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by Brice Ezell

9 Feb 2015

After being the runner-up to the fourth season of the American version of The Voice, Michelle Chamuel hasn’t let her musical ambitions rest. Having already cut her teeth in a group dynamic with the band Ella Riot (formerly known as My Dear Disco), Chamuel has now readied her first full-length pop LP, Face the Fire, following several solo EPs, a duo album (2011’s s/he), and an electronic album (2013’s All I Want, under the name The Reverb Junkie).

To get a sense of Chamuel’s pop smarts, you can stream her remix of Usher’s “Climax” below. (Usher was her initial “mentor” during her stint on The Voice.) She’s already proven her remixing chops before, particularly with her spin on Adele’s “Turning Tables”, and now she can add this fine interpretation to her résumé.

by Brice Ezell

6 Feb 2015

Kate Barker-Froyland’s 2014 film Song One tells the story of a young woman called Franny Ellis (Anne Hathaway), whose life is thrown into emotional tumult when her brother falls into a coma after a car accident. Set in the ever-thriving Brooklyn music scene, the film is as much about the music of the city as it is the people who live within it; unsurprisingly, then, reputable musicians Jenny Lewis (The Postal Service) and Johnathan Rice were called upon to write songs for this musical tale. Below, you can view an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Song One Original Soundtrack (OST), focusing on the song “Big Black Cadillac”.

by Brice Ezell

5 Feb 2015

Rozwell Kid has a penchant for the absurd. The rock quartet’s bio on their Facebook page simply reads: “‘whose line is it anyway?’ fantasy draft 2014 champions”. (One supposes congratulations are in order?) Then there’s a title like “Hummus Vacuum”, a track off of their new release, the limited edition cassette Good Graphics. The song is noteworthy for its delightfully chunk guitar distortion, but perhaps more so for its lyrics. Take, for instance, the opening lines: “My guts are twisting / From that burger I ate / In the parking lot / In the dark”. From there, more and more aliments get added into the equation, namely pizza and the titular hummus. Echoes of Weezer’s off-kilter charms can be heard in this pleasantly odballish tune by this equally odballish group.

by Imran Khan

4 Feb 2015

“Using reggae as a springboard, Italian rapper TerronRissa takes a fairly liberal and free-form approach within the constructs of his hip-hop. Aimed squarely at house parties across Italy’s suburbs, TerronRissa dispense his rhymes with humor and easygoing charm. The beats skip and throb with the kind of abandon usually reserved for pop music. Having just released his first proper album of material, L’Era Dei Distratti, the rapper has attracted quite a following in its native Italy.

by Brice Ezell

3 Feb 2015

Monica da Silva and Chad Alger live up to their name as a duo: Complicated Animals. With their debut EP, In This Game, the two aim at crafting a new sonic called “Indie Nova”, a deceptively complex mix to pull off. Indie rock is not particularly renowned for rhythmic prowess, whereas tricky meter and rhythm is a central feature to bossa nova. Of course, in the hands of able musicians, even the most complicated of animals can be reconciled, which is certainly the case for da Silva and Alger’s debut outing.

Below you can stream In This Game EP in preparation for its release next week.

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// Short Ends and Leader

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