Illuminati Congo – Creative and Captivating Rasta Hip Hop That Lightens the Heart!

Based in Chicago, Illuminati Congo’s sound dissolves the barrier between conscious and unconscious, reggae and hip hop, and light and dark, all the while maintaining a lighthearted, playful, childlike and comedic musical uniqueness. This coupled with Jahn’s global travels teaching yoga as well as his penchant for writing books covering such myriad subject matter as tantra, Gnostic Rastafarianism, health, and healing, and alchemy, makes Illuminati Congo one of the most interesting musical outfits on the scene. Illuminati Congo performances can only be described as electric, and Jahn has spent the last four years touring the U.S., the Caribbean, and Australia.

Vintage rockers KAATO drop “Someday, Someday”, from the album “Slam!

KAATO is a Nashville, Tennessee based rock band, made up of Kurt Lowney (vocals), Mika Nuutinen (bass), Hunter Lovan (lead guitar), and Christopher Williams (drums). Originally from Australia, the band was founded in 2011 by singer/songwriter Kurt Lowney. KAATO had their first international tour co-headlining with Mitch Malloy in the UK after their self-titled album was released in 2016. Kurt and Mika made the move to Nashville permanent, in 2018, and started work on their newest album “Slam!” from their home studio, which allowed them to fine-tune their sound until they got exactly what they wanted. Glam rock, Vintage rock,

Franco Esteve: “The Hunt” – a backdrop to life itself

Three years in the making, the loosely tied together, classical crossover, concept album, “The Hunt”, represents a masterwork for Puerto Rican multi-disciplinary artist, Franco Esteve. The award-winning filmmaker and music composer, once again forges his intense-storytelling, and vivid imagery-driven compositional skills. Esteve’s music not only engages the ears but also intrigues the mind and feeds the soul. “With The Hunt, I wanted to do something different, expressing through classical, orchestral music, the images and feelings one gets from life itself,” explains Franco Esteve, continuing: “Whether it’s the drive of ‘The Hunt’, the insomnia of ‘The Wait’, or the sadness of

Plastic DJ: “Giving Up” – Truly euphoric, refreshing and atmospheric!

The album “Giving Up” by Barcelona-based producer and singer Plastic DJ, is the very best that the blended genres of Deep House, Downtempo and Electro have to offer. The thing that sets Plastic DJ so far above his contemporaries is that he’s genuinely talented as a musical composer, and stunningly enchanting as a singer. The music is of a baroque complexity, and here’s no overpowering bass or wailing synths. It’s like listening to a dream. You’ll play this in your car when you want to relax, at home when you’re at the beach or sitting on the porch, or as

One Step From Everywhere: “Somewhere in Between” – an insistent rhythmic thrust, adorned with fiery guitar work, and soaring vocals

One Step From Everywhere is a Seattle based band that does not limit themselves to genre or style. Primarily a rock band, with a passion for playing live, they are not afraid to add shades of any style that may strike a chord within them.  Their album, “Somewhere In Between”, is a full and complete artistic statement that can function equally well as an introduction to and summation of the varied strengths of this band. The production and engineering also aids immeasurably in this regard. The sumptuous mixes place the listener deep within the instrumental interplay of a band whose

Kingdom Atlas: “Severe Spheres” – ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful melody

Kingdom Atlas is a Georgia-based hard rock band that was originally launched as Rising Tide in 2013by, Grant Purvis with friends Nick Blake and Adam Chiarella while studying music with them at Georgia Southern University. The lineup of Purvis (vocals, guitars) and Blake (guitars, keyboards), along with Devin Ruiz (bass), Aaron Coburn (drums) and Cody Barber who replaced Chiarella as lead guitarist in 2015, was stable until the groups disbanded in 2017 due to schedule conflicts and some members graduating. In 2018, Purvis, Blake, Coburn, and Barber reformed with the new name Kingdom Atlas to record their debut album “Severe

Tiaday Ball drops two new singles – “Current” and “Good To You”

Tiaday Ball has released two follow up singles to her first release “Favors”. The songs “Current” and “Good To You”, are both now available anywhere you get digital music from. Tiaday stated: “R&B has been the foundation of my life in music since I can remember. Gospel, soul and R&B were always playing in the house or being sung by my father who was also a singer and he loved Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, etc. One of the first songs I ever learned how to REALLY train singing along to was “A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway.

DAV!D&CLARA: “Repair” – rugged and intense!

The man and machine duo of DAV!D (David Castillo) and his computer CLARA, better known as DAV!D&CLARA, are back with a new single in 2019, called “Repair”. The track is taken from the upcoming album, “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” to be released early 2020. Much of this latest single displays a minimalist, almost survivalist element, as if every movement, gesture, and note is conserved and used for maximum effect. DAV!D’s songwriting principle seems to be “less is more”, a sentiment CLARA seems to adhere to perfectly. Together they have an artistic sensibility that’s far from common. The song is based

Catch up with Boston based group Urban Lights Band

Boston, MA based Urban Lights Band is an eclectic group of musicians and artists who harness the power of all styles of music to create unforgettable experiences. They are seasoned professionals committed to providing quality musical showcases that bring various audiences together. Their global mission is simple; aspire to inspire! If you are in the Boston area you can find them at:  May 25th 2019 – Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen- Boston, MA June 20th, 2019 – The Milky Way – Jamaica Plain June 21st 2019 -The Middle East Night Club (Corner Room) – Cambridge, MA Hook up with Urban

Royal: “Letter To Cecil” narrates his hardships, his grind and his contributions

Royal is a hip hop artist who currently resides in Hockessin, Delaware. He understands the importance of giving back and he performs at dozens of middle schools and high schools. In the past, he has donated the proceeds from concerts and albums entirely to the community, spreading his generosity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Royal has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez. His latest project is the single, “Letter To Cecil”. Here Royal seems to be hungrier than ever and is out to remind hip-hop of the abilities that should eventually bring

alexthomasdavis: “The Best Of Too” – experiences and stories all injected with heavy doses of genuine emotion

Wakefied-born artist alexthomasdavis is a prolific singer-songwriter, to say the least. The once-upon-a-time footballer, capable of scoring 15 goals in 3 games, exceeds in everything he does.  The UK–travelled lad has published more albums, than most up-and-coming artists have written songs. He has reached the ripe old figure of 37 solo albums released – that’s more collective music than the years on his birth certificate.

Now alexthomasdavis has released his album entitled, “The Best Of Too”, and guess what? It contains 30 songs from his catalog, and one-and-a-half hours of music. Were you expecting anything less? Throughout the years and his albums, alexthomasdavis has created an entire emotional universe populated with characters, travels, experiences and stories all injected with heavy doses of genuine and real emotion. His strength lies in the richness of details that plant you into the center of his narratives: Letting his details tell the story allows alexthomasdavis to evoke powerful emotions in the listener without being manipulative or overwrought.

alexthomasdavis-TBOT-CoverAlexthomasdavis’ guitar playing and compositions may seem a bit rudimentary, and his voice somewhat ordinary, but he is one of the most admirable lyricists I can name who has been around in the last decade. His lyrics can reflect on everyday life and the small, mundane factors that somehow mean something, and turn them into soul-bearing and demon exorcising mantras. In the same way he can take on huge philosophical or spiritual issues and flesh out their core existence.

I don’t know how alexthomasdavis gets into the corner of the collective unconscious where words waiting to be written are stored, but he does. And then he seems to throw them down like pick-up sticks, each line finding its own perfect shape and place. And then you, the listener, find yourself hitting the “repeat” button again and again because that song is your theme song, your heartbreak, your family, your drunken mistake, your journey, your fantasy, your memory…it is you!

This is honestly one of the few albums that I’ve listened to that is comprised entirely of great, if not fantastic, well-written and descriptive songs that, while being catchy, have so much emotion and reality behind them that you feel as if alexthomasdavis is telling you personally, a variety of heartfelt stories from his life. But really, underneath, it is all about your life.

On the surface, this is a standard alexthomasdavis affair, through and through – Sparse acoustic-guitar instrumentation that puts his emotionally charged and quirky delivery up front and center, driving all 30 tracks. From the opener “Star Dreamer” to my favorites “Hold Me Close”, “Hundreds Of Thousands”, “Oblivion”, “You’ve Come Around”, “Used”, “Happy Being Sad”, “Falling Down Again”, “Lucky Joe”, “Going Nowhere” and “Petrol Mouth”, you realize that this such a unique and long-lived project in a world that really doesn’t reward intelligent, thoughtful songwriting.

alexthomasdavis uses the template of a strumming guitar to reflect on the passages of his own life experiences, to meditate on the struggles and triumphs that mankind goes through every day and, in doing so, creates an album that strikes right at the core of the human condition. If you don’t own “The Best Of Too”, do yourself a favor and buy it. If not, then listen to it anyway you can, just listen to it. It will make you a better person…even if only for one-and-a-half hours!

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