In his quest toward releasing 100 songs Vinyl-State’s latest offering is an interestingly ambiguous existential jam. Questioning a situation, relationship, or simply nature over sparse groovy surf-Rock instrumentation is an interesting combination for a catchy track that boasts depth, originality, and feeling. Soothing guitar riffs expand into infinity over top a driving drum beat that keeps time as the instrumental subtly evolves leaving an airy ambient pocket for electrifying guitar solos. ‘Ticking Days’ is much more than a one off single, it is a hypnotic tune that keeps the listener in a trance while melding the philosophical with the fun, a track that is perfect for both deep listening and surface level nonchalant bliss.
Lenken details an intimacy of connection over a pristine Pop instrumental that combines elements of Soul and R&B. More than a superficial love ballad Lenken’s latest single ‘Into Mine’ is an ode to deep limitless love. Stating the song is “about the deeper connection of a relationship. The intertwining of two souls. Feeding off each other in terms of energies.” Over energetic chords, subtle percussion that progresses to a crescendo of Trap and Hip-Hop hi hats, snares and snaps during the chorus, lush piano chords during an acoustic bridge, and harmonious melodies Lenken creates the feeling of pure joy and ecstasy. The perfect tune for any occasion Lenken’s keen ear for melody, song structure and relatable content make ‘Into Mine’ and immediate single masterpiece.
Off an intricately constructed instrumental Phi Of Khem crafts an introspective single. An intoxicating piano melody dissipates into the distance as a deep pulsating bass descends down and dance heavy guitar riffs and drums accompany the groove in a slowed down nod to disco. Lyrically ‘Back Home’ is deep and delivered with an honesty that is raw and revealing. Phi’s extensive EDM knowledge coupled with various reaching outer influences is the perfect recipe for a single that is creative, candid and climactic.
Odi-Unknown has a knack for crafting instant anthems. ‘Rudemon’ with production by Cashmoney AP boasts an unforgettable hook, witty lyrics, and street wisdom. Combining the allure of street life with crossover appeal, memorability and a relatable delivery Odi-Unknown has the makings of an instant sensation. ‘Fiend’ shows a varying versatility that can’t be faked. An authentic talent tangent that borderlines slow jam while retaining a roughness necessary for rider music. The brashly titled ‘Niggas Aint Shit’ is ironically lush and infatuating with an intricate R&B bassline, mid-tempo Trap drums, and sung delivery that displays a non-daft awareness for adaptability. Precisely crafting a smooth single that is perfect for any occasion while maintaining an authenticity that is cemented in the previous songs. While not only making the move to the Hollywood Hills from Boston, MA Odi-Unknown is currently at work on his ‘Hollywood Hills’ EP. ‘Arcade’ another single set to feature on the EP is a lavish release that is an ambient, atmospheric, transcendent take on R&B. Muted, mellow and all around magnificent ‘Arcade’, and all previously released singles, are an amazing display of art and a great glimpse into what’s coming with the anticipated ‘Hollywood Hills’ EP.
Doug Gould is a vast vault of musical knowledge. The composer, arranger, solo pianist, session musician, accompanist and educator with a breadth of musical wisdom has stretched out his services to create music for other artists. The Grammy nominated Doug Gould, who was trained in classical piano at the Royal College of Music by leading international artists Kendall Taylor and Yonty Solomon, offers a multitude of unmatched musical services. Piano lessons, music analysis, song writing sessions and ear training are all avenues mastered by Doug and now available for earnest budding musicians everywhere. ‘The best ears in the business’ are eager to guide, as an accomplished improviser in all genres Doug offers his tremendous talents on DougGouldMusic.com. His latest project is an awe inspiring re-imagining of the entire Beatles songbook, all 196 songs appearing in a solo piano improvisation stretching to nearly an hour.