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“Best Friend” by CAPYAC / Hilarity & Lemons

Best Friend


The Band:

CAPYAC is a creative project that is an ever collaborating, musical collective formed by Delwin Campbell and Eric Peana. Both, currently referring to themselves under the pseudonyms of Potion (Campbell) and P. Sugz (Peana).

These two magicians of art started playing jazz standards together in high-school, back in 2009. Potion played the piano while P. Sugz was jamming on the upright bass. However, the spark of genius, which inspired them to start writing together, came much later in their relationship.

Potion requested P. Sugz collaborate with him on a soundtrack he was developing for a radio drama. As they experimented with blues and folk riffs in a studio in Texas, the concept of them becoming a writing duo really took hold.

From these humble beginnings in 2014, the band have evolved to include numerous instrumentalists and vocalists into their musical off-springs. They are also well-known for expanding beyond the general musical performances to incorporating extravagances such as theatrics, costumes, props and improvised hilarity into their shows.

They even showcased their ever-evolving skills by producing a fashion show. It seems there is no end to this duo’s talents. They offer a new and fresh performance style that reaches beyond the benign into progressive forms of expression, which attracts and delights audiences.

The daring duo are inspired by a wide spectrum of influences, from their mutual love of absurdism, deep house, improv, p-funk and even a cuckoo clock. They have told us their creative process is “feisty and mysterious, like hot magma”. We are just itching to get behind the scenes to witness this creative volcano explode!

Their most recent release, “Best Friend”, is the second single from their upcoming album and is a comical, tongue in cheek, funky love song, accompanied by an extremely entertaining music video.

New single release “Best Friend”:

This song provides a powerful stylistic delivery, which has strong similarities to Prince. The lyrical and theatrical performance, cleverly portrayed in their music video, is highly amusing with a definite flair for the dramatic and extravagant.

The mid-tempo, groovy melody inspires listeners to move with the music. From the jazzy tones, blended with dashes of Prince stylings and electro-funk, this song is absolutely genius.

Potion’s vocal performance is not only supported by his high-calibre singing ability, but his aptitude for drama contributes to an all-round performance that raises CAPYAC above the masses to an elite level.

The entire song keeps you thoroughly entertained, with witty lyrics such as; “she gets kinky in the kitchen, a three-star Michelin” and “when she crawls into the bed, it’s like a limousine, like a Russian doll, like a cuzzi tub way up in the sky”.

A high quality of performance in every sense with a humorous twist, imparting the message to listeners that it is, quite frankly, nice to have sex with your best friend. Or possibly multiple best friends, as the lyrics interchange between “she” and “their” and the video shows an entourage of people dancing for Potion, as he bathes in a bathtub full of lemons.

If you enjoy music from artists such as Benny Sings and Vulfpeck, then you’re going to love CAPYAC. What exciting new projects will this creative collective deliver next? This is, as of yet, still unknown.

When asked what will come next for the band, Potion and P. Sugz told us, “as people used to be wrong about the motion of the sun, so they are still wrong about the motion of the future. The future stands still, it is we who move in infinite space”.

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Impressively infectious and thrilling track “Intruder Alert” by J Carlyle

J Carlyle is a multi-talented artist, rapper, songwriter, storyteller and poet who appeared on the scenes in 2020 and has been gaining serious momentum ever since.

Growing up, Carlyle always loved music and immersed himself in old school dub and lovers rock which helped him to understand the emotions behind different genres. His musical and lyrical talents emerged at a young age and by 15 yrs old he was writing his own songs and performing as a Grime MC.

His influences stem from the likes of Wretch32, Kendrick Lamar, System Of A Down and Vybz Kartel, but his heart is strongly placed with the reggae, dancehall and RnB genres.

Carlyle’s debut and now acclaimed EP Calculating the If’s secured his status as a notable artist and deals with sensitive issues of mental health. Carlyle quoted: “I consider myself an advocate for Mental Health because it’s a topic which is extremely close to me. Over the last 10 years, I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum from working in one of the largest mental health institutions in East Midlands, looking after people from all walks of life whose mental health has deemed them a risk to society or/and their own well-being. I myself have suffered with mental health issues also. This journey prompted me to work with Channel 4 and local council to create a music programme for the youth.”

He went on to release three more singles after this EP; “Man of Action”, “Forever Girl”, in which he collaborated with legendary producer Mantra, and “Pressures of Precious” an impressive and powerful spoken-word piece accompanied by a jazzy keyboard from Luma Sounds.

Carlyle has just released his much anticipated newest single “Intruder Alert”, which showcases a new musical diversity and expansion for this impressive artist.

Sirens sound an alarm as the song opens and we are quickly enveloped in a multi-layered soundscape which thrills and entices the senses. An irresistible funky beat, groovy melody, and captivating vocals are the winning recipe for this show stopper of a track.

Reggae, grime, dancehall and RnB blend spectacularly together in this upbeat and exciting song, which showcases Carlyle’s extraordinary talents as a rapper and singer-songwriter.

Rhythm and rhyme merge harmoniously together as Carlyle regales us with an amusing tale of seduction through poetic lyrics such as; “So what’s a man to do, with a stranger in the view, she waan come ina mi room, mek mi cum ina di womb, from me enter, know seh mi fallin to mi doom, ina di centre, Pharaoh to di tomb”.

Carlyle’s silky smooth vocals are a delight to listen to, with a soulful and alluring tone which will charm any listener.

This tracks irresistibly groovy melody will have your head bobbing spontaneously and your body grinding. It’s completely infectious and this catchy, memorable track will stay with you for a long time after, reminding you to return for more of his thrilling tunes.

This single release is just the beginning of an exciting year ahead for Carlyle, who also has several new tracks geared up for release and plans to publish a book of poems and give spoken word performances. We are excited to follow this noteworthy artist on his journey into establishing himself as a major force on the UK rap scene and much more.

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M.A.D.S.K.I.L.L captivates listeners and encourages our faith in “Jelly Fish”

M.A.D.S.K.I.L.L is a Christian hip-hop artist who rededicated his life and work to Christ in 2002. He was inspired to help the world resist and overcome evil temptations, by applying the word of God from the gospel within his lyrical content.

In his current project, which has been inspired by the intense sadness this artist feels about the current cultural state of our world today, M.A.D.S.K.I.L.L wrote 21 songs in three weeks. All of these songs utilise the teachings from the gospel and connects them to our everyday lives.

“Jelly Fish” is a song from the second instalment of the “Clarity 2020 Vision” album which is soon to be released. It is a noteworthy song that challenges people who are shaky in their faith and encourages them to firmly stand for what they believe.

This track is an uptempo, funky track which is relatable, understandable and unforgettable, a mark of a true artist.

As the song begins, a captivating melody envelops the listener and we are enticed by M.A.D.S.K.I.L.L as he whispers intermittent words with reverbed vocals creating a hypnotic atmosphere.

Layered vocals and synths produce a fascinating soundscape throughout the song, which perfectly match M.A.D.S.K.I.L.L’s impressive performance.

This artist is an exceptional wordsmith and raps with crystal clear pronunciation, making it easy to follow his intriguing revelations. He welcomes us in with a comforting and inviting tone, which completely absorbs the listener.

His unwavering faith is clearly represented within his delivery and it feels easily accessible and approachable for us.

The chorus assembles remarkably witty lyrics such as; “Jelly fish em, jelly fish em, the opposite of wisdom, I say, Jelly Fish em, made decision of indecision, Christian chicken, bending wherever the cultures living, if their sinning makes no difference, then I say Jelly Fish em”.

The catchy melody and lyrics entice listeners to rap along with M.A.D.S.K.I.L.L, imparting a notable lasting impression.

M.A.D.S.K.I.L.L invites Christ and the teachings of the gospel into our everyday lives through eloquently connected lyrics and relateable comparisons. This master of rap sermons shows us a pathway into a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit.

M.A.D.S.K.I.L.L was born and raised Ken Wright III, in Altadena, California. From a baby, he was immersed in a world of music by his father, who was a jazz pianist and shared his love for music with his son.

As a young boy, still in diapers, he would sit under his father electric piano, soaking in the music. He was even privy to the studio jam sessions with his father and other jazz musicians, all of which ignited an intense passion for music.

Through freestyle battles and performing locally he honed his lyrical skills, however, when his path was redirected to Christ, his performance style underwent a major change, and he re-emerged as, M.A.D.S.K.I.L.L; M: Music, A: apologetically, D: directed, S: scriptural, K: knowledge, I: in, L: lyrical, L: language.

We are excited to see more revolutionary Christian hip-hop from this artist. If you enjoy music from artists such as Lecrae and Andy Mineo, then M.A.D.S.K.I.L.L will fit perfectly on your playlist.  Watch out for his upcoming releases here:

Soaring vocals and unforgettable melodies in “Imperfections” by Mixed Signals

Mixed Signals is a rock-pop band from the San Francisco, Bay area, who are captivating audiences with their unique music and breathtakingly beautiful vocals.

Their most recent release “Imperfections”, is a sentimental composition which will connect with listeners on a deep level, pulling at your heartstrings.

This song has been inspired by those “imperfections” that we may criticize and dislike about ourselves. However, these attributes are what make us special and one of a kind.

“Imperfections”, tells us we should learn to love and accept these special, quirky differences, because they are what make us truly unique and beautiful.

The song opens with a mid-tempo emotive melody rising from the drums and guitar which creates a hypnotic atmosphere.

As Rebecca Capriulo begins to sing, listeners are captivated by her hauntingly beautiful vocals, as she welcomes you in, bewitching our hearts and charming our minds.

Rebecca has an exceptional vocal ability with a sweet and alluring tone which is an absolute delight to listen to.

Deeply moving lyrics tell a poetic story which engages and moves the listener, such as; “The one that stirs and blurs my vision, the image that leaves me with perfect indecision, come on let’s go find beauty in your chaos”.

The steady rise and fall in this song keeps the listener totally absorbed, with slow sentimental rises and expressive musical and vocal high points.

The combination of Rebecca’s impressive vocals with the hypnotic multi-instrumental melodies is completely intoxicating. This fascinating song will stay with you for hours after, reminding you to return for more.

The band was formed by Zach McFadden in 2015, consisting of other band members; Rebecca Capriulo (Vocals), Zach McFadden (Guitar), Andy Lindquist (Bass), and Jonathan Quen (Drums). This impressive band of artists all come from varied musical education and experiences.

Rebecca and Jonathon have come from a musical background in church choirs, while Zach was playing in reggae and rock bands, and Andy was rocking it out with heavy metal bands for years.

Somehow, this group of diverse artists fuses together like magic, developing a unique sound for themselves, producing a perfect balance between soaring vocals, delicate harmonies, captivating melodies and epic guitar riffs.

They are creating some seriously noteworthy music, and this band is sure to charm any listener. If you enjoy music from artists such as Turnover and Alvvays, then Mixed Signals will fit perfectly on your playlist.

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Powerful and hypnotic “Roentgen” by Sonic Radiation

Todd Last is the inspiration and genius behind Sonic Radiation, a one-man exploration into the sonic land of techno and trance, pursuing new and unchartered soundscapes.

Todd’s passion for electronic music was sparked in college, he was so astounded at the unique and intriguing sounds that he just had to make his own!

However, a tragic accident in the oceans of Hawaii left him with a severe spinal cord injury, and Todd had to regain the ability to just be able to function in everyday life.

His passion to create electronic music pushed his recovery forward, and regaining the ability to produce music was an important step early on in his healing programme.

Todd experimented for two years to cultivate high-energy dance music that eloquently combines trance and techno beats, and he hopes to express his reverence and belief for electronic dance music through his compositions.

His most recent release, “Roentgen”, is an energetic, captivating track emitting electromagnetic waves of sonic energy into the mind and body, increasing listeners vibrations to a higher frequency.

This track opens and we are immediately hit with intense bass beats which submerge the listener in a bath of EDM ecstasy.

The ceaseless up-tempo 4/4 beat pushes the track forward, enchanting our bodies to move uncontrollably, endlessly pushing, elevating listeners to a state of euphoria.

Futuristic sounds weave hypnotic melodies, that expertly dance around one another, creating an ecstatic soundscape.

This is a powerful track, full of intensity and fire, it will be a perfect addition to any, dance, party or workout playlist.

Todd has a vision towards the future of electronic music, which is clearly communicated through his impressive compositions, which not only excite the body, but also elevate the mind to an alternate state.

His influences and inspiration stem from a number of sci-fi movies such as Star Wars, and noteworthy bands such as Depeche Mode and Astral Projection. Todd told us; “I think my style kind of happens by making a sound that takes the best of what I like, enjoy, and hear as a fan”.

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Shout-Out for “No Expectations” by Eternal

Eternal is the DJ duo formed in 2017, comprising of brothers Connor and Christian Clark. They are bringing transcendent music that resonates in people’s hearts, and order to chaos through future and melodic bass.

If you enjoy music from artists such as Flume and SLANDER then Eternal will fit perfectly on your playlist.

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Shout-Out for “Livin’ the Given” by Waking Bear

Waking Bear is the Indie-Rock band sensation from Olympia, Washington, producing inspirational and uplifting music which elevates listeners to the higher frequencies of love and gratitude.

Their newest release, “Livin’ the Given”, is a touching song inspired by Noah Bears Mom, and is a reflection on a Mothers love for their child and a reminder to embrace all the wonderful gifts we have been given in this life.

If you enjoy music from artists such as Trevor Hall and Michael Franti & Spearhead, then Waking Bear will fit perfectly on your playlist.

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Von Louis captivates listeners with epic riffs and mesmerising vocals in their debut release “21 Again”

Von Louis is an indie-rock band formed by members, Evan Lecker and Kyle Vonderau in 2019. Lecker and Vonderau are two accomplished musicians who have been long-time friends and performed various times together at shared concert bills.

Von Louis was formed after Vonderau invited Lecker to compose lyrics and vocals for a song he was developing. After this first meeting, creative sparks flew and they knew they needed to create music together.

“21 Again” is their stunning debut single, which is a dreamy pop song with an intense hit of indie-rock energy, a captivating introduction to this duo’s noticeable and unique style.

This song has all the best ingredients of an epic indie-rock song; legendary guitar riffs, accentuated drumming, captivating melody, and superior rock star vocals with a dash of reverb for good measure, all contributing to an excellent track.

The song opens with an expressive and emotive soundscape of mid-tempo drums and electric guitar, creating a mesmerising atmosphere, slightly reminiscent of 90s’ rock-pop, with the noticeable modern-day style of Von Louis, that is uniquely their own.

Lecker bewitches listeners with his rocky, raspy vocals, delivering eloquently poetic lyrics such as; “and anyone who told ya, if you wish hard enough, it will all pass by, like a summer storm, right before your eyes”.

Listeners will be captivated and charmed by this duo’s emotive lyrics, passionate vocals and impeccable performance, and the beautifully memorable melody will stay with you for hours after, tempting you to return for more.

Von Louis (Evan Lecker and Kyle Vonderau)

Vonderau and Lecker are self-taught musicians who grew up in the Houston, Texas area. Both artists uncovered their passion and natural gift for music and songwriting through guitar playing in their earlier years, and later on expanded their knowledge and skills to singing and producing.

Both artists enjoyed stints playing with numerous bands in high school and college. They continued working separately on various projects, until the formation of Von Louis.

For the past year, this talented duo have been creating music remotely, using voice memo’s, looped arrangements and ProTools to develop their sessions.

In late 2019, Von Louis gathered a group of their favourite musicians for a recording session of their newly composed material. Slowly they are beginning to release this music to the public.

This band’s inspiration arises from a good cigar and vintage gear, as much as it does classic rock albums. Absorbing influences from a wide spectrum from Avant-garde to classic pop, their broad musical knowledge and experience are heard in their intricate compositions, and they can easily be named as the most significant band of 2020.

If you enjoy music from artists such as The War on Drugs and Spoon, then Von Louis will fit perfectly on your playlist. Keep an eye out for their upcoming releases here:

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Sensitive and captivating “What’s on Ya Mind?” by James Storch

James Storch

James Storch is a multi-talented singer and songwriter from Flushing, New York, who has been inspired and moved by music since the young age of five years old.

His debut Spotify release, “What’s on Ya Mind?” has already exceeded 20k streams, and it’s easy to see why.

The song commences and we are instantly intrigued and beguiled by James’ soaringly seductive vocals, which are performed with an enticing sensuality that stays with you for hours after, teasing you to return for more of his delicious tones.

James has an impressive vocal ability, he sings with fierce intensity and his performance feels passionate and raw, with an appealing tone which makes him a pleasure to listen to.

“What’s on Ya Mind?” is a sensitive and affectionate song with a danceable mid-tempo and soulful r&b melody.

This song was inspired by the ending of a long term relationship. James couldn’t eat or sleep for days and was suffering immense heartbreak and sadness.

He finally sat down and allowed his creative expression to release his heartache and confusion into this song. James has said, “I just went with the flow, and it flowed beautifully.” The result is an excellent track which will connect with many people.

We can all relate to certain problems in relationships, a lack of communication can cause many difficulties, and James focuses on the importance of being truthful and upfront with the person you are with.

James cherishes the ability to express himself through music, his first experience with this realization was when he heard his father singing along to “Traces” by Classics IV. He did not understand the lyrics, but he could connect to the emotion being conveyed.

Later, in his Junior High School years, his passion for music developed further when he became involved in the school choir.

His experience with the school choir influenced his musical development greatly, and it became clear to James that singing and songwriting was his true passion.

The dedication and love that James has for music can be clearly heard in his performance, which is gentle yet hypnotic.

James incorporates his real-life experiences and feelings into his music, he artistically crafts these tales into relatable and moving musical compositions.

If you enjoy music from artists such as Bruno Mars and The Weekend then James Storch will fit perfectly on your playlist. A talented musician and performer, he is definitely set for great things.

James Storch

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