Every so often a musical chemistry is made by the merging of two great talents who meet each other on the journey of life. Giorgi + Leo may come from two different sides of the world, but when they are together, they create beautiful music. Their life story involves journeys in Africa, Europe and the U.S. and their love story began when they met in Los Angeles, where Leo had moved to pursue a career in music. Leo produced a version of “When Doves Cry,” the top selling U.S. single of 1984 by Prince, which caught the attention and approval by Quinton Dean, a guitarist for Prince, who asked if he could play guitar on the track. After a few months of writing and producing their forthcoming album in London, the duo have returned to Los Angeles to put the finishing touches on a debut album and also garnered strong brands and synch interest.
STREAM: “When Doves Cry”
Hailing from Hamburg, Germany is the duo Hundreds. Formed just four short years ago and comprised of siblings Eva and Phillip Milner, their music has a minimalist electronic approach that includes extensive melodies and pop greatness. Their sound has been compared to Massive Attack, Dido and Little Dragon as they create a precise blend of post rock, synth pop, R&B, folk and electro. Their live show is purely epic and will appeal to fans of Imogen Heap, Frou Frou, Faithless and other intelligent electronic-based alternative music. Hundreds has been playing festivals all over Europe – Paris, London, Milan and Brussels among others. Hundreds spent 18 months working on their sophomore album, Aftermath, which reflected on their experiences of the last four years and have been in the studio writing and recording new material, which will be debuted in Los Angeles this spring. Hundreds creates music that thrives on tension, dynamics and hypnotic arcs of suspense. A sample of their latest creation can be found in the organically constructed song “Circus.”
Born in the late 80s/early 90s and sick of the values of our current generation’s celebrity worship and glorified karaoke contests, Fake Club is the antithesis to a modern brand of music. Their tunes will make you tingle in places that were left behind when rock ‘n’ roll was a lifestyle. To their peers they are a threat; to the general public they are their new favorite band. The band exerts the onstage energy of a female Guns N’ Roses meets Rage Against The Machine in their own distinctive and infectious style. The U.K. all-female quintet comprised of Chloe, Carmen, Rosie, Aicha and Aisha approached their first album with an old school style; they recorded it live with a maximum of two takes per song. Appealing to the fans of The Veronicas, The Ting Tings and Bat For Lashes, Fake Club has received positive press in The Guardian, Arjan Writes, Digital Spy, XO Magazine, Front Magazine, VOLT and many other outlets. Fake Club curated the music for the British Comedy film The Powder Room starring Sheridan Smith, Jaime Winstone and Kate Nash that was released in the U.K. last month. One of the standout tracks from the upcoming album expected to be released soon is the bodacious “Generation.”
Scottish singer-songwriter Jim Kroft left the U.K. for Berlin with his band Myriad Creatures in 2007 to help jumpstart their career. The journey found him and his band mates playing out four times a week, five hours each night and discovering the ins and outs of Germany. A few years later, Kroft separated from the band and pursued a solo career, releasing his debut album the same year, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. The lead single, “Memoirs from the Afterlife,” received a warm welcome in Germany and was supported by a number of major German radio stations; a feat that normally unsigned artists wouldn’t accomplish. The follow-up single “The Jailer” continued to help break through to his audience, gathering support from Flux FM, Radio One, Radio Fritz, NDR2, MDR2 and SWR3 in Germany. Kroft toured as the support act for Peaches and Airborne Toxic Event as he worked on his second album, The Hermit & The Hedonist in 2011. The following year, he signed to EMI and the Tell Me EP became available. He has since released his third studio album Lunatic Lullabies (Virgin/EMI), completed a headlining tour throughout Germany and finished 2013 supporting Martin And James. One of the standout tracks from the Lunatic Lullabies release, “I Hope You Know;” is an up-tempo track that begins with thumping drums reminiscent to Frida’s 1982 hit “I Know There’s Something Going On” proceeded by Kroft’s vocals that will grab the attention of global radio programmers and music supervisors alike.
STREAM: “I Hope You Know”