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Boot "Snow In March"

Benjamin Carbone, Lead Singer/Band Leader of Boot, just completed his first Chicago winter since relocating from Brooklyn. Once the month of March began he felt the worst was behind him and the snow had ended, but in Chicago you have to be ready for anything. The new single,"Snow In March", documents his surprise when it did indeed snow last month. We can't wait to hear what Benjamin will compose when it "unexpectedly" snows in May. Welcome to Chicago Benjamin and Boot!

"Snow in March" features Oliver Beardsley on drums, was mixed and mastered by Jake Cheriff, and was released by Paper Moon Records.

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NASHU "Anthem För Greta"

NASHU has released a new, Greta Thunberg inspired, single called "Anthem För Greta". He will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the track to Fridays For Future to help fight against the current climate crisis.

This is the Dream Pop of Shaun Burk and this single is the first new music from him since the release of his 2020 album, Ghost Gardens.

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Adem Dalipi "Through Another's Eyes"

Adem Dalipi has released his second single of 2021, an emotional new track called "Through Another's Eyes". The song is about growing up and beginning to understand life through a new perspective.

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Matt Muse "Rockin" and "Bridges"

Matt Muse has released two new singles, "Rockin" and "Bridges". These are a part of a new series of singles he is called Matt Packs, and are the first new music from Muse since 2019's Love & Nappyness.

"Rockin" was produced by Renzell and features vocals from Sherren Olivia. "Bridges" was produced by BmfnT & Charles Lauste and finds Muse tackling the challenges that friendship can sometimes bring.

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Ghost Funk Orchestra soundtracks the "Asphalt Homeland"

If the long awaited Cagney & Lacey movie ever comes to fruition (sorry, I don't consider the TV movies canon) I'm going to immediately start an online petition to make "Asphalt Homeland" the opening credit music--played as the camera slowly pans over the asphalt homeland of Lower Midtown Manhattan until landing on our two sometimes harried but always resolutely determined lady detectives. And sure, the new single by Ghost Funk Orchestra is a good deal less boob-tube bouncy and peppy than the original TV theme song, but that's good because it'll help Cagney & Lacey make the transition to the big screen with the help of some dramatic, cinematic music.

Of course this isn't to imply that bandleader/songwriter/arranger/producer Seth Applebaum only writes music appropriate for a Cagney & Lacey type show. To the contrary, Seth is a one-man "library music" machine whose music could just as easily be used to score urban dramas, medical dramas, gangster epics, or even wild comedies and super action films but with a distinct golden-era approach harkening back to a time when jazz and funk and rock and Latin music and psychedelic music (and many other genres besides) often shared equal space on a single soundtrack.

Take the song called "Fuzzy Logic" for example (see video above) which stays true to its title by rejecting Boolean either/or logic in favor of multiplicity and suggestive ambiguity. It starts off sounding like the dramatic opening moments to a classic spy soundtrack or a caper movie with its dissonant stabs of brass and syncopated hi-hat cymbal--not to mention how the music video's use of color gels and multiple exposure give it a strong Bond pre-credit sequence vibe--before sliding into a groove that's laid back enough to be Sade-approved but with some vaguely uneasy lyrics (and a brief Bill Withers "I know" interlude, may he rest in peace) sung to enchanting effect by regular vocal collaborator Romi Hanoch (PowerSnap). And then about one minute in the song takes another turn with a breakdown section featuring flamenco-style clapping and dub-like echo and surf guitar reverb before circling back to the second verse and then later ending with a concise but still pretty epic solo outro traded between baritone sax and flute.

Seriously, put this song on in the car next time you're cruising around and it's guaranteed to make you feel like a total badass even if you're just heading to 7-11. Or put on almost any GFO song because they rarely skimp on the funkiness, the ghostliness, or the intricate orchestrations. And did I say "one-man show"? In reality, Ghost Funk Orchestra is more like a ten-to-twelve-man-and-woman machine because you know it can't be easy making music this elaborate alone and especially not if you plan to play live. And by the way seeing GFO live is a wonderful thing that will presumably happen again someday soon. 


So, if you lack familiarity with the Ghost Funk prior to "Asphalt Homeland," their most recent full-length An Ode To Escapism (2020) is a good place. The album features a shift array of musical emotional hues that still manage to flow together as a continuous whole--more that fulfilling the promise of the album's title. And just case you happen to forget the stated purpose of the album while listening there's an intermittent GPS Lady voiceover reminding you that "as long as your headphones are on...you're safe, and hidden" and it never hurts to be reminded of that. (Jason Lee)

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