Author Archives: DJ Ravioli

SECRET MACHINES – AWAKE IN THE BRAIN CHAMBER [TSM]

Ripping guitar and chanting vocals abound in this new album from Secret Machines. The band has been described as ethereal space-rock, a descriptor I find to be fitting. Listeners will hear the influence of such groups as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin mixed with the synth of 80s pop. Play! FCC: 5 TRY: 2, 3, […]

HANNAH GEORGAS – ALL THAT EMOTION [BRASSLAND/ARTS & CRAFTS]

From the same producer as Taylor Swift’s Folklore comes Hannah Georgas’ newest record of dream pop. Sleepy vocals create layered harmonies over driving beats and melancholy piano. Georgas’ lyrics are emotional and deeply personal, made all the more powerful by her whispered vocals. Play! FCC: 8, 9 TRY: 1, 3, 4 RIYL: Aidan Knight, Jenn […]

ATTA BOY – BIG HEART MANNERS [SELF RELEASED]

It’s the end of summer and you are enjoying each golden hour while you can. Atta Boy is on in the background with their latest album, bringing folksy and indie vibes to the day. Real lyrics, sweet instrumentation, play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 7 RIYL: Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Morningsiders, The Happy Fits

JABBAWOKI – SOMETHING’S COOKIN’ [WABBAJOKI RECORDS]

Get on the dance floor! Jabbawoki’s latest will have you jamming to funky guitar riffs and punctuated drums. Play! But watch out for FCC tracks… FCC: 3, 4, 5, 7 TRY: 2, RIYL: Frankie, Bedroom High Club, Sounds Like A Storm

MESTIZO BEAT – CANOGA MADNESS [CALIFORNIA SOUL]

Jump right into the soundtrack for an early 70s spy movie that will have you busting out both your salsa steps and your soul train moves. Mestizo Beat brings funk and groove with Nigerian, Ethiopian, and Cuban influence. Play, play, play! FCC: 3 TRY: 1, 4, 7 RIYL: Diggin’ Dirt, Black Market Brass, Jungle Fire

MARCH TO MAY – WHAT I WAS AND MORE [SELF RELEASED]

The latest album from March to May is full of whimsy, orchestral and exciting. This dynamic musical journey has been described as folk mixed with indie rock and chamber pop. Swelling vocals cascade over harp, acoustic guitar, piano, violin, cello, electric bass, and intricate drum patterns. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 4, 7, 12 RIYL: David […]

BETTE SMITH – I FELT IT TOO (SINGLE) [RUF]

A raucous rock and soul romp from the incomparable Bette Smith! Listeners will recognize gospel roots among the wailing saxophones and group vocals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Kirk Fletcher, Nikki Hill, Flamingo Tours

DAMON MITCHELL – IN BOSTON (SINGLE) [SELF RELEASED]

A sweet, retro-inspired tune from Damon Mitchell. Mitchell sings and is backed by a grouping of famous musicians from all eras. Nostalgic acoustic guitar and emotional orchestration combine in a lovesick tangle. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: New age sound with classic rock influence

REZIN TOOTH – REZIN TOOTH [CROSSRHTHYM/WAX THEMATIQUE]

Trance-like, celestial dub with a groove all the way through. Absolutely chill. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 4, 7 RIYL: Reggae and Dub!

DIRTY STREETS – ROUGH AND TUMBLE [ALIVE NATURALSOUND]

Some perfectly mediocre rock and roll from Dirty Streets. Full of classic rock sounds, wailing slide guitar, and featuring a cover of Joe South’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.” Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 3, 10 RIYL: KING MUD, Zachary Kibbee, Black River Delta, La Chinga

THE HARMED BROTHERS – ACROSS THE WAVES [FLUFF & GRAVY]

The Harmed Brothers bring listeners beautiful folk rock for a summer day with more than a hint of Americana and twang. Lyrics reminisce on the time band members have spent growing together throughout their careers and gorgeous melodies abound. Play for sure! FCC: 3 TRY: 1, 2, 8 RIYL: Tom VandenAvond, Willy Tea Taylor, Ugly […]

DANIELLE PONDER & KARATE BOOGALOO – LOOK AROUND (SINGLE) [HOPESTREET RECORDINGS]

Ponder’s vocals are the smoothest you’ll ever hear as they flow like molasses around lyrics about the state of our world today. Originally written when wildfires were raging in Australia at the beginning of 2020, the lyrics have only become more pertinent as the year has gone on. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Harri Endersby, Lex […]

THE SLACKERS – SLEEP OUTSIDE (SINGLE) [PIRATES PRESS RECORDS]

Get ready to get off your quarantine couch and bob your head to the ska beat with this new single from The Slackers. The lyrics evoke nostalgia while sending a pertinent message to a world that desperately needs it. Play, play, play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Hepcat, Stubborn All-Stars, The Aggrolites

BEN HARPER – BLACK EYED DOG (FEAT. RHIANNON GIDDENS) (SINGLE) [ANTI-]

Ben Harper and Rhiannon Giddens cover Nick Drake in this stunning new single. Featuring strings and harmonious vocals, a haunting treat for the willing ear. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Donavon Frankenreiter, Brett Dennen, Citizen Cope, Amos Lee

GREGORY UHLMANN – NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH [TOPSHELF]

Uhlmann’s sound is Indie Rock at its finest. The album is a collage of orchestral pop and music to think to. The vocals are smooth and balmy, backed by flowing melodies and electronic sounds used just the right way. Its songwriter says of the album, “Neighborhood Watch is a cozy portrait of grains of sand, […]

THIN LEAR – WOODEN CAVE [EGGHUNT]

Thin Lear’s newest is a lullaby-like, quietly luminous stroll through the night sky. Sweeping, soft vocals are backed by romantic piano and gentle strings, with some more uptempo tunes featuring driving drums and surprising brass solos. The lyrics are perfectly melancholy as they tell their story. Worth a listen from beginning to end- play! FCC: […]

SYLVETTE – STILLER THAN STILL [SELF RELEASED]

Listeners will feel the intensity as soon as this five-piece Art Rock band strikes a chord. Sylvette’s sound is dramatic, theatrical, and frantic. The album sounds like a soundtrack to a fantastical animated movie with its foggy orchestration and action-packed rhythms. FCC: Clean TRY: 4, 11, 12 RIYL: Big Society, Bethlehem Casuals, Quiet Houses, HAZY

THE SPIRITUAL LEADERS – UNDERWATER WITH YOU (SINGLE) [SELF RELEASED]

The Spiritual Leaders bring classic Indie Rock sounds to life with electronic embellishments on Underwater With You, their latest single. The band is based in Ireland, and features David Reilly (lead vocals and guitar), Fergus Brady (lead guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Cathal Brady (drums and percussion). A soothing and introspective tune. Play! […]

BLACK BORDELLO – BLACK BORDELLO [SELF-RELEASED]

A melodious mixture of haunting tangoes and ghostly waltzes from Black Bordello’s debut album. Listeners will hear the influence of jazz in vocals and songwriting, and can expect fairy-like, whimsical sounds from piano, saxophone, and more. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 7, 9 RIYL: Jerskin Fendrix, Team Picture, Pozi, The Lounge Society

INHALER COLLECTIVE – HUNGER [SELF-RELEASED]

You’ll find a full-bodied groove on every track of this album, with an evident jazz fusion influence sometimes reminiscent of Steely Dan, other times of David Axelrod. The record features prime musicianship and sounds of decades past. The absolute definition of groovy. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 9, 11 RIYL: Joe Atkinson, David Axelrod, DJ […]

LIZA ANNE – BAD VACATION [ARTS & CRAFTS]

A new album of electrifying art rock from Liza Anne! The record chronicles a self-aware story of Liza’s emotional growth. Creativity and passion are highly evident in this journey toward self love. Immerse yourself in the sounds of bouncing rhythms and hooks reminiscent of The Talking Heads. Worth a thoughtful listen from beginning to end. […]

CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM – ROCK & ROLL (SINGLE) [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

A heart-wrenching new single from accomplished young guitarist, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. The song is a tribute to Ingram’s mother, who passed away in 2019, and worked her whole life to give Ingram all the opportunities he deserved. Through soulful vocals and smooth guitar, tears will soon flow from any listener. PLAY! FCC: Clean RIYL: Buddy […]

WHITE TAIL FALLS – AGE OF ENTITLEMENT [PHYSICAL EDUCATION]

Age of Entitlement is the debut album and first solo project of The Hoosiers’ frontman, Irwin Sparkes. The tracks feature layered, lilting harmonies, soft guitar, and a beautiful string section. The mood is one of ethereal, mellow meadow sounds- oh so soothing to the quarantine-fried mind. The lyrics are deeply personal and heartfelt. The entire […]

MARCH TO MAY – HYLAS (SINGLE) [NORTHBOUND]

March to May’s single is reminiscent of a melancholy tango layered with a folk filter. The band features mesmerizing harmonies blended with harp, acoustic guitar, piano, violin, and cello. The haunting track is contemplative, and rich with sound. FCC: Clean RIYL: David Steinlage, Funkiller, Aspe, Tadpole Fad

CASELY – RUDE BOY SUMMER (FEAT. BRAVEBOY) (SINGLE) [SELF-RELEASED]

A summer dancehall track from Casely that will have your hips moving in no time. Casely may be a classically-trained pianist, but he clearly has an ear for catchy pop phrases, and has been known to collaborate with artists such as Flo Rida and Lil Jon. FCC: Clean RIYL: Razah, Young Steff, K-Young