Tag Archives: Folk Rock

Frank Turner, Bei Maejor, & Imogen Heap

28 Jan

Frank Turner (Folk/Rock)

“The Road”

Frank Turner is an English folk/punk singer who was previously a member of a band called Million Dead.  He has been working on his solo acoustic career since the band’s break up in 2005.  His style has become a lighthearted acoustic rock sound with an underlying punk influence.  He has accompanied bands on tour including Celtic punk band, Flogging Molly, and American punk band, The Offspring. He is currently signed to Epitaph Records.

Bei Maejor (Pop/ R&B)

“She Ain’t You”

Bei Maejor, 23 years old, is an American artist, producer, and songwriter.  He has produced and written songs for many artists including Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Ciera, and Sean Kingston.  He has released two mixtapes, Upside Down 1&2, in 2010 and will be releasing a new mixtape, Upside Down 3 on Jive Records.  He graduated from The University of Michigan and, before he graduated, won a Gold Plaque in 2005 for work in Production.  He has been nominated for two Grammys for his work with Trey Songz and Monica.  Bei Maejor’s style is strongly influenced by modern R&B and his smooth tone has been compared to the artist, Jeremih.

Imogen Heap (Electronica/ Synthpop/ Trip-Hop)

“First Train Home”

Imogen Heap (Imogen Jennifer Jane Heap) of Romford, Havering, is a British singer and composer presenting the world with a unique mix of Electronica, characterized by the use of synthesizers, drum machines, and various looping and sequencing techniques, and other genres. Her sound consists of several sub-genres of electronica including Trip-Hop, a downtempo style of electronic music, and Synthpop, a style of synthesizer music commonly recognized in the New Wave genre.   She is also known for her work in the Electronic music duo Frou Frou.  She has been nominated for several Grammys, two of which were won by her most recent album Ellipse.  She is also recognized for her collaborations with several artists including, english artist, Jeff Beck.  She’s done a wide range of remixes for artists like Sean Lennon, Bon Jovi, and Blue October.  In her solo career, she is most well known for her single “Hide and Seek” (featured in the video below) which was sampled in Jason DeRulo’s “Whatcha Say”.


Blitzen Trapper, Tinie Tempah, & The Cat Empire

21 Jan

Blitzen Trapper (Folk Rock/Indie):

“Black River Killer”

The Portland, Oregon based band consists of 6 members [Eric Earley (guitar/vocals), Erik Menteer (guitar/keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums/vocals), Michael VanPelt (bass), Drew Laughery (keyboards), and Marty Marquis (guitar, keyboards, vocals)] The band formed in the year 2000 and is currently signed to Sub Pop Records. “Furr” (Video) was possibly their most popular hit, released in 2008. The band’s eclectic, lo fi sound is commonly compared to the early works of Beck. Meanwhile, Blitzen Trapper’s folk/americana sound, especially in the style of guitar and vocal phrasing, is very much like that of Bob Dylan.

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Tinie Tempah (Grime/Drum ‘n’ Base/Hip Hop):

“Invincible (Feat. Kelly Rowland)”

Tinie Tempah (Patrick Junior Chukwuem Okogwu) is a 22 year old, London born, rapper. He emerged from the underground grime scene in 2009/2010 with his single “Pass Out” and is currently one of the most popular acts in the UK. Unlike a lot of artists, particularly in the US, Tinie Tempah’s music utilizes a very fine tuned sound heavily influenced by styles like Drum ‘n’ Base and Dubstep. These genres combined, give the music a mix of low, guttural, bass sounds accompanied by a shuffled, energetic beat. To better illustrate these influences, prominent examples within the featured “Pass Out” video below are 00:04-00:12 (representing a Dubstep bass tone) and 3:24-3:52 (representing a Drum ‘n’ Bass rhythm). Another aspect of this music, which I believe is a large contribution to Tinie’s success in mainstream radio, is his incorporation of modern Hip Hop and R&B. All of these things give him a “fresh” sound, but also give the general population something familiar and popular. He has been nominated for 4 Brit awards (Best Single, British Album of the Year, Best Breakthrough Act, and Best Male Solo Artist) which will be held February 15, 2011. Check out the Micro Mixtape.

The Cat Empire (Ska/Rock/Jazz):

“The Lost Song”

The Cat Empire, from Melbourne, Australia. [The band consists of Felix Riebl (percussion and vocals), Harry James Angus (trumpet and vocals), Ollie McGill (keyboard and backing vocals), Ryan Monro (bass and backing vocals), Will Hull-Brown (drums) and Jamshid “Jumps” Khadiwhala (decks, percussion).] They are commonly accompanied by the Empire Horns and various brass guest artists. The Australian Ska scene started becoming popular in the 1980’s and is sometimes associated with the Punk Rock genre. However, to put The Cat Empire under a label like “ska” is a very loose generalization. This band, with strong jazz background, incorporates elements from Alternative Rock and Reggae.