Sophia Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sophia Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sophia has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sophia Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

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

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

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

Bag of Nickels: “Amen” – a kaleidoscope of tightly wound riffs, hypnotic vocals and booming beats

Born out of Wilmington, Delaware, the members of Bag of Nickels have played together since 1995, taking several breaks along the way to pursue side and solo projects and to decompress from the grind of playing shows, working 9-5s, and inner turmoil. Their two previous self-released albums were, “Soul Change” and “Mantequilla”.  The band sees their newly released 3rd album, “Amen” as “a culmination of many years of success; failure; personal strife; and ultimately victory.” The album was produced by Dennis Prado and co-produced and mixed with Philadelphia-based, Grammy-award winning engineer, Mike Tarsia.

Bag of Nickels

Bag of Nickels

Spun through a kaleidoscope of tightly wound riffs, hypnotic vocals, booming beats, “Amen” announces the next chapter for these alternative rock torchbearers. This album is one of the most unique I have ever listened to this year. With its powerful, rock-drenched atmosphere and trippy, psychedelic arrangements, “Amen” truly is a cool experience. For the attentive rock listener this album is as intoxicating as a fine wine on a hot summer’s night.

This album is brilliant. Yes, it’s that simple. And it’s that way right from the moment “Hold Your From” kicks in. The album shows a diverse range of rock styles and performance levels throughout. I’d also go as far to say that the feel of this album is quite surreal. There’s twists and turns and up and downs that will always surprise with each listen. It’s like a tripped out roller-coaster ride that you’ll rarely tire of. As creative as Jane’s Addiction and as hard-hitting as the Foo Fighters, Bag of Nickels takes their influences from these bands, but they are in no way trying to recreate them in any way.

The album cover

The album cover

Bag of Nickels produces music that truly is an assault on the senses, from the searing guitar lines to the stop-start dynamics on numerous songs, coupled with the melodically-influenced time signatures and extremely raw vocals. It is not a release that panders to the stereotypically moronic rock fan; Bag of Nickels are unquestionably purveyors of intelligent, thoughtful sentiments shrouded in some of the highest quality songwriting I have ever heard the genre produce. These qualities are most evident on tracks like “Impurities”, “The Set Up”, “Amen” and “Refrain”.

Bag of Nickels combine a riffing style with absolutely monster grooves and a vast combination of musical influences filtered through a seemingly minimalist approach. All of this is done with no use of samples, rapping or tortured soul gimmicks. Bag of Nickels are strictly about the music.

This was the sound of mainstream rock before it tucked it’s manhood between its legs, eons ago, and became Breaking Benjamin! The lead vocals soar just about everywhere, the distinctive guitars bring on the fire and grind, while the monstrous bass-lines are superbly supported by timely, pounding drums. The more effort you put into listening to this album, the more you get out of it. “Amen” is an ambitious, original record, from a musical unit comprising Eric Belanger, Robert Albrand, Mike D’lppolito, Dennis Prado and Gaime Prado, whose impact should not, indeed cannot, be ignored!

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