EP Review: This Is For You – Monti

Reflecting on her experiences – from a turbulent childhood, living on the streets, to being in a codependent relationship, geared by drugs and alcohol, LA-based power-pop singer MONTI takes back control and power through her debut EP, ‘This Is For You.’

Introducing a slight misty bed of  soft indie electro pop soundscapes, the tempo picks up with third effort ‘Shadow’, which gives off a big band-ish feel to the electro/pop combo, before reverting back to those floating tones. The star of the show is, no doubt, MONTI‘s powerfully soulful vocals, which is not only pleasing to the ears, but also invites the listener into her world of past hardships, enabling them to feel the pain she went through.

Although it’s autobiographical, ‘This Is For You’ serves as a source of inspiration for anyone to overcome any adversity in life. If this talented newcomer can rise above her troubles, surely so can you.

Have a listen to ‘This Is For You’ below:

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New Track: Really Good For Me – Exmag

Following the release of their EP ‘The Walls That Divide Us’, enigmatic, future soul trio EXMAG release their infectious new single ‘Really Good For Me’ through 3 Bar Fire Records.

The collective continue to defy genre restrictions on the record, fusing stuttering synth patterns with woozy guitar runs – an accomplished portrayal of the group’s talent in its purest form.

Comprised of Tyler Dondero, Eric Mendelson and Dave Carls, the American trio have continued to turn heads with their impressive discography, alongside esteemed live performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Electric Forest, Summer Camp Music Festival and Camp Bisco.

With previous support from Complex, Nest HQ, The Huffington Post and BBC 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova, ‘Really Good For Me’ continues to showcase the idiosyncratic trio’s musical versatility.

Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Awkward – Jade The Moon

Electro pop trio JADE THE MOON‘s single is one of those songs that we can all relate to, as it documents some of those awkward moments we experience from time to time.

With the message of embracing our uniqueness, along with the combo of electro guitar plucks and heavenly overtones, this infectious number definitely deserves a place on the blog’s Song of the Day spotlight.

‘Awkward’ is now available on all download/streaming sites….check it out below:

New Track: Billions – Locals Sound Only

Both an artist project and a prolific Toronto based-producer collective, LOCALS ONLY SOUND was conceived by classmates Gray Hawken and Curtis Smith. Hawken and Smith write, record and release their own music as LOCALS ONLY SOUND in addition to producing and developing new talent and bringing a fresh perspective and unique sound to established artists.

Their new single ‘Billions’ showcases their appreciation for alt-electronic music combined with R&B vocals and modern beats.

Check out the fittingly dark, lo-fi visual below:

 

 

New Tracks: Retina/Stay: Joe Turner

Following his debut release ‘Atmosphere’, championed by Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne & Tom Ravenscroft, South-London producer/musician JOE TURNER releases his brand-new double A-side via Jamz Supernova’s record label Future Bounce.

Leading the double A-side is ‘Retina’, a reflective, downtempo electronic track riding on an arresting undercurrent, densely layered with emotive instrumentation and introspective production.

Its counterpart ‘Stay’ is a bouncier, blissed-out track that radiates an emphatic energy through its warm melodies and lush intricate production.

Joe Turner

Born and raised in Croydon, Turner grew up in a house filled with Soul music and a smidgen of nineties electronica providing the youthful musician with a varied musical palette. His grandfather, a jazz pianist, was a major influence, from whom he’s undoubtedly inherited the musical talent that saw him writing his first song at just eleven years old.

Following his teenage years playing in various bands, it has only been in the past twelve months that Turner turned his attention to writing once again. Concentrating on his own material whilst similarly experimenting in production, collaborations ensued with South-London based artists such as Stella Talpo and SIAMAKI before he took the plunge and released his own compositions.

In February 2019, Turner self-released his first single ‘Atmosphere’ which gained the support of BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, BBC 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft and BBC 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova, amongst many other radio stations & DJs. Also a hit on streaming services it was widely supported on editorial playlists.

With news of further recordings – a debut EP is imminent – and live dates in the pipeline, 2019 is looking to be a big year for the remarkable South-Londoner.

Check out ‘Retina/Stay’ below: