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Undiscovered or under appreciated, either way these are vocalists, artists, & musicians
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Thursday
Mar072013

Quinta Patino Residence


Imagine having a house like this, in such a soothing setting with enough room for
a soccer field in your backyard. The Portuguese firm Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos 
has made it a reality. These photos are of a recently completed estate in the Quinta
Patino community of Estoril. Take a gander.

 

 

Tuesday
Feb262013

Mark Drew - "Deez Nuts"



Both hip-hop and comics fans will rejoice with this one. Mark Drew, an Australian-born
artist now living in Tokyo, has made his love for both into a brilliant mashup. Involving
lyrics from A Tribe Called Quest, N.W.A., Public Enemy and combining them with the
beloved artwork of Charles Schulz’ ‘Peanuts’ comic strips, “Deez Nuts” has gone from
being a self-published zine to a full on exhibition of large print canvases. All of them
are on display at the China Heights Gallery in Sydney, but here’s a couple of them just
for you.

Check out more of Mark Drew here: http://makingends.com/ 




Monday
Feb252013

Grant Lyle - So There


For those who like their blues simmering with enough soul and a light touch of
whimsy like one finds at the cusp of a grey Sunday morning, you’ll find that Grant 
Lyle’s latest album, ‘So There’, fits the bill and then some. Hailing from Toronto,
Canada, Lyle is a seasoned musician with seven albums to date under his belt and
a slew of appearances throughout his native country as well as heavy airplay in
the United Kingdom, the US, Spain and Russia among other places. With ‘So There’,
you immediately see why that’s the case. The album is teeming with Lyle’s unique
voice and passionate guitar throughout. ‘Let It Out’ is pure roadhouse rhythm that
will have your feet tapping. ‘Levee Moan’ on first listen catapults you into bayou 
calm with Lyle’s singing coursing like beads of sweat on a cold soda bottle. ‘Librium’
gives you upbeat rock that hits you in the hip pocket. With ‘So There’, Grant Lyle
is telling you plainly about that good place he’s in with his music - and invites you
to join him. ‘So There’ is available on Amazon, iTunes and CDBaby.

http://grantlyle.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grant-Lyle/193260200786986
http://www.reverbnation.com/grantlyle?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav

Monday
Feb252013

Gilles Peterson's Donald Byrd Tribute Mixes




Donald Byrd’s transition and reflections on his life and music have brought about
a fair amount of tribute mixes in the days after. But we suspect that the two-part
mix offered up by the renowned British rare groove & jazz connoisseur and former
BBC Radio host Gilles Peterson is one to treasure. Take a listen below and dig for
yourself.

 


 

Friday
Feb222013

Monks of Mellonwah - Neurogenesis


Rock and roll out of Australia, better known as Oz Rock, has been a stout
contributor to music for decades. And the Monks of Mellonwah, haling
from Sydney, are already etching their name on that renowned list. After
all, they’ve managed to win Best Indie Rock Band at the Artists In Music
Awards in Los Angeles this past year as well as perform a select US tour
off of the strength of their first EP, the highly regarded Stars Are Out. Their
latest EP, Neurogenesis, lends vital proof to that claim. For a band that
has only been together a little over three years ago, their sound is as 
rich as the the feeling one gets diving into a wave at the beach. The
title track is hard-charging, making you want to sway like grass in the
wind. ‘Neverending Spirit’, the record so popular its video blazed a trail
onto MTV with style, is a warm and hypnotic ballad that drips harmony
in every note. If you’re wanting for more from the Monks after this gem
of an EP, they are working on a brand new album due out this year. And
the world will have another reason to say ‘G’day’ with joy.

http://www.monksofmellonwah.com  
http://soundcloud.com/monksofmellonwah 




Monks of Mellonwah - ‘Neverending Spirit’

Friday
Feb222013

Odessa Kane - Cuetes And Balisongs


One fact that always should be respected in hip-hop is the potential for greatness -
or wackness - that lies before an MC who steps out from being part of a known 
crew. Fortunately for Odessa Kane, it’s the former that comes to light on his 
latest EP, Cuetes And Balisongs. The title of the album is an homage to both his
Mexican and Filipino heritage and Kane ensures the heft of both weapons lies in
his lyrics here. Only the second EP after his time as part of the Masters of The 
Universe Crew, Kane spits lyrics that depict how one uses the mind and spirit to
rise above hard times relying on his own past. With ‘Chapter 6, Verse 19’ he pays
tribute to his hard-working family with lines like ‘from Tijuana Mami learned how 
make seeds out them crumbs/and Papi worked the night shift/yo it’s 2013 Papi
still works the night shift’. ‘Nino de La Tierra’ sees Odessa savage studio gangsters
in the name of spreading positivity. Cuetes and Balisongs throughout is strong on
the production side, thanks to his brother Infinity Gauntlet crafting beats that 
pulsate with Spanish guitars and edgy bass. If the goal is to let iron sharpen iron,
Odessa Kane demonstrates it well here. 

Cop the album here: http://www.accesshiphop.com/store/?itemid=22809
 
                               http://odessakane.bandcamp.com/


http://www.myspace.com/odessakane
https://twitter.com/ODESSAKANE

Wednesday
Feb202013

Audrey Kawasaki


The artwork of Audrey Kawasaki is akin to sunlight viewed through cotton shades
during a summer afternoon; striking in it’s definition but tender. Her portrayals of
adolescent women are gentle, daubed with coyness with just enough sensuality
to keep you riveted. Based out of her hometown of Los Angeles, California, Audrey’s
artwork has captivated many since 2005, when she struck out on her own after 
two years at Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York. The oil paintings on wood
bring out the rich blend of influences on her art, with the free flowing style of art
noveau and the crisp lines found in Japanese manga. Her work has been featured
in Juxtapoz magazine, and she has also done the cover for Alice Smith’s debut LP
as well as having one of her paintings featured on Kat Von D’s reality show. Rest
assured that Audrey Kawasaki’s work will linger on the palate of your spirit for
quite some time. 

http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com/
http://audreykawasaki.blogspot.com/ 

Monday
Feb182013

Chords of Truth - Reflections of Reality (Remixed Double LP)


It is a definite fact that some good music comes from a merging of worlds you
wouldn’t think would go well together. That axiom comes to life again thanks
to Chords of Truth, the brainchild of folk singer Jason Garriotte. Driven by an 
innate sense of reflection, the Clemson, South Carolina native wanted to make
music that compelled the listener to begin the deep journey of self-inquiry. And
in 2011 when he released his debut album, Reflections of Reality, the folk singer’s
message rang clear for all. Garriotte found that many admirers of his introspective
lyricism were electronic music fans, and soon he began work on remixing his album
with the help of producers from the genre for this new double LP. The entire album
is a mystic’s digital wanderings while still wearing the fabric that holds him to the
truths of the past. ‘The Power To Be Alive( The Green Raver Folkstep Mix)’ is flush
with soaring light, while another standout track, ‘Moments (The Chameleon Acidfolk
Remix)’ is hypnotic, charging mantra that would live well on a club’s dancefloor or
in the ears while completing that last mile of running. And ‘Pop or Soda(LORDBRET
Right Choice Remix)’ is so crisp and yet pulls you in with the finest of basslines. 
What Chords of Truth has done on this album is to paint new horizons in colors and
light that burn so bright that you can’t imagine the skies without them.

 

Wednesday
Feb132013

Mara Hruby 


Certain singers display a knack for being translucent before your eyes with their 
voices, wafting in and out like perfumed smoke. When you listen to Mara Hruby,
you instantly gain that feeling. The songstress hails from The Bay, otherwise known
as Oakland, California and has etched out a space for herself in the realm of artists
you should know. Her debut release, ‘From Her Eyes’ showed off her knack for 
making songs her own, from a wistful cover of Van Hunt’s ‘Character’ to a simply
mesmerizing version of The Roots’ ‘Stereolab’. Always creating and busy with tour
dates as well as working on her newest album, Mara is one artist who is guaranteed
to show the prime polish of her character in every song.



http://marahruby.bandcamp.com/
http://marahruby.com/
https://twitter.com/MaraHruby

https://www.facebook.com/MaraHruby

Friday
Feb082013

Marla Mase - 'Speak Deluxe'


There are artists who open up to you and there are artists who are there to open
you up to everything around you. And then there are artists who have that innate
ability to do both. Marla Mase happens to do both with precision. A singer, songwriter
and playwright out of New York City, Marla’s music is a crystal bridge that links today
to the days when Patti Smith and Chrissy Hynde prowled on stage. With Speak Deluxe,
the re-issue of her album originally released in 2010, Marla herself exudes a feathered
ferocity throughout the album, beginning with ‘Scream(Reprise)’, a hard-charging tune
that captures the anguish and bewilderment of a battered woman wailing against the
indifference of the world. ‘Dance The Tango’ gives an otherwise somber story about 
someone who passed away who had a love of dance a resurrection with light pouring
out of each note. Each song on ‘Speak Deluxe’ is a whirlwind of harmony and reflection
brought forth brilliantly by Marla & the Tomas Doncker Band. It’s a breeze that many
more should wrap themselves in.

Learn more about the artist and the album here: 

http://marlamase.com
http://http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marla-Mase/170044966351982
http://twitter.com/marlamase
http://marlamase.bandcamp.com/album/speak-deluxe
http://jango.com/marlamase
http://reverbnation.com/marlamase