Cris Marshall’s music will ensure he hooks as wide an audience as possible

Cris Marshall is an American Country Music Artist raised in a musical home, the small town of Haslet, Texas. He received his first drum set from his father at the age of two and by 8 he was playing his first guitar. In his teens, and alongside his dad, Cris began performing at some of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most well-known music venues. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Cris also launched his very own home studio when he was 18, recording artists and bands all over Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. However his passion for writing and performing never subsided during this time,

Midnight Watchman: “Liquid Universe” – an extremely focused record

A guitarist and keyboard player who began as a street musician in UK before touring the US and then returning home, Andy Jones AKA Midnight Watchman, is a composer and producer of ambient music. Influenced by an extremely wide spectrum of music and musicians, that go from Vangelis to Chopin, ad Ryan Adams to Tycho, Midnight Watchman has released his 12 track instrumental album, entitled “Liquid Universe”. In the hands of a lesser artist, the varying song structures of this album would likely become tiresome, but every one of the album’s twelve tracks is a testament to the Midnight Watchman’s

Joey Britton: “Edmonton Sessions” – fluorescent, acoustic-centric ambient atmospheres

Joey Britton started his journey in music at an early age. He joined the band ISO and played lead guitar helping to launch the Torn and Tethered Album. After ISO, Joey decided to move to California to expand his skills in the music industry while writing, recording, and producing his own records.  “I try to write songs that tell stories, relate to people, so that when you listen to them – you realize you’re not alone,” says Joey Britton. Exploring is an experience not easily replicated. Associated with it is equal parts thrill, anxiety, and apprehension. Exploring a new artist

Daryl Yahudy: “Soulful Life Within” – a perfect calling card

Indeed, you could say that Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy, a former professional athlete, is a soul singer with a warm timbre and a penchant for sublime, emotional arrangements, defining what the neo-soul genre should sound like in 2017. He is a singer with a fine voice weaving a spell on songs which are full of distinctive takes on universal topics. The album “Soulful Life Within” is almost looking at how he was, how he is and how he will be in life. The warm, evocative, impeccable playing around Daryl here ensures a timeless listen. The album is overflowing with lush, lilting

John J: “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters” – strap yourself in and enjoy this vibrantly orchestrated roller coaster

I have always been eager to pick up every piece of music John J issues because of the lyrical expertise he demonstrates in every song, and the attention to the music production and features he provides. John J has just dropped a 5 track bonus EP, entitled “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters”, which comes hot on the heels of his latest release, “Pain To Power”. Like his previous recordings, each song on this EP carries a different succinct feel and hook while the flow stays swift and acrobatic. The beats, features and subject matter again excel well above average.

Chaz Hearne: “Rise of the Voluminous” – sneakily inventive and massively engaging

The very first thing I learned while listening to the album “Rise of the Voluminous” by eclectic folk artist, Chaz Hearne, is that the defining question regarding any Hearne song is which Chaz Hearne he’ll be. Will it be the introspective, contemplative Hearne of slow-burning masterpieces like “Falling For Reason” and “Hount The Jab”? Or will the party-starter behind “Fun In ‘82” poke his head out, armed with flash phrases and funky beats? Or maybe he will just activate his progressive art-rock mode, as on “Voluminous Man” and “Spicy In The Dim Halls” – catchy, complex, yet ultimately armed with a sort

The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” – perfectly cut gems!

October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I

John-Marc Lucid: “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar – breathes down-to-earth authenticity

Music is a very powerful and mystical force. It speaks to people on a much deeper level than conversation. It really reaches the soul. With his new track “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, John-Marc Lucid hits us with music that indeed does reach our souls, an intriguing melody, piercing lyrics and outstanding musicianship included. The new release by the Texas based Dancehall and Reggae artist is a joint venture with Fyah Sthar, and together they breathe down-to-earth authenticity, making for an airy, buoyant listening experience. Lucid is a creative mind that doesn’t bother about drawers or labels – his music explores

Innocent Bystanders: “Attractive Nuisance” – a roller coaster of emotion and excitement

Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is made up of Steve Berenson (Drums), Steve Semeraro (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Kaimi Wenger (Keyboards, Vocals), Jessica LaFave (Saxophone), Ben Nieberg (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Kath Rogers (Vocals) and Donny Samporna (Bass guitar). Their “Attractive Nuisance” EP of original music was recorded at

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Let It Go” combines musical inspiration and travelling emotions

Meaningful lyrics, amazing songwriting, superb heart-warming yet angry sound, musical teamwork, everything is so perfect in this track. Such a gorgeous and refined melody and philosophical lyrics is worth being remembered for all of the current generation. The guitarist uses swampy resonating sound so beautifully and the drummer plays simple but tight groove, with every drum fill-in is on the sweet musical spots. The bassist backs up the music stably as the boys sing the vocals with conviction. This is one of my current desert Island #1’s in the Roger Cole & Paul Barrere catalog. Yes, the track “Let It

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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