Infectious Rhythm: “Silhouette” – a steady impacting beat, retro analogue sounding synths

I’ve always loved Infectious Rhythm since I first him about a year back with “Daydreams”. To be quite honest, I think the good thing about this independent electronic music producer is that he is consistent. He doesn’t have songs that repeat or sound the same, or at least, I don’t think so. I think what he does is adhere to a certain theme in each release, with a great level of creativity that becomes apparent the more you listen to it. I like it because it shows me that this artist knows who he is are and he knows the

Knowshun: “Dedicated (Remix)” – imaginative rhymes in a mix of street and fantasy!

Knowshun is a lyricist and producer from Chicago, IL. The rap/hip-hop artist’s latest project, a music video for his single “Dedicated (Remix)” was based on a nightmare the artist had the night before the video shoot. The cinematic music video explores dark themes of purgatory, a spirit in limbo and battling against dark forces. Gripping imagery of shadowy figures permeate the video. “Dedicated (Remix)” is featured on the mixtape “Lyrical Fire Episode Two: Liquid Napalm” written and performed by Knowshun, produced by Credit Ninja B. The original track was by MF Doom & MF Grimm. The music video was shot,

Keys And Vices: “Chronic Nostalgia” can rock the socks off of any audience!

Keys And Vices are something of a Trojan horse. Hidden within the confines of a band with a cryptic name and fronted by a deceptively talented lady is a power-trio that can rock the socks off of any audience and probably any band they share a bill with. Stacked with massive riffs and sweet hooks, their “Chronic Nostalgia” is a monumental step in their recording career. With beefy production that highlights the tight dynamic between front-lady Jennifer Valdez (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Lyrics), bassist Kevin McCarty and drummer Kris Ayala, the band’s first full-length offering packs enough punch to dominate modern

Brady Novotny: “Passions Collide” is a skilled expression of his dazzling compositions

During the early to mid-seventies is when the guitar maestros were coming out. John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. The mixed both electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity with equal ease. Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Flamenco abounded flavors abounded on their releases showcasing a 360° vision of the guitar as a lead instrument. Brady Novotny who started playing the guitar at the age of 10, is pretty much cut of the same cloth, and on his latest album, “Passions Collide”, he even includes a vocal track featuring his wife, Jennifer. Inspired by Randy

Tohi: “Out The Box” – emotional music you can chill or groove to!

Tohi is a rap artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his musical career as the first Persian rapper at the age of 13. He was forced to perform illegally in his native Tehran, where rap has been banned. In order to chase his dreams, Tohi located to Dubai for two years where he was able to create music openly, followed by a move to London. As he continued to build his career Tohi performed at major venues such as Barclaycard Arena Hamburg and The Global Arena Stockholm and HMV Forum London O2 and won awards, including Best

Bearzerk – An executive music team with a proven track record

Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with. It takes one set of skills to help

Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” has cracked the code for the modern music world

Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong.

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – absolutely compelling!

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English,

Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – The meticulous sculpting of soundscapes

Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World

ROSABEL: “The Album” – Compositions of the highest quality

ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria

Makala Cheung: ‘Moon’ is woven like a tapestry!

Following a few years in an Urban/Pop duo, and going on to feature on local Hip-Hop and Grime tracks, in 2012 Makala Cheung began her solo artist endeavor, releasing 3 EPs and the album “River”. The album featured in Bristol Live Magazine’s ‘Albums of the month’ and tracks featured on stations, from BBC 1Xtra and BBC Introducing in the West to Ujima FM and BCFM. We recently got a listen to Makala Cheung’s second album ‘Moon’.

Makala Cheung (c) Marcus Way Photography

Makala Cheung (c) Marcus Way Photography

I have to admit it took me a while to fully appreciate this album. It’s so complex and beautiful. At first listen there were a few songs that hit me right off, the evocative “A Little Deeper”, the slow soul-stirring “Fade Away”, “Imperfections”, the throbbing “Show Love”, and the catchy “Stand Up”, but it’s only after you’ve really listened to the whole package, with headphones, without distractions, that you really appreciate the labor of love that this record represents.

You should listen to this album to witness an artist at the top of her game. It’s not slapping a few chords and verses together; this music is created from a flash of an underlying idea, and then woven like a tapestry – dressed up, and painted in a kaleidoscope of delicate strokes. Makala excels both in straightforward piano songs like “What He Said”, as well as dense and complex structures such as “Feel The Rush”.

The MOON album cover

The MOON album cover

Makala Cheung walks a fine line between many styles. She can be straight ahead poppy, artsy, or very avant-garde. Her voice can be almost light, carefree and airy, and then elegantly sultry, dark and sexy.  She is a true original, and with ‘Moon’ she hits a peak of creativity.  Her unique vocal cadence and range hypnotizes and sends chills up the spine, along with the sublime precision of the instruments and soundscapes you are hearing.

‘Moon’ lifts your mind, body and soul to unexpected heights, track after track, as the songs showcase not only Makala’s amazing voice but her diverse songwriting talents. It is a work of immense musical maturity, harmonic brilliance and impressionistic perfection. Confirming that at least one modern-day musician is dedicated to creating genuine art and real beauty on her own terms. Lyrically, these songs will also take hold of your soul and never let go, as Makala Cheung explores a myriad of deeply contemplative themes.

No doubt ‘Moon’ is the work of an artist in full control of her powers. It is essential listening for anyone interested in hearing beautiful music by a truly beautiful human being. There is so much more I could say because Makala Cheung has given us so much here, but I’ll leave the music itself to share the rest of its virtues with you.

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