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Some bands never quite fit into the genres we carve out for them. With influences in indie, brazilian classical, and even folk, New York City duo (and real life couple) Aziza & The Cure have a truly captivating sound, with an eclectic mix of influences from The Dirty Projectors to brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso. The band recently unveiled their debut album Through All Our Fears earlier this year after successfully raising over $5,000 via Kickstarter. Through their release, listeners came to witness the youthful passion that has defined violinist Joelle Britt and guitarist Bradley Rouen's relationship. The album plays as a soundtrack to an unfolding movie, as we watch the couble go through infatuation, betrayal, self-examination, and finally reconciliation.

"We are devoted to a happier, healthier Earth," the duo says. "We believe in the power of sound to soothe, empower, and enrich our lives; so it is a privilege to put our story into words and music and share it with the world."

The band is preparing to release two new music videos this spring, and have  just released the first in their cover series, a beautiful rendition of Bruno Mars' "Count On Me," which is also available for posting. Not a Bruno Mars fan? The band will be releasing a new cover each Tuesday at 7pm EST for fans to check out.

"Basta" Single Stream: https://soundcloud.com/azizaandthecure/basta-2

"Basta" Single Download: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t1oed34vsvc3i88/IHmGs-adMo/5%20Basta.aiff

"Walked Away" Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSPa9Nt0HeI

 Bruno Mars "Count On Me" Cover Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2bHuVlIEso

Social Media:

Facebook: facebook.com/azizaandthecure

Twitter: twitter.com/azizaandthecure

Youtube: youtube.com/user/azizaandthecure

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After buying my first drum-machine in about 1990, and making electronic music of many types from around then to 2003, life finally got on top of me and I stopped. Somehow I 'accidentally' moved to Poland and fell in love with a Polish girl, so here I still am.

Recently the bug bit again and I started dabbling with Ableton and edits of old disco tunes. That's how this track was born. I wasn't aiming to make a big banging house number, but as this thing started to take shape I decided not to fight it. I mean, at 46 I can't actually remember the last time I was dancing in a club, and although I still have a huge love for House music, nowadays I generally prefer something gentler and more soulful than I did in my younger years.

You've Got Magic was originally recorded in 1977 by the Rice and Beans Orchestra. Obviously it has its merits, most notably a gorgeous string phrase that pops up but once or twice in the original recording. But to modern ears the original is let down by a horribly cheesy chorus. All I had intended to do when I decided to re-edit this tune was get rid of the cheesiness and firm up the beats.

This is what I ended up with.

 

https://soundcloud.com/timberlake-mike/youve-got-magic-mike

This is my latest tune, taking things in a bit of a different direction from my previous downtempo songs with a more offbeat hip-hop beat arrangement and going more 4/4, but still a little wonky. I was really pleased with how my song 'Hyaline' turned out which is what prompted this new foray into  electronica. In future I'll look to continue both styles and diversify further. A free download of this and all my music is available on my Soundcloud.

I recently recorded a collection of songs which are short excursions in various musical styles. Sometimes starting with drums but also guitar or keyboards, I build the song up layer by layer, composing as I go. In this way, each song I record - though very different from each other - is a reflection of my songwriting method. Starting from scratch and adding found elements to the mixture.

Some of my main influences are Doo Wop, The Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa and Beck. My music has been described as sounding like Sunset Rubdown and Tame Impala with a pinch of Weezer.

Please listen to my music here:

http://davidcontin.bandcamp.com/

Or watch videos for some of my songs here:

Thank you,
David Contin

If you would like more biographical or track information please contact me.
[email protected]

books on fateUnder the guise of his throwback solo moniker Books On Fate, San Francisco artist Adam Dishart (formerly of the Catholic Comb) showcases both his ability to “capture the alienation and wistfulness of youth” and his evident fondness for late ‘80s / early ‘90s British indie-pop. 2012 nine-track album Memory is one of those records that, appealingly, nestles in the oft-coveted sweet spot between happy and sad, the epicentre of melancholy wrapped in a delicious pop package.

Woven in amongst the dreamy, vaulting vocals, moody drums and shimmering guitars you’ll hear distinct shades of Suede, The Smiths and The Cure, mingling to create a youthful, but overwhelmingly nostalgic, pop sound. As a singer Dishart is a rather unusual hybrid of Morrissey, The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie, an often faux-English accent tempered in its quieter moments by an unmistakable American twang.

Memory’s meandering bundle of well-constructed songs are soft, beguiling slices of new romantic indie, musing on the death of the past and the meaning and fragility of memory. “The saddest thing I know,” Dishart sings on ‘Two Forgets’, “is when someone you loved, you don’t love anymore”. Definitely one for tugging at the heartstrings when you’re wandering through corn-fields dreaming of lost loves.

Stream the album
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Never say never. A lifelong dream is coming to fruition right before our eyes for Jon Alkalay, Austin’s latest up and coming indie musician who’s spinning an eclectic mix of dance-pop that’s destined for the best playlists and club mixes around the country. Fresh off his first two singles and music videos for “Putting Myself First” and “GPS”, this is an artist on the precipice of explosion.

Born in Brazil and transplanted to the musical hotbed of Austin, Texas, Alkalay brought his international influences to America in hopes of carving out his own niche in the music business. Discouraged but not defeated by the collapse of the industry in 2003 brought on by internet piracy and downloading, his dream was put on ice for the next decade.

After hitting YouTube at the end of 2013 , Alkalay’s debut singles “Putting Myself First” and “GPS” immediately started racking up thousands of views from dance and electronica fans from around the globe. Influenced by a versatile range of artists such as Zedd, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Madonna, Adam Lambert, David Guetta and many others, his inspiration and affinity for crafting infectious and memorable hit leaves an immediate, lasting impression on the listener.

Alkalay wrote, produced and recorded on his own all of the 12 songs on his debut album. With designs on promoting the record at clubs around the country, “Putting Myself First” and “GPS” are just the fuses that has lit the beginning of a promising young career.

Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated on all of the latest news.

http://jonalkalay.com/

http://www.youtube.com/jalkalay

https://www.facebook.com/jalkalay

https://twitter.com/jon_alkalay

Never say never. A lifelong dream is coming to fruition right before our eyes for Jon Alkalay, Austin’s latest up and coming indie musician who’s spinning an eclectic mix of dance-pop that’s destined for the best playlists and club mixes around the country. Fresh off his first two singles and music videos for “Putting Myself First” and “GPS”, this is an artist on the precipice of explosion.

Born in Brazil and transplanted to the musical hotbed of Austin, Texas, Alkalay brought his international influences to America in hopes of carving out his own niche in the music business. Discouraged but not defeated by the collapse of the industry in 2003 brought on by internet piracy and downloading, his dream was put on ice for the next decade.

After hitting YouTube at the end of 2013 , Alkalay’s debut singles “Putting Myself First” and “GPS” immediately started racking up thousands of views from dance and electronica fans from around the globe. Influenced by a versatile range of artists such as Zedd, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Madonna, Adam Lambert, David Guetta and many others, his inspiration and affinity for crafting infectious and memorable hit leaves an immediate, lasting impression on the listener.

Alkalay wrote, produced and recorded on his own all of the 12 songs on his debut album. With designs on promoting the record at clubs around the country, “Putting Myself First” and “GPS” are just the fuses that has lit the beginning of a promising young career.

Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated on all of the latest news.

http://jonalkalay.com/

http://www.youtube.com/jalkalay

https://www.facebook.com/jalkalay

https://twitter.com/jon_alkalay

Robert Nix has just released his brand new 2014 album the rock/pop/experimental and aptly titled "Last Day On Earth" which finds Nix taking in some of the bleakness of modern day humanity with such tracks as the title,'The Fallen Dictator's Song',Life With Me' and 'Give It Up' among others.

The album is the 4th release by the Canadian native and is a completely 100% Nix production from start to finish with Nix writing/performing all tracks as well as acting as producer/recording engineer on the album .

When asked what is the most difficult part of the entire albummaking process Nix seems to consider all the elements(writing,recording,and mixing) to be equally challenging; Bono of U2 fame once said 'writing songs is as easy as walking down the street,writing good ones is not' and Nix seems to echo that sentiment as coming up with a decent track is indeed difficult but then the recording of that song is the next long hard challenge in this albummaking journey -trying to achieve perfection on each and every instrument and vocal...  ...then the mixing process for the track before mastering to CD is the final challenge for the one man unit so YES TO ALL seems to be the answer.

Two videos from the "Last Day On Earth" album have been posted to youtube; 'Give It Up

'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-3uZ7SgTBo  and 'Life With Me'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8n2GcWLDpI

For more info.on Robert Nix please visit his website:

http://www.robertnixcomposer.com/

 

WORLD5
“POP ROCK WITH A GLOBAL INFLUENCE”

Formed summer 2011, WORLD5 is the Pop-Rock band formed around lead singer and Grammy Award winner Pat Hunt.

WORLD5´s founding members and old friends, guitarist Steffen Goeres, saxophonist Stephan Goessl and drummer Raimund Breitfeld have played together since their teenage years. Although life and personal projects put them in different locations around the globe, they kept alive the desires of making music together over the years.Realizing that very long distances separate them physically but not musically, they recorded their first album "Global Experience" over 3 continents together with former members Don Bruner and Roland Childs.

The bands global influenced pop-rock sound drew the interest of Texans Pat Hunt and Randy Miller, who produced the bands first album, and they joined the band December 2012. June 2013 brought the departure of saxophonist Stephan Goessl and the arrival of Texan guitarist Joe Gavito. And so, the current World5 lineup is once again complete.
Pat Hunt, Randy Miller, and Joe Gavito have played and worked together as musicians, songwriters and producers for 30 years in the music business.

Pat has opened for acts such as Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle, The Temptations, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, The Spinners, George Jones and many more. Pat has also produced CD's for the American country icon Mickey Gilley of Urban Cowboy fame as well as reggae legend Johnny Nash. Pat was a finalist on the original Star Search.
He has co-written songs for Jennifer Holliday "I Never Thought I'd Fall In Love Again", "After She's Gone" for Mickey Gilley, and with Randy "Con Todo El Corazon" for the Grammy winning double platinum, international group La Mafia. Pat has played and arranged on five Grammy nominated CD's and won a Grammy.

Randy made his name as a producer for the Latin´s Super Group La Mafia, producing 4 Grammy winning albums and getting 16 Grammy nominations along the way. His client list includes Marc Anthony, Kings X, Goldie Hawn, Burt Bacharach and Laura C. Singer-songwriter Johnny Nash hired Randy to remix the classic ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ and is continuing to work on several new albums with him.

Originally a drummer, guitar has been Joe Gavito’s weapon of choice for virtually all of his professional life. Joe has been associated with Randy and Pat for years on the stage and in the studio, playing on projects by Mickey Gilley, Johnny Nash, Randy Miller, Pat Hunt, and many more. Joe has also performed on stage with The Original Texas Playboys, Ezra Charles and The Works, Charlie Pride, Mason Dixon, Frank Martin Gilligan, Larry Gatlin, Johnny Nash, BJ Thomas, The Platters, Israel Houghton and songwriters Alex Harvey, Whitey Schaffer and Freddie Powers.

WORLD5´s first new song , "Man Of Action " with Pat and Randy was released on the label MondoTunes and made it to the National Top 100 Airplay Chart shortly after it´s release.
The 2nd single "Maybe There´s A Way" was released in June followed by "Heartbeat Of The World" in october and Pat, Randy ,Steffen, Joe and Raimund are currently working on their brand new album, which they are looking forward to presenting to you.

WORLD5 are:
Pat Hunt: lead vocals, keyboards
Randy Miller: bass, vocals
Steffen Goeres: lead & acoustic guitars, trumpet, flugelhorn
Joe Gavito: electric guitars
Raimund Breitfeld: drums, percussion

Stream the music on Soudcloud

Visit the band: http://www.world5music.com

 

plastic yellow bandAs every day goes by, the music industry’s relentless march towards computer-generated, auto-tuned perfection fuels the fires of the opposition. There are those that seek to keep alive the authentic, organic sounds that began modern rock, and Gerald Jennings is most definitely one of them.

The founder, main writer, lead singer and creative driving force behind Plastic Yellow Band (modeled after John and Yoko’s Plastic Ono Band) is unapologetic about his fondness for The Way Things Used To Be. Inspired by “the tradition of an era when music wasn’t considered authentic unless it was composed and played by musicians”, Jennings’ material harks back to Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, classic Elton John and the solo material of both George Lennon and George Harrison (he also sports a rather natty yellow shoes / yellow strat combo, which in itself is enough to justify the band name).

PYB’s music is polished, accomplished and shot through with quality. Self-produced but part-mastered at Abbey Road, the album Breathe Air could have been Fed-Exed here from a bygone era, its sound retrospective but by no means staid, the occasional cheeky sitar or Indian drum adding a layer of Beatlesy exotica to the classic rock sound.

Jennings may have one eye on the past, but he’s looking forward at the same time. File on your music shelf under ‘New Classic Rock’.

Stream the EP
Soundcloud

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Official Website