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Music Review: What is Love by Melanie Ungar

Year: 2015 (I’m not sure if the album was released on platforms other than Jamendo before this time)
Genre: Country, Country Pop, Pop
Online: Youtube, Jamendo, Facebook, Twitter
Tracks:

  1. What is Love
  2. Madly, Deeply
  3. Deeper For You
  4. One Day
  5. Open
  6. Let’s Start Again
  7. Madly, Deeply (Acoustic)

Melanie Ungar is a Canadian artist that I stumbled across on Jamendo whilst listening to one of the automated playlists a few years ago. I think that it was actually the third track of this album that drew me in initially. Since then, this debut EP has been a regular listen each week, with many of the songs making it into various playlists.

As mentioned above, this release fits into the categories of Country and Pop. I don’t listen to a lot of Country but when I do it tends to result in some regular listens. But what makes for good Country Pop? Well, not being generic is a good start.
Whilst the album doesn’t “change the game” it does offer solid compositions that a pleasure to listen to. I can’t say the same for some artists that have recently spent time in the charts. Her vocals are crisp and the catchiness of the lyrics makes me return time and time again.
So, do I have any favourite songs on the album? Yes. The third track Deeper For You probably gets one or two extra plays whenever I listen to the album. I also adore the fifth track Open. Why do I like these songs so much? Well, they cause me to reminisce about my own relationship with my husband of 21 years. These songs also do a great job of sharing the idea of growing attachment and intimacy between a couple.

In conclusion, I really love this album. What is Love is a must-listen for anybody that is a sucker for good love songs. If that is not your bag, then you have no soul. ROFL I also recommend the album for fans of Country Pop.
For those interested, Melanie Ungar posts videos regularly on her youtube channel (linked above). A lot of the content consists of covers, which she manages to add her own trademark style.


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Sunday Playlist 06/25/2017

Greetings from the interwebs! This week’s playlist is a collection of electronic songs for gamers, dancing, exercising and/or for folks looking for some high energy music for getting their creative juices flowing.

  1. Born Free by Pokki DJ [ITA]
  2. Messenger by DJ Karda from DJ Karda [CZE]
  3. Serenity by TheVicious from The Beginning [AUS]
  4. Simplex by Auquid from Reborn Future [UKR]
  5. Autonomy by Beat Laboratory [GBR]
  6. Energy Trance by Alexey Anisimov from Electro Music [RUS]
  7. I Can Be Myself by REC from Journey Through the Universe (EP) [POL]
  8. I Don’t Cry by A Virtual Friend [CHE]
  9. Showtime by Wexin from Free to Love [FRA]
  10. The Grid by Eddie McGilvray from Switch on the Hits [AUS]

You can find the playlist here.

I hope that you enjoy the playlist and that you have a kickass week. If you have suggestions for future themes or Jamendo artists, feel free to post in the comments section. Though I have some themes planned, I might be willing to deviate from the current schedule for the right song or theme. I look forward to hearing from you guys.


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Music Review: Neon by Vitne

Year: 2013 with a Jamendo release in 2015
Genre: Hard Rock, 80’s Metal
Online: Official Website, Jamendo, Facebook, Twitter
Tracks:

  1. Destroyer
  2. Nasty Habit
  3. Silhouette
  4. Royal Nights
  5. Lick You Up
  6. To the Sky
  7. I’m Feeling Deadly
  8. Cruisin’
  9. Rest in Peace
  10. Fire (Outtake)
  11. It’s Me (Outtake)

Neon is the 2013 album release by Norwegian artist Vitne. I first came across Vitne in February of this year whilst listening to some of the playlists on Jamendo. The initial track that I listened to was Winter Love Song, a cute little single from 2014. I liked it enough to listen to some of Vitne’s other music.
The first thing that you will notice when listening to Vitne is the mild accent that seems to go well with the at-times delightfully cheesy lyrics. The style is deliberate and gives Vitne’s music that rock porn vibe. It is a guilty pleasure.

For Neon, Vitne kicks it up a notch, channelling a hard rock and metal sound from the early to mid-80’s. If the metal and hard rock from that era don’t appeal, then this album likely won’t be your cup of tea. I still recommend that you check out the album anyway.
If I had to choose some favourite tracks, I would pick two songs. The opening track Destroyer does a great job of setting the mood for the entire album. The twelfth track, an outtake of It’s Me, does a great job of further showcasing Vitne’s instrumental work with a kickass guitar solo that knocks it out of the park. I can easily listen to and enjoy each of the tracks though, which made picking favourites songs from the album difficult.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed this album. Would I listen to it all of the time? No, but I play it on repeat every few weeks simply to “rock out”. In any case, you guys should check out the album and the rest of the Vitne catalogue. If you like what you hear, be sure to spread the word.


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Sunday Playlist 06/18/2017

It’s been a while since I posted a weekly playlist. Sorry for being slack…

This week features a collection of songs that cover the more positive aspects of love yet don’t quite fit into the “sweet love” theme. They can best be described as “mature love”, “love anthems” and “retro love songs”. I’ve also mixed up the genres a bit to give you some variety. I hope that you enjoy this week’s collection.

  1. Far Away by The Moose from Scandinavian Sound (SWE)
  2. Dance with Me by Manhat10 from Take It [EP] (RUS)
  3. Endless Blue by Vitne from Endless Blue (NOR)
  4. Serendipity (featuring Celia Haberstroh) by MaiLit from BeYonD (DEU)
  5. Show Me the Way by the.madpix.project from Show Me the Way (DEU)
  6. Palm Trees by Ridgway from Brighter Days (USA)
  7. Chilly Morning by nomoredolls from nomoredolls (ITA)
  8. Ender by Michael Ellis from Tavis Vor (DEU)
  9. Ich Bin Frei by Kevin S. from Wunderkind (DEU)
  10. Love Overdose by Jyant from Love Overdose (USA)

Feel free to let me know what you thought of the playlist in the comment section. I also welcome suggestions for future themes. I have some ideas but am always open to ideas. Feel free to challenge me!

You can find the playlist here.


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Music Review: Traveling Songs by The Dada Weatherman

Year: 2016
Genre: Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Folk
Online: Official Website, Jamendo, Facebook, Twitter
Tracks:

  1. Free Your Mind
  2. Traveler’s Song
  3. Desert of Love
  4. Rewind
  5. We Will Be Alright
  6. Rocking Out
  7. M.O.
  8. Falling in Love

I apologise for the delay in posting another album review. I decided to remove the album that I previously had on the top of the list on account of Canadian band The Rest being oddly absent from the interwebs nowadays. It made me a little sad but I suppose that even good bands break-up or fade into the ether. I recommend that you check out their album on Jamendo here. And this brings us to the next album on the list.

I first noticed French band The Dada Weatherman, otherwise known as Dada & The Weatherman, about two years ago when one of their new albums popped up on the front page of Jamendo. Folk.It.Up was a good listen and I soon found myself listening to some of their other releases. Last year, they came out with the album that I am reviewing today, Traveling Songs. Please note that all of their tracks are in English.
Traveling Songs is a collection of eight tracks that offer a more refined folk and psychedelic and blues rock edge, reflecting Dada’s roots growing up listening to classic rock and blues from the 60’s and 70’s. With all of TDW’s albums, there is a strong focus on vocal and guitar work to do justice to the compositions. Sadly, I can’t say the same for several other artists that I have listened to of late.
Do I have a favourite track in this release? I enjoy all of the tracks, but if I had to choose then it would be a toss-up between Traveler’s Song and We Will Be Alright. Be sure to post your favourite tracks of the album in the comments section if you take time out to listen to the album.
In conclusion, this is a great addition to the existing catalogue of releases by The Dada Weatherman. It offers something new whilst somehow managing to stay true to the roots of the artist. Be sure to also check out the other releases of TDW and let me know what you think of their music. And last but not least, if you have any other artist and album that you’d like me to check out on Jamendo, be sure to drop me a line and I will try to get to it ASAP. You can find a copy of the album on Jamendo along with a huge catalogue of their releases.

If you have any other artist and album that you’d like me to check out on Jamendo, be sure to drop me a line and I will try to get to it ASAP. I have a backlog of album reviews to get through so bear with me.


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Sunday Playlist 03/12/2017

I am back with this week’s playlist. This time around, the theme is “smooth love”. I have attempted to bring together songs from different genres that emulate the feel of a live performance at the jazz club, the cafe and places where you can listen to music for the pure joy of it. Whilst you might feel compelled to get up and dance, you can just as easily sit down and drink in the atmosphere as the band performs.

  1. Thinking of You by Lawrence Beamen [USA]
  2. Wanna See You by Niki J Crawford from The Genesis Block EP [USA]
  3. Mechanism by Anitek from Anitek Instrumentals Vol.2 [USA]
  4. Worst Kind of Perfect (Remastered) by Ben Hammond from [Reasonably] Honest [USA]
  5. It’s the Right Time by Büffel from First Touch [Germany]
  6. Baby Go by Eve [Kazakhstan]
  7. Say You Love Me by David Krystal from View From The Inside [Canada]
  8. Amor Y Amor from Estudiante from Regresar [Cuba]
  9. Possibilities by Jasmine Jordan from Time Travel EP [USA]
  10. Devotion by Neon Niteclub from The Dream Machine [USA]

You can find the playlist here.


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Sunday Playlist 03/05/2017

After a rough week wherein I took a brief hiatus from blogging, I am back with the weekly playlist. This time around, the theme is “sexy nights”. I could have gone the more explicit route but I decided to go with something more PG. As it is, today’s mix should be a good introduction to the featured artists if you haven’t already heard of them before.

  1. The Heat by Sam Garbett [Great Britain]
  2. Don’t Beg by the.madpix.project from Don’t Beg (single) [Germany]
  3. Sex Like Art by The Easton Ellises from EP One [Canada]
  4. One by Heartskin from One [Russia]
  5. Wasteland (instrumental) by Lily Wolf from Deleted Scenes (instrumentals) [USA]
  6. Don’t Rock the Boat by Neon Niteclub from The Dream Machine [USA]
  7. Show Me by Slava Prox from We Breath as One [Russia]
  8. Ater Drak (featuring Carrol) by Auquid from Dreaming [Ukraine]
  9. Hold You by JekK from Roses [France]
  10. Long Kiss (radio mix) by Fred First from Looking Back Vol. 2 [USA]

I don’t really have much to add this time around. As always, if you have some artists on Jamendo that you would like to recommend ahead of future reviews and/or playlists, then feel free to drop me a line. I’d also be willing to consider themes ahead of future playlists as well. I’ll try to have a music review posted for you guys in the next day or two.

You can find this week’s playlist here.