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

Oleg Frish: “Duets with My American Idols” – magic moments are largely present here

“Duets with My American Idols” is Oleg Frish’s fourth album as a recording artist, and is a culmination of two years of recording with an all-star cast of noted rock n’ roll and pop artists that Oleg convinced to record duets with him on some of his most cherished American songbook classics including; the late Ben E. King, B.J. Thomas, Lainie Kazan, Bobby Rydell, Chris Montez, Peggy March, Lou Christie, Tony Orlando, Gary U.S. Bonds and Melissa Melissa Manchester. The album also features several solo tracks performed by Oleg and a special introduction by the legendary Connie Francis.

Oleg Frish

Oleg Frish

If I’m right, the first question that came to your mind is – “Who is Oleg Frish?” I know, because it’s the first question that came to my mind after seeing the album’s line-up; just who on earth is capable of getting together so many legends together on one recording…and then sing duets with them! Well Sinatra did it, and so did Tony Bennett, but we all know the magnitude of those two fellas. This led me to believe that Oleg Frish is obviously held in very high regard within the industry. And not without reason, may I add, after listening to the performances.

But before I listened to the music I found out that Oleg is the first Russian born radio and television broadcast journalist to host and produce his own entertainment and music programs in the United States. He currently hosts a show on TVi (Russian Television International) an international Russian-language privately owned television network with studios based in New York, Tel-Aviv, Berlin and Riga, reaching a global audience of more than 50 million viewers.

Apart from speaking 6 languages, apparently Oleg is also a musical historian and an avid collector of archival music memorabilia (albums, books, post cards). The first American song he remembers hearing was “Hello Dolly” by Brenda Lee at age four, and by his early teens he could recall by memory lyrics, arrangements, composers and artist of over 15,000 songs. With this impressive preamble, the next question dawned on me, “Just how does Oleg match up with his illustrious singing partners?”

Oleg Frish

Oleg Frish

A truly successful duet requires two things: enough match of musical ability to keep the lesser talent from ‘falling behind’, and a connection between the singers such that they can both complement and meld their styles during a song. Gladly, those magic moments are largely present here. It’s obvious from the opening bar of “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You” that Gary U.S. Bonds and Oleg Frish are on the same wavelength.  The two fill the room with a romantic, swoony atmosphere.

Oleg Frish and Ben E. King do a splendid job performing the jazzy “Day By Day”, and listen for yet another gem in “The Way You Look Tonight” as done by Oleg and Peggy March. “Sunny” teams Oleg with B.J. Thomas and they do this to perfection–and beyond! “What A Difference A Day Makes” has the great Chris Montez singing beautifully along in Spanish with Oleg; and listen for Lainie Kazan to outdo even herself when she sings “Hello, Dolly!” with Oleg. Excellent.

“On The Sunny Side Of The Street” gets the royal treatment from Oleg Frish and Tony Orlando; they are both singing at their very best and it’s all exquisite. “A Fine Romance” couldn’t have been done any better than the way Oleg and Melissa Manchester perform it here; their excellent diction and sense of timing enhance this even more. Bobby Rydell and Oleg Frish do a great job on “Volare”; this is a highlight of the album as Bobby and Oleg infuse the song with so much heart, soul and swing. The also album ends strongly with Oleg Frish and Lou Christie doing “When You’re Smiling”. The album also features Oleg singing by himself, as is the case with the current single “The Things We Did Last Summer”.

Oleg Frish possesses incredible amounts of musical genius; and he certainly sings with the best of them here! It all leaves me wanting more. This is a must-have for Oleg Frish fans and people who have loved the artistry of his singing partners in the past. In addition, people who enjoy the American songbook classics will find much to enjoy and even treasure on “Duets with My American Idols”.

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