The Imposter by Joel Sarakula is a beautiful tribute to 60s Pop

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The Imposter marks the evolution of our musical hero Joel Sarakula into the realm of r&b, psychedelia and 60’s pop inspired themes. His melodies come out smoothly. As if he has thought of them for a long time before recording them. I say this because it sounds like each note in The Imposter falls into place. For the opening track They Can’t Catch Me up to the closing Another Place Another Time, the wizard of retroville keeps getting better with each album release.

The Imposter reminds me of Cream and Velvet Underground mixed with that smooth Quiet Storm crooning. Each song oozes with sexiness and warmth. This album is meant to live forever on vinyl. And all you vinyl collectors out there, watch out for that format when it comes out in the market.

While his last album The Golden Age is akin to afternoon sun striking the surface of a platinum table, The Imposter reminds me of pearls falling on silk sheets. There’s that natural elegance especially on songs like When Summer Ends, Northern Soul, Coralie and Young Man’s Game. Chelsea Gun is my personal favourite as it features that beautiful harpsichord sound. But hey I love all of the tracks here. There’s never a dull moment. And after the sultry Another World Another Time has ended, I feel like the album should have been longer. This is a natural feeling you get when all songs are fantastic!

Children of the Higher Light sounds like a potential single. It has that infectious beat and very catchy chorus. European Skies is another track that would appeal to the hipster crowd. With its swooning atmosphere(in an almost disco beat) and 70s breezy melody, this is getting into me as faster than you can say ear worm!JS Espionage Promo

His live shows are very much in demand in Europe especially in Germany where he has fervent followers. I am not surprise, as we are in general give priority to beautiful melodies and sleek production techniques. Although this  is just a personal opinion, but we can’t deny that there is a good reason why he is getting a huge amount of followers out there.

It baffles me how he gets everything together this way. He did mention during our last interview that he is coming up with something r&B and chill out inspired but still this comes as a surprise. The Imposter is 5 out of 5 starts. Yes it is perfect and I swear I am going to take this album everywhere I go!

November 6 is the official release of The Imposter.


After two days of listening to this album, I have a new favorite. It’s the sixth track in the album called Happy Alone. Perhaps it’s the melody, or the instruments…or maybe it’s his Burt Bacharach-like vocals. It’s really beautiful. It has the same poignant beauty as his single Matchstick Girl (from The Golden Age). The song starts with the piano and guitar. Then the verse starts and I close my eyes. When it reaches the chorus, it definitely one of the most beautiful songs of this decade. He also has a knack for adding horn sections and vocal harmonies.It’s pure and free from the cynicism of many songs today. I am sure that when I listen to this twenty years from now, I will still wear that pleasant smile. There are songs that are meant to endure the test of time and this has got to be it!

Ear Candy: The Constant State by Malka

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Darko Saric – Vocals, Guitar

Michael Dawson – Drums

David Ciauro – Vocals, Bass

EJDeCoske – Vocals, Guitar

When guitars pain sonic colours in the canvas of rhythm and vocals that’s got to be Malka. You can bask under the warm beauty of their melodies or you can take each song apart and decipher the thoughts inside. But one thing remains, it is easy to like them the first time you heard them. Their new EP is called The Constant State and boasts eight songs embellished with atmospheres of lazy afternoons, languid rainy days and a picnic at a quiet park. They are one of the bands that will come out of Welsh label Ear to Ear Records soon (specializing in shoegaze, dreampop & alternative/ indie rock).

I enjoyed listening to The Constant State because it is like the 90s again when modern rock was unpretentious and exciting. I love the fact that Malka emphasises more on texture rather than loudness is a plus. I love the supple vocals of Darko Saric as it doesn’t take centre state but rather works with the other instruments- making ti an instrument in itself.

Check out more from Ear to ear Records:

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Sophisticated Pop: Any Last Words by Deliah

What have you guys been up to this week? It’s been kind of hectic but that does not take your’s truly away from music. I wear my headphones at work- just making sure the volume is not too loud so I can still know what’s going on. And music has made me more productive. I hope this next group will set you to that direction. Any Last Words is definitely a ‘ go to work’ kind of song you should play. It is sophisticated, jazzy and smooth. The vocals are feisty but not too overpowering.

So who are they? Here’s the answer from the group:

We are Shell Deliah a contemporary R&B group based in Liverpool. We formed at LIPA (Paul McCartney’s Institute for Performing Arts) and are releasing a new track on 14th September.

More about them:

Shell Deliah is Michelle Harris and Alex Dopierala, a Contemporary R&B act based in Liverpool.

With a new track out in Autumn 2014, and the versatility of doing full band through to acoustic shows, Shell Deliah are taking their energetic, yet sophisticated live set around the UK.

The combination of Michelle’s soulful voice and Dop’s intricate guitar playing, bring a certain class and retro vibe to an undeniable contemporary groove.

There you have it. The description says everything I want to say and I think much better. But I tell you this from experience. The single Any Last Words is catchy you won’t forget the melody.

Fabienne – Sunstroke


Here is one interesting pop artist. Her name is Fabien and she is based in London. She describes herself as a ‘small town gal’ but there is nothing absolutely small town about her music. Her single called Sunstroke is out. It is an r&b inspired tune (with a music video paying homage to the 80s and 90s). It’s taken from City of Shadows EP. I wont be surprise if this track makes its way into mainstream radio soon. It is so catch with nice hypnotic beats. If you are curious about the lyrics then I am going to post bits of them here. You can also find it via her official YouTube channel.

This escapism at its finest,
Don’t need to be minted to live life like this,
I’ll make you feel like we’re in St. Martins,
Just close your eyes with me,
Come fly with me.
Livin’ like Springbreak, skinny dip in the ocean,
Waves comin’ just roll with the motion,
Oh shit, I got sand in the lotion,
How my head is spinning in the heat.

Wanna take a ride on a jet,
To the beach in my head,
Wanna lay out in the sun with you.
We can get ourselves into trouble,
In a mai tai bubble.
And theres room on my towel for two.
Dizzy Getting lost in a postcard,
Palm trees and golf carts, all I see is yellow and blue,
Give me a little sunstroke.

I think we all need to escape once in a while. I do need that. Damn I can’t shake the melody off my head. She is really good! You definitely need to give her a listen and write a blog about that experience. Thanks to my Scottish buddy Garry for sending me the link to the song. It is such a nice ‘escape.’


Icon by Nouvelle electro

It’s been quiet in the Nouvelle Electro camp lately. But they made a buzz after uploading two tracks via soundcloud. Icon is part of the songs they are recording for their soon-t0-be-released album. Not sure about the album title yet as Paula and Ian Henderson haven’t confirmed made a confirmation yet. The other one is a remixed version of Red Sky (Red Sky (Dulcet Tonez Remix) available for free download. Check it out because it is a different take on the original version we heard last year.

Icon is beautiful. If you love the solo works of Debbie Harry and the 80s recordings of Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark then you will be pleased with this latest offering by Nouvelle Electro. They are sharing what they do to fans in real-time and I know the new album is a goldmine of beautiful sounds.

Electro duo:
Ian Henderson : synths, vox, songwriting, programming, production (Ireland)
Paula : synths, vox, songwriting, programming (UK)