Browlin – To The Border!


Luring ears and imagination into the sultry climate and shadows of the Wild West on a funk infused wave of melodic and lyrical adventure, To The Border! is a highly suggestive and seriously captivating encounter everyone deserves to treat themselves to. Released by Browlin, the album offers up the smouldering melodic artistry of Morricone, the dark honesty of Johnny Cash, and the lyrical conjuring and prowess of Helldorado with the vocal suggestiveness of Rooster Cole for extra spice. The result, something as unique and magnetic as you could wish for.

Browlin is the latest moniker of Oliver Brown who previously was engineer and studio manager at Skint, where he gained Top 40 credits, hit 2m views on YouTube and was part of the incredible success of artists such as Fatboy Slim. With his new project, Brown has moved away from his electronic past to immerse in heartfelt picturesque songwriting embracing indie and funk imagination upon Latin honed rhythms and emotions.  To the Border! is the result of his exploration, an encounter which infests ears and imagination like the dirt and hot atmospheres its song’s premise’s and climates suggest.

The album opens up with Border and an immediate cinematic strum of guitar, it’s coaxing quickly joined by darker tones of bass and those Latin inspired beats. Lone harmonies and the subsequent vocal touch of Brown soon add to the already evocative prowess of the song, its lively canter taking the appetite in tow with little trouble. With keys joining the Mexican hued saga the track makes for a compelling start though it is soon eclipsed by the following Pieces. Brown’s gravelly hum aligns to another single melodic lure to open up the song, his vocals and words swiftly seducing the imagination as the guitar soon after leads into a bass and keys driven slice of melancholic funk ‘n’ roll. Even without electronic essences, there is a touch of The The to the track, even as it induces hips to swing and feet to eagerly shuffle.

art_RingMasterReviewIts success is matched by the earthy majesty of All My Days and in turn the flaming revelling of There’s Always A Way. The first of the pair keenly walks and then bounds through ears, more flirtatious rhythms seizing body and spirit as vocals and melodies paint a brooding yet warmly alluring picture. Virulently catchy with keys and harmonies bordering salacious, the outstanding track is matched in majesty by its successor, a Cajun-esque dance with spicy harmonica and woozy melodies within a climate of moonshine fuelled, and inspired carnival.

The thrills and seduction continue at an already irresistible level as Big Deal romances the senses with its Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers meets Chris Isaak swing next. Once more the harmonica almost burns its way into the passions while a thickly appetising soak of discord invades guitar and tone. It is an off kilter pleasure transforming into the haunting and fiery beauty of All About Us without a breath being shared. The new song slips under the skin within seconds, its repetitive hooks and melodic bait as enslaving as Brown’s vocal craft and expression and in turn the orchestral weight of an increasingly epic encounter.

I Sit Alone allows the body to at least rest next, it’s smouldering entrance with female sighs the canvas for the reflective declaration of Brown. You can almost see him sitting on the front porch of a barren land sitting shack or under the moonlight against a hanging tree as he pours out his heart. It is a dark and maudlin moment which subsequently evolves into a funk nurtured shuffle, rhythms and guitar entangling in a brewing descriptive sound and hopeful suggestiveness taken to new heights by the gorgeous landscape of following instrumental Death In Mexico. The piece is glorious, cinematic melodic poetry Morricone himself would be proud of and a track as intimate as it is visually vast.

To The Border! concludes with firstly Well I Never, another superb swinging incitement for ears and imagination with a whiff of Talking Heads to it and lastly On The Bank, a final fascination of sound, voice, and word bringing the album to a mighty close.

Not really aware of Brown’s previous work as such, all we can say is thank goodness he has ventured into new adventures through Browlin because quite simply To The Border! is an album bringing a new creative emprise to the whole music scene.

To The Border! is out now via Rife Records across most online stores.

Pete RingMaster 25/08/2016

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Sonny Green – Grime Is Punk


Grime Is Punk is the debut EP from Sonny Green, a young musical poet with a bite to his rap and honesty to his words. With grime bred sounds circling around him whilst carrying their own individual drama, it is a combination which just commands attention.

Aged 21, Green has made a potent introduction with his first EP, but it is just part of an emergence which began seven years ago when he was experimenting with music in his local Connexions youth centre on the Cluny Square estate in Southend. Casting lyrical challenges and insights exploring broad and personal social issues, he made When Words Fail Music Speaks, a 14-track mixtape selling over 10,000 copies which in turn secured Green a weekly residence at the renowned Dalston venue Passing Clouds. At 17, he “ditched his A-Levels and pitched up his tent outside St Paul’s Cathedral, to stand in solidarity with the Occupy movement, ensuring that the voice of his generation was not ignored,” that followed by a performance at The House of Commons where he shared the stage with Fatboy Slim as part of a concert organised in association with Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Charity.

Since then he has supported Asian Dub Foundation, who subsequently recruited him to join them live, played numerous shows across Europe and played support for the likes of Pete Doherty and Section Boyz among many. Released via Hostage Music, Grime Is Punk is the nudge on national attention with Green offering the potential that he could live up to the suggestion that he might become a “voice for the people, a person willing to stand up and speak about the issues surrounding them in the world they live in.”

His EP opens with Fuck Off, an uncompromising proposal in sound and word summed up by its title. Pulsating bass tones and surface splattering beats tempt ears first as fizzy keys bring their own portentous air. It is a low key yet potent canvas from which Green pounces on ears and imagination while inciting thoughts with his scything spits. The dark shadows of the sounds equally line his vocals and a varied delivery as much a highly agreeable essence as the imposing climate of the track.

New single Bars follows the great start, its air and nature immediately lighter but again open in its defiance rich attitude. The repetitive design of the sound surrounding the urban wordsmith, as in all songs, is an addictive nagging with extra spices of adventure to feast on alongside the enjoyable swing of Green’s vocals.

That catchiness is even more gripping in As Above So Below, its underlying almost mischievous melodic tempting colluding with the slim haunting of keys and a throbbing bassline which sizzles as it’s throatily entices. Musically, the track is almost cinematic and vocally a gripping incitement shaped by Green’s virulent delivery whilst its successor, Flashy, is a shimmering and snarling protagonist coming over like a raw mix of Honky and G.R.I.M.

Its compelling persuasion leads to closing track Hustle, a track which bounces on the ear and bringing feet to life as a sultry and exotic hue seduces through synths. The snap of beats is as biting as Green’s syllables and tone, the theatre of the bass just as compelling, and the lyrical shuffle a rousing spark for body and emotion.

It is hard to pick a best track though the closer is always there on the tongue. Fair to say from start to finish Grime Is Punk is a thoroughly enjoyable incitement for ears and thought;  a potent start recording wise from Sonny Green with bigger things easily foreseeable for and from him ahead.

The Grime Is Punk EP is released May 13th via Hostage Music on iTunes.

Pete RingMaster 09/05/2016

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Mr Darklight – Into The Fury

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If the name Mr Darklight is familiar it is likely because you have already discovered his part in the electronic pop infection that is Masters of the Radio. Now the electronic musician/producer has unveiled his debut solo track in the shape of the captivating adventure of temptation, Into The Fury. It is a strange title as the piece of music never suggests turbulence ahead or within its heart, so possibly it is one moment in a larger journey, but what it does supply is a warm flight of imagination for ears and feet to feast on whilst casting cinematic suggestiveness for thoughts to run with.

Inspired by the likes of Daft Punk, Devo, Fatboy Slim, Gary Numan, Giorgio Moroder, Jean Michel Jarre, John Williams, Kavinsky, and Mike Oldfield as well as going by the nature of Into The Fury film scores, Mr Darklight quickly fills ears with the emotive tones of the piano. Its poetic breath and touch is the seed to a gentle but purposeful stroll through an instrumental landscape ripe with melodic essences of OMD and Depeche Mode. Thoughts are soon whisked into a magnetic flight by synths as they spread their broad ambience around the continually enticing evocative hues of the piano.

In a way the piece is like a travelogue of internal reflection or external air bound adventure, all depending which way the imagination goes with the track’s electronic clues as the guide with each listen. It is an absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable first meeting with the solo Mr Darklight, and hopefully the beginning of many such outings ahead.

Into The Fury is free to stream now.

Pete Ringmaster 24/09/2015

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