J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

Fruit n Beef: “A Little Crazy” – The sky is the limit for this band

Fruit n Beef from Santa Barbara, CA is a four piece rock band in which the fruit represents the juicy, soulful, rocking female vocals and the “beef” part, the heavy riffs and sound of guitars and blood pumping drums. Since the fall of 2012 when the band started to write as Fruit n Beef, they have been focusing on playing live shows but still managed to record 4 tracks at Playback Studio in Santa Barbara. The band released the debut single “In My Head” followed by “Hollow” in the spring of 2013. That same year they released their debut EP “Into the Light”.

The trio Henrieta Stepanovsky, Mario Stepanovsky and Robert Kminiak has been together for over a decade, creating and recording different musical projects and growing as a band. After 5 years of performing and recording in their home country Slovakia they hungered for a better life and relocated to the United Kingdom, and two years later to the state of Texas USA. 4 Years later, the band moved to California and continued to play live, evolving into what is now known as Fruit n Beef.

After drummer Zac Godlove’s departure, the band focused on producing new songs and later started rehearsing with Austin Beede, a local Santa Barbara drummer, who would later record with Fruit n Beef at Playback Studio. The band has recently released their new single “A Little Crazy” supported by a music video.

It’s early days yet, to say if this is a slight move in direction, or just a short detour,  but “A Little Crazy” is infused with heavy reggae rhythms as opposed to the straight crunchy hard rock of “Into the Light”. Not that the rock has disappeared. It’s still there, flourishing across the choruses. It’s just that the band have added another dimension to this track.

After hearing this single it is clear that Fruit n Beef has become much more cohesive as a group. The new release is their crowning achievement. Granted, they presently only have a small body of  recorded work, but the new single indicates the sky is the limit for this band. I believe this recording is an improvement from the first release, especially if the band is moving toward more mainstream approval.

You only have to give this track a couple of listens before you realize that it is a great piece of crossover work. It is a template on how classic music is made. Henrieta Stepanovsky is a stellar vocalist in the rock genre and she captures the mood of this song perfectly with her powerhouse vocal inflections. The guitar work by courtesy of Mario Stepanovsky separates the Fruit n Beef sound from their competitors, while Austin Beede and Rob Kminiak do a great job in keeping the rhythm section pumping without ever overplaying, as they move through a reggae jam verse to a rock anthem chorus.

“A Little Crazy” is fantastic as it stands on its own. Yes it’s different to their previous EP release, but musicians are artists, and as such must expand upon and move into different areas to develop creatively. If you want growth you must expect change.

What comes across loud and clear however is that these guys and a girl are group of talented musicians who have paid their dues and refined their style over time. “A Little Crazy” is good, fun listening, and it finds Fruit n Beef coming into their new musical phase in life. Great job!

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