IJK – “High Tide” – an undeniably radiant surge of energy throughout!

I normally don’t like anything this pristine and clean sounding, but “High Tide” by Imad Jack Karam – better known simply as IJK,  is so undeniably catchy (the kind that subconsciously takes over your mind) that throughout its clean and safe runtime, it hardly matters. The melody is so clear and sharp, the rhythm effortlessly danceable, every little vocal croon rings as charming and captivating. IJK’s sweet, funky and resonant pop-rock is as lovable as can possibly be. It is also quite a layered sound that the Lebanese-born singer-songwriter produces, as pricks of melody float through an obscenely catchy chorus

AP Project – “Out of The Blue” – Smooth, beautiful mixes, innovative style and very cool grooves

The AP Project is a band formed by students from the conservatory of music in Naples (Italy). Its members include band leader Arcangelo Pezzella (guitar), Guido Foi (piano and keyboards), Alessandro Petricciuolo (bass), and Francesco Pellegrino (drums), and features Angela Addezio (vocals). Though the group comes from a jazz background, they prefer not to label their music in any way. “We all come from jazz,” says Pezzella, “but we all go somewhere else. That’s the best feature of our album,” he continues, “It’s a sonic journey through different yet similar soundscapes.” The AP Project took shape about a year ago,

Solomon’s Architects – “The Edge Of It All” goes beyond pure musical pastiche

Bryant Micheal Waghorn can make your head spin with his creativity and output as a singer, songwriter, project leader and musical collaborator. The album, “The Edge Of It All” by his pet project Solomon’s Architects, featuring multi-instrumentalist and producer Luc Michaud, as well as collaborator Josie Elysia, is a nod to the great pop, prog and rock crossover artists such as Peter Gabriel, the elaborate tropes of The Mars Volta, the complex bombast of King Crimson and the shuddering rhythms of Rush, with a thick smudging of REM-styled, organic singer-songwriter flair. Add a clear-headed ear for melody and arrangement to

Matt Draco – “Get Off” – a cautionary tone that’s burned into every word!

Raised in Inglewood, California, Matt Draco’s prowess blends his aggressive West Coast personality with his nimble New York inspired rhyme schemes. As a child he studied the lyricism of creatives such as Notorious B.I.G, J. Cole, and Jay-Z, and by the time he was 14, Matt also taught himself how to compose orchestral music, enhancing his musical understanding and vision. By the age of 18, Matt Draco had the honor of conducting University Preparatory School’s orchestra twice, with two different pieces composed by himself. He then returned to his native Hip-hop roots releasing a series of freestyles and singles on

Kiing Dee! – “Black Kings (ft. King Los) flows with such a captivating style!

Kiing Dee! has been boxing since the age of 6. He grew up in the Pawtucket/Providence area where he fights out of Big Six Boxing academy. He has won many regional tournaments as well as fighting in the 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifiers and previously being ranked #2 in the country. Kiing Dee! went professional in 2018 but an Achilles injury changed his life. It forced him to do the only thing he could do while recovering on his couch and that was make music. Once he realized that people actually liked his music, he decided to take it seriously. Constantly

DREAM BIG EMPIRE presents Blacc Cuzz – “Wadd Up Doe” – outbursts of authenticity and real Hip-Hop

Blacc Cuzz is committed to forging a glorious way forward in his career. More importantly, he’s underscoring his critical lapses in the past for sake of the young guns who may admire him. At this stage, the Pittsburgh, PA, born and raised creative, who fashions himself as a self-made businessman in the mold of Jay-Z, is well aware of his status as an artist and record label boss at Dream Big Empire. The good-natured don of the working class can rap like the most vulgar deacon you’ll ever meet, driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real Hip-Hop. Much like

Ramirez Coiva – “I’m Walking Away” shines in the way the guitar and string arrangements are so well put together

Ramirez Coiva regards himself as a Citizen of the World, who has been writing and making music since 2000. His single “I’m Walking Away” was written and recorded in Istanbul (Turkey), a couple of years ago. The song is a hybrid between the alternative rock guitar sound of the past and a look toward a more modern, sleeker pop sound. One thing is clear on this track, there are very few people that can match Ramirez Coiva’s all-embracing songwriting talent. Regardless of style, whether it’s heavy guitars or strings, keyboards and drums, a great song is a great song, and

“Time” – The new single and video release by APKLYPZ

“Time” in the world of APKLYPZ is the unknown march into darkness. The trippy mind-bending perceptions of infinity. The psychedelic wanderings of a consciousness loose in the cosmos. The groove between space and time, the analog and the digital, reality and illusion.  Audiovisual artist APKLYPZ combines dense dreamy trip-hop and psychedelic visuals to create a cinematic experience called a “form of escapism” by Electro Wow. Every APKLYPZ production is a vivid world of expression and “…an enthralling and emotive listen which is accompanied by a spellbinding video”. Seasoned by decades as a bass auteur and years as a globetrotting

“KETAMER” – Doc Ketamer is absolutely at the top of his game

Doc Ketamer is a DJ / producer born in Naples. At the age of 20 he started traveling throughout Europe organizing juggling shows. From the year 2000 he began to collaborate and play with different sound systems. In those years he focused on live sets. In this same period he founded the KML sound system KML, which almost immediately joined the larger collective Black Sheep. After this experience, and having played all over Europe, DJ Ketamer – as he was called then – rediscovered his passion for vinyl and began playing different styles on various occasions in social centers and

International Independent Entertainer, Cips is preparing his latest album and tour!

Cips, pronounced (Sip’s) is an international independent entertainer who has done various showcases and has toured multiple times across Canada and United States. Cips has currently accomplished three Canadian tours and two American tours so far. Performing in various major cities across Canada and United States such as Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Miami, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, etc. Cips has also worked alongside various artists in the music Industry such as Sayzee, Big Trill, Merkules, Stitches, and many more. His latest project titled ‘Codeine Cowboyz’ was completely created, mixed and mastered in Miami, FL, produced by Supply & Demand,

False Pretence: “Miss Direction” has all the impact of a kick to the head!

False Pretence is an alternative rock band from the Midlands (U.K.). Since their inception in 2009, the band have been writing, recording and gigging across the U.K. with furious energy and relentless drive. Their first digital release, “Falling Apart”, gained the attention of BBC Introducing and critical acclaim from the Huffington Post, while the lead single “Faceless Faithless” won the band a support slot with Papa Roach and Glamour of the Kill on the European leg of the “Silence is the Enemy” world tour.

The Ep cover

The Ep cover

Now False Pretence are in the throes of releasing their latest EP entitled, “Miss Direction”. The EP has much of the incredible melody and guitar riffs supported by James Graham’s powerful vocals. There are lots of expected and welcome melody and style here, with the catchy riffs and vocal melodies that define False Pretence as unique and valuable.

False Pretence returns and the new EP has plenty for long time fans to enjoy and new fans to discover. We listen to a band because of the unique style that separates them from everyone else, or the energy, message or style of music and artistry they present. With that mentioned, False Pretence delivers a fair amount of uniqueness and a whole lot of style and artistry on “Miss Direction”; starting with the opening track “Fantasy Kills”, which is a very strong, heavy song in terms of guitars and drums, blended with Graham’s gritty yet smooth, flowing vocals. Great melody as usual, but the arrangement and style are definitely unique.

My favorite rock tracks are usually songs with incredible melodic range and catchy riffs, together with a nice combination of intensely aggressive singing and some screams. Something False Pretence delivers on both the title track “Miss Direction” and “Faint Reflection”. You usually pick a rock band like False Pretence because of their incredible vocal range, heavy guitars, and the ability pull off spine-tingling arrangements which they deliver above and beyond my expectations on this EP.

False Pretence

False Pretence

“Miss Direction” has everything: Great overall enveloping sound, superb drum and bass rhythms, razor-edged guitar riffs in all the right places, and a masterful combination of wistful-sounding, melodic, tenor-pitched singing with angry screaming that has all the impact of a kick to the head. If you are a fan of rock and any of its sub-genres, this EP deserves to be included in your collection.

False Pretence’s sound is that of a band that works really well as a group. Their sound is tight- each of these guys only makes the others sound better. James Graham’s energy is amazing. His voice reaches out and grabs you by the throat, demanding that you pay attention. He has a rich, smooth singer’s voice which will suddenly break into shouts. The music which backs it up has a crisp, clear, driven style, powered by Adam Wain – Guitar, Paul Geheb – Guitar, Ryan Hicks – Bass and Tom Bevan – Drums.

No song even stays the same all the way through, as though these guys have so many musical ideas they can’t wait to get them all out. All I can say is, if the music that False Pretence make in the future is as good as or better than this EP, there will be a lot of very lucky ears out there!

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