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Time To Roll, MonkeyJunk's fifth release, showcases deep grooves and soulful original material plus a cover of Albert King's classic "The Hunter."  

 

The Ottawa-based trio is Canada's most acclaimed blues/roots music band whose touring schedule regularly includes dates in Europe and major festivals across North America. Favorites of Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd), MonkeyJunk has received great support from the syndicated radio program The BluesMobile.


The Review - Their sound has been described as a "contemporary blend of swamp R&B, soul boogie, and bedroom funk.".   This group's love of the old style, funk blues is evident on the story in the track, The Best Kept Secret. Time To Roll is a rowdy rocker about a call to self-freedom while relying on life lessons in subtle playing. The addition feature of the blues harp in Undertaker Blues gives in an old home feel that makes you picture three people around a fire, telling stories.

 

MonkyJunk sounds like it is having a great time with these recordings and you get the feeling that they would be a great, fun live act which is so difficult to translate on a recording, however, this has been accomplished here on Time To Roll.  - Andrew Scott

 

 

To hear more from Monkey Junk at Bandcamp

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From the progressive music continent of Europe comes HEZEN. A new age artist with a passionate, pure voice. The four song EP called Stigma gives us, the listener, an excellent sampling taste of her voice.

All through these recordings, HEZEN's voice is from and center. This is especially true with the tracks, Oil Fire and Smoke & Mirrors where the music never overtakes the message and passion.

The arrangements are electronic however are very simple and never overtake the stirring vocals. The percussion beat of Try Me does get you to sway back and forth as you listen and feel the subtle beat. The song, The Girl You Want, has been given a modern jazz feel.  The true prize of these songs is the soothing voice that is simplistic yet full and simplistic at the same time. Definitely worth discovering.  - Andrew Scott

Hear more of HEZEN at Soundcloud 


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RAINAS

Garden Rain

I am looking out the still window

staring to the flowers in this wet pain

watch them play and grow in this garden rain

counting the seconds to see you tomorrow

I know I am a man that gives sorrow

so much sensitivity that words cannot explain

tormented I know as it drives your heart insane

while holding me as I try to grow

I miss you every day

think of the love that fills me

scared of the day I push you away

when it is you I want to hold, kiss and see

you are so beautiful that words cannot explain

as magical to see as this gorgeous, tender garden rain

© Andrew Scott – Just a Maritime Boy 2012

 

 

 

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