Joey Flats Delivers a Hit with “WASTED”

Joey Flats’ latest track “WASTED” is a surprising departure from the rapper’s previous work. Tapping into an alternative rock nerve, the song’s electric sounds and heartfelt vibes will delight dedicated fans and newcomers alike. Check out the song below:

“WASTED” is a well composed song with catchy hooks, clean guitars and fluid vocals all wrapped up in top-notch production. The immersive lyrics give a sense of desperation, which leads to multiple listens, leaving a lasting impact on the listener. The words capture a moment in a relationship and exposes the vulnerability we feel when we depend on others.

It’s always interesting to hear an artist create music in different genres. The clear production and vocal overlays found in rap and Hip-Hop come through here nicely and show that distortion and soaring guitar solos aren’t always needed to make a solid rock song. The overall sound of this track would not be out of place in a skate-pop-punk mixtape. If you’re looking for fast, youthful and awesome, look no further than “WASTED.”

We look forward to hearing more from Joey Flats and we’re curious to see what genre he jumps into next. To see and hear more of Joey, click here.

Groovy Uncle – “A Clip Round the Ear” (Album Review)

Located in South East England you’ll find the Medway-based group Groovy Uncle, and they’re back again with the release of their sixth album “A Clip Round the Ear.” The album serves as a nostalgic trip to the 60s for those who remember the era as well as serving as a gateway drug for a new generation to discover that sound for themselves. However, Groovy Uncle isn’t just here to re-create songs from the past for the sake of going down memory lane, but rather using the classic sounds and old-school style songwriting as a springboard into new uncharted territories topped off with a shiny polish for contemporary audiences.

Groovy Uncle is the moniker of singer-songwriter, arranger and guitarist Glenn Prangnell who has surrounded himself with a revolver door of talents through previous albums for a surprise with each release. For “A Clip Round the Ear,” Nick Rice (bass), Mole Lambert (drums) and a full cast of other talented musicians fill out the record with the most notable collaboration being that of vocalist Suzi Chunk, whose flavorful delivery on many of the tracks becomes the main attraction against the backdrop of soulful, energetic and sometimes raw songs found on the record.

“Mrs Saywell Says” opens the album with garage rock optimism by incorporating a catchy chorus, clear groove basslines and Beach Boys-styled guitars that combine into a fun pop song dipped into a vat of lyrical quirkiness. Glenn’s inspiration for this track’s lyrics stem from his parent’s tales of a real life infant school teacher called Mrs. Saywell in the 1930s and 40s who used the classroom’s open coal fire to heat up her rear end. This highlights Glenn’s ability of taking peculiar situations and creating a narrative consisting of memorable characters that are easy to latch onto and cleverly bringing the album to life in the process.

The nods to the 60s and 70s as an influence are especially notable on “Our Gary’s No Fool,” which is seemingly a lost Beatles track featuring John Lennon at the helm. Other songs such as “The Moon and Back” evoke memories of The Clash with its sassy, fun, and rocking sound that is perfect for blasting loud from a convertible in the neighborhood to enrage those still sleeping at dawn. The guitar solo completes the energetic tune and it’s a stand-out track off the album.

Other songs such as “I Thought It Was About Time,” “The Scheme of Things” and “I Really Wouldn’t Know How” are softer and offer an introspective Jazzy experience filled with sophistication and candor. These songs would not sound out of place coming out of a diner’s jukebox from the golden era. Suzi really displays her talent here in delivering emotion as well as articulating the meaning behind the songs and her boldness and vitality take Groovy Uncle to the next level.

The upbeat rocker “Oil and Colour Man” dives into an interesting narrative that applies the album’s title in its lyrics. The song takes inspiration from Glenn’s memories of a man back in the day who would sell items such as soap and lipstick around the neighborhood. The story in the lyrics is the definite highlight of the song and the spoken words and laughter by James Worse adds humor and a touch of distinctiveness. Listeners can truly visualize the character in the song, but it’s your decision to either feel pity or sympathize with this zany man.

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The rest of the songs on the album are either rocking with the occasional use of horns, or slower-paced with sing-a-long melodies that have clear, purposeful vocals, a tight rhythm section and solid production. “A Clip Round the Ear” is ultimately for those seeking a glimpse into a simpler time through light-hearted snippets about not-so-ordinary people told in catchy songs that will get you off your seat and dancing the night away. All the song are short bursts of energy and accessible for newcomers to the genre. If you’re looking for a classic sound injected with experienced yet always curious talent, look no further than Groovy Uncle’s “A Clip Round the Ear.”

The album is available on limited edition green vinyl and CD and is available from groovy-uncle.co.uk and iTunes. Like them out on Facebook.

Listen to ash.ØK New Single “The Unraveled”

A new single by Philadelphia producer ash.ØK titled “The Unraveled” has dropped for all us indie electronica fans off his upcoming album due out January 19. Check out the video below:

The single features Texas-based singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe on vocals with the video directed by Patrick Mason. The album is a melting pot of different musical genres, from electronica, trap, hip-hop, folk, blues, and ambient that all come together to form a unique, cohesive sonic journey.

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Image via ash.ØK

The collaborations on the album include a wide-ranging musical spectrum of artistry to include Kid Moxie, Grammy-nominated cellist, Tina Guo (Wonder Woman, Foo Fighters, Stevie Wonder), Chrysanthe Tan (Ariana Grande, Bastille, Alicia Keys), and Kaly (Buzzfeed’s Top 13 South Asian rappers) among others. The album was engineered by Grammy award-winner, Jeff Chestak (Kanye West, TI, R Kelly) and Ryan Schwabe (MIA, Ellie Goulding, Baauer).

Check out more of ash.ØK on Twitter, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, and his official site.

Emily Curtis’ New Single “Battleshade”

Charleston SC based musician, Emily Curtis has released her new soul pop single “Battleshade” off her upcoming EP titled “Hindsight” coming out Nov. 10. Check out the single here:

The video, directed by Chris Viera, scenes flash between the many sides that comprise a woman: insecurity, comparison, liberation, frustration, confidence and beauty. The lyrics in “Battleshade” is a rallying call for all women who have dealt with discrimination and was written by Curtis as a response to her own insecurities about pursuing music. She said, “Remember me. Say you will. I’ll leave a mark. It won’t fade. It’s such a bold statement to make about yourself, but singing those phrases does something in me that makes me feel brave.”

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The five-track EP is a mixture of styles and flavors that contain pop, jazz, soul, and country. The resulting experience will leave the listener with introspective feelings of individuality as Curtis’s strong suit is her ability to share her own bravery through soulful lyrics of empowerment and self-acceptance.

Stay up to date with Curtis on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, and her official site.

Louis Schefano’s EP “Wish” Broadens His Musical Spectrum

Singer-songwriter Louis Schefano released his EP “Wish” featuring three tracks “Wish Something Would Happen,” “Tell Her Everything” and “Watchtower.” Check out the video for the single here:

Schefano is an ex-Remy Zero founder and veteran musician who would join several bands, including Little Red Rocket (featuring Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink of Azure Ray), Verbena (A.A. Bondy), and eventually releasing his own debut album, “The Art of Navigation,” under the moniker Regia. Earlier this year, he debuted “The Opposite Side of the World” as his first solo release and it left a lasting impression on the indie-rock world.

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For “Wish,” Schefano teamed up with Rob Schneider, producer of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” In addition to the steady catalog of material, Louis has performed with various artists over the last two decades including Bright Eyes, The Ladybug Transistor, Maria Taylor, and Sarah Mclaughlin.

To stay up to date with Schefano, follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, iTunes, and his official site.