Howie Payne – Faster Than Light

His vocals are what caught my attention. He has a similar texture / style of John Lennon who is my all time favorite artist. So out of the gate, this was already on the right track. The production reminds me of Jeff Lynne (of ELO fame) when he was with the Traveling Wilburys. All around solid production with great vocals and melody. After reading his bio, I see he hails from Liverpool. It all makes sense now.

The artist had this so say about ‘Faster Than Light’:

Really heavy, really catchy, and loads of groove is what it is. It’s the best rock and roll song I’ve done, I mean its a pop song really, like all the best rock and roll songs – we just delivered it in a heavy package. It has my favourite lead guitar break to play at the moment, especially the intro which has a bit of an Albert King thing about it. My guitar playing has always been heavily influenced by blues, but I don’t think I’ve really put it out front so much before, so I really do dig that this one has a bit more of that about it. It’s going to be massive live, and I can’t wait to play it.

Marian Hill – like u do (Remix by Clear Eyes)

From the moment when the first kick drops this remix had me. I wasn’t familiar with the original version but was shocked when I heard a female vocal as opposed to the male vocal on the remix. As I checked out the original, which is solid on it’s own, this remix is more in my vein of electronic music that is slightly askewed. Clear Eyes take the original and infuses it with a dub step vibe and grounds the track with more emotion. The builds are never over the top but are tastefully done.

Clear Eyes is the artist project of Jeremy Lloyd from Marian Hill.

Mollono.Bass – No Silence (ft. Kuoko)

Pulsating electronic beats with a push and pull bassline is the frame work set for singer Kuoko who reminds me of Lykke Li. The track has a well constructed build that keeps things interesting with flourishes of new elements like the electric guitar, woodwind and wood percussive instruments. The song talks about a new relationship that is all encompassing to the point of losing oneself and almost losing their own identity. Mollono.Bass resides in Germany and Kuoko is an artist, songwriter and music producer from Hamburg.

Solomon Grey – Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) Rozalla cover

If you don’t recall the original house number by Rozalla you might be overlooking genius this is. Solomon Grey took what was anthemic house number and placed it into another world with a much more intimate setting. This version has a melancholy feel, orchestral elements and a bit of post apocalyptic feel. This cover would sit beautifully at the end of a movie of where this is mass destruction but the victors are finally free of tyranny. Yes, very cinematic.

K.S. Rhoads – Invisible Light

Starts with a warm piano chord sequence that reminds me of The Beatles mixed with a bit of folk and orchestral. It’s beautifully done and exudes warmth and love. Really love the overall feel of this track. K.S. Rhoads is well known in television and movies having produced more then 100 licensed musical tracks. He is well versed in composition and it shines on this track.

Another stand out track is Chess: