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

Setto: “Fvck With Me” – rising from nowhere to captivate the world!

Setto has been carefully and steadily garnering supporters, with a string of hit singles and the much-heralded debut mixtape Coming to America under his belt. Born Trevor Osagie in Edo State, located in western Nigeria, young Setto moved to the States at 14 with his father and settled in the Atlanta suburb of Dacula. “When I first came here, I could speak proper English but I wasn’t strong in my English. I still had that African accent so people didn’t accept me for who I was. That was a battle I had to fight,” explains Setto.  “Somebody tried to clown my culture, calling me ‘African booty scratcher’,” Setto recalls. And fight back he did, eventually earning his respect.

One aspect of American life that needed no adaptation for Setto was with the music. He discovered his natural musical abilities while visiting his aunt and uncle in Boston one weekend. Introduced to a local rapper, Setto ended in a booth inside a studio, to record a verse.

Setto

Setto

When he got back to Georgia, Setto set up his own studio in his uncle’s basement and began recording his own music as well as other aspiring rappers in the area. This led to his first single, “Swag Still Killin Em” in 2009, followed by his debut mixtape Coming to America in the same year.

The current laws of fame mandate that if you’re wanting to be popular or a part of something popular, then you better stay active and produce for the public, and that is exactly what Setto does. Since relocating to the Bronx, New York, Setto has released a string of singles leading to last year’s smashes, “All of These” produced by Diego Ave, and “GO Hater” produced by Pierre Medor. In 2016 Setto has dropped a series of Freestyle tracks leading to his latest piece “Fvck With Me” produced by KashBeats.

It’s clear that this latest release is lyrically a personal track as Setto tackles life’s problems head-on with his pen and paper. He deploys his voice much like an instrument rather than a sound effect. Where other rappers find themselves stringing along halting, chant-like lyrics, often paired with jarring transitions, Setto’s songs are effortlessly melodic and composed with an obvious attention to hooks, bridges and verses; he knows when he needs to snap into his flow before delivering the goods in the chorus, while his verses are just as much felt as they are understood.

Setto has stayed true to himself, his story, and his style. To me, that’s what a true artist does and he deserves respect for this.  His narratives in his songs is a clear reflection of who he is as a person and his experience of having a hard time, and being comfortable with himself and his identity.

Sonically, Setto has always had great taste in beats, but he has noticeably stepped it up with the production on his newer projects.  Step by step, he is moving forward towards finding the perfect balance between using superbly composed musical productions and firm, uncompromising vocal delivery.

Each year we watch acts like Setto rise from nowhere to captivate the world with their infectious music. His narratives prove why hip-hop is one of the most exciting and unpredictable genres in music. Where he goes from here depends largely on how the industry interprets his talent.

With that being said the fact that he is only 24 years-old, gives him a lot of time to experiment with his sound and create an album that is of absolute quality, and which will shock the market out of its current state of lethargy.

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