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

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ikonAustralian band IKON has been creating its unique brand of wave music for eighteen years. Chris McCarter (vocals, guitar, programming) and Dino Molinaro (bass) began to write songs as high school students in 1988. In 1991, their original name Death in the Dark was replaced by IKON, and the band’s original singer was Michael Carrodus, who departed in 1997 after two albums.

The duo was joined by guitarist Anthony Cornish in 2006 who fulfilled live duties until 2010. Love, Hate and Sorrow, IKON’s sixth studio album was released in November 2009 and was three years in the making.

stefanrehStefan Reh alias who was born near Rostock is a typical northern light. Somewhat quiet, cautious and always courteous but in the right spot at the right time also forceful and determined. This is rather something cool in a sense that kind of born northern is broken by his creative quest. From a young age he began to express himself through music and the way led him steadily upward. For some time the DJ craft has been a rather active but quite successful pastime. But with his move to Berlin he wanted more. He quickly adapted to the Berlin culture as though there was a nearly seamless transition between Rostock and Berlin.
Soon the time had then come for a decision which had to be made because the music took more and more time. Without further ado he quit his steady job and began training as an Audio Engineer. Through this he was able to gain new experiences, contacts and most importantly knowledge. After his final one led to another. Due to his very own style of music which is composed of a mixture of Ambient, Deep and Techhouse, his very good quality in producing "Karmaloft" noticed him and signed him as an artist. He is not however satisfied with his already good range of creative musical work. In addition to being a producer, DJ and Liveact, he has began training as a sound designer to satisfy his experimental side and may be able to get into the film and television business. So if you are looking for a music loving, experimental, flexible, enthusiastic but also equally responsible and uncomplicated artist, is Stefan always a good advice.

karmacoda loveandfateThese two themes kept reemerging throughout the three and a half years Karmacoda took to write and record their new album aptly titled, Volume 1 of Love and Fate.  “This is our most personal record to date” says B. (Brett Crockett) the bands vocalist.  “It was as if we had no choice in the matter, it felt like we were channeling something, it was focusing us.”

Love and Fate follows Karmacoda’s successful 2011 album Eternal and marks the band’s fifth studio release (along with numerous remix releases).  In addition to B., Eric Matsuno (bass, guitar, synth), and Isaac Ho (piano, keyboards) Love and Fate features appearances by the amazing vocalists Beth Hirsch (Air), Artemis, Shannon Hurley (Lovers and Poets), Anji Bee (Lovespirals) and Tyler Stone (Sutro) each of which sing duets with B.  
“When we wrote our last record Eternal we asked Beth and Anji to join us on vocals for the track Love Will Turn Your Head Around and it was so magical, so beautiful, I wanted to recreate that experience even more” says B.  “So we contacted these five women, with such beautiful voices - who also happen to be really good friends of ours - and thankfully they all said ‘yes’ to contributing.”  “In addition to being able to leverage the incredible talent each of these artists brought to our music, it was unprecedented to have a wider palette of tones and attitudes working with the different vocalists,” reflects bassist Eric Matsuno.  “Each one of them brought forth unique feelings creating an artistic feedback that enhanced our writing and performances helping us to discover deeper emotional intentions in each song.”

osulandeThe eclectic soulful and house producer who was born in St. Louis and then went on to couquer the world joins us this week.  Osulande got his start working for Sesame Street and then going on into full music production.  This acoustic version of the track "Infinity" allowed us to bring him into the world of chill for a taste of his genius.

ritonTraditionally known for his Kosmiche tinged Electro-Techno sound, championed at his Space Ibiza residency and as part of the extended Ed Banger crew and tour DJ for Radio Soulwax, it might come as a surprise to learn that Riton has released a Mix Tape Album called 'Can't Stop The Clock.' But actually this aesthetic has long been a weapon of choice for Riton "I think it's because I always loved the sampling aesthetic. It still interests me the fact you an make a song without playing one note. I don't think anybody had ever come up with a more radical and punk way to make a song to date. I started buying Dance Records around the time when guys like MAARS would make a track from 100 bits of other records. In this sense 'Can't Stop The Clock' was a kind of a reverse Mix-tape cos normally you might find rappers using other people's beats and samples to showcase there vocals, whereas I had the vocals I wanted and built new instrumentals around them. So I think that adds a new twist!"

Available exclusively at https://soundcloud.com/ritontime 'Can't Stop The Clock' comprises of 12 tracks made up of original music, built around some of Riton's favourite pieces of music. "Anyone who's been listening to a lot of these Hip-Hop/Urban mix-tapes over the past few years will have noticed that, more often than not, they are better than the actual artist LPs. When you start a project that you know you can't sell you are empowered by musical freedom. It becomes a non-commercial work of love, because you have nobody to satisfy other than yourself. I essentially wanted to make a bunch of songs I would play out in the clubs and got to pick the vocals I loved or just thought I could have some fun with.

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