13-03-2014 // Album: Kojo "Easy" Damptey - Daylight Robbery|
The Summer is slowly coming our way and with warm Summer days comes warm Summer music. Enter: Kojo "Easy" Damptey. A musician from Ghana now living and working in Canada. His music is easy on the ears and warms you up no matter the temperatures outside. Which is pretty convenient for a man travelling from Ghana to Canada.
Although his music is light and sweet, the message of his music is one that is often heard from the part of the world he is original from. I'm not claiming to know what I'm talking about, but to me he writes music that expresses hope, yet asks some difficult questions at the same time. Not knowing the answers himself, Kojo Damptey expresses his worries for things he sees happening all around him, not knowing what to make of it.
The power of his music lies in the combination of his serious message combined with light and 'happy' tunes. Final track of the record is "Africa" and it's the best example of how good this works for him. This is great music for Summer festivals, dancing and singing with a large group of friends, but reflection on yourselves and the world make a great discussion subject when you're sitting around a campfire later on.
Is it Summer already? It's not, but with this album it's a little closer. Play this everyday and it'll guarantee a warm feeling inside and a big smile on your face!
10-03-2014 // Track: A Boy & His Kite - Heartache Is A Cold Place|
No loud Monday Morning Kick-Off this week. Couldn't find a loud as f*ck-track to bang my head along with and some Mondays are best spend dreaming. This is one of those Mondays and this live-version of "Heartache Is A Cold Place" by A Boy & His Kite is perfectly sweet and dreamy. I can listen to this song all day, while staring out the window with a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, duty calls.. Have a good week, my friends!
05-03-2014 // Track: Penny and Sparrow - Brothers|
Damn, this is beautiful! Penny and Sparrow are ex-roommates now writing music together. Their latest album Tenboom was released in January 2013. I don't know how they came into my life last week, but they did. And I'm glad they did. Damn, this is beautiful!
03-03-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Y LUV - Jacques Cousteau|
New Y LUV-music is always a good thing. This new single is addictive and really cool. I spent my Saturday-night dancing to it and now I'm sharing my Monday morning coffee with it while running around the house gathering my things for work. This is shaping up to be another rough week at the office, I hope yours is better. Have a good one!
02-03-2014 // Track: Side Saddle - Don't Wait for Him|
Side Saddle is releasing his debut EP The Postcard on March 25th and this song is a great introduction. It's a joyfull up-tempo song that gets stuck in your head and you'll be singing along in no time. March 25th, mark your calendars!
27-02-2014 // Must-Have of the Month: Jeremy Squires - When Will You Go...|
This is one of those albums that slowly grew on me over the past few months. There were days it didn't seem to fit me, but over time I fell in love with it and now I can't go a few days without it. Jeremy Squires makes music like I wish I could. But since I can't, I'm glad I can listen to his music through this great record.
In the core this is a lo-fi country folk record, but there's a few songs on this that make it stand out between the constant stream of music within this specific genre. Songs like "Echoes" are a little darker and stronger. It even goes a little out of balance near the ending, finishing strong and powerfull. Great song!
This album is a must-hear. A definite Must-Have, a beautiful record with 12 great songs on it. Take the time to get to know this album, so you can really enjoy it. Let it sink in, spend some hours with it. In the deep dark nights, the early mornings and whenever you're just dreaming away in planes, trains or automobiles. I've done so and it was and still is well worth it!
Jeremy Squires' When Will You Go... is a Must-Have. A Great. Fucking. Record.
25-02-2014 // Track: Rebecca Brandt - Numbers & Shapes: Revisited [Album Preview]|
Rebecca Brandt is one of my all-time favorite music composers and she's releasing a new album next week! It's a remix album with all new versions of all the tracks on her debut album Numbers & Shapes. I still listen to that record several times a week and it is still a beauty, it's one of the finest records I've discovered in the years I've been writing this blog. Check out short previews of all 14 tracks and I'm sure you'll be as excited as I am about this record.
24-02-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Youth Mass - Dream On|
From their upcoming debut album this 1st single by Youth Mass is called "Dream On" and that's exactly what I wanted to do when the alarm clock sounded this morning. But now that I'm awake, I might aswell make the best of it and it sure helps that I have pretty great day ahead of me. I hope you do too. Have a good week!
20-02-2014 // EP: STACEY - STACEY|
STACEY's debut self-titled EP was released on December 5th of 2013 and she sells it on usb-sticks. It has to be one of the coolest ways to sell your music. But besides just being really cool, STACEY has a beautiful voice and writes great songs. Making this a debut EP to cherish.
'All To Myself' has that intense bedroom-feel to it. As if you're staring into her bedroom on a rainy day and she's in there all alone. She's playing the piano, singing this beautiful song and you hear her sweet voice and calm piano a little faded through the wet glass. You think she doesn't know you're there and you hold your breath when she stops singing. But then she turns around and looks you straight in the eyes. And she smiles at you. Because she was playing this song just for you.
This is my personal favorite song on the 5-track EP, although there's really no dull moment on this dreamy recording. STACEY reminds me of Lana Del Rey and there's nothing to be ashamed for in the comparisation. But the more I listened to these songs, the more I realized that there's also a lot of different things in their music. They may sound related on the surface, but STACEY's EP is pure. With more focus on piano and her voice, and less on the things around it. For better of worse, that is for each to decide for themselves. Me? I love this release and STACEY has a new fan. I've played this a lot over the last few weeks and will keep on playing it untill she releases something new.
19-02-2014 // Track: Big Scary - Invest|
This is the 6th time Big Scary comes along on the blog and there's a perfectly normal reason for that: they keep on releasing great songs. Their latest album Not Art was released last year and it's a great record. This is just another great song from it, enjoy!
17-02-2014 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Royal Blood - Out Of The Black|
Although I had a great weekend (with good friends, my nephew's 5th birthday and loads of contact with a pretty girl), Monday morning is always an annoying wake-up call. I was not yet ready to face another week. Good thing there's coffee and great music (by Royal Blood) to help us get through it. Have a good week!