There are two companies out there right now representing artists that I’m feeling are going to be absolutely huge. They have the ideas and most importantly the talent to potentially make big things happen. In both cases you will get a serious breath of fresh musical air.
The first of the two is NOW Records. Not only do they have a nice handful of emerging and talented artists, but they are very smart in their approach. Their motto is “We make records and release them as singles.” Now, this is nothing new…but, they are singles you can download. It’s a perfect merge of the vintage 45rpm releases with current technology. Their artists each have merit and credibility. They have a sound that is fresh but familiar at this company. Records can be good, records can be cool, records can be marketable…these have all three going for them.
In my travels in the vast wasteland known as the Internet, I found the music of Briana Kidwell. This got me on the NOW Records page. Her song, “Passengers” is one of the best rock songs to be released that has entered my ears in at least a decade. When communicating with her, she was quick to mention that this song- as well as another standout track named “Brian Jones”- were co-written by Kevin Smith. From my uneducated and not part-of-the-scene-eye, it appears that Kevin Smith is one of, if not THE secret weapon of NOW Records.
Oh, and another cool song I particularly liked was “Just Another Thing” by The Grayces... Remember these names so I can tell you I told you so later.
Then there is More Fire Management. This group represents a Reggae and Lover’s Rock aficionado’s paradise. If you like your Reggae with melody, this is so worth checking out. They have one particular artist that has the potential to be the Elvis Presley of Reggae, Adele Harley. Just like Presley took what was already established and became Rock & Roll to the masses, she could easily do the same thing with Lover’s Rock. Now…Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs and dozens of other artists have done that already in the case of Reggae, but I am talking about it becoming as mainstream as classic rock is in the United States. The doors need to be blown off the Reggae genre again and a splash needs to drench the casual listener, she could do this. Watch. Then you have killer artists like Andrew Sloley and Chester Miller who if you love Reggae you absolutely have to check out.
Don’t just listen to the radio, you miss too much.
-the above was a selection from "Eclectiblogs-Weekly Meanderings for Music Head Consumption" ©2011, Christopher Levine