MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Emmanuel Dalmas – a natural ear for a good melody!

Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating both his craft and catalog, with a series of single releases that move between Pop, Easy Listening, EDM, as well songs in his native French tongue. From his home studio Emmanuel produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his

J-Carter: “Time to Shine” is more than quality flows, rhymes, and beats

J-Carter is based out of New Jersey. Motivated by a plethora of hip-hop artists who have appeared on the scene during the past 30 years, Carter began his musical journey by writing lyrics at the age of 13. “Time to Shine”, his debut album, has been in the works for nearly 2 years now. “And now it’s here to hopefully shed light on all aspects of the world we live in,” says J-Carter. The Deluxe version of the album includes 19 tracks and features Cateasha Carter, Jasmine Carter, Aaron Carter, Jacee Carter and Janiya Harris. “Time to Shine” is a

Judaism Alive – A Musical Odyssey – the feeling of absolute joy and harmony!

Judaism Alive – A Musical Odyssey is a musical project inspired by the book Judaism Alive written by Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn. The music is written and composed by Shlomo Einhorn and Yishai Mendelsohn. The Ep sounds like a journey by someone exploring and staying relevant with himself and his emotions as well as those listening to the music and lyrics. It better exposes us to the road of life we’re all travelling along, but sometimes don’t completely comprehend.

The book by Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

The book by Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

The songs in “Judaism Alive – A Musical Odyssey”, reawakens how tough and bitter life can be, “Life has beat you up, knocked you down again, To the ground…” And then tells us how we can cope by having faith and praying: “I Daven …..And all I feel is light inside, I Daven ….And make myself one again.” It challenges us to search beyond what we know: “How can you judge what you haven’t heard?” And then it gives us a sense of purpose: And my passion was stoked strong, And my vision went deep and long, My Judaism’s Alive, It’s pumping through my veins…” before it bids us farewell: “Living life, laughter and tears, Taking chances, these will be our best years…” The words are sharp and deep throughout, while the music is dynamic and compelling.

Judaism Alive – A Musical Odyssey displays through music and words just how exhilarating life can feel. How inspiring and elevating it can be if we just let it. Often we think that we should all be so lucky to connect with this feeling of absolute joy and harmony. The lyrics evidence that if this all sounds impossible, it is not. And that life can get better than it is. However to achieve this prosperity we need to at least have faith, live by some basic rules from our prayer book and learn from those who have lived before us. Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn along with Yishai Mendelsohn has crafted the song themes around empowering the Torah life, but these essential principles can be considered as imperative in any religion, culture or creed, if we are to truly improve our state of being.

The message in every song gently reels us in while the music and incredible, crystalline vocals uplifts our spirits with soaring melodies and persuasive arrangements. If you’re expecting austere or restrained traditional music, think again.  Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn and Yishai Mendelsohn have tapped into modern pop sounds that could comfortably slip into any Top 40 chart listing. Just crank up the volume and get lost in the Country-Pop melody of “Hashem Hold On”, as it opens with the foreboding lines, “Nobody was expecting the news that day, Nobody thought it would play out this way…”

The album cover

The album cover

“I Daven” is a real sing-along type rock song; great melody, catchy driving rhythm and loving lyrics. It’s an uplifting, enlightening experience that will have you belting out the chorus at the top of your voice along with the singer. If you love the simple goodness of music “Mishmar” is a sonic adventure well worth basking in. I challenge you to experience it. Listen to it at least three times. I think you’ll find your toes tapping, your fingers moving, and your soul grooving to the sounds dancing all around. Throw away your inhibitions, close your eyes and sing:  “Mishmar, Oh mishmar – Pass me a fork and a plate, You come here tired and need your sleep, But you’ll leave feeling wired and suddenly leap, There’s a kind of magic in the air…”

I’m a sucker for ballads though, and when I arrive to the soulful RnB crooning of “Raining in Manhattan”, the hair on the back of my neck bristles with anticipation. And rightly so! This song is delicate and deep, but oh so powerful, where once again the vocals absolutely shine within an elegant musical arrangement.  But there are so many great songs in this 12-track collection that I would need many pages to rightfully represent them, suffice to say that I didn’t expect to like this album as much as I do.  I’m not Jewish or even anywhere near being sufficiently religious or righteous enough to have enjoyed this album if the music was not of an exemplary and deserving nature. Well quite frankly I was blown away!

The songs are superbly written, performed and produced. They are melodic and the lyrics are both touching and meaningful. Hardly could you ask any more from a modern pop-rock recording. Judaism Alive – A Musical Odyssey is probably one of the best multi-genre albums I have listened to in many years and that is saying a lot, considering how many albums I listen to in one single day!

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