Keep Sayin' I'm Crazy
From Standing In The Corridor
Funky popadelic Carl' O brings us a unique mix of influences from his musical base in Paris. Having already composed music which found its way into film and soundtrack under the name of Carlton RARA, this subtle re-invention allows him to bring us more of his quality albeit with a different coat on. By tackling intellectual subject matter such as human relationships and societal changes to the sound of accessible and easy going music, Carl' O delves deep into the grey matter under the steam of enjoyment and pleasure.
The track begins with a hip-hop inspired beat with crackles and drums combining to make way for a smooth bass-line. Disco style vocals reminiscent of the Bee Gees that carry a staccato rhythmic melody drape themselves over the laid-back and gentle groove which digs down and settles nicely in the ears. Keyboards, bass, and drum all make a cosy combination that gives Carl' O a podium for his emotional and poetic style. yet another independent musician with ample quality that deserves to be heard.
Listen to Keep Sayin' I'm Crazy on YouTube
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Christmas Joy (Feat. Jess Mist)
It's December so we can officially kick off the Christmas spirit on Alternative Fruit. No stranger to the radio, and with skills bringing him to the same stage as DJ Carl Cox, Gmack is beginning to get the attention he deserves. This prolific entertainer once released two albums 8 hours from each other. Our Glasgow based singer-songwriter has everything it takes to make it into the top leagues, and has already shown us that he's capable of delivering when it matters most.
It begins with a classic peel of Christmas bells. Guitar chords strumming a major tune slice through the cold wind to bring us a sunny and warming voice. Jess Mist delicately spells out for us all the good things about this time of year. Wishing us all a merry Christmas and reminding us to share love and be happy, we can only look to the future and give thanks that we work to make it better.
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Since the more than warm reception of Another Man earlier this autumn, Freya Alley has decided to raise another flag to join the splendid colours already flying. This time she's chosen to take a more experimental and artistic outlook on her music, asking some philosophical questions while exploring not only the truth but more of her trademark great composition skills. Who are we underneath it all? Once we stop pretending or listening to what others think about us, is there anything left? What is the nature of the self, and what does the self mean to another person? Either an analogy for an intimate relationship or a postulation of important life affirming questions, Black Hole makes use of the mind and the sound of good music to bring us more of what Freya Alley does best. The video shows us Freya performing her music with fabulous camera angles and lighting effects which truly iconise the artist. A catchy melody with a beat that takes you by the collar makes sure this track gets the attention it deserves.
You can watch Black Hole by Freya Alley on YouTube
It wasn't that long ago when Alternative Fruit featured Shiraz with her song Done The Dirty. Since releasing the track, this young and talented British-Israeli clearly has a bright musical future. With a voice like that, what's stopping her? Now it's time to bring her back into the spotlight as she brings us Simmer Down. This new number works on that same hip-hop easy going sound which we have learned to associate with her voice. The cover art is awesome, the intricate yet simply iconic imagery tells us that we can expect a similar thread in the sound. It was chosen by means of a fan write-in on Twitter, which I took part in of course.
The song opens with an easy-going rhythm composed with a plucked string melody and a non-invasive yet hook laden drumming. It's got pace, and there's energy in the bars however the mood is set on calm and the lyrics invite us to relax. Catchy chorus lines keep coming back to reassure us that we're hearing the song right, and this quality singer has got us covered. The song is not yet out, but keep an eye on her Spotify profile for up and coming titles.
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Pupa Yotza & Dbey
Senegalese lyricist and producer Dbey Traore returns to Alternative Fruit since featuring with his single Hakuna Matata. This time, in league with French record producer and multi-instrumental composer Pupa Yotza, the duo bring images of inequality to our screens with their brand new collaborative video. Dbey brings along his dancing troop to strut their stuff while Pupa manages to hold everything together from a seemingly different universe. Hard hitting beats with frantic rhythms in between them give an animated platform for dancing, rapping, and lots of good vibrations from one world to another. Let's hope that more of these two surfaces in the near future.
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The New Realm
On The Run
Thanks to lots of homely and intimate live acoustic shows on live streaming, The New Realm have become somewhat of a social-media phenomenon. Having released their previous single in April, previously mentioned on Alternative Fruit, The New Realm have gone on to make an album which features some of the best musicians on the scene. This new release marks the beginning of the next chapter for this pop rock band from London. The radio seems to love this band too, as their last song and this one take listeners by storm all over the world.
It starts with a guitar and voice. A beautiful melody as if from a soundtrack to a film begins to cast its magical spell over the delicately plucked notes. The emotions rise and chords begin strumming to elevate the sound. Smooth acoustic notes drive the song forward while the words, silken and with pin point elocution, gradually build and grow into a rock n roll chorus which surges the song into its climax.
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On My Own
Growing up in a home full of classical Indian music helped AJ Hans to develop a keen mind for performance and quality composition. After finding his wings with the sport of tennis, this young and multi-talented song-writer decided to not follow the professional athletic path laid out before him. Preferring to go to university, it was during his studies that a desire to become a performing musician began to fruit. This time though, he went for it, and with ample skills and a sporting attitude towards self-improvement, AJ Hans has made an awesome new song. So far, he's been in talks with Disney, ITV, and the BBC in conjunction with his abilities. Looks good, doesn't it?
The 3 and a half minute track opens with a strummed steel string acoustic guitar. It begins with a date, three years ago at the time of release. A definitive flavour of Ed Sheeran makes the R'n'B delivery of rhythm and vocal something to listen to and enjoy. The melody in the guitar moves gracefully from one chord to another while AJ's voice springs from tone to tone with ease. It breaks down to a heart-felt and sombre one to one with the subject of the song, it's about ending love, needing space, and time to find our own direction. We can't always keep coming back when we're casually rejected.
Listen to this brilliant song on Youtube.
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Kiss And Embrace
From Fear Not
Multi-instumentalist polymath composer Jasai reinvents himself once again to release yet more quality material. Not content with getting on the radio and playing gigs at several established venues, this eager song-writer wants to do it all over again. Perhaps something didn't feel quite right? Always good to listen to that feeling if it's there. Not to be confused with worry, which deals in the world of prophecy and fortune telling, sometimes we just know when something has to change.
This new track opens with a muted chord melody that gently pulls open the covers. Jasai begins to sing and with a crisp and solid voice, tells his story of love. We're treated to the inner world of male emotion and desire while listening to the common muses we all run through in our mind. Elements of jazz, hip-hop, and rock n roll make this song an especially catchy number that almost resembles the more soulful material by the Fun Lovin' Criminals, one of my particular favourites.
Listen to Kiss And Embrace by Jasai on Soundcloud
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Running Behind Time
The once Queen Tribute band kept in time by Damien Dockery has turned the table and made an album of original material. Since finding companionship with Armenian singer-songwriter David Zalinian, this Budapest based rock outfit have evolved and strived to become a sound of their own. BackFoot released their brand new single Memory earlier this year, previously mentioned on Alternative Fruit, it's now time to take a look at some of the other tracks from the record. The album is out and the songs are diverse, with talent seeping from the stitching of each number.
State of Mind for example opens with a heavy guitar riff with catchy drums that cause us to move about. The rhythm boils down to a ska sounding drive and lyrics spin tales that emotify the music. Deep and hearty vocals spread good feels over the alive and energetic music. Electric guitar and rock drumming combine to bring melody and blues to a culmination of push. Light touches mix with heavy jolts to give the sound a double edged quality. Keyboards lightly dapple with melodic phrasing leaving David's songsmithing to do what it does the best.
I Know A Guy opens with a great drumming fill, it sounds like bongos. The frantic and up-beat groove spilling from the percussion gives way to fabulous keyboards and guitar strums which sprinkle the song with good vibrations. Classic drum-kit rolls in on top of the hand drums and the song brings up the revs into the next gear. Swaying melody with easy laid back stylings make the track smooth and enjoyable. Sultry guitars spin melodic patterns in pentatonic minor while no-doubt the band cosy up with the rhythm.
A toned down and dreamy feel opens Double Kiss. Expert guitar and bass melody tread out the track progression and vocals and piano fill in the spaces. Feelingful and questioning lyrics wonder and contemplate the happenings of possibly the night before. Swagger in the swing, the music sits back in a comfy chair and lets the listener enjoy. The whole album takes an easy angle and a laid back groove then fills it with energetic and interesting music. There is a lot of skill behind each piece and the unique sound of David Zalinian makes it a truly memorable record.
Running Behind Time by BackFoot is available on Bandcamp
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Produced by Chris Prythm
Hard-hitting confident music doesn't come any more uplifting than this, synthesisers and beats give Kimbro the ultimate podium to strut his stuff as a powerful vocalist. His new track Wave pushes us even further into his corridor of grooves. Opening with a bell chime melody which bounces in a hip-hop orientated rhythm, rapped vocals and storylines flow like epic poetry. Progression in the composition allows the musical pressure to gradually build, simmering like gently cooking soup on a revolving vinyl fire. Stuttering beats with catchy hooks in every bar create rolling tunes which with the addition of subtle effects and samples build a dreamy and high-flying mix. The track is about working hard, doing the best we can, staying in high spirits, and being grateful for the good times that come and go. Catching that wave and surfing the currents of success, Kimbro shows us why he's the Don of his stage.
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