L.A.’s AxelMansoor @iamaxelm sings his truth (and that of many others) in “kids can be so stupid” featuring @Abhi_theNomad

AXEL MANSOOR and ABHI THE NOMAD, “kids can be so stupid”

Readers of this blog know that the songs of Axel Mansoor have been a regular presence in these pages since 2017.  He’s been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award, appeared on NBC’s “Songland”, and now, is the APP icon (below) for the latest social media sensation, the by invitation-only Clubhouse!  Truth can be cutting but it can also soothe the minds of those who have their own variation of it, so if you want a hush to go over a room of people, then play “kids can be so stupid”.

To get directly to the point, it’s about being bullied at school as a child, and how those memories still play in our thoughts years and years later.  The song is a relatable, totally understandable recollection, while in the back of my mind I can always think of my own parents talking with the parents of some of those kids. And they were the adults who supported their children’s bullying activities, creating immediate bad blood between families in the neighbourhood because of the attitude “it’s not my kid, it’s your kid”, despite the bullying often being about being short, fat, effeminate, brown, black, Asian, and so on. If you didn’t fit their mold, you were not only different, you were not welcome either. Even as time passes, the bullying continues… and guess what, those kid bullies grow up to be adult bullies too, who some of us have had the unfortunate experience of working with. 

Axel’s simple and heartfelt way with words and melody, and the compelling rap from Austin’s Abhi The Nomad, are what make “kids can be so stupid” work so well. 

So adults, don’t let your babies grow up to be bullies.

Be sure to watch for Axel Mansoor on the Clubhouse APP for the regular session called “The Lullaby Club”.

“Toxic” is mysterious deep house with a burbling rhythm from Austin’s @MiggyMilla

MIGGY MILLA, “Toxic”

It’s not a cover of the Britney Spears smash, but “Toxic” will certainly appeal to fans of that song as well as anyone who likes their deep house with a mysterious side and a burbling synth melody underneath.  I wrote about Miggy Milla’s “Tragedy” not long ago, and this is quite a different turn from the Austin singer of Filipino heritage.  Miggy definitely turns on the charm again with his soft, provocative vocal, which easily draws you in while the rich synth work and production take care of the dancing department.  “Toxic” is an ear-turner that’s definitely a step in the right direction for Miggy Milla.

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Published in: on December 14, 2019 at 10:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Austin-based Filipino-American singer @MiggyMilla lays on the charm with “Tragedy”

MIGGY MILLA, “Tragedy”

Miggy Milla is a charismatic new pop singer/songwriter/producer to watch, having honed his craft after living in NYC and attending Berklee College of Music.  “Tragedy” follows up his EP Perfect Stranger as a song that quickly slides under your skin and makes you want to hear more from the Filipino-American singer, who now resides in Austin.  “Tragedy” starts off with a subtle, quiet melody and slowly builds to capture the essence of the lyrics.  From his performance in the video above, Miggy looks like one who aims to please in concert.  In fact his charm overwhelms the rest of the video, which weaves a vague story that leaves more questions than answers.  But “Tragedy” as a song is well-worth your attention and a fine introduction to Miggy Milla.

Published in: on November 7, 2019 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Austin-based producer/guitarist @Cloudchord swings bossa nova-style with “Alegria”

CLOUDCHORD, “Alegria”

For those of you who like their dance music on the chill but sexy and romantic side, then Austin-based producer and guitarist Cloudchord will satisfy that craving with “Alegria”.  Using the Brazilian bossa nova style as its basis, the sound of “Alegria” is charming and lo-fi, and goes down easy like the smoothest of brandies or cognacs.  The Emmy-winning Cloudchord also dazzles us with his pristine guitar work which shines the most in the latter part of the song.  “Alegria” follows up Cloudchord’s 2016 album Imprint and some subsequent collaborative EP’s with Oatmello and the Soul Food Horns.  It’s jazzy and funky and you can’t go wrong with an instrumental that packs such diversity into its three minutes.

Published in: on February 3, 2019 at 11:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Austin’s versatile @Mobleywho isn’t going to be Mobley Who? for long with songs like “Tell Me”

MOBLEY, “Tell Me”

Austin singer/songwriter/one man band Mobley is not someone who you can place into any stylistic musical box.  He is driven and committed, directing his own videos and even designing his own artwork. From song-to-song you recognize the multiple dimensions of talent, from gritty and bluesy rock to alternative edginess to sweet and soulful.  From his forthcoming album Fresh Lies Vol. 1 (due Friday April 27) is “Tell Me”.  His voice is like Miguel’s, but not as rich or rooted in classic soul, but could also easily compete with Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons or Vance Joy for both power and rock ‘n roll inspiration.  There’s a sweet edge that could be as soft as Smokey Robinson if he wishes too.  “Tell Me” is a well-structured song with a great melodic hook that would sound just fine on the radio.  Mobley is currently in the middle of a three month tour that will take him to most major cities in the U.S. so watch for him to check out his live performance if you can.  “Tell Me”, I believe, is only one way to whet your appetite for more of what Mobley has to offer.

Published in: on April 24, 2018 at 10:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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