MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Emmanuel Dalmas – a natural ear for a good melody!

Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating both his craft and catalog, with a series of single releases that move between Pop, Easy Listening, EDM, as well songs in his native French tongue. From his home studio Emmanuel produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his

J-Carter: “Time to Shine” is more than quality flows, rhymes, and beats

J-Carter is based out of New Jersey. Motivated by a plethora of hip-hop artists who have appeared on the scene during the past 30 years, Carter began his musical journey by writing lyrics at the age of 13. “Time to Shine”, his debut album, has been in the works for nearly 2 years now. “And now it’s here to hopefully shed light on all aspects of the world we live in,” says J-Carter. The Deluxe version of the album includes 19 tracks and features Cateasha Carter, Jasmine Carter, Aaron Carter, Jacee Carter and Janiya Harris. “Time to Shine” is a

Tha SleepWalkers: “Sub-Conscience”

Rapper KEI-SHON-SON front man of the collective Hiphop project, “Tha SleepWalkers” has had a love for creating unique and memorable music from early on. At the tender age of 15, he started saving his money while working at McDonald’s. He then purchased a small Yamaha keyboard and a 4-track Tascam tape recorder, and started to create some of his first beats. Years later he began recording in a one bedroomed apartment, but he was always very timid about his music and worried that the neighbors would hear him rapping and singing for hours on end each night.

Take after take however, he became more confident in his abilities. He knew that his music was different as he focused on rapping about work-related issues, something other artists had not yet paid much attention to. All this time he attempted to hold down a regular 9-5 job, but the economic recession pointed him right back to his music. The only thing he felt that he really knew and understood.

Now it seems all those years of back room playing has finally paid off, as KEI-SHON-SON seems to have grown into a complete artist who continues to perfect his skills.

KEI-SHON-SON has actually been rapping for over 10 years on the underground scene, where he has built a large following which he calls “World Wide”. During that time, he also continued being a manager and recording engineer in addition to his other passions of blogging and writing. Subsequently, after years of balancing these many tasks, he is now focusing on marketing his recorded works. He feels that he is well prepared to achieve his goals, in that he has almost three decades of learning experiences behind him, concerning the intricacies of the music business.

Rapper KEI-SHON-SON

Tha SleepWalkers’ latest Mixtape is entitled “Sub-Conscience” and it kicks out with the title track. A stark twangy arrangement over a tight rolling midnight-alley beat, sustains KEI-SHON-SON’s cool street-strutting rhymes. The song times in at 2:24, and the first thing you notice, glimpsing down the track list, is that this rapper doesn’t fall into the trap of elaborate preaching sermons practiced by many of his contemporaries. He keeps his messages short, sharp and straight out front.

“Let Live” lays down a heavier gangsta beat style with a sublime keyboard hook running down the middle, while “She Looka Good” is a snake spitting street rumbler.

On “Sleep Walking”, KEI-SHON-SON digs his heels into the world wide web, the 24/7 online marketing game, and what he calls it’s ‘digital drugs’, singing: “while you sleep, money never sleeps…”

Other highlights include “Payin Bills” which features a meaty horn line. “Real-ize” which runs in on an Afroman sounding intro, where KEI-SHON-SON shoots: “I keep it positive, unless you’re talking about HIV positive, then that’s a negative…”

There is so much to like about this album, which is a singular cohesive work of art that never loses it’s direction, and it represents exactly what Tha SleepWalkers are about: intelligence, dedication, quality and respect.

However the most overriding tone on the 9 track “Sub-Conscience” album, is awareness, and with that, KEI-SHON-SON puts a burden of responsibility concerning respect for music and respect for others on every person who listens to it. This album emanates raw, rap power; outspoken yet understated. Feel it.

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