Orgöne

Lovely people,

Per the band’s website, this is what you need to know about Orgöne:

Orgōne (Or-gōne). Noun. 1. A universal life force. 2. A cosmic unit of energy, the creative force in nature. 3. A soul music juggernaut with 8 heads and one heart.

Now and always, Orgōne delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet and shoves you wantingly onto the dance floor. It all started with two kids from the San Fernando Valley, whose shared affinity for gritty soul records of the 60s and 70s collided with the colorful music cultures brewing in Los Angeles during the late 90s. That friendship sparked a movement, and Orgōne has been delivering nothing but gold to the funk faithful ever since.

“We intend our music to have an inhibition-canceling effect,” founding guitarist Sergio Rios explains. “It speaks to those who may have wallflower tendencies encouraging everyone to own the freakiness that lives inside them, and enjoy the spotlight for a little while. Sometimes it takes a nudge to let go and get on the dance floor. And sometimes it takes a big ‘ol push… a love shove, if you will. And we’re well versed in those.

“The band elevates the soulfulness to intoxicating new levels on their latest studio album, Undercover Mixtape. The record is a lightning rod of inspiration for a new generation of funk music lovers.

The year is young, but I know today that Undercover Mixtape will end high on my list of best 2018 releases.

Listen HERE.

Then come back here to thank me and let me know you loved it like I do. And what other music you’re into right now? I’d love to know!

Thanks and until next time,

Jim Boere

New Release: Drive, by DAUNT – First Single From Forthcoming Debut EP

Dear friend,

That debut EP – ‘Unbearable Light’ – releases April 28th via London label Beatnik Creative.  Based on this first single, I’ll be keeping an eye and ear out. I’m digging this “Smooth slow-pop at its finest” as Beatnik calls it.

Click on the pic below or HERE to listen.

By the way, I recommend you keep the label on your radar. They’ve released music from Island, Palace, Eliza Shaddad…

 

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Thanks as always for visiting. Let me know what you think?

Let’s connect on Twitter.

Jim Boere

Harry Pane releases new single ‘Fletcher Bay’

Dear friends, 

News: 

Following the release of his ‘Changing’ EP last summer, singer-songwriter Harry Pane has released the first track ‘Fletcher Bay’ from his upcoming EP ‘The Wild Winds’, due April 7th. 

Listen here: 

https://soundcloud.com/harrypanemusic/fletcher-bay-1

Named after the idyllic place at the end of the winding Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, ‘Fletcher Bay’ is a heart-warming tribute to Harry’s father who tragically passed away last year. The song ‘Changing’ from the last EP was written about his father’s battle with mental health and how he was improving but things took on a new meaning after his father’s sudden passing. Pane returned to Fletcher Bay at the end of 2016 to scatter the ashes of his late father.

That trip is the inspiration behind the song as he sings; “But I’ve returned to say, that I will leave and you will stay, your heart, your soul belongs at Fletcher Bay.”

The Wild Winds EP was recorded with Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini, REM, Snow Patrol) in Valencia at the start of the year. It was funded by Island Records after Harry was picked as the winner of #Roadtothe100Club, a competition organised by PRS for Music, with judges including former PRS chairman Guy Fletcher O.B.E and Annie Christensen (A&R Island Records). 

The EP details an emotional journey of grief and finally acceptance. It is a love story with a difference and features artwork created using string, resembling the idea of how long is life. It follows the acclaimed EP Changing which saw him championed by the likes of BBC Introducing London, BBC Northampton and John Kennedy at Radio X.

Throughout 2016 Harry clocked-up over 200 shows including performances at SXSW Festival, multiple Glastonbury stages, Big Feastival, CarFest and regular shows at Soho Farmhouse & Home House as well as sold-out headline shows across London and in his hometown. 

Continuing to bring his stunningly effortless performance and distinctive tone to stages across the country, Harry will be playing at Paper Dress Vintage on March 7th at the SESAC showcase. He then heads off on a run of UK headline dates in support of The Wild Winds EP, which includes a show London’s The Bedford on March 30th. Full dates below with more to be announced. 

(And find my last year’s Q&O with Harry HERE). 

“Music should take you on a journey and boy does that guy do it every single time” 

Lal Muttock BBC Introducing Northampton


LIVE DATES

MARCH 
Fri 3rd – The Sound Lounge, London (supporting Megan O’Neill)

Tues 7th – SESAC Presents, Paper Dress Vintage, HackneyFri 17th – Big Comfy Bookshop, CoventryFri 30th – The Bedford, London (headline)

APRIL
Weds 5th – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton (headline)

Thur 6th – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (headline)

Fri 7th – The Rowbarge, Guildford (headline)

Mon 10th – Zigfrid Von Underbelly, London (I Luv Live)

Sun 16th – Also Known As, Banbury (headline)

Tues 18th – Gwdihw, Cardiff (headline)Weds 19th – The Crofters Rights, Bristol (headline)Sat 29th – City Sound Project, Canterbury 

Sun 30th – The Mad Hatter, Oxford (headline)

MAY
Tues 3rd – O2 Priority Lounge, London 

Wed 4th – The Railway, Winchester 

Sat 20th – The Radcliffe Centre, Buckingham (headline)

Thanks for checking in. See you next time! 

Jim 

Debut Album: Allman Brown – 1000 Years

Dear friend,

A 1000 years is indeed – I imagine – what at times it must have felt like for Allman Brown, and his fans, to get to February 10th 2017; the day his self-released debut album finally saw the light of day.

It’s been a long time coming. ‘Song and Daughters’ (one of two duets with Liz Lawrence on the album) was released as a single in 2013. ‘Rivers’, featuring Robyn Sherwell, came out in 2015, followed by ‘Fires’ and ‘Palms’ (the second collaboration with Liz Lawrence) in 2016. Each of these singles confirmed the talents of Allman and built up the anticipation for the debut album.

For me, the above mentioned singles are the strongest tracks on the album. I was hoping for more gems like these, but didn’t really find them. As a whole though it’s a good debut full-length, and definitely worth a listen. Click on the pic below or HERE to do so.

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Hope you enjoy.

Thanks as always for visiting! Connect with me on Twitter!

Jim Boere

 

YourMusicFilter Recommended Music Roundup, Week 5 2017

Friend,

Thanks for checking out this week’s roundup!

Been a few weeks since the last roundup so we have a fair bit of ground to cover, but I guess that’s all good right? Today’s collection comes to you from the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Sweden, and Switzerland, put together for you with love from Schiedam, Netherlands :).

I thought I’d list the artists in alphabetical order this time. Links are in the titles. Okay, here we go:

 

Colours, by Chelsea Shag

Some of the best Atlanta has to offer. And she’s only 23 years old. And you can’t put Chelsea Shag in a box – she’s made up her own. It’s not just pop – it’s jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, and hip hop all in one.

Spotify Sessions (Live), by Coeur De Pirate

From Quebec, Canada, comes this singer-songwriter and pianist. You should get to know her.

 

The Best Of David Gray (Deluxe Edition), by David Gray

Fabulous album. David has a new single out called An Eclipse which is worth a listen, but I’m loving this Best Of release… I’ve been listening to this boss since the 1998 White Ladder album, and have not yet had enough. From Manchester, UK.

Justice, by Dumpstaphunk and Trombone Shorty

Let’s FUNK!

Lowcast, by Fractures

Melbourne gives us Fractures. Debut album ‘Still Here’ will be out February 10th. I’m looking forward to that.

October, by George Ogilvie

Great track by this 22-year old singer-songwriter from England.

Fallen, by Gert Taberner

3 great songs. From New York.

00000 Million, by Gordi

From Australia. (Almost) only a voice. Powerful.

Wanderlust, by Hollow Coves

Hollow Coves are an Indie Folk band formed in Brisbane, Australia in 2013. Delivering an earthy folk sound, the band meshes simple acoustic melodies, vocal harmonies, and impactful themes. 

A Place You Like, by ISLAND

This alternative indie rock group from London is making waves, and rightfully so.

No Salesman, by Jordan Klassen

Folk from Vancouver, Canada. Beautiful song, this.

Magic, by Kina Grannis

One of the best pop songs ever written, sang by a truly wonderful voice… Magic indeed. Kina released several collections of acoustic covers like this one; make sure to look ’em up.

Demos, by Kristopher James

Kristopher is a crazy good ‘folk troubadour’ from Florida, USA. It never seizes to amaze me how so many mediocre artists get so big, and real deals such as Kristopher are not discovered by the masses.

Into the Ether, by Leif Vollebekk

“Hailing from Ottowa, Canada, Leif Vollebekk is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter known for his somber, melancholy pop songs that capture the themes of yearning, long-lost love, and adventure.” – Spotify

New album release date: 24/2/2017.

Killing Me, by Luke Sital-Singh

2 amazing tracks. One of these artists that should be big.

On + Off, by Maggie Rogers

So far I’ve been including every new release from this breath of fresh air from the USA. I have no reason not to. Her mix of folk, dance, and R&B is that good.

Deep The Water, by Lewis Watson

Great tune from this English singer-songwriter.

Big Picture, by London Grammar

What can I say? So glad these guys are back with new material…feels like it was ages ago! I was ready for a new album 2 years ago.

65 Roses, by Martin Luke Brown

This pretty much speaks for itself:

 

About You Now, by Meadowlark

See if you can guess who they are covering here? Not all covers are less good than the original…

Keep an eye out for this London based band. They are awesome. New material coming out March 10th.

Sketching Houses, by Mi von Ahn

From Sweden. Modern singer-songwriter meets dreamy melancholy pop.

We Kept the Lights On, by Milo Greene

This single, I’m happy to say, sounds more like the Milo Greene who’s 2012 self titled debut album I enjoyed so much. Their 2015 release Control didn’t work for me, but the new single reminds me of 2012 and in this case that’s a good thing. From LA.

It Does Matter, by Notice To Airmen

Have some pop/rock from Sweden. It’s good for you.

All The Same, by Old Sea Brigade

One of the best EP’s I’ve heard this year to date. USA made.

“There’s an old-ages discolouring to the music of Old Sea Brigade that belies the tender years of its creator, appearing sepia-drenched and sleight of frame as his country-esque ballads quietly breathe life in to otherwise listless January days. The new, self-titled, EP is proof of this; a quiet set of songs performed with heart-worn luster that makes for a five-track journey that instantly feels like, albeit solemn, escapism.” – Tom Johnson

Bulletproof, by Orgone

Let’s FUNK some more!

Orgone is an American band from Los Angeles, California. The group’s sound draws from 1960s and 1970s-era funk and soul. And it is niiiice.

Fools and Their Gold – Radio Edit, by PLGRMS

PLGRMS is a duo comprised of talented singer-songwriter Jacob Pearson and accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Bowden. From Sydney, Australia.

To Be Without You, by Ryan Adams

You probably know his music already. From North-Caroline, USA. Great new song.

Process, by Sampha

British singer, songwriter and record producer from London delivers a remarkable debut album. There’s a great review on Pitchfork that I encourage you to read.

Morning Tea, by Serafyn

From Basel, Switzerland comes this haunting tune from folk pop group Serafyn.

Black Opal, by Shining Bird

Shining Bird are an experimental pop group from Austinmer on the NSW south coast of Australia. Check them out!

Just Words, by Skout

Indie-folker from New York who as her musical influences states Ben Howard, Fleetwood Mac and Noah Gundersen…well, I guess only good could come from that and it did.

Wonderland (Bonus Version), by Tess Henley

From Seattle with soul.

Party For Two, by Toothless and Liz Lawrence

From the band’s just released debut album The Pace Of The Passing. Read my album review HERE.

Wanting Things Makes You Shittier, by Wild Pink

But this tune is anything but shit. From NY, USA. From the new album, to be released 24/2/2017.

 

And that’s a wrap! Until next time.

Jim Boere

 

Debut Album: Toothless – The Pace Of The Passing

Dear friend, 

This album saw the light of day 7 days ago, but is the result of a decade of writing in the back of the Bombay Bicycle Club tour bus. 

Toothless was founded by Bombay bassist Ed Nash after the band went on indefinite hiatus in 2014. He recruited Bombay drummer Suren de Saram for the band and frontman Jack Steadman to co-produce his album. And today it was announced that Liz Lawrence (singer-songwriter and half of Cash+David), who had been on tour with Bombay up until 2014, was recruited to join Toothless on their first ever UK tour – this February and March – as guitarist and backing singer, as well as opening for them every night. A very smart move because she certainly made Bombay sound all the better. 


She will do the same for Toothless. The album is good, don’t get me wrong, but what Ed’s voice lacks in power and reach Liz will compensate. And we know that Suren packs a punch on the drums, so if all the pieces fall into place, the live shows could be very good indeed. 

For Liz this tour is also an opportunity to showcase new solo material she’s been working on, and I can’t wait to hear it. If all goes well I’m hopeful we’ll see a solo release later in the year. 

Listen to The Pace Of The Passing HERE

Let me know what you think. 
Cheers, 

Jim Boere 

New Album: Coast – Windmills In The Sky

Dear friend in music,

It hasn’t yet been officially released, but I got my copy in the mail today and recommend that you give it a listen once the album becomes available. Because it’s really good. 

‘Windmills In The Sky’ is this Celtic-Rock band’s third studio album, and it is testiment to the experience and skill of frontman and founder Paul Eastham that despite a number of changes in the band’s lineup through the years, this is arguably their best work to date. The track order and how they tie in with each other just works, and the attention to every detail is unmistakable. The current band lineup is high quality; they don’t miss a beat. 

The album starts off with a short but awesome instrumental piece and then  continues with solid rock songs – slowing down at the right times but never too much and never too long; it maintains a very pleasant ‘flow’ from front to back. It contains no weak songs.  

Coast have delivered an album without weaknesses. It deserves a big audience. So give it a listen, and if you like it: spread the word. 

Coast are: Paul Eastham – vocals, keyboards, piano, whistle and orchestral programming / Mop – drums / Chris Barnes – percussion / Finlay Wells – guitars and bass. 

Their website is  HERE. Watch that space or mine for the official release date. 
Thanks for reading and until next time. 

Jim 

 

YourMusicFilter Recommended Music Roundup, Week 1 2017

Dear friends in music,

A new year! This will remain the space where you’ll be introduced to the best new music. Make sure you visit regularly and follow me on Twitter @yourmusicfilter to stay up to date and not miss any of the good stuff. Tell your friends to do the same. 🙂

Let’s get right into that good stuff.

 

Temple (Unplugged), by Matthew And The Atlas

I like this album better than the ‘plugged’ version and I’m so glad Matt decided to make it. Personally I found Temple somewhat disappointing after the superb 2014 Other Rivers album. Unplugged, however, it’s a different story altogether. Matt’s genius reaffirmed.

Live at Urchin Studios, by Lucy Rose

Beautiful songwriting. Beautiful voice. Lucy showcasing her pure class.

Fickle Game, by Amber Run

From the brand new album ‘For A Moment, I Was Lost’, out February 10th.

Fils d’Or, by Burning Peacocks

I thought this had a nice ring to it. Summery. From Paris.

Secret Tunnel, by Emma Ballantine

I believe this is the first song of a forthcoming 4-track EP from this finalist in the UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year competition. I like it, but also there’s a story behind how this EP comes to be which I think is pretty cool. She explains it in this short video:

 

Dream On, by Amy MacDonald

Second single from the new album Under Stars coming out 17.2.17. I’ve missed this Scottish songstress.

Rooting For You, by London Grammar

Yes! New music from London Grammar too this year!

Spotify Sessions, by Pumarosa

Change of pace… The band calls their genre ‘industrial spiritual’. I just know I like it.

Spotify Singles, by The Head And The Heart

Recorded at the Spotify studios in New York. Sounding good. As they always do when you just let them play live.

Fire (Cranbourne Hall Sessions), by Meadowlark

Meadowlark will release their debut full album this year. Keep an eye out for it, it’s going to be a good one.

Sleep in the Park, by Old Sea Brigade

“There’s an old-ages discolouring to the music of Old Sea Brigade that belies the tender years of its creator, appearing sepia-drenched and sleight of frame as his country-esque ballads quietly breathe life in to otherwise listless January days. The new, self-titled, EP is proof of this; a quiet set of songs performed with heart-worn luster that makes for a five-track journey that instantly feels like, albeit solemn, escapism.” – oldseabrigade.com

 

That’s it for this week. Hope you enjoyed, found something new.

See you next time,

Jim Boere

 

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