NazB: “When We Were Young” boasts an impeccable flow

As a child growing up in Nigeria, NazB was surrounded by the music of his native West African homeland. With members of his immediate and extended family playing instruments and singing, music was a part of his upbringing. His persistence and perseverance eventually gained him the nickname Nazodobas, which eventually evolved into NazB and became his rapper alias. Now based in Zurich, Switzerland, NazB has been performing, recording and releasing hit songs, almost at will, since his debut album “Money In Da Game”, dropped in 2006. His brand of music blends hard-hitting urban beats, funky bass driven rhythms, and African

Croatia’s Sudar Percussion Ensemble is and Award-Winning Group

The Sudar Percussion Ensemble is a successful, award-winning group from Croatia that consists of very talented Croatian percussionists. They have completed a very high number of performances, tours and projects in Croatia and abroad since 2010.Their distinguishing characteristic is the original interpretations of famous works by classical and popular music composers, as well as their innovative and humorous ensemble members who have incredible musicality and technical skills. Throughout the years they have performed many remarkable concerts and appeared at important festivals. The Sudar Percussion Ensemble have also performed alongside world-renowned artists, as well as some of the biggest names in

RAVENSCROFT- “STAND UP” Video is the sound of a band inspired

Ralph Buso (Vocals), Brett Gorke (Guitars), Devin Baker (Bass), Pat Magrath (Drums), collectively known as RAVENSCROFT, are working on their most unique, creative, exploratory, and bone-crushing recording they have ever produced. It’s a progressive work of metal and rock art, delving deep into the nature of their craft. This six song EP “Rebel” will be released on March 25th 2018.  And there will be a release party held at The Slidebar in Fullerton California with Killset. The soaring melodies, the intense guitar solos, the deeply profound lyrics all take part in painting the picture that the band’s works regularly deliver.

Exit 22 Music: “Last Goodbye” – one of the finest musical acts in the pop-rock underground

It seems almost impossible that an artist that has been around this long – 20 years in Chris Calamera’s case, can keep making records that stand up among the best that he has ever done. Let’s be clear: “Last Goodbye” is a great song. It’s poppy, with a big melody and an insistent rock rhythm, and it’s catchy as hell. Sounds like authentic Exit 22 Music to me. This is pure Calamera from his pop-rock songwriting style standpoint, and pure Exit 22 Music, considering the breathtaking vocals and high production-value quotient. The perfect, power-pop formula. Exit 22 Music has been keeping

Lake of the Lion embodies embody emotive sounds and textures

Lake of the Lion is the brand name and moniker for Luxembourg music composer and producer, Daniel Kohnen, who is steadily building up his catalog and increasing his fan-base with regular new releases. In recent years, ambient instrumental and soundtrack scores have been following a certain trend. Composers seem to have this motif of creating overblown pieces with harsh lead instruments blasting out from the blue and background strings creating suspense with their melodies. Sure it was fun for a while, but within that little span of time listeners were just begging for it to stop because composers had this

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

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 &

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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