Southway

Southway an electro-rock duo based in London, England is Shaun Jason (Vocals  / Guitar / Drums) and Shiun Kim (Vocals /Keyboard /Drums).

Southway - electro-rock from England

Southway

Initially a solo project, it was in 2010 that the first release as a duo was made when a shift saw Southway become more electro-rock centred. An inveterate traveller, Shaun first created his sounds after leaving England for the USA, a shift to South Korea saw the formation of the duo and now based in London – for how long is anyone’s guess. The influences of travels across East and West is evident in the UK ’80s electronics centred material, giving it a far broader appeal and relevancy to the 2010’s than would probably otherwise have been the case.


The combination of drums, guitar and electronics are neatly balanced with a focus on the rock angle, though from time to time they do head to electro-dance and produce sounds which hit the spot. My preference, unsurprisingly, is the more rock edged sounds.  There is plenty for the audience to grab hold of and Southway are an ever present fixture on the touring circuit, where they can be found adding an additional player on occasion,  as they deliver music which enthuses the listener.

Whilst there is a radio friendly sound to the material, it does contain originality and ridges. For new readers of the website my continual anti-radio friendly music stance may seem obtuse, for more established subscribers, this is to be expected and the reason I  make the distinction is that the whole point of me setting up the various sites just over four years ago was to showcase and support the lesser known bands who have something new to add to the world of music and the mainstream radio-play formula very rarely ticks that box for me. Southway more than tick the box.

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Che Prasad

Che Prasad is the solo creator from San Anselmo in the USA who delivers alt-rock and blues.

Che Prasad - alt R'n'B from the USA

Che Prasad

Combining influences from across the globe, along with a disparity of strings Che Prasad utilises his talent and awareness to deliver music which reflects an underlying political perspective.

Whilst wrapped in the umbrella of R’n’B, the output itself has a global reach and reflective, providing an exhilarating journey into a genre I generally find somewhat insipid.

Utilising additional players and voices where appropriate Che Prasad is able to capture the focus as the listener wonders where the material will next lead. That isn’t to say it is a journey without direction as evidenced by his debut eleven track LP – Shiva Me Timbers – which has a natural flow to the material which ranges from the mainstream, through Sea Shanties to classical Indian sub-continent.

The idiosyncratic, slightly comedic lyrics are not overtly aggressive, more of a tempter for the audience to wrestle whilst around it lays a delightful construct of instrumentation for the audience to enjoy even on a non-engaged level. However to not work with the words and the sounds is to miss the full value of the out-put.

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Shiva Me Timbers – Che Prasad is available on iTunes*.

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Dios Mio

Dios Mio a dream rock quartet from London in England is Helena (Vocals), Julian (Guitar), Chris (Drums) and Karl (Bass).

Dios Mio - ambient rock from England

Dios Mio

Formed over the summer of 2013 Dios Mio have a sound which belies their relative age as a unit. Already working hard they have released four tracks in the releases and are securing themselves a live performance schedule. Melting melodies fuse inside the constructions and with plenty of delay and reverb the quartet is able to add considerable layering to the music, leaving the listener resting on down pillows.


When a band puts such hard work to the base of their career you can’t but help to wish them well, more importantly Dios Mio do have something of considerable value to add the the world of music and I wouldn’t expect it to be too long before they become far better known with a steady stream of touring dates as this is a sound that suits pretty well most venues and nights.

Whilst of consistent quality and evidently seeking a  defined and shaped sound there is also an earthy grittiness to which the audience can relate and I hope this is not lost as Dios Mio progresses.

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Unity Floors

Unity Floors is the garage rock duo of Gus (Guitars) and Henry (Drums) from Sydney in Australia.

Unity Floors - Garage Rock from Australia

Unity Floors

The understated lo-fi productions drift around the room settling like motes of dust and it takes time for the seemingly innocuous sounds to make sense, however stay with it and the material becomes a fascinating journey of discovery. Seemingly disconnected chord sequences form shapes and the laissez-faire meanderings of vocal and percussion become a coherent and enjoyable ride.

Perhaps a band for musicians as the feeling after a session with Unity Floors is to create some music and that must be something of a testament to the real value which the duo add. Inspiring others to do something is not an easy trick. A new release, the eleven track Exotic Goldfish Blues has just been made available and is an ideal place to get into the mindset that is Unity Floors.

This is best taken when you have free time and can focus, as the sounds are in no-way background listening. As background listening I would suspect it would become an annoying irritant as the growling distortions force the mind to focus.

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Exotic Goldfish Blues – Unity Floors is available on iTunes*.

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