Category Archives: otherworldly


A few years back I featured Ummagma on the old blog. At that time I said this about them.

Ummagma is a Canadian-Ukrainian duo comprised of Alexx Kretov and Shauna McLarnon, blending the ethereal with sublime resonance, beats and rhythm to create richly layered soundscapes. In mid-July, Ummagma released two CD albums (“Ummagma” and “Antigravity”) and won the 2013 Alternative Eurovision, representing Ukraine from 21 countries. Although this music encompasses several music genres — indie rock, post-rock, dream pop, ambient/ethereal, space rock and progressive rock — there is a common remarkable theme, elevating atmosphere and stirring effect in Ummagma’s music.

Like so many independent artists they keep on moving on.

On the trail of their collaboration with dreampop pioneer A.R.Kane earlier this year, Ummagma has been turning a lot of heads in the last few years, winning praise from the likes of Joe Foster (Creation Records) and The Veldt, collaborating with members of OMD and Swervedriver, and winning the Alternative Eurovision on Amazing Radio. They also feature in Wire Magazine’s new Wire Tapper CD.

Recently they released an awesome re-mix of one of their gems. As with all their releases this is a soaring piece of music that will take you higher, complex yet simple it just moves you along with it.
Add to that a beautiful video and I just had to post this, their latest release.

Enjoy, I know I am.

Lama ~ Robin Guthrie Mix

And just for kicks, here’s the original version, love ’em both myself.  What say you?



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Ms. Irene Renee


Ms. Irene Renee is a soulful singer/songwriter who hails from Detroit and currently resides in New York. She has a voice that is smooth as silk and warm as cashmere.

“Recently, working with phenomenal musicians, producers, and developing a love for writing, Ms. Irene Renee decided to embark upon a journey to independently produce and release her debut album, aptly entitled, Serendipitous Experience. Her dynamic melding of sultry and earthy mixed with a bit of sweet and sexy is incredibly appealing; the album’s lyrical content coupled with its melodic assortment evoke genuine reactions in her listeners: they love it; they get it! Her music promotes reflection, inspiration, and movement. She has been compared to singers like Toni Braxton, Jill Scott, Cassandra Wilson, and Anita Baker and complimented by accomplished artists, including Cissy Houston and Luther Vandross.”    Ms. Irene Renee

You only have to hear Ms. Irene Renee once and you will be under her spell. She is a voice of the ages full of sensuous sultry soul.

OK, end of verbiage, time for the music. That’s what you came for.

This is a thing of beauty, a joy to the ears and eyes. Ms. Irene Renee is one smooth voiced young lady. A real slice of life.

Copyright (C) 2016 Irene Haynes and Gil V. Small Jr.


A song that truly lives up to its title, Ms. Irene Renee is so smooth.
Just wrap me up in those tender tones.
Smooth Step

Album: Serendipitous Experience
Music Video Director: Robin Adams/
Music Producer: Marcus E. McCray
Lyrics: Ms. Irene Renee
Engineer: Dennis Johnson/Uppa Room Studios South – ATL Georgia
Available: CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, most streaming services


Not sure where this was shot, but it’s a great slice of Ms Irene singing live at a street festival (presumably New York). Check her out singing this great Jill Scott song.


Another of Ms. Irene Renee’s great tunes, and a cool happy video to go with it. This will make you feel good, and warm and dare I say it sexy. This young lady puts the sas back into music.
Feelin’ Good


The Living Gods Of Haiti

Today, Paris-based conceptual artist and poet, The Living Gods Of Haiti (Rebekah Dobbins) release their new record Bone Dry. The album aims to address themes of explosive lust, primal desire, exposure, tenderness, and awakening. Rebekah notes, “‘Bone Dry’ is an organic journey through the divine nature of the mind, in search of an elevated consciousness; beauty between darkness and light”

Originally conceived as a spoken word project by singer, poet and visual artist Rebekah Dobbins, the word became flesh when Rebekah, then working in Los Angeles, reached out to former collaborator, Parisian producer Marc Collins (Nouvelle Vague, Yasmine Hamdan).

I’m so glad they went for the musical side of it, this is truly an amazing album and Rebekah has such an amazing voice. I’m sure her spoken word voice would be wonderful, but she has such a beautiful singing voice it would be a crime to stifle it.

OK, got the intro done. Let’s get to the amazing music.

I love this first one, it’s from her previous album “Run Back To Never” (another gem).
Brilliant video, striking tribal percussion, beautiful vocals what more can you ask for from a music video. Oh and also a new way to mine pearls.
The Hunt, The Harvest, The Sea

? Dan Wilton

Move over Busby Berkeley. Oh boy do I love the music The Living Gods Of Haiti makes. This is the title track from their current album, just awesome.
Killing Lotus

? Dan Wilton

No video, boo hoo, just the wonderful amazing sounds of The Living Gods Of Haiti. This is the new release today, mentioned in the opening. I don’t think I can really express how good their album ‘Killing Lotus’ really is. It’s phuking amazing, not to mention awesome and event gargantuan.
Bone Dry


Check out this awesome EP for yourself, you are just gonna want to buy your own copy.
Killing Lotus