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

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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

Sax Quartet The Quadraphonnes ‘Get the Funk Out!’ on Latest Album

It’s not every day you come across an all-female saxophone band, but then again, The Quadraphonnes are no ordinary group of musicians. Their latest album Get the Funk Out! (2014) proves that. Over the past eight years, the Portland-based quartet’s synthesis came from a shared love of music, particularly of their revered saxophone and all its variations, as well as the ability to create beautiful music and have a unique vibe about them. One member said, “We all love the saxophones more than anything. What started out as a casual ‘for fun’ group grew into an opportunity to play out and entertain when we realized that we worked so well together.”

The feminine foursome, along with their backing band, are most often compared to Tower of Power and Rebirth Brass Band, and this comparison rings out on their latest album, Get the Funk Out! The 11-track album is funky beyond belief from the very first, title track, which is a picture-perfect kickoff for the album as a whole and sets the stage for the rest of the tracks to come.

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The Quadrophonnes

On the next track, “New Orleans Mood,” the title aptly describes the atmosphere set by both the rhythm and interwoven higher-octave saxophone melodies that overlay the solid baritone sax bass line. The percussion is light and upbeat in the New Orleans jazz tradition with sax lines that wail in the exuberant way that New Orleans jazz and brass bands sing out in hometown performances.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong (with a Manicure and Champagne)?” takes the energy down a notch with a more laidback baritone sax line that’s joined by harmonic melodies in the upper saxophone range. About midway through the track, the baritone and alto saxophones solo simultaneously, their melodies meeting up for brief interludes and then falling back into their own groove, finally joining each other for a brief moment of haywire before the rest of the saxes and vocals join in on the fun.

On “Like a Tiger,” the vocals assume a starring role more than on many of the other tracks. For a good portion of the track, the saxophones take more of a background position as the backing band takes the lead in supporting the lyrics and main melody. But no song from The Quadraphonnes would be complete without bursts of saxophone licks sprinkled in between verses, so really, the saxophones always remain a fixture even when the band features another set of instruments and sounds.

On a few tracks, the album also features guest musicians like guitarist Jennifer Batton, who is formerly Michael Jackson’s guitarist, and percussionist Mike Snyder, who recorded on all the Mel Brooks soundtracks, Little Mermaid and Home Improvement.

All in all, The Quadraphonnes have released a funktastic album that’ll bring a slick groove to any listening session. This is the kind of band that even if you can’t catch them live, you can’t help but find yourself getting down in the comfort of your own home.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.quadraphonnes.com

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