Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Mountain Mirrors: “Asylum Acres” – music stripped down, but only to the essentials of beauty

Mountain Mirrors is a project by Jeff Sanders. Jeff sings, play the guitars, the keyboards as well as takes care of the arrangements of his music. Through the years he has brought in various musicians to ‘add their unique flavors to quite a few tracks,’ says Jeff. The latest album, “Asylum Acres” include performances by Steve Riley – drums and percussion , Kurt Baumer – violins , Dave DeMarco – bass guitars, baritone guitar on “Asylum Acres”  and Phil Rohr bass on “Spell”.

Jeff explains the idea behind “Asylum Acres” as being “a sort of a concept album about places you’d visit in dreams, out of body experiences, astral projection etc. Not a “musical novel”, but more like a collection of horror/suspense short stories (think Poe, Lovecraft or Stephen King)…”

Jeff Sanders - founder of the Mountain Mirrors project

Jeff Sanders – founder of the Mountain Mirrors project

“Asylum Acres” is perfectly appealing to me in every way: lyrically, instrumentally, vocally, its unique style, right down to the cover. Every song stands alone on its own merit yet, the album as a complete composition is breathtaking with each track making the previous and next sound even better.

Musically, you’ll definitely be reminded of quaint acoustic neo-folk sounds though Sanders is apt to dust them with indie-rock influences and heavy doses of Kurt Baumers able violin. His compositions remind me of the stripped down dark moodiness possessed by Nick Drake, blended with the extravagant musical genius of Lindsay Buckingham’s layered arrangements.

Mountain Mirrors’ music is stripped down, but only to the essentials of beauty – poetic lyrics, warm melodies, and selective instrumentation, as Sanders finds a perfect balance between complexity and simplicity on tracks like “Your Angels”, “Dead River Co.” and “Full Of Flies”. While for me the most striking track on the album has to be “Spell” with its punctuated percussive rhythm and richly layered acoustic arrangement tinged by a brief but intense guitar solo. A more elaborate and engaging guitar solo is also to be found in “Full of Flies (alternate Sandman mix)”.

Throughout the album, Saunders sticks to his strengths and compose a beautiful and coherent mélange of mild-mannered – mostly gloomy – sometimes strangely cheerful – but always insightful songs. Yes, “Asylum Acres” is like an experience unto its own. It is one of those albums that have some sort of creative spark, so when you listen to it, you can tell something remarkable is happening in your presence, though you can’t exactly put your finger on it…

Some artists attempt to compose songs that give listeners lucid imagery, transporting them into celestial and entrancing auditory spheres. Some succeed whereas others need to sacrifice melody to do so, concentrating on ethereal synthesized walls of sound. Jeff Sanders and Mountain Mirrors, however, succeed with simple acoustic instrumentation and tons of melody. And Sanders does it better than any recent artist that I can remember.

You don’t have to be particularly gifted to appreciate “Asylum Acres”. All you need is a pair of ears and a love of real music. This album is an utterly staggering collection of moving music!

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