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SONG REVIEW- DIAMONDS AND GUNS- CHEERS TO US

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Swedish Punk band Diamonds and Guns  released their latest single "Cheers To Us", an ode to friendship, which came out last month. The band formed in September 2018 and spent a year performing a handful of gigs due to a home demo, which started with the booking company UNDERGROUND. The bands consist of Lead Vocalist Victor Ekvall, Lead guitarist Pontus Åberg, bassist Kim Johansson and the newest recruit the drummer Thomas Norstedt. The band's brand of punk/punk rock 'n' roll brings a newfound attitude and charm to the genre. The band's name is a tribute to those West Coast influences. " Cheers To Us"  is charming and upbeat in the style of The Pogues . As soon as the first chords are struck, The listener is invited to bask in the memories and singalong. The strong melodies supplement a rhythm section that feels like a lockup in a smoky bar somewhere. Words By Anselm Anderson "Cheer To Us"  is available to stream via all major platforms. Di

SWEDISH POWER METAL OUTFIT BLOODBOUND RELEASE NEW ALBUM "CREATURES OF THE DARK REALM" OUT NOW VIA AFM RECORDS

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Swedish Power metal outfit BLOODBOUND  have released their latest album Creatures Of the Dark Realm  today (May 28th) via AFM records The band first surfaced in 2005 with their debut album, "Nosferatu" , The album was seen as a celebration of their admiration for metal icons like Iron Maiden, Helloween and Judas Priest,  It was recorded on a small budget with no visions of grandeur behind it.  And now with eight studio albums, a live record and an EP under their belts, BLOODBOUND have returned in 2021 with their Ninth release, "Creatures Of The Dark Realm" , and a renewed drive to take the band even further. "Creatures Of The Dark Realm " is a follow up to 2019's " Rise Of The Dragon Empire "  The songwriting team of keyboardist Fredrik Bergh , guitarist Tomas Olsson and vocalist Patrik Selleby started from scratch, compiling song ideas they collected individually and finally ending up with 11 solid tracks. Bergh comments about the album:

Ripple Music to reissue YAWNING MAN's cornerstone debut 'Rock Formations' on vinyl this August 6th; preorder available now!

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Ripple Musi c teams up with desert rock godfathers YAWNING MAN to reissue their long sold-out cornerstone debut album 'Rock Formations' on vinyl this summer. It will be available on black vinyl and limited coloured vinyl on August 6th, 2021, Ripple Music presents the much-demanded re-release of the first album from the legendary Palm Desert band YAWNING MAN , once known as the favourite band of Brant Bjork and among the biggest influences on Kyuss. Although formed in 1986 by Mario Lalli on bass, Gary Arce on guitar, Alfredo Hernandez on drums, the band only released their debut full-length in 2005 on Alone Records . ' Rock Formations ' has been called "a melancholic mix of acoustic space rock with elements of surf music as well as middle eastern guitar style," and it represents the primordial statement from one of the most important bands ever to emerge from the California desert. YAWNING MAN frontman Mario Lalli declares: “This album truly reflect

STORM - SAY IT TO MY FACE

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  South African/German singer/songwriter, Storm returns with "Say It To My Face", the hard-hitting follow up to "Part of the Plan", due for release on June 25th. the track features Ex-Delain guitarist Timo Somers. Storm is a dual nationality singer, born in South Africa, who has been making waves with her songs that focus on topics such as self-harm and animal abuse. Storm moved to the US to start recording and writing to help launch her career. "Say It To My Face" looks at standing up to bullies and manipulators that talk behind your back. The track inhibits symphonic and alternative roots through its' harmonic guitar intro and breakdowns, as Storm delivers another powerful performance over a gritty guitar riff and thunderous drums. The singer continues to shine with maturity as her voice grows through each song. Storm has the commercial appeal in her presence to be able to get these topics heard. Words by Anselm Anderson Say It to My Face” will be

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: GHOST DANCE COLLECTIVE- DREAM YOURSELF INTO THE REAL WORLD

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  Edinburgh-based Psychedelic/Indie rockers' Ghost Dance Collective have released their eagerly-anticipated second studio effort Dream Yourself Into the Real World, the follow up to the self-titled debut sees the band continue to blend 60's psychedelia, indie and pop music to create a retro feel. The Scotsmen achieved the honour of #2 on the top 5 Neo-Psych bands list, voted by judges in the Scottish New Music Chart , due to the success of that aforementioned debut album. Ghost Dance Collective also have the unenviable task of recording all their material in analogue, as a homage to their Summer of Love idols. The magical journey through this real-world begins with the mesmerising "Tears In Her Eyes", Vocalist Liam Payne's tender vocals are accompanied by delicate keyboards and electric acoustic guitars. Next up is the slow tempo "Mean That Much To Me", an indie folk song with pop overtones. The jangle- sound is reminiscent of 60's guitar acts. The

OZZY OSBOURNE CELEBRATES MOTORHEAD " “My rock god is Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy was a guy - he shot from the hip every time."

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Photo: Rick Saunders May has seen the Grammy Award-winning legends MOTÖRHEAD continue to show the world that they remain not just immortal, but a major part of hundreds of thousands of international music adventures. Their latest release on SL Music, Louder Than Noise…Live In Berlin , smashed its way into the international charts with entries at  #4  in the German official album charts , a #1 in the official UK Rock & Metal top 40, a top 40 slot in the official Swedish album charts and a top 40 slot in the US rock albums chart . Album charts weren’t the only ones showing their love, the legendary Ozzy Osbourne declared Lemmy as his “all-time rock God” in an interview with the BBC’s Johnnie Walker. Ozzy said the following: “My rock god is Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy was a guy - he shot from the hip every time. 'That sucks,' or, 'I like that.' "I'm good at starting lyrics, but I can't finish them. And he'd go - he'd write a bunch of lyrics for my

EDGY UPCOMING SINGER/SONGWRITER MAYA GHOSE RELEASES POWERFUL NEW SINGLE "HOW HE LOOKS AT HER"

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Edgy Pop Artist Maya Ghose has released the powerful "How He Looks at Her". The 17-year-old recently burst onto the Indie scene with this track about the struggle of finding that special someone. The track was written and arranged by Ghose five years ago when she was only 12. Ghose explains the meaning behind the song, “I’m a huge fan of romantic comedies and that’s how this song was written,” This song is about finding that special someone that looks at you like Ryan Gosling looks at Rachel McAdams.” “as more of my music is released, my listeners will begin to see my struggles of finding that guy as a recurring theme.”  Maya Ghose  Hails from the New England suburbs outside of Boston,  Her influences range from Lauryn Hil l to Katy Perry and her unique pop-rock style can be described as Nirvana meets Kelly Clarkson. Maya comes from a musical family and has been writing/playing music for over a decade. She can play guitar, piano and bass. Her lyrics are deeply personal an

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: FLORAL PARK-MEET IN THE MIDDLE

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  Canadian Southern Rock outfit Floral Park have just released their sophomore effort Meet In The Middle  this past Friday. The six-track EP is a follow up to last year's Look At The Moon. The band wrote, produced and recorded this out of 75 readily available songs recorded during last year's lockdown. They formed in 2019 in Newmarket, Ontario and soon caught the eyes of Maple Sports and Entertainment, following the release of their debut. They spent the pandemic creating music for up to four releases this year. Meet In The Middle is the first of these with its blend of blues, hard rock and roots to create a return to the good ol' day of rock 'n' roll. The opener "Bless My Soul" is a feel-good roots-rock song with boogie riffs and uplifting vocals that sets the mood for the remainder. "Sticky Sweet" follows with stripped back vocals and acoustics, which leaves this EP feeling appropriate for the summer weather. "Do It Again (40 days and 40 n

ALBUM RELEASE:THE QUIREBOYS Announce 'A Bit of What You Fancy' 30th Anniversary Edition Album Release, Collectors Edition, Out In July

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British Rock Legends The Quireboys have announced details to mark the 30th anniversary of A Bit of What You Fancy  in the form of a special edition album in CD and Blue Vinyls format. In addition, " 7 O'Clock, "is set to be re-released on 18th June as a double A-Side, featuring both the brand new studio version and a superb live version recorded at London's prestigious O2 Forum, Kentish Town. A brand new video will accompany the single too. This is a must for all Quireboys fans worldwide and will be available on CD & Vinyl, both on limited runs, with a new modern cover and a couple of live bonus tracks on the CD - "Man on the Loose" and "Mayfair" - while the Vinyl Collector's version will be restricted to a run of 750 copies only in Blue Vinyl. Both Anniversary Collector's items are on sale now here: CD https://bit.ly/3hyR8kp Vinyl https://bit.ly/3fwulmI Quireboys frontman Spike  commented,  "It's where it all began, it was an

SONG OF THE DAY: HANNAH SCHZDE- SHINE

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Massachusets-based singer/songwriter and violinist Hannah Schzde has released the inspiring "Shine" The Mexican-born singer is renowned for writing songs about life and social issues through the celebration of dance and Latin Music. Schzde has performed in ensembles and on her own at some of Boston's prestigious venues such as The Middle East, Sally O’Briens, Once, The Canopy Room, Makeshift Boston, Oberon and The Sinclair. "  In 2018, Hannah released “Ni Una Más” as the lead single off her self-titled solo project in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the battle against gender-based violence and discrimination. October of 2020 saw the arrival of “Will Let You", a story about a Mexican woman living in New York. "Shine" is her latest single that sees Hannah's delicate and smooth vocals sing over carefully plucked Ukulele and violin to leave a skip in your step. The dreamy atmospherics tell a story about nature to help forget about all the c

ALBUM NEWS: A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

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A Pale Horse Named Deat h, the band fronted by Ex-Life Of Agony and Type 'O'Negative member Sal Abruscato , have announced a new album Infernum In Terra , out 24th September 2021 via Long Branch Records / SPV. The band's fourth studio album has been mastered by Maor Appelbaum ( Faith No More, Meat Loaf, Yes, Sepultura, Halford) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering (California, USA) while the artwork was created by Kelvin Doran of Serpent Tusk Studios (Dublin, Ireland). The band have also released a single to accommodate the release, entitled "Believe In  Something (You Are Lost)', out 28th May 2021. Pre-save here  https://orcd.co/aphnd_believeinsomething Sal Abruscato co-founded Type 'O'Negative with the late Peter Steele. performing on the albums Slow, Deep and Hard, Origin Of The Feces, Bloody Kisses and various best of and soundtracks. Sal was the drummer for Life Of Agony and performed on River Runs Red, Ugly, River Runs Again, Broken Valley and A Place Wh

ALBUM REVIEW-CTHONIC-CTHONIC MEGAPORT 2021

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Taiwanese Extreme Metallers' Cthonic release a special live album Cthonic: Megaport 2021 via Spinefarm Records today (May 19th). The band made history with its first post-covid 19 performance in a country that proved successful in its battle against the turgid disease. The Megaport festival was held over two days in March that took place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Cthonic formed in 2006 by singer Freddy Lim before he departed to take a seat in the Taiwanese Parliament. The band were joined on this tour by Audrey Tang , the group's biggest fan, who happens to be the Digital Minister in the Taiwan government. Cthonic combine modern symphonic black metal with traditional Taiwanese folk music. They are renowned for writing lyrics about folklore, mythology and enka, using instruments like Hena, Zhing and Pgaku flute. The show begins to thunderous applause as the ominous sounds of drums and string arrangements greet them. The orchestral version of "Tekao" settles any nerves

SONG REVIEW- VELVET INSANE FT DREGEN AND NICKE ANDERSSON-BACKSTREET LIBERACE

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Swedish glam rockers' Velvet Insane has released a new single "Backstreet Liberace", taken from the upcoming album Rock 'N' Roll Glitter Suit. This new track sees the Scandinavian Three-piece teaming up with Dregen and Nicke Andersson (The Hellacopters, Lucifer etc) "Backstreet Liberace" is a fun throwback to the '70s with sweet pop harmonies, accompanied by boogie riffs and scintillating piano keys. The feelgood vibes will lead fans humming the chorus in unison with the affable frontmen The band comments: "We feel very proud about this song and that it breathes and swaggers like it was made in London in 1973, but with the modern sound of today. Smooth pop harmonies pumped up by heavy drums and barbed wire guitars, and with a chorus that hits you right where it hurts. On top of it all, we got Dregen and Nicke Andersson from The Hellacopters to jump in the back seat, giving us a helping hand in our purpose to keep rock ‘n’ roll alive. It can

SONG REVIEW/MUSICNEWS- PARADOX- PRIESTLY VOWS

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Artwork: Travis Smith Thrash Metal legends PARADOX has released the new single 'Priestly Vows', taken from the upcoming eighth album 'Heresy II - End Of A Legend'  set for release on 24th September on AFM Records. Lead frontman Charly Steinhauer has reformed the band with guitarist Christian Munzer and bassist Olly Keller returning after a one-album break. The rest of the lineup consists of drummer and co-founder Alex Blaha. Heresy II-End of A Legend  follows from where the band last left off 30 years ago. The album continues to tell the story of the Catholic Church battles with schismatic Cathars in the 13th century. Paradox was officially formed in 1986 following years of previous aliases. They went on to release the 1987 debut Product of Imagination and 1991 concept album Heresy , which proved to be the band's pinnacle breakthrough.  "Priestly Vows" is a crushing six minutes of pulsating riffs, earth-shattering drumming, and Steinhauer's awe-inspiri

INTERVIEW- MARK C DANIEL " I’d love to do my part to connect music with music lovers"

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Classic Rock guitarist/singer-songwriter Mark. C.Daniel hails from Connecticut. He has been touring for twelve years, supporting established acts such as Alter Bridge, Pearl Jam, Buckcherry and John Mayer. Daniel released his debut EP "New Truth" in 2018. I had the opportunity to speak with this rising star about music, touring, and his band.  Could you introduce yourself to the readers? Hello, my name is Mark C. Daniel and I am a Rock Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter. Thank you for reading this interview. How would you describe your sound? Equal parts Classic Rock/Guitar Rock and 90’s Alternative w. a Blues Swagger. How did you get into the music industry ?  Playing, Writing and Networking. I genuinely like people and look for every opportunity to talk with them Who were your influences getting into music?   A s a kid, initially Classic Metal.. that love developed into Classic Rock, the ’90s, Blues and Jazz. I love music and try to pull it in from all directions.  I understand

Rambling Man's Best New Artist Playlist ( 10th May-17th May)

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The Rambling Man's best artist's playlist has some exciting new acts from the world of rock and metal you may have missed this week. Click on the video player to watch some brilliant recordings from Tetrarch, Brainstorm, Skam and so much more 

ALBUM OF THE WEEK- SPEEDSTROKE- SCENE OF THE CRIME

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  Italian Sleaze/hard rockers' Speedstroke released this third studio effort,  Scene of the Crime  in November last year via Burning Minds/Street Symphonies Group record label. The album was mixed by Marco Paradisi and lead guitarist D.B at Boat Studio in Bologna, Italy and mastered by Grammy award-winning Giovanni Versari (Muse) at La Maesta mastering. The band first formed in 2010, leaping onto the world stage with their involvement on the Reborn in Sleaze  tribute album to the late Crashdiet guitarist Dave Lepord. Since then, Speedstroke has released two albums in the form of their 2013 Self-titled effort, followed by the 2016 sophomore release Fury.  The band have enjoyed tremendous success touring throughout Italy and beyond with support slots to established acts like Hardcore Superstar, Steel Panther, Phil Campbell and Kissin' Dynamite . Scene Of The Crime tells the story of the band and their influences. It is 11 tracks of raucous rock, mayhem and debauchery with a n

ALBUM NEWS: SPIRITS BURNING TO RELEASE NEW INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM FEATURING FAMILY MEMBERS OF KING CRIMSON,CURVED AIR ETC

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Progressive collective Spirits Burning are set to release their 16th album Evolution Ritual  on June fourth via NohPoetry records The band's first acoustic-based instrumental album features 17 new songs  The album features an impressive group of violinists and other instrumentalists related to music royalty in the shape of violinists David Cross (King Crimson), Steeleye Span family members Peter Knight and Jessie May Smart, Hoshiko Yamane (Tangerine Dream), Graham Smith (Van Der Graaf), Darryl Way (Curved Air), and Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven); wind/reed players David Jackson (Van Der Graaf), Theo Travis (Soft Machine), Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind), Robert Rich, and Dave Newhouse (The Muffins), as well as famed novelist Michael Moorcock on harmonica.   The album also includes performances by bassists Alan Davey (Hawkwind) and Steve York (Dr John), drummer Albert Bouchard (Blue Öyster Cult),  amongst other alumni. The band, led by Don Falcone were formed in 1998, using 265 mu

Song of the Day- Bailey James - Over You

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Uprising young Country artist Bailey James has released her latest track  Over You.  The fifth   release of the year looks at the difficulties of a breakup. The track was written by Bailey herself, alongside Nolan Neal, Jeremy Bussey and Smith Curry. Bailey James is a promising 17-year-old with over 245,000 fans across her social media platforms. She is also a member of the all-female supergroup The Highway Women.   Over You is a rousing country hit with a strong message from the singer. James is the tenacious vocalist with no regrets, as she powers over meaty riffs and jazz-piano keys. The tempo builds, as James exclaims "I don't need another lover, to get under, to get over you! Overall, Bailey James showcases her talents amongst her adolescent years with powerful vocals and intricate songwriting for hitmaking Over You is available now via all major streaming platforms Spotify, Apple, Deezer etc SOCIAL MEDIA https://www.baileyjamesgang.com/ http://www.facebook.com/bailey

ALTERNATIVE HARD ROCKERS' UNDERWING UNVEIL "HOUSE ON FIRE" MUSIC VIDEO

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Norwegian alt rockers' Underwing has released a daring music video for their single "House On Fire".The track was inspired by the uncertainty of the band's future, following the cancellation of their "House On Fire Tour" due to the torrid pandemic. The tour was scheduled to be the final one with former lead guitarist Thomas Myhren. This turn of events lead the band into a drastic measure, thus an unreleased track was rediscovered in a list of songs planned for releases within the year.  Guitarist Magnus Christiansen explains the origins of the track,  “House on Fire is a metaphor for our world crumbling to pieces, both on an external and an internal level. The song was written a year before the pandemic, and was originally intended to tackle subjects like racism and global climate issues. However, when the pandemic hit we “rebranded” the song and it’s accompanying video so that it would represent those same issues, but under the overarching glue of terms lik

PLAYLIST: RAMBLING MAN'S-BEST NEW ARTISTS ( 3RD MAY-9TH MAY)

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The Rambling Man's playlist returns for another look at the previous week's hottest new videos featuring Il Nino, Thundermother, Styx, Hacktivist, and Gentle Giant. Click on the video player below to watch and listen

CASSIUS KING ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION 7 INCH SINGLE FEATURING AEROSMITH COVER

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The Dan Lorenzo-led Cassius King has released a seven-inch single for the track "Traveller" with a |B-side cover of Aerosmith's "Sight for Sore Eyes". This has proven a good time for the psychedelic rockers', having recently signed with Nomad Eel Records. The track is limited to 55 individually numbered auburn vinyl edition,   You can find out more about this unique offer, and listen to the track in the link below; https://nomadeelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/traveler-b-w-sight-for-sore-eyes .  Cassius King is fronted by Jason McMaster, who is joined by Hades bassist Jimmy Schulman, Overkill drummer Ron Lipnicki and Hades guitarist Scott Le Page. Dan Lorenzo says of the vocalist “Jason has been my go-to guy for years whenever I record cover songs with CASSIUS KING ,” s. “He has sung Kis s’ ‘Mr. Speed,’ Cheap Trick’s ‘Big Eyes’ and Aerosmith’s “Back In The Saddle” and now ‘Sight For Sore Eyes.’” “"I’m very excited to announce CASSIUS KING has signed with

EP REVIEW- TERMINALIST-THE GREAT ACCELERATION

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Artwork: Ryan.T.Hancock Danish heavyweights Terminalist is gearing up for the release of their debut effort The Great Acceleration this Friday (May 7th) via Indisciplinarian. The self-coined "Hyperthrashers" consist of vocalist/guitarist  Emil Hansen, bassis t Kalle Tihonen, drummer Frederik Amris , and fellow guitarist Morten.R.Brunn. The Great Acceleration is a five-track EP based on the thesis of French philosopher Paul Virilio (1932-2018), whose dromology theory on speed was the invention of the ship was the invention of the shipwreck, The band's brand of the 1980s thrash metal and progressive tendencies hope to convey this concept. The album was recorded and produced by Lasse Ballade ( Konvent, Alkymist e tc) at Ballade Studio s in Copenhagen last summer. mastered by V, Santura ( Triptykon ) at Woodshed Studios i n Germany. The opener " Relentless Alteration" is a turbocharged assault of neck-breaking riffage, dramatic breakdowns, and progressive instrumen

PODCAST: ROCKSTARCLASSICS 39 FEATURING METALLICA, SCORPIONS, THE TREATEMENT ETC

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The return of the Rockstarclassics podcast features great tracks from Metallica, Scorpions, Alice Cooper, and much more. Click in the player below to headbang and enjoy;  

EP REVIEW: TWINNIE-HOLLYWOOD GYPSY (REIMAGINED) BANDCAMP EXCLUSIVE

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  English country-pop singer/songwriter Twinnie- Lee Moore, professionally known as Twinnie, has released an exclusive reimagined version of her critically-acclaimed debut album Hollywood Gypsy . The singer, best known as portraying the character Porsche Mcqueen in the British soap opera,  Hollyoaks,  has brought to life five tracks in her image to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the debut. The effort has been produced for Bandcamp as a new experience for fans to enjoy. The album was named  BBC Radio 2 "Album of The Week", following its chart peak at #1 in the UK iTunes Country Chart and a nine-week consecutive run in the UK Country Top 20 charts. The piano-laden "Better When I'm Drunk" is a harrowing and personal reflection on the singer, delivered in a longing and sorrowful pain that appeals to the listener. A fine string arrangement amplifies this mood. "I Love You Now Change" is an uptempo love song with a drum machine, The song's cool