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

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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

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The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Muzik Genesis: “Retrospection” – a style and sound which is a departure from the norm

Muzik Genesis is the musical alter-ego for Pablo Orozco-Castro. Muzik Genesis recently released its 13-track album entitled, “Retrospection”. Influenced by such diverse artists as Frank Zappa, Serart, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian and Victor Jara, Pablo started production work on the album in 2008 cultivating its themes which deal with psychology, politics, immigration, travel as well as life’s lessons and hardships. All songs were written, performed and produced by Pablo Orozco-Castro, “at his home studio with no fancy equipment,” adds Pablo. Let me start by saying that I understand why a lot of fans may be frustrated with this album, and the various directions it takes. The truth of the matter is you won’t always like what an artist does all of the time, every time, especially when you find an artist like Muzik Genesis, who pushes the boundaries and challenges listeners.

Pablo Orozco-Castro

Pablo Orozco-Castro

Sometimes we’re just too lazy to follow a style and sound which is a departure from the norm. Muzik Genesis mixes and mashes genres and styles crushing all perceptions of their distinction. He can move, back-to-back, from the progressive rock of “Desert Journey” to the ambient Rap of “Taken Away By Waves of Melodies”, or from the grungy spoken word of “Retrospection” to the piano-driven Hiphop of “Growth Process”. Not to mention the videogame and drum and bass sounds of “Experiment 3014”.An argument could be made that just because an artist can be this creative, doesn’t mean that they should be. That is not the case here though. While it pushes the limits this album was the right choice.

It is rare that an artist steps this far and this aggressively into such a diversity of in the same album and do it so brilliantly. What most people don’t understand is that this album actually makes perfect sense for Pablo Orozco-Castro. He is an artistic and progressive musician at heart (or at least makes one hell of a case for being one). His music is rich and layered, combining complex sounds and structures that are not the norm to create simple harmonies that fill the pop senses. Muzik Genesis has far more layers to his music than mere social commentary. While I won’t deny that there’s such commentary throughout the lyrics, there exist emotions above and beyond this social commentary. There are moments of melancholy and curiosity, eloquently conveyed by Pablo Orozco-Castro’s offbeat voice. The man can rap his lyrics, but he can also slow and draw his singing voice out into a despairing line, calling emotions up in the listener, as he does on “Shiva on the Ganges”.

Muzik-Genesis-200Unlike many commercial minded musicians, Pablo Orozco-Castro takes the chance to explore his own vision on this album, and by applying his own complex muse Pablo has made the sound more personable and eclectic. If you are someone into radio singles, this isn’t going to be for you. The structure, balance and emotion of the music requires your undivided attention if you are to be entranced by this album in any way. After the third or fourth listen you’ll be hooked and catching little intricate parts that you might’ve missed the first time through.

There are a wide range of songs on his album, from the hyperactive ones, to the more emotional offerings. You’ll also find a couple of truly bizarre songs, and while initially strange to the ear, they will become supremely catchy highlights of this album after a few listens.Rather than tuning into radio stations and allowing yourself to submit to their playlists, search for and find artists like Muzik Genesis that at first presents itself as impenetrable, but later reveals itself to be ingenious!

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