Soul Push – Body is a Temple

It’s the chorus that sold me on this track that reminds me of Years & Years whom I hold in high regard. They, like Years & Years, have a tropical vibe to their music. The song describes the self harm we do but ultimately it’s the realization we can turn it around. I like the Nine Inch Nails esque guitar in the bridge. Soul Push is Canadian born Andrew Dixon, Dallyn Hunt, and Tim Morrison, paired with South African songwriter Conan Jurek, 

Bliss Army – Long Way Down

Dreamy and relaxed vibe on this tune that would have fit 1970’s AM Rock radio. It has a sheen and summer shine that exudes warmth. The vocals are so calming but engaging, that’s rather hard to do. The production is top notch and build of the track progresses so smoothly. Really love that piano hook in the verse sections. Bliss Army is singer songwriter Stephen Konrads.

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.

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:

Rangleklods – Never Lie

Tropical flavor on this track from Rangleklods (aka Esben Nørskov Andersen). It’s a happy sunny day track with a bit of melancholy in the lyrics and vocals. The song fuses tropical beats, pop melodies and a house groove in the chorus.

Another stand out track is the 2011 release ‘Young and Dumb’