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

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms

Luna Elisabeth Jezebel Pool aka Baby Lu was born on February 5, 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. Lu began singing and songwriting in her early teens and went to several music auditions where she was rejected because of her young age. She then decided to start making her own music after graduation in 2018. As she didn’t have any connections yet she wasn’t able to produce something properly. In 2019 she met the producer Austin Asiegbu (2aBeaatz) and started to produce her own songs. Pool has cited Adele and Demi Lovato as her major musical influences. Her other influences or inspirations

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way!

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way! That’s the way Will Ready lives his life, no excuses, no regrets, and no looking back. Just like fine wine, Will has gotten better with time. With over 25 years in the music business, 7 albums and numerous tours, Will is ready. Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Showman, Will is the complete entertainer. His blend of R&B, Soul, Jazz has earned him welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and The Caribbean. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of R&B, Soul greats like, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Marvin Gaye, Luther

Rockstar Marcus – “Wavy” – a knack for real melody and a great sense for catchy production

Rockstar Marcus is a melodic/ emo rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining soulful singing with a touch of rap and a slew of talent, the artist’s single, “Wavy”, induces us to take a serious look at the artist’s past releases, while he drops an ambitious message for the future. As soon as the mellow sentimental mood begins to kick in, one is reminded of the psychedelic image of fluctuating soundwaves as the song plays. The beat rising and falling with Rockstar Marcus’ masterful voice and atmospheric instrumental taking us on a mesmerizing journey. The summer vibe of the song is

Bernie Aka Birdbadas – “Sensual” shows a unique flexibility and verve

Bernie Aka Birdbadas wears many hats. He is an indie artist, producer, vocalist, rapper, poet, break-dancer and graffiti painter from Glyngore, Denmark. Most importantly, he is currently promoting his double single project, called “Sensual”, featuring the title track and “Everybody Wants”. In mixing and melody, these tracks are closer to uplifting trance and groovy house than anything else, and Bernie puts his bass front and center. His arrangements, consequently, are beautifully economical. Yet Bernie Aka Birdbadas manages to craft tracks far beyond the sum of their parts. In the wrong hands, the sonics he toys can sound overdone or repetitive,

The Jimi Newton Project: “3.0: Uptown Funk” – takes us to warm place in music!

The Jimi Newton Project consists primarily of Jimi on guitar and a number of fellow indie musicians, friends and talented vocalists. The group is known for combining Edm, Funk and old school Disco rhythms with strong vocals. Jimi has brought together some of the most talented indie artists from across the world on his recordings and his latest album release, “3.0: Uptown Funk”, is no exception. It hosts a collection of musicians from Spain, The Philippines, Jamaica, USA, & Italy, including female singer Marri Nallos, a critically acclaimed artist in her home country of the Philippines who also had a spell as backing vocalist with rock’s legendary super-group TOTO.

Singer Marri Nallos

Singer Marri Nallos

If I didn’t know that “3.0: Uptown Funk”, was released in 2015, I would have said that “they just don’t make them like this anymore…”  The Jimi Newton Project’s brand of driving funk with sweet melodies and stellar vocals takes its cue from the golden 70s Funk era. Without a doubt the most grooving funk era of them all!

There are very few groups these days making good funk music like this.  The Jimi Newton Project is a collective that balances having an identifiable sound with also creating music that never devolves into sounding repetitive. The ever-rotating roster of musicians brings a different sound to every arrangement and the band benefits from Jimi Newton’s knowledge and comfort with operating in a variety of groove genres. The payoff for fans is a project that is familiar as it is fresh.

While I am not very familiar with the music of The Jimi Newton Project prior to this, their 3rd album release, they clearly have established a high bar with a successful hybrid dance formula here.  There are a number of standout vocal powerhouse performances by Marri Nallos on tracks like ‘Make A Better Place’, ‘Hope’, “Standing Here Tonight’, ‘Uptown Funk’ and ‘Reflection’. It seems there is some amount of both intuitive and creative genius on the part of Jimi Newton to continue to assemble a host of top-drawer contributors, matched with unique retro-styled compositions that set this apart from anything else on the market right now – absolutely outstanding.

Jimi Newton

Jimi Newton

The music and lyrical arrangements and production are superlative. They come right out of the gate slamming with “3.0: Uptown Funk”. The whole album is smooth, funky and energetically driven. The reggae instrumental ‘Reggae Gig’, the mid-tempo soul –influenced ‘Make A Better Place’,  the bass-driven ‘Hope’ and the electrifying guitar strumming of ‘Uptown Funk’ are just a few of my stand out favorites.

The Jimi Newton Project never disappoints on this 13-track album. Not only do you get the funky big-band sound and the dance-floor anthems, but also some soulful tunes sung by an extremely talented vocalist. “3.0: Uptown Funk” is an amazing collection of songs, the range of styles is broad and at times astonishing, the talent of the musicians and singer so exceptional you wonder why they aren’t all household names already.

The Jimi Newton Project is one of those bands that fill the heart with Jimi’s excellent music. “3.0: Uptown Funk” takes us to warm place in music where you have that live feel of funky music.

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