Knowshun: “Dedicated (Remix)” – imaginative rhymes in a mix of street and fantasy!

Knowshun is a lyricist and producer from Chicago, IL. The rap/hip-hop artist’s latest project, a music video for his single “Dedicated (Remix)” was based on a nightmare the artist had the night before the video shoot. The cinematic music video explores dark themes of purgatory, a spirit in limbo and battling against dark forces. Gripping imagery of shadowy figures permeate the video. “Dedicated (Remix)” is featured on the mixtape “Lyrical Fire Episode Two: Liquid Napalm” written and performed by Knowshun, produced by Credit Ninja B. The original track was by MF Doom & MF Grimm. The music video was shot,

Keys And Vices: “Chronic Nostalgia” can rock the socks off of any audience!

Keys And Vices are something of a Trojan horse. Hidden within the confines of a band with a cryptic name and fronted by a deceptively talented lady is a power-trio that can rock the socks off of any audience and probably any band they share a bill with. Stacked with massive riffs and sweet hooks, their “Chronic Nostalgia” is a monumental step in their recording career. With beefy production that highlights the tight dynamic between front-lady Jennifer Valdez (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Lyrics), bassist Kevin McCarty and drummer Kris Ayala, the band’s first full-length offering packs enough punch to dominate modern

Brady Novotny: “Passions Collide” is a skilled expression of his dazzling compositions

During the early to mid-seventies is when the guitar maestros were coming out. John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. The mixed both electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity with equal ease. Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Flamenco abounded flavors abounded on their releases showcasing a 360° vision of the guitar as a lead instrument. Brady Novotny who started playing the guitar at the age of 10, is pretty much cut of the same cloth, and on his latest album, “Passions Collide”, he even includes a vocal track featuring his wife, Jennifer. Inspired by Randy

Tohi: “Out The Box” – emotional music you can chill or groove to!

Tohi is a rap artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his musical career as the first Persian rapper at the age of 13. He was forced to perform illegally in his native Tehran, where rap has been banned. In order to chase his dreams, Tohi located to Dubai for two years where he was able to create music openly, followed by a move to London. As he continued to build his career Tohi performed at major venues such as Barclaycard Arena Hamburg and The Global Arena Stockholm and HMV Forum London O2 and won awards, including Best

Bearzerk – An executive music team with a proven track record

Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with. It takes one set of skills to help

Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” has cracked the code for the modern music world

Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong.

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – absolutely compelling!

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English,

Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – The meticulous sculpting of soundscapes

Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World

ROSABEL: “The Album” – Compositions of the highest quality

ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria

elconEstharoe – Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin

Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin, no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment. The album has already picked up a favorable review in the highly regarded Electronic Sound Magazine Theremin Master and Synthesist Lambro Papazois is a Greek sound designer and the man behind elconEstharoe. The Hyper-real Soundscapes of elconEstharoe are at the vanguard of experimental electronica. Through his work with elconEstharoe, Lambro is acutely aware of his acoustic environment and in particular the natural resources around him, utilizing the biophony, anthropophony and the sacred power of sound. From within

“The Long Road” A Serious Awareness Project By Free From Gravity

Free From Gravity is led by Vince Barnes (Lead Vocals) and his personal agenda shows through the intimate and often heart-warming songs and lyrics. For the recording of his album, he was joined by top notch musicians like Andy Mitchell singer and guitarist of 60s Supergroup ,The Yardbirds, (with founding members such as Eric Clapton/Jimmy Paige/Jeff Beck), as well as the other band members: Ali Hakini (Rhythm Guitar and Engineering), Lew West (Drums and Producer), Ed Dampler (Lead Guitar) and Alex Moore (Bass).

Normally I try to avoid the hype machine that surrounds a band referenced, name checked or filled with big name players. But something about the single, “The Long Road”, spoke to me in a way that few on the radio has in quite a while. I also remembered previewing the group’s debut single, “I Have A Dream” some months before, so I was curious. I can say I was pleasantly surprised.

The current project – The Long Road, is creating awareness of alternative cancer treatments. Lead singer, Vince Barnes, wrote the song about his mum’s own battle and recovery from cancer.

I was quite astonished at how classically constructed Free From Gravity’s songs are. The Long Road drives forward with an active bass line, articulate drumming and intertwining electric and acoustic guitar ostinatos. The song also makes use of terraced dynamics – changes in volume level and intensity caused by instruments entering and exiting within bars. This is how the song is carefully divided into three parts; namely verse, pre-chorus and chorus. A nod to early 60’s music is also suggested by shifting harmonics and chord relationships. I don’t know if Vince Barnes has studied music, but he is clearly evolving from a songwriter into a true composer, and the result is extremely satisfying.

Lyrically the song moves from sad melancholy to joyous and uplifting. It is without a doubt a very personal and intimate interpretation for Vince, but its theme is of significant interest to anyone who has ever endured the burden of a serious illness.

The Long Road is the story of Vince’s mother, Valerie Richards, and her battle with cancer. After Valerie had been taken to hospital with fluid on the lung (after having been diagnosed with cancer one month earlier and having started chemo and gone through 2 courses by then), Vince went to visit her in Spain during  August 2010. On arrival at the hospital, he actually thought that he had gone into the wrong room, as he did not recognize his mother whom he had seen only 3 weeks earlier. Hence the opening lines of the song; “I saw you lying there – it was such a shock, it was plain to see how much your world was rocked”.

All the cast and crew who worked on the “The Long Road” video, have either travelled their own Long Road, fighting and overcoming critical illness, or have loved ones who have or are taking such a journey. The lead character (the Bandanna girl), for example has Asperger’s syndrome ( a form of autism).Prior to the making of the video she had not smiled in two years, and doesn’t like to be touched either.  Amazingly in the video, not only can she be seen smiling but she also embraces the characters who play her father and mother.

Overall, Free From Gravity produces solid, deep and mature music that washes over the listener. Vince Barnes’ rhyming differs from the norm and the music justly complements the beautiful words he composes. Much of the musical writing relies on swelling guitar chords and beautifully textured 60’s and 70’s type pop harmonies. The best of many musical worlds have been incorporated into Free From Gravity, making for very interesting listening…especially if your heart still beckons for clean soft-rock, influenced by the golden era of melodic music!

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