EsZ: “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” – an audacious creative effort

On his new album, “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me”, EsZ aka Erron’s Attic comes out swinging from the first song, a great balance between classic Hip Hop and modern. As usual EsZ gets well thought out ideas through his songs in innovative ways; you definitely get the feeling he has the lyrical substance he wants to express. Although we’re in a dismal era of Rap currently, this could be one of those instant underground classics. EsZ catalog is filled with parables, fables, morals and lamentations, forms of storytelling that compress people and experiences into neat, digestible lessons.

Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths

The award winning Los Angeles band Luna 13 is forging a new genre of music they call Black Metal/Bass Music. Their brutal yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with electronics, which means no string instruments. Music maker Dr. Luna, creates a metal sound with synthesizers and by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Luna 13 who has been performing live for a few years now, opening for death metal/industrial and electronica projects alike, came into its own when Lilith Bathory joined in 2015. Since, Lilith, the band’s front woman, has been booking modeling jobs

Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Sick.Life: “Dreamers” – showcasing the diversity and talent of the roster

Sick.Life a collective of artists and an independent music label based in El Paso, Texas. A couple of months back they released their critically acclaimed album, entitled “Contagion”. Now off that album comes the single “Dreamers” produced by NZO, and featuring Josh Brown on the chorus and bridge, while the verses are handled in order of appearance, by Sonny Weston, Lavoe, C.Notes and E$ BFNE. For hip-hop fans growing up in the 21st century, the Sick.Life collective is simply a perfect match between raw lyrical muscle and dynamic production. I listened to the track last night with the intention of

Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls: “Curvy Girl” makes a strong statement

These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B record. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element that not all have. Cassie of Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls, offers cadences that move in an affable manner as she declares her sense of self-worth on her latest single release, “Curvy Girl” which tackles the theme of body positivity. She never rushes the pace. She intones in different ways to let the song build in complexity. Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors

Bloomer: “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” – washed away by sunlight and a downpour of musical ideas

Bloomer is a rock band from Baltimore, MD created by musical partners Luke Boardman and Matt Zorzi. The band’s sound emerges from a mix of 70’s & 90’s Rock, Soul and American Roots Music. “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” is contemporary indie rock at its finest. The music is sprawling and psychedelic. The mood can range from rocking to mellow. Bloomer is a band that has great song writing abilities and expressive improvisational abilities. Depending on the given song, the band moves effortlessly between straight rock and psychedelic infused jam-band grooves. This 4 track EP showcases both the band’s alt-rock

“Final Curtain” represents yet another progression for Roger Cole

Roger Cole is anything but predictable. Other than the fact that excellence flows in abundance from his river of musical and artistic expression, his music (usually together with his partner in crime Paul Barrere) is always engaging on an emotional level. Here on his solo effort, the single, “Final Curtain”, Cole is not content to repeat himself, nor is he afraid to confront difficult subjects or at least ideas that many artists don’t frequent. This time around there is this ongoing tug-of-war between moving on and living in the past. The time when someone needs to say no, and the

Pauline Frechette: “Always Lover” (feat. David) works its magic

Not so much a singer as a sublime song stylist, Pauline Frechette returns to release an impeccably performed love ballad simply entitled “Always Lover” (feat. David). Avoiding any pretense or extravagance, Pauline stretches her breathy voice to gently embrace the lyrics, as she brings out the ultimate best of her vocal and piano artistry. Pauline wanted you to hear the instruments, the vocals, and the emotion in the breathing etc., instead of a sonic rush of noise. She does this by allowing some ‘quiet’ in the recording. Pauline is blessed with a great voice, a distinctive and beautifully frayed tone

Lyndon Rivers: “Nothing I Can Do” creates a celebration in your head!

For fans of Lyndon Rivers who love dance music, house, and techno, this is not an EDM single. It’s not the house music that we know Lyndon Rivers to have made, with filtered sampled loops, drum machine-programmed beats, and electronic harsh noise. It’s not any of that that. You can’t fist-pump to this music; you can’t go nuts to it. Well you can go nuts, but in a different way you’re normally used to in the club. So when you listen to “Nothing I Can Do”, the new single by Lyndon Rivers for the first time, go into it with

An Old Friend: “I am, I was” reaches for stratospheric heights

An Old Friend is an upcoming Alternative Rock band based out of Long Island, New York, they have been said to be significantly ahead of most contemporary peers in their stylistic niche; they show an ability to stray from the norm and focus on truly innovative fragments, as opposed to one linear hook yearning for radioplay. Founded in 2011 An Old Friend continue a career of sustained excellence, the new 6-track EP, “I am, I was”, bursts out of your speakers and infects your heart and mind like few other modern-day recordings. Not only is the production quality of the music

COLIN TYLER: “Live From Studio A” Ready For Release

Colin Tyler is a Chicago based singer-songwriter. Just like his music, his philosophy is uniformly unique. Colin only records live in a single take and he does not edit the tracks in post production. He also films all of his major releases. He believes that the performance is equally important to music as auditory expression. Furthermore, human imperfections should be celebrated and not concealed.

Colin Tyler’s new upcoming release set for the 28th of June – “Live from Studio A”, is a multimedia release that visually captures the performance of a live studio recording. It was recorded 100% live in a single take to analog tape. There is no post production editing. What you hear and see is exactly how it was performed in the moment it was recorded.

Live recording with artists and instruments all in the same room, at exactly the same time, has become somewhat of a rare and very noble art through the years. Only a handful of musicians still make use of this practice today.

The evolution in the way music is produced has drastically changed recording concepts. On the one hand it has had positive effects, allowing musicians of all levels to put together songs and albums in their bedrooms, without the necessity for expensive equipment, recording and production services or in some cases, even the need for real musicians to accompany them.

On the other, it has allowed just about anybody, without even understanding the absolute basics of music. nor knowing how to play an instrument, how to construct a melody, the importance of harmony, chords, keys and scales within a musical arrangement etc, to produce and publish music.

In fact to be a singer today, you don’t even need to sing properly! There’s already a computer software that will make that happen for.

All steps of music production today can be computer controlled and automated, and in most cases are. A quick run, down the radio charts will have you discover a horde of anonymous hits produced this way. Each one resembling the other. Well if we’re all using Autotune presets, the same audio loops and wav samples, it becomes very difficult to sound different, innovative or creative.

Revolutionary Chicago based singer-songwriter, COLIN TYLER.

Then along comes Colin Tyler, a simple thoroughbred musician. An artist who knows how to sing and play an instrument rather decently. He writes a plain straight melody and a couple of harmony lines, then gathers his band of players and singers into one room. The engineer does a countdown and hits record on an old analogue tape recorder, while the band deliver the song from start to finish.

The difference in the end result is immense. I daresay abyssal. The old story of digital versus analogue is an absolute no contest, in my book, when you’re dealing with real instruments played by real musicians.

The dynamics of analogue reaches spaces in the sound spectrum digital hasn’t even discovered yet. Colin Tyler’s “Live from Studio A” song tracks play testimony to this. The warmth, depth and vibrancy of every instrument and voice is enhanced and amplified to stimulate your aural sensations into a subtle, yet mesmerizing sound orgasm.

The same effect has been achieved with the visual media presented in the videos of the songs. The color tones are warm and pastel-like. The images are clean and uncluttered without superfluous zooms, jitters and special effects. Everything is concentrated on the musicians and the music.

Considering that I spent 20 years of my life working in analogue recording studios, on either side of the desk and the fact that I still firmly believe the only way to listen to recorded music should be on vinyl, it becomes clear that I rate Colin Tyler as an unsung hero amongst his contemporaries.

His choice of going with analogue and recording everything in one take, is a courageous attempt, in an era of computer produced music, to restore an art form back to it’s rightful owners – the true musical artists.

Too frequently today we refer to are all singers and music performers as artists. Artists are persons having superior skills or abilities, or who are capable of producing superior work in their field of choice. Mastering Autotune or Protools, makes you a computer software artist not a musical artist.

Colin Tyler is a true musical artist, but over and above the purist choices in devolving his music, it should also be noted that Colin creates profound and endearing songs that will captivate and hypnotize your senses.

His sound, lyrics and arrangements are solid, simple, pure and engaging.

Or as the famous expression claims. Colin Tyler’s music is “Art for art’s sake.”

A Modern day masterpiece.

Bring it on!

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