Richy: “#RichySeason” – seething tone seals the beats together!

Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice in beats that separates him from the herd, and forms part of that specific trait that runs across this entire album – he will do anything to keep you interested – from the beats to the rapping. Richy has a very good vocal range for an

Mr. Flames: “Local Kingpin – EP” – mastering the role he’s developed for himself

Scartobe Galantae Flames aka Mr. Flames is of African American, Cuban, and Italian descent. Originally from the east side of Cleveland, Mr. Flames currently live in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up was rough for Mr. Flames due to being a part of the typical struggle for an African American family, so he went to the streets in search for money. As time progressed through his hustling days, Mr. Flames moved up in reputation as the local kingpin. He then decided to pick up the microphone and give rapping a shot. After losing both parents, he came up with the name ‘Scartobe

Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Latin Kings: “Worldwide” – complex and imaginative but grounded in realness

The Latin Kings created a lot of hip-tracks which were dissected and disbursed to other groups along the West Coast, when Warner Bros. hesitated to take a chance on a bunch of Puerto Rican and Mexicans rappers who were waiting to set the world alight. Due to a lack of technology to get their music distributed independently back then, the Latin Kings would have to wait until they were grown up and raising families before deciding to get back into the studio and produce the original “Puertoroc Posse/Latin Kings” LP, the industry faint-heartedly refused to release in 1990.

Latin-Kings-groupNow KOOL HEC SI and DJ FUEGO 1 is all set to go with the album “Worldwide”. The Latin Kings is a major breath of fresh. They are rapping from a Latinos perspective, they drop beats that are more than dope, and write lyrics about everything. The rhymes are complex and imaginative but grounded in realness. Everything about this album, the beats, samples, and rhymes, makes it a king among kings in the hip-hop world.

As you start off with the song “KLoKI” you wonder if there could be anything that could beat the feeling of listening to Latin Kings. Then as you continue listening to tracks like “B4U Go Cruisen”, “SoCKS”, “Giga-Hoe’s & Puta’s” and “Latin America”, you know the answer to the question. You’re like glued to the music. The Latin Kings remind you of the good old days when rap was interesting and had some creative skills behind it, instead of a bunch of over-hyped rappers bragging about how rich they are or how many cars they have. Latin Kings’ “Worldwide” is a classic rap album and they sure don’t make gems like this anymore…or let’s say it’s very hard to come by one in the game of rap these days.

latin-kings-logoWhile following the gangster rap format, and having its fair share of profanities and violent/drug references, the songs touch on political and social matters in an in-depth way too; doing a great job of flowing and appealing to even those who may not find those specific topics all that interesting. In other words, this is an excellent album with some great songs. Period.

“Worldwide” is able to achieve what many of the new rap albums of today fail to do. It’s a great listen with songs that are simply about more than bragging about “bling-bling” or that type of nonsense. If you’re a big fan of 90s rap, then chances are you may take an instant liking to The Latin Kings, just like I did.

KOOL HEC SI and DJ FUEGO 1 will take your mind on a trip down memory lane where the real classics came from.  I was completely hooked by the grooves which were as cool as the rapping. Clearly these guys deserve more acknowledgement, as they did back then. Only this time around Latin Kings don’t need any major labels to put their music to the public.

latin-kings-fuegoLatin Kings are by far one of the best Latino underground rap groups to walk the face of the earth. They bring color, ingenuity and astonishing lyrics to flows that are obviously melodic in structure, due to the musicality of the Latino flavors embedded in their songs. A lot of work was put into this dope album, and you can tell it all paid off well. This is real hip-hop that’s way better than the mainstream radio stuff. When you spin this album, you hear many layers of sweet sound. Among the finest of the genre, richness and funky goodness which was the norm.

The now motto basically is “Find one simple hook and play the piss out of it”. Long gone are the days when you’d find daring and unique sounds on a Rap album. What you have today are essentially Pop artists in disguise. Dig the unassumingly deep and funky tunes on this album like, “Get Papers”, “Casi Como Yo”, “Whatever” and “Kruked Halo”, then fast forward to the current radio charts to understand the contrast.

In a way, the Latin Kings’ sound is a microcosm of what Rap was, and not what is called Rap today. If you like the current state of Rap and Hiphop, then more power to you. Taste in music is as subjective as any other art form, if not more. I’m only saying that if you want to know what real rap should sound like, and what once defined the genre, then grab this album. “Worldwide” has the same creative ideas, musically and lyrically, just advanced 25 years…and that’s a damn mean feat!

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