J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

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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