Julian Lennon Picks

julian new1"If I was gonna write again I had to live again I had to look deep inside myself and start again." So says Julian Lennon of his decision to return to the music industry after an absence of seven years.  Music - Photography - Documentary

Below Zero = huge fans.  Read and learn more of what goes on in Julian's world.


fengsuaveThe music of Amsterdam-based psych pop/soul duo Feng Suave is reminiscent of bygone times when vocals are drowned in reverb and instruments are seemingly recorded under water. Because the soulful vocal melodies alluding to the 60s and 70s and punchy, seismic bass lines make for a warm, genre-defying, psychedelic deluge of airwaves embellished with dreamy effects.  

ben-westbeechBen Westbeech is back, and back in style, by the sounds of this new track 'The Book'. Take a listen below. His new album, There's More To Life Than This, out on Strictly Rhythm records.  (Below Zero is bringing this back from the vault from 2009 as we believe it needs a second look in 2018)

Welcome to world.  Welcome to a truly multi-talented musical force.  Welcome to an album that's a hybrid of myriad styles and genres  Welcome to something unexpected, heartfelt, genuine, true and most importantly of all, fun.  Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life - Ben Westbeech's debut album - displays a wide range of musical influences and styles.

Futuristic suburban soul, fuzzy-edged funk, unpretentious pop, robust jazz, freshly laced hip-hop and dancefloor derived sounds ranging from drum n bass to house are all present. The result is a potent cocktail blended by, and filtered through, Ben's creative and multi-talented musicianship.  Rather than confine himself to the role of singer-songwriter, classically trained Ben also takes the credit for playing most of the instruments, and for much of the mixing and production of the album too.

janandnaomiJan & Naomi are on Hot Buttered Records and bring an alternative / indie sound.  They have multiple releases out including Leelooo and Alexandra, Jan, Naomi are and A portrait of the artists as a young man.

Check them out on their Bandcamp page.

dolfyellowclawFeaturing Sophie Simmons this downbeat track offers the sexy vocals by Sophie combined with the big sounds by Dolf.  When he is not destroying crowds with his full on enfused EDM sound he is putting out some nice downbeat gems.

weathertunesWeathertunes stands for high calibre Lounge tunes. Being indisputably famous for an harmonious synergy of electronic downtempo music in combination with acoustic sound elements, the project is celebrating their 15th anniversary with a fine retrospective 24 songs selection of their best tunes so far. Fused together back in the year 2000, as the very first collaboration of their brotherhood, Roland and Daniel Voss consistently deliver great epic productions, whether with their superb "Lemongrassmusic" label work or with numerous, wide-ranging projects and productions. Early collaborations with guitarist Philipp Vollertsen as well as with superb female vocalists such as Kay Dee The Bee (France), WAWA (Japan) and R´n`B lady Suzy Duffy (Scotland) have been trademarks to the Weathertunes sound. But most influential is guitarist Michael Arlt, elegantly sweetening the project's output with his jazzy licks. An experienced ear will immediately notice, that Roland and Daniel are clearly bound to the roots of the Lounge genre, with subtle textures and a positive vibe incorporated into the musical beauty of "Modern Bridges". High quality productions of modern digital sound, chopped vocals, strings and atmospheric layers keep rising to connect with carefully selected grooves and melodies, carrying "Modern Bridges" upwards into the realm of musical heaven, taking the listener into higher states of vibrant joy and exaltation. Over the years the project has built up a steady following and gained significant international success. Leave the noisy world behind and plunge into the melodic world of Weathertunes.

Organically set, the spectrum of the first EP release called "Natura Vol.01" reaches wide arrays of deep and lush Downtempo pleasure in a vital way. The instrumentation is ruled by masterfully played electric guitar work harmoniously fusing in an opulent framework of sound. This has become a "Weathertunes" trademark, in particular since the release of  the albums "The Birds And The Sky" (2003) and "Beam me in" (2007). But "Natura Vol.01" has taken the two brothers far deeper, almost reinventing their sound to an impressively mature quality level. By using spacious reverb and guitar effects a slight psychedelic appeal is noticeable too, recalling Ennio Morricone's spirit of the 70's.  Contemporaneously to its vital forces "Natura Vol.01" is also an invitation to slow down your pace. Tune into the rhythm of mother "Natura". Just sit down and wonder...

Weathertunes is the first common project by Daniel Voss and Roland Voss. Founded in the year 2000 the two brothers have discovered their passion for electronic music in combination with acoustic sound elements.  Daniel was educated in playing the piano and the guitar during his childhood and youth. Roland used to be a drummer playing various styles from Jazz to Jazz Rock, Soul and Funk.

On the first two Weathertunes albums the brothers have collaborated with guitarist Philipp Vollertsen from Hamburg and Jazz guitarist Michael Arlt. Michael has joined the duo on all subsequent albums. On their later albums Roland and Daniel have collaborated with some female singers, such as Kay Dee The Bee from France (on the album "Palm Beach") and WAWA from Tokyo, Japan (on the album "Passions") as well as R´n`B vocalist Suzy Duffy from Scotland (also on "Passions"). With their new album "Passions" Weathertunes release their 6th album in 11 years.

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