Archive for March, 2014

DRUNKSOULS

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Reggae is mesmerizing. It emanates such druggy soul, such palpable wisdom. One has to dance or do nothing at all. One has to bob, weave, or sit cross-legged, overcome by the rolling, primal rhythms.

Meld that power with digestible pop rock and fist-pumping funk, and you’ve got Drunksouls (not to mention a wicked party playlist).

Drunksouls have been toiling in France’s music scene since 2002, and all their sowing has begun to seed. The music video for Human Race (below!) has hit over two million views. Turns out setting French accents to reggae is like sneaking spinach into your fruit smoothie: undeniably nutritious, unexpectedly delicious. And they do the same with socially-conscious lyrics and rockin’ hooks, not to mention revolutionary punk spirit. This music is a glimpse of enlightened summertime, a leisure that inspires, surges, and motivates. Whether you need to mellow out some harsher vibes or rev up for a workout (or rally), reach out to Drunksouls for your fix. The best place to start would be Just Before Chaos, a compilation cd of their most energetic, entrancing works.

Bolstered by burgeoning interest across the Atlantic, they’re looking to book an American tour.

Wanna come?

RICHARD TYLER EPPERSON

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Richard Tyler Epperson. Remember that name. Even if it slips from your brain, his music will stay. Hourglass (the 2014 release I got to take a chunk out of) is an execution of acoustic and electric compromise. His emotions sprawl anywhere from summer solace to mid-winter meditations.

The press is comparing him to John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, and other cuddly cuties splattered across the indie-pop skyline. Pssh- he has more soul than all three combined! Not only is his sound sweet- it’s deep.

Despite his earthy, humble musk, I can smell radio-ready suds. It’s only a matter of time before legitimacy sneaks past the eye of popularity…right?

Let him tuck ghosts in your temporal lobe.

FIRE AND THE ROMANCE

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Fire and the Romance are so potent, you only need to put one earphone in.

Blending indie rumble with alternative pop, this freshly-birthed group is set to become. I was excited when I heard their music, which rarely happens. They shyly flirt with the space between experimentation and real risk.

The more I listen to indie rock the more I’m reminded sound is always evolving- often under your radar. Seems it’s only a matter of tuning in to the right place at the right time.

If that’s true, Fire and the Romance boast the utmost timeliness.

GALANTIS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Galantis gives good electro-pop. Composed of Christian Karlsson (of Miike Snow) + Linus Eklow (aka Style Of Eye), the duo blend indie pop aesthetics with subtle dance beats.

Their instantly buzzed-about sound doesn’t come as a surprise though, since Karlsson is not only a part of indie band Miike Snow but also one half of production duo Bloodshy & Avant, who have helped morph new sounds for pop heavyweights Madonna and Britney Spears. Eklow also co- wrote and produced Icona Pop’s international No. 1 smash I Love It ft. Charli XCX.

Their self-titled EP will be released via Big Beat/Atlantic on April 1st.

Listen to the just-released Help below.

IDA MARIA SAUCINESS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Point blank — Ida Maria should be on your radar.

The Norwegian punkster, who just revealed her brand new EP, Accidental Happiness [LAVA/Republic Records], is one catchy-ass songwriter. (Yes, I said it! Catchy-ass.)

The EP showcases her awesome songwriting, from the swaggering swing of Boogie With The Devil’s Soul, to the prickly, punk-y pop declaration I’m Bad News. Simultaneously, the title track exudes entrancing emotion wrapped up in another unshakable refrain. In late 2012, the artist overcame an overwhelming alcohol addiction, and the music reflects her journey with its striking clarity and realization of true creative fulfillment. Ida Maria has officially returned.

She has released two successful full-length efforts (Fortress Round My Heart and Katla), which spawned global hits like I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked and Bad Karma. Her music had been placed everywhere from Royal Pains to Gossip Girl.

Listen to the saucy, just-released bonus track (Sick Of You) below.

KANDACE SPRINGS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Q: What happens when you mix blues with a fresh old-school hip hop beat?
A: Capitol/Bluenote Records’ newest major label darling, Kandace Springs.

Currently hard at work on her newest album, Kandace has enlisted a team of experts: Pop+Oak (credits include: Alicia Keys/Rihanna), Matt Hales of Lianne De Havas fame, and Dre Harris.

Also with hands on the project, Evan Rogers & Carl Sturken, who gave Rihanna a shot at stardom years ago.

Her debut single Love Got In The Way is a pop-friendly introduction to the up & comer, meshing Kandace’s own style with the influence of Erykah Badu and Norah Jones. The track comes complete with a new official video that’s cool without pretense.

Check it!

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