Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Old Folks Boogie Redeux” – true to their sound!

“Ya know that you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill!”, this is the line that inspired Paul Barrere to write the original version of the “Old Folks Boogie”, which would subsequently feature on the 1977 Little Feat record “Time Loves a Hero”. The citation came from a line Paul’s dad – an actor at the time – picked up at a vaudeville theater. He would often sing it around the house, so eventually Paul got hooked turned it into a song. For some time, Paul’s partner over at Better Daze Records, Roger

Glorious: “Move” – throbs with club energy

Pop singer, Livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter, Glorious, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, who has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper, Glorious recently unveiled her single “Move”. In an increasingly crowded field of urban pop artists, you may be wondering what makes Glorious worth your time. To be sure, she boasts a lot of the qualities that her peers also bring to the table. Her song is outlined with an exquisite beat, her vocals are mesmerizing, and her persona appears spectacularly captivating. Without close

JAEBONE: “Who I Am” – When Hiphop Meets Excellence!

Jaebone is an up and coming solo-artist specializing in an edgy blend of hip-hop and rock music. Born in a small town and adopted at birth, Jaebone has moved around and lived in many different places and states but hip hop was always in his life from an early age.

Before writing music, he had a short story and 2 poems published before graduating high school in Virginia. Immediately after graduation, Jaebone moved to Phoenix, AZ by himself to get away from the bad influences and self-destructing people around him. He received a scholarship to Arizona State University but after a year there he realized that college wasn’t his thing, so he dropped out to find his own direction in life. With no job or responsibilities though, he just started partying all day every day. He started racking up small-time charges and a serious debt. Hustling was the only solution he saw, so that’s what he did. Depressed, broke, and alone Jaebone started to write raps again as a necessary outlet for his angst and aggression, which progressed into songs. There was a moment of clarity at some point where he realized music was his true calling.
Today Jaebone owns and runs a successful marketing company and has just released recording his debut album, “Who I Am.”

Rap artist JAEBONE, transcends genres with his album “Who I Am”

Drop the press kits. Forget about some of the wack crap you get in the mail. Of all the indie hiphop and rap albums to sleep on, this might possibly be this year’s big one. If ears have opinions, Jaebone is on a one-way road to success.

The album concept is brilliant, yet elementary enough to seem childlike. There are, of course, many musicians, who have also gone with the storybook approach, each track representing a chapter of the writer’s life experiences. Only in this case actual “chapters” are never mentioned or even alluded to. By way of each song’s grandiosity and profoundness, it is assumed. Each song is a gorgeous take on life and it’s composing elements. Life, death, sex and money, are treated with equal, no limits explicitness.

Jaebone doesn’t hold back on his fans in any way. His gut-busting beats and rhymes, on bittersweet melodies like “Breathe” and heavyweight flows like “Alien Entity,” testify to the man’s competence and dedication to his art.

The album is jam-packed, with real quality highlights you’ll be hard pressed to find on mainstream labels, let alone indie recordings.

Tracks like “Life Or Death,” “I Keep Flyin,” “Headed For The Light” or the title track, “Who I Am” ft. Ashleigh Munn, are absolute standouts. The compositions, arrangements and production is top drawer. Explicit language aside, these tracks could sit comfortably, along with any big name rap hits, on any FM radio chart, as from now!

Jaebone’s streetwise phrasing, is a delicate mix of classic poetry and clever rhyming. His high degree of lyrical pedigree flows throughout the album, as he pumps out sex jams and club congenial material with an unforced, natural zeal. His songs are hypnotic, melodic and downright catchy. Jaebone delivers crossover songs that disregard genres, and even if you don’t like rap, you’ll find yourself humming or tapping along to the grooves and hooks this artist creates.

At times, on the album, Jaebone lets us see his past weaknesses, as he opens his recently healed wounds to the world. But, he remains strong throughout, even though he still seems to be bleeding deep down underneath. His frustration and pain is potently extracted through the music, like on the tracks “My Victory,” “Collie Weed,” “Laid Myself To Rest” or “Let It Burn.”

So many rappers nowadays flap, fold and waver like a flag in the wind of changing trends. Their interchangeable ideals switching from day to day. They go up the flagpole to bask in the sun for a few fleeting moments, then come down again when the day is done.

On “Who I Am,” throughout the sixteen excellent, no-compromise tracks, Jaebone confirms that he is currently a flagpole rather than a flag. His sound and message is strong, honest and never wavering, while he stands tall in pushing forward to unfold his new day to all fans and music lovers!

Never since the release of  The Marshall Mathers album, way back in 2000, have I been so impressed by a debut rap album. The fact that it is independently produced, infinitely enhances the experience.

Jaebone definitely deserves all the attention he can get and so must his collaborators; Ashleigh Munn, Seth Rock, Cryptic Wisdom, Marka, Blasfame and Anna, whose contributions enrich this album to the highest possible levels.

I am not an outright rap music lover, and often I have been skeptical of this music genre, but I highly recommend “Who I Am” as a collection piece, to all true music lovers.

This album proves to be a production milestone, and testifies beyond any doubt, that with particular attention to detail, independent artists can deliver quality arrangements and productions, to match their creative artistic abilities, regardless of genre!

The album is available for purchase on Itunes, Amazon, and also on Spotify.




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