Matthew J Van Howe – “Emergent Narrative” – a deluge of his sonic palette!

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

Experience with adversity builds exemplary character and a spirit of resilience that allows artists to deliver great music. Their personal stories provides them with original ideas and profound insight to rap or sing about, creating a relatable feeling of vulnerability that fans emotionally connect with. Many prominent artists from today’s culture have battled through adversity to become widely accepted and beloved. There is an interesting argument – and quite a lot of statistics lean toward this theory – that adversity is necessary to become successful.  The bottom line seems to be that many artists lack the ambition to succeed because

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

Midwest Hiphop duo Strangers Of Necessity drop their new single “Abundance”

Strangers Of Necessity are an American hip-hop duo, based in the Midwest, consisting of prolific producer, CoryaYo and veteran lyricist, Fooch the MC. They linked via Twitter and quickly became friends, sparking an immediate chemistry and need to make quality music together; hence the name Strangers Of Necessity. They instantly began recording music and doing shows locally, generating a nice buzz in the area. Their sound is best described as a fresh take on that golden era of hip-hop, blending tasteful jazz and soul samples, crisp snares, boomy kicks on wonky patterns with a soulful delivery, dense schemes and potent

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

Hanen Release Brand New Video For The Song “Breathe”

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

Angry B – “Hey Corona! (Nice to Meet Ya)” – reflects the realities with a good dose of wit

On his latest single, “Hey Corona! (Nice to Meet Ya)”, underground music hobbyist Angry B pinned his rap skills and dark wit, to the sounds of mainstream pop and a funky EDM template. He blurs the lines between genres with the top of the charts — and only the top — in his sights. As can be deciphered from the song title, Angry B pulls his aspirations from the dramatic Covid-19 disease hitting mankind across the globe. “It’s one of the most critical situations we’ve had and there will be a lot of sad stories connected with it,” says Angry

Izzie’s Caravan – “Leo’s Guitar EP” – an understated guitar virtuoso

On the recording, “Leo’s Guitar EP”, Izzie’s Caravan and his guitar conspire to use every single crayon within the blue color box to deliver one of the best underground independent studio blues releases I’ve heard this year. Among others, Izzie takes his cue from greats such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, and Eric Clapton. So you can expect a wide and wholesome finger bending spectrum of sounds. The aforementioned guitar heroes are points of reference, not simple deductions for resemblance. The opening song, “Two’s In The Bush”, has a highway drive, and jangly timbre that’s upbeat and

‘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

JAMON shines with his depth of lyrics and impressively metered flow

JAMON was originally known for being a third of rap trio Da Block. He started his rap career in November of 2011 when Da Block released their first mixtape entitled “The Ride Home”. Since the release of the mixtape, Da Block has been traveling and performing with artists such as The Game, DJ Quik, YG, Big Sean, Cataracs, Kid Ink, Suga Free, Faith Evans, Mann, Mickey Avalon, Travis Porter, El Debarge, Warren G, and many more.

Jamon Saletai Kimball

Jamon Saletai Kimball

Born Jamon Saletai Kimball on October 29, 1990 in Oceanside, California, when JAMON was two years old, his family moved to Hawaii where he was raised. His father was arrested in 1999 and now serves 25 to life in prison. In 2000 JAMON moved back to California where he attended and graduated from El Camino High School in 2009. He credits Jay-Z’s The Blueprint as his first time listening to rap music but didn’t start writing until 2011.  JAMON is currently sponsored by Body Art Bus, the only fully licensed mobile tattoo studio in California and managed by Joey Chavez.

JAMON is one of the most interesting and talented young rappers to come along and you better believe the hype. It’s not unwarranted though since JAMON has the talent and the songs to back up his hype. The “JAMON EP” gives fans a chance to own a copy of one of the most enjoyable Rap and Hiphop Ep’s released in the past few months.

While JAMON does have a healthy dose of banger-worthy tracks in his catalog, there are a good number of slow songs on the “JAMON EP” where he shines with his depth of lyrics and impressively metered flow. Those that easily grabbed my attention are Momma’s Boy Ft. Cheefie Cheef (Prod. By Scarecrow Beats), Thank You (Prod. By Mr. Kooman) and Letters To A.K. (Prod. by Jamon).

jamon-400cartoonAnother great high point of this EP, is easily the production. JAMON consistently shows that he has good taste in the beats that he uses, and after having heard the “JAMON EP” a few times now, I can’t find one that I don’t like. Each one seems to be handcrafted to fit JAMON, his style of writing, and crystallizes the feel of the song. Also, the features are all well done. Clearly the standout tracks on the Ep are,  Good Ol’ Days Ft. Lil Hitt (Prod. By Juan C. Rios),  Stars Tonight Ft. Joshua Sharpe (Prod. By Mr. Kooman) and #AfakasiRaps (Prod. by The Roots). All-round though, you’ve got a mix of songs that you can just lay back, listen and relax to, while JAMON lays down his rhymes.

Hiphop and rap in particular, has been the canvas, brushes and paint used by many artists to relay their thoughts and state of mind. But at some point in time, those same brushes, paint and canvasses became more important than the pictures they needed to draw. Not so for JAMON. Sure, he has crafted a collection of songs that is for the listener who appreciates skillful wordplay and the hottest sounding organically-driven beats to ride out to. But at the same time he is directing his personal thoughts and state of mind, while colorfully painting his lyrical pictures.

This guy has so much love for music and life that it transpires through his tracks. He makes you look past the mere mechanics of hip hop and takes you to the heart the music he makes. JAMON is smart, witty and a more talented emcee than almost anyone of the new Hip-hop brigade putting out albums right now!








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