Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

Sofi Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sofi Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

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”

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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

Sondado: “Your place has been determined” takes you through the entire human emotional spectrum

What does an orchestral musician, an accountant, a software developer, and freelancers, have in common with session singers, a guitarist and a clarinet player? Well they all make music together in an alternative industrial type collective, called ‘Sondado’, led by fulltime core duo, Tamas (composer/keys, virtual drums, FXs, mix) and Gerald (lyrics, and vocal for most of the songs). And as you would expect from artists who originally work in the IT sector, their music is electronic-based. But what you will not expect is that Sondado do not use loops and samples, preferring the more time-consuming but satisfying do-it-yourself creative method.

SONDADO-350Sondado’s latest album is the 12 track “Your place has been determined”, composed and mixed by the duo themselves and mastered by Gabor Noniusz. Every song on this album sounds different, and has different qualities overall from the last. Yet each song and the order they come in manage to string the song structure together with flowing unity. The songs are all there for a reason; extensions of one another, bolstering each other’s overall sound and increasing the quality of resonance left in your mind after listening to “Your place has been determined”.

Many tracks share the same energetic drum & bass feel, which Sondado pass along from song to song, leaving each track with its own distinguishing features and feeling. Specifically, the most distinguishing and differentiating element between the songs, is the vocals – one minute it’s a soaring female voice, the next, the croon of a melancholy male baritone or even the rampant rhyming of rap verses. Without of course forgetting the choir chants and big choral arrangements, fit for any movie score.

SONDADO-300Also impressive is the duo’s ability to carve such dense and emotional soundscapes, track after track, which takes you through the entire human emotional spectrum. From its raging highs to melancholic lows, listening to “Your place has been determined” is a cathartic experience, much like watching an epic film.

The title track, “Your place has been determined” is menacing and driven with its rap and sung verses, when it’s not spine-chilling you with its low bass lines. “Approaching Achelo” is both gloomy and glorious with its beautiful synth pads and switching male-female vocals, adding a notable contrast which attracts and seduces the ear. Sondado’s ability to capture moods, colors and tones in “Project: Social Evolution” using an intense string palette and sedating vocals is unreal. Not that the songs I listed here are the only songs of interest. The rest of the album, of course, is expansive and rich with sound. You will enjoy the epic instrumental reminiscences of “Northern Winter” and the enterprising motion of “Future Visions” and “Road to the Unknown”.

“Your place has been determined” is a fully consistent album, which defies the limited boundaries of boxed genres. The flow of the music almost fits perfectly like a puzzle. Its magnificence is not compromised for inaccessible experimentation or for mainstream exploitation, balancing the warring poles of minimalism and cacophony. The result is an album that blends and distills Sondado’s most satisfying elements down to a near-perfect 43 minutes. “Your place has been determined” is epic and subtle, technically savvy and emotionally charged, and visceral all at once.

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