International

Sever “Coma Circle” LP – hardcore scream metal

With a great mix of hardcore metal and rock that will knock your socks off, Sever is a band worth listening to. With the traditional line-up change expected from a band that's more than a decade old, Sever's current lineup is as perfect as can be. Coma Circle features 10 tracks filled with energy and rawness that's hard to find nowadays. Perhaps the fact that they are relatively unknown (as of yet) adds to the appeal, but this German band certainly deserves a chance to be heard.

Pull My Daisy (Ex Lillian Gish) – Yellow Cake & Velvet Crash

A touch of dark, industrial, melancholic and straight up rock music with a French twist. Pull My Daisy rose up from the remains of French band Lillian Gish and came to create a soundscape filled with rockish guitars, a 90s flair and easily likable tunes. Yellow Cake & Velvet Crash is filled with dark noise rock, instrumental beats that makes you to listen from one track to the next without putting up much of a fight. It's easily likable especially if you still dream of the days when great angry 90s rock music filled the radio.

CNSM SESSIONS #1 by FOOL DADAZ FIRE – sharing the love for jazzy, blueesy, acoustic rock

Paris band sharing their love for jazzy, blueesy, acoustic rock. Even though their name is a bit hard to pronounce, Fool Dadaz Fire can certainly create great jazzy and soulful tracks. The band creates music that's easy to listen to and not very hard to love. CNSM Sessions#1 is a short album, clocking in just a little over 30 minutes. Each of the 7 tracks were recorded in just one night, capturing the rawness and the great interplay between the instruments and vocals. It's an easy listen for all you jazz, blues rock lovers out there.

Plan X From The Eastern Dark (Compilation) – A Bittersweet Taste of Japanese Underground Rock

Underground Japanese Rock that makes you wish you were turning Japanese... I really think so... Although it might not be everybody's cup of tea, Japanese rock, punk and rock never got any better. Plan X From The Eastern Dark is a compilation album that showcases some of the best underground deathrock, punk and rockabilly acts waving their banner all the way from the land of the rising sun. If you've never tried your hand at anything else Japanese apart from sushi, then take a stab at listening to this one. You might not get most of what they're saying, but it's a good listen especially if you're into the genre.

Zhang Liming: A Gift of Despair for My Friends

Okay, for a moment, I want you to stop thinking of music as entertainment, and stop thinking of musicians as being the ones fully responsible for bringing their music to you and spoon-feeding you its meaning. Instead, just for a short while, consider the process of making music more as a collaborative effort, where you and the musician share equal obligation in the end result.

Boom Boom Beckett: Vélos

Italian band Boom Boom Beckett presents Vélos, an album featuring soft and sexy Italian lounge music. The 8-track music album ranges from soft jazz-like music, to the faster blues-like music. Almost each of the music track features the sexy sound of saxophone, paired with a little play on the bass and the drum beats, so be prepared to feel a little sexy while swaying your hips.

Triplexity’s ‘Between Light and Shadow’ – smooth, groovy & sultry nujazz

Triplexity's Between Light and Shadow is a nujazz album fused with different genres to offer a bit of something to everybody. It features 12 tracks of different kinds of lounge music ranging from oriental to breakbeat. Triplexity is the combination of the words 'Triplex' and 'Complexity', mainly because it is made up of three musicians from different countries and culture, giving their music a touch of each of their personalities.
Ispahan

Ispahan – channeling the sounds of the old Orient

I live in Asia Minor, and when I first heard the melancholy and mysterious strains of Christian "Kiane" Fromentin's Ispahan, my first thought was that this guy must be making music in my local area. I was surprised to find out that he's actually in France - he just has a very innate sense of what the region of the Near and Middle East sounds like, and a talent for evoking nostalgia... even for listeners who have never been to this part of the world.

…anabase* “Le bonheur flou Le bonheur flou” – so good, you won’t notice the language barrier

People often ask me how many languages I speak, simply because my music collection holds so many international artists who don't sing in English. But to tell the truth, I don't require a song to be sung in a language I understand, in order for me to be able to connect with it. If you never thought you could get into music in any language other than English, I urge you to give Anabase's Le Bonheur Flou a try.