Week 51 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Music review written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Woodstock by Ninet TayebArtist: Ninet Tayeb
Track: “Woodstock” 
With pomp ‘n’ stomp and in glorious old time rock, Ninet Tayeb delivers a heady rendition of Joni Mitchell’s 1970 release “Woodstock”.

Toms land thick and earthy, barrelled and rich in dirt; the smash ‘n’ crash of cymbal and fizz rains down from the sky in percussive counterpoint; kick punches gloved, with texture and depth of tone; snare smacked with rasp and tipping-point. Electric six-strings rattle in awesomely rough riff, with crunch ‘n’ grind. The track lurching in pulsating swells and ecstatic runs, as bass drives form and motion from the back.

Tayeb’s voice soars, soulful and full-bodied with an attacking rasp ‘n’ edge; her performance nothing short of barn-storming; the somber, wistful lament of Mitchell’s original cast to the four winds; and yet, the striking spirituality and heartfelt aspiration of the 1970 release remains.

Very much an rendition for our noisy, social and streaming media times, Ninet Tayeb successfully delivers the meaning and message of Mitchell’s song, without compromise with great understanding and respect. Wonderously operatic and glorious psychedelic; put it on repeat and play it loud. Really loud. ‘We’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden’.

Twitter: @ninettayeb
IG: n.tayeb


Forever Endevour by HarlanArtist: Harlan
Track: “Forever Endeavour” (Harlan LP)
Four-piece Indie-rock outfit Harlan releases a debut LP of home-brewed delights, shimmering gems; dreamy, introspective, and steeped in amp-warmed nostalgia.

Framed in an ever-shifting world of electric strings in chorus and reverb; founding member and namesake, Harlan Hutton’s voice forms the emotional and musical center of the 9 track album. Her words delivered as part stream of consciousness, part document; ideas and questions interchange; memories mingle with fantasies and forebodings; images from out and within. Hutton’s vocal presented in lingering ambient; supporting backing and double, resonating in odd detachment.

Instrumentation revolves about Hutton in a wondrously open arrangement; overlapping runs of guitar arpeggio and riff are delivered in expansive, musical stanzas; the bass playing and off the various guitar parts with great effect and compelling contrast; drums tipping and falling in lightly worked fill and beat, responding to the ebb ‘n’ flow of lyric and arrangement alike. The band playing the tempo as one; rallying and easing-off, in surges, slows, and stops.

An immensely enjoyable and engaging collection of songs from beginning to end, ‘Harlan’ makes for a disarmingly intoxicating listening experience. It sets about its work gently, drawing the ear and heart. Beautifully loose in its musical form and understated in its production, Hutton’s songwriting is allowed to breathe and move at its own pace. A quiet giant, ‘Harlan’ is an album you’ll revisit time and time again.

Twitter: @harhutton
IG: harhut


Fumes by TannersArtist: Tanners
Track: “Fumes”
Brash Magazine Artist of the Year 2018, the singular art-pop oddity Tanners makes a welcome return with her first release of 2019, the intoxicating neo-synthpop slow-burn masterpiece, “Fumes”.

Synthpads bleed in, melancholic and distant; electro-sonics burst blunt in percussive dabs. Linndrum-style beats snap and clasp, gated tight. The stereo field allowed to breathe open; arrangement crafted in instrumentation and space. Synths soar and resonate with compelling emotion, strikingly atypical for electronic music. The 3-minute 51-second track shifting in steady graceful stanzas.

Tanners works her voice deftly; allowing fragility and breathlessness to temper and texture her accomplished vocals. Verses stagger adrift and lost; choruses delivered in bittersweet surge and soaring rush. In an impressive demonstration of both taste and self-discipline, Tanners never outshines the quiet, understated production; letting the instrumentation stand equal to her voice.

Every bit the slow-burn modern classic, ‘Fumes’ is further testament to the great range and depth of Tanner’s creative talent. Ignored by Spotify in 2018, the great and mighty playlisting gods have finally caught up; ‘Fumes’ earning a well-deserved spot on their, ‘Pop Right Now’ playlist. With so much great music being made by the current generation of independents; in a sky filled with so many bright stars, Tanner’s star continues to shine amongst the brightest of them all.

Twitter: @whoistanners
IG: whoistanners


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About Tobi
Tobi is a mastering engineer and remixer via Tobisonics. As well as writing music reviews for Brash and running various Independent Music playlists, he also hosts Thursday’s #Musichouruk on Twitter.

Twitter: @masteredbytobi
IG: masteredbytobi

Welcome 2 Bubblegum Grunge | “Probably Crying” by Girl Wilde

LA Recording Artist, Girl Wilde, Releases New Single,
“Probably Crying”

Probably Crying by Girl Wilde - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Los Angeles based pop-rocker Girl Wilde is back today with the release of “Probably Crying,” the first single off her upcoming debut EP. Packed with 90s-inspired alt-rock instrumentals and vibrant pop melodies, “Probably Crying” is another heavy hitting track from the emerging ‘bubblegum grunge’ artist.

On the meaning of the new single, Girl Wilde writes that “‘Probably Crying’ is about owning my emotional tendencies and trying to figure out where they come from.” She continues to explain that “growing up I was deemed ‘overemotional’ (I can be). Like everyone else I have my own unique traumas, and working through them has been pretty painful. There was a certain time in my life when I could only muster the energy to cry. My expectations for what life should be didn’t leave room for me to experience reality, and when I did, it almost seemed to hurt worse. I didn’t have the patience, or distance from my own emotions.”

“Probably Crying” is Available Now on Apple Music & Spotify!

Los Angeles based pop-rocker Girl Wilde

Photo Credit: Jordan Douglas

About Girl Wilde
Previously songwriting for others as well as her past musical project, Alex Barnes aka Girl Wilde is no novice to the music world. The Girl Wilde project was born from a desire to be unrestricted by genre, expectations, and trends. Blending influences of rock, pop, and electronica, Girl Wilde is carving out a fresh and distinctive sound that is uniquely and truly her own.

Girl Wilde made her introduction to the world last year with her debut single “Bad Side,” which she quickly followed up with singles “Nervous Breakdown” and “Fake Louis.” With over 300K+ streams to date and support from Alternative Press, C-Heads, Ones To Watch, and idobi Radio, Girl Wilde is a glam alt-pop goddess you’re going to want to keep an eye (and ear) on.

Twitter: @ImGirlWilde
IG: girlwilde

Electronic Design | “Design” by Reptile Room

Electro-Pop Trio, Reptile Room, Premieres Latest Single, “Design”, with Atwood Magazine and Announces New Album Jade Out August 9 on Om Records

Design by Reptile Room

Atlanta electro-pop trio Reptile Room just released a colorfully captivating new video for “Design,” the latest single from their newly announced album Jade, out August 9 on Om Records. Atwood Magazine premiered the enchanting track about feeling overwhelmed with the urge to speak but not able to find the right words.

Stream “Design” Now on Major Digital Music Platforms!

Reptile Room’s latest album explores lost relationships, addictions and internal battles, but also finding peace through it all. A band AudioFemme championed for their “thrilling, psychedelic visuals, intoxicating music, and powerful performances,” the trio is also planning tour dates following the album release.

Watch Music Video for “Design”

The band’s music has been heard everywhere from the likes of MTV, E!, Red Bull and beyond. Formed in 2017, Bill Zimmerman teamed up with brother and sister Sean & Sami Michelsen to release a self-titled EP listed as one of Creative Loafing’s “25 Atlanta Summer Jams” and went on to be nominated for an Atlanta Culture Award (presented by Live Nation). The three members do all creative work collectively, be it writing, recording and mixing, or editing photos, videos and designing art. Reptile Room aims to add wild & adventurous elements into the box of pop music – everything from the art to the production is a twist on the ordinary.

Electro-Pop Group, Reptile Room

Photo Credit: Mike Colletta

Twitter: @reptileroomatl
IG: reptileroomofficial

Soulful Summer Praise | “I Love To Praise” by Tamika Patton

Tamika Patton Offers New Soulful Gospel Summer Jam, “I Love To Praise”

I Love To Praise by Tamika PattonVocalist Tamika Patton has power, range, passion, poise, and presentation! She has incredible talent and anointing from God alone! As an indie Gospel recording artist, she has released hit singles that find their way to favorable radio airplay and into the hearts of listeners. She now offers a new Gospel summer jam! Her new single “I Love To Praise” is a soulful, urban praise track that is becoming popular within the Gospel industry and with fans.

“Tamika Patton does it again! Her sound never disappoints,” says radio personality and artist Lonnie Hunter. “This new single is both fresh and current. I’m a fan!”

Tamika teamed up with internationally known composer and guitarist David P. Stevens to write and produced “I Love To Praise”. Her new single follows her radio hit “Grace and Mercy” featuring Stellar Award-winning artist Earl Bynum. “I Love To Praise” is available on pre-order now and will be available via all digital music outlets June 21.

Pre-Order “I Love To Praise” Today on iTunes!

Indie gospel artist, Tamika Patton

The Industry Speaks!

With a nostalgic sound reminiscent of 80’s R&B Soul, Tamika Patton offers up new music that is indeed music for the soul. I Love To Praise is infectious, to say the least.  – Hasan James, Root Magazine Editor in Chief, Syndicated Radio Announcer

I love Tamika’s voice and spirit! It’s refreshing, powerful and anointed! She can sing anything! Her new single I Love To Praise is a fun summer jam that gospel music lovers are sure to enjoy! – Gospel Recording Artist Kevin LeVar


This new upbeat and catchy joint by Tamika Patton is giving me life! Perfect summer jam. – Earnest Pugh, International Gospel Artist/Label Executive

Twitter: @TamikaPatton
IG: TamikaPattonMusic

Summer Anthem | “Feels Like Summer” by Samuel Jack

Samuel Jack is Spreading Good Summer Vibes with New Single, “Feels Like Summer”

Feels Like Summer by Samuel JackLeading single “Feels Like Summer”, by Samuel Jack, emits a summery and feel good vibe through its use of stomping percussion, anthemic melodies and bright brass. Highlighting Jack’s powerful gravelly vocals and passionate lyricism, the single bursts with vibrancy, all consumed by shimmering soundscapes. Lyrically, “Feels Like Summer” centres around celebrating the good times and how something can make you feel alive and ultimately wishing you could live in that moment forever.

There’s definitely a sense of nostalgia about the whole song. I wrote it at a time when I needed those good times to see me through some stuff. Music can totally transcend time and space and take you to all sorts of places when you’re not exactly where you want to be. That’s what this song is for me. It takes me back, it takes me forward, it takes me through. – Samuel Jack

Listen to “Feels Like Summer” Now on iTunes, Amazon, & Spotify!

Samuel Jack - BRASH! Magazine Blog
About Samuel Jack

Samuel Jack is a unique and emotive storyteller whose rugged soulful vocals command the room. Raised on Blues, Motown, soul and roots music, the London born singer spent his formative years in Johannesburg with his Father, a film director. The rich fabric of his childhood informs and oozes into the music he creates today which has been resonating with audiences across the globe.

Jack proceeds to showcase his own brand of contemporary soul and authentic songwriting, covering themes from love and pain, to occasionally even politics. Everything he sings is from the heart, about that moment in his life and the journey he is on, allowing audiences to connect to the musician on deeper levels. Jack confesses how writing for him is a form of therapy and that honesty plays a key role throughout his songwriting.

His broad musical palette and undeniable talent is evident in his highly anticipated album which is due later this year. The album narrates the struggles with inner demons, the turbulence of family and relationships, the desire and want for something or someone and how music helps to build bridges and establish new relationships. There’s anthems, there’s ballads and there’s some heavy hitters. Jack expresses, “I listen to all sorts of music, but there is something about Rhythm’n’Blues, about Soul, about Gospel that just gets into my veins. The history of it all, the hurt, the pain, the joy, the sex. And when those emotions are delivered by a voice that really means it, i just feel like there can’t be a better way to express yourself”.

Jack has garnered widespread recognition having played a plethora of international stages including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Larmer Tree Festival, as well as sharing stages with the likes of Passenger, Jack Savoretti and Jake Isaac. His music has also received numerous TV placements on shows such as Shameless and Nashville,and landed features from prestigious outlets including Clash, Music Week and BBC Introducing. With fire in his belly, Samuel Jack is ready to continue the next chapter of his journey with his much anticipated debut album slated for release autumn 2019.

Twitter: @samueljackmusic
IG: samueljackofficial

Electro-Pride | “Homonormo” by Arthur Moon

Brooklyn Electro Avant-Pop Group, Arthur Moon, Exudes Pride with New Single, “Homonormo”

Homonormo by Arthur Moon - BRASH! Magazine BlogArthur Moon is a Brooklyn avant-pop group fronted by Lora-Faye Åshuvud along with collaborators Cale Hawkins (Quincy Jones, Bilal, Wyclef Jean) and Martin D. Fowler (a composer for This American Life). The group just announced a self-titled debut album, out on vinyl in July via Vinyl Me, Please and everywhere August 2. Today, BlackBook shared the explosive new single from the album, “Homonormo” just in time for LGBTQ Pride Month, ahead of their upcoming fall tour with Oh Land.

While writing “Homonormo” I was thinking a lot about what it is that we have to gain when we fail at living within some prescribed definition of ‘success’ or ‘normalcy’. If we ‘settle down’ do my partner and I become a part of some respectability politics nightmare, where gay people are only OK if they mimic the structures of straight society? Do we further alienate everyone who doesn’t want that/doesn’t fit that/can’t do that? Do we leave those communities behind as “dis-respectable,” denied rights, denied freedoms, denied safety? – Lora-Faye

Stream “Homonormo” Now on Major Music Streaming Platforms!

Previous singles “I Feel Better”, “Standing Wave” and “Wait a Minute” from the record gave listeners a taste for Lora-Faye’s deconstructed pop music, which celebrates “incorrect music” and the queer impulse: breaking the rules, and finding the power that comes from doing things “wrong” by celebrating it, owning it, making it the center of the music.

Catch Arthur Moon on tour with Oh Land & stay tuned for more to come!

Tour Dates w/ Oh Land
9/24: Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
9/25: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe
9/26: Washington, DC @ The Miracle Theater
9/27: Chicago, IL @ SPACE
10/20: Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater
10/21: Portland, OR @ The Church Concert Hall
10/23: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/24: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater

award-winning composer/singer Lora-Faye

Lora-Faye Photo Credit: Noel Woodford

About Arthur Moon
Arthur Moon is the moniker of award-winning composer/singer Lora-Faye Åshuvud, who lives and works in Brooklyn, where she was raised, and collaborates on the Arthur Moon project with musicians like Cale Hawkins (Quincy Jones, Bilal, Wyclef Jean) and Martin D. Fowler (a composer for This American Life). Åshuvud’s musical origins were in folk and rock, and with Arthur Moon she takes those influences — an intentionally out-of-tune banjo, or a familiar refrain — and explodes them through the filter of electronic pop to make something totally unique. The result is poignant, raucous and perfectly “incorrect,” as exemplified on the 2017 Our Head EP.

Åshuvud often writes her lyrics using cut-up newspaper articles, and describes the process of composing the band’s rollicking, iconoclastic arrangements as similarly collage-like. A stubborn autodidact, Åshuvud is the rare multi-instrumentalist and composer who doesn’t read music, which means her queer compositional voice sounds both totally fresh and a little tilted, guided by intuition and improvisation rather than formal training. Åshuvud’s metier is what she calls “incorrect music” and “odd theory”— music that feels good and strange in equal measure. (She also hosts “Odd Theory,” a show with New York Public Radio’s New Sounds.) Her debut full-length, Arthur Moon, will be released exclusively on vinyl record this July via Vinyl Me, Please, later available digitally on August 2.

Twitter: @heyarthurmoon
IG: helloarthurmoon

Week 48 |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


Molly More I love you but i don't like you Artist: Molly Moore
Track: “i love you but i don’t like you”
LA-Based singer-songwriter/producer Molly Moore crafts compelling contrast with graceful soul pop melodies set against gritty bass swell and dirty swagger, with new single, “i love you but i don’t like you”.

Driven from the low to the mid, the 2-minute 12-second track arrives in mournful electric key stab in reverse, flat-packed blunt ‘n’ hollow kick, and absent texture sampled-backward and ambient. Beats snip, stutter, and smatter; drum-machine toms delayed, looped, and distant; percussive elements land smacked, stubbornly unrefined; the sparse arrangement, unapologetic and unforgiving.

Moore’s voice walks the beat in deliberate, uncompromising strides; working the verses in teasing malice and willfully raw technique; the count exposed for the world to feel. Only to switch-up in the chorus, allowing herself to finesse her flow; shifting word around the click. Backing vocal processed to the point of abstraction, atonal and synth-timbre, add texture and inspired hook.

Both well-crafted pop song of crowd-pleasing build, melody, and hook; and, at the same time, brutal and stark in its production and presentation; ‘i love you but i don’t like you’ makes perfect musical sense in its apparent stylistic contradictions; and in doing so, aptly reflects and expresses through musical form, the paradoxical and yet all too painfully familiar truth of its subject matter.

Twitter: @missmollymoore
IG: mollymoore


Headcase by Kyan Palmer and nicopop.Artist: Kyan Palmer + Nicopop + Johnny Mac
Track: “What U Like”
LA-Based Independent Artist Kyan Palmer, Producer Nicopop, and Johnny Mac deliver dance-pop grooves and soulful vocals for the heat and the dark of long summer nights, with new single, “What U Like”.

Cast in grid-tight time, a carefully worked array of percussive sample ‘n’ loop fire in a rich and compelling cascade of sonic tone ‘n’ texture, working width left to right across the stereo field, and depth with smart use of frequency, tone, and timbre to create a sense of shifting layer and ever-changing contrast. Kick punches deep and clean, while the snare lands bit-crushed smacked and saturated soft. Though Melodic, sonic-electro tones are delivered fiercely rhythmic; the entire production enticing you to move, the listening experience as physical as it is musical.

Vocals flow like liquid; shifting from richly natural and full in tone to cooly metallic and vocoder-ed; the texture of the voices in a perpetual state of flux, the FXs processing light on its feet and ever-creative. Words are delivered in a near perfect balance of the percussive and the melodic; phrasing changing up and back to down with compelling ease on the ear.

With production and performance acting as one, “What U Like” moves through its 2-minute 59-second runtime with a compelling effortlessness. Though aggressively market-competitive, the feel of the track is easy-going, laid-back, and understated throughout. Palmer, Mac, and Nicopop demonstrating pitch-perfect taste and considerable finesse in its creation. Having already attracted the attention of Apple Music’s premiere pop playlists, ‘What U Like’ looks set to be ‘what we like’ this summer. If you haven’t already, it’s time to update your summer playlists.

Twitter: @kyanpalmer
IG: kyanpalmer

Twitter: @iamnicopop
IG: iamnicopop

Twitter: @johnnymacboogie
IG: johnnymacboogie


Superchunk-Acoustic by Foolish Artist: Superchunk
Track: “Like a Fool” – 2019 Acoustic (Acoustic Foolish LP)
Stubbornly independent four-piece Superchunk revisit their 1993 release, ‘Foolish’ and opening track, “Like a Fool” in acoustic hues of rasping chords, percussive arpeggio, and dulcet string.

In absence of their trademark glorious DIY noise of overdrive, fuzz, and crunch, Superchunk’s fourth album breathes a new with an open, at times mournful, at times wistful, and ever-nostalgic musical texture; the re-imagined acoustic rendition allowing themes, feelings, and moods hitherto only hinted at through the frantic energy of distorted sonics to surface and resonate in the forgiving tonality of acoustic instruments.

The 3-minute 37-second track moves in graceful, understated sways and overlapping musical layers of quietly contrasting guitar technique and tone. Drums pad and patter; kick soft-landing in bursts of low frequency; snare cracks from a drumstick, almost dropped; ghost note and accent crafting a fluid shimmer of percussive flow. Bass counts in dabs, forceful but weighted with care; the track given additional width and depth by a string arrangement that is oddly both embracing and disquietening; a familiar ill-at-ease.

McCaughan’s vocals less hurried and charged, with bittersweet hush and worldworn soulfulness; his voice cracking slightly at the edges, tinged with fragility and a raw honesty so characterised by the band’s entire body of work.

So few bands age well; clinging to the myth of rockstar well past its sell-by date; perhaps locked into a tired act of theatre, pedaled by major labels too lazy to deviate from the familiar formula. And it is perhaps in this regard, and because of their fierce and stubborn devotion to the spirit and method of independent music, that Superchunk find themselves free to re-invent, to grow, to age and, in doing so, continue their ongoing conversation with their fans; that raw, unpretentious, and honest conversation of glorious noise that we, their fans, have so valued for so many years.

Twitter: @superchunk
IG: macsuperchunk

Share your music via Thursday’s #Musichouruk 8 pm – 9 pm (UK Time) for considering on our New Music Monster Playlist and review as one of our New Music Picks!

About Tobi
Tobi is a mastering engineer and remixer via Tobisonics. As well as writing music reviews for Brash and running various Independent Music playlists, he also hosts Thursday’s #Musichouruk on Twitter.

Twitter: @masteredbytobi
IG: masteredbytobi