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

Darshae Kiér: “Translation” – poised to take its place on the global stage

Darshae Kiér is a pop artist based in Miami, FL. After the untimely death of his parents, he entered the foster care system where he was shuffled from foster home to foster home. Despite his rough start in life, Darshae has always been determined to rise above and lead with positivity. Inspired by artists like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cook, Prince, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Coldplay, Darshae latest single “Translation” rides on a steamy Reggaeton beat, and strives to spread the artist’s message of hope and inspiration. His melodic flow and lyrical style are potent. He creates hooks with ease,

Matt Fox: “Bang Bang EP” – each track is a different collage of sounds and rhythms!

Matt Fox is a producer and DJ out of Phoenix, Arizona. Matt has been producing music since the age of 14 and professionally plays the guitar, bass and piano, which often make an appearance in his music. Matt keeps a constant national tour schedule headlining shows in various cities, including Denver, Phoenix and Miami. The last two years Matt has been dedicated in working and producing the “Bang Bang EP” which includes vocals by Nyoka Ny-D (Philadelphia), LsDub (Los Angeles), King Beefy (Texas), and Alexis Salgado (Miami). Signed to the Carrillo Music Label in 2011, “Bang Bang” is Matt’s third EP with the label. The EP was freshly released on the 26th of January 2016.

That Matt Fox is changing the face of EDM is no secret. How many electronic music producers do you know that play the guitar, bass and piano? Joining the likes of Disclosure, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Gramatik and Empire of the Sun, to name a few, Matt also includes real instrumentation into some of his productions, to give his music that extra juicy twist.

Matt Fox

Matt Fox

It’s one of those few records that defy categorization. “Bang Bang EP” falls clearly into EDM, but jumps seamlessly through various influences from rock to pop to soul to rap; it feels as if the EP is a journey from beginning to end. One moment you’re in the South Bronx, one moment you are in Miami. Then Ibiza. Then London. Each track is a different collage of sounds and rhythms, which is also what makes “Bang Bang” so unique.

Each song is crafted and laid out with tight beats and awesome production. It is new and old, calming and at the next moment exciting. It is art that you experience. It sets a mood; it is music for making love, for dancing, for cleaning the house. It’s great! Matt Fox’s music on here captures that perfect moment between EDM and everything else, where rhythm and melody intersect. From the opening beats of the title track, “Bang Bang”, which features the exquisite vocals of Alexis Salgado, you will find yourself getting that feeling over and over again that you have just discovered something great that the rest of the world does not know about.

Have no doubts, this Phoenix boy is going to go big. Not too hard and not too soft the songs range from uplifting to inspirational to introspective to simply great.  To help round out the bang for the buck, besides Alexis Salgado, four of the tracks also feature some up-and-coming EDM singers that you may already have heard of King Beefy, LsDUB, Robby and Nyoka Ny.  My favorite tracks are without a doubt those featuring Alexis Salgado, “Bang Bang” and “Not The Only One” with King Beefy’s “Get Away” coming a close third. Throughout though, Matt Fox is showing the world how the bounds of electronic music truly are limitless.

Through his sounds, distortions, drum loops, and other effects he shows that there is so much room for musical experimentation given the resources that musicians now have to work with. He also explores rhythms that are more than just the usual four-to-the-floor dance beats. Matt Fox is one of the frontrunners in showing how music can cross not only the bounds of genre, but also the bounds of old versus new.

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