, “All Over Again” which is now complete! Her songs are energetic, filled with life, pop style vocal melodies, dance beats, and great production. Her production work began 9 years ago with hip hop music but the last four she has been dedicated to producing house music. The tracks on her new record are all synth and sample based, but Alex is also a pianist. Her arrangements on the new album bring together a seamless wave of upbeat complexity into soft and delicate breakdowns. The songs crescendo into a musical waterfall of glory and if it doesn’t make you want to dance, you might need to visit a doctor.  You can hear her album preview below:

Drop Kick: Trap Door


Dropkick is an electronic dance music project by Lee Lee and Cusp Cuspschen who’s sound is a combination of different genres and influences. Soul meets funk, electronic, and rock for an interesting culmination of sounds all blending into a delightful musical stew. Their beats are uptempo, excitable and fun. The synths and melodies all blend well together and create musical harmony. Their collaboration began when the two became homebound with the neurological symptoms of Lyme disease and M.E. The two met online and began their musical project together. They began in the arts world and due to illness decided a different approach to relive their creative inclinations. Their song Trapdoor  has been mixed into a variety of danceable hits ready for any DJ or dance party on their newest EP. Trapdoor in all its mixes is available on the new EP on bandcamp in both CD and download format.


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Sonnet to Sleep

Sonnet to Sleep is a band dedicated to beautiful melodies, indie rock and shoegaze style, and honest songwriting. It is the creation of indie artist Aaron Rios. “Affirmative Say Nothing” is a sophomore follow up to his 2009 release. The album has Aaron’s signature vocals that have perfect tone, emotion, and a raw guttural feel. His voice could be compared to David Grohl or even a Broadway male lead. The arrangements that back him up have passion and drive. The guitars are distorted and melancholy. The drums are powerful and intense. Sonnet to Sleep has a unique sound that pulls on many influences. The themes and melodies are sorrowful with a rock edge that keeps the songs moving forward. The album proceeds go to support a good cause; Arms Around the World. Listen and support below:

released 07 March 2014
Aaron Rios-Guitars, Vocals, Moog, Synth, Rhodes, Melotron
Wheeler Newman- Guitar, Slide
Shaun Combs- Guitar, Bass, Programming, Strings
Stephen Howell: Drums
Michael Schmitt -Drums

Proceeds to benefit Arms Around the World.

Experimental Noise Rock: MR KITO

Experimental noise rock has had many incarnations most notably with acts such as Sonic Youth and Microphones. MR KITO brings a new perspective on the genre with dissonant harmonies, strange sound effects, drum beats ranging from sparse to expansively complex, and guitar work that follows the same dynamic. His songs don’t seem to follow a direct pattern as with most rock. The songs flow in a stream of ideas with interesting instrumentation throughout. The tone is mellow, unique, and well produced. Eric Michot is the man behind MR KITO. He is a French multi-instrumentalist and producer living in Cape Town since the year 1998. His music has been featured on radio stations all over the world ranging from Japan, to the USA, to Ireland. His newest (number seven) album called “Where Are The Lizards?” has been released on the Presence Records label and is available on Bandcamp, his website, and other relevant music sites. Listen below:

Words in Wartime


Are you craving some sparse etherial music to zone out to after the craze of the holidays? Words in Wartime could be just the thing. Droning guitars spread out over time along with a quiet but steady rock beat. Modest Mouse meets Explosions in the sky with an effected and delayed vocal. This fits my mood perfectly right now.

Words in Wartime was written, recorded, performed, produced, mixed, and mastered by Matt Gregory with an old Dell laptop microphone. This works perfectly for the feel of the music. If it had been over produced in a studio it may not have the same impalpable sound.


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Ian Marquis : Faces From The Static

Producer, arranger, guitarist, and singer Ian Marquis has come out with a new album entitled, Faces From The Static. New Wave, Electro Rock, Alternative Rock, with a bit of Acoustic and Hard Rock bring themselves to the forefront of this album. It begins with a very 80’s new wave rock electronic feel and his voice has a bit of Morrissey inspiration. The guitars are distorted and blend well with the drums in Hide in Seek, the first track on the album. The arrangements are complex but have enough space for the listener to process the many parts in each song. There is not an over abundance of sound or repetitiveness that you find in a lot of electro rock music. Some tracks on the album have a very dark Depeche Mode feel in the beginning and then change into an almost Billy Idol straight ahead rock feel such as in Help Me Make it to the Night. You never know what your going to get when you begin listening to a song. That Keeps you wanting to listen more. His lyrics are interesting and engaging. “I used to be able to see faces in everything around me. I couldn’t hide from them; my mind would create replacements in any direction I looked…when I closed my eyes I didn’t see blackness-I saw dancing static, fine as sand.” For more information check out his video, music and links below.

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-Angel Russell
So, I’ve found my new favorite band and like usual they were referred from my friend Minoru. They are called Tunng, a strange name, but so good nonetheless. They have three previous records and I’m aghast I haven’t heard them yet, but apparently their newest album has a different sound. “This is Tunng… Live from the BBC” is a BBC session album released 5th December 2011 on Full Time Hobby. I’m so excited about their sound and can’t wait to hear more. Here is the video for “Bullets”. . .
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