VAVO: “No Friend Zone” captures millennial youthfulness and free spirit

New York-based EDM duo VAVO was formed in 2015 by the talents of Vancouver native Jesse Fischer and London born Alden Martin. VAVO’s early works featured a progressive, electro sound, which appealed to a wide audience, and it included their remix of Martin Garrix’s “Scared To Be Lonely,” their first solo single “Ace Of Spades,” “Astronomia 2K17,” and their remix of TheFatRat’s “Fly Away.” The duo started 2018 off with a bang, dropping ‘How Low’ with John Christian on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Records. In March, VAVO debuted a new creative direction – an EDM/Pop crossover sound that has resonated with

Quinn Soular: “Ovah & Ovah” ft. Ziggi Recado – both impressionistic and insightful

Quinn Soular has released his 3rd official single “Ovah & Ovah” which is a summer banger featuring guest vocals from Dutch-Caribbean Reggae superstar Ziggi Recado. Born on the Island of St. Maarten, Quincy Adolphin aka Quinn Soular is a Pop and R&B singer-songwriter who has his own music production company, QP (The Quinn Productions). If you’re a fan or just a longtime R&B historian in general, you probably know that some of the game’s most renowned voices were cultivated in choir stands and churchyards. Sure, R&B’s secular content often clashes with the gospel’s divine intent but the similarities are unmistakable.

Emmanuel Dalmas & Kirby Howarth: “This Is Love That I’m Feeling” – a song with a country bent

Emmanuel Dalmas a company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry from the South West of France, also moonlights as a multi-genre music composer. Dalmas has been steadily building his music catalog since kicking things off in 2016 from his home studio. He produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his projects, which in turn are made available for both commercial and non-commercial use. Emmanuel Dalmas recently dropped his latest single, “This Is Love That I’m Feeling”, done in collaboration with Kirby Howarth, who added the vocals and lyrics to Dalmas’ music and

Armonite: “And The Stars Above” – complex, vibrant sonic landscapes

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MVJOR ARCVNA: “The Last Word in Love”- a master of layers and sequenced progression

Jaron Pearlman aka MVJOR ARCVNA, is an audio engineer, backing musician, and songwriter who grew up in Asheville NC, and is now based in Atlanta GA. Over the years he has toured and recorded with a wide range of artists, including The Indigo Girls, The Shadowboxers, Amor Kismet, Mercury Jackson and more. MVJOR ARCVNA is revered by many critics – and certainly by us – as one of the most quintessential independent producers currently around, standing almost alone in his ability to mix catchy crossover EDM-Pop sounds with complex rock-styled songwriting, and igniting the electronic underground in a truly unprecedented fashion.

DJ Mizzy: “Prost” – gorgeously phrased synth lines, and subtly floating aural overtones

Boasting a sound that goes from his favored deep house grooves to hip-hop, DJ Mizzy, born Claudel Larose, is an international DJ and producer raised just outside of New York. Inspired by artists such as Sander van Doorn, DJ Yonny, and Avicii, Mizzy has a strong passion for his work. Throughout his 18 years of DJing, Mizzy has traveled all over the world to perform, using the original Technic SL1200 turntable as his prime tool. His latest endeavor is “Prost”, a German influenced track with a melodic tone, incorporating a subtle Caribbean flair. DJ Mizzy’s melodies are emotionally evocative and

Boy Leadfoot: “Turn-Buckle” – wholeheartedly playing to their strengths and sounding great while doing it

Max Gordon with Boy Leadfoot is a three-piece blues-based, alternative soul and rock project, from Vancouver Island, Canada. Their latest release, the EP “Turn-Buckle” is a breath of fresh air compared to the pop dribble permeating the American music scene right now. This is the type of musical project that will carve out a steady cult following and attract a good deal of critical acclaim. All three members are very professional and innovative musicians, and musicians of any sort will gobble up all kinds of licks, tones and spices from this release. The EP resides in the nebulous nexus of

Juan Donovan: “Merlot & Marijuana” – a brilliant compendium of styles and luxurious production

As one half of the production duo Darkroom Productions, Juan Donovan has produced with his partner Jamal Roberts some of today’s hottest artists. That list includes R Kelly, Wale, Young Money, Maino, JellyRoll, 24Hrs (Royce Rizzy), Brick Squad, G-Unit, Bad Boy, and more. The duo also won multiple awards for its phenomenal work on HBO’s classic hit series “The Wire”, which garnered them featured in major publications such as FADER, The New York Times, VIBE, and dozens more. It’s not surprising then that Juan Donovan would want to drop a record that’s as much a personal statement as a collection

American Spirits: “Nowhere Near Perfect” – at their most musically and lyrically ambitious

Since being launched in 2017, Bowling Green, Ohio, Indie Rock band, American Spirits, have also founded The Summit Shack, a local DIY venue that has hosted over 25 bands since its inception in the same year. 2018 saw the four piece band release their album “Nowhere Near Perfect”. This recording will grip you by the neck and slam you into the ground. It’s simply one of the most listenable Emo albums you would have heard in a while. You could play the whole thing through without getting bored, probably every day if you wanted to. The music is catchy. The

Internationally Acclaimed Contemporary Jazz Band Drivetime Drops Elegant New Single “Mysterious Life”

 Song is the Lead Single and Title Track of their Latest Album Single Follows their Billboard Jazz #1 Most Added song “Whispers”  Single Marks Band’s relaunch Via Red Hot New The Sound of Los Angeles (TSOLA) Records  (Los Angeles – The Sound of Los Angeles (TSOLA) Records is proud to announce the release of a new single, “Mysterious Life,” by Jazz Fusion torchbearers Drivetime. This Michael B. Sutton production is enriched with sensual soprano saxophone, spacy synths, pulsating drums and percussion, deep pocket bass and enigmatic electric guitar, “Mysterious Life” – the title track of the band’s eight and latest

Mike Dekleva: “Synergy” – a lot more melody, timbre, tone and all-round class than your typical guitar album

Mike Dekleva is a musician, guitarist and composer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Inspired by artists like Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, and Nashville session guitarist, Robbie Calvo, Mike has composed and recorded his original brand of instrumental rock music for over 20 years. “Synergy” is Mike’s latest 4-song instrumental guitar-oriented rock EP, released on December 15, 2015. The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered in Nashville Tennessee at Paragon Recording Studios and Mayfield Mastering Studio. The players on the EP include Mike Dekleva (guitars), Robbie Calvo (guitars), Jason Webb (piano and Keyboards), Amanda McCoy (bass) and Grady Saxman (drums and percussion).

Mike Dekleva

Mike Dekleva

Mike Dekleva can play a zillion notes per second, taps, dive-bombs, trills, shreds and sweeps. So can a million and one other guitarists. So what makes Mike any more special? This album is one very good reason why! Many guitarists, particularly the more insufferable ones, seem to release music which is nothing more than an excuse to perform the equivalent of guitar karaoke all over a backing track; technically brilliant, but overall, fairly dull to listen to.

The difference here is the music. Many guitarists, who have amazing speed and technique, are not afraid to demonstrate this at every opportunity, forging tracks which ultimately separate the lead guitar from the rest of the song. With “Synergy”, Mike Dekleva and the production team have done their homework, and everything works well. The songs sound original and interesting, and the lead playing complements this. The flashy guitar techniques are there, but there’s a lot more melody, timbre, tone and all-round class than your typical guitar album. This isn’t just a rock guitarist’s album. This is one for music lovers in general!

The EP cover artwork

The EP cover artwork

From the minute you hit play and the EP opens up with “Lost”, you’re thrust into Mike Dekleva’s dynamic world of instrumental guitar that isn’t incredible in the way Malmsteen or Vai’s incredible amount of notes per second is, but it is incredible in the way that when you’ve finished listening, you wonder why other musicians actually need to move their lips get an emotion or message across!

From the superb opening song to the closing track song, Mike never loses his musicality and even if you aren’t awed by his technique, you should be by his ability to dispense with a vocalist and let his guitar do the singing. Mixing harder fare such as “Drive” with delicate soundscapes such as “Midnight Sky” proves his credentials as an artist able to tackle a variety of song types without missing a single note. In places the music literally shimmers, such as in “Lost” and “Synergy”, where a kudu is also thoroughly deserved by Amanda McCoy’s bold and boisterous bass playing. The album is loud in places, quiet in others and it is this variety which makes it such a great record.

The thing is, Mike Dekleva has a real structure and melody to his songs and some instrumentalists totally miss that. The interplay between Mike and the other musicians is absolutely brilliant too. In fact, all the musicians on “Synergy” get to show their chops, and none dominates or comes across as gratuitous: it’s a very tight album, with everyone serving the tracks.

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