Lyndon Rivers: “Heart To Heart” – a mix of nostalgia and current innovation

The people who decide the sounds of the future are the producers and songwriters of the present. They blend familiar sounds and emotional beats with modern-day lyrics and studio advancements, often capturing the world’s imagination with a mix of nostalgia and current innovation — throwback pop no longer has to sound plainly retro; even the past can pick up future sheen. This is exactly what English-born and Australian based producer Lyndon Rivers is getting up to lately. His latest creative effort is the single, “Heart To Heart”. This reminded me of the some music from the 50s, whimsical, with great energy.

Digital Down: “Open Source Nervous System” – pulsing rhythms, mingling with the spiraling synths

Digital Down is located in central Arkansas and consists of sole member, Melville Bragg. Melville started his professional career in late 2015 with the release of the first EP entitled “Incunabula”. Melville has since placed 2nd in an international music contest hosted by software company Open Labs and sponsored by Linkin Park, as well as release his first full-length album, entitled “Open Source Nervous System”. At this point, many decades into its existence, it can be fairly expected that rock is not going to cough up a new paradigm anytime soon. The advent of digital sampling technology and electronic manipulation,

HALO: “Expressions” moves between various soundscapes which have distinctive influences

Darnelle Treadwell aka HALO, was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He started singing in the church at the age of 4, by 13 he found that he wanted to pursue a professional career in singing but didn’t know how to go about it. He met an artist by the name of B.L.O.U.N.T. who introduced him to M80 a producer from the Midwest that owns an independent label called G.S.P. Music & Film. Halo signed to G.S.P. and has been working closely with M80 for the past 9 years. Their latest artistic collaboration has delivered the album “Expressions”. The recording

Detroit artist – The Infamous Crackhead

Born on the Eastside of Detroit, the youngest of six, The Infamous Crackhead was kept off the streets and into music which became his passion. He worked hard at his craft as a DJ, then a beat-maker, and improving his mic skills before creating The Law Breakers. A couple of months backed The Infamous Crackhead dropped the 14 track album, entitled “Mental”. Focused and furious this is an album that has moments of great energy, toughness, lyrical smartness and a great old school atmosphere. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?  The Infamous Crackhead: About

Adam Idris: “Count On Me” – rich with influences and thoughts

Formerly known as Adamjlss, Adam Idris is musician and composer based in the United Kingdom. Almost a freshman to the scene, Idris started recording and making music seriously in 2016. Entrenched in the urban genres and blending R&B, Pop and Dance elements, the artist has a host of singles in circulation, including “Count on me”, “I’m incarcerated” and Power hungry”. The songs are by turn oblique, smolderingly direct, forlorn, funny, sad and gorgeous: a vertiginous marvel of digital-age urban pop. On the lead single, “Count On Me” Adam wraps his voice in woozy emotion and pivots in the space of

John Grind: “Numb” – a track brimming with confidence and energy

John Grind is a hell of a songwriter with an undeniably cracking voice, brilliant lyrics, colossal tunes, grungy swagger and of course, as always, the right amount of light and shade in his songs. Through his life experiences riddled with pain, darkness, and self-destruction he has quickly moved towards being an adventurous and psychedelic musical maverick and author of timeless sounding pop-rock songs that effortlessly became part of our consciousness. Grind is a masterful song writer. Raw, brash and yet supremely polished – “Numb”, the single taken from his “Beauty Of Decay” EP, is an impressive track an ever-reliable artist.

TONI REDD releases “Take Me To Paradise” featuring the smooth sax of Walter Beasley

Atlanta, GA – The tantalizing talents of multi-faceted entertainer Toni Redd is in the music spotlight with the new release of her latest gem, Take Me To Paradise, a jazzy, soulful, up-tempo feel good song that features the smooth sounds of renowned saxophonist Walter Beasley. Its a brilliant collaboration that will be a signature standout from her forthcoming jazz project. Her soaring, feel-good vocals coexist harmoniously in the infectious tune. I recorded Take Me To Paradise because I love the song and I wanted to show my listening audience the jazzier side of me, just in case they forgot.  Jazz is

A Silver Lining: “Don’t Let me Down” – absolutely massive and immaculately performed

A Silver Lining is a five-member alternative rock band from Bay City, Michigan. Formed in 2017, the band is treading new ground with old influences, and re-discovering the sense of purpose and fun in rock music. Their single “Don’t Let me Down”, taken off their debut album “Paralyzed” is covered in a welcome confidence and swagger that has been disconcertingly absent from the genre for far too long. On this latest offering, we are presented with a concise magnum opus – prepared to weave and shapeshift, prepared to embrace the unknown with reckless abandon, utilizing crunching riffs, pounding percussion, soaring

Shashika Mooruth: “Jogan”- Indian traditional influence on her music style

Jogan is an album of folk songs in the Hindi language that enthralls the listener with an uplifting experience. Shashika Mooruth is an independent artiste from South Africa. Her lineage extends to her forefathers from India hence the dynamic Indian traditional influence on her music style. Under the auspices of her music label, Urja Music, she displays her holistic musical artistry at every level of production. Her voice, however, is her main instrument. In Jogan, she has rendered her voice to compositions based on styles that are popular in North India, particularly the state of Uttar Pradesh, which praise Krishna

Jessie Wagner: “I Want To Dream” – Few can soulfully croon a love song as convincingly

Jessie Wagner returns, and boy do you need this track in your collection. “I Want To Dream” is the kind of quality R&B that brings a tear to the eye. Composed by P.M.B, the strong, emotional lyrical content of this song is a giveaway that Jessie, or perhaps her some of friends have been through a fair amount of dubious moments with the men in their lives. This is more than evident on this smoldering vocal interpretation. The jaw-dropping classy piano lead, the lyrical content, the production, and sheer power of the vocals, would suggest that “I Want To Dream”

Mercury Underground: The Daring Path Towards Modern Classic Rock

Mercury Underground are a rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. They released their new EP, produced by Sandy Jones on May 4th 2012, to a great reception. Followed up by a string of ongoing live dates, they have also secured several deals to have their music used in the sports industries by companies from the UK, Germany and the US.

To date, the band have played venues such as Camden Underworld in London, and the world famous venue King Tuts in Glasgow several times, along the way supporting such acts as most recently Adrenaline Mob and Voodoo Six, Gun, Sick Puppies, Attica Rage and The Sword (during their tour with Metallica). They have also gained experience in playing European festivals after performing in front of thousands at the MEI Festival in Italy during 2009. Recently the band were selected to play at D-TOX Rockfest, the biggest rock festival in Canada and nominated for a Los Angeles Music Award for Best Hard Rock Band, as well as a Scottish New Music Award for Loud/Metal Recording Of The Year.

Essentially Mercury Underground is a power trio made up of D.R Webster– Vocals/Guitars/Songwriting, Bradley Smith– Bass and Robert Shearer– Drums with the addition of Gavin Paterson on keyboards.

This Ep for me is a blend between nostalgia and modern rock, but really fun and refreshing because we haven’t heard anything like this in a while from indie rock. Not too many bands are taking this daring path towards classic rock with a bluesy, hard edge. The amalgamation of rock styles, while all the rage in young bands, are rarely incorporated in such an organically, eclectic manner.

The Ep tracks:
“Shockwave Solution” – is like a big 70’s flashback. It reminds me of a bit of Grand Funk Railroad, particularly D.R Webster’s vocal phrasing, which is reminiscent of the great Mark Farner. The song is hard, fast and groovin’ but decidedly modern. As the song opened I wasn’t quite prepared for a rock sound, so classic in it’s architecture, but the song just digs in under your skin and won’t leave.

“Stealing Hope” – This is one of those songs, that when it ends, you start it again and again. It takes you to another era that you refuse to leave. Epic, haunting, anthemy, bluesy, all rolled into a great tune. The lyrics are honest, inspirational and seem very appropriate for this band. The song opens with a chiming melodic rhythm that immediately tugs at your soul. The song continues to build to an even better ending with a great solo and ending rhythm. Once again there are strong traces of the 70’s kick butt style of rock. A time when music was fun and the artists knew how to play their instruments

“The Great Escape” – This song seriously gets you addicted. I was at first, attracted to the opening vocals and the incessant guitar riff, but I absolutely fell in love with the overall arrangement of this track. And at two minutes in, when the guitar riff really kick in, leading to a screaming solo, this song is grooving so tight, it blows you away.

The Mercury Underground rhythm section, even though belonging to a slightly different genre style, reminds me of Judas Priest’s awesome guitarist and drummer, always totally in sync with the music, which really makes the EP, and allows everyone else to hit their strengths without a worry. Like the guitar tricks and Bradley Smith’s rugged baselines, which carry Webster’s vocals to solid heights. This is music that happens when guys with this kind of talent get together.

In the last few years there has been some good indie music out there, but very little in the way of hard-driving pure rock and roll. Something you can turn up and blast out at the neighbors. We might just have a serious candidate here, when a full Mercury Underground album is released.

In the meantime, anyone who likes good hard rocking music should give this Ep a listen.

The MERCURY UNDERGROUND Ep, available on iTunes

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