BeeVids: Kelly Lee Owens - Morganway - Midnight Vesta - Marina Maximillian

Kelly Lee Owens – Anxi.

Background - Kelly Lee Owens, the 28-year old London-based producer, is set to release her self-titled debut album, next Friday, March 24th via Smalltown Supersound. Additionally, Kelly is excited to present the music video (her first!) for “Anxi” ft. Jenny Hval. Directed by visual artist Kim Hiorthøy.

Before starting work on her self-produced, debut album, Kelly Lee Owens turned her keen ear towards dance music after working in a record store with techno producer Daniel Avery. Her voice and contributions can be heard on Avery’s Drone Logic. Since then, she self-released two white label 12”s, with last fall’s “Oleic” EP to follow.
 

Her self-titled solo album is first and foremost Owens’ vision — it bridges the gaps between cavernous techno, spectral pop, and Krautrock’s mechanical pulse, and it brims with exploratory wonder. It delves into a variety of moods - sadness, anxiety, and darkly shaded ecstasy - with a trippy-eyed clarity and confidence. Live dates on Beehive Candy's tour page, Facebook here.

Imaginative and addictive 'Anxi' mixes flowing beats alongside some creative musical ideas. Working around these are calm and smooth vocals, complemented by a song that is happy to alter speed and direction keeping the listener intrigued.

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Morganway - My Love Ain't Gonna Save You.

Background - Morganway, the Norfolk five-piece pride themselves on the high standard of their engaging live performances, and they have caught the eye of a range of festivals. Subsequently, they recently headlined The Open's prestigious OH1 festival, in their hometown of Norwich, on the Banking Hall stage. Other early 2017 shows include London gigs at The Troubadour, The Islington and The Bedford, as well as a special headline performance at Cambridge’s muchloved Portland Arms.

Morganway are working towards the release of their second EP ‘The Hurricane EP’ on April 7th, following the glowing reception of their debut EP ‘No Tomorrows’ last year. The lead single ‘My Love Ain’t Gonna Save You’ exposes the band’s diversity with a deeper, grittier sound, whilst still maintaining the familiar roots influence that fans of the band have come to know and love. With its captivating, catchy hook and electric guitar-driven chorus, the band’s sound bends into the pop terrain breaking genre boundaries to craft an irresistible fusion sound.

“Some songs are written exactly as they end up, others go on journeys. ‘My Love Ain’t Gonna Save You’ is definitely a traveler. The guitar riff and main melody came first, other parts were gradually discovered. I really like the vocals at the end, so much is happening all at once it feels like it’s going to explode. I think the song is all about that tension. The lyrics leave room for interpretation, but the idea is simple; you’re on your own. It asks questions but gets no answers… a bit like love really!” Facebook here, website here.

'My Love Ain't Gonna Save You' has something of a modern folk feel to it, with plenty of energy. Notable vocals and harmonies are supported by the bands tight and confident music.

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Midnight Vesta - Moving Day.

Background from Midnight Vesta - Life is about managing the twists and turns that you encounter day-to-day.

The date of birth, the date of death, and the “dash” in between: the loss of loved ones, failed relationships, and the prospect of new ones. It's all about transition. With that in mind, Moving Day felt like the appropriate lead single from our new album.

‘Seconds’ was recorded in an auto garage tucked deep inside Toronto's east end, and mastered by Juno award winning engineer Siegfried Meier.

The resulting album is a sonic buffet of homegrown tunes that are fresh yet familiar. Facebook here, live dates on Beehive Candy's tour page.

Melodic and crisp sounding, 'Moving Day' is a refreshing indie pop or maybe rock song, with  reflective and thoughtful lyrics. The band come across as relaxed and capable, delivering a track that hopefully will tease a good few listeners towards their forthcoming album.

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Marina Maximillian - My Boy.

Background - APE is a new kind of record label, with a new way of getting things done. Founded by Tamir Muskat (Balkan Beat Box) and Eyal Gruenberg, APE Records is a hybrid between a production house, a music label, and a branding company. The label is set to release their debut EP, APE Vol 1, a compilation of the first three singles with studio and live versions, on March 24.

The primal creative force behind all APE projects is producer Tamir Muskat, founding member and drummer of Balkan Beat Box, as well one of Israel’s leading music producers. Muskat’s production credits outside of BBB include Asaf Avidan’s last two albums, Different Pulses and Gold Shadow, J.U.F. (Gogol Bordello), Firewater, and much more. Eyal Gruenberg, co-founder of APE Records, is as business-minded as Muskat is creative. “The difference between APE and traditional labels is that we don’t release albums – only singles,” Gruenberg says. “And most songs are in English, so they have international appeal, but don’t get pigeon-holed as ‘world music’.”

When APE launched, the producer wanted to challenge himself and his collaborators to exceed what they’d created in the past. “Making beats and combining sounds from all over was already part of my DNA,” Muskat says. “But I was looking for a path to the next level.” The search took time.

“My Boy” from Mariana Maximilian was the first release by the new label. Maximilian and Muskat wanted a vintage-sounding sample for the song, so the producer recorded and re-recorded into a tape machine until he found the perfectly damaged sound. Tamir's crazy beat painted a scene in my head, some mysterious environment with lots of action and movement," Marina says. The singer was several months pregnant while working on the single. "My unborn baby was always on my mind," she says. Through the writing process, Marina discovered the theme: carrying love from the inside to the outside. "I felt the melody should be a bit childish and repetitive. I guess the song is about the adventure that is life, but also the hidden dangers."  Label site here.

The EP comprises of: Marina Maximilian – My Boy
Loco Hot Feat. A-WA – I’m A Tribe
Renno Feat. Hen & Gili – Perfect Is Dead
Marina Maximilian – My Boy (Live in The Jungle Version)
Loco Hot Feat. A-WA – I’m A Tribe (Live in The Jungle Version)
Renno Feat. Hen & Gili – Perfect Is Dead (Live in The Jungle Version)

Taken from the labels compilation EP 'My Boy' is a very good indication of the vibrant and creative sounds that APE Records have gone in search of. Mixing eclectic creativity with plenty of hooks and stylish vibes, the six songs suggest they are on to something very good here.


 Plus a little 'extra something' for our discerning and appreciative friends here
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