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dont explain.jpgDon’t Explain, by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa.  Compact Disk / Blues. Listen to Sample

Beth Hart (born January 24, 1972) is an American singer who became famous with the hit Her musical influences include rock, blues and gospel. Her vocal style has been described as raw and passionate, with some similarities to Joan Armatrading and Janis Joplin. -- from SoundUnwound

Joe Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977) is an American blues guitarist, singer and DJ from Utica, New York.  Bonamassa's 2006 studio album, You & Me appeared at #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. He released his Sloe Gin album, in August 2007, and by March 2008 the album had spent more than 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard Blues Chart. He played at the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 4, 2009. Tickets for the concert sold out in less than a week, despite going on sale four months ahead of the performance. Bonamassa presented his first live show as DJ on the UK radio station Planet Rock on Sunday November 9, 2008. -- from SoundUnwound


Elvis perkins.jpgElvis Perkins In Dearland, by Elvis Perkins.  Compact Disk / Rock Music.  Listen to Sample

Elvis Perkins (born February 9, 1976) is an American folk-rock recording artist, who came to prominence with the release of his debut studio album, Ash Wednesday, in 2007. Perkins subsequently toured in support of the album with his band Elvis Perkins in Dearland, composed of Perkins alongside multi-instrumentalists Brigham Brough (bass,vocals, saxophone), Wyndham Boylan-Garnett (organ, harmonium, trombone, guitar, vocals) and Nick Kinsey (drums, clarinet, vocals). The band released their eponymous debut, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, on March 10, 2009.

Known for their wide range of dynamics and eclectic instrumentation, Elvis Perkins in Dearland have frequently drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Neutral Milk Hotel, Buddy Holly and The Band.The band formed in Providence, RI around 2004 when Elvis moved to the East Coast upon completing Ash Wednesday, although the members have been friends and collaborators for many years. The band is currently based out of the Hudson River Valley of New York State. —from SoundUnwound.


Buika.jpg Nina De Fuego, by Buika. Compact Disk / Jazz.  Listen to a Sample

Buika was born in Palma de Mallorca in 1972 where her family, originally from Guinea Ecuatorial, live. She learnt from her mother to listen to the great voices of jazz, and from the Spanish radio, the copla that rushed into her life.

She started singing at bars & pubs in Mallorca, recording several songs (house style) and collaborated with La Fura del Baus in “Ombra”. In 2000, she dosen’t remember exactly how or why, she arrived to Las Vegas where she worked in Casinos as the double of Tina Turner and The Supremes where she got an invitation from Rachelle Ferrell, (a jazz mademoiselle) to act at Club Blue Note.

When she moved to Madrid and recorded her first album, in it, she showed the never-ending possibility of her skills as a singer. We can’t resume her career in a sentence but when she opens her mouth you realise there is no singer like her. --This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.


secret sisters.jpgThe Secret Sisters, by Secret Sisters. Compact Disk / Country Music.  Listen to Sample

The Alabama-reared siblings, Laura and Lydia Rogers, whose new album is steeped in the familial camaraderie and mesmerizing harmonies braced by their Mussel Shoals roots, recorded their inaugural musical effort at Nashville’s renowned Blackbird Studio. Produced by revered country knob-turner Dave Cobb (Waylon Jennings and Jamey Johnson), and executive-produced by T Bone Burnett, The Secret Sisters’ sound captured on their debut has been described by Burnett as “as close to ‘pure’ as it gets, and I’ve been doing this for forty years.”

The multiple-Grammy winner’s enthusiasm for The Secret Sisters attests to their burgeoning stature as one of the year’s rare musical finds: “In The Secret Sisters, you can hear the history of rural American music from the 1920s and a reverence for every musical genre since,” stated T Bone Burnett. “Popular music requires the absolute honesty of The Secret Sisters, and I’m thrilled to be involved in presenting them to the world.”

The Secret Sisters was recorded in a marathon two-week recording time frame. The producers also brought in vintage analogue recording equipment and vintage microphones, determined to properly capture The Secret Sisters’ magical harmonizing and stunning vocal power. The duo’s signature sound is evident on songs such as “Why Don’t Ya Love Me,” Why Baby Why,” and the lilting anthem “Tennessee Me,” among others.

Hailing direct from the fertile musical territory of Mussel Shoals, AL, The Secret Sisters co-wrote several of the songs on the new album. The girls’ also re-worked found treasures, including the Frank Sinatra classic “Something Stupid,” as well as enlisting the support of legendary country musicians such as pedal steel great Robbie Turner and piano legend Pig Robbins, among others.--This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.


Subiza.jpgSubiza, by Delorean.  Compact Disk/ Popular Music. Listen to Sample

Along the white sands of Barcelona, a community of music makers have been combining the delirious house sounds of the sundazed club scene with the irresistible melodies of contemporary pop. At the forefront of this scene is Delorean, a Barcelona-via-Zarautz quartet whose uniquely Mediterranean sound has made them one of Spain's most popular independent bands. Taking cues from Spain’s native Balearic beat, Madchester house, techno, R&B and indie rock, Delorean carves out a sunny sweet spot between the stage and the dance floor.

Their new album, Subiza - named after the bucolic Basque town in which it was recorded - is Delorean’s defining work to date. Fusing relentless hands-in-the-air club rhythms with the shimmering melodies they've long toyed with, it drips with decades of dancefloor history while retaining Delorean’s own adventurous voice. Densely layered digital production is sent back through analog tape to conjure a warm, whirling aesthetic that feels organic and fresh. Singer Ekhi Lopetegi colors the music with reflections on love, distance and longing.

With Subiza, Delorean have found the emotional core of the club music that has long consumed them, and made it something less rigid and very personal. A first listen is exhilarating, each subsequent listen a revelation. Without trafficking in false Utopias, Subiza is a soulful suite of blissed-out music that heralds the latent promise of a perfect summer. -- This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.