Shake Your Ska Booty On Halloween – MENTO BURU Take Care Of The Music With ‘SKAWOLLEEN’ EP

13 October 2021

Band: MENTO BURU
Who: A 7-piece band from Bakersfield, CA that combining an energetic blend of Latin alternative, Jamaican SKA, and reggae sounds. Veterans of ska music’s hyperactive nineties third wave, the group has released music on the Moon Ska and Steady Beat record labels. The band’s name refers to two forms of early Jamaican folk music styles, which make up the rhythmic foundation of what would become ska and reggae music in the 1960s.


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New EP: SKALLOWEEN

Info: A six-song Extended Play of reimagined Halloween music classics originally recorded and released by Bakersfield Sound icons Buck Owens and Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads.

Turn Up The Volume: Just leave your death metal albums on the shelf this year with Halloween. Why? With this steaming EP you can organise also a moshpit with your friends. But instead of banging you’re heads against each other with concussions as a result, you can safely go Ska bonkers now. Warning: don’t fall over your feet while shuffling them like crazy and while shaking your booty too fast, or you’ll have the same painful outcome as with your metalloween havoc.

Join the special(s) madness here…

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MENTO BURO: Facebook

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British Post-Punk Revolters SHATTERCONES Unleash Demons On New EP ‘THIS SEPTIC ISLE’

11 October 2021

Band: SHATTERCONES
Who: Frustrated noiseniks from London

New EP: THIS SEPTIC ISLE
Released: 1st October via Gare Du Nord Records.

When their fulminating single Butterly Room came out (an acrimonious
reflection on the state of chaotic Brexit England) I called these four raging
post-punk revolters the Four Horsemen of the Great Britain Apocalypse. Their
second EP confirms this description with unbridled intenseness and stunning
songwriting bringing the sinister force of The Birthday Party to mind.

Opener Ghoul Driver sets the tremendously torrid tone of this jaw-dropping
extended play. It’s an ominous trance-like outburst that threatens to explode
any second with a nervous violin initiating the expected blood-and-guts finale.

Say Goodbye both surprises and impresses with its longing Mexican tango
melodiousness. Melancholic trumpets, a weeping violin, and banjo-like guitar
gusto. And again the vocals are utterly impassioned. A touching video clip
visualizes this heavy-hearted gem.

As said above Butterfly Room is a fulminating blast and closer The Man Ate
Capitalism
progresses at a funeral pace. Lamenting and dolesome. Seems
like capitalism is the deceased.

Conclusion: one of the most fascinating EPs I heard all year.

Stream/buy here…


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SHATTERCONES: Facebook

R & B Cocktail With LOVE ITOYA And Her Effervescent Debut EP ‘INTRODUCTION’

28 September 2021

Artist: LOVE ITOYA
Who: A 24-year R&B/Soul Greek Nigerian singer, songwriter,
performer, dancer, artist, born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Debut EP: INTRODUCTION
Released: 24 September 2021
Order-info: here

Itoya: “Introduction” was written by my true life experiences and
also has a message of empowerment and advice to the world.”

Turn Up The Volume: Itoya is a natural-born singer and entertainer. Her glorious soul voice – think Béyonce and Neneh Cherry (yes that good) -sounds so spirited, so brisk, so
real and human that your stream of adrenalin explodes and euphoria takes over. Her 6-track debut EP couldn’t have come at a better time. After about 18 freedom-limiting and depressing months – we can dance in the streets again, side by side.

Finally, we can enjoy life again while swaying and swinging our hips to this exotic R&B jamboree injected with reggae sparks (Pepper Dam / Real Love), Motown inspired disco fervor (Ups & Downs) and passionate, mixed emotions (Consideration, with a flashy guitar solo, should be a hit worldwide)). All irresistible tunes, richly orchestrated and greatly arranged. And yes, Love Itoya looks totally gorgeous. What an introduction!

Stream/buy the EP here…


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Mythical Prog Rock Symphonies – Swedish Act EYEMOUTH Eclipses You With Their New EP

7 September 2021

Band: EYEMOUTH
Who: This musical project started in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2014 and presents a soundscape based on electronic backgrounds and a more classic rock instrumentation blended with mellotrons, vibraphone, santur, harmonium and other alluring sounding instruments. In short, atmospheric psychedelic darkness with occult undertones.

New EP: ECLIPSE
Released: 20 August 2021

Eclipse, together with the previous EPs Cut (2020) and Spiral (2019) concludes a trilogy full of contradicting elements like nature, machines, birth, death and so on. The band recommends you to dive into the dark and vast oceans, and let yourself drift along with the unknown currents for a while.

Turn Up The Volume: Eyemouth is not a band, it’s a sort of spiritual experience, going from the unreal to the real and back. This EP contains six tracks but you really need to listen to it as a unity, as an entwined whole in order to capture the full sonic and lyrical picture.

Eclipse is one long mythical prog rock symphony with classical music structures that enhance the otherworldly euphony while Marcus Lilja‘s spooky voice wanders throughout like the untraceable ghost in the Blair Witch Project. Enigmatic, poignant and soul-stirring are the keywords. Put on your headphones, close your eyes and let this spellbinding trip lead you to the unreal and back. Enjoy the voyage.

Stream/buy Eclipse here…


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Eyemouth: Marcus Lilja, Joakim Åberg

All songs written and produced by Marcus Lilja
Recorded at All Harmonics Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden
Mastered by Daniel Johansson at Welfare Sounds
Cover layout by Håkan Aspnäs

ECLIPSE out now – available via Apple Music and Bandcamp

Living Legend PATTI SMITH Just Released A 7-Track EP ‘LIVE AT ELECTRIC LADY’

31 August 2021

Artist: PATTI SMITH
Active: Since 1967 / 11 studio albums

New EP: LIVE AT ELECTRIC LADY

Living legend Patti Smith has a live EP out as part of Spotify and Electric Lady Studios‘s
live registrations, also featuring Japanese Breakfast, Faye Webster, Bleachers, and more.

Her 7-track performance contains five of her own songs and two covers.
Bob Dylan’s ‘One Too Many Mornings’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Blame It On The Sun.’

Patti: “We are very proud to be part of Spotify’s Live At Electric Lady series, our favorite recording studio. It was a unique challenge and offered us an exciting and innovative
platform. We are grateful to Spotify for their generous support and willingness to
present a live performance with all its possibilities of risk and revelation.”

Tune in here…

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PATTI SMITH: Website

When Does DAMON ALBARN Sleep? GORILLAZ Drop New 3-Track EP ‘MEANWHILE’

29 August 2021

Band: GORILLAZ (UK)
Active: 1998-present / 7 studio albums so far

New EP: MEANWHILE

This new 3-track extended play celebrates the legendary the Notting Hill Carnival in London, once the inspiration for The Clash‘s debut single White Riot. Unfortunately, the carnival is cancelled this year due to the pandemic, something the 24/7 music-making Damon Albarn didn’t want to pass just like that.

Meanwhile features rappers AJ Tracey and Jelani
Blackman
and dancehall artist Alicaì Harley.

Carnival starts here…

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GORILLAZ: Facebook

Golden Voice ANGEL OLSEN Released Her 5-Track Covers EP ‘AISLES’

22 August 2021

Artist: ANGEL OLSEN
Who: Singer-songwriter from Chicago with a
golden voice, so far she made 5 studio albums

New EP: AISLES
Five covers of 80s hits
Released: 20 August 2021

Olsen picked 5 feel-good electro-pop hits from the eighties,
slowed them down, drenched them in a dream-synth bath,
and let her golden voice glide all over it.

All tracks…

‘Gloria’ – original by Umberto Tozzi
‘Eyes Without A Face’ – original by Billy Idol
‘Safety Dance’ – original by Men Without Hats
‘If You Leave Me’ – original by OMD
‘Forever Young’– original by Alphaville

Stream ‘Aisles’ EP here…

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ANGEL OLSEN: Facebook

Shadowy Synth/Guitar Reflections – British Duo TMFC With New EP ‘THE SPACE IN BETWEEN Pt. 1’

Extended plays…

19 July 2021


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Band: TMCF (UK)
Who: Pop duo unafraid to blend ambience with indie hooks to
create a psychedelic experience. Formed in a time of hopelessness.

New EP: THE SPACE INBETWEEN PT1

“We had the opportunity to dig deep introspectively and remember why it is we
make music in the first place. The reason is that music more than a choice, more
than a commodity – on a very human level, to us and to so many people, it is a
part of who we are… During the production of this EP, we were able to feel gravity
again, let our feet finally re-connect with the ground during this crazy time, and
once again fall in love with the process of creating music.”

Turn Up The Volume: Expect an instrumental synth/guitar opener (The Space
In Between
), a shadowy prog-roller-coaster with electrical twists and turns, and
a magnetic bass riff (Thaumaturgy), darkwavish pop-scapes (From Green To Grey
/ Collapse
), a sparkling dreamtune (The Lions Den ) and a euphonic, vocal symphony
with mellow piano touches (Soon The World Goes Black). Sounds intriguing, right?

Play this EP a couple of times in a row, so your hungry
ears can slowly discover the layered moodiness of it.

Dive into the space in between here…

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TMCF: Facebook

TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 5 Best EPs Of 2021 (So Far)

The 5 best of 2021 (so far) according to Turn Up The Volume’s ears…

Band: DEAP VALLY
Who: The two charismatic rock queens Lindsey
Troy
and Julie Edwards from the city of angels,
Los Angeles.

EP: AMERICAN COCKROACH
Released: 18 June 2021

Turn Up The Volume: After the equal top-notch Digital Dream EP
Deap Vally shine again on this follow-up, with some help from their
friends. Put the two 4-track EPs together (I did) and you get nothing
less than the amazing amazons’ best album (so far)! A gloriously
varied and high-quality pop/rock/blues accomplishment. Please
come back to Belgium (asap)!

Stream/buy here…


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Band: ULTRA SUNN (Belgium)
Who: Cold/darkwave duo – Sam Huge
and Gaelle Souflet – from Brussels

EP: NIGHT IS MINE
Released: 5 March 2021

Turn Up The Volume: Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibes,
Sisters Of Mercy‘s gloom and doom hallucinations and Depeche
Mode
‘s pop-noir thrills and you have the soundtrack for midnight
summer parties.

Listen/buy here…


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ULTRA SUNN: Facebook
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Band: EMPTY HEAD
Who: Up and coming hit team from Liege, Belgium. They cultivate the contrasts
and hold both the visceral intensity of Seattle’s grunge and the bewitching fever
of California’s desert rock. The resulting blatant firepower is then used by singer
Simon Galloy as a support for his dark and intimate lyrics, which evoke topics such
as dreams and delusion, introspection, and the anxiety of the passage of time.

EP: EMPTY HEAD
Released: 15 May 2021

Turn Up The Volume: From supersonic prog-punk-rock to towering primal screams
and psychedelic ax riffage, from mind-crushing paranoia and muscled turbulence to
swing moods emotions. Your ears will not be the same after listening to this full-headed whirlwind.

Check/buy EP here…


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EMPTY HEAD: Facebook
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Artist: NICOLE MARXEN
Who: Dallas-based musician and visual artist.
Known as one of the shiny dark innovators behind
acclaimed avant-garde pop band Midnight Opera.

EP: TETHER
Released: 26th February 2021

Marxen says “In many ways, it was a crucial first step in my own grieving
process and self-discovery as a songwriter. Being so rooted in showmanship,
I hadn’t explored such vulnerability in my work before. when I began to shift
my efforts inward, I found that my truth very much needed to be expressed.
The song serves as a reminder to hold space for myself.”

Turn Up The Volume: You actually can feel Nicole Marxen‘s pain of losing
her mother as titanic industrial synth wallops petrify your perplexed mind.
She wants to ease the gloom and doom impact of her dramatic loss so her
wounded heart and restless soul can breathe free again. Chelsea Wolfe is
around the corner, listening in the shadow.

Stream/buy here…


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NICOLE MARXEN: Facebook
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Artist: HANNYA WHITE
Who: Musician/modern art painter and video maker,
based in London creating an unusual combination of
the playful and the dystopian.

EP: NO PREVIEW
Released: 23 February 2021

Score: 4 love songs for those who want to explore the dark side of their
inner self by watching David Lynch movies. I’m sure Hannya White is one
of them. The way she infiltrates your worried thoughts with electro-scapes
boggles your psyche. It’s a puzzling experience. Expect the unexpected.

Chaotic music for chaotic people in chaotic times.

Listen/buy here…


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HANNYA WHITE: Facebook

Nashville Singer/Songwriter LAYLA FRANKEL Sends Us A 5-Track ‘POSTCARD FROM THE MOON’

Reveries for the laziest day of the week…

20 June 2021

Artist: LAYLA FRANKEL
Who: Nashville-based singer-songwriter describing her genre-crossing music, as “Soulcana” with witty lyrics and crafted melodies, her songs blur the lines between blues, folk, pop-rock and soul, featuring powerhouse vocals at the forefront.

New EP: POSTCARD FROM THE MOON

Turn Up The Volume: Do you want some illustrative references? Lana Del Ray, Eagles,
Carly Simon
and Dolly Parton. Spellbinding vocals, country folk musings and candlelight sentiments. Romanticana all over the place. The moon moved to Nashville and Frankel
send us a sonic postcard from there with 5 gripping songs.

Single: You Can’t Love Me Like I Loved You
Selected as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Stream/buy
the full EP right here…

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LAYLA FRANKEL: WebsiteFacebook