Kill the Reflection: “Forever & Always” keeps itself tight and consistent throughout

Kill the Reflection is group from Oklahoma City, OK, consisting of Morgan Routt (Vocals/Guitar), Mark Martinez (Bass) and Starr Raven (Drums). Their new album, “Forever & Always” is currently available for pre-sale and will release on Dec 27th 2018 on digital and physical CD format with Vinyl to follow in 2019. On the album, Kill the Reflection presents an interesting musical mélange of alternative rock with excellent musicianship and vocals, as well as exceptionally strong lyrics. The instrumental work on the album is worth listening to repeatedly, and the songs are intelligent, though generally dark. “We have adopted the moniker

Son of Andy: “Looking Up” – creating lyrical atmospheres!

Detroit area native, Son of Andy got his start in 2011 and has been producing music and beats since then. His first album, “Wendigo”, was released in 2017, and his second album “Looking Up” is available for Pre-Order right now. Son of Andy takes it to another level with his latest album. He’s on top of his game and easily out does his past couple of releases. Newcomers can appreciate this just as well as previous fans. Likewise, you don’t even have to be a fan of hip hop to appreciate what’s bought to the table here. For those not familiar,

Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

TobiasBlue: “Basic Game Theory” – an eclectic musical variety, and an energy that is unparalleled!

Inspired by Moby, Devendra Banhart, all 60’s/70’s music, as well as electronic music, TobiasBlue is an Electronic Indie Pop artist who has released his 12-track album, entitled “Basic Game Theory”. This album is, for lack of a better label, simply one of 2015’s best collection of genre-bending, all-embracing musical voyages within a pop context. It is the pinnacle of electronic alternative pop, before Electro-Alt-Pop becomes too cool ot before it begins to suck. There’s not a dud on this, and each song challenges listeners in a new way. Few electro-pop icons of this day could blend this much pop culture, pop song craft, modern-day philosophy and pure noise together and not make an ugly-sounding mish mash or come off as pretentious.

TobiasBlue-350It’s the least straight-ahead of anything Electro-Pop I have heard during the past year. It’s a timeless, far-reaching and fun effort by a truly eclectic, almost naïve artist, considering the courageous musical blends and arrangements that kick conformism out of the window. But that’s what makes the guy interesting – he clearly doesn’t give a monkey’s about being cool or fashionable, and it’s this refreshing eclecticism which makes this singularly odd collection one of the most under-rated albums of 2015.

Despite its sprawling nature, this is nonetheless a very accessible and remarkably consistent album.  The sound is clean and poppy, smoothing off the edges of abrasiveness, weirdness and bug-eyed humor. This album shows off all the great things about TobiasBlue’s music — strange, wonderful lyrics, an eclectic musical variety, and an energy that is unparalleled. The subject matter is scattergun and unpredictable. One of the things I value the most when listening to this album is its capacity to surprise, that puzzling moment in which you grin and wonder if you’ve heard what you think you did – those tiny yet brilliant details that keep the listener on its toes wondering what will follow.

TobiasBlue-350bTobiasBlue does that all the time, track after track. You could move from video-game sounding dittos like “Who’d Do That To You(Electronic)” to 60s acoustic-guitar, sing-along anthems such as “Night Shadows” and “Throw Pennies at the Clown”, or crunchy electro-rock tunes like “Station”. Not to mention the ethnic-induced melody and rhythm in “Song For Her”. All throughout TobiasBlue’s signature lyrical crypticisms and off-the-cuff vocals are a perfect match for the odd-ball electro-pop that he cranks out on this album.

“Basic Game Theory” is pop in one sense, but so radical in another. It moves from pop to alternative to good old basic retro-pop influences. There are so many styles here, but all are hit on the nail. If you are the type of person who wants to hear unusual, new and exciting things – then bounding from the inventive and mercurial mind of TobiasBlue – this is definitely the album. It is a majestic, electrifying recording, full of yummy hooks and quizzical lyrics that can even be obsessing. It’s all the more appreciable, considering some of the repetitive schlock in conventional pop music today!

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