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Groove State: “Light Up The Sky” holds a lot of weight

Australian Indie Electro/Pop group Groove State draw their influences from the likes of Icona Pop, Major Lazer, Sia, Charlie XCX and David Guetta.  The duo consists of Lisjana on vocals, and producer DJ Deep G, who have reached Top 20 USA National Club Chart success (FMQB, DJ Times),  heavy rotation on dance radio airwaves and mix shows around the globe, as well as being a songwriting Finalist in The World’s #1 Songwriting Competition ISC. Groove State’s music has been placed in major TV & Film features, and have secured licensing deals with Nokia, Red Bull, Rip Curl, Sony Entertainment UK

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: ‘Lost In The Sound’ – their most rewarding record yet!

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Rev. Peter Unger gains traction on his timely song “Christmas Cards”

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Rahul Mukerji: “Ma De Re Sha” balances the obtuse with the accessible!

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Triple threat alternative rock artist Zachary Ray

Born in Rhode Island, Zachary Ray is a Danish/American musician residing in Los Angeles. He was introduced to Metallica and Eminem at age 5, by his mother and stepfather, and became wildly obsessed with drumming. Hence his grandma from Rhode Island gave him his first drum set. Ray later took drum lessons and eventually also learned to play the guitar. This was followed by singing, which gave Zachary Ray the musical combination to perform and record with absolute artistic freedom. His latest release, is the single ”Trouble”. How long have you been performing and recording, and did you record or

Nega Blast X: “The Experiment” – this caliber and artistic conviction is required for this art to evolve

There’s really no words to describe the sound of Nega Blast X. The Burbank music arranger, author and digital artist, Dominic R Daniels, sole proprietor of the Nega Blast X project, is in a realm of his own and hardly many can touch that artsy creativity he has under the hood. Based in the trance, techno and industrial idioms since 2010, Daniels is inspired by Daft Punk, Orbital, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and The Mutaytor. “The Experiment”, Nega Blast X’s third album is released on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and all other major digital download stores. Artistically speaking, Nega

Tisabel: “GENRE HOPPING” bristles with energy and artistic audacity

Longtime Musical director and vocalist Tony Isabel aka Tisabel boasts an unprecedented skill set. He writes, arranges, sings, plays, and performs. He busts taboos, flashes unstoppable ambition, blends genres together like paint. Soulful ballads and funky grooves, ambient new age soundscapes, Hip-hop fantasy, and divine EDM devotion. For these qualities alone, he deserves respect. However, as you know, respect is also kind of a bullshit concept. Your favorite songs may not grace anyone else’s mixes; your favorite artists may not have ever left town. A century of recorded music has given us a galaxy of worthy tunes. But the gravitational

Lee Lee Lanea: “Basswhipped” resonates gloriously

Beats aren’t gendered. So why are we still in the dark ages when it comes to gender equality in the music studio? Women represent less than 5% of music producers and engineers. Yes, the music industry—like every industry on this patriarchal planet—is sexist. That is not news. But this means we’re missing out on a whole world of sounds, stories, and perspectives. Our culture has systematically ingrained this idea that technology is more of a man’s thing. Then of course there’s the fact that most men get freaked out when women do things better than them or even as good

Nothing But You, Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records

American singer Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records. Her much anticipated single entitled, “ON MY OWN,” is available via all digital channels as of now. The single was composed by Multi-award winning composer Emine Sari, produced by Cihat Atlig, with vocal production and engineering by Multi-platinum winning engineer Joel Evenden. “ON MY OWN” showcases Nicky’s strength, both vocally and emotionally, as she performs her bold, unapologetic lyrics. She uses her music to tell stories and to capture the true emotion behind the music. Inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, Nicky also draws influences

“Meltdown” – Phenix at her most delicately raw!

Phenix, who is currently working on her debut EP, “Meltdown”, dropped the track “Piles of Gold” featuring Sweet Poison, a couple of months back, now she has released the single “Meltdown”. And yet another miracle she popped out of her bag. This track is an art piece since every beat has its place, ever word is carefully chosen, and her voice just hits you. How can you not be enchanted by this song? So simple and yet says so much about the pains of relationships.

Phenix

Phenix

Cryptic, complex and captivating, Phenix’s haunting melodies, and controversial lyrics, combined with some incredible piano-playing, and amazingly vocal arrangements, make “Meltdown” her most remarkable and accomplished track in terms of artistic vision, and perhaps the most representative of her writing and performing style so far, since she subsequently became a lot more diverse in style. This may require more listens before one realizes and appreciates the meaning behind the song, but proves a most rewarding and unforgettable listening treat.

This is one of those rare occasions where the term “life-changing” perfectly describes a recording. Phenix’s unusual songwriting becomes even more fascinating on “Meltdown”, thanks to her emphasized pronunciation and intentional use of the ‘fuck’ word which enhances the power and angered nature of her lyrics, further contributing to its allure.

For all her lyrical and vocal eccentricities, though, one cannot fault her unorthodox musical invention, in choosing to base the better part of the song’s musical arrangement around the driven piano, and effortlessly succeed in sounding totally compelling. Hearing Phenix at her most delicately raw, “Meltdown” gloriously exhibits her creative genius, while producing a whirlwind of emotions.

Phenix seems to have an unlimited supply of vivid images, which she blends seamlessly with her stunning voice and instrumental backing.  The vocals do not simply mirror the melody but form an intricate part of the music in their own right.  She is more sonically and musically adventurous than on her previous release and the result is a majestic work with provocative lyrics that will have a deep, resonant impact on listeners.  If your taste is anything like mine, prepare to be blown away!

ABOUT: Phenix has coined her sound as “Roxul Pop,” a self-made genre which encompasses a mixture of pop melodies, soulful infusions, tied together with a rock edge. Phenix’s theatrical and emotional performances can be seen all over, having opened for people such as Just Brittany in Houston, TX. She has also headlined at popular Nashville clubs, including Limelight, Seen, and The End. She has also collaborated with lots of well-known players in the game, including hip hop legend Jim Jones, Cassidy and Jadakiss. Phenix is also a co-writer and feature on a track called “Hurricane Dreams,” with artists Low Pro, and Caleb D who is affiliated with Slumerica and Yelawolf.

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