We're super-pleased to welcome Penelope Darling back to Sound Read today to showcase her latest single, All In. Taken from her forthcoming Blossom EP, the track radiates with her genuine love for all kinds of music. With a definitive sound, Penelope Darling is reaching ever taller heights with her much-loved music. She's enjoying radio play all over the world including the Deuce Radio Show, which reaches multiple audiences across several stations, this latest offering lets us know exactly how good Blossom is about to be.
The music begins with synthesiser that reminds me of Pink Floyd. A seductive rhythm rattles from the speakers before Penelope begins to sing. The deep and melancholy intro offers us a unique edge before the music begins to rise with rhythms. The drums return as the melody reaches new highs and a fluid kinesis draws the lyrics forward. Poetic and repeatable lines form walls of emotion as RnB mixing slow-burns with bass and harmony.
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We welcome Nicky Rubin back to Alternative Fruit for today's single in review. Having travelled the world and spend a lot of time in third-word countries, Nicky Rubin has turned a battered old guitar into a music career. His messages convey the many voices he has met along the way and with his privileged situation in the UK is putting to the best use he can with his set of skills. That's the ethic behind Alternative Fruit as well, so we really like what Nicky Rubin is doing here.
The music begins with a pulsing bass. Poetic lyrics almost rap the first verse as a synthesiser begins to swell with melodic intent. 80S inspired synth-pop fills lift the music into its airspace as the progression builds up and washes down in neat and easy to remember sections. It's about the feeling of being unseen in the world, where people turn their gaze because what you are hurts them to much, the loneliness of being just one in a crowd of many. Keep your powder dry, a repeated line that to me says don't get wet. Be strong.
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Summer With You
It's another great song from Aimee Broom in review today. This Safo Music Group artist has brought together quality composition and a sensational voice to propel her into a musical future. Now with Summer With You, we're given an anchor for the memories that will form from our recent season. We all have memories of summer and the people we spent it with. She's had 80,000 hits already for her song Love Me Hate Me and looks to gain many more over the next few months.
The music opens with a sampled melody that frames a tone and time. Aimee Broom starts singing, her friendly and easy-going voice hits perfect melody as she begins the story. Rhythm and percussion add a spray of brightly defined music as the chorus rises and blossoms. Synthesiser bass gives a pulse that provides lift as Aimee delivers her reminiscent memories to a beautiful tune.
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No Place Like Home
Welcome to the world of Mario Anastasiades. With a show-stopping career already, having toured the nation and appeared on TV shows such as Ugly Betty, Mario Anastasiades is back on the radio with No Place Like Home. A definitive musician with a reputation for passion and class, Anastasiades connects to his listeners with lyrics about freedom and injustice.
A melodic introduction begins with tuneful twin guitars that twiddle and flex on chord pattern melodies. Mario Anastasiades begins his singing, soulful and close words slide from the stereo in creamy meanders. Heartfelt and meaningful lyrics build in emotive potential as the music evolves, strings join in with the guitar to add a flush of timbre. Twills and harmonics tingle along steel string guitars gently plucked while intimate singing draws us in.
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Time Is Now
Making big waves on the UK rock scene and beyond are this group of five Australians and one Brit. They just happened to meet up one day and decided to play music together. Anything could have happened, thankfully it turned out they were all super-hot musicians. The end result of much practice and group bonding is Harriet Comfort, a name of an unknown previous tenant at their East London flat. This sextet of rising-stars have already had attention from Classic Rock Magazine and several popular radio stations.
Time Is Now begins like a Black Sabbath song. It gallops into our ears on a quick guitar rhythm. Powerful female vocals holler the words along the running commentary of drums, bass, and guitar. Great palm muted chord riffs work to prop the rhythmic motion while open chords add a layer of energy to the solid chorus. It's a call to rebellion, a lift from the floor, and a message to the world.
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Don't You Worry About A Thing
We're back in the professional hands of SAFO Music Group today, where Dan Silver went to record and produce his latest single. As you may remember, this is where Sam Smith and Pixie Lott have composed some of their classic material. Dan Silver has a passion for life, people, and music, much like Alternative Fruit, and this shows with his song-writing. Perhaps the best thing we could say right now, as August 2020 falls to a close is Don't You Worry About A Thing. It echoes the words of Bob Marley yet I have a feeling the music is an echo of something else entirely.
It begins with a lush synthesiser that shines with droplets of harmony. Dan Silver begins to sing straight away. As his verse builds, a rhythm is added at just the right moment then piano chords beat down a melodic tempo. A dance groove is unfurled like a jolly-roger as the boat soars out of the harbour. We just keep bopping our heads as affirmative and uplifting vocal lines mash with the irresistible tempo. Don't You Worry About A Thing by Dan Silver will make you happy when it turns up on the playlist.
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At just twelve years old, Mia-Le features in Alternative Fruit today. Since writing her first proper song at the age of seven and winning a songwriting competition two years later, Mia-Le has been propelled into music. Her clear and obvious talent involves intelligent lyrics, emotional compositions, with a beautiful and complex voice. Her new video, Sometimes, is receiving acclaim and air-time the world over.
The video begins with Mia-Le walking through a wooded area and into an abandoned building. Piano and vocal then spring from the silence. Mia-Le sings in beautiful and resonant melodies that span entire ranges. Synthesiser adds a sprinkling of modernity before rhythm and vocal effect push the mix right into the now. Delicate percussion builds energy beneath evolutionary composition and story-telling. The song floats like ice-cream on a glass of ice-cold coke.
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Have The Sun Lick Your Mind
Stockholm psychedelia band Marble Mammoth are in review today. Since their formation not so long ago, this group of established musicians have begun their mind-bending sonic journey. With experience most only dream of, including playing with the Libertines, Mike Davis, and Dollhouse, these guys are sure to have something incredibly special indeed.
With a slurry of mashed-up drums, the song begins. A guitar and normalised rhythm then hits us with a wavery sonic mirage. Vocals enter and the fuzzy distortion that frames the phonics brings on a truly psychedelic atmosphere. A chorus rises with piano tones and quick lines with extra melodic flurry. Adjustments in the angle of ascent give each section a unique character. Guitar rages in a sleek solo which bounces and warbles on the digging drive. The music ends with a vocal section that's bound to be great at live sections, repeating words asking us to free our mind make this song emotional and epic.
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Bad Enough (Feat. Asaka The Renegade)
Let's go to Detroit and get an earful of the rap-hip-hop scene's newest sound in the guise of Jashar. His unique and well-sculpted delivery style sits firmly on the solid foundations laid before and builds upwards and outwards at the same time. There are other genres and techniques in nearby corners which quickly become the pillars of fortune. Bad Enough is the latest offering, and it's part of the 200,000 + streams this attention grabbing star has to date.
The music starts with a vocal that builds from a bed of distortion and effect. Various tones unleash wholesome harmonies which resonate along a groove. Drums rattle and bump in a smooth avenue while poetic verse lines walk hand in hand through emotive and masculine feelings. A spoken section mirrors an r'n'b melody which bounces like helium balloons with heavy string. As the music draws to a close, a female voice is added to the mix, which mirrors the emotions and adds a musical twist.
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