Armed Cloud, Obsidian Desert, 2015

Another new record company has entered the market, Maxxive Records, and this is one of their first releases. The press sheet mentions that Maxxive has a new concept for beginning bands and that means not handing out money, but help them lower costs for releasing their first album. More about that on their website. Armed Cloud is a Dutch progressive metal combo and the album became available on May 9. For the mix Christian Moos…

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Yagull, Kai, 2015

Well, this release of MoonJune certainly turned out to be surprising. Whereas most of their releases are in the Jazz, Fusion, Prog field or a combination of those, this release is something completely different. Based around Sasha Markovic on guitar, bass and percussion, and Kana Kamitsubo on piano, Kai is a very intimate sounding album that is simply wonderful from start to finish. Some songs have guests that are familiar MoonJune names, but centre stage…

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The Lazys, Self Titled, 2015

Ah yes, this is familiar ground for French label Bad Reputation. This is a band from Australia, and they play rock. So you can bet that AC/DC is named in the press info. But when that is followed by the likes of The Saints, Midnight Oil and Cold Chisel, expectations are raised… First track Show Me What You’re Made Of is your usual suspect. It is obviously meant to party to and does the trick….

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Xadu, Random Abstract, 2015

Xadu is a new project involving 2 already familiar names from the Moonjune Records roster: Xavi Reija (drums) and Dusan Jevtovic (guitar).  And I must say, if ever there was an album title that covers its contents well, than this must be the one. Site regulars will already know that this are 2 players with exceptional skills. And this time they have managed to stretch even more borders if you ask me. Of course they…

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Column: Favorite Mixtapes of June 2015

Column: Favorite Mixtapes of June 2015

Favorite Mixtapes of June 2015 by TMT Staff on 07-06-2015 With a daunting cascade of releases spewing out each day from the likes of DatPiff, LiveMixtapes, Bandcamp, and SoundCloud, it can be difficult to keep up with the overbearing yet increasingly vital mixtape game. In this column, we aim to immerse ourselves in this hyper-prolific world and share our favorite releases each month. The focus will primarily be on rap mixtapes — loosely defined here…

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