"A Global Movement of Positive Energy!"
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
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
British-born Nigerian ECKOES is both a sharp-sighted futurist and a nostalgic sentimentalist. In her music and her listening habits (she's an avowed fan of both James Blake and Lionel Richie) she straddles the line between cutting-edge textures and soulful pop hooks.
From London, England, we have been given the positive and empower track. Human, by Eckoes. Human is an uptempo track laced with R & B, funk, and electronica the combination of all these different styles of music do make this a danceable song for all to enjoy.
What Eckoes delivers in a pure, clear voice is a powerful message that mentions Mother Theresa, Malcolm X, and Gandhi. The song is like a conversation with themselves that they are sharing with their audience. This track is worth listening and feeling too. - Andrew Scott
To hear more from this artist: Eckoes at Soundcloud
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