Midwest Hiphop duo Strangers Of Necessity drop their new single “Abundance”

Strangers Of Necessity are an American hip-hop duo, based in the Midwest, consisting of prolific producer, CoryaYo and veteran lyricist, Fooch the MC. They linked via Twitter and quickly became friends, sparking an immediate chemistry and need to make quality music together; hence the name Strangers Of Necessity. They instantly began recording music and doing shows locally, generating a nice buzz in the area. Their sound is best described as a fresh take on that golden era of hip-hop, blending tasteful jazz and soul samples, crisp snares, boomy kicks on wonky patterns with a soulful delivery, dense schemes and potent

Kilo M.O.E. – ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’ – serves as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism

The Baltimore-based producer, songwriter, rapper, Kilo M.O.E.’s evolution over his past three albums has been inspiring to see. I’ll always admire artists who push themselves creatively, and that’s exactly what, Kilo M.O.E. has done on his fourth studio album, ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’, and it pays off in leaps and bounds. Each instrumental is rich and developed, serving as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism. Something that this recording and Kilo M.O.E.’s recent albums have done well is allow him the freedom to rap for the sake of his craft within the confines of the album’s larger

Jim Wyly – “You Took Me” – It’s rhythmically tight, warm and edgy

Texas singer songwriter Jim Wyly is back with another soul-stirring track from his “The Artisan” album. Over 40 years deep into his craft, the Austin troubadour sounds like a home-cooked meal. He deals out comfort food for the head, heart, and soul. All of this serves his finely drawn guitar lines, bourbon-stained-like vocals, and funky acoustic-driven grooves as thick as molasses. A subtle blend of blues, country, folk and southern rock runs right down the middle of “You Took Me”. “Musicians’ musician” is an overused term. Why wouldn’t anyone with two good ears appreciate Jim Wyly? As Jim doesn’t cater

Hanen Release Brand New Video For The Song “Breathe”

It’s never been easier for artists to stay independent. Of course you can get good music producers, good visual directors for videos, good rappers and good singers to feature on your track without a great budget, but you have to search the world over to find deals you can afford, or convince creatives to work with you. Texas born artist, now living in the LA area, Hanen, somehow got it all together on his latest track called “Breathe”. He sings soulfully and raps with an urban edge all by himself, backed by an atmospheric slow-burning, and ear-warming beat made by

Angry B – “Hey Corona! (Nice to Meet Ya)” – reflects the realities with a good dose of wit

On his latest single, “Hey Corona! (Nice to Meet Ya)”, underground music hobbyist Angry B pinned his rap skills and dark wit, to the sounds of mainstream pop and a funky EDM template. He blurs the lines between genres with the top of the charts — and only the top — in his sights. As can be deciphered from the song title, Angry B pulls his aspirations from the dramatic Covid-19 disease hitting mankind across the globe. “It’s one of the most critical situations we’ve had and there will be a lot of sad stories connected with it,” says Angry

Izzie’s Caravan – “Leo’s Guitar EP” – an understated guitar virtuoso

On the recording, “Leo’s Guitar EP”, Izzie’s Caravan and his guitar conspire to use every single crayon within the blue color box to deliver one of the best underground independent studio blues releases I’ve heard this year. Among others, Izzie takes his cue from greats such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, and Eric Clapton. So you can expect a wide and wholesome finger bending spectrum of sounds. The aforementioned guitar heroes are points of reference, not simple deductions for resemblance. The opening song, “Two’s In The Bush”, has a highway drive, and jangly timbre that’s upbeat and

‘Mind Blown’ – The Video and Brand New Single by EyeKonic

EyeKonik is an artist with a focus on creating punchy and appealing pop music with a personal twist. Recently, he released a brand new single called ‘Mind Blown’. What really makes this track stands out is definitely the fact that it’s so well produced, and the performance value is excellent as well. EyeKonik sings with passion and intensity, and the artist’s vocals soar through the atmospheric melodies and punchy tones of this mix. Fans of artists as diverse as Mac Miller, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Eminem are definitely going to enjoy this amazing single. Check out the newly released music

Sundance Jump with W. Dire Wolff release the Indie Rock Video “Zodiac Killer”

Zodiac Killer is a wild Indie Rock song with crazy slide guitar laid over a rockabilly beat. The song is about a woman who frequents a night club called Zodiacs by nights, and cruises around town by day. Deep Purple Sage is a CD, Vinyl, and Digital release by Sundance Jump with W. Dire Wolff. The album blends Alternative Rock with Psychedelic Acid Rock. Recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Skylab Studios; the album has an underlying desert theme.  The LP is recorded in the old school style of Acid Rock vintage tube amp guitar sounds, mixed through analog

THE BRKN DEBUT EP ‘NO. 3’ OUT NOW VIA INGROOVES

FRONTMAN JACOB CADE’S ‘ACOUSTIC HANG WITH JACOB FROM THE BRKN’ WILL LIVE STREAM VIA THE BANDS INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK THROUGH THE END OF APRIL AT 6PM PST/7PM MST/9PM EST THE BRKN recently released their debut EP No. 3 via Right Brain Music Group/Ingrooves. Their new video for their song “Broke” has garnered over 100 views in just two weeks. Since the band’s spring tours have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus, frontman Jacob Cade will be live streaming acoustic sessions every Tuesday through April via the band’s Facebook and Instagram. Tune in at 6PM PST/7PM MST/9PM EST at https://instagram.com/thebrkn or https://facebook.com/thebrkn and #BeatTheVirusWithTheBRKN. “We’re

D-Witt flexes the pen of a budding cinematic storyteller

I recently heard about an artist called D-Witt from Rockford, IL.  Illinois is the home of some prestigious sons who have left unforgettable marks on hip-hop’s history. I’m expecting an unfiltered rebel who is unafraid to bare his soul and burn down buildings. A fearless heart is a quality that makes fearless art, and I hope that’s exactly what D-Witt has arrived to present us.  So I press play on the first track called “Enemy”. The sound is open and strong-willed. There’s no doubting that D-Witt has something to say. The amount of care that goes into his lyricism stamps

Mark Manthei: A Splash Of Lemon In A Water Glass!

Created in 1984, Manteye’s original blues and country-infused pop-rock sound continues to ride the airwaves of Canada, the U.S. and Europe, landing on the ears and in the hearts of die-hard and new fans. Creator and front-man  Mark Manthei, with his characteristic appreciation for the music of the day, has breathed new life into Manteye. Collaboration with talented and versatile producers, musicians and vocalists creates a fusion of sounds and styles with country and even hiphop undertones.

I happen to appreciate Mark Manthei for writing about the human condition from an insightful standpoint like Dylan, Springsteen, Mellencamp and Lennon. Today, there are so few artists that even care to sing and write about the world they live in. Everything’s sex and violence. Manteye’s collection of songs are sometimes conflicting because of its stinging commentary on society, combined with some hauntingly beautiful ballads. When compared with the sappy sweetness of most of today’s pop songs, Mark Manthei sounds like the old wise man counseling others on the troubles of love and society.

Mark is like a splash of lemon in a water glass. He asks us bitter questions which make us re-evaluate our silly priorities. Most of today’s music merely provides a soundtrack to our lives, while Manteye’s music makes us question our motives for living.

Through Manteye’s music, you will remember what it feels like to be deeply in love, and also remember what it feels like to be passionate about change and living life to it’s fullest. Standout tracks that quickly jump to mind are; “Half The Fun,” “Falling,” “Tailspin,” “Sure Don’t Mind,” “Kill The Music,” “Slightly Bent” and “Pray For Rain.” Confirming that Manteye’s catalog is a fabulous mix of soulful, angry, full of gratitude, thanksgiving and even funny songs.

Mark Manthei gives the definite impression of being a certified troubadour. A noble art, lost in time. At times he sounds like an angry Tom Petty, at others his vocal chords take on the soft profoundness of classic Cat Stevens. More often than not, he has that biting Steve Tyler (Aerosmith) sting, on uptempo deliveries. I find it hard to imagine that you will not be impressed by this man.

That said, the lyrics on this collection of songs are among my favorites by any artist ever. There is a depth and maturity to many of these songs that I’m sure everyone is capable of appreciating. Sometimes insightful, sometimes amusing, but always entertaining. To me, over and above Marks extraordinary voice, the quality of the lyrics trumps the musical production values of his songs. Giving it, it’s five-star quality.

After listening repeatedly to Manteye’s songs for almost a week now, I found myself repeatedly saying:“Wow, unbelievable, amazing” and “Listen to those lyrics…” The music universe has become so paralyzed with certain pop formulas that I had just about given up the hope, that songs like this would ever see the light of day again.

Manteye’s voice sounds intense, open, sensitive and deeply believable. This to me is songwriting and performing at the highest level of artistry and integrity that I’ve heard in the last 20 years. I’ve been in this business for more than 30 years now. So I’ve heard a couple of tunes down the line too!

I’m not talking big-name sound productions or cookie cutout multi-million-dollar-selling songs and artists. I’m talking raw artistic core talent. A voice, a chord and a melody, that is simply able to enchant its listener, whether in a backstreet bar before 5 drunken die-hards, or inside a stadium in front of thousands of screaming fans.

Manteye is the culmination of that voice, chord and melody!

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