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Lean’s Pick: Feed the Monkey by Chris Grey and the BlueSpand ft. Lucy Woodward

A couple of years ago we were on holiday in Denmark. We visited the town of Odense on a cold and wet day. When we came to a little square a man with a guitar was singing the blues just outside a cafe. I was rather impressed and joked we should invite him over toContinue reading “Lean’s Pick: Feed the Monkey by Chris Grey and the BlueSpand ft. Lucy Woodward”

In the spotlight: Umbrellabirds

I have a confession to make. I like, no, I love, the Umbrellabirds. They make well crafted timeless folk songs, with sublime lyrics. Sometimes fragile, sometimes quite dark. Most songs are growers, just the way I like it. Umbrellabirds is the musical project of Sam Blickhan, Lewis Daly, and Alex Hunt. Their debut album ‘Umbrellabirds‘ was releasedContinue reading “In the spotlight: Umbrellabirds”

Lean’s pick: A Little Love by Jack Francis

This Jack Francis is definitely NOT the singer, YouTuber and Instagram Influencer with the tattooed face, who’s friends with Billie Elish. ‘My’ Jack Francis is a long haired a folk/americana singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar from Southampton (UK). He has already played at some major UK festivals such as the Isle of Wight and StoneContinue reading “Lean’s pick: A Little Love by Jack Francis”

Lean’s pick – Time by Harry Pane ft. Maia Frankowski

Harry Pane (UK) has some impressive Spotify figures. His song ‘Beautiful Life‘ released in 2018 has almost 3,5 million streams on Spotify. Harry gained praise from some big names and has played quite a few gigs in the UK, where he has a great following. He played at some amazing festivals, like Glastonbury, SXSW andContinue reading “Lean’s pick – Time by Harry Pane ft. Maia Frankowski”

Just a review: Pepe and the Bandits – Never gonna let you go

When we first started the CoolTop20 in may 2020 the artists didn’t pay any attention. Our first followers where youngsters from Russia looking for ‘new music’. Pepe was one of the first to send his music for a review. His track “Corona” featured on our very first release of the CoolTop20. And even though itContinue reading “Just a review: Pepe and the Bandits – Never gonna let you go”

In the Spotlight – The Postindustrial Poets

The Postindustrial Poets are Brits living in Luxembourg. They spent years playing covers and blues before recording their own material in 2019. I spoke to their main poet about music and lyrics. But first, some facts about the Poets. They sing songs that tell stories and always use four note chords. They follow the songsContinue reading “In the Spotlight – The Postindustrial Poets”

Just a review: Bourbon Blues Ensemble – Body Soul & Blues

Yes it’s new. Yes it’s refreshing! The Bourbon Blues Ensemble from Mexico produce some neo-Blues. Let’s start with their logo. The Big Yellow BSB with the shadow of their dancing superhero in front of it. The name ‘Bourbon Blues Ensemble’ might sound like a boring old fellow bluesband (at least that was my association), butContinue reading “Just a review: Bourbon Blues Ensemble – Body Soul & Blues”

Just a review: The Summer Wind (Kristy)- Morningside Lane

Morningside Lane is a four-piece indie rock band. They dropped their debut album ‘These Are Our Years’ early September. They had previously released a couple of EP’s. When I first heard ‘The Summer Wind‘ it sounded vaguely familiar, but I was unable to pinpoint why. It started to make sense when I later read whereContinue reading “Just a review: The Summer Wind (Kristy)- Morningside Lane”

Just a Review: Wish I Never Fell – Ayglo, Cold Illumination

Another interesting project that was submitted to our inbox. The track “Wish I Never Fell” from Ayglo and Cold Illumination. Before you read any further I would like to invite you to listen to the beautiful track “Wish I Never Fell in Love” by the Lofi Artist Cold Illumination. I hope you all can agreeContinue reading “Just a Review: Wish I Never Fell – Ayglo, Cold Illumination”

Just a review: Hipster Pug – Revolution 2020

Hipster Pug is a dutch artist and was in fact one of the first musicians to discover our CoolTop20 initiative together with artists like MK Tomar, Pepe and the Bandits, Dizzy Panda, LofiPowder, Sophie Dorsten, Chozen G and OddWall. His downtempo instrumental track ‘Heartbreaks’ can therefor still be found in our “Hall of Fame”, aContinue reading “Just a review: Hipster Pug – Revolution 2020”

In the spotlight: Padre Toxico – Summer in LA | Ambient Encounter

Padre Toxico comes from as he describes it “a small country in Europe, where law is being broken by the government on daily basis and where freedom is being taken away everyday from innocent people. Where tolerance is only a word in a dictionary, it’s Poland.” If music was his main source of income, heContinue reading “In the spotlight: Padre Toxico – Summer in LA | Ambient Encounter”

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We are Lean and Mike. A music addicted couple. We listen to a wide range of music, collect masterpieces on vinyl and go to concerts. We even organize some home concerts every now and then.

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