Mike Del Rio and Crista Russo are the New York/Los Angeles electro-pop duo, best known as Powers. Mike Del Rio has previously written for Cheryl Cole, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, LP, Kylie Minogue and Skylar Grey while Crista has worked with Icona Pop. During a writing session last year, both Del Rio and Russo created a song called “Birthday.” That track was recorded by Selena Gomez and featured as the lead track on her debut solo album. Powers wrote and recorded the infectious track “Gimme Some,” which was featured in the J. Crew Mastercard Masterpass commercial during the Christmas holiday. The track combines an alternative, electronic/pop edge that is a smorgasbord of sounds from Capital Cities, LMFAO and Ting Tings all combined into one. The song has garnered its first radio support initially in Germany with DJ Franky’s show on Delta Radio and worldwide now on Passport Approved, which broadcasts on 41 FM stations across the globe. The song, which has a Passion Pit vibe to it, was available as a free download on their website and many fans took advantage. Powers is a head above the competition and should stay on your radar.
STREAM: “Gimme Some”
Back in the summer of 2005 vocalist Fredrik Sundberg and guitarist Jens Handel traveled to Cairo, Egypt, seeking musical inspiration. They took what they had – a half-finished song – and played. The audience was very touched and kept using the same word to describe the music: “Ruh,” which means “soul.” When the guys returned to Sweden, they came back with more than musical inspiration – they also returned with a name. The group was completed with bassist Daniel Sellberg, keyboard player Axel Belinder and drummer Magnus Frid, who each added their own personal touch to the band. The repertoire quickly grew and the quintet began playing live in Stockholm, building a fan base and attracting the attention of Kattis Blom, a booking agent at Live Nation, who set them up in larger venues. Their debut record, 01, somehow fell in to the hands of members of The Who, who asked Ruh to open their show in Globen, one of Sweden’s largest arenas. Afterward they retreated to a cabin in northern Sweden to create their second album, Find the Essence and Multiply, which includes happy-go-lucky ’60s pop and dramatic horn arrangements – and pretty much everything in between. After a few years of writing, recording and touring, Ruh was ready to create their third album, Meanwhile, a reflection of a stormy period in the bands life. It was a period of personal tragedies intertwined with great triumphs. The sound of the album combines the overall aesthetics of their first two albums in style, but also took a leap forward with sonic expressions inspired by the 80s.
STREAM: “The Music”
Though just 22 years of age, singer/songwriter/guitarist Hamish Anderson has been making waves in his native Australia since 2009. He is recognized for an impressive live show that encompasses a mix of blues, rock and folk with moments of loud, electric blues-soaked songs as well as delicate acoustic balladry. He’s also recorded with an impressive cast of accompanying musicians, including Wallflowers founding keyboardist Rami Jaffee and bassist Rob Calder (Kanye West). Since 2010 Hamish has released a trio of songs on Triple J’s Unearthed platform including: “Winter,” “Comes a Day” and “Nobody,” all of which charted within the rock/pop charts, peaking at No.1, No.2 and No.5, respectively. After topping the Triple J Unearthed charts, Hamish recorded a self-titled five-track EP in BJB Studio with American producer Eric J. Dubowsky (Art vs. Science, Weezer). The EP was engineered by Jean-Paul Fung (Birds of Tokyo, Silverchair) and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Dr John, The Shins), featuring the song “Howl.”
Dublin, Ireland’s Buffalo Sunn comprises four musically tuned Paxton brothers along with the honorary brothers of the Paxton clan Donagh O’Brien and Patrick McHugh. Until October 2013 they went by the name Sweet Jane and released the critically acclaimed album Sugar For My Soul along with a string of EPs. Their debut album as Buffalo Sunn By The Ocean, By The Sea (Reekus Records) produced by Grammy Award winner Pat McCarthy (U2, Counting Crows, R.E.M.) is due later this year. Buffalo Sunn have gained a reputation for being a formidable live band with leading music magazine Hot Press recently noting that their music is “drenched in reverb and seeping with sonic sunshine.” Buffalo Sunn have opened for a host of international acts including Suede, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Besnard Lakes, The Jim Jones Revue, The Kills, Glasvegas and legendary Irish bands such as The Blades and Cry Before Dawn. The six-piece outfit are no strangers to the festival circuit having performed at Ireland’s biggest festivals Oxegen and Electric Picnic as well as numerous other events across the globe.
STREAM: “By Your Side”