Jazz and Blues saxophone player, Herman Green passed away at the age of 90 in Memphis on November 26, 2020. As I read up on him, I found his life to be amazing. I have attached his obituary below. It looks like he played with anybody that was anybody. A true musician’s musician. The YouTube link takes you to a track list, and I have also attached a video. It is over 10 minutes, and is quite interesting. Enjoy the work of this great player.
Going through my mailbox, I found this one to be next in line. Caia Brun is a pop and R&B singer who released her debut EP of the same name in 2019 (yes, I’m that far behind). Interesting voice, nicely arranged. Check it out and give her a visit at any of the links below the song.
Received notification about JORI SJÖROOS and his new music back in October. The song is definitely different for me, but again is very interesting. Reminds me of Rick Wakeman to some degree with the art rock vibe. Can I see it in my collection, likely not, but I can see that many people will. If you are one of them, his music is available on Apple Music. The song below is available now and the album, SJÖROOTS, from which it is from will be available tomorrow, November 27, 2020.
The press release from “The Playground” is below the video. Play it while you look over the release.
Label head and multi-award-winning producer JORI SJÖROOS has announced the release of his latest single, “LEAVING THE EARTH”, on the 23rd of October. The single, premiered via CLASH Magazine, is taken from his upcoming album SJÖROOTS which will be released on the 27th of November via 11 ONES. The renowned producer has won more than 10 Finnish Grammys (Emma-Award), the Finnish Performance Rights Organization Award, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture Award and has composed and produced albums that have gone on to sell more than 600 000 copies worldwide. Chisu, a multiple award-winning artist and fellow label head, also appears on the album.
Over the years, JORI SJÖROOS has played in a number of big festivals, including FLOW 2011, FLOW 2014, Flow 2016 and more recently, RUISROCK 2019, PROVINSSIROCK 2019 and ILOSAARIROCK 2019. As producer and composer for the band PMMP, JORI SJÖROOS has performed at 2 sold-out big arena shows and appeared at numerous festivals. Together with his wife Chisu, he runs the independent record label, 11 ONES and as both a solo artist and part of PMMP, the producer has collected hundreds of millions of views across streaming platforms.
While he is currently based in Porvoo, Finland, JORI SJÖROOS grew up a few hours away in the small town of Turku and spent some time living in London in the nineties, sending demos to the local labels. The Finnish musician finds inspiration in a diverse range of artists, citing the likes of FKA Twigs, Nine Inch Nails, ROSALIA, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead and Marilyn Manson. However, “LEAVING THE EARTH” draws parallels to some of the more experimental stylings of Faithless, Fever Ray and Oneohtrix Point Never.
Rolling drums and a dark, growling voice set the tone for ‘LEAVING THE EARTH’, developing a gradual climb that expands into the universe. JORI SJÖROOS takes theatrics to another level as he keeps the listener captured on the edge of their seat, expecting a dramatic drop, however, the song continues its own steady climb, as a space ship would to leave the atmosphere.
Speaking of the creation of the single, JORI SJÖROOS tells us, “I created the track as I was walking on our yard, playing with a music app. I wrote the lyrics very quickly, recorded the vocals, and wanted to pitch them down – as the mood insisted it. To me, the song became as “AN ANTHEM OF TRANSFORMATION”. To leave the old, embrace the new.”
02. ALL HAPPENING IN TIME
04. GOTH PERREO
09. LEAVING THE EARTH
Somehow I’ve been hooked into a promo group who are flooding me with emails about a wide variety of artists. The material provided as a bio and intro is pasted here for you to peruse. Prior to that, give it a listen. I’m not a huge fan of this type of music, not to say I dislike it, just not my main taste. Margot has good instincts and a good voice. You can definitely feel her love for her craft. All in all, I enjoyed it.
London-based singer-songwriter Margot releases her debut EP, Make It Last on the 9th of October via Pink Bikini Records. The EP, premiered via VENTS Magazine, is produced by Frank Slimm (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Maevis, Slowlines) and features Andy Bunting on bass as well as Jamie Chalmers on guitar. Margot has been featured by noteworthy publications such as Clash Magazine Spinnup, Essentially Pop, LeFutureWave and Girls Are Awesome. The songstress has spent the last few years writing and producing her first singles, playing her first shows and refining her craft both in the studio and on the stage.
Originally from Paris, France, lived in Berlin, Germany and now based in London, UK, Margot has been trained to play both the violin and the piano. When she was younger, the songstress was exposed to a wide variety of music from classical opera to Rage Against The Machine, however when seeking inspiration for her own work Margot turns to the likes of Erykah Badu, H.E.R., Raveena, Ari Lennox, Frank Ocean and Rihanna. With these vast influences, her own sound draws closer parallels to Dua Lipa, MØ, Alina Baraz and Little Dragon.
Make It Last takes a playful approach to music production as Margot embraces a light and fun attitude in the first two tracks and takes a slower, more distinctive approach in the latter two. Sometimes sultry, other times purely evocative, the songstress has managed to find numerous ways to display her wide range of vocals. The occasional sprinkling of French lyrics only further proves the depth of her talent.
Margot reveals a bit on the origins of the EP: “I was chatting to my producer and going over some of the material we had written and I realised that we had more than enough to do an EP and it just felt like the right time to put my name on something bigger than just a single. My good friend Andy Bunting played bass on three of the tracks, and our mutual friend Jamie Chalmers put guitar on the closing track as well. We recorded most of the tracks over lockdown so we had to do it all over email and sending guitar takes and vocal takes backwards and forwards, but it came out perfectly, and it was definitely a unique creative experience!”
Make It Last EP Tracklist
1. Make It Last
2. Slow Down
3. U In Mind
4. Dance For You