Qbala – Dark Side of the Rain
Qbala – Dark Side of the Rain
Hip-hop emcee Qbala has released Dark Side of the Rain, the follow up EP to 2011’s My State of Dementia and the re-released Unfinished Business. The five-song EP is full of depth, hooks, fresh beats and a mastered flow and articulation that is signature Qbala, with cuts backed by DJ Dominic Deadbeat and DJ Sync3re. The delivery, lyrics and production are beyond anything we’ve heard from Qbala in years past, and matched with a live show that is energetic, the intensity Qbala is known for has gone up a notch. The standout track by far on this EP is “She Said.” Qbala’s guest, Michael Kirkpatrick (lead singer of The Holler!) offers rich falsetto hooks as the backing for a memorable track that freely moves from track one, “We Ride,” and is then followed by the fierce aggression and contemplative nature of “News.” Purists of Qbala’s freestyle and punctuated spoken word tracks may need to evolve into hearing actual singing at times on the tracks, but overall, the EP is a cutting-edge deliverable from NoCo’s fastest rising hip-hop star.
- By Silas Rowe
Lion_Drome – Curve Of The Earth
Yet another rock band from Fort Collins, it seems as though the tides are changing from more bluegrass bands here to more rock bands. From the cover, you definitely do not expect it to be more of a rock album. From the first song to the last, this record is very complex. It is a rock album first and foremost, but they toy with many different genres on this twelve-song CD. The first song is reminiscent of early 90’s whine rock to a more classic style of rock to a mix of rock and electronic. Although the album is forever changing style, it still keeps a consistent sound throughout with the vocals and certain queues in the music.
Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree
Steve Law Band is a mixture of country rock and little blues. The first song on the album is more of a classic country sound and then the album gains complexity throughout. Steve is a dentist in Denver and “has had all this music stored up for years,” and is finally composing it and releasing it to the public. If you are not a country fan “Tom’s Burned Down Café” is a great song to start with. It has a little country twang but is more of a blues/rock song for the majority of the song; it is very catchy and easy to listen to. The song kind of reminds me of hanging out at a small town bar with your best friends. “Old Oak Tree” is another stand out track. There is a lot of soul packed into one song, with the soaring vocals and the soulful guitar riffs it definitely is a track that can’t be ignored.
Lanedecay – In Light // Remember
If noise rock is what you are into then this will be your new favorite local band. Their ep In Light // Remember is like a more chilled out Dinosaur Jr. There are only four songs on this album, but that is enough to know that these guys rock. These guys drew quite a crowd at Illegal Pete’s last month and there is a good reason. The album is full of gloomy vocals and catchy riffs that make for the perfect noise-rock experience. They definitely have an older sound, like the grunge/noise-rock bands in the 90’s. The stand out track on the album is Madison. It is more of an upbeat song that is easy to listen to if you are new to this genre but at the same time, if you are a fan of noise-rock you will be able to groove to it instantly and fall in love with this band.
Phil Turk Band- You and I are Brave
The music on this album is very beautiful and complex. It reminds you of walking in the woods of Colorado on a perfect spring day when all the flowers are blooming and colorful. The flute is a perfect whimsical instrument that takes you on this journey. True to Fort Collins form there is also a hint of country in the twang of the guitar. If that wasn’t Fort Collins enough for you, Phil Turk is a statistics professor at Colorado State when he is not making music. His vocals are not exactly what you would expect to go with the music. They seem like something from a gospel record, or something fit for a ballad. With that being said, it works in a new kind of way and creates a new kind of genre. Turk is very talented; he even sings the song “All There Is To Say” in Chinese on the last track of the CD. “True Happiness Under the Autumn Leaves” is one of the best tracks on the album; it Is very relaxing and makes you feel the calm that comes with Autumn.
2.5 out of 5