Week14 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Black HoneyArtist: Black Honey
Track: “Crowded City”
Self described, self controlled, self defined, self obsessed, pride, pomp and arrogance fest; Four piece, pop-rock electro-strut swagger-and-roll, uber-cool professional independent noise/troublemakers, Black Honey are, in their own words, ‘playing the big-boys game’, with self titled new album and the super-tronic, pulp-Morricone postmodernist, “Crowded City”. After a steady string of singles, dating back to 2015 debut release, and homage to the music of Tarantino movies, surf/heroin rock and no small dose of Nancy Sinatra’s staggering, Kill Bill introducing, ‘Bang Bang – My Baby Shot Me Down’; beautifully blended with Dick Dale’s tremolo guitar enthusiast’s wet dream and awesome ‘Pulp Fiction’ title welcome, ‘Miserlou’, stop/start, American-road-movie-crack-pipe, ‘Spinning Wheel’; and 2016 EP, the understated/under-the-saturated, 4am t*tty-bar-melancholic, four track zombie swing, ‘Headspin’, Black Honey are all growed up with twelve tracks of gloriously over-driven guitars in the reverb, sat-so-right/sat-back bass and slap n crunch drums, on shuffle, the hustle and the laid-back, syncopated don’t-you-fuss-y’all. Breaks, waves and reverses build texture and tension; overlapping vocals, fuzzed, fused and distortion blunted; set shifting in layers, further enhance the stylishly worked, B-movie/straight-to-video sound design. Izzy B. Phillips mouths and chews her vocals, with femme fatale nonchalance; only to break open, and break down in heart-surging, bursts of raw emotion; lyric and delivery, an ode to the melodic pageantry and poetry-disposable of great pop music. A twelve track tour-de-force of reference, nod and wink, ‘Black Honey’ deftly walks the line between legitimate pastiche and shameless rip off; ever-teasing the second, while revelling in the first; and in doing so, creates an inspired and singular experience for the listener; that elevates the act of homage to that of the band’s own genre. Jukebox slow dance, snakeskin striptease, mustang car chase and movie theatre bl*wjob, ‘Black Honey’ plays to the popcorn sticky, cheap seats in kodak tones of tail lights and bug zappers; sizzling and satisfying, like a bacon; this album will make you salivate. It’s tasteless and tasty!

Twitter: @BlackHoneyUK
IG: BlackHoneyUK

Shut UpArtist: Millie Manders and the Shut Up
Track: “One That Got Away”
With glorious noise and great audacity, UK based self described, ‘cross-genre punk’ outfit and live touring animal, Millie Manders and the Shut Up, drop 15 minute slice of stomp, slam, chant and sing along, new EP Shutup; jam packed with a Rollicking gauntlet run of soul to ska, punk to pop, surf rock to shut up, the four track release burns through it’s runtime on a tear, with enough genre, idea and influence to feed a double album; resulting in a rapidfire, high contrast roller coaster ride of punch perfect, jump up and down songs, born of and built for the band’s trademark slamming live shows. Wrist tight guitar riffs, rattle and shift, exploding into pulp fiction style solo and lick; snare smacked drums, kick driven and spit off the cymbal and hi hat, toms on the verge of implosion; rhythm and change burst in well worked surges, bass and drum working as one, in swagging lurches and awesomely obnoxious struts. Brass slurs, slews and soars in great expanding, jazzy waves and sudden funk infused stops; Millie snarls, snears and screams; moving from crooner to shouter, she belows and grunts, sniggers and sings; making and breaking the rules as she goes; a punk-pop-alt-rock-superstar-machine, Madonna merged with Iggy Pop. Lyrics slung at you, word stabbed, syllable chewed physical; the social/political ranted, inequity decried, in angry pop hook. Millie Manders and the Shut Up are a band grounded in the culture and heritage of their music; hewn from concrete of high rise tower block, the graffiti of the underpass, the rush, stink and stress of the heavy city; they sweat The Specials, smack of Ian Dury and his rhythm stick; they Clash, they Bragg, they’re Madness, Skunk Anansie and never mind the b*ll*cks; against the machine they rage; a plague upon the houses of chart-friendly pop and lazy, indulgent indie rock. Shut Up!

Millie Manders and the Shut Up are currently touring throughout the UK. See their socials for details.

Twitter: @MillieManders
IG: MillieManders

Let It FlyArtist: Katie Ellen
Track: “Let it Fly”
UK based singer songwriter Katie Ellen releases unplanned second single for 2018, stark portrait of a breakup, “Let it Fly”. The BBC Introducing endorsed Artist, having released her first single of the year in June, ‘Yours’ to stella reviews (Music Talks, describing it as ‘..how a great song should be written & heard’), had intended to follow up with a five track EP. However the rigors of holding down a fulltime job as a vocal coach, while trying to write and record, took its toll on Katie’s health. And despite the universally positive reception from critic and fan alike, the heartbreakingly beautiful, ‘Yours’ struggled to gain traction amongst the summer themed playlists and releases (made worse by Spotify adding the single to the wrong Artist’s account). In the midst of bad luck and frustration, Luxembourg based producer Tobi, completed the mix and master of “Let it Fly”. The combination of Katie’s trademark, intuitively simple songwriting and deft vocal performance, coupled with a creative and well judged sound design from Tobi, made for a stark, yet strikingly dynamic and original piano ballad ; upon hearing it for the first time, Katie was so reminded of the writing experience, she broke down; her best friend describing it as, ‘the best song Katie had ever written’. Though completed in July, the release of “Let it Fly” was held back until late September, the darkening evenings and Autumn weather a better fit for the mood and feeling of the track.

BBC Introducing premiered “Let it Fly” in early September, describing it as ‘a stand out track’.

Twitter: @KatieEllenMusic
IG: KatieEllen_Music

Week14 Music Monster Picks

You can now submit / recommend new releases for our New Music Monster, every Friday via our new Reddit!

About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

Twitter: @MonsterThread


New Releases! | “Temporary” by Greg Rider

Rising country artist, Greg Rider Releases New Single, “Temporary”

Temporary by Greg Rider

Nashville, TN – Greg Rider has been performing around the country including performing regularly at Luke’s 32 BridgeFGL House, and Jason Aldean’s rooftop bar. In 2017, Greg released his debut single, “She Don’t Matter” on all digital platforms.

Music had been an influence on Greg, but he never did anything to pursue it until his 20’s, considering himself a closet singer and only picked up guitar at age 20. In time, this was to change. As he built his confidence, he began to play locally in a duo. When the duo disbanded, it was time for Greg to take his next leap of faith. He accepted a job as a Bartender in the Cayman Islands and spent his off time writing and performing at open mic opportunities.

Aside from music, Greg is also an author. His first book, The Uneasy Man, was released through Amazon early in 2018. It is a self-help guide based on his story of how he over-came his struggle with Anxiety and Depression. The book is geared towards youth and young adults but, can benefit anyone looking to expand their knowledge on the subject.

“Temporary” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

IG: GregRiderMusic

The Saga Continues… | Interlude EP by Leo Vance

Toronto Recording Artist-Leo Vance Releases Heart And Soul With Interlude EP

Interlude EP by Leo Vance - BRASH! Magazine BlogInterlude, is part of the 5 EP Series Leo will be releasing that feature different styles in the rap and hip hip genre. Vance wrote, mixed all the songs and produced two songs on the Interlude EP, “Something About You” and “Lessons”. Producers Vybe Beatz and Patrick Carmelo also make an appearance on Interlude as well. The EP captures the heart and soul of Leo Vance, each song reveals relatable timeless stories that strike a chord with conscience lyrics. Moody tracks that feature a chill, laid back vibe which can crossover into many genres, and captures anyone’s heart at any age.

Watch the Official Video for “Something About You”
Director: Mercenary Films


Interlude EP is Available Now on Apple Music, Spotify, & Tidal!

About Leo Vance
Leo Vance, 22 is a recording artist from Toronto, Canada and burst into the scene a year ago with his debut album The Legend Begins. He was nominated for The Break Through Artist Of The Year Award at the Canadian Urban Hip Hop Awards in Toronto in May 2017, and won his first industry award for the album.

A visionary, artist, writer and music producer Leo has been honing his skills since the age of 13. Coming from a musical family, Leo knew his passion for music would lead him to where he is today. A serious artist Leo leaves it all on the stage when he performs, he has performed both here and in the US in many events and festivals. Leo works hard on his craft on a daily basis, never taking anything for granted.

Twitter: @LeoVanceMusic
IG: LeoVanceMusic

BRASH! Magazine Fall ’18 Cover Reveal | Godz Chyld

Bronx Hip Hop Artist, Godz Chyld Covers BRASH! Magazine’s Fall ’18 Issue

Cooling winds aren’t the only thing blowing into the Autumn skies as Summer comes to a close. To kick off a new season, BRASH! brings you Rap Music in the form of honesty and the true spirit of spitting lyrics, Godz Chyld. The True Game of Hip Hop. In our Fall ’18 Issue, we get an exclusive look into which legends inspired him, his thoughts on the music industry and his latest project Woke EP. Be on the look out for our latest Cover Story and see why Godz Chyld is a rapper to keep on your playlist!

BRASH! Fall '18 Cover ft. Godz Chyld

Cover Photo Credit: Danny Ferreras

Get a sneak peek here:
Inspired by conscious thinking, Godz Chyld wanted to create a body of work that would represent the thoughts of like-minded music lovers, without falling into the trend of “Staying Woke” that has swept the world as a temporary feeling.

“…there’s so many false prophets out here tryin to get a profit, I’m the real thing.”

Twitter: @G0dzChyld
IG: godzchyld7

Also in this issue:

BRASH! Exclusives
~ R&B Artist, Porcelan talks with BRASH! about hitting the Billboard Charts!
~ How Canadian Indie Label Post Music Productions are doing more than just representing indie artists!
~ Ian Harnarine’s Latest…Caroni at the Toronto International Film Festival!

Recaps from New York Fashion Week & London Fashion Week!

Throughout our features, you’ll find how the 90s era is motivating artists today and true artistry from the world of indie!

Get Ready to Bring in the Fall MAKING NOISE!

Fall ’18 Issue of BRASH! Coming Sept 28th!

Midnight & Music | “12:00 am” by Matt LeGrand

Pop Vocalist, Matt LeGrand, Releases Music Visual for New Single “12:00 AM”

12:00 AM is more than just a place in time but a feeling of exhilaration that encompasses our soul. – Matt LeGrand

Produced by Elvis “Blac Elvis” Williams (Fergie’s “London Bridge,” Usher’s “Lil Freak,” and Beyonce’s “Ego”), Matt’s new single, “12:00 AM,” is an ode to his club audience with its slick production, booming beats, and sizzling vocals. His voice drips effortlessly over the synthy melodies and bumping rhythm, as he anticipates the moment he can finally get his hands on the one he loves. It’s pristine pop perfection wrapped in a club friendly aesthetics, delivering on its promise of feel good summertime vibes. It fits the video treatment, which plays out its own love affair with night life. Women in sparkly miniskirts make their way through the streets in search of that thumping underground oasis where they can lose themselves in the music. Between choreographed dance moves and Matt’s charismatic live performance footage, the video centers around a crowd coming together to celebrate living in the moment.

Pop Vocalist, Matt LeGrand,

And according to his social media, there is an EP coming soon! Stay tuned…

Watch Music Video for “12:00 AM”


Twitter: @MattyLeGrand
IG: MattLeGrandMusicOfficial

Making It Last | “Notify Me” by Jared

R&B Singer/Songwriter, Jared, Releases New Single “Notify Me”

Notify Me by Jared - BRASH! Magazine Blog

In an ever-changing industry, musicians come a dime a dozen but there is always one that stands out above the rest. With his style, talent, and eagerness to share his gift with the world, Jared is the next best thing. Today Jared officially transitions from the guy behind the scenes to the star that was always destined to shine. With his first digital release of the self-penned song “Notify Me”, music lovers are sure to take notice.

Notify Me is about waiting & wanting to hear from that special someone at some point during your day. Call me, text me, send a pigeon or SOMETHING! I like to think of the song as the millennial, mobile version of ‘Get Here’ by Oleta Adams. However you need to reach me, do it. Notify me! – Jared.

“Notify Me” is Available Now on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, & Tidal!

Watch Official Music Video for “Notify Me”


RnB Recording Artsit, Jared

Twitter: @nexbestjared
IG: nexbestjared