Christopher Gonda

“Monument,” the New Single form Berlin’s Kid Be Kid, is “Extra Sweet”

Berlin, Germany-based musician Kid Be Kid released “Monument,” her latest single and its accompanying live performance video, on November 8th and 11th respectively. Out via the record label Springstoff, the new track sees the jazz/neo-soul/neo-classical artist in fine form, seducing, soothing, and satisfying listeners both old and new. Throw in some mellow vocals and beatboxing, and the package is perfected.

“Monument” is the lead single lifted from the forthcoming Lovely Genders EP 12″ vinyl and, according to a recent press release, “is full of allusions and details from recent times, but also colored by the adventures of recent years. Just as the first part of the song changes into the second part, the perception of the very same situation also changes permanently. Chaos and order. A new beginning and farewell.”

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Artwork for ‘Monument’ by Kid Be Kid

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Juhan Ongbrian Discusses the Five Tracks on His Jazz-Fusion EP ‘Mood Swings’

Fans of fusion bands the likes of Vulfpeck and Theon Cross, take note! There’s a relatively new cat in town and he goes by the name Juhan Ongbrian. The Los Angeles-based purveyor of formidable jazz-fusion unveiled his Mood Swings EP on November 15th and it is, to recycle poignant words we recently heard, “an absolute head-bobber.”

The album was initially teased on October 25th by the lead single and title track, “Mood Swings,” which was met with (and continues to receive) positive critical response. Ever since, the band—which consists of lead guitarist Juhan Ongbrian, bassist Sly Chong, and drummer Ech0—have been showing off their jazz, blues, and ambient beat combination anywhere and anytime they can. Mood Swings was produced and mixed by Ongbrian himself (except for the “Mood Swings” single which was mixed by Brian Malouf), mastered at Sterling Sounds by Joe LaPorta, engineered by Larry Goetz, and recorded at Culver City, California’s The Lair Recording.

Today, further supporting this incredible, must-hear five-track fusion fest, Juhan Ongbrian joins us for a snazzy track-by-track rundown of the terrific tunes on his creative concoction. Dig it!

01. “Mood Swings” (feat. Ech0 & Sly Chong)
“Single track – A good friend of mine told me that I have mood swings (bipolar, etc.). I don’t disagree with him. This track has some swings and the vibe changes from one section to another. Hence it’s perfect to be called that.”

02. “Wooza (feat. Ech0 & Sly Chong)”
“This track has such a different vibe than the other tracks on the EP. It’s very short and straightforward with a heavy driven guitar. It was initially called ‘Wowza’, but ‘Wooza’ has more oomph to it.”

03. “Moving On”
“This is my most favorite track, personally. I wrote this to remind me that I have to move on from the old things that were pulling me back; lover, experiences, trauma, bad thoughts, and anxieties. This track has a darker / mellower vibe, but I feel most calm listening to it.”

04. “Limelight”
“This track has an upbeat fun vibe to it, kind of reminds me of EDM. People might relate to this track more since it’s bouncier and happier. I feel that this track is conveying stories from one section to another.”

05. “Morten”
“This track is the last track in the EP. It has an ‘alien’ and experimental vibe and the composition helps a lot by conveying stories that are moving progressively from one section to another. I feel that this track is perfect to end this EP and opening up different sounds for the upcoming LP. Morten means ‘Death’ or ‘Martian.’”

Artwork for “Mood Swings” by Juhan Ongbrian
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Lea Michele Unwraps Her “Christmas In New York” Music Video

Lifted from her first-ever holiday album, Christmas In The City, actress, author, and singer Lea Michele has just revealed the new music video for her single “Christmas in New York.” The charming video sees Michele dancing around a New York City winter wonderland, with shots of iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Central Park and the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center.

The elven-track Holiday album was released on October 25th via Sony Music Masterworks, and was inspired by the singer’s fond memories of growing up in the Big Apple. Supporting the recording, Michele has confirmed performances at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2019 Christmas in Rockefeller Center event. If that’s not enough, there’s also a string of live dates in New York City; three back-to-back shows at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Christmas In The City Track Listing:

01. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
02. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
03. Christmas in New York
04. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (feat. Jonathan Groff)
05. Do You Want To Build a Snowman?
06. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
07. Silent Night
08. White Christmas (feat. Darren Criss)
09. Silver Bells
10. Angels We Have Heard on High (feat. Cynthia Erivo)
11. O Holy Night

Lea Michele – Christmas in NYC – Live in Concert:

December 19 – The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
December 20 – The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
December 21 – The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

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Artwork for ‘Christmas in the City’ by Lea Michele

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