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Meet Indie Pop/Rock Musician "Azwel" from Commack, New York

Azwel is a project that involves songwriter Jason Perrillo. For the past 10 years, he has been recording and producing his own independently released albums in his home studio in New York. He describes the music as interesting melodic, catchy pop with songs that are influenced by various styles of music. The sound is often compared to 70's-90s brit pop/rock artists. Known for being an extremely prolific and busy writer, Jason releases at least one album per year and sometimes more.

Listen to "I Love You Like A Brother" album by Alex Lahey

Alex Lahey likes to keep it real. The 24-year-old Australian musician takes her rise up the ranks from music student to ‘an artist with one of the most highly anticipated debut albums of 2017’ in her stride.

Lahey sees her life as ordinary: “I fall in love, I have a family, I go out with my friends, I like to have a drink.” However, most people can’t distil those universal experiences into wry, punchy indie-rock songs - three minute odes to millennial angst and all the complicated feelings that come with it. Alex Lahey can. ‘Love You Like A Brother’ is proof.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Lahey initially studied jazz saxophone at university but unimpressed with “learning music in such a regimented way” she switched to an arts degree (see her ‘B-Grade University’ EP for more details). Her tenure with cult music collective Animaux allowed Lahey the musical anarchy she yearned - hell, she booked the band their first gig before they’d even prepared a single song.

Lahey stepped out on her own once she began to write songs that didn’t fit Animaux’s party space. Songs that were inspired the two people she considers the greatest songwriters of all time, Dolly Parton and Bruce Springsteen. Songs that got her noticed at a local industry conference and scored her a solo management deal. Lahey had graduated.

The ‘Love You Like A Brother’ album drops fresh off the back of Lahey’s breakthrough in 2016. Last year her ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’ single was inescapable and landed her a spot in Australian radio network triple j’s prestigious Hottest 100 of 2016. The song’s universal tale of rejection took Lahey global - its message, she says, is the flipside of the usual break-up scenario: “Yeah, you’re right. It’s not me. It IS you.”

And that no-shit-taken attitude is the backbone of ‘Love You Like A Brother’. From the stomping title track ‘Brother’ to the gently moving ‘Money’, Lahey’s debut long-player tells it like it is.

The album found Lahey back in the studio with production partner, and one-half of Holy Holy, Oscar Dawson (Ali Barter, British India). The pair pushed each other to create an intimate sonic experience that comprises scuzzy guitars thrumming over pop melodies, helmed by Lahey’s unfussy but arresting vocals.

The album’s songs traverse the everyday themes of family, heartbreak and identity. Lacey tells her stories with character… and dry humour – “I’ve figured it out,” she sings in ‘Awkward Exchange’, “you’re a bit of a dick” – but there are also moments of darkness. In ‘Taking Care’ she muses, “I’ve gained weight and I drink too much, maybe that’s why you don’t love me as much.”

‘Taking Care’ was written after Alex had an eye-opening conversation with her mother. “I was seeing someone who I knew wasn’t treating me well, and chose to ignore it, and I think my mum had picked up on it as well. She just said to me at the end of the conversation, ‘Alexandra, whatever you do, just make sure that you take care of yourself’.”

The poignant ‘Backpack’ is a tribute to Lahey’s latest relationship, and the unsure start it got off to. “When we first started going out, they warned me about how they’re really flighty, and I was like, ‘I just want you to stay. And I don’t know if you are.’ It’s just saying it’s hard to hold someone down if they’re always thinking about the next place that they’re going to. It’s hard to give someone a hug when they’re walking away. And sometimes it’s good to chase them down and be like, ‘Hey, I’m here.’”

And, in case the album’s title hadn’t given it away already, there’s a track for her brother too. “We don’t get a choice/So let’s stick together,” screams Lahey in ‘Brother’. That angsty love you’re hearing is easily explained by Lahey, “My brother and I clashed for a long time, and then all of a sudden as adults, we’re really close. I feel like this song is my gift to him.”

The themes of Alex Lahey’s album might be universal, but it’s the unique approach she takes unpacking them that’s earned her millions of Spotify streams, buzz-worthy showcases at SXSW and festival sets alongside the likes of Flume, The Kills, At The Drive-In and James Blake as well as guesting on tours with Catfish & The Bottlemen, Tegan & Sara and Blondie.

Good Energy: Eros Guide Volume 1 (review by Jhantu Randall)

The term “Good Energy” has been around forever but coined by the rapper Danny Moses who adopted not just the name but the concept itself. Running on a personalized concept that derives off the idea of balance, he shares its message through the tracks in his catalogue. Never coming off as preachy, the music shares both the good and the bad, along with sprinkling little hints of game that the listener can pick up on if they’re aware of what they’re listening for. I’ve heard some songs from Danny Moses before, if fact I still recommend his album “Dannimals,” but I always look for growth within artists and Danny has shown it. From adopting the name “Good Energy” as a moniker to changing up…or rather, expanding upon the style which he first become known for. In an era where music itself has no defined sound, it’s up to each creator to carve a place where they stand out amongst an overcrowded landscape.

Now, right off the top I’m not a fan of this new so called re-emergence of R&B as I feel the lack of actual singing makes the whole thing disingenuous, but with Good Energy’s Eros Guide Vol 1, I stand corrected only due to the fact that the artist himself stated it was sort of an R&B and Rap fusion. Under that framing I was able to go in as unbiased as possible and genuinely give this project a true listen. Without contemporary singing, it’s a specific vibe I look for in R&B that separates it from mellow Hip-Hop, although feeling and introspection are a good thing regardless of which form they may come.

“Ride 4 Me” starts this album off with a sound that is distinct to the West coast, heavy bass and soothing melodies do create a vibe that I tend to gravitate to when I hear it. The vocals blend well and although not singing entirely, the flow matches the bpm and comes together. The entire album sticks to that mellow vibe that captures the summer season, that matched with a pleasing cadence allows the listener to take in the lyrics and let each word make an impact upon them. That last sentence reigns true more specifically for “By the Hour” Featuring Born Gifted, “Please Don’t Try to Play Me,” “Ride With Me,” and “For the Love of Money.”

Not saying that the other tracks are fillers by any means but if I were to pop this into my system and play it for the first time, those 5 tracks would be the ones that stood out immediately. The others would have to grow on me through multiple listens but their vibe would have to match one that I was currently experiencing. That moment could happen but it would have to happen spontaneously. Don’t let any of that stop you from checking this out for yourself as I do think that it could get a lot of spins during the summer with the best potential being after the 4th of July and further towards August. Those months are when I think these songs would resonate the most. It’s an ambitious project that doesn’t come off as trying to be something it isn’t, Danny Moses pushes the entire concept of Good Energy that flows continuously throughout the playlist without it coming off as an imitation of a Drake idea or any of the other countless faces in the crowd solely due to the content in which he uses in his songs. So if you’re ready to add to your summer’s soundtrack, Good Energy Eros Guide Volume 1 is available on iTunes now.

John Singleton, from a Fan's Perspective (by Jhantu Randall)

Read More by Jhantu Randall
It’s an odd thing to see those you looked to for inspiration suddenly start passing away at a relatively young age. In a small way, their deaths become a reminder of life for the rest of us.

John Singleton was born on January 6, 1968 in Los Angeles, California and was true to his hometown as it served as a backdrop for many of his movies. Son of Sheila Ward-Johnson, a pharmaceutical sales executive, and Danny Singleton, a real estate agent he grew up to attend Blair High School where he graduated and went to Pasadena City College. From there he went to USC School of Cinematic Arts where he graduated Kappa Alpha Psi in 1990. Initially enrolling to pursue computer science he was persuaded to try USC’s Filmic Writing program which was designed to take students directly into the Hollywood game.

He had always sited Steven Spielberg has a source of inspiration so following that playbook he began to work on his own film. His debut, Boyz n the Hood was released in 1991. The film starred Cuba Gooding Jr, Angela Bassett, Ice Cube and Laurence Fishburne and was a tale of growing up in Compton, which was a daring narrative for mainstream America at that time. The film was met with both critical and commercial success netting Singleton Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director. At only 24 he was the first African-American and youngest person ever to be nominated. As of 2002, Boyz n the Hood was placed in the Library of Congress as it has been deemed a classic that is “Culturally Significant.” From that film John Singleton went on to direct the Michael Jackson special FX driven video “Remember the Time” which featured Eddie Murphy, Iman, and Magic Johnson. His next 2 films Poetic Justice, starring Janet Jackson and 2pac Shakur and Higher Learning Starring Omar Epps, Tyra Banks, Ice Cube and Michael Rapaport were met with mixed reviews. Both held true to Singleton’s style of being unapologetically socially conscious and in my opinion led to Higher Learning feeling much more relevant to today's current climate.

His film Rosewood, a historical drama about racial violence that actually occurred in Rosewood, Florida and the movie Baby Boy, starring Tyrese Gibson, Snoop Dogg and Taraji P. Henson were both met with critical success move the commercial appeal didn’t really build. Moving to the independent route, Singleton was involved in 2 Fast 2 Furious which was the second installment in the Fast and Furious franchise introducing both Tyrese Gibson and Chris Ludacris Bridges to the cast. In 2005, he directed Hustle and Flow starring future Empire stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. This film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song with 3-Six Mafia’s “It’s Hard out here for a Pimp.” Singleton was involved in directing a few episodes of Empire as well as American Crime Story and Billions but was garnering critical acclaim with SnowFall, a show in which he was a co-creator.

In 2003 John Singleton received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and for me as a fan that officially solidified his legacy in my mind. Not only was John Singleton a man who created stories in a way that I could relate, but it was his harsh tones that resonated with me and told me to pay closer attention to what he is putting on screen.

John Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, 2019 while in Costa Rica. Upon returning it was reported that he was in a coma on April 25th and on April 29, 2019 John Daniel Singleton drew his last breath as he was pulled off of life support. Not only did he garner success on his own terms but he passed on the blueprint to so many that came after him and for that he will be remembered as one of the greats of the silver screen.

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