MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Emmanuel Dalmas – a natural ear for a good melody!

Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating both his craft and catalog, with a series of single releases that move between Pop, Easy Listening, EDM, as well songs in his native French tongue. From his home studio Emmanuel produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his

J-Carter: “Time to Shine” is more than quality flows, rhymes, and beats

J-Carter is based out of New Jersey. Motivated by a plethora of hip-hop artists who have appeared on the scene during the past 30 years, Carter began his musical journey by writing lyrics at the age of 13. “Time to Shine”, his debut album, has been in the works for nearly 2 years now. “And now it’s here to hopefully shed light on all aspects of the world we live in,” says J-Carter. The Deluxe version of the album includes 19 tracks and features Cateasha Carter, Jasmine Carter, Aaron Carter, Jacee Carter and Janiya Harris. “Time to Shine” is a

Dynamics Plus: “Dynamic Universe Volume 9 Rocket Science” – A Wildly Eclectic Approach to Rap

Lenzmen producer and recording artist Dynamics Plus creates his sonic visions while taking the listener on a journey into the labyrinth of his imagination. It’s the inner mechanism of the Mind Action that leads us to a world crafted from Foresight that is ancient and futuristic, terrible and promising. His radioactive beats are created in Fallout Shelter Studios under the watchful eye of Doctor Atomics. This is intelligent hip hop from a lyrically enhanced scientist.

Dynamics Plus creates a Rocket Science album. This is the result when an expert lyricist is focused on crunching the numbers and crushing the formula. The remainder is a rocket ship blasting into orbit. Enjoy the ride. Finally we can say “This is Rocket Science”.

Most talented rap producers wish they could ply their verbal wares on the mic, while their emcee counterparts often hope one day, to be able to twiddle a knob or two. So what happens when these two rap’s renegade start flipping rhymes and beats for a full album?

For starters, you get a whole heap of possibilities as to where hip hop can go sonically. On “Rocket Science”, the bass lines and punctuated drums are sure to make the jiggy, jaded, and conscious bob their heads unremittingly. This album is a natural progression from previous works, with moods music shifting rapidly and without warning, tracks start one way, and then stop and morph. Musically, it is far less reliant on ‘standard’ Hip-Hop sounds, pushing more determinedly into funkier, soul, jazz and other keyboard induced grooves.

In fact, such is the wildly eclectic approach here that it almost begins to feel like an avant-garde form of beat production. Organic sounds are in abundance and littered across the whole album drawing from a huge catalog of sources.

The lyrical flow sounds like a mix between Q-Tip and Eminem. It’s so intensely musical, it doesn’t require you to like rap music at all. The lyrics are clever and occasionally brilliant, and the delivery top-notch. Every track is constructed with excellent beats, rhymes, and intricate word-play; these attributes definitely make this album worth the cheddar.

Unlike a lot of rap and hiphop artists, who are just out to make money in spite of the harm it does to the credibility of the culture, Dynamics Plus displays an interesting musical and mental progression within the genre, adding his own distinct qualities. From the opening moments of the album, there is a sense that what you’re about it hear is going to be different.

When the sounds of “Rocket Science Intro Esper Wish”, hits your ears, you are quickly convinced that the lyrical flow just couldn’t fit any better with this beat, and that goes for every song on this album.

“Rocket Science” showcases 18 tracks, but this is one of those albums where there are no single highlights. Simply put, the whole album runs as a seamless blend of music that is one complete highlight. I’d be lying if I told you there weren’t tracks that I like better than others, but I’d also be lying if I said that I ever skip to these tracks.

Bottom line: amazing production, superior lyrics and almost no time wasted. I seriously cannot think of any flaws that this album has. “Rocket Science” is a must; you won’t be disappointed by how good this album is, or how easy it is to listen to.

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