Australian R&B singer Natasha is set to release her new EP Into the Sun next month, which features contributions from several heavy hitters. Produced by Rob Fusari (Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston) and featuring songwriters Jnay Sewell (Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind”) and Andrea Martin (Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis), she has her eye on Stateside success, and if her new video for the smouldering yet pulsating “Code Blue” is any indication, it could be sooner rather than later.
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Spanish musician Sau Poler, who has released work under the moniker Pablie, has just released his final album as Pablie. B Sides might hint at being a “leftovers” album, but in actuality it’s a wonderful coda to Pablie’s body of work, in which instrumental hip hop is taken into a more organic direction, incorporating jazz and Spanish sounds, evoking the romantic, laid-back landscape of Poler’s home all the while.
Listening to the debut album by French band Sunder, the most obvious signpost isn’t an older band like Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, or Uriah Heep, but rather new band Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. The same swing, the same reliance on ‘60’s accouterments like Farfisa and mellotron, the same dark lyrical themes. However, what sets Sunder apart from Uncle Acid and other practitioners of occult/psychedelic heavy rock is the singing, which eschews detachment in favor of genuine emotion. When Julien Merét belts out his lead vocals, you feel it.
Blending jazz, math rock, progressive rock, electronic, and aspects of classical music, Brighton instrumental band Calico come across as a combination of Jaga Jazzist and Battles, but with enough of a contemplative quality that keeps the music reined in. Discipline in such a stylistically diverse young band is a rarity, but Calico pull if off with aplomb on their new EP.
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