Tag: singer songwriter

Door #23:F O U R a m – t h e M i x t a p e – by Temple Haze

Door #23 holds a special little surprise : An exclusive mixtape by Temple Haze, that is a selection and ride through his musical mind, displaying a lot of his soulful sketches, drafts and ideas. Temple did us a real favour and put together a Mixtape of his beautiful craft! In the days playlists, i am truly happy to have more raw mixtapes up on the site. Enjyo his one, i am just having it up on my speakers. Ps follow the man on Instagram & Spotify and check out his beautiful video of If i could be yours“.

This is what Temple had to say about his Mixtape of drafts and musical sketches:

Welcome to F O U R a m…

A compilation of demos, works in progress, drafts, old cell phone recordings, and throw-away-tracks that have been resurrected form long lost hard drives, dusted off, and given a fresh spin. This little journey is compiled of ideas from the past 5 years, from my very first productions and rehearsal room recordings (Life-Lines, WaitingForMyMan) to brand new compositions (Longing, F O U R a m).

Putting out this mixtape is quite a vulnerable feeling, as these songs are much more so drafts than finished products, but that is actually what is so great about it. The rawness, the diversity, just allowing them to be as they are and releasing them. Enjoy this ride through my musical brain!

Door #5 INTRODUCING : APSLEY & Free DL of “Home”

This is J Apsley. An incredible musician in my book.

I met this guy, during a turbulent time in my history when my then-company was doing another IT based test project instead of focussing on a set, defined goal. I liked the conversations with Jacob a lot, since he is one of the “good guys” and an artist, musician through and through. Sometimes it’s easier to tell from a distance, and he might not even realize it himself. We released a couple of songs, when his life was changing and the set goals he had weren’t fundamentally changing but rather taking shape. And that’s just an evolutionary step that is normal but it shows and reflects in his older music. Nothing to ever be ashamed of, other blogs have compared some of his songs to the 1975 and whatnot.. but the new material is sooooo much better and we are just 2 songs in.

But  writing about J would be unfair to his wife R – because Apsley, which was originally a solo artist, is now the two of them, and rightfully so, not only since they share the same last name, but bc they compliment each other musically/vocally so well that it is just a human ASMR like pleasurable experience for any urgent sonic remedies.

So this here was the last tune that was done with the old state of mind, but it is already the both of them and you can just hear why the two of them are meant for each other, not only in music but also in life. Grab your Free Dl of Home, a chill hip hop instrumental with a soul sample and the incredible soothing vocals of J + R Apsley. There is much more to come from Apsley – which now 2 not 1 anymore! Pls remember ;)

Even if this track is still lacking in plays on Spotnik until now, this is the kind of quality that i can ‘feel’ shining through. Happy to be working with the both of them… and somehow we became friends w/o ever meeting each other. Life is strange sometimes but there is a higher love at work,  at all times.

Lu & Sowlmate – Hopeful Words [Debut EP Out Now] – Part 1

Attention world! Here is the first release of a sweet team up by already established Soundcloud remixer/producer Sowlmate and his buddy Lu, who delivers the lovely vocals, to make “Hopeful Words” into an actual sweet heartfelt song, instead of a remix. Good to see young cats creating original music after the whole remix craze that went down in recent years and good to be asserted that some of them, like our buddy Sowlmate, are actually creating music that goes much deeper than any of their remixes ever could.

“Hopeful Words” has become a favourite of mine ever since “Max” aka Sowlmate played it for us the very first time. Some might say it sounds too much like Milky Chance and that whole style is ‘so last year’, but the truth is, Milky Chance had one good song (nothing else) and never followed up with anything. They simply failed to, same as all the dj cats that got signed to cater to these hippie-folk-pop-dance demands but ultimately never went anywhere except Felix (Jaehn) who made his own thing sound wise. Just telling from the many people that surround me, the demand and thirst for this kind of music has never ceased, but rather been pushed back because nobody has delivered the goods. Maybe Lu & Sowlmate can change things around and this EP is a good indicator that these 2 young cats just want to create honest music without any of the hypes & clichés that the ‘music industry’ and labels are pushing for.

“Hopeful Words” is a touching original tune with an incredibly infectious feel to make it a true winner for 2018 and put a smile on your face. I am glad and happy for the both of them that they didn’t listen to anyone from radio promoters, to managers, label execs and distributors, and instead delivered what music they felt right and what they love themselves. This is a golden rule in life – if you follow your heart and really do what you like with a positive mind-set and an open heart, you will always find enough people who enjoy the same things you do. This is how you create your grassroots and in time will grow with whatever you are doing. And in the case of Lu & Sowlmate it’s beautiful, honest music that doesn’t need hypes and styles but rather an open heart & mind.

These were my “Hopeful Words” ;) – Stream/Buy the EP: goo.gl/BAJp5C

Be part of the journey!
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https://soundcloud.com/luandsowl/hopeful-words

Skin Collection by Lara Antebi (Full Album)

Just hanging out on holiday and this sweet album came across. Lara dropped us a line, for her awesome track “Voodoo Doll” but i think her entire album deserves some attention. Voodoo Doll is my favorite after many a listens, but still her work needs to be listened and appreciated as a whole or holistically ;)

I think many can get with this, after everything these days is music, cut down, designed and portioned as fast food for easier and faster digestion. Lara makes honest and real music and that is something i came to appreciate a lot after even more things become, not only politically and in the media, an echo chamber, but even in music, which i think is even worse. So i salute this sweet artist and here sincere album. Welcome Lara Antebi ::: :::  :::  :::

Kate Grom – Whistle Cry

Just a heartfelt song by Kate Grom. Haven’t heard of her before, and never bothered googling her… um, i mean duckduckgo’ing her. But i added her on Spotify. This reminds me of many great songwriters and that country style makes it all the way sweeter even if it’s not a european flavor at all. Pretty much like the Dixie Chicks used to be when they were still good, good days… Thanks Kate for an honest country tune.

WAIT! by Common Deer 

Lovely folk rock singer songwriter gem that these sweet folks at Common Deer composed and sent my way. Give it a spin, i’ll guess you’ll like it as much as i do. Kinda sounds like an everyday mantra, when you are working online “There is no time to waste”. What i especially like about it, is that it sounds honest and has a bit of an 80’s & 90’s feel to it, w/o ignoring todays zeitgeist. Maybe not musically but the songwriting sounds like a song from that era when everything was pretty clear and obvious, and there was no hiding and nothing to be ashamed of. They deliver a solid rock track and mean it – at least as far as i can tell. Welcome Common Deer, you guys made my day with this tune!

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