Prince of Sweden // Cabaret

Twenty-eight year old, from south of London, Prince of Sweden grew up in the countryside, his main musical education came from his dad, and he learned the guitar from the boy with the strawberry farm opposite his house.

His latest single “Cabaret” is probably one of his most captivating releases that this talented artist has published to date. Sinuous and sometimes charming, through an approach to timeless songwriting, with “Cabaret” Sweden warms the listener’s soul with disarming simplicity, giving to us a rewarding and charismatic pop rock song, in which indie and melodic influences fade gently.

Through riffs and lyricisms that are far from trivial, Prince of Sweden sets up a musical aesthetic with a vaguely retro touch, sealed at the same time by the exquisiteness of the personal, unique and contemporary style that this artist exhibits with his soft, expressive and engaging vocal performance .

A creative, organic and permeating unicum, perfect underlining of the introverted and reflective text of the song itself.

Prince of Sweden‘s latest single “Cabaret” is already available on Soundcloud [ here ] and on Youtube [ here ].

To find out more about Prince Sweden, his music, and his upcoming venues dates, check out the following links:

The Great Dictators // “Killing Fields”

At first glance, the use of footage from the first half of the 20th century connects the visuals of “Killing Fields” to memories from the past of Western culture. But those memories are so deeply rooted in our collective background that the video ends up pointing in a not-too-subliminal way to aspects of our contemporary society.

The sound aesthetic of “Killing Fields” is a splendid auditive theater, characterized by a feeling of intimate melancholy, with a musical delivery and lyrics aimed at stimulating a sort of introspective and philosophical sense of reflection. But among the delicate, dark hues silhouetted by the disasters that afflict the world and fall on us and on today’s society, takes form a glimpse of hope, when the permeating voice of Dragut Lugalzagosi sings in the chorus “In between your gutted dreams, turn to me”.

This is how after the equally formidable previous release “By The Throat”, The Great Dictators give us a new bewitching work, capable of amalgamating in an articulated, granular and material groove their expressive music, elegant lyrics and evocative frames.

Pervasive and vibrant, albeit free from exaggerations or excesses, “Killing Fields” impeccably reflects the size and breadth of a puzzle, the union of the pieces of which forms an exceptional transversal conceptualization where the past meets the present.

Taken from their next album “One Eye Opener“, which will be released on April 17 via Celebration Records, with “Killing FieldsThe Great Dictators once more reaffirm the caliber of their stylistic signature, adding another unmissable gem to their incredible catalog of albums and EPs.

To keep in touch with The Great Dictators, and to find out more about their music, check these links:

Nandan Gautan // “The Divine Flaw”

Writer, composer and renowned yoga exponent from Baku, Nandan Gautam grew up in Bangalore, India. A graduate in liberal arts from McDaniel College, Maryland, USA, he then worked for a few years on the USA Today newspaper. Back in India, he devoted twenty years of his life to the study of yoga and meditation under the spiritual master Bharat Thakur.

Transversal and capable of grasping the deepest essence of being, in developing his creative acts Nandan is perfectly at ease remaining in delicate suspension on a swinging but never unstable balance that is pulsating, immersive and transcendental.

Sophisticated, reflective and at the same time extroverted, Nandan’s latest musical work, “The Divine Flaw”, is way more than a mere stylistic exercise of assembling assonances and dissonances. Composed of 11 meditative tracks, the entire album is the reflection of the binomial between the depth and the boundless greatness of human introspection.

Through long guitar solos, piano and ethereal vocalizations, in “The Divine Flaw” Gautam weaves metaphysical plots, that, net-like, capture us and make us sink into immersive sound scenarios, and then turn into flying carpets that take us in flight through boundless galaxies. Over 1 hour of listening, through which we are led to uncontaminated spaces, dark realms, and the myriad of folds that are hidden within that vast universe inherent within each of us.

To better understand the essence of this creation, we reached Gautam for a short interview. Read on to know more.

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Nandan Gautam

Q: “The Divine Flaw” is your second album linked to a metaphysical novel. How did this concept come about and how are album and novel connected to each other?

A: They say that a story takes its shape and form not only from the content but from the language in which it is communicated. For example, the same exact sentence in Spanish and English will communicate a slightly different meaning to the listener. So when we talk about two entirely different kinds of languages – one in which the symbols (words) point to another reality, and one in which the musical notes point to an emotional state or a state of mind, we get two completely different reactions. You could say that the novel is the sequence of events that took place, either in reality or in my imagination. It tells you what happened, like a film or a documentary. And the music represents the emotional, spiritual and at a deeper level, the vibrational states of the characters. Sadness is a specific emotion linked to a specific frequency. Happiness and joy is yet another frequency. And then there are all the ones in between and some even beyond these emotions! I wanted to bring it all together by telling the listener what happens to the soul, not just the body or the mind…

Q: What are the inspirations and aspirations behind “The Divine Flaw”?

A: The two words ‘Divine’ and ‘Flaw’ are sort of paradoxical. Because divinity implies perfection. And flaw implies imperfection. But is there a place where these two opposites can meet? Are these imperfections part of a grander state of perfection. Can chaos and order exist simultaneously and even feed off each other? Can one be madly jealous and also be truly in love with someone? Or is that impossible? This is the greater theme that runs across not only the album but also the novel.

Q: In “The Divine Flaw” there are many guest artists. Can you tell us about them, who they are and how it was working with them?

A: It was nothing but a privilege to work with these master musicians and composers who literally changed the face of modern music. It makes me believe in miracles… and its very very humbling. Rainer Brüninghaus was part of the group Colours formed by bassist Eberhard Weber, who was probably one of two bassists who changed the way we think about the bass back in the 70’s. (The other being Jaco Pastorius obviously). Rainer’s piano playing combines elements of classical music and jazz that I believe only two pianists truly ever achieved (The other being Lyle Mays who passed away just a few days ago). These two don’t get nearly the amount of attention they deserve because you can’t put them in a box easily. Tom Schuman is co-leader of the best selling jazz fusion group Spyro Gyra, which I think is single handedly responsible for combining jazz and pop music back in the 70’s and 80’s – they sold over 10 million copies without using any vocals! Tom is a genius at melody, improvisation and composition. Antonio Sanchez is probably one of the best drummers in the world right now. He won a Grammy award for Birdman where the entire soundtrack is composed and performed by him. He also plays drums with Pat Metheny a jazz guitarist who is a modern day Mozart of composition and improvisation. Chad Wackerman is a rare breed of drummers who sounds like a rock drummer but plays like a jazz drummer. He has played with giants like Frank Zappa and Allan Holdsworth who influenced a generation of guitarists. Working with them was incredible and it showed me exactly why they are who they are. The understand the language of music so intimately, so well that it was almost effortless for their genius to naturally take form, no matter what kind of music you present to them. They were all incredibly generous with their time and their desire to give their best to a small project like mine. Additionally several of my friends who are incredible players like Tony Das, Ilia Maisuradze, Amit Heri, Ananth Menon and Sabit Memmedov added so much to the music with their solos and their sonic textures. They trusted a non-musician like me to do something good. I owe them a lot.

Q: Creating music is a rather complex and sophisticated creative process. How do you manage to create your music, despite having no knowledge of music theory?

A: In my case it arose out of necessity – I simply wasn’t able to become a musician. I lacked the basic skills and I hated practicing. Even now my left and right hand cannot work together easily. As a teenager I was extremely impatient and the moment I realized I could not be a musician I simply quit (after several attempts!). But because that energy was inside me I listened to music like a mad man. I would spend 6-8 hours a day, 365 days a year, listening to Pat Metheny, Steely Dan, Allan Holdworth, John Abercrombie, Oregon, Sting, XTC, Joni Mitchell, A.R. Rahman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy – everything ranging from rock to jazz to pop. Then one day three years ago, I opened up Garage Band and said to myself ‘I’m going to make music and I will find a way to do it.’ I started looking at chords as colors and melodies as lines over those colors. I was forced to bypass the entire system. It’s as if you gave a caveman in the pre-historical times a keyboard, a microphone and a laptop. What would he do and how would he approach it. He would have to find his own music theory!

Yes, music is a complex and sophisticated process, but I believe there are many ways to approach it. In India (where I’m from) classical music is passed on orally and barely anything is written down. The emphasis is on improvisation and composition is merely a tool. There is no harmony, no chords. But the rhythms are incredibly complex. In western music the foundation is essentially harmony – which is the result of two or more different notes played at the same time. But at the end of the day I am just a listener, listening to myself as I play around with different sounds, waiting for some magic to happen. And when it does, I hit the record button and that’s it. I have that one idea to build upon. And it shows me the way forward. Everything else finds its place in and around it – the drums, the textures, the solos and the voices… it’s nothing short of magic when I finally hear my own creation. I can’t quite believe it. Many years ago I happened to meet the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar (I was teaching his wife yoga at the time). He asked me to play a few notes on the guitar, and for some reason I picked it up and feebly tried to play what little I knew. It was the worst day of my life because we all knew that it was utter rubbish. Still he put his hand on my head and said with a kind smile ‘God bless you my son.’ It was a shattering experience. That’s the day I vowed never to attempt to play an instrument again. But somehow the universe showed me a way 10-15 years later. Music is a divine force. One has to be silent, meditative and receptive… And the blessings of a master can create miracles I believe… That’s possibly the more likely scenario!

Listen now to “The Divine Flaw”, the latest album from Nandan Gautam, available on Spotify [ here ], and check these links to find out more about his music:

Emmy’Anna // “What Is It About Boys”

A number with an engaging beat that is her new means to show her versatility to the world.

Young and talented, Emmy’Anna is a young independent singer-songwriter who is building her path in the world of music. She loves composing music, having ventured into this creative field since her childhood: in fact, Emmy’Anna began writing lyrics at the tender age of 8, and she’s been rapping since she was thirteen years old.

In the wake of her previous releases, Emmy’Anna continues to grow and impress her audience with songs capable of attracting the attention of each listener, providing increasingly interesting productions with each of her releases. Her latest single, titled “What Is It About Boys“, is an energizing and engaging number, kept in motion by a beat with a gripping groove, on which develops a catchy melody that is remarkable for the balanced use of vocoder, just enough for further characterizing Emmy’Anna‘s vocal performance.

If there’s an artist from the whole of the hip-hop scene, not just from the female side, that you want to keep an eye on, surely it’s Emmy’Anna.

Listen now to “What Is It About Boys“, the latest single from Emmy’Anna, already available on Spotify [ here ], and find out more about her music on:

Interviewing Synt@x

Synt@x is a duo formed by mysterious hacktivist DJs who have studied, compiled, infused and innovated techno music with their personal touch all over the world.

We recently contacted them for a brief interview, in the hope of being able to unravel the halo of mystery that surrounds this creative duo and learn more about their music. Keep on reading to know more!

Q: Hi Synt@x, thank you for joining us for this interview. Is there any secret about you that we can disclose to our readers? Anything about your background?
A: We do not believe in or support any laws or societal formalities.

Q: We were born into the Anonymous Hacktivist subculture.
A: Whenever we need an Identity for any reason. We create one, then delete it. Same with most aspects of the culture we choose to be in at any moment.

Q: How did you manage to make a name for yourself on the techno scene?
A: We are not sure we have made a “name” in the context you are implying. Our messages are more important than our names and egos.

Q: What do you think makes uniquely yours your creative approach and the style of music you produce?
A: True uniqueness is virtually impossible.

Q: Culture or counterculture?
A: “counterculture“

Q: Where do you feel you can best express your creative vision?
A: Which one? We have many of those, always evolving…

Q: Your productions are particularly elusive, something to enjoy right now, as the next day they might be removed. What is the meaning and the result of this choice?
A: There are several reasons for this. Part is due to our inability to release our identities and formatted technical details to the companies that request them. So, they remove the content.
On an artistic aspect, we adhere to a Buddhist philosophy, that teaches people to appreciate the moment you are in. The future is not always a guarantee for anything. Whether it be our lives, or our music.

To Find out more about Synt@x and their music, follow them on Facebook [ here ] and subscribe to their Youtube channel [ here ].

Swerve God // “10 Cents”

Born in Virginia Beach, VA, Swerve God has been working in the music industry for about 14 years. Currently serving in the United States Army, Swerve’s has been the opening act for many artists, such as MGK, Super Duper Kyle, ASAP Ferg, Aaron Carter and Ashanti.

Now Swerve God is back on the scene with a new release, his third single titled “10 Cents”, a hip-hop number in which he mixes his unique lyrical flow with R&B vibrations and trap sounds.

From the punch of the beats, to the softness of Swerve God‘s vocal performance, contrasted with the wide use of vocoder, in “10 Cents” this artist exhibits the most mature version of his creativity, in which the gleanings, the flow of melodies and the oversaturation of the kick concur in unison to highlight the personal vision inherent in the style of Swerve God.

Find out more about Swerve God: listen now to his latest single “10 Cents”, already available on Spotify [ here ] and follow him on Instagram [ here ].

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Flyguytk // “Party With The Demons”

From Oakland, California, emerging hip-hop artist Flyguytk recently dropped his debut single titled “Party With The Demons“. Although it is a first release, this track colored by visionary and gloomy sound atmospheres allows Flyguytk to show off his artistic signature and his transversal style.

Undoubtedly “Party With The Demons” has an evocative texture, with an unconventional sound aesthetic. With particularly subdued vocals, the Flyguytk‘s voice is confused between reverberations and a saturated sound spectrum, to exchange roles in the part of the more rhythmic flow with the performance exhibited by his older brother, Jk4theplay, all pervaded by a profuse use of vocoder.

In its refined, warm and immersive way, “Party With The Demons” has a deep lower part that you can really feel reverberate in your chest, pulsating and soft with each beat, counterbalanced by percussions in the high range that help the song go forward, with the voices of the two artists lying in the middle, while the synths of the beat corroborate the remaining space in the mix.

Listen now to “Party With The Demons“, debut single from  Flyguytk, which is available on Spotify [ here ].

To find out more about Flyguytk, follow him on Instagram [ here ] and Twitter [ here ].

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Dubgee // “Let the Music Heal Me”

In a sea of rap music that speaks of violence and misogyny, Dubgee emerges with his single “Let the Music Heal Me“, and amazes with a stellar production about what makes music special for all of us.

Music is undoubtedly something that may make us feel good about ourselves and thus be one of the most effective therapeutic tools. Dubgee reminds us of this with this engaging number, a quality production worthy of all our attention and exquisitely consistent with the musical delivery of the song itself.

Taken from “Truth“, Dubgee‘s equally unmissable latest album, “Let the Music Heal Me” is not only an uplifting positive message, of the kind that slips under your skin and makes you sing, dance, let go and express yourself. Through an impeccable mix and mastering, “Let the Music Heal Me” presents a truly formidable use of the stereophonic image, with split vocal lines blended along whispered verses, while all the rest of the arrangement works in a crystalline and intelligible outline where every single element of the sound spectrum is the perfect place.

Let the Music Heal Me” is already available for streaming on Spotify [ here ], accompanied by a video available on Youtube [ here ], shot during the last day Dubgee spent in Cuba, which sees him focused on absorbing those relaxing, healing vibrations the song is all about.

To find out more about Dubgee and his music, check the link below:

Dubgee // "Truth" - album cover

Juan Sánchez // “Rebirth”

From Spanish producer, pianist, and composer Juan Sanchez comes “Rebirth“, a beautiful release made up of 9 neo-classical, ambient and new age piano pieces of formidable expressiveness.

Based in Barcelona, at 14 Sanchez started taking piano lessons at the conservatory. He played with several bands between the ’80s and ’90s, and has been composing electronic instrumental music since 1999, creating music for multimedia and sound libraries for music producers.

Through delicate melodies and fluent phrasing, each song on “Rebirth” represents a poetic, emotional and enveloping parenthesis in which an amazing richness of colors and shades is enhanced with depth and dynamics.

Sanchez managed to get his very special uniqueness of sound by recording each track with a different piano, in a different recording studio. With formidable attention to detail, grace, and intelligence, he chose to include the characteristic noises produced by the different types of piano he played, as well as the rustling of the different studios in which he recorded. This is how the percussive touch of the hammers and the return “clack” of the sustain pedal or keyboard keys become fundamental and characterizing components of the timbre of the notes played.

Stunning and with a boundless imaginative opening, “Rebirth” will accompany you on an emotional journey, which will be enriched with new details with each listening, which will accompany you time after time towards new, deep and inspired perspectives.

Listen now to “Rebirth“, the latest release from Juan Sanchez, which is available on Spotify [ here ], and find out more about his music on his official website juansanchezmusic.info.

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Lamont Barz // “Worked Hard For It”

Born in Rochester, NY and raised in Niagara Falls, Lamont Barz is a hip-hop artist who is making a name for himself on the music scene.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Albany. While on campus, he performed at various open mics and joined the collective music group “Starving Artist”, slowly but steadily growing his reputation.

Although he’s currently still working in the accounting field, Lamont Barz continues to cultivate his love for hip-hop, inspired by artists such as 50 Cent and Ludacris. Strengthened by his prolific creativity, Barz defines himself as “relentless in trying to tell the best stories, in a creative and fun way, without swearing or cursing.”

After 6 months of hard work, today Lamont Barz presents to us one of his latest releases. We are talking about “Worked Hard For It“, a single with a fitting and self-explanatory title, the result of the search for perfection that Lamont has carried out to date.

Worked Hard For It” is a number through which Barz gives us good vibes reminiscing of classic hip-hop. It certainly is one of the best songs he has produced to date, not just for the quality of the production, and this has garnered him a lot of positive feedback, not only from his fanbase.

Listen now to “Worked Hard For It” available on Soundcloud [ here ] and follow Lamont Barz on Facebook [ here ]

 
 
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