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

Jesse Elliot: “I Gave You My All” – is powerful work on any level

Jesse Elliot will release his debut album “I Gave You My All,” in June of 2015, featuring lead guitarist Jim McGee, bassist Ed Pratico, rhythm guitarist Brian Spitz, pianist Luke Elliot, and drummer Frank Lettieri. This exciting, fresh, creative, gritty, arousing, piece of mastery from Jesse Elliot and his friends is awesome! When it rocks it really rocks as in the opener, “Really Good To Be Alone”. But there is great depth and range to virtually all the music here. The confessional sense of “I Don’t’ Need A Reason” is heartfelt and moving.

Elliot pretty much comes out swinging and does not let down for the first 5 tracks at least. “Gotta Get Over You” and “I Only Have These Chords” play perfect testimony to his crunchy guitar-driven alternative rock style.

jesse-elliot-coverIn fact the first half of the album supplies a muscular, punchy sonic exploration of Elliot’s rocking influences, showcasing a rugged production style that melds many of Elliot’s more raucous vocals with the hard-driving guitars of Jim McGee and Brian Spitz.

The second half of the album courts Jesse Elliot’s acoustic-influenced, smoldering singer-songwriter instincts. Where more gentle melodies like “I Can’t Live Without Her”, “She’s All I’m Thinking Of” and “With That (I Love You)”, spring to the fore.

Music often says things that we don’t always say in our day-to-day existence, and that is why it is such a powerful force. Music is not only exciting to connect with, but often the lyrics can resonate with you psychologically. The crossover, singer-songwriter and rock styles that Jesse Elliot and his band crafts on “I Gave You My All,” can be mind-altering; especially as the varying moods arrive rather unexpectedly in the midst of something else. For example, straight after the mellow “Can’t Live Without Her”, and right before the acoustic-guitar picking of “She’s All I’m Thinking Of”, you’ll find the bellowing psychedelic rock sound of “Really Good To Be Alone”.

jesse-elliot-400“I Gave You My All”, is a compelling and engaging recording from a dynamic artist who crosses musical boundaries, back and forth, and sometimes even in the same song. Jesse Elliot can be a righteous and rocking songwriter who goes for the throat with impressive results. Yet at the same time, if he needs to slip into your heart through the back door, quietly and gently, he will!

There is a sense of urgency in many of the songs, while Elliot’s vocals are chilling in the way they cut to the core of emotion and yet comforting in the way they sound so familiar. This album was instantly likable for me and has only gone up from there. Jesse Elliot is also an effective lyricist and that comes through loud and clear across every track.

All-round, “I Gave You My All”, is powerful work on any level, where Jesse Elliot, together with his solid backing band, expresses himself musically and lyrically and that’s a damn good way to kick off a debut!

“I Gave You My All,” will be officially released on June 13, 2015.

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGEREVERBNATIONFACEBOOK  

About The Author

Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.