VAVO: “No Friend Zone” captures millennial youthfulness and free spirit

New York-based EDM duo VAVO was formed in 2015 by the talents of Vancouver native Jesse Fischer and London born Alden Martin. VAVO’s early works featured a progressive, electro sound, which appealed to a wide audience, and it included their remix of Martin Garrix’s “Scared To Be Lonely,” their first solo single “Ace Of Spades,” “Astronomia 2K17,” and their remix of TheFatRat’s “Fly Away.” The duo started 2018 off with a bang, dropping ‘How Low’ with John Christian on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Records. In March, VAVO debuted a new creative direction – an EDM/Pop crossover sound that has resonated with

Quinn Soular: “Ovah & Ovah” ft. Ziggi Recado – both impressionistic and insightful

Quinn Soular has released his 3rd official single “Ovah & Ovah” which is a summer banger featuring guest vocals from Dutch-Caribbean Reggae superstar Ziggi Recado. Born on the Island of St. Maarten, Quincy Adolphin aka Quinn Soular is a Pop and R&B singer-songwriter who has his own music production company, QP (The Quinn Productions). If you’re a fan or just a longtime R&B historian in general, you probably know that some of the game’s most renowned voices were cultivated in choir stands and churchyards. Sure, R&B’s secular content often clashes with the gospel’s divine intent but the similarities are unmistakable.

Emmanuel Dalmas & Kirby Howarth: “This Is Love That I’m Feeling” – a song with a country bent

Emmanuel Dalmas a company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry from the South West of France, also moonlights as a multi-genre music composer. Dalmas has been steadily building his music catalog since kicking things off in 2016 from his home studio. He produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his projects, which in turn are made available for both commercial and non-commercial use. Emmanuel Dalmas recently dropped his latest single, “This Is Love That I’m Feeling”, done in collaboration with Kirby Howarth, who added the vocals and lyrics to Dalmas’ music and

Armonite: “And The Stars Above” – complex, vibrant sonic landscapes

May 2018 saw the release of the new album, “And The Stars Above”, by Italian progressive rock band, Armonite, featuring violinist Jacopo Bigi and keyboardist Paolo Fosso. The album also includes a guest appearance by Porcupine Tree’s bassist, Colin Edwin. Composer Fosso and violinist Bigi are classical musicians who through their teenage years, joined local bands, playing a variety of genres and artists, from the Beatles to Dream Theater. At the end of the ’90s, while still in college, they would play in a band called Armonite. They released an album in 1999, performed a few dates live, and then

MVJOR ARCVNA: “The Last Word in Love”- a master of layers and sequenced progression

Jaron Pearlman aka MVJOR ARCVNA, is an audio engineer, backing musician, and songwriter who grew up in Asheville NC, and is now based in Atlanta GA. Over the years he has toured and recorded with a wide range of artists, including The Indigo Girls, The Shadowboxers, Amor Kismet, Mercury Jackson and more. MVJOR ARCVNA is revered by many critics – and certainly by us – as one of the most quintessential independent producers currently around, standing almost alone in his ability to mix catchy crossover EDM-Pop sounds with complex rock-styled songwriting, and igniting the electronic underground in a truly unprecedented fashion.

DJ Mizzy: “Prost” – gorgeously phrased synth lines, and subtly floating aural overtones

Boasting a sound that goes from his favored deep house grooves to hip-hop, DJ Mizzy, born Claudel Larose, is an international DJ and producer raised just outside of New York. Inspired by artists such as Sander van Doorn, DJ Yonny, and Avicii, Mizzy has a strong passion for his work. Throughout his 18 years of DJing, Mizzy has traveled all over the world to perform, using the original Technic SL1200 turntable as his prime tool. His latest endeavor is “Prost”, a German influenced track with a melodic tone, incorporating a subtle Caribbean flair. DJ Mizzy’s melodies are emotionally evocative and

Boy Leadfoot: “Turn-Buckle” – wholeheartedly playing to their strengths and sounding great while doing it

Max Gordon with Boy Leadfoot is a three-piece blues-based, alternative soul and rock project, from Vancouver Island, Canada. Their latest release, the EP “Turn-Buckle” is a breath of fresh air compared to the pop dribble permeating the American music scene right now. This is the type of musical project that will carve out a steady cult following and attract a good deal of critical acclaim. All three members are very professional and innovative musicians, and musicians of any sort will gobble up all kinds of licks, tones and spices from this release. The EP resides in the nebulous nexus of

Juan Donovan: “Merlot & Marijuana” – a brilliant compendium of styles and luxurious production

As one half of the production duo Darkroom Productions, Juan Donovan has produced with his partner Jamal Roberts some of today’s hottest artists. That list includes R Kelly, Wale, Young Money, Maino, JellyRoll, 24Hrs (Royce Rizzy), Brick Squad, G-Unit, Bad Boy, and more. The duo also won multiple awards for its phenomenal work on HBO’s classic hit series “The Wire”, which garnered them featured in major publications such as FADER, The New York Times, VIBE, and dozens more. It’s not surprising then that Juan Donovan would want to drop a record that’s as much a personal statement as a collection

American Spirits: “Nowhere Near Perfect” – at their most musically and lyrically ambitious

Since being launched in 2017, Bowling Green, Ohio, Indie Rock band, American Spirits, have also founded The Summit Shack, a local DIY venue that has hosted over 25 bands since its inception in the same year. 2018 saw the four piece band release their album “Nowhere Near Perfect”. This recording will grip you by the neck and slam you into the ground. It’s simply one of the most listenable Emo albums you would have heard in a while. You could play the whole thing through without getting bored, probably every day if you wanted to. The music is catchy. The

Internationally Acclaimed Contemporary Jazz Band Drivetime Drops Elegant New Single “Mysterious Life”

 Song is the Lead Single and Title Track of their Latest Album Single Follows their Billboard Jazz #1 Most Added song “Whispers”  Single Marks Band’s relaunch Via Red Hot New The Sound of Los Angeles (TSOLA) Records  (Los Angeles – The Sound of Los Angeles (TSOLA) Records is proud to announce the release of a new single, “Mysterious Life,” by Jazz Fusion torchbearers Drivetime. This Michael B. Sutton production is enriched with sensual soprano saxophone, spacy synths, pulsating drums and percussion, deep pocket bass and enigmatic electric guitar, “Mysterious Life” – the title track of the band’s eight and latest

LiJames The Chosen: “For The Love Of Music” – Free Your Mind and Move Your Behind!

On January 28th Lisa, The mother to LiJames The Chosen gave birth to one of the music industry’s most respected Rap Artists. As a kid, LiJames would sit by his mother’s radio while she cooked and he would jot down the lyrics to 2Pac’s song “Dear Mama”. Even if you ask LiJames today, he still thinks “Dear Mama” is 2Pac’s best song ever!

Born and raised in Queens, LiJames lived on 169th Street and 88ave with his Mother and his younger brother Darious. As some people may not know, “The Chosen” is LiJames’ real middle name. It was given to him by his mother to give him a purpose in life and that purpose was to be the first to succeed in his family. So, at a young age he would just stand outside of ciphers and listen to the older dudes on the block freestyle.

It’s difficult for well-meaning, open-minded individuals to embrace current hip-hop music, because so much of it is shallow and insulting to the intelligence. As much as we’d like to ignore the sentiments and just nod and groove to the beat, it’s often impossible to separate the medium from the message.

For those who find in hip-hop music the potential for mass communication, but grow tired of machismo and casual sexism; try LiJames The Chosen“For The Love Of Music” mixtape.” It’s an intelligent, deeply soulful, and uplifting recording that will both free your mind and move your behind!

Taking inspiration from many factual events about modern slavery, discrimination, and corporate domination on wealth and equality, the lyrics are the main attraction on this mixtape, no matter how good the music is. As a rapper, LiJames is unique, with a rhythmic flow and creative use of words; he uplifts and investigates and only insults when understandably necessary. His songs are filled with positive images and intelligent solicitation as he calls for social reform and solidarity within the global community.

LiJames The Chosen’s grooves slide along with authentic samples and organic beats. Musically, “For The Love Of Music” is a total treat. This mixtape molds an inkling of Jazz, R&B, Soul power, heavy beats and heartfelt rhymes into a creative and ingenious masterpiece. The fourteen tracks included here, take you on a thorough and compassionate ride through questions, ghettos, social issues, unlawful persecution, love and family.

Standout tracks that will undoubtedly capture your attention are: “What A Shame”, “Looking Out My Window”, “Child Slavery”, “I’ll Get By ft. Ky’Vion”, “Knowledge Is Power” and “Aint No Boss ft. Kay’Vion”. In an industry ruled by materialistic rap artists, LiJames The Chosen offers a kick in the butt that returns us all to the true essence of hip hop music.

If you like your hip-hop ear-friendly but not boring, resourceful but not copycat, utterly appealing but certainly not lame mainstream, then LiJames The Chosen may just be the answer. Musically inventive and lyrically thought-provoking, “For The Love Of Music” is the sort of charming genre-consolidating classic that comes once every few years. It’s a joy to listen to and evokes great feelings of empathy with every spin.

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