Downtown Mystic – ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ – more than just a nostalgic listening experience!

One of the things Downtown Mystic notoriously excel at is masking emotional lyrics with upbeat, driving-with-the-windows-rolled-down kind of melodies. Their double-side single, ‘3-Way Heartbreak’, which also includes the track ‘Same Old Lover’, recorded in 1983, has all that and more. While for most other contemporary bands, it’s hard to recapture the real magic of rock n’ roll, for Robert Allen and his crew, this comes easy. They grew up during rock’s golden era, hence Downtown Mystic’s music lives up to the genre’s legacy, rather than just riding on its coattails. The ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ single, on the Sha-La Music, Inc. catalog,

P Bailey – “Change The World” – a lush blend of mid-tempo R&B and Soul

P Bailey has adorned our pages many times over the last few years, but just in case you missed it, we’ll fill you in again. Originally from the UK, Paul Bailey aka P Bailey grabbed his first musical influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Without any formal training, the 5 octave singer, developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown. Bailey had his first major break when Rick James sampled his track ‘Part time Lover’ for the sound

Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

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

Sofi 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 Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi 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

“Soul’d Out” – new piece of mastery from Mr. Robert Allen and DownTown Mystic

This exciting, fresh, creative, flashy, arousing, new piece of mastery from Mr. Robert Allen and his DownTown Mystic friends are awesome. If you have been waiting for that 70’s or 80’s classic music to make it into this century here it is! Honestly, I have to say I am a big fan of DownTown Mystic so this could make the review a bit one sided. But, it is also fair to state that I am the hardest on artists and groups that I really like.

The “Soul’d Out” Digital Single released through Sha-La Music Inc, contains 3 tracks including the rocker Brian Jones – which describes the life and mysteries that surround, who was known as the wildest member of The Rolling Stonesand a previous unreleased radio mix of Rise and Fall #2 from the Standing Still album.

“Soul’d Out” is a flowing combination of an 80’s power-ballad with modern-day technical creativity. Co-written by DownTown Mystic writer/producer Robert Allen and lyricist Martin Samuel, “Soul’d Out” takes a very open look at someone going through the heartbreak at the end of a relationship. Robert adds, “I knew the track would need a bigger arrangement and production than what I initially had to match Martin’s lyrics. They’re so devastating; I knew I needed to channel a singer like Sam Smith to convey the amount of emotion that the lyrics contain”.

Robert Allen of DownTown Mystic

Robert Allen of DownTown Mystic

Now here comes the ‘hardest’ bit I alluded to previously. I disagree with the song’s co-writer, Robert Allen (and I know Robert will forgive me for this), about the ‘Sam Smith-styled’ vocal being needed. Now don’t misunderstand me, Sam is an outstanding singer and an immense modern-day soul-pop artist, but this type of rock-induced power-ballad needs an even more classic, universal approach. I personally think Soul’d Out is DownTown Mystic’s finest work that I have listened to thus far, and when I heard this song for the very first time, I knew exactly what styled vocals was needed and I am convinced this is exactly the style and sound Robert Allen and DownTown Mystic have achieved here – and that’s why I love this song so much!

Which style vocals am I talking about? I’ve been a power-ballad aficionado for much longer than I’d care to remember, and the singer par excellence for this type of song, especially linked to the overall DownTown Mystic sound, could be one, and one only – Peter Cetera!

You may remember Peter Cetera and Chicago during the eighties, delivering legendary songs like “Hard To Say I’m Sorry”, “Hard Habit To Break” and “Love Me Tomorrow”. DownTown Mystic captures that same majestic, melodic, but big, hard-hitting vibe on “Soul’d Out”, which gives this song a timeless feel. So with no disrespect for an immensely talented singer, the ‘Cetera-Downtown Mystic’ combination, on this particular song, would be in another league compared to the ‘Sam Smith combo’. And DownTown Mystic absolutely nails it, for my money – with the Robert Allen-Downtown Mystic binomial, laying it down in the booth, just as it should be done!

That being said, this 3-track single album is seriously superb, from beginning to end – from slow ballad to the “Brian Jones” upbeat-rocker and the barn-stomping “Rise and Fall #2”. I had heard the advance word that “Soul’d Out” was great, but all too often the hype can be a little bit overblown. Not in this case though. This thing simply rocks and so does DownTown Mystic…with or without Sam Smith or Peter Cetera!


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