Balkan Taksim is something you can only describe as entrancing. Finding roots in Romanian folk, this Bucharest ensemble puts a well-seasoned psychedelic twist on traditional Balkanian music.
Swaying synths pair with non-stop doumbek (or drum) patter, which create an almost disorienting aural space for the listener. But it’s in that space where Balkan Taksim starts to make you move and tap your feet to the rhythm. Soon, that tapping becomes fully fleshed out dance steps, and quickly after that you begin to lose yourself in the nearly too-inviting embrace of the Balkan Groove.
For a taste of Carpathian soul in your day, check out Balkan Taksim’s latest offering, “Zalina”!
If you frequented the local live music scene some years back, you probably remember seeing stickers that said, “Roger Sellers is NOT a DJ.” Fast forward to today, where we know that’s the understatement of a decade and where Sellers has made a new name for himself: Bayonne.
The sheer talent and keep-you-guessing nature behind this vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer extraordinaire made it easy to name Bayonne our February 2019 Artist of the Month, who also joined us in Studio 1A yesterday. While he was there Bayonne treated us to his latest album, Drastic Measures, a layer-heavy wall of sound and the strongest we’ve ever heard Sellers. The sold out release show for Drastic Measures is 8PM tonight at the Mohawk and in case you missed out on a ticket, you don’t need to miss out on Drastic Measures; here’s “Same”!
On a day full of marked up chocolates and vain attempts to rekindle romance, Mykele Deville‘s heart beats for something much less superficial: self-love. This West Side Chicagoan knows the complexities of Black life in America all too well, and on top of being a poet, educator and actor, Deville uses hip hop and soul for self-healing, both for himself and his listeners. Mykele Deville’s sense of motivation in light of adversity is at the forefront of his upcoming album Maintain, a seven-song record that seeks to dismantle toxic masculinity and promote mental stability in black men.
Maintain is out next Friday but just for the Hallmark holiday make a move and wrap your arm around this new one from Mykele Deville featuring Daryn Alexis, “Type Love“!
For lack of better terms, Bay Area native Daniel Steinbock keeps himself busy. An avid designer, photographer, coder, ethnographer and educator, Steinbock somehow still manages time to write and record his eponymous solo material. And if you can imagine someone locking Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, Neil Young and Walt Whitman in a room until they wrote a song together, you’ve pretty much got Steinbock’s sound.
Following up his two introductory EPs, Steinbock is set to release his first ever full-length, Out of Blue, this Friday. The record is rooted in indie folk with a color palette of jazz, rock, gospel, country and blues tracing throughout Steinbock’s seductive songwriting. If you can’t wait a whole two days for Steinbock’s debut LP, get a free download of Out of Blue‘s title track right now!
Indianapolis sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz, best known simply as Lily & Madeleine, are quickly approaching their fourth album together and strongest songs yet. Both now in their early twenties, the duo moved to New York City last year but kept their hometown’s Canterbury Park close to heart for the full-length Canterbury Girls. Recorded in Nashville, Canterbury Girls finds Lily & Madeleine in complete creative control of their songwriting for the first time ever and boasts the same production talent behind Kacey Musgraves’ recent Grammy winner Golden Hour.
Inspired by emotional baggage and interpersonal sibling discovery, Canterbury Girls infuses a wide array of genres and breaks through its pop crust with a core of emotional expression and sororal spirit. Canterbury Girls is out next Friday so check out this resilient disco-pop narrative, “Supernatural Sadness”!