Unearthing MySpace Gems
Another five MySpace Music pages to share with you today. Just like last time, all of the artists and groups I feature have one thing (at least) in common; all have had less than 10,000 page-views. If you know of any artists on MySpace, with less than 10,000 page-views, that you think I should feature, please let me know. Aside from the page-views, the other things I look for are at least a bit of a bio (so I can give some detail in my write up) and generally that I like the music – would be weird for me to recommend music that I didn't like!
Luke Sabbadini – http://www.myspace.com/lukesabbadini
Luke Sabbadini is a singer/song writer from Melbourne, Australia. He lists his genres as acoustic/pop/rock and his influences include; John Lennon, Neil Young and Thom Yorke. Luke has four tracks on his MySpace page, but he has also created a second page to hold another four tracks, this can be found here. Luke has a fantastic voice and all of his tracks should be checked out, but the real stand out track for me was Kings and Queens. His talent is immediately evident and I'd personally like to think that an artist like this would surely find himself signed to a label at some point in the not-so-distant future.
Grandpa Mojo – http://www.myspace.com/grandpamojo
Chris Hansen is Grandpa Mojo, a trip-hop/down-tempo/nu-jazz artist from Colorado, USA. Grandpa Mojo has a fantastic sound, an infusion of the aforementioned genres, as he put's it so aptly on his MySpace page; "it's live trip-hop, kiddies!". There are three tracks for you to enjoy on his page, all about as funky as something very funky, and then some. The jazz element is clear to see, but the inclusion of solid beats and samples is like the icing on this funky cake. I particularly enjoyed the track Mixed Beans – very blacksploitation!
Tomfoolio – http://www.myspace.com/tomfoolio
Craig Stern created Tomfoolio back in 2003 after graduating from the school of DJ Shadow. I made that last bit up, but it sounds cool – anyway, basically, and as his MySpace page explains, Craig realised after listening to Shadow that he could make cinematic music which other people could relate to. If you'll take the time to check out the Tomfoolio tracks you will see that Craig must have graduated with flying colours! Craig is based in Chicago, USA, where he plays at local open mic nights. His track Nocturne is immense – cinematic indeed – I can tell plenty of thought and effort must have gone in to making something like that. Hearing is believing, folks, get it done!
The Sages – http://www.myspace.com/thesages
The Sages are a collective of hip-hop/jazz artists based around the Coachella Valley in the U.S.of.A. They must have a pretty good sense of humour as the only review they've listed on their MySpace page reads; "it sucked so I put on Common." Truth be told, their music far from sucks. The Sages' music is tight as could be and I'm really feeling the emceeing, even if it is perhaps different from your average style – I like that, adds to the appeal. How You Doin Maing was a track that particularly caught my ear, smooth laid back beats and flowing lyrics. They have a real essence of People Under The Stairs, Quasimoto and Cunninlynguists about their music.
Toby Benson – http://www.myspace.com/tobybenson
Originally from the same mother-land as myself (UK represent!), Toby Benson is now a resident of the USA. Down-tempo/electronica/trip-hop are his listed genres on his MySpace page. Toby claims that the Prodigy's Wind It Up was the major influence on him with regards to electronic music, I also still hold The Experience album close to my heart! Make sure you listen to all of Toby's tracks on his page, each offers something quite unique and equally enjoyable. There's an evident Four Tet style to some of his tracks, although comparisons could also be drawn to the likes of Cinematic Orchestra, Jazzanova and Lemon Jelly. Still, like I said before, there is something unique about Toby's music and you really need to hear it for yourself, I doubt you'll regret it. All the tracks are great, but the stand out one for me was Returned to Sender.
So there we have it, another five great pages for you to check out. Please take the time to explore each page and leave them some feedback – don't forget to let me know what you think, too!