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 &

Red-Hot Vita & The Vicious, A Really Different Sound

Gwen Stefani. Once apon a time, the two most exciting words in pop music. Now indie music presents us with Vita Ross. Another two words that is destined to make an impression on you…once you get to see the video, “Bender,” by five piece London-based pop/rock band Vita & The Vicious, fronted by the fiery, two-worded redhead in question.

Vita claims, that for her, “if there’s no guitar in a song, it’s harder to get involved.” So now at this point, all rocker-purists will be sitting straight up, with their ears pricked towards the ceiling. But hang-on, with the same nonchalance the band claim that they have “a very soft spot for the sexy sleaze of Depeche Mode.” What? An electronic keyboard-based band? So how does this all fit into place? And exactly what do Vita & The Vicious sound like while they earn their living?

No fear, dear music lovers. All doubts are cleared in an instant, as the band unanimously acknowledge that “Good music is all about lyrics and melody. If it’s a great song it’s great regardless of genre or version. People who limit themselves to a single niche type of music are simply missing out!”

Grand statement. No bull. This is sounding great already. But we’re an inquisitive bunch, the Jamsphere readers and me. So let’s go find out more about the substance behind those truly spoken words…

Three songs; “Bender,” “We Are Stars” and “A Question Of Time.” Plus two videos; “Bender” and “You May Not Know It,” is more than enough of what we’ll need to get to grips with what drives this energetic band.

First impressions after the “Bender” experience? Vita sounds fabulous and her vocal range is well displayed, the band is tight, the song lyrics are quirky, sexy and unique while also being intelligent and thought-provoking. The music is full and fluid, but doesn’t sound overproduced, and it has a high re-listenability factor (n.d.r. reads: you want to listen to it over and over again).

Simply put, it has a very positive, energetic vibe, helped in large part by Vita Ross’ gutsy, theatrical vocal delivery. She is the alterna-chick that every high school girl wants to be, with her fiery-red hair, provocative clothes, and libidinous magnetism. And I have to admit, on watching the “Bender” video, that without Vita being in it, it just would not have been the same. When Vita sings, or performs, she does so without a hint of silly girlishness; her voice is all attitude, with a warbling edge of melodrama. Making her and the band’s music, highly attractive.

To be fair however, and after listening to the other aforementioned tracks and watching the videos, Vita & The Vicious is not just about red-hot Vita.

Together with Vita’s unique and angelic voice, Giacomo Occhipinti’s pulsating bass strums, Richard Dodd and Stefano Rocco’s catchy guitar riffs and hooks, plus Tom Kenyon’s super syncopated percussion, make Vita & The Vicious one of the most solid, exuberant and effervescent groups, currently on the British indie pop-music industry.

Vita & The Vicious’ music is full of wonderful melodies, and other delicious musicalities, offering music lovers everywhere, a taste of a sound really different from anything else found nowadays, with its spunk, style, and spirit…

Not to mention those sizzling two words. Vita Ross!

Vita Ross, from the Vita & The Vicious video – “Bender”

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