Category: Other Genres

Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life (2007)

Amy Macdonald - This Is The Life (2007)

Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life (2007)

Artist: Amy Macdonald
Genre/Style: Folk Rock, Pop, Rock, Country
Release Year: 2007
CD Info: Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 00:44:28
Tracks: 11 (eleven)
Label: Melodramatic Records Ltd
Product Number: 173 212-4
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More Information: Amy Macdonald – Official Website

I’ve got to be honest with you all, I’m a raver. I normally listen to something completely different to what you are about to read, and it’s mainly because I’m Dutch. We Dutch people (youngsters) would listen to different music during the 90s and it would shape us into the human beings we are. Rave music is my cup of tea, but there are moments in your life you open your ears and expand your musical knowledge. This happened after Christmas 2015, after my fiancée got me Amy Macdonald’s albums. I might have said once to her that I like (and secretly fancy) Amy Macdonald, and she thought it was a nice and pleasant surprise to purchase the three albums in one go. You might think I wouldn’t like a present like the one I got, but after hearing the first two albums in one go, I am delighted to say that I’ve never been happier!

Amy Macdonald became a household name in the music industry after she released her first artist album which was called ‘This Is The Life’, released in 2007. 8 years ago she dominated the charts with the first two tracks of this wonderful album, and you can ask anyone if they like the tracks, and everyone will say ‘yes’. I’ve heard them before on the radio, but not as often as most of you have heard it. I don’t listen to pop music (as I’ve said before), but ‘Mr. Rock ‘N’ Roll’ and ‘This Is The Life’ would fly by every so often. Catchy and happy as they were, they still remained in my head for hours after they ended. The video also had an impact, original and very cheerful. But after receiving this album as a present I can say that this album is immense!

The music is defined as Pop, Folk and Country. Country? Never owned a country album before. The same with folk. My first Amy Macdonald album, and it has had an impact on me. Played it at least once every day! Why, you might wonder? Well, because the music is good, the lyrics make sense and her voice is just so beautiful!

The tracklist is probably not needed to show, seeing as most of you lot already purchased the album many years ago (8-9 years old! can’t believe it!).

tracklist

01. Amy Macdonald – Mr. Rock ‘N’ Roll
02. Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life
03. Amy Macdonald – Poison Prince
04. Amy Macdonald – Youth Of Today
05. Amy Macdonald – Run
06. Amy Macdonald – Let’s Start A Band
07. Amy Macdonald – Barrowland Ballroom
08. Amy Macdonald – L.A.
09. Amy Macdonald – A Wish For Something More
10. Amy Macdonald – Footballer’s Wife
11. Amy Macdonald – The Road To Home

This is beautiful! The album starts with her biggest hits, but you should continue listening to tracks 3 to 11. They are so good, most of them are touchy and very emotional. And they are also very powerful, the lyrics do make sense. She talks about real things, things which matter.

Again, I normally don’t listen to music like this, but this album is worth purchasing (if you can find a copy, please do buy it). Amy’s voice is pure, beautiful and mesmerizing. She gives each track an unusual depth. For example the last track, which is ‘The Road To Home’ is probably the greatest track to listen to when you are driving home. I did the exact oppossite, I drove further from home, away from the one I love, and when I heard the lyrics, a tear slided down my face. Emotional stuff.

Obviously the first two tracks are the most known from this album, and they are extremely cheerful, and yet they carry a message. Each track on this album does. Sit down and press play, and you will know immediately that it’s all true she’s singing about! It all makes sense, doesn’t it?

You are probably wondering which track is my favourite? Nope, not ‘Mr. Rock ‘N’ Roll’ or ‘This Is The Life’. The one that took my breath away is ‘Youth Of Today’. She sings it with a lot of feelings and passion. That’s my favourite track, but all the others are awesome too. ‘Let’s Start A Band’ makes me want to start a band, her voice persuades me, but my thoughts do stop me from starting a band, because it warns me that I can’t sing, dance or play any instruments. My band would be the worst band in the world.

This album is going to be played until the scratches make it unbearable to listen to it. Is this the best album in my collection? Yes! Her voice is so beautiful, if angels would excist and would be able to speak a language we would all understand, the angels would all sound like Amy Macdonald. Is she secretly an angel sent to us? She does look like an angel, she does! (yes, I still fancy her!).

Never knew anyone could write an album especially for me, about me. It’s like this album was made for me, describing life as I experience it. Amy, you are an angel!

I hope that she still makes music and she keeps on performing. I’m currently on her website, but it’s not updated. No forthcoming gigs. If she performs anywhere, please let me know, I want to hear the angel sing.

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Hugh Laurie – Let Them Talk (2011)

Hugh Laurie

Artist: Hugh Laurie
Genre/Style: Blues, Louisiana Blues
Release Year: 2011
Info: Hugh Laurie – Let Them Talk
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 00:58:04
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Label: Warner Bros Records
Product Number: 2564674078
More Information: Hugh Laurie – Official Website

If you don’t have a clue who Hugh Laurie is, you need to reconsider your place on Earth. He’s one of the most succesful British actors ever, who played House M.D in a show with the same title. Alongside Stephen Fry and other Cambridge Footlights artists he started in the early 80s, and since then he has dominated the world of comedy. Seriously, do I need to continue? ‘A Bit Of Fry And Laurie’, ‘Blackadder’, ‘Jeeves & Wooster’.. still don’t know who he is? Shame on you. Let me put it to you this way: he has appeared in both The Simpsons and Family Guy. This obviously means that he’s extremely famous: only the finest actors do appear in The Simpsons. But he’s not only known for his acting skills: after the release of his first album ‘Let Them Talk’ back in 2011, he’s also a worldwide phenomena, spreading his love for Blues music all over the music.

Hugh Laurie playing Blues? Yes, and he does it well. A well known musician, you must have seen him play the piano in ‘A Bit Of Fry And Laurie’, or in ‘House M.D’. Don’t ask me where his fascination came from, but after listening to the album for the first time, it all seemed to work: his musical knowledge and his ‘raw’ voice. Blues, and in this case Louisiana Blues, isn’t the first thing you listen to when you are a young Brit, but over the years he must have fallen in love with it. I could go on and talk about Blues, but I would be lying. I’ve never owned a Blues album, and quite frankly I know nothing. I had to Wikipedia it to know the details, where it originated from, and who were succesful Blues artists. It’s not my cup of tea, seeing as I’m a 31 year old Dutchman who’s never been to the ‘Deep South’ of the United States, and who never had friends who listened to Blues. But as I always say, it’s never too late to learn, and I’m quite open minded, when it comes to music. So when my wife told me that she bought Hugh Laurie’s first album, I obviously had to listen to it.

Is the man who has been succesful in the acting world for many years good at playing Blues? Well, I think so. I am a reviewer, and you can ask me everything EDM related, but when it comes to Blues, I’ve got nothing to compare his album to. So it’s my personal view that counts. Before I start talking about the album any further, here’s the tracklist…

tracklist

01. Hugh Laurie – St. James Infirmary
02. Hugh Laurie – You Don’t Know My Mind
03. Hugh Laurie – Six Cold Feet
04. Hugh Laurie – Buddy Bolden’s Blues
05. Hugh Laurie – Battle Of Jericho
06. Hugh Laurie – After You’ve Gone
07. Hugh Laurie – Swanee River
08. Hugh Laurie – The Whale That Swallowed Me
09. Hugh Laurie – John Henry
10. Hugh Laurie – Police Dog Blues
11. Hugh Laurie – Tipitina
12. Hugh Laurie – Winin’ Boy Blues
13. Hugh Laurie – They’re Red Hot
14. Hugh Laurie – Baby, Please Make A Change
15. Hugh Laurie – Let Them Talk

Quite dark subjects Hugh Laurie sings about. But Blues ain’t all about happiness, isn’t it?

I can’t help it, but whenever he starts singing, I do hear House. But House (the character) was always a bit dark and rough, and if House would listen to anything, I think Blues music would suit him well. Hugh’s voice does suit it, and gives it a touch. Again, I don’t know much about Blues music, I am too European and too caucasian, but I do like this album a lot. It takes my mind of things, and it’s nice to hear music I normally wouldn’t buy or listen to, because it doesn’t get enough airtime on the radio stations I listen to.

Some tracks are darkly themed, and some aren’t. I love it, it shows the diversity of Blues, and also Hugh Laurie. On this album he has worked with fellow musicians, Sir Tom Jones, Irma Thomas and Dr John. And by singing alongside these musicians the record becomes more powerful. I had to do my research who who is (besides Tom Jones, he’s the man who’s covered in panties after each gig), and after one quick click, I found out that Irma Thomas is known as the ‘Soul Queen Of New Orleans’. You can hear it in her voice, just listen to ‘John Henry’, she gives the track much more depth. A good combination, Laurie and Thomas.

My favourite track? Well, there are multiple, but the best… ‘They’re Red Hot’. The track might sound simple, but it does the trick. It’s also the shortest record on the album, only 1.11 minutes long. Really a shame, this could have been really a cool track if it would have lasted a couple of minutes longer.

The album has been a succes, and many people seemed to love it a lot. Via Hugh Laurie’s official website you can only purchase it on vinyl, and also his follow up album. If you like Blues, I would urge you to give it a go, if you can find copies. There must be a few copies left. Also give this album a go if you are a Hugh Laurie fan, because it won’t let you down.

Hugh Laurie and Blues music, does it work? Hell yeah, it does work well. He has been one of my favourite actors since the first time I saw him on television, but now he’s my favourite Blues musician. I don’t know any others, but I might give Blues a go. Maybe I should.

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TamolarM – VoyagE (2014)

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DJ: TamolarM
Genre/Style: Multiple Styles
Album Info: VoyagE By TamolarM
Length Album: 01:19:29
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Download/Listen (via Official Website): DOWNLOAD HERE
File Size: 147 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 256kbps
More Information: TamolarM – Official Website

The internet is filled with music, there’s got to be at least a billion mixes on Soundcloud, and not only do people/artists upload their stuff on Soundcloud, but also the old fashion way, via Dropbox and Mediafire. So there could be a chance that I miss a mix or an album completely, because most of my time I’m focussed on Soundcloud. One of those albums I would have missed, was ‘VoyagE’ by TamolarM. Thankfully one of my friends on Facebook sended me a link to TamolarM’s website, and after I had a look, I downloaded it, and got hooked.

I really tried to find out more information, but on TamolarM’s website it’s all in a foreign language I simply don’t understand, and Google Translate doesn’t work very well. To be honest, it makes no sense whatsoever. So if you can understand anything that’s written on his website, please do let me know. I’m not fluent in Japanese. I do apologise for not having any information regarding the artist, but it’s all about the music.

The album contains 15 free tracks, from Dubstep to UK Hardcore to Trance, a nice mash of styles. A new approach to excisting styles, always interesting to hear. At times maybe a tad too focussed on the happier side of the style, but still exciting enough to give it a go. A whole album for free, and you get the chance to experience new sounds? Who doesn’t want that?

tracklist

01. TamolarM – Turn 2 Movin’
02. TamolarM – PARtyyyy in SUMMER N1GHT!!!
03. TamolarM – Nostalgic Summer
04. TamolarM – TyphooN
05. TamolarM – F.L.B.K.
06. TamolarM – Фестиваль огня
07. TamolarM – Draw za JokeR
08. TamolarM feat SPECTA – When Met U….
09. TamolarM – Jea10usy
10. TamolarM – Des1rE
11. TamolarM – H0pE
12. TamolarM – So Think About U….
13. TamolarM – TE∀Rs
14. TamolarM – 雨空 (Rainy Trance Mix) 
15. TamolarM – Don’T Say “goodbye” (DiA Makin@ Remix) 

Looking at this tracklist a question pops in my head: what’s the title of the 6th track? After downloading the whole album, it comes out all in weird signals and signs.

The album does touch several styles, and the result is a weird composed album. From very happy Hardcore to Dubstep to extremely slow and emotional tracks, and also a track that touches the oldskool side of Hardcore. It’s not you standard album, to be brutally honest. Does that make it a bad album? Not really.

I love the happy side of UK Hardcore/Hardcore. Especially track number 6, the Russian looking title. When it drops to Gabber it made me smile. Also ‘Des1rE’ is a very good track, really like the Japanese approach to Hardcore. Or ‘Jea1osY’. Damn, there are quite a few good tracks on here.

Only one track I don’t like, and that’s track number 13. Too darn fast!? What’s going on? It’s like Super Mario on acid!!! How on God’s given Earth can you dance to that? I do like fast music, but this is a tad too fast. I have never been a fan of the faster Happy sounding music.

A good album, really liking the feeling it generates. Sorry again for not knowing a single thing about the artist TamolarM, but you can share some info if you can read his website, can’t you?

Worth your time, it won’t disappoint you.

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Dawn Of The Sol (2014)

Dawn Of The Sol

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore, Freeform, UK Hardcore, Gabber, J-Core, Powerstomp, Trance, Speedcore, Hardstyle
CD Info: Dawn Of The Sol – Day One/Day Two/Day Three (3 CDs)
Length CDs: +/- 4 1/2 hours
Tracks: 46 (fourty-six)
Download/Listen (via Bandcamp): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 600.86 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Lucky Lotus – Facebook Fanpage

When you review music, like I do, you get sent a lot of new music. Most of the time it’s just a mix, or a track, but sometimes you do get a nice message on Facebook, and this time it was someone who asked me to review a whole album, a new compilation released by Lucky Lotus and Touitsu Recordings (collaboration between two labels), and the result is an astonishing album which represent a wide range of music, from Freeform to Gabber, from Speedcore to Trance, from Powerstomp to Happy Hardcore. If you were looking for a diverse album, don’t look no further, you have found it. The album’s called ‘Dawn Of The Sol’, and it contains 46 tracks, made by artists from all over the world.

I had to look up some info, seeing as I’ve never heard of Lucky Lotus or Touitsu Recordings before. According to their Facebook fanpage, Lucky Lotus is an annual online radio show hosted by DJ COSMiXXX and Shimotsukei, and it’s also a net label. On Touitsu’s Facebook page it’s rather empty, but a quick look around the label has the same kind of spirit moving it, spreading known and unknown music to the masses. A quite interesting thought, and after their collaboration they decided to release a three disc album, which you can find on Bandcamp. The tracks are probably from both labels, and the tracklist looks promising: even though I don’t know 90% of the artists, it’s never too late to learn new names and new music. Or as we used to say back in the 90s “it’s never too late to hallucinate”.

The name of the album doesn’t translate to dutch, the world ‘sol’ doesn’t seem to be English, but Spanish? Who cares where the name comes from, or what it stands for, it’s all about the music, and I think it’s time to spread the love and passion with you all. Be prepared to be amazed, a 3 disc album that looks promising? Worth checking out, isn’t it? Well, after hearing several tracks it’s fair to say that this album won’t disappoint you. This album could be the best album released in 2014, but let’s show you the tracklist first.

tracklist

Dawn Of The Sol: Day One
01. ziima feat 初音ミク – Prospect (Original Mix) 
02. Sky Flight – Chase For Your Dream (Original Mix) 
03. Teisle – This Is Your Anthem
04. ruu_ synthesizer – Return
05. ARK-Z – 剥離性背徳症候群
06. LU-I – Ochre
07. Dys7 – Shimmer
08. Evolutionize – Afraid Of God
09. Ikaruga_nex – V.D
10. Aresynth – Ifrit
11. Harrs – Earthshock
12. Deepshoutz – In The Face Of Fear
13. Mokushi – Hero
14. Solestia – Borderline Existance
15. Eternal Sunset – Earth 1000 Million Years Ago

Dawn Of The Sol: Day Two 
01. Katylyst – Never Enough (Original Mix) 
02. Solestia – Ascension
03. TSF Project – I.D.W.D.
04. Shiron – Nippon No Yoake
05. Ranzor – Lucky☆Lucky☆Glitter
06. Digital Punk & Adaro – Everyday (Malphas Remix) 
07. MesoPhunk – Make It Halloween
08. 300yEn – Really Crazy
09. Le-Dos-on – Einherjar (Original Mix) 
10. Aethral – Back Heaven
11. Aki – S.B. 2014
12. 安田レイ – Mirror (Next Tribe Remix)
13. Amarin – Look At Us 2014
14. ITM – Maze
15. 23.exe – D.H.M.S.≠‰

Dawn Of The Sol: Day Three
01. Emazik feat Miku Hatsune & IA – Never Change
02. Liet. – Don’t Leave Me Al0ne (Extended Version) 
03. Volvic – Cannonball
04. pollinosis – Santa Claus
05. typeMARS – Triumph & Regret
06. Michael V – Shake It (N&F Mix) 
07. LeLe – Mirror Mirror (Noc.V Remix) 
08. sige – Evenstar
09. Arzest – Primula
10. WK9 – 318
11. Ryuno – Thunderstorm
12. Nomic – Neptune
13. Seeds Of The Upcoming Infection & potocan feat core MC – The Connection
14. DENPA-SAMPLER – 34tek#1
15. Coakira – Pure Dynamite
16. Mokushi – So Long And Thanks

Now this is interesting, isn’t it? Not one track did I recognise, not one. Interesting to hear new music, and the music is good. Quite unusual to find an album which contains a wide variety of genres on it, and that to me was the most unusual thing.

The whole album is awesome. There are a few golden tracks on it, but the build up is a bit messed up. From Gabber to Trance, just to give you an idea. Normally an album starts off slowely and goes harder towards the end, but this album has everything mashed up, not in a specific order (BPM order). It made me use my eyebrows several times, asking myself why they put it in that order? That’s the only let down, to be honest. If this was one continuous mix it would have been a disaster, but it’s not, so we can at least be grateful for this album. An unusual one, it must be said.

There are a few amazing tracks, but the one that moved me the most was Sky Flight’s ‘Chase For Your Dream’. What an absolute slammer! Never heard of Sky Flight before, but if they made music as good as this track, their future is promising! This is Trance the way I like it, and many people do. Beautiful build-up, don’t look no further for a good Trance track!

Support the two labels behind it, and purchase this album. You will not find another album this quirky and diverse. From Hardstyle to UK Hardcore, from Gabber to Trance, and even some Speedcore (which nearly blew my speakers into a million pieces), this is an excellent album. Worth your pennies, worth the download. Check their Bandcamp page right now, and listen to the clips they’ve added.

This is definately one of the coolest albums of 2014. Make sure you follow and bookmark Lucky Lotus and Touitsu Recordings, like I have.

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