AKASH: “Rooftop Vibes” conjures up an imposing sonic architecture

AKASH is an 18-year-old Indian Hip-Hop/Pop artist from New Jersey who a couple of months back rolled out his 10 track album “Rooftop Vibes”. AKASH penned all the tracks and called in a crew of talented producers including Davincii, DopeBoyzMuzic, and ANS who also contributed his vocals on several of the songs. The entire album was mixed, mastered and engineered by ANS of ANSstudios in New Jersey. “I’m excited for this album because it’s a reflection of not just my life now, but the life I’m striving for,” explained AKASH. “It’s a diary of the various aspects of life that

Busola Martins: “Pleasant Surprises” ft. Bukola Bekes – You can hear the passion and her intention

“He turns my life around”, with these words, Busola Martins whets our appetite as we are led with bated breath into her new release “Pleasant Surprises” ft. Bukola Bekes.  With her ingenious use of simple questions and quotable phrases, she challenges us on a mid-tempo cliff hanger to re-access our relationship with Jesus. Precisely because Gospel thrives on its spontaneity, it has often traded lyrical sophistication for its immediacy.  This is not so with this track. Saved without being sanctimonious, and heaven-aspiring while remaining down-to-earth, when it comes to conveying ministry within her music, Busola Martins handles the load with passion

Weston Simonis set to release “Yoga Pants” video on Thanksgiving

For those who’re still unfamiliar with Weston Simonis and his wide range of musical styles, this is a very special talent. A native of the Grande Ronde Valley, Weston is difficult to pin down to one or two genres. Some might say he’s all over the place. I say he has the special ability to play Blues, Rock, Funk, Metal, Punk and any progressive thinking crossover music at will. Listening to his award winning album “Moments Of Intoxication” has reminded me that there was a time when you could hear all types of artists on the same radio station. Now

Jay Felicite: “758 Stories 2” features killer hooks and irresistible melodies

When thinking of England as a musical landscape, Dancehall may not be the first genre that pops to mind for people not in the know, but it’s there, under the surface of the streets, the thump of the drum and pop of the bass reverberating into walls, and spilling out under the doorways from dub clubs and roots bars. One of the current underground stars of the UK’s indie circuit is probably Jay Felicite (pronounced; Fay-Lee-See-Tay) is a Saint Lucian born and raised singer, songwriter, sound engineer. The resilient firebrand is making a big noise with the release of his new

Cris Marshall’s music will ensure he hooks as wide an audience as possible

Cris Marshall is an American Country Music Artist raised in a musical home, the small town of Haslet, Texas. He received his first drum set from his father at the age of two and by 8 he was playing his first guitar. In his teens, and alongside his dad, Cris began performing at some of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most well-known music venues. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Cris also launched his very own home studio when he was 18, recording artists and bands all over Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. However his passion for writing and performing never subsided during this time,

Midnight Watchman: “Liquid Universe” – an extremely focused record

A guitarist and keyboard player who began as a street musician in UK before touring the US and then returning home, Andy Jones AKA Midnight Watchman, is a composer and producer of ambient music. Influenced by an extremely wide spectrum of music and musicians, that go from Vangelis to Chopin, ad Ryan Adams to Tycho, Midnight Watchman has released his 12 track instrumental album, entitled “Liquid Universe”. In the hands of a lesser artist, the varying song structures of this album would likely become tiresome, but every one of the album’s twelve tracks is a testament to the Midnight Watchman’s

Joey Britton: “Edmonton Sessions” – fluorescent, acoustic-centric ambient atmospheres

Joey Britton started his journey in music at an early age. He joined the band ISO and played lead guitar helping to launch the Torn and Tethered Album. After ISO, Joey decided to move to California to expand his skills in the music industry while writing, recording, and producing his own records.  “I try to write songs that tell stories, relate to people, so that when you listen to them – you realize you’re not alone,” says Joey Britton. Exploring is an experience not easily replicated. Associated with it is equal parts thrill, anxiety, and apprehension. Exploring a new artist

Daryl Yahudy: “Soulful Life Within” – a perfect calling card

Indeed, you could say that Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy, a former professional athlete, is a soul singer with a warm timbre and a penchant for sublime, emotional arrangements, defining what the neo-soul genre should sound like in 2017. He is a singer with a fine voice weaving a spell on songs which are full of distinctive takes on universal topics. The album “Soulful Life Within” is almost looking at how he was, how he is and how he will be in life. The warm, evocative, impeccable playing around Daryl here ensures a timeless listen. The album is overflowing with lush, lilting

John J: “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters” – strap yourself in and enjoy this vibrantly orchestrated roller coaster

I have always been eager to pick up every piece of music John J issues because of the lyrical expertise he demonstrates in every song, and the attention to the music production and features he provides. John J has just dropped a 5 track bonus EP, entitled “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters”, which comes hot on the heels of his latest release, “Pain To Power”. Like his previous recordings, each song on this EP carries a different succinct feel and hook while the flow stays swift and acrobatic. The beats, features and subject matter again excel well above average.

Chaz Hearne: “Rise of the Voluminous” – sneakily inventive and massively engaging

The very first thing I learned while listening to the album “Rise of the Voluminous” by eclectic folk artist, Chaz Hearne, is that the defining question regarding any Hearne song is which Chaz Hearne he’ll be. Will it be the introspective, contemplative Hearne of slow-burning masterpieces like “Falling For Reason” and “Hount The Jab”? Or will the party-starter behind “Fun In ‘82” poke his head out, armed with flash phrases and funky beats? Or maybe he will just activate his progressive art-rock mode, as on “Voluminous Man” and “Spicy In The Dim Halls” – catchy, complex, yet ultimately armed with a sort

“Vibrations” – Peter Jam brings an intellect and respectability back to socially conscious music

Peter Jam (Jambazian) is a Lebanese-Armenian independent artist, global rights activist, singer, music composer, thinker, motivational speaker and inspirational world traveler for peace and justice, born in the midst of the Lebanese civil war in Beirut. His passion for music and art appeared during his teenage years, despite growing up in a modest family during difficult times, he studied and experienced a wide variety of music styles from Oriental Arabic to Armenian traditional, and pop to blues/rock and metal.

Influenced by all these music styles, and inspired by his experiences as a peace, environmental, human/civil and animal rights activist, which include the “Europe Peace Tour” (singing the peace song “If You Want” in more than 20 countries across Europe.

Peter Jam has moved beyond music and does speeches in places like UNESCO Palace in Beirut and UN complex (parliament) in Vienna. He speaks, reads and writes in 4 different languages, English, Armenian, Arabic and Turkish. Utilizing his cultural and musical backgrounds, he also writes music for films.

Peter actively supports and cooperates with several organizations around the world, from human rights including civil rights, women and children’s rights to animal rights and environmental activism. Peter got recognized by renowned Organizations and always looks forward to be the inspiring hand that is ready to clap, creating new bridges for a better present and future, upholding all the organizations and individuals that believe in the Power of Will to Change.

Peter Jam is an acquired taste. This music may not be for everyone; but it’s a great feeling grasping the intensity of the lyrics, the attitude, and the message that Peter sends to his listeners. His music will make you think; then make you think some more; and that’s never a bad thing. So get “Vibrations” and experience the magic for yourself.

The eleven tracks that make up the album cover a wide range of styles from rock to hard rock to grunge, punk and alternative, with a pinch of the singer-songwriter attitude thrown in for good measure.

Though precious and rough as an uncut diamond, the words are like burning coal, the music like rolling thunder and hits you like a skyrocket. It is as fascinating and as extremely powerful a symbol as that of the 60s counterculture. With its extraordinary surreal imagery and literary references, Peter Jam brings an intellect and respectability back to socially conscious music.

As mentioned before, “Vibrations” is raw, and lacks the formal perfection of the common radio ready music- but that doesn’t make it any the less impressive or significant. Whether or not one reads any actual deep-rooted meaning in these lyrics, the fact remains that these songs are absolutely essential, for popular music to acquire the much-needed respect that it has recently been denied.

Stacked between these two bookends, “Let’s Rock n’ Roll” and “If You Want” are gems like the haunting `I Have To Tell You’, `Cathrine’, and the absolutely superb `Back To You Again’.  Above all else, “Vibrations” creates the potential for rock to be difficult and challenging. Making it a defining album in modern Rock and Roll: it allows music to be complex and elaborate, but also angry, confident, unrefined and loud with a definite raw retro taste.

This album showcases the diversity of Peter Jam. If you have a good understanding of music, which is not only a matter of taste, but also something called quality, you must like this album.

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