He could play a guitar just like ringin' a bell! One of the founding fathers of rock and roll. Here's a collection of his songs, both familiar and not, paying tribute to this one-of-a-kind artist.
Meet Molly Moore and Brandyn Burnette. These talented young artists just may be the musical power-couple of the future. Whether working together or on their solo projects, these two do it all: they write, sing, play and produce emotional and empowering songs that are beginning to get the music industry's attention.
Molly's songwriting path led her to work writing solely for others for a few years before she returned her focus to her own signing and performing career. As part of that process, Molly collaborated on hits such as Felix Cartal's "Ready for Love" and Dubvision's "Hollow." As Molly describes it, her music is "honest, and it comes from a real place." Her pop-sensibility blends with her lifelong inspiration from classic singer/songwriters to create modern, thoughtful songs that have you dancing at one moment and deeply reflecting the next. Find out more about Molly here: mollymooreofficial.com/index.html
Molly's boyfriend, Brandyn, has music in his blood. He has been playing and performing since he was a young child and he hasn't stopped since! His dad (R&B artist, O'Bryan), had a hit in the 1980s with "The Gigolo." Brandyn's songs reflect his life-experiences. Whether it is the mid-west influences of his St. Louis home or the life-changing inspirations he gained at NYU, Brandyn's work shows a maturity that belies his young age. Add to this a dynamic stage presence, and Brandyn really is a complete package. Learn more about Brandyn here: brandynburnette.com/index.html
In addition to their solo projects, 2016 is also shaping up to be a breakthrough year for Molly and Brandyn on their joint progressive-pop project, Cosmos & Creature. The pair feature on two massive club records (Lost Kings’“Marathon” and Vicetone’s “Bright Side”) and have a much-anticipated EP on the way.
We just can't wait to watch these rising stars shine!
For the past year or so, I've been watching the Denver music scene explode! From the dynamic afro-beat sounds of Atomga to the breakout grooves of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats to the Indie sounds of The Kissing Party, Colorado's front range has become one of the country's rising music hot spots.
Things have only become more groovalicious with the recent release of the outstanding new album, MataMata, from Denver’s electro-funk collective, Tnertle (on Super Best Records). The man behind the curtain (and behind the bass) is Trent Campbell. Campbell composed all the tracks on the new album and his expert production takes us on a musical, cross-genre, adventure moving seamlessly across classic funk, laid back chill, electro-swing, neo-soul and more. Campbell always keeps things interesting and this well-produced collection hits all the right notes. These eleven tracks have quickly become my go-to soundtrack for many late night gatherings.
The dynamic title track, MataMata, channels the best grooves of Thievery Corporation, while the sample-laden, Dance All Night, showcases Lily Fangz' fine hip-hop vocals over a tight horn arrangement. Back-to-back, these two tracks combine for one of the best one-two punches from any album released in 2015.
Tnertle knows how to groove. Check out the driving "Beautiful Mind" featuring Ray Salazar holding his own over the funky, horn-laden beats. As the band's press release accurately points out, "Tnertle has evolved into an 8-piece collective with every musician holding an intricate piece of the musical puzzle. Leah Concialdi uses her arranging background to utilize a musical sound palate of baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, and electronic wind instrument (EWI) to fill out Campbell’s melodies in the live setting." On this album, the amazingly talented, multi-instrumental Concialdi (who also plays on Nathaniel Rateliff's recent chart-busting album) is joined by her ATOMGA band mate, Alice Hansen, on trumpet to give the group a full-ranged, dynamic horn section. The horns are really what makes this album so special. Whether adding punch to the instrumental track "Menertle" or swing to the oh-so-fun "Hector Schwing," Concialdi and crew stand out from the crowd.
Definitely look for them live this winter if you are in the Denver area. Tnertle is a band to watch.
Give Tnertle a listen. You won't be sorry!
Denver, Colorado-based ATOMGA has just released its first full-length album "Black Belt" which captures the "world-funk fury" that has become the band's signature sound. While the music is rooted in fantastic afrobeat rhythms, the soulful vocals and pulsating horns defy simple categorization. We think they are one of the most original and exciting bands that we've heard in quite some time.
ATOMGA is also a band whose onstage presence make them a real breakout candidate. The ten member troupe captivates audiences with both their stage presence and their hypnotically grooving songs. Check out the dynamic performance by the band (featuring uber-cool baritone sax work from Leah Concialdi) in the video below.
Readers of this blog know how much we love afrosoul and vintage African funk (check out our playlists: Vintage African Soul and Afro Disco). We can honestly say that ATOMGA captures those amazing vintage sounds better than any recent band that we've heard, while at the same time, maintaining their own unique identity that brings invigorating life into each track. The band has said that they have created "a style of their own blossoming into an original brand of music slathered with influences ranging from classic funk, Brazilian pop, progressive rock, and beyond." We couldn't agree more!
We first featured ATOMGA on our May 2015 version of The Tasty Turntable playlist. We followed that up with a feature on Volume 4 of THE HAPPY indie HOUR. You can bet that they will continue to be featured in future lists as well.
A recent listen to the band's new release “Black Belt” found the band in fine form. One of our favorite tracks is the Grant Phabao remix of "Alaskan Pipeline." As the band notes in the press release for "Black Belt", "both the lyrics and compositions are results of more experience and a musical chemistry that is not afraid to break barriers and try anything. Rather than entering the studio with a catalogue with material ready to go, ATOMGA would polish 2-3 songs at once and record them in small batches. This kept the group fresh and able to display a multitude of influences rather of thinking about the album on a conceptual level. However, when the final track list and song order were crafted, everything flowed effortlessly with no song out of place." We think this is a spot-on description of "Black Belt" we also think that ATOMGA is a band to keep your eyes (and ears) on! Check out their website at atomga.com and listen to more great tracks here:
Sometimes a song just grows on us...and grows..and grows...until we just need to put it on repeat and call it a day. The culprit this time is the incredibly catchy "Fine By Me (Acoustic Sessions)" by Beecher's Fault. Maybe it's the whistle (we're a sucker for a well blown whistle). Give it a listen below and we think you'll know what we mean (but be forewarned, it can be addictive!).
Based in Astoria, New York, Beecher’s Fault is a quartet made up of Ben Taylor and Ken Lamken with Max Maples on drums and Serge Ruccolo on bass. Earlier this month, the group released its newest song "Liquor Store." We think that song captures the potential of a band poised to really make a name for themselves. We love the sweet lead over the sublime background vocals. The catchy rhythm section makes this one playlist and radio-worthy.
Give them a listen. You won't be sorry!
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