Feb 29

JOON MOON

Joon Moon is a new collaboration between Paris-based producer Julien Decorate and singer Krystle Warren, originally from Kansas City but recently exiled to Paris. After a few solo albums and collaborative projects with Hercules & Love Affair, Hugh Coltman and Rufus Wainwright for Krystle and adventures as side-man and producer with Nouvelle Vague and Accident in Paradise for Julien, the direction of the newly-formed band was clear and after a few months in the studio, the Chess EP was born. Released late last year through Kwaidan Records, the Pop/Soul mix with precise arrangements has earned comparisons to Sade, Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman and Amy Winehouse. The music has already earned support at BBC Radio 2, 3 & 6, KCRW Los Angeles, Radio France Internationale, FluxFM Radio (Germany), Couleur 3 (France) and many others.

LINK: www.facebook.com/JoonMoonMusic

STREAM: “Apple Day”

Feb 23

EGIL OLSEN

Known as one of the best live performers in Norway, Egil Olsen is unlike any other singer/songwriters. His live show is a mix of music and his unpredictable humor, carefully balanced with his vulnerable, beautiful and naively honest songs. Since his 2007 debut album, he’s been an independent artist, releasing music on his own label, with self-made artwork and music videos. He’s created music for films and television, earned over a million views on Chinese YouTube, was featured as a 3D animated character performing his own songs in the computer game Dreamfall, made an ongoing weekly tour blog for radio and done countless live shows. He has his own comic strip about himself and the “somewhat pathetic life of a relatively unknown superstar,” and even has a tribute album to his music, released on limited vinyl, with Norwegian artists like Thom Hell, Jenny Hval, Sondre Lerche and Robert Post. Egil Olsen recently released his fourth album, Oooh What Happened, to rave reviews. The album was successful and later released as a stripped down live album and film, recorded direct to tape. Egil Olsen is currently writing and recording new material for his next album.

LINK: www.egilolsen.com

STREAM: “Find A Way”

Feb 10

PALACE OF THE KING

Just when you thought Rock music was written off comes the musical stylings of Palace Of The King. Steeped in bluesy swagger and riff-heavy psychedelia, this Aussie outfit leaves a trail of denim-clad soldiers and converted non-believers in their wake. Formed four years ago, the members recorded a three-track demo and developed the vision of a six-piece blues-infused Rock & Roll band. Far from a grave robbing retro trip, Palace Of The King has just as much in common with Rival Sons, Graveyard and Jack White as they do with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. Having spent their formative years storming stages in every corner of Australia, alongside bands as varied as Airborne and The Tea Party, and priming themselves for an international assault, Palace Of The King took their finely-honed live show through Europe last October. Armed with two EP’s, a full-length vinyl LP and their debut album White Bird/BurnThe Sky, this is a band that has earned their stripes and wears them with pride.

LINK: www.palaceofthekingmusic.com

STREAM: “White Bird (Bring Your Armies Against Me)”

Feb 2

ALL MANKIND

In just a few years, All Mankind has gone from busking on the street corners of Sydney, to playing some of the largest festivals in Europe, alongside acts like Mumford & Sons, Kasabian and The Temper Trap. Along the way, the two brothers and their two friends have seen their songs featured in the multi-million dollar selling FIFA games by EA, and heard in some of the highest rated shows in the U.S., UK and Australia including the theme song for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Gossip Girl, Jersey Shore and The Real World. The band’s debut full length Simple Desire, released in 2012, was produced by one of the UK’s hottest producers, Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Jake Bugg). The album spawned the single “Break The Spell,” which was heard on radio stations globally, including KROQ Los Angeles, BBC Radio 2, Triple J Australia and Radio EINS Berlin. The quartet has spent the last three years traveling and touring across the world and wrote a song about returning home to the people you love in the place you know best, called “Welcome Home” – The song was recorded in Sydney and mixed by 7x Grammy Award-winner Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Muse) at Electric Lady Studios in New York.

LINK: www.allmankind.com

STREAM: “Welcome Home”