J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

Timeless Void: “Voidland 2 (Life and Death in America)” – drowned in mid 60s experimentation and acid-ridden atmospheres

One thing you cannot say about Ontario’s alternative rock band, Timeless Void, is that they are not generous. On their previously critically acclaimed album, entitled “Voidland”, Alex Hilson (Flute, Guitar, Bass & Vocals) and Eric St-Pierre (Production, Guitar, Vocals, Bass), delivered 18 staggering acid-psychedelic influenced tracks. Now at the end of 2015, the creative duo is back with a mind-blowing 23-track, psychedelic magnum opus, collectively called, “Voidland 2 (Life and Death in America)”.

A friend and I were recently reminiscing of a space in time before there were music downloads, Mp3’s, iTunes and iPods; a time when vinyl was the musical medium. Albums contained liner notes and lyric sheets that were printed large enough to read. Cover art was captivating and meant to be enjoyed. Individual songs were heard as being just a smaller segment of a larger collection of work. You dropped the needle, sat down, and took it in from start to finish. Like a great movie, you wouldn’t dare leave before the end. Every song set up the next one. The music was the event of that moment in time, not a wallpaper back drop. “Voidland 2 (Life and Death in America)” is of that time, transported to 50 years later. I kept listening for the pops and scratches on the record, but it never came.

Timeless-Void-vl2-350What sets this album apart from previous Timeless Void releases is the liberal use of tasty sound effects and studio tricks that complement the overall texture. They are one of a handful of bands who are truly doing interesting, odd, and new things with the rock genre. The oddest being that they are probably the only rock band of any kind, without a drummer. This is both their biggest drawback as well as their best advantage, depending from which side of the half-full, half-empty glass, you’re looking through. Either way it’s probably their most distinguishing factor, until you hear the music. Timeless Void is a lush musical feast for the ear and the head.  They are on the rock cutting edge: progressive and creative yet with some very fine instrumentation that lends a mature feel to their songs.

The one major factor which makes this album so great is that the songs are simply amazing. I don’t mean that in a real technical way, but the fact that “Voidland 2 (Life and Death in America)” will really will blow your mind if listened to properly (the real effect comes only if you’re stoned, but for a nice substitute, put it on the player, turn out the lights, kick back and close your eyes.) This is exactly where the lack of a drummer becomes positively essential to the overall mesmerizing effect – no sudden thuds, bangs and crashes to intrude into the spellbinding musical sorties, drowned in mid 60s experimentation and acid-ridden atmospheres.

Timeless-Void-vl2-coverAlex Hilson and Eric St-Pierre deliver a magnificent combination of cosmic, swirling guitar, bass and vocal sounds that are at once compelling.   The guitars put down the moods necessary and achieve some astonishing hooks and effects that last just long enough to make you care and just briefly enough to make you miss them after they pass.  They have all the makings of taking your mind on a head trip.  The vocalizing and profound psychedelic overdubs, intertwine with rock solid bass riffs to produce a musical accomplishment of rare proportion.

Art can be very interesting when produced by artists who are a bit experimental and unpredictable, and this album is an excellent example of that. A thought provoking carousel of sonic images emerges and will amaze the gifted listener. Musical arrangements flow together into a stream of endless variations. A cosmic electric symphony unfolds a panorama of kaleidoscopic vocal archetypes, while pulsating rhythms and synchronous lyrical ripplings, smooth out the rest of the trip. The music is complex in its chords, textures, tones and rhythms sans drums. The subject matter is unusual to say the least. Of the 23 tracks there are just too many to single out as highlights, though I do have a soft spot for the slower vocal numbers like “Stop & Smell The Roses”, “Our Last Stand”, “Urban Fever”, “My Shadow” and “Yours Forever”.

It’s interesting to note that the closing instrumental track, “Stuck On Mars”, features some prominent drumming. Is this a premonitory sign of things to come?  “Voidland 2 (Life and Death in America)” is a unique album, anything but a retro-induced cliché, and it deserves an in-depth listen from any serious listener of 60s acid or psychedelic music.

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