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 &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Emmanuel Dalmas – a natural ear for a good melody!

Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating both his craft and catalog, with a series of single releases that move between Pop, Easy Listening, EDM, as well songs in his native French tongue. From his home studio Emmanuel produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his

Alessia D’ Andrea: “Set Me Free Set Me On Fire,” A Scrapbook Of Emotions

To grasp the fast-rising qualities of Italian singing star, Alessia D’ Andrea, and appreciate the release of her new single,“Set Me Free Set Me On Fire,” we first need to trace the way back to her beginnings. After winning some of the most important music festivals in Italy, such as the “Mia Martini Award” and the “Musicultura Award”, the major prize for Italian songwriters, in 2004 Alessia D’Andrea met Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull with whom she recorded “Locomotive Breath”.

From that moment Alessia started receiving international approval, in fact her single “Time To Pray” (remixed by Molella, Future Funk and other djs) has been released throughout the world in Countries such as the UK, Romania, Australia, Spain, Poland, Norway, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Mexico, Singapore, Czech Republic, Israel, etc. Later that same year she signed a contract with the Ministry of Sound (UK).

Alessia also began to perform outside of Italy with success. In Warsaw she performed in front of more than 100,000 fans, as well as appearing on both national Radio and TV. In July 2008 she performed on stage with Jethro Tull again, at the “Pistoia Blues Festival”, for their 40th anniversary. A year later saw her new album “Alessia D’Andrea” (Renilin), released in Italy and also distributed in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Canada. Alessia was also invited to the most important TV and radio shows of some Eastern European Countries.

During the first half of 2010 her video clip “8 o’ clock” was played on different music channels, among them RAI Music, and it was chosen by a TV show in China. Some months later the music video “Tonight”, in the duet version with Lubo Kirov, was selected by MTV Europe for the World Chart Express. In the same year, she had a new success with the well-known Italian DJ Molella, with “Paradise” (Time Rec) that became the theme song for the most popular Italian radio show and one of the biggest hits of that summer. She was also the special guest at the Fabrizio De Andrè Tribute concert held at the Opera Theatre in Sofia, in front of the country’s major National Authorities.

In 2011 she released the “Live in Studio” (Renilin), a DVD of her acoustic-electric show, while in 2012 she worked on her new production and chose “Set Me Free Set Me On Fire” as her brand new single, which has been released through all digital music stores from the 7th of January 2013.

“Set Me Free Set Me On Fire” has been released in two versions, the original and the Dubstep version, both of which are currently getting prime airplay on Jamsphere Rock Radio. With these new releases Alessia D’Andrea proves she is back on track and she wants everyone to know. There is no point in doubting her, especially after listening to this hard, soft, furious and sweet, two single versions that are distinctly alive. “Set Me Free Set Me On Fire” is everything it should be: a stylistic evolution, a stunning display of her craft as a vocalist and songwriter ( in collaboration with Antonio Notaro ) and a very personal scrapbook of her emotions in just over 3 minutes. This is Alessia in top form, as brutally passionate and as soulfully vocal as only she can be.

Since her rise in 2004, Alessia has ping-ponged between dense dance-floor anthems and fuzzy power pop, acoustic folk-rock and anthemic power ballads, rock tunes powered by electronic beats and dance tunes sung with the zeal of a rocker, she’s done it all, but on this Gromee arranged single, which was mixed and mastered by Stephan Zeh, she reaches her zenith. The song fits her like a glove. Here she sounds stronger than she ever has, and that’s a positively thrilling thing to hear. But she not only sounds stronger, she sounds convincing. In other words, she comes across as: smooth, powerful, sexy, catchy, and best of all, surprising and unpredictable.

It’s rare these days to find an artist that actually improves over time as opposed to recycling the same tired materials over and over again. Alessia is one of those artists, and deserves much more publicity and success. On “Set Me Free Set Me On Fire” she plays on all of her strengths: strong vocals, deep lyrics, passionate deliveries and a surefire personality. The video of the song, currently available on Youtube, will confirm all of the above.

Quite honestly, Alessia D’Andrea once again has stunned us with a single that is amazingly written, sung, and put together. “Set Me Free Set Me On Fire,” proves beyond doubt that she is here to stay. This woman is seriously talented and an artist that I firmly believe, will evolve and grow even more as she matures and expands her horizons. (top picture by by V. Stefanov, single cover picture by N. Milev)

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