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You could call this ambient, experimental, drone, avant-garde, cinematic or simply electronic music, the fact is “Emergent Narrative”, is so impactful it’s like it’s its own genre. It’s as if some new musical form has been created from retro synthwave sounds, and ultra-modern avant-garde motifs. I was stunned by the textures, and the moods that got stuck in my head, along with the intensity and dynamic depth. This is an album to hear again and again. Loud, raucous, serene, gentle, stretching, insistent, melodic, dissonant. It is a collection of 12 musical pieces with simple one-word titles. Meaning, the Chicago composer,

Andy Pett – “Back Again” turns hurt into art with great results on this song

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Onicks – “High” is a deep slow-burn

With its enigmatic beauty, intoxicating depth and intense emotion, the follow-up to “High” is one of the most intriguing records of the year so far. The lyrics are elliptical and fragmented, touching on addiction, identity and eroticism. The track’s mood is druggy, dislocated and tortured – there are frequent metaphoric references to substances and psychedelics – the shape-shifting structure of “High” will capture your attention from top to bottom. Snapshots of elusive love and fleeting lust are scattered throughout – for whom, or for what, is where you need to read between the lines. Born and raised in the San

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Kilo M.O.E. – ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’ – serves as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism

The Baltimore-based producer, songwriter, rapper, Kilo M.O.E.’s evolution over his past three albums has been inspiring to see. I’ll always admire artists who push themselves creatively, and that’s exactly what, Kilo M.O.E. has done on his fourth studio album, ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’, and it pays off in leaps and bounds. Each instrumental is rich and developed, serving as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism. Something that this recording and Kilo M.O.E.’s recent albums have done well is allow him the freedom to rap for the sake of his craft within the confines of the album’s larger

Jim Wyly – “You Took Me” – It’s rhythmically tight, warm and edgy

Texas singer songwriter Jim Wyly is back with another soul-stirring track from his “The Artisan” album. Over 40 years deep into his craft, the Austin troubadour sounds like a home-cooked meal. He deals out comfort food for the head, heart, and soul. All of this serves his finely drawn guitar lines, bourbon-stained-like vocals, and funky acoustic-driven grooves as thick as molasses. A subtle blend of blues, country, folk and southern rock runs right down the middle of “You Took Me”. “Musicians’ musician” is an overused term. Why wouldn’t anyone with two good ears appreciate Jim Wyly? As Jim doesn’t cater

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It’s never been easier for artists to stay independent. Of course you can get good music producers, good visual directors for videos, good rappers and good singers to feature on your track without a great budget, but you have to search the world over to find deals you can afford, or convince creatives to work with you. Texas born artist, now living in the LA area, Hanen, somehow got it all together on his latest track called “Breathe”. He sings soulfully and raps with an urban edge all by himself, backed by an atmospheric slow-burning, and ear-warming beat made by

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‘Mind Blown’ – The Video and Brand New Single by EyeKonic

EyeKonik is an artist with a focus on creating punchy and appealing pop music with a personal twist. Recently, he released a brand new single called ‘Mind Blown’. What really makes this track stands out is definitely the fact that it’s so well produced, and the performance value is excellent as well. EyeKonik sings with passion and intensity, and the artist’s vocals soar through the atmospheric melodies and punchy tones of this mix. Fans of artists as diverse as Mac Miller, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Eminem are definitely going to enjoy this amazing single. Check out the newly released music

Young Lyrix: “Bastard Child”- Hard-hitting and menacing!

Ben Hatfield better known by his stage name Young Lyrix aka YLX is a Rapper based out of Kenora, Canada. He grew up on the gritty streets of Kenora, His lyrics are not for the faint hearted, sexual and misogynistic, and unapologetically so. Influenced by Eminem, 50 Cent, Notorious B.I.G and Tupac, Young Lyrix’s finds his own personal style in his ability to create so much dread and moodiness with so little elements – a synth here, a sample there, his style is one that understands the concept that less is more. Young Lyrix is also the Founder/CEO of Ktown Entertainment.

Young-Lyrix-300“Bastard Child” is one of the hottest indie rap albums out right now. If you are a rap fan, you must have this in your collection. It fuses hardcore street lyrics with excellent minimal production. Containing nineteen tracks for over 1 hour of music, it just sounds awesome. It is a contemplation of rough ghetto life from beginning to end; murder, kidnapping and dangerously black humor, but it’s also laced with pop sensibilities in its arrangements, which puts “Bastard Child” at the top of its genre.

The difference between Young Lyrix and most upcoming rappers is that he isn’t afraid to show his face or whatever, because he can rap about anything he believes on his songs. He is especially hard-hitting and menacing, on slower paced, darker songs like the title-track “Bastard Child”, “1 Million Years” and “Krazy”. Though personally for me Young Lyrix is at his catchiest and technical best onSweet Dreams (feat.Cardiac)”, “Thin Pancakes”, “We Roll Deep (feat.Musiq) and “Tonight”.

Young Lyrix’s content is so rich on these songs you can picture every word. He is a powerful taste of grimey and gangsta that is so refreshing in this watered down state of hip-hop. Plus he has an ability to flow over whatever beat is at hand. This profound, slow paced album doesn’t jump right in, too deep, too quickly. It’s almost as if Young Lyrix’s is saying, here’s a taste of what I can do, now listen up and chill out ,until we move onto the next track!

Believe the hype, “Bastard Child” is a secret weapon getting ready to blow every rapper away. Throughout the album, Young Lyrix takes you on a musical journey that moves up a level, track after track, as he delves into his thoughts, beliefs and street life as well; something many rappers are afraid to rap about because they are afraid to show they have no credibility.

Young Lyrix not only has the skill but he also displays a convincing measure of street credibility, and it shows through his lyrics on this album. Each track has some of the hottest beats and his rhymes add a spice able to make any of these songs a classic!

“Bastard Child” is the real deal folks. If you’ve been looking for something, anything, to put in your player, worthy enough for the shuffle button, buy this album. Young Lyrix, matched up with the creative production beats, samples, and raw energy, makes this album 5 stars for me.

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