Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

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

MotionPlus: “SoulSonicStimulation” True-Life Experiences In Music!

If you’re looking for a fresh and positive approach on hip hop, then look no further. Hailing from North Quincy, Illinois, WilliamMotionPlus’ Stern lists God, family, and music, as his personal interests. The man behind MotionPlus is a dedicated hip hop artist who has lived a tougher life than most; with the loss of his guardian at a young age, MotionPlus turned to music to release his feelings.

It has been said that music is the talent that God blessed him with. MotionPlus displays an honest approach on life and creates music that stays true to who he is. As a member of the well-known Scribbling Idiots crew, MotionPlus has made a name for himself in the Christian hip hop community. In the year 2013, it’s not easy to take a stand for yourself as a Christian; however, MotionPlus shows that he’s confident enough to show the world who he is and what he believes in.

SoulSonicStimulation is the breakout album by MotionPlus that was released in early April 2013. The 9-track album features songs that are truly personal and very honest. MotionPlus is not afraid to speak what’s on his mind. In “Hey Cold World,” he talks about the many negative aspects of life in today’s world and how he stands up to that negativity. “Realize” is an upbeat track that holds an undeniably catchy and immaculate flow. The poetic and metaphorical lyrics rapped by MotionPlus are the highlight of the song. A very personal song, “When I’m Gone,” vividly reflects on how MotionPlus views himself and his experiences in life.

After taking the time to truly listen to each and every track on the album, it is obvious that MotionPlus is not your average hip hop artist. The struggle that he has lived with, shines through on every song, and highlights his strength. It seems that this album would be extremely beneficial to any man or a woman who has also struggled with their own personal life. But even if you are a fortunate person who has not struggled and simply wants to take a listen to heartfelt hip hop, this album is right for you.

With honesty and integrity, SoulSonicStimulation expresses the life of MotionPlus beautifully and easily. Every beat on the album is executed wonderfully with many production elements that create the perfect atmosphere, including beautiful background vocals, catchy cool rhythms, and A-grade samples.

Sean Veligor “SV” who produced 7 out of the 9 tracks, and works under the umbrella of Jim’s Pool Room, has done a superb job here, filling in the blank spaces with everything from ethereal voices to full-on string arrangements, as can be experienced on “Bilderberg Orchestra feat. JustMe”.

Standouts tracks on this nine-track album are many. My favorite choices being: “Sol Seeker”, “Hey Cold World”, “Realize”, “When I’m Gone” and the before-mentioned “Bilderberg Orchestra feat. JustMe”.

Living life to the fullest is what MotionPlus wants you to do. MotionPlus is the hip hop artist to look out for in 2013. Grab this album, you won’t be disappointed!

motionplus-profile

OFFICIAL LINKS & WEBSITES:

Artist Website

Album Streaming/Download

Facebook

Jim’s Pool Room

Twitter:

@motionplus

@jimspoolroom

About The Author

Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.