Sunday, January 4, 2015

Void Vision



I have seen this artist captured within a photograph alongside her trusty Roland R-8 as well as an Ensoniq keyboard.   These particular instrumental devices are quite near and dear to my inner 90s music making soul.  The beats and punctuations of synthesized creations she delivers with her devices definitely take advantage of the digitized soundscaping that these machines are capable of.   As Void Vision is set to appear live locally here in Miami, I look forward to witnessing this talented songstress manifest her splendid blend of nostalgic sounds that coincide beautifully with her hauntingly sublime vocals. 

Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Artist: Void Vision

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Phantogram

In a year filled with much such dark social turmoil it's a relief to know that the underground music world continues to produce such shining gems.  This video by Phantogram is my choice for video and song of the year.  It features an incredibly well designed pastiche of spliced samples to accompany its cascading, seductive vocals which are at key times punctuated by a punchy classic bass synthesizer sound. The entire sonic piece moves without letting you go, capturing you in a sonic net which you'll never be free from as you "fall in love" with it.

Artist: Phantogram
Origin: New York, New York USA

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Haochi Waves


Locally it was great news to hear about this act returning to full strength with their ever-inventive guitarist reuniting with their rock-solid rhythm section.  This track has a particularly powerful punch, one that emulates taking a sip from any sort of party punch bowl, one where you don't really know what you may be drinking, but you just immediately know it tastes good and you will hang on and expect the very best results from all the twists and turns that beverage takes as it winds through your system.   Quick, have a sip...of Peggy!

Artist: Haochi Waves
Origin: Miami, Florida U.S.A.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Boan




It was fairly recent I became seriously addicted to the dance floor friendly sounds of Medio Mutante, after being introduced to them by a friend.  I couldn't get enough of the MM sound, yet I was very discouraged to discover that their material is limited and they had disbanded.  Later after a brief sadness, I became uplifted yet again when I heard certain key members are involved in acts such as the above featured 'Boan' as well as others such as //Tense//.  October will take me to my Babylon!

Artist: Boan
Origin: Houston, Texas USA

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Shabazz Palaces



I was happy to learn that this previously featured artist has released an equally compellingly listenable album this very year 2014.  Shabazz Palaces has maintained their expansive experimentative approach, yet now adds to the ingredients some of the discipline brought on by their experience and growth as artists.  This new mix of sounds has generously provided us, the music fan with a spectacular collection of multi-use sonic pieces wrapped in the gift package they have entitled "Lese Majesty."  The monarchs might not like it, but we the proletariats sure could be served well by a listen or two.

Artist: Shabazz Palaces

Origin: Seattle, Washington USA

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MINIPOP



This month restores TionTunes to its original flagship mission of identifying those tracks that are highly likeable on the very first listen.  This track definitely fits the bill with its cascading rumble of opening guitar chords that frame the crystal clear, and delectable vocal talents of its talented lead singer.   Hearing this track gives a bit of reminiscence towards the amazing girl fronted indie tracks of the early 90's.  Give it a listen and discover how its 'fingerprints' will imprint on your musical memory.


Artist: MINIPOP
Origin: San Francisco, California USA

Friday, July 11, 2014

The KVB


This month's featured artist rides in on a lovely yet ugly tidal wave of distorted synths, with an undercurrent-like supporting system of strong cowboy western beats. The voice is oddly submerged, which only adds to the tension and pushes the listener to hear more of this track in an attempt to maybe decipher what is being transmitted on the third, fourth or eighty-ninth listen. A powerful track which would be great ammunition for the dance clubs that matter. In fact, I'm considering spinning it myself at my next appearance.

Artist: The KVB
Origin: London, United Kingdom

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