VAVO: “No Friend Zone” captures millennial youthfulness and free spirit

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Quinn Soular: “Ovah & Ovah” ft. Ziggi Recado – both impressionistic and insightful

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Emmanuel Dalmas & Kirby Howarth: “This Is Love That I’m Feeling” – a song with a country bent

Emmanuel Dalmas a company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry from the South West of France, also moonlights as a multi-genre music composer. Dalmas has been steadily building his music catalog since kicking things off in 2016 from his home studio. He produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his projects, which in turn are made available for both commercial and non-commercial use. Emmanuel Dalmas recently dropped his latest single, “This Is Love That I’m Feeling”, done in collaboration with Kirby Howarth, who added the vocals and lyrics to Dalmas’ music and

Armonite: “And The Stars Above” – complex, vibrant sonic landscapes

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MVJOR ARCVNA: “The Last Word in Love”- a master of layers and sequenced progression

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DJ Mizzy: “Prost” – gorgeously phrased synth lines, and subtly floating aural overtones

Boasting a sound that goes from his favored deep house grooves to hip-hop, DJ Mizzy, born Claudel Larose, is an international DJ and producer raised just outside of New York. Inspired by artists such as Sander van Doorn, DJ Yonny, and Avicii, Mizzy has a strong passion for his work. Throughout his 18 years of DJing, Mizzy has traveled all over the world to perform, using the original Technic SL1200 turntable as his prime tool. His latest endeavor is “Prost”, a German influenced track with a melodic tone, incorporating a subtle Caribbean flair. DJ Mizzy’s melodies are emotionally evocative and

Boy Leadfoot: “Turn-Buckle” – wholeheartedly playing to their strengths and sounding great while doing it

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Juan Donovan: “Merlot & Marijuana” – a brilliant compendium of styles and luxurious production

As one half of the production duo Darkroom Productions, Juan Donovan has produced with his partner Jamal Roberts some of today’s hottest artists. That list includes R Kelly, Wale, Young Money, Maino, JellyRoll, 24Hrs (Royce Rizzy), Brick Squad, G-Unit, Bad Boy, and more. The duo also won multiple awards for its phenomenal work on HBO’s classic hit series “The Wire”, which garnered them featured in major publications such as FADER, The New York Times, VIBE, and dozens more. It’s not surprising then that Juan Donovan would want to drop a record that’s as much a personal statement as a collection

American Spirits: “Nowhere Near Perfect” – at their most musically and lyrically ambitious

Since being launched in 2017, Bowling Green, Ohio, Indie Rock band, American Spirits, have also founded The Summit Shack, a local DIY venue that has hosted over 25 bands since its inception in the same year. 2018 saw the four piece band release their album “Nowhere Near Perfect”. This recording will grip you by the neck and slam you into the ground. It’s simply one of the most listenable Emo albums you would have heard in a while. You could play the whole thing through without getting bored, probably every day if you wanted to. The music is catchy. The

Internationally Acclaimed Contemporary Jazz Band Drivetime Drops Elegant New Single “Mysterious Life”

 Song is the Lead Single and Title Track of their Latest Album Single Follows their Billboard Jazz #1 Most Added song “Whispers”  Single Marks Band’s relaunch Via Red Hot New The Sound of Los Angeles (TSOLA) Records  (Los Angeles – The Sound of Los Angeles (TSOLA) Records is proud to announce the release of a new single, “Mysterious Life,” by Jazz Fusion torchbearers Drivetime. This Michael B. Sutton production is enriched with sensual soprano saxophone, spacy synths, pulsating drums and percussion, deep pocket bass and enigmatic electric guitar, “Mysterious Life” – the title track of the band’s eight and latest

Nytro: “Some Things Never Change” – good old-school hard rock, plain and simple!

I was a Judas Priest fanatic in the late 70’s and the 80’s but fell away in the 90’s as I didn’t like the direction that Painkiller was heading in. Now in 2015 I see that the Priest is back to their old ways with an absolute tour de force of fiery riffs, virtuoso solos and well composed songs…or are they? Then I read the band line-up on the recordings again – Mark Williams – Guitar, Rod Weygant – Guitar, Dennis Gage – Drums and Steve Wright – Bass. No, this is none other than the St. Louis, Missouri based hard rock band, Nytro!

The album cover

The album cover

Rod Weygant and Mark Williams grew up as neighbors and started writing and recording songs before they were teenagers. Fast forward to the 90’s and as adults they wrote and recorded 15 albums of original material. Finally in 2013 they decided to start work on a professional CD. With the help of longtime friend Dennis Gage on drums, their lifelong dream of making a professional album came to life. The debut album “Some Things Never Change” contains 10 handpicked songs from the Williams/Weygant catalog.

Great riffs and tunes outweigh any production quibbles – always has done and always will do. And on this album there is plenty of both, and damn good old-school production too – which means raw, down and dirty mixing. Though the first track, Off With Their Heads  kicks things off with an urgent and insistent guitar riff, all hell really breaks loose on the second track, Death Dealer, where Nytro let their inhibitions go on a rampant wild goose chase. Drums, bass, guitars and vocals just go at it full throttle.

Nytro Live

Nytro Live

Slip of the Knife slides through tempo changes and an exercise in guitar precision with Mark and Glenn riffing so deceptively simply, to great effect. However it’s the overdriven guitars on Fit to be Tied that truly set my ears on fire. Heatseeker has the kinds of riffs that Ozzy Osbourne’s first edition of Black Sabbath would have been proud of. Even the vocals are reminiscent of early Ozzy on this one.

All-round though, the quality of songwriting is genuinely great and there is no filler, this is a good old-school hard rock album plain and simple. And things even get decidedly better with Fire Against Fire which contains a rough-riding rhythm and some good chanting choruses to add some anthemic substance to potentially great stadium rock song. Of the remaining four songs, its High Voltage and Subliminal Submissionwhich impress me the most.

Nytro in the studio

Nytro in the studio

“Some Things Never Change” was the type of sound the hard rock youth back in the day were looking for, and which today, all grown-up, they still crave; the lyrics, the distinctive voice, heavy guitars, great bass playing and thumping drums. Chock a bloc bursting with smoking hot tunes from beginning to end, this is how metal and hard rock was always meant to be – a combination of tempos, not all speed not all slow, choruses you can walk away singing and great riffs that’ll have you playing air guitar endlessly!

“Some Things Never Change” is far removed from the flashy, glossy, error-free, corporate or radio-rock delivered by Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman or Breaking Benjamin, as Nytro take us back to the realms of this genre’s roots. And they do it authentically and convincingly!

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