Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

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Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms

Luna Elisabeth Jezebel Pool aka Baby Lu was born on February 5, 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. Lu began singing and songwriting in her early teens and went to several music auditions where she was rejected because of her young age. She then decided to start making her own music after graduation in 2018. As she didn’t have any connections yet she wasn’t able to produce something properly. In 2019 she met the producer Austin Asiegbu (2aBeaatz) and started to produce her own songs. Pool has cited Adele and Demi Lovato as her major musical influences. Her other influences or inspirations

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way!

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way! That’s the way Will Ready lives his life, no excuses, no regrets, and no looking back. Just like fine wine, Will has gotten better with time. With over 25 years in the music business, 7 albums and numerous tours, Will is ready. Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Showman, Will is the complete entertainer. His blend of R&B, Soul, Jazz has earned him welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and The Caribbean. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of R&B, Soul greats like, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Marvin Gaye, Luther

Rockstar Marcus – “Wavy” – a knack for real melody and a great sense for catchy production

Rockstar Marcus is a melodic/ emo rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining soulful singing with a touch of rap and a slew of talent, the artist’s single, “Wavy”, induces us to take a serious look at the artist’s past releases, while he drops an ambitious message for the future. As soon as the mellow sentimental mood begins to kick in, one is reminded of the psychedelic image of fluctuating soundwaves as the song plays. The beat rising and falling with Rockstar Marcus’ masterful voice and atmospheric instrumental taking us on a mesmerizing journey. The summer vibe of the song is

Bernie Aka Birdbadas – “Sensual” shows a unique flexibility and verve

Bernie Aka Birdbadas wears many hats. He is an indie artist, producer, vocalist, rapper, poet, break-dancer and graffiti painter from Glyngore, Denmark. Most importantly, he is currently promoting his double single project, called “Sensual”, featuring the title track and “Everybody Wants”. In mixing and melody, these tracks are closer to uplifting trance and groovy house than anything else, and Bernie puts his bass front and center. His arrangements, consequently, are beautifully economical. Yet Bernie Aka Birdbadas manages to craft tracks far beyond the sum of their parts. In the wrong hands, the sonics he toys can sound overdone or repetitive,

We Need Surgery: A Profound And Moving Indie Rock Album

Indie rock band We Need Surgery, was formed by some English teachers in Seoul, S. Korea.  After a few years of writing and performing all original material in packed Korean nightclubs and festivals, they added a Korean guitarist and headed off to North America searching for a record deal. They quickly achieved that goal, signing a 3 album deal with Canadian label Light Organ Records.

Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on which way you look at the ever-changing music industry), label deals aren’t what they used to be. The band’s  label, although helping them produce their self-titled album, as well as with photos shoots and a video shot in Japan, won’t fund tours outside Canada until the band acquire a following abroad. To worsen matters, the band member’s mix of nationalities has made it almost impossible for them to perform or even to hold day jobs to support their efforts since arriving in Canada from Korea, – making it impossible for them to get their act across the border to the US.

The album “We Need Surgery” was produced by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Carly Rae Jepsen) and mixed by Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat). It is full of blinding guitar riffs, haunting lyrics, and so much energy and emotion – you can really feel that the band have put all their heart and soul into the music. This Joy Division/Arctic Monkeys/Muse/The Cure sounding band, whose music also contains slight touches of The Talking Heads brilliance, have developed a unique and original sound. Miso (Vocals/Synth/Guitar), has a superb unique and strong voice that has great range and gives the songs a whole new dimension. Together with Liam (Guitar), they use a lot of delay, tremolo guitar effects, and chunky riffs that give the songs a sound of their own. Paul (Bass), and Brandon’s (Drums) creativity is what makes this album really shine; they do a great job of cementing the rhythm section.

We Need Surgery completely surpassed my expectations. This doesn’t sound like the average indie banality. You can feel a great deal more passion coming from this album than from most of their contemporaries. Quite frankly, most of the releases out there are the musical equivalent to flat-lining. Having grown up in the early rock era, and having enjoyed the grunge years, I am used to passion and anger in my music, not musicians merely going through the motions. Consequently, I was a little apprehensive on first listening to this album.

I was knocked back by the mix of rocky guitars, danceable beats, and Miso’s intense vocals. But there was something more. Sure there are the tunes that catch your attention and make you tap your feet, but the real revelation here is in the lyrics. It feels like there’s been a real effort here to write from the heart, to write about things that truly mean something to the band, and as a result Miso’s voice comes across as more sincere, more evocative, and absolutely captivating.

There is not a single bad song on here. Some may stand out above others when listened to individually, but really this album is truly experienced when you hear the whole thing. A few personal favorite tracks include: “Simon Says,” “Stranger,” “Why’s It Always Gotta Be This Way,” “Wait Forever,” “Sisters and Brothers” and “Lion.”

“We Need Surgery” is a beautiful, profound, and moving album, with something we can all relate to.

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