EsZ: “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” – an audacious creative effort

On his new album, “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me”, EsZ aka Erron’s Attic comes out swinging from the first song, a great balance between classic Hip Hop and modern. As usual EsZ gets well thought out ideas through his songs in innovative ways; you definitely get the feeling he has the lyrical substance he wants to express. Although we’re in a dismal era of Rap currently, this could be one of those instant underground classics. EsZ catalog is filled with parables, fables, morals and lamentations, forms of storytelling that compress people and experiences into neat, digestible lessons.

Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths

The award winning Los Angeles band Luna 13 is forging a new genre of music they call Black Metal/Bass Music. Their brutal yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with electronics, which means no string instruments. Music maker Dr. Luna, creates a metal sound with synthesizers and by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Luna 13 who has been performing live for a few years now, opening for death metal/industrial and electronica projects alike, came into its own when Lilith Bathory joined in 2015. Since, Lilith, the band’s front woman, has been booking modeling jobs

Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Sick.Life: “Dreamers” – showcasing the diversity and talent of the roster

Sick.Life a collective of artists and an independent music label based in El Paso, Texas. A couple of months back they released their critically acclaimed album, entitled “Contagion”. Now off that album comes the single “Dreamers” produced by NZO, and featuring Josh Brown on the chorus and bridge, while the verses are handled in order of appearance, by Sonny Weston, Lavoe, C.Notes and E$ BFNE. For hip-hop fans growing up in the 21st century, the Sick.Life collective is simply a perfect match between raw lyrical muscle and dynamic production. I listened to the track last night with the intention of

Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls: “Curvy Girl” makes a strong statement

These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B record. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element that not all have. Cassie of Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls, offers cadences that move in an affable manner as she declares her sense of self-worth on her latest single release, “Curvy Girl” which tackles the theme of body positivity. She never rushes the pace. She intones in different ways to let the song build in complexity. Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors

Bloomer: “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” – washed away by sunlight and a downpour of musical ideas

Bloomer is a rock band from Baltimore, MD created by musical partners Luke Boardman and Matt Zorzi. The band’s sound emerges from a mix of 70’s & 90’s Rock, Soul and American Roots Music. “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” is contemporary indie rock at its finest. The music is sprawling and psychedelic. The mood can range from rocking to mellow. Bloomer is a band that has great song writing abilities and expressive improvisational abilities. Depending on the given song, the band moves effortlessly between straight rock and psychedelic infused jam-band grooves. This 4 track EP showcases both the band’s alt-rock

“Final Curtain” represents yet another progression for Roger Cole

Roger Cole is anything but predictable. Other than the fact that excellence flows in abundance from his river of musical and artistic expression, his music (usually together with his partner in crime Paul Barrere) is always engaging on an emotional level. Here on his solo effort, the single, “Final Curtain”, Cole is not content to repeat himself, nor is he afraid to confront difficult subjects or at least ideas that many artists don’t frequent. This time around there is this ongoing tug-of-war between moving on and living in the past. The time when someone needs to say no, and the

Pauline Frechette: “Always Lover” (feat. David) works its magic

Not so much a singer as a sublime song stylist, Pauline Frechette returns to release an impeccably performed love ballad simply entitled “Always Lover” (feat. David). Avoiding any pretense or extravagance, Pauline stretches her breathy voice to gently embrace the lyrics, as she brings out the ultimate best of her vocal and piano artistry. Pauline wanted you to hear the instruments, the vocals, and the emotion in the breathing etc., instead of a sonic rush of noise. She does this by allowing some ‘quiet’ in the recording. Pauline is blessed with a great voice, a distinctive and beautifully frayed tone

Lyndon Rivers: “Nothing I Can Do” creates a celebration in your head!

For fans of Lyndon Rivers who love dance music, house, and techno, this is not an EDM single. It’s not the house music that we know Lyndon Rivers to have made, with filtered sampled loops, drum machine-programmed beats, and electronic harsh noise. It’s not any of that that. You can’t fist-pump to this music; you can’t go nuts to it. Well you can go nuts, but in a different way you’re normally used to in the club. So when you listen to “Nothing I Can Do”, the new single by Lyndon Rivers for the first time, go into it with

An Old Friend: “I am, I was” reaches for stratospheric heights

An Old Friend is an upcoming Alternative Rock band based out of Long Island, New York, they have been said to be significantly ahead of most contemporary peers in their stylistic niche; they show an ability to stray from the norm and focus on truly innovative fragments, as opposed to one linear hook yearning for radioplay. Founded in 2011 An Old Friend continue a career of sustained excellence, the new 6-track EP, “I am, I was”, bursts out of your speakers and infects your heart and mind like few other modern-day recordings. Not only is the production quality of the music

Randolph Bush growing up with the musical giants

Being a native of Los Angeles, proved to be of great advantage to Randolph Bush, whose exposure to the musical giants has been vast. Never one to sit idle as a teenager. He took quickly to music, developing an appreciation for its many different genres. He began singing and teaching himself harmonies. After that he joined a few local groups and started performing. He opened up for The Whispers, The O `Jays, The Johnson Brothers and other groups that came through L.A. and also toured overseas.

Now with his CD “All Grown Up”, full of melodic, infectious grooves, under his soulful smooth vocals, Randolph Bush takes you through New School, Old School and Contemporary Gospel. Innovative is one of the words to describe his overall drive. He says, “I consider myself a performer but I could spend the other time when not performing, in the studio producing”.

Randolph Bush

Randolph Bush

How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?

Randolph Bush: Music has always been a part of my life, as a youngster, teen group member and pretty much my adult life.

Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

Randolph Bush: Gene McDaniels, Motown, Stax Records, The Philly Sound and Johnny Mathis.

Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?

Randolph Bush: John Legend, Nick Jonas, Pharrell, Adele, Mary J., Lords and most definitely Pharrell.

Have you suffered any ‘resistance’ from within the industry, and if so how have you handled that, and how do you handle criticism and naysayers in general?

Randolph Bush: Resistance, getting national airplay and meeting the right people. I just keep plugging away, and promoting whenever possible. As far as criticism and naysayers that will always be no matter, some love some hate. Take the good and constructive, and keep rolling, keep believing and stay positive no matter.

Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?

Randolph Bush: Both have their place. There is nothing like live stage, I really enjoy performing and the studio is where a lot of magic happens. I love them both.

Tell us something about your album “All Grown Up”. Did you write the music and lyrics or did you work with a creative production team on this.

Randolph Bush: Journey of Sweet Music. Creative production team, there must have been 15-20 people hands on. From the beginning to end “All Grown Up” takes you on a journey

How would you compare the new Soul and R&B music to the classic artists of yesteryear?

Randolph Bush: The story telling of classic artists is so full & deep. New Soul is more popcorn. Example: my song Do You Remember ( it`s new school ) compared to the song I Wanna Make It Easier ( it`s old school ), compared to the song Drop It Low ( Which features R&B stylings, hip hop influences, a subtle use of paired vocal harmony, repetitive melodic phrasing and extensive vamping. )

Which ingredient do you think still makes you special and unique as a performing artist in a genre thriving with young newcomers?

Randolph Bush: My style and range of music.

Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

Randolph Bush: Independent creative decision. Not having the power of the big machine, to open these many needed doors.

The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

Randolph Bush: Believe in yourself, don`t give up. Practice, practice, practice. Take music lessons, Vocal & Instrumental.

If someone has never heard your music, which 3 keywords would you personally use to describe the overall sound and style of Randolph Bush?

Randolph Bush: Journey in Sweet Music – CONTEMPORARY ADULT-ORIENTATED MUSIC

What can fans expect next from Randolph Bush in the near future, more recorded music, live performances or anything specific collaborations?

Randolph Bush: I am already back in the Studio, working on the CD ” For My Friend ” and planning a Christmas CD for the future. I do have some new people I`m in collaborations with, but can`t mention names, but there are surprises.

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