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

‘The World We Live In’ EP by ‘Redford’ is Out Now on Glasstone Records

Simon Ratcliffe (BASEMENT JAXX): “Redford have a unique fresh and lush sound with strong heartfelt songs, gorgeous melodies – not to mention superb musicianship.” Mastered by Greg Brooker (Dejstil feat Peter Hook – Joy Division / New Order, You Love Her Coz She’s Dead, Micky Diana) Polish indie-rockers Redford have announced their arrival with a brand new single, cinematic video clip and a new Ep on Glasstone Records. The new Ep The World We Live In is on streaming platforms now, and you can watch the video for the single To The Morning below on YouTube.  With a brand

Iskar D’Abrel: “Ruins of You” – a compelling musical depth

Perhaps Iskar D’Abrel’s only misfortune is releasing his music at the wrong time.  Had he dropped the track “Ruins of You” in the 70’s, 80’s or even early nineties, he surely would have been recognized universally along with other greats of those eras.  It was a time where artists were not defined by a specific genre and allowed to approach different styles of music with a creative freedom almost totally lost today. Iskar is a master of song construction.  No song in his catalog is just a repeat of parts.  Each song is its own story; each follows its own

ALLEN GATES: “The Proof” An Album With An Original Edge!

Allen Gates found his calling with words and used them as way to communicate through music at an early age. Born in St. Louis, he took his first vulnerable plunge performing for his peers on a class trip. The applause and respect from this hypercritical young crowd validated his talent. “At that point I realized I was good and I needed to take this seriously,” says Allen. Influenced by LL Cool J, DMX and Jay Z, Allen has been grinding the hip hop scene for more than eight years.

His music hit Mediabase Indie Charts at #9 in the United States with the song “Movie Star, featuring Chrishan. Allen left his day job with the 2011 World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals to pursue a championship of his own. His first mixtape, titled “The Track Meet,” debuted in 2011.

Following a robbery that left him hospitalized in August 2011, Allen was more determined than ever and in the studio the very next day. Allen won the drjays.com 2010 Fresh Faces of Spring modeling contest and was also inducted as an honorary alderman for the City of St. Louis in January 2011.

Like many Hip Hop lovers of his generation, Allen Gates has both a passion and respect for the musical element of Hip Hop. Like the legends who have come before him, Allen showcases his strong passion for the culture through his gifted lyrical prowess and emotional delivery on “The Proof.”

The album is excellent featuring clever autobiographical lyrics and a stellar musical production. I’m glad that Allen did not create some unauthentic persona or pretend to be a gangsta, his lyrics represent who he is and what he knows, which make his songs infinitely more interesting.

Allen Gates is proof that you don’t have to be hard or anti-social to make a statement as a Hip-Hop artist. He is breathing new life into the game right now with his positive attitude. Moreover, Allen proves that he is a talented rapper who can maintain a steady and catchy flow on almost any beat.

“The Proof” album is able to speak to people on many levels. Here Allen poured his heart out in every song and left it there. This album is definitely a great contribution to indie hip-hop, which is hanging on by a thread. Considering how the Hip-hop market is flooded by so many untalented dudes pushing dozens of mixtapes all over the web.

The beats are well made, and every song contains great lyrics which could work great as singles. Allen has a lyrical style, that in places is nontraditional to the standard hip-hop formula, but it works and it’s great, giving him an original edge.

I think Allen Gates has a great career ahead of him as a rapper, and his talent is evident in this remarkable album. Standouts on this 16-track album include; “Prove It,” “It is What It Is,” “On Me,” “What You Wanna Do,” “Chit Chat,” “My Money,” “Havarti Dreams,” “Chasing Dreams,” and “Hello.”

If you love Hip-hop and are tired of hearing about big rims and fast cars, then this is the album you’ve been waiting for.

You’ll quickly become hypnotized by observing Allen Gates’s skills on “The Proof.” Finally here’s a rapper you can understand. His very crisp, sharp deliveries and great musicality will easily penetrate your senses.

Allen’s music is a mixture of all his influences and you can hear it, yet all the time he sounds very honest and humble. Those characteristics will almost certainly help forge a great artist in the making.

Hip-hop and Rap artist – ALLEN GATES

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