Award-winning jazz-pop musician Rai Thistlehwayte is making a huge comeback under his solo project Sun Rai this year. Originally from Sydney, Rai has lead numerous music groups and collaborations under the roles of pianist, guitarist, and vocalist, all while holding a well-known, reliable songwriter reputation. At the age of five, Rai was already familiar with piano and educated with bass and guitar from his parents who were successful musicians. Rai graduated with a Bachelor of Music in jazz piano in 1998 and has since built his career leading the Australian pop rock band Thirsty Merc, who went platinum with their debut album. As impressive as his track record might read, however, it was his incomparable sound that first caught my attention.
As of the past few years, Rai has been performing solo and recently released his debut EP Pocket Music. At 34 years old, his soothing voice couldn’t be given an age as it naturally complements all four jazz-inspired tracks alongside light snares and paced bass. Rai currently resides in Los Angeles, California, certainly an influence to his track “San Francisco Street” which beautifully kicks off his debut album with soulful pop rhythm.
Rai is currently on tour with Norwegian singer Bernhoft; finishing up on the east coast at the moment and then moving back home out west, while performing at almost every jazz bar in between. Take a look at his upcoming shows and please do yourself a favor and attend one if you’re able to. I stumbled on his live performance for his song “Til The Lights Come On” from back in January and am completely in awe with his talent. Take a listen to his EP and the live video streamed here, and make sure to keep up with Rai after his tour for future updates.
When it comes to embedding personal character into one’s musical output, Swedish group Georgian Waters takes the cake. Since early 2011, they’ve been producing wistful dream-pop that seamlessly parallels their personalities. The act’s latest release, the chic single Dead In No Time, pulls you through a documentary-type tunnel vision of youthful nostalgia, conjuring visions of running on the beach with a Super 8 and jamming in bedroom studios.
Rummaging through their social media feeds, you’ll notice the frequency of inspiration, photos and videos–all of which appear to be a reflection of the band’s consistent progression. Listening through their young and evolving discography, charming guitar riffs drift in and out between shoegaze-braced vocals that seem to speak of the group’s tragedies and triumphs throughout the years.
Georgian Waters provokes a proper collective of friendliness, youth, and happiness in their work, which seems obvious given the dominance of their personal lives over any other sort of external influence. It’s relieving to see bands still producing with such an organic quality after releasing multiple albums and having become familiar with the corporate side of the industry.
Toronto-based producer Meesha has undoubtedly been building his well-rounded reputation in electronic music since his debut in Fall 2012. Primarily releasing a mixture of downtempo house, Meesha brings soul samples, deep bass, and future garage aesthetics into his work.
Meesha’s debut EP “Solar” was just released earlier this year and delivered some outstanding tracks – most notably “Miss You” and “Summer Love”.
Along with the EP, Meesha has a diverse collection of singles that usually sprout up online by surprise – 2 in the past month to say the least. Keep up with Meesha on his Soundcloud for new releases and upcoming news.
Lane 8 is Daniel Goldstein, a self-starter musician who, for the past year, has been determined to escalate the local electronic music scene just as much as his daily commute up the hills of San Francisco. Starting in 2012, Lane 8 has been Daniel’s medium for electronic dance and house music. He’s been producing, releasing and performing sans label and has built quite a respectful crowd for his accomplishments thus far.
Lane 8’s debut EP “We Won’t Know” was released in late 2012 and continues to receive strong recognition. Prior to the release, numerous singles were completed that sampled the works of Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers and other soulful classics. As of today, Lane 8 has released over a dozen tracks, along with remixes for known artists Brandy and Fenech Soler.
Currently, Lane 8 has plans to continue his highly anticipated monthly releases and is booked to perform them across the states throughout summer. Take his latest single “Be Mine” to get you up to speed on his well-renowned potential, as well as a glimpse of his personal taste in his new summer mixtape, all streamed below.
I recently stumbled on some new work by Eduardo Rossell, named “one of Mexico’s most respected electronic music producers” which, after a little research, I couldn’t agree with more. Eduardo has been DJing and producing for almost a decade now and is well recognized in the country’s EDM culture for his music and outlook. Having grown up in Mexico City, Eduardo has always seemed to stay extremely close to his roots despite traveling abroad to share stages with well-known artists Tiesto, Groove Armada, and James Zabiela.
Eduardo has been producing music under the aliases Rossell and Cromo7, which both currently have equal representation on radio stations, small gigs, and festivals within Mexico. Cromo7 has been his side project for the past 3 years, releasing mainly tech and deep house. Rossell is his primary outfit for which he’s carried since his debut and contributes anything from disco to dubstep. Although jumping around genres sounds a bit like a mind of uncertainty, he’s definitely keyed into bringing out the values of each track with his experimentation of styles and musical experience from his hometown.
What caught my attention the most was his release of a compilation of edits titled Momento where I believe he flawlessly represented his roots. Momento is a 4-track record that emphasizes ideal Mexican features within modern disco by including energetic Spanish-spoken samples, progressive rhythm, and some instances where I could easily see a Mexican street band jump in and contribute to the sporadic percussion.
Along with his contribution toward the music culture with his own work, he has also been involved from the other side of the table as co-owner of Phonia Records where they “concentrates on forward thinking music; supporting 100% Mexican producers”.
Take a moment to stream Eduardo’s recent work from Momento here and then head on over to Soundcloud for a full genre-packed listing of his discography.