Dakú Lights: “Illuminate” – a consistent palette of genre-melding pop offerings

London based alternative pop band, Dakú Lights, was formed in April 2016 by the three band members who are represented by their own distinct color to match their personality, with Bhavini being red, Haiiiro as pink-orange and Panda as purple. They have a unique blend of music which incorporates Pop, Kpop, EDM and Urban influences. Currently pursuing a record deal, the band is focused on producing high quality music and building their stage presence for international audiences. Dakú Lights recently released their 5-track EP, entitled “Illuminate”. The title takes a cue from the band’s name, as Dakú means ‘dark’ in

Henry Metal: “So It Hath Begun” will grab you by the balls with a cruel squirrel grip

Henry Metal might have a fine veil of satire embracing the project, but he makes just about the best tribute to the excess of the 80’s and 90’s hard rock and metal genres ever. He has just released his 9 track album, entitled “So It Hath Begun” which contains great songs, which are very easy to bang your head and sing along with. The tracks all have a grooving and slamming feel, plus cool shredding and solos. In fact Henry Metal sounds no different to any of those legendary rock and metal bands from the golden era. You either get

Aeronaut: “Skara” – excellent progressive buildups and rhythmic backflips

Aeronaut can be described as Progressive Rock, Post-Rock, Indie, or simply Alternative Rock, but that doesn’t really matter. All I know is that this project delivers very interesting, fresh, and well-rounded music. Aeronaut has a huge dynamic range, from extremely fast and heavy with smooth, powerful vocals to very relaxing and atmospheric. The music is very melodic, clear and well-produced, the song “Skara” flows and changes to new and exciting ideas. The guitars are very lush and full sounding, during both heavier and mellow parts, while the bass and drums thump and bang in all the right places. Aeronaut is

Eric Hausmann: “Soaked” manages to tap into a very specific emotional core

Eric Hausmann is a multi-instrumentalist and film composer. He has produced music for a number of Malaysian films, in addition to scoring for a variety of New York film productions. He performs live as a guitarist with Portland’s Tres Gone, and Malaysia’s Space Gambus Experiment. He is formerly a member of The Gone Orchestra and Brainwarmer. Hausmann recently released “Soaked” a seven track recording which is described as “A cross-section of Asian dub-fused rock n’ roll with deep India influences.” But it’s probably more than that, as I’m hearing post-rock, world fusion, and ambient rock influences injected into these tracks. Eric

MOOD: “The Wave” is in the right lane!

Hip-hop has changed – there’s no debating that – but change isn’t always indicative of something bad. That being said, it’s refreshing to hear more rapping, with the exception of one or two bridges, versus the continual rap/sing mix that’s permeated mainstream as of late. You’re allowed to appreciate more than one way of creating music and while a lot of rappers have the notion that they should be singing as well, there’s a place for it all, especially if you don’t have a decent singing voice. You obviously can’t disregard one lane of Hip-hop while claiming to be a

EsZ: “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” – an audacious creative effort

On his new album, “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me”, EsZ aka Erron’s Attic comes out swinging from the first song, a great balance between classic Hip Hop and modern. As usual EsZ gets well thought out ideas through his songs in innovative ways; you definitely get the feeling he has the lyrical substance he wants to express. Although we’re in a dismal era of Rap currently, this could be one of those instant underground classics. EsZ catalog is filled with parables, fables, morals and lamentations, forms of storytelling that compress people and experiences into neat, digestible lessons.

Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths

The award winning Los Angeles band Luna 13 is forging a new genre of music they call Black Metal/Bass Music. Their brutal yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with electronics, which means no string instruments. Music maker Dr. Luna, creates a metal sound with synthesizers and by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Luna 13 who has been performing live for a few years now, opening for death metal/industrial and electronica projects alike, came into its own when Lilith Bathory joined in 2015. Since, Lilith, the band’s front woman, has been booking modeling jobs

Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Sick.Life: “Dreamers” – showcasing the diversity and talent of the roster

Sick.Life a collective of artists and an independent music label based in El Paso, Texas. A couple of months back they released their critically acclaimed album, entitled “Contagion”. Now off that album comes the single “Dreamers” produced by NZO, and featuring Josh Brown on the chorus and bridge, while the verses are handled in order of appearance, by Sonny Weston, Lavoe, C.Notes and E$ BFNE. For hip-hop fans growing up in the 21st century, the Sick.Life collective is simply a perfect match between raw lyrical muscle and dynamic production. I listened to the track last night with the intention of

Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls: “Curvy Girl” makes a strong statement

These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B record. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element that not all have. Cassie of Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls, offers cadences that move in an affable manner as she declares her sense of self-worth on her latest single release, “Curvy Girl” which tackles the theme of body positivity. She never rushes the pace. She intones in different ways to let the song build in complexity. Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors

Naomi Neuts: “Voice Prints” Has The Amazing Power Of A Lovely Voice Blended With Beautiful Timbres

Naomi Neuts sings right from heaven, calming and soothing, but also touching, more than ever. If you are familiar with Naomi‘s previous single, you will fall in love with “Voice Prints” immediately, right from the opening verse. If you are new to the world of Naomi Neuts, you will like her peaceful style, rich with voice harmonies sung, ethereal melodies, and an accompaniment consisting primarily of piano textures and strings.

Musically, Naomi perfects her style here. If we consider music as a union of melody, harmony, rhythm and timbre, “Voice Prints” is very interestingly made by a captivating melody and layered harmonies that are typical of modern so-called “New Age”, baroque rhythms and the radiant Naomi Neuts vocal timbres sustained by the strings, a combination easily recognizable by any Classical music listener. How all these different elements melt into the unique Neuts contemporary sound? Well that’s the secret of her art.

The single follows up the well-received debut release “Mosaic” and was composed and produced by Naomi’s husband Derek and Mastered by Eclectica Studios in Austin, TX by Tim Dolbear. I never cease to be amazed by what different musicians can do when given a chance. Naomi’s example of good, quality, and creative music is once again demonstrated in her newest offering for our ears, and for our hearts. She is unique. This new single is unique. She has a beautiful style and displays it with desired perfection.

The official single description reads: “This song conveys the emotional impact of “voice prints,” a phenomenon that occurs when one can “feel” deceived after walking into a room where others were talking negatively about them just moments ago, yet those who do this act like nothing has occurred. This song touches on that deception.”

While the chorus sings:

Don’t try to convince me you like me,
Words linger like dust in the air,
Leaving your voice prints,
I feel your truth.

I never cease to be amazed by what different musicians can do when given a chance. Naomi’s example of good, quality, and creative music is once again demonstrated in her newest offering for our ears, and for our hearts. A more mature and internal search emerges in this single. It’s a direct nutrient for the mind and the soul. Naomi has a beautiful style and displays it with desired perfection. She is unique. This new single is unique.

Much like “Mosaic”, “Voice Prints” has the amazing power of a lovely voice blended with beautiful timbres of other instruments to create a superior sound that captivates the listener. The lyrics are poetical and luring filled with strong emotions and expressive feelings. Few other artists, especially independent ones, compare to Naomi’s ability to combine her smooth sounding soprano voice with the other attributes of the song to create such an astounding and remarkable piece of music. She brings a magical aura to the souls of all those willing to open their hearts to the world she so beautifully paints.

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