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,

Walker’s Cay paint a musical tour de force!

Walker’s Cay is an original rock band based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Members include Gary LaBarr, (Vocalist/Rhythm Guitar/Keyboards), Mike Swain, (Lead and Rhythm Guitars), Tim Morrissey (bass) and David “Dave” Pistilli (Drums). The band, who gets its name from an “out island” in the Bahamas, is stylistically and technically reminiscent of bands such as Styx, Journey, Def Leppard, Toto, and Heart. Walker’s Cay is currently touting two singles – “Why Oh Why” and “Tell Me”. Some outstandingly gentle, acoustic-guitar-laden melancholy can be found in the opening of “Why Oh Why”. The band’s intent is not too apparent from the

Ners: “Silence brings life” – the tracks are consistently compelling

Ners are a rock band from Reggio Emilia, a small city in the north of Italy. Formed in 2002, they have recorded four albums, “Fading out”, “Ners”,  ” A new beginning” and “Silence brings life”. Ners have played gigs on many Italian and European stages and have performed as an opening act to artists such as Ian Paice (Deep Purple).Their best achievement has been reaching the final of Emergenza Rock at the Taubertall Open Air Festival and grabbing a stunning sixth place. The band’s self-produced video for the song “Jupiter’s tale” also won the prestigious Pivi award.

Ners who are comprised of: Alberto Bertolini – vocals, guitars, Fabio Festinese – drums, Paolo Mega – guitars, Stefano Ferrari – bass and Marco Casini – keyboards, synth,  cite their main influences as eighties and nineties bands such as The Cure, Pearl Jam, Counting Crows, Radiohead and others. “Silence brings life” is their latest 10-track album, filled with haunting music and poetry.

NERS-400The music created by the Ners is so honest and emotional it seems to be out of time. Relating more to the great bands they mention as influences, rather than being a current-day release where 2-chord bands are more popular than fast-food. “Silence brings life” is simply full of superb music. Complete with wonderful songwriting, infectious and melodic hooks, outstanding lyrics, evocative vocals, and master musicianship.

From Alberto Bertolini’s impassioned vocals and cryptic lyrics to the jangling instrumentation, the songs gel perfectly. While the organic production, keeps the rough edges in place, helping the music to breathe, but the real success of the album is due to the band themselves, who have matured gracefully over 4 albums and many live performances.

The music on this album feels natural and immediate, and upon closer inspection, the craft of each member really shines through. The songs are tight, with strong hooks on the choruses, and nice, memorable melody lines; the arrangements are earthy, but they’re never cluttered. Most importantly, the band does not overwrite or over-emote, turning in a set of well-balanced rock songs to tantalize your ears.

But the best thing about “Silence brings life” is that it holds together as a cohesive album while providing some of the best individual songs in the band’s catalog. The album tracks are consistently compelling, ranging from the winding narrative of “Waiting for the sun” to the sprawling acoustically driven “Night vibes”, onto the reverberating “Time” and the measured, melancholic, piano ballad “Silence brings life.” These subtle differences – the confident performances, cohesion, and assured songwriting – add up to Ners’ strongest album to date. They may recall rock giants of the past, but only in the best possible way – by crafting an album that ebbs and flows like the best classic rock records of our time.

Ners maintain a position at the pinnacle of contemporary indie rock music with their latest album. Everything they do, every song they write is near flawless. They are as fluent writing upbeat songs as they are writing somber ballads. What is even more astonishing is their ability to consistently preserve the profound meaning of the songs they write. Ners put work into their music, and that’s what I love about them!

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