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

Sundance Jump with W. Dire Wolff release the Indie Rock Video “Zodiac Killer”

Zodiac Killer is a wild Indie Rock song with crazy slide guitar laid over a rockabilly beat. The song is about a woman who frequents a night club called Zodiacs by nights, and cruises around town by day. Deep Purple Sage is a CD, Vinyl, and Digital release by Sundance Jump with W. Dire Wolff. The album blends Alternative Rock with Psychedelic Acid Rock. Recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Skylab Studios; the album has an underlying desert theme.  The LP is recorded in the old school style of Acid Rock vintage tube amp guitar sounds, mixed through analog

THE BRKN DEBUT EP ‘NO. 3’ OUT NOW VIA INGROOVES

FRONTMAN JACOB CADE’S ‘ACOUSTIC HANG WITH JACOB FROM THE BRKN’ WILL LIVE STREAM VIA THE BANDS INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK THROUGH THE END OF APRIL AT 6PM PST/7PM MST/9PM EST THE BRKN recently released their debut EP No. 3 via Right Brain Music Group/Ingrooves. Their new video for their song “Broke” has garnered over 100 views in just two weeks. Since the band’s spring tours have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus, frontman Jacob Cade will be live streaming acoustic sessions every Tuesday through April via the band’s Facebook and Instagram. Tune in at 6PM PST/7PM MST/9PM EST at https://instagram.com/thebrkn or https://facebook.com/thebrkn and #BeatTheVirusWithTheBRKN. “We’re

D-Witt flexes the pen of a budding cinematic storyteller

I recently heard about an artist called D-Witt from Rockford, IL.  Illinois is the home of some prestigious sons who have left unforgettable marks on hip-hop’s history. I’m expecting an unfiltered rebel who is unafraid to bare his soul and burn down buildings. A fearless heart is a quality that makes fearless art, and I hope that’s exactly what D-Witt has arrived to present us.  So I press play on the first track called “Enemy”. The sound is open and strong-willed. There’s no doubting that D-Witt has something to say. The amount of care that goes into his lyricism stamps

Mercedes Nicole: “People Are Talking” – voice and delivery strike your memory in familiar ways

Mercedes Nicole’s infatuation with music began sitting at the feet of her father at age seven as he played and replayed the warped albums he treasured of the great women in jazz, Billy Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn. Seeing her complete fascination with jazz, her father began sneaking her into clubs in Los Angeles, where she spent most of her childhood and teen years, seeing and hearing greats like Nancy Wilson, Bobby Hutchinson and Cal Tjader. However, being brought up as a strict Baptist, Mercedes did not venture into music like her peers in high school or college, until age 30, when her fascination with Jazz became undeniable.

Mercedes Nicole

Mercedes Nicole

Mercedes is vocal jazz stylist who interprets standards, blues, original compositions, and New Gospel music. In 2005 she wrote, produced and performed her first tribute to Nina Simone at the 300-seat Microsoft Auditorium in the Seattle Public Library. In 2008 and 2009, she performed the treasured recordings of Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughn at Demetrio’s Jazz Alley and she has graced the stage in a variety of top class venues.

Recently we ran into her latest single release, “Touching The Sky” and followed it up by browsing through some of the songs from her CD “People Are Talking”.  The album contains 6 covers, 3 original songs and 1 prayer. We discovered that Mercedes is a genuine gem amongst the clutter composing today’s musical spectrum. Thank goodness she’s faithful to her remarkable vocal stylings.

Talent aplenty, Ms. Nicole’s voice and delivery strike your memory in familiar ways. Comparison to world-famous blues and jazz females are tempting, perhaps justified. Nonetheless, Ms. Nicole is never derivative but rather refreshingly comfortable in an all-new manner. Mercedes Nicole is also smart enough to work superb material. On her  CD “People Are Talking”, she easily interprets standards by such great tunesmiths as Van Morrison, Vernon Duke, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and George Gershwin into her own repertoire.

The first time you hear Ms. Nicole you make the assumption: this is some legendary great from the past in some glorious newly re-mastered recording you have never heard before. You’re a little surprised when you’re wrong and more than a little intrigued – this is Mercedes Nicole, who in her own quiet, unassuming way is as much bigger than life as any of her peers.

I have a passion for female jazz vocalists and track hundreds of them, known and unknown. Simply put, Mercedes Nicole is a superb and moving singer, the real deal, with her own voice, which is as smooth and rich as aged single-malt scotch over ice. Her phrasing is dead-on and there isn’t a single clunker in her catalog.

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Her songs are arranged and performed with a subtlety, restraint and intelligence that throw into marked prominence the deficiencies of modern-day poseurs who sing a variety of songs in a jazz-inflected style but embody disingenuousness with every breath. Listen beyond the superficial similarities, to Holiday, Fitzgerald and Vaughn, and you’ll hear in Mercedes Nicole a singer who is plugged into the essence of what elevates the jazz art form: simple, direct expression, and no reliance on overtly forced technique.

Ms. Nicole’s husky mellow tone elicits a tender blend of romance, vulnerability and sensuality, giving her a style of her own. And it is most evident on her original compositions like “People Are Talking”, accompanied beautifully by Alexey Nikolaev’s saxophone, and the melancholic, yet uplifting “Touching The Sky”. She has an effortless palette of notes she moves through with a pitch perfect and low resonant delectability, which can be admired on the bluesy “Chicken Biscuits & Gravy”, another original composition.

Ms. Nicole is also ably assisted by some talent musicians, including Piano – Darin Clendenin – Gregory Smith, Bass – Clipper Anderson, Drums – D’Vonne Lewis – Jamael Nance – Don Gunn, Cello – William Smith, Guitar – Steve Peterson, Vibes – Susan Pascal.

From classic standards to original compositions, Mercedes Nicole’s voice and timing of her words and music brings us a fresh clear view of life and takes us to an earlier time. If you love great female vocals, singing great songs, this lady and her CD “People Are Talking”, will stand up to anything you have ever heard…by anyone. Trust me, I know from experience.

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