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FEATURE: “Time To Wake Up.” by James Toper

James Toper is an artist who’s been making music for almost a decade now (as of this writing). James drew inspiration from famous artists such as deadmau5, Avicii and Madeon. Over the years, he has been working tirelessly on his craft – evolving his sound all the way. On January 31st 2020, he released his first album titled “Time To Wake Up.”

The ten track album boasts an eclectic mix of sounds and stylings with themes from James’ adolescence. This is certainly a personally driven endeavour with many subjects including the ever classic love and relationships which we can all relate with in some way or another.

While this release is predominantly in the “EDM/Electronic” category, this feels like it could branch out into synth-pop. Casual listeners and hot-headed musos alike can really get behind this release. “Time To Wake Up.” is quite an achievement. If you’re a devoted listener to EDM-esque music you will most likely notice the influences in James’ music. Though when you really think about it, he doesn’t directly copy and that is a testament to James’ creativity when it comes to his own compositions.

You can listen to “Time To Wake Up.” on Spotify. You can also follow James Toper on Instagram.

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FEATURE: “Birds of Paradise” by Earl Donald

Earl Donald is an artist from Canada. Towards the end of 2018 he made his debut with a four track EP titled “Where You Know Yourself”. This formed the basis of his signature style with laid-back minimalist electronic sounds with vocal melodies and swirling synths. On February 3rd 2020 he released his latest single “Bird’s of Paradise”. A track that featured on his new EP “A Lighter World”.

The track itself is a total testament to Earl’s signature sound. An eclectic mix of sounds that really makes for a decent listening experience. For fans of Synth-Pop this one really fits well however whether or not it would sit well with fans of other genres remains to be seen, it’s a tricky one for sure having to accommodate for everyone’s styles but Earl really gives it his all with this latest release.

Overall, the mix and final product does sound great and it seems that a lot of care and attention went into this track in particular. Clearly there is a level of professional production that Earl achieves with this release that demonstrates that he isn’t messing around when it comes to his music.

At the time of this writing, Earl has currently 302 monthly listeners on Spotify alone. No doubt that as more and more folks hear this tune that number can only go up.

Check out “Birds of Paradise by Earl Donald on Spotify! You can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Bandcamp!

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SLWLY is a studio project lead by Michael Babcock and Gabe Santillan. Fans of warm fuzzy synths, tube amps and love songs – their sound is guaranteed to get us movin’ and feel some things.

Their first release was in 2018 with their first EP “Love Letters Trilogy, Pt. I: Love, Slwly”. On March 3rd 2020, they released their second EP titled “Xoxo”.

“Xoxo” by SLWLY

True to their words, the release is just what you’d expect from the studio project. The fuzziest of warm synths and the most tubular of amps. This EP is choc full of retro stylings with a modern twist. Tracks such as “Ripe” and “Sugar” will stick with you for days.

For those of you looking for some new tracks for your playlist – this is it!

Listen to “Xoxo” by SLWLY on Spotify. You can also follow them on Instagram!

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FEATURE – “How Can I Live” by Wiese

Last summer, Wiese released a cover of the ever classic tune “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. We covered that release (which you can read here), and since that time that track has gathered over four million streams on Spotify. Quite the achievement! Now he’s back and on February 26th 2020, he released his latest track titled “How Can I Live”.

This latest release is an original, clocking in at a little over two minutes long. This release is a fantastically produced piece of music. It blends elements not just from Pop but also EDM/Dance music too!

Wiese has already received almost 200,000 streams since the track made its debut late February. There’s no doubt that the only way is up for this accomplished artist.

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FEATURE: “I Paid The Cost” by Forkkio

From Washington DC comes David Forkkio. An indie artist who goes by his last name. Forkkio made his debut with his single “Swing”, released on June 5th 2016. Three years later he released his self-titled first album.

Forkkio’s style comes from a fusion of indie and hip-hop. This is clear from the second track from his album “I Paid The Cost”. The short but sweet tune is less than two minutes long but he does so much within that time. Proving to us all that it is not the length that is important but rather the quality.

Indeed the whole album features tracks that very rarely hit over the two minute mark. What Forkkio has done with this release is to try and bridge the gap between hip-hop and indie fans, and we feel that time can only tell how successful that will be. For now though, the album as a whole is great and definitely worth listening to at the very least.

You can follow Forkkio on Instagram and be sure to check out “I Paid The Cost” on Spotify!

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FEATURE: “Vamparty Diaries” – Doc Hammer

From San Diego, CA comes Doc Hammer. A hardcore infused rock band who on September 1st 2019 released their debut album “Neon Devil”. They are a group who likes to party. According to their Facebook page, they invite us to “get together and make normal situations weird”. Sounds like an adventure!

“Neon Devil” is a twelve-track rollercoaster ride. Tunes with interesting names and superb execution. Track two of the album “Vamparty Diaries” is an excellent example of this. You really hear what this band is about, fast riffs and tasty licks with a touch of screamin’ vocals.

For those who are fans of bands coming out of Southern California from the mid eighties to early nineties, Doc Hammer’s sound may appear familiar at first – but when they get going, they raise the bar high. What they have achieved is to bring classic sounds into the modern age. The band clearly has a well thought out, or felt out, songwriting process. This is something you can easily tell just by listening to “Vamparty Diaries” alone.

It is certainly a well made track with great production refining this gem. For fans of Punk, Hardcore, Metal and/or just Rock and Roll in general – Doc Hammer is a band you certainly don’t want to miss!

You can listen to “Vamparty Diaries” by Doc Hammer on Spotify. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

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FEATURE: “Leaving Home” by Sheldon Pickering

Sheldon Pickering is an artist based out of New Mexico, USA. His discography covers six albums and five singles. One of these singles is titled “Leaving Home”, released on February 7th 2020.

In terms of sound, Sheldon’s latest release is a simple yet refined sound. Just one piano. However, in this case, less is certainly more. What Sheldon does throughout this track is paint a beautiful picture with sheer precision. A black and a white rollercoaster that takes you on a journey, you’ll want to keep coming back for more.

This track is for everybody. Looking for a track in your upcoming series or film? This is it. Looking for a little something to put in the background while you get on with your day? This is it? For music lovers everywhere, this is it.

You can listen to Sheldon Pickering’s latest single “Leaving Home” on Spotify. Be sure to follow him on Facebook!

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