The Love Theme – “Hold On” – one mighty swirl of dance-floor groove

“Hold On” is a groovy cauldron of electronic shades and textures. Part dubstep, part soul, part funk, pretty much all breaks; there’s a rhythmic melting pot attitude that runs through the track, which ricochets off the walls with crusty slapping drums and long-dark-tunnel basslines. This is the latest track by The Love Theme – the brainchild of producer Dominic Owen on his Smokersblend record label. The cut is taken off an upcoming album, out later this year. “Hold On” is an absolute monster of a tune with soulful vocal chants, and some funky bluesy guitar throughout. As with a lot


NEW ALBUM MYSTIC OUT NOW VIA STRANGE MAIN/STRANGE MUSIC NEW VIDEO FOR “GOODBYE” With authentic storytelling and varying sounds, Mackenzie Nicole bares her soul and shares her most intimate emotions, thoughts, and struggles throughout the songs on her new album Mystic out now on Strange Main (the pop music division of Strange Music.) “It’s a story I needed to tell,” Mackenzie explains. “I’m not the only person who’s been through this. I’m not the only person who has broken down and felt like the only one in the world.” With a desire to reach others who are struggling and further

Matthew J Van Howe – “Emergent Narrative” – a deluge of his sonic palette!

You could call this ambient, experimental, drone, avant-garde, cinematic or simply electronic music, the fact is “Emergent Narrative”, is so impactful it’s like it’s its own genre. It’s as if some new musical form has been created from retro synthwave sounds, and ultra-modern avant-garde motifs. I was stunned by the textures, and the moods that got stuck in my head, along with the intensity and dynamic depth. This is an album to hear again and again. Loud, raucous, serene, gentle, stretching, insistent, melodic, dissonant. It is a collection of 12 musical pieces with simple one-word titles. Meaning, the Chicago composer,

Andy Pett – “Back Again” turns hurt into art with great results on this song

Experience with adversity builds exemplary character and a spirit of resilience that allows artists to deliver great music. Their personal stories provides them with original ideas and profound insight to rap or sing about, creating a relatable feeling of vulnerability that fans emotionally connect with. Many prominent artists from today’s culture have battled through adversity to become widely accepted and beloved. There is an interesting argument – and quite a lot of statistics lean toward this theory – that adversity is necessary to become successful.  The bottom line seems to be that many artists lack the ambition to succeed because

Onicks – “High” is a deep slow-burn

With its enigmatic beauty, intoxicating depth and intense emotion, the follow-up to “High” is one of the most intriguing records of the year so far. The lyrics are elliptical and fragmented, touching on addiction, identity and eroticism. The track’s mood is druggy, dislocated and tortured – there are frequent metaphoric references to substances and psychedelics – the shape-shifting structure of “High” will capture your attention from top to bottom. Snapshots of elusive love and fleeting lust are scattered throughout – for whom, or for what, is where you need to read between the lines. Born and raised in the San

Midwest Hiphop duo Strangers Of Necessity drop their new single “Abundance”

Strangers Of Necessity are an American hip-hop duo, based in the Midwest, consisting of prolific producer, CoryaYo and veteran lyricist, Fooch the MC. They linked via Twitter and quickly became friends, sparking an immediate chemistry and need to make quality music together; hence the name Strangers Of Necessity. They instantly began recording music and doing shows locally, generating a nice buzz in the area. Their sound is best described as a fresh take on that golden era of hip-hop, blending tasteful jazz and soul samples, crisp snares, boomy kicks on wonky patterns with a soulful delivery, dense schemes and potent

Kilo M.O.E. – ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’ – serves as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism

The Baltimore-based producer, songwriter, rapper, Kilo M.O.E.’s evolution over his past three albums has been inspiring to see. I’ll always admire artists who push themselves creatively, and that’s exactly what, Kilo M.O.E. has done on his fourth studio album, ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’, and it pays off in leaps and bounds. Each instrumental is rich and developed, serving as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism. Something that this recording and Kilo M.O.E.’s recent albums have done well is allow him the freedom to rap for the sake of his craft within the confines of the album’s larger

Jim Wyly – “You Took Me” – It’s rhythmically tight, warm and edgy

Texas singer songwriter Jim Wyly is back with another soul-stirring track from his “The Artisan” album. Over 40 years deep into his craft, the Austin troubadour sounds like a home-cooked meal. He deals out comfort food for the head, heart, and soul. All of this serves his finely drawn guitar lines, bourbon-stained-like vocals, and funky acoustic-driven grooves as thick as molasses. A subtle blend of blues, country, folk and southern rock runs right down the middle of “You Took Me”. “Musicians’ musician” is an overused term. Why wouldn’t anyone with two good ears appreciate Jim Wyly? As Jim doesn’t cater

Hanen Release Brand New Video For The Song “Breathe”

It’s never been easier for artists to stay independent. Of course you can get good music producers, good visual directors for videos, good rappers and good singers to feature on your track without a great budget, but you have to search the world over to find deals you can afford, or convince creatives to work with you. Texas born artist, now living in the LA area, Hanen, somehow got it all together on his latest track called “Breathe”. He sings soulfully and raps with an urban edge all by himself, backed by an atmospheric slow-burning, and ear-warming beat made by

Angry B – “Hey Corona! (Nice to Meet Ya)” – reflects the realities with a good dose of wit

On his latest single, “Hey Corona! (Nice to Meet Ya)”, underground music hobbyist Angry B pinned his rap skills and dark wit, to the sounds of mainstream pop and a funky EDM template. He blurs the lines between genres with the top of the charts — and only the top — in his sights. As can be deciphered from the song title, Angry B pulls his aspirations from the dramatic Covid-19 disease hitting mankind across the globe. “It’s one of the most critical situations we’ve had and there will be a lot of sad stories connected with it,” says Angry

Reek4Real X Loui Kavano: “Everything Happens For A Reason” delivers skills and charisma!

“Everything Happens For A Reason” is a very solid mixtape. Reek4Real X Loui Kavano both have the skills and charisma that it takes to make a mixtape that you can listen to without skipping any tracks. They switch flows and subject matter throughout the 25 tracks, making it even more entertaining. The beats are impressive throughout. The producers realize the potential that Reek4Real and Loui Kavano have and they lend some excellent tracks to rhyme over. Taj Taylor, Jacob Beats, J, SlickGoHam, Bruce Wayne, Keenan, The Beat Plug, SaruBeatz, and mostly Shane Alexander, give them the star production that most underground rappers never see.

reek4real-coverThis mixtape kicks off hot with “Remember Me [Prod. By Taz Taylor]” and doesn’t let up until the music stops playing on the final bonus track, “Outro [Prod. Shane Alexander]”. Rapping over prolific beats and delivering tantalizing wordplay, Reek4Real and Loui Kavano swiftly breach many different topics effortlessly. The deliveries are accentuated with some really amazing hooks, providing an interesting dichotomy between the harsh rapping on the verses and the uplifting choruses. The production on this mixtape is absolutely wonderful, better than that on most underground albums. There isn’t a single track on “Everything Happens For A Reason” with which I was disappointed. It is very apparent that Reek4Real and Loui Kavano brought their best to this set.

If you like me and have been sleeping on Reek4Real and Loui Kavano, be prepared for a pleasant awakening. This mixtape is point blank dope. I am usually very critical of lyrics but these tracks will definitely make you bump your head in appreciation of the word game going on here. “Everything Happens For A Reason” is a great mixtape with strong production, more than decent lyrical performances and a consistent atmosphere. The production drives the mixtape.

The beats are consistently good, from a variety of producers, with quite a few significantly strong bangers that capture attention. You are hit from a lot of different angles with each track and choosing favorites or standouts is a massive task when dealing with collections of this magnitude. Forced to choose a few, I would say “God [Prod. By Jacob Beats]”, “We Gone Blow [Prod. By Shane Alexander]”, “Married To The Mob [Prod. By Shane Alexander]”, “Bruce Wayne [Prod. By SlickGoHam]”, “ I Aint Goin [Prod. By The Beat Plug]” and “Till I Die [Prod. By Shane Alexander]”, but there are just so many tracks to choose from, you’ll certainly find your own favorites.

Reek4Real and Loui Kavano are bringing back what so many other rappers are not doing anymore and that is storytelling. “Everything Happens For A Reason” stands as a tribute to how far clever, lyric driven raps and vibrant beats can carry a project and the simultaneously victorious and cocky demeanor works very well and is blisteringly entertaining throughout. You can see they had a clear vision ready to crush the competition with this record. This is a goal they have accomplished and the result is a resounding affirmation that Reek4Real and Loui Kavano are undoubtedly at the top of their craft, wielding it effortlessly and with great professionalism.


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