Photay – Reconstruct ft. Seafloor / No Sass [Woodstock, NY]

Electronic / Modern Jazz / Hip-Hop / Funk

New York producer Photay (Evan Shornstein) released his self-titled debut album about a year back (pick it up for free!) and was barely noticed. It was a compilation of the work he’s produced over the period of 2010-2012. Following a trip to West Africa, the album was heavily influenced by African natural sounds. Interesting as it was, it definitely put him on the radar for me.
So when he released No Sass I (with the internet) welcomed his new sonic palette of glitzy horns, staccato-ed beats resulting in equal parts jazz, hip-hop, funk and well, awesome.

His new self-titled album is due later this month on the 26th and from the sound of it (get it?), he’s definitely worked it out this time.

Fans of Aphex Twin, Tennyson, and Capital Cities will love his sound.
Show him some well-deserved love at this facebook and souncloud page.




Panic! At The Disco – Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die [Las Vegas, US]

Alternative Rock

Panic! At The Disco has come out with their new album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die for a couple of days now.

Apart from the nude music video for Girls/Girls/Boys, other new and exciting elements of this album include completely fresh sounds for the band that create a versatile tracklist of differing moods.

Personal favorites include Far Too Young to Die and The End of All Things. Good for pensive times and apocalyptic ones too.

A Firm Handshake – Fix Me Up [Minnesota, US]

Indie Folk / Pop / Acoustic

Each of Zach Sobiech’s songs are packed with the feelings of a lifetime. A little different from our usual, this is a song written for and sung with a lifelong friend about to be left behind in life. The music speaks for itself; sung like a story with multiple parts, the polyphonic harmony is heartbreaking. Make sure you get to it because Sammy Brown’s voice speaks the world about the sorrow of upcoming goodbyes. Not sure how many of you have heard his more popular song Clouds (listen to it here) or seen his story (watch it here if you’re ready for some tears), but it adds just that much more meaning when you listen.

Here is the song ‘Fix Me Up’, and here’s to lifelong friends and to Zach Sobiech, who passed away on Monday, May 20th, 2013.

Kesiena – Love is all I have [Nigeria, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin]

Pscyhedelic / Rock / Soul

Kesiena“, literally “Finally, it has arrived” in his native language of Urhobos. Kesiana is finally releasing his first studio album “It was all written” today. He’s been traveling around between his homeland of Africa and Europe for over 15 years now, definitely one of those people you can’t pin one geographic location to. Don’t we all wish we had been to that many cool places…

I’ve only heard a handful of his songs since the album’s only coming out today, but I’d say his music is pretty diverse, with a little bit of psychedelic, a handful of rock and a generous helping of soul. I’ll let his music do the talking; here’s a track off his new album:

Love is all I have (Official Video)

Along with some slightly older pieces that I dug around for:
Life Train (acoustic)

“Come on everybody, get on the right train, on the life train”

You may not be the one (Live)
So insanely chilled out.

Shane Koyczan – To This Day Project [Yellowknife, Canada]

If you’re Canadian you might’ve seen him during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic opening ceremony reading We Are More, in a blazing patriotic act. But that’s not what this post is about.

Today’s about Canadian poet and writer, Shane Koyczan getting bullied a lot during his youth. He didn’t let it keep him down, but neither had he forgotten about it. Collaborating with a some extremely talented animators here’s his take on the bullied. Must say it’s been quite a while since I’ve felt anything so powerful. No matter how busy you may be, take a few minutes and watch this. For yourself or for the underdog.

“Our lives will only ever always continue to be a balancing act, That has less to do with pain and more to do with beauty.”