Illuminati Congo – Creative and Captivating Rasta Hip Hop That Lightens the Heart!

Based in Chicago, Illuminati Congo’s sound dissolves the barrier between conscious and unconscious, reggae and hip hop, and light and dark, all the while maintaining a lighthearted, playful, childlike and comedic musical uniqueness. This coupled with Jahn’s global travels teaching yoga as well as his penchant for writing books covering such myriad subject matter as tantra, Gnostic Rastafarianism, health, and healing, and alchemy, makes Illuminati Congo one of the most interesting musical outfits on the scene. Illuminati Congo performances can only be described as electric, and Jahn has spent the last four years touring the U.S., the Caribbean, and Australia.

Vintage rockers KAATO drop “Someday, Someday”, from the album “Slam!

KAATO is a Nashville, Tennessee based rock band, made up of Kurt Lowney (vocals), Mika Nuutinen (bass), Hunter Lovan (lead guitar), and Christopher Williams (drums). Originally from Australia, the band was founded in 2011 by singer/songwriter Kurt Lowney. KAATO had their first international tour co-headlining with Mitch Malloy in the UK after their self-titled album was released in 2016. Kurt and Mika made the move to Nashville permanent, in 2018, and started work on their newest album “Slam!” from their home studio, which allowed them to fine-tune their sound until they got exactly what they wanted. Glam rock, Vintage rock,

Franco Esteve: “The Hunt” – a backdrop to life itself

Three years in the making, the loosely tied together, classical crossover, concept album, “The Hunt”, represents a masterwork for Puerto Rican multi-disciplinary artist, Franco Esteve. The award-winning filmmaker and music composer, once again forges his intense-storytelling, and vivid imagery-driven compositional skills. Esteve’s music not only engages the ears but also intrigues the mind and feeds the soul. “With The Hunt, I wanted to do something different, expressing through classical, orchestral music, the images and feelings one gets from life itself,” explains Franco Esteve, continuing: “Whether it’s the drive of ‘The Hunt’, the insomnia of ‘The Wait’, or the sadness of

Plastic DJ: “Giving Up” – Truly euphoric, refreshing and atmospheric!

The album “Giving Up” by Barcelona-based producer and singer Plastic DJ, is the very best that the blended genres of Deep House, Downtempo and Electro have to offer. The thing that sets Plastic DJ so far above his contemporaries is that he’s genuinely talented as a musical composer, and stunningly enchanting as a singer. The music is of a baroque complexity, and here’s no overpowering bass or wailing synths. It’s like listening to a dream. You’ll play this in your car when you want to relax, at home when you’re at the beach or sitting on the porch, or as

One Step From Everywhere: “Somewhere in Between” – an insistent rhythmic thrust, adorned with fiery guitar work, and soaring vocals

One Step From Everywhere is a Seattle based band that does not limit themselves to genre or style. Primarily a rock band, with a passion for playing live, they are not afraid to add shades of any style that may strike a chord within them.  Their album, “Somewhere In Between”, is a full and complete artistic statement that can function equally well as an introduction to and summation of the varied strengths of this band. The production and engineering also aids immeasurably in this regard. The sumptuous mixes place the listener deep within the instrumental interplay of a band whose

Kingdom Atlas: “Severe Spheres” – ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful melody

Kingdom Atlas is a Georgia-based hard rock band that was originally launched as Rising Tide in 2013by, Grant Purvis with friends Nick Blake and Adam Chiarella while studying music with them at Georgia Southern University. The lineup of Purvis (vocals, guitars) and Blake (guitars, keyboards), along with Devin Ruiz (bass), Aaron Coburn (drums) and Cody Barber who replaced Chiarella as lead guitarist in 2015, was stable until the groups disbanded in 2017 due to schedule conflicts and some members graduating. In 2018, Purvis, Blake, Coburn, and Barber reformed with the new name Kingdom Atlas to record their debut album “Severe

Tiaday Ball drops two new singles – “Current” and “Good To You”

Tiaday Ball has released two follow up singles to her first release “Favors”. The songs “Current” and “Good To You”, are both now available anywhere you get digital music from. Tiaday stated: “R&B has been the foundation of my life in music since I can remember. Gospel, soul and R&B were always playing in the house or being sung by my father who was also a singer and he loved Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, etc. One of the first songs I ever learned how to REALLY train singing along to was “A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway.

DAV!D&CLARA: “Repair” – rugged and intense!

The man and machine duo of DAV!D (David Castillo) and his computer CLARA, better known as DAV!D&CLARA, are back with a new single in 2019, called “Repair”. The track is taken from the upcoming album, “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” to be released early 2020. Much of this latest single displays a minimalist, almost survivalist element, as if every movement, gesture, and note is conserved and used for maximum effect. DAV!D’s songwriting principle seems to be “less is more”, a sentiment CLARA seems to adhere to perfectly. Together they have an artistic sensibility that’s far from common. The song is based

Catch up with Boston based group Urban Lights Band

Boston, MA based Urban Lights Band is an eclectic group of musicians and artists who harness the power of all styles of music to create unforgettable experiences. They are seasoned professionals committed to providing quality musical showcases that bring various audiences together. Their global mission is simple; aspire to inspire! If you are in the Boston area you can find them at:  May 25th 2019 – Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen- Boston, MA June 20th, 2019 – The Milky Way – Jamaica Plain June 21st 2019 -The Middle East Night Club (Corner Room) – Cambridge, MA Hook up with Urban

Royal: “Letter To Cecil” narrates his hardships, his grind and his contributions

Royal is a hip hop artist who currently resides in Hockessin, Delaware. He understands the importance of giving back and he performs at dozens of middle schools and high schools. In the past, he has donated the proceeds from concerts and albums entirely to the community, spreading his generosity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Royal has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez. His latest project is the single, “Letter To Cecil”. Here Royal seems to be hungrier than ever and is out to remind hip-hop of the abilities that should eventually bring

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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