Euqla’s latest release is a mind-bending psychedelic single. ‘When I’m Tripping’ is a self explanatory sonic hallucination. Beginning with distorted synths glitching ad infinitum Euqla kicks off the journey with an audio pump-fake that leads to beautiful chords, angelic synths, deep distorted bass and robotic non-syncopated stuttering hi hats. The percussion is triggered in and out in an inhuman fashion that accents each hit and amplifies the beat. The official music video is equally transcendent with kaleidoscope visuals that mirror the audio prism of sound that makes up ‘When I’m Tripping’. The visuals and instrumental come together to showcase Euqla’s mastery over crafting and commanding a mood. ‘When I’m Tripping’ truly takes the listener on a fantastic voyage, shifting and bending in hyper-drive, only allowing time for reflection when the trip comes to a sudden halt just under a minute and a half. The sober silence at the end is just enough to leave ever listener ready for another hit and eager to restart the journey again right away.
ALNTN returns after a 5 year hiatus with a monstrous new EP ‘Tactical Disorder’. The opener ‘The Blue Hand’ kicks off the album with sinister Thrash. A trudging bassline, and hard hitting drums blend together with a captivating chorus and an electrifying guitar solo. The mood is slightly altered with ‘Obstruction’ sonically more light and airy with a vocal performance that is as raw and unfiltered as one gets. ‘Cold Harbor’ continues the EP with a somber tinge, a mixture of aggression and delicacy. Each track has a life of it’s own and an individual soul with an underlying sonic awareness that connects them all. The finale ‘Twisted’ brings the energy back full circle with darker tones, harder riffs and another vocal deliver that stretches the voice to the limits of sanity. ‘Tactical Disorder’ in 4 songs covers massive ground and hits a variety of emotions and moods all with an authenticity that is immediately palpable.
Johnny Crown’s latest single ‘Marilyn Monroe’ showcases many varying elements. With an instrumental that combines the modern era with the 1950’s sonics of Marilyn Monroe’s time using deep booming 808 bass, snapping rapid fire hi hats, and crisp claps juxtaposed against a Jazz Age horn section, scat vocals looped, and vintage strings. The content is just as intricate, detailing a damsel in emotional distress searching for love in all the wrong places. Johnny Crown’s slick delivery is perfect for unveiling the story with witty one liners and graphic visuals he paints the picture perfectly over top a soundscape that is the foundation for a party anthem. ‘Marilyn Monroe’ is the perfect combination of what is needed to make any track stand out and last the test of time, it is both equal in depth and immediate impact.
Renowned Jazz bassist Jason Jenkins’ latest album is a heartfelt masterpiece. Striking an emotional chord akin to the golden era of Jazz his latest album ‘Blues & Synonyms’ is a fresh offering of a timeless sound. Almost anachronistic in 2023 Jason Jenkins in nine tracks rivals Wes Montgomery, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and more as opposed to competing with current day contemporaries. The lush guitar work on ‘Dear Old Stockholm’ and ‘Once I Loved’ connects with the listener on an emotional level. Keeping with the golden era quality stance the 1954 Sonny Rollins Jazz standard ‘Airegin’ gets a beautifully raw reincarnation more than half a century later re-envisioned through the perspective of Jason Jenkins. The upbeat post bebop swing and fast paced rhythms shine throughout ‘Blues & Synonyms’. The blues elements are just as profound, the album opener ‘Bluesville’ has an intoxicating slow drag swing underneath a catchy horn segment followed by a riveting piano solo. Every element on the album hits it’s mark right on the head and leaves the listener in musical bliss. Jason Jenkins’ knowledge and understanding of the genre are unmatched and the ability to display each idea is done with a flawless ease that is booth soothing and captivating to the ear.
Sam Art’s latest EP ‘Reflections’ kicks off with the lush and dreamy track ‘To Sleep’. Her falsetto floats above an atmospheric piano melody, distant percussion, and warm bass. Fuzzy guitar feedback dissipates into the background as the proceeding track ‘Time To Part’ begins to expand. The whimsical mood continues with a sing-a-long chorus that pushes through mid-song in Sam Art’s signature vocal delivery. Her poetic lyrics sprinkle each track, a unique approach to every subject. ‘Fell To Earth’ concludes the project and teeters between soft, mellow, mute and strong, upbeat, and uproarious. The push and pull between these two energies make for a stand out anthem on ‘Reflections’. The most somber mood is ‘Lovers Potion’ making the entire EP feel like a spacious lucid dream, Sam Art stamps the entire project with a sonic soundscape that is tangible as well as an ever present happy hallucination.