Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Old Folks Boogie Redeux” – true to their sound!

“Ya know that you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill!”, this is the line that inspired Paul Barrere to write the original version of the “Old Folks Boogie”, which would subsequently feature on the 1977 Little Feat record “Time Loves a Hero”. The citation came from a line Paul’s dad – an actor at the time – picked up at a vaudeville theater. He would often sing it around the house, so eventually Paul got hooked turned it into a song. For some time, Paul’s partner over at Better Daze Records, Roger

Glorious: “Move” – throbs with club energy

Pop singer, Livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter, Glorious, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, who has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper, Glorious recently unveiled her single “Move”. In an increasingly crowded field of urban pop artists, you may be wondering what makes Glorious worth your time. To be sure, she boasts a lot of the qualities that her peers also bring to the table. Her song is outlined with an exquisite beat, her vocals are mesmerizing, and her persona appears spectacularly captivating. Without close

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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