Digital Gringo: “Project Mayhem” cannot be described as anything less than brilliant!

Right of the cuff, two things caught my attention about Modesto, California creative, Digital Gringo. Firstly, his biography reads: “Digital Gringo is a rapper that raps”. And secondly, how many rappers do you know that rhyme perfectly to the funky beat foundation of Earth Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove”? But my enchantment with this atypical rapper didn’t stop there, while listening to his aptly named 12 track album – “Project Mayhem”. In fact, as a description, ‘mayhem’ may actually be an understatement once you’ve run through the entirety of this recording. The tones and moods on this album run from

Omar Bowing: “Women” – the expansive arrangement gives it a progressive bent

Omar Bowing is an independent musician and songwriter located in Austin, Tx. Omar who plays the guitar and guitarviol works with a revolving group of musicians to bring his songs to life. In particular he often collaborates with Tyson Yen, who has lent his voice to almost all of Bowing’s tracks. Omar Bowing’s latest musical creation is simply entitled “Women”. Though mirroring the endeavors of history-making females, the track intends to be a respectful tribute to women in general – from mothers to wives, and sisters to nieces, daughters, friends and co-workers, etc. And in fact the track releases on

Glocck Vee: “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” delivers sharp, telescopic views

Glocck Vee, is an American rap artist from Albuquerque, NM. He has overcome adversity in his childhood and now makes music about his experiences.  His latest single “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” features Mike Beezy Bad Azz, a recording artist, and engineer. Glocck Vee currently works with Juelz Santana, Big Trill, And Maino, and has also collaborated with Mr.Pookie from Dallas TX, Stoney Crook Records. This is a track driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real hip-hop. It’s a robust and dynamic project. Glocck Vee is pure, and, arguably, blunt. His latest single loads several compelling rounds of rage. And

The Jon Johns: “Road Trip Mixtape” – an adventurous attitude!

The Jon Johns are a duo of musicians/producers who have been making music together since 2018. Their music binds the past and the present together into a harmonious sound with musical influences from the 60’s to now. One-hundred-percent independent, the Jon Johns do everything from writing, playing, recording, producing, mixing and releasing their own music. They currently have their 9 track “Road Trip Mixtape” out now. Within minutes of the mixtape kicking into life, this supremely confident recording suggests a band at the peak of their powers, occupying their own orbit. It starts with “Make My Day”, a vast, expansive

Marcela Iglesias: “Human Doll” (feat. Eric ‘Well Written’ McCoy) – fun, bouncy and all around enjoyable

Love it or hate it, you cannot deny that Plastics of Hollywood are gaining traction and making serious waves in the entertainment industry. Spearheaded by Los Angeles, California, Talent manager and producer Marcela Iglesias, the community of plastic surgery enthusiasts are spreading their reach into the film, TV and music spheres. From Ken dolls to Jessica Rabbit and Britney Spears lookalikes Plastics of Hollywood have spent millions of dollars on surgery and aesthetic procedures altering and adapting their looks. Their aim is to simply feel happy and fulfilled in bodies they adore. By the very nature of its scope Plastics

Interview with Californian band City Kings

City Kings is an alternative rock band from Chino, California. Though mainly known for playing heavier hard rock sounding tunes, the band has a very versatile array of musical knowledge. They perform acoustic and softer renditions of their songs on streets of the Inland Empire, or original versions of songs on stages in local venues. The three-piece collective is made up of Chris, Adrian and Ruben. How and when did the City Kings project start and who are the collaborators involved? Christian Blankenship (City Kings): City Kings was basically started on Craigslist! I met our singer and guitarist Adrian after

Midas Well: “3am”- moments of pure body-high pleasure

Midas Well is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Austin, Texas. His album “Golden Rule” is coming soon to all streaming platforms via Jurnt Entertainment, along with his single “3am”. Midas raises the stakes in this stunning narrative. In lesser hands, all this creative weight could feel leaden. But Midas proves himself to be a craftsman, and gets the job done. Midas Well is a great musical artist and his new single shows that in a beautiful showcase of music.  “Golden Rule” is an album with a generous helping of highlights, not least because of Midas’ enviable vocal

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick: “Head Chucka” – a panoply of mic and beat making skills

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick are a hip-hop duo from the Bay Area. Their friendship grew into a partnership that led to collaborations on past tracks and projects. An album had been a goal for the duo, and that dream has finally been realized with “Born Illness”, an eight track LP that’s currently available on all music platforms. The album was produced via a digital collaboration between DJ Raw B and Luke that spanned the course of a year. This release shows a rapper and a beat maker who prove that they are not going anywhere soon. Both unwrap

Sevy Campos: “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace – a Pop-EDM crossover flavor

Born in Arles, Southern France, Sevy Campos began to sing and play guitar at a very early age with the desire to follow in the footsteps of the famous Gipsy Kings, who are from his hometown. During his teen years Sevy across all of Europe, and lived in the UK for 5 years He then returned to France before going to Germany. His song “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace, has been aired on MTV, and is currently play-listed on more than 160 radio and TV channels around the globe. Currently preparing his upcoming album, Sevy Campos is also planning to announce

OfficialVybe: “Anubis” – authentic, unaffected and uninfluenced

Two years after being a coma for 47 days due to open heart surgery, North Liberty, Iowa rapper Vybe aka OfficialVybe, is back with a brand new 18 track album, entitled “Anubis”. The rapper who initiated his craft under the guidance of Russell Barbary has since been produced by Grammy Award winner Matty Trump, on his single “Activist”, and has his songs available on over 600 stores in more than 120 countries. This album is chock full of more cast iron monster tunes than any mainstream rap album this year. In the world of casual rap fans, there are three

Loyal Revival: “I Am a Seed” packs a futuristic vintage punch, which feels like a subtle kiss on the cheek!

Loyal Revival is a project consisting of 6 members, led by Loyal Frisbie-Knudsen. What began as a dare from a friend, soon turned into a 12-track album entitled “I Am a Seed”, which was completed with the help of many friends, and under the guidance of Dave Melosh at Medusa Production. The album was mastered by Emily Lazar (Bjork, Vampire Weekend, The Killers) at The Lodge in NYC, assisted by Chris Allgood.

“I Am a Seed” is a stream of lush, jangly folk pop, edged with a touch of baroque and indie-rock. It forges a rough-edged grandeur with its glorious instrumentation and vivid lyricism. Moreover there is something very warm and welcoming about Loyal Revival’s music and there is hardly a song on this album that doesn’t contain that sunniness. And even though the bittersweet songs focus on the usual heart-beating topics — family, love, loss and death — there’s a strong feeling of hopeful beauty throughout.

Loyal Frisbie-Knudsen

Loyal Frisbie-Knudsen

In fact, the lyrics are crammed with vivid and striking language. At times, the words are wrapped in pure majestic, uplifting poetry, but somehow tinged with sorrow. And there’s Loyal Frisbie-Knudsen. He sounds desolate and honest in the spare ballads, but in the more complex songs he sounds sweet, strong and truly beautiful, especially when he does that soaring thing. And I have to say, I’m a sucker for the band’s sunny chorale sound — the harmonies really make those melodies sound exquisite, and gives them a more transcendent sound than most indie folk-rock bands.

Eccentric and familiar at the same time, many of the songs are written in a progressive style, and at times you may think you are on a different track number than you actually are, but Loyal Revival don’t miss a beat in delivering an altogether solid album from start to finish. “I Am a Seed” packs a futuristic vintage punch, which feels like a subtle kiss on the cheek. The vocals are always in reverberating reverence to the past, while the playing constitutes that very same greatness. The music sounds mystically graceful and invigorating – horns and all – like it is coming from an afflictive, yet glorious and faraway place. All this is finely spun into a genius work of art unlike anything else. Making “I Am a Seed” easily one of the most original and beautiful albums to come along in a long time.

This recording really defies description. It’s at the same time very baroque and very indie-rock influenced folk. But this album does a masterful job of not overloading the production with too many influences. And the songs are extremely well constructed and performed. It is a masterpiece of arrangements and harmony, each song possessing a unique melodic algorithm that is enchanting.

You’re probably wondering why I do not mention any song titles or point out the standout track. It’s simple; there are no standouts, or better and best songs. There are even no singles or standalone tracks, in my personal opinion. This album is to be listened to in its entirety – from start to finish, if you are even to grasp the basic essence of the emotional and artful genius Loyal Revival has put to work here. Just pinpointing a track, here and there, would be the most trivial and disrespectful way to treat this consummate body of work!

If you haven’t listened to “I Am a Seed”, you should definitely try to get an earful, at your earliest possible convenience. Music is not dead. You will become a believer!

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