Grand Rezerva: “Nowhere Bound” pumps adrenaline into the unsuspecting listener

The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the latest single, “Nowhere Bound”. Grand Rezerva’s simmering movement around the verses facilitates a sense of building momentum through the bridge that reaches a point of release at the chorus. The band has creatively shoehorned itself into 2019’s contemporary active rock radio ballgame, with a classic

J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

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Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

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Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

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Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

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Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

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LORD TOPH: “Articles in the Cellar” – one of the best albums of its genre!

LORD TOPH is an artist, composer, producer, and author. He is the CEO & Executive Producer of Monté CrisToph Multimedia and the creator and founding partner of StarField Stories, a children’s literature publishing company. LORD TOPH is also the founder of the art style, “Empathicism.”

LORD TOPH has comfortably fused the Delta Blues, Classic Rock and Soul influences from his musical roots, into his new 12-track album “Articles in the Cellar”, released during July 2015. Each song takes you on a journey, giving you that classic RnB-Soul feel that is all but lost in music these days. To put it simply this album is one of the best albums of its genre, I have listened to lately. I mean I did not skip a single track and I am not kidding. I have been listening to this album over and over again for the last 72 hours before writing this review.

lord-toph-350bLORD TOPH is a very passionate man and it can be heard in the words chosen as well as the spin he puts on them. I think he had a point to prove with “Articles in the Cellar” and went way beyond. He has a strong, passionate and extremely soulful voice in the old Soul tradition, and it shows from the first track, “Foolish Games”, which kicks off the album. It has a radio-friendly hook with great singing and lyrics.

“Get It Straight” and “Wanna Love Ya” has more great melody and sound like songs that could have been recorded by a 1970’s crossover soul-funk group. LORD TOPH’s voice is earnest and gruff and you truly believe that he means what he is saying here. The groovy beat is pumping on these tracks and the music is funky.

By the time you get to the horns, opening the title track, “Articles in the Cellar”, it is clear that this album does not include the typical hip-hop soul or watered down crossover RnB, currently in vogue. In fact the rap verse found on this track has nothing to do with the overdone swaggering pseudo-gangsta rap stuff at all. It’s the old-school spoken word flow, which is crisp and cool.

“Better Days” and “Nobody’s Fool” establishes LORD TOPH as a genuine, traditional Soul vocalist…with a twist. Much like Prince in his heyday, LORD TOPH has that modern contemporary funk and rock flair in his vocal inflections that sets him apart, in a genre of his own. Which brings us to possibly the best three songs on the entire album, the blues-infected “Little to Nothing”, the almost psychedelic “Said and Done” and one of the rawest, most soulful tracks I’ve heard in while, “Ever Let You Down”.

lord-toph-coverNo two songs on “Articles in the Cellar” sound alike. They each stand out musically with their commonality being rooted in LORD TOPH’s distinct vocal inflection which rides comfortably along the patterns of each arrangement. LORD TOPH makes you grateful that there are still some artistes around who don’t just simply set their sights on the pop charts, radio airplay, magazine covers and then take things from there.

Those that do may celebrate multi-platinum sales but such performers are artistically vapid and culturally irrelevant. In ten years’ time, no one will even remember anything they did. On the contrary, LORD TOPH has a vision, a dream of making real music, and an intention of sticking to his ideals. Selected by the American Music Academy for Grammy candidacy in several categories in 2012 and 2013, I feel he needs to receive far more credit than he has so far.

You have to love LORD TOPH for remaining true to his game and true to the legacy of good music that exists as a result of the many great soul, RnB and blues artists that have paved the way before him. “Articles in the Cellar” is a cohesive assemblage of all of these together with LORD TOPH’s own personal musical heritage blended with honesty and his unique style and flare. It really doesn’t get much better than this!

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