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Artist Spotlight: Kenny Hoopla

– Pop-punk lives// –

In a state of punk decorum and expertise, Kenny Hoopla is the adventurist into the grandeurs of alternative rock, new-wave and …

pop-punk.

With the figurehead of pop-punk, Travis Barker behind the sticks, Hoopla became first known to us with his first debut EP, how will i rest in peace if I’m buried by a highway?// in 2020. With plastic door and sore loser, it was a more misanthropic, personal exploration of Hoopla’s ideas of lyricism and sorrowful tones, in terms of musicality.

how I rest in peace if I’m buried on the highway?//

For 2021 – with Barker no doubt barking orders for it to feature more angst and energy – SURVIVORS GUILT: THE MIXTAPE//, features a stronger competency to writing catchy and anthemic punk powerhouses that certainly has speckles of fellow punk counterparts of nothing.nowhere. and Blink-182 in the 8-track EP listing.

SURVIVORS GUILD: THE MIXTAPE//

Featuring the song that pushed Kenny into this genre in the first place, estella//, aswell as hollywood sucks// and my personal favourite, smoke break//, it is an exciting turn of events for this new-wave 23-year-old Ohio-born singer and rapper.

Worth a listen for any avid punk fans and for anyone who wants to let loose For this week, worthy under Artist Spotlight.

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Song of the Day: Snarky Puppy’s Shofukan

WELL, this series was meant to be surrounded in lush tropics as we aptly name it the Summer Song of the Day, but as we’ve had our summer for all but three days with our familiar friend, rain returning to our lands, I’ve had to sink back to the elusive name of Song of the Day.

This time, it’s the garnered and adventurous funk-fusion mega-band that simply jam and stick it to the man with their catastrophic flexes of making such diverse and richly compelling music. Led by bassist, Michael League – and one of my favourite drummers to listen too, Larnell Lewis – Snarky Puppy are one of those big-league big-bands that are simply not worthy to miss out any music they’ve made – – future or past.

Snarky Puppy released their twelfth studio album, Immigrance in 2019, a chop-fanatic focused of dark limerick that boils well within their album counterparts of 2012’s GroundUP and 2014’s We Like It Here, an album that showed admiration for the city of London, in where it was aptly recorded in full-length, too.

This is the album that features our apt song of the day, too. Shofukan. Stream it on any service or buy it wherever available. I can ensure you of a pleasurable musical experience, my friends.

Not to mention their 2020 live album at the Royal Albert Hall that earned them an esteemed Grammy Award the following year for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

The fruity ensemble are set to return to live gigs and shows around America in September 2021 with more dates to follow, I’m sure.

https://snarkypuppy.com/tour

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We edge closer to live music ..

As the sun peaks in the highest point in the sky, communities resume normal routines and we’re investing in entertainment in the Arts, we’re slowly edging that bit closer to the concept of live music. With festivals planned to go ahead in the back end of August and with tours booked in Autumn of 2021 – not to mention the Download Pilot coming up in June/July – it’s so close!

Anyone got any plans when we return to normality with live concerts and gigs?

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Charts: Olivia Rodrigo goes head-to-head with Easy Life

Now, I’m not normally an avid watcher of the Official Charts as popularity does not ultimately result in good music all the time. This is clear from the evident trawls of music the Charts has splurged out over the years.

But, my ears perked up when the local Leicester lads of Easy Life’s debut, Life’s a Beach is giving Olivia Rodrigo’s album, SOUR, a run for its money. An album that has taken the world by storm with its glossy but gritty angst to love with consecutive weeks in global sales, could Olivia be toppled from the spot in glorious fashion with one of my avid favourites of Easy Life?

Their debut delivered great expectations and has risen in fantastic pleasure for all fellow musicians who revolve around the East Midlands.

So, I implore you gorgeous lot to buy it, stream it, share it – do whatever we need to do to get their deserved number one spot. It’ll certainly be a hard feat as I imagine Olivia has a greater international pull than the boys from Leicester …

but still … this is the music industry – anything’s possible!

https://www.easylifemusic.com/

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Sleep Token – ‘Sundowning’ Album Review

Eternally divinine, Sleep Token are one of the most unique new underground acts in the heavy rock and progressive metal heading to leave its quarters of worship and share its beauty with us.

Definitive, powerful and expertly put together, Sundowning is one of my favourites that I just keep coming back to, simply to relive. I implore everyone else to do the same.

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But, don’t be put off by the glorious display of devil-like incarnations, this album is not to be trifled or spited with. Like inhabited spirits, they simply create abounding music – and simply worship those creatives before them.

Like carefully aligned pieces of music, for me, the album invokes a masterpiece – and I love it. Beautiful melodic performances, a sorrowful vocalist, the precisely-timed chaos of the arching drums, and the illusion and mystery that invokes such a piece is enough to upkeep conversations going about just how strong the progressive-metal scene is in the UK.

The sheer anonymity of the British collective just adds further to the mystery, too. Songs such as, The Offering, Dark Signs and The Night Does Not Belong to God are somewhat showing their worship to an ancient deity that can only be identified by ‘Sleep’, who appeared to the band’s lead singer, ‘Vessel’, in a dream.

I know about it just as much as you do, but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty darn cool. But where frantic progressive-metal reins in their expressiveness, moments of fleeting beauty appear so softly in the ambient tranquil of such songs like, Levitate and Give.

The album does not begin to falter though, with elements of rage – maybe due to the lack of worshipping to their inhabitants – driving us straight into Gods and Say That You Will. The full 12-listing of the album ends with a beauty that I can’t stop repeating – Blood Sugar. A chorus of melodic piano, a hymn of vocals and progressive rhythmic art, it’s a worthy contender to end it right.

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If they’re planning on delighting the Gods with this as The Offering, the Vessel, and his collaborative collective, should be mightily satisfied with their efforts.