Ephect: “Just Like That” – focused on making an impression

Ephect is an Independent Rap/Hip Recording Artist and Music Producer born, raised and currently located in Indianapolis, Indiana (US). Ephect has released around 20 music, numerous singles, and his latest full length album titled “The Nphection”, which dropped back in September 2018. What makes this album different than other recent releases comes down to, how Ephect works with his producers. He doesn’t just compliment good production, he capitalizes on stunning production. In today’s hip-hop scene, fans tend to shy away from raw rapping talent. Gone are the days when the scene was more focused on how good the flow was

Lew Houston: “Safe” – a gritty flow that adds to the lyrical poignancy

Lew Houston is a hip-hop artist currently based in San Diego. Originally from Houston, Texas, Lew rose above the violence and poverty in his life by playing sports and creating music. Influenced by Southern rap styles, he began writing his own lyrics at a young age and released his debut album “The Progression” in 2016.  His latest EP “Back to da Money” is available now, and features the single “Safe”. With no forewarning, Lew gives us a sharp and compact four-minute statement on “Safe”. It’s just a quick and efficient declaration of supremacy, a warning for us not to underrate

Rodrigo Rocha gets the lead role in “SSW Of The Border”

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Daud Aur Yahudy: “Home Bound” – The sounds are deep-toned

A former professional athlete in the NFL, now turned singer-songwriter, Daud Aur Yahudy has released his EP “Home Bound”, which follows the re-release of his critically acclaimed debut album “Soulful Life Within”. Daud has earned his right to experiment with his sound and release something that tells us who he really is. The eloquently presents his unique version of future soul lined with a touch of love, spirituality and enchantment. His distinct flare allows him to appeal to the masses without becoming a cookie-cutter R&B and soul singer. The silky smooth, 6 song EP features peaceful and melodic vocals that

Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice.

Marcus Christ continues to move forward in the entertainment industry. He has just recently released two single songs edited for radio play called “It’s Like” and “If I Knew”, for sale on Cdbaby.com. Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice. Marcus Christ was just recently released from jail after pleading no contest to vandalism charges. As an artist Marcus Christ has had problems in the past “expressing himself”. Marcus Christ expects his double album “Prince of the Universe” to showcase various producers, but especially his own productions. Marcus Christ admits he

AMARU: “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” is totally on fire!

AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the Republic of Suriname residing in The Netherlands since 1991 – has found critical success with enough Pop, Rock, R&B and Electronic influenced songs that there’s plenty of demand for more, but there’s nothing like hearing the gloriously hard-nosed Dutch artist rap a beat to shreds. This is something he does not often do. Now on his latest release – “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” – we get to savor just that. The song is rap remix of the title track of his debut album, and is a completely new version,

Hookdiggy: “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette – full feel-good potential

2019 sees Atlanta-based Hookdiggy, continuing his growing momentum and his promise to put out well written hip-hop that appeals not only to fans of the genre, but fans of creative and innovative lyrical content. In fact he goes beyond that with his latest track, “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette. Utilizing full-bodied smooth instrumentation, Hookdiggy manages to pull off an almost cinematic-like ambiance throughout. The intoxicating mix of jazz, hip-hop, and neo-soul with a dash of dance is maintained at a very high level from beginning to end while the musicianship is top-notch every step of the way. Hookdiggy, together

Tony Marino: “Family and Friends” – a wildly rhythmic demonstration of every crowd-pleasing twist

Tony Marino – the South Philly composer, pianist, and bandleader – has been passionately carrying the torch for his love of Latin Jazz sounds since the release of his debut Cd “Tony Marino & Havana Heat: The Latin Jazz Project” which was dropped in January 1997. The artist who fell in love with the piano at just 7 years of age, has since recorded 10 more albums. Each bringing to the fore his songwriting and performing skills learned over the years, after crossing paths with Bill DelGovenatore, Frank DiBussolo, Al Stauffer, Tom Lawton and Ernest Hopkins – all of whom had an

KC Sisters: “Walk With Me” – sincere, authentic and absolute!

The KC Sisters aren’t old enough to remember when radio programmed pop records next to country, rock, folk, and beyond, but their artistic DNA tells them that’s the way music was meant to be heard. Their sound on the EP, “Walk With Me”, is like a warm embrace from a loved one. It’s sincere, authentic and absolute, taken from a legacy of sound that comes from their fondness for the all-girl groups of the 1960s. The Casey sisters – Deanna, Noelle, Tasha, Elise and Kathleen – highlight their acapella harmonization, as well as their mastery as skilled musicians, playing piano,

GentleBeatz: “Soul City” – the rhythm and flow of free form poetry

Sometimes a recording catches you off guard, rising from nowhere and worming its way into your ears with new sounds and ideas. Such a recording grows on you over time, and eventually can reorient what music and sounds you thought you liked. “Soul City” released on December 31 by artist and producer GentleBeatz, is such an EP. Emotionally rich, musically rich, and technically brilliant, it appeared with little fanfare or publicity to mesmerize our senses. GentleBeatz is an artist and producer currently residing in Mozambique. The eclectic creative crafts his tracks in the lo-fi hip-hop/chill-hop genres. Here he includes flavors

Insane Prototype: An Acrid And Uncompromising Approach

“These seven words do not mean anything” lurches along with perpetual grimace. A convulsive collection of dark industrial rock, Insane Prototype’s grim opus weaves through the 7-track Ep with scatter-shot intensity. Quiet one minute, and explosive the next. Resignation and anger intertwine with pounding frequency, sometimes in the course of the same song.

Throughout Insane Prototype’s acrid and uncompromising approach, the music remains accessible and undeniably entertaining. Dmitry “Dekeey” Kalinin and Andrey Knyazev go to almost obsessive lengths to ensure a thrilling and dynamic listen. The quiet string tones that open the instrumental “Interlude N3” suddenly erupt into a wall of sound, with drums, a grinding guitar riff, and operatic choral arrangements, only to sink towards a torridly quiet conclusion. Leaving your senses astray…

The sheer sonic invention on display here is astounding. Insane Prototype’s production approaches tones of Gothic rock in terms of dynamism, though it arises from a profoundly different sensibility. The songs on the album seem to ultimately be explorations of profound disillusionment. However, once this Russian duo finish twisting their rock arrangements into all kinds of shapes, their songs become towering soundscapes of rage, that are at once terrifying and beautiful.

Many of the tracks on “These seven words do not mean anything”, create music that encapsulates a mood in its entirety. This, to me, is a tremendous feat, which few musicians manage to accomplish. Each track flows along and leads into the next one so well. Vocally the band have kept the parts controlled and never forced out of their singing range, while lyrically the album can hold its own, but it really shines musically. There are so many layers of rock-hard crunching sound, that blend seamlessly to create each song, and the instrumental sections drive like waves off an ocean. Awe-inspiring to say the least for a relatively young band.

My favorite songs on the album include: “Broken Blues”, “Demons Of The Past”, “Things That Overcome” and “Great Illusion”. This album takes you on a journey through a vast range of emotions, moving from unbridled fury to quiet desperation to a sort of dispiriting beauty.

All in all “These seven words do not mean anything”, is an extremely well done album, by a duo with great musical talent. You get the impression that Insane Prototype has used their feelings and thoughts throughout the entire album. Anger completes the heavier songs while despondency fills the slower ones. Their combination of the almost industrial like rock sounds of loud percussion and grinding guitars with the sometimes smooth piano or noise interludes, add great effect to the feel of emotions. On the other hand the vocals lift from a rather depressing low to a screaming high as both rage and sorrow around the tracks.

Where Insane Prototype will go from here is still to be known, but they certainly have set the bar for themselves right from the outset.

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