Music Genre

Gabriel Alexander – How It Feels (Spotify)

“-How It Feels- is the truth of a unique sound that uses all modern technologies in creating music. The sound is so touching that hearts a striking way. NEO-SOUL with a combination of funk music sounds great, which produces a sachet-clean impression.”

“-How It Feels- по истине уникальное звучание, которое использует все современные технологии в создания музыки. Звучание настолько трогательное, что поразительным образом покоряет сердца. Neo-Soul с сочетанием funk музыки звучит великолепно, что производит душещипательное впечатления.”

Jon Thorstensen – Secret Place (Spotify)

“Norwegian composer, guitarist Jon Thorstensen has gathered around him a band of superb musicians to deliver this modern day Jazz / Funk classic. Positively oozing with quality, ‘Secret Place’ is everything you would expect from such an accomplished ensemble. It’s creative, inventive it’s familiar and above all, it’s class.”

Secret Place is instrumental jazz created by the Norwegian composer and guitar player Jon Thorstensen. The reminiscence of Steely Dan might come to mind in the harmonic language and the interplay between guitar and horn section. Inspiration comes from different musical sources for instance guitar slingers like John Scofield, Mike Stern, Jim Hall and John Abercrombie to The Meters and Earth Wind & Fire.

The Calvary Nightingales – My Robe (Spotify)

“Rare and old-style sound for every experienced ear. Acoustic guitar at its best and exuberant singing from proffessionals in the scene. The song's name make us think of something warm and cozy, so we guess that this is the main idea here.”

Grooving minor key Memphis 1970s sacred soul rarity sees LP/CD/digital streaming release for the 1st time

Daniel Szebenyi, Mike Gotthard, Peter Papesch, Gergo Borla – Money .Rae. – song by Daniel Szebenyi, Mike Gotthard, Peter Papesch, Gergo Borlai | Spotify (Spotify)

“Super collaborative creation full of colour and positive aura. If you're an acoustic maniac, "Money .Rae." won't dissapoint you at all. Featuring elements from Jazz, Funk and Blues, it can satisfy a great number of listeners. That electric guitar part also raises the production level even higher.”

Fox Jackson – Like You in Everyway (Spotify)

“An easy listening track that is light & refreshing. With a distinctly 80’s funky, disco vibe ‘Like You In Every Way’ by Fox Jackson carries with it a positive message & comfortable feel. The instrumentation, vocals & guitar especially has that ‘Chic’ style sound that one would associate with the dance hall floor fillers of yesteryear. ”

London based singer/songwriter Fox Jackson has been enamoured by music from as young as he can remember. Inspired by the likes of artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, Prince and Pharrell Williams, his music blends funk-fuelled melodies, sexy vocals and dance-worthy beats, creating a vibrant and distinct sound which is undeniably his own.

His career in the entertainment industry began at just 11 years old, when he landed the lead role as Billy Elliot, in the hit West End musical, "Billy Elliot the Musical". His time there solidified his desire to be on stage, while also pushing him to dive deeper into the world of music. Following multiple roles on both stage and TV, Fox soon made an easy transition to his first love and true calling, music. Discovering his own sound and style, Fox has since been crafting music, with the intention to make listeners smile.

Following on from "Behind Closed Doors" is his latest single “Like You In Every Way” - written alongside producer Nick Burns, this floorfiller track is more than just a love song. This is the ice-melting, love-professing, warm sunshine single written during a transition period of Jackson’s relationship, carrying a message of trust and love regardless of doubts. The artist confides, “There is nothing so deadly to a fresh relationship as too many questions, sometimes you just have to let go of those fears and trust that you want to be together.” This is a positive, comforting song sure to put a smile on your face.

The track comes in like a glowing summer breeze of joy and positivity. The guitar has a strong melodic flow layered over the tasty, funky drums forging a rush of energy and movement. With a slapping bass line and a highly intoxicating, dance-worthy fluidity, “Like You In Every Way” features funky riffs and a rich, groovy soundscape, like caramel for your eardrums. The sleek vocals from Jackson are smooth and romantic, glazed in a cheeky energy that gives an undeniable charm to the song.

With an underlying wholesome tone, the organic track brims in authenticity and honesty. Jackson shares, “Music, as with all things in life, is about love. Music for me isn’t just about love, music is a love language. Music interprets my feelings, the feelings of those dear to me and helps me understand my place in the sea of those relation-’ships’”.

Hoping that his music will transport listeners to the golden age of funk, soul and disco, Fox Jackson is producing music for escapism and delivering something that will make you question which decade we are in.

Bella Brown & the Jealous Lovers – Rocket (Spotify)

“The magnificent, colourful sound, niciously executed and filled with the characteristic Retro Soul and funk waves of charm. The voice as well as the atmosphere of -rocket- can safely prove it as a truly elegant and rainbow work!”

“Великолепное звучание, колоритное, слаженно исполненное и наполненное свойственным retro soul и funk звучанию шармом. Голос на столько хорошо передаёт атмосферу песни, что -Rocket- можно смело назвать изящным и по-настоящему радужным произведением!”

Rocket is the title track to the new Bella Brown & The Jealous Lovers EP. The track features a musicians who’s previous credits include Babyface, Beyoncé, Coolio, Fleetwood Mac, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, and Justin Timberlake. The song is about a leaving the troubles of the world for a new place where peace, love, and unity are the pillars of existence.

Marlon McClain – Funkin Cause We Wanna (Spotify)

“Very professionally played and executed song. Distinct vocals with joyful touch, that can efficiently attract you. -Retro Soul- in its true manifestation. In the instrumental part the sound is clear, rich and bright.”

“Сыграно и исполнено очень профессионально, вокалисты со своей партией справляются, поют живо и качественно. -Retro Soul- в своём истинном проявлении. В инструментальной составляющей есть тембровая окраска, звучит всё насыщенно и ярко.”

"Funkin Cause We Wanna" is the brand new release from acclaimed songwriter/ producer/ guitarist Marlon McClain. Following on the heels of his last single the successful ( #1 last week on R&B and Soul Urban Influencer chart ) "Aint No Stoppin Now" feat; BD3.

"Funkin Cause We Wanna' co-written and produced by longtime collaborator Ralph Stacy features Marlon on lead vocals on a funky, gritty and at the same time summery fun groove.

The vocals and groove are reminiscent of the great funk bands of the 70's yet brings a contemporary feel that is true to classic funk.

As the world starts to open up after over a year of shut down, 'Funkin Cause We Wanna" has a vibe of celebration and is a potential summer anthem.

Hannah Wilhelm & FATCAT – Oh Welt | WeLive on Tour – Live in der Sternenberghalle | Episode I (Video)

“Exceptionally balanced instrumental mix from “FATCAT” & “Hannah Wilhelm”. Find your favourite acoustic sound in this collaborative Funk gem and feed your ears with its elegant vibrations. We really liked the vocal duo, which acts in strict synchronization with all the rest.”

The teaser from the first episode of the concert film series “WeLive on Tour” is here and comes up with a highly exciting combination: The concert film combines the singer Hannah Wilhelm from Lahr and the already well-known funk band FATCAT – singer-songwriter meets funk. The live video for “Oh Welt”, written by Hannah Wilhelm and arranged by FATCAT, released on 8 June, offers a first taste. German lyrics meet funky brass interludes and great voices.

“It’s totally amazing to see the result for the first time,” Hannah Willhelm said happily after the release. Even on stage, she didn’t notice exactly what was happening around her, “because I just had so much fun. What FATCAT has done with the song is unbelievable. And also what the WeLive team did with the song is unbelievable. I’m just ultra happy happy happy” about the result, says the singer.

FATCAT frontman Kenny Joyner is also satisfied with the film, shot in the Sternenberghalle Friesenheim. Because of Corona, they couldn’t rehearse as usual before a gig, so they had to make do via digital rehearsals. “It was something new for all of us. But it was a lot of fun,” says Joyner.

Hannah Wilhelm achieved nationwide fame in 2020 through her participation in the German casting show “The Voice of Germany”. The funk band FATCAT from Freiburg, on the other hand, is no longer a newcomer and has even been on the main stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival. The concert film series “WeLive on Tour” will release their first joint concert film with titles by Hannah Wilhelm and FATCAT on 20 June 2021, so you can look forward to it!

Der Teaser für die erste Episode der Konzertfilm-Serie “WeLive on Tour” ist da und wartet gleich mit einer hochspannenden Kombination auf: Der Konzerfilm vereint die Lahrer Sängerin Hannah Wilhelm und die bereits bestens bekannte Funkband FATCAT – Singer-Songwriter trifft also auf Funk. Ein erster Vorgeschmack bietet das am 08. Juni veröffentlichte Live-Video zu “Oh Welt”, geschrieben von Hannah Wilhelm, arrangiert von FATCAT. Deutsche Texte treffen auf funkige Bläsereinlagen und großartige Stimmen. “Es ist total krass, jetzt erstmals das Ergebnis zu sehen”, freute sich Hannah Willhelm nach der Veröffentlichung. Sie habe selbst auf der Bühne gar nicht genau mitbekommen, was alles um sie herum passiert ist, “weil ich einfach so viel Spaß hatte. Was FATCAT aus dem Song gemacht hat ist unfassbar. Und auch was das WeLive-Team aus dem Song gemacht hat ist unfassbar. Ich bin einfach nur ultra happy happy happy”, so die Sängerin.

Auch FATCAT-Frontman Kenny Joyner zeigt sich zufrieden mit dem in der Sternenberghalle gedrehten Film. Man habe wegen Corona nicht wie gewohnt vor einem Auftritt proben können, deshalb musste man sich über digitale Proben behelfen. “Es war für uns alle etwas neues. Aber es hat richtig viel Spaß gemacht”, so Joyner.

Hannah Wilhelm erreichte im Jahr 2020 durch ihre Teilnahme an der deutschen Casting-Show “The Voice of Germany” bundesweite Bekanntheit. Die Funkband FATCAT aus Freiburg ist hingegen kein Newcomer mehr und stand sogar bereits auf der Hauptbühne des Montreux Jazz Festival. Ihren ersten gemeinsamen Konzertfilm mit Titeln von Hannah Wilhelm und von FATCAT veröffentlicht die Konzertfilm-Serie “WeLive on Tour” am 20. Juni 2021. Man darf also gespannt sein!

J. Naji, Andrew Getman – aahhh/Love Your Enemy (Spotify)

“Jazz with a difference. The interplay between the saxophone & guitar, plus the deployment of subtle effects keep the tracks interesting & moving through new tonal territory. Both of the aforementioned lead instruments deliver solos worthy of mention, and the rhythm section deftly keeps everything glued together.”

Uto Paradise – Falling Star (Spotify)

“The track provides a powerful dose of relaxation with a cup of cool tea. The overall sound is so simple that quickly sticks and stays in your head. Its light taste of funk, jazz and chill-hop leaves a lasting positive impression.”

“Трек даёт мощную дозу расслабляющего, прохладного чая. Общее звучание максимально простое, что быстро запоминается и остаётся в голове. Лёгкий привкус funk, jazz и chill-hop оставляет неизгладимое впечатление.”

This song is our take on how it must feel having a Martini in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) whilst a falling star is streaking across the sky.

Uto Paradise is a Zurich-based bunch of instrumentalists having a rather hard time ever since trying to get by without a lead singer. It is a well-known fact, tough, at least since Khruangbin, that lead singing became a »qualité négligeable«. Rejoicing over this dictate of the moment and seizing the opportunity, Uto Paradise displays a groovy panoply of instrumental indie-jazz paired with comforting ambient elements.

guitar Michel Spahr; bass Severin Graf; drums Maxime Paratte; artwork Stephan Hostettler

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