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LUC // The King of Cons // Josh Stevens // Benevolent Machines // MXMS

LUC – Over It

Uber talented Kari Kimmel has done so much in her career. As well as project partner, Joe Corcoran. The duo makes for a continuing and formidable pair of musical fabulousness. In ‘Over It’, the radiance of pop-indie comes to life with punk-ish vibes that deliver with spunk and life. Succinct and divorced of any pretense, the two phenomenal song writers/producers, deliver with a mean punch. It’s fun, it’s hip, it’s now, and we all should be living life, like its chorus.

The King of Cons – Wolf Pack

The King of Cons is a pop duo from Munich. The term ‘pop’ in this context being a crass generalization. A cocktail of rnb, synthie-pop and contemporary hiphop are the signatures of this project. Franko van Lankeren and Lennart Stolpmann not only curate their own sound, but also their style which is similarly influenced by half a dozen niches from the past centuries. No doubt, they are tinkerers.

Josh Stevens – Somewhere

‘Somewhere’ the track narrates the story of a young woman’s journey through her ups and downs to reach Hollywood and fame. Showcasing passionate vocals, foot-stomping rhythms and uplifting melodies, ‘Somewhere’ delivers a fresh and vibrant sound. Josh Stevens is a Los Angeles-based singer, producer, songwriter and engineer. His works are Grammy Award Winning, RIAA Platinum Certified, Billboard Award Nominated, Juno Award Nominated (Canada) and ARIA Music Awards Platinum Certified (Australia). Rock n’ roll lives in Josh’s single of note, where it’s easy to gather ourselves for that long road of life that we are bound.

Benevolent Machines – The Fighter

Benevolent Machines is a musical project by Dev Saha. The sonic aim is ultimately psychedelic with layers of grunge, shoegaze, noise rock, and post-rock. Off of his debut album ‘Built on the Best’ (available now), BM is that industrial movie of note, where the dark hat of goodness, deliver justice against the white hat of ambiguity. The entire recording and tracking process for the guitars, vocals, and bass in the album was performed by Dev using this setup. All drums and percussion were written through midi loops. The album touches on themes of climate change, technological advancement, social upheaval, and personal experiences.

MXMS – Death Row

“‘Death Row’,” said MXMS, “is about a crazy young female drug addict who is completely fearless of death, and runs wild and free in the madness of her self-created delusional world.” Interview Magazine says, “funeral pop,” the music created by MXMS, is rarely confined to the darker side of the human experience. Their music frequently swells from lush yet painfully intimate lows to rousing and inspirational cinematic highs.” Ariel Levitan and Jeremy Dawson make up this delicious combination of the sweet and the bitter within their project MXMS. The seriousness of the subject enhances the underpinned one piece frame of the duo that makes it so very tactile. Their use of contrasts also brings out the flavor of the story telling, as they utilize conventional pop music developing, then tastefully and deliciously add one sudden element (i.e. Ariel’s noise-screams) to get it to another plane of dimension.


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