Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Keith Richie: “Skylines” weaves instrumental textures into a tapestry of places iconic, obscure, and intriguing

Keith Richie is a puzzling artistic character; sometimes essential, sometimes sophisticated, somewhat rustic, oftentimes complex, and yet essentially urban in outlook. But there a few things he never seems to exhibit: monotony, indifference, or ineptitude. Instead he appears in full flower on his latest 9-track release, “Skylines”, an album of remarkable breadth, depth and ambition. The album features musical interpretations of major city skylines from across the globe. The music captures Richie’s visions of Seattle, New York, Beijing China as well as unique album versions of the previously released singles, “Seattle Walk”, “Lost in Beijing” and “Goodbye Dubai”.

Keith Richie

Keith Richie

It is precisely Richie’s lack of sneering musical superiority that makes “Skylines” such a treat. These layered instrumental arrangements and electronic pop structures could all have been an exercise of ego run amok, like a bad progressive rock album. But that doesn’t happen. Instead, we are treated to a song cycle so fresh and honest I hardly know where to start. From the sweet pulsating gentleness and ever expanding melody of the opening number “Seattle Walk” to the nearly magnetic electronic overture of “City of Angels” that comes afterwards, one gets a glimpse of what will follow. Imagery follows tone follows place follows events both personal and public in a seamless fabric. By the time we are through with the racy synths on “Windy City”, Richie has already taken us through a small American symphony of ideas.

The mood is quietly shattered with the over eight minutes of “Lost in Beijing”, which switches continents. If this one doesn’t make you nod your head slightly, or tweak your little toe a bit, check your pulse rate.  I’m not sure if Keith Richie has assiduously frequented all these places, but my question was, “Can a songwriter express the spirit of a place he’s never called home?” Richie weaves various instrumental textures into a tapestry of places iconic, obscure, and intriguing. Possible myths, memories, and personal anecdotes are recalled and swept up with electro symphonic flourishes, as Richie reaches to where most others would need words to do so.  Beautiful, haunting, and incredible complexities are executed in such an expert way that they seem simple and right.

The album is lovingly rendered all the way through, and Richie comes across as not only a musician but as a consummate symphonist. Enrapturing arrangements such as “Manhattan Nights”, “Sun in Central Park” and “Big Dreams”, leave no doubt about this. Keith Richie has so far created very high expectations for each album he has released since 2006’s “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite”. However my expectations were again surpassed with the stunning music on “Skylines”. Good headphones are revelatory for this one. To shuffle the songs or pick out a few is almost a crime – “Skylines” is a complete work of astonishing freshness, and I find it difficult to imagine how Keith Richie will top this effort in the near future. Though I am more than certain that he will!

Keith Richie

Keith Richie

About: Keith Richie, born 1969 and based in Mesquite, is a musician and composer for Ambient, Symphonic Electronica and Soundtrack music. Keith first became obsessed with electronic music in the early 80’s by being exposed to the fascinating music of John Carpenter, and later Tangerine Dream which are two of his biggest influences. Additional major influences include Carbon Based Lifeforms, Enya, Deep Forest, Kraftwerk, Vangelis, and Christopher Franke. Most of his work reflects those major influences.

Keith Richie Discography: In 2006 Keith released his album “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite”. This album contains a continuous piece of space music split across 6 movements. In 2008 he released “La Famille Du Solénoïde”, which is a musical tour through our solar system, inspired by the book The Planets by Dava Sobel. Four years later in 2012 brought the release “For the Willow Wept”. A collection of soothing electronic music about those once lost and those found.

“March of the Inanimate” was released in October 2014 and pays homage to the classic horror movie soundtracks produced by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth who co-wrote the music to classics such as Halloween, the Fog, and numerous others. “Ambient Highways”, released in August of 2015, represents a collection of songs that range from a melancholy like feeling to an exuberant state. On February 12, 2016 the album “Skylines” was released.

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